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Levine Reveals Colonial Resistance in Nakedness

Levine Reveals Colonial Resistance in Nakedness

By Miguel A. Novoa Cipriani – Clothing can signify wealth and power, while nakedness can represent primitiveness. On April 30, 2018, Philippa Levine revealed the role of nakedness in relations between colonizer and colonized at the height of the British Empire.

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Klancher Merchant Traces Demographers' Interest in Environmental Degradation [Video]

Klancher Merchant Traces Demographers' Interest in Environmental Degradation [Video]

On June 5, 2018, Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies Emily Klancher Merchant presented an ISS Noon Lecture titled "Demographers in the Anthropocene." Watch the video here.

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Announcing 2018-19 ISS Reading Groups

Announcing 2018-19 ISS Reading Groups

ISS will support seven interdisciplinary reading groups to convene in 2018-19. Their subjects range from econometrics to student development and retention. 

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Carley Exposes Online Manipulation [Video]

Carley Exposes Online Manipulation [Video]

On May 30, 2018, Kathleen M. Carley of Carnegie Mellon University presented the 2018 Sheffrin Lecture in Public Policy. Her talk was titled "Social Influence in Cyber Space". Watch the video here.

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Ottinger Urges Citizen Scientists to Prioritize Interpretation

Ottinger Urges Citizen Scientists to Prioritize Interpretation

By Miguel A. Novoa Cipriani – Citizen scientists are using low-cost sensors to monitor air pollution. But their ability to influence policy depends to a large extent on how—and by whom—their data is interpreted. On April 4, 2018, Gwen Ottinger advocated training citizen scientists how to interpret their findings within existing air-quality frameworks.

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Saez Tests Colleges as Engines of Upward Mobility

Saez Tests Colleges as Engines of Upward Mobility

By M. Rossi – What is intergenerational mobility? What role does the university play in reproducing inequality or providing opportunity? On May 14, 2018, Emmanuel Saez tackled these questions in a lecture titled “College and Intergenerational Income Mobility in America.”

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Symposium Charts Advances in Qualitative Health Research

Symposium Charts Advances in Qualitative Health Research

By M. Rossi – On May 2, stakeholders from academia, state agencies, health systems, and the community at large convened at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing for the fourth UC Davis Qualitative Health Research Symposium. Their goal? To explore how qualitative methods fuel health-related research.

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St. John Examines Manifest Destiny

St. John Examines Manifest Destiny

By Miguel A. Novoa Cipriani – The concept of Manifest Destiny holds powerful historical sway. But is it accurate? On April 18, 2018, in a talk titled “The Imagined States of America: The Unmanifest History of 19th-Century North America,” Rachel St. John analyzed the political uncertainty of the American West and the controversial role played by Mormons in U.S. westward expansion.

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Johnson and Chin Link Race and Immigration

Johnson and Chin Link Race and Immigration

By M. Rossi – How has immigration policy historically been affected by race? What role does racism play in the current administration’s treatment of immigrants? On April 24, 2018, the School of Law’s “Immigration in Crisis” lecture series concluded with a frank discussion of such questions by two UC Davis experts.

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Stearns Studies Unequal Effects of Tenure Clock-Stopping [Video]

Stearns Studies Unequal Effects of Tenure Clock-Stopping [Video]

On April 25, 2018, Assistant Professor of Economics Jenna Stearns presented an ISS Noon Lecture titled "Equal but Inequitable: Who Benefits from Gender-Neutral Tenure Clock Stopping Policies?" Watch the video here.

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Moreira Tracks Education Impacts of Brazilian Bureaucratic Turnover [Video]

Moreira Tracks Education Impacts of Brazilian Bureaucratic Turnover [Video]

On February 26, 2018, Assistant Professor of Economics Diana Moreira presented an ISS Noon Lecture titled "Political Turnover, Bureaucratic Turnover, and the Quality of Public Services in Brazil." Watch the video here.

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Hopwood Outlines Advances in Psychopathology [Video]

Hopwood Outlines Advances in Psychopathology [Video]

On February 13, 2018, Associate Professor of Psychology Christopher Hopwood presented an ISS Noon Lecture titled "The Structure of Psychopathology: How New Evidence is Fundamentally Changing Mental Health Diagnosis, Treatment, and Research." Watch the video here.

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Grads Awarded Prestigious NSF Fellowships

Grads Awarded Prestigious NSF Fellowships

Two graduate students working in the social sciences at UC Davis have received 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

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ISS Fellow Publishes New Book on Asian International Relations

ISS Fellow Publishes New Book on Asian International Relations

Michael van Walt van Praag, a senior research fellow at the UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences, has co-edited a new book titled “Sacred Mandates: Asian International Relations since Chinggis Khan.”

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Two Historians Awarded ACLS Fellowships

Two Historians Awarded ACLS Fellowships

Two UC Davis historians, Associate Professor Cecilia M. Tsu and Professor Charles F. Walker, have been awarded 2018 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships.

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Rodriguez Champions Community Colleges

Rodriguez Champions Community Colleges

By M. Rossi – How do community colleges deliver social and economic mobility for their students? On April 9th, 2018, UC Davis alum Francisco Rodriguez presented hard data, successful strategies, and valuable lessons from his own experience as chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District.

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Turner Provides Primer on Cognitive Science and the Social [Video]

Turner Provides Primer on Cognitive Science and the Social [Video]

On April 3, 2018, Stephen P. Turner, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of South Florida, presented a public lecture titled "Cognitive Science and the Social." Watch the video here.

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Garcia-Ponce Mulls Mexican Perspectives on Migration

Garcia-Ponce Mulls Mexican Perspectives on Migration

By Miguel A. Novoa Cipriani – Every year, thousands of migrants enter the United States through Mexico, the world’s largest migration corridor. On March 19, 2018, in a talk titled “The Paradox of Migration: Assessing Mexican Beliefs about the Inmigrante,” Omar García-Ponce evaluated Mexicans’ views about emigrants to the U.S. and Central American immigrants in Mexico.

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Spence Rescues California's Indigenous Languages

Spence Rescues California's Indigenous Languages

By Miguel A. Novoa Cipriani – Scholars and indigenous communities are trying to rescue California’s linguistic heritage. On March 6, 2018, in a talk titled "California's Indigenous Languages: Documentation, Archives, and Revitalization," Justin Spence discussed the challenges in keeping Native American languages alive.

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Ko Examines Healthcare in the San Joaquin Valley

Ko Examines Healthcare in the San Joaquin Valley

By M. Rossi – Why is a certain part of the Central Valley often referred to as “the Appalachia of the West?” On April 6, 2018, in a talk titled “Scarcity in the Land of Plenty: Healthcare in California’s San Joaquin Valley,” Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences Michelle Ko explained.

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Announcing Environments & Societies Spring 2018 Colloquium Series

Announcing Environments & Societies Spring 2018 Colloquium Series

The Environments & Societies Research Initiative has announced its Spring Quarter 2018 colloquium series. Speakers from a variety of universities will address the human-nature interactions critical to meeting the environmental challenges of our era.

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Downs Honored for Helping to Create Monument to Reconstruction

Downs Honored for Helping to Create Monument to Reconstruction

By Kathleen Holder - Historian Gregory Downs has been awarded a 2018 UC Davis Academic Senate's Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award for his leadership in establishing the nation’s first monument to Reconstruction.

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Cannon Unpacks Sustainability Under Capitalism

Cannon Unpacks Sustainability Under Capitalism

By Maya Weeks – What is the Washington Consensus, and what is ‘overshoot’? On March 7, 2018, Assistant Professor of Human Ecology Clare Cannon defined these terms in the context of sustainability—which, she argued, can only go so far in a global capitalist system.

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Warren Wins Bancroft Prize

Warren Wins Bancroft Prize

By Kathleen Holder - Louis S. Warren, the W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of U.S. Western History at UC Davis, was named winner of a 2018 Bancroft Prize for his book GOD'S RED SON: THE GHOST DANCE RELIGION AND THE MAKING OF MODERN AMERICA.

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Hopwood Receives 2018 Theodore Millon Award

Hopwood Receives 2018 Theodore Millon Award

Associate Professor of Psychology Chris Hopwood has received the American Psychological Foundation's 2018 Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology.

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Ramay Re-Frames a Chilean Conflict

Ramay Re-Frames a Chilean Conflict

By Griselda Jarquin – Referred to as the “Araucanians” by conquistadores, the Mapuche in south-central Chile was one of the few indigenous groups in South America to avoid Spanish colonization. But the Mapuche people went on to be oppressed by the Chilean state, as Allison Ramay explained on January 12, 2017.

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Summer Linguistic Institute Coming to Campus

Summer Linguistic Institute Coming to Campus

By Kathleen Holder - UC Davis has been selected to host the Linguistic Society of America's 2019 Summer Linguistic Institute, spotlighting the interdisciplinary strengths of both the campus and its Department of Linguistics.

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Sklar Traces Minimum Wage to Trailblazing Reformer

Sklar Traces Minimum Wage to Trailblazing Reformer

By Miguel A. Novoa Cipriani - The US Women's Rights Movement (1848-1920) was not just a fight for women's suffrage, and its proponents did not only seek to improve the lives of women. In a talk titled "The Origins of Minimum Wage Laws in the United States, 1889-1909," held on February 7, 2018, Kathryn Kish Sklar argued that reformer Florence Kelley initiated the movement towards a minimum wage law.

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Grosglik Samples Therapeutic Benefits of "Culinareality"

Grosglik Samples Therapeutic Benefits of "Culinareality"

By Miguel A. Novoa Cipriani - "You are what you eat," as the old saying goes. But when individuals can learn about themselves and their collective identity specifically through the act of cooking, it may be more accurate to say "you are what you cook." On January 26, 2018, in a Department of Sociology-hosted talk titled "Cooking Your Self", Rafi Grosglik discussed the therapeutic benefits of cooking suggested by the Israeli version of MasterChef.

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Miller Considers Climate Change's Impact on Migration [Video]

Miller Considers Climate Change's Impact on Migration [Video]

On January 25, 2018, author and journalist Todd Miller presented his new book 'Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security.' Watch the video here.

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