News in the Social Sciences
Risk and Rescue: Tina Rulli
May 31, 2016 — If a hiker were lost in the backcountry and you were able to rescue them, would you feel morally obligated to do so? Would the hiker be similarly obliged to take adequate precautions against getting lost? Assistant Professor of Philosophy Tina Rulli grapples with the ethics of risk and rescue, and their implications for public policy.
Conference Envisions New Methods in Political Scholarship
May 31, 2016 — A politcal science conference, Visions in Methodology 2016, brought researchers from across the country to UC Davis earlier this month with the goal of supporting women who study political methodology.
Historian Beverly Bossler Interviewed on New Book Networks
May 26, 2016 — Beverly Bossler, professor of history, talks about her book, Gender and Chinese History: Transformative Encounters (University of Washington Press, 2015), in a recent interview on New Books Network.
Time Magazine Cover Story Cites Research by Economists Jorda, Taylor
Study: Children of Poor Immigrants Can Benefit When Professionals Recognize That Mother Knows Best
May 20, 2016 — It can be a challenge for any mother in the United States to ensure her children get the best education and the best health care possible. It can be even more difficult when her English is limited and she feels inadequate for not understanding the system.
Seven Ways UC Davis Students Will Change the World This Summer
May 13, 2016 — Undergraduates will be putting their educations to work alleviating poverty around the world this summer, many of them before they even graduate. Seven students from a wide array of majors in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science — five of them from the Division of Social Sciences — have been selected as Blum Center Summer Fellows for 2016.
Q&A With Bernard Molyneux
Historian Arnold Bauer’s Life Celebrated In Chilean Valley He Loved
Sociologist Named a William T. Grant Foundation ScholarApril 19, 2016 — Sociologist Jacob Hibel receives $350,000 grant to study how schools adapt to a sharp increase in the number of immigrant families.
Study Says Logos Make a Group Seem ‘Real’
Neuroscientists Get a New Look into How We Read
Our Cyborg Future: Could Digital Data Out-Evolve Us?
March 18, 2016 — With digital information increasing at an astonishing rate, a Department of Communication expert on big data and its effects on society says the concept of artificial intelligence evolving is no longer far-fetched.
Two Papers Make 'Best of Neuron' List
Conference Explores Aftermath of The Shining Path
Lecture Honors Donor, Growth of Persian Studies
Brain Prioritizes High-Reward Memories
Feb. 12, 2016 — Why do we remember some events, places and things, but not others? Our brains prioritize rewarding memories over others, and reinforce them by replaying them when we are at rest, according to new research.
Young alum wins new scholarship for study in China
Jan. 11, 2016 — If you've already earned a pilot's license, a black belt in kung fu, an undergraduate degree and a great spot in the tech industry, what's next? James Rizzo has answered by winning a scholarship ...
Tracking down real-life private detectives
Dec. 18, 2015 — The trail had gone stone cold by the time John Walton set out to unravel a dark mystery. To make matters worse, the shadowy figures he was tailing had been pros at covering their tracks — and were long dead.
Ross Thompson elected president of Zero to Three
Dec. 10, 2015 — Ross Thompson, a distinguished professor of psychology, is the new president of the board of directors for Zero to Three, a national nonprofit that promotes the health and development of young children.
Oxytocin shows different effects in male and female mice
Community college degrees
Early intervention in dyslexia can narrow achievement gap, study finds
Sheffrin Lecture: Political theorist Philip Pettit explores corporate rights
Nov. 13 2015 — Should corporations, churches and voluntary associations be assigned rights under our laws in the same way as individual human beings? That's the question that philosopher and political theorist Philip Pettit explored in the 2015 Sheffrin Lecture in Public Policy.
Often decried, polygyny may have some advantages
History Ph.D. Candidate Helps Host Chile California Conference
Interdisciplinary Institute for Social Sciences to Tap New Potential of Researchers
Research on evolution, relationships and credit busts earn faculty a trio of honors
Oct. 12, 2015 — Lynne Isbell, a professor of anthropology (pictured left), was named a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. Phillip Shaver, distinguished professor emeritus of psychology, received the 2015 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Alan Taylor, professor of economics, won a Schmölders Prize for a paper examining nearly 140 years of money, credit and financial cycles in 14 developed countries.