News in the Social Sciences
Digging for Clues to Past Cultures—and Future Jobs
ASPIRE Program Gets Students Into Labs Early
Dec. 2, 2016 — Psychology major Brynna Thigpen got an early introduction to scientific research. As a sophomore, she became a research assistant at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain, designing and conducting experiments on memory development in children.
'The California Aggie:' Back in Print
Dec. 2, 2016 —The Aggie returned to print this year, after 2 ½ years of online-only editions, thanks to a student-approved fee and the efforts of the paper's editorial staff—many of whom are College of Letters and Science majors.
Book on Start of U.S. Food Safety Programs Wins Award
Anthropologist Receives Prestigious Packard Fellowship
Nov. 21, 2016 — Margaret Crofoot, a UC Davis anthropologist studying group decision-making in primates, has been awarded a 2016 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Initiative Examines Border Militarization
Oct. 24, 2016 — The UC Davis Mellon Initiative in Comparative Border Studies starts its second year with a series of events during “Border Studies Week,” Oct. 28 – Nov. 3, on the topic of “Mobility, Militarization, Containment.” Events will explore the tensions between mobility and confinement as borders become more militarized.
Book on Native American Slavery Shortlisted for National Book Award
Teacher Workshop on Transcontinental Railroad to Make Another Run
Aug. 30, 2016 — A UC Davis-run workshop that brings the history of the Transcontinental Railroad to life for schoolteachers is back on track for next summer, thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.
Historian's Study Helps National Park Service Commemorate Reconstruction Era
Aug. 25, 2016 — As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this summer, UC Davis Professor Gregory Downs has focused on an oft-forgotten part of U.S. history that our national parks are now helping the public to understand — the Reconstruction era.
Economist to CTV: Perfect Storm Brewing in Canada's Housing Market
Anthropologist Sums Up Latest Research on Human Spread Around the Planet
Aug. 18, 2016 — Our species, Homo sapiens, left Africa earlier than previously thought and our diverse cultures have been heavily influenced by geography, according to a recent review by Alexander (Sandy) Harcourt, professor emeritus of anthropology.
Anthropology Student Curates Controversial Art Exhibit In South Africa
July 25, 2016 - Matthew Nesvet, who is pursuing a doctorate in anthropology at UC Davis, studies organized crime and has been researching a syndicate that plunders gold mines in South Africa. But recently his attention has been on a controversial art show he organized in Johannesburg. The exhibition “Post Its #1” aims to challenge the meanings of “post” in post-apartheid and postcolonial South Africa.
Network Science Meets Al Capone
July 19, 2016 — Sociologist Chris Smith and a colleague have brought modern network theory to the Roaring Twenties, compiling a database of the relationships in Prohibition-era Chicago and mapping out the links that held together Al Capone’s criminal empire.
Emeriti Faculty Continue Scholarly Work
July 16, 2016 - Like many retirees, UC Davis professors don’t quit working when they retire. Some say they’ve done their most significant work since retiring. Emeriti contributions to the scholarly world are examined in the recent study "A Virtual Eleventh Campus" by John Vohs, a UC Davis senior lecturer emeritus of communication.