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  • Persian studies program receives $1.5 million from prominent Iranian-American philanthropist — Institute for Social Sciences
    Journal News Features Videos Press Coverage About ISS Contact ISS Mission Staff Executive Committee ISS Fellows Affiliated Centers and Programs Research Affiliates You are here Home ISS Journal News Info Persian studies program receives 1 5 million from prominent Iranian American philanthropist Silicon Valley philanthropist and humanitarian Bita Daryabari has made a 1 5 million gift to UC Davis to broaden its Persian studies program The gift will establish the Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature and help transform UC Davis into a leading force in teaching research and outreach that advances global understanding of Persian language and culture The UC Davis Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature position will be awarded to an Iranian studies scholar whose research and teaching will focus on these areas Funds will also support a colloquium on Iranian culture The UC Office of the President will provide a 500 000 matching fund through a new Endowed Faculty Leadership Initiative which will bring the total funding for the Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature to 2 million Read more at the UC Davis News Service Filed under News ISS Journal News More Upcoming Social Science Events Modern Iranian Women Writers

    Original URL path: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/iss/iss-journal/news/persian-studies-program-receives-1-5-million-from-prominent-iranian-american-philanthropist (2016-01-26)
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  • Three Division of Social Sciences Professors Named Hellman Fellows — Institute for Social Sciences
    Press Coverage About ISS Contact ISS Mission Staff Executive Committee ISS Fellows Affiliated Centers and Programs Research Affiliates You are here Home ISS Journal News Info Three Division of Social Sciences Professors Named Hellman Fellows Academic Affairs Vice Provost Maureen Stanton has announced UC Davis ninth annual class of Hellman Fellows who were recognized for their potential to achieve great scholarly distinction These include three faculty from the Division of Social Sciences A total of 12 UC Davis faculty were named Hellman Fellows this year Individual awards for the 2015 fellows range from 12 000 to 44 000 a total of 293 492 The San Francisco based Hellman Fellows Program provides the money to support assistant professors research and other creative scholarly activities and to assist faculty members in making progress toward tenure The three DSS Hellman Fellows this year and their research focus are Shu Shen Department of Economics Selective instrumental variable regression Danielle Stolzenberg Department of Psychology Epigenetic mechanisms of infant neglect Nicolas Zwyns Department of Anthropology Human response to climate change during the late Pleistocene in Northern Mongolia Read the story at UC Davis News Service Filed under News ISS Journal News More Upcoming Social Science Events

    Original URL path: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/iss/iss-journal/news/three-division-of-social-sciences-professors-named-hellman-fellows (2016-01-26)
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  • Language Symposium Builds Synergies across Researchers, Disciplines and Institutions — Institute for Social Sciences
    papers featured from California universities and institutes that included UC Davis UC Berkeley UC Irvine What was unique is that about a quarter of the attendees came from over 15 institutions other than UC Davis The attendance reflects the Cluster on Language Research s conscious decision to broaden the appeal of what was primarily a local conference last year said Kimberly Morris a Ph D candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese She is the 2014 15 co chair of the Cluster on Language Research with Emily Moline a Ph D candidate in the Department of Linguistics The symposium s presenters included graduate students and faculty from seven different academic departments Linguistics Spanish French Education TESOL English and Modern Languages and Literatures In addition to the Davis Berkeley and Irvine UC campuses presenters came from UC Santa Cruz UC Irvine University of the Pacific Middlebury Institute of International Studies SF State CSU East Bay and CSU Long Beach The event was focused on interdisciplinary work on language research The three finalists for the most innovative conference presentation came from the fields of linguistics UC Davis psychology UC Berkeley and education UC Berkeley Keynote speaker Nick Ellis is a professor of psychology and linguistics at the University of Michigan His research focus is on cognitive psychology with an interest in dyslexia aphasia and first language acquisition as well as work in second language acquisition Ellis s talk was symbolic of the cluster s new synergism said Moline His lecture on the future of usage based approaches to language research and language acquisition held the audience spellbound The interdisciplinary UC Davis Cluster on Language Research supports research and collaboration in the field of language Comprised of faculty and graduate students from Languages and Literatures the Department of Linguistics and the School

    Original URL path: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/iss/iss-journal/news/language-symposium-builds-synergies-across-researchers-disciplines-and-institutions (2016-01-26)
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  • History professor Chuck Walker named to MacArthur Chair — Institute for Social Sciences
    You are here Home ISS Journal News Info History professor Chuck Walker named to MacArthur Chair History professor Charles Chuck Walker has been appointed to one of the UC system s MacArthur Foundation Chairs He s been designated the holder of the MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in International Human Rights Walker and another faculty member to be announced at a later date are the first MacArthur chair appointees at UC Davis Walker director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas teaches courses on all aspects of Latin American history as well as natural disasters truth commissions social movements and sports and empire He is a member of the coordinating committees of the UC Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas and the UC Davis Human Rights Initiative His most recent book deals with the Tupac Amaru Rebellion that began in the Spanish viceroyalty of Peru in 1780 and turned into the largest popular uprising in Spain s imperial history Walker gives the rebellion masterly treatment wrote London s Financial Times in naming The Tupac Amaru Rebellion among the nine best history books of 2014 The book is soon to be published in Spanish in Peru Read

    Original URL path: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/iss/iss-journal/news/history-professor-chuck-walker-named-to-macarthur-chair (2016-01-26)
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  • Baboon Study Reveals Surprises, Breaks Ground in Tracking Behavior — Institute for Social Sciences
    Opportunities Extramural Funding Opportunities Grants Calendar Center for International Data ISS Journal News Features Videos Press Coverage About ISS Contact ISS Mission Staff Executive Committee ISS Fellows Affiliated Centers and Programs Research Affiliates You are here Home ISS Journal News Info Baboon Study Reveals Surprises Breaks Ground in Tracking Behavior By Jeffrey Day Baboons live in a strongly hierarchical society but the big guys don t make all the decisions A new study from the University of California Davis reveals through GPS tracking that animals living in complex stratified societies make some decisions democratically The study breaks ground in how animal behavior data is collected The study is being published Friday June 19 in Science It s not necessarily the biggest alpha males that influence where groups go said co author Meg Crofoot assistant professor of anthropology at UC Davis Our results illustrate an important distinction between social status and leadership and show that democratic decision making takes place even in highly stratified societies Read the full story at UC Davis News Service Filed under News ISS Journal News More Upcoming Social Science Events Modern Iranian Women Writers Shaping the Cultural Imaginary More News Smith Reveals the Blood Inside Our

    Original URL path: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/iss/iss-journal/news/baboon-study-reveals-surprises-breaks-ground-in-tracking-behavior (2016-01-26)
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  • Program on Pilgrimage Features Anthropologist Zoila Mendoza — Institute for Social Sciences
    Experience will feature Zoila Mendoza a professor of native American studies and an affiliate of the anthropology graduate group at UC Davis and the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas Those interested can also submit questions in writing or on video beforehand This Global Spirit program airing on June 28 from 6 9 p m follows the actual experience of pilgrimage with host Phil Cousineau journeying with the Global Spirit team to ancient pilgrimage sites in India This program brings together Mendoza and acclaimed writer Pico Iyer The program will feature Mendoza s new documentary The Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit i The Walk Experience The film includes unique footage of an indigenous pilgrimage in the Peruvian Andes What is unique about this program said Mendoza is that it explores the experience of pilgrimage across cultures and religions highlighting how this experience can teach us much about common threads among human social beings around the world Mendoza s work has focused on the study of festivals music and dance in the Peruvian highlands and among Andean migrants in the nation s capital A daughter of Andean migrants herself she has dedicated her career to scrutinizing the

    Original URL path: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/iss/iss-journal/news/program-on-pilgrimage-features-anthropologist-zoila-mendoza (2016-01-26)
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  • Data Studies Program Will Give Liberal Arts Majors a Boost in Employment — Institute for Social Sciences
    Contact ISS Mission Staff Executive Committee ISS Fellows Affiliated Centers and Programs Research Affiliates You are here Home ISS Journal News Info Data Studies Program Will Give Liberal Arts Majors a Boost in Employment By Jeffrey Day A team from the University of California Davis traveled to Silicon Valley and throughout Northern California a few months ago meeting with managers at more than 20 companies to gauge what they were looking for in employees They would really like to hire graduates of UC Davis who have the critical thinking and the big picture skills of social science and humanities said Joe Dumit director of the UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences But they also need these graduates to understand their number one problem data Data includes many kinds of raw materials ranging from demographic facts and figures to information stored on mobile phones businesses customer profiles and even social media postings The rapidly increasing quantity of this material is commonly dubbed big data and can be used for research in many fields The everyday life of companies is really about understanding data Dumit said Read the full article at UC Davis News Service Filed under News ISS Journal News More

    Original URL path: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/iss/iss-journal/news/data-studies-program-will-give-liberal-arts-majors-a-boost-in-employment (2016-01-26)
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  • ISS Funding Supports UC Davis Graduate Students with Summer and Research Travel — Institute for Social Sciences
    and Programs Research Affiliates You are here Home ISS Journal News Info ISS Funding Supports UC Davis Graduate Students with Summer and Research Travel The UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences in partnership with the Center for Regional Change recently supported awards to select UC Davis graduate students in the social sciences for summer research and travel and support for thesis and disseration improvement Recipients of this year s awards are Ingrid Behrsin Geography Rebecca Campbell Community Development Elizabeth Christensen Geography Jonah Cox Human Development Megan Kelso Ecology Xijia Li Community Development Brandon Louie Community Development and Jessica Smith Community Development These recipients divided a total of 5 000 in funding up to 2 500 for summer research or travel and 2500 for masters thesis or doctoral dissertation improvement The UC Davis Center for Regional Change CRC produces innovative research to create healthy sustainable prosperous and equitable regional change in California s Central Valley and Sierra Nevada and beyond Organized within and with core support from the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences the CRC is a resource for faculty and students across the campus and partners throughout California and the world Read about this year s recipients

    Original URL path: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/iss/iss-journal/news/iss-funding-supports-uc-davis-graduate-students-with-summer-and-research-travel (2016-01-26)
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