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Spotlight: Frederick Chang '77

As the digital universe continues to expand at an exponential rate, the ability to keep up with cyber-crime has become increasingly challenging. According to Frederick Chang, UC San Diego Social Sciences alumnus and cybersecurity expert, the solution is to develop an interdisciplinary “science of cybersecurity,” drawing upon the skills of social scientists and technologists alike. Read More


Working on Our Future – Together

a letter from Dean Carol Padden

The world’s problems are complex and profound. And they need the social sciences to address them effectively. Issues that may at first seem to be the primary concern of other disciplines – climate change, say, as an area for biologists or geologists to tackle or computer hacking, for engineers – these issues also have roots in society, and their solutions require collaboration between social scientists and specialists from many different fields. Read More


Social Sciences News


Three Social Sciences-led centers are among seven multi-disciplinary projects on campus that will receive seed funding thanks to the "Frontiers of Innovation" Program.


Three UC San Diego researchers say they can predict the spread of the flu a week into the future with as much accuracy as Google Flu Trends can display levels of infection right now.

UC President Janet Napolitano visits the Ocean View Growing Grounds, a thriving community garden in southeastern San Diego, and meets with UC San Diego Global Food Initiative fellows.  


Paul Niehaus of Economics and Bradley Voytek of Cognitive Science are two of five UC San Diego researchers honored with Sloan Research Fellowships for 2015. The fellowships help boost fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.

Exploring race and overreaction: Mica Pollock of Education Studies and CREATE co-authors an article that delves into the overreaction to a perceived threat of black criminality on the streets and in schools.

Why I won’t let unvaccinated people around my kids’: Economics graduate student Brigitte Roth Tran explains her proposal to increase the vaccination rate.


The Department of Sociology mourns the loss of founder Joseph Gusfield, 91, an internationally renowned sociologist and one-time activist.

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Upcoming Events


Economics Roundtable, April 14, 2015 – John F. Powers, president/CEO of Stanford Management Company will discuss “Volatility, Liquidity, Agency and Returns – The Challenges to Perpetuity in Endowment Investing.”

UC San Diego in DC, April 16, 2015 – Join the UC San Diego Washington, D.C. community – including D.C. area alumni, current students and newly admitted students and their families – for an evening of networking and a special presentation from Professor Eli Berman on “Confronting ISIS: Lessons from Conflict Research.” 

Psychology 50th Anniversary, April 23, 2015 – Calling all psychology Ph.D. alumni! Join the department for an hors d'oeuvres reception to celebrate 50 years. Hear about the early days, as well as the cutting-edge research going on today. Email Carson Dance at for more information.

Social Sciences Supper Club, April 29, 2015 – Celebrate the power of female collaborative leadership as we discuss “A Culture of Women Leadership: From Trailblazing to Teamwork.” Panelists will include: Cristina Della Coletta, dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities; Margaret Leinen, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, vice chancellor for Marine Sciences, and dean of the School of Marine Sciences; and, Carol Padden, Ph.D. ’83, dean of the Division of Social Sciences.

Grads and Grub with Dean Carol Padden, May 15, 2015 – Calling all graduate program alumni, graduate students, post-docs and faculty! Connect with alumni, students, other faculty and campus partners, over a beer and appetizers.

Alumni Weekend 2015, June 4-7, 2015 – Save the date for your chance to experience UC San Diego, your way!

Triton 5K: Run to Raise Scholarships, June 5, 2015 – Join TEAM SOC SCI, a Triton 5K team comprising Social Sciences students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends. Help grow the team and raise more dollars for students. Registration is open, select TEAM SOC SCI and we’ll see you on race day!


Call for Real Estate Industry Advisors – A team of students from Urban Studies and Planning is going for the gold in this year’s NAIOP University Challenge. The challenge – from one of North America’s largest commercial real estate organizations – calls for students to compete head-to-head in a real estate competition on the highest and best use of a piece of land in San Diego County. Interested in advising students to help them snag first place? Then fill out the Google interest form.

Nominate an Outstanding Triton Teacher – Each May, UCSD Alumni recognizes two outstanding Triton teachers for National Teacher Appreciation Month. We invite you to nominate a teacher who is making an impact in the San Diego community through their accomplishments in the classroom.


Alumni Updates


Manuelita Brown, M.S. ’76 (Psychology) is a nationally renowned sculptor specializing in bronze figurative sculptures and portrait busts. Her latest creation is the new UC San Diego public art installation portraying African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth. The 6-foot-tall statue is located in the heart of Marshall College on Ridge Walk.

Chris Yanov, ERC ’99 (Political Science and Spanish Literature) is the founder and president of Reality Changers, a nonprofit organization that provides inner-city youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the resources to become first-generation college students. As of 2014, Reality Changers has awarded nearly $5 million in scholarships.


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