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Spotlight: Risa Farrell '14

Risa Farrell Risa Farrell was an undergraduate student volunteering at a United Nations Refugee Camp in Amman, Jordan when she decided to dedicate herself to serving migrant populations. Now, as the first graduate of the new global health major, she is preparing for a career dedicated to protecting and empowering displaced mothers around the world. Read More


Contributing to the Public Good

a letter from Dean Carol Padden

I’ve been part of the UC San Diego community for 36 years now – first as a graduate student in Linguistics then as a professor in the Department of Communication. I am honored to play a role in shaping the future of the Division of Social Sciences. As I start my service as dean, my first goal is to find out what do we need in this division? How do we support our faculty and our students to do even better at what we do so well? Read More


Social Sciences News


Undergraduates at UC San Diego can now pursue a bachelor of arts in global health - an increasingly popular new field of study and urgent social concern.


"Selfie" was word of the year in 2013. Could "Nixie" be next? The wrist-mounted camera/drone was prototyped by a team that includes Cognitive Science alumna Jelena Jovanovic and recently won Intel's inaugural "Make it Wearable Challenge."


Anthropology recently lost founding chair Melford E. Spiro, who not only played an important role in the formation of the university's anthropology department but was an important figure for the discipline of anthropology at large. A campus memorial will be held next April.

Feeding a community's spirit - a former food desert now offers a gathering place for people to grow food, socialize with neighbors and hold events.


Drought and Overpopulation helped destroy the Assyrian Empire says a study co-led by Adam Schneider, a doctoral candidate in Anthropology. Could the same thing happen, in that and other regions, again?


Political science in the public interest: Thad Kousser offers insights in the L.A. Times on how to increase voter turnout, and Zoltan Hajnal discusses the Democratic Party's immigration dilemma in the New York Times.

Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? The new book, co-authored by Bradley Voytek of Cognitive Science, delves into the neuroscience of the undead.


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Upcoming Events


Triton Job and Internship Fair, January 14, 2015 –This is your opportunity to meet employers who are looking to recruit UC San Diego student and alumni talent.

Triton Connect, February 18, 2015 – Tap into your Triton network with Triton Connect, a series of customized alumni networking events hosted by UCSD Alumni. Please join us at LinkedIn in Mountain View, Calif., for a Women in Leadership alumni panel and the opportunity to connect with many other alumni professionals in diverse careers and industries. Event is from 5-8 p.m. For more information, email

Social Sciences Supper Club, February 26, 2015 –What does "design" mean at UC San Diego? Probably not what you think it means. Join Don Norman, director of the Design Lab and professor emeritus of Cognitive Science and Psychology at UC San Diego, as he discusses what the Design Lab will do to make design "important and exciting" at UC San Diego. Until then you can read this Q&A with Norman in the U-T.


Giving Update


Raising Support for Rising Leaders
What do Citi, Credit Suisse, Ernst & Young, Bank of Singapore, Booz & Co. and The Federal Reserve all have in common? They have all hired students from our Rising Leaders in Economics program – a career-launching opportunity that helps connect top undergraduate students with industry while also providing scholarship support. Learn more about how you can help our talented students.

UC Alumni Endow Scholarship
UC San Diego economics alumnus Paul White ’82 and his wife Erika, a UC Berkeley alumna, recently endowed an Alumni Leadership Scholarship that will provide a two-year award, in perpetuity, to undergraduate students who are juniors or seniors; California residents; have a minimum GPA of 3.0; have demonstrated financial need; and have college-level academic, campus or community service/ leadership.

If you are inspired to give the gift of education and invest in future Tritons, please contact Samantha Lang at or 858-822-3366.


Alumni Updates


Kim Newin, Revelle ’06 (Political Science) is the chair and founding member of the Volunteer50 Chancellor’s Call to Service Program at UC San Diego. In 2010, Volunteer50 was initiated as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration. The purpose of the program is to encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to perform 50 hours of community service during the academic year. 

Keith Padgett, Muir ’73 (Sociology) is the CEO of Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego, a non-profit dedicated to providing programs for under-served youth in City Heights and Oceanside that promote education, character development, life-skills, and values through the game of golf. The program has been impacting lives for 20 years, since 1994.

Sarah Woo, Marshall ’14 (Communication) serves as the special events and marketing coordinator at Make-A-Wish San Diego.  In her role, she assists with fundraising events and branding, as well as maintaining the organization’s social media, website and monthly e-newsletters. This year, Make-A-Wish San Diego will grant over 200 wishes to kids with life-threatening conditions in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Triton Educators Unite – Calling all alumni educators! Join the Educators Alliance to connect with fellow Triton leaders in our schools and request UC San Diego items for your classroom. UCSD Alumni is outfitting alumni teachers in local schools with classroom gear to help students see UC San Diego in their future.


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