Social science archive

Bancroft opens stunning California Captured on Canvas exhibit with video

Bancroft opens stunning California Captured on Canvas exhibit October 21, 2014:

The Bancroft Library is providing a window onto California’s unique history and culture with an new exhibit of oil paintings from its pictorial collection, some of which haven’t been publicly displayed before.

They like to watch, yes, but that’s just the beginning with video

They like to watch, yes, but that’s just the beginning October 13, 2014:

Kai Huotari, a sometime filmmaker and former visiting scholar at Berkeley’s School of Information, analyzed thousands of tweets and interviewed 45 “TV live-tweeters” to learn why people would do such a thing. Note to TV producers: It’s not all about you.

Low birth rates can actually pay off in the U.S. and other countries

Low birth rates can actually pay off in the U.S. and other countries October 9, 2014:

As birth rates decline in countries that include parts of Europe and East Asia, threatening the economic slowdown associated with aging populations, a global study from UC Berkeley and the East-West Center in Hawaii suggests that in much of the world, it actually pays to have fewer children. The results challenge previous assumptions about population growth.

Berkeley’s Maria Echaveste nominated to become ambassador to Mexico

Berkeley’s Maria Echaveste nominated to become ambassador to Mexico September 18, 2014:

President Obama has nominated UC Berkeley’s Maria Echaveste to become the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, and if confirmed, she will be the first woman to hold the prestigious post.

Study links honesty to prefrontal region of the brain

Study links honesty to prefrontal region of the brain September 8, 2014:

Lead author of new study linking honesty to a certain region of the brain says the findings have significant implications for understanding social interaction and cooperation within business organizations and beyond.

Experts’ panel to discuss controversial migrant youth immigration surge

Experts’ panel to discuss controversial migrant youth immigration surge September 3, 2014:

A panel of experts hosted by UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies will explore “Child Migrants: A Journey of Desperation and Hope,” discussing the contexts of the current controversy around a surge in child migrants from Central America and Mexico, and future prospects.

‘HackTheHearst’ to expand public discovery of ancient treasures

‘HackTheHearst’ to expand public discovery of ancient treasures August 27, 2014:

Hackers are being invited to compete in a contest to open up the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s digital collections to a wider public, making the museum’s treasures even more accessible to students, Native Americans, researchers and everyone else.

Gourmet Ghettos exhibit at Magnes to celebrate religious rituals around food

Gourmet Ghettos exhibit at Magnes to celebrate religious rituals around food August 26, 2014:

“Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals,” is a new exhibit opening soon at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley.

‘Getting-by girls’ straddle gap between academic winners and losers with photos

‘Getting-by girls’ straddle gap between academic winners and losers August 16, 2014:

Everyone notices the academic superstars and failures, but what about the tens of millions of American teens straddling these two extremes? A new UC Berkeley study has spotlighted a high school subculture that has made an art of slacking, even with ample educational resources, and may be destined to perpetuate the nation’s struggling lower-middle class.

Music department piano, instruments sale will be grand

Music department piano, instruments sale will be grand August 12, 2014:

An upcoming sale of lightly used pianos and other musical instruments will help provide instruments for UC Berkeley music students every year. The event is open to students, faculty, staff and the public.