Social science archive

Berkeley’s Maria Echaveste nominated to become ambassador to Mexico

Echaveste gets Obama nod to be Mexico ambasssador

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.

More Ph.D. students get sneak preview of non-academic careers

More Ph.D. students get sneak preview of non-academic careers February 24, 2014:

Scientists spend a lot of time crunching numbers to draw conclusions from data. And so it’s hardly surprising that Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers at last week’s “Beyond Academia” career conference were doing just that. “The likelihood that we will land tenure-track positions is about 10 percent,” said molecular biology postdoc Magda Strzelecka. “It would be great to have an academic job, but I want to be prepared in case it doesn’t work out.”

Forever Valentine: Study shows marriage gets better in old age with video

Forever Valentine: Study shows marriage gets better in old age February 11, 2014:

Love, marriage, kids — and then what? UC Berkeley psychologist Robert Levenson looks back on his longitudinal study of 156 middle-aged and older couples in the San Francisco Bay Area who survived the slings and arrows of early wedlock.

Happiness hyped, ethnic competition and power poses

Happiness hyped, ethnic competition and power poses February 10, 2014:

Aiming for happiness can stress you out. White and Asian students feel disadvantaged in college admissions. And striking powerful poses before a job interview can make you seem more hirable. These are among the UC Berkeley findings psychologists will share at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Austin, Texas.