Division of Social Sciences

Transdisciplinary Homelessness Research: Measure H and Beyond

This one week residency by visiting speaker Prof. Dennis Culhane of the University of Pennsylvania is designed to galvanize transdisciplinary research and training in response to the homelessness crisis. In Los Angeles County, more than $1 billion in annual expenditures fund strategies to combat the homelessness and housing crisis. This is a critical moment for the UCLA research community to support policymakers with rigorous research to inform and evaluate these massive investments, including Measures H and HHH, while fulfilling our commitment to the public good.

The Past and Future of Human Rights: Recognizing and Preventing Genocide

The UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy and the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law will convene an interdisciplinary workshop on April 11, 2018, entitled "The Past and Future of Human Rights: Recognizing and Preventing Genocide." The workshop will bring together scholars from UCLA and other institutions, along with a select number of human rights activists and practitioners to encourage and facilitate discussion between those thinking about genocide prevention and accountability from different perspectives.

Revisiting the Teaching Evaluation: Exploring Practical Ways for the Review Process to Better Assess and Reward Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation

The goal of this event is to improve undergraduate education by assessing ways to make the teaching review process result in a more representative evaluation of teaching effectiveness and efforts to improve instruction. This event is aimed at bringing together those faculty invested in reconsidering and improving the teaching evaluation process on campus.

Women's Health and Gender Differences Cross-Campus Symposium Series

A new symposium series to engage cross-campus collaboration at UCLA in the area of women's health scholarship and research, in particular connecting the College and the Health Sciences to solve complex problems involving women's health and wellness. This series includes both trainees and faculty and is the result of a previous strategic planning conference to promote "North and South" collaboration to improve women's health. Faculty of all disciplines can present their work-in-progress.

Drowning World

This award contributes funding towards UCLA Art & Global Health Center;s new collaboration with the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions, the UCLA Geography Muir Chair and Studio, the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and the Visual and Performing Arts Education Minor to bring the award-winning photographer Gideon Mendel to campus to show and discuss his "Drowning World" project. Mendel, who hails from South Africa and now lives in London, takes photographs of people whose homes have been flooded.

Understanding the New Middle East

This award contributes funding towards a symposium on Understanding the New Middle East, organized by the Center for Near Eastern Studies and faculty from the Departments of History, Sociology and Anthropology. This conference will bring together academics, commentators, and other experts to explore the roots and nature of the current crises in the Middle East and to plot the region’s future trajectory.

Chemical Entanglements: Gender and Exposure”

This award provides funding for a symposium, lecture, and workshop, which will convene a group of researchers, scientists and community-based researchers, artists, documentarians, and policy makers to assess the gendered impacts of (primarily endocrine-disrupting) chemicals on human populations. By marshaling a variety of perspectives—laboratory, ethnographic, epidemiological, and narrative, this transdisciplinary collaboration will seek to explore how gender has made a difference in the public’s knowledge with regard to the cumulative effects of environmental toxins.

Software Carpentry: R Workshop

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Best Practices for Scientific Computing".

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