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Greetings from Paul Drake, Dean

Welcome to the first issue of the Social Sciences e-Connection. This electronic newsletter will come out several times a year and is designed to share with you divisional news and events.

The Division of Social Sciences was created in 1986 with the goal of increasing opportunities for interdisciplinary study and research. Since that time it has grown considerably. We are now the largest academic division on campus with nine departments and numerous programs and research units. Nearly 50 percent of UCSD's undergraduates earn degrees majoring in one of the social sciences.

Academically, many of our programs rank in the top ten in the country. We're also home to three Nobel Laureates and four MacArthur "genius" grant recipients. That's a lot to be proud of! From Cognitive Science and Communication to Economics and Political Science, the division offers students an array of exciting courses to prepare them for a career in this complex world.

In future e-Connection issues, we hope to include updates on alumni achievements. If you have news to share, please pass it along. We look forward to keeping in touch. Best wishes for a safe and happy 2006.

Social Sciences News

New sign language research by Communication professor and Linguistics alumna Carol Padden made national and international headlines in 2005.

The human brain is the subject of public presentations by Cognitive Science faculty members Martin Sereno, Jeff Elman and Joan Stiles.

Economics ranks fifth in the U.S. for highest impact research.

Girl-geeks? Maria Charles, of Sociology, examines the gender gap in computer science education.

A survey of peers finds UCSD Political Science one of the nation's premier places to study international relations.

Upcoming Events

Social Sciences Supper Club, Jan. 18 - Psychology professors Laura Schreibman and Karen Dobkins will discuss "The Challenges of Autism."

Economics Roundtable, Feb. 16 - Christopher Thornberg, senior economist at the UCLA Anderson Forecast, will consider "The California Economy: Housing Boom or Bubble?"

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