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Greetings from Jeff Elman, Dean

At the leading edge of John Muir College stands a three-story modernist building, Mandler Hall, positioned among the groves of Torrey and Monterrey pines on the western bluff of campus. Thousands of students have passed it on the way to classes at Peterson Hall or heading from Muir to Marshall College. For those who were psychology majors, they know it well. In this issue, we profile the person behind the name, George Mandler, and his distinguished wife Jean, whose careers were at the leading edge of their respective fields and whose influence on students and scholarship is extraordinary.

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Social Sciences News

Pradeep K. Khosla begins his tenure as UC San Diego's eighth chancellor.

Social scientist Wayne Cornelius wins Mexico's highest award for foreigners.

Helping underserved students: Endowed scholarship honors the work of educational reformer Hugh “Bud” Mehan of Sociology and CREATE.

Political scientist Samuel Popkin examines what it takes to win a presidential election in his new book. Fellow political scientists Peter Gourevitch, Zoltan Hajnal and Thad Kousser share thoughts on the upcoming presidential election on UCTV Prime.

Guggenheim Fellow James Rauch of Economics plans to investigate jadedness and professionalism in non-governmental organizations.

World-renowned Melanesian Archive renamed for the late Donald Tuzin of Anthropology.

To Research and Serve: Psychology professor and alumnus John Wixted discusses using education and expertise to serve the community.

David Kirsh of Cognitive Science will help lead new interdisciplinary Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination.

Upcoming Events

Social Sciences Supper Club, September 19, 2012 — Political Science professor Samuel Popkin will discuss and sign his book The Candidate: What it Takes to Win - and Hold - the White House. UC San Diego Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion. Time: 5 p.m. book signing and reception,5:30 p.m. lecture. Cost: $65/person or $40/UC San Diego alumni; includes wine reception, dinner and parking at the Faculty Club. For more information, contact Marcie Marsh at 858-246-0372 or

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Alumni Updates

Carl Kenneth Christopher Jr., Warren ’98 (Economics) is director of school operations at Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, one of the largest public school turnaround non-profit organizations in the nation, serving nearly 16,500 students across 22 schools in some of the city's most impoverished environments. In this role, Christopher is responsible for overseeing the strategic delivery of high quality operational support and services to the Partnership schools. Prior to joining the Partnership, he was executive director at Kaplan, Inc. and associate director at the Stanford University School of Education. Christopher holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kelly T. Duong, ERC ’09 (International Studies) is an environmental consultant, which includes analyzing operations as well as determining land field access. She is currently business solutions analyst at Complete Recycling, a business specializing in large-volume industrial scrap paper, plastic and metal recycling domestically and internationally for the manufacturing, fabrication, distribution, demolition and construction industries. While at UC San Diego, Duong was a recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt College Writer's Excellence Award in 2005-2006 and Global Service Award in 2009.

Stephanie Le Fever, ERC ’11 (Political Science) is currently a private home school teacher and trained for the 2012 Olympic Trials. While at UC San Diego, Le Fever was a stellar athlete, with her main focus on the heptathlon and long jump. At NCAA Division II Nationals, she placed second place and was named UC San Diego Athlete of the Year for 2011. She is currently a volunteer for the UCSD Track and Field Team.

Coco Tihanyi, Muir ’89 (Communication) is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Surf Diva, Inc., a surf school in La Jolla that has been introducing women of all ages to the sport and spirit of surfing since 1996. Tihanyi is a competitive surfer and began teaching surfing while in college. She and her two sisters graduated from UC San Diego in 1989 – the first time in UC San Diego history three siblings all graduated in the same year. Surf Diva, Inc. sponsors the annual Surfing Invitational event during Alumni Weekend.

John W. Yao, Muir ’06 (Economics) owns his own wedding photography company, SimplyTwo Photography. John is a wedding, fashion and lifestyle photographer based out of Los Angeles. Yao's work regularly appears in wedding magazines and is inspired by the influence of modern art, fashion and photojournalism. This year marks Yao's seventh year of working with brides and grooms from around the world.

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