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Greetings from Paul Drake, Dean

It is with mixed feelings that I share with you that on October 1, I will officially step down as Dean of the Division of Social Sciences. I say that my feelings are mixed because I will no longer be working directly with the incredible faculty and staff that I have had the honor to collaborate with for the past 12 years. However, I am not leaving the UCSD family. I am assuming the position of Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. This position serves as the chief academic officer for UCSD. I will have oversight of the General Campus Colleges, Divisions and Schools, the University Libraries, Office of Graduate Studies, the Academic Personnel Units, Resource Administration, Program Planning, and the Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity. The Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs also serves as the acting chancellor in the chancellor's absence.

A nationwide search will be conducted for a new Dean of Social Sciences. In the interim, the division will once again be in the very capable hands of Jeff Elman, who served as Acting Dean during my sabbatical last year. Professor David Lake of the Political Science department has also agreed to another stint as Acting Associate Dean, the position Jeff normally holds.

Exciting challenges await me in this new position and I look forward to continuing my service to the university.

Social Sciences News

UCSD Named 8th Best Public University in U.S. News & World Report nationwide survey.

The reform of telecommunications in South Africa has largely failed, according to a new analysis co-authored by Robert Horwitz, professor of Communication.

Cognitive Science major and recent UCSD graduate, Joachim Lyon, is awarded one of the most prestigious scholarships in the nation from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Exhibition at Museum of Man is guest-curated by archaeologist Thomas Levy; opens to rave reviews.

Upcoming Events

Social Sciences Supper Club, October 10, 2007 — UCSD Economics Professor Richard T. Carson will discuss his research and recommendations for San Diego’s airport during his presentation, “San Diego’s Airport Dilemma: Past, Present and Future”; 5:30pm; UCSD Faculty Club; $65 includes presentation, dinner and parking. For more info or reservations, contact Chris Hillis at (858) 822-6694 or

Economics Roundtable, October 18, 2007— Julio de Quesada, head of Banamex Corporate and Investment Banking, CEO Grupo Financiero Citibank and Citibank S.A., will discuss “Mexico 2007 Main Priorities: Real Estate and Infrastructure” at the next Economics Roundtable; 7:30-9 a.m.; UCSD Faculty Club; $50 fee includes parking and Continental breakfast. For more info or to register, call (858) 822-0510 or email

Recent Gifts

John ’88 and Kim ’87 Iorillo have donated $100,000 in support of the proposed Sir Clive W.J. Granger Endowed Chair in Econometrics. Named after the UCSD Nobel Laureate in Economics, this endowed chair will support the research and teaching of the chair holder. The Economics department is seeking additional gifts to fully fund the chair. Inquiries may be directed to Director of Development Michelle Glenn at (858) 822-0805 or

Thanks to a one-to-one gift match offered by Cognitive Science alumnus Robert Glushko, Ph.D. ’79, more than $300,000 has been raised for the department. This is in addition to the $250,000 he has already given to support graduate fellowships and a distinguished visitor series for the world-renowned department.

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