College of Social Sciences Celebrates RSCA

The College of Social Sciences will host its first-ever Graduate Student Colloquia and the second installment of the Dean’s Symposium this semester. Using RSCA-infusion funding, the College of Social Sciences created the faculty and graduate student speaker series to raise awareness of research in its departments.

The College also launched a centralized RSCA website –  the Applied Research Center or ARC website – to provide information to student and faculty researchers on internal and external funding opportunities while also highlighting recent RSCA accomplishments. The website also includes research-centered profiles of CoSS faculty.

The College of Social Sciences Graduate Student Colloquia is Wednesday, April 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Engineering 287. The event will feature the work of five graduate students from different disciplines who all researched “Environmental Factors and their Impact on American Communities.”

The students worked closely with faculty mentors to develop their research and the students met in advance of the lecture to coordinate their presentations. The presenters include:

Matthew Gloria-Dalton, Communication Studies

“Authenticity, Accuracy, Fact, or Fiction: Dimensions of Mental Illness Portrayals in Primetime Cable News.”

Christal West, Mexican American Students

“Recovering Pathways of Resiliency: Approaches to Trauma Intervention for Youth of Color.”

Ida Wilson, Anthropology

“Understanding Participation in the Underground Economy in Oakland.”

John Linford and Joseph Holman, Economics

“Traffic Collision Fatalities for the 25 Largest California Cities.”

Ana Lucrecia Rivera, Geography and Global Studies

“Characterizing Vulnerable Populations Living Under Urban Heat Islands (UHI) in Santa Clara County.”

View the attached flier for more details about the lecture series: 2016 CoSS Student Colloquia_on_Apr27

The College of Social Sciences Dean’s Symposium on “Social Support and Adjustment to Stressful Life Experiences” is Wednesday, May 4, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Clark 222.

The presentation will address the ways in which people provide and receive social support in order to cope with and adapt to stressful life experiences.

The presenters include:

Annabel Prins, professor of Psychology

“Emotional support in the development and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

Faustina DuCross, assistant professor of Sociology

“’This Big Village of People’: Louisiana Migrants and the Supportive Role of Catholic Parish Networks in the City of Angels.”

A.J. Faas, assistant professor of Anthropology

“Minga Practice in the Shadow of the Volcano: Reciprocity, Cooperation, and the Complexities of Social Support in Disasters.”

Garrick Percival, associate professor of Political Science

“Mass Incarceration in California: The Long Unwind.”

View the attached flier for more details: 2016 COSS Dean’s Symposium_on_May4

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, email