• Alisa Tazhitdinova

Get to know Alisa Tazhitdinova, assistant professor in UC Santa Barbara's Department of Economics

“In practical terms, this is no different from how all of us as individuals deal with a deficit in our personal budget,” Cohen said. “Every time we use a credit card we are building up debt. If over the course of time our income fails to match the accumulation of debt, we are in deficit. Same for families; same for business enterprises; same for every level of government (cities, counties, states).”

“Everything feels connected with masculinity right now, from mass shootings to the #metoo movement to the resurgence of a white supremacist movement in the U.S.,” said Tristan Bridges, an assistant professor of sociology and organizer of the series. “So it’s an important moment to have conversations about this. Some of them are going to be uncomfortable. But these moments are productive.”

“We developed a computational model to create a world in which we can vary how many niches are in the environment,” said Michael Gurven, a professor of anthropology.

UC Santa Barbara, which this year experienced the most competitive admissions process in campus history, continues to attract the best of the best.

Kennett, an environmental archaeologist, noted the study at long last settles the question of the origin of Indo-European languages, which includes English, Russian, French, Hindi, Spanish and over 400 others.

McClure, who has done extensive work in Spain and Croatia, said the study’s global nature gives scientists the ability to see the greater patterns of land-use impacts. And despite some regional variances, the worldwide patterns are clear.

The project “Mass Shootings in America: Men, Masculinity, Guns and U.S. Gun Culture,” by Tristan Bridges, an assistant professor of sociology, is the inaugural awardee of the university’s nascent Pahl Initiative on the Study of Critical Social Issues in the Division of Social Sciences.

Weber and his lab developed MoNA, the Moral Narrative Analyzer, which promises to revolutionize the field.