Please attend our Leading Research in Social Sciences Conference April 24, May 1, May 8


As the director of the Institute for Social Sciences at UC Davis, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend our upcoming launch conference series Leading Research in the Social Sciences Today. We have arranged a particularly exciting lineup of presenters from UC Davis, including humanities scholars, and institutions across the country. The series takes place on three consecutive Fridays: April 24, May 1, and May 8, 2015.

It is often hard to get a sense of what other disciplines are up to because our own work keeps us busy enough. So in this conference, we’ve asked speakers to feature the leading edge of their disciplinary research along with the methods they use. I believe it is a wonderful opportunity to get a real taste of the range of insights being generated today among our colleagues.

Each day of the conference will focus on a unique aspect of inquiry, including how perception is shaped and how perception shapes reality, how technology and big data is changing social science, and the role of social networks in decision making. Our keynote speakers include Amy Cuddy from Harvard Business School, James Fowler from UC San Diego and Matthew Jackson from Stanford University. We will also have a reception on April 24 with food, wine and music, where we will formally celebrate the conference and the launch of the Institute.
Please forward this invitation and the attached flyer to colleagues, students and others who might like to attend. You can also learn more about the conference and register at the ISS website. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

I look forward to seeing you there.


Joe Dumit