Migration, climate, housing among the topics featured during fifth annual UC Santa Cruz Research Frontiers Evening Oct. 26

Gabriela Arredondo
Karen Holl
Sikina Jinnah
Steve McKay
Lisa Rofel
Leila Takayama

Six UC Santa Cruz researchers who are tackling "key issues of the 21st century" will be featured during the fifth annual Division of Social Sciences Research Frontiers Evening on October 26.

The public is invited to attend the event on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Museum of Art and History in downtown Santa Cruz. The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by opening remarks by Social Sciences Dean Katharyne Mitchell; faculty talks will begin at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is required.

"This event highlights some of the timely and engaged research taking place in the Division of Social Sciences at UC Santa Cruz," said Mitchell. "These six professors are helping us navigate the challenges of climate change, migration, global relations, environmental degradation, housing, and the omnipresence of technology in our lives. We invite the public to come learn more about the collaborative work that's taking place, and the impact these scholars are having on policy and practice in the world."

The six faculty speakers will deliver short talks along two separate tracks.

Speaking on the theme of "Community Research and Global Engagement" will be:

Steve McKay, associate professor of sociology, "No Place Like Home: Community-Engaged Research Tackles the Santa Cruz Housing Crisis."

Lisa Rofel, professor of anthropology, "What Does China's Rise Mean for the Global South?"

Gabriela Arredondo, associate professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, "LatinX Migrations: Histories and Current Questions."

Speaking on the theme of "Engineering the Planet: Robots, Environment, and Policy" will be:

Leila Takayama, acting associate professor of psychology, "Wrangling Robots: Inventing a More Human-Centered Future."

Karen Holl, professor of environmental studies, "Is it Possible to Restore Tropical Forests?"

Sikina Jinnah, associate professor of politics, "Climate Engineering: What is it and Why Should You Care?"