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Asian American Histories of the United States

In an episode of "The Takeaway" podcast, Catherine Ceniza Choy discusses her new book, Asian American Histories of the United States, which highlights the experiences of violence, erasure, and resistance of Asian Americans in the US. Professor Choy is a faculty affiliate of ISSI's Asian American Research Center.

Medicalizing Risk: How experts and consumers manage uncertainty in genetic health testing

Meghna Mukherjee and Skyler Wang, graduate student affiliates of ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research, are two of the co-authors of this new article in PLOS ONE. Here, they examine how experts and patient-consumers turn to different resources accessible to them to gain clarity on knowledge gaps that can help them manage their genetic risk states.

Neighborhood Institutions and Well-being: Youth Perspectives

A new working paper by ISSI Graduate Fellow Brenda Mathias, PhD Candidate in Social Welfare is out now. Mathias recognized that investigations into the relationship between young people and local neightborhood institutions typically relied on adult perspectives. Mathias conducted interviews with young people from East Oakland to hear directly about their experiences with neighborhood institutions, including schools, youth-serving organizations, and churches.

Call for Proposals: Grants in Asian American Research

For UC Berkeley Faculty and Graduate Students

Application deadline: October 17, 2022, 5:00pm PT

The Asian American Research Center (AARC) invites proposals from current UCB faculty and graduate students working on scholarly, community engagement, and/or creative projects that focus on Asian American populations. We seek projects that center Asian American perspectives, agency, and epistemologies. We are especially interested in funding projects that engage communities as partners and/or involve Asian American populations. Faculty awards are up $10,000; graduate student awards are up to $5,000. More information and the applications are available online.

Prize for Undergraduates Working to Improve the Future for Children and Youth

Each year the KIDS FIRST: David L. Kirp Prize awards $2,500 to a UC Berkeley undergraduate who has developed innovative strategies to increase opportunities for children and youth or who has demonstrated a commitment to improving the future of children and youth. The prize is open to students from all majors, and the application deadline is October 24, 2022 at 5pm. Application and more details are available here.  

Congratulations Kris Gutiérrez

Kris Gutiérrez, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research, was awarded the Berkeley Faculty Service Award in recognition for her dedication and success in helping faculty members and departments understand and support diversity, inclusion and belonging through education, policy changes, and program creations.

NIH Grant for Ariana Thompson-Lastad

Ariana Thompson-Lastad, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, received a Career Development Award (K01) from the National Institute for Minority Health & Health Disparities (part of NIH). It will support her work with Recipe4Health, a partnership providing vegetable prescriptions and group medical visits in Alameda County to improve the health of the community through medically-supportive food rich in nutrients.

Feeling "Jewish Enough"

The Jewish News of Northern California interviewed Tina Sacks, chair of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, about her research on ancestral trauma and how her struggles with feeling "Jewish enough" have informed her work.

Congratulations Brandi Summers

Brandi Summers, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Research on Social Change, received the 2022 American Cultures Excellence in Teaching Award. The award recognizes the exemplary ability of faculty members in the American Cultures curriculum to create an inspiring learning space that address both challenges and opportunities associated with AC.

Welcome New ISSI Graduate Fellows!

This fall, a new cohort of seven graduate students will participate in ISSI’s Graduate Fellows Program: Xavier Durham, Irene Farah Rivadeneyra, Daryl Mangosing, Martha Ortega Mendoza, Catherine Park, Valentín Sierra, and Rashad Arman Timmons. The Graduate Fellows Program provides two years of training and mentorship to an interdisciplinary mix of advanced graduate students who are in the midst of dissertation research and writing about social change. The new Fellows come from a range of fields: African Diaspora Studies, Education, City and Regional Planning, Public Health, Social Welfare, and Sociology. Their projects tackle a variety of pressing issues related to race and class in the US, including policing, drug use, undocumented graduate students, and Indigenous culture-based mental health care. The new cohort of Fellows will join seven returning Fellows. Read more about the Fellows here.

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