Past Research

History of Public Mental Health

History of Public Mental Health

Principal Investigator(s): Marcia Meldrum In the past 50 years, through the initiative and efforts of clinicians and staff, social workers, advocates, family members, and people with mental illness themselves, Los Angeles County has endeavored to help those lost in darkness to find their way back to secure and rewarding lives. But what has been done is not yet enough. Our…

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Modeling the Evolution of Technology

Modeling the Evolution of Technology

Principal Investigator(s): Erik Gjesfjeld, Michael Alfaro, Christopher Kelty This project aims to utilize recent advancements in macroevolutionary research in order to develop new insights into the evolution of technology within both past and present societies. This includes understanding the complex processes that shape how new technologies are created, diversify and eventually go extinct. – “Competition and extinction explain the evolution…

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Intense Human Social Bonds and Healthy Gene Expression

Intense Human Social Bonds and Healthy Gene Expression

Principal Investigator(s): Martie Haselton, Steve Cole Social isolation is associated with disease and mortality, as well as changes in immune cell gene expression, including upregulation of pro-inflammatory genes and downregulation of antiviral genes. Both transcriptional dynamics are likely to contribute to the health risks associated with social isolation. Despite strong interest in social relationships, transcriptional responses, and health, what remains…

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What is Participation?

What is Participation?

Principal Investigator(s): Christopher Kelty, Aaron Panofsky Participation–as a concept and as a practice–ranges from the frustratingly vague to the strangely precise. It is a currency of legitimacy in the contemporary era as well as a problematization of the relationship between individuals and collectives stretching back hundreds of years. It’s been studied empirically in a surprising number of domains, often without…

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Model Organism Newsletters, Intellectual Property and Open Science

Model Organism Newsletters, Intellectual Property and Open Science

Principal Investigator(s): Christopher M. Kelty Scientific newsletters, especially in biology, flourished in the twentieth century. They are virtually unstudied, but can tell us a great deal about the simultaneous development of scientific communities or collectives and the concepts, techniques, collections, materials and maps they produce. This project explores scientific newsletters as a ‘model organism’ on which to study the moral…

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