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April 24, 2023
A devoted contingent of undergraduate students from UC Merced's Cognitive Science Student Association shared their excitement for cognitive science at Bobcat Day, an annual event for prospective students. With nearly 8,000 registered attendees — including prospective students and their...
March 2, 2023
The University of California, Merced, has officially approved a new Department of Philosophy, fulfilling a longstanding goal of philosophers formerly housed within the Department of Cognitive and Information Sciences. We who remain within CIS wish our colleagues all the best in their new department...
February 14, 2023
Cognitive and Information Sciences (CIS) Ph.D. student Ben Nguyen spent last summer working as a data analyst at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Nguyen was selected for the competitive fellowship through the nonprofit organization Coding it Forward, which brings early career...
February 10, 2023
Assistant Professor Lace Padilla was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Sciences. “The APS Rising Star designation is presented to outstanding APS Members in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD.” Prof. Padilla was recognized for her groundbreaking...
February 7, 2023
Teenie Matlock, Cognitive and Information Sciences professor and the McClatchy Chair in Communications, has been awarded the fourth Jeffrey L. Elman Prize for Scientific Achievement and Community Building — one of the highest honors in the Cognitive Science Society. For Matlock, it’s...
February 3, 2023
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science Carolyn Jennings has recently published her latest book, "Attention and Mental Control", as part of the Cambridge Elements series on Philosophy of Mind. This work provides a scientifically-grounded account of the ability to control...
February 2, 2023
For years, Prof. Smaldino has been teaching UC Merced students how to understand human behavior and society by building mathematical models and computer simulations. Now he's sharing that knowledge with the whole world in his forthcoming book Modeling Social Behavior, due out in October from...
January 22, 2023
In addition to her ongoing role at UC Merced, Professor of Cognitive Science and McClatchy Chair in Communications Teenie Matlock has officially accepted an appointment at UC Santa Cruz as special adviser to the chancellor on Indigenous Relations.
November 10, 2022
Assistant Professor Tyler Marghetis was an invited expert on episodes of two different podcast series. On the Simplifying Complexity podcast, he was invited to discuss the science of resilience and revolution in complex systems, from the global climate to individual minds. On the IFL Science Big...
August 1, 2022
Professor of Cognitive and Information Sciences Paul Smaldino has joined the Santa Fe Institute as a member of their external faculty. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as a “Justice League for renegade geeks,” the Santa Fe Institute is the world's leading research center for...

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