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Saturday, October 15, 2016
Fraud Alert warning sign
100% of Americans are targets of scams. Yet most people think that financial fraud affects only the elderly and believe that they themselves would never fall for it. In fact, millions of Americans of all ages fall victim to scams, with costs of some $50 billion a year....
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
SPARQ health director Alia Crum
Congratulations to SPARQ Health Director Alia Crum, who just received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) New Innovator Award. The award supports "exceptionally creative, early-career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects."
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
A handful of coins sprouting a new plant.

SPARQ faculty co-directors Jennifer Eberhardt and Hazel Markus hosted a SPARQ Research Clinic in late July with a diverse group of faculty, investors, and professionals focused on the role of bias in impact investing. Impact investing refers to funding entrepreneurs with social and environmental causes, in addition to generating financial returns.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
SPARQ Scientists Release OPD Reports
In May of 2014, the City of Oakland engaged SPARQ researchers to examine race relations between the Oakland Police Department (OPD) and the Oakland community. Today, we released our findings in two reports. In the first, "Strategies for Change: Research Initiatives and Recommendations To Improve Police-Community Relations in Oakland, Calif.," we present evidence of pervasive racial discrimination in stops, searches, handcuffings, and arrests, as well as offer 50 recommendations for reforming police culture....
Monday, June 13, 2016
An Imam speaks to a crowd
In response to the Orlando massacre, SPARQ Research Scientist Sarah Lyons-Padilla penned an op-ed for "The Guardian" explaining how Islamophobia actually feeds terrorism. She writes, "The evidence shows that alienating an entire religious community...will make us less safe. There are better ways to fight extremism." Read the full article: "I've studied radicalization -- and Islamophobia often plants the seed"...
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Seal of the California Department of Justice
On April 19, 2016, SPARQ and the Office of the Attorney General released the Principled Policing Report on procedural justice and implicit bias training. Press release from the Office of the Attorney General: SACRAMENTO - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Assemblymembers Reggie Jones- Sawyer and Rob Bonta have introduced legislation to expand Principled Policing training to law enforcement agencies across the state to address issues of implicit bias and community trust...
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
SPARQ faculty co-directors Hazel Rose Markus and Jennifer Eberhardt
Congratulations to SPARQ's Faculty Directors Hazel Markus and Jennifer Eberhardt, both of whom were just elected to the National Academy of Sciences! See here for the full list of newly elected members.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
SPARQ Graduate Fellow Lauren Howe

SPARQ graduate fellow Lauren Howe shows that our mindsets affect how we deal with romantic rejection.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
SPARQ Graduate Fellow Kari Leibovitz

SPARQ graduate fellow Kari Leibowitz describes how our mindsets and environments shape our eating habits.

Monday, February 8, 2016
Alana Conner presents "How To Save the World With Your Research," at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Diego, California
SPARQ hosted a well-attended professional development session, "How To Save the World With Your Research," at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Diego, California.