Noteworthies: LA philanthropists fund social-sciences initiative

Los Altos residents and UC Santa Barbara alumni Louise A. Pahl and Stephen D. Pahl recently donated $1.1 million to their alma mater to fund research and teaching on major social issues ranging from housing to homelessness and mental health.

The donation, announced Feb. 12, establishes the Pahl Initiative on the Study of Critical Social Issues in UC Santa Barbara’s Division of Social Sciences.

Chancellor Henry T. Yang said the gift will further strengthen collaborative interdisciplinary research by faculty and students, including undergraduates, to address pressing societal concerns and will have an impact that reaches far beyond the campus.

The Pahls are 1977 UC Santa Barbara graduates. Louise earned a degree in sociology and Stephen in business economics and political science.

“We wanted to give this gift in our lifetime so that we can help Dean Charles Hale, UC Santa Barbara faculty, graduate and undergraduate students with meaningful, cutting-edge research for real-world solutions,” said Louise, a trustee of the UCSB Foundation who serves on the Bay Area Regional Leadership Committee.

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