College News and Events
UC Davis Artists Will Make With Three Exhibitions
April 29, 2016 - UC Davis master of fine art students will be a major presence in Sacramento during May and June. “Ruminant Ground,” at Beatnik Studios starting May 6 and “having happened” at Verge Center for the Arts opening June 3 will feature work by 16 MFA candidates in the nationally-acclaimed program. The students will also have a show in San Francisco.
Bringing a Special Sandbox Inside the Classroom
English Grad Makes a Mark in Tech But Isn’t Giving Up Literature
April 25, 2016 - Jennifer Pugh’s job as a product manager isn’t the kind of position people think an English major might end up with, but for Pugh (B.A., English, '10) it makes perfect sense. “When you have a liberal arts degree there is a questioning nature to it, there’s not just one answer,” she said. “It prepares you to stand back and look at the entire picture.”
Four From UC Davis Elected To American Academy of Arts and Sciences
April 20, 2016 — Four faculty members from the University of California, Davis have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are among 213 scientists, artists, writers and leaders in business, politics and philanthropy to be selected this year.
Sociologist Named a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar
Designer professor gives talk on Bonnard
April 18, 2016 - James Housefield, an associate professor in the Department of Design, will give a talk April 23 in conjunction with a major Pierre Bonnard exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Four UC Davis students will also have work on display at the museum that weekend.
Study Says Logos Make a Group Seem ‘Real’
Mariel Vazquez Receives National Award For Advancing Minorities in Math
April 14, 2016 — The National Blackwell-Tapia Committee is pleased to announce that the 2016 Blackwell-Tapia Prize will be awarded to Mariel Vazquez, a professor in the departments of mathematics and of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California, Davis.
Javanese shadow puppets bring another world to life
April 13, 2016 - The centuries-old Javanese theatre art of wayang kulit casts its spellbinding shadows at UC Davis on April 24. Wayang kulit (“shadow play”) marries music, storytelling and visual art through puppetry. The story, based on The Mahabharata, an ancient Hindu epic poem, will be narrated in English and Javanese. It is presented by the Department of Music at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
Music Professor Receives Guggenheim Fellowship
April 8, 2016 - Music professor Laurie San Martin has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. The fellowship will provide funding for San Martin, to do research and compose works for the San Francisco vocal ensemble Volti and New York’s Cygnus Ensemble. San Martin is one of only 175 Guggenheim Fellows this year selected from 3,000 applicants. The awards were announced April 6.
Borders Examined in All Day Symposium
Neuroscientists Get a New Look into How We Read
Future STEM Stars Gather At UC Davis
Creative Writing Professor Wins American Academy Prize
March 23, 2016 - UC Davis assistant professor of English Katie Peterson is one of eight writers of “exceptional accomplishment in any genre” to receive an American Academy of Arts and Letters 2016 literature award. Author of three books of poetry, Peterson is on a list that includes two MacArthur “genius grant” Fellows and a Pulitzer Prize winner.
Magneto-ionics could be a new alternative to electronics
March 21, 2016 — Right now, our microchips and memory devices are based on the movement of electrons across and near interfaces, usually of silicon, but with limitations of conventional electronics become apparent, researchers are looking at new ways to store or process information.
Medieval Scholars Coming Back To Place Group Started
March 21, 2016 - Half a century ago, a handful of medieval scholars at UC Davis organized a conference. The outgrowth of that meeting was the Medieval Association of the Pacific, now back at UC Davis for its annual conference and 50th anniversary March 31 - April 2.
Tide pools at the front line of ocean acidification
Our Cyborg Future: Could Digital Data Out-Evolve Us?
March 18, 2016 — With digital information increasing at an astonishing rate, a Department of Communication expert on big data and its effects on society says the concept of artificial intelligence evolving is no longer far-fetched.
New Yorker Art Critic Gives Students Insights
March 17, 2016 - Students recently got to spend time talking art and ideas with Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for The New Yorker magazine. Schjeldahl was at UC Davis to deliver the Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture supported by the College of Letters and Science.
Two Papers Make 'Best of Neuron' List
Faculty win major awards
Conference Explores Aftermath of The Shining Path
Public Scholars Program Launched
March 2, 2016 - A new UC Davis Public Scholars Program being launched March 7 supports community-engaged scholarship by graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. Projects include music education for incarcerated juveniles, the oral history of a gentrifying neighborhood, and immigrant contributions to sustainable agriculture.
Every Class A Collaboration For Teaching Award Winner
March 1, 2016 - Frances Dolan is a Shakespeare scholar, but her intellectual curiosity and desire for connection with her students and community have also made her well-versed in Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket and Northern California farming. The Distinguished Professor of English is this year’s winner of the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.
The New Yorker art critic gives Thiebaud lecture
Feb. 29, 2016 - Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for The New Yorker, will give the Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture at UC Davis March 10. The lecture, “The Critic as Artist: Updating Oscar Wilde,” is at 4:30 p.m and is free and open to the public. The series is named for filmmaker and teacher Betty Jean Thiebaud, wife of Wayne Thiebaud, an internationally recognized artist who taught at UC Davis for 30 years.
Lecture Honors Donor, Growth of Persian Studies
U.S. President Honors Tessa Hill as Extraordinary Early Career Scientist
Breaking the Strongest Link Triggered Big Baja Earthquake
Brain Prioritizes High-Reward Memories
Stellar writers reading
Feb. 5, 2016 - The UC Davis Creative Writing Program reading series includes a writer with 40 books to her credit and a writer whose just-released book was called “the first great novel of 2016" by Publishers Weekly.
Border Studies initiative examines ‘Racialized Belonging’
Feb. 1, 2016 - Defining borders, looking at who is crossing them and who we allow and don’t allow to cross them, are some of the issues the UC Davis Comparative Border Studies Initiative investigates in “Human Rights, Citizenship and Racialized Belonging.”
Francisco X. Alarcon lived his poetry every day
Young alum wins new scholarship for study in China
Jan. 11, 2016 — If you've already earned a pilot's license, a black belt in kung fu, an undergraduate degree and a great spot in the tech industry, what's next? James Rizzo has answered by winning a scholarship ...
Tracking down real-life private detectives
Dec. 18, 2015 — The trail had gone stone cold by the time John Walton set out to unravel a dark mystery. To make matters worse, the shadowy figures he was tailing had been pros at covering their tracks — and were long dead.
Saving an endangered language
Dec. 15. 2015 - About an hour inland from Eureka there remains a small group of people who speak Hupa, a critically endangered Native American language. Members of the Hoopa Valley Tribe have for many years now been actively engaged in revitalizing their language ...
Ross Thompson elected president of Zero to Three
Dec. 10, 2015 — Ross Thompson, a distinguished professor of psychology, is the new president of the board of directors for Zero to Three, a national nonprofit that promotes the health and development of young children.
Free Textbook Effort Expands With $600,000 Grant
New UC Davis connected books span the globe
Dec. 5, 2015 - Want to know how California became the birthplace of the modern conservative movement? Take a ride with words and images down the California coast? Find out where our image of the classic gumshoe came from? Ride along on a uniquely told story about a round-the-globe voyage? Those are a few of the things you can do and learn about in new books from UC Davis faculty and graduates.
Professor’s work on Armenian site honored
Oxytocin shows differences in male and female mice
Long friendship leads to lots of music
Scholar gives insight into refugee crisis
Community college degrees
Early intervention in dyslexia can narrow achievement gap, study finds
Sheffrin Lecture: Political theorist Philip Pettit explores corporate rights
Nov. 13 2015 — Should corporations, churches and voluntary associations be assigned rights under our laws in the same way as individual human beings? That's the question that philosopher and political theorist Philip Pettit explored in the 2015 Sheffrin Lecture in Public Policy.
Research on evolution, relationships and credit busts earn faculty a trio of honors
Oct. 12, 2015 — Lynne Isbell, a professor of anthropology (pictured left), was named a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. Phillip Shaver, distinguished professor emeritus of psychology, received the 2015 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Alan Taylor, professor of economics, won a Schmölders Prize for a paper examining nearly 140 years of money, credit and financial cycles in 14 developed countries.
UC Davis Chemistry Goes Green
Scholar adds to Indian Ocean Imagining
History Ph.D. candidate helps host Chile California Conference
Often decried, polygyny may have some advantages
UC Davis physicist praises 2015 Nobel prize for neutrinos
Oct. 28, 2015 - Billions of mysterious particles called neutrinos bombard your body every day. But catching even one neutrino is a huge effort. Nearly all neutrinos pass through people — and even our planet Earth — without a trace.
Proposed framework for K-12 history instruction drafted at UC DavisOct. 8, 2015 — Four alumni will be watching closely Oct. 8-9 when a proposed new framework for history and social sciences instruction in California K-12 schools gets its first public hearing.
Does hunting explain why zebras are not domesticated?Oct. 6, 2015 — Why do people ride horses but not their striped African cousins?
Professor and former student team up for exhibition
UC Davis offers WIC expertise as Congress considers funding
Sept. 30, 2015 — As Congress prepares to consider reauthorization of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, UC Davis Professor Marianne Page offers expertise on the act, which funds a number of nutrition programs, including school meals for low-income students and the supplemental nutrition assistance program for women, infants and children, or WIC.
PBS documentary on Latinos and the Vietnam War features historian Lorena Oropeza
In Memoriam: Rand B. Schaal, 1951 — 2015
Sept. 28, 2015 - Former UC Davis geology instructor Rand Schaal, whose lively teaching style inspired and entertained thousands of undergraduates, died suddenly on Sept. 11, 2015, in Needles, California.