College News and Events
Initiative Examines Border Militarization
Pioneering Psychologist Receives Honorary Degree in Glittery Stockholm Ceremony
Oct. 10, 2016 —Phillip Shaver, distinguished professor emeritus of psychology, has received a series of career awards for his research on romantic and other close adult relationships. But none of his award presentations can top what happened Sept. 30 in Stockholm.
Pioneering Punjabis Digital Archive Launched
Oct. 10, 2016 - In the late 19th century, men from the Punjab region in north India began settling in the Sacramento Valley and other parts of rural California, farming the land that reminded them of home. UC Davis has launched the Pioneering Punjabis Digital Archive Project that brings together resouces on the history and ongoing vibrancy of Yuba City’s Punjabi American community – one of the largest rural South Asian communities outside India.
Book on Native American Slavery Shortlisted for National Book Award
Tongue-In-Cheek Museum Will Meld Science and Art
October 4, 2016 — If Salvador Dali designed a science museum, it might look something like the plans for the Institute of Unknown Purpose, a surreal and playful pop-up institute that will blend science and art.
Marine Scientists Featured in Climate Change Film
Teacher Workshop on Transcontinental Railroad to Make Another Run
Aug. 30, 2016 — A UC Davis-run workshop that brings the history of the Transcontinental Railroad to life for schoolteachers is back on track for next summer, thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.
MPS Awards and Accolades — Summer 2016
Historian's Study Helps National Park Service Commemorate Reconstruction Era
Aug. 25, 2016 — As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this summer, UC Davis Professor Gregory Downs has focused on an oft-forgotten part of U.S. history that our national parks are now helping the public to understand — the Reconstruction era.
Economist to CTV: Perfect Storm Brewing in Canada's Housing Market
Anthropologist Sums Up Latest Research on Human Spread Around the Planet
Aug. 18, 2016 — Our species, Homo sapiens, left Africa earlier than previously thought and our diverse cultures have been heavily influenced by geography, according to a recent review by Alexander (Sandy) Harcourt, professor emeritus of anthropology.
UC Davis Big Part of Small Books on Everyday Objects
Aug. 17, 2016 - When UC Davis alumnus Christopher Schaberg (Ph.D., English, ’09) thought about who would be great contributors to the book and essay series he was creating, he went back to colleagues at UC Davis. So far his UC English doctoral classmates, John Garrison (Ph.D., English, ’11) and Kara Thompson (Ph.D., English, ’09), along with English professor Scott Shershow, have written essays and books for the “Object Lessons” series.
Evolution of Biggest Whales Linked With Ocean Productivity
August 12, 2016 — Starting out the size of a hippo some 50 million years ago, whales have since evolved into the largest animals on Earth. But their growth wasn’t steady over the millennia; instead, filter-feeding whales like the blue whale only ballooned in size starting about 2.5 million years ago. Whales’ grass-gobbling relatives, such as sea cows, also expanded in size during this time.
Anthropology Student Curates Controversial Art Exhibit In South Africa
July 25, 2016 - Matthew Nesvet, who is pursuing a doctorate in anthropology at UC Davis, studies organized crime and has been researching a syndicate that plunders gold mines in South Africa. But recently his attention has been on a controversial art show he organized in Johannesburg. The exhibition “Post Its #1” aims to challenge the meanings of “post” in post-apartheid and postcolonial South Africa.
LUX Dark Matter Detector Comes Up Empty
July 21, 2016 — The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment, which operates beneath a mile of rock at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the Black Hills of South Dakota, has completed its silent search without detecting the missing matter of the universe.
Network Science Meets Al Capone
July 19, 2016 — Sociologist Chris Smith and a colleague have brought modern network theory to the Roaring Twenties, compiling a database of the relationships in Prohibition-era Chicago and mapping out the links that held together Al Capone’s criminal empire.
Emeriti Faculty Continue Scholarly Work
July 16, 2016 - Like many retirees, UC Davis professors don’t quit working when they retire. Some say they’ve done their most significant work since retiring. Emeriti contributions to the scholarly world are examined in the recent study "A Virtual Eleventh Campus" by John Vohs, a UC Davis senior lecturer emeritus of communication.
Seven Ways Students Will Change the World
Undergraduates will be putting their educations to work alleviating poverty around the world this summer, many of them before they even graduate. Seven students from a wide array of majors in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science — in the social sciences, humanities and mathematics — have been selected as Blum Center Summer Fellows for 2016.