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Sociologist Receives Award for Grad Student Mentoring

portrait photo of UC Davis sociologist Vicki Smith

June 17, 2016 — Recognizing the vital role of faculty mentors, the UC Davis Academic Senate recently honored Vicki Smith, professor and chair the Department of Sociology, for “outstanding commitment” to the success of graduate students.

Researcher Gets Keck Futures Grant to Help Non-Musical People Enhance Their Groove

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June 15, 2016 — Making music together can deepen social bonds, fostering compassion and empathy among the players. But not everyone is ready, or physically able, to join a drumming circle or even clap along. A UC Davis cognitive neuroscientist who studies the psychology of music is leading a team in developing an assistive device to help the musically challenged synch their sounds.

Historians Named to Honor Roll of Speakers

June 14, 2016 — Four more faculty members of the Department of History have been named to the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lectureship Program: Kathryn Olmsted, professor and chair; Andrés Reséndez and Louis Warren, professors; and Lisa Materson, associate professor.

‘G.J.’ Mattey Receives Charles P. Nash Prize

Portrait photo of UC Davis philosophy faculty G.J. Mattey

June 7, 2016 — George “G.J.” Mattey, a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, is the newest member of the campus community to be forever linked with the late Charlie Nash over their shared commitment to shared governance.

Social Media Campaigning: It’s About the Conversation

June 7, 2016 — Twitter’s use as a political campaigning tool has been spreading around the globe since President Barack Obama tapped social media on the way to the White House in 2008. Twitter’s role in India’s 2014 elections, in turn, offers a critical lesson for candidates in this year’s U.S. races, says Saifuddin “Saif” Ahmed, a doctoral student in communication.

Polarization of Voters Reflects Wide Differences in Moral Views

June 7, 2016 — America’s political divide runs deep — with vastly different views among left, right and moderate voters on the nature of right and wrong, according to a recent study by UC Davis political scientist Christopher Hare.

Risk and Rescue: Tina Rulli

Portrait photo of UC Davis philosophy faculty member Tina Rulli

May 31, 2016 — If a hiker were lost in the backcountry and you were able to rescue them, would you feel morally obligated to do so? Would the hiker be similarly obliged to take adequate precautions against getting lost? Assistant Professor of Philosophy Tina Rulli grapples with the ethics of risk and rescue, and their implications for public policy.

Four of Five Fulbright Awards Go to New College Grads and Alumni

Natalie Boyd

May 26, 2016 — Five UC Davis graduating seniors and alumni will pack language skills — and experiences as varied hip-hop music production and stand-up comedy — when they head overseas to be cultural ambassadors as Fulbright grantees.

Cahill Gift to UC Davis Supports Environmental Research in Physics

Tom and Ginny Cahill

May 18, 2016 — A $300,000 gift from two UC Davis faculty members will enhance environmental research in the Department of Physics.

Seven Ways UC Davis Students Will Change the World This Summer

May 13, 2016 — 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. 

Q&A With Bernard Molyneux

May 6, 2016 — Cognitive science program director talks about popular new major.

Peter Schjeldahl

The New Yorker art critic gives Thiebaud lecture

Feb. 29, 2016Peter 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. 

Tessa Hill

U.S. President Honors Tessa Hill as Extraordinary Early Career Scientist

Feb. 18, 2016 — President Obama named UC Davis professor Tessa Hill a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

Borrego Fault

Breaking the Strongest Link Triggered Big Baja Earthquake

Feb. 15, 2016 — A spate of major earthquakes on small faults could overturn traditional views about how earthquakes start.

Heghnar Watenpaugh

Professor’s work on Armenian site honored

Dec. 2, 2015 - Heghnar Watenpaugh, an associate professor of art history, received the Omer Lutfi  ...

Emillio Ferrer

Early intervention in dyslexia can narrow achievement gap, study finds

Nov. 13, 2015 — Identifying children with dyslexia as early as first grade could narrow or even close the achievement gap  ...

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Does hunting explain why zebras are not domesticated?

Oct. 6, 2015 — Why do people ride horses but not their striped African cousins?
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Persian studies program receives $1.5 million from Iranian-American philanthropist

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MEXUS-CONACYT Doctoral Fellowships Attract Talented Graduate Students

Sept. 17, 2015 - UC Davis leads its fellow campuses in enrollment through the UC MEXUS-CONACYT Doctoral Fellowship Program.

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Nanomaterials in Sunscreens and Boats Leave Marine Life Vulnerable

May 12, 2015 - Nanomaterials commonly used in sunscreens and boat-bottom paints are making sea urchin embryos more vulnerable to toxins

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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.