College News and Events
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.
Statistics Students Win Data Mining Cup 2016
Rare Feat: Three UC Davis Geochemists Honored at Goldschmidt Conference
June 29, 2016 — Three UC Davis geochemists who improved our understanding of Earth and the solar system will be honored at the Geochemical Society’s 2016 Goldschmidt Conference in Yokohama, Japan, on June 30 and July 1.
Popular Solar Cell Materials Unsuited for Real-World Use
Famous ‘Temporary Building’ Placed on National Register of Historic Places
June 20, 2016 - During the 1960s UC Davis began building an art department that turned out like no other. Much of that early work took place in Temporary Building 9, a metal structure at Old Davis Road and Hutchison Drive. TB 9 — as it was dubbed — has been nationally recognized for its importance in art history with its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources.
Sociologist Receives Award for Grad Student Mentoring
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
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.
Senior Earns Chancellor’s Research Award for Linguistic Profiling Study
June 14, 2016 — Zion Mengesha, a graduating senior in linguistics and philosophy, has been selected to receive this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for her study on language bias in the classroom.
Psychology Prof In Line to Lead Infant Studies Organization
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.
Marine Life Quickly Recovered After Global Mass Extinction
UC Davis Selected As New Home For Imagining America
June 7, 2016 - Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, a civic-engagement consortium of more than 100 academic institutions and cultural organizations, will move its national headquarters from Syracuse University to the University of California, Davis, in the summer of 2017. The university will serve as IA’s hosting partner for a renewable, five-year term.
‘G.J.’ Mattey Receives Charles P. Nash Prize
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.
In Memoriam: Charles Higgins
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.
Two Programs in HArCS Become Departments
June 6, 2016 - The UC Davis Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (HArCS) has two new departments: American Studies and African American and African Studies have been elevated from programs to full departments.
Risk and Rescue: 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.
Conference Envisions New Methods in Political Scholarship
May 31, 2016 — A politcal science conference, Visions in Methodology 2016, brought researchers from across the country to UC Davis earlier this month with the goal of supporting women who study political methodology.
Four of Five Fulbright Awards Go to New College Grads and Alumni
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.
Historian Beverly Bossler Interviewed on New Book Networks
May 26, 2016 — Beverly Bossler, professor of history, talks about her book, Gender and Chinese History: Transformative Encounters (University of Washington Press, 2015), in a recent interview on New Books Network.
A Big Launch for the Global Tea Initiative at UC Davis
May 23, 2016 - The colloquium launching the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science featured scholars from around the world talking about the chemicals and compounds in tea, types of tea, the Japanese tea ceremony and a kind of ceramic that for 500 years has been considered the best for making tea.
Time Magazine Cover Story Cites Research by Economists Jorda, Taylor
Study: Children of Poor Immigrants Can Benefit When Professionals Recognize That Mother Knows Best
Prize-winning Mathematician Honors Mentor With Gift to UC Davis
Professors Release New Books On Protest
May 19, 2016 - Two UC Davis faculty members have new books out on forms of protest. English professor Joshua Clover’s Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings examines the whys, whens and wheres of riots and why they are on the rise. Larry Bogad, associate professor of theatre and dance, draws on his own experiences in the use of humor and theatrics in protests in Tactical Performance: The Theory and Practice of Serious Play.
Astronomers See Faintest, Furthest Galaxy
May 19, 2016 — A team of scientists led by two UC Davis physicists has detected and confirmed the faintest early-universe galaxy yet. This new object, seen as it was about 13 billion years ago, could help astronomers understand the “reionization epoch” when the first stars became visible.
Cahill Gift to UC Davis Supports Environmental Research in Physics
Vintage Venue: UC Davis Crocker Lab Celebrates 50th Anniversary
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.
First Ko Lecture a Success
May 10, 2016 — One new black hole appears every second, physics professor Veronika Hubeny told a rapt audience on Monday (May 9) during the first lecture in the new Winston Ko Frontiers in Mathematical and Physical Sciences Public Lecture series. In all, there are more black holes in the universe than grains of sand in the Sahara Desert, she said.
Q&A With Bernard Molyneux
Historian Arnold Bauer’s Life Celebrated In Chilean Valley He Loved
Black Holes, Strings and Other Things
May 4, 2016 — The first lecture in new Winston Ko Frontiers in Mathematical and Physical Sciences Public Lecture series will take place May 9. Veronika Hubeny will discuss modern understanding of black holes, and the remaining mysteries. Her talk, “Illuminating Black Holes,” begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 9, in the UC Davis Conference Center.
International Colloquium Launches Global Tea Initiative
May 2, 2016 - UC Davis will launch its Global Tea Initiative with a symposium bringing together the cultural and scientific aspects of the world’s most popular prepared beverage. The May 12 colloquium, “The Basics of Tea: Tea and People,” is a first step in creating a center for the study of tea culture and science on campus.
Three Faculty Recognized For Teaching Excellence
UC Davis Artists Will Make a Mark 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
April 28, 2016 — The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis provided one of its Augmented Reality, or AR, Sandboxes to sixth graders at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science in Washington D.C.
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.
Persian studies program receives $1.5 million from Iranian-American philanthropist
MEXUS-CONACYT Doctoral Fellowships Attract Talented Graduate Students
Researchers study music-memory connections
Baboons on the move practice democracy
Nanomaterials in Sunscreens and Boats Leave Marine Life Vulnerable
Former state superintendent and alumna wins UC Davis Medal
History scholar wins teaching award
Sea Change: What Took Decades To Destroy In Oceans Took Millennia To Recover
Study Casts Doubt on Mammoth-Killing Cosmic Impact
Overweight video game avatars 'play' worse than thin onesJan. 27, 2015 — Women assigned an overweight avatar in a video tennis game didn’t play as hard as those assigned a slim one — regardless of the player’s actual size, according to a new study.
Mating market trumps biology in relationships
Next Napa Earthquake Could Be Much Bigger
Interdisciplinary Institute for Social Sciences to Tap New Potential of Researchers
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.