News in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Prize-winning Mathematician Honors Mentor With Gift to UC Davis
Cahill Gift to UC Davis Supports Environmental Research in Physics
May 18, 2016 — Thomas Cahill, professor emeritus of physics and atmospheric sciences, and Virginia Cahill, J.D. ’81, who teaches water law in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, established the Cahill Applications of Physics to Environmental Research Fund to encourage faculty in the Department of Physics to conduct research that tackles important environmental challenges.
Vintage Venue: UC Davis Crocker Lab Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Surviving evidence of Earth's formative years found
May 12, 2016 — New work has found material in rock formations that dates back to shortly after Earth formed. The discovery will help scientists understand the processes that shaped our planet's formative period and its internal dynamics over the last 4.5 billion years.
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.
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. on April 28.
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.
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.
Future STEM Stars Gather At UC Davis
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.
Tide pools at the front line of ocean acidification
Kevin Luli Wins NSF Career Award
U.S. President Honors Tessa Hill as Extraordinary Early Career Scientist
Breaking the Strongest Link Triggered Big Baja Earthquake
Flood Risk Can Be Higher With Levees Than Without Them
Free Textbook Effort Expands With $600,000 Grant
Feds choose UC Davis to monitor nation's fine particles
Dec. 3, 2015 — The UC Davis Crocker Nuclear Laboratory is now the prime contractor for both major federal fine particle air quality monitoring networks — the National Park Service’s IMPROVE network and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chemical Speciation Network, or CSN, which monitors urban air quality.
Flipping classrooms to change college STEM teaching
Nov. 16, 2015 — UC Davis is one of a handful of U.S. universities pioneering efforts to “flip” large classrooms from traditional chalk-and-talk lectures to interactive, discussion- and problem-based learning.
UC Davis Chemistry Goes Green
In Memoriam: Rand B. Schaal, 1951 — 2015
Sep. 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.