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Why Whales? What Sends Land Animals Back to Sea

April 20, 2018
What drives species to move into such a different habitat? Two paleontologists at UC Davis, Geerat Vermeij and Ryosuke Motani, set out to test these ideas by compiling a list of all the groups of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that have re-occupied marine environments and comparing their time of return to the ocean with known mass-extinction events.

Picnic Day 2018: College Events

April 16, 2018
College of Letters and Science at Picnic Day 2018

Come celebrate with us and experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service and campus life. More than 200 events will take place throughout campus and will include exhibits, shows, competitions, demonstrations, entertainment, animal and athletic events, the Student Organization Fair, the Children’s Discovery Fair, the Parade and much more.

Model of Blobs in Earth’s Interior Explains Unusual Pacific Volcanism

April 12, 2018
Deep inside the Earth are two huge blobs of dense rock splayed across the core-mantle boundary. A computer model from UC Davis project scientists Juliane Dannberg and Rene Gassmoeller, members of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the College of Letters and Science, offers new insights into the relationship between the mantle blobs and the lava erupted at some Pacific islands.

7-Year Follow-Up Shows Lasting Cognitive Gains From Meditation

April 07, 2018
Gains in the ability to sustain attention developed through intensive meditation training are maintained up to seven years later, according to a new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement. The study is based on the Shamatha Project, a major investigation of the cognitive, psychological and biological effects of meditation led by researchers at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain.

Lunn Lecture: Did Science Really Launch the Modern Era?

April 05, 2018
Lorraine Daston, executive director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and professor in the Committee of Social Thought at the University of Chicago, will give this year’s Lunn Lecture, “The Strange Modernity of Science,” on Thursday, April 12.

New Research Brief: Penalties for Poverty Risks Drive High Poverty in the United States

April 03, 2018

The UC Davis Center for Poverty Research released a brief by faculty affiliate Ryan Finnigan, which examines the relationship between poverty risks, prevalences and penalties in 29 industrialized, democratic countries. Finnigan, an assistant professor of sociology, finds that the relatively high poverty rate in the United States is due to high penalties for poverty risks. Download “Penalties for Poverty Risks Drive High Poverty in the United States.”

UC Davis Astronomers Help Uncover the Farthest Star Ever Seen

April 02, 2018

Through a lucky quirk of nature, astronomers have used the Hubble Space Telescope to view a single star halfway across the universe. Nine billion light years from Earth, the giant blue-white star, nicknamed “Icarus” by the team, is by far the most distant individual star ever seen. Marusa Bradac, a physics professor and astronomer at UC Davis and graduate student Austin Hoag are part of the team describing Icarus and another distant, magnified star in two papers published April 2 in the journal Nature Astronomy.

UC Davis Graduate Students Give Lawmakers a Taste of their Efforts

March 21, 2018
Graduate students Carina Fish and Jeanelle Hope, from the UC Davis College of Letters and Sciences, are among 26 Ph.D. and master’s students who will visit with state lawmakers and give them first-hand insight into their work and why it merits more state investment.