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International Relations Major to Vie for Miss America Crown

July 17, 2018
UC Davis senior Nina Forest named Miss Idaho 2018.

Nina Forest’s summer got off to an unexpectedly busy start—with a series of news interviews, official appearances at parades, festivals and other community events, and preparations for the Miss America competition.

A UC Davis senior majoring in international relations and minoring in Chinese, Forest was crowned in June as Miss Idaho 2018. Her title comes with a $10,000 scholarship for her college education among other prizes.

Creative Writing Program to Begin Offering MFA Degree

July 09, 2018
The creative writing program, part of the College of Letters and Science’s English department, will offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing starting in the 2019–2020 academic year.

UC Launches Million Light Bulb Challenge Community Buy Program

July 03, 2018

The University of California is spearheading a statewide effort to advance the purchase of 1 million high-quality, energy-efficient light bulbs for campus buildings and residences across the state.

Under the Community Buy Program, all UC students, staff, faculty and alumni can purchase light bulbs at nearly half the price of online competitors.

Music lover and Philanthropist Grace Noda Remembered

July 02, 2018

Local philanthropist and lover of music Grace Noda (née Imamoto) died on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, surrounded by family and music. She was 98 years old. She leaves behind a legacy of kindness to others.

Tudor Dimofte Wins NSF CAREER Award

July 02, 2018
Tudor Dan Dimofte, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, has received a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate.

Playing It Cool at Ocean Vents

June 29, 2018
Not all ocean vents are hot. Cool hydrothermal systems, or cool vents, are much harder to spot because the fluids they release are clear and only a bit warmer than surrounding water. Yet they could play a major role in releasing minerals into the deep ocean. Now researchers including Laura Zinke, now a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis, have published the first survey of the microbes living near a cool vent.

Alumnus Richard Larock Supports Chemistry Undergraduate Education and Research

June 21, 2018
For more than 10 years, Richard C. Larock (B.S., ’67), Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Iowa State University in Ames, has supported undergraduate research in chemistry through a generous gift that funds a yearly research conference organized by the Department of Chemistry in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.

Hundreds of Economists to Gather at UC Davis

June 18, 2018
Close to 500 economics scholars from around the globe will gather at UC Davis beginning Thursday, June 21, for the four-day 2018 North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society. This is the first time that UC Davis has been the host for a meeting of the Econometric Society, the preeminent international society of academic economists and publisher of three scholarly journals.

Success Is Not Just How You Play Your Cards, But How You Play Your Opponents

June 18, 2018
In high-stakes environments, success is not just about playing your cards right, but also playing your opponents right. Looking at how more than 35,000 individuals interacted when playing millions of poker hands online, a University of California, Davis, study reveals that game experts are an excellent source of insight into how people process strategic information in competitive settings.

Students Take Shakespeare Video Game Into Area Classrooms

June 13, 2018

A dozen UC Davis English majors recently played a video game with area elementary, middle and high school students. While the students had fun, the goal was to see how “Play the Knave” might improve their reading and writing skills and make the works of William Shakespeare more accessible.

Article 26 Backpack Helps Refugees Continue Education

June 13, 2018

Many college-age refugees around the world have been denied access to higher education, often because they have no way to document their academic background. Article 26 Backpack, which uses face-to-face counseling and cloud-based technology to help refugees document and share their educational accomplishments, has been created to assist them. The international consortium behind the project is led by Keith David Watenpaugh, a professor and director of Human Rights Studies in the College of Letters and Science.