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What Sets African Sci-Fi Apart

May 23, 2018
In recent years, Africa has developed a rich culture of science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative fiction with several internationally prominent writers, online journals, blogs, and even creation of the African Speculative Fiction Society. Moradewun Adejunmobi, a UC Davis professor in the College of Letters and Science’s Department of African and African American Studies, will speak on the topic at the International House.

Guns and America: From Mental Illness to Racial Motivation

May 23, 2018
“Why does it seem as though so many these days are so quick to shoot?” asked Chancellor Gary May, opening “The Campus Conversation: Guns and America after Parkland” on April 26. The discussions — led by a panel of distinguished faculty members from a wide diversity of disciplines — rose out of a desire to address recent incidents of gun violence and the overall issue of guns in America. 

Recent Graduate Wins O. Henry Award

May 18, 2018

UC Davis College of Letters and Science alumnus Jamil Jan Kochai (M.A., English, ’17) is winner of an O. Henry Award for his short story “Nights in Logar.” This story and those by 19 other writers will be published in an anthology this fall.

“To be included amongst such a long history of incredible stories, it's unreal,” Kochai said.  

Many Disciplines Come Together for One Big Show Jeffrey Day May 16, 2018
Students from seven disciplines — art, design, art history, music, theatre, creative writing and French — will be part of the annual Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition at UC Davis.

Professor Richard Scalettar Wins Nash Prize

May 15, 2018
Richard Scalettar, distinguished professor of physics, is this year’s recipient of the Charles P. Nash Prize, recognizing faculty members who have taken on Nash’s mantle of promoting shared governance, and advocating for faculty interests and welfare.
Alberini Series Guests Speak on “Designing for Democracy” Jeffrey Day May 10, 2018

Two designers with a deep commitment to public engagement and social good will speak at the Alberini Family Speaker Series in Design presented by the UC Davis College of Letters and Science Department of Design.

Physicist Jaroslav Trnka Wins UC Davis Innovation and Creative Vision Award Becky Oskin May 08, 2018
Jaroslav Trnka, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, is one of two winners of the 2018 UC Davis Award for Innovation and Creative Vision for his revolutionary work in quantum physics.

May Is a Month of Arts Collaboration at UC Davis

April 27, 2018
Students in creative writing and music composition have collaborated on new works that build on other collaborations across disciplines in the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis.
College of Letters and Science Students and Alumni Receive 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Becky Oskin April 24, 2018
Three current students and seven recent alumni of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science have been selected to receive Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFP) from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Why Whales? What Sends Land Animals Back to Sea Becky Oskin 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.