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UC Davis Graduate Students Give Lawmakers a Taste of their Efforts Becky Oskin 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. Read more.

Historian Honored for Helping to Create Monument to Reconstruction Kathleen Holder March 14, 2018
UC Davis history professor Gregory Downs has been awarded a 2018 UC Davis Academic Senate's Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award for his leadership in establishing the nation’s first monument to Reconstruction.

Biotech Tattoo Project Takes SXSW Award

March 14, 2018
Katia Vega, assistant professor in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s Department of Design, is part a team that has won the SXSW Interactive Innovation Award in SciFi No Longer. Their project, The Dermal Abyss: When Tattoos meet Biotechnology, took top prize over two Google projects and others.

UC Davis Expert Presents to EU Panel

March 13, 2018

African and African American Studies Faculty Member Speaks on ‘Being Black in Europe’ Study 

Elisa Joy White, associate professor in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s Department of African and African American Studies, is part of a team providing input on the report “Being Black in Europe” at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna, Austria.

Book on Ghost Dance Wins Bancroft Prize for History Kathleen Holder March 13, 2018
Louis Warren, the W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of U.S. Western History at UC Davis, was named winner of a 2018 Bancroft Prize for his book, God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America. Warren is the second UC Davis author in two years, and the third in five years, to receive the prestigious American history prize.

Scholars Talk Tea at Expanded Symposium

March 07, 2018

For its third year, the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative Symposium was expanded to two days with tea scholars and researchers, purveyors and growers gathering to talk tea.

“The Future of Tea: Issues in Sustainability and Preservation,” held Feb. 22 and 23, included presentations on growing tea in California, tea farm management, health benefits of tea, tea farming as a way to empower women in India, the decline of Japanese tea culture, and Vietnamese tea history.

Minor Helps Students Tackle Human Rights Issues

March 03, 2018

When Liz McAllister transferred to UC Davis in 2016, she didn’t expect that she would be able to study human rights, much less go to Lebanon to work with Syrian refugees.

McAllister’s work in Lebanon is just one way she takes on human rights issues. A fourth-year design major and human rights minor, McAllister says she encounters human rights issues every day in every corner of her life.

“I was really excited to see that [UC Davis] has a human rights minor,” said McAllister. “I thought, ‘I am going to sign up for that right away.’”

Hopwood Honored for Work to Bring More Science to Psychiatric Diagnoses Kathleen Holder March 02, 2018
Chris Hopwood, an associate professor of psychology working to develop better models for psychiatric diagnosis, has been selected to receive the American Psychological Foundation's 2018 Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology.

Emerging Writer

February 28, 2018
Creative Writing Student Wins PEN Award

UC Davis Creative Writing graduate student Cristina Fries is one of the 12 winners of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. It is given by PEN American, an organization that offers a wide range of support to writers.

Her winning story "New Years in La Calera" is set in Colombia, South America, and follows a girl and her family encountering the rebel group FARC.

A New Explanation For the Moon's Origins

February 28, 2018
A new explanation for the moon’s origin has it forming inside the Earth when our planet was a seething, spinning cloud of vaporized rock, called a synestia.

DarkSide-50 Collaboration Sets Stage for Next Experiment

February 22, 2018
The DarkSide-50 experiment at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy has completed its experimental run. Four UC Davis physicists – Associate Professor Emilija Pantic, postdoctoral researchers Tessa Johnson and Luca Pagani, and graduate student Ben Schlitzer – are members of the DarkSide-50 research collaboration.

Student-Run Art Space Fosters Experimentation, Experience

February 15, 2018

Feb. 15, 2018 - At the edge of campus, beneath the first floor of the Art Building, is a unique and hidden pocket of the university unknown to most UC Davis students: the Basement Gallery, a space run entirely by students for students.

"It's an opportunity for people interested in gallery work to learn how to do that, and it's for artists to show their work," said Helena Zittel, the gallery director. Zittel is a fourth-year art studio and English double major.