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Despite Reasoning Abilities, Humans 'Flock'

September 19, 2018
Even when they're thinking things through, people sometimes behave similarly to others, according to communication research at the University of California, Davis.

Cuba’s Top Writer Speaking at UC Davis

September 17, 2018

One of Cuba’s most acclaimed writers, Leonardo Padura, will be giving talks and readings at UC Davis Oct. 24 and 25. Padura is known internationally for his series of Mario Conde detective novels, which have been translated into many languages and made into a Netflix series.

Padura has received the National Prize for Literature, Cuba's national literary award, and in 2015 the Premio Principe de Asturias de las Letras of Spain, one of the most important literary prizes in the Spanish-speaking world.

A Rich Lineup of Artists and Curators Speaking

September 13, 2018

A celebrated African American artist, a 1980s art star and the curator of a new Paul Gauguin exhibition are among those speaking at UC Davis this fall, with more to come in winter and spring.  The lectures offered by the College of Letters and Science Department of Art and Art History take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Museum of Art. All the talks are free and open to the public.

Forging Future Science Teachers

September 11, 2018
Undergraduates who are curious about teaching at any level, from kindergarten through college, can explore their interest through the courses offered by CalTeach/MAST.

Aggie Makes Final 10 in Miss America Competition

September 10, 2018
UC Davis senior Nina Forest, competing as Miss Idaho for the Miss America title, finished in the pageant’s top 10 on Sunday. An aspiring civil rights attorney who is majoring in international relations and minoring in Chinese, Forest promoted her “Leave Childhood Hunger Behind” platform, focused on decreasing food insecurity in Idaho.

$1M to Attract Students to Geology and Marine Sciences

September 07, 2018
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, is receiving a $1 million award from the National Science Foundation to target scholarships for students eligible for federal financial aid and enable field experiences for majors in either geology, or coastal and marine sciences.

Geoscientists Take Part in Frontera Supercomputer

September 05, 2018
UC Davis scientists are taking part in a project to build the new “Frontera” supercomputer at the University of Texas at Austin. Frontera will be the fastest computer at any U.S. university and among the most powerful in the world.

UC Davis Physicists Help Detect Higgs Boson Decay

August 30, 2018
Six years after its discovery, the Higgs boson has at last been observed decaying to fundamental particles known as bottom quarks. A number of UC Davis physicists were involved in the observation.

Exhibitions Celebrate Aggie Life and Remember World War I

August 29, 2018

Two of the most enthusiastic Aggies, Bill Hollingshead (B.A., political science, ’60) and Sharon Dianne Hollingshead (B.A., psychology, ’63), have organized exhibitions for this fall in the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center to showcase the campus and region and recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

“Grit in the Gears” Costs Energy in Modular Information Systems

August 16, 2018

Digital information may appear to exist as abstract ones and zeroes, flipping effortlessly from one to another. But in fact there is a minimum amount of energy required to run any computation system, regardless of how “energy efficient” are its component parts.

Rock Stars: Group Leaves Painted Messages of Hope

August 13, 2018
Two UC Davis staff members, backed by a growing corps of volunteers, are spreading color, creativity and kindhearted messages around campus with vibrantly painted rocks. Kim Pearson and Martha Garrison, who work in the arts administrative group in the College of Letters and Science, launched UC Davis Rocks this spring. The group paints flat rocks with bright designs and words like “Imagine,” “Dream” and “Smile,” then hides them—often in plain sight—for others to find.

French Professor Has Blues on Her Mind

August 09, 2018
French Professor Julia Simon had been teaching, singing and writing about the blues for a number of years when both a colleague and her adult daughter recently suggested she could do something more with her blues knowledge, her mixing board, and her vast collection of blues music stored on an iPod. So, earlier this summer, following this suggestion, the blues singer and bass player started a podcast, “Blues on My Mind.