College News: 2016-17

International Experts to Speak on 'Sensory Aspects of Tea'

Dec. 20, 2016 —Tea tasters talk about using all fives senses in experiencing a cup of tea. The UC Davis Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science will take that concept to new levels on Jan. 19, 2017—bringing experts from an array of disciplines to campus to talk about "The Sensory Aspects of Tea."

New Humanities Institute Director Brings Humanities, Arts and International Background to Role

portrait photo of Jaimey Fisher

Dec. 20, 2016 — After several years abroad Jaimey Fisher, professor in the UC Davis German Department and Cinema and Digital Media program, is back in Davis as the new director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute (DHI). 

Event turns to novelist, artist, diplomats and a defector to explain the mysteries of North Korea

Dec. 15, 2016 — In a nation shrouded in mystery, can literature and art lift the veil?

UC Davis experts to speak at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting

Grand Canyon

Dec. 9, 2016 — UC Davis scientists from fields across earth and space science will present their work during the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, Dec. 12-16. This tip sheet highlights a range of UC Davis research, from the origin of Earth and the moon, to climate change impacts on the California Coast, to estimating the potential for future earthquakes. 

Statistics Professor Receives China’s Highest Academic Honor

Jiming Jiang

Dec. 8, 2016 — Professor Jiming Jiang, Department of Statistics, has been named a Yangtze River (Changjiang) Scholar by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.

Mapping Out Standing Rock

Standing Rock Map

December 6, 2016 — As a professor in the UC Davis Native American Studies Department, Liza Grandia  was looking for a way to help her students and the public better understand unfolding events about the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy. 

Parallel Projects Bring Chemistry to the Arboretum

UC Davis chemistry in the arboretum

Dec. 2, 2016 — Nhu Nguyen (B.S., chemistry, ’12), an artist and doctoral student in chemistry, is the mastermind behind a recent exhibit in the UC Davis Arboretum called Walking in the Woods with Chemistry.

Bringing Scientific Thinking to Public Policy

Gabby Nepomuceno

Dec. 2, 2016 — With the State Capitol right across the Yolo Causeway, UC Davis students and researchers have the unique opportunity to directly engage politicians and policymakers with their research. One such talented individual is Gabby Nepomuceno (Ph.D., chemistry, ’15).

Geology Field Camp Delivers Fundamental Skills and Modern Methods

UC Davis geology field camp

Dec. 2, 2016 — Field camp is one of geology’s enduring rites of passage. In this capstone course, juniors and seniors spend six weeks in the wilderness learning how to document complex geological phenomena.

Launching Crocker Nuclear Laboratory Into The Future

Students in Crocker Nuclear Lab at UC Davis

Dec. 2, 2016 — Stepping inside the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory control room can spark nostalgia for space-age design. Bakelite knobs and flashing analog switches parade across sofa-sized control banks that look like they belong on the set of a 1960s sci-fi flick. But the Crocker is far from antiquated.

Digging for Clues to Past Cultures—and Future Jobs

UC Davis archaeology field school student shovels dirt

Dec. 2, 2016 — Students who endured swarms of mosquitos, tramped through thistle and sifted through shallow layers of dirt during six weeks of UC Davis' Archaeological Field School say they loved it. 

ASPIRE Program Gets Students Into Labs Early

Dec. 2, 2016 — Psychology major Brynna Thigpen got an early introduction to scientific research. As a sophomore, she became a research assistant at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain, designing and conducting experiments on memory development in children.

'The California Aggie:' Back in Print

Editor of UC Davis' student newspaper

Dec. 2, 2016The Aggie returned to print this year, after 2 ½ years of online-only editions, thanks to a student-approved fee and the efforts of the paper's editorial staff—many of whom are College of Letters and Science majors.

Book on U.S. Food Safety Program Origins Wins Award

book cover with pattern of cow silhouettes, some splattered with spots

Dec. 1, 2016 Arresting Contagion, co-authored by economics faculty member Alan Olmstead has won a book award for outstanding social science history.

Anthropologist Receives Prestigious Packard Fellowship

Portrait photo of UC Davis anthropologist Margaret Crofoot

Nov. 21, 2016 — Margaret Crofoot, a UC Davis anthropologist studying group decision-making in primates, has been awarded a 2016 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Tea Expert Talks about Environment-Taste Connection

Nov 7, 2016 — Terroir, that “sense of place” so important to making great wines, matters in tea too. 

Art Alum Creates 1,500-Foot "Ribbon" for New Museum

rings ribbon

Oct. 31, 2016 - Working in her Oakland studio, Lisa Rybovich Crallé was surrounded by teetering stacks of white rings looking like oversize life preservers. These rings, 500 of them, will be linked to form a 1,500-foot-long sculpture that will hang from the canopy of the UC Davis Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art for its grand opening. Adorned with 200 gold-painted “charms,” the soft chain sculpture will replace the traditional ribbon associated with new building dedications. “I'm thinking of the project as a gigantic charm bracelet for the building to wear,” said Crallé, who earned a master of fine arts degree from the UC Davis Department of Art and Art History in 2011.

Initiative Examines Border Militarization


Oct. 24, 2016 - The UC Davis Mellon Initiative in Comparative Border Studies starts its second year with a series of events during “Border Studies Week,” Oct. 28 – Nov. 3, on the topic of “Mobility, Militarization, Containment.”  Events will explore the tensions between mobility and confinement as borders become more militarized. 

Pioneering Psychologist Receives Honorary Degree in Glittery Stockholm Ceremony

UC Davis psychology professor emeritus Philip Shaver receiving honorary doctorate from Stockholm University

Oct. 10, 2016 —Phillip Shaver, distinguished professor emeritus of psychology, has received a series of career awards for his research on romantic and other close adult relationships. But none of his award presentations can top what happened Sept. 30 in Stockholm.

Pioneering Punjabis Digital Archive Launched


Oct. 10, 2016 - In the late 19th century, men from the Punjab region in north India began settling in the Sacramento Valley and other parts of rural California, farming the land that reminded them of home. UC Davis has launched the Pioneering Punjabis Digital Archive Project  that brings together resouces on the history and ongoing vibrancy of Yuba City’s Punjabi American community – one of the largest rural South Asian communities outside India.

Book on Native American Slavery Shortlisted for National Book Award

book cover

Oct. 6, 2016 — A sweeping history by Professor Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, is a finalist for a 2016 National Book Award.

Tongue-In-Cheek Museum Will Meld Science and Art


October 4, 2016 — If Salvador Dali designed a science museum, it might look something like the plans for the Institute of Unknown Purpose, a surreal and playful pop-up institute that will blend science and art.

Marine Scientists Featured in Climate Change Film

Bay Nature preview

September 7, 2016 — Follow marine scientists from the Bodega Marine Lab and Point Blue Conservation Science as they track the dramatic changes happening in our ocean in a short film from Bay Nature.

Teacher Workshop on Transcontinental Railroad to Make Another Run

Historic photo of last spike ceremony for Transcontinental Railroad

Aug. 30, 2016 — A UC Davis-run workshop that brings the history of the Transcontinental Railroad to life for schoolteachers is back on track for next summer, thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

MPS Awards and Accolades — Summer 2016

Isabel Montanez

Aug. 30, 2016 — The Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences recognizes faculty and students who received awards and accolades during summer 2016.

Historian's Study Helps National Park Service Commemorate Reconstruction Era

Portrait photo of UC Davis historian Gregory Downs with handbook on Reconstruction era that he co-edited

Aug. 25, 2016 — As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this summer, UC Davis Professor Gregory Downs has focused on an oft-forgotten part of U.S. history that our national parks are now helping the public to understand — the Reconstruction era. 

Economist to CTV: Perfect Storm Brewing in Canada's Housing Market

UC Davis economics professor Alan Taylor in an interview with Canadian television

Aug. 22, 2016 In an interview with Toronto-based Business News Network, Professor Alan M. Taylor says Canada's hot housing market looks like the U.S. before the financial crisis.

Anthropologist Sums Up Latest Research on Human Spread Around the Planet

Sandy Harcourt gives a keynote address on early human migration

Aug. 18, 2016 — Our species, Homo sapiens, left Africa earlier than previously thought and our diverse cultures have been heavily influenced by geography, according to a recent review by Alexander (Sandy) Harcourt, professor emeritus of anthropology.

UC Davis Big Part of Small Books on Everyday Objects


Aug. 17, 2016 - When UC Davis alumnus Christopher Schaberg (Ph.D., English, ’09) thought about who would be great contributors to the book and essay series he was creating, he went back to colleagues at UC Davis. So far his UC English doctoral classmates, John Garrison (Ph.D., English, ’11)  and Kara Thompson (Ph.D., English, ’09), along with English professor Scott Shershow, have written essays and books for the “Object Lessons” series.

Evolution of Biggest Whales Linked With Ocean Productivity

Right whale

August 12, 2016 — Starting out the size of a hippo some 50 million years ago, whales have since evolved into the largest animals on Earth. But their growth wasn’t steady over the millennia; instead, filter-feeding whales like the blue whale only ballooned in size starting about 2.5 million years ago. Whales’ grass-gobbling relatives, such as sea cows, also expanded in size during this time.

Anthropology Student Curates Controversial Art Exhibit In South Africa


July 25, 2016 - Matthew Nesvet, who is pursuing a doctorate in anthropology at UC Davis, studies organized crime and has been researching a syndicate that plunders gold mines in South Africa. But recently his attention has been on a controversial art show he organized in Johannesburg. The exhibition “Post Its #1” aims to challenge the meanings of “post” in post-apartheid and post­colonial South Africa.

LUX Dark Matter Detector Comes Up Empty

LUX Dark Matter Detector

July 21, 2016 — The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment, which operates beneath a mile of rock at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the Black Hills of South Dakota, has completed its silent search without detecting the missing matter of the universe.

Network Science Meets Al Capone

historic photo of Al Capone with associates

July 19, 2016 — Sociologist Chris Smith and a colleague have brought modern network theory to the Roaring Twenties, compiling a database of the relationships in Prohibition-era Chicago and mapping out the links that held together Al Capone’s criminal empire.

Emeriti Faculty Continue Scholarly Work


July 16, 2016 - Like many retirees, UC Davis professors don’t quit working when they retire. Some say they’ve done their most significant work since retiring. Emeriti contributions to the scholarly world are examined in the recent study "A Virtual Eleventh Campus" by John Vohs, a UC Davis senior lecturer emeritus of communication. 

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