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Two Letters and Science Graduate Programs Jump Into Top 20 of US News & World Report Rankings

UC Davis College of Letters and Science graduate programs in political science and English have jumped to the top 20 in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) graduate program rankings, released on March 14, 2017.

Historian Wins Bancroft Prize for 'The Other Slavery'

book cover showing southwestern scenery

March 14, 2017 — A landmark history by Professor Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, is the winner of a 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy.

UC Davis Scientists Boost Production in Green Cell Factories

Shota Atsumi and Austin Carroll

March 13, 2017 — Cyanobacteria, one of Earth’s oldest life forms, offer a promising new source of petroleum-free fuels and chemicals. However, economies of scale currently make it challenging for these tiny creatures to compete with fossil fuels. Now, scientists at UC Davis are closer to meeting these challenges with a new advance that improves the production and growth rate of cyanobacteria.

EconoFact Site Features Analyses by UC Davis Faculty

March 10, 2017 — Four UC Davis economists have joined forced with colleagues across the country on a new online publication, EconoFact, to bring fact-based analysis to the national debate on economic and social policy issues.

New San Francisco Young Alumni Program

Lauren Levin and Jacqueline Wells

Lauren Levin '11 and Jacqueline Wells '06

When Lauren Levin (B.A., communications, ‘11) and Jacqueline Wells (B.A., English, ‘06) wanted to connect with a group of College of Letters and Science young alumni in the Bay Area and found no such group existed, they did what Aggies do: they made it happen themselves. Now the newly-formed San Francisco Young Alumni Program of the College of Letters and Science is off and running.

Design Collection Named for Professor Emerita

woman's dress UC Davis design collecton

March 7, 2017 - The UC Davis Design collection has been named after Jo Ann Stabb, the person who started it. Professor emerita Stabb taught at UC Davis from 1968 to 2002 and remains active as a scholar. The naming was announced at an event March 5 attended by nearly 70 of Stabb’s colleagues and former students. 

Four UC Davis Art Professors Have Solo Shows in New York

Gina Werfel, UC Davis art professor painting

March 2, 2017 - UC Davis art faculty Annabeth Rosen, Shiva Ahmadi, Robin Hill and Gina Werfel all have exhibitions in New York this month.

Watch Jain Studies Chair Keynote Video

Laurie Patton gave keynote at announcement of Jain Chair at UC Davis


The UC Davis Department of Religious Studies held an event Feb. 21 announcing creation of the Mohini Jain Presidential Chair in Jain Studies. Professor Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury College and a leading scholar of South Asian literature, religion and culture, gave the keynote address. Video of talk. 

Scholars Talk Indian Performance and Research


For “Indian Music Between Past and Present: Conversations on Ethics, Archives, and Mortality,” two visiting scholars will explore the rich history of Indian music and dance and the ethical issues of studying and writing about it. Their talk is part of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series March 7.

Annaliese Franz Joins Undergraduate Research Center

Annaliese Franz

Feb. 23, 2017 — Annaliese Franz, associate professor of chemistry, has been named the new faculty director of the Undergraduate Research Center.

Sonic Arts Event Will Fill Entire Building With Sound


Feb, 24, 2017 - The entire Ann E. Pitzer Center at UC Davis will be filled with sound for a “Sonic Arts” event March 3. It will include an installation based on the memories and emotions that sounds evoke, a concert by pioneering musician Bob Ostertag, and demonstration of a vintage synthesizer. 

Digital Shakespeare and the Problem of Accessibility


Feb. 23, 2017 – Digital Shakespeare and the Problem of Accessibility Feb. 28 features two scholar-makers developing ways to make the works of Shakespeare available in new and fresh ways.

Thiebaud Lecture a Two-Fer With Critic and Artist


Feb. 23, 2017 - The third annual Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture at UC Davis will bring together critic and curator Karen Wilkin and painter Catherine Murphy. The presentation will take place March 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. The talk and the museum are free and open to the public.

National Book Award Finalist Reading


Feb. 21, 2017 - Two poets who were on 2016 National Book Award lists will read at UC Davis March 6.  Solmaz Sharif’s first poetry collection LOOK was a finalist for a National Book Award; Donika's Kelly's debut collection Bestiary was long-listed for the award. 

Symposium Offer New Views In to Black Radical Thought

Feb. 20, 2017 - New Directions in Black Radical Black Thought, a day long symposium Feb. 17 , explored literature, American imperialism, motherhood, black women and Buddhism among other topics. 

Museum Directors Talk Accessibility, Role of Museum, Their Time at UC Davis


Feb. 19, 2017 - Neal Benezra and Jock Reynolds have been leading major museums for years, but in the 1970s both were graduate students at UC Davis. Reynolds has headed the oldest art museum in the nation, the Yale University Art Gallery, for 20 years. Since 2002 Benezra has been director of one of the newest, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. They recently returned to UC Davis to talk about museums. 

Colloquium Explored Impact of Ancient Rome


Feb. 19, 2017 - “The Life and Afterlife of Ancient Roman Architecture,” the fifth installment of the Templeton Colloquium in Art History, took place at UC Davis Feb. 10. Diane Favro, associate dean, School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA, and Nina Dubin, associate professor of art history, University of Illinois, Chicago, gave presentations at the well-attended event to about 160 people.

The 'Lasers' of Star Wars

Scinema promo

Feb. 17, 2017 — The first Scinema event at UC Davis will be Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. The event feature a showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a talk by UC Davis chemistry professor and laser expert Kyle Crabtree. Come learn why blasters and lightsabers aren’t lasers, how a real laser works and the cool ways scientists use lasers in their research.

Second Ko Lecture Highlights Sustainable Energy for Everyone

Dan Nocera

Feb. 16, 2017Daniel Nocera, a Harvard professor who helped pioneer artificial photosynthesis, recently told an audience at UC Davis that achieving a truly sustainable Earth will only happen by helping people living in poverty. 

$1.5 Million Gift for Presidential Chair for Jain Studies

mohini jain

Feb. 14, 2017 - Mohini Jain, philanthropist, retired teacher and longtime resident of Davis, has made a $1.5 million gift to the University of California, Davis, to advance the study of Jainism, one of the world’s most revered and ancient philosophies. The gift will establish the Mohini Jain Presidential Chair for Jain Studies in the Department of Religious Studies as part of a larger effort to position UC Davis as a leader in the study of Indian religions and the interdisciplinary field of South Asia studies broadly.

Exhibition Looks at Indigenous People’s Protests Past and Present


Feb. 14, 2017 - An exhibition at the C.N. Gorman Museum examines the history and current state of native peoples' protests with recent dispatches from Standing Rock.

Sperm Donor Identity: Who Wants To Know?

Feb. 10, 2017 — When it comes to seeking out a sperm donor’s identity, more than a third of adult offspring at a well-established California sperm bank want that information — if only to know more about him and his characteristics — or to “get a complete picture,” a newly published study has found. UC Davis' Egghead blog reports on the findings by Joanna Scheib, associate adjunct professor of psychology.

UC Davis Grads, Museum Directors Back to Speak On University Museums


They lead major museums, but the directors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Yale University Art Gallery have another thing in common – both attended UC Davis. Yale University Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds (M.F.A. ‘72) became director of the Yale Gallery in 1998. Neal Benezra (M.A, art history, ‘78) has headed the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (SFMOMA) since 2002. The two joined Rachel Teagle, founding director of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, in a roundtable discussion Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the museum. The event was free and open to the public.

New Location, Bigger Lineup for Art Lecture Series


The long-running Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series at UC Davis has a bigger lineup than usual along with a new, more public location for the new year. The series, featuring a wide range of artists and art scholars, will be held in the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art that opened in November. All the talks are free and open to the public.

MPS Day: Connect With Mathematical and Physical Sciences


MPS Day provided an overview of the five departments of the Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS): Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. The Feb. 11 event also provided an introduction to graduate studies at UC Davis, information about applying from campus advisors, and an overview of the necessary steps to apply. 

Colloquium Highlights Sensory Aspects of Tea

ancient tea bowl from 9th century shipwreck

Feb. 6, 2017 — Fully experiencing tea involves not just five senses but six, says tea master Wingchi Ip: “The sixth sense is the mind.” A tea tasting led by Ip kicked off the second annual colloquium of the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science.

Humanities Institute Head on UN Panel (video)

Feb. 1, 2017 - Jaimey Fisher, recently named director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute and professor in the departments of German and in Cinema and Digital Media, was one of the featured speakers at the United Nations event “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating against Extremism, Building a Better Future.” He was on a panel examining the powerful propaganda that enabled the Nazis to successfully spread their racist ideology and gain influence. He spoke about education and its role in de-Nazification in Germany after World War II. Fisher is author of Disciplining Germany: Youth, Reeducation, and Reconstruction after the Second World War.
A video of the event can be seen here.

Day-long Symposium Explores New Research in Radical Black Thought

Feb. 1, 2017 - In this time of Black Lives Matter, the recent election, proposed reparations for slavery and a coming together of several strands of research, the University of California, Davis, is holding a day-long symposium “New Directions in Black Radical Thought.”

Conference Confronts U.S. Immigration Policy

Kevin Johnson, Phil Martin and Giovanni Peri

Jan. 31, 2017 — As President Donald Trump signed his executive order Friday to halt immigration from several Muslim-majority countries, the UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences hosted a conference entitled "Documenting the Immigrant: U.S. Immigration Policy Past, Present, and Future." 

Conference Puts Quantum Mathematics and Physics Center on the Map

Xi Yin at QMAP conference

Jan. 30, 2017 — Researchers from around the world recently converged at UC Davis for a five-day conference exploring emerging science in quantum field theory, string theory and quantum gravity.  

Historian's Impact: A New National Monument

portrait photo of UC Davis history professor Gregory Downs

Jan. 26, 2017 — A new national monument to Reconstruction will go a long way in reversing a public amnesia about the years following the Civil War, says a UC Davis historian who worked four years for the creation of the park. 

Astronomers Measure Universe Expansion, Get Hints of ‘New Physics’

Quasar image split into four by gravitational lens

Jan. 26, 2017 — Astronomers have just made a new measurement of the Hubble constant, the rate at which the universe is expanding, and it doesn’t quite line up with a different estimate of the same number. That discrepancy could hint at “new physics” beyond the standard model of cosmology, according to the team, which includes physicists from the University of California, Davis, that made the observation. 

Ko Lecture Series Focuses on Sustainability

UC Davis Ko Lecture 2017

Jan. 26, 2017 — Chemist Daniel Nocera, a world leader in renewable energy research, will come to UC Davis on Feb. 9 for the second installment of The Winston Ko Public Lecture Series: Frontiers in Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Hans-Georg Mueller Recognized for Statistics Research

Hans-Georg Mueller

Jan. 26, 2017 — The American Statistical Association recently selected Distinguished Professor Hans-Georg Müller of the Department of Statistics for the 2017 Gottfried E. Noether Senior Scholar Award. 

KeckCAVES Virtual Reality Software Now for Gaming Headsets

UC Davis Keck CAVE

Jan. 25, 2017 — Virtual reality software used by scientists at the University of California, Davis, to study everything from earthquakes to molecular biology in a 3-D “cave” can now run on some off-the-shelf gaming VR headsets.

In Memoriam: Lenora Timm, Founding Chair of Linguisitcs

portrait photo of UC Davis linguist Lenora Timm

Jan. 23, 2017 — A memorial service will begin at noon Thursday (Jan. 26) at Putah Creek Lodge for Lenora “Nora” Timm, a professor emerita of linguistics and former associate dean of Graduate Studies.

Art History Colloquium Examines Lasting Impact of Rome


Jan. 23, 2017 - An art history colloquium at the University of California, Davis, will reach back 2,000 years to examine the lasting impact of Rome on how cities are created, look and function. “The Life and Afterlife of Ancient Roman Architecture,” Feb. 10 is the fifth installment of the Templeton Colloquium in Art History.


In Memoriam: Wendell Potter, Physics Education Pioneer

Wendell Potter at blackboard

Jan. 19, 2017 — Wendell H. Potter, a physics professor whose passion for teaching led to major reforms in undergraduate science education, died Jan. 8. He was 73.

Visiting Artists Series Expanded, New Home


Jan. 19, 2017 - The long-running Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series at UC Davis has a bigger lineup than usual along with a new, more public location for the new year. The series, featuring a wide range of artists and art scholars, will be held in the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art that opened in November. All the talks are free and open to the public and start at 4:30 p.m.

Human Right Lecture Series Launched


Jan. 10, 2017Human Rights Studies at UC Davis is presenting a four-lecture series of high-profile speakers addressing ongoing issues connected to war, indigenous rights, migration and refugees.

Applied Mathematics Major Honored for Excellence in STEM

Joel Barnett and Matt Augustine

Jan. 5, 2017 — Joel Barnett, 22, a junior in applied mathematics, recently received an Excellence in STEM Award for transfer students during the STEM Transfer Day award ceremony. 

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