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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

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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

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

Thiebaud Lecture a Two-Fer With Critic and Artist

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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