Press Coverage

College of Letters and Science In the News

Faculty and researchers in the College of Letters and Science are sought out by the news media and are frequently cited for their expertise. Here we provide some highlights of press coverage our research has received.

May 2017

Three-fourths of Americans Regularly Talk Politics Only with Members of Their Own Political Tribe - 5/1/2017 - The Washington Post
It's getting harder for U.S. voters to talk to people across the political divide, write political science graduate student Ross Butters and Assistant Professor Christopher Hare  in this article about their research findings. 

April 2017

After 84 Years, FDR's First 100 Days Remain A Benchmark - 4/28/2017 - The Huffington Post
“Much of what was pushed through in the first 100 days were things for which there was pent-up demand within the Democratic electorate,” notes Eric Rauchway, a professor of history at UC Davis and author of The Money Makersa study of Roosevelt’s economic program.

The United States and Nigeria's Struggling Democracy - 4/28/2017 - All Africa
In early March, a Forum Series on Democracy and Insecurity in Africa took place in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. Among the featured speakers was Wale Adebanwi, associate professor of African American and African Studies at UC Davis.

'Science is Real,' Marchers in Nation's Capital and Worldwide Declare - 4/22/2017 - Los Angeles Times
“I have students who aren’t going to have funding next year because of these enormous budget cuts,” Steven Carlip, professor of physics at UC Davis, voices his concerns over the diminishing role of fact-based research under the Trump administration.

What Makes a Genius? - 4/21/2017 - National Geographic Magazine
“The number one predictor of impact is productivity,” says Dean Keith Simonton, professor emeritus of psychology at UC Davis and a longtime scholar of genius, in this article about scientific research on the nature of genius. 

Pattern Discovery over Pattern Recognition: A New Way for Computers to See - 4/17/2017 - Egghead UC Davis
Jim Crutchfield, professor of physics at UC Davis, along with physics graduate student Adam Rupe and postdoc Ryan James, is designing new machine learning systems to allow supercomputers to spot large-scale atmospheric structures, such as hurricanes and atmospheric rivers, in climate data.

Asian American Authors, The Conversation - 4/16/2017 - BBC World Service
Yiyun Li, from the Department of English at UC Davis, who emigrated to the US from Asia and became a writer, talks to guest presenter Lauren Schiller in San Francisco about her 'messy' relationship with language, her rejection of the American Dream, and how she's trying to break free from labels.

'Down The Up Staircase' Examines The History And Nature Of Success Among The Black Middle Class - 4/14/2017 - Capital Public Radio
In this radio broadcast, Bruce Haynes, a professor of sociology at UC Davis, and co-author Syma Solovitch examine the nature of status and success among the black middle class as it pertains to three generations of Haynes’ own family.

A Label That Fostered Mexican Cumbia Gets Its Own Shout-Out - 4/12/2017 - New York Times
“Cumbia fans speak through the sonidero’s voice to shout out their family and recognize villages left behind,” says Alexandra Lippman, a cultural anthropologist at UC Davis. “The sonideros’ voices create a simultaneous sonic presence between Mexico and the United States, between here and there.”

One Of The Most Distant Galaxies In The Universe Discovered, And It Is Perfectly Ordinary - 4/11/2017 - International Business Times
Led by Austin Hoag, a graduate student at UC Davis, a team of astronomers found a new object which dates back to less than a billion years after the Big Bang.

Faintest 'Normal' Early Galaxy Ever Discovered - 4/11/2017 - Sky At Night Magazine
"Other most distant objects are extremely bright and probably rare compared to other galaxies," says Austin Hoag, the UC Davis graduate student who led the discovery of a faint galaxy which dates from 13.2 billion years ago. "We think this is much more representative of galaxies of the time."

Long Ago and Far Away, an Average Galaxy - 4/10/2017 - UC Davis News
“Other most distant objects are extremely bright and probably rare compared to other galaxies,” said Austin Hoag, a UC Davis graduate student in physics who is lead author on the paper, published April 10 in 
Nature Astronomy. “We think this is much more representative of galaxies of the time.”

NSF Grant Funds Math For National Security - 4/10/2017 - Egghead UC Davis
Applying mathematics to detect chemical weapons, hidden explosives or other threats is the goal of an ongoing project at the UC Davis Department of Mathematics, led by professor Thomas Strohmer and supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

How 'Incompetent Rock' Led to the Oroville Dam Crisis - 4/7/2017 - KQED Online
Eldridge Moores, from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis, offers insight into February’s near-catastrophic collapse of two spillways at Oroville Dam in Butte County.

The Trick To DNA's Self-Repairing Ability Is In Its Own Blueprint - 4/7/1027 - Capital Public Radio
The Davis Science Café is back with a conversation with Professor Sheila David from the UC Davis Chemistry Department who talks about DNA chemistry and how the body repairs itself on the smallest scale.

Astronomers Detect Faintest Ever Early-Universe Galaxy - 4/10/2017 - Cosmos Magazine
A UC Davis team of astronomers, led by physicist Maruša Bradač, recently announced a discovery of an ancicent, faint galaxy that is 13.1 billion years old. 

How Retiring Coal Rights In Parts Of Alaska Helps Native American Tribes In California - 4/6/2017 - Capital Public Radio
Beth Rose Middleton, an associate professor in the Department of Native American Studies at UC Davis, joins Dune Lankard, the founder of Eyak Preservation Council in discussing how retiring coal rights could have postive implications for Native American tribes in California. 

De Forest, Once Too Wild for the Snobs, Now Showcased in Oakland - 4/5/2017 - San Francisco Chronicle
Roy De Forest came out of the Bay Area expressionist funk milieu of the late ’50s to shape a personal mode. His irreverent attitude and admiration for folk art allied him with fellow UC Davis art faculty members Robert Arneson and William T. Wiley, and his Port Costa neighbor, sculptor Clayton Bailey.

Here's the Real Rust Belt Jobs Problem - And It's Not Offshoring or Automation - 4/4/2017 - Washington Post
A Monkey Cage post co-authored by Stephanie Lee Mudge, an assistant professor of sociology at UC Davis.

A Requiem For Ricky: Folsom Family Mourns the Loss of a Beautiful But Tortured Mind - 4/1/2017 - Sacramento Bee
Some mentally ill patients have improved after taking medications that can be administered by injection and are effective for several months at a time, said Dr. Peter Yellowlees, a professor of psychiatry at UC Davis. “There are newer drugs coming through, and newer ways to use the older drugs...There is cause for hope.”

March 2017

Sportswear Brands by Women Form a League of Their Own - 3/30/2017 - NBC News Online
Megan Johnston, MFA fashion design student and graduate student researcher at UC Davis, notes that the women's sportswear market has been stuck in a "shrink it and pink it" mentality and is currently designing and developing women's climbing clothing that includes "a wider array of colors."

Ocean Acidification Makes Shellfish Suffer, Too - 3/28/2017 - KCET-TV Online
Adult oysters and mussels are "smaller, and their shells are thinner, weaker and more vulnerable to predators,” says Tessa Hill, a UC Davis associate professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences. Hill has closely studied invertebrate responses to acidified water at the Bodega Marine Laboratory and has also been collaborating with Hog Island Oyster Company.

How to Cure Depression? Playing Video Games A Viable Treatment, Study Says - 3/27/2017 - The International Business Times
A study by researchers from UC Davis tested the idea of video games being an effective tool to treat depression by prompting the study’s participants to play the games. And they found that when reminded, the participants played the game more often and in some cases, also for longer.

Video Games a Viable Treatment for Depression - 3/27/2017 - Egghead UC Davis
The paper, authored by graduate student Subuhi Khan and Jorge Pena, professor in the Department of Communication at UC Davis, is forthcoming in Computers in Human Behavior.

Romantic Type is a Thing, But Not What We Though, Study Says - 3/24/2017 - NBC TODAY
Paul Eastwick, associate professor of psychology at UC Davis, and his colleagues performed three experiments to examine romantic type for his paper recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

On the Trail of Yma Sumac: The Exotica Legend Came From Peru, But Her Career was All Hollywood - 3/23/2017 - LA Times
“She was unique in the combination of things that she embodied,” says Peruvian anthropologist Zoila Mendoza, chair of UC Davis’ Native American Studies Department and daughter of a woman who was close friends with Sumac as a teen. “It was a whole fantasy.”

Why Abortion Doesn't Resonate in European Politics - 3/23/2017 - Wall Street Journal
The more religious character of American society, particularly the greater presence of evangelical Protestants, is part of the explanation, says Drew Halfmann, a sociology professor at UC Davis

The Science of Sofas: Bizarre Study Reveals the Most Manoeuvrable Couches for Getting Round Tight Corners (and Says a DUMBELL Shape is Best) - 3/21/2017 - Daily Mail UK 
The problem has puzzled mathematicians for more than 50 years because the challenge lies in both finding the largest sofa and proving it to be the largest. Although Professor Dan Romik, chair of the Department of Mathematics at UC Davis, didn't come up with a proof of a solution to the problem, with the help of 3-D printing, he tackled a twist on the problem called the ambidextrous moving sofa problem.

Is There Such Thing as 'a Type' in Romantic Relationships? Here's What Your Exes Have in Common - 3/22/2017 - The International Business Times
The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, used data from more than 1,000 past and present heterosexual relationships among young adults. Researchers at UC Davis searched through this data for patterns in looks, demographics and whether former lovers shared similar opinions of their ex-in-common.

GOP Health Plan Would Harm Low-Income Kids - 3/16/2017 - Sacramento Bee
Op-ed by Marianne E. Page, professor of economics at UC Davis and deputy director of the Center for Poverty Research.

Bancroft Prize for History Awarded to 3 Scholars - 3/14/2017 - New York Times
Andrés Reséndez, a professor of history at UC Davis, is one of the winners of this year's Bancroft Prize for “The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America," which argues that it was mass slavery at the hands of Spanish conquistadors, rather than epidemics, that devastated the Native American population. The award is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the field of American history.

Writer Yiyun Li on Writing and Depression - 3/14/2017 - KQED-FM Online
Yiyun Li, from the Department of English at UC Davis, talks about confronting her two essential questions: Why write? And why live?

H-1B Visas Keep Down U.S. Tech Wages, Study Shows - 3/14/2017 - The Wall Street Journal
Giovanni Peri, an economics professor at UC Davis, said the new research is noteworthy, but would like to see more studies on the issue. Mr. Peri's own research on immigration of highly skilled workers—not solely H-1B holders—found overall positive effects on wages across a variety of job sectors. 

The Small California City Responsible for America's First Bike Lane - 3/8/2017 - Outside Online
Frank Child, an economics professor at UC Davis, had wrapped up a summer in the Dutch city of the Hague in 1963. There, he and his wife, Eve, had spent many afternoons on bicycles. Inspired by their Dutch experience and the road conflicts they saw in Davis, the Childs wrote a letter to the local newspaper, proposing separate lanes for bikes on a few local streets. They would be a win-win for everyone, the Childs wrote. 

The Foreign Workers of Mar-a-Lago - 3/13/2017 - The New Yorker Online
Giovanni Peri, an economist at UC Davis, who studies labor and immigration, says that the H-1Bs can boost the employment prospects of Americans. The technology jobs offered to foreigners, they argued, would have created several hundred thousand jobs for American workers, including those without college degrees who perform support roles in the tech industry. 

Trump's Push for 'Merit-Based' Immigration May Not Deliver the Benefits He Expects - 3/13/2017 - LA Times
Giovanni Peri, a specialist in international migration economics at UC Davis, sees converting to a merit-based system more as a maneuver aimed at drastically cutting immigration. “The truth is that the U.S. has had the highly skilled coming in, and in very large numbers, throughout its history and the last 15 years in particular,” Peri said.

If You Think You're A genius, You're Crazy - 3/9/2017 - Nautilus Online
Article by Dean Keith Simonton, a distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology at UC Davis.

Scholars Speak Out Against New Law Barring Supporters of Boycotts From Entering Israel - 3/10/2017 - Inside Higher Education
David Biale, a Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at UC Davis, is one of the organizers of the open letter speaking out against the law barring supporters of boycotts. “Certainly there are a lot of people like myself who favor a boycott of the settlements because we think they’re illegal," he says. 

Sharing is a Cardinal Virtue, But Scientists Still Struggle With It - 3/10/2017 - STAT News
Authors often don’t want to share. Sometimes, they claim that the data are proprietary, which may well be the case. But there are solutions to that. Data can be shared with reviewers on a confidential basis, as Simine Vazire, a psychologist at UC Davis, suggested to Nature.

Know Thyself - 3/6/2017 - Sacramento Magazine
Q&A with professor from the Department of Psychology at UC Davis, Simine Vazire

The Cost of Immigrants vs the Cost of Restricting Them - 3/2/2017 - BBC
UC Davis professor of economics, Giovanni Peri, is interviewed beginning at about 6:40 into this audio file.

Arts and Music Critic Jeff Hudson Shares Winter Concerts and Previews for 2017 Season - 3/2/2017 - Capital Public Radio
The UC Davis music department is using the recording technology and internet streaming capabilities built into the Ann E. Pitzer Center to provide live streaming of many recitals and concert by campus ensembles and visiting artists, including the popular Shinkoskey Noon Concerts.

Zen and the Art of Color Quality - 3/2/2017 - UC Davis Online
“Incandescent is a beautiful light source that we all love, but it’s not very energy efficient,” said Michael Siminovitch, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Design. “In the past, when we’ve moved to more efficient lighting, we’ve lost quality of visual experience. We’re trying to change that and meld visual quality and efficiency. Fortunately, with new technology, we don't need to sacrifice one for the other.”

Light the Way You Were Meant to See It - 3/2/2017 - University of California News
Michael Siminovitch, director of the California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis, wasn’t looking for enlightenment when he wandered into a Buddhist temple in Thailand a few years ago.

The Question is: Who Are You Rooting For? Two Economists, Two Views on Immigration - 3/1/2017 - LA Times
Giovanni Peri, professor of economics at UC Davis, sees illegal immigration as a positive force on the American economy. Peri argues, first of all, that unauthorized workers have a far higher employment rate than native-born residents and rely much less on handouts. “They don’t have access to a lot of programs, like food stamps and unemployment,” he said.

Peer-Review Activists Push Psychology Journals Towards Open Data - 3/1/2017 - Nature Online
Simine Vazire, a psychologist at UC Davis, says that data should be made available on publication and also to reviewers, even if it is on a confidential basis. Without such transparency, assessing a study “is like buying a used car without being able to look under the hood”, she says.

Encouraging Players to Plan for After the Games - 3/1/2017 - New York Times
Research by professors at UC Davis, and UC Berkeley, found that men tend to be overconfident in areas “culturally perceived to be in the male domain,” like the stock market, and that overconfidence leads to trading too much and to higher costs.

February 2017

3 Countries to Do Business In Now - 2/28/2017 - Forbes Online
The U.S. exports $300 billion of goods to Canada each year, and having similar customs and language makes it extremely easy to do business in the country, according to Katheryn Russ, an associate economics professor at UC Davis.

Mohini Jain Donates $1.5M to Advance Study of Jainism - 2/23/2017 - India West Online
Mohini Jain, an Indian American philanthropist, retired teacher and longtime resident of Davis, made a $1.5 million donation to UC Davis to advance the study of Jainism. 

UC Davis Chemistry Professor Blasts Away Myths About the Lasers of Star Wars - 2/23/2017 - Capital Public Radio
Kyle Crabtree, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, participates in a Q&A session on why the blasters in Star Wars Epsode VII: The Force Awakens aren't lasers, and how real lasers work in research.

WIC Enrollment Down Almost 7 Percent in California - 2/22/2017 - KXTV-TV Online
Marianne Page, Deputy Director of the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis said a slight decline in the state's unemployment rate may have something to do with lower WIC enrollment.

The Prom-Dress Fashion on "The Bachelor" is as Regressive as its View of Relationships - 2/20/2017 - Quartz 
As an expert on gender roles in media and popular culture, Laura Grindstaff, a professor of sociology at UC Davis, comments on the shows "particularly narrow vision of femininity" displayed by the long gown-like dresses of the women on the romance-themed television show. 

How Economists Are Fueling the Global Debate Over Refugees - 2/17/2017 - Bloomberg News Online 
Two professors conducted a study in which they tracked data on the influx of low-skilled immigrants into Denmark from 1991 to 2008. They established three primary findings regarding employment. Among the researchers is Giovanni Peri, from the Department of Economics at UC Davis. 

USD 1.5 Million Grant Provided to US University for Jainism Studies - 2/17/2017 - India Today in Education 
A grant of USD 1.5 million has been made by an Indian-origin philanthropist Mohini Jain, a retired teacher, to UC Davis for advance studies in Jainism. The gift will establish 'the Mohini Jain Presidential Chair' for Jain Studies in the Department of Religious Studies a part of a larger effort to position UC Davis as a leader in the study of Indian religions and the interdisciplinary field of South Asian studies broadly.

Industrial Revolution Comparisons Aren't Comforting - 2/16/2017 - Bloomberg News Online
By the esitmates of Gregory Clark, a professor of economics at UC Davis, English real wages may have fallen about 10 percent from 1770 to 1810. Clark also estimates that it took 60 to 70 years of transition, after the onset of industrialization, for English workers to see sustained real wage gains at all. 

What the CRISPR Patent Decision Means for Gene Editing - 2/15/2017 - The Atlantic Online
When it comes to patents, Mario Biagioli, a professor of law and history at UC Davis, said, "The goal is that the invention is made by somebody, so who gave us that invention is not crucial." 

From California, a Progressive Cry for State's Rights - 2/14/2017 - New Republic Online
"California always had immigrants, migrants, and others looking to start something new," says Kathryn Olmsted, a history professor at UC Davis. As she wrote in her book, Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism, "The state's multiracial, multiethnic workforce of migrants and immigrants, or women and men, foreshadowed the coming transformation of American labor. That battles over these changes would remake American politics and policy." 

Economic Impact of Immigration by State - 2/14/2017 - WalletHub
Brad Jones, a professor in the Department of Political Science at UC Davis participates in a Q&A about immigration and the economy under Trump's presidency. 

Yiyun Li Memoir 'Dear Friend' Reflects Her Dance with Death and Love of Life - 2/13/2017 - The Mercury News Online
Yiyun Li, from the Department of English at UC Davis, wrote a memoir about her life and career called "Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life."

The Consequences of Mr. Trump - Voices from Global Academia - 2/09/2017 - The Huffington Post
Dr. Suad Joseph, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at UC Davis, offers her insight into President Trump's executive order banning travellers from 7 Muslim majority countries into the US. 

A Growing (But Controversial) Idea in Open Access Textbooks: Let Students Help Write Them - 2/09/2017 - EdSurge News
Professor of Chemistry at UC Davis, Delmar Larsen, created a new project called LibreText which he describes as a sprawling, Wikipedia-like enterprise of resources crowdsourced by students and professors. 

Freelance Journalist Calls For Trump Resistance - 2/03/2017 - Capital Public Radio
UC Davis writing lecturer, Sasha Abramsky, is interviewed on the Insight program. 

January 2017

The Hottest Tax Idea in Washington Right Now Would Cost Average Families $1,000 a Year - 1/31/2017 - The Washington Post
Families at the bottom of the income ladder could pay 5 to 8 percent of their incomes as a result of increased prices from a GOP plan to reform corporate taxes, according to new calculations from Katheryn Russ, a UC Davis associate professor of economics. Middle-class families would pay between $700 to $1,000 a year, or about 1.3 to 2 percent of their incomes. 

Immigration Issues are Front and Center at UCD – 01/29/17 – Davis Enterprise
A forum titled “DACA, DAPA and Deportation Threat” was held at UC Davis as part of a daylong conferences on issues surrounding immigrant status. It was hosted by UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences. 

Why Trump’s Executive Order is Wrongheaded and Reckless – 01/29/17 – The Chronicle of Higher Education
The op-ed by Keith David Watenpaugh, a historian of the Middle East and a professor of human rights studies at UC Davis, responds to Trump’s recent executive order that bars the entry of immigrants from specific countries and refugees from entering the United States. 

President Trump’s Predecessors Learned About Tariffs the Hard Way – 01/27/17 – Yahoo! Canada Finance
As a series of studies from economists like Giovanni Peri, a researcher and professor of Economics at UC Davis, indicate, undocumented immigrant workers take undesirable jobs Americans don’t want, and allow Americans to take jobs with higher skill levels and complexity.

New Findings Reveal That the Universe is Expanding Surprisingly Faster Than We Thought! – 01/27/17 – International Business Times India
“If you still something when the error bars shrink, maybe it’s new physics, beyond the Standard Model of cosmology,” Chris Fassnacht, a professor from the Department of Physics at UC Davis, stated in a press release.

A Closing of America – 01/26/17 – Inside Higher Ed
Keith David Watenpaugh, a professor and director of the human rights studies program at UC Davis says Trump’s immigration policy “robs the American people and our young people of an opportunity to understand the world better, and also to provide help and assistance to those people who are trying to improve repressive societies like Iran.” He continues, “It’s a closing of the American mind and a closing of America to the world, is what it is.”

Astronomers Measure Universe Expansion, Get Hints of ‘New Physics’ – 01/26/17 – UC Davis News
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 UC Davis that made the observation.

I’m a Physicist, And These Are The Three Things I Think Everyone Should Know About Science – 01/26/17 – Forbes
Assistant Professor of Physics from UC Davis, Inna Vishik, makes a list of three things the average person should understand about physics.

The Hidden Museums of UC Davis – 01/23/16 – The California Aggie
Bohart Museum, CN Gorman Museum, and the Design Museum are among the list of lesser known museums at UC Davis whose focuses range from insects to activism to design.

North Dakota Bill Would Protect Drivers Who Hit Protesters Obstructing Traffic – 01/17/17 – The Christian Science Monitor
“It often seems precisely to be a form of protest about rights and recognition before it is about seizing the basics of survival,” said Joshua Clover, an English professor at UC Davis, comparing modern-day protests to famine strikes in 17th and 18th century Britain that also used road blockades.

Canada Returns Two 200 Million-Year-Old Marine Fossils Smuggled From China – 01/12/17 – National Post
Ryosuke Motani, a professor in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department at UC Davis, said Thursday the Ichthyosaur started off with a lizard-like body with flippers and evolved into a fish-like body. The one intercepted in Calgary appears to be a Mixosaurus, the intermediate stage when the Ichthyosaur was transitioning from a land to a sea creature.

President Obama Designates First National Monument Dedicated to Reconstruction – 01/12/17 – New York Times
Greg Downs, a professor of history at UC Davis, who wrote the study with Kate Masur, a historian at Northwestern, called the creation of the monument “a long overdue moment, and one of the most significant expansions of the National Park Service since its founding.”

Study Suggests Earth Once Had Many Moonlets—Until They Merged to Form the Moon – 01/10/17 – Washington Post
“The whole giant impact model had been put into crisis several years ago,” Sarah Stewart, a planetary physicist at UC Davis, told The Washington Post last year, “to the point where people thought it might be completely wrong because we couldn't make it work in its details.”

The Other Slavery: An Interview with Historian Andres Resendez – 01/08/17 – History News Network
Q&A with Andrés Reséndez, who teaches history at the University of California, Davis, and is the author of "The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America."

The Return of the “King” – 01/06/17 – Sactown Magazine
In January, 31-year-old Davis native, Hasan Minhaj, will bring home the funny with a performance of his aptly titled one-man show, “Homecoming King,” at his alma mater’s Mondavi Center. 

December 2016

Fisher, Reynolds, Bowie, Prince—Why Celebrity Deaths Hit Us So Hard – 12/31/16 – Sacramento Bee
Fans have long had an emotional link with the objects of their admiration during their deaths, such as John Lennon and Michael Jackson. But the severity of the grief has been amplified during the last decade as social media provides users a daily list of fallen heroes, said Jesse Drew, professor of cinema and digital media at UC Davis. 

Cali-topia: a New Vision of Thomas More's Utopia? The Forum - 12/25/2016 - BBC World Service
Is Thomas More's vision of an ideal society becoming reality in modern-day California? Jack Stewart is joined by forecaster Paul Saffo, Chair of Future Studies at Singularity University, Ryan Mullenix, partner at NBBJ Architecture, Krista Donaldson, CEO of Silicon Valley healthcare start up D-Rev, and Colin Milburn, Chair in Science and the Humanities at UC Davis.

Eight Moments That Defined Sacramento’s Arts-and-Culture Scene in 2016 – 12/23/16 – Sacramento Bee
Never have toilets been quite so celebrated. A display of ceramic toilets by the late, great sculptor Robert Arneson was at the center for UC Davis’ Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, a $30 million facility that debuted in November.

How Donald Trump Changed the Way College Students Learn About Conspiracy Theories – 12/15/16 – Time
This year, Kathryn Olmstead, a history professor at UC Davis, discussed a Donald Trump campaign ad with students in her conspiracy theory course. She said teaching the course this fall was an “entirely different experience” then when she last taught it four years ago.

Why We Need a National Monument to Reconstruction: Op-Ed -12/14/16 - The New York Times
Op-Ed by Gregory P. Downs, history professor at UC Davis, Eric Foner and Kate Masur urges President Obama to create the first national monument dedicated to Reconstruction.

UC Davis Survey: Potential Foster Parents Want to Keep Families Together – 12/14/16 – UC Davis News
A new UC Davis, survey finds that one of the strongest motivations for potential foster parents is the chance to help keep families together. It also identifies those Californians who are most and least willing to foster children and why. These findings are reported in a new policy brief released by the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research from a survey of 466 California adults. 

Ice Surface Melts One Step at a Time - 12/14/16 – UC Davis News
“The structure of the surface changes in a stepwise manner, corresponding to melting of one or two layers,” said Davide Donadio, assistant professor of chemistry at UC Davis.

There’s a Bitter New Battle Over Whether Slave Torture was the Foundation of the American Economy – 12/12/16 – Washington Post
Baptist’s book, “The Half Has Never Been Told,” was met with derision among some academics when it was published in 2014, and the public scorn continues. At a public debate at Dartmouth College in October, Alan Olmstead, from the Department of Economics at UC Davis, spun around, waving a pretend magic wand in the air, and dismissed Baptist’s research as “hocus pocus,” according a recent account by the Chronicle of Higher Education. 

The Forgotten Slaves – 12/11/16 – Chronicle of Higher Education
In his beautifully written (and National Book Award-nominated) The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, Andrés Reséndez, a professor of history at UC Davis, offers a tour-de-force account of the enslavement of Indians in the New World, and in the process, broadens our definitions of slavery. He offers a capacious but defensible definition, including peonage; rebels sentenced to servitude; orphans and vagrants bound to service; victims of the mita; and ostensibly free wage laborers whose employers never paid them.

Intelligence Commotion – 12/08/16 –
UC Davis psychologist, Dean Keith Simmons, conducted a study in 2006 that used a historiometric approach to estimate the IQ scores for most former US presidents. His data has been misused in an image to falsely show that Donald Trump has the second highest IQ among US presidents.

Army Corps Of Engineers Says No to DAPL, History of Davis Protests – 12/06/16 – Capital Public Radio
Liz Grandia, an associate professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis, provides historical context to the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline that took place in Davis.

The 10 Shocking Toilets That Helped Put UC Davis on the Art World Map – 12/02/16 – KQED-FM Online
For its inaugural exhibition, the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art gathers together 10 ceramic toilet sculptures created by the late sculptor Robert Arneson.

Donald Trump Inspired a Sickening Tide of Bullying in America’s Schools – 12/01/16 – Mother Jones
Robert Faris, a sociology professor at UC Davis who studies bullying, says the example Trump set on the national stage “as given permission and legitimated what was previously considered illegitimate.” Trump’s campaign, he says, has emboldened people with racist and sexist attitudes to act out publicly in ways they didn’t previously. 

November 2016

Small Businesses Lament There Are Too Few Mexicans in US, Not Too Many - 11/28/2016 - Wall Street Journal
Giovanni Peri, a professor of economics at UC Davis, says a lack of immigrants for jobs like dishwashing can hit U.S. workers, too. “If you can’t hire a dishwasher, that slows down the growth of the restaurant, and then you won’t hire managers, who are usually American,” he says. “Immigrants create opportunities for American workers.” 

Bay Area Divided About Fidel Castro’s Legacy - 11/25/2016 - The Mercury News
Emilio Bejel, a professor of Latin American studies at UC Davis, said he was “practically speechless” when he woke up Saturday to news of Castro’s death. 

Stat-Checking Software Stirs Up Psychology - 11/25/2016 - Nature Online
An automated tool makes researchers more likely to double-check their work, which is good for psychology, argues Simine Vazire, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at UC Davis. “It will catch mistakes, but even more importantly it will make us more careful."

The Science Behind Why You Shouldn’t Stop Giving Thanks After Thanksgiving - 11/24/2016 - Washington Post
In one 2003 study, gratitude experts, Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at UC Davis, and Michael McCullough of the University of Miami observed that participants that kept a record of what they were grateful for had a more positive outlook on life, exercised more and reported fewer physical problems. 

Be Thankful: Science Says Gratitude is Good for Your Health - 11/23/2016 - TODAY Online
“Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis. “It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep.” 

Prominent Figures in Academe and Higher Education Groups Speak Out About Election Aftermath - 11/21/2016 - Inside Higher Education
David Biale, a Jewish History professor at UC Davis,
 organized and issued an open letter along with more than 200 other scholars of Jewish history in which they say that their scholarship has left them “acutely attuned to the fragility of democracies and the consequences for minorities when democracies fail to live up to their highest principles.” 

Digital Archive Preserves ‘Pioneering’ History of Punjabis in California - 11/21/2016 - NBC News
The stories of pioneering South Asian immigrants will be preserved in a new digital archive, spearheaded by Nicole Ranganath, a historian and lecturer from the Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies Department of UC Davis. 

College Presidents Call for Continuation of Obama Administration Program Protecting Undocumented Students - 11/21/2016 - Inside Higher Education
More than 90 college and university presidents have signed a statement calling for the continuation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Among them is Ralph Hexter, the acting Chancellor and distinguished professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC Davis.

As American as Apple Pie? The Rural Vote’s Disproportionate Slice of Power - 11/20/2016 - New York Times
Political scientists at UC Davis, have found that most state capitals were located near what was then the population centroid of each state — typically closer to the geographical center of the state, and not the place where the most people already lived, breaking with how much of the world sited its capitals. 

Big Rise of California as the Design Capital of the World - 11/19/2016 - SF Gate
Simon Sadler, a professor of design at UC Davis who is principally interested in architecture, talked about the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Coast Highway, the open style of modern homes, as well as an intangible sense of “magic and possibility.”

I Fell for a Narcissist. Then America Fell for One. How Can We Avoid Their Charm? - 11/18/2016 - Washington Post

Simine Vazire, a professor of psychology at UC Davis, says that most people can identify certain “subclinical” narcissistic traits in others. “…it should be pretty clear whether the person tends to be vain, condescending, brags a lot, feels entitled and so on. How they react to others’ misfortune is also pretty telling — a lack of empathy is a key characteristic of narcissists.” 

Scientists Turn CO2 Into Rock—Again - 11/18/2016 - The Christian Science Monitor
"This is a great step forward in proving the practicality of the process," Robert Zierenberg, a professor of geology at UC Davis, in reference to a team of scientists who were able to turn carbon dioxide to stone in a lab in under two years. 

Cy and Davis’ Picks: A Well-Stuffed Show With a Communal Orchestra, Dream Pop, and the Politics of Soccer - 11/17/2016 - KQED Arts
Cy and David are celebrating a new museum on the outskirts of the Bay Area — UC Davis’ new Manetti Shrem Museum. For the opening, the museum has tapped a great legacy of work by UC Davis faculty, including some revolutionary figures who taught there in the Art Department’s early years like Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Arneson, William T. Wiley, Manuel Neri, Ruth Horsting, and Jane Garritson.

California Today: The Rise of a Design Capital - 11/17/2016 - New York Times
Simon Sadler, a professor of design at UC Davis, who is principally interested in architecture, talked about the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Coast Highway, the open style of modern homes, as well as an intangible sense of “magic and possibility.” 

Crystal Clocks - 11/17/2016 - Science Magazine
Instead of taking centuries or millennia, volcanoes can gurgle to life in a matter of decades or years, sometimes even months, says Kari Cooper from the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Hundreds of Jewish Historians Release Trump Statement - 11/17/2016 - J Weekly
David Biale, a professor of Jewish History at UC Davis, wrote a public statement warning against the threat to minorities posed by the election of Donald Trump, which has been signed by more than 240 Jewish studies scholars. 

Suspending Disbelief in the Voting Booth - 11/12/2016 - Sacramento Bee
This op-ed by Flagg Miller, a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at UC Davis, discusses how Trump’s campaign led him to an election victory, while recounting his own experience with the results as a voter of Hillary Clinton.

How Voters’ Education Levels Factored Into Trump’s Win - 11/10/2016 The Chronicle of Higher Education
John Scott, professor and chair of political science, comments on findings of exit polls in the 2016 presidential election: "Namely, people with college degrees — and especially higher degrees — are far more likely to vote for Clinton than Trump, and visa versa. ... The surprise, however, is how many college graduates voted for Trump."

How Voters’ Education Levels Factored into Trump’s Win - 11/10/2016 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Exit polls are pretty good," said John T. Scott, professor and chair of political science at UC Davis ­— certainly better than those conducted ahead of an election. "They’re not perfect." There’s also the first data that’s available.

Deep in the Heart of Iceland, There’s a New Way to Tap the Earth’s Energy - 11/08/2016 - Smithsonian Online
As a principal investigator of the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, Robert Zierenberg, a professor of geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Physical Sciences at UC Davis, remarks on the use of supercritical fluids to drill anywhere with similar temperatures and pressures as Iceland. 

Insight: News Network/Registrar’s Office/Jacam Manricks - 11/08/2016 - Capital Public Radio
Composer and lecturer for the Department of Music at UC Davis, Jacam Manricks, discusses the influence behind his new album. 

A Dark Vision of America Prevails as Donald J. Trump is elected the next US President - 11/07/2016 - Quartz
“The nightmare is really just beginning for political scientists. We’ll be reviewing 2016 papers for the rest of our careers,” Christopher Hare, an assistant professor of political science at UC Davis, tweeted on November 6th in response to the unfolding presidential election. 

Raising an Empathetic Child: 10 Little Things You Can Do Right Now - 11/07/2016 - Reader’s Digest
A study by Robert A. Emmons, PhD, a researcher and professor of psychology at UC Davis, shows that gratitude increases happiness levels by approximately 25 percent. Parents can encourage gratitude in their children by practicing it openly in their own daily lives.  

If a “Big Whack’ Made the Moon, Did it Also Knock the Earth on Its Side? - 11/04/2016 - New York Times
In a paper published last week, scientists report new findings on the dynamics of the Earth’s and moon’s orbit in space. “For the first time, this paper has a model that says we can start in one place and explain all of that without invoking any other follow-on event,” said Sarah T. Stewart, a professor of earth and planetary sciences at UC Davis. “And that’s new, and that’s exciting.”

‘Manufactured Outrage’: As Trump Harnesses Fringe Political Views, the Business of Fear Has Never Been Better - 11/04/2016 - National Post
Kathryn Olmsted, a professor in the Department of History at UC Davis, says it is no coincidence that alt-right thinking is influencing both consumption trends and a presidential candidate right now.

When It Comes to Success, Age Really Is Just a Number - 11/3/2016 - The New York Times
Dean Keith Simonton, a distinguished professor emeritus of psychology, is quoted in this article about a big-data study that found a variety of factors behind scientists' success that has nothing to do with age. Simonton, who did not contribute to the study, is an expert on the nature and origins of genius. 

New Twist Explains How a Single Impact Could Blast the Moon into Being - 11/01/2016 - Washington Post
Sarah Stewart from the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences contests the current understanding of the moo. “For those of us who live and breathe planetary science,” Stewart said, “the chemistry of the moon and the inclination [tilt] of the moon are major unsolved problems. Any theory that is going to stand the test of time has to get us there.”

October 2016

How the Moon Got There: New Theory of a ‘Giant Impact’ With Earth Explains Our Rocky Satellite’s Orbit - 10/31/2016 - Daily Mail
Scientific researchers offer an alternative model to the original ‘giant impact’ theory that explains the moon’s orbit. Among these researchers is Sarah Stewart, professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis

Mess With Central-Bank Independence at Your Peril - 10/19/2016 - Bloomberg View
Columnist Mark Gilbert, writing about pressures on central banks to raise interest rates, cites remarks made by economics professor Alan M. Taylor at a recent conference in Vienna: "Society may now be asking more of central banks, and central banks will now try to find a way to serve those goals. Central banks can therefore expect to become less independent and more politicized going forward."

Governor McCrory Says the HB2 Protects Public Safety. These Victims Would Say Otherwise. - 10/17/16 - The State Online
Gregoy Herek, a psychology professor at UC Davis who is an expert on anti-gay violence, said HB2 sends a broad symbolic message: “It’s conveying to people in the state who are LGBT that they are not full citizens.”

Manetti Shrem Verge Ribbon Cutting - 10/15/16 - Sactown Magazine
The new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum will be tied up in a one-of-a-kind ribbon conceptualized by Bay Area-based artist and UC Davis alum, Lisa Rybovich Cralle, through Verge Center of the Arts.

Rats! Bad, Old Memories Stay with Us -10/13/16 - The Boston Globe
Researchers conducted experiments on rats to reveal the possibility of retrieving memories from infancy that have previously been forgotten. Among these scientists is Simona Ghetti, a professor in psychology at UC Davis.

Last Days of the Obama White House - 10/12/16 - BBC News
“The term ‘lame-duck presidency’ is used for a reason,” said Larry Berman, a professor of political science at UC Davis. He said no president since 1932 had reached major legislative achievements during this part of their term. 

Why the College Degree Seems to Be Deciding the Presidential Election - 10/12/16 - Chronicle of Higher Education Online
John T. Scott, chairman of the Political Science Department at UC Davis, said separating voters based on their college attainment, and noting a difference in their political views, is nothing new. "This is a continuation of a trend," Mr. Scott said. "Broadly speaking, what we are seeing is part of a trend that has been going on for probably about 20 years or more. And that has a lot to do with changes in the economy."

Brain Areas Responsible for “Learning By Watching” Identified - 10/11/16 - UC Davis Egghead
A recent study from UCLA and Caltech explores which specific neurons in the brain are responsible for encoding observed behaviors. The researchers, including Erie Boorman, now an assistant professor at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and Department of Psychology, were able to identify an area of the brain called the rostral anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), where neurons showed evidence of learning from observation. The two other brain areas studied did not show this pattern of response.

Alyssa Lempesis Wants to Gross You Out - 10/11/16 - KQED-FM Online
Alyssa Lempesis, an artist who completed her Master of Fine Arts at UC Davis, has created unique sculptures and stop-motion animation resembling oddities of the natural world – types of things that elicit a complicated combination of attraction and revulsion. Her work can be found at the Aggregate Space Gallery in West Oakland. 

UC Davis Design Professor Wins Award for Innovative Smart Clothing - 10/10/16 - The California Aggie
UC Davis Assistant Design Professor Helen Koo received the $40,000 UC Davis Award for Innovation and Creative Vision for her work in smart clothing.

The Perfect Spot for a Reckoning with Reconstruction - 10/07/2016 - The Washington Post Online
Gregory P. Downs, an associate professor of history at UC Davis, co-authors this op-ed about the Reconstruction era.

Is Campus Safe for Your Kids? - 10/06/16 - The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
Diane L. Wolf, professor of sociology and the director of the Jewish Studies Program at UC Davis, offers a discussion on the safety of Jewish students on college campus from anti-Semitism.

A Federal Court Struck Down Much of North Carolina’s Voter ID Law – But What’s Left Could Still Shrink the Black Vote - 10/05/16 - Washington Post Online
UC Davis Professor of Political Science, Erik J. Engstrom discusses how the voting laws in North Carolina have and will continue to negatively affect the state’s African American population.

The Science Behind Senior Moments - 10/02/16 - Yahoo! Canada
“We need to start thinking about aging not just as this process that your brain is deteriorating, but that aging comes with come costs and benefits,” says Charan Ranganath, a professor of psychology at UC Davis. 

September 2016

Are You Raising an Internet Bully? Here's How to End That Behavior - 09/29/2016 - Washington Post
Robert Faris, an associate professor of sociology at UC Davis, believes that certain parental behaviors, such as setting poor social priorities or not encouraging healthy social relationships, could inadvertently promote aggression in kids and play a role in their disturbing online activity.

Needed But Not Wanted - 09/29/2016 - Economist
Giovanni Peri, an Economics professor at UC Davis, finds that the wage effects of low-skill immigration are positive if you drop the assumption that workers of the same age and education are perfect substitutes and that workers of one skill level do not affect the productivity of workers at other skill levels.

Uncertainty Over California Cap-and-Trade Program Could Impact Ontario - 09/29/2016 - The Globe and Mail Online
“As of right now, there is a lot of uncertainty hanging over the future of the market past 2020,” James Bushnell, a Professor of Economics at UC Davis, said in an interview. “And that does put Ontario in a rather curious position.”

Biggest Ever Quantum Chip Announced, But Scientists Aren't Buying It - 09/28/2016 - The Verge
Researchers, including Greg Kuperberg of the Mathematics Department at UC Davis, are skeptical of D-Wave’s largest quantum chip yet.

Outdated Immigration Laws: Bad for Students, Worse for Local Economies - 09/25/2016 - Chronicle of Higher Education
Giovanni Peri of the Economics Department at UC Davis writes this article about how current immigration affects employment and the economy.

Stop Overusing the Word 'Genius' - 09/25/2016 - LA Times
“Just as athletes can win an Olympic gold medal by beating the world record only by a fraction of a second, scientists can continue to receive Nobel Prizes for improving the explanatory breadth of theories or the preciseness of measurements,” says Dean Simonton, a Professor of Psychology at UC Davis.

James Gleick’s Exhilarating ‘Time Travel: A History’ - 09/23/2016 - Wall Street Journal
Book review by UC Davis history professor Michael Saler

The Inevitable Evolution of Bad Science - 09/21/2016 - The Atlantic Online
“If authors are required to disclose more details about their research, journals and reviewers will be in a better position to evaluate the quality of studies, and it will be much harder for authors to game the system,” says Simine Vazire of the UC Davis Department of Psychology.

The Past Haunts a City That Evicted its Dead - 09/18/2016 - LA Times
Jelmer Eerkens, a PhD in archeology who works as a professor in the Department of Anthropology at UC Davis, studies the remains of a young girl, who presumably died in 1870, to learn about her life and death.

Can the South Make Room for Reconstruction? - 09/17/2016 - The Atlantic Online
Gregory Downs, an associate professor in the Department of History at UC Davis, is one of two historians the National Park Service retained to recommend Reconstruction-era historic sites.

Researchers Test DNA of Century-Old San Francisco Girl - 09/15/2016 - KTVU-TV Online
UC Davis Professor of Anthropology Jelmer Eerkens conducts research on the mummified remains of a young girl from the 19th century, that were found in a sealed cast iron casket underneath a San Francisco home, to uncover details of her past.

Outdated FEMA Flood Maps Don't Account for Climate Change - 09/15/2016 - NPR Online 
Nicholas Pinter, a researcher and professor from the UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, offers an explanation for the various floods that hit Louisiana last month. 

Body double? Secret earpiece? Donald Trump Fuels Hillary Clinton Conspiracy Theories - 09/14/2016 - Toronto Star Online
Kathryn Olmsted, professor in the Department of History at UC Davis, discusses how conspiracy theories have become part of the mainstream media, especially in regards to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

For Every 10 U.S. Adults, Six Vote and Four Don't. What Separates Them? - 09/13/2016 - New York Times
“Most of the differences between people who vote and those who don’t vote can be accounted for by motivational reasons — levels of political interest and engagement,” said Benjamin Highton, a professor of political science at UC Davis. “And levels of political interest and engagement are strongly correlated with education and income.”

Things Are Getting a Lot Better for the Working Poor  - 09/13/2016 - The Washington Post
Median incomes for Hispanics have increased 6.4 percent in the Western states, and this can be attributed to robust demand for labor in construction, manufacturing and services, according to Giovanni Peri, professor and chair of the Economics Department at UC Davis.

Presidio Hosts Artwork Examining Human Cost of National Security - 09/12/2016 - KQED-FM Online
An exhibit at San Francisco’s Presidio features the work of 18 artists from 12 countries that considers the human cost of war borders, and security. Shiva Ahmadi, an assistant professor of art at UC Davis, is a participating artist.

Poll: Young Voters from Newer Immigrant Families More Liberal in Views - 09/08/2016 - CBS News
Brad Jones, a Professor in the Department of Political Science at UC Davis, said that Latino immigrants are more directly affected by the increase in deportations under President Obama’s administration and shifts in immigration enforcement policy. Jones also noted that Asian-Americans have also been “widely tethered” to negative rhetoric on immigration throughout Trump’s campaign. 

Historians Recommend Reconstruction Era Sites for Inclusion in National Parks System - 09/07/2016 - The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
As the National Parks Service commemorates its 100th anniversary, Gregory Downs, an associate professor of history at UC Davis, co-produced a study on the Reconstruction Era and believes that there are many related sites across the country that could become part of the National Parks System. 

Are Immigrants Taking Your Job? - 09/06/2016 - Bloomberg BNA
Giovanni Peri, professor and chair of the Economics Department at UC Davis, says immigrants aren’t impacting Americans’ wages.

How Domestic Violence in One Home Affects Every Child in A Class - 09/03/2016 - NPR Online
The effects of child exposure to domestic violence on classroom test scores have been studied by Scott Carrell, a Professor of Economics at UC Davis, for over a decade. He concludes that reporting domestic violence is the one thing that can improve this situation.

Trump's Tough Talk on Immigration is Nothing New for Arizonans - 09/02/2016 - LA Times
“Arizona voters have been hearing about immigration for so long that there’s not much anybody can say to change their minds,” said Brad Jones, an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at UC Davis. His research suggests that tough rhetoric on immigration resonates most in places that did not have significant Latino populations until the last two decades, called “new destination states.” 

The Freedom-lover's Case for the Welfare State - 09/01/2016 - Vox
Peter Lindert, a Professor of Economics at UC Davis, notes that welfare states with large social programs gain much more growth than states that spend less on welfare. He calls this “the free lunch paradox.”