UC Davis Graduate Students Give Lawmakers a Taste of their Efforts Becky Oskin March 21, 2018

Graduate students Carina Fish and Jeanelle Hope, from the UC Davis College of Letters and Sciences, are among 26 Ph.D. and master’s students who will visit with state lawmakers and give them first-hand insight into their work and why it merits more state investment. Read more.

A New Explanation For the Moon's Origins

February 28, 2018
A new explanation for the moon’s origin has it forming inside the Earth when our planet was a seething, spinning cloud of vaporized rock, called a synestia.

DarkSide-50 Collaboration Sets Stage for Next Experiment

February 22, 2018
The DarkSide-50 experiment at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy has completed its experimental run. Four UC Davis physicists – Associate Professor Emilija Pantic, postdoctoral researchers Tessa Johnson and Luca Pagani, and graduate student Ben Schlitzer – are members of the DarkSide-50 research collaboration.

Psychologist Honored for Early Career Contributions

January 12, 2018
The American Psychological Association recently selected Assistant Professor Eliza Bliss-Moreau for a 2018 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology for her research on the biological underpinnings of emotion.

Grad Slam Contest for Grad Students Open

January 09, 2018
Registration is open until January 19 for the UC Davis Grad Slam contest, in which graduate students compete to inform and entertain a general audience with three-minute talks based on their own research.

Doing Without Dark Energy

December 13, 2017
Mathematicians Blake Temple and Zeke Vogler at the University of California, Davis, and Joel Smoller at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, worked out solutions to General Relativity without invoking dark energy. They argue that the equations show that the Friedmann space-time is actually unstable: Any perturbation — for example if the density of matter is a bit lower than average — pushes it over into an accelerating universe.

Rarity Can Be Key to Survival, Not Just Extinction

December 06, 2017
Some species have always been rare — occurring in small densities throughout their range — throughout their evolutionary history. A perspective paper from in the journal Ecology Letters suggests that for many species, rarity is not a guarantee of impending extinction.

New X-ray Spectroscopy Explores Hydrogen-generating Catalyst

November 21, 2017
Using a newly developed technique, researchers from Japan, Germany and UC Davis have identified a key step in production of hydrogen gas by a bacterial enzyme. Understanding these reactions could be important in developing a clean-fuel economy powered by hydrogen.

Rising Star: The Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics

November 13, 2017
Recognizing the value of interdisciplinary research, the College of Letters and Science has long embraced collaborative efforts across disciplines. Now, with the Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics (QMAP), the college is creating an extraordinary environment where mathematicians and physicists will work side-by-side to explore quantum field theory, string theory, and quantum gravity.

Supercomputer Simulates Dynamic Magnetic Fields of Jupiter, Earth, Sun

November 09, 2017
As the Juno space probe approached Jupiter in June last year, researchers with the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics’ Dynamo Working Group — headquartered at UC Davis — were starting to run simulations of the giant planet’s magnetic field on one of the world’s fastest computers. While the timing was coincidental, the supercomputer modeling should help scientists interpret the data from Juno, and vice versa.

New Technique Makes Light Metallic Nanofoam

November 02, 2017
A simple method for manufacturing extremely low-density palladium nanofoams could help advance hydrogen storage technologies, reports a new study from researchers in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.