Society and Culture

Study Challenges Role of Speech Gene in Evolution of Human Language

August 03, 2018
The FOXP2 gene has been associated with uniquely human language abilities. But a UC Davis scientist and colleagues did a study with a wider variety of people and found no evidence of selection for FOXP2 in modern humans, challenging previous of how we think humans acquired language.

Immigrants, Jobs and Local Economies: Not So Simple

July 11, 2018
UC Davis economist Giovanni Peri has spent close to two decades researching the impacts of immigration on local labor markets. His findings: local economies grow with an influx of immigrants and decline when they leave.

UC Launches Million Light Bulb Challenge Community Buy Program

July 03, 2018

The University of California is spearheading a statewide effort to advance the purchase of 1 million high-quality, energy-efficient light bulbs for campus buildings and residences across the state.

Under the Community Buy Program, all UC students, staff, faculty and alumni can purchase light bulbs at nearly half the price of online competitors.

Hundreds of Economists to Gather at UC Davis

June 18, 2018
Close to 500 economics scholars from around the globe will gather at UC Davis beginning Thursday, June 21, for the four-day 2018 North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society. This is the first time that UC Davis has been the host for a meeting of the Econometric Society, the preeminent international society of academic economists and publisher of three scholarly journals.

Success Is Not Just How You Play Your Cards, But How You Play Your Opponents

June 18, 2018
In high-stakes environments, success is not just about playing your cards right, but also playing your opponents right. Looking at how more than 35,000 individuals interacted when playing millions of poker hands online, a University of California, Davis, study reveals that game experts are an excellent source of insight into how people process strategic information in competitive settings.

English Major Designs Course On How Humanities Shape Views On Science

June 14, 2018

“Living sustainably” seems like an intimidating concept. Sustainability and climate change are often tied to direct action and major technological innovation, so we often question how one person can actually help our planet. Kristin Hogue wants to change that misconception — using literature, art and movies.

Design Center “Wild Card” Winner at San Francisco Design Week Awards

June 13, 2018
The Center for Design in the Public Interest was honored at the first annual San Francisco Design Week Awards for a project on chronic pain. The Center, part of the Department of Design in the College of Letters and Science, won in the Wild Card category for Outpatient Radio.

Mellon Foundation Renews Support for Public Scholars Program

June 12, 2018

The trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have approved a grant of $600,000 to the UC Davis Humanities Institute to continue support for the UC Davis College of Letters and Science public scholars program for the next three years.

Study of Netflix Show about Suicide Leads to Additional Resources

June 11, 2018
Each episode of the newly released second season of "13 Reasons Why" starts with a warning from the actors that the show tackles tough topics like sexual assault, substance abuse and suicide. The warnings, and a downloadable discussion guide provided by Netflix, come out of research recently conducted by Drew Cingel, a assistant professor of communication at the University of California, Davis, with colleagues at Northwestern University.

Guns and America: From Mental Illness to Racial Motivation

May 23, 2018
“Why does it seem as though so many these days are so quick to shoot?” asked Chancellor Gary May, opening “The Campus Conversation: Guns and America after Parkland” on April 26. The discussions — led by a panel of distinguished faculty members from a wide diversity of disciplines — rose out of a desire to address recent incidents of gun violence and the overall issue of guns in America. 

Will the Relationship Last?

May 16, 2018
New research by UC Davis psychologists suggests that — at first — long-term and short-term relationships may look more or less identical. 

Three Professors Named American Council of Learned Societies Fellows

May 02, 2018

Three faculty in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science will receive support from the American Council of Learned Societies in 2018–19 to work on books on the art and politics of smells, Hmong refugee resettlement in the U.S., and Maoist guerrillas in Peru.