Anthropology

Christyann Darwent: Archaeology Adventures in the Arctic

Christyann Darwent, an associate professor of anthropology at UC Davis, studies how humans adapt to arid, arctic environments and coastal ecosystems. As a zooarchaeologist, Darwent studies animal skeletal remains to better understand what past human economies and environments were like. UC Davis College of Letters and Science writing intern James Sommer ’18 sat down with Darwent in spring 2018 to learn about the Arctic locations she has traveled to, as well as the discoveries she’s made throughout her journey.

Smith Reveals Limits of "Conflict Minerals" Concept

The proliferation of smartphones and other personal electronics has led to a booming demand for rare earth minerals. Yet recent legal and corporate interventions designed to eliminate “conflict minerals” from high-tech supply chains have proven equally violent and destructive to people on the ground.

 

Picnic Day 2018: College Events

April 16, 2018
College of Letters and Science at Picnic Day 2018

Come celebrate with us and experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service and campus life. More than 200 events will take place throughout campus and will include exhibits, shows, competitions, demonstrations, entertainment, animal and athletic events, the Student Organization Fair, the Children’s Discovery Fair, the Parade and much more.

Countering Islamophobia Through The Media

November 06, 2017
With hate crimes against Muslim Americans on the rise—and Muslim women in headscarves a frequent target—a UC Davis professor is launching a program to better educate future U.S. journalists about Islamic cultures and Muslim women.

Rewriting the History of Our Species

June 07, 2017
New fossil finds from the Jebel Irhoud archaeological site in Morocco do more than push back the origins of our species by 100,000 years. They also reveal what was on the menu for our oldest-known Homo sapiens ancestors 300,000 years ago

Colloquium Highlights Sensory Aspects of Tea

February 06, 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 the Hong Kong importer of Chinese teas kicked off the second annual colloquium of the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science.

In Memoriam: Lenora Timm, Founding Chair of Linguistics

January 23, 2017
Lenora “Nora” Timm, a professor emerita of linguistics and former associate dean of Graduate Studies, died of cancer Nov. 22, 2017. She was an internationally known expert on the endangered Celtic language Breton and an environmentalist who helped preserve thousands of acres of threatened wildlife habitat in four states.