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Historian Honored for Helping to Create Monument to Reconstruction Kathleen Holder March 14, 2018
UC Davis history professor Gregory Downs has been awarded a 2018 UC Davis Academic Senate's Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award for his leadership in establishing the nation’s first monument to Reconstruction.
Book on Ghost Dance Wins Bancroft Prize for History Kathleen Holder March 13, 2018
Louis Warren, the W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of U.S. Western History at UC Davis, was named winner of a 2018 Bancroft Prize for his book, God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America. Warren is the second UC Davis author in two years, and the third in five years, to receive the prestigious American history prize.

1998 - Jennifer (Gray) Golick

March 12, 2018

Jennifer (Gray) Golick (B.A., psychology, ’98) died March 9, one of three women shot to death by an Army veteran at the Pathway Home in Yountville where she worked. Golick had joined the veterans home as clinical director last September after spending four years working with troubled boys at Muir Woods Adolescent and Family Services. “She was an absolutely brilliant clinician and speaker,” a friend, Dina Enberg, told The San Francisco Chronicle.

1997 - London Breed

March 12, 2018

London Breed (B.A., political science, ’97) served five weeks as the acting mayor of San Francisco following the Dec. 12, 2017, death of Mayor Ed Lee from a heart attack. Breed, 43, the second woman and the first African American woman to serve in the position, is a candidate in a June special election to serve out the rest of Lee's term. Elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2013, she has been its president since 2015. 

2010 - Joe Sasto

March 02, 2018

Joe Sasto (B.A., communication, ’10) was a contestant on the latest season of Bravo’s Top Chef television series, making it to the Final 3 before exiting the show. The 15th season, according to the show’s website, took 15 chefs on “an epicurean road trip” through Denver, Boulder, Telluride and Aspen, Colorado.

Hopwood Honored for Work to Bring More Science to Psychiatric Diagnoses Kathleen Holder March 02, 2018
Chris Hopwood, an associate professor of psychology working to develop better models for psychiatric diagnosis, has been selected to receive the American Psychological Foundation's 2018 Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology.

Five Faculty Named Chancellor's Fellows

January 26, 2018
Five associate professors in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science are members of the university’s newest class of Chancellor’s Fellows, an honor for early career faculty who are already making outstanding contributions to their fields.

Colloquium Looks at Color in the Ancient World

January 19, 2018

The annual Templeton Colloquium in Art History at UC Davis will journey across oceans and centuries for “The Power of Color: Polychromy and Pigments in Ancient Mediterranean And Latin American Art.” It will bring together visiting scholars with UC Davis art history faculty members Feb. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

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.