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“Grit in the Gears” Costs Energy in Modular Information Systems

August 16, 2018

Digital information may appear to exist as abstract ones and zeroes, flipping effortlessly from one to another. But in fact there is a minimum amount of energy required to run any computation system, regardless of how “energy efficient” are its component parts.

There and Back Again: Mantle Xenon Has a Story to Tell

August 08, 2018
The Earth has been through a lot of changes in its 4.5 billion year history, including a shift to incorporating and retaining volatile compounds such as water, nitrogen and carbon from the atmosphere in the mantle before spewing them out again through volcanic eruptions.

Reversing cause and effect is no trouble for quantum computers

July 20, 2018
In research published 18 July in Physical Review X, an international team shows that a quantum computer is less in thrall to the arrow of time than a classical computer. In some cases, it's as if the quantum computer doesn't need to distinguish between cause and effect at all.

Double Majors: Explore Your Options

Shannon Beaumont decided to double major early in her college career. But Beaumont took time to explore her options before choosing a second major.

Double Majors: Find Your Own Way

Like many animal biology majors, Jordan Lara chose UC Davis because he wanted to become a veterinarian. But a class in Chicano studies led him down a new and unexpected path.

Double Majors: Pursue Your Passions

As a double major in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology and Theatre and Dance, Shannon McCoy finds herself switching between art and science nearly every day. That’s a good thing, she said.

1990 - Graça Vicente

July 02, 2018

Graça Vicente (Ph.D., chemistry, '90), distinguished professor at Louisiana State University, has received the Presential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, or PAESMEM. PAESMEM recognizes outstanding efforts of mentors in encouraging the next generation of innovators and developing a science and engineering workforce that reflects the diverse talent of America. Vicente received her doctorate at UC Davis under the direction of Professor Emeritus Kevin Smith.

Tudor Dimofte Wins NSF CAREER Award

July 02, 2018
Tudor Dan Dimofte, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, has received a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate.