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Alumnus Richard Larock Supports Chemistry Undergraduate Education and Research

June 21, 2018
For more than 10 years, Richard C. Larock (B.S., ’67), Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Iowa State University in Ames, has supported undergraduate research in chemistry through a generous gift that funds a yearly research conference organized by the Department of Chemistry in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.

1997 - London Breed

June 20, 2018
London Breed (B.A., political science, ’97) is only the second woman and the first African American to serve as San Francisco's Mayor. Her term runs until January 2020.

Psychedelic Drugs Change Structure of Neurons

June 12, 2018
A team of scientists at the University of California, Davis, is exploring how hallucinogenic drugs impact the structure and function of neurons — research that could lead to new treatments for depression, anxiety and related disorders.

Curiosity Rover Finds Organic Matter on Mars

June 07, 2018
The Mars Curiosity rover team announced today (June 7) finding organic matter – carbon-based compounds – in three billion year old mudstone sediments from Gale Crater. Dawn Sumner, professor of earth and planetary sciences, is a member of the Mars Curiosity team and coauthor on the first paper.

Student Entrepreneurs Win Campus Innovation Awards

June 01, 2018
Two UC Davis undergraduates won the $10,000 first prize in the 18th annual UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition on May 24, 2018. Their venture, Japa Inc., takes the pain out of finding parking with a mobile app that employs smart data and advanced analytics to provide drivers with real-time parking availability.

Graphene Layered with Magnetic Materials Could Drive Ultrathin Spintronics

May 30, 2018
Tiny swirling textures in the magnetic fields within layered materials could be a key to replacing disk drives and flash memory in computing devices. Physicists at UC Davis and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are exploring how these patterns form in materials layered with graphene, an ultrathin form of carbon.

First-Generation Faculty Share Tips for Success

College Students Told ‘You Belong Here,’ ‘Work Hard,’  ‘Own Your Education,’ ‘Connect as Much as Possible’

What is research? What are graduate students? How do I get all of my work done when the quarter is going so fast? I really need to go home and be with my family, but should I? What should I do if I'm interested in studying something different than what my family expects? If you’re a first-generation college student, you may have questions you’re not sure who to ask.