UC Davis College of Letters and Science

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.

7-Year Follow-Up Shows Lasting Cognitive Gains From Meditation

April 07, 2018
Gains in the ability to sustain attention developed through intensive meditation training are maintained up to seven years later, according to a new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement. The study is based on the Shamatha Project, a major investigation of the cognitive, psychological and biological effects of meditation led by researchers at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain.

1987 - Eve Aschheim

April 04, 2018

Eve Aschheim (MFA, Studio Art, ’87) was recently inducted into the National Academy of Design. Aschheim has taught at  Princeton University since 1991 and served as art program director from 2004 to 2007. Aschheim’s work is shown internationally and been included in the textbooks Drawing, Structure and Vision and Drawing, A Contemporary Approach. She has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

New Research Brief: Penalties for Poverty Risks Drive High Poverty in the United States

April 03, 2018

The UC Davis Center for Poverty Research released a brief by faculty affiliate Ryan Finnigan, which examines the relationship between poverty risks, prevalences and penalties in 29 industrialized, democratic countries. Finnigan, an assistant professor of sociology, finds that the relatively high poverty rate in the United States is due to high penalties for poverty risks. Download “Penalties for Poverty Risks Drive High Poverty in the United States.”

1993 - Pati Navalta Poblete

April 02, 2018

Pati Navalta Poblete (B.A., English, 1993) recently published A Better Place, about the violent death of her 23-year-old son and the transformation it brought about in her life. Poblete is a longtime Bay Area journalist, who worked at several area newspapers and was a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She is also author of The Oracles: My Filipino Grandparents of America.

 

1965 - Diane (De Maria) Mengali

April 02, 2018

Diane (De Maria) Mengali (B.A. English ’65) recently published The Quicksand of Agoraphobia: A Memoir of Panic Disorder. A resident of Davis, she was co-owner of Mengali’s Florist.

 

UC Davis Astronomers Help Uncover the Farthest Star Ever Seen

April 02, 2018

Through a lucky quirk of nature, astronomers have used the Hubble Space Telescope to view a single star halfway across the universe. Nine billion light years from Earth, the giant blue-white star, nicknamed “Icarus” by the team, is by far the most distant individual star ever seen. Marusa Bradac, a physics professor and astronomer at UC Davis and graduate student Austin Hoag are part of the team describing Icarus and another distant, magnified star in two papers published April 2 in the journal Nature Astronomy.