College News: 2014-15

Baboons on the move practice democracy


June 18, 2015 — Looking at a troop of baboons, it’s easy to see who the leaders are. They get the first shot at food and mates, and just act like the bosses. But if you take a closer look, as UC Davis researchers have done, what’s taking place within the group looks a lot more like a democracy.

Former state superintendent and alumna wins UC Davis Medal

Delaine Eastin

April 8, 2015 — As California state superintendent of public instruction, Delaine Eastin cut class size and administrative costs, increased student access to technology and helped 3,000 schools plant their own gardens.

History scholar wins teaching award

Clarence Walker

April 2, 2015 — In his writings, history professor Clarence Walker has taken a critical view of Afrocentrism, calling it “a feel-good myth of history that is therapeutic, but neither accurate nor helpful in understanding or overcoming racism.”

Overweight video game avatars 'play' worse than thin ones

Jan. 27, 2015 — Women assigned an overweight avatar in a video tennis game didn’t play as hard as those assigned a slim one — regardless of the player’s actual size, according to a new study.

Mating market trumps biology in relationships

Jan. 14, 2015 — The popularly held sexual stereotype concludes that men want as many partners as possible, and women want stability and commitment. But what men and women want from relationships also depends heavily on the supply of potential partners...

Interdisciplinary Institute for Social Sciences to Tap New Potential of Researchers

Oct. 13, 2014 — A new Institute for Social Sciences at UC Davis will promote interdisciplinary research in the social sciences to address challenges within a rapidly changing society.

For earlier College of Letters and Science news, visit UC Davis News

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