College News and Events

SCInema Features Animal Biotechnology: A Tool For Good Or Evil?

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Oct. 31, 2017 — The SCInema series, hosted by the UC Davis Department of Chemistry, continues Saturday, Nov. 4, with a free screening of the sci-fi thriller Okja. The film explores issues around genetically-modified animals and factory farming through the story of an adorable and enormous pig. Alison Van Eenennaam, a UC Davis expert on animal geonomics and biotechnology will discuss the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems before the film begins. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP online.

Music Professor’s Newest Works Bring Voice to Center Stage

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Oct. 26, 2017UC Davis Professor of Music Kurt Rohde has been exploring new territory in recent years – the voice. “I like the voice, be it sung, spoken, snoring or muttering,” said the composer. The human voice and words take center stage in several upcoming performances of Rohde’s music, including his newest piece, “Never was a knight ...” and his 2015 opera “Death with Interruptions.” Both will be staged in San Francisco Nov. 4 and 5. “Death with Interruptions” will be performed at UC Davis Nov. 11. 

How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research… And what to do once you’re in

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Oct. 25, 2017 — Believe it or not, it is possible for undergraduate students to do it all – school, work, social life, and research that makes an impact. But conducting research as an undergraduate can come with challenges. On Oct. 12, 2017, faculty and students from the Department of Chemistry shared their personal experiences and gave advice to help students make the most of their undergraduate research experience

New Professorship in Science Leadership Honors Dean Emeritus Winston Ko

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Oct. 25, 2017 — Longtime UC Davis professor and administrator Winston Ko and his wife Katy Ko have endowed a faculty chair in science leadership in the College of Letters and Science. The Winston Ko Professorship in Science Leadership will recognize national or international science leadership by an outstanding faculty member in the departments of chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, mathematics, physics or statistics.

Ford Foundation Supports UC Davis Efforts to Help Refugees Reclaim Right to Education

October 23 - The University of California, Davis, will use a $500,000 core grant from the Ford Foundation to develop Article 26 Backpack, a cloud-based “ecosystem” to help refugees and other vulnerable young people reclaim their education. “We cannot afford to lose this generation of young people,” said the professor and director of the Human Rights Studies Program within the university’s College of Letters and Science.

UC Davis Wins Mellon Grant to Explore Academic Brands

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Oct. 19, 2017 — University brands have become a key factor in attracting top faculty and students, as well as funding and gifts. Two UC Davis professors have been awarded a Sawyer Seminar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to analyze what academic brands can tell us about the modern university. 

Creative Writing Graduates Win Literary Award Back-to-Back


Oct. 19, 2017Graduates of the UC Davis English department’s creative writing program have scored back-to-back wins of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Winners have a short story collection published by the University of Georgia Press. Becky Mandelbaum (M.A., ’16) won the award last year, and her collection Bad Kansas was published last month. In early October, Kirsten Lunstrum (M.A., ’03) was named this year’s winner, and her collection What We Do With the Wreckage will be published next fall.

UC Davis Helps Spot Colliding Neutron Stars, An Astronomical Breakthrough

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Oct. 16, 2017 — For the first time, astronomers have observed a celestial event through both conventional telescopes and gravitational waves. Assistant Professor Stefano Valenti helped detect the collision of two neutron stars and confirm these cataclysmic events are the source of gold, platinum and other heavy elements. 

Brain Researcher Receives Fellowship to Study Zika Virus' Impact

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Oct. 16, 2017 — Eliza Bliss-Moreau, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and a core scientist at the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis, has been named a 2017 Murray B. Gardner Junior Faculty Research Fellow.

Crowdsourced Game Aims to Find Solutions to Aflatoxin

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Oct. 16, 2017 — Mars, Inc., UC Davis and partners have launched a crowdsourcing initiative to solve the problem of aflatoxin contamination of cropsSuccessful candidates from the computer game will be tested in the laboratory of Justin Siegel, assistant professor of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular medicine at UC Davis.

Multiple Human Rights Perspectives Through Films, Videos, Talks


Oct 16, 2017 - UC Davis will provide multiple ways to explore human rights with a film series, video archive on deportees and lecture series October through March.

Explaining Life’s Rapid Evolution on Land

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Oct. 13, 2017 — Although life arose in the sea, some of its most astonishing evolutionary leaps happened after organisms conquered land, according to UC Davis paleobiologist Geerat Vermeij

Psychologist Honored as Champion of Open Social Science

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Oct. 13, 2017 — Simine Vazire, associate professor of psychology, was named the winner of an international Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Open Social Science this week.

Graduates Designing for Sustainability

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Oct. 9. 2017 - Two UC Davis Department of Design graduates are all in on sustainable design. One has patnered with UC Davis to turn old banners into bags and another is senior sustainability coordinator at The North Face.

Creative Writing Grad Finalist for National Book Award


Oct. 5, 2017Elana Kuczynski Arnold (M.A., English, ‘98) is a finalist for the National Book Award in the Young Adult category. Her novel What Girls Are Made Of is one of five books shortlisted for the award that will be presented Nov. 15. This is the fifth of her young adult novels, all of which have focused on young women making discoveries – many of them painful – about the world and themselves. Arnold said the book was “hacked up full of hair and bones and blood and teeth. It was vastly uncomfortable to write."

New Mellon Research Initiative Explores Racial Capitalism


Oct. 2, 2017 — A new Mellon Research Initiative, Racial Capitalism, brings together UC Davis College of Letters and Sciences faculty and graduate students to examine the historical relationship between race and capitalism. The inaugural event, “What Is Racial Capitalism? Reflections on Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition,” takes place Oct. 4 at 4 p.m.

SF Giants’ Amy G. Speaks to Students, Signs Books

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Oct. 4, 2017 - UC Davis alumna Amy Gutierrez — better known as Amy G. to San Francisco Giants fans — will be back on campus to meet with students and sign books Oct. 27. Gutierrez (B.A., communication, ’95) will speak to students studying communication and will be at the downtown UC Davis Store to sign books at 3–4 p.m.

Pitzer Center Recognized by Sacramento Business Journal

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October 3, 2017 — The Ann E. Pitzer Center has been recognized as one of the Best Real Estate Projects of 2017 by Sacramento Business Journal.

The Diet Soda Effect of Buying a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle

Sept. 26, 2017 — Consumers often compensate for fuel-efficient car by buying bigger second vehicle, according to a recent white paper by UC Davis economist David Rapson and colleagues

Professor’s Gifts Advance Thermodynamic Research at WSU and UC Davis

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September 25, 2017 — A generous gift from Alexandra Navrotsky, Interdisciplinary Professor of Ceramic, Earth, and Environmental Materials Chemistry at UC Davis, will endow a new research institute, the AlexInstitute, at Washington State University’s Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering and Department of Chemistry. 

Faculty and Grads a Big Part of Upcoming Jewish Museum Lineup

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Sept. 25, 2017 - UC Davis College of Letters and Science faculty, former faculty and graduates will be a part of several exhibitions at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco during the coming months. Faculty members Katie Peterson, Young Suh, Lucy Puls and Annabeth Rosen will be included as will eight UC Davis graduates. The first opens Sept. 28.

'Ask A Historian' Forum Organized Around Topical National Issues

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Should Confederate statues come down? Are today’s neo-Nazis like the Nazis of the Third Reich? What about immigration, refugees and building a border wall? Seven UC Davis historians will address these and other topical questions during a campus forum Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Student Community Center multipurpose room.

Rich Lineup of Arts and Cultural Offerings Kicks Off


September 12, 2017 - The College of Letters and Science kicks off the academic year and arts season with a varied lineup of art shows, theatre, dance and music performances, lectures and readings by writers, artists and curators, films and more.

Visiting Artists and Curators Series Provides Inside View of Art World

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September 12, 2017The Visiting Artists Lecture Series of the College of Letters and Science brings a wide range of artists, art historians, curators and critics to campus for engaging presentations, talks and discussions. The series, starting Oct. 5, is organized by the Department of Art and Art History studio faculty and Master of Fine Arts studio art candidates. All presentations take place at the  Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at 4:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Multicultural Lineup for Creative Writers Series

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September 2017 - The 2017–2018 Creative Writing Reading Series at UC Davis will showcase writers exploring their Native American, African American, Sri Lankan and Hmong heritage as well as LGBTQ and feminist issues. All the readings are free and open to the public at the Peter J. Shields Library, second floor, at 7 p.m. The series, starting Nov. 8, is presented by the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English, College of Letters and Science, and co-sponsored by the U.C. Davis Library.

Writing Faculty Hit Deck for Annual Reading


September 2017 - For the 11th year, faculty in the Creative Writing Program at UC Davis will open the academic year with a reading in the UC Davis Arboretum. The event on the Wyatt Deck takes place Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Arboretum.

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