College News and Events: July-August 2017

Experience South Asia at UC Davis in 2017-18

portrait photo of Amrinder Gill

August 2017 — Punjabi singer and film star Amrinder Gill will perform in concert Oct. 14 at UC Davis’ Mondavi Center, headlining a wide-ranging series of events this academic year focused on South Asia.

First Survey of Professor Annabeth Rosen’s Art on View

sculpture annabeth

August 2017 — When art curator Valerie Cassel Oliver was organizing an exhibition a few years ago, artists kept mentioning someone they admired: UC Davis artist professor Annabeth Rosen. Cassel Oliver got to know about Rosen and her art — the result is “Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped” at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the first major survey of Rosen’s art covering 20 years of work.

$3M Program to Integrate Science and Policymaking in Ocean Research

Students at Bodega Marine Lab

July 27, 2017 — The University of California, Davis, is receiving a nearly $3 million award from the National Science Foundation to train the next generation of marine scientists under a new paradigm that puts a focus on policy at the front end of research. Over five years, the program anticipates training 60 Ph.D. students from science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields. This includes ecology, conservation biology, economics, geology, physiology, biogeochemistry and oceanography.

Workshop Tackles How to Teach the Holocaust

July 2017 — Scores of Northern California high school teachers are better equipped to help their students learn about the Holocaust, thanks to a UC Davis seminar that is coming to an end after a six-year run.

Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment Breaks Ground

July 21, 2017 — A special groundbreaking was held July 21 deep underground in South Dakota. Scientists, engineers and guests turned the first shovelfuls of the 800,000 tons of rock that will be excavated to build the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. The cavern will house a giant detector for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). UC Davis Physics Professor Robert Svoboda was principal investigator of the project from 2009 to 2014, and project spokesperson from 2010 to 2013.

Mathematics Graduate Student Recognized at 2017 SIAM Meeting

Shuyang Ling

July 19, 2017 — Shuyang Ling (Ph.D., applied mathematics, ’17) was recognized for outstanding scholarship at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Annual Meeting on July 11 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ling received the SIAM Student Paper Prize for his paper, “Self-Calibration and Biconvex Compressive Sensing,” published in November 2015 in the journal Inverse Problems and co-authored with Thomas Strohmer, a professor of mathematics at UC Davis. In September 2017, Ling will join the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Data Sciences at New York University as a postdoctoral scholar.

Design Professors’ Museum Installation Melds Play, Art and Learning


July 2017 - Two UC Davis design professors have been busy transforming galleries at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum into a combination art installation and playground that stimulates learning called “PL!NK.” The installation by Glenda Drew and Jiayi Young is made up of 100 colorful and mirrored tetrahedron clusters, with embedded cameras, lights and recording devices for real time interactivity.

Professor Transforms Political Tweets Into Art

art by Jiayi Young design professor UC Davis tweets Trump art

July 2017 - In the year leading up to the 2016 election, assistant professor of design Jiayi Young began collecting Twitter data that she turned in to an artwork she describes as “social media as cyborg.” "Presently Untitled” was made of IV bags filled with a glowing green solution, lights and speakers that respond to tweets and retweets until the system goes into a “seizure” and shuts down.

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