College News and Events

Gallery Provides Space for Free Expression

Feb. 15, 2018 - At the edge of campus, beneath the first floor of the Art Building, is a unique and hidden pocket of the university unknown to most UC Davis students: the Basement Gallery, a space run entirely by students for students.

Summer Linguistic Institute Coming to Campus

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Feb. 5, 2018 — UC Davis has been selected to host the Linguistic Society of America's 2019 Summer Linguistic Institute—spotlighting the interdisciplinary strengths of both the campus and its Department of Linguistics.

UC Davis Collaborating with Mexico on Lighting, Energy Efficiency


Feb. 5, 2018 - UC Davis and universities in Mexico will collaborate on energy-efficiency projects during the next several years. The major project between the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC)   and the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will establish a sister lighting technology center in Guadalajara.

Migration and Refugee Scholars, Activists Talk at UC Davis


Feb. 2, 2018 - The Mellon Initiative in Comparative Border Studies at UC Davis will bring together scholars and activists from around the globe to examine border and migration issues in Palestine, Korea, North Africa, Latin America and Kashmir Feb. 14.

UC Davis Humanities Institute Part of Network Receiving $10M


Jan. 31, 2018 - As part of the University of California's Humanities Network, the UC Davis Humanities Institute (DHI) will benefit from a $10 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to advance humanities research and education throughout the UC system. It is the foundation's single largest award to UC.

Symposium Explores the Future of Tea

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Jan 25, 2918 - A UC Davis symposium will bring tea farmers, industry experts and scholars together Feb. 22-23 to focus on "The Future of Tea: Issues in Sustainability and Preservation."

Colloquium Looks at Color in the Ancient World

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Jan. 17, 2018 - The annual Templeton Colloquium in Art History at UC Davis will journey across oceans and centuries for “The Power of Color: Polychromy and Pigments in Ancient Mediterranean And Latin American Art.” It will bring together visiting scholars with UC Davis art history faculty members Feb. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

Psychologist Honored for Early Career Contributions to Her Field

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The American Psychological Association recently selected Assistant Professor Eliza Bliss-Moreau for a 2018 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology for her research on the biological underpinnings of emotion. 

Historian Wins Equity Prize

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Jan. 9, 2018 — Associate Professor Lorena Oropeza received the 2017 Equity Award from the American Historical Association last week for excellence in recruiting and retaining historians from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Grand Slam Contest for Grad Students Open

January 9, 2018 — Registration is open until January 19 for the UC Davis Grad Slam contest, in which graduate students compete to inform and entertain a general audience with three-minute talks based on their own research. The first place winner receives $1,000 and will compete for the grand prize of $5,000 at the UC Grad Slam final contest.

Professor Emeritus, Artist to Receive Two Major Awards


Jan. 9, 2018 - Internationally renowned artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, UC Davis professor emeritus, is receiving major awards from the College Art Association and the Women’s Caucus for the Arts. She will receive the Distinguished Feminist Award --Visual Artist from the CAA in February and a lifetime achievement award from the Women’s Caucus.

UC Davis Music Fest Gives Composers Unique Collaborative Experience


Jan. 9, 2018 - The UC Davis Department of Music’s Revision/s Festival has brought together eight emerging composers and top professional ensembles – including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra – for a six-months-long collaboration culminating in three concerts Jan. 18, 19 and 20.

Events Focus on Controversy Over Monuments Past and Present

Jan. 6. 2018 - The role of monuments to the Confederacy, and the recent movement to remove them, will be the core subject of two UC Davis events Jan. 19 and 25.

Faculty Receive NEH Grants for Sound Studies, Islamic History Projects

Dec. 15, 2017 — UC Davis College of Letters and Science faculty members have been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for two projects: developing tools for analyzing radio plays, poetry readings, talking books and other sound recordings, and writing a history of six centuries of Islam.

Doing Without Dark Energy

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Dec. 13, 2017 — Cosmological models start from a “Friedmann universe,” which assumes that all matter is expanding but evenly distributed in space at every time. Mathematicians Blake Temple and Zeke Vogler at the University of California, Davis, and Joel Smoller at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, worked out solutions to General Relativity without invoking dark energy. They argue that the equations show that the Friedmann space-time is actually unstable: Any perturbation — for example if the density of matter is a bit lower than average — pushes it over into an accelerating universe.

Film Fest Focuses on South Asian Diversity

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UC Davis will host its first South Asian Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, screening four films with a broad view of South Asians around the world—one of them featuring alumnus and comedian Hasan Minhaj.

Students Explore Grunge in Freshmen Seminar


Dec. 11, 2017 - Dust off your favorite flannel and Nirvana tee. Professor Robert Newcomb of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese has found a way to bring grunge – its music and culture – to UC Davis with his class, “Smells Like Teen Spirit: Grunge and the Seattle Sound.” Smells Like Teen Spirit is a part of UC Davis’ First-Year Seminar Program. 

New Chancellor Talks Trek in Human Right Lecture

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Dec. 8, 2017 - What does it mean to be human? UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May and the director of Humans Rights Studies, Professor Keith Watenpaugh, sat down to explore this question together through an unusual lens: “Star Trek.” “To Boldy Go” was the first of a three-part Human Rights lecture series held on Dec. 4 at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

Student Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

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Dec. 6, 2017 — Shengling “Wilburn” Wang, a senior majoring in communication and economics, is one of 25 students nationwide to receive a $1,000 study abroad grant from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. 

Rarity Can Be Key to Survival, Not Just Extinction

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Dec. 6, 2017 — Some species have always been rare — occurring in small densities throughout their range — throughout their evolutionary history. A perspective paper from in the journal Ecology Letters suggests that for many species, rarity is not a guarantee of impending extinction. Instead, the traits that enable some species to be rare may hold the ticket to their survival.

Four College Graduates to Receive Alumni Association's Awards

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December 2017 — Patrick John Sherwood ’86, Liliana Ferrer ’87, Margaret Lapiz ’89 and Jesse Rodriguez ’13 are among are among UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association award winners to be honored at a February gala. 

LASER Talk Shines Spotlight on Integration of Art and Science

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Dec. 5, 2017 - Art and science rarely work alone. On Nov. 16, the UC Davis Department of Design demonstrated the integration of art and science at its quarterly presentation of LASER: Conversations in Art and Science.

'Star Trek' and Human Rights Talk Features Chancellor


Nov. 28, 2017 -  The University of California, Davis, Human Rights Lecture Series takes off with a talk about “Star Trek,” featuring new UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May. “Star Trek/Human Rights: To Boldly Go to Human Rights for All” on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento features May in conversation with UC Davis Human Rights Studies Director Keith David Watenpaugh.

Design Professors, Students Explore Sea Level Rise

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Nov. 28, 2017 — Two faculty members from the UC Davis College of Letters and Science Department of Design are part of a group selected for a year-long project bringing together local residents, public officials and experts to develop projects to strengthen resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes. Their project, Public Sediment, was one of 10 selected by Resilient By Design’s Bay Area Challenge, an international competition.

New X-ray Spectroscopy Explores Hydrogen-generating Catalyst

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Nov. 21, 2017 — Using a newly developed technique, researchers from Japan, Germany and UC Davis have identified a key step in production of hydrogen gas by a bacterial enzyme. Understanding these reactions could be important in developing a clean-fuel economy powered by hydrogen.

Advanced Science: Five New AAAS Fellows

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Nov. 20, 2017 — Five faculty members of the College of Letters and Science are among the 15 UC Davis faculty elected to the newest class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Supercomputer Simulates Dynamic Magnetic Fields of Jupiter, Earth, Sun

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Nov. 9, 2017 — As the Juno space probe approached Jupiter in June last year, researchers with the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics’ Dynamo Working Group — headquartered at UC Davis — were starting to run simulations of the giant planet’s magnetic field on one of the world’s fastest computers.

Woodland Community, UC Davis Students Celebrate Día de los Muertos Together

Telpochkalli dance group performs at TANA's Dia de los Muertos 2017

Nov. 9, 2017 — Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA) was filled with families, children and students from UC Davis and the Woodland community on Nov. 4 to celebrate Día de los Muertos — a Mexican holiday that celebrates and honors the dead — with dance, altar art and spoken word poetry.

Countering Islamophobia Through the Media

Student trying on a hijab at a cultural awareness event

Nov. 6, 2017 — With hate crimes against Muslim Americans on the rise—and Muslim women in headscarves a frequent target—a UC Davis professor is launching a program to better educate future U.S. journalists about Islamic cultures and Muslim women.

Forum Fosters Thoughtful Discussion on Hot-Button Topics

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Nov. 3, 2017 — History may not repeat itself, but understanding the recurring patterns can provide context for events and ideas that are affecting the United States and larger society today. This was a running theme at an Oct. 18 “Ask a Historian” forum.

Puppets, Projectionists and Other Guests Enrich Theatre and Dance


Nov. 2, 2017 — For 35 years, the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance has invited guest artists, many with international reputations, to work on productions and provide students with insights into careers in the performing arts. Most have been directors or choreographers, but this year is more of a mix: a director with extensive experience in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area who is also a UC Davis graduate; an Obie Award-winning projection artist; and a master puppeteer formerly with the acclaimed Handspring Puppets. All are part of the Granada Artists-in-Residence Program, established in 1982 in conjunction with Granada Television in the United Kingdom. 

Talks Focus on Fear Infecting Our Lives


Nov. 3, 2017 —UC Davis faculty member Sasha Abramsky will speak on topics addressed in his new book Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream on Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. Abramsky will also participate in a panel discussion on Nov. 13 at 4 p.m.

New Technique Makes Light Metallic Nanofoam

Palladium nanofoam

Nov. 2, 2017 — A simple method for manufacturing extremely low-density palladium nanofoams could help advance hydrogen storage technologies, reports a new study from researchers in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.

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