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Bringing Scientific Thinking to Public Policy

December 02, 2016
With the State Capitol right across the Yolo Causeway, UC Davis students and researchers have the unique opportunity to directly engage politicians and policymakers with their research. One such talented individual is Gabby Nepomuceno (Ph.D., Chemistry, ’15).

Graduate Paints Very Big Art Career

December 02, 2016
Just before completing her undergraduate degree in studio art and Italian in 2008, Sofia Lacin was hired to paint a mural at the Davis Crepeville restaurant where she worked. It was a big wall so she recruited her high school friend Hennessy Christophel to help.

Getting the Venom Out

November 08, 2016
Anthony Swofford ’99, best known for his New York Times best-seller Jarhead, never wanted to write a memoir. Nonetheless, he has courageously struggled through two, with another possibly on its way.

Modern Master: Neal Benezra

July 27, 2016
Neal Benezra (M.A, art history, ‘78) has headed the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (SFMOMA) since 2002, managed its recent three-year, $305 million renovation and expansion, and oversaw its Campaign for Art that garnered nearly 3,000 works.

A First-of-its-Kind Idea

June 08, 2016
Sara Margulis, B.A., Music, '97

Sara Margulis ’97 reached a major milestone with her business this year: its 10th anniversary. The CAAA life member runs Honeyfund, a nationwide wedding registry that specializes in honeymoon and experiential gifts, with her husband, Josh Margulis. Read more.

Chuck Louderback: 'Super Lawyer' Gives Back

May 11, 2016
As a UC Davis student, Chuck Louderback never doubted his choice to pursue a liberal arts degree—even in the face of that frequently asked question: “What are you going to do with a history major?” His answer, over the long run, was—and still is—plenty!

Battlefield to Boardroom

May 11, 2016
For Jonathan Pedroza ’02, leadership is a journey not just a destination. The Seattle alumnus who works for Amazon — the worldwide retail giant that partnered with UC Davis to help raise money for scholarships — said his drive and passion for leadership truly developed while he was an undergraduate student at UC Davis.

Good Bones: Geologist Moves From the Classroom to the Museum

April 16, 2016
Like many other children growing up in Southern California, Lori Bettison-Varga, M.S. ’86, Ph.D. ’91, was scared of earthquakes. Learning what caused them sparked a lifelong interest in geology that set the course of her career.

Aggies Hiring Aggies

April 04, 2016
When DialSource, Inc. founder and chief executive officer Joshua Tillman ’05 met with the Sacramento Kings business team, his confidence in his company and products shone through. 

Leading the Way at UC Davis

February 26, 2016
Zoe Kelsey ’16 says “the first time I stepped onto the campus to take a tour, I felt like I was meant to go here.”

Will Marks: Investment Analyst and Children's Author

February 02, 2016
You might not guess from reading Will Marks’ comments in business stories in the Wall Street Journal or Bloomberg that his alter ego speaks in funny rhymes. A longtime equities researcher, Marks (B.A., Economics, ’88) is also the author of two children’s books,

Visualizing a Dream: John Bikoba

February 01, 2016
John Bikoba (M.S., Geophysics, '15) came to Davis in 2007 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A Math Guru for Latinx Majors: Paty Millán

February 01, 2016
Patricia Millán earned a B.S. in mathematics and statistics from UC Davis in 2009 and a M.S. in statistics from CSU East Bay in 2011. She is currently senior data scientist for Nielsen.

Great Teachers Inspired Math Alumnus

February 01, 2016
Gwen McKinley graduated from UC Davis in 2015 with a B.S. in mathematics. She is now in her first year of a mathematics doctoral program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge.