Alumni News

1994 – Tom Turrentine

June 24, 2020
Tom Turrentine (M.A. ’91, Ph.D. ’94, anthropology), the founding director of the UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center and a longtime researcher in the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), died unexpectedly on June 2.

Tropical Biologist Wins Maurice Prize for World War II Novel Set in Papua New Guinea

June 02, 2020
Whether writing scientific articles or screenplays, UC Davis College of Letters and Science alumna Laura Marsh sees a common core in her work: storytelling. Now, the wildlife ecologist is reimagining her own life story. She hopes to become a published novelist after winning the college’s 2020 Maurice Prize for Fiction for her manuscript "SAV•AGE(S)."

1990 - Kim Prather

May 18, 2020

Atmospheric chemist Kimberly Prather (B.S., ’85, Ph.D., ’90, chemistry) was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2019. Prather, a distinguished professor who holds a joint appointment between the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, pioneered many aspects of the study of marine aerosols, which are small particles in the atmosphere.

1967 - Deborah Nichols Poulos

March 11, 2020

Deborah Nichols Poulos (B.A., English, ’67; Cred., ’68), a retired elementary school teacher, wrote The Conscious Teacher (Page Publishing, 2019). Part memoir and part how-to, the book tells her story of not being able to read until she was in junior high school and offers effective classroom strategies for educators and parents. She taught for many years in the Davis Joint Unified School District. 

1981 - Bradford Kane

February 20, 2020
Political analyst Bradford Kane (B.A., international relations, ’81) wrote "Pitchfork Populism: Ten Political Forces That Shaped an Election and Continue to Change America" (Prometheus Books, October 2019). Since the book’s release, he has been interviewed on C-SPAN programs. Kane is the founding director of the Bipartisan Bridge, an initiative to advance cooperation across political parties.

The Great Adventure: Rob Lea's World Triathlon

February 14, 2020
Rob Lea has had a big year: summiting Mount Everest, swimming the English Channel and biking across the United States. The idea came to him after ankle problems prompted a doctor to tell him not to run anymore.

Deep Impact: Alumnus Anthony Williams Advises Governor

February 12, 2020
UC Davis alumnus Anthony Williams, as legislative affairs secretary to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, leads a team that is responsible for analyzing and negotiating all the various pieces of legislation working their way through the State Legislature.

Man About Town: Bob Dunning

February 12, 2020
The irony in columnist Bob Dunning’s nearly 50-year career at The Davis Enterprise is that when he applied for a job at the newspaper, he thought he might get hired as a night janitor.

John Hennigan Went From Rec Hall to WWE

February 04, 2020
John Morrison. Johnny Nitro. Johnny Mundo. John Hennigan (B.A., individual major, '02) has been known by many names as a pro wrestler and actor. A standout wrestler in high school, Hennigan was on the wrestling and track teams at UC Davis, as well as a member of the gymnastics and kung fu clubs. He majored in film studies. It all combined to create a multi-faceted career.

2014 - Aileen Zhong

February 03, 2020
Aileen Zhong (B.A., political science and sociology, '14) said she was motivated to shape her career by the results of the 2016 elections.