Science

$700K Grant to Discover New Energy Materials

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and Iowa State University have received a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to discover and synthesize new crystalline materials called clathrates with outstanding properties for renewable energy applications, including thermoelectric energy conversion.

Dwarf Planet Vesta Is a Window to the Early Solar System

The dwarf planet Vesta is helping scientists better understand the earliest era in the formation of our solar system. Two recent papers involving UC Davis scientists use data from meteorites derived from Vesta to resolve the "missing mantle problem" and push back our knowledge of the solar system to just a couple of million years after it began to form. The papers were published in Nature Communications Sept. 14 and Nature Astronomy Sept. 30.

Estella Atekwana Honored With SEG Award

Estella Atekwana, dean of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, has received a 2021 Reginald Fessenden Awardfrom the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. The award recognizes her pioneering work in biogeophysics and advancing our understanding of microbial processes beneath Earth’s surface.

‘Earworm’ Researchers Lead Off Podcast’s New Season

Unfold, a UC Davis podcast, recently launched its third season with College of Letters and Science researchers talking about “Why Is That Song Stuck in My Head?” The episode examines music, memory and what "earworms" — those songs that get stuck in your head — can teach us about how the brain works.

Scientists Capture ‘Quantum Tug’ Between Water Molecules

A team that includes researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, UC Davis and Stockholm University in Sweden have made the first direct observation of how hydrogen atoms in water molecules tug and push neighboring water molecules when they are excited with laser light.