Science Blog Posts

Clay cache found on Mars

May 30, 2019

Since landing in 2012, NASA’s Curiosity rover has been collecting data about the geology and chemistry of the Martian surface. As a member of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, geology professor Dawn Sumner helps plan the route Curiosity takes as it explore ancient environments in Gale Crater. 

Metals Influence C-peptide Hormone Related to Insulin

May 17, 2019

Metals such as zinc, copper and chromium bind to and influence a peptide involved in insulin production, according to new work from chemists at the University of California, Davis. The research is part of a new field of “metalloendocrinology” that takes a detailed look at the role of metals in biological processes in the body. 

Lassen Is UC Davis’ Newest Natural Reserve

May 17, 2019

With a terrain covering volcanoes, steaming fumaroles and forestlands, the Lassen Field Station is the newest addition to the University of California, Davis’ Natural Reserve System. The partnership offers researchers access to a variety of park facilities such as cabins, classroom space and camping. The reserve will streamline the research permit process and open new avenues for research, teaching and public outreach.

UC Davis Chemist Marie Heffern Wins Hartwell Foundation Award

May 17, 2019

Although trace metals such as copper, zinc and cobalt play a pivotal role in human health, not much is known about how the body uses these elements. A better understanding of the role and influence of metals could lead to new biomarkers and diagnostic tests for metabolic disorders such as diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), says UC Davis professor Marie Heffern, who specializes in bioinorganic chemistry. 

Small Towns, Big Flood Waters

May 15, 2019
River flooding continues to be the deadliest and most costly natural disaster threatening the U.S. and the world. Research by Nicholas Pinter, the Roy J. Shlemon Professor of Applied Geosciences, and Huck Rees, undergraduate geology major, could help

David Britt Wins Prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award

May 07, 2019
UC Davis Distinguished Professor of Chemistry R. David Britt has been named winner of the prestigious Bioinorganic Chemistry Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for developing state-of-the-art spectroscopic methods to characterize the active sites of metalloenzymes.

Exploring the Frontiers of Mathematics

April 25, 2019
Mathematics is the oldest science and still making new discoveries. Meet four UC Davis mathematicians on the leading edge.

Hubble Space Telescope Celebrates Its 29th Year

April 24, 2019

Happy anniversary Hubble! The world’s first large space telescope was launched April 24, 1990. Here are a few cool findings from UC Davis researchers who use the Hubble Space Telescope.

Does This Photo Prove The Earth Is Flat?

April 04, 2019

Oliver Kreylos, a project scientist in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, used advanced 3D computer graphics to analyze a photograph allegedly proving the Earth is flat. The photograph is a stunning long-distance shot of Mt. San Jacinto taken from Point Dume in Malibu, 122 miles (197 kilometers) away. Spoiler alert: the Earth is round. Watch and find out why.

No Evidence of a New Generation of Quarks (Yet)

April 03, 2019
Physicists working on the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland have yet to find evidence of a fourth-generation heavy quark, the so-called “vector quark” or T quark. But they’re still looking and they have come up with some pretty ingenious ways to search.

Caitlin Patler Receives Research Award

April 02, 2019

Caitlin Patler, assistant professor of sociology, received the Distinguished Contribution to Sociological Perspectives award on March 29, 2019, at the Pacific Sociological Association’s annual meeting in Oakland, California. Patler was recognized for her research study exploring when and under what circumstances diverse undocumented youth reveal or conceal their status from school-based adults and peers, what factors influence these decisions, and how these decisions are linked to social and educational outcomes.

Jesús De Loera elected 2019 SIAM fellow

April 02, 2019

Professor of mathematics Jesús De Loera is one of 28 mathematicians worldwide elected to the 2019 class of fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. De Loera was recognized for outstanding service to the community and exemplary research, including contributions to discrete geometry and optimization, polynomial algebra, and mathematical software.