Science Blog Posts

First Nations Rocket Team Prepares for Launch

May 14, 2021
Students from the First Nations Launch team at the University of California, Davis, will launch a rocket this Saturday, May 15 — on behalf of a team from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. The rocket launch is part of the First Nations Launch competition sponsored by NASA and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Fragments of 2018 Botswana Fireball Came From Vesta

April 23, 2021
An asteroid that exploded over Botswana in 2018 likely came from Vesta, the second largest object in the asteroid belt, according to an analysis of rocks recovered after the impact.

Dating the Dinosaur Pompeii

April 16, 2021

Northeastern China is home to one of the world’s most remarkable collections of dinosaur fossils. The Jehol biota contains fossils of dinosaurs, plants, insects and fish, many of them preserved in unusual detail with traces of skin and feathers, dating back to the Early Cretaceous period 101 to 143 million years ago.

Army Awards $1.5M to Study Emergent Computation

March 19, 2021
The U.S. Department of Defense's Army Research Office has awarded $1.5 million to James Crutchfield, professor of physics in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, and his colleagues to advance our understanding of how to predict and program emergent behavior.

Simulations Reveal Signs of Galaxy Mergers in Milky Way Disk

March 09, 2021
Some of the Milky Way’s oldest stars have been spotted in a surprising place — the disk that is our galaxy’s youngest region. Supercomputer simulations of their orbits suggest these metal-poor stars came from a smaller galaxy that slammed into the Milky Way more than 7 billion years ago.

Grant Awarded for Training the Next Generation of Nuclear Scientists

February 18, 2021
Students from around the United States will receive education and training in nuclear science at UC Davis thanks to a $25 million grant to the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC). UC Davis is one of 11 universities in the consortium, which is led by UC Berkeley.

Jesús De Loera Awarded Farkas Prize

November 24, 2020
Professor of Mathematics Jesús De Loera has received the Farkas Prize, awarded annually to a mid-career researcher in the field of optimization by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Optimization Society.

AGU Honors UC Davis Earth Scientists

November 23, 2020
Distinguished Professor Isabel Montañez and Professor Qing-zhu Yin of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences have been named fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Deep Past Is Key to Predicting Future Climate

November 05, 2020
An international team of climate scientists, including Professor Isabel Montañez at the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, suggests that researchers using numerical models to predict future climate change should include simulations of past climates in their evaluation and statement of their model performance.

McDonnell Foundation Awards Inaugural Grants for Research on Infant-to-Adult Learning

October 16, 2020
Much of what scientists know about human learning, visual attention and memory comes from laboratory studies involving artificial tasks, like watching and recalling words or colored shapes flashed on a computer monitor. Two UC Davis research teams, with support from the James S. McDonnell Foundation, will study the development of learning in a wide range of ages — from infancy to young adulthood — in more naturalistic settings.