Science Blog Posts

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.

Chemistry Research Advances to Sweet 16

March 20, 2019

Assistant Professor David Olson's work has made it to the Sweet 16 round of STAT Madness, a bracket-style competition to find the most innovative biomedical research of 2018. Now the only entry from the University of California, Olson’s lab in the Department of Chemistry investigates how psychedelic drugs affect nerve cells and might be used to treat depression, anxiety and other mental disorders.

Semimetals are High Conductors

March 18, 2019
Researchers in China and at UC Davis have measured high conductivity in very thin layers of niobium arsenide, a type of material called a Weyl semimetal. The material has about three times the conductivity of copper at room temperature, said Sergey Savrasov, professor of physics in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.

Where Did the Moon Come From? A New Theory

March 13, 2019

The Earth and Moon are like identical twins, made up of the exact same materials — which is really strange, since no other celestial bodies we know of share this kind of chemical relationship. What's responsible for this special connection? Looking for an answer, professor Sarah Stewart discovered a new kind of astronomical object — a synestia — and a new way to solve the mystery of the Moon's origin. Watch the talk on TED.com.

Two NSF CAREER Awards for College of Letters and Science Faculty

March 11, 2019

Two professors in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science have received prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation. The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program supports junior faculty who perform outstanding research, are excellent educators, and integrate outreach in their work.

On to Round 2 in STAT Science Madness

March 08, 2019

Work from David Olson’s laboratory in the Department of Chemistry has made it to the second round of STAT Madness, a bracket-style competition to find the most innovative biomedical research of 2018.

Round 2 voting runs until Thursday (March 14), via the STAT Madness webpage. The competition is organized by the news site statnews.com.

Exotic Synchronization Patterns Emerge in a Simple Network

March 08, 2019
From the power grid to the PTA, society relies on networks connected to other networks at scales from across the office to around the world. Understanding how connected networks behave and how breakdowns can be identified, prevented or repaired involves mathematics, engineering and physics.

Growing a California Tea Industry

February 07, 2019
Researchers around the world are taking advantage of advances in genetic engineering, molecular biology, genomics and horticultural science to develop varieties of tea with less caffeine.

Meet Claudio Monteza-Moreno: Graduate Student Melds Biology and Anthropology

January 28, 2019
The story of how Claudio Monteza-Moreno came to UC Davis illustrates how research today often crosses boundaries — reaching across disciplines and around the globe to explore complex problems. Monteza-Moreno is a graduate student working in the lab of evolutionary anthropologist Meg Crofoot, studying how wildlife in Panama navigate landscapes transformed by humans. However, his background is in biology.