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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.

Four Named Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows

May 03, 2021

Four doctoral candidates in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science have been awarded yearlong fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies to research and write their dissertations.

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.

How Green Are Electric Vehicle Subsidies?

April 02, 2021
Economist David Rapson says carbon tax, other strategies may offer better ways to address climate change — and wins over debate watchers to his point of view.

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.

How to Illustrate a 9,000-Year-Old Female Hunter?

February 16, 2021
In a remarkable pairing of science and art, Randy Haas, assistant professor of anthropology, and Matt Verdolivo, senior artist at Academic Technology Services, or ATS, collaborated to produce illustrations showcasing new archaeological discoveries.

Design Student’s Interactive Map Links Public to COVID-19 Testing Sites

January 28, 2021
When UC Davis design major Matthew Kwong began looking online for places to get tested for COVID-19, he found little and bad information. He figured if finding a testing site was difficult for a tech-savvy 20-year-old, for others — especially vulnerable and elderly populations — it would be nearly impossible. So, he spent months creating an interactive COVID-19 testing site map.

Podcast Debut Focuses on Conspiracy Theories

December 15, 2020
On the first episode of "The Backdrop," a UC Davis podcast exploring the world of ideas, historian Kathryn Olmsted discusses her work studying the history and impact of conspiracy theories on American society and politics. She also offers advice on how people can avoid falling prey to them.