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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.

'Women Also Know Stuff' Recognized Nationwide in Fight Against Political Science Gender Bias

October 29, 2020
When UC Davis political scientist Amber Boydstun co-founded the Women Also Know Stuff initiative in 2016, the idea went beyond amplifying the voices of her female colleagues around the world. A primary goal was to improve political science. In a major nod to the project’s success so far, the American Political Science Association recently awarded Boydstun and 11 colleagues a $25,000 grant to broaden the impact of its searchable online database of female political scientists.

Free Textbooks Site Passes 500M Views

October 27, 2020
LibreTexts, a free textbook project launched by UC Davis chemistry professor Delmar Larsen, has now passed a half-billion page views since it was founded in 2008 as ChemWiki.

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.

Exploring the Physics of Information

October 05, 2020
Information has become increasingly important in how we understand our world, from sprawling social networks to the tiniest building blocks of matter. The idea that information underlies reality has long fascinated physicist Fabio Anza, a postdoctoral fellow at the Complexity Sciences Center who researches quantum mechanics and quantum information theory.

New Name for Physics Department

September 30, 2020
The Department of Physics has changed its name to the Department of Physics and Astronomy to better reflect its breadth of teaching and faculty expertise.

Ironing the Wrinkles Out of Spacetime

September 28, 2020

According to Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, gravity is curvature in the fabric of spacetime. Shockwaves can distort spacetime, causing singularities where the laws of physics appear to break down.

Now two mathematicians at UC Davis have come up with equations that remove these singularities. In doing so, they also extend a theorem called Uhlenbeck Compactness to the setting of General Relativity.

Historians to Digitize Endangered Peruvian Archive

September 21, 2020
A new project led by UC Davis historian Charles Walker will digitize documents of the Peruvian Peasant Confederation (Confederación Campesina del Perú, or CCP) and make them accessible online.

Mount Everest Summit Success Rate Is Climbing

September 04, 2020
The number of climbers who successfully set foot on the summit has doubled since the 1990s, reaching as high as 60% in the past decade, according to a new study from researchers at UC Davis and the University of Washington. Meanwhile death rates have remained unchanged, despite the rise in climbers crowding the routes near the peak.

Jairo Fúquene Patiño Named CAMPOS Scholar

August 10, 2020

Assistant professor of statistics Jairo Fúquene Patiño has been recognized as a 2020 CAMPOS faculty scholar by the UC Davis Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science, or CAMPOS. The center focuses on building diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

His research focuses on Bayesian approaches, which involve applying probability to statistical analysis of data-driven problems in public health and medicine, environmental data, and survey sampling data, among others.

Using Machine Learning to Analyze Atomic Structure

July 09, 2020

Germanium-manganese compounds can have a wide variety of structures with different electronic, magnetic or thermal properties. Scientists are interested in these materials which could have applications in next-generation technology for memory storage, sensors or electronics, among other things. But working out the properties of these materials can be challenging, especially for compounds that only exist under conditions of high heat or pressure.