Media Mentions

College of Letters and Science In the News

Faculty and researchers in the College of Letters and Science are sought out by the news media and are frequently cited for their expertise. Here we provide some highlights of press coverage our research has received.

November 2018

This Planetary Scientist Is Now a Certified Genius - 11/6/18 -

It's not every day you meet a bona fide genius — much less become one. But that's exactly what happened to Sarah Stewart, a planetary scientist at the University of California, Davis, when she became one of the MacArthur Foundation's 25 fellows for 2018

A San Andreas fault mystery: The 'slow-moving disaster' in an area where the Big One is feared - 11/1/18 - Los Angeles Times

Max Rudolph, an assistant professor at UC Davis who studies geothermal activity in the Salton Trough, was interviewed for this article on the San Andreas Fault.

October 2018

Exhibition brings towering art giant back to where he made it big - 10/30/18 - Sacramento Bee

Review of UC Davis alumni Bruce Nauman's "Blue and Yellow Corridor" at Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Nauman (M.F.A. '67) conceived the work in 1970, but this is the first time it has been created.

Is Trump right that the Fed has ‘gone crazy’ raising interest rates? - 10/29/18 -

Kadee Russ, associate professor of economics, is among economists responding to President Donald Trump's criticism of the latest series of Federal Reserve interest rate increases. “So I think there’s a lot of politics involved as to what people outside the Fed feel is the appropriate rate of inflation and how much we should worry about inflation,” says Russ. “And what The Fed is doing is just focusing on its forecast for the economy, trying to keep the economy on a stable path.”

Meditation in the Time of Disruption - 10/25/18 - The Ringer

Cliff Saron, a researcher at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain who "has been probing the intersection of meditation and clinical science for as long as such an intersection has existed" is the lead source for this article.  

Where Does Creativity Come From (and Why Do Schools Kill It Off)? (Ep. 355) - 10/24/18 - Freakonomics

Dean Simonton, a professor emeritus of psychology who has spent decades studying the biographies of great artists and scientists to help understand where creativity comes from, is a major source for this podcast. 

2018 election: Should people vote on topics they know nothing about? - 10/24/18 - ABC 10

“If you have five minutes, do a little online research,” says Alison Ledgerwood, professor of psychology. “But if you just don't have time to look up every single race and proposition, it's OK to only vote on some candidates and issues. Don't feel like you need to vote on every single thing to cast a ballot.”

Americans Are Distinguishing Between Muslims and Terrorists - 10/23/18 - Pacific Standard

This article sites new research by UC Davis political scientist Amber Boydstun and colleagues, which finds that, while many Americans still view Muslims with suspicion, even well-publicized terrorist attacks do not heighten those negative feelings.

New brainwave device shown to boost memory performance - 10/23/18 - Silicon Republic

This article reports on findings from the lab of psychology professor Charan Ranganath that entrainment devices — marketed, with little scientific backing, to address problems such as anxiety and sleep issues — enhances brainwaves crucial to our ability to recall information.

10,000 Fahrenheit @ SF Arts Commission Galleries - 10/23/18 - Square Cylinder

Art professor Young Suh's photos of the environment of wildfires in Northern California is part of a review of "10,000 Fahrenheit," a group exhibition at the San Francisco Art Commission’s main gallery.

What Historians Could Teach Senators on the Judiciary Committee - 10/21/18 - History News Network

In this essay, UC Davis historians Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor and Lisa G. Materson, co-editors of the newly released Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History, write about what the gaps in evidence and the archives say about gendered behavior and power in our society. "Women’s voices matter; those who want to know their experiences must train themselves to hear them."

Galaxy proto-supercluster: astronomers find young cosmic titan lurking in early universe - 10/17/18 - Newsweek 

Astronomers have found an enormous mishmash of galaxies hiding in the early universe. “[These] tend to a much more concentrated distribution of mass with clear structural features,” said Brian Lemaux, an astronomer from University of California, Davis and a co-leader of the research team. 

How to Be Creative (Ep. 354) - 10/17/18 - Freakonomics

This podcast features an extensive interview with Dean Simonton, UC Davis professor emeritus of psychology, on his career researching creativity and genius.

Scientists in Chile unveil 'A Cosmic Titan' cluster of galaxies - 10/17/18 - Reuters

Astronomers peering billions of light years into space have detected the largest, most extensive collection of galaxies ever registered in the early days of the universe, a “proto-supercluster” they nicknamed Hyperion after a titan from Greek mythology. Brian Lemaux, an astronomer from University of California, Davis, who co-authored the report, said galaxies become denser as gravity had acted on them over billions of years.

UC Davis exhibit aims to bring Japanese marketplace experience to life - 10/17/2018 - Sacramento Bee

“Tekunikku: The Art of Japanese Textile Making” is the newest art exhibit on display at UC Davis’ Design Museum. 

ED Grant Allows UC Davis to Lead Expansion of Open Textbooks - 10/16/18 -  Campus Technology 

A $4.9 million grant will enable the University of California, Davis and a consortium of other institutions to build out a set of open textbooks intended for chemistry and career and technical education (CTE) courses. This nonprofit, open textbook service evolved out of a project to produce an open chemistry textbook, introduced about a decade ago by Delmar Larsen, an associate professor of chemistry. 

Consumers found to be skeptical of online photos - 10/15/18 -

A study led by UC Davis communication associate professor Cuihua (Cindy) Shen found that most study participants were able to point out fake images, regardless of the alleged source of the image, or who had posted/liked/shared it.

Another economic downturn is just a matter of time - 10/13/18 - The Economist

This article cites findings by UC Davis economists Òscar Jordà and Alan Taylor that "cross-border wobbling in financial variables such as equity prices is at its most synchronised for more than a century."

Humanizing Deportation Project Features Stories of the Deported - 10/12/2018 - Capital Public Radio
The director of International House, Davis talks about exhibition that features videos stores about those deported created through UC Davis program. 

Dianne Feinstein is the right’s new boogeywoman - 10/12/18 - Vox

“Provoking harsh Republican criticism is not likely to prove harmful to her election chances,” says Robert Huckfeldt, a political science professor at UC Davis.

How Today's University Has Become a "Media Institution" - 10/11/18 - Chronicle of Higher Education

John Marx, professor of English at UC Davis, is interviewed about his new book Media U: How the Need to Win Audience Has Shaped Higher Education. 

The NRA helped this Boy Scout learn to shoot a gun, but it's time for a friendly divorce - 10/11/18 - USA Today

Jay Mechling, professor emeritus of American studies at UC Davis, writes about the NRA using gun safety training as a cover for its lobbying for gun interests. 

How Accurate Are Personality Tests? - 10/10/18 - Scientific American

“You should be skeptical,” says Simine Vazire, a professor of psychology who studies personality. “Until we test them scientifically we can’t tell the difference between that and pseudoscience like astrology.”

UC Davis prof ‘went into shock’ over MacArthur ‘genius’ grant for her work in planet science - 10/4/18 - Sacramento Bee 

Sarah T. Stewart, a professor and planetary scientist at UC Davis, was named to the 2018 class of MacArthur Fellows, commonly known as MacArthur “genius” grants. It was a humbling experience for a scientist whose work offers enormous insights in the field of astronomy.

MacArthur winner Sarah Stewart explores how random collisions shaped our planet and solar system - 10/4/18- Los Angeles Times 

As a young Trekkie, Sarah Stewart knew she wanted to study distant worlds. But as a kid, she never imagined where that interest would lead. “Nobody as a little child thinks, I’m going to grow up and have a lab full of cannons,” said Stewart, a planetary scientist who was awarded a "genius" fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation on Thursday.

MacArthur Foundation Announces 25 New ‘Genius’ Fellowships - 10/4/18 - New York Times 

Through her labwork and modeling, Dr. Sarah Stewart, 45, has been able to increase understanding about Earth’s origin, and has proposed a new theory on how the moon was formed: It is the result of a synestia, a cloud of vaporized and molten rock produced when two objects collide at high velocity. 

MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ Winners Include Sci-Fi Junkie and an MIT Economist - 10/4/18 - The Wall Street Journal

Sarah Stewart was a science-fiction junkie and “Star Trek” fan growing up. Now, she creates collisions of rocks and other materials at high speed with a scientific cannon in her lab to get a better idea of how the Earth and moon were formed more than four billion years ago.

MacArthur Fellow And Planetary Scientist Sarah Stewart Discusses How The Moon Was Formed - 10/4/18 - All Things Considered -

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with planetary scientist Sarah Stewart about her research into how the moon was formed, using a big cannon in her University of California Davis lab.

Your IQ Matters Less Than You Think - 10/4/18 - Nautilus

"Natural ability entails not just intelligence, but both passion and perseverance—or what some contemporary psychologists call 'grit,'” Dean Simonton, professor emeritus of psychology, writes in this essay.  

Ape sanctuaries in the DRC brace themselves as Ebola hits the country - 10/3/18 - South Africa Today

Damien Caillaud, an assistant professor of anthropology who works with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, says the current Ebola outbreak poses little risk to wild great ape populations because the virus is hitting areas where the density of chimpanzees and gorillas is low.

Planning to Vote in the November Election? Why Most Americans Probably Won’t - 10/3/18 - New York Times

“The costs of voting are not terribly high compared to the way they’ve been at times in American history,” said Benjamin Highton, a UC Davis political scientist  who has studied voter ID laws. “People simply have other things they are more interested in, like making ends meet on a day-to-day basis.”

Single Project Earns Federal OER Pilot Grant - 10/2/18 - Inside Higher Ed

The federal government will award the entire $4.9 million of the first round of its OER funding pilot to a STEM-focused open textbook project out of UC Davis, directed by chemistry professor Delmar Larsen.

Xenon isotopes tell the story of volatile recycling in the mantle - 10/1/18 - Physics Today

Rita Parai (Washington University in St Louis) and Sujoy Mukhopadhyay (University of California, Davis) have established the first quantitative constraints on how the mantle–surface volatile exchange evolved over time.

September 2018

Age of a memory alone should not shut the door on justice - 9/27/18 - The Hill

"[O]ur cutting-edge research supports that victims of sexual assault can accurately recall the trauma even after decades have passed," write Gail Goodman, distinguished professor of psychology, and two colleagues who earned their doctorates in psychology at UC Davis, Deborah Goldfarb and Jodi Quas. 

'Indelible in the Hippocampus Is the Laughter.' The Science Behind Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony - 9/27/18 - Time

"Experts say that during trauma, the brain does select for salient details. Research indeed shows that norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter released in response to stress or emotional arousal, allows the brain to zero in on certain things and tune out others, says Charan Ranganath, director of the Memory and Plasticity Program at the University of California at Davis."

Long Writing Assignments In Decline at Colleges - 9/22/19 - Learning English

“If your teachers are only giving you exams and you’re cramming for the exam and kind of spitting out real short answers … you’re not really doing in-depth thinking or critical thinking,” said Dan Melzer, associate professor, University Writing Program.  

This research group seeks to expose weaknesses in science—and they’ll step on some toes if they have to - 9/20/18 - Science

This feature on metaresearchers, who investigate how scientists operate and how they can slip off the rails, quotes Simine Vazire, a UC Davis psychologist and past chair of the executive committee of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science. 

Review of Associate Professor Shiva Ahmadi's San Francisco Exhibition - 9/19/18- Square Cylinder

"When cultures unravel, Ahmadi reminds us, the victims, whether they die in the conflict or while fleeing it, lose everything of beauty and value. "

The Pressure Cooker: Shiva Ahmadi’s Animation of the Syrian War - 9/20/18 - SF Weekly

Associate professor of art Shiva Ahmadi’s art is "exquisite to look at, with mesmerizing colors and saturations that overlay a deadly serious narrative." 

Big Data Gives the “Big 5” Personality Traits a Makeover - 9/18/18 - Scientific American

Richard Robins, professor of psychology, is quoted in this story about the largest and most statistically rigorous effort to identify personality types.  “This is by far the most valid estimate we have of how people cluster into types,” says Robins, who was not involved in the study. “But whether those clusters, the four clusters they found, reflect some true underlying reality about people is something that requires other forms of evidence.”

Researchers have identified a new personality type. Chances are you’ve had it - 9/17/18 - Science

Using data from more than 1.5 million people, researchers people reliably shake out into four major personality types — "self-centered," "reserved," "role model" and — a new one — "average."  Richard Robins, a UC Davis social psychologist who has been researching human personality for decades, called the study "extremely impressive."

‘I Want to Burn Things to the Ground’: Are the foot soldiers behind psychology’s replication crisis saving science — or destroying it? - 9/11/18 - Chronicle of Higher Education

Simine Vazire, professor of psychology and an organizer of Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science, is a source for this story. Vazire "regularly finds herself in meetings where no one shares her sense of urgency about the replication crisis. 'They think the status quo is fine, and we can make tweaks,' she says. 'I’m often the only person in the room who thinks there’s a big problem.'" 

Do Kids Feel Stronger Emotions Than Adults? - 9/10/18 - Gizmodo

Paul Hastings, a professor of psychology, is among experts asked to answer this question. "It is not necessarily the case that children feel emotions more strongly than adults, but rather that the nature of emotional experience and expression changes over development...."

The Silent Protest During a National Anthem That Made Americans Cheer - 9/5/18 - Politico Magazine

In this essay, Ethan Scheiner, a professor of political science, looks at why Czechoslovak gymnast Vera Caslavska's gesture from the medal stand during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City — turning her head away from the raised Soviet flag — was viewed more positively than the raised fists of U.S. track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos as well as the the kneeling protests of African American NFL players today. 

Companies Say Trump Is Hurting Business by Limiting Legal Immigration - 9/2/18 - New York Times

Giovanni Peri, an economist at UC Davis, agrees that individual workers can be hurt by competition from lower-paid foreigners. But he said the overall effect on wages was modest. Immigration also tends to bolster the incomes of college-educated Americans.

August 2018

Math shows how DNA twists, turns and unzips - 8/30/18 - The Conversation

Mariel Vazquez, professor of mathematics and microbiology and molecular genetics, authored an essay on how mathematics can describe the many shapes of DNA, as well as cellular processes like DNA replication.

Cracking the sugar code: Why the ‘glycome’ is the next big thing in health and medicine - 8/28/18 - The Conversation

Carlito Lebrilla, distinguished professor of chemistry, co-authored this overview about glycans — simple sugar molecules within our body that have recently been found to be linked to health problems, including cancer, aging and autoimmune diseases.

Researchers replicate just 13 of 21 social science experiments published in top journals - 8/27/18 - Washington Post

UC Davis psychologist Simine Vazire comments on results of a research project that attempted to replicate 21 social science experiments published between 2010 and 2015 in the journals Science and Nature. Vazire said the project's replication success — 10 out of 17 experiments published in Science and 3 out of 4 published in Nature — “is not OK.” She said, “There’s no reason why the most prestigious journals shouldn’t demand pretty strong evidence,” and added that these experiments would not have been difficult to attempt to replicate before publication.

Art's Desire & Hot Tech Cool Science - 8/23/18 - KWMR (90.5 FM)

Brian Wiltgen, associate professor of in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Neuroscience, is interviewed by Marin County community radio station KWMR about his research on memory. (His segment begins about 4:35 minutes into the art and science program. Audio available for a limited time.)

Wisconsin Reservation Offers A Climate Success Story And A Warning - 8/15/18 - NPR

A Wisconsin reservation relocated their town to higher ground because of flood risk. The move offers an example of how we can deal with climate change, said flood expert Nicholas Pinter.

Trade War With China Won't Cure U.S. Trade Deficit, N.Y. Fed Note Says - 8/14/18 - The Street

This article describes a blog post on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's website, written by UC Davis economist Robert Feenstra and three other researchers, which argued that the imposition of import tariffs will likely bring "little or no improvement in the trade deficit."

Turns Out, Flings and Serious Relationships All Start the Same Way - 8/13/18 - Brides 

"While it’s pretty common for people who are head over heels to talk about how they just knew their partner was “the one” from the very beginning, don’t believe the hype," says this author, reporting research findings by Paul Eastwick, an associate professor of psychology.

What’s the point of gratitude journals? - 8/8/18- The Telegraph

This article cites research by Robert Emmons, professor of psychology, on the benefits of keeping a written diary of diary of those things, people, events or experiences for which the individual feels grateful.

Flood thy neighbor: Who stays dry and who decides? - 8/6/18 - Reveal 

Levees have been the nation’s most common method of flood control for much of U.S. history, but can make flooding worse. Nicholas Pinter, professor of earth and planetary sciences, discusses his research on the flood risk from levees. 

QAnon and Donald Trump rallies: What's that about? - 8/3/18 - PolitiFact

History Professor Kathryn Olmsted, who studies conspiracy theories, is quoted in this article about QAnon, a term for an anonymous online persona and followers who believe a group of insiders control the government and are working against President Donald Trump.

July 2018

Following Trump's Immigration Crackdown, Migrants Are Taking More Dangerous Routes Into the U.S. - 7/31/18 - Pacific Standard

Brad Jones, a political science professor who specializes in immigration policy, says the president's increased border militarization hasn't stopped people from coming; it's just forced them to take more dangerous routes to avoid apprehension. "All of these things don't secure our border, they just lead to higher migrant death rates and an endless cycle of tragedy," Jones said.

Helping transgender women find their voice - 7/30/18 - Washington Post

Learning a new voice also means learning how the voice varies in different situations. “Think about [talking to a] a romantic partner, a kid or an employer. Your style of communication is not one-dimensional,” said Nicholas Palomares, associate professor of communication. “It’s not as predictable as our stereotypes would have us believe.”

Hot weather strains the grid. Here’s how we could fix that - 7/30/18 - Grist

Although prices influence production of power, they don’t do much to change how people use electricity. “When there’s a shortage of electricity, the prices go up, but customers are mostly still paying the same price they would at any other time,” explained James Bushnell, an energy economist at UC Davis.

Why You Forget Names Immediately—And How to Remember Them - 7/26/18 - Time

Charan Ranganath, a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Neuroscience, is the expert source for this story. "People are better at remembering things that they’re motivated to learn," Ranganath said. 

Opening Concert in SF Offers World Premiere by Music Student - 7/24/18 - S.F. Classical Voice

The season opener for the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble in October features a new work by Jonathan Favero, a doctoral student in music composition and theory. 

'I speak for the trees': Could this monkey be Dr Seuss’s Lorax? - 7/23/18 - Nature

Anthropology professor Lynne Isbell is quoted as an independent source on a study that suggests Dr. Seuss' curious Lorax character was inspired by the patas monkey of West and East Africa. Isbell says that the monkeys are declining as the trees that they eat disappear.  Isbelll, who has studied patas monkeys extensively, also comments in an article in Popular Science: "“Unless people can find some better fuel source… I don’t see much hope for [the patas monkeys].”

Consumers, already stung by rising prices, could get socked by Trump's tariffs - 7/20/18 - Chicago Tribune

Katheryn Russ, an economist at the University of California at Davis and former senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers during the Obama administration, is quoted in this article.

What U.S. immigration policy has to do with wages and labor shortages - 7/20/18 - Marketplace

In this interview, Giovanni Peri, professor and chair of the Department of Economics, addresses the question of where workers, in a time of a labor shortage, will come from when current U.S. immigration policy is reducing the amount of immigrant labor.

Trump Says Environmental Regulations Tank The Economy. California Is Proving Him Wrong. - 7/14/18- Buzzfeed

California's economy has grown rapidly despite the state's toughest-in-the-nation policy on greenhouse emissions. "The reduction in carbon has not significantly impaired the economy in any way," said UC Davis economist Jim Bushnell.

Here's Why Seashells Sound Like The Ocean - 7/13/2018 - Huffington Post

Geerat J. Vermeij, a distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences, explains the sound of an empty shell held up to the ear is created by echoes from sounds made in the environment.

Medieval Scholars Call for Transparency and Anti-Racism at Conference - 7/12/18 - Chronicle of Higher Education
The story mentions Seeta Chaganti, an associate professor of English, and links to a statement expressing her concerns about the issue. 

The welfare state needs updating - 7/12/18 - The Economist

The author cites Peter Lindert, distinguished professor of economics. "Mr Lindert is correct that the effects of welfare depend not just on how much is spent but how. Subsidised child care, which helps (mostly) women stay in the labour market, is more growth-friendly than pensions, say."

How to Hear Through Your Hands and Other Lessons from the Stanford Music and the Brain Conference - 7/10/18 - San Francisco Classical Voice

UC Davis professor of psychology Petr Janata shared research exposing how the brain enters and responds to “being in the groove.”

Summer road trip, America, 2018: Who, exactly, lives in a bubble? - 7/9/18 - Chicago Tribune

This column about a family trip through Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota refers to William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and quotes from a book, Buffalo Bill’s America, by Louis Warren, a professor of western U.S. history at UC Davis. 

How Trump is changing the face of legal immigration - 7/2/18 - Washington Post

Immigration on average has a strong positive effect on the American economy, said Giovanni Peri, the chair of the economics department at UC Davis. “The big picture really is that this cut in the number of all immigrants — high- and low-skill — is going to have an impact by slowing the economy.”

June 2018

Does America face a refugee or an immigration problem? - 6/29/18 - Polifact

"The recent crisis brings very different immigrants from those who were undocumented and came in the 1990s," said UC Davis economist Giovanni Peri. "They are younger, more vulnerable and more similar to refugees."

Ahead of elections, Mexicans say they want change, a stop to violence - 6/29/18 -

“People in Mexico are looking for change," said Mexican historian and Professor Andrés Reséndez from UC Davis.

Migrant families fleeing violence in part due to gang from Los Angeles, expert says - 6/28/18 - KXTV-TV Online

Immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala are fleeing because of violence in their countries rather than seeking better economic opportunity here, said UC Davis history professor Chuck Walker. "These are people fleeing for their lives.”

The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now - 6/28/18 - Time Online

Andrés Reséndez, professor of history at UC Davis, is among 25 acclaimed experts in U.S. history asked by Time to contributes to this list of historical moments that resonate today. 

We're really bad at making babies - 6/27/18 - Popular Science

Mayowa Adegboyega, who studies pelvises of prehistoric hominids at UC Davis Department of Anthropology, is quoted in this article on evolutionary compromises that made birth hard for humans.

Reality Check: Examining U.S. Poverty Is Not 'Insulting,' Experts Say - 6/26/18 - Canada 24 News

Ann Huff Stevens, deputy director of the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, is among economists responding to comments by Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, on a U.N. Human Rights Council-commissioned report on poverty in the U.S. 

Tea Time: Consumer Education Is Key for Capital Region Tea Shops - 6/25/18 - Comstock's

Katherine Burnett, director of the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative and professor of art history, provides expertise in this article on the growth of tea consumption in Sacramento.

Your new tariff questions, answered - 6/22/18 - Marketplace

“If there is an all-out trade war, then you could probably expect to see your food bill increase by between $100 and $300 a year depending on your income bracket,” said Kadee Russ, former Obama White House economist and associate professor of economics at UC Davis.

How your 'poker face' can make you money at business as well as cards - 6/23/18 - MarketWatch

Making smart decisions in high-stakes environments has a lot to do with not giving away your own information while learning as much as possible about your opponent, a study by UC Davis communication faculty Seth Frey and colleagues has found.

Smile, Russia! Foreigners are coming - 6/18/18 - KPCC

Jenny Kaminer, associate professor of Russian, talks about how and why smiling in Russia isn't the norm.

Famed experiment that shows we naturally abuse power was based on LIES - 6/14/18 -  Daily Mail 

"We must stop celebrating this work," says Simine Vazire, associate professor of psychology at UC Davis, says in this article about  the 1971 Stanford prison experiment, which purported to show we are all naturally inclined to abuse positions of power. 

Doing Justice to the Art of Bruce Nauman - 6/12/18 - New York Times

Retrospective by one of the world's most respected artists and UC Davis graduate in Switzerland and New York. 

Psychedelic drugs change brain cells in ways that could help fight depression, addiction and more - 6/12/18 - Los Angeles Times

Psychedelic drugs’ mind-expanding properties may be rooted in their ability to prompt neurons to branch out and create new connections with other brain cells, found new research led by David Olson, assistant professor of chemistry.

Evidence That New Tariffs, Not Immigrants, Are Costing Jobs - 6/11/18 - Forbes Online

This article sites recent findings by Giovanni Peri, chair of the UC Davis economics department, that new less-educated workers, primarily from Mexico, had little negative impact on natives “with low education and those working in the slaughtering sector” in the Marshall-DeKalb area of Alabama between 1980 and 2010. 

(Re)assembly Required - 6/7/19 -

Alan M. Taylor, professor of economics and finance, was one of the experts who gave talks during a May 26 - 28 Nobel Symposium on money and banking in Stockholm. Watch a video of his discussion on indebtedness of governments, firms, and households. 

Exhibition reconsiders life and work of Native American artist - 6/4/18

Retrospective sheds light on the artistic career of Rick Bartow, whose art was shown at the Gorman Museum.

May 2018

Head of Global Tea Initiative speaks at World Tea Expo - 5/29/18 - World Tea News 

Katherine Burnett, professor of art history, investigates the development of tea cultures, marked by the exchange of tea wares between China and its southwestern neighbors, starting with Vietnam, and before 1700, when steeped tea became the norm.

Is 'sanctuary state' the best political issue for the GOP in years? Not in California, experts warn - 5/29/18 - The Sacramento Bee

"Trump and Republicans are strategically nationalizing this issue," Brad Jones, a UC Davis political science professor, says in this article. "Ironically, the biggest effect could be outside the state. In the long term, it’s another nail in the coffin for the (California) Republican Party."

California is throttling back record levels of solar—and that’s bad news for climate goals - 5/24/18 - MIT Technology Review

"In a perfectly competitive marketplace, dropping wholesale prices should translate to lower prices for end customers as well. But in California, where the state is also adding transmission, retiring fossil-fuel plants, and mandating the build-out of renewables, prices have remained high relative to those in other states that have seen declines, [UC Davis economist James] Bushnell notes. 'The retail price is paying for excess capacity that’s driving the wholesale price down,' he says."

Why do you want to listen to the same song repeatedly?  - 4/24/18 - Huffington Post

“Whenever you listen to a song that you used to listen to when you were 15, for instance, the feeling of that period in your life comes back intact,” said Pablo Ortiz, professor of music. “The sound is abstract enough to go directly to the part of your brain that governs the feeling.”

Review of Wayne Thiebaud exhibition at Morgan Library - 5/23/18 - Wall Street Journal

It’s practically impossible to think of California painter Wayne Thiebaud as a controversial artist. His creamy, deliciously reductive paintings of cakes, ice cream cones, gumball machines and trays of delicatessen food are beyond the negative reach of most critics."

Historians Debate Which President Leonardo DiCaprio Should Play - 5/22/18 - The Hollywood Reporter

Eric Rauchway of UC Davis is among prominent U.S. historians asked to offer advice on whether DiCaprio should portray Ulysses S. Grant or Teddy Roosevelt in a movie. ""Roosevelt. Grant was a soldier, with the virtues and vices you’d expect, while TR was much more dramatically interesting — too interesting to ever be elected president in the ordinary course of events."

Levees Make Mississippi River Floods Worse, But We Keep Building Them - 5/21/18 - NPR

Floods on the Mississippi River are getting more frequent and more severe. But scientists warn that the infrastructure meant to protect towns and farms against flood waters is making the problem worse. "When a new or larger levee is built there is often hew and cry, and if there isn't, there should be," said Nicholas Pinter, the Roy J. Shlemon Professor in Applied Geosciences.

At Byberry Quaker library, a grim find: Native American remains in display case - 5/21/18 - The [Philadelphia] Inquirer

“'Broadly speaking, there’s increased cultural sensitivity around these kinds of issues — sacred items, spiritual items, bones, all of it,' said Ari Kelman, a chancellor’s leadership professor of history of the University of California at Davis and author of A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek. But at the same time, 'there’s a longstanding sense on the part of some collectors that their property rights trump the human rights of tribal peoples.'"

Cosmic Conflict: Diverging Data on Universe’s Expansion Polarizes Scientists - 5/16/18 - Scientific American

Lloyd Knox, professor of physics, comments in this article on measuring the Hubble constant. “Speaking solely for myself, if I had to place money on anything, I’d still guess the tension is a systematic error in the direct measurement of the Hubble constant [in the modern universe]," Knox said.

Americans, this is why you'll get up at the crack of dawn for the royal wedding - 5/16/18 - NBC News Online

"American culture is built on the idea of princess fairy tales being the ultimate achievement in love, says Veronica Hefner, a communications researcher at UC Davis who has studied the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. 'The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be more popular than any of the other previous royal weddings because Meghan is an American and she is literally living out the American princess fairy tale.'"

So Which Is It, Yanny Or Laurel? - 5/16/18 - NPR

After the internet erupted in a dispute over what name is said in an audio clip, National Public Radio hosts Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish asked UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain Associate Professor Lee Miller to settle the question.

Is love at first sight a myth? - 5/15/18 - The Daily Mail (London)

This article reports on the findings of UC Davis psychologist Paul Eastwick. "A study of 800 people found that couples who have great sex the first time they sleep together were more likely to go the distance than those who don't."

Also reported in Stylist, The University Network and other news outlets. 

Yanny vs. Laurel is 'The Dress of 2018'-but these sound experts think they can end the debate right now - 5/15/18 - Popular Science Online

Britt Yazel, a researcher at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain, is one of the experts consulted in this article. "I honestly think after looking at the spectrograms and playing with some filters that this is just the word "Laurel" with some high frequency artifacts overlaying it," he says.

UC Davis music composition and creative writing students in concert in SF - 5/15/18 - San Francisco Classical Voice

Student collaborations on stage in San Francisco.

10 Things You Don't Know about Yourself - 5/15/18 - Scientific American Online

This article cites research by UC Davis psychologist Simine Vazire that shows others around us often see us better than we see ourselves.

Why California rooftop solar requirement is not the right move for green energy - 5/10/18 - The Sacramento Bee

"The residential solar mandate for new homes approved Wednesday by the state Energy Commission will make reaching California’s climate goals possibly more difficult and definitely more expensive," James Bushnell, a UC Davis economics professor, writes in this op-ed article. 

'Roseanne' uses an Archie Bunker approach in welcoming her Muslim neighbors - 5/9/18 - New York Daily News

Saifuddin Ahmed, a UC Davis doctoral candidate in communication, says in this article that the way television programs portray Muslim characters has an impact on society. "Most TV shows referring to Muslim men usually refer to their ethnic background, even if they are US citizens...."

What we can learn from the Mt. Kilauea eruption - 5/9/18 - Minnesota Public Radio

MPR News talked to volcano expert Kari Cooper, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, about the science of lava and volcanoes. 

Parents Say School District Not Doing Enough About Fights, Bullying - 5/2/18 - CBS Sacramento

This report on a suburban Sacramento middle school quotes Robert Faris, an associate professor of sociology who studies bullying. He says at least one of three of school children experiences bullying, usually by a peer who wants to gain social status. 

April 2018

How Trump and Sessions Cherry-picked Data to Blame Immigrants for Lower Wages - 4/30/18 - The Center for Public Integrity

UC Davis Professor Giovanni Peri is among economists whose findings counter claims by the Trump administration that American wages declined as the immigrant population rose.

American Indian Artifacts Found in North Bay Fire Debris — and Quickly Reburied - 4/26/18 - The San Francisco Chronicle

Jelmer Eerkens, a professor of anthropology at UC Davis, said that in recent years archaeologists have tried to do a better job at respecting tribes’ wishes for the handling of Native American artifacts. 

Earth Day inspiration from Sonoma County scientists and conservationists - 4/21/18 - The Press Democrat

For Earth Day, the Press Democrat sought inspiration and encouragement from a few of the expert resources Sonoma County has in abundance. The article features Tessa Hill, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Everything You Need to Know About the Mexico-United States Border - 4/17/18 -

Rachel St John, professor of history and the author of Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border, is a source for this article on immigration control efforts at our southern border since the 1800s. 

UC Davis Professors Leading Fight To Curb Nuclear Weapons - 4/12/18 - CBS Sacramento

The threat of a nuclear war is top of mind across the country and the world, and some UC Davis professors are leading a fight to curb nuclear weapons. “One of the biggest threats to the human race is really nuclear weapons,” said UC Davis Physics Professor Bob Svoboda.

These 7 Surprising Facts About Patience Will Change Everything About How You Live Your Life - 4/12/18 -

This list includes findings from UC Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons on the benefits of practicing patience on physical and mental wellbeing. "Having more patience can calm your mind and make you 'feel more gratitude, more connection to mankind and to the universe, and a greater sense of abundance,' too."

Study: Meditation Has Cognitive Gains for Years - 4/9/18 - U.S. News & World Report

Cognitive improvements gained through meditation can last for at least seven years, a recent study by researchers at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain found. The study is based on the The Shamatha Project led by UC Davis neuroscientist Clifford Saron.

This study also received coverage from CNBC,, Big Think, AARP and other news sites and blogs. 

Low-income Families are Getting Terrible Financial Advice Online - 4/3/18 - MarketWatch

Tips from online communities often miss the mark and don’t address some of the root causes that push people into poverty and keep them there, said Ann Huff Stevens, a UC Davis economics professor who researches poverty.

March 2018

Can You Quantify Kids' Resilience? - 3/30/18 - Psychology Today

This article spotlights long-term research by psychology Professor Paul Hastings and colleagues on the links between heart rate variability and empathy and adaptability in children.

Democracy is in Danger When the Census Undercounts Vulnerable Populations -3/29/19 - The Conversation

Emily Klancher Merchant, an assistant professor of Science and Technology Studies, writes in this essay about the history of the U.S. Census, and the challenges in — and importance of — counting everyone. 

How to Spot a Nuclear Bomb Program? Look for Ghostly Particles - 3/27/18 - New York Times

A collaboration of American and British scientists announced on Tuesday that they would build a test antineutrino detector called Watchman in a mine on the northeast coast of England. The article quotes Robert Svoboda, professor of physics and a member of the Watchman team.

Strange evolution: How ancient deer became whales - 3/22/18 - Big Think

Findings from Distinguished Professor Geerat Vermeij and Professor Ryosuke Motani are featured in this story about why certain species that returned back to the water decided to do so and how they developed into the marine animals we know today.

Psychologists Have a Plan to Fix the Broken Science of Psychology - 3/20/10 - Live Science

This article extensively quotes Simine Vazire, associate professor of psychology in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, on steps she and colleagues are taking to improve the science in their field.

Can A 1-Year-Old Reason Like A Scientist? Yes, New Research Concludes - 3/17/18 - The Washington Post

Lisa Oakes, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Psychology and the Center for Mind and Brain, wonders if there could be an alternate explanation to study that found infants might have inference-making ability. "It is possible that the interpretation by the authors is correct, but their interpretation is not the only one."

From dance revolutionary to hip-hop prof, she stayed in step with the times - 3/16/18 - The Sacramento Bee

Halifu Osumare, professor emeritus in African and African American Studies,  is interviewed about her life in dance in conjunction with the release of her new book Dancing In Blackness

How Daniel Bruhl Became Hollywood's Every Countryman - 3/16/18 - The Hollywood Reporter

Jaimey Fisher, professor of German and cinema and digital media in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science is quoted in this piece about the rise of German actors in the U.S.

When Stephen Hawking Visited UC Davis - 3/15/18 - CBS Sacramento

The passing of well-respected physicist Stephen Hawking is being felt on the UC Davis campus. “He was up there with the best; he was stubborn, he could argue,” said UC Davis Professor Andreas Albrecht. Hawking was a legendary scientist who inspired the world and Albrecht’s career. 

Taming the Mighty Mississippi - 3/14/18 - Washington Post

Professor Nicholas Pinter, Roy J. Shlemon Chair in Applied Geosciences, is interviewed about plans to shore up infrastructure along the Mississippi River. “The science is clear,” said Pinter, associate director at the Center for Watershed Sciences of the University of California at Davis, who has extensively studied flood risks on the Mississippi. “When one levee district builds bigger levees, it increases the size and magnitude of flooding across the river, 10 miles up and down, too.”

Obama's Legacy: He Sparked Hope — and Got Blindsided - 3/11/18 - CNN

Two UC Davis history professors contributed to this analysis of what President Barack Obama did and did not accomplish. Kathryn Olmsted wrote " Bush and Obama's Counterterrorism Policies Were Oddly Similar" and Eric Rauchway's piece is "Obama's Economic Policy Delivered — But Too Slowly."

New Book Examines Poetry and the Environment - 3/9/18 - Los Angeles Review of Books

Margaret Ronda, assistant professor of English, is interviewed about her new book Remainders: American Poetry at Nature's End. It examines an archive of postwar American poetry that reflects on new dimensions of ecological crisis. These poems portray various forms of remainders—from obsolescent goods and waste products to atmospheric pollution and melting glaciers—that convey the ecological consequences of global economic development. 

Professor Pens Memoir of a Life in the World of Black Dance - 3/5/18 - Capitol Public Radio 

Halifu Osumare, a professor emeritus in the Department of African and African American Studies, talks about her new memoir "Dancing in Blackness." It traces her life in dance from the San Francisco Bay Area, to Europe, to New York, and her role in the emergence of black dance.

When Did Americans Stop Marrying Their Cousins? Ask the World’s Largest Family Tree - 3/1/18 - The New York Times

Researchers assembled 5 million family trees using data from the website to test several genetic and historical hypotheses. Emily Klancher Merchant, a UC Davis science and technology studies professor, is quoted about a trend of scientists using crowdsourced data collected by private companies to do research. “When private companies control the data and fund the research, they’re the ones gatekeeping what kind of science gets done,” she said. 

Labour-Monitoring Technologies Raise Efficiency—and Hard Questions - 3/1/18 - The Economist

This article on companies' use of technology to get their employees to work harder cites a seminal paper by UC Davis economist Gregory Clark on workers during the Industrial Revolution seeking to work for firms that pushed them. 

Dual-Campus Class Creates Filmmaker Interviews Archive - 3/5/18 - The Brooklyn Rail 

Julie Wyman, associate professor of cinema and digital media, and a colleague at UC Santa Cruz orchestrated a joint project between two classes for which students interviewed experimental filmmakers. They created a website FEMEXFILMARCHIVE where the interviews can be read.

February 2018

The Article 26 Backpack: Digital Platform Empowers Refugee Students - 2/18 - iiE Networker

Article about College of Letters and Science professor Keith Watenpaugh’s Article 26 Backpack outlines how the “backpack” provides a simple way to store documents and images so that refugee students can stay on track in college. Watenpaugh is director of UC Davis Human Rights Studies. The project is a collaboration among UC Davis, a broad collation of refugee educational NGOs, universities and national and nonprofit credential assessment agencies and organizations.

First the Moon, Then Earth: New Theory Reverses Formation Story - 2/28/18 -
Earth's moon formed inside a cloud of molten rock, and may have done so before our planet itself formed, a new theory suggests. "The new work explains features of the moon that are hard to resolve with current ideas," said co-author Sarah Stewart, a professor of earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Davis.

Single Mothers Are Not the Problem - 2/10/18 - The New York Times
In this op-ed article, Ryan Finnigan, assistant professor of sociology, and co-authors David Brady and Sabine Hübgen write about their recent study that demonstrates that reducing single motherhood in the U.S. would not substantially reduce poverty.

Olympic Big Air Snowboarders Use Physics to Their Advantage - 2/2/18 - Scientific American
“If a cat falls from some height, it can twist itself and land on its feet. It’s the same way for snowboard jumpers—but it’s like falling down from a 16-story building,” says Maruša Bradac, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Davis, who teaches a course on the physics of “California sports,” which also include skiing and surfing. 

January 2018

6 Reasons It's Better To Have Two Friends Than a Huge Squad - 1/20/18 - Cosmopolitan
Columnist Julia Pugachevsky writes: "I asked Dr. Cynthia Pickett, associate professor of psychology at UC Davis, if it's normal to feel this pressure to be in a squad, along with the question I feared most: is everyone in a squad but me? Here's what I learned..."

Indian Slavery Once Thrived in New Mexico. Latinos Are Finding Family Ties to It. - 1/28/18 - The New York Times
"New Mexico, which had the largest number of sedentary Indians north of central Mexico, emerged as a coveted domain for slavers almost as soon as the Spanish began settling here in the 16th century, according to Andrés Reséndez, a [UC Davis] historian who details the trade in his 2016 book, The Other Slavery.”

Super Smart? You'd Better Brush Up on Your Communication Skills, New Study Suggests - 1/25/18 - Inc.
"Recent research by psychologist Dean Simonton of the University of California, Davis and colleagues asked 379 business leaders from around the world to take an IQ test and also asked their reports to rate the leaders' effectiveness. What the researchers uncovered wasn't a straight upward line showing higher IQ linked with higher employee evaluations. Instead, employees' opinions of their bosses peaked around an IQ of 120 and then fell off significantly."

Also reported in "Why People Dislike Really Smart Leaders" - 1/18/18 - Scientific American

December 2017

After fires, Southern California faces risk of mudslides - 12/13/17 - Reuters
Once the fire is out, more work will begin as officials will likely need to rush to build retention basins and other structures to prevent debris flows before the rainy season begins, said Professor Nicholas Pinter of University of California, Davis’ Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. “This is exactly the thing we worry about in the winter following an event like the Thomas Fire,” he said by telephone.

How abortion became Roy Moore’s response to sexual misconduct allegations - 12/12/17 - Washington Post
"Moore’s campaign injected the issue into the race as a time-tested way of painting Democrats as extremists, said Drew Halfmann, a sociologist at the University of California at Davis who focuses on the politics of abortion. 'The Republicans used abortion as a very effective signaling device,' Halfmann said. 'For a time, they used same-sex marriage to keep the pot boiling but now that that controversy has been resolved, they’re back to abortion.'”

Pact for Tea Research - 12/11/17 - The Telegraph India
The Tea Research Association, Tocklai, and UC Davis' Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science have signed an agreement to collaborate in studying the agronomy, biochemistry and health benefits of tea. 

November 2017

An American Secret: The Untold Story Of Native American Enslavement - 11/20/17 - NPR's Hidden Brain
Hiden Brain
 host Shankar Vedantam interviews Andrés Reséndez, a historian at UC Davis and the author of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America.

To the 3 a.m. Intruder Who Terrified My Family: You Got Lucky. Here’s How You Can Make Up for It - 11/15/17 - The Sacramento Bee 
Sasha Abramsky, lecturer in the College of Letters and Science’s University Writing Program, penned this column, drawing on his experience in researching and writing about the criminal justice system.

A Trio of Proposed Tariffs Echo America's Protectionist Past - 11/13/17 -
“To be pro-tariff was to be American,” explained Eric Rauchway, professor of history in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, in reference to tariffs imposed by the U.S. during the 1930s.

The Amazing Story of the Great Pacific Flyway and Its Migrating Birds - 11/5/17 - The Washington Post
“Instinct Extinct: The Great Pacific Flyway,” a free exhibition at the UC Davis Design Museum, celebrates birds on the move.

John Kelly’s Civil War History Fail Speaks to a Much Bigger Problem - 11/1/2017 - Salon
Gregory Downs, professor of history, is quoted extensively in this article on the White House chief of staff's comments describing Confederate General Robert E. Lee as an "honorable man" and blaming the civil war on a lack of compromise. "Lee's antebellum orders to whip and torture slaves, his wartime efforts to treat U.S. Army soldiers as human shields, and his army's efforts to enslave free people all have to shape our understanding of who he was," Downs said. 

October 2017

Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves from a New Kind of Nova, Sparking a New Era in Astronomy - 10/16/2017 - Washington Post
Assistant Professor of Physics Stefano Valenti was interviewed for a story reporting the first cosmic event in history to be witnessed via both traditional telescopes and gravitational wave detectors. Valenti is part of an international collaboration of more than 70 laboratories and telescopes on every continent.

A Race to Save the Artifacts - 10/11/2017 - Bowdoin College 
This multimedia feature highlights research by anthropology research associate John Darwentand Ph.D. candidate Jason Miszaniec and colleagues at an archaeological dig site in northwestern Greenland. In a video, Darwent talks about some the artifacts found. 

A Surprise from the Supervolcano Under Yellowstone - 10/10/2017 - New York Times
Kari Cooper, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was interviewed for her expert opinion on new research reported this story. 

September 2017

Fuel-efficient Cars Often Paired with Gas Guzzlers, Study Finds - 9/26/2017 - San Francisco Chronicle
"A study released Tuesday by economists at UC Davis shows that families who own fuel-efficient cars tend to buy big, powerful gas guzzlers as their second vehicle, largely defeating the purpose of the little petrol sippers in their garages." Lead author of the study is David Rapson, an associate professor of economics at the UC Davis Department of Economics and co-director of the Davis Energy Economics Program. Findings also received coverage by Capital Public Radio, KTVU-SF, Car News, ABC 10 online and other media.

What Trump Can Do to Prevent the Next Crash - 9/14/2017 - The New York Times
Contributing opinion writer Ruchir Sharma cites research by UC Davis economist Alan M. Taylorand colleagues into boom-bust cycles over 140 years for 17 leading economies. "Before World War II, there were 78 recessions — including only 19 that followed a bubble in stocks or housing or both. After the war, there were 88 recessions, a vast majority of which, 62, followed a stock or housing bubble or both."

Professor Taylor also talked about the history of credit in a recent interview with VOX. 

FACT CHECK: Are DACA Recipients Stealing Jobs Away From Other Americans? - 9/6/2017 - NPR
Giovanni Peri, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Economics, is among experts interviewed for this story. 

LGBT History Gets Short Shrift in Schools. There's an Effort to Change That - 9/5/2017 - Education Week
Historians agree that that's a good practice, to help dispel teachers' concerns about being accused of promoting ideology or an "activist agenda," said Beth Slutsky, a UC Davis historan who  helped craft LGBT-inclusive lesson plans for California teachers.

Schwarzenegger’s Bipartisan Next Political Act: Terminating Gerrymandering - 9/4/2017 - The San Francisco Chronicle
“Nobody is probably going to change their opinion about redistricting because President Obama and Eric Holder talk about it,” said Eric Rauchway, a professor of history at UC Davis. “They might if Schwarzenegger does. He has his own platform. He’s a celebrity. And he’s a moderate Republican.”

Decoding the Mysteries of a Child’s Developing Brain - 9/1/2017 - The Washington Post
Many parents don’t realize how quickly infants begin to develop social and emotional awareness, said Ross Thompson, who is president of the child development organization Zero to Three and a cognitive psychologist at UC Davis. “Parents underestimate how sensitive a child is to their own emotions,” he said. As early as 6 months of age, a child can be affected by a parent’s depression or anxiety and by marital squabbles.

August 2017

The Next Generation of California Public School Students will Skip the 'Mission Project' - 8/31/2017 - The San Francisco Chronicle
"Building a mission doesn't really teach anything of substance about the period and it's offensive to many," says Nancy McTygue, executive director of California History-Social Science Project at UC Davis and one of the lead writers of the state's new framework for K-12 history education.

Story also covered by other news outlets, including The Sacramento Bee, KCRA, KFBK and KCBS.

How Can Job Loss be Bad for Health, and Recession be Good for It? - 8/31/2017 - The Conversation
Ann Huff Stevens, a professor of economics and deputy director of the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis, writes about possible explanations for this paradox. Chief among them: "As a result, in times of low unemployment, nursing homes are far less likely to be fully staffed with front-line patient care workers." 

Enslaved by America’s Toxic History - 8/20/2017 - The Times of London
In this article on the potential for a new era of unrest in the United States, UC Davis historian Gregory Downs says some of the free-form violence that marked the era before and after the Civil War and the Civil Rights Act might be possible again. “We’re not there yet, but it’s more imaginable that we might get there.”

Is America Headed for a New Kind of Civil War? - 8/14/2017 - The New Yorker
Gregory Downs, professor of history at UC Davis, is one of five prominent Civil War historians interviewed for this article on the country's stability. Downs said politicans' condemnation of the white supremicists rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, is not necessarily an indicator of the future. “If the source of conflict is deeply embedded in cultural or social forces, then politicians are not inherently able to restrain them with calls for reasons,” Downs said.

50 Surprising Things About Your Brain We Bet You Didn’t Know – 8/7/2017 – Reader's Digest
This article quotes Steven J. Luck, a professor of psychology and director of the UC Davis Mind and Brain Center, in a section titled "The Brain Can Get Distracted." Luck says the brain can two things at once under many conditions, but when it comes to higher-order thinking, distraction can severely impact the brain's ability to stay on task. ""The main limit arises when both of the tasks require attention..."

Fewer Immigrants Mean More Jobs? Not So, Economists Say - 8/3/2017 - New York Times
Giovanni Peri, professor and chair of the Department of Economics is quoted in this front-page story on President Donald Trump's proposal to sharply reduce legal immigration. “The average American worker is more likely to lose than to gain from immigration restrictions,”  Peri said. 

July 2017

2017’s Best Big Cities to Live In - 7/24/2017 - WalletHub
In an "Ask the Experts" column, UC Davis economist Derek Stimel gives advice on finding the right place to call home. 

Children Among Fatalities in San Antonio - 7/23/2017 - CNN
Sociologist David Kyle, an expert on human smuggling, talks to CNN's Michael Holmes about the risks immigrants are taking to cross the Mexico-U.S. border. The interview occurred after 10 people died in a sweltering truck trailer in San Antonio. 

Why the Second American Revolution Deserves as Much Attention as The First - 7/19/2017 - The Washington Post
"Not many of the people who toasted the American Revolution on July 4 will gather Wednesday to celebrate the 150th anniversary of a key moment in the Second American Revolution: the long-forgotten Third Military Reconstruction Act passed on July 19, 1867," writes history Professor Gregory Downs in this esay on the lasting importance of Reconstruction.

Chinese Laborers Built Sonoma's Wineries. Racist Neighbors Drove Them Out - 7/13/2017 - NPR
This report on the forgotten contributions of Chinese workers to California's wine industry quotes UC Davis historian Cecilia Tsu. "We tend to assume that native-born American growers and maybe some European immigrants were pioneers of viticulture in California," Tsu says. "[But] in reality, they were utterly dependent on Chinese immigrant labor."

June 2017

25 Moments That Changed America - 6/30/2017 - Time
To mark the Fourth of July holiday, Time magazine asked 25 experts to pick a moment that swayed the course of the nation’s history. UC Davis historian Justin Leroy’s choice: the 1831 publication of the first issue of The Liberator newspaper, which called for an immediate end to slavery. “The Liberator set the world aflame,” Leroy writes.   

Authors Peeved by APA’s Article Takedown Pilot -  6/15/2017 - The Scientist
UC Davis Psychology Professor Fernanda Ferreira was among scientists upset that the American Psychological Assocation, in a crack down on unauthorized postings of journal articles, began policing the Internet for scientists sharing their own work. “Everybody believes that sharing our results with each other and making our papers and our data as accessible as possible is really important,” Ferreira said. The association later announced that it would focus its journal monitoring and takedown pilot program solely on piracy websites.   

May 2017

They Dismissed Her As a Lightweight. But California's Top Judge Has Found Her Voice—And Uses It To Call Out Trump Policies - 5/28/2017 - Los Angeles Times
Cantil Sakauye studied law at UC Davis, where she also received her undergraduate degree, and worked to pay her way. After her first year of law school, she worked in Lake Tahoe dealing blackjack, a job she held off and on over the years. She said that dealing cards helped her later in picking juries. She could spot the bluffers and dissemblers. 

Dorothea Lange, Roy De Forest Shows Get Interactive at Oakland Museum - 5/26/2017 - East Bay Times
The exhibit, "Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest," in the Oakland Museum of California, is conceived like a dreamscape of big, colorful, semi-abstract paintings by the independent-minded artist with roots in the UC Davis art program of the 1960s.

Science vs. Meditation - 5/25/2017 - Gimlet Media
Clifford Saron of the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain is interviewed. 

Tiny Shells Indicate Big Change to Global Carbon Cycle - 5/25/2017 - UC Davis News
Ann Russell, a research scientist in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis, co-authored a study which was published in Scientific Reports. Scientists raised foraminifera—single-celled organisms about the size of a grain of sand—at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory under future, high CO2 conditions. 

Huge Impact Could Have Smashed Early Earth Into a Doughnut Shape - 5/25/2017 - New Scientist
Simon Lock and Sarah Stewart of the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences dubbed the doughnut structure synestia, using the Greek prefix syn-, which means together, and the goddess Hestia, who represents the home, hearth and architecture. Taken together, the word signifies "connected structure," Stewart says. 

Fleeting Phase of Planet Formation Discovered - 5/24/2017 - Nature Online
Researchers led by Sarah Stewart of the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, published their description of these huge, spinning clouds of vaporized rock on 22 May in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. The finding could help scientists to improve their understanding of planet formation, and lead to better explanations of how Earth's Moon formed. 

New Technique Provides Earthquake Risk for Major Cities Worldwide   - 5/22/2017 - UC Davis News
John Rundle, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis, presented a new research on the likelihood of major earthquakes occurring in megacities across the world at the joint meeting of the Japan Geoscience Union and the American Geophysical Union in Chiba, Japan. 

Synestia, a New Type of Planetary Object - 5/22/2017 - UC Davis News
There's something new to look for in the heavens, and it's called a "synestia," according to planetary scientists Simon Lock at Harvard University and Sarah Stewart at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis

How the DMV Keeps Smutty License Plates Off Our Roads - 5/22/2017 - Sacramento Bee
Cyntia Pickett, a psychology professor at UC Davis, said people's desire for distinctiveness drives their urge to express themselves through custom plates, including with hostile of sexual messages. 

Wallflower of Center of the Pack? Baboons Find Their Place - 5/17/2017 - Egghead UC Davis
Using high-resolution GPS tracking, UC Davis Assistant Professor of Anthropology Margaret Crofoot and her team of researchers show that wild baboons behave similarly to humans—with some animals consistently found in the vanguard of their troop while others crowd to the center of lag in the rear. 

Immigrants Can Unlock Productivity Growth - 5/16/2017 - Bloomberg News 
One of the authors of the H-1B paper, Giovanni Peri, a professor of economics at UC Davis, who is originally from Italy, has done a lot of research on immigration's economic effect, including its implications for productivity. 

Tracing His Family's Migration From the Rural South to the Big Cities of the North - 5/12/2017 - Washington Post
Among the massive movement of African Americans from the rural South to urban centers of the North were the ancestors of Bruce D. Haynes, a professor of sociology at UC Davis. He explores the social and cultural implications of the exodus in "Down the Up Staircase," a family memoir and social history written with his wife and co-authos, Syma Solovitch. 

6 Ways to Spark Your Creativity - 5/12/2017 - National Geographic
"The number one predictor of impact is productivity," says Dean Keith Simonton, professor emeritus of psychology at UC Davis, and a longtime scholar of genius. Those who put in the work to perfect an idea—and keep trying new ones when the first attempt fails—are likelier to make a mark. 

For Better of Worse: Links Between Genetics and Stress - 5/12/2017 - Egghead UC Davis
Jay Belsky and Johnna Swartz, professor of human development at UC Davis, are uncovering intriguing clues about the connection between genetics, stress, and opportunity that could change the way society views, treats, and prevents depression, anxiety, and other disorders. 

The Next Big Challenge in AI Could Be Teaching Computers How to Think Like Humans - 5/11/2017 - Sacramento Bee
Charan Ranganath has dedicated his professional life to studying how the human brain works. Now the UC Davis psychology professor is pushing that research into new frontiers by teaching computers how to slow down and mimic that same complicated but imperfect organ. 

A Cold War Among Cosmologists Turns Hot - 5/11/2017 - The Atlantic
In the 1980s, Andreas Albrecht, distinguished professor in the Department of Physics at UC Davis, was Steinhardt's graduate student; their work together helped build inflation up from the ground floor. "It's a little disappointing to see things slip into such a polarized state," says Albrecht. "The whole thing is not pretty."

Excavating an African American Family's Past in a Townhouse in Harlem - 5/11/2017 - The New York Times
A review of the new book by UC Davis sociology professor, Bruce Haynes.

Award-Winning Writer's Memoir Explores Her Depression - 5/11/2017 - UC Davis News
Yiyun Li, a professor of english at UC Davis, recently published Dear Friend, From My Life I Write To You in Your Life, a memoir about her love of writing, books and certain writers, as well as her battle with suicidal depression. 

Mystery Solved: Remains of Girl in Forgotten Casket Was Daughter of Prominent San Francisco Family - 5/10/2017 - The Los Angeles Times
The daugher of Horatio Nelson Cook and Edith Scooffy Cook, she died of marasmus—a form of severe undernourishment—on Oct. 13, 1876, said Jelmer Eerkens, an archaeologist at UC Daviswho analyzed Edith's hair. 

Little Girl Found in Glass Coffin Under San Francisco Home Now ID'd - 5/10/2017 - KTVU-TV Online
Professor of anthropology at UC Davis, Jelmer Eerkens, and his team did DNA tests on strands of Edith Cook's hair. "Then in the end we were confident enough to say—99.9 percent—it's a relative of this particular person," said Eerkens. 

Perfectly Preserved Body Found in a Casket Underneath a San Francisco Home is Identified as Girl Who Died Just Before Her Third Birthday in 1876 - 5/10/2017 - Daily Mail
UC Davis professor of anthropology, Jelmer Eerkens, who helped with the DNA testing on the remains of a little girl found in San Francisco, told KTVU that Edith died of marasmus, which is severe undernourishment.

Yes, There Is a Right Way to Write a Thank-You Note - 5/10/2017 - VOGUE
Robert Emmons, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at UC Davis, and author of The Little Book of Gratitude, says a handwritten letter is more powerful than any text or e-mail. "It communicates greater effort and a recognition that the giver expended effort him or herself in providing the benefit to the recipient," he says. 

Erica Kohl-Arenas Selected as Imagining America Faculty Director - 5/9/2017 - UC Davis News
Erica Kohl-Arenas has been selected to lead Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. It was announced by IA and UC Davis. She will join the UC Davis faculty as the consortium's faculty director, as well as associate profesor in the Department of American Studies. 

California Tax Board Wish List: Tax Court? - 5/8/2017 - Bloomberg BNA
"They are politicians behaving like politicians," Daniel J. Simmons, professor emeritus at UC Davis School of Law, told BLoomberg BNA. "They have unrestricted authority in a bacwater where very few people watch. But they are a large organization with lots of money on the table."

What Would Buddha Do? Young People Find Out - 5/7/2017 - Sacramento Bee
Buddhism "is gaining a lot of new ground in the modern context because it's practical; it's more about understanding the nature of the mind and the human condition and working to alleviate suffering," said Layne R. Little, who teaches religious studies at UC Davis. Particularly appealing is the Buddha's teaching "that every person is the sole arbiter of their religious life." 

The Overlooked Risk of Levees As Rainfall Rises - 5/7/2017 - Salon
The history of many areas behind levees is one of "build it and they will come," said Nicholas Pinter, a UC Davis professor of geology and expert in flood risks. Like many other low-lying areas, parts of the inundated areas of Pocahontas were developed over the last few decades, despite the risk of flooding should the levees be overtopped or fail. 

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut, Just As This Eccentric Artist Wanted - 5/3/2017 - Sacramento Bee
You couldn't ask for a better description of Roy DeForest himself or his next-door neighbor Bailey, or David Gilhooly, Maija Peeples-Bright, Peter VandenBerge, and Robert Arneson, his fellow faculty member at UC Davis. 

Mans Sex Abuse Acquittal Shows Challenged for Prosecutors - 5/3/2017 - Daily Mail
Gail Goodman, a psychology professor at UC Davis whose research has focused on child abuse and the accuracy of witness memory, said it's striking the jury favored acquittal from the start. 

Historians React to Trump's Civil War Comments: "That's Entirely Wrong in Every Respect" - 5/1/2017 - Yahoo News
"The question of why the Civil War should have happened is not only central to the study of US history but to our entire national mythology," said Eric Rauchway, a professor of history at UC Davis, in an interview with Yahoo News, "and Lincoln's answer to that question is literally chiseled on the walls of the Lincoln Memorial about a mile's walk from the White House. 

Three-fourths of Americans Regularly Talk Politics Only with Members of Their Own Political Tribe - 5/1/2017 - The Washington Post
It's getting harder for U.S. voters to talk to people across the political divide, write political science graduate student Ross Butters and Assistant Professor Christopher Hare  in this article about their research findings. 

Annabeth Rosen - 5/1/2017 - Art in America
Annabeth Rosen, who received her MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook in 1981, arrived quite early to this particular party, but she carries on a decades-old tradition. She is marvelously erudite in the medium, and holds the Robert Arneson Endowed Chair in ceramics at UC Davis. 

April 2017

After 84 Years, FDR's First 100 Days Remain A Benchmark - 4/28/2017 - The Huffington Post
“Much of what was pushed through in the first 100 days were things for which there was pent-up demand within the Democratic electorate,” notes Eric Rauchway, a professor of history at UC Davis and author of The Money Makersa study of Roosevelt’s economic program.

The United States and Nigeria's Struggling Democracy - 4/28/2017 - All Africa
In early March, a Forum Series on Democracy and Insecurity in Africa took place in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. Among the featured speakers was Wale Adebanwi, associate professor of African American and African Studies at UC Davis.

'Science is Real,' Marchers in Nation's Capital and Worldwide Declare - 4/22/2017 - Los Angeles Times
“I have students who aren’t going to have funding next year because of these enormous budget cuts,” Steven Carlip, professor of physics at UC Davis, voices his concerns over the diminishing role of fact-based research under the Trump administration.

What Makes a Genius? - 4/21/2017 - National Geographic Magazine
“The number one predictor of impact is productivity,” says Dean Keith Simonton, professor emeritus of psychology at UC Davis and a longtime scholar of genius, in this article about scientific research on the nature of genius. 

Pattern Discovery over Pattern Recognition: A New Way for Computers to See - 4/17/2017 - Egghead UC Davis
Jim Crutchfield, professor of physics at UC Davis, along with physics graduate student Adam Rupe and postdoc Ryan James, is designing new machine learning systems to allow supercomputers to spot large-scale atmospheric structures, such as hurricanes and atmospheric rivers, in climate data.

Asian American Authors, The Conversation - 4/16/2017 - BBC World Service
Yiyun Li, from the Department of English at UC Davis, who emigrated to the US from Asia and became a writer, talks to guest presenter Lauren Schiller in San Francisco about her 'messy' relationship with language, her rejection of the American Dream, and how she's trying to break free from labels.

'Down The Up Staircase' Examines The History And Nature Of Success Among The Black Middle Class - 4/14/2017 - Capital Public Radio
In this radio broadcast, Bruce Haynes, a professor of sociology at UC Davis, and co-author Syma Solovitch examine the nature of status and success among the black middle class as it pertains to three generations of Haynes’ own family.

A Label That Fostered Mexican Cumbia Gets Its Own Shout-Out - 4/12/2017 - New York Times
“Cumbia fans speak through the sonidero’s voice to shout out their family and recognize villages left behind,” says Alexandra Lippman, a cultural anthropologist at UC Davis. “The sonideros’ voices create a simultaneous sonic presence between Mexico and the United States, between here and there.”

One Of The Most Distant Galaxies In The Universe Discovered, And It Is Perfectly Ordinary - 4/11/2017 - International Business Times
Led by Austin Hoag, a graduate student at UC Davis, a team of astronomers found a new object which dates back to less than a billion years after the Big Bang.

Faintest 'Normal' Early Galaxy Ever Discovered - 4/11/2017 - Sky At Night Magazine
"Other most distant objects are extremely bright and probably rare compared to other galaxies," says Austin Hoag, the UC Davis graduate student who led the discovery of a faint galaxy which dates from 13.2 billion years ago. "We think this is much more representative of galaxies of the time."

Long Ago and Far Away, an Average Galaxy - 4/10/2017 - UC Davis News
“Other most distant objects are extremely bright and probably rare compared to other galaxies,” said Austin Hoag, a UC Davis graduate student in physics who is lead author on the paper, published April 10 in Nature Astronomy. “We think this is much more representative of galaxies of the time.”

NSF Grant Funds Math For National Security - 4/10/2017 - Egghead UC Davis
Applying mathematics to detect chemical weapons, hidden explosives or other threats is the goal of an ongoing project at the UC Davis Department of Mathematics, led by professor Thomas Strohmer and supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

How 'Incompetent Rock' Led to the Oroville Dam Crisis - 4/7/2017 - KQED Online
Eldridge Moores, from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis, offers insight into February’s near-catastrophic collapse of two spillways at Oroville Dam in Butte County.

The Trick To DNA's Self-Repairing Ability Is In Its Own Blueprint - 4/7/1027 - Capital Public Radio
The Davis Science Café is back with a conversation with Professor Sheila David from the UC Davis Chemistry Department who talks about DNA chemistry and how the body repairs itself on the smallest scale.

Astronomers Detect Faintest Ever Early-Universe Galaxy - 4/10/2017 - Cosmos Magazine
UC Davis team of astronomers, led by physicist Maruša Bradač, recently announced a discovery of an ancicent, faint galaxy that is 13.1 billion years old. 

How Retiring Coal Rights In Parts Of Alaska Helps Native American Tribes In California - 4/6/2017 - Capital Public Radio
Beth Rose Middleton, an associate professor in the Department of Native American Studies at UC Davis, joins Dune Lankard, the founder of Eyak Preservation Council in discussing how retiring coal rights could have postive implications for Native American tribes in California. 

De Forest, Once Too Wild for the Snobs, Now Showcased in Oakland - 4/5/2017 - San Francisco Chronicle
Roy De Forest came out of the Bay Area expressionist funk milieu of the late ’50s to shape a personal mode. His irreverent attitude and admiration for folk art allied him with fellow UC Davis art faculty members Robert Arneson and William T. Wiley, and his Port Costa neighbor, sculptor Clayton Bailey.

Here's the Real Rust Belt Jobs Problem - And It's Not Offshoring or Automation - 4/4/2017 - Washington Post
A Monkey Cage post co-authored by Stephanie Lee Mudge, an assistant professor of sociology at UC Davis.

A Requiem For Ricky: Folsom Family Mourns the Loss of a Beautiful But Tortured Mind - 4/1/2017 - Sacramento Bee
Some mentally ill patients have improved after taking medications that can be administered by injection and are effective for several months at a time, said Dr. Peter Yellowlees, a professor of psychiatry at UC Davis. “There are newer drugs coming through, and newer ways to use the older drugs...There is cause for hope.”

March 2017

Sportswear Brands by Women Form a League of Their Own - 3/30/2017 - NBC News Online
Megan Johnston, MFA fashion design student and graduate student researcher at UC Davis, notes that the women's sportswear market has been stuck in a "shrink it and pink it" mentality and is currently designing and developing women's climbing clothing that includes "a wider array of colors."

Ocean Acidification Makes Shellfish Suffer, Too - 3/28/2017 - KCET-TV Online
Adult oysters and mussels are "smaller, and their shells are thinner, weaker and more vulnerable to predators,” says Tessa Hill, a UC Davis associate professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences. Hill has closely studied invertebrate responses to acidified water at the Bodega Marine Laboratory and has also been collaborating with Hog Island Oyster Company.

How to Cure Depression? Playing Video Games A Viable Treatment, Study Says - 3/27/2017 -The International Business Times
A study by researchers from UC Davis tested the idea of video games being an effective tool to treat depression by prompting the study’s participants to play the games. And they found that when reminded, the participants played the game more often and in some cases, also for longer.

Video Games a Viable Treatment for Depression - 3/27/2017 - Egghead UC Davis
The paper, authored by graduate student Subuhi Khan and Jorge Pena, professor in the Department of Communication at UC Davis, is forthcoming in Computers in Human Behavior.

Romantic Type is a Thing, But Not What We Though, Study Says - 3/24/2017 - NBC TODAY
Paul Eastwick, associate professor of psychology at UC Davis, and his colleagues performed three experiments to examine romantic type for his paper recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

On the Trail of Yma Sumac: The Exotica Legend Came From Peru, But Her Career was All Hollywood - 3/23/2017 - LA Times
“She was unique in the combination of things that she embodied,” says Peruvian anthropologist Zoila Mendoza, chair of UC Davis’ Native American Studies Department and daughter of a woman who was close friends with Sumac as a teen. “It was a whole fantasy.”

Why Abortion Doesn't Resonate in European Politics - 3/23/2017 - Wall Street Journal
The more religious character of American society, particularly the greater presence of evangelical Protestants, is part of the explanation, says Drew Halfmann, a sociology professor at UC Davis

The Science of Sofas: Bizarre Study Reveals the Most Manoeuvrable Couches for Getting Round Tight Corners (and Says a DUMBELL Shape is Best) - 3/21/2017 - Daily Mail UK 
The problem has puzzled mathematicians for more than 50 years because the challenge lies in both finding the largest sofa and proving it to be the largest. Although Professor Dan Romik, chair of the Department of Mathematics at UC Davis, didn't come up with a proof of a solution to the problem, with the help of 3-D printing, he tackled a twist on the problem called the ambidextrous moving sofa problem.

Is There Such Thing as 'a Type' in Romantic Relationships? Here's What Your Exes Have in Common - 3/22/2017 - The International Business Times
The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, used data from more than 1,000 past and present heterosexual relationships among young adults. Researchers at UC Davis searched through this data for patterns in looks, demographics and whether former lovers shared similar opinions of their ex-in-common.

GOP Health Plan Would Harm Low-Income Kids - 3/16/2017 - Sacramento Bee
Op-ed by Marianne E. Page, professor of economics at UC Davis and deputy director of the Center for Poverty Research.

Bancroft Prize for History Awarded to 3 Scholars - 3/14/2017 - New York Times
Andrés Reséndez, a professor of history at UC Davis, is one of the winners of this year's Bancroft Prize for “The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America," which argues that it was mass slavery at the hands of Spanish conquistadors, rather than epidemics, that devastated the Native American population. The award is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the field of American history.

Writer Yiyun Li on Writing and Depression - 3/14/2017 - KQED-FM Online
Yiyun Li, from the Department of English at UC Davis, talks about confronting her two essential questions: Why write? And why live?

H-1B Visas Keep Down U.S. Tech Wages, Study Shows - 3/14/2017 - The Wall Street Journal
Giovanni Peri, an economics professor at UC Davis, said the new research is noteworthy, but would like to see more studies on the issue. Mr. Peri's own research on immigration of highly skilled workers—not solely H-1B holders—found overall positive effects on wages across a variety of job sectors. 

The Small California City Responsible for America's First Bike Lane - 3/8/2017 - Outside Online
Frank Child, an economics professor at UC Davis, had wrapped up a summer in the Dutch city of the Hague in 1963. There, he and his wife, Eve, had spent many afternoons on bicycles. Inspired by their Dutch experience and the road conflicts they saw in Davis, the Childs wrote a letter to the local newspaper, proposing separate lanes for bikes on a few local streets. They would be a win-win for everyone, the Childs wrote. 

The Foreign Workers of Mar-a-Lago - 3/13/2017 - The New Yorker Online
Giovanni Peri, an economist at UC Davis, who studies labor and immigration, says that the H-1Bs can boost the employment prospects of Americans. The technology jobs offered to foreigners, they argued, would have created several hundred thousand jobs for American workers, including those without college degrees who perform support roles in the tech industry. 

Trump's Push for 'Merit-Based' Immigration May Not Deliver the Benefits He Expects - 3/13/2017 - LA Times
Giovanni Peri, a specialist in international migration economics at UC Davis, sees converting to a merit-based system more as a maneuver aimed at drastically cutting immigration. “The truth is that the U.S. has had the highly skilled coming in, and in very large numbers, throughout its history and the last 15 years in particular,” Peri said.

If You Think You're A genius, You're Crazy - 3/9/2017 - Nautilus Online
Article by Dean Keith Simonton, a distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology at UC Davis.

Scholars Speak Out Against New Law Barring Supporters of Boycotts From Entering Israel - 3/10/2017 - Inside Higher Education
David Biale, a Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at UC Davis, is one of the organizers of the open letter speaking out against the law barring supporters of boycotts. “Certainly there are a lot of people like myself who favor a boycott of the settlements because we think they’re illegal," he says. 

Sharing is a Cardinal Virtue, But Scientists Still Struggle With It - 3/10/2017 - STAT News
Authors often don’t want to share. Sometimes, they claim that the data are proprietary, which may well be the case. But there are solutions to that. Data can be shared with reviewers on a confidential basis, as Simine Vazire, a psychologist at UC Davis, suggested to Nature.

Know Thyself - 3/6/2017 - Sacramento Magazine
Q&A with professor from the Department of Psychology at UC Davis, Simine Vazire

The Cost of Immigrants vs the Cost of Restricting Them - 3/2/2017 - BBC
UC Davis professor of economics, Giovanni Peri, is interviewed beginning at about 6:40 into this audio file.

Arts and Music Critic Jeff Hudson Shares Winter Concerts and Previews for 2017 Season - 3/2/2017 - Capital Public Radio
The UC Davis music department is using the recording technology and internet streaming capabilities built into the Ann E. Pitzer Center to provide live streaming of many recitals and concert by campus ensembles and visiting artists, including the popular Shinkoskey Noon Concerts.

Zen and the Art of Color Quality - 3/2/2017 - UC Davis Online
“Incandescent is a beautiful light source that we all love, but it’s not very energy efficient,” saidMichael Siminovitch, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Design. “In the past, when we’ve moved to more efficient lighting, we’ve lost quality of visual experience. We’re trying to change that and meld visual quality and efficiency. Fortunately, with new technology, we don't need to sacrifice one for the other.”

Light the Way You Were Meant to See It - 3/2/2017 - University of California News
Michael Siminovitch, director of the California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis, wasn’t looking for enlightenment when he wandered into a Buddhist temple in Thailand a few years ago.

The Question is: Who Are You Rooting For? Two Economists, Two Views on Immigration - 3/1/2017 - LA Times
Giovanni Peri, professor of economics at UC Davis, sees illegal immigration as a positive force on the American economy. Peri argues, first of all, that unauthorized workers have a far higher employment rate than native-born residents and rely much less on handouts. “They don’t have access to a lot of programs, like food stamps and unemployment,” he said.

Peer-Review Activists Push Psychology Journals Towards Open Data - 3/1/2017 - Nature Online
Simine Vazire, a psychologist at UC Davis, says that data should be made available on publication and also to reviewers, even if it is on a confidential basis. Without such transparency, assessing a study “is like buying a used car without being able to look under the hood”, she says.

Encouraging Players to Plan for After the Games - 3/1/2017 - New York Times
Research by professors at UC Davis, and UC Berkeley, found that men tend to be overconfident in areas “culturally perceived to be in the male domain,” like the stock market, and that overconfidence leads to trading too much and to higher costs.

February 2017

3 Countries to Do Business In Now - 2/28/2017 - Forbes Online
The U.S. exports $300 billion of goods to Canada each year, and having similar customs and language makes it extremely easy to do business in the country, according to Katheryn Russ, an associate economics professor at UC Davis.

Mohini Jain Donates $1.5M to Advance Study of Jainism - 2/23/2017 - India West Online
Mohini Jain, an Indian American philanthropist, retired teacher and longtime resident of Davis, made a $1.5 million donation to UC Davis to advance the study of Jainism. 

UC Davis Chemistry Professor Blasts Away Myths About the Lasers of Star Wars - 2/23/2017 - Capital Public Radio
Kyle Crabtree, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, participates in a Q&A session on why the blasters in Star Wars Epsode VII: The Force Awakens aren't lasers, and how real lasers work in research.

WIC Enrollment Down Almost 7 Percent in California - 2/22/2017 - KXTV-TV Online
Marianne Page, Deputy Director of the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis said a slight decline in the state's unemployment rate may have something to do with lower WIC enrollment.

The Prom-Dress Fashion on "The Bachelor" is as Regressive as its View of Relationships - 2/20/2017 - Quartz 
As an expert on gender roles in media and popular culture, Laura Grindstaff, a professor of sociology at UC Davis, comments on the shows "particularly narrow vision of femininity" displayed by the long gown-like dresses of the women on the romance-themed television show. 

How Economists Are Fueling the Global Debate Over Refugees - 2/17/2017 - Bloomberg News Online 
Two professors conducted a study in which they tracked data on the influx of low-skilled immigrants into Denmark from 1991 to 2008. They established three primary findings regarding employment. Among the researchers is Giovanni Peri, from the Department of Economics at UC Davis. 

USD 1.5 Million Grant Provided to US University for Jainism Studies - 2/17/2017 - India Today in Education 
A grant of USD 1.5 million has been made by an Indian-origin philanthropist Mohini Jain, a retired teacher, to UC Davis for advance studies in Jainism. The gift will establish 'the Mohini Jain Presidential Chair' for Jain Studies in the Department of Religious Studies a part of a larger effort to position UC Davis as a leader in the study of Indian religions and the interdisciplinary field of South Asian studies broadly.

Industrial Revolution Comparisons Aren't Comforting - 2/16/2017 - Bloomberg News Online
By the esitmates of Gregory Clark, a professor of economics at UC Davis, English real wages may have fallen about 10 percent from 1770 to 1810. Clark also estimates that it took 60 to 70 years of transition, after the onset of industrialization, for English workers to see sustained real wage gains at all. 

What the CRISPR Patent Decision Means for Gene Editing - 2/15/2017 - The Atlantic Online
When it comes to patents, Mario Biagioli, a professor of law and history at UC Davis, said, "The goal is that the invention is made by somebody, so who gave us that invention is not crucial." 

From California, a Progressive Cry for State's Rights - 2/14/2017 - New Republic Online
"California always had immigrants, migrants, and others looking to start something new," saysKathryn Olmsted, a history professor at UC Davis. As she wrote in her book, Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism, "The state's multiracial, multiethnic workforce of migrants and immigrants, or women and men, foreshadowed the coming transformation of American labor. That battles over these changes would remake American politics and policy." 

Economic Impact of Immigration by State - 2/14/2017 - WalletHub
Brad Jones, a professor in the Department of Political Science at UC Davis participates in a Q&A about immigration and the economy under Trump's presidency. 

Yiyun Li Memoir 'Dear Friend' Reflects Her Dance with Death and Love of Life - 2/13/2017 - The Mercury News Online
Yiyun Li, from the Department of English at UC Davis, wrote a memoir about her life and career called "Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life."

The Consequences of Mr. Trump - Voices from Global Academia - 2/09/2017 - The Huffington Post
Dr. Suad Joseph, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at UC Davis, offers her insight into President Trump's executive order banning travellers from 7 Muslim majority countries into the US. 

A Growing (But Controversial) Idea in Open Access Textbooks: Let Students Help Write Them - 2/09/2017 - EdSurge News
Professor of Chemistry at UC Davis, Delmar Larsen, created a new project called LibreText which he describes as a sprawling, Wikipedia-like enterprise of resources crowdsourced by students and professors. 

Freelance Journalist Calls For Trump Resistance - 2/03/2017 - Capital Public Radio
UC Davis writing lecturer, Sasha Abramsky, is interviewed on the Insight program. 

January 2017

The Hottest Tax Idea in Washington Right Now Would Cost Average Families $1,000 a Year - 1/31/2017 - The Washington Post
Families at the bottom of the income ladder could pay 5 to 8 percent of their incomes as a result of increased prices from a GOP plan to reform corporate taxes, according to new calculations from Katheryn Russ, a UC Davis associate professor of economics. Middle-class families would pay between $700 to $1,000 a year, or about 1.3 to 2 percent of their incomes. 

Immigration Issues are Front and Center at UCD – 01/29/17 – Davis Enterprise
A forum titled “DACA, DAPA and Deportation Threat” was held at UC Davis as part of a daylong conferences on issues surrounding immigrant status. It was hosted by UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences. 

Why Trump’s Executive Order is Wrongheaded and Reckless – 01/29/17 – The Chronicle of Higher Education
The op-ed by Keith David Watenpaugh, a historian of the Middle East and a professor of human rights studies at UC Davis, responds to Trump’s recent executive order that bars the entry of immigrants from specific countries and refugees from entering the United States. 

President Trump’s Predecessors Learned About Tariffs the Hard Way – 01/27/17 – Yahoo! Canada Finance
As a series of studies from economists like Giovanni Peri, a researcher and professor of Economics at UC Davis, indicate, undocumented immigrant workers take undesirable jobs Americans don’t want, and allow Americans to take jobs with higher skill levels and complexity.

New Findings Reveal That the Universe is Expanding Surprisingly Faster Than We Thought! – 01/27/17 – International Business Times India
“If you still something when the error bars shrink, maybe it’s new physics, beyond the Standard Model of cosmology,” Chris Fassnacht, a professor from the Department of Physics at UC Davis, stated in a press release.

A Closing of America – 01/26/17 – Inside Higher Ed
Keith David Watenpaugh, a professor and director of the human rights studies program at UC Davis says Trump’s immigration policy “robs the American people and our young people of an opportunity to understand the world better, and also to provide help and assistance to those people who are trying to improve repressive societies like Iran.” He continues, “It’s a closing of the American mind and a closing of America to the world, is what it is.”

Astronomers Measure Universe Expansion, Get Hints of ‘New Physics’ – 01/26/17 – UC Davis News
Astronomers have just made a new measurement of the Hubble constant, the rate at which the universe is expanding, and it doesn’t quite line up with a different estimate of the same number. That discrepancy could hint at “new physics” beyond the standard model of cosmology, according to the team which includes physicists from UC Davis that made the observation.

I’m a Physicist, And These Are The Three Things I Think Everyone Should Know About Science– 01/26/17 – Forbes
Assistant Professor of Physics from UC Davis, Inna Vishik, makes a list of three things the average person should understand about physics.

The Hidden Museums of UC Davis – 01/23/16 – The California Aggie
Bohart Museum, CN Gorman Museum, and the Design Museum are among the list of lesser known museums at UC Davis whose focuses range from insects to activism to design.

North Dakota Bill Would Protect Drivers Who Hit Protesters Obstructing Traffic – 01/17/17 – The Christian Science Monitor
“It often seems precisely to be a form of protest about rights and recognition before it is about seizing the basics of survival,” said Joshua Clover, an English professor at UC Davis, comparing modern-day protests to famine strikes in 17th and 18th century Britain that also used road blockades.

Canada Returns Two 200 Million-Year-Old Marine Fossils Smuggled From China – 01/12/17 – National Post
Ryosuke Motani, a professor in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department at UC Davis, said Thursday the Ichthyosaur started off with a lizard-like body with flippers and evolved into a fish-like body. The one intercepted in Calgary appears to be a Mixosaurus, the intermediate stage when the Ichthyosaur was transitioning from a land to a sea creature.

President Obama Designates First National Monument Dedicated to Reconstruction – 01/12/17 – New York Times
Greg Downs, a professor of history at UC Davis, who wrote the study with Kate Masur, a historian at Northwestern, called the creation of the monument “a long overdue moment, and one of the most significant expansions of the National Park Service since its founding.”

Study Suggests Earth Once Had Many Moonlets—Until They Merged to Form the Moon – 01/10/17 – Washington Post
“The whole giant impact model had been put into crisis several years ago,” Sarah Stewart, a planetary physicist at UC Davis, told The Washington Post last year, “to the point where people thought it might be completely wrong because we couldn't make it work in its details.”

The Other Slavery: An Interview with Historian Andres Resendez – 01/08/17 – History News Network
Q&A with Andrés Reséndez, who teaches history at the University of California, Davis, and is the author of "The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America."

The Return of the “King” – 01/06/17 – Sactown Magazine
In January, 31-year-old Davis native, Hasan Minhaj, will bring home the funny with a performance of his aptly titled one-man show, “Homecoming King,” at his alma mater’s Mondavi Center. 

December 2016

Fisher, Reynolds, Bowie, Prince—Why Celebrity Deaths Hit Us So Hard – 12/31/16 – Sacramento Bee
Fans have long had an emotional link with the objects of their admiration during their deaths, such as John Lennon and Michael Jackson. But the severity of the grief has been amplified during the last decade as social media provides users a daily list of fallen heroes, said Jesse Drew, professor of cinema and digital media at UC Davis. 

Cali-topia: a New Vision of Thomas More's Utopia? The Forum - 12/25/2016 - BBC World Service
Is Thomas More's vision of an ideal society becoming reality in modern-day California? Jack Stewart is joined by forecaster Paul Saffo, Chair of Future Studies at Singularity University, Ryan Mullenix, partner at NBBJ Architecture, Krista Donaldson, CEO of Silicon Valley healthcare start up D-Rev, and Colin Milburn, Chair in Science and the Humanities at UC Davis.

Eight Moments That Defined Sacramento’s Arts-and-Culture Scene in 2016 – 12/23/16 – Sacramento Bee
Never have toilets been quite so celebrated. A display of ceramic toilets by the late, great sculptor Robert Arneson was at the center for UC Davis’ Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, a $30 million facility that debuted in November.

How Donald Trump Changed the Way College Students Learn About Conspiracy Theories – 12/15/16 – Time
This year, Kathryn Olmstead, a history professor at UC Davis, discussed a Donald Trump campaign ad with students in her conspiracy theory course. She said teaching the course this fall was an “entirely different experience” then when she last taught it four years ago.

Why We Need a National Monument to Reconstruction: Op-Ed -12/14/16 - The New York Times
Op-Ed by Gregory P. Downs, history professor at UC Davis, Eric Foner and Kate Masur urges President Obama to create the first national monument dedicated to Reconstruction.

UC Davis Survey: Potential Foster Parents Want to Keep Families Together – 12/14/16 – UC Davis News
A new UC Davis, survey finds that one of the strongest motivations for potential foster parents is the chance to help keep families together. It also identifies those Californians who are most and least willing to foster children and why. These findings are reported in a new policy brief released by the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research from a survey of 466 California adults. 

Ice Surface Melts One Step at a Time - 12/14/16 – UC Davis News
“The structure of the surface changes in a stepwise manner, corresponding to melting of one or two layers,” said Davide Donadio, assistant professor of chemistry at UC Davis.

There’s a Bitter New Battle Over Whether Slave Torture was the Foundation of the American Economy – 12/12/16 – Washington Post
Baptist’s book, “The Half Has Never Been Told,” was met with derision among some academics when it was published in 2014, and the public scorn continues. At a public debate at Dartmouth College in October, Alan Olmstead, from the Department of Economics at UC Davis, spun around, waving a pretend magic wand in the air, and dismissed Baptist’s research as “hocus pocus,” according a recent account by the Chronicle of Higher Education. 

The Forgotten Slaves – 12/11/16 – Chronicle of Higher Education
In his beautifully written (and National Book Award-nominated) The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in AmericaAndrés Reséndez, a professor of history at UC Davis, offers a tour-de-force account of the enslavement of Indians in the New World, and in the process, broadens our definitions of slavery. He offers a capacious but defensible definition, including peonage; rebels sentenced to servitude; orphans and vagrants bound to service; victims of the mita; and ostensibly free wage laborers whose employers never paid them.

Intelligence Commotion – 12/08/16 –
UC Davis psychologist, Dean Keith Simmons, conducted a study in 2006 that used a historiometric approach to estimate the IQ scores for most former US presidents. His data has been misused in an image to falsely show that Donald Trump has the second highest IQ among US presidents.

Army Corps Of Engineers Says No to DAPL, History of Davis Protests – 12/06/16 – Capital Public Radio
Liz Grandia, an associate professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis, provides historical context to the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline that took place in Davis.

The 10 Shocking Toilets That Helped Put UC Davis on the Art World Map – 12/02/16 – KQED-FM Online
For its inaugural exhibition, the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art gathers together 10 ceramic toilet sculptures created by the late sculptor Robert Arneson.

Donald Trump Inspired a Sickening Tide of Bullying in America’s Schools – 12/01/16 – Mother Jones
Robert Faris, a sociology professor at UC Davis who studies bullying, says the example Trump set on the national stage “as given permission and legitimated what was previously considered illegitimate.” Trump’s campaign, he says, has emboldened people with racist and sexist attitudes to act out publicly in ways they didn’t previously. 

November 2016

Small Businesses Lament There Are Too Few Mexicans in US, Not Too Many - 11/28/2016 - Wall Street Journal
Giovanni Peri, a professor of economics at UC Davis, says a lack of immigrants for jobs like dishwashing can hit U.S. workers, too. “If you can’t hire a dishwasher, that slows down the growth of the restaurant, and then you won’t hire managers, who are usually American,” he says. “Immigrants create opportunities for American workers.” 

Bay Area Divided About Fidel Castro’s Legacy - 11/25/2016 - The Mercury News
Emilio Bejel, a professor of Latin American studies at UC Davis, said he was “practically speechless” when he woke up Saturday to news of Castro’s death. 

Stat-Checking Software Stirs Up Psychology - 11/25/2016 - Nature Online
An automated tool makes researchers more likely to double-check their work, which is good for psychology, argues Simine Vazire, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at UC Davis. “It will catch mistakes, but even more importantly it will make us more careful."

The Science Behind Why You Shouldn’t Stop Giving Thanks After Thanksgiving - 11/24/2016 - Washington Post
In one 2003 study, gratitude experts, Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at UC Davis, and Michael McCullough of the University of Miami observed that participants that kept a record of what they were grateful for had a more positive outlook on life, exercised more and reported fewer physical problems. 

Be Thankful: Science Says Gratitude is Good for Your Health - 11/23/2016 - TODAY Online
“Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis. “It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep.” 

Prominent Figures in Academe and Higher Education Groups Speak Out About Election Aftermath - 11/21/2016 - Inside Higher Education
David Biale, a Jewish History professor at UC Davis, organized and issued an open letter along with more than 200 other scholars of Jewish history in which they say that their scholarship has left them “acutely attuned to the fragility of democracies and the consequences for minorities when democracies fail to live up to their highest principles.” 

Digital Archive Preserves ‘Pioneering’ History of Punjabis in California - 11/21/2016 - NBC News
The stories of pioneering South Asian immigrants will be preserved in a new digital archive, spearheaded by Nicole Ranganath, a historian and lecturer from the Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies Department of UC Davis. 

College Presidents Call for Continuation of Obama Administration Program Protecting Undocumented Students - 11/21/2016 - Inside Higher Education
More than 90 college and university presidents have signed a statement calling for the continuation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Among them is Ralph Hexter, the acting Chancellor and distinguished professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC Davis.

As American as Apple Pie? The Rural Vote’s Disproportionate Slice of Power - 11/20/2016 - New York Times
Political scientists at UC Davis, have found that most state capitals were located near what was then the population centroid of each state — typically closer to the geographical center of the state, and not the place where the most people already lived, breaking with how much of the world sited its capitals. 

Big Rise of California as the Design Capital of the World - 11/19/2016 - SF Gate
Simon Sadler, a professor of design at UC Davis who is principally interested in architecture, talked about the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Coast Highway, the open style of modern homes, as well as an intangible sense of “magic and possibility.”

I Fell for a Narcissist. Then America Fell for One. How Can We Avoid Their Charm? - 11/18/2016 - Washington Post

Simine Vazire, a professor of psychology at UC Davis, says that most people can identify certain “subclinical” narcissistic traits in others. “…it should be pretty clear whether the person tends to be vain, condescending, brags a lot, feels entitled and so on. How they react to others’ misfortune is also pretty telling — a lack of empathy is a key characteristic of narcissists.” 

Scientists Turn CO2 Into Rock—Again - 11/18/2016 - The Christian Science Monitor
"This is a great step forward in proving the practicality of the process," Robert Zierenberg, a professor of geology at UC Davis, in reference to a team of scientists who were able to turn carbon dioxide to stone in a lab in under two years. 

Cy and Davis’ Picks: A Well-Stuffed Show With a Communal Orchestra, Dream Pop, and the Politics of Soccer - 11/17/2016 - KQED Arts
Cy and David are celebrating a new museum on the outskirts of the Bay Area — UC Davis’ new Manetti Shrem Museum. For the opening, the museum has tapped a great legacy of work by UC Davis faculty, including some revolutionary figures who taught there in the Art Department’s early years like Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Arneson, William T. Wiley, Manuel Neri, Ruth Horsting, and Jane Garritson.

California Today: The Rise of a Design Capital - 11/17/2016 - New York Times
Simon Sadler, a professor of design at UC Davis, who is principally interested in architecture, talked about the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Coast Highway, the open style of modern homes, as well as an intangible sense of “magic and possibility.” 

Crystal Clocks - 11/17/2016 - Science Magazine
Instead of taking centuries or millennia, volcanoes can gurgle to life in a matter of decades or years, sometimes even months, says Kari Cooper from the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Hundreds of Jewish Historians Release Trump Statement - 11/17/2016 - J Weekly
David Biale, a professor of Jewish History at UC Davis, wrote a public statement warning against the threat to minorities posed by the election of Donald Trump, which has been signed by more than 240 Jewish studies scholars. 

Suspending Disbelief in the Voting Booth - 11/12/2016 - Sacramento Bee
This op-ed by Flagg Miller, a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at UC Davis, discusses how Trump’s campaign led him to an election victory, while recounting his own experience with the results as a voter of Hillary Clinton.

How Voters’ Education Levels Factored Into Trump’s Win - 11/10/2016 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
John Scott, professor and chair of political science, comments on findings of exit polls in the 2016 presidential election: "Namely, people with college degrees — and especially higher degrees — are far more likely to vote for Clinton than Trump, and visa versa. ... The surprise, however, is how many college graduates voted for Trump."

How Voters’ Education Levels Factored into Trump’s Win - 11/10/2016 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Exit polls are pretty good," said John T. Scott, professor and chair of political science at UC Davis ­— certainly better than those conducted ahead of an election. "They’re not perfect." There’s also the first data that’s available.

Deep in the Heart of Iceland, There’s a New Way to Tap the Earth’s Energy - 11/08/2016 - Smithsonian Online
As a principal investigator of the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, Robert Zierenberg, a professor of geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Physical Sciences at UC Davis, remarks on the use of supercritical fluids to drill anywhere with similar temperatures and pressures as Iceland. 

Insight: News Network/Registrar’s Office/Jacam Manricks - 11/08/2016 - Capital Public Radio
Composer and lecturer for the Department of Music at UC Davis, Jacam Manricks, discusses the influence behind his new album. 

A Dark Vision of America Prevails as Donald J. Trump is elected the next US President - 11/07/2016 - Quartz
“The nightmare is really just beginning for political scientists. We’ll be reviewing 2016 papers for the rest of our careers,” Christopher Hare, an assistant professor of political science at UC Davis, tweeted on November 6th in response to the unfolding presidential election. 

Raising an Empathetic Child: 10 Little Things You Can Do Right Now - 11/07/2016 - Reader’s Digest
A study by Robert A. Emmons, PhD, a researcher and professor of psychology at UC Davis, shows that gratitude increases happiness levels by approximately 25 percent. Parents can encourage gratitude in their children by practicing it openly in their own daily lives.  

If a “Big Whack’ Made the Moon, Did it Also Knock the Earth on Its Side? - 11/04/2016 - New York Times
In a paper published last week, scientists report new findings on the dynamics of the Earth’s and moon’s orbit in space. “For the first time, this paper has a model that says we can start in one place and explain all of that without invoking any other follow-on event,” said Sarah T. Stewart, a professor of earth and planetary sciences at UC Davis. “And that’s new, and that’s exciting.”

‘Manufactured Outrage’: As Trump Harnesses Fringe Political Views, the Business of Fear Has Never Been Better - 11/04/2016 - National Post
Kathryn Olmsted, a professor in the Department of History at UC Davis, says it is no coincidence that alt-right thinking is influencing both consumption trends and a presidential candidate right now.

When It Comes to Success, Age Really Is Just a Number - 11/3/2016 - The New York Times
Dean Keith Simonton, a distinguished professor emeritus of psychology, is quoted in this article about a big-data study that found a variety of factors behind scientists' success that has nothing to do with age. Simonton, who did not contribute to the study, is an expert on the nature and origins of genius. 

New Twist Explains How a Single Impact Could Blast the Moon into Being - 11/01/2016 - Washington Post
Sarah Stewart from the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences contests the current understanding of the moo. “For those of us who live and breathe planetary science,” Stewart said, “the chemistry of the moon and the inclination [tilt] of the moon are major unsolved problems. Any theory that is going to stand the test of time has to get us there.”

October 2016

How the Moon Got There: New Theory of a ‘Giant Impact’ With Earth Explains Our Rocky Satellite’s Orbit - 10/31/2016 - Daily Mail
Scientific researchers offer an alternative model to the original ‘giant impact’ theory that explains the moon’s orbit. Among these researchers is Sarah Stewart, professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis

Mess With Central-Bank Independence at Your Peril - 10/19/2016 - Bloomberg View
Columnist Mark Gilbert, writing about pressures on central banks to raise interest rates, cites remarks made by economics professor Alan M. Taylor at a recent conference in Vienna: "Society may now be asking more of central banks, and central banks will now try to find a way to serve those goals. Central banks can therefore expect to become less independent and more politicized going forward."

Governor McCrory Says the HB2 Protects Public Safety. These Victims Would Say Otherwise. - 10/17/16 - The State Online
Gregoy Herek, a psychology professor at UC Davis who is an expert on anti-gay violence, said HB2 sends a broad symbolic message: “It’s conveying to people in the state who are LGBT that they are not full citizens.”

Manetti Shrem Verge Ribbon Cutting - 10/15/16 - Sactown Magazine
The new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum will be tied up in a one-of-a-kind ribbon conceptualized by Bay Area-based artist and UC Davis alum, Lisa Rybovich Cralle, through Verge Center of the Arts.

Rats! Bad, Old Memories Stay with Us -10/13/16 - The Boston Globe
Researchers conducted experiments on rats to reveal the possibility of retrieving memories from infancy that have previously been forgotten. Among these scientists is Simona Ghetti, a professor in psychology at UC Davis.

Last Days of the Obama White House - 10/12/16 - BBC News
“The term ‘lame-duck presidency’ is used for a reason,” said Larry Berman, a professor of political science at UC Davis. He said no president since 1932 had reached major legislative achievements during this part of their term. 

Why the College Degree Seems to Be Deciding the Presidential Election - 10/12/16 - Chronicle of Higher Education Online
John T. Scott, chairman of the Political Science Department at UC Davis, said separating voters based on their college attainment, and noting a difference in their political views, is nothing new. "This is a continuation of a trend," Mr. Scott said. "Broadly speaking, what we are seeing is part of a trend that has been going on for probably about 20 years or more. And that has a lot to do with changes in the economy."

Brain Areas Responsible for “Learning By Watching” Identified - 10/11/16 - UC Davis Egghead
A recent study from UCLA and Caltech explores which specific neurons in the brain are responsible for encoding observed behaviors. The researchers, including Erie Boorman, now an assistant professor at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and Department of Psychology, were able to identify an area of the brain called the rostral anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), where neurons showed evidence of learning from observation. The two other brain areas studied did not show this pattern of response.

Alyssa Lempesis Wants to Gross You Out - 10/11/16 - KQED-FM Online
Alyssa Lempesis, an artist who completed her Master of Fine Arts at UC Davis, has created unique sculptures and stop-motion animation resembling oddities of the natural world – types of things that elicit a complicated combination of attraction and revulsion. Her work can be found at the Aggregate Space Gallery in West Oakland. 

UC Davis Design Professor Wins Award for Innovative Smart Clothing - 10/10/16 - The California Aggie
UC Davis Assistant Design Professor Helen Koo received the $40,000 UC Davis Award for Innovation and Creative Vision for her work in smart clothing.

The Perfect Spot for a Reckoning with Reconstruction - 10/07/2016 - The Washington Post Online
Gregory P. Downs, an associate professor of history at UC Davis, co-authors this op-ed about the Reconstruction era.

Is Campus Safe for Your Kids? - 10/06/16 - The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
Diane L. Wolf, professor of sociology and the director of the Jewish Studies Program at UC Davis, offers a discussion on the safety of Jewish students on college campus from anti-Semitism.

A Federal Court Struck Down Much of North Carolina’s Voter ID Law – But What’s Left Could Still Shrink the Black Vote - 10/05/16 - Washington Post Online
UC Davis Professor of Political Science, Erik J. Engstrom discusses how the voting laws in North Carolina have and will continue to negatively affect the state’s African American population.

The Science Behind Senior Moments - 10/02/16 - Yahoo! Canada
“We need to start thinking about aging not just as this process that your brain is deteriorating, but that aging comes with come costs and benefits,” says Charan Ranganath, a professor of psychology at UC Davis. 

September 2016

Are You Raising an Internet Bully? Here's How to End That Behavior - 09/29/2016 - Washington Post
Robert Faris, an associate professor of sociology at UC Davis, believes that certain parental behaviors, such as setting poor social priorities or not encouraging healthy social relationships, could inadvertently promote aggression in kids and play a role in their disturbing online activity.

Needed But Not Wanted - 09/29/2016 - Economist
Giovanni Peri, an Economics professor at UC Davis, finds that the wage effects of low-skill immigration are positive if you drop the assumption that workers of the same age and education are perfect substitutes and that workers of one skill level do not affect the productivity of workers at other skill levels.

Uncertainty Over California Cap-and-Trade Program Could Impact Ontario - 09/29/2016 - The Globe and Mail Online
“As of right now, there is a lot of uncertainty hanging over the future of the market past 2020,” James Bushnell, a Professor of Economics at UC Davis, said in an interview. “And that does put Ontario in a rather curious position.”

Biggest Ever Quantum Chip Announced, But Scientists Aren't Buying It - 09/28/2016 - The Verge
Researchers, including Greg Kuperberg of the Mathematics Department at UC Davis, are skeptical of D-Wave’s largest quantum chip yet.

Outdated Immigration Laws: Bad for Students, Worse for Local Economies - 09/25/2016 - Chronicle of Higher Education
Giovanni Peri of the Economics Department at UC Davis writes this article about how current immigration affects employment and the economy.

Stop Overusing the Word 'Genius' - 09/25/2016 - LA Times
“Just as athletes can win an Olympic gold medal by beating the world record only by a fraction of a second, scientists can continue to receive Nobel Prizes for improving the explanatory breadth of theories or the preciseness of measurements,” says Dean Simonton, a Professor of Psychology at UC Davis.

James Gleick’s Exhilarating ‘Time Travel: A History’ - 09/23/2016 - Wall Street Journal
Book review by UC Davis history professor Michael Saler

The Inevitable Evolution of Bad Science - 09/21/2016 - The Atlantic Online
“If authors are required to disclose more details about their research, journals and reviewers will be in a better position to evaluate the quality of studies, and it will be much harder for authors to game the system,” says Simine Vazire of the UC Davis Department of Psychology.

The Past Haunts a City That Evicted its Dead - 09/18/2016 - LA Times
Jelmer Eerkens, a PhD in archeology who works as a professor in the Department of Anthropology at UC Davis, studies the remains of a young girl, who presumably died in 1870, to learn about her life and death.

Can the South Make Room for Reconstruction? - 09/17/2016 - The Atlantic Online
Gregory Downs, an associate professor in the Department of History at UC Davis, is one of two historians the National Park Service retained to recommend Reconstruction-era historic sites.

Researchers Test DNA of Century-Old San Francisco Girl - 09/15/2016 - KTVU-TV Online
UC Davis Professor of Anthropology Jelmer Eerkens conducts research on the mummified remains of a young girl from the 19th century, that were found in a sealed cast iron casket underneath a San Francisco home, to uncover details of her past.

Outdated FEMA Flood Maps Don't Account for Climate Change - 09/15/2016 - NPR Online 
Nicholas Pinter, a researcher and professor from the UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, offers an explanation for the various floods that hit Louisiana last month. 

Body double? Secret earpiece? Donald Trump Fuels Hillary Clinton Conspiracy Theories - 09/14/2016 - Toronto Star Online
Kathryn Olmsted, professor in the Department of History at UC Davis, discusses how conspiracy theories have become part of the mainstream media, especially in regards to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

For Every 10 U.S. Adults, Six Vote and Four Don't. What Separates Them? - 09/13/2016 - New York Times
“Most of the differences between people who vote and those who don’t vote can be accounted for by motivational reasons — levels of political interest and engagement,” said Benjamin Highton, a professor of political science at UC Davis. “And levels of political interest and engagement are strongly correlated with education and income.”

Things Are Getting a Lot Better for the Working Poor  - 09/13/2016 - The Washington Post
Median incomes for Hispanics have increased 6.4 percent in the Western states, and this can be attributed to robust demand for labor in construction, manufacturing and services, according to Giovanni Peri, professor and chair of the Economics Department at UC Davis.

Presidio Hosts Artwork Examining Human Cost of National Security - 09/12/2016 - KQED-FM Online
An exhibit at San Francisco’s Presidio features the work of 18 artists from 12 countries that considers the human cost of war borders, and security. Shiva Ahmadi, an assistant professor of art at UC Davis, is a participating artist.

Poll: Young Voters from Newer Immigrant Families More Liberal in Views - 09/08/2016 - CBS News
Brad Jones, a Professor in the Department of Political Science at UC Davis, said that Latino immigrants are more directly affected by the increase in deportations under President Obama’s administration and shifts in immigration enforcement policy. Jones also noted that Asian-Americans have also been “widely tethered” to negative rhetoric on immigration throughout Trump’s campaign. 

Historians Recommend Reconstruction Era Sites for Inclusion in National Parks System - 09/07/2016 - The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
As the National Parks Service commemorates its 100th anniversary, Gregory Downs, an associate professor of history at UC Davis, co-produced a study on the Reconstruction Era and believes that there are many related sites across the country that could become part of the National Parks System. 

Are Immigrants Taking Your Job? - 09/06/2016 - Bloomberg BNA
Giovanni Peri, professor and chair of the Economics Department at UC Davis, says immigrants aren’t impacting Americans’ wages.

How Domestic Violence in One Home Affects Every Child in A Class - 09/03/2016 - NPR Online
The effects of child exposure to domestic violence on classroom test scores have been studied by Scott Carrell, a Professor of Economics at UC Davis, for over a decade. He concludes that reporting domestic violence is the one thing that can improve this situation.

Trump's Tough Talk on Immigration is Nothing New for Arizonans - 09/02/2016 - LA Times
“Arizona voters have been hearing about immigration for so long that there’s not much anybody can say to change their minds,” said Brad Jones, an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at UC Davis. His research suggests that tough rhetoric on immigration resonates most in places that did not have significant Latino populations until the last two decades, called “new destination states.” 

The Freedom-lover's Case for the Welfare State - 09/01/2016 - Vox
Peter Lindert, a Professor of Economics at UC Davis, notes that welfare states with large social programs gain much more growth than states that spend less on welfare. He calls this “the free lunch paradox.”