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.
Davis professors nab lead positions in laboratory research grants - 12/2/19 - Sacramento Business Journal
Eric Prebys, professor of physics at UC Davis, will lead a study to develop a new tool based on synthetic diamond semiconductors to evaluate the performance of particle accelerators and X-ray free-electron lasers.
Practicing Gratitude on Thanksgiving Can Add Years to Your Life, Experts Say - 11/27/19 - Woman's World
“The grateful mind reaps massive advantages in life,” said Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis. “Health and wholeness, wellness, and fullness result from the systematic practice of a grateful living.”
How measuring gratitude can help entire companies work better - 11/27/19 - Fast Company
“Gratitude is the high-octane fuel without which we’d be in relational ruin . . . organizations, families, societies would crumble,” according to Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis.
Flagship observatory faces major interference from private companies' satellites - 11/22/19 - The Guardian
“Astronomical twilight is really, really dark, but about 90% of all our exposures with LSST will have a bright saturated trail across them,” said Tony Tyson, a professor of physics at the University of California, Davis, and chief scientist on the LSST. “At midnight in the summer, about 25% will have a trail, according to our simulation. That’s a huge hit on LSST observing.”
Opinion: This thorough study says which investments have done best since 1870 - 11/21/19 - MarketWatch
“It’s the rent part that explains most of the returns on housing,” says Òscar Jordà, one of the study’s co-authors, who’s an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and teaches at the University of California, Davis. “And if you look at rental markets, they usually don’t fluctuate very much with the business cycle. So that’s where the stability comes in.”
Instagram will start hiding some likes. Experts say it’s a step in a safer direction. - 11/13/19 - Chicago Tribune
Part of the problem with comparing likes on Instagram is its skewed reality, said Drew Cingel, assistant professor of communications and director of the Human Development and Media Lab at the University of California, Davis.
As SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Satellites, Scientists See Threat to ‘Astronomy Itself’ - 11/11/19 - The New York Times
A spokeswoman from SpaceX said the company was taking steps to paint the Earth-facing bases of the satellites black to reduce their reflectiveness. But Anthony Tyson, an astronomer at the University of California, Davis, said that wouldn’t solve the problem.
Recent observations from other regions of the universe tend to provide different results to these "distant" measurements. This indicates either that there is a problem with the standard model of cosmology, or that there are issues with the CMB measurements. The latter is very unlikely, according to Chris Fassnacht from the University of California, Davis, who recently came up with an estimate of 76.8 kilometers per second per megaparsec for the Hubble Constant.
With ‘Shadow Stalker,’ Lynn Hershman Leeson Tackles Internet Surveillance - 11/8/19 - The New York Times
Art professor emeritus Lynn Hershman Leeson, a pioneer in interactive video and artificial intelligence in art, scrutinizes technology’s abuses in her newest work now showing in New York.
Immigrant kids more likely to attain American Dream than U.S.-born peers - 11/5/19 - CBS News
Children of immigrants achieve higher economic mobility than their U.S.-born peers, new research from Princeton, Stanford and University of California-Davis economists found.
Can design help break our addiction to single-use plastic? - 11/4/19 - Quartz
What would a world without single-use plastic look like? One only has to look back about 60 years, when the vast majority of the single-use plastics we use today didn’t exist. That’s what Christina Cogdell, chair of the design department at the University of California at Davis, wants her class to imagine.
Children of Poor Immigrants Rise, Regardless of Where They Come From - 10/28/19 - The New York Times
New research linking millions of fathers and sons dating to the 1880s shows that children of poor immigrants in America have had greater success climbing the economic ladder than children of similarly poor fathers born in the United States.
Using Quantum Computers to Test the Fundamentals of Physics - 10/26/19 - Scientific American
How can things that obey the classical laws of physics—such as a pitched baseball or a bumblebee in flight—be composed of parts that are subject to quantum rules at minute levels? That is one of the deepest questions in modern physics, writes Andreas Albrecht, distinguished professor of physics.
A new UC Davis exhibit explores geeky Native American art - 10/24/19 - Sacramento News and Review
There’s a whole lot of Star Wars in the C.N. Gorman Museum’s latest exhibit, tucked inside Hart Hall at UC Davis. But the gallery of portraits from George Lucas’ sci-fi series has a twist: The stormtrooper is tattooed with Native American symbols, as is Darth Vader.
He once had a museum of antique toys. Now he’s selling part of his collection - 10/24/19 - Sacramento Bee
An avid collector of historical toys, decorations and other decor, Dolph Gotelli has decided it’s time to streamline his life. "As a collector I like to share my stuff and I’m at the point now where I have so much, that I want to share it and get rid of it,” said Dolph Gotelli, a former design professor at UC Davis.
'Crisis" as scientists admit they don't really know how fast the universe is expanding - 10/24/19 - The Independent
In order to understand the expansion rate of the universe, astronomers led by University of California, Davis used Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope alongside technologies on the ground. “When I first started working on this problem more than 20 years ago, the available instrumentation limited the amount of useful data that you could get out of the observations,” said co-author Chris Fassnacht, professor of physics.
UC Davis Expert Assesses Impact Of US Troop Withdrawal From Syria - 10/15/19 - Capital Public Radio
Keith Watenpaugh, founding director of the UC Davis Human Rights Studies Program, has been a leader in international efforts to address the needs of displaced and refugee university students and professionals.
'Succession': Sociologists Explain Fans' Fascination With Repugnant Heroes - 10/11/19 - The Hollywood Reporter
Laura Grindstaff, a professor of sociology, explains that some viewers may feel ethically superior to the show's characters despite their material advantages
U.S.-born Asians who speak only English are on the rise in Sacramento County. Here’s why - 10/10/19 - Sacramento Bee
The creation of ethnic enclaves also generates institutions for language production over time, said Robyn Rodriguez, professor and chair of Asian American Studies.
Why Don’t Any Animals Have Three Legs? - 10/3/19 - IFLScience
Being positioned in a tripod is a fairly effective way of balancing and doesn’t cost the animal any extra energy, so why did three feet never evolve? In a piece published in the journal BioEssays, Tracy Thomson discusses the conundrum, noting that the explanation is likely rooted deep in our evolution.
Simulations suggested that thousands of companion galaxies should surround the Milky Way, but telescopes had seen only a handful. With the latest simulations from Andrew Wetzel and his team, the mystery of the missing satellites might appear to be explained.
Does listening to audiobooks still count as reading? - 9/30/19 - Mic
Listening to an audiobook activates the brain network specialized for auditory processing, while reading a printed book activates the network involved in visual processing, explains Matthew Traxler, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis.
What life might be like in alien oceans - 9/27/19 - BBC Future
"There might emerge a fluorescence of new and very diverse organisms occupying a range of new niches,” adds Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, a professor emerita in anthropology at the University of California, Davis.
Lost continents found deep underground as old as Earth shed light on planet’s formation - 9/26/19 - New York Daily News
“We had all of these geochemical measurements from Earth’s surface, but we didn’t know how to relate these geochemical measurements to regions of Earth’s interior,” said geologist Curtis Williams from the University of California, Davis, the study’s lead author.
As Slant Step Forward illustrates, Slant Step-inspired artworks reveal much more about the makers themselves than it does about the object as such. In that vein, the responses that stand out the most in my mind come from the seven contemporary artists Verge commissioned to create new works.
‘The Graveyard of Migrants’: Traveling Through the Most Dangerous Jungle in the World - 9/24/19 - The Nation
A project of UC Davis, Humanizing Deportation shares the firsthand stories of migrants to better illustrate the connections between immigration policy and its consequences.
Deportations Reduce Crime? That’s Not What the Evidence Shows - 9/23/19 - The New York Times
Researchers said an evaluation of the data that already exists was the best way to resolve this question and guide the future of deportation policy. Giovanni Peri, a professor of economics at U.C. Davis, wrote the study with Annie Laurie Hines, a graduate student in the U.C. Davis economics department, while both were research fellows at TRAC. “The motivation was, let’s try to learn from the past,” he said.
Quantum computer bests all conventional computers in first claim of ‘supremacy’ - 9/23/19 - Science
Greg Kuperberg, a mathematician at the University of California, Davis, calls the advance “a big step toward kicking away any plausible argument that making a quantum computer is impossible.”
Thousands of artifacts over 100 years old unearthed in Embarcadero housing construction - 9/19/19 - The San Francisco Chronicle
Jelmer Eerkens, a professor of archaeology at UC Davis, told the Chronicle the state of California was one of the most populous areas in the world prior to contact with European settlers. Consequently, artifacts are widespread all over the state, especially Sonoma County.
“These tariffs mean a reduction in consumers’ real purchasing power,” said Katheryn Russ, a University of California, Davis, professor of economics and specialist in international trade.
The Anatomy of a Neighborhood - 9/16/19 - Capital Public Radio
Can climate change solutions simultaneously address the economic, social and infrastructure issues in neighborhoods that have historically been excluded from investment? Jesus Hernandez, an urban sociologist and UC Davis lecturer, says yes.
When having more than one husband is worth all the trouble - 9/13/19 - The New Daily
“We can’t pin down the exact reasons for this finding, but our work … suggests that marrying multiply may be a wise strategy for women where the necessities of life are hard, and where men’s economic productivity and health can vary radically over their lifetime due to the challenging environmental conditions,” said the lead researcher, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, a University of California, Davis, professor of anthropology.
According to Dean Keith Simonton, a professor emeritus of psychology at UC Davis, standard tests like the one Trump took are meant to pick up major cognitive disabilities due to strokes, dementia, and brain tumors.
Are We Ready For Another 'New Deal'? - 9/6/19 - WGBH
During the painful years of the Great Depression, Roosevelt introduced a federal safety net that included Social Security and unemployment compensation. According to Eric Rauchway, a history professor at the University of California, Davis, and author of the book “Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash Over the New Deal,” we can still feel the impact of Roosevelt’s policies today.
California raises the caution flag on ‘green jobs’ - 9/4/19 - Politico
'Green jobs' is a strange and somewhat elusive category," said University of California, Davis economist Dave Rapson.
White Americans’ Hold on Wealth Is Old, Deep, and Nearly Unshakeable - 9/3/19 - CityLab
The economists Leah Platt Boustan of Princeton University; Katherine Eriksson of the University of California, Davis; and Philipp Ager of the University of Southern Denmark found in their study, “The Intergenerational Effects of a Large Wealth Shock: White Southerners After the Civil War,” that white resilience to economic catastrophe has been almost impenetrable.
The missing pieces of America’s education - 8/28/19 - Washington Post
"For this special project on how students learn about slavery, the Washington Post asked noted historians to write an essay on aspects of slavery that are misunderstood, poorly taught or not covered at all in the nation's classrooms." Andrés Reséndez, professor of history at UC Davis and the author of the book The Other Slavery, wrote about Native American enslavement.
What Will Indefinite Detention Do to Migrant Kids? - 8/27/19 - New York Times
"Numerous studies have made it clear: No detention center is healthy and safe for children," write Leah Hibel, associate professor of human development and family studies, and Caitlin Patler, assistant professor of sociology, in this op-ed.
Neuron growth protein could treat anxiety - 8/25/19 - Science Focus
A protein which triggers the growth of new neurons in the brain has been linked to reducing anxiety, a team of US researchers has found. “Neurotrophin-3 is the first molecule that we’ve been able to show in a non-human primate to be causally related to anxiety,” said Andrew Fox, co-author of the study and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at University of California, Davis.
Dark 'Half-Magnets' from the Sun Could Be Streaming Through Us Every Day - 8/21/19 - LiveScience
Though theories predict dark matter exists, we have no idea really what it looks like or what it's made of. For a while, there was "a beautiful story" that dark matter was made up of a lumbering, shy beast of a particle known as a Weakly Interacting Massive Particle, or WIMP, said co-author of the new study, John Terning, a professor of physics at the University of California, Davis.
Census figures show economic gap narrows with citizenship - 8/19/19 - Associated Press
New figures show that the economic gap between the native-born and the foreign-born in the United States appears to narrow with citizenship. “Usually immigrants start off in the U.S. lagging behind a bit in terms of income, as they need to find the right job, learn local skills and so on and then catch up,” said Professor Giovanni Peri.
Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up - 8/14/19 - Associated Press
The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. “The big threat is water getting through or underneath,” said Professor Nicholas Pinter, an expert on river dynamics and flood risks who’s studied levee breaches across the nation.
Interactive border wall mural tells stories of deported - 8/9/19 - Sacramento Bee
Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana, a doctoral student in Spanish, transforms U.S.-Mexico border wall into art.
The Paleo Climate of California - 8/7/19 - Sierra
California’s deep-sea corals and nearshore fossils can tell us stories about the ocean’s longtime norms, and our own more recent effects in the Anthropocene, says Tessa Hill, professor of earth and planetary sciences.
Why Mathematicians Hate That Viral Equation - 8/6/19 - New York Times
You might think that mathematicians would be happy about a rare instance when people are enthusiastically talking about math. “I didn’t care. I wasn’t interested,” said Professor Greg Kuperberg. “I stared at it a little bit and moved on.”
Annabeth Rosen’s sculptures have challenged the norms of ceramic art - 8/4/19 - San Francisco Examiner
A review of art Professor Rosen's survey exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
6 ceramic sculpture exhibitions not to miss - 7/22/19 - San Francisco Chronicle
Exhibitions by Professor Annabeth Rosen and alumni Kathy Butterly highlighted.
Scientists Debate the Origin of Cell Types in the First Animals - 7/17/19 - Quanta
Ancient animals still alive today, such as the jellyfish studied by David Gold, assistant professor of paleobiology, hold important clues about how animal life evolved.
Nicholas Pinter, the associate director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, says that flooding is getting worse along rivers throughout the Midwest, as well as along U.S. coastlines as sea levels continue to rise.
Wandering Space Rocks Help Solve Mysteries of Planet Formation - 7/16/19 - Quanta
Planetary scientists still don’t have a bulletproof understanding of how planets get made. “The fact that we haven’t settled on any one thing” for how planets get made, said Professor Sarah Stewart, “is because we have learned so many new things.”
Afraid of the Big One? Consider Sacramento, which avoids the worst California quakes - 7/15/19 - Los Angeles Times
Why is Sacramento practically quake-proof? “For the same reason it’s pretty flat,” said geology professor Michael Oskin.
Why Haven't All Primates Evolved into Humans? - 7/14/19 - LiveScience
"Evolution isn't a progression," said Lynne Isbell, a professor of anthropology. "It's about how well organisms fit into their current environments."
Uncomfortably Numb - 7/12/19 - WNYC's On the Media
Priya Shukla, a Ph.D. candidate at Bodega Marine Laboratory, talks about the psychological toll of working as a climate scientist
How Was the Moon Made? We Won’t Know Until We Go Back - 7/10/19 - The New York Times
Research by Professor Sarah Stewart on the origin of the moon is included in this overview of the debate about the moon's formation.
Earth Has WAY More Gold Than the Moon and Here's Why - 7/10/19 - Space.com
Qing-zhu Yin, professor of earth and planetary sciences, is featured in this story about how the moon formed.
Professor Mike Oskin, chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, provided expert advice in this story on preparing for earthquakes.
4 ways to prepare for an earthquake - 7/18/19 - KCRA 3
Mike Oskin, professor of earth and planetary sciences, was interviewed for a story on preparing for earthquakes.
Chemistry professor David Olson is mentioned in this story about what psychedelics do to inspire people to act pro-environmentally.
As the oceans acidify, these oyster farmers are fighting back - 6/25/19 - The Christian Science Monitor
Hog Island Oyster Co. has been collaborating with UC Davis researchers, including Professor Tessa Hill, to better understand the effects of ocean acidification on oysters and other shellfish and how the company can adapt and stay resilient.
A Tidepool in Time - 6/23/19 - Bay Nature
Tidepools, where people have observed, collected, and contemplated for millennia, have become measuring sticks for the ocean, writes Professor Tessa Hill and Eric Simons.
Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think - 6/19/19 - The Atlantic
This article cites research by Dean Keith Simonton, a professor emeritus of psychology at UC Davis and one of the world’s leading experts on the trajectories of creative careers.
Chicana/o Studies Student Awarded Degree 25 Years After His Death - 6/18/19 - Sacramento Bee
Oscar Gomez Jr., host of a far-reaching KDVS radio program that connected activists, awarded post-humous degree.
Why did the North fight the Civil War? - 6/14/19 - Washington Post
History professor Gregory Downs reviews the book Armies of Deliverance by Elizabeth R. Varon on the motivations of white Northerners in fighting the Civil War.
How tariff uncertainty trickles down to companies and consumers - 6/13/19 - Marketplace
UC Davis economist Katheryn Russ is quoted in this story on tariffs are leading consumers to be more strategic about buying products: “For instance, our car’s getting rather old and we need to replace it. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that it might have an impact on my budget and maybe I should speed up my purchases.”
Scientists propose a new type of dark matter and how we can find it - 6/11/19 - CNET.com
John Terning and Christopher Verhaaren, theoretical physicists at the University of California, Davis, presented a new theory for what makes up dark matter and how we might detect it.
‘The piece hasn’t suffered enough:' Alumni artist on her work- 6/6/19 - The Washington Post
Kathy Butterly (M.F.A., art, '90) talks about her art career and labor-intensive ceramics
Please Don't Body Shame Cheeto the Cat - 6/4/19 - Jezebel
Cheeto, the ginger cat who hangs around the Department of Physics, needs to go on a diet.
Professor Nicholas Pinter is featured in this story about how vulnerable communities in the U.S. can prepare for flooding.
A team of chemists fled by Professor Mark Mascal recently demonstrated that a new synthetic analogue of cannabidiol (CBD) may be just as effective for medicinal uses as its naturally extracted counterpart.
Asian American Studies Professor Interviewed on Labor Brokerage - 4/30/19 - Making Contact radio
Robyn Rodriguez, professor and chair of the Asian American Studies Department, was interviewed about what drives Filipinos to workin the U.S. and the hardships they endure.
New study says universe expanding faster and is younger - 4/26/19 - Associated Press
The universe is expanding faster than it used to, meaning it’s about a billion years younger than we thought, a new study by a Nobel Prize winner says. "We have this dark sector that already has two ingredients, and maybe we’re discovering a third,” said Planck team member Lloyd Knox, professor of physics.
The farmer that saw his budding California tea farm go up in smoke - 4/5/19 - San Francisco Chronicle
When Jacquelyn Gervay Hague visited the Fritts’ farm, Hague was struck by how much the Sierra foothills around his house reminded her of Taiwan’s top plantations: the earth, the rain, the elevation. “It’s really a prime area for growing tea,” she says. Hague is a chemist at UC Davis who conducts studies of tea-growing in Taiwan and is active in the university’s Global Tea Initiative.
'Breaches Everywhere': Flooding Bursts Midwest Levees, and Tough Questions Follow - 3/31/19 - The New York Times
The levee situation has become so grave that the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the country’s levee system a D grade in 2017, suggesting $80 billion in investment over 10 years. “When the next one comes along bigger, they either fail or are overtopped again,” said Nicholas Pinter, an expert on rivers and flooding at the University of California, Davis.
Five myths about floods - 3/29/19 - The Washington Post
And our efforts to prevent flooding can actually worsen it: Analyses by geologists at the University of California at Davis found that new levees along the Mississippi River made floods more frequent and more severe — spurring the construction of even more protective levees, and leading to a “hydrologic spiral.”
Making Sensation and Sense of the Migrant Caravan - 3/19/19 - LatinX Talk
Robert Irwin, professor of Spanish, chronicles his experience visiting caravan participants in Tijuana and recording their stories for the Humanizing Deportation digital archive he coordinates.
Open-access chemistry textbooks gain popularity - 3/18/19 - C&EN
The Libretext consortium led by chemistry professor Delmar Larsen wants to help schools offer an ACS-approved bachelor’s degree with zero cost for textbooks.
Seth Frey, University of California Davis – Poker - 3/7/19 - The Academic Minute
Seth Frey, assistant professor of communication, talks about his research into how winning poker players use two sources of information where most only see one.
UC Davis Chemists Tested 'Microdoses' Of Psychedelic Drugs On Rats (And It Kind of Worked) - 3/7/19 - Capital Public Radio
A team of chemists at UC Davis led by David Olson wanted to know if tiny doses of psychedelic drugs — also called microdoses — could have benefits for rats, without making them hallucinate.
What Was It Like When Planet Earth Took Shape? - 3/6/19 - Forbes
Features Sarah Stewart's research on a giant impact, a high-energy collision with proto-Earth that could have formed a debris disk around our world, creating a new type of structure known as a synestia.
A New Chapter in the Science of Psychedelic Microdosing - 3/5/19 - The Atlantic
“I really wanted to answer the question as to whether or not the hallucinogenic effects of these compounds were necessary for the therapeutic effects,” said David Olson, assistant professor in the Departments of Chemistry and of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine.
Why kids don’t recognize they’ve been sexually abused until much later in life - 3/5/19 - Press Play With Madeleine Brand
Gail Goodman, distinguished professor of psychology and an expert on children's roles in the legal system, is a guest on this podcast aired after the release of Leaving Neverland, a documentary about sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson.
Donald Trump embraces anti-socialism message in 2020 re-election campaign - 3/4/19 - The Associated Press
Young voters may favor the idea of using government to lift all boats more than older voters. Stephanie Mudge, an associate professor of sociology at UC Davis, said it’s not so much age as circumstances that serve as the dividing line. “People’s sense of economic and financial security, and their happiness or frustration with current American politics, are probably more important,” she said.
Isotope Geochemists Glimpse Earth’s Impenetrable Interior - 3/1/19 - Eos
The power of studying isotopes is highlighted in an article featuring recent research by Professor Sujoy Mukhopadhyay and postdoc Curtis Williams, both of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Earth scientists plan to meld massive databases into a ‘geological Google’ - 2/27/19 - Science
A new network of earth science databases, called Deep-time Digital Earth (DDE), would be a one-stop link allowing earth scientists to access all the data they need to tackle big questions. It’s not the first such effort, but it has a key advantage, says Isabel Montañez, a geochemist at University of California, Davis, who is not involved in the project.
Have Dark Forces Been Messing With the Cosmos? - 2/25/19 - The New York Times
Cosmologists are off to the game that Lloyd Knox, an astrophysicist from UC Davis, called “cosmological Whac-a-Mole” at a recent Chicago meeting: attempting to fix the model of the early universe.
A Different Kind of Theory of Everything - 2/19/19 - The New Yorker
Today, various puzzles and paradoxes point to the need to reformulate the theories of modern physics in a new mathematical language. In 2013, Nima Arkani-Hamed and Jaroslav Trnka discovered a reformulation of scattering amplitudes that makes reference to neither space nor time.
Why that one song will always remind you of your ex - 2/14/19 - PBS NewsHour
Petr Janata, professor of psychology, talks about his research on the sites in the brain that govern our musical autobiographies.
Pam Houston Discusses the Ranch That Inspired Her New Memoir - 2/9/19 - The Oprah Magazine
Pam Houston, writer and English professor, discusses her new book Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country.
Project features testimonies of deportees - 2/12/19 - San Diego Union-Tribune
Tijuana receives thousands of U.S. deportees each year, and for many the adjustment to life back in Mexico is challenging. This month, their stories will be highlighted in a series of presentations organized by the University of California Davis together with the Colegio de la Frontera Norte. The project, Humanizing Deportation, is led by Robert Irwin, professor of Spanish.
Genomic focus brings tea research to the boil - 2/6/19 - Nature
In California, where farmers are hoping to jump-start tea production as a new industry, a team led by Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague, a chemical biologist at the University of California, Davis, is planting 30 varieties of tea at 7 sites across coastal, flat agricultural and mountainous regions of the state. Gervay-Hague’s goal is to better understand the links between growth conditions and tea-plant quality.
Have We Mismeasured the Universe? - 2/6/19 - Scientific American
In the beginning, all of space rang like a bell. It was the immediate aftermath of the big bang, and the universe was filled with a torrid plasma—an energetic soup of particles and radiation. Although that plasma was remarkably smooth, it wasn’t completely smooth. There were slight density and pressure gradients that pushed material around, says Lloyd Knox, a cosmologist at the University of California, Davis, “and when stuff gets pushed around, those are sound waves.”
Why FDR Didn’t Support Eleanor Roosevelt’s Anti-Lynching Campaign - 1/31/19 - History.com
Eric Rauchway, a professor of history, is a major source for this article. At the time, “the southern Democrats in the Senate are holding the New Deal hostage and refusing to move on New Deal issues unless the rest of the Democratic party backs off the anti-lynching bills,” Rauchway said.
As FBI report shows no motive for Las Vegas shooting, a look at conspiracy theories - 1/30/19 - Southern California Public Radio
Kathryn Olmsted, a professor of history whose areas of expertise include the study of conspiracy theories, talks with AirTalk show host Larry Mantle about conspiracy theories that have popped up about the October 2017 shooting that left more than 50 people dead and nearly 900 others wounded.
Why We Love Cover Songs, According to Psychology - 1/29/19 - Thrive Global
“Our brains like both the familiar and the novel. Cover songs provide us with both,” Petr Janata, a professor of psychology who studies the neuroscience of music.
And You Thought the Platypus Was Odd - 1/24/19 - New York Times
“It’s a pretty strange chimera of features,” said Dr. Ryosuke Motani, a paleobiologist at the University of California, Davis. “When I first saw it, I just said ‘What?!’ and didn’t speak for a while.”
This ancient stegosaurus-platypus mashup has everything - 1/24/19 - Popular Science
A Frankensteinian mashup of a platypus, a stegosaurus, and a marine reptile might seem like something born from a game of MadLibs, but new fossil discoveries have revealed just that. “Immediately we noticed the head was really strange,” says Ryosuke Motani, a study author and paleobiologist at the University of California, Davis.
The duck-billed platypus didn't exist 250 million years ago, but scientists recently discovered the fossils of a marine reptile that looks suspiciously similar. A new study in the journal Scientific Reports describes the newly discovered species. "This is a very strange animal," said Ryosuke Motani, study co-author and paleontologist at the University of California, Davis, in a statement.
Review: ‘Ganges’ explores why the river draws pilgrims and emperors alike to dip in its sacred waters - 1/23/19 - Los Angeles Times
This review calls UC Davis history professor Sudipta Sen's new book Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River, "an all-encompassing history of the river, its ecologies and the people who have lived alongside it for millenniums."
This is what happens when professors show they care about students - 1/22/19 - SI News
College can be a stressful ride for students, but a new report has found that small steps professors take to show they care about students can have positive results. By emailing individual economics students at the University of California Davis – with the email promoting self-efficacy and help-seeking behaviour – students responded by spending more time on their homework and getting a better perception of the course and professor. They scored higher in exams too, according to the results of the pilot study conducted by professors Michal Kurlaender and Scott Carrell.
Slow Burn: Young Suh’s Wildfires - 1/22/19 - Art Practical
How art professor Young Suh's photographs about wildfires reflect the smoky state of California.
Missing Galaxies? Now There’s Too Many - 1/8/19 - Quanta
In 2016, Andrew Wetzel of the University of California, Davis, and his colleagues created one of the first lifelike simulations of a central massive galaxy and its legion of dwarfs. It looked nothing like previous dark models.
Jellyfish Genome Hints That Complexity Isn’t Genetically Complex - 1/8/19 - Quanta
An overarching theme in the story of evolution, at least over the past half billion years or so, is rising complexity. But a recent study led by David Gold, a biologist at the University of California, Davis. shows that not to be the case — at least for jellyfish, humble organisms that evolved at a crucial juncture in animal history.
Shutdown Headaches for University Researchers - 1/8/19 - Inside Higher Ed
“Our country has a long history of supporting science via federal agencies,” said Tessa Hill, a marine scientist who studies the effects of climate change at University of California, Davis. “At times like this, you start to see how important those agencies are.”
‘Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings’ and ‘Wayne Thiebaud: Artist’s Choice’ Reviews - 1/7/19 - Wall Street Journal
Exhibitions of long-time art professor's work and works he selected at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reviewed.
Government shutdown: How science research is grinding to a halt - 1/6/19 - San Francisco Chronicle
Professor Tessa Hill explains how the government shutdown has affected her research.
The endless inventions of Bruce Nauman - 1/4/19 - Apollo
"In late 1972, Bruce Nauman’s first museum survey opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The 31-year-old artist had graduated from the University of California, Davis just six years before yet had already earned himself a reputation as an experimentalist with an almost pathological aversion to being pinned down ...." Nauman's current retrospective at Museum of Modern Art shows "groundbreaking genius" and is "utterly draining."
Psychology’s Replication Crisis Has Made The Field Better - 12/6/18 - FiveThirtyEight
It’s too soon to know for sure whether changes that have happened so far have made the science more reliable, said Alison Ledgerwood, a psychologist at UC Davis, and the founder of PsychMAP, a Facebook group where researchers discuss methodology. Still, she’s optimistic: “My utopia is that we come to see science as a process, not an answer.”
Professor Sujoy Mukhopadhyay and postdoctoral researcher Curtis Williams, both in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, used neon isotopes to show how the Earth formed.
Rare Rainfall in the Atacama Is Deadly for Its Tiniest Inhabitants - 12/5/18 - LiveScience.com
Given the geologic similarities between the Atacama and Mars, the Atacama has become a common stand-in for the Red Planet. Professor Dawn Sumner discusses the similarities in a story about microbial life in the Atacama desert.
Incredible 'sea monster' fossil still has skin and blubber - 12/5/18 - National Geographic
A new fossil Stenopterygius, a type of marine reptile called an ichthyosaur that lived during the early Jurassic period, still bears skin folds and ripples, as well as cells that held some of the animal's pigmentation and the chemical traces of blubber. Ryosuke Motani, a paleontologist in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences who studies ichthyosaurs, is quoted in this article about the fossil.
Ambivert: The Personality Type for People Who Are Extroverted Introverts - 12/5/18 - Prevention
Psychologist Simine Vazire, director of the Personality and Self-Knowledge Lab at UC Davis is quoted in this article on people who are ambiverts. “They have more of a blend of introverted and extroverted characteristics.”
Art professor, talks about growing up in post-revolutionary Iran - 12/4/18 - Sandi Klein's Conversations with Creative Women podcast
Associate professor of art Shiva Ahmadi speaks about her art and how it was influenced by her upbringing in Iran.
Professor Dawn Sumner, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is quoted in this story about a potential “fingerprint” of the sun’s ancient mass — climate cycles preserved in bands of martian rocks.
This Is The Healthiest Personality Type, According To Science - 12/3/18 - Women's Health
This article reports on research by UC Davis psychologist Weibke Blieidorn and colleagues that identified what basic traits make someone psychologically well-adjusted.
Helium Shortage Is Bad News For More Than Balloons - 12/3/18 - CBS Sacramento
A global helium shortage is impacting everything from party balloons to scientific research. “We’re expected to try to cut back and put off experiments for a little bit until there’s a better helium supply again,” said physics professor Rena Zieve. “It’s a unique material.”
She’s a ‘genius’ and now she’s UC Davis’ Picnic Day parade marshal - 12/1/18 - Sacramento Bee
Professor and planetary scientist Sarah Stewart has been named parade marshal of the UC Davis 2019 Picnic Day.
This Interactive Sandbox Allows Users to Make Topographical Maps in Real-Time - 11/29/18 - Atlas Obscura
The Augmented Reality Sandbox, developed by Oliver Kreylos of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is featured in this story about understanding shifting landscapes.
Climate Report Warns of Precipitation Changes - 11/27/18 - The Nevada Independent
Beth Rose Middleton, associate professor of Native American studies, said that human-caused climate change will only amplify the way that modern society has manipulated nature by building massive dams and diverting water to faraway urban areas.
Do You Have a Healthy Personality? Take This New Psychology Test to Find Out - 11/27/18 - Newsweek
In a new study, a team of researchers at UC Davis sought to define the ideal personality. The study's lead author, Wiebke Bleidorn, director of the Personality Change Lab and an associate professor of psychology, said, "We believe our results have both practical implications for the assessment of and research on health personality functioning, as well as deeper implications for theories about psychological adaptation and functioning. Also reported in IFL Science, "These Are The Traits That Make A Healthy Personality, According To Psychologists."
Composer Julius Eastman Finds a New Home in Concert Halls - 11/26/18 - San Francisco Classical Voice
UC Davis graduate, composer and conductor Luciano Chessa (Ph.D., music, '04) is helping draw attention to a neglected composer.
Is California going the way of Germany when it comes to energy? - 11/22/18 - Los Angeles Times
Germany is struggling to meet its ambitious energy and climate change goals, and its citizens pay some of the highest electricity prices in the industrialized world. “I am worried about where California’s rates are going,” said James Bushnell, a UC Davis economist, “but I don’t really see it following the German trajectory.”
Asian American college students have higher rates of compulsive gambling - 11/20/18 - Mic.com
This article quotes Nolan Zane, professor emeritus of psychology. "Zane’s research suggests that impulsivity is not a factor in problem gambling among Asian-American students, as it is for white students. Rather, they gamble to cope with negative feelings, such as anxiety, shame, loneliness or a sense of being disconnected from the college culture or mainstream society."
Book It: Why you should read more — and, more importantly, how to do it - 11/20/18 - Comstock's Magazine
“The benefits of reading are extensive,” says Debra Long, a psychologist who studies reading at UC Davis. “Literacy is associated with academic success, financial and mental well-being, and health.”
How to Practice Gratitude for a Healthier, Happier Life - 11/20/18 - Prevention
“Gratitude is affirming the goodness in one’s life and recognizing that its source lies outside the self,” says Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at UC Davis, and author of The Little Book of Gratitude.
The spin instructor’s ‘love yourself’ approach didn’t motivate her. So what would? - 11/19/18 - Washington Post
This article cites research by Jingwen Zhang, assistant professor of communication, that found that social comparison is a “surprisingly effective” motivator to exercise. Study participants who were offered incentives to compete, whether on an individual or team level, exercised more frequently than those giving and receiving support from their peers.
Psychology’s Replication Crisis Is Running Out of Excuses - 11/19/18 - The Atlantic
Simine Vazire, a professor of psychology, comments on a project that tried to replicate 28 previously published experiments and succeeded in only in half of them. Psychologists “should admit we haven’t been producing results that are as robust as we’d hoped, or as we’d been advertising them to be in the media or to policy makers,” she says. “That might risk undermining our credibility in the short run, but denying this problem in the face of such strong evidence will do more damage in the long run.”
How to Remember Reconstruction - 11/16/18 - New York Times
UC Davis historian Gregory Downs co-authored this opinion piece about a bill inching through Congress that would turn the new Reconstruction Era National Monument in Beaufort, South Carolina, into a national park and establish an extensive Reconstruction network: "The Reconstruction network could stitch together disconnected places where Reconstruction history happened."
This article cites research by Clifford Saron, a neuroscientist at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain, that found health gains in people who participated in intensive meditation retreats, including lengthening of the telomeres—the “longevity” enzyme that protects DNA during cell division.
Dollar stores might not be selling items for a dollar for much longer - 11/15/18 - Marketplace
Kadee Russ, associate professor economics, tells Marketplace reporter that more tariffs on products from China would be especially tough for the dollar stores that are quite literal with their mission and have to sell every single thing in their store for a dollar.
November 6 Was a Very Good Day - 11/14/18 - Sacramento Bee
Sasha Abramsky, a lecturer in the University Writing Program, examines what happened during the mid-term election saying "something extraordinary stirred in the American conscience ..."
Why We Love To Hate English Professors - 11/9/18 - Chronicle of Higher Education
UC Davis English Professor John Marx co-authored a piece weighing in on the turf wars about teaching English, writing "Discord over the once and future mission of English distracted attention from the fact that this change affected not only literature scholars but also pretty much everyone who worked at a university."
Hope is Found in Hip-Hop for Middle East Rappers - 11/9/18 - The National
Sunaina Maira, a professor of Asian American Studies, and author of Jil Oslo: Palestinian Hip Hop, Youth Culture, and the Youth Movement, speaks about the the birth and evolution of hip-hop in the Middle East.
The Man of Tomorrow - 11/9/18 - Governing
History professor Kathryn Olmsted is quoted in this feature about Gov. Jerry Brown's focus on projects that will come to fruition long after he leaves Sacramento, particularly his crusade against climate change. “The standard statement about the politics of climate change is that the future doesn’t have a constituency, that it’s hard for politicians to make hard choices when those choices are going to have bad effects now and the benefits are in the future,” Olmsted says. “It’s unusual to have someone like Brown to think about the future.”
What Democratic takeover of House means for Trump’s immigration agenda - 11/7/19 - USA Today
Finding any common ground on a broader immigration bill like the one passed by the Senate in 2013 will be even harder, according to Brad Jones, a UC Davis political science professor who studies immigration policy.
This Planetary Scientist Is Now a Certified Genius - 11/6/18 - Space.com
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.
Do Women Politicians Compete Differently? - 11/2/18 - Psychology Today
This article on women running against each other for political office quotes from UC Davis anthropologist Sarah Hrdy's book The Woman Who Never Evolved. "From case after case we are led to the conclusion that the sexually passive, noncompetitive, all-nurturing woman of prevailing myth never could have evolved within the primate order.”
4 myths about how immigrants affect the U.S. economy - 11/2/18 - PBS News Hour
“Most economists agree that in spite of being a very big part of the labor force, immigrants have not come at the cost either of American jobs, nor of American wages,” says Giovanni Peri, professor of economics.
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.
My Grandfather Thought He Solved a Cosmic Mystery - 11/1/18 - The Atlantic
Even Einstein could be thought of as a failed rebel, says Dean Keith Simonton, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California, Davis. “Thinking that he had emerged victorious, he tried to devise a non-quantum theory of everything, and just miserably failed,” Simonton says.
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 - Bankrate.com
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.”
Assembled But Not Resembling - 10/29/18 - Two Coats of Paint
Art professor Robin Hill reviews a San Francisco exhibition that includes Cornelia Schultz, art professor emeritus, and Julia Couzens, who holds a M.F.A. from UC Davis.
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.
Online Dating: Can Science Find You Love? - 10/25/18 - Science Vs
Online dating can feel like drudgery… can science help you game the system? And do those matching algorithms actually work? To find out, Wendy Zukerman of Gimlet Media's Science Vs podcast talked to UC Davis psychologist Paul Eastwick and other researchers.
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.
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 - ConsumerAffairs.com
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.
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.
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.
"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 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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.”
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 - NBCNEWS.com
“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 - SeekingAlpha.com
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.
Retrospective sheds light on the artistic career of Rick Bartow, whose art was shown at the Gorman Museum.
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."
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."
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.
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 - History.com
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.
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.
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.
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 Geni.com 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.
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 - Space.com
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.
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
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.
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 - Marketplace.org
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 Makers, a 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.
'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
A 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 America, Andrés 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 – Snopes.com
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”