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SHAPE Brings Together Science and Art in Classroom and on Stage

November 25, 2020

Several years ago, Professor Dawn Sumner in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences collaborated with a choreographer and a visual artist to create a dance, spoken word and video project based on stories of female, BIPOC or gender-fluid scientists.

When the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to fund classes melding art and science that would also incorporate performances by visiting artists, the opportunity was tailor-made for what Sumner and her collaborators had been working on.

Professor Tessa Hill Elected AAAS Fellow

November 24, 2020
Professor Tessa Hill, a leading expert in marine geochemistry and a strong advocate for public outreach and education access, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society.

Anthropologist Alan Klima Wins 2020 Bateson Prize

November 18, 2020
A book by UC Davis anthropology professor Alan Klima on Thai spiritual and financial practices is the winner of a 2020 Gregory Bateson Book Prize from the Society for Cultural Anthropology. "Ethnography #9" is one of three recipients of this year’s Bateson Prize, given for works deemed “interdisciplinary, experimental and innovative.” ​

Observing Dusty Galaxies in the Early Universe

October 27, 2020

Astronomers are getting a look at the dusty part of the distant universe with a huge field of  telescopes in the high, dry Atacama desert of Chile. New results are telling us about the structure of the distant universe and yielding surprises about the evolution of galaxies.

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, or ALMA, collects infrared light, so astronomers can learn more about distant galaxies as well as picking up objects that they could not see at all in the visible or ultraviolet spectrum.

Empathy May Be in the Eye of the Beholder

October 27, 2020
Do we always want people to show empathy? Not so, said researchers from the University of California, Davis. A recently published paper suggests that although empathy is often portrayed as a virtue, people who express empathy are not necessarily viewed favorably.

New ‘Prized Writing’ Collection Published Online (for Now)

October 26, 2020

Each October, students from across campus gather to celebrate publication of their work in the University Writing Program’s (UWP) Prized Writing. The event is an acknowledgement of the students’ talents and the importance UC Davis places on writing, regardless of major. Due to COVID-19, the event honoring the writers has been postponed until spring when the print edition will be released.

Rethinking Wildfire: Cultural Burning and the Art of Not Fighting Fire

October 19, 2020

Devastating wildfires raging across California this year have been perceived mostly as a destructive force. But prior to European arrival in California, Native Americans used fire as a restorative land management technique that cleared underbrush and encouraged new plant growth.

The practice of “cultural burning” is being explored at UC Davis by students and faculty in collaboration with tribes through the Native American studies course “Keepers of the Flame.” 

Nigerian American Artist Will Give Thiebaud Endowed Lecture

October 19, 2020

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, whose art negotiates the cultural terrain between her adopted home in the United States and her native Nigeria through collage and photo transfer-based paintings, will give the seventh annual UC Davis Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture on Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m. This year’s free online lecture celebrates art professor emeritus Wayne Thiebaud’s 100th birthday on Nov.

California Academy of Sciences Honors UC Davis Geochemists

October 16, 2020
Two professors from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences were inducted into the ranks of California Academy of Sciences Fellows. They are among 14 new fellows honored at the Academy’s annual meeting, held virtually this year on Oct. 13.

In Memoriam: Marilyn Olmstead

October 08, 2020
Marilyn Olmstead, a leader in X-ray crystallography and a stellar teacher who shared her passion for chemistry with thousands of students, died September 30. She was 76. 

Alumna Anthropologist and Media Scholar Receives MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

October 08, 2020
UC Davis alumna Mary L. Gray, an anthropologist and media scholar who investigates how labor, identity and human rights are transformed by the digital economy, has been named a 2020 MacArthur Fellow. Gray (B.A., anthropology and Native American studies, ’92) is one of 21 fellows announced Oct. 6 by the MacArthur Foundation.