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Faculty Bring Insight and Expertise to Today’s Pressing Issues

July 02, 2020
Many faculty members in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science have done extensive research, writing and teaching connected to the discourses currently running through our daily lives and news feeds — racism, protests, police violence, monuments, incarceration, slavery, genocide and colonialism.

Winners of Top 2020 College Awards Announced

June 11, 2020
Each year, the UC Davis College of Letters and Science names two graduating seniors as the Herbert A. Young Award and Leon H. Mayhew Memorial Award recipients in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, community service and extracurricular involvement in the college. The college honors and celebrates the incredible leadership that both these students have shown our academic community.

Top UC Davis Graduate to Pursue Studies in Climate Change Fiction

June 09, 2020
An English major — who aims to use fiction to address climate change and help its refugees — will be honored as the top graduating senior at the University of California, Davis, during its online graduation celebration Friday, June 12. Jumana Esau is being awarded the University Medal, which recognizes excellence in undergraduate studies, outstanding community service, and the promise of future scholarship and contributions to society.

Tropical Biologist Wins Maurice Prize for World War II Novel Set in Papua New Guinea

June 02, 2020
Whether writing scientific articles or screenplays, UC Davis College of Letters and Science alumna Laura Marsh sees a common core in her work: storytelling. Now, the wildlife ecologist is reimagining her own life story. She hopes to become a published novelist after winning the college’s 2020 Maurice Prize for Fiction for her manuscript "SAV•AGE(S)."

New Clues to Deep Earthquake Mystery

May 27, 2020
A new understanding of our planet’s deepest earthquakes could help unravel one of the most mysterious geophysical processes on Earth.

The Show Goes On

May 18, 2020
UC Davis College of Letters and Science graduate students aren’t letting the lack of a physical space stop them from celebrating and sharing their work with the public. The Arts & Humanities 2020 Graduate Exhibition, usually held at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, will instead take place on the museum website May 28–June 28.

Graduate Summer Research Made Possible by Dean's Fellowship Awards

May 15, 2020
Awards Highlight College's Commitment to Excellence in Graduate Studies

The College of Letters and Science Dean’s Office is pleased to announce the awardees for both the new 2020 Dean's Graduate Summer Fellowship program and the Margrit Mondavi Graduate Fellowship program. The awards reaffirm the College’s commitment to graduate student scholarship and research, and ensure that students facing financial hardship may continue to excel academically.

Historian Awarded Prestigious Carnegie Fellowship

May 11, 2020
Andrés Reséndez, a professor of history at UC Davis whose groundbreaking research revealed the breadth of Native American enslavement, will study the lasting global impacts of Magellan's voyage with the support of a 2020 Carnegie Fellowship.

Psychology Professors Come to Remote-instruction Rescue

May 06, 2020
Even before the novel coronavirus shut down in-person classes at UC Davis this spring, two psychology faculty were stepping up to help colleagues, teaching assistants and students make the smoothest-possible jump to remote instruction.

What Is Lost in a World Where We Cannot Touch?

May 04, 2020
During this period of social distancing, what sort of void has been created? In our social lives, touches are often subtle and brief – a quick handshake or hug. Yet it seems as though these brief encounters contribute mightily to our emotional well-being.