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Some US Muslims identify less as Americans due to negative media coverage

March 22, 2019
Negative media portrayals of Muslim Americans can have adverse effects on how they view themselves as citizens and their trust in the U.S. government. In fact, these effects may be stronger than the impact caused by personal discrimination, according to a new study co-authored by Magdalena Wojcieszak, a UC Davis associate professor of communication who researches the effects of media on tolerance, perceptions and polarization.

L&S at Picnic Day 2019

March 22, 2019
This family friendly event is free for all to come and experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service and campus life.

Religious Studies Professor Awarded Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

March 11, 2019

 

Eva Mroczek, associate professor of religious studies, has received an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship for research into the often exaggerated stories about the discovery of ancient manuscripts. The Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, announced March 12, will provide her with resources to work on a project titled “Out of the Cave: The Possibility of a New Scriptural Past.”

Novelist John Crowley to Give Lunn Lecture on History in Fiction

March 08, 2019
John Crowley, award-winning author of Little, Big, the four-book Aegypt series and other novels, will give a talk on Thursday, April 11, at UC Davis on “Transformations of History in Fiction.” Crowley will deliver this year’s Department of History Lunn Lecture at 4:10 p.m. in the Buehler Alumni Center’s AGR Hall.

Faculty Celebrated for Global Approach to Research, Teaching

March 08, 2019
Two faculty in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science were honored Thursday for their efforts to create new global learning opportunities for students — both on campus and abroad. Rachel Jean-Baptiste, an associate professor of history, received a Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement. Margherita Heyer-Cáput, a professor of Italian, received an inaugural Excellence in Teaching in Study Abroad Award.

Psychedelic Microdosing in Rats Shows Beneficial Effects

March 04, 2019
The growing popularity of microdosing — taking tiny amounts of psychedelic drugs to boost mood and mental acuity — is based on anecdotal reports of its benefits. Now, a study in rats by researchers at the University of California, Davis, suggests microdosing can provide relief for symptoms of depression and anxiety, but also found potential negative effects.

Art History Professor Tracks ‘Missing Pages’ from 13th-Century Armenia

March 01, 2019

UC Davis art history professor Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh’s The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript from Genocide to Justice starts, figuratively and literally, on June 1, 2010, in Los Angeles Superior Court. That day, the J. Paul Getty Museum was sued for the return of eight illustrated pages from a 13th-century Armenian book of gospels.

A Medal for Keith David Watenpaugh

February 19, 2019

The Institute of International Education today awarded a Centennial Medal to Keith David Watenpaugh, director of Human Rights Studies at UC Davis. The presentation took place at the institute’s Centennial Summit in New York City.

Physics Professors Receive Sloan Research Fellowships

February 19, 2019

Four young faculty members at the University of California, Davis, have been awarded prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced today (Feb. 19). The two-year fellowships are worth $70,000 each.

Explore Art and Enlightenment at Colloquium

February 13, 2019

The annual Templeton Colloquium in Art History at UC Davis will explore how art made during the Enlightenment doesn’t always fit neatly into commonly held ideas about the period. Titled “Art and the Enlightenment,” the colloquium on Feb. 22 will look at how 18th-century paintings are frequently at odds with Enlightenment ideals of reason, equality and beauty.

Scholarships Help Singer Pursue Dreams

February 12, 2019

Mira Huang has a busy, but well-planned, life. The music and psychology double major with an English minor is a vocalist, assistant music director of the Davis Chamber Choir, and peer advisor in the music department. She recently won the University Farm Circle’s Carol Le Coss Memorial Scholarship, presented to a student in the arts, the Charles R. Bishop Award scholarship, the Sacramento Saturday Club, the Marta Belen Award and the Music Department Award.

Professor Promotes Good Writing With Class, Philanthropy and Scholarship

February 08, 2019

Peter Hays, English professor emeritus, retired nearly 15 years ago, but the Hemingway scholar is anything but retiring. During the last few years he has written several books and many articles, and each fall teaches a freshman seminar on Ernest Hemingway’s short stories.

“The actual subject of the seminar is reading and writing,” Hays said. “So often students don’t really read, they skim, and they can’t do that with Hemingway. They need to read beyond the surface. Whether they remember anything about Hemingway is inconsequential — it’s all about reading and writing.”

Five New Chancellor’s Fellows Make Their Mark

January 29, 2019
Five faculty in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science — an artist, a poet, a psychologist, a mathematician and a physicist — have been named to the 2019 class of Chancellor’s Fellows, the university’s annual honors program recognizing associate professors for high achievement in the quality and excellence of research and teaching.

Alumni-Directed Movie About Prisoner and Activist Screening at UC Davis

January 29, 2019

“Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story,” an award-winning documentary about a teenager tried as an adult who served 20 years in prison, will be shown at UC Davis on Jan. 31. Director Ben Wang, who earned a degree in Asian American studies from UC Davis in 2004, and Zheng will attend and take part in a discussion.