College News

Two Professors Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

April 13, 2021

Two UC Davis College of Letters and Science faculty members have received Guggenheim Fellowships to study the life and times of a 16th century slave in India and current-day political theatre surrounding global climate change.

Faculty Honored by Campus Peers for Research, Teaching Excellence

March 31, 2021
Seven College of Letters and Science faculty are among 16 UC Davis scholars honored by the Academic Senate and Academic Federation this year. The Academic Senate’s highest honor, the Faculty Distinguished Research Award, goes to Gail Goodman, distinguished professor of psychology.

Researchers Share in Multicampus Grants in the Sciences and Humanities

February 16, 2021
The UC Office of the President recently awarded around $19 million total for Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives (MRPI) in agriculture, the coronavirus, humanities and culture, state policy on social and economic issues, and the Electron-Ion Collider.

Two Mathematicians Awarded Sloan Fellowships

February 16, 2021
Assistant Professor Laura Starkson, Department of Mathematics, is one of two UC Davis faculty named as 2021 Sloan Research Fellows by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Considered one of the most prestigious fellowships given to young researchers, the Sloan Research Fellowship includes $75,000 over two years to support the fellow’s research.

5 College Faculty Join Ranks of Chancellor’s Fellows

February 09, 2021
Five early-career faculty members in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science are adding a new title after their names: Chancellor’s Fellow, in recognition of their outstanding work in academia. Each keeps the title for five years and receives $25,000 in philanthropic support for research or other scholarly work.

American Dialect Society Honors UC Davis Linguist

February 09, 2021
Robert Bayley, professor of linguistics, was recently named to the inaugural class of fellows of the American Dialect Society for his scholarly achievements and service to the society.

Six Faculty Awarded Hellman Fellowships

January 19, 2021

Six assistant professors in the College of Letters and Science have been named to UC Davis’ newest class of Hellman Fellows. The Hellman Fellows Fund provides grants to more than 100 junior faculty members annually at all 10 UCs and four private institutions. The fellowships of up to $50,000 are intended to give early-career faculty extra support for their research.

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. 

Two Alumni Named ACLS Emerging Voices Fellows

August 27, 2020

Two alumni scholars who use digital media to help Indigenous communities recover their history and ancestral language have been selected by the American Council of Learned Societies as inaugural Emerging Voices Fellows.

Jackson Wins Lilienfeld Prize

August 21, 2020
William Jackson, distinguished professor emeritus of chemistry, has been awarded the American Physical Society’s Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize.

Lorena Oropeza Named Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Diversity

August 20, 2020
Historian Oropeza also selected by Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities for Leadership Academy.

History professor Lorena Oropeza is having a leadership moment. On Thursday (Aug. 20), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities named Oropeza as one of 26 fellows in the second cohort of its Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo. The same day, the UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion announced her appointment as the interim associate vice chancellor for academic diversity.

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Establish Premier Artist-in-Residence Program at UC Davis

August 05, 2020

The UC Davis College of Letters and Science's Department of Art and Art History is growing, thanks to a generous $750,000 gift from Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem to formally establish The California Studio: Manetti Shrem Artist Residencies. The exciting new program will bring preeminent visiting art scholars and innovative artists to campus from around the world over the next three years.