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November 14, 2019
Best-selling author John Lescroart says it took winning a prestigious award early in his career to “believe I could be a writer.” The Maurice Prize for Fiction at UC Davis, now in its 14th year, is Lescroart’s way of paying it forward. A UC Berkeley graduate and resident of Davis, Lescroart established the Maurice Prize, named for his father, to encourage UC Davis alumni writers. Peter Shahrokh (English, M.A. ’75, Ph.D. ’83; MBA ’99) won the 2019 prize for his manuscript, "A Wind Will Come."

Anthropologist Wins Prize for Book on Haitian Boat Migration to US

October 24, 2019
UC Davis anthropologist Jeffrey Kahn’s book on Haitian boat migration to the United States is the co-winner of the 2019 Avant Garde Book Prize from the Haitian Studies Association. The award selection committee called Kahn’s book, "Islands of Sovereignty: Haitian Migration and the Borders of Empire" (Chicago University Press, 2019) a “timely and important contribution” to the field.

Bulosan Center Gets Boost from $1M State Allocation

October 08, 2019
The new Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies at UC Davis is getting $1 million in state funding to expand research on one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing Asian American communities.

30 Years of Student Writing Celebrated

October 03, 2019
This is the 30th anniversary of "Prized Writing," an annual collection of writing by students from across the UC Davis campus. All of the works are done for classes, with about 20 selected from 500 submitted. A celebration of three decades of the publication takes place Oct. 16.

Humans Migrated to Mongolia Much Earlier Than Previously Believed

August 16, 2019
Stone tools uncovered in Mongolia by an international team of archaeologists indicate that modern humans traveled across the Eurasian steppe about 45,000 years ago, according to a new University of California, Davis, study. The date is about 10,000 years earlier than archaeologists previously believed.

In Difficult Times, Having Multiple Husbands Can Be an Advantage

August 15, 2019
It is well known that men benefit reproductively from having multiple spouses, but the reasons why women might benefit from multiple marriages are not as clear. Women, as a result of pregnancy and lactation, can’t reproduce as fast as males. But new research by UC Davis challenges evolutionary-derived sexual stereotypes about men and women, finding that multiple spouses can be good for women too.

Women Gain More Political and Economic Power, but Gender Gap Persists

August 09, 2019
While women have made great strides in entering the workforce, running companies and getting elected to Congress, there remains a persistent gender gap in attitudes about equality between men and women, suggests a UC Davis study. Although the last half of the 1900s saw much progress, the trajectory of attitudes about gender equality slowed in recent decades as men began to work longer hours and take on increased responsibilities to get ahead at work, nudging their wives into more traditional roles at home.

Linguistics Department Hosts Prestigious Summer Institute

June 14, 2019
Close to 400 noted and emerging linguists from around the world will converge at UC Davis on June 24 for a month of intensive instruction, professional development and informal networking that will help shape the future of their field. The theme of the 2019 Linguistic Society of America institute is Linguistics in the Digital Era.

Fellowship for Professor to Study Arab Immigrant Community in SF Bay Area

April 22, 2019
Sunaina Maira, a professor of Asian American studies in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, has been awarded a Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies fellowship to explore how the Arab community in the San Francisco Bay Area is dealing with the fallout from those travel ban restrictions.

Faculty in History and English Named Guggenheim Fellows

April 10, 2019
Two UC Davis College of Letters and Science faculty members have been awarded 2019 Guggenheim Fellowships. History professor Ari Kelman and English professor Elizbeth Carolyn Miller will receive the prestigious awards. They are among 173 winners in the U.S. and Canada selected from 3,000 applicants.

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.