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Gorilla Expert Featured in BBC-Discovery Documentary

May 11, 2021

A new documentary, Endangered, produced by Discovery and the BBC Natural History Unit, features UC Davis anthropologist Damien Caillaud’s work to study and protect Grauer’s gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Isabel Montañez Wins UC Davis Teaching Prize

May 04, 2021
Distinguished Professor Isabel Montañez’s commitment to undergraduate learning and development was recognized today (May 4) with the 2021 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.

Town Hall Meeting Looks at Anti-Asian American Violence

April 30, 2021
Recent violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will be the focus of an online forum on Wednesday, May 5, featuring six professors of history, Asian American studies and law. The town hall meeting will be held 4:30–6 p.m. PDT.

PsychLight Sensor to Enable Discovery of New Psychiatric Drugs

April 28, 2021
A genetically encoded fluorescent sensor to detect hallucinogenic compounds has been developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis. Named psychLight, the sensor could be used in discovering new treatments for mental illness, in neuroscience research and to detect drugs of abuse.

Art Historian Wins Fellowship to Complete Mexico City Research

April 26, 2021

John Lopez, assistant professor of art history, has received an award from the American Council of Learned Societies to complete research and write a book on Aztec and Spanish efforts to combat flooding in Mexico City.  

Graduate Student Symposium Celebrates Indigenous Scholarship Around the Globe

April 24, 2021

To celebrate and connect Indigenous activist-researchers across the hemisphere, UC Davis Department of Native American Studies graduate students are holding their ninth annual research symposium April 26-29. The theme this year is “From Red Power to Wallmapu Libre and Land Back” and the event will feature a lineup of Indigenous scholars and activists, as well as 25 graduate student researchers from UC Davis and beyond who represent a multitude of disciplines and collaborate with numerous Indigenous communities.

Award-Winning Shakespearean Scholar to Give Lunn Lecture

April 21, 2021
Stephen Greenblatt, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard University humanities professor, will give an online lecture Tuesday, May 4, on “Shakespeare’s Second Chance.” This year’s Eugene Lunn Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the UC Davis Department of History, will begin at 4 p.m. PDT, with a Q&A session to follow.

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.

Chemistry and Physics Professors Receive NSF CAREER Awards

April 09, 2021
Two rising stars in the sciences have received prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program recognizes junior faculty who conduct outstanding research, are excellent educators and include education or community outreach in their work.

Leading Hollywood Alumnae Shed Light on Entertainment Careers

April 08, 2021

­­­­Two alumnae who hold powerful behind-the-scenes roles in Hollywood recently shared experience and advice with students.

After graduating from UC Davis, Alana Kleiman (B.A., international relations, ’00) headed to Los Angeles hoping to land a job in the entertainment business even though she had no contacts. Twenty years later, she’s now vice president of Seth MacFarlane’s production company Fuzzy Door.

A New Natural Blue for Food Coloring

April 07, 2021
A natural brilliant blue coloring has been discovered by an international team of researchers including chemists at the University of California, Davis.