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Readings by Award-Winning Writer, Alumni with New Books, and a Poetry Panel Coming Up

February 24, 2021

The UC Davis Creative Writing Program in the Department of English will present online readings March 2 and 3 — one by a star of the literary world, and another by three UC Davis alumni with newly published books. In April, three lyric and narrative poets who create long-form works will take part in a conversation and give readings. All the readings are co-sponsored by the UC Davis Library.

Alumni share new novels

Three graduates of the Creative Writing Program will return to campus virtually March 2 at 4:30 p.m. to read from their books published last year.

UC Davis Expands Study of South Asian Religions With Jainism

February 18, 2021
Although Jainism is one of the world’s oldest religions and continues to have significant influence globally, it isn’t widely known. Thanks to a $1.5 million gift from longtime UC Davis supporter Mohini Jain and the recent hire of Assistant Professor Lynna Dhanani in the Department of Religious Studies, UC Davis is helping to increase the visibility of Jainism through research, academic and public programming, and course offerings.

Most Teen Bullying Occurs Among Peers Climbing the Social Ladder

February 17, 2021
Teens who bully, harass, or otherwise victimize their peers are not always lashing out in reaction to psychological problems or unhealthy home environments, but are often using aggression strategically to climb their school’s social hierarchy, a UC Davis study suggests. These findings point to the reasons why most anti-bullying programs don’t work and suggest possible strategies for the future.

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.

People Are Driving Electric Vehicles Less Than Projected

February 08, 2021
New data indicates that electric vehicles may not be an easy future substitute for the gasoline-powered fleet, as EVs are currently being used half as much as conventional cars. That is according to a paper published from the University of Chicago, UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

A Third of Americans Say They Are Unlikely or Hesitant to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

February 02, 2021

News reports indicate COVID-19 vaccines are not getting out soon enough nor in adequate supplies to most regions, but there may be a larger underlying problem than shortages. A UC Davis study found that more than a third of people nationwide are either unlikely or at least hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them.

Graphic History Wins Award for Scholarly Excellence

February 01, 2021
Charles Walker, professor of history and director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas at UC Davis, has won a 2021 PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers for his graphic history, Witness to the Age of Revolution: The Odyssey of Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru.

Young Alumna Awarded Prestigious US State Department Fellowship

January 29, 2021

Recent graduate Nina Forest is unsure where in the world her UC Davis bachelor’s degree in international relations will take her. But after receiving a prestigious national scholarship, she knows how she’ll get to professional destinations around the globe — via a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

UC Davis LIVE to Feature Experts on Combating Vaccine Misinformation Online

January 25, 2021
Even as vaccines for COVID-19 become more widely available, surveys show that some people may refuse them, often based on misinformation spread over social media. How can public health authorities best combat this kind of misinformation? Join UC Davis LIVE on Thursday, Jan. 28, to hear from two College of Letters and Science experts in communication who have studied some of the myths around vaccination and ways to fight misinformation.

Art History Event Takes On Timely Topic of Race and Museums

January 20, 2021
The 2021 Templeton Colloquium in Art History will examine the long and often fraught history between museums and African American and African art, artists and audiences. The Feb. 19 event will include presentations by two scholars on the subject that as been at the forefront during the last year.