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Forging Future Science Teachers

September 11, 2018
Undergraduates who are curious about teaching at any level, from kindergarten through college, can explore their interest through the courses offered by CalTeach/MAST.

Aggie Makes Final 10 in Miss America Competition

September 10, 2018
UC Davis senior Nina Forest, competing as Miss Idaho for the Miss America title, finished in the pageant’s top 10 on Sunday. An aspiring civil rights attorney who is majoring in international relations and minoring in Chinese, Forest promoted her “Leave Childhood Hunger Behind” platform, focused on decreasing food insecurity in Idaho.

$1M to Attract Students to Geology and Marine Sciences

September 07, 2018
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, is receiving a $1 million award from the National Science Foundation to target scholarships for students eligible for federal financial aid and enable field experiences for majors in either geology, or coastal and marine sciences.

Geoscientists Take Part in Frontera Supercomputer

September 05, 2018
UC Davis scientists are taking part in a project to build the new “Frontera” supercomputer at the University of Texas at Austin. Frontera will be the fastest computer at any U.S. university and among the most powerful in the world.

UC Davis Physicists Help Detect Higgs Boson Decay

August 30, 2018
Six years after its discovery, the Higgs boson has at last been observed decaying to fundamental particles known as bottom quarks. A number of UC Davis physicists were involved in the observation.

Exhibitions Celebrate Aggie Life and Remember World War I

August 29, 2018

Two of the most enthusiastic Aggies, Bill Hollingshead (B.A., political science, ’60) and Sharon Dianne Hollingshead (B.A., psychology, ’63), have organized exhibitions for this fall in the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center to showcase the campus and region and recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

“Grit in the Gears” Costs Energy in Modular Information Systems

August 16, 2018

Digital information may appear to exist as abstract ones and zeroes, flipping effortlessly from one to another. But in fact there is a minimum amount of energy required to run any computation system, regardless of how “energy efficient” are its component parts.

Rock Stars: Group Leaves Painted Messages of Hope

August 13, 2018
Two UC Davis staff members, backed by a growing corps of volunteers, are spreading color, creativity and kindhearted messages around campus with vibrantly painted rocks. Kim Pearson and Martha Garrison, who work in the arts administrative group in the College of Letters and Science, launched UC Davis Rocks this spring. The group paints flat rocks with bright designs and words like “Imagine,” “Dream” and “Smile,” then hides them—often in plain sight—for others to find.

French Professor Has Blues on Her Mind

August 09, 2018
French Professor Julia Simon had been teaching, singing and writing about the blues for a number of years when both a colleague and her adult daughter recently suggested she could do something more with her blues knowledge, her mixing board, and her vast collection of blues music stored on an iPod. So, earlier this summer, following this suggestion, the blues singer and bass player started a podcast, “Blues on My Mind.

There and Back Again: Mantle Xenon Has a Story to Tell

August 08, 2018
The Earth has been through a lot of changes in its 4.5 billion year history, including a shift to incorporating and retaining volatile compounds such as water, nitrogen and carbon from the atmosphere in the mantle before spewing them out again through volcanic eruptions.

Series Brings Established and Emerging Writers to Campus for Readings

August 07, 2018
The 2018–19 Creative Writing Reading Series at UC Davis will bring acclaimed, long-established writers along with emerging writers starting in October. The series is organized by the Department of English creative writing program in the College of Letters and Science. All readings are at 7 p.m. in the Peter J. Shields Library and are free and open to the public.

José González: Creating Community in Nature

August 07, 2018
José González (B.A., history, ’04) has always loved the outdoors. In 2013, he took his love for the outside one step further, founding Latino Outdoors, an organization that seeks to get Latinos into nature and engaged in environmental issues. The group now has a nationwide presence, and González has been commended by former President Barack Obama for his engagement in environmental protection.

Markers of Cellular Aging Improve During Insight Meditation Retreat

August 03, 2018
Telomeres, which act as as protective “caps” at the end of DNA strands, tend to shorten as cells age. A recent study by researchers at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain found that the average telomere length in immune cells increased instead in individuals who participated in a month-long Insight meditation retreat. This is the first study to show changes in telomere length occurring over such a short time span.