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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.

Middle East Historian Awarded NEH Fellowship

January 11, 2021
Arab textile workers in North and South America will be focus of new book.

UC Davis historian Stacy Fahrenthold — author of an award-winning book on the activism of Arab immigrants during World War I — has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to write a global history of the Syrian working class.

Mellon Public Scholars Adapt Projects During Pandemic

January 11, 2021

Each year, 12 UC Davis graduate students are selected as Mellon Public Scholars to take part in a year of community-engaged research. This has been a very different year for them due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the students, all but one from the College of Letters and Science, have had to switch gears, change projects and not be physically present in the communities they are working with. Despite this, the students have completed projects and created videos that document their work, and in some cases is their work.

Among the projects:

Vaccine Myths on Social Media Can Be Effectively Reduced With Credible Fact Checking

January 07, 2021
Study finds that simple tags can make a difference.

Social media misinformation can negatively influence people’s attitudes about vaccine safety and effectiveness, but credible organizations — such as research universities and health institutions — can play a pivotal role in debunking myths with simple tags that link to factual information, UC Davis researchers suggest in a new study.

Telling Tea Stories

January 06, 2021
Lisa See, the author of a bestselling novel in which tea plays a central role, will give the keynote address at the sixth annual colloquium for the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science (GTI). See’s address will kick off an all-day, online colloquium on Jan. 21, titled “The Stories We Tell: Myths, Legends, and Anecdotes About Tea.” The online event will include a wide range of presentations, such as tea cultivation in California, tea and Soviet identity, tea and spirituality in Vietnam, tea in restoration England and the tea collection at London’s Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

Words and More for Creative Writing Series

December 18, 2020
Award-Winning Authors, Faculty Readings, Interdisciplinary Student Works on Tap

The UC Davis Creative Writing Series kicks off 2021 with readings by acclaimed visiting writers Jess Arndt and Carmen Maria Machado, a collaboration between music and writing students, and a showcase of new works by faculty members. All events are at 4:30 p.m., free and accessible on Zoom unless otherwise noted.

The Creative Writing Program is part of the English department in the College of Letters and Science.

UC Davis Student Elected to City Council

December 16, 2020

In an election year with record turnout among young voters, 22-year-old Hipolito Angelito Cerros took civic engagement a step beyond most of his peers. Cerros, a science and technology studies (STS) major at UC Davis, won a seat on the city council in his hometown of Lindsay, in California’s Central Valley.

“I couldn’t sit idly by and watch events unfold around me,” Cerros said. “I wanted to make an impact.”

Alumna Earns Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

December 09, 2020
A recent UC Davis College of Letters and Science graduate has been awarded a prestigious Marshall Scholarship, a decades-old British government program that pays for American students to pursue advanced degrees at British universities. Valencia Scott (B.A., anthropology and international relations, ’20) will pursue a doctorate in criminology at the University of Oxford, where she will focus her studies on the criminalization of Black immigrants. She is planning a career in international human rights law.

Is It Better to Give Than Receive?

December 04, 2020
Young children who have experienced compassionate love and empathy from their mothers may be more willing to turn thoughts into action by being generous to others, a UC Davis study suggests.

Three Newly Elected California Leaders Reflect College’s Civic Impact

December 03, 2020
A student and two alumni of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science assume new positions as elected public officials this month — science and technology studies major Hipolito Angel Cerros on the city council in the Tulare County community of Lindsay and political science graduates Alex Lee and David Cortese in the California Legislature.

Professor Tessa Hill Elected AAAS Fellow

November 24, 2020
Professor Tessa Hill, a leading expert in marine geochemistry and a strong advocate for public outreach and education access, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society.

Professor Engages Students in Research on Sacramento's African American Community

November 23, 2020

When Milmon Harrison, associate professor of African American and African studies, began writing a book about the Great Migration, he wondered if he could bring students into the research process as part of his teaching. Now he’s teaching students how to document the history of Sacramento’s African American community through interviews with residents and archival research, thanks to the Community Engaged Learning Faculty Fellows (CELFF) program.