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Mellon Foundation Renews Support for Public Scholars Program

June 12, 2018

The trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have approved a grant of $600,000 to the UC Davis Humanities Institute to continue support for the UC Davis College of Letters and Science public scholars program for the next three years.

Psychedelic Drugs Change Structure of Neurons

June 12, 2018
A team of scientists at the University of California, Davis, is exploring how hallucinogenic drugs impact the structure and function of neurons — research that could lead to new treatments for depression, anxiety and related disorders.

College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Publishes Cutting-Edge Research

June 12, 2018
Alexandra Greb, a UC Davis senior in pharmaceutical chemistry from Danville, California, is a co-author on a new study exploring how hallucinogenic drugs affect the structure and function of neurons. The research could lead to new treatments for depression, anxiety and related disorders.

Study of Netflix Show about Suicide Leads to Additional Resources

June 11, 2018
Each episode of the newly released second season of "13 Reasons Why" starts with a warning from the actors that the show tackles tough topics like sexual assault, substance abuse and suicide. The warnings, and a downloadable discussion guide provided by Netflix, come out of research recently conducted by Drew Cingel, a assistant professor of communication at the University of California, Davis, with colleagues at Northwestern University.

Curiosity Rover Finds Organic Matter on Mars

June 07, 2018
The Mars Curiosity rover team announced today (June 7) finding organic matter – carbon-based compounds – in three billion year old mudstone sediments from Gale Crater. Dawn Sumner, professor of earth and planetary sciences, is a member of the Mars Curiosity team and coauthor on the first paper.

Student Entrepreneurs Win Campus Innovation Awards

June 01, 2018
Two UC Davis undergraduates won the $10,000 first prize in the 18th annual UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition on May 24, 2018. Their venture, Japa Inc., takes the pain out of finding parking with a mobile app that employs smart data and advanced analytics to provide drivers with real-time parking availability.

Graphene Layered with Magnetic Materials Could Drive Ultrathin Spintronics

May 30, 2018
Tiny swirling textures in the magnetic fields within layered materials could be a key to replacing disk drives and flash memory in computing devices. Physicists at UC Davis and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are exploring how these patterns form in materials layered with graphene, an ultrathin form of carbon.

What Sets African Sci-Fi Apart

May 23, 2018
In recent years, Africa has developed a rich culture of science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative fiction with several internationally prominent writers, online journals, blogs, and even creation of the African Speculative Fiction Society. Moradewun Adejunmobi, a UC Davis professor in the College of Letters and Science’s Department of African and African American Studies, will speak on the topic at the International House.

Guns and America: From Mental Illness to Racial Motivation

May 23, 2018
“Why does it seem as though so many these days are so quick to shoot?” asked Chancellor Gary May, opening “The Campus Conversation: Guns and America after Parkland” on April 26. The discussions — led by a panel of distinguished faculty members from a wide diversity of disciplines — rose out of a desire to address recent incidents of gun violence and the overall issue of guns in America. 

Recent Graduate Wins O. Henry Award

May 18, 2018

UC Davis College of Letters and Science alumnus Jamil Jan Kochai (M.A., English, ’17) is winner of an O. Henry Award for his short story “Nights in Logar.” This story and those by 19 other writers will be published in an anthology this fall.

“To be included amongst such a long history of incredible stories, it's unreal,” Kochai said.  

Many Disciplines Come Together for One Big Show

May 16, 2018
Students from seven disciplines — art, design, art history, music, theatre, creative writing and French — will be part of the annual Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition at UC Davis.

Will the Relationship Last?

May 16, 2018
New research by UC Davis psychologists suggests that — at first — long-term and short-term relationships may look more or less identical.