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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.

Study Challenges Role of Speech Gene in Evolution of Human Language

August 03, 2018
The FOXP2 gene has been associated with uniquely human language abilities. But a UC Davis scientist and colleagues did a study with a wider variety of people and found no evidence of selection for FOXP2 in modern humans, challenging previous of how we think humans acquired language.

Reversing cause and effect is no trouble for quantum computers

July 20, 2018
In research published 18 July in Physical Review X, an international team shows that a quantum computer is less in thrall to the arrow of time than a classical computer. In some cases, it's as if the quantum computer doesn't need to distinguish between cause and effect at all.

International Relations Major to Vie for Miss America Crown

July 17, 2018
Nina Forest’s summer got off to an unexpectedly busy start—with a series of news interviews, official appearances at parades, festivals and other community events, and preparations for the Miss America competition. A UC Davis senior majoring in international relations and minoring in Chinese, Forest was crowned in June as Miss Idaho 2018.

Immigrants, Jobs and Local Economies: Not So Simple

July 11, 2018
UC Davis economist Giovanni Peri has spent close to two decades researching the impacts of immigration on local labor markets. His findings: local economies grow with an influx of immigrants and decline when they leave.

Creative Writing Program to Begin Offering MFA Degree

July 09, 2018
The creative writing program, part of the College of Letters and Science’s English department, will offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing starting in the 2019–2020 academic year.

UC Launches Million Light Bulb Challenge Community Buy Program

July 03, 2018

The University of California is spearheading a statewide effort to advance the purchase of 1 million high-quality, energy-efficient light bulbs for campus buildings and residences across the state.

Under the Community Buy Program, all UC students, staff, faculty and alumni can purchase light bulbs at nearly half the price of online competitors.

Music lover and Philanthropist Grace Noda Remembered

July 02, 2018

Local philanthropist and lover of music Grace Noda (née Imamoto) died on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, surrounded by family and music. She was 98 years old. She leaves behind a legacy of kindness to others.

Tudor Dimofte Wins NSF CAREER Award

July 02, 2018
Tudor Dan Dimofte, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, has received a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate.

Playing It Cool at Ocean Vents

June 29, 2018
Not all ocean vents are hot. Cool hydrothermal systems, or cool vents, are much harder to spot because the fluids they release are clear and only a bit warmer than surrounding water. Yet they could play a major role in releasing minerals into the deep ocean. Now researchers including Laura Zinke, now a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis, have published the first survey of the microbes living near a cool vent.

Alumnus Richard Larock Supports Chemistry Undergraduate Education and Research

June 21, 2018
For more than 10 years, Richard C. Larock (B.S., ’67), Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Iowa State University in Ames, has supported undergraduate research in chemistry through a generous gift that funds a yearly research conference organized by the Department of Chemistry in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.

Hundreds of Economists to Gather at UC Davis

June 18, 2018
Close to 500 economics scholars from around the globe will gather at UC Davis beginning Thursday, June 21, for the four-day 2018 North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society. This is the first time that UC Davis has been the host for a meeting of the Econometric Society, the preeminent international society of academic economists and publisher of three scholarly journals.

Success Is Not Just How You Play Your Cards, But How You Play Your Opponents

June 18, 2018
In high-stakes environments, success is not just about playing your cards right, but also playing your opponents right. Looking at how more than 35,000 individuals interacted when playing millions of poker hands online, a University of California, Davis, study reveals that game experts are an excellent source of insight into how people process strategic information in competitive settings.

English Major Designs Course On How Humanities Shape Views On Science

June 14, 2018

“Living sustainably” seems like an intimidating concept. Sustainability and climate change are often tied to direct action and major technological innovation, so we often question how one person can actually help our planet. Kristin Hogue wants to change that misconception — using literature, art and movies.