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Professor Richard Scalettar Wins Nash Prize

May 15, 2018
Richard Scalettar, distinguished professor of physics, is this year’s recipient of the Charles P. Nash Prize, recognizing faculty members who have taken on Nash’s mantle of promoting shared governance, and advocating for faculty interests and welfare.

Three Professors Named American Council of Learned Societies Fellows

May 02, 2018

Three faculty in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science will receive support from the American Council of Learned Societies in 2018–19 to work on books on the art and politics of smells, Hmong refugee resettlement in the U.S., and Maoist guerrillas in Peru.

Downs Elected to Society of American Historians

April 28, 2018
Gregory Downs has earned a string of accolades over his career as a historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction. His latest—election to the Society of American Historians—honors his historical writing.

May Is a Month of Arts Collaboration at UC Davis

April 27, 2018
Students in creative writing and music composition have collaborated on new works that build on other collaborations across disciplines in the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis.

Why Whales? What Sends Land Animals Back to Sea

April 20, 2018
What drives species to move into such a different habitat? Two paleontologists at UC Davis, Geerat Vermeij and Ryosuke Motani, set out to test these ideas by compiling a list of all the groups of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that have re-occupied marine environments and comparing their time of return to the ocean with known mass-extinction events.

Undergraduate Research: Physics Helps Protect the World

April 18, 2018

Lena Korkeila, a UC Davis undergraduate from Placerville, California, is gaining real-world experience through physics research while helping to improve monitoring of nuclear reactors.

Picnic Day 2018: College Events

April 16, 2018
College of Letters and Science at Picnic Day 2018

Come celebrate with us and experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service and campus life. More than 200 events will take place throughout campus and will include exhibits, shows, competitions, demonstrations, entertainment, animal and athletic events, the Student Organization Fair, the Children’s Discovery Fair, the Parade and much more.

Model of Blobs in Earth’s Interior Explains Unusual Pacific Volcanism

April 12, 2018
Deep inside the Earth are two huge blobs of dense rock splayed across the core-mantle boundary. A computer model from UC Davis project scientists Juliane Dannberg and Rene Gassmoeller, members of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the College of Letters and Science, offers new insights into the relationship between the mantle blobs and the lava erupted at some Pacific islands.

More Researchers Now See Engagement as a Crucial Part of Their Job

April 11, 2018

As the first anniversary of the March for Science approaches, researchers continue to reflect on the relationship between science and society. Four scientists with strong UC Davis connections discuss whether society is witnessing a fundamental change in how scientific researchers perceive their interaction with the public and policymakers. Read more in The Conversation.