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NSF Grant Will Fund Food and Tech Study

October 08, 2018
Technological innovation is transforming agriculture and a UC study funded by a $492,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will explore the booming connections between new technologies, agriculture and food. Charlotte Biltekoff, associate professor and chair of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s American studies program, is part of the multi-campus study team.

Professor Sarah Stewart named MacArthur Fellow

October 04, 2018
Sarah Stewart, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, has been honored with a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship. She is the fourth MacArthur Fellow from the College of Letters and Science and the second in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

UC Davis Anthropologist Named President-elect of the American Society of Primatologists

October 03, 2018

UC Davis anthropologist Lynne Isbell, who studies the behavior, ecology and evolutionary history of primates, is the new president-elect of the American Society of Primatologists (ASP).

Isbell, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology in the College of Letters and Science, assumed the elected position during the society’s Aug. 8-11 meeting in San Antonio, Texas. After serving a two-year term, she will become ASP president in August 2020.

UC Davis Professor’s Paper Spawned Legacy of Research

September 27, 2018
Little did Phillip Shaver realize when he co-authored a scholarly article on romantic love in 1987 that his findings would transform the study of interpersonal relations. The Society of Personality and Social Psychology recently announced that it will celebrate the legacy of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science distinguished professor emeritus during its Feb. 7–9, 2019, convention in Portland, Oregon.

Despite Reasoning Abilities, Humans 'Flock'

September 19, 2018
Even when they're thinking things through, people sometimes behave similarly to others, according to communication research at the University of California, Davis.

Cuba’s Top Writer Speaking at UC Davis

September 17, 2018

One of Cuba’s most acclaimed writers, Leonardo Padura, will be giving talks and readings at UC Davis Oct. 24 and 25. Padura is known internationally for his series of Mario Conde detective novels, which have been translated into many languages and made into a Netflix series.

Padura has received the National Prize for Literature, Cuba's national literary award, and in 2015 the Premio Principe de Asturias de las Letras of Spain, one of the most important literary prizes in the Spanish-speaking world.

A Rich Lineup of Artists and Curators Speaking

September 13, 2018

A celebrated African American artist, a 1980s art star and the curator of a new Paul Gauguin exhibition are among those speaking at UC Davis this fall, with more to come in winter and spring.  The lectures offered by the College of Letters and Science's Department of Art and Art History take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Museum of Art. All the talks are free and open to the public.

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.