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What Is Lost in a World Where We Cannot Touch?

May 04, 2020
During this period of social distancing, what sort of void has been created? In our social lives, touches are often subtle and brief – a quick handshake or hug. Yet it seems as though these brief encounters contribute mightily to our emotional well-being.

‘Sick Posts’ on Social Media Help Early Tracking of COVID-19

April 16, 2020
Tracking social media “sick posts” could give public health officials a head start on identifying and responding to emerging disease outbreaks, researchers in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science suggest in a new working paper.

Lighting Center Gets $5M for Training Program

April 01, 2020

The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), part of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s Department of Design, recently received a $5 million grant to expand electrical training programs in California and Nevada. The award from the U.S. Department of Labor will provide funding for 25 organizations with electrical training and apprenticeships programs.

It will include enhancements in training for:

$1M Grant for UC Davis-Led Online Learning Project

March 24, 2020
With most teaching going remote because of COVID-19, a new grant for the UC Davis LibreTexts project will help bring personalized online learning to students around the world.

UC Davis Graduate Arts Programs Make Big Rankings Leap

March 20, 2020

The most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of university graduate programs places UC Davis fine arts programs as No. 15 in the nation. This is a jump from No. 27 three years ago and ties UC Davis with UC Berkeley. Master of Fine Arts programs in the College of Letters and Science include art studio, design, dramatic arts and creative writing.

Experts Recommend U.S. Food and Nutrition Data System for Future

March 19, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Economics Division should expand data holdings to step up its research on how and what Americans are eating, who struggles to put food on the table, and how well federal nutrition assistance programs are working, according to a panel of experts led by UC Davis economist Marianne Bitler.

English Major Wins Gates Award to Study Climate Fiction and Human Rights

March 04, 2020
English major Jumana Esau ’20 has won a prestigious Gates Cambridge scholarship that will fully fund her Master of Philosophy in Criticism and Culture at the University of Cambridge, where she will examine the intersection of climate fiction and human rights.

UC Davis Chemistry Professor Named Cottrell Scholar

February 14, 2020
Assistant professor of chemistry Jesús Velázquez has received a $100,000 Cottrell Scholar Award for his leadership in research and education. He is one of 25 scholars throughout the U.S. given the award in 2020, and the first UC Davis professor recognized with the award.