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Faculty Celebrated for Global Approach to Research, Teaching

March 08, 2019
Two faculty in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science were honored Thursday for their efforts to create new global learning opportunities for students — both on campus and abroad. Rachel Jean-Baptiste, an associate professor of history, received a Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement. Margherita Heyer-Cáput, a professor of Italian, received an inaugural Excellence in Teaching in Study Abroad Award.

Psychedelic Microdosing in Rats Shows Beneficial Effects

March 04, 2019
The growing popularity of microdosing — taking tiny amounts of psychedelic drugs to boost mood and mental acuity — is based on anecdotal reports of its benefits. Now, a study in rats by researchers at the University of California, Davis, suggests microdosing can provide relief for symptoms of depression and anxiety, but also found potential negative effects.

Art History Professor Tracks ‘Missing Pages’ from 13th-Century Armenia

March 01, 2019
UC Davis art history professor Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh’s book The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript from Genocide to Justice follows eight illustrated pages from a 12th century Armenian manuscript from its creation to a Los Angeles museum in 2010.

A Medal for Keith David Watenpaugh

February 19, 2019

The Institute of International Education today awarded a Centennial Medal to Keith David Watenpaugh, director of Human Rights Studies at UC Davis. The presentation took place at the institute’s Centennial Summit in New York City.

Physics Professors Receive Sloan Research Fellowships

February 19, 2019

Four young faculty members at the University of California, Davis, have been awarded prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced today (Feb. 19). The two-year fellowships are worth $70,000 each.

Explore Art and Enlightenment at Colloquium

February 13, 2019

The annual Templeton Colloquium in Art History at UC Davis will explore how art made during the Enlightenment doesn’t always fit neatly into commonly held ideas about the period. Titled “Art and the Enlightenment,” the colloquium on Feb. 22 will look at how 18th-century paintings are frequently at odds with Enlightenment ideals of reason, equality and beauty.

Professor Promotes Good Writing With Class, Philanthropy and Scholarship

February 08, 2019

Peter Hays, English professor emeritus, retired nearly 15 years ago, but the Hemingway scholar is anything but retiring. During the last few years he has written several books and many articles, and each fall teaches a freshman seminar on Ernest Hemingway’s short stories.

“The actual subject of the seminar is reading and writing,” Hays said. “So often students don’t really read, they skim, and they can’t do that with Hemingway. They need to read beyond the surface. Whether they remember anything about Hemingway is inconsequential — it’s all about reading and writing.”

Five New Chancellor’s Fellows Make Their Mark

January 29, 2019
Five faculty in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science — an artist, a poet, a psychologist, a mathematician and a physicist — have been named to the 2019 class of Chancellor’s Fellows, the university’s annual honors program recognizing associate professors for high achievement in the quality and excellence of research and teaching.

Alumni-Directed Movie About Prisoner and Activist Screening at UC Davis

January 29, 2019

“Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story,” an award-winning documentary about a teenager tried as an adult who served 20 years in prison, will be shown at UC Davis on Jan. 31. Director Ben Wang, who earned a degree in Asian American studies from UC Davis in 2004, and Zheng will attend and take part in a discussion.

Researchers Describe New Reptile Platypus From the Early Triassic

January 24, 2019
No animal alive today looks quite like a duck-billed platypus, a semi-aquatic, egg-laying mammal hailing from eastern Australia. But about 250 million years ago, something very similar swam the shallow seas in what is now China, finding prey by touch with a cartilaginous bill. The newly discovered marine reptile Eretmorhipis carrolldongi from the lower Triassic period is described in the journal Scientific Reports Jan. 24. 

Four Aggies Participate In Capital Fellows Programs

January 22, 2019
Four recent graduates of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science are getting close-up views of California government in action this academic year as Capital Fellows.

UC Davis Composition Students’ Music Heard Far and Wide

January 16, 2019

When doctoral music composition students at UC Davis hear their music played for the first time, they hear it played by professionals who are champions of new music with years of performance experience.

“It’s an absolute luxury to have these professional musicians play our work,” said student Jonathan Favero. “In many programs you have to beg, borrow and steal to find players.”