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Welcome to Did You Know?

October 30, 2018

Welcome to Did You Know?, the UC Davis College of Letters and Science research blog. Our posts cover interesting people, projects and events within the college. This is a team blog published by the college's professional writers in marketing and communications, with occasional guest posts from faculty and students.  

Feel free to contact us with story ideas or comments at lettersandscience@ucdavis.edu.

Cool Class: Volcanic Adventure

It’s 3 a.m. and a group of UC Davis students are beginning an hours-long trek across barren lava fields under a sky crowded with stars. The sunrise trek is part of Geology 138, a class that vividly brings to life the basics of volcanology — how a volcano works and what are the signs of unrest.

Wild Art

A mathematical sculpture titled “Alexander Horned Wild Sphere, Six Bifur” now graces the lobby of the Mathematical Sciences Building.

A Career’s First Draft

Whether students have a clear vision for their future, or need help finding their career path, internships can help them explore their options. For Jeanette Yue (B.A., communication and psychology, ’18), internships were crucial to figuring out how to make writing a career.

Of Milk and Microbes

Carlito Lebrilla’s pioneering work on how complex sugars affect health has led to collaborations across campus in everything from infant nutrition to cancer detection.

Young Alums Create Startup App

November 05, 2018
A student startup is on track to solve parking problems on campus and elsewhere. The venture, Japa, provides real-time parking information through an app and website.

Physics Alum Hunting for Neutrinos

November 05, 2018
Julie He (B.S., physics, ’16) wanted to help people — maybe by being a doctor — but discovered instead how to make a difference through physics. She is now building a science career that will fulfill her goal of ensuring a healthy world.

2003 - Mike Bezemek

November 05, 2018

For Mike Bezemek (B.A., geology, ’03), outdoor adventure was as important as academics to his college experience. Bezemek, a freelance writer and photographer, has crafted a career that combines his passion for natural landscapes with his love of literature and writing. 

Geology Grad Pursues Adventure-Writing Career

November 05, 2018
For Mike Bezemek (B.A., geology, ’03), outdoor adventure was as important as academics to his college experience. That’s why UC Davis was his first choice.