New Solar Cell Shows Promise for Harnessing More Sunlight

In a new paper appearing in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Professor of Chemistry Frank Osterloh and his colleagues unveiled a new type of solar cell that might be used in tandem with current commercial solar cell technologies to improve solar conversion efficiency and produce clean hydrogen fuel.

Two UC Davis Chemistry Graduate Students Selected to Conduct Research at DOE National Labs

Two UC Davis chemistry graduate researchers have been selected to spend several months to a year conducting research at U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories. Anna Csencsits Kundmann and Anna Wannenmacher are among the 87 awardees from 58 universities selected to participate in the Office of Science Graduate Research (SCGSR) program. According to the DOE, graduate researchers selected to participate in the program are working on research projects “that addresses critical energy, environmental and nuclear challenges at national and international scales.”

Industry Group Creates UC Davis Energy Economics Fellowship

Energy economics studies at UC Davis recently received an investment in its future with a power industry group’s creation of a graduate student fellowship. The Western Power Trading Forum (WPTF), a Sacramento-based association that advocates for competitive market rules in Western states, funded the fellowship for five years to help cultivate the next generation of energy thought leaders.

Lighting Research Center Opens in Mexico in Collaboration With UC Davis

A major milestone in a collaboration between the UC Davis California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) and the Universidad Autonama de Guadalajara (UAG) was recently reached with the opening of a lighting technology and research center in Mexico.

The Centro de Tecnología en Iluminación (CTI) in Guadalajara will address growing climate change concerns through research and collaborations committed to developing clean energy and sustainability solutions across Mexico.

1994 – Tom Turrentine

Tom Turrentine (M.A. ’91, Ph.D. ’94, anthropology), the founding director of the UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center and a longtime researcher in the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), died unexpectedly on June 2.

Lighting Center Gets $5M for Training Program

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:

1992 - Heidi Sanborn

Heidi Sanborn (B.A., political science - public service, ’92) was sworn in Jan. 17 as a member of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s board of directors.