Research

Metals Influence C-peptide Hormone Related to Insulin

May 17, 2019

Metals such as zinc, copper and chromium bind to and influence a peptide involved in insulin production, according to new work from chemists at the University of California, Davis. The research is part of a new field of “metalloendocrinology” that takes a detailed look at the role of metals in biological processes in the body. 

Read and Repeat: Can repetition and text enhancement improve language learning?

May 02, 2019
Does repeating a word in a text improve the comprehension and spelling of college students studying Spanish? How many repetitions is enough? How many is more than enough? Does making some words bold, italicized or underlined help with definitions and spelling? Those are some of the questions UC Davis Spanish professor Claudia Sanchez-Gutiérrez, graduate student Pablo Robles-García, and Mercedes Pérez-Serrano, a language professor in Spain, asked in a recent study.

Semimetals are High Conductors

March 18, 2019
Researchers in China and at UC Davis have measured high conductivity in very thin layers of niobium arsenide, a type of material called a Weyl semimetal. The material has about three times the conductivity of copper at room temperature, said Sergey Savrasov, professor of physics in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.

Two NSF CAREER Awards for College of Letters and Science Faculty

March 11, 2019

Two professors in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science have received prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation. The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program supports junior faculty who perform outstanding research, are excellent educators, and integrate outreach in their work.

On to Round 2 in STAT Science Madness

March 08, 2019

Work from David Olson’s laboratory in the Department of Chemistry has made it to the second round of STAT Madness, a bracket-style competition to find the most innovative biomedical research of 2018.

Round 2 voting runs until Thursday (March 14), via the STAT Madness webpage. The competition is organized by the news site statnews.com.

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.

UC Research Grants Support Collaborative Faculty Projects

December 18, 2018
The UC Office of the President has awarded more than $9 million in grants to 16 collaborative research projects across the system. UC Davis College of Letters and Science researchers lead two of the projects and will participate in three others.

First Jellyfish Genome Reveals Ancient Beginnings of Complex Body Plan

December 03, 2018
Jellyfish undergo an amazing metamorphosis, from tiny polyps growing on the seafloor to swimming medusae with stinging tentacles. The first in-depth look at the genome of a jellyfish — the moon jelly Aurelia aurita — reveals the origins of this successful survival strategy.

Katia Vega: Creating the Interactive Body

November 26, 2018

Katia Vega, an assistant professor of design, is breaking ground in creating the “interactive body.” Her recent research has included bio-sensitive tattoos that give information about body chemistry, conductive makeup that allows one to turn lights on and off with the blink of an eye, and paying for purchases though microchips attached to fingernails.

“I’m interested in creating seamless technology; the goal is to make it indistinguishable from our body,” she says.