Research

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.

There and Back Again: Mantle Xenon Has a Story to Tell

August 08, 2018
The Earth has been through a lot of changes in its 4.5 billion year history, including a shift to incorporating and retaining volatile compounds such as water, nitrogen and carbon from the atmosphere in the mantle before spewing them out again through volcanic eruptions.

Immigrants, Jobs and Local Economies: Not So Simple

July 11, 2018
UC Davis economist Giovanni Peri has spent close to two decades researching the impacts of immigration on local labor markets. His findings: local economies grow with an influx of immigrants and decline when they leave.

6 Paths to Finding the Right Major for You

Take Advantage of UC Davis' First-Year Seminars, Research, Internships, and Advisors

Most students have to put a major on their applications, but how do you know it’s the right one? And how can you discover other options?

The good news is you’re not alone in questioning your choice of major. More than half of UC Davis students change their major at least once. But it’s best to settle with the right one by your sophomore year, especially if you plan to graduate on time.

Will the Relationship Last?

May 16, 2018
New research by UC Davis psychologists suggests that — at first — long-term and short-term relationships may look more or less identical.