UC Davis College of Letters and Science

SHAPE Brings Together Science and Art in Classroom and on Stage

November 25, 2020

Several years ago, Professor Dawn Sumner in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences collaborated with a choreographer and a visual artist to create a dance, spoken word and video project based on stories of female, BIPOC or gender-fluid scientists.

When the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to fund classes melding art and science that would also incorporate performances by visiting artists, the opportunity was tailor-made for what Sumner and her collaborators had been working on.

Jesús De Loera Awarded Farkas Prize

November 24, 2020
Professor of Mathematics Jesús De Loera has received the Farkas Prize, awarded annually to a mid-career researcher in the field of optimization by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Optimization Society.

Professor Tessa Hill Elected AAAS Fellow

November 24, 2020
Professor Tessa Hill, a leading expert in marine geochemistry and a strong advocate for public outreach and education access, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society.

AGU Honors UC Davis Earth Scientists

November 23, 2020
Distinguished Professor Isabel Montañez and Professor Qing-zhu Yin of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences have been named fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

UC Davis Statistics Maintains Top Ranking

November 19, 2020
The UC Davis Department of Statistics continues to lead in educating undergraduates, ranking third among statistics degree-granting institutions in the U.S. in 2019, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Anthropologist Alan Klima Wins 2020 Bateson Prize

November 18, 2020
A book by UC Davis anthropology professor Alan Klima on Thai spiritual and financial practices is the winner of a 2020 Gregory Bateson Book Prize from the Society for Cultural Anthropology. "Ethnography #9" is one of three recipients of this year’s Bateson Prize, given for works deemed “interdisciplinary, experimental and innovative.” ​

Dean's Advisory Council Champions Student Success Beyond the Classroom

The alumni-led Dean's Advisory Council (DAC) is defining the future of student retention and success in the College of Letters and Science, and they're looking outside the classroom to make it happen. The Beyond the Classroom fund supports opportunities to deepen disciplinary knowledge through meaningful experiences.