Heidi Jannenga is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Alumna Award, 2018. This award honors a UC Davis graduate who is in the mid-point of his or her career, who has displayed outstanding achievement, promoted innovative change and made outstanding contributions professionally, to the community and to UC Davis.
NASA has invested millions of dollars in UC Davis research, working with UC Davis biologists, engineers, physiologists, psychologists and other researchers to study life in space — whether that be studying space itself, the effects of gravity, getting there, staying there or surviving there.
For more than 30 years, Neff has been a player in the life sciences industry, holding positions at both early-stage small companies and large multi-billion dollar corporations. She has provided mentorship to scientists, engineers and business leaders, including many Aggies.
As an independent communications consultant and founder and executive chair of the professional network Capital Science Communicators, Ben Young Landis strategizes methods to communicate science to both general audiences and other groups from non-scientific backgrounds. To do so effectively, he takes cues from marketing principles.
Richard Addante studies the neurophysiology of human memory. He recently joined up with NASA to study and better understand the effects of long-term spaceflight on the brain, body and team dynamics, of which little is known.