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Shaped by Water: Ocean Depths Home to More Diverse Shapes of Fishes

June 16, 2021

The deep ocean is home to many strange looking fish and other animals. A new study shows that the cold, dark depths of the ocean contain a wider variety of body shapes for fish than shallower waters. That supports the idea that the deep ocean is a hotspot of evolution for fishes.

Students Make the Best of In-Person Commencements

June 15, 2021

It may not have been their first choice, but new graduates were thankful to walk across a stage and celebrate commencement with family members last week.

“I just felt grateful that we get to have anything in person,” Nicole Johnston, a human development and psychology double major, said as she waited in a line on Hutchison Field to participate in the 8 a.m. processional for undergraduates. “After a long and trying last year of college, I feel grateful that the university was able to put this on.”

Director of CBS Grad Programs Shares Her First-Gen Experience

June 10, 2021

When first-generation student Nicole Rabaud was pursuing her Ph.D. in agricultural and environmental chemistry at UC Davis she felt “really lost.”

Rabaud was born and raised in Hong Kong to parents of French and French-Vietnamese descent whose education never progressed beyond high school. Despite her parents' lack of university education, Rabaud excelled at school from elementary school through college. When she got to graduate school at UC Davis, however, things changed. 

CBS Undergraduate Named 2021 University Medalist

June 08, 2021

When Madeline Bright was young, she was told she asked a lot of questions.

Today that same curiosity is leading her toward a career in medical research where she hopes to find life-saving answers.

Assistant Professor James Letts Wins Department of Energy Early Career Award

June 03, 2021

Three UC Davis researchers, including Assistant Professor James Letts, will receive funding from the Early Career Research Program of the U.S. Department of Energy. They are among 83 researchers at U.S. universities and national laboratories funded by the program this year. The awards are of $150,000 for summer salary and research expenses each year and are intended to last for five years.

CBS Undergraduates Win Big in This Year’s Lang Prize

May 27, 2021

All three of the Science, Engineering and Math winners at this year’s Norma J. Lang Prize for Undergraduate Information Research are College of Biological Sciences students. Barry Nguyen, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, won first-place, and the second- and third-place winners, Katherine Hand and La Rissa Vasquez respectively, are neurobiology, physiology and behavior majors.

A Year of Action in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

May 25, 2021

One year ago today, news of George Floyd’s death in police custody reverberated across the country and around the world, leading to Black Lives Matter protests and, at UC Davis, a strengthening of the university’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

UC Davis Researchers Explore Sci-fi Solutions for Neurological Diseases

May 20, 2021

While drugs help patients mitigate the most extreme conditions of mental illnesses like schizophrenia or depression, they often don’t address the cognitive deficits many diseases cause, such as memory loss, low attention span and impaired decision-making.

Discovery Increases Likelihood of Growing Food Despite Drought

May 18, 2021

University of California scientists have discovered genetic data that will help food crops like tomatoes and rice survive longer, more intense periods of drought on our warming planet.

Over the course of the last decade, the research team sought to create a molecular atlas of crop roots, where plants first detect the effects of drought and other environmental threats. In so doing, they uncovered genes that scientists can use to protect the plants from these stresses.

Two UC Davis Juniors Receive Goldwater Scholarships

May 13, 2021

Two University of California, Davis, juniors are among the winners of the nation’s premier undergraduate award of its type in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

Learning to Control and Embody Robot Arms in Space

May 11, 2021

Mechanical and aerospace engineering (MAE) professor Steve Robinson, assistant professor Jonathon Schofield, and Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior (NPB) associate professor Wilsaan Joiner are teaming up in a new four-year, $1.3 million NASA-funded project to study different visual and haptic strategies to help astronauts more safely and precisely operate robotic arms in space.

Center for Population Biology Faculty and Alumnus Among Electees to the National Academy of Sciences

May 04, 2021

Two professors and an alumnus from the Center for Population Biology were among those elected to the National Academy of Sciences, as announced on Monday, April 26. “This is a thrill for the UC Davis community,” said Chancellor Gary May, who lauded the achievement of this year’s electees as one of the highest honors in the scientific community.

Developing and Testing Genome Editing Technology for Human Health

April 27, 2021

We might one day be able to treat diseases or inherited disorders by rewriting parts of the genetic code in our own cells. The National Institutes of Health established the Somatic Cell Genome Editing consortium, with funding of $190 million over six years, to advance research in genome editing, develop tools and test them in animal models before advancing to human clinical trials.