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Uncovering How Plants See Blue Light

January 21, 2021

Plants can perceive and react to light across a wide spectrum. New research from Prof. Nitzan Shabek’s laboratory in the Department of Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences shows how plants can respond to blue light in particular.

“Plants can see much better than we can,” Shabek said.

Exactly How Does an mRNA Vaccine Work?

January 19, 2021

UC Davis Virologist Samuel L. Díaz-Muñoz, an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, spoke with KCRA 3 in an interview late last year about the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines being hailed “as game-changers” by the medical community.

Biology Students Appreciate Hands-On Labs Delivered to Their Doors

December 17, 2020
Faculty, staff aim to ‘recreate some of the excitement inherent in lab classes’

How do you give students a chance to have some hands-on lab experience during a pandemic? That was the question that motivated the team from the introductory biology series courses to figure out a way.

CBS Student Receives Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

December 07, 2020

By Sharon Knox

College of Biological Science student, Naomi Murray ’21, who is majoring in evolution, ecology and biodiversity, has just been awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. She will pursue two Master of Science degrees, one in climate change at University College London, the other in science communication at the University of Manchester to help her communicate about climate change.

Davis Enterprise: UCD Students Conduct Mass Testing for Class

December 01, 2020

By Julietta Bisharyan
The Davis Enterprise

With the need for mass COVID-19 testing on campus, UC Davis offers a course in which students can work at the testing kiosks and learn more about the various aspects of the virus.

The two-credit course, titled “Mass Testing for COVID-19,” or EVE 198, is managed by David Coil and led by Professor Jonathan Eisen in the evolution and ecology department in the College of Biological Sciences.

11 Professors Elected as AAAS Fellows, 4 from CBS

November 25, 2020

Eleven UC Davis professors, including four from the College of Biological Sciences, have been elected in this year’s class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society.

Read about them here.

Genome Center Academic Coordinator Receives Mentoring Award

October 29, 2020

“You can’t be what you can’t see,” said Arpana Vaniya, quoting Sheila Boyington. “This really resonates with me when thinking about mentoring and why I continue to do it.”

Hunter Lab's research highlighted in Nature

October 22, 2020

The Oct. 22 print edition of Nature features research by Neil Hunter, professor in the College of Biological Science's Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. The paper, titled "PCNA activates the MutLγ endonuclease to promote meiotic crossing over," was featured in Nature's online journal in August  — as well as discussed in the Egghead Blog.

Q&A with the newest Allen Distinguished Investigators

October 21, 2020
CBS’ Dan Starr and Gant Luxton awarded $1.5M for research

This October marks the 10th anniversary of the Allen Distinguished Investigator program, which was launched in 2010 by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen to back creative, early-stage research projects in biology and medical research that would not otherwise be supported by traditional research funding programs.

Alumnus Charles Rice Wins Nobel Prize for Medicine

October 07, 2020

Charles M. Rice, who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis, is a recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine announced this morning (Oct. 5).

“I’m delighted to see the work of one of our alumni honored with a Nobel Prize,” UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May said. “On behalf of the entire UC Davis family, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Professor Rice. His research and dedication inspire us. This is who we are.”

Koret Foundation Grants $4 Million to UC Davis Career-Preparation Programs

September 25, 2020
$1.75 Million goes to BioLaunch By Clémentine Sicard

The Koret Foundation has granted $4 million to undergraduate career-preparation programs across UC Davis. Part of Koret’s Higher Education Initiative, the grant will provide signifcant support for Aggie Launch, the Big Idea that integrates career exploration and readiness in the undergraduate experience.

What’s In a Name? Life Sciences to Become Green Hall

September 21, 2020
Longtime faculty member and wife had ‘amazing partnership’

After 23 years, the Life Sciences building is getting a new name that befits its purpose: Melvin M. and Kathleen C. Green Hall.

The building — which opened in 1997 as an addition to Briggs Hall and houses the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences’ research laboratories, faculty and staff — will honor the late pioneering biology faculty member and his late wife, a biologist and a local politician.

Start Here to Make a Protein

September 08, 2020
Structure of mRNA Initiation Complex Could Give Insight Into Cancer and Other Diseases

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, U.K., have solved the structure of the complex formed when mRNA is being scanned to find the starting point for translating RNA into a protein. The discovery, published Sept. 4 in Science, provides new understanding of this fundamental process.

The Late Professor Inoue Would Be Proud

September 07, 2020
Students Finish His and Their Research, Earn Ph.D.s By Kristin Burns

Four years after plant sciences professor Kentaro Inoue was struck and killed while riding his bike, the last three graduate students from his lab are ensuring his scientific legacy lives on through their published research, careers in industry and academia, and mentoring of future science students.