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Associate Professor Santiago Ramirez Named as a Chancellor's Fellow

January 22, 2020
Associate Professor Santiago Ramirez, Department of Evolution and Ecology, was among the 20th class of Chancellor's Fellows. This marks the 20th anniversary of the program that provides philanthropic support to exceptional early career faculty members.

Shivering Seeds: Using Gene Trees to Map a Weed’s Ability to Thrive

January 21, 2020
In a study appearing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, UC Davis researchers used the staple plant model organism Arabidopsis thaliana, known commonly as the thale cress, to uncover the genetic mechanisms that control its seeds responses to chilly weather.

Can Scents Create New Species? Smells Like Orchid Bee Evolution

January 13, 2020
To attract a mate, male orchid bees collect scents from the environment to create the perfect aroma. In a study appearing in Nature Communications, UC Davis researchers link the evolution of sexual signaling in orchid bees to a gene that’s been shaped by each species’ perfume preferences

Bios Magazine: Making Sense of Your Perceptions

January 10, 2020
UC Davis College of Biological Sciences neuroscientists like Wilsaan Joiner and Jochen Ditterich are exploring new ways to understand how our brains make sense of our perceptions, in hopes to help diagnose and fight debilitating conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Global Aggies: A Summer Researching in Japan

January 08, 2020
This past summer, undergraduate Amanda Nguyen traveled just south of Tokyo, Japan, to research the memory of itch through the NIGINTERN Program—a competitive summer internship hosted by the National Institute of Genetics at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI).

Growing Gratitude in the New Year: Jonathan Ho Plants Seeds of Community

January 03, 2020
Over the past three years, undergraduate Jonathan Ho and his colleagues have raised over $50,000 for a community garden project in Knights Landing. In 2020, they'll work with Yolo County to fully establish the garden and begin conducting community activities.

Biology Beyond Borders: Professor John Harada Receives Honorary Doctorate from NAIST for Decade of International Research Collaboration

December 16, 2019
Professor John Harada, Department of Plant Biology, was recently recognized by Japan’s Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) with an honorary doctorate of science. The honor comes after over a decade of fruitful collaboration between the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences and NAIST.

The Art-Science Loop: Creating Worlds with Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity Undergraduate Megan Ma

December 05, 2019
Since enrolling at UC Davis nearly four years ago, undergraduate Megan Ma has lent her artistic talent to the Aggie community. She’s taught scientific illustration, provided artwork for the BIS 2C lab manual and currently works as a graphic designer for the Center for Leadership Learning, all the while taking classes and rotating through research labs.

Bios Magazine: Spark the Travel Bug

November 25, 2019
For UC Davis College of Biological Sciences student Kiana Nava, the Dean's Circle Study Abroad Scholarship allowed her to spend the summer studying biology in Ireland as part of the "Bio Sci 2B in Dublin" program.