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Major Gift to Support Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory

Just outside a classroom in the Sciences Laboratory Building is an engraved sign that reads “McNamee Biochemistry Lab.”

The classroom is one of the College of Biological Sciences’ undergraduate biochemistry teaching labs, where upper-division biochemistry students learn the fundamentals of conducting experiments in a laboratory setting. The sign just outside its door refers to Mark and Carole McNamee, who recently made a $100,000 gift to name the classroom in support of future generations of scientists.

Genome Center Passes 1 Million COVID-19 Tests, Helping Keep Positivity Rates Low

UC Davis’ asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program completed its 1 millionth test last week, a little more than a year since the campus began offering tests to on-campus students, faculty and staff in mid-September 2020.

“Our asymptomatic testing program was the original foundation of the university’s COVID-19 strategy and, along with vaccination, continues to be central to our mitigation efforts,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Croughan.

UC Davis Ecologist Awarded Packard Fellowship

University of California, Davis, evolutionary biologist Rachael Bay has been awarded a 2021 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The fellowship offers Bay, assistant professor in the Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences, an opportunity to advance her work on the role of human action on evolutionary trajectories of species.

UC Davis Launches Neuroscience Consortium

Last month, the University of California, Davis, officially launched a consortium called the UC Davis Neuroscience Consortium (UCDNC) to leverage the strength, breadth and depth of one of the largest neuroscience communities in the world. The consortium brings together nearly 300 researchers from eleven centers and 41 departments — integrating biologists, chemists, social scientists, engineers, computer scientists and clinicians.

CBS Crowdfund Efforts Support COVID-19 Testing, Transfer Students, and Graduate Students

Campaign to Support Real-time COVID-19 Response

Early in 2021, students in the College of Biological Sciences were already playing an integral role in the UC Davis effort to provide free, effective and rapid COVID testing for the Davis community.

Students who enrolled in the college’s “Mass Testing for COVID-19” course helped testing staff administer COVID saliva tests, gained hands-on experience working at the UC Davis COVID Testing Kiosk, and deepened their knowledge of coronavirus spread, treatment, and prevention while performing duties that improved kiosk efficiency.