From the Dean: Achievement and Discovery
Celebrating where we are and what's to come
There’s been much talk of atmospheric rivers here in California, where many are experiencing extreme weather conditions. Like all of us, I am thinking of the members of our University of California community who have been impacted by floods and other storm-related events.
On happier news, I introduced Jay Stachowicz, this year’s recipient of the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, at a gala in his honor on first of the month. Jay is an exemplary mentor, scientist and colleague—and very deserving of this recognition. And speaking of recognition, Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, a professor of evolution and ecology, was recently awarded a $100,000 prize from the National Academy of Sciences for his work with maize. Our faculty really are a source of inspiration. My congratulations to them both for their achievements.
I am also very pleased to share that two of the college’s Campaign Leadership Council members are among our largest donors for the 2023-24 year. I wish to express my deep gratitude to Steve and Tammy Conston, and Ron and Diane Smith for their gifts of $325,000 and $175,000, respectively, and their ongoing commitment to supporting current and future CBS students.
There are also two notable events on the horizon. The Center for Neuroscience’s ever-popular NeuroFest returns on Saturday, March 9 with a focus on the critical role that neural pathways play in how we build relationships, learn and remember. And then, on March 15, the college’s Alumni Game Changers event features Nobel Laureate Charles Rice and NFL star Rolf Benirschke. Both events are free and open to the public.
Finally, Valentine’s Day is almost here. I hope you will keep an eye out for the latest Peek at the Conservatory video, which will be a special Valentine’s Day edition. (Spoiler alert: it’ll be about chocolate.)
Meanwhile, go Ags!
- This message appeared in the February 2024 edition of Biome, the CBS newsletter.