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John and Lois Crowe Honored with UC Davis Medal

May 01, 2018
John and Lois Crowe, pioneering scientists and philanthropists, are among this year's recipients of the UC Davis Medal, the highest honor the university bestows on individuals.

Double Majors: Do What You Love

April 30, 2018
For anyone struggling with the decision to double major, UC Davis undergraduate Harris Niazi has some sage advice. “Don’t ever ask yourself what if,” he said. “Just go for it. Even if it doesn’t pan out, you’re at least stuck with one major that you love.”

Biology Academic Success Center Celebrates Five Years of Advising

April 27, 2018
For the past five years, the Biology Academic Success Center has been a one-stop shop for all academic advising needs for undergraduate students on campus. This week, the center celebrated its fifth-year anniversary.

UC Davis Mourns Loss of Marine Biologist and Ocean Health Advocate

April 25, 2018
Faculty, staff and students gathered at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory today not for their weekly seminar, but to remember their colleague Susan Williams who died in a car crash Tuesday (April 24) while en route to the Davis campus to teach.

Discovering Curiosity: Art at the Zoo with Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez

April 19, 2018
Before delving into the world of endocrinology, Assistant Professor Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez wasn’t following the path of a traditional scientist. She’d studied studio art and psychology at both Skidmore College and Boston College and thought she wanted to pursue the artist’s life.

Gail Patricelli Honored with Distinguished Teaching Award

April 18, 2018
A big congratulations is in order for Professor Gail Patricelli, Department of Evolution and Ecology, who will receive a Distinguished Teaching Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate and Academic Federation.

UC Davis Researchers Talk Science and Society

April 13, 2018
In a Q&A style article appearing in The Conversation, UC Davis researchers, including Professor Susan Williams, Department of Evolution and Ecology, talk about science and public engagement.

Investigating the Molecular Defense Tactics of Plants

April 11, 2018
In a study appearing in Cell Host & Microbe, UC Davis graduate student Neeraj Lal, Professors Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar and Andrew J Fisher and their colleagues reveal the versatility of plants’ molecular defenses. The findings provide a strategic map revealing how plants allocate resources and have the potential to help bolster crop immune systems and improve their development and growth.

Neelima Sinha Honored with Fellow of American Society of Plant Biologists Award

April 10, 2018
For her long-term contributions to the plant biology field, Sinha was recently honored by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) with a Fellow of ASPB Award, which recognizes distinguished members who have contributed to the society for at least 10 years.

Stacey Combes and "Why These Bumblebees Are Wearing Itty-Bitty QR Codes" in Wired

April 06, 2018
Assistant Professor Stacey Combes and colleagues put tiny QR codes on the backs of bumblebees to reveal their social lives. Combes' research with former Harvard graduate student James Crall, published in Nature Communications, is the subject of a new Wired article, "Why These Bumblebees Are Wearing Itty-Bitty QR Codes."

Plant Biochemist Is UC Davis’ Top Teacher

April 03, 2018
For Judy Callis, teaching is about helping students make connections. Those connections led to Callis, professor and vice chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology in the College of Biological Sciences, being awarded the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.

Investigating the Seagrass Microbiome

March 28, 2018
Seagrass carpets the seafloor creating a unique and vital ecosystem in shallow marine environments. Sea turtles graze on seagrass leaves while smaller organisms seek refuge in the green fields but, on the microscopic level, seagrass is also home to microbial communities. Such microbes compose the seagrass microbiome and potentially play a role in seagrass ecology.