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Untangling the Complexity of the Plant Circadian Clock

June 28, 2018
In a new study, researchers found that the seemingly needless complexity of the plant circadian clock actually helps plants function in an array of environments.

College of Biological Sciences Students, Faculty Honored with Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

June 19, 2018
This year, members of the College of Biological Sciences received three special recognitions: the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and two Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research. Earlier this month, the recipients gathered with UC Davis Chancellor Gary May to receive their awards.

The Aggie Transcript: Building a Science Writing Space for Students

June 18, 2018
In winter 2014, Professor Sean Burgess, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, decided to create The Aggie Transcript, a life sciences publication featuring undergraduate writing. After winning the UC Davis Advancing Academic and Career Goals Award, the publication recently released its second print issue.

Pew Scholarship Will Investigate Molecular and Cellular Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

June 14, 2018
Pew Charitable Trusts has announced Kassandra Ori-McKenney as a 2018 Pew Biomedical Scholar, one of the most prestigious honors of its kind. With a four-year grant totaling $300,000, Ori-McKenney will investigate the role of a protein called tau in the development of neurodegenerative disease related to traumatic brain injury.

Drought Has Unexpected Consequences for Northern California Butterfly Populations

June 13, 2018
Utilizing nearly 45 years of butterfly population field data, a new study published in Climate Change Responses reveals how recent record-setting temperatures and drought conditions affected butterfly populations at various elevations in Northern California. And the results are surprising.

University Medalist Emily Eijansantos Learned Value of Perseverance in Lab

June 13, 2018
During her second year of undergraduate research in the lab of Aldrin Gomes, Emily Eijansantos felt ready for a solo project. She’d spent her sophomore year learning the lab’s techniques and shadowing more experienced undergraduates. She felt prepared. But like many things in life, the project—studying ibuprofen’s effects on heart cells—had its hurdles.

Discovering Curiosity: Exploring Age-Related Hearing Loss with Gregg Recanzone

June 06, 2018
Hearing loss is a substantial problem for society. It’s the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease and about 30 percent of adults between ages 65 and 74 and nearly half of people over 75 experience some difficulty hearing. It’s a social problem, one that can lead to isolation and depression.

Two UC Davis Juniors Receive Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

June 01, 2018
Two University of California, Davis, juniors are among the winners of what is the nation’s premier undergraduate award of its type in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Honoring the late U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, the federally endowed Goldwater Scholarship Program was designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

Risk and Reward: Lizards Demonstrate Role of Natural Selection in Shaping Behavior

May 31, 2018
Tiny lizards in the Bahamas are providing scientists with new insights into evolution in isolated environments. In a new paper in the journal Science, biologists analyzed the risk-taking actions of the brown anole (Anolis sagrei) to better understand how animal behavior is influenced by natural selection.

A Day in Class: Wild Davis Course Gets First-Year Students Outside

May 30, 2018
There’s a lot to see on the UC Davis campus, and Department of Evolution and Ecology faculty Sharon Strauss and Laci Gerhart-Barley designed “Wild Davis” with a simple goal: to connect new students, regardless of academic discipline, with the plants and animals that also call UC Davis home.