Women in STEM

Jonathan Eisen: From Aggie Hero to Time

February 25, 2020
Professor Jonathan Eisen, named the first Aggie Hero of 2019-20 for calling out science meeting organizers for gender and racial imbalance among presenters, last week landed on a Time magazine list of 16 people and groups “fighting for a more equal America.”

Bumblebees Carry Heavy Loads in Economy Mode

February 05, 2020
Bumblebees are the big lifters of the insect world, able to fly back to the hive with almost their own body weight in nectar on board. A study published Feb. 5 in Science Advances shows how they do it — and that bees can show more flexibility in behavior than you might expect from a bumbling insect.

Taking a Bite Out of Research: BMCDB Ph.D. Student Natalie Sahabandu Reflects on Her Journey as an Aggie

January 27, 2020
Natalie Sahabandu is a Ph.D student in the BMCDB Graduate Group. As an undergraduate at UC Davis, she picked up science skills through the Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program. Her interest in science and biology is all due to her mother, who carted the young Sahabandu to various science exhibitions at local universities in Sri Lanka.

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.

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).

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.