Women in STEM (new website)

Campus recently launched the UC Davis Women in STEM web page, https://www.ucdavis.edu/women-stem. The page includes profiles, videos, resources, and news about campus initiatives and efforts to recruit, support, and advance women in STEM fields. People across campus are welcome to share the content, as appropriate, with their key audiences. You can link to the page…

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What Can I Do With My Major? (New blog)

Strategic Communications recently launched the “What Can I Do With My Major?” blog at https://www.ucdavis.edu/majors/blog/. The page includes posts on specific majors, alumni, students, and “how to get through the college system and get a job.” Content can come from students, alumni, faculty, staff, advisors, and industry. Here’s another good opportunity to add content and…

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Carbon reduction, the unrealistic Paris Agreement, and alternatives for California

Climate scientists from three countries have determined that the carbon reduction goals set at the Paris Agreement in 2015 are not feasible. Regardless of whether the U.S. remains part of the Paris climate accord, scientists at the University of California, Davis, are developing additional agricultural methods to offset increases in atmospheric greenhouse gases, thereby reducing…

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Wheat geneticist Jorge Dubcovsky receives 2017 UC Davis Innovator of the Year Award

Jorge Dubcovsky, distinguished professor of plant sciences and Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher, and Lara Downes, artist in residence at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, were named the 2017 Innovators of the Year by University of California, Davis, Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter at a ceremony on June 8. These awards, which are…

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Maeli Melotto and Diane Beckles awarded fellowships in Israel

Two professors in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis have been awarded fellowships for the Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel. Maeli Melotto, an expert in plant-microbe interactions, and Diane Beckles, an expert in postharvest biochemistry and molecular physiology, are among 26 faculty across the U.S. who received the competitive academic fellowship. The…

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Gene salad: Lettuce genome assembly published

Represents most successful group of flowering plants  On April 12, 2017, UC Davis researchers announced in Nature Communications that they have unlocked a treasure-trove of genetic information about lettuce and related plants, releasing the first comprehensive genome assembly for lettuce and the huge Compositae plant family. Garden lettuce, or Lactuca sativa, is the plant species that includes a salad bar’s…

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