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Mentoring at Critical Transitions: Setting the Course with Hugh Kearns

Diversity Dialogues on Graduate Education

Graduate Student and Postdoc Professional and Career Development Professionals Meeting

Pathways Career Symposium

Second Annual Provost's Fellowships Honored

"Four really cool animal studies" featuring the research of Deborah Giles and Kristen Denninger-Snyder (Geography), Brian Greco (Animal Biology), and Shahla Farzan (Ecology).

Golden Fellowship Recipients of 2013-14 Honor Namesake at Reception

Mentoring at Critical Transitions: Development Planning with Bill Lindstaedt

Meet Our New Graduate Diversity Officers

Meet Dr. Steve Lee, UC Davis' New Graduate Diversity Officer for STEM


Expanded Child Care Funding Program for Student Parent

Mentoring at Critical Transitions: Mentors discuss helping first year graduate students "Hit the Ground Running"

Sacramento workshop on drafting the IMRaD

Three UC Davis students named Switzer environmental fellows

Reception Held to Honor Donors of Soderquist Matching Fund Initiative

Welcome Dr. Josephine Moreno, UC Davis' New Graduate Diversity Officer

John Garamendi's visit

Preparing for Life after Graduate School: Bringing a Career Development Workshop to Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Ph.D. students in tragic accident, fund established

Grad student to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Donald G. Crosby Fellowship in Environmental Chemistry namesake honored

2013 Graduate Studies Honors and Awards Ceremony

William G. Golden, Jr. and Kathleen H. Golden International Agriculture Fellowship namesake honored

Engineering grads develop non-wetting fabric that drains sweat

Grad students Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award for Breast CT Research

32 receive Graduate Studies honors, awards

Alumna judges the Big Brains on TV

Landscape Architecture students design sustainable UC Davis project

Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium a Success

Meet McNair Scholars New Outreach Coordinator and Adviser

Check in with Nursing and Science Health-Care Leadership graduate

Meet these grad student foodies

Students showcase research at Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium

UC Davis Center Develops Innovative Cooling Technologies

Grad students and chancellor participate in a "She Shares" conversation

Proud to be Green… Research team creates online bibliography for sustainable community food system practices

Exploring grad student career paths

Proud to be Green... Fruit and Vegetable Industry takes notice, UC Davis develops new infrared peeling technology

Lovers' hearts beat in sync, as demonstrated by grad student's study on couples

Psychology grad student receives Chancellor's Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community

Allen G. Marr Prize Distinguished Dissertation Award namesake honored

UC Davis studies fertilization methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

McNair Scholars Program receives new funding

Co-created and managed by grad students, sustainable Aggie Reuse Store celebrates first anniversary

New agreement between the China Scholarship Council and UC Davis for Ph.D. Programs

Grad fellowships make the difference


Graduate Studies offers 'pathways' to careers in academia and beyond

Ecology grad student grows oysters in the lab to help restore wild populations

Grad students help promote "Meet a Scientist" event for kids

Biomedical engineering student teams up with "citizen scientists" to send microbes to the International Space Station

Ecology grad is part of research team that finds fewer lions surviving in Africa’s ‘pockets’ of savannah

Geography grad gives back to his Ghana hometown

First Provost's Fellowships go to 50 UC Davis grad students

Entomology grad student is cutting Bergmann's Rule down to size

Grad student part of Large Underground Xenon experiment in South Dakota

Graduate and Professional Students Dean's Cup Bowling Competition Winners

Resources for graduate students expand at UC Davis

Proud to be Green... Grad students conduct wind turbine systems research

Pharmacology and Toxicology Ph.D. student awarded National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences prize

Ecology grad students study the rare Great Gray Owls of Yosemite

Doctoral candidate is captivated by medieval literature

Environment is the ultimate multi-media says English studentt

Geology student works on Mars' Curiosity science team

Environment is the ultimate multi-media says English student

Ecology student impacts others with science and service

WOW! What a Success!

Where in the World is Graduate Studies Dean Jeffery Gibeling?

Grad student chosen for prestigious plant breeding fellowship

UC Davis is 13th in nation for National Science Foundation Fellowships, with 37 awarded in 2012!

History Ph.D. student receives U.S. Department of Education Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad award

English Ph.D. student is named the Omnidawn 2012 Poetry Chapbook Contest winner

UC Davis smartphone application will allow instant polling for presidential debate on Wednesday

Sociology doctoral student is the 2012-2013 recipient of the Southeast Asian Archive Anne Frank Visiting Researcher Award

Animal Behavior grad student's research shows that scrub jays react to their dead

UC Davis remains in top 10 and is up another notch

Animal Behavior Graduate Group student's research shows that scrub jays react to their dead

Seven grad students set off to work with farmers in developing countries

Hydrologic Sciences doctoral student receives W.D. Farr Scholarship from National Cattlemen's Foundation

Grad student and black lab track orcas off the San Juan Islands

$1.3M deal is the first partnership between Ag industry and UC Ag division

Sept. 13: UC dedicates first full-sized center pivot overhead irrigation system, public is invited

UC Davis listed among top 50 universities in the world

UC Davis named nation's "Coolest School" for efforts to address climate change and operate sustainably

Grad student part of team discovery that may lead to better lure to detect fruit fly

Grad students win Howard Hughes Medical Institute scholarships

UC Davis Team wins third place at iCAN 2012

Biomedical Engineering grad student wins top research fellowship

Agricultural and Resource Economics doctoral student honored by International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade

$1.6 million grant to raise STEM achievement in K-12 schools, grad students conduct research

Grad student is the first winner of the Dannon Probiotics Fellowship

Grad Student helps local school earn $550K green grant

Nursing doctoral student wins research abstract award

Master of Professional Accountancy chair wins CalCPA's Outstanding Accounting Educator Award

Grad students receive new award for excellence

Mother and son graduate together at Graduate Studies Commencement

The Joint Administration/Academic Senate Special Task Force on Graduate Education at UC Davis releases report

2012 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award winners announced

Graduate Academic Achievement and Advocacy Program

Thursday, June 7, 2012 | Memorial Union, MU II
3:30 p.m. Refreshments and Seating, 4:00 p.m. Ceremony, Reception to follow

2012 Graduate Studies Honors and Awards
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter, Graduate Studies Dean Jeffery Gibeling, the Graduate Council and the Postdoctoral Student Association cordially invite you to attend the 2012 Graduate Studies Honors and Awards:

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant
  • Dissertation Awards
  • Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research
For more information, call (530) 752-9742. RSVP by May 30, 2012.

Viticulture and Enology Graduate Group Designated First UC Davis Professional Science Masters Program

McNair Scholars Program Looking for a Few Good Underrepresented Undergrads

Grad Student Support Administration Currently Under Review, with Goal of Streamlined Future

Study: Prepare grad students for work beyond academia

White House hails Chemistry grad student as "Champion of Change"

UC Davis student team, led by grad student Wilson To, take home second place in UC's Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) Big Ideas Competition

2012 Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium winners announced

2012-13 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships announced

New landmark report from national graduate school commission examines career pathways for grad students

Robotics company started by engineering professor and former grad student awarded NSF funding

Plant Biology graduate student lands NSF grant

Nursing school dean tapped for national advisory committee

Weed science grad students awarded WSWS scholarships

Reynoso-led task force report findings

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing grad students visit state Capitol

Animal Biology grad student wins Alltech Young Scientist Award

Center of Poverty Research's Graduate Student Retreat a success

Noted alum's life's work focuses on the welfare of animals in zoos

Shining the light on Mexican scholars and scientists

English Grad Students Win Awards, Accept Prestigious Positions

2012-13 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award Winners Announced

Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group Alumni Updates

New UC health plan for grad students a big hit with students and university

Biomedical Engineering students selected as U.S. finalists to compete in China

Chemical Engineering student turns tobacco plants into living vaccine factories

Ah... mental relief! Counseling Services Geared for Grad Students

UC LEADS Annual Symposium

Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology student receives the Loren D. Carlson Prize

Creative fundraiser tips for postdocs in search of support

New UC LEADS Program Coordinator Gears Up for 2012 Scholars

New Master of Professional Accountancy Program Now Enrolling Grad Students

Grad study discovers: Why In-Town Big Box Stores Might Not Be As Awful As You Think

Grad student and Lifelens team member wins Microsoft 'Imagine Cup' grant for malaria app

Alumnus develops mobile app to help the farming and ag communities

Provost Gives $1.4M Boost to Grad Student Support

Doctoral student is helping rice farmers grow more with less thanks to a "Golden" opportunity

Major agreements bring Brazilian students to UC Davis

Faint 'satellite galaxy' discovered

UC Davis scientists join researchers from 13 nations to drill for climate change

Grad student leads study of the collision of galaxy clusters 5 billion light years away

UC Davis reaches $750 million fundraising milestone


New group to examine ways to help graduate students move into careers

UC Davis impact on economy tops $6.9 billion

Sunlight and bunker oil a fatal combination for Pacific herring

Grad students looking for on-campus affordable housing... immediate vacancies now available!

Now accepting nominations for the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium accepting applications for 2012

International grad student enrollment increases eight percent nationally

Plant Sciences grad student lands NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

Chancellor's remarks from graduate and professional student town hall meeting

International grad student enrollment increases eight percent nationally

Google's Scholar Citations tracking now available to all

Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium gears up for 2012

Wind experts advise on revolutionary wind-powered skyscraper

Davis takes lead in the future of agricultural technology

Dean Gibeling responds to recent campus events

Anthropology grad student discovers ancient bronze artifact at dig

UC Davis and Wageningen UR partner to feed 2B population growth

Ph.D. grad engages youth in greening inner city

UC Davis rolls out innovative new majors, minors

New McNair Scholars Program director is true student advocate

UC Davis hosts students en route to science conference

Researchers discover complexities of DNA repair

Study of Religion approved as new Graduate Group

Pharmacology and Toxicology alum is helping to eradicate polio

Alumnus develops system that predicts irrigation flooding

UC Davis Sponsors National STEM Conference for Underrepresented Students

Nation's largest planned zero net energy community opens at Davis

Geology grad student's earthquake blog is back after months of field work

WOWza! Week of Orientation and Welcome a rousing success

Chancellor Katehi discusses international student support

Grad students learn how to initiate social change in the Middle East

Drop your pencil and boot up your computer, fillable forms now online

Comparative Literature grad students receive Fulbrights

Grad finds sea turtles in strange places

UC Davis gets $4 million grant to create poverty research center

The kinds of UC Davis research funded by the Pentagon might surprise-and benefit-you

Grad develops compound that self-cleans cotton and breaks down pesticides, bacteria

Biomedical Engineering student wins Society for Applied Spectroscopy award

UC Davis, partners to launch $40 million effort to revitalize native African crops

New research grants help bridge the gap from the lab to real life

Postdoc's findings could lead to development of more drought-tolerant plants and more efficient irrigation systems

Incoming grad student has no trouble visualizing a doctorate in chemistry

Faculty, staff reach deep to support graduate students

Ecology grad students become newest Switzer Fellows

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing prof is named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar

Grad students improve their laboratory skills through teaching

Onset, pace of puberty tied to behavior problems

Researchers develop computer model for testing heart-disease drugs

Warming streams could be the end for salmon

Bedrock nitrogen may help against climate change

Researchers develop computer model for testing heart-disease drug

Grad Prof wins Outstanding Mentor Award

Alum is Crop Science Society of America 2011 Award Recipient

Student blogs on adaptive management and experimental island flooding in the Sacramento Delta

Study finds electric vehicles are so fun to drive, you won't want to go back

Student discusses Android power consumption and app etiquette

Researchers solve multiple sclerosis brain-cell mystery

Agilent Technologies and UC Davis announce new Wave Research Center

Arming Middle Eastern college students with scholarship skills

Student begins testing smartphone diagnostic app in India and Ethiopia

Faculty hone mentoring skills to benefit graduate students

Ph.D. student leads science camp for teens who are sight impaired like him

Geologist advises on Mars landing site

2011 SACNAS National Conference - UC Davis field trip

Acid oceans could hit California mussels

Epidemiology graduate student honored in Canada

Study debunks autism as a primarily genetic disorder

UC Davis team fights food crisis

Students win national geothermal energy competition

New incubator site is hub for green innovation

Grad student published in ScienceDirect

UC Davis enters patent agreement for "iMobot"

Student receives accolades at Photosynthesis conference

Grant to fund a postdoc research fellow and grad students

Jerome Rosen, music department founder, dies at age 89

Former UC Davis Professor for the Future fellow, DeeAnn Reeder, is featured in Smithsonian magazine re: bat deaths

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education and Educational Testing Service announce the Outstanding Dissertations Competition 2012

Congratulations to some recent dissertation award winners...

Anthropology doctoral student Lena Meari was awarded the Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Award for 2011-2012 and Anthropology doctoral student Vivian Choi was presented with the Davis Humanities Institute Dissertation Award.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Award Winners:

UC Entrepreneurship Academy

September 12-16, 2011 at UC Davis

Apply online at by August 12.

Science and engineering graduate students: come develop the commercial potential of your idea by working with leading investors, entrepreneurs and others in the business and investment community. The one-week UC Entrepreneurship Academy is the premiere academic program for commercializing science and engineering innovations and is a springboard for moving research out of the lab and into the world.

The academy includes:

  • five intensive days exploring market opportunities surrounding your ideas and your research
  • daily seminars and interactive sessions taught by leading venture capitalists, angel investors and entrepreneurs
  • the tools to communicate the broader potential of your research
  • a networking dinner with industry sponsors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors
  • an evening mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors

Livestock grazing not to blame for Yosemite toad decline, study finds

Brain state affects memory recall

Can evolution outpace climate change?

How cells' sensing hairs are made

Cows make humanized milk, but is it safe?

Lyme disease bacteria take cover in lymph nodes, study finds

Prof calls seminars 'a treasure trove,' launches UC system's new online archive

Alumnus's 'Monster Fish' earns National Geographic honor

Chinese genomics giant BGI and UC Davis form partnership

Campus sustainability map launched

Agricultural Sustainability Institute names grad first Bradford-Rominger Award winner

Hands across the borders: gearing up for Brazil-UC Davis graduate student exchange

Stand Up for UC campaign - supporters use Facebook to post videos and comments about why UC matters to them and their communities

Children conceived in winter have a greater risk of autism, study finds

'Explosive' evolution in pupfish

Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium 2011 Winners Announced

National puzzle hunt comes to Davis

Two new studies link hunting to lead in scavenger birds

Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium April 21-23

The campus is invited to attend the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium starting with the poster session at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at the UC Davis Conference Center. (Dessert will be served.) The campus community is also invited to the events held at the ARC on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23. For more information about the symposium, go to /about/igps.html.

Alumna launches East Africa's first private DNA testing lab and leads effort to create a crime-fighting database in Kenya

2011 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Winners

HIV protein unveils vaccine target

2011-2012 Professors for the Future

The Professors for the Future (PFTF) program is pleased to announce the selection of the 2011-2012 class of fellows:

  • Lisa Auchincloss (Plant Biology)
  • Lydia Beaudrot (Ecology)
  • Josh Furman (Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry and NEAT ORU)
  • Cara Harwood (Geology)
  • Erin Hendel (English)
  • Matt Jones (Plant Biology)
  • Mong Thi Nguyen (Education)
  • Luke Peterson (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
  • Ben Reeb (Human and Community Development)
  • Jessica Spradley (Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior)
  • Heather Sturman (Linguistics)
  • Kristen Kennedy Terry (French)
  • Juliet Wahleithner (Education)

The Professors for the Future program is a competitive, one-year professional development program for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UC Davis. For more information, please visit /pftf.

New TACs Announced

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is proud to announce the newest cohort of Teaching Assistant Consultants (TAC).

Senior TAC Coordinator: Mara Evans

TAC Co-Coordinators: Sarah Dalrymple (spring) and Ann Chang

Senior TACs: Richard Osibanjo, Chemistry (spring) and Matt Nesvet, Political Science

Newest TACs:

  • Jeff Anderson, Mathematics
  • Jamiella Ortiz Brooks, French
  • Hsiao-chi (Angel) Chang, Education
  • Heather Dwyer, Ecology
  • Erin Hendel, English
  • Dalia Magana, Spanish
  • Henry Yeung, Food Science/Nutrition

These members will serve from spring quarter 2011 through winter quarter 2012. For more information, go to or

Pushing the cutting edge of modular robot technology

Students mentor teams in separate robotics events

Williamson Act loss threatens wildlife habitat

Where have all the flowers gone? UC Davis researcher wants to find out

Researchers discover how to measure snowmelt in the Sierra more accurately

Podcast and Materials

"Winter Dialogue with the Dean: Graduate Students with Families"

Podcast: Listen to the Dialogue with the Dean Podcast

Materials: Overview of Childbirth Parental Accommodation Policies

Institutional Comparisons of Childbearing/Parental Accommodation Policies, March 2011

Bilinski Fellowship Recipients

UC Davis has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship Fund, a program of the Bilinski Educational Foundation. The grant allowed the College of Letters and Science to offer dissertation fellowships in six of its top-ranked programs in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (HArCS) and the Division of Social Sciences (DSS). This generous fellowship program is designed to support students as they begin the advanced stage of doctoral study. Congratulations to these fellowship recipients:

  • Sampada Aranke, Performance Studies
  • Valerie Billing, English
  • Keith Hennessy, Performance Studies
  • Nicole Kenley, English
  • Andrew Kerr, History
  • Debra Leiter, Political Science
  • Michelle Schwarze, Political Science
  • David Simon, Economics
  • David Verbuc, Music
  • Lia Winfield, History

For more information, go to

From the English Department:

  • Alysia Garrison is joining Dartmouth's English Department as an Assistant Professor in the fall.
  • John Garrison will be joining Carroll University's English Department as an Assistant Professor in the fall, teaching medieval and early modern studies, with a focus on Shakespeare.

In memory of Viticulture & Enology graduate student Ilan Tokayer

We are officially a bicycle-friendly university, and a golden one, at that

Grad student co-writes premier issue of new magazine: Boom: A Journal of California

Pain research may pave the way to understanding and controlling chronic pain

First census finds surprisingly few white sharks off California

Thursday, March 10
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Silo Cabernet Room

Winter Quarter Dialogue with the Dean

Graduate Students with Families

Are you interested in support for graduate students with families at UC Davis? Would you like to learn about resources that exist for graduate students with families? Do you want to know what efforts the university is making to improve academic and financial support for expecting graduate students?

Please join us for the winter quarter Dialogue with the Dean. Graduate Studies' Dean Gibeling and Associate Dean Timm will speak from about 5:15 to 5:45 p.m., and then open the floor to discussion. All graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to exchange ideas with the dean and with each other. This is a great chance to inform yourself and to make sure your voice is heard!

Please e-mail Cassandra at if you plan to attend so we can make sure we have enough food. (You may also e-mail her with questions or dietary concerns.

University Outreach and International Programs Funding Opportunities

Roadkill, rat poison: Can Bobcats survive?

Immune molecule regulates brain connections

Chemistry students to take quarter abroad in Taiwan

Professor and student mentor Marion Miller dies at 55

UC DAY: Yudof says 'we're running out of budget options'

Survey asks about campus e-mail service

Sitting down with popular resident brewmaster Charles Bamforth

UC Davis scholar Jack Forbes advocated for indigenous peoples

Volcanic magma could become power source

Study reinforces link between obesity, high-fat meals and heart disease

Life in an Antarctic Lake


Text Rentals Save Students $388,000 in a Single Quarter

Psychological Changes from Meditation Training Linked to Cellular Health

Study Shows Plants Moved Downhill, Not Up, in Warming World

Small Music Program Gains National Recognition

Call for Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and to the Chancellor Applications

Now Accepting Applications for Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium

Graduate and professional school students – have you been conducting interesting work and want an opportunity to share it with our campus community? Are you interested in meeting individuals on campus who may be doing work complementary to your own? Apply to the 2011 Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium.

This year's symposium has been completely re-envisioned and has been expanded from one day to a three-day event that includes performances, panels, art displays, and traditional papers and posters. The event will be held Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 23. There is a $5,000 prize for Best 10-Minute Talk and $1,000 top prizes for Best Performance/Art Display, Best Graduate Student Session and Best Poster. For details and application procedures go to /about/igps.html.

Student Advocate Retires After 30 Years and Gives Back to Graduate Education

Image of Silvia Castillo Hillyer.

After 30 years with UC Davis, Silvia Castillo Hillyer will retire following winter quarter 2011.

Silvia spent more than 20 years with the Ecology graduate group and most recently served as the program's Graduate Program Staff Coordinator (Student Affairs Officer). Silvia's was the friendly face that ecology graduate students depended on and reached out to for advice and support during their graduate years.

Silvia has always been a staunch supporter of graduate education at UC Davis. "I have worked with Silvia for over 20 years and have always found her to be an untiring advocate for graduate student and staff issues," says Cathy Jurado, Director of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services. "Silvia has been a valued friend and supporter of graduate education and has worked hand in glove with the Office of Graduate Studies to ensure that graduate students and staff are treated equally and with respect." As testament, Silvia received the UC Davis Graduate Student Association's "Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students" in 2009.

Even though Silvia has bid adieu to Ecology and has one foot firmly planted into retirement, she is pitching in to help with undergraduate advising in Environmental Science and Policy for the winter quarter.

With her upcoming retirement, Silvia has finally caught up to her husband, Ted, who has been retired from UC Davis for nearly five years, following a 31 year-stint. "It's a happy day for Ted and I", says Silvia. "We have many plans for our retirement. Ted has been an integral partner in this journey and a faithful Ecology Graduate Group advocate. I could never have made it this far without his love, help and support. I am super excited and looking forward to the next chapter of our lives, and recognize that I will be leaving many wonderful friends that I will dearly miss."

Silvia and Ted believe in giving back and the duo has made a gift to UC Davis graduate education. The Hillyer Fund will be an alternating endowment to benefit engineering and ecology students. "We are both very appreciative of the education, training and generosity that we have enjoyed while at UC Davis," says Silvia. "This endowment is a small token of our appreciation of all of the benefits we have received, as well as friendships we have enjoyed over the years."

Jeff Gibeling, Dean of Graduate Studies, may sum it up best. "Silvia has been a very valuable member of the graduate education administrative team on campus for many years," says Dean Gibeling. "In addition to contributing to the success of one of the top-ranked graduate programs at UC Davis, she has regularly provided advice and guidance on a wide range of policies and projects. We all have benefitted from her willingness to share her knowledge gained from experience."

Many best wishes to you, Silvia. Adventures await.

Pictured: Ted and Silvia at the annual Mardi Gras Ball, which benefits local charities. Silvia and the Ecology students have hosted the event each year.

Doctoral Nursing Students Receive National Scholarships

Entomology Doctoral Candidate Tackles Malaria

Call for Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Awards 2011 Nominations

Insect Collection Kit Attracts Martha Stewart

NOTICE – Graduate Studies E-mail and Website Affected by Campus Shutdown

Due to the UC Davis Campus Data Center's scheduled system upgrade, all campus e-mail services, along with some campus computing services housed at the Data Center (including the Office of Graduate Studies' website) will be down for 10-48 hours beginning Sunday, December 26, 2010.

Unfortunately, because of this shutdown prospective graduate students will be unable to apply online through the Office of Graduate Studies website during this maintenance timeframe. However, please be advised that prospective graduate students can still apply for admission and fellowships by going directly to The Office of Graduate Studies apologizes for this IET decision timeframe and any inconvenience.

Here is some additional information on the Campus Data Center's shutdown.

Fit-to-Flow' Fluid Connector Developed

New Forecast Warns Oil Will Run Dry Before Substitutes Roll Out


New Development Program for Graduate Faculty is Now In Session

Do we, as humans, ever stop learning? Or perhaps a better question would be: Should we ever stop learning?

Working on a renowned campus where abundant intellect and research rein supreme, the answer most assuredly is a resounding "absolutely not!"

It is our proud responsibility to teach the future leaders of tomorrow and release them to conquer the world. We focus on teaching these eager minds; yet isn't it also our responsible to keep learning and growing as well?

In our world of reality where universities are competing for top quality students, it is now more vital than ever that we sharpen our tools and acquire more student interaction skills to engage the potential student and retain the ones who call UC Davis home.

The Office of Graduate Studies has tried to be one step ahead of the game. In 2009, Graduate Studies conducted a doctoral student survey asking students what was going right in their graduate experience and what could be improved. Even though UC Davis has a higher graduate student completion rate than the national average, the Office of Graduate Studies would like to improve their student success rate. As part of this endeavor, last year Graduate Studies created and submitted the winning proposal to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) for consideration of their "ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education: From Admission through Completion". The annual award recognizes promising, innovative proposals to enhance student success and degree completion at the master's or doctoral level.

Graduate Studies Dean Jeff Gibeling and his team spent little time celebrating the award win and instead spent the next few months creating a unique, new faculty development program called "Mentoring at Critical Transitions". The development program focuses on three critical student transitions:

  • Transition One: The entering graduate student and his/her course load.
  • Transition Two: After the graduate student has finished all of his/her curriculum coursework, s/he prepares for the Qualification Exam. The student must pass the exam, finish all coursework and show that s/he is qualified in the breadth of his/her field.
  • Transition Three: Working on the dissertation (could be one or more years), completing it, and then stepping out into the professional world.

"These are transitional milestones that all UC Davis graduate students go through," says Associate Graduate Dean Lenora Timm. "What was unique about our proposal and why we were awarded funding is because we are looking at these transitions from the faculty prospective — that is to say what can faculty do to help our students get over the hurdles and complete these transitions successfully?"

There are existing development programs on campus offered to graduate students; however, this new program offers training that is specifically created for graduate faculty — a first for UC Davis.

Mentoring at Critical Transitions (MCT) is a year-long program that was kicked off with a two-day retreat in August. In this inaugural year, there are 35 faculty members participating from three graduate programs (Pharmacology and Toxicology, Physics, and Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry), as well as faculty from the IGERT program.

The program includes themed workshops each month (excluding December) and partners with internal and external experts. Workshops include guest speakers, panel discussions and participant interactions.

The September workshop focused on mentoring students and their dissertation writing skills, with Chris Thaiss, the Director of the University Writing Program as guest speaker. The October workshop featured "Mentoring Student Parents" with guest speaker Mary Ann Mason, co-director of Center for Economics and Family Security, School of Law and former Dean of Graduate Studies at UC Berkeley. Mason also spoke at a public noontime presentation, which was co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and the Women's Resources and Research Center.

Upcoming workshops will offer expert advice on how to mentor underrepresented, LGBT and disabled students, as well as covering the socialization of graduate students, and scholarly integrity and ethical approaches to research. Already on the docket to speak include experts from UCLA, UCSF, UC Davis and the Educational Testing Service. This first year MCT program will wrap up with a retreat in August or September 2011.

The Office of Graduate Studies plans to continue the MCT program; however, because this first year was supported by the $20,000 ETS/CGS matching grant, future programs may need to be scaled back unless additional funds are recouped. "We would like to get this type of program institutionalized on this campus," says Timm. "It is an incredibly important development tool for our graduate faculty."

First year MCT participants also have some great takeaways. Not only will they have the opportunity to become insightful coaches and mentors for their graduate students (plus garnering higher odds of acquiring and retaining students), they are also being offered funds from the matching grant for recruitment or other activities relating to graduate student retention and completion. MCT participants must submit proposals to the Office of Graduate Studies and funds are offered anytime during or after the completion of the MCT training.

Recognition is another important factor. Participating programs become a "Certified, MCT Program" and will display the MCT certification banner on their websites. This certification shows potential graduate students that the program's faculty has successfully completed a customized program specifically aimed to successfully mentor a student through his/her UC Davis graduate school experience. How many other universities can make such a declaration?

For more information about the Mentoring at Critical Transitions program, please contact Lenora Timm.

Tentative Three-year Contract Reached for Grad Students
Food Science Students' "Mickey's Pocket Pie" Takes Disney's Top Prize
Doctoral Student Designs Costumes for Stage and Screen

A Big Win and a Big Invite! Double "congratulations" go to Comparative Pathology Graduate Student Wilson To

Group picture.

President Obama recently hosted the "White House Science Fair", which was an event honoring winners from national and international STEM competitions. Because of Wilson To's competition win in the 2010 Imagine Cup technology competition, he was invited to travel to the White House and meet the man himself, President Obama. To was also asked to join the president on stage as he discussed his education plans with audience members. For more information about the White House event, go to

About the win: The Imagine Cup is an international technology competition hosted by Microsoft Corporation that challenges high school and college students to create innovative technologies that address the world's toughest problems — which are often centered on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals ( The competition draws over 300,000 students worldwide from over 100 countries. To was a member of team Mobilife. The team won the Grand Prize in the Software Design category for their project — a mobile diagnostic tool of vascular diseases. Mobilife connects Windows Phone technology with computer-assisted intravital microscopy to provide in-field analysis of the human microcirculation to detect developing microangiopathy in children.

Group picture.The Mobilife team represented the U.S. at the Worldwide Finals, held in Warsaw, Poland last summer and showcased their innovation alongside hundreds of other student teams from around the world. In addition to cash and prizes awarded to the top teams, students gained real-life experience, made new friends and attended training sessions to help them turn their ideas into reality.

For more information about the award, go to You may also read about To's experiences at the national finals at

Top picture: Wilson To is shown at the left wearing his red Imagine Cup shirt.

Blending Science With Wine
National Survey of Ph.D. Programs Released

Student Receives Prestigious Boren Award

International Agricultural Development master's student Sean Kearney has been awarded a Boren Fellowship to study in Uganda during the 2010-11 academic year. Kearney is studying Kiswahili at the City Language Center in Kampala, as well as with individual instructors in the village of Nkokonjeru while conducting his thesis research.

David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major Federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. There were 519 applications from graduate students and 99 were awarded Boren Fellowships. Boren Scholars and Fellows live in 51 different countries and study 43 different languages. For more information on Boren fellowships, go to

Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grant Goes to Ecology Grad

Sarah Myhre, doctoral student in the Ecology graduate group, has been awarded the Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grant in Marine Environmental History and Historical Marine Ecology. The award is based on Myhre's research on "Establishing ecological and oceanographic baselines through past events of rapid anoxia." The award will help support Myhre through her next 12 months of research.

The Mia J. Tegner Program received numerous proposals to fund work in areas ranging from Australia to the North Pacific. The proposals were graded largely based on the quality of the historical ecology analysis and on its conservation implications. Myhre's award notification letter stated "Your proposal rated particularly high on these two metrics and we were greatly impressed by the quality of your proposed work." For more information about the research grant, go to

First-ever UC Postdoc Agreement to Improve Compensation, Working Conditions
Aggienaut Alum Does Space Station Home Improvement
UC Davis Climbs to No. 6 in Washington Monthly's Rankings
Scholars See Chance of Recession Relapse by 2012
Bee Friendly Garden Opens at Research Center
International Agricultural Development and Ecology Students Awarded Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation Fellowships
Geography Students Honored at State Geography Conference
NOAA Awards Population Dynamics Fellowship to Ecology Doctoral Candidate
Grad Students are UC’s Unsung Heroes
UC Davis Researchers Explain the Potential Role of fat-carrying Lipids in Diiabetic Kidney Disease
Computer model shows speeding mantle
USDA study: Longer-lasting Cut Flowers
Study Pinpoints Training Needs for Future Plant Breeders
Graduate students drive UC research, help keep top faculty
One Health Course – Interdisciplinary Distance Learning

Congratulations to the 2010 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award winners! The award recognizes the contributions of graduate students to teaching and learning on the UC Davis campus.

  • Clare Aslan, Ecology
  • Abigail Boggs, Cultural Studies
  • Binh C. Dao, Chemistry
  • Jennifer Erin Esp, Biostatistics
  • Andrew Hageman, English
  • Matthew Hufford, Plant Science/Ecology
  • Darren Hwee, Molecular, Celularl and Integrative Physiology
  • Michelle B. Kim, Chemistry
  • Garrett C. Liles, Land, Air and Water Resources – Soils and Biogeochemistry
  • Rohit Thomas, Mathematics

The Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award recognizes the contributions of graduate students to teaching and learning at UC Davis.

Front row pictured from left to right: Jennifer Erin Esp, Matthew Hufford, Clare Aslan, Michelle Kim, Binh Dao. Back row from left to right: Graduate Council Chair André Knoesen, Andrew Hageman, Rohit Thomas, Darren Hwee, Garrett Liles, Abigail Boggs, Graduate Studies Dean Jeffery Gibeling.

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Foreign-Student Applications Rise 7% at American Graduate Schools
Get to Know the Man Behind Graduate Education at UC Davis Interview with Dean Gibeling
Postdoc Creates Package to Help Students Using LaTeX to Write Their Thesis or Dissertation
International Grad Students Learn to Help Health, Environment and Industry Back Home

Alumni News

Dean Urges Renewal of "Collective Commitment" to Principles of Community
Mosquito Researcher Wins Statewide Award

Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Program Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now open for the first-ever graduate classes offered through the new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. To encourage the best and brightest students to pursue graduate education, the school is offering generous financial support to each student admitted to the inaugural classes, which is made possible by the founding $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. See the press release for more information.

Alumni News

Science Magazine Highlights Grad Student's Forestry Work in Haiti
Chancellor to Faculty: Challenged Campus Grows Strong, Especially Green
New Fellowship Matching Program Boosts Graduate Student Support
California Sea Grant Announces Research Grant Recipients
Students' Film Premiers at Sundance
Grad Student and Family Safe Following Haiti Earthquakes

Mathias Research Projects 2009-2010

The Natural Reserve System (NRS) provides grants to support graduate students for their independent and field science studies at NRS reserves. These grants not only encourage students to conduct research, but also provide experience in applying for grants, meeting deadlines, and managing a budget. Congratulations to these 2009-2010 awardees:

  1. Michelle Afkhami, doctoral student in Population Biology. Reserves Used: Hastings Natural History Reservation and Quail Ridge Reserve. Report title: “Mutualism-mediated niche expansion and partitioning in California native bunchgrass, Bromus laevipes.”
  2. Sarah Gravem, doctoral student in Ecology. Reserve Used: Bodega Marine Reserve. Research Title: “Predator effects on communities: indirect interactions and alternate community states.”
  3. Clarissa Sabella, doctoral student in Population Biology. Reserve Used: Bodega Marine Reserve. Research Title: “Effect of Algal Symbionts on Local Adaptation in Anthopleura elegantissima.”
  4. Kelly Smith, doctoral student in Ecology, Reserve Used: Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve. Research Title: “How does California killifish behavior and hormone profile influence encounter and infection rates with the trematode parasite Euhaplorchis californiensis?”
  5. William Wetzel, doctoral student in Population Biology. Reserves Used: Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) and Valentine Camp. Research Title: “Spatial abundance structures in an intraguild-predation foodweb.”
  6. Christopher Woodcock, M.F.A. student in Art. Reserves Used: All reserves in the system. Research Title: “A Visual Survey; photographic study of the University of California Natural Reserve System.”
Alumnus Spearheads Clean Water Projects in Uganda
Grad Student Joins Chancellor and Blogs from the World Universities Forum in Switzerland
Chancellor and Graduate Students Discuss Vision
Student Wins ESA's President's Prize


Office of Graduate Studies Wins Inaugural National Award

Image of Dean Gibeling, David Payne and Dean Wimbush.

The inaugural “ETS/CGS Award for Innovation in Promoting Success in Graduate Education: From Admission through Completion” has been awarded to the Office of Graduate Studies at UC Davis. Dean Jeffery Gibeling accepted the award on December 3, 2009 at the Council of Graduate Schools' Annual Meeting. The prestigious award is sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS).

The new annual award was created to recognize promising, innovative proposals to enhance student success and degree completion at the master’s or doctoral level, while promoting inclusiveness. The winning institution is selected based on the strength of its proposal to meet the award’s goals and to serve as a model for other schools; it receives a two-year, $20,000 matching grant.

The winning proposal, “Mentoring at Critical Transitions: Faculty Readiness from Admission to Completion,” will develop a pilot program to enhance faculty preparedness in areas affecting the academic socialization and success of a diverse doctoral student population. The project will focus on the transitions from application to student, coursework to research, and research to professional career. It will offer seminars, dialogues, and a retreat to enhance graduate faculty’s readiness to mentor doctoral students at these critical transitions.

Pictured: Dean Jeffery Gibeling (center) with David Payne, ETS Vice President and COO for College and Graduate Programs (right,) and Dean James Wimbush from Indiana University and chair of the selection committee (left).

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Understanding DNA Repair and Cancer
Birds Call to Warn Friends and Enemies
"Cool" News from the South Pole... Postdoc Blogs from Antarctica
Former Professors for the Future Fellow Heads Three-Year Project that Educates Teachers
Governor Appoints Ecology Alumna as Executive Director of the California Ocean Protection Council
Student Volunteers Help Food Banks

Dialogue with the Dean

UC Budget and its Effects on Graduate Students

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Memorial Union, King Lounge, 2nd Floor

Please join Dean of Graduate Studies Jeffery Gibeling for an evening of dialogue on the UC budget and its effects on graduate students and graduate studies at UC Davis. This quarter’s Dialogue with the Dean provides an opportunity to ask questions, express concerns, and receive valuable information about topics such as funding, the impact of the California budget crisis on the UCs, and the broad effects of the weakened economy on graduate students. In this climate of economic uncertainty, what can the Office of Graduate Studies do for students and what do students want from the Office of Graduate Studies? All graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to exchange ideas with the Dean and with each other. Pizza will be provided. For more information about this event, please e-mail Abbie Boggs. Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Studies Welcomes New GSADC

The Office Graduate Studies welcomes Abigail Boggs, Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor (GSADC) for 2009-10. Abbie is a fourth-year graduate student in Cultural studies and is working in the area of internationalization of higher education. As GSADC, Abbie will be interested in developing a project on the impact of globalization of higher education on the lives of both domestic and international students. In particular, she is interested in helping improve the quality of live and academic experiences of international students. Welcome, Abbie!

With Abbie joining Graduate Studies, it is time to bid a sad "goodbye" to GSADC for 2008-09, Cynthia Degnan. Cynthia is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department. She will now go on to focus on her dissertation which examines how constructions of childhood relate to narrative structures. She begins with a reading of the Freudian concept of childhood in relation to literature, and goes on to look at this conception in relation to the Cold War and War on Terror in order to uncover ways that the child functions in discourses of U.S. nationalism. Cynthia's project further investigates the ways in which non-normative gender and sexuality, in both children and adults, complicates these discursive and narrative uses of the child. You'll be missed, Cynthia!

Grad Wins Sylvia Rivera Award

Congratulations to grad student Toby Beauchamp! Toby has won the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the Graduate Center at City University in New York for his article, "Artful Concealment and Strategic Visibility: Transgender Bodies and U.S. State Surveillance After 9/11," (which will appear in Surveillance and Society, a special issue on gender and sexuality). The Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies honors the memory of Rivera, a transgender activist, and is given for the best book or article to appear in transgender studies each year. Toby was also the Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor for 2007-08 and has been busy this past year working on his dissertation, "Going Stealth: Transgender Bodies and U.S. Surveillance Practices." Congrats, Toby!

Alumnus Saves New Jersery Winery
Excavating Artifacts in Northern Greenland
Snails Threaten Tomales Bay Olympia Oysters
Researchers Combine Manmade Devices with Biological Machines to Boost Efficiency
Anthropology and Ecology Double Major Grads' Research Undermines Dog Domestication Theory
Presidental Award Goes to Microbiology Alumnus

Recent Awards for Ecology Grad Students

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) Mercer Award went to Ecology graduate group alumnus Rick Lankau (and Professor Sharon Y. Strauss) for Rick's dissertation, "Mutual feedbacks maintain both genetic and species diversity in a plant community." For more information about the award program, go to

Graduate Student Researcher Shawn Kefauver has been awarded a competitive three-year NASA Earth Sciences Graduate Fellowship. Shawn is currently working on his master's thesis on the hyperspectral remote sensing of air pollution impacts on forest health using bioindicators in Yosemite and Kings Canyon National parks. For more information about the fellowship program, go to

Lauren Garske was awarded a Nancy Foster Scholarship from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — a competitive and prestigious scholarship in oceanography and marine biology that will fully support Lauren's studies. The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate-level research in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology, particularly by women and members of minority groups. For more information about the scholarship program, go to

Andy Chang has been awarded a Smithsonian Institution postdoctoral fellowship. Scientists' Drill Hits Magma: Only Third Time on Record

Students Harvest Fruit Trees for Food Bank
UC Davis Doctoral Survey Will Provide Insight into Low Retention Rates
Student Choreographers To Present Their Annual Showcase

New Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies

We would like to welcome Dr. Richard Shintaku, our new Assistant Dean, to the Office of Graduate Studies. Rich will have overall responsibility for the management and operation of the department. His broad background in university management, program development and leadership, and graduate teaching and advising will be valuable as the department moves forward with initiatives to strengthen the contributions of graduate education and postdoctoral training to UC Davis.

Rich holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, a M.A. from Michigan State University and a B.S. from UC Davis. Rich brings broad experience in higher education administration and has had progressively increasing responsibilities at UC Davis, Willamette University, Oregon State University and most recent as Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management at Cosumnes River College. He has also served as a faculty member and department chair at Oregon State in the area of adult education and higher education leadership. Rich's academic and professional interests center on promoting the synergies inherent in academic, institutional and multicultural excellence.

Welcome aboard, Rich!

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Graduate Students Excel in Community Service

Congratulations to two recipients of the UC Davis HumanCorps' 2007-2008 Community Service Awards. The Graduate Student Community Service Committee (GSCSC), with over 350 collective service hours contributed during the last school year, was the proud winner of a Group Award. Brandy Wiegers, doctoral candidate in Applied Math, earned the distinction of Outstanding Graduate Student for her work with the GSCSC and the Explore Math program. For a complete list of honorees, see the HumanCorps website.

AAUW Awarded to Cultural Studies Grad Student

For the third year in a row, a Cultural Studies grad student has been awarded the prestigious American Association of University Women (AAUW) dissertation fellowship. Big congratulations go out to Winnie Tam! (And “great job” to her dissertation director, Michael P. Smith.)

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Awards 2008

Congratulations on winning the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2008:

  • Cassandra Brown, Anthropology
  • Patrick Dragon, Mathematics
  • Benjamin Fell, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Laura Z. Hall, Nutritional Biology
  • Mary Frances Keller, Entomology
  • Vannarith M. Leang, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Laurence Lemaire, French
  • Eric O’Brien, English
  • Christopher Schaberg, English
  • Brant Schumaker, Epidemiology
  • Lisa Sperber, English
  • Eva Strawbridge, Applied Mathematics
  • Diana Webb, Mathematics
  • Hongtao Xie, Biomedical Engineering

The Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award recognizes the contributions of graduate students to teaching and learning at UC Davis.

UC Davis Collaboration Helps West African University Student Make History

Image of Dr. Noussourou.

We’ve known all along that our support of graduate education reaches far beyond our own UC Davis campus, and Robert (Bob) Gilbertson’s recent trip to Mali, West Africa is one example of our global collaboration and impact.
Bob (Professor, Plant Pathology) was in Mali participating in the Ph.D. dissertation defense exam of student Moussa Noussourou. Bob was a co-adviser of Moussa, along with Dr. Rick Foster of Purdue University and Professor Hamidou Maiga of the University of Bamako.
When Moussa passed his examination on March 13, he not only received his well-earned doctoral degree, he also made history – his Ph.D. degree is the first one granted by the Department of Biology at the University of Bamako. “We are all so very proud of Dr. Noussourou and what he has accomplished,” says Bob.  
Image of Dr. Noussourou. The title of Moussa’s thesis: The complex of viruses infecting tomatoes in Mali: Characterization of the virus species involved, identification of tolerant and resistant tomato varieties and the effect of a host-free period on disease development in the irrigated perimeter of Baguineda, Mali.
The support Moussa received from Bob and his colleagues is an example of the collaborative research partnership between UC Davis and Mali – addressing a critical agricultural issue impacting the Malian people. This research also benefits the people in California and throughout the U.S., as these same viruses impact crops grown in our country and the results from this important research in Mali can be applied to these viruses.
This research was supported by a grant from the USAID as part of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP).

Top picture from left to right: Bob Gilbertson, Dr. Hamidou Maiga (Moussa's adviser at the University of Bamako), and graduate Dr. Noussourou.
Bottom picture shows Dr. Noussourou along with his University of Bamako advisors, family, Bob Gilbertson, and Rick Foster of Purdue University.

Alumna Honored in Fellow Publication

UC Davis graduate student alumna Dr. Emily Prieto was highlighted in the spring 2008 issue of “ADELANTE!”, a newsletter created by National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) and the Summer Research Training Institute (SRTI) and distributed to their Fellows.

Emily attended SRTI in 2004 when she was a doctoral student at UC Davis. While at UC Davis, Emily won the Walker Award for Outstanding Academic Staff Adviser in 2005. Her graduate work focused on HIV interventions for hard-to-reach populations in Mexico.

In July 2007 she received her doctorate in education with a specialization in language, literacy and culture. Currently, Dr. Prieto is the Director of the Latino Resource Center at Northern Illinois University. Emily says, “One of the most critical aspects of my position is ensuring that there is a welcoming and supportive environment for the Latino campus community and to develop program initiatives that enhance the undergraduate experiences of Latino students, including areas of service learning and community activism.”

The J. Robert Oppenheimer Goes to UC Davis Postdoc

Congratulations to UC Davis postdoc Dr. Moran Wang, who has been awarded the prestigious J. Robert Oppenheimer (JRO) Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

The JRO fellowship is awarded to individuals who display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear and definite promise of becoming outstanding leaders in the research they pursue.

After receiving his Ph.D. degree in Engineering Thermophysics from Tsinghua University in China, Moran spent one and a half years working as a postdoc in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University. He then came to UCD and joined the research group of Professor Ning Pan, a faculty member in Textile & Clothing, Biological & Agricultural Engineering, NEAT and Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, to continue his work on computational modeling of multi-physical behaviors of complex materials systems. In less than two years, Moran has published more than 10 scientific research papers focusing on transports and properties of various porous media, composites, functional gradient materials, and multiphase material systems.

Image: Cristobal Uauy

UC Davis Graduate Student Wins National Council of Graduate Schools "Distinguished Dissertation Award"

UC Davis Graduate Student, Cristobal Uauy, was awarded the national “Distinguished Dissertation Award” by the Council of Graduate Schools and University Microfilms International. Cristobal’s dissertation, “Positional Cloning of Gpc-B1, a Wheat Quantitative Trait Loci Affecting Senescence and with Pleiotropic Effects on Grain Protein, Zinc, and Iron Concentration,” was the sole winner under the Biological and Life Sciences field category.

The distinguished award was presented to Cristobal at the Council of Graduate Schools’ annual meeting, held on December 6 in Seattle, Washington.

Cristobal was also the 2007 Allen G. Marr Prize winner— awarded through the Office of Graduate Studies for dissertation excellence and presented to Cristobal at the June 13, 2007 Graduate Studies commencement ceremony.

IGERT Awarded

Due to the strong effort of a multidisciplinary faculty team - lead by Karen McDonald, College of Engineering Associate Dean and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, with the assistance from Office of Graduate Studies and the Office of Research - we are proud to announce that the campus has received a new Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) award from the National Science Foundation.

The award was based on the team's project: "Collaborative Research and Education in Agricultural Technologies and Engineering" (CREATE). This multi-institutional IGERT establishes a research and educational partnership between UC Davis, Tuskegee University, University of Ireland, Maynooth and the Teagasc Oak Park Research Center in Carlow, Ireland.

Out of 443 IGERT pre-proposals received this year, 98 full proposals were selected, and out of those only about 20 will receive the prestigious award. This award is a continuing grant and will be awarded $600,000 in the first year and up to $3.1 million over the five-year period.

Last Updated: March 10, 2014