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Farmworkers’ son active in UC Davis research wins prestigious NIH scholarship

Farmworkers’ son active in UC Davis research wins prestigious NIH scholarship

A biochemistry and molecular biology major, Abraham Corrales has been awarded the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and committed to careers in health-related research.

The stinging sweat and all-over aches from picking blackberries one summer tutored young Abraham Corrales of Watsonville in the harsh realities he’d already experienced as the youngest of 10 children of migrant farmworkers.

“When you’re in the fields, you understand how everyone who’s working there really suffers just to put food on the table,” he said. “That’s what made me change my perspective on education.”

Today, the UC Davis junior has distinguished himself as one of only 16 recipients nationwide of a prestigious National Institutes of Health scholarship on his way to developing therapies to promote the health of agricultural communities like his own... Read More

The Most Important School Supply of All

The Most Important School Supply of All

September is Library Card Sign-Up month – a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.  To encourage the youngest residents of Yolo County to become life-long learners and library users, the Yolo County Library has partnered with First 5 Yolo to offer free “keeper” books to all children, ages 0 to 5, who either use their existing library card or sign up for one during the month of September.                             

UC Davis ramps up new commercial venture formation with 14 technology startups in past year

UC Davis ramps up new commercial venture formation with 14 technology startups in past year

The University of California, Davis, launched 14 commercial startups during the past year to June 30 — the largest number of new ventures based on UC Davis technology to be started in a single year.

This represents an increase from eight startups the preceding fiscal year.

“Nearly doubling the number of university-based startups is a major milestone achieved by the Office of Research, working closely with entrepreneurial faculty,” said Harris Lewin, vice chancellor for research. “This achievement illustrates the huge potential of our faculty for driving economic development, and is in perfect alignment with Chancellor Linda Katehi’s goals for the campus, and the recent emphasis on technology transfer by our new University of California president, Janet Napolitano.”... Read More

Funds awarded to begin construction of Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Funds awarded to begin construction of Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

The 8.4-meter LSST will use a special three-mirror design, creating an exceptionally wide field of view.

The National Science Foundation has agreed to support the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy to manage the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope construction project, with a budget of up to $473 million. The announcement caps more than 10 years of developing, planning and reviewing of the LSST concept.

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Cal Aggie Alumni Association names associate executive directors

Cal Aggie Alumni Association names associate executive directors

The Cal Aggie Alumni Association has promoted Jane Eadie to associate executive director, chief programs officer, and appointed Teresa Gould as associate executive director, chief revenue officer.

Eadie will oversee CAAA’s engagement efforts with the 225,000 alumni of the University of California, Davis, and coordinate the efforts of more than 40 alumni chapters and networks throughout the world.

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Global food safety agreement signed by China and UC Davis

Global food safety agreement signed by China and UC Davis

UC Davis will be partnering with Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Yangling, Shaanxi.

Officials from China’s Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Shaanxi province, and the University of California, Davis, signed a memorandum of agreement that lays the groundwork for establishing the Sino-U.S. Joint Research Center for Food Safety in China.

The signing ceremony was held in the city of Yingchuan, China, during a meeting between high-level officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology... Read More

Mondavi Center enhances offerings with Mellon grant

Mondavi Center enhances offerings with Mellon grant

The So Percussion ensemble will be visiting UC Davis, thanks to the Mellon grant.

The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis has received a $400,000 award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will support innovative performances in classical music, residencies by major American orchestras and festivals connected to academic programs.

“This generous grant supports our belief in the power and beauty of classical music to enrich lives,” said Don Roth, executive director of the Mondavi Center. “It will give us the opportunity to deepen our work to engage audience members with classical music by supporting nontraditional and less formal concert formats, by collaborating with UC Davis artists and faculty to create exciting multifaceted music festivals, and by creating major artist residencies that bring community members and artists in closer contact.”... Read More