2 Science Days: In Person

Biodiversity Museum Day and NeuroFest 2022

Drawing: "Biodiversity Museum Day" double-decker bus with specimens/artifacts in windows
All aboard for UC Davis’ Biodiversity Museum Day, as depicted in artwork by Ivana Li, biology lab manager. The passengers, from left: Top row — Golden eagle (California Raptor Center); valley oak leaf (Arboretum and Public Garden); projectile point (Department of Anthropology Museum); titan arum, or corpse flower (Botanical Conservatory); budding yeast (Phaff Yeast Collection); skull (Paleontology Collection). Bottom row — Honeybee (Bee Haven); Chinese praying mantis (Bohart Museum of Entomology); salt marsh harvest mouse (Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology); hookworm (Nematode Collection); seed cone of a gray pine (Center for Plant Diversity); and a California sea cucumber (Marine Invertebrates Collection). The sea cucumber is just along for the ride, as the Marine Invertebrates Collection is not among the participants in this year’s Biodiversity Museum Day.

Biodiversity Museum Day and NeuroFest, both held virtually last year, are returning as in-person events the first two weekends in March.

Both programs will follow Campus Ready guidelines pertaining to vaccination status and the Daily Symptom Survey. Masks required. Follow the links in the At a Glance box to see the COVID-19 protocols for each event.

Only NeuroFest requires advance registration; the deadline is March 4.


Both events will take place at the UC Davis Conference Center. Free admission to both.

Biodiversity Museum Day

NeuroFest 2022

Biodiversity Museum Day

In its 11th year, Biodiversity Museum Day will follow a different format. New this year: a central location where specimens and artifacts from the 11 participating UC Davis museums and collections will be on display — for a one-stop Biodiversity Museum Day, compared to past years when people visited individual collections across the campus.

The expo will be housed in the UC Davis Conference Center, where visitors will check in to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

Here are the 11 participating museums and collections:

  • Arboretum and Public Garden
  • Bee Haven
  • Bohart Museum of Entomology
  • Botanical Conservatory
  • California Raptor Center
  • Center for Plant Diversity
  • Department of Anthropology Museum
  • Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology
  • Nematode Collection
  • Paleontology Collection
  • Phaff Yeast Culture Collection

Scientists will be on hand to greet visitors and answer questions. Some of the collections — including the Arboretum and Public Garden, the Bohart Museum of Entomology and the Botanical Conservatory — will offer tours, but you must first check in at the expo, then sign up for the tours. More information on tours will be available at the expo.

Biodiversity Museum Day is among 28 projects participating in Crowdfund UC Davis in February. The Biodiversity Museum Day organizers have set a $5,000 fundraising goal and invite contributions via this link.

NeuroFest 2022

This day all about neuroscience comes with hand-on activities for all ages, the NeuroBlitz competition and the opportunity to vote for your favorite NeuroArt 2022!

Presented by the Center for Neuroscience and coinciding with the center’s 30th anniversary year, NeuroFest 2022 will include discussion of major neuroscience advancements over the past three decades, along with the latest in cutting-edge research and the future of discoveries to improve people’s lives.

NeuroFest 2022 presenters, four headshots
From left, David Segal, Christina Kim, Kim McAllister and Sergey Stavisky.

Faculty and affiliated faculty will present on the following topics:

  • Gene Editing Comes of Age: New Treatment for Neurodevelopmental Disorders — David Segal, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Transforming the Study of Mental health: Using Light to Control Brain Activity and Behavior — Christina Kim, assistant professor, Department of Neurology, UC Davis Health
  • Neuroplasticity and Neurodegeneration: NextGen Strategies for Improving Memory and Treating Dementia — Kim McAllister, professor, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences; and director, Center for Neuroscience, College of Biological Sciences
  • Restoring Movement and Communication With Brain-Computer Interfaces — Sergey Stavisky, assistant professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, UC Davis Health

Kathy Keatley Garvey, communication specialist, Department of Entomology and Nematology, contributed to this report.

Media Resources

Dateline Staff: Dave Jones, editor, 530-752-6556, dateline@ucdavis.edu; Cody Kitaura, News and Media Relations specialist, 530-752-1932, kitaura@ucdavis.edu.

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