University News University News for UC Davis en CHANCELL-ING: A Tribute to What We Can Accomplish … Together <p class="p3">LeShelle and I often say we are grateful to live in Davis. The last two years have only strengthened our pride in our community. After all, UC Davis is a world-class research institution with a healthcare system that serves the broader region, and we saw the power of that in action for the public good. </p> July 01, 2022 Cody T Kitaura UC Davis Experts on Immigration, Labor and Human Trafficking <p>The following University of California, Davis, experts on immigration policy are available to speak to the news media. Keep an eye on this and other current expert lists at under "experts" tab. These resources will be updated regularly. This list updated June 2022.</p> June 28, 2022 Karen Michele Nikos-Rose Next Book Project Focuses on Public Safety <p>The UC Davis community will come together over the course of the next academic year to examine public safety and policing through the 2022-23 Campus Community Book Project: Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment by Zach Norris.</p> June 28, 2022 Cody T Kitaura ‘Young, Gifted and Black’ Opens July 28 at UC Davis Manetti Shrem Museum <p>A wide-ranging exhibition that highlights artists of African descent whose work explores identity, politics and art history makes its West Coast debut July 28 at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, at the University of California, Davis.</p> June 28, 2022 Karen Michele Nikos-Rose UC Davis COVID-19 Testing Moving to New Location <p>The campus’s COVID-19 testing center is moving, but it isn’t going far.</p> <p>After conducting more than a million tests there, the testing operation will leave the Activities and Recreation Center next week and move across the street to the <a href="">Human Resources Administration Building</a>, on the <a href="">newly renamed Blue Ridge Road</a>. </p> June 28, 2022 Cody T Kitaura Pete Scully Sketches His Surroundings <p>The next guest on Chancellor Gary S. May’s talk show can often be spotted around campus, having “conversations” with the scenery.</p> June 28, 2022 Cody T Kitaura THE DOWNLOAD: Calm Meadow, Feeding the Less Fortunate <p>Swaying grasses. Grazing sheep. The sights and sounds of this campus meadow bring a sense of calmness to Cooperative Extension Specialist Leslie Roche. As director of UC Rangelands, she’s assessing real-world practices for grassland restoration and management. The open space serves as an important landscape for the plants and animals she works to protect. See above for episode three of Thought/Space, a College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences video series about the special places that faculty, staff and students have found at UC Davis.</p> June 28, 2022 Cody T Kitaura Police to Offer Self-Defense Classes <p>The UC Davis Police Department is sponsoring self-defense classes beginning this summer. Taking two full days on consecutive Saturdays, the class is intended to build physical skills, muscle memory and self-confidence. The classes are geared towards women but registration will be open to all students, faculty and staff. Group sizes will be small, about 10 students to three instructors. No previous experience in martial arts is required. </p> June 28, 2022 Cody T Kitaura Aggie Merchandise Launches on Amazon <p>UC Davis last week launched a <a href="">branded storefront on Amazon</a>, allowing shoppers all around the country easy and quick access to products to show off their Aggie Pride.</p> <p>The digital storefront features a wide variety of shirts, sweaters and other items for infants, kids and adults, with more items on the way later this summer. Current offerings include clothing branded with various UC Davis logos, athletic teams, alumni and parent marks and more.</p> June 27, 2022 Cody T Kitaura Global Food Supply-Chain Issues Call for Solutions <p>Global supply issues related to the pandemic and war in Ukraine have highlighted yet another global vulnerability — food availability. </p> <p>While international trade allows countries to buffer against domestic food shortfalls and gain access to larger markets, what happens when supplies run short, or the global supply chain slows or even breaks down like it did during the pandemic?</p> June 27, 2022 Karen Michele Nikos-Rose Chancellor May’s Statement on Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade I write today to not only share President Drake’s statement on today’s Supreme Court decision overturning 50 years of women having the right to make informed decisions about their health care, but also to let our community know that your reproductive options in the state of California will remain the same. On June 3, we sent a message to our students regarding their reproductive health care options. June 24, 2022 Cody T Kitaura COVID-19 Testing No Longer Required <p>Your routine for coming to campus gets a little simpler today: Regular COVID-19 testing is no longer required, although it is still available on a voluntary basis. And while students are no longer required to complete the <a href="">Daily Symptom Survey</a>, campus employees must still submit one every time they come to a university facility.</p> June 24, 2022 Cody T Kitaura Police Chief Farrow to Lead NAMI California Board <p>UC Davis Police Chief Joseph Farrow begins a three-year term as president of the board of directors of the California branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, on July 1. The organization provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all those affected by mental illness can lead quality lives of dignity and respect without fear of discrimination and stigma. </p> June 22, 2022 Cody T Kitaura 2022 Chancellor’s Innovation Awards Honor Contributions to Society <p>The University of California, Davis, announced the recipients of the 2022 Chancellor’s Innovation Awards at an in-person event on June 16. The awards recognize faculty, community partners and industry leaders developing innovative solutions to improve the lives of others and address important needs in our global society.  </p> June 17, 2022 Andy Fell Emergency Services Respond to Plane Crash <p>UC Davis Fire and Police Departments, with assistance from Davis and Dixon Fire Departments, responded to a small plane crash south of the University Airport today (June 16). A fire at the scene was extinguished and the pilot declined transport to hospital. </p> June 16, 2022 Andy Fell Martian Meteorite Upsets Planet Formation Theory <p>A new study of an old meteorite contradicts current thinking about how rocky planets like the Earth and Mars acquire volatile elements such as hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and noble gases as they form. The work is published June 16 in Science. </p> June 16, 2022 Andy Fell Understanding Learning by Inference <p>Both humans and other animals are good at learning by inference, using information we do have to figure out things we cannot observe directly. New research from the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis, shows how our brains achieve this by constructing cognitive maps. </p> June 16, 2022 Andy Fell Pets Help AIDS Survivors Through 2 Pandemics Survey showed pets helped long-term HIV/AIDS survivors through both the AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics. Older men, especially those with dogs, felt less alone and isolated compared with cat owners. June 15, 2022 Amy M Quinton Underachievers No More <p>One in five students in the United States will not earn a high school diploma — and young adolescents who fall behind in school risk never catching up, leading to unemployment, poor health and poverty, research has shown.</p> June 15, 2022 Karen Michele Nikos-Rose Checking In With Chancellor May: Next Steps After Commencement <p class="MsoNormal">To the UC Davis Community:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I’m writing today about our undergraduate commencement ceremonies that were held from Friday through Sunday at UC Davis Health Stadium. (I’ll also provide updates to our COVID prevention practices later in this letter.) Commencement did not go as planned, and while we did our best to mitigate against the rising temperatures on Friday morning, I know it was not enough. I apologize for the pain, anger and frustration many of you have experienced and expressed.</p> June 13, 2022 Dave Jones