LAURELS: ‘Roommate House’ Wins Design Award

2-story house, rear exterior
Rear view of Cheng+Snyder’s “Roommate House,” showing one of the terraces. (Matthew Millman)


  • Brett Snyder, College of Letters and Science
  • Joanna Regulska, Office of Global Affairs
  • David Lubarsky, UC Davis Health
  • Kathy Keatley Garvey, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Charles Chen ’18, College of Engineering
  • Debapriya Chakraborty, Institute of Transportation Studies
  • Bethany Cummings, School of Medicine
  • Eric Johnson, UC Davis Health
  • David Olson, College of Letters and Science

"Roommate House" interior, showing first floor and stairs leading to loft
With a footprint of 550 square feet, Cheng+Snyder’s “Roommate House” has a bedroom and shared spaces on the first floor, and a second bedroom in the loft. (Michael Millman)

The American Institute of Architects’ East Bay chapter recently honored Brett Snyder, associate professor of design, and Irene Cheng, associate professor of architecture at the California College of the Arts, for their “Roommate House.”

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Brett Snyder

The principals in the Oakland-based firm Cheng+Snyder earned a merit award in the small-scale category (less than 5,000 gross square feet) of the chapter’s 2022 design competition.

Cheng+Snyder describes itself as experimental/multidisciplinary, producing work at a wide range of scales, from books to buildings, according to the firm’s website. It adds that Cheng and Snyder are especially interested in projects that use architecture to address urgent social issues.

Cheng and Snyder designed the Roommate House as an accessory dwelling unit, or backyard cottage — a concept being touted as a partial answer to California’s dire shortage of housing.

Occupying a small footprint (550 square feet), the Roommate House includes a shared kitchen, bathroom and living area, and two bedrooms, one on the ground floor, one in a loft, each with a small terrace, to accommodate two unrelated roommates or even a small family.

— Michael French, arts marketing specialist, College of Letters and Science

Joanna Regulska headshot
Joanna Regulska

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies, or AWSS, honored Joanna Regulska, vice provost and dean of Global Affairs, with its 2022 Outstanding Achievement Award at a reception in Chicago last month. The award recognizes her exceptional career in Slavic, East European and Eurasian women’s and gender studies and her outstanding service as a mentor to female students and colleagues.

Regulska is a professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies at UC Davis and a professor emerita in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Department of Geography at Rutgers University.

“Her scholarship, her program building and her mentorship have had and will continue to have a ripple effect across the field and the multiple disciplines in which her scholarship and advocacy have played roles,” the award announcement stated.

Trained as a feminist geographer, Regulska brought a new spatial perspective to the emerging study of women’s social movements in Central Europe, the announcement said. She is the author or co-author of eight books, and she has published more than 100 articles, chapters and reviews. In addition to teaching at her home institutions and at summer schools in Croatia, Georgia and Poland, Regulska helped build graduate programs at Central European University in Budapest and Tbilisi State University in Georgia.

A nomination letter said that beyond her many other achievements, Regulska “may have been most successful in training and continuing to support generations of researchers dedicated to the study of gender in Central and Eastern Europe and the post-communist world.”

— Julia Ann Easley, News and Media Relations specialist, Office of Strategic Communications

David Lubarsky, UC Davis faculty, headshot
David Lubarsky

David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health and vice chancellor of Human Health Sciences, has been ranked 51st by Modern Healthcare magazine in its listing of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for 2022. 

The recognition is one of the industry’s highest honors. It spotlights leaders who are creating the greatest impact in the health care landscape. Modern Healthcare is an industry leader in business news, issues and trends in health care. The honorees were chosen by industry peers and Modern Healthcare senior editors and announced Dec. 3. 

Lubarsky started in his position in June 2018, overseeing an integrated academic health system that serves more than 6 million people in 33 counties across 65,000 square miles in Northern California. 

Since his arrival, Lubarsky has recommitted the organization to expanding care for the underserved and caring for Medi-Cal patients, people experiencing homelessness, and others with few resources, while creating a sustainable financial model with a focus on patient-centered care and innovative digital health.

Lubarsky espouses an organizational philosophy that UC Davis Health will always “complete, not compete” with other Sacramento-area organizations. The goal is to improve access and patient care throughout the region, not just at UC Davis Health.

Read the complete article by Clifton B. Parker of UC Davis Health Public Affairs and Marketing.

Golden dung fly, perched on a lavender stem, with big eyes appearing as they are starting at the photographer
“Checking You Out!”: Garvey’s medal-winning image of a golden dung fly, “Scathophaga stercoraria,” perched on a lavender stem.

Photographer par excellence Kathy Keatley Garvey, communications specialist in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, recently won the International Insect Salon’s medal for best image by a member of the Entomological Society of America, or ESA.

The image shows a golden dung fly, Scathophaga stercoraria, perched on a lavender stem, with the fly looking as if it is “Checking You Out!” — which is the title Garvey gave to the photo she took in her family’s pollinator garden in Vacaville. Scathophaga play an important role in the natural decomposition of dung.

ESA showcased the winning images during its joint meeting with the entomological societies of Canada and British Columbia, held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nov. 13-18. The Peoria Camera Club of Peoria, Illinois, sponsors the Insect Salon in conjunction with ESA and the Photographic Society of America.

The salon accepted 89 images — including three of Garvey’s — out of 254 entries from around the world. Garvey’s other entries: “Did I or Didn’t I?” (crab spider and katydid) and “Eureka! I Found it!” (pollen-covered honeybee).

The Sacramento Business Journal recently named its “40 Under 40” honorees for 2022, including the following with UC Davis affiliations:

  • Charles Chen, College of Engineering graduate, 2018, co-founder and chief technology officer of Japa (“Just a Parking App”) Inc. The app directs users to open parking spaces (each space has a sensor in the pavement to tell whether the space is being used).
  • Debapriya “Priya” Chakraborty, professional researcher, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center, Institute of Transportation Studies. Her research focuses on the impact of policies to encourage electric vehicle adoption and the role of market-based strategies in maximizing their environmental benefits.
  • Bethany Cummings, associate professor, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine. Her laboratory looks at changes in the body related to type 2 diabetes. She and her team have made significant contributions to understanding how bariatric surgery, a type of weight-loss surgery, improves glucose regulation for patients with type 2 diabetes. This work has led her group to focus on special cells in the pancreas and the gut microbiome for possible new treatments for type 2 diabetes.
  • Eric Johnson, division practice manager, pain management, UC Davis Health. He leads the clinic’s internists, psychologists, social workers, acupuncturists, pain pharmacists, anesthesiologists and physical therapists, who offer compassionate, leading-edge treatments for chronic pain. He is also an ultra-long-distance runner who helps motivate and inspire others by sharing his stories of overcoming challenges.
  • David Olson, associate professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Letters and Science, and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine, and co-founder, chief innovation officer and head of the scientific advisory board, Delix Therapeutics. The startup is developing nonhallucinogenic versions of psychedelic compounds to treat psychiatric and neurological diseases.

Lisa Howard, senior public information representative, UC Davis Health Public Affairs and Marketing, contributed to this report.

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