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Why Whales? What Sends Land Animals Back to Sea Becky Oskin April 20, 2018
What drives species to move into such a different habitat? Two paleontologists at UC Davis, Geerat Vermeij and Ryosuke Motani, set out to test these ideas by compiling a list of all the groups of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that have re-occupied marine environments and comparing their time of return to the ocean with known mass-extinction events.
Undergraduate Research: Physics Helps Protect the World Becky Oskin April 18, 2018

Lena Korkeila, a UC Davis undergraduate from Placerville, California, is gaining real-world experience through physics research while helping to improve monitoring of nuclear reactors.

1997 - Shelly Mateer

April 16, 2018
Shelly Mateer (B.A., international relations, ’97) has written three books influenced by her experiences as a CIA officer—Single in the CIA and two volumes in her Mingling in the CIA series—with another series installment on its way. Learn more about her books and follow her blog at her website. 
Model of Blobs in Earth’s Interior Explains Unusual Pacific Volcanism Becky Oskin April 12, 2018
Deep inside the Earth are two huge blobs of dense rock splayed across the core-mantle boundary. A computer model from UC Davis project scientists Juliane Dannberg and Rene Gassmoeller, members of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the College of Letters and Science, offers new insights into the relationship between the mantle blobs and the lava erupted at some Pacific islands.
More Researchers Now See Engagement as a Crucial Part of Their Job Becky Oskin April 11, 2018

As the first anniversary of the March for Science approaches, researchers continue to reflect on the relationship between science and society. Four scientists with strong UC Davis connections discuss whether society is witnessing a fundamental change in how scientific researchers perceive their interaction with the public and policymakers. Read more in The Conversation.

1998 - Jennifer (Gray) Golick

March 12, 2018
Jennifer (Gray) Golick (B.A., psychology, ’98) died March 9, one of three women shot to death by an Army veteran at the Pathway Home in Yountville where she worked.

1997 - London Breed

March 12, 2018
London Breed (B.A., political science, ’97) served five weeks as the acting mayor of San Francisco following the Dec. 12, 2017, death of Mayor Ed Lee from a heart attack. She is a candidate in the June special election for the office.

2010 - Joe Sasto

March 02, 2018
Joe Sasto (B.A., communication, ’10) was a contestant on the latest season of Bravo’s Top Chef television series, making it to the Final 3 before exiting the show.