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Professor Richard Scalettar Wins Nash Prize

May 15, 2018

As a physicist, Richard Scalettar studies the principles that govern the physical world. As a member of the UC Davis faculty, he participates in another system of governance — shared governance of the university.

For his commitment to the latter, Scalettar is this year’s recipient of the Charles P. Nash Prize, recognizing faculty members who have taken on Nash’s mantle of promoting shared governance, and advocating for faculty interests and welfare.

Will the Relationship Last?

May 14, 2018
New research by UC Davis psychologists suggests that — at first — long-term and short-term relationships may look more or less identical. “Long-term and short-term trajectories typically pull apart after you’ve known someone for weeks or months,” said Paul Eastwick, an associate professor of psychology who led the study.

1994 - Janice (Wimmer) Corbett

May 01, 2018
Janice (Wimmer) Corbett (B.A., psychology, and B.S., agricultural and managerial economics, ’94) died Sunday, April 29, at her home in Davis, with her family beside her, one year and one day after her cancer diagnosis.

Why Whales? What Sends Land Animals Back to Sea

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.

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.