A Great Time to be an Aggie

a new and exciting year starts

Coming to Davis from Colorado was a shift – the scenery, the climate (no more show shoes!) – but after almost ten years in California, it’s now a bit of a shock when things get cold. But that is exactly what it is here now. (By cold, I mean 50°F, admittedly.)

As such, the start of winter quarter has coincided with the start of what is feeling more and more like actual winter here in Davis. Of course, that hasn't stopped our students from returning with the same energy and determination they always have. (In Colorado, there would be fewer people biking across campus in the winter, that's for sure!)

Speaking of students, did you know CBS has over forty thousand alumni? Whether it’s an alum from a recent class getting that first job, or into a prestigious graduate program, or making a new discovery about life on our planet, our alumni are making a difference.

Nowhere is that more evident than with Charles Rice ’74, who won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his role in the discovery of the hepatitis C virus. Rice will join Rolf Benirschke ’77, a former star NFL placekicker, television personality and hepatitis C survivor on Friday, March 15 for a discussion about the scientific and medical breakthrough that brought them together. I hope you will join us.

In the meantime, our faculty and students are in their labs and classrooms, the parking structure beside Green Hall is full, and the eateries are busy. It’s a great time to be on campus, and a great time to be an Aggie.

Said another way, go Ags!


Mark Winey, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Biological Sciences

Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology 

Featured image: The EVE Scholars Program gives students the chance to study in the field – such as with Jennifer Gremer (second from left), an associate professor of evolution and ecology, pictured here collecting Mountain Jewelflowers (Streptanthus tortuosus). The program's first cohort shared their final research posters in December, 2023. (Courtesy photo)


How Tomato Plants Use Their Roots to Ration Water During Drought

Researchers in the Department of Plant Biology have shed new light on how tomato plants cope with drought stress – work that could eventually help scientists design drought-resistant crops.

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Research & Discovery


Citrus Greening Bacteria Affects Pest's Sense of Smell

New research from the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology is a breakthrough in understanding the Asian citrus psyllid, the culprit behind citrus greening disease. The study may help improve methods of attracting and eradicating the pest. 

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Student Spotlight


CBS Senior Gains Cross-Cultural Experience Shadowing Doctors in Italy

It’s not every day that UC Davis students get to witness live C-sections and orthopedic surgeries—and then follow up such experiences with a walking tour of Milan or a group dinner of Milanese cuisine. CBS senior Amrit Bains, however, was able to do just this.

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