A Month of Traditions
longstanding events return to campus

April is a month of traditions here at UC Davis. First and foremost, our campus’s longest-running annual event returns this year. That’s right, Picnic Day is now 108 years old. There will be a variety of activities, as there always are, and while some of the details are still in the final stages of planning and preparation, you can find more information on the picnic day website.

UC Davis Give Day coincides with picnic day again this year, too. And, just like in previous years, the college has a wide array of areas to support. From undergraduate travel and research experiences, to initiatives focused on bolstering diversity, equity and inclusion in the college, there are funds for every interest area and level of giving. Take a look at the college’s Give Day 2022 challenges, and help support life sciences at UC Davis with a gift.

This is also the time each year when prospective students are notified of their admission status. It’s been a happy and welcoming time over the last few weeks, during which those of us at UC Davis have welcomed the class of 2026 with messages and videos on social media. In fact, I joined one of the college’s communications interns, Hansinee, for a short Instagram welcome video to one of our newly-admitted students.

This month there are also in-person Storer Lectureship events. Bryan Dewsbury of Florida International University, Nieng Yan of Princeton University and Erich Jarvis of Rockefeller University are all on the schedule, and will be delivering their talks between now and the end of April. The Storer Lectureship is one of the oldest and most prestigious lecture series at UC Davis, and I’m always thrilled to welcome its speakers to our campus.

We’re into the month of April and spring quarter, and while there’s still quite a bit left in this academic year - not least of which will be in-person, campus-wide commencements for the class of 2022 - the time will undoubtedly pass quickly.

Until then though, there’s plenty to keep us busy.

Go Ags!


Mark Winey, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Biological Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology 

Featured image: The snipefish, an ocean-dwelling relative of the seahorse, has a very long, skinny snout ending in a tiny mouth - they feed with an elastic-boosted head flick. Lasting as little as two milliseconds, this flick is among the fastest feeding events ever recorded for fish. (Shutterstock)


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College of Biological Sciences Dean's Circle
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Center for Neuroscience - Celebrating 30 Years
Established in 1992 as one of the first interdisciplinary research centers of its kind in the U.S., the Center for Neuroscience (CNS) has an international reputation for neuroscience innovation and excellence. 

Research & Discovery

New Human Reference Genome Opens Unexplored Regions
A complete sequence of the human genome has finally been published by an international consortium of scientists, including researchers in the Department of Evolution and Ecology and the Genome Center.


Study Provides Live View into Interchromosomal Dynamics During Meiosis
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology researchers provide an unprecedented glimpse into the process of meiosis, and shed light on questions about homolog pairing and how to prevent errors.

Awards & Laurels

Biological Sciences and Evolutionary Biology Ranked Among Best Graduate Programs by U.S. News and World Report
UC Davis now ranks 17th nationally for graduate programs in the biological sciences, up from 18th last year. The campus also held onto its second-place ranking in ecology and evolutionary biology.


Two CBS Faculty and Project Scientist Honored for Teaching, Research and Service
The Academic Senate and Federation announced their annual awards, which are given to members for exceptional research, teaching and mentoring, and public service. Three awards were given to members of the CBS community.

Featured Event

Picnic Day 2022 - an Annual Open House for UC Davis!
Picnic Day is one of UC Davis’ most revered traditions for alumni, students, families, staff, faculty and the greater community. Back to in-person this year, the 108th Picnic Day will be on Saturday, April 23.

Campus & Community

Program Helps BioSci Students Explore Careers
The BioLaunch program includes a mentor collective that pairs new and returning students, and a course that familiarizes new students with the college. The program helps students explore career opportunities and develop professional skills.


Upcoming Events
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