Going by Quickly

only two months left of the school year

We are in the final quarter of this academic year, which started at the beginning of this month. I know we’ve all said it ourselves in our own ways, but it really does amaze me how quickly the time passes. It feels like just a few weeks ago we were welcoming a new year and beginning the winter quarter. Now here we are, and it’s spring already.

The last month has seen a tremendous amount of notable activity in the college, which isn’t unusual. The Center for Neuroscience hosted its annual (and very popular) NeuroFest event. This year’s event drew nearly 300 people for engaging talks and presentations, as well as the ever-popular neuro art contest. My congratulations to the center on another successful event.

UC Davis was also highly ranked in the 2023 QS World University Rankings, with special recognition in the broad categories of life sciences and medicine, and biological sciences. I am always pleased to see our campus - and our college - recognized for the outstanding efforts of our faculty, and the remarkable successes of our students.

And speaking of students, I had the great pleasure to be shadowed by CBS cell biology major Akash Sethi, who recorded the day’s happenings as part of the UC Davis Leadership Job Shadow Program. You can watch the video he created of our day, which included a number of fun interactions - plus some moments of struggle with our umbrellas in the rain and wind.

We have two months until this academic year ends. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the gradually warming weather, and the clear, blue skies. 


Mark Winey, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Biological Sciences

Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology 

Featured image: Titled “Supernova,” this image of neurons and astrocytes from the hippocampus was the first-place winner in this year’s neuro art contest at NeuroFest 2023. “Supernova” will be displayed in the Center for Neuroscience's NeuroArt gallery. (Olga Vafaeva & Christina Meyer/Diaz Lab)


UC Davis Ranked 35th Globally, 17th Nationally for Biological Sciences

This year’s QS World Rankings recognize our campus’s excellence in a broad range of fields and disciplines, including notable placements in life sciences and medicine, and biological sciences. 

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Research & Discovery


Using Hydra to Understand Tissue Regeneration

Hydra vulgaris, a small freshwater relative of the jellyfish, has astonishing regenerative abilities and is helping Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology researchers understand more about how new tissues can be grown. 

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Awards & Laurels


Faculty Honored by Academic Senate for Undergraduate Teaching

Brian Gaylord, Department of Evolution and Ecology, and Mona Monfared, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, were recognized for their commitment to innovative and engaging teaching. 

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3 Graduate Students in Top 10 at 2023 Grad Slam

Nalina Aiempichitkijkarn and Josephine Hubbard in the Animal Behavior Graduate Group, and Julia Mouat in the Integrative Genetics and Genomics Graduate Group will compete for a chance to win $2,500.

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Spotlight on Giving


Support the Life Sciences This Give Day

UC Davis Give Day is right around the corner! Gifts of any amount make a difference and unlock challenges that cover initiatives and programs that support our students, faculty, research and teaching.


College of Biological Sciences

Your gift to the college will support the success of more than 6,200 students with an investment in the entire life sciences footprint at UC Davis. 

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Center for Neuroscience

Your gift to the center will help advance discovery, inspire and train the next generation of neuroscientists, and provide outreach programs and brain science education.

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Campus & Community


Horsing Around with Music

Though animals respond well to music, humans are usually the ones to choose it. A student design team worked with Susan Keen, Department of Evolution and Ecology, to create a device that lets horses choose their music. 

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Do Relatives Make Good Neighbors?

Sharon Strauss, a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Evolution and Ecology, will share insights on species diversity in natural communities at a lecture on Monday, April 17.


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Health & Medicine


Understanding Why BRCA2 Is Linked to Cancer Risk

Researchers in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics have studied the BRCA2 gene to generate new insights into the mechanisms of DNA repair and the origins of cancer

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Featured Event


How Visual Objects Are Represented in the Brain

Doris Tsao is a professor of biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She has received multiple honors including a MacArthur Fellowship. She is a member of the National Academy of Science.

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