Much to Celebrate

a month of many accomplishments

This past month has been a great one for our faculty. With recognition from the National Academy of Inventors, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the on-campus Chancellor’s Fellowship, CBS faculty have certainly received significant recognition for their outstanding work. As ever, I am inspired by the remarkable work our faculty do to innovate, mentor and advance our planet’s knowledge.

March is National Women’s History Month, and I would like to take this chance to recognize the outstanding women in our college. From our faculty ranks to our dedicated staff - advisors, fundraisers, business personnel, administrative officers and student employees - I celebrate your many, many accomplishments and contributions to our campus, our community and our world.

This month has some notable events. The Storer Lectureship returns on Tuesday, March 7 with Harvard’s Sean Eddy. A computational biologist, Eddy's talk is entitled, “Sequence Homology Searches: The Future of Deciphering the Past.” The Center for Neuroscience’s popular and longstanding NeuroFest is on Saturday, March 18 and this year is focusing on artificial intelligence. Registration is open through March 8.

Spring starts officially later this month. Though it has already started to feel a little warmer here in Davis, we’ve still had the rain and cold that comes with winter in Northern California. It’s nice to think that before long the days will be a little clearer, the air a little warmer and the plants a little less bare.

In the meantime, amid drier and drier years here in the state, we’ll take all the rain we can get. 


Mark Winey, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Biological Sciences

Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology 

Featured image: Distinct populations of the mountain jewelflower (Streptanthus tortuosus) live throughout California, from low-elevation foothills to the high alpine. Researchers in the Department of Plant Biology and colleagues use the jewelflower to understand how plants adapt to varying climates. (Image credit: Julin Maloof)


Meet CBS in a New Video!

Want to know what makes our college special, and get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the research and activity in CBS? Our "Meet the College" video shares some of what makes CBS the special place it is!

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Awards & Laurels


Genome Center Faculty Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Justin Siegel was recognized for work engineering enzymes to improve health. Siegel has developed a naturally derived blue food coloring and created a company, VinZymes, that is helping the wine industry adapt to climate change.

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Dept. of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior Faculty Named 2023 Chancellor's Fellow

Wilsaan Joiner was recognized for using both biological and engineering approaches to improve mobility. "Our newest fellows represent the very best of UC Davis," said Chancellor Gary May.

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Dept. of Evolution and Ecology Faculty Named 2023 Sloan Fellow

Kate Laskowski was named a 2023 Sloan Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She uses the Amazon molly, a small freshwater fish that clones itself, to understand the origins of individuality. 

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A Gift Grows On: The Legacy of Katherine Esau

Esau was a botanist whose work revolutionized the study of plant anatomy and made a lasting impact on the field of plant biology. In 1988, she made a gift to establish a fellowship program in her name, which has provided ongoing support for generations of plant biologists. 

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Campus & Community


2023 Graduate Student Ecology Film Festival

Ranging in topic from the impacts of global change on trees and ponds in the Sierra Nevada, to uncovering the mysteries of beetles and snails on the California coast, the films highlight the breadth of research conducted by UC Davis graduate students.

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In the Media


PBS Newshour Spotlights Coral Research

A study by Department of Evolution and Ecology researchers, which found that microbial communities shift while some corals enter dormancy, was featured in a PBS Newshour story about what we can learn from nature’s most skilled hibernators.

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Health & Medicine


The Keto Diet's Muscle and Brain Boost

Researchers in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior found that a keto diet improves muscle function in older animals by preventing muscle mass loss due to age. 

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Featured Events

Tuesday, March 7 @ 4:10pm


Storer Lectureship with Harvard's Sean Eddy

Sean Eddy is a computational biologist. Before moving to Harvard in 2015, he was a group leader at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus. He was also a faculty member in the genetics department at Washington University. His talk is entitled "Sequence Homology Searches: The Future of Deciphering the Past."

>> Registration and info

Saturday, March 18 @ 12:30pm



Join us to learn about innovative artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data approaches that are changing neuroscience research and how we understand the brain in health and disease. Plus, enjoy hands-on interactive booths and poster presentations by trainees and vote for your favorite NeuroArt 2023 image! Space is limited.

>>Register by March 8

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