Fall 2022


The Impact of Inflation and Recession on Poverty and Low-Income Households

Despite being described as “transitory” in early 2021, inflation has remained high since, even reaching a four-decade high of 9.1% over the summer of 2022. The Federal Reserve began taking action in response, implementing several interest rate hikes. Those increases have helped steady the inflation rate; however, they also create consequences in borrowing capabilities that impact housing affordability, corporate growth and even unemployment. Some commentators point to a looming recession caused in part by those tradeoffs, while others say we are already in one.

While uncertainty remains, it’s clear that inflation and recession do not impact everyone equally.

To help us better understand the unbalanced impact, severity and what can be done to help, we reached out to three experts at the Center for Poverty and Inequality Research at UC Davis.

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Research Highlights

Online Learning in COVID-19 Detrimental to Teen Mental Health, School Satisfaction, Performance

According to a new study, the unprecedented shutdown of classroom learning caused undue stress, low levels of social inclusion and low satisfaction with school for many — and mental health issues for some.

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California Families Project: Resilience and Community

The most comprehensive longitudinal study of its kind in the U.S., the California Families Project looks at Mexican origin families and a wide range of characteristics — individual, family, neighborhood, school and culture — that help kids succeed.

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Cabernet Can Survive Climate Change

Too much heat from climate change can ruin wine. A new UC Davis study finds that switching away from one of the most common and widely used trellis systems could alleviate the effects of extreme temperatures on cabernet and other grapes.

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Looking for Romance? That First Impression Matters

Although popularity and compatibility have been studied in established romantic relationships, in one of the first studies of its kind, UC Davis researchers explored whether these and other romantic first impressions affected later romantic outcomes.

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Revealing the Genome of the Common Ancestor of All Mammals

Every modern mammal, from a platypus to a blue whale, is descended from a common ancestor that lived about 180 million years ago. Not much is known about this animal, but the organization of its genome has now been computationally reconstructed.

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COVID-19 Virus Infects Neurons, Induces Inflammation in the Brains of Rhesus Macaques

SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 virus, caused significant neuron damage and inflammation within a week of infection in rhesus macaque monkeys, according to a new study from researchers at the California National Primate Research Center.

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Newly Discovered Gravitational Lenses Could Reveal Ancient Galaxies and the Nature of Dark Matter

An international team of astronomers has discovered dozens of strong gravitational lenses that will allow astronomers to look deep into the universe, revealing ancient structures and giving insight into the nature of dark matter.

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Preventing Serious Brain Damage From Nerve Agents

UC Davis is establishing a new center designed to develop ways to prevent long-term brain damage in humans when poisoned by organophosphate chemical nerve agents or pesticides. These organophosphates are a group of human-made chemicals developed for warfare during World War II and then subsequently modified for use as pesticides.

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Innovation News

New Startups Built From UC Davis Innovations Drive Solutions in Food, Health and Agriculture

This past fiscal year, 13 startup companies — focused on developing technology to meet needs in food, health and agriculture — executed agreements to access foundational intellectual property and commercialize technologies developed at UC Davis.

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New Center for Experimental Therapeutics in Cancer Advances Promising Treatments

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has launched a Center for Experimental Therapeutics in Cancer to accelerate promising cancer therapies from the lab to the bedside. The idea is to advance precision medicine that leads to more effective, less toxic cancer therapies.

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World's First Stem Cell Treatment for Spina Bifida Delivered During Fetal Surgery

Three babies have been born after receiving the world's first spina bifida treatment combining surgery with stem cells. This was made possible by a landmark clinical trial at UC Davis Health known formally as the "CuRe Trial: Cellular Therapy for In Utero Repair of Myelomeningocele."

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Lensless Camera Creates 3D Images From Single Exposure

Researchers at the UC Davis College of Engineering have developed a camera that uses a thin microlens array and new image processing algorithms to capture three dimensional information about objects in a scene with a single exposure.

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‘Unfold’ Podcast: How Dogs Could Help Doctors Find the Next Cancer Treatment

Human oncologists are studying cancer in canines in the hopes of benefiting both animals and humans. Learn how UC Davis veterinarians and physicians are collaborating to help human cancer patients and their furry best friends. 

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Dec 7-9 | Atmospheric Chemical Mechanisms Conference

This conference will bring together research scientists from around the world to discuss the latest advances in atmospheric chemical mechanisms and how these new discoveries can ultimately lead to policies that improve our air quality.

Awards and Rankings

UC Davis Receives Accolades as Top 10 Public University

UC Davis continues to stand among the nation’s top 10 public universities and now claims the No. 1 spot in biological and agricultural engineering in rankings by U.S. News & World Report. 

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12 Named Hellman Fellows

UC Davis named its 15th annual class of Hellman Fellows, 12 early-career faculty members who aim to advance their prospects for external funding. Grants to the 2022 fellows range from $15,500 to $36,000, for a total of $300,000.

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UC Davis neuroscientist Sergey Stavisky wins 2022 NIH Director's New Innovator Award

UC Davis Health neuroscientist Sergey Stavisky was selected by the National Institutes of Health to receive the 2022 NIH Director's New Innovator Award. The $2.3 million award will fund his research on medical devices implanted in the brain to restore speech.

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