Something to Celebrate
the close of a successful quarter

There’s always something to celebrate at UC Davis. You’ve now seen stories about our successful return to campus, and the decreasing prevalence of the Omicron variant. We’ve also just seen record numbers of student applications, which speaks to the deep passion of so many young people who want to further their educations at UC Davis.

And on the faculty side, John Albeck, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, was recently named a 2021-22 Chancellor’s Fellow, which includes $25,000 in support of research or other scholarly work. It is quite an achievement.

It's also a time of celebration. The Center for Neuroscience – an interdisciplinary research hub dedicated to understanding brain function in health and in illness – is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To kick off the anniversary year, the center’s popular NeuroFest is being held next weekend on Saturday, March 12. This free event is open to all, but registration is required.

And speaking of events, Picnic Day returns this year. On Saturday, April 23 the annual event turns 108. The college will have activities for students and their families to participate in. More on that in April. 

Meanwhile, the season is growing warmer (despite the odd cold snap here and there), and we are already looking to the close of spring quarter, the break our students will enjoy, and then their return for the final stretch of this academic year.

Until then, we will round out the quarter with a commitment to exploration, and with more than a few things to celebrate.

Go Ags!


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

Featured image: The college's lattice light-sheet microscope is one of fewer than 30 of its type anywhere in the world and has the potential to revolutionize what is known about the living cell. (David Slipher / UC Davis) 


CBS Faculty Named 2021-22 Chancellor's Fellow
John Albeck, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, is now a UC Davis Chancellor's Fellow. “These 12 newest fellows represent our university at its very best,” said Chancellor Gary S. May. Albeck’s research explores the mechanisms of cellular signaling within the cells of mammals.

Research & Discovery

Sequencing Puts Carnivore Chromosomes in Context
A new paper by researchers in the Department of Evolution and Ecology and colleagues published in PNAS shows the power of large collections of genomes such as the Earth BioGenome Project.


Plant Smoke Detectors Evolve as Hormone Sensors
New research by scientists in the Department of Plant Biology on a “smoke detector” protein in pea plants may have far-reaching impacts on food production and agricultural ecosystems.


Can Mussel Beds Buffer Species Against Climate Change?
Habitat conservation can buy time for heat-sensitive species in the face of climate change – but it might also leave them in a trap, according to a study from researchers in the Department of Evolution and Ecology and colleagues.

An Inside Look

Undergraduate Teaching Lab - The McNamee Biochemistry Lab

The McNamee Biochemistry Lab is used for upper-division pre-med, forensic and biology courses. Named for Mark McNamee, dean emeritus of the college, and his wife Carole, the classroom serves as many as 90 graduating seniors each year.

Campus & Community

Kenneth Burtis Honored for Role in Healthy Davis Together Program
Professor Emeritus Kenneth Burtis, who served as the dean of CBS from 2006-2011, has been named a UC Davis Distinguished Emeriti for his essential contributions to the Healthy Davis Together (HDT) program.

Featured Event
The Center for Neuroscience is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the return of NeuroFest, which brings the exciting world of brain science to the community with interactive booths and presentations. This event is free, but registration is required.


Upcoming Events
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