May 2020
This campus photo was taken on February 26, 2020. We miss you all and we look forward to the day we can all be back on campus together!
Dean's Message : A Pulse Check on the Life Sciences at UC Davis


I hope this message finds you healthy and thriving while likely enduring a stay-at-home order.
Warm days remind us that summer is on the way as we head into the final stretch of the spring quarter. Despite the tumultuous change initiated by COVID-19, we have good news to share.

We’re heartened to learn that more than 1,600 freshmen have registered to join us this fall as first-year students. This is a larger class than last fall, and in these uncertain times, we welcome this outcome. We’ll hear more about incoming transfer students in early June.
We’re proud of our current students’ abilities to pivot to digital learning during this unprecedented time. Instructors across 21 biology classes recently issued a survey to check in with the students about the stress and complexity of the spring online quarter. Over 500 students responded to this anonymous survey. Despite the abrupt and unexpected reality shift, the results of the survey show that our students maintain the ingenuity, adaptability and good-nature that makes Aggies one-of-a-kind.
This week, we begin developing procedures to responsibly resume on-site research, enabling us to offer better guidance and effectively manage ramp-up once the Davis campus reactivates from “suspended operations” status. We are encouraged by the support of our faculty, many of whom are incorporating COVID-19 inquiries into their research portfolios.

Stronger than ever, we are Aggies for all,

Mark Winey, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Biological Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology 
P.S. Biological Sciences donors gave a record 159 gifts on UC Davis Give Day 2020 . Missed it? It is never too late to support our outstanding students and programs.
News Highlights
MARC Program Receives $2.2 Million to Advance Underrepresented Students in Biomedical and Behavior Research Fields
A nearly $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences will help the UC Davis Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program usher in a new era of leaders in the biomedical and behavior research fields.

Identifying Neurodevelopmental Disorders Before Birth with Neuroscience Graduate Group Student Kathryn Prendergast
Working out of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, Kathryn Prendergast studies how viral infection during pregnancy leads to an increased risk of offspring developing autism spectrum disorders or schizophrenia.
BMCDB Graduate Student Yulong Liu Wins UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship for Single-Cell Atlas of Zebrafish Ovary

As a Ph.D. student in the Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Graduate Group, Yulong Liu investigates the cellular mechanisms underlying female reproductive development in the lab of Associate Professor Bruce Draper. For his research, Liu was recently awarded the UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship.
National Science Foundation Grant to Help UC Davis Researchers Track Evolution of Novel Coronavirus
To stay a step ahead of coronavirus, an interdisciplinary team of UC Davis researchers will use mathematics, data science and experimental biology to predict potential mutations of the virus.

On the Social Side : Backyard Nature: City Nature Challenge Returns to Sacramento Region
The  City Nature Challenge, a global event encouraging people to explore and record the natural world around them, returned to the Sacramento Region April 24-27, albeit with a few changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It's always a great time to download iNaturalist to help record and identify your field sightings.