September / October 2020
Dean's Message: Fall Kickoff

Greetings Aggies, 

Next week marks the beginning of a new school year, one that is sure to be different in so many ways. Students are trickling back to Davis and on to the campus; it has been nice to see them wearing masks and being mindful of physical distancing. They also are participating in asymptomatic COVID screening, thanks to a campus-wide effort including a significant investment in technology acquired by the Genome Center. It is hoped that in the near future all faculty, staff and students on campus can be screened weekly. 
The stories in this month’s newsletter have something in common — dedication to the biological sciences. This dedication begins with longtime faculty member Mel Green, who, along with his wife, Kathleen, is being honored by the renaming of the Life Sciences building to Green Hall. As well, former students of the late professor Kentauro Inoue dedicated their academic pursuits in continuing his work. And in a generous gift to the College of Biological Sciences, the Koret Foundation gave $1.75 million to BioLaunch, a program dedicated to first year and transfer students when they arrive on campus — whether virtually or in person. 
Here’s wishing you all a safe start to the fall.

Go Ags!

Mark Winey, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Biological Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology 
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News Highlights
What's in a Name? Life Sciences to become Green Hall
Melvin M. and Kathleen C. Green Hall
After 23 years, the Life Sciences building is getting a new name that befits its purpose. The building - which opened in 1997 as an addition to Briggs Hall and houses the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences' research laboratories, faculty and staff - will honor the late pioneering biology faculty member and his late wife, a biologist and a local politician.

The Late Professor Inoue Would Be Proud
Four years after plant sciences professor Kentaro Inoue was struck and killed while riding his bike, the last three graduate students from his lab are ensuring his scientific legacy lives on through their published research, careers in industry and academia, and mentoring of future science students.
Koret Foundation Supports BioLaunch
The Koret Foundation has granted $4 million to undergraduate career-preparation programs across UC Davis. Part of Koret’s Higher Education Initiative, the grant will provide significant support for Aggie Launch, the Big Idea that integrates career exploration and readiness in the undergraduate experience.
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