July 2018
A Message from the Dean: Putting the Fun in Science Communication
Access to research opportunities has long been a staple of the undergraduate experience here at UC Davis. But science is meant to be shared, which is why we encourage students to communicate their research. 

Communication plays a vital role in demonstrating the value of scientific research, and the passion our students show for their work is contagious. 

Recently, the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior hosted a contest for students to profile their research by submitting a compelling video. The winners, undergraduates Tanner Van Es and Jennifer Addleman, found a way to infuse humor and fun into the project. The video demonstrates the mechanics for a proper lunge, which is helpful advice for anyone who likes to stay active and injury-free. 

We’re proud of their work and we look forward to the research questions they’ll tackle next. I invite you to watch their video and see how life science research can be practical, helpful and fun.

Go Ags!

Mark Winey, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Biological Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology 
P.S. Make a gift to support outstanding students like Tanner and Jennifer.
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