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Bruce Hammock Elected Fellow Of National Academy Of Inventors

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Distinguished Professor Bruce Hammock.  (UC Davis | )
Distinguished Professor Bruce Hammock. (UC Davis | )

Elected inventors nominated by peers for their outstanding contributions toward innovation.

Dec. 15, 2014
By Kathy Keatley Garvey
University of California, Davis

Bruce Hammock, a distinguished professor of entomology at UC Davis who holds a joint appointment with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been selected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, which honors academic invention and encourages translations of inventions to benefit society. He is now one of five UC Davis NAI fellows, including Chancellor Linda P. B. Katehi.

Hammock joins two other UC Davis scientists in the 170-member Class of 2013 fellows:

  • Kyriacos A. Athanasiou, department chair and distinguished professor of biomedical engineering, and the Child Family Professor of Engineering, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
  • M. Saif Islam, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and co-director of the Center for Nano and Micro Manufacturing, or CNM2.

The new fellows will be inducted March 20 at the NAI’s fourth annual conference, to be held at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patent Operations, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will preside. The fellows will be presented with a special trophy, medal and… (Click here to read the full article from Entomology & Nematology News)


Cloudy Water Affects Rural Immigrants’ Health

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Poor-quality tap water, or even a perception that the water is bad, can lead to an extra economic burden on low-income families in California's Central Valley.  (Photo: Chris Nicolini | UC Davis)
Poor-quality tap water, or even a perception that the water is bad, can lead to an extra economic burden on low-income families in California’s Central Valley. (Photo: Chris Nicolini | UC Davis)

Even when it’s safe to drink, discolored tap water isn’t likely to be consumed by poor immigrant communities.

Dec. 10, 2014
By Karen Nikos-Rose
University of California, Davis

Cloudy tap water may have a greater effect for California’s rural immigrants than merely leaving behind a bad taste, according to a new policy brief released by the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis.

Researchers looked at the connection between water quality and child obesity in two poor immigrant communities in California’s Central Valley — San Joaquin and Firebaugh. Poor-quality tap water, or even a perception that the water is bad, combined with environmental factors such as lack of access to healthy foods and nutrition education, likely contribute to health disparities in these communities, the study finds.

“If the tap water that comes out looks dirty or has a poor taste, they’re not going to have a lot more confidence in the drinking system here,” said Lucia Kaiser, a nutrition specialist with UC Davis Cooperative Extension and the study’s co-principal investigator. “The immigrant populations in these communities come from Mexico, where they may have experienced unsafe drinking water in rural areas,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

CA&ES Faculty Awarded Fellowships

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Clockwise from top left: Gwen Arnold, Paul Ullrich, Katrina Jessoe, M. Anne Visser. (UC Davis | Chris Nicolini )
Clockwise from top left: Gwen Arnold, Paul Ullrich, Katrina Jessoe, M. Anne Visser. (UC Davis | Chris Nicolini )

Four CA&ES faculty members have been awarded fellowships from the Hellman Family Foundation for 2014–2015. The foundation provides support and encouragement for the research of promising assistant professors who exhibit potential for great distinction in their research, and who have documented a need for funding. The fellowship is intended to support research and creative activities that will promote career advancement and progress toward tenure.

This is the seventh year of the UC Davis Hellman Fellows Program, and applicants in many disciplines across the campus were selected for awards. To honor the 2014-2015 Hellman Fellows, there will be a luncheon for the fellows and the Hellman Family Foundation members. The fellows will be asked to make a short presentation about their research and the impact that the award has made on their research progress.

Recipients include:

  • Gwen Arnold, Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Her research examines how factors affect the way science is applied to environmental policy problems such as hydraulic fracturing or wetlands preservation.
  • Katrina Jessoe, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. She specializes in environmental and energy economics, with much of her research centered on the design and evaluation of water regulations and time variant pricing in the electricity sector.
  • Paul Ullrich, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. His research is focused on regional and global climate change, atmospheric dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, numerical methods for geophysical sciences, model validation, verification, and uncertainty quantification.
  • M. Anne Visser, Department of Human Ecology. Her research interests include informal economy, nonstandard work arrangements, low-wage labor markets, governance, socioeconomic integration, and socioeconomic inequality.

This article was originally published as part of the August 14, 2014 CA&ES Currents Newsletter.

UC Davis Leaders Head To UN To Join Push To End Food Insecurity

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The flag of the United Nations.
The United Nations flag.

Leaders from the University of California, Davis — the top-ranked university in the world for agriculture — are scheduled to be at the United Nations on Tuesday, Dec. 9, to join dozens of other universities in pushing to end food insecurity.

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has already signed the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security, an initiative of Presidents United to Solve Hunger, or PUSH, under the leadership of Auburn University.

Adela de la Torre, vice chancellor of Student Affairs, and Emily Prieto, her chief of staff, will represent UC Davis at the ceremonial signing in the Economic and Social Council’s chamber at U.N. headquarters in New York City. Read the rest of this entry »

Independent Condors Have Higher Lead Levels

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As California condors return from the brink of extinction, the threat of lead poisoning persists, particularly for older, more independent condors, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis.

Researchers evaluated blood lead levels in wild condors over the past 15 years where the condor, the largest flying bird in North America, has been re-introduced to its previous range from Southern California to the Central Coast.

The study, published this month in the journal Conservation Biology, found that 62 to 91 percent of condors sampled in a Read the rest of this entry »

$6.9 Million To Fund Milk Research

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141125_milk_1New funding will help researchers study the health-boosting compounds in cow’s milk.

Nov. 25, 2014
By Pat Bailey
University of California, Davis

After spending more than a decade decoding breast milk’s important health-promoting constituents, a team of researchers in the Foods for Health Institute at the University of California, Davis, is now doing the same for cow’s milk, with potential benefits both for human health and the U.S. dairy industry.

Focusing on a group of naturally occurring milk compounds called “glycans,” the researchers are identifying molecules that — like those in mom’s milk — interact with beneficial bacteria in the infant gut to ease digestion, prevent inflammation and even fight cancer.

Their research, which has had a long funding history, received two more votes of confidence from Read the rest of this entry »