Philanthropy News

MARGARET CHATHAM CROWOOT AWARDED PACKARD FELLOWSHIP

Early-career scholars at 6 University of California campuses have won prestigious 2016 Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering, which provide $875,000 in funding over five years to support innovative and promising research. The fellowships, funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, help early-career scientists and engineers explore new frontiers in their fields by giving them the financial support to take risks and pursue novel research ideas. A third of the 18 fellowships this year ...

HIBBARD WILLIAMS' ENDURING LEGACY

In death as in life, former UC Davis School of Medicine Dean Hibbard E. Williams’ commitment to mentoring and advancing the career of the next generation of medical leaders lives on. Williams, who passed away at home on July 26 at age 83, will be honored by friends and colleagues — past and present — at a special Celebration of Life in Davis on Oct. 15. Sharon Williams, wife of the late dean emeritus, said her husband’s body was donated to science through the Body Donation Program at UC Davis, and the family’s has established the Hibbard and Sharon Williams Student Scholarship Fund ...

PLANT SCIENTIST NAMED AS HUGHES SCHOLAR

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has named Siobhan Brady, a plant scientist at the University of California, Davis, among the 2016 class of HHMI Faculty Scholars. “This is great news and a well-deserved award for one of our star faculty members,” said Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar, chair of the Department of Plant Biology, College of Biological Sciences. “This unique award will empower Siobhan’s group to take the research program to novel new areas in plant biology.”The award will support Brady’s research on gene networks that regulate growth of plant roots ...

UC DAVIS SCIENTISTS AWARDED $1 MILLION GRANT FOR PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH

The Prostate Cancer Foundation and Movember, the no-shave movement that has raised hundreds of millions for men’s health research and programs, have delivered $1 million to UC Davis prostate cancer researchers. The funding will allow UC Davis basic scientist Hongwu Chen of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Christopher Evans, professor and chair of the Department of Urology and their colleagues to further develop a novel approach to overcome treatment-resistant prostate cancer. The project builds on the researchers’ recent finding ...

3 AGGIES WIN NCAA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

Aggie student-athletes made an impressive showing in NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships in 2015-16, winning three of the prestigious awards that honor academic achievement, athletic accomplishment, community service and leadership. 7 Winners in Division I Era Trevor Halsted, track and cross country, spring 2015-16 Neal Monson, men’s basketball, winter 2015-16 Ana Marija Sola, women’s soccer, fall 2015-16 Brian Ford, men’s soccer, fall 2014-15 Toki Sherbakov, men’s tennis, spring 2012-13 Katie Yamamura, gymnastics, winter 2012-13 Randi Schuler, women’s tennis, spring 2008-09 ...

LIBRARY CELEBRATES OLYMPICS RUGBY GREAT ‘BABE’ SLATER

It may come as a surprise to even the most avid sports fans, but when the U.S. men’s rugby team takes the field this summer in the Rio Olympics, they’ll actually be defending their title. Often thought of as a foreign sport, rugby actually enjoys a rich history in the United States, especially here in Northern California where a local sporting legend helped the United States to win two gold medals in the Olympic Games nearly a century ago. Rugby was last included in the 1924 Paris Olympics, but now that the sport is back, some of its history is on display at Shields Library at UC Davis ...

UC DAVIS HAS BEST FUNDRAISING YEAR IN HISTORY

The University of California, Davis, today (July 28) announced having raised a record-breaking $226 million during the 2015-16 fiscal year, making it the largest donation total raised in a single fiscal year in UC Davis’ 108-year history. “This year’s record-breaking fundraising success is a strong affirmation that our alumni, donors, parents and friends believe in UC Davis’ land-grant mission and our vision to be a global leader in addressing the most pressing challenges of our time,” said Acting Chancellor Ralph J ...