In Greater Focus Magazine

Fall 2022

In our latest magazine issue, now available digitally, read stories of inspiration and discovery happening all over the university. Meet scholars whose educational dreams are being fulfilled and interdisciplinary experts that are unlocking solutions for a sustainable planet.

View the featured stories below or download the full issue as a PDF.

Reimagining Medicine

Lighting up cancer and heart disease

Much like a fresh set of eyes, a small pen-shaped device is showing surgeons a more accurate way to treat cancer and heart disease. The device uses new technology developed at UC Davis to scan and illuminate unhealthy tissue in real time so it can be removed.

Expanding small animal care

The School of Veterinary Medicine is renovating its Small Animal Clinic so more animals can have an exceptional care experience. With the support of donors, the clinic is being developed within the new Veterinary Medical Center, which is currently in early phases of construction.

Bringing cures to complex cases

In 2019 Gayle Brock brought her dog, Kitsune (Kit), to her local veterinarian in Nevada because the seven-year-old Shiba Inu had been acting lethargic. Brock knew something was wrong when Kit, who was typically very energetic, was too tired for her favorite activity: playing at the park.

Sustaining Healthier Communities

A transformative gift for a sustainable future

A new center for agricultural research and innovation will accelerate the global movement toward a more sustainable future, thanks to philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick, co-owners of The Wonderful Company. The Resnicks’ historic $50 million pledge—the largest gift ever to the university by individual donors—will establish the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center for Agricultural Innovation and direct $10 million toward competitive research grants through the Resnick Agricultural Innovation Research Fund.

Saving Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe’s waters are world-famous for their clarity and beautiful Sierra setting—they also provide key environmental and economic resources to Northern California. But with climate change and other human impacts degrading both the lake and its surrounding basin, urgent action is needed to preserve this jewel of the Sierra Nevada.

Preparing Change Makers

Thriving with support

Behind every student at UC Davis is an untold story of personal growth—and for many, struggle. This is where donors make the difference by funding scholarships and other student success programs offered through the Division of Student Affairs.

You put me first

First-generation college students share how donor support is helping them achieve their dreams.

Sparking Innovation and Creativity

Innovating for our future

From our morning cups of coffee to our essential health care routines, the daily aspects of our lives are being studied—and improved—by UC Davis graduate students.

Alumni couples support data science at the Library

In today’s fast-paced, tech-driven world, data science is foundational to nearly every field—informing decisions that impact our health, the environment, politics and society. With the generous support of alumni donors, the UC Davis DataLab is rising to the challenge of helping students and researchers build those skills.

Mondavi Center at 20

In 2002 donors helped UC Davis “take its place as one of the nation’s leading performing arts destinations,” a news story said that spring, by funding almost half of the $60.9 million project cost to build a state-of-the-art performance center on campus.

Bringing renowned artists to UC Davis classrooms

The Department of Art and Art History has solidified its place as a premier hub for artistic innovation and studio art education through the Manetti Shrem California Studio.

The initiative is believed to be the most extensive artist residency program of its kind in the United States and is supported by a $750,000 gift from Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.

Also inside

A gift grows on

In 1988, a 90-year-old alumna and former faculty member gave $648,000 to UC Davis to establish an endowment that would fund plant research fellowships in perpetuity. Still driving discovery today, her gift demonstrates the power of an endowment to benefit the world for generations.

Charles J. Soderquist Award

Gerry and Carol Parker and John and Lois Crowe Ph.D. ’75 are the recipients of the 2022 Charles J. Soderquist Award, given by the UC Davis Foundation in recognition of philanthropy, volunteerism, leadership and an overall commitment to UC Davis.

Women & Philanthropy Impact Award

Leigh Ann Simmons, professor and chair of the Department of Human Ecology, is the inaugural winner of the Women & Philanthropy Impact Award in recognition of her work in mentorship, leadership and women’s health. Simmons’ research promotes population health equity among vulnerable and medically underserved populations.

UC Davis Medal

This year, two alumni donor couples—Jacque and Wayne Bartholomew and Pam Rohrich and Karl Gerdes—were awarded the prestigious UC Davis Medal, the university’s highest honor.

Meet our winner

Anne-Marie Messano Petrie knew exactly where she wanted to allocate $10,000 to UC Davis as the winner of the 2021 In Greater Focus magazine readership survey contest.

Opening doors

Across UC Davis and UC Davis Health, donors are bringing to fruition capital projects that are transforming both campuses. Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s openings.

Voices for good

The “why” and “how” of giving are different for everyone. UC Davis donors share what makes their support personal.

Building bigger, together

At UC Davis, grassroots projects engage donors in the story of how smaller gifts can collectively make a huge difference.

Dedicated volunteer gives $1 million to Bohart Museum

Bill Patterson, longtime butterfly collector and UC Davis supporter, has given $1 million to the university’s R.M. Bohart Museum of Entomology to help maintain its permanent insect collection.

Sacramento businessman Jim Anderson spearheads new era for wellness with $5 million gift

The UC Davis School of Medicine opened the Office of Wellness Education on July 1, 2022, a first-of-its-kind initiative for the well-being of patients and the community funded by a $5 million gift from Jim Anderson.

Diversity fund offers scholarships to viticulture and enology students

The new Theopolis Vineyards Diversity Fund is helping students interested in the wine industry pursue their degree in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis.

Donors give $8 million for student life, from pantries to professions

Longtime donors Joelle ’89 and Michael Hurlston M.B.A. ’90, M.S. ’91 gave $8 million this year to support Aggies along every step of their college paths, from meeting basic needs to offering excellent career development, innovation opportunities and graduate school experiences.