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3/12/2018 TechAccel Makes Further Pledge to the UC Davis Venture Catalyst STAIR Grant Program to Promote Agriculture

UC Davis Venture Catalyst and TechAccel LLC, a Kansas City-based technology and venture development company, today announced an expanded partnership that provides increased support for the university’s Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR™) Grant program, which provides funding for proof-of-concept research aimed at demonstrating commercial feasibility of university-generated technologies.

2/13/2018 Toward Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions

UC Davis is leading a project to develop holistic review methods for graduate admissions in selected humanities programs on two UC campuses to increase equity and inclusivity for all applicants.

The 4½-year project, supported by a $1,195,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a collaboration with UCLA and the University of Southern California.

2/12/2018 Investing in the Future: UC Davis’ AvenueE Program Will Benefit Twice as Many Students in the Next 2 Years

Mechanical engineering student Eunbee Park ’19, computer science and engineering student Max Nedorezov ‘19 and civil engineering students Claudia Plascencia ’19 and Tadewos Getachew ’19 are just a few of the students at University of California, Davis, who have the chance to achieve their dreams thanks to the growing AvenueE program.

2/7/2018 Building strong partnerships with your faculty: A collaborative approach to effective fundraising 

Abstract External university partnerships rely on the innovative thinking of internal faculty to deliver on their research programmes and ideas supported by the external partner’s funding. Likewise, development officers (DOs) often say their most important relationship is with the faculty members at their institution. Yet when asked privately, faculty and DOs are often candid about the hurdles they face in their relationships with one another. Unsurprisingly, this tension can be counterproductive when both parties are trying to work towards one goal of fundraising for the faculty member’s work. As a counter measure, UC Davis Foundation and Corporate Giving team, of which the two aruhors of the paper are a part of, have developed tools for the DO to help them build strong long-term partnerships with their faculty that are based on professional expertise, trust and respect. These tools illustrate the value proposition that a DO brings to the relationship, which sets the foundation for a mutually respectful, productive and successful dynamic between academic stakeholders. The specific guide, while tailored to university DOs who specialise in corporate and foundation fundraising, can readily be adjusted to suit the work of fundraising professionals in other settings. The outcomes of integrating our tools and approaches are better relationships with faculty for the DO, which likely translates into increased private funding for the faculty member.

1/31/2018 UC Davis Humanities Institute Part of Network Receiving $10M from Mellon

As part of the University of California's Humanities Network, the UC Davis Humanities Institute (DHI) will benefit from a $10 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to advance humanities research and education throughout the UC system. It is the foundation's single largest award to UC.

1/25/2018 La Marzocco Giving $750,000 to the UC Davis Coffee Center

Espresso machine manufacturer La Marzocco has pledged $750,000 to the new UC Davis Coffee Center. With this latest injection from the private sector, the Center’s 6,000-square-foot primary building will now include a “La Marzocco Brewing and Espresso Laboratory” stocked with La Marzocco machines.

11/21/2017 Three UC Davis Health faculty named AAAS fellows

Three UC Davis Health faulty members have been elected to the newest class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. They are among 15 UC Davis faculty to receive the honor, announced today.

11/20/2017 UC Davis' Zhou Yu is named one of Forbes' "30 Under 30"

Siri and Alexa have gotten us used to talking to computers, but they're a long way from understanding important parts of human communication. That's where Yu's work fits in. She's developing algorithms that enable software to adapt to users. She recently won a $100,000 grant from Amazon to develop a social chatbot for its Echo platform.

11/06/2017 Startup Cognivive Plans Games as Digital Therapies

A startup company founded by a University of California, Davis, neuroscientist is developing video games that act as “digital medicine” to treat children with cognitive impairments, as well as people with cognitive limitations resulting from brain injury or aging. The company, Cognivive, is built on research by co-founder Tony Simon, professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at UC Davis, and others showing that playing action video games can enhance players’ spatiotemporal cognitive abilities.

10/23/2017 Ford Foundation Supports UC Davis Efforts to Help Refugees Reclaim Right to Education

The University of California, Davis, will use a $500,000 core grant from the Ford Foundation to develop Article 26 Backpack, a cloud-based “ecosystem” to help refugees and other vulnerable young people reclaim their education.

09/06/2017 Wells Fargo Commits $500,000 Over Four Years to UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center

UC Davis’ Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) is pleased to announce that Wells Fargo has renewed its support of the EEC with a commitment of $500,000 over the next four years. Funds will support critical operational and programmatic needs of the EEC, including its new Energy Graduate Group program.

08/30/2017 Knoepfler awarded second Alex's Lemonade Stand research grant

UC Davis stem cell scientist Paul Knoepfler has been awarded a second $250,000 grant for glioma research from an organization begun 15 years ago by a 5-year-old girl with a deadly form of childhood cancer.

08/14/2017 Hellman Fellows: Early-Career Faculty Going Places

Academic Affairs Vice Provost Phil Kass announced the 2017 UC Davis Hellman Fellows: 15 assistant professors who have been awarded a total of $294,300 in research support.

07/12/2017 Wilbur Curtis Co. Supports UC Davis Coffee Center

Wilbur Curtis Co., an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of coffee-brewing equipment, has pledged $250,000 to the University of California, Davis, to support the university’s expanding Coffee Center. The donation is the first by Wilbur Curtis to a major academic institution.

06/07/2017 HHMI Awards $1 Million Grant for Educational Equity

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded a grant of $1 million to the University of California, Davis, to use software, data and personal networking among faculty and staff professionals to create a more inclusive educational environment engaged in ongoing improvement.

04/07/2017 UC Davis Native American Studies Professor Bridges Disciplinary Boundaries, Receives Mellon Foundation Grant

Liza Grandia, associate professor of Native American studies at the University of California, Davis, has received a $270,000 Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship. The fellowship will allow her to study toxicology and environmental epidemiology to become “a more productive interlocutor” between indigenous communities and the environmental health sciences.

02/27/2017 UC Davis computational molecular biologist named Sloan fellow to study genetic causes of complex disorders

Fereydoun Hormozdiari, an early-career UC Davis scientist, has been named a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Computational & Evolutionary Molecular Biology. He is one of 126 scholars to receive the prestigious award, which comes with $60,000 over two years to conduct leading-edge research.

12/22/2016 Sierra Nevada Brewing Owners Give $2 Million to UC Davis Brewing Program

Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and his wife, Katie Gonser, have presented UC Davis with a $2 million gift to support the campus’s renowned brewing science program. The gift establishes an endowment to provide ongoing funding for a full-time staff brewing position, focused on excellence in hands-on brewing education in the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology.

11/29/2016 7 Faculty Members Elected as AAAS Fellows

Seven UC Davis faculty members are included in the newest class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The AAAS Council recently voted in 391 fellows in all for 2016, in recognition of their efforts to advance science or its applications.

11/21/2016 UC Davis Assistant Professor Awarded Prestigious Packard Fellowship

Two UC Davis researchers have received grants totaling $1.6 million to advance their work to find an effective treatment for Angelman syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes seizures and sleep disturbances and inhibits language development.

10/20/2016 New grants help UC Davis researchers home in on Angelman syndrome treatment

Two UC Davis researchers have received grants totaling $1.6 million to advance their work to find an effective treatment for Angelman syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes seizures and sleep disturbances and inhibits language development...

09/22/2016 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...

09/07/2016 Peet’s Coffee Pledges $250,000 to Advance Coffee Research

Peet’s Coffee today announced its pledge of $250,000 to the University of California, Davis, to fund the Peet’s Coffee Pilot Roastery, which will be located in a first-of-its-kind Coffee Center at UC Davis. The pioneering center and pilot roastery will be devoted to post-harvest coffee research and engineering, an underrepresented field, and aims to be the leader in coffee science.

08/02/2016 Alzheimer's Association issues $7 million challenge to scientists to speed drug discovery

The Alzheimer’s Association, in partnership with a fundraising initiative led by philanthropist Michaela “Mikey” Hoag, has announced a new $7 million investment in clinical trials that target brain inflammation as an innovative avenue for Alzheimer’s disease therapy...

07/05/2016 UC Davis scientists awarded grant for rare genetic disorder research

The London-based LouLou Foundation, in partnership with the Orphan Disease Center of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has awarded a grant to UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures Director Jan Nolta and one of the institute’s post-doctoral fellows, Kyle Fink, to study how Fink’s gene editing techniques might be used to treat a rare genetic disorder that hits children – mainly girls – at a very young age with difficult-to-control seizures and severe neuro-developmental impairment...