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UC Davis receives grants to study robotics as teaching tool in schools

UC Davis receives grants to study robotics as teaching tool in schools

Two new grants awarded to the University of California, Davis, by the National Science Foundation will study the impact of robotics in teaching science, technology, engineering and math from elementary to high school.

Both projects are led by Harry Cheng, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the UC Davis K-14 Outreach Center for Computing and STEM Education.

"Robotics involves a variety of math, information technology, and engineering concepts," Cheng said. "Introducing computing and robotics into the math and science curriculum helps make abstract ideas concrete and allows students to apply mathematical concepts to real world problems."

The C-STEM Center also will hold a Fall Robotics Academy for school teachers on the weekend of Oct. 13-14. The class will train teachers to use robots and computing in their classrooms.

New program to help international undergrads succeed

New program to help international undergrads succeed

The University of California, Davis, will welcome its largest-ever group of new international undergraduates with programs to help their transition to U.S. college life -- from culture shock to different expectations in the American classroom.

UC Davis estimates it will enroll about 600 international students -- 70 percent to 80 percent more than last year -- and is offering them expanded orientation services, which begin today, as well as a new mentoring program and a special seminar series.

The new programs offer additional support for international students as UC Davis moves to increase their numbers to offer a more global experience for all of its students. Similar services are provided for all new students, but these focus on the unique needs of international students.

Avian Scientist Named Interim Dean of College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Avian Scientist Named Interim Dean of College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Mary Delany, a distinguished avian geneticist who has served as an associate dean of the University of California, Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2009, has been named interim dean of the college.

Delany will serve in the post until the university appoints a permanent successor to outgoing dean Neal Van Alfen. A comprehensive international search will begin soon.

“We are delighted that Mary Delany has agreed to serve as interim dean,” said UC Davis Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph Hexter. “As a distinguished researcher, she embodies the excellence and global impact of UC Davis’ work in agricultural and environmental science. As a respected longtime member of the UC Davis community, her appointment ensures stability and continuity.”

Woodland Community College Foundation to Honor Founding Members

Woodland Community College Foundation to Honor Founding Members

The Woodland Community College Foundation (WCCF) will honor founders of the Woodland Campus, formerly known as Yuba College, Woodland Center, at a Founders Day dinner event recognizing their contributions in bringing higher education to the Woodland Community.

“I am pleased that we are able to honor these early education pioneers and valued members of the community,” said Angela Fairchilds, President, Woodland Community College. “In doing so, we are proudly recognizing those who made our college possible for generations of students to pursue their educational goals close to home.”

The event will be emceed by Gary Sandy, Trustee of Yuba Community College District, and in addition to honoring the founders it will also showcase the founding staff and faculty of the campus.

Attention high school students! You're invited to join the Citrus Circuits robotic team

Attention high school students! You're invited to join the Citrus Circuits robotic team

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UC Davis researchers receive national grants to study Schizophrenia

Each addressing the disease from different and unique perspectives, three young UC Davis researchers have received one of the most prestigious mental-health grants in the world to investigate one of the least understood and devastating psychiatric disorders:  schizophrenia.

Stephanie L. Barrow, Melissa D. Bauman and Tara A. Niendam are among only 200 researchers worldwide selected from more than 1,000 applicants for the NARSAD Young Investigator Grants. The grants are distributed by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, formerly known as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), the world's leading private philanthropy devoted to funding research on psychiatric disorders.

Davis Paper Clip Challenge - The Results

Davis Paper Clip Challenge - The Results

Well, the Paper Clip Challenge has finally concluded. I had hoped to have more positive news to report. Unfortunately, I was unable to break the world record. This was not too surprising, considering that I knew it would be a difficult thing to accomplish.

But the news was not all bad. I was able to raise a small amount of money for the Davis School District. I wanted to thank all those who were able to donate to this important cause. One of my other goals was to raise awareness for the need to invest in education in general, which I will continue to promote. Education is an important resource that needs to be invested in more. For this reason, I still plan to continue raising money for education in Davis, but hope that others will be able to invest in education in their own communities through donations and community service.