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At @UCDavis 5/7: Holly Bik “Biodiversity and Evolution of Microbial Metazoa: Linking Molecules with Morphology i n the –Omics Age”

Integrative Genetics & Genomics Seminar

Holly Bik, PhD, UC Riverside “Biodiversity and Evolution of Microbial Metazoa: Linking Molecules with Morphology in the –Omics Age”

Monday May 7, 12:10PM in Life Sciences 1022

HBik Flyer.pdf

At @UCDavis 5/14: Dr. Emmanuel Saez: Colleges and Intergenerational Income Mobility in America

Got this by email and thought it would be of interest:

Dear UC Davis Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community Members,

We are delighted to announce that the final Forum in the 2017-2018 season of The UC Davis Forums on the Public University and the Social Good will take place a few weeks from now on Monday, May 14th. This lecture will feature Dr. Emmanuel Saez, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Equitable Growth at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Saez will focus on a topic of great interest in both higher education and society at large: the potential of a college degree to raise one’s income level. To illuminate this topic, he will present his research data, compiled for each four-year college and university in America, on graduates’ earnings in their early thirties and their parents’ incomes. He will address the following critical questions, among others: Do colleges in America alleviate or worsen income inequalities? Which colleges contribute the most to helping children climb the income ladder? And how can we increase access to such colleges for children from low-income families?

The lecture will take place in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Community Center from 3-4:30 PM, with a reception and light refreshments to follow. This event is free and open to the public, and if you wish to attend, please RSVP using the link below:


Please circulate this email to anyone who you think might be interested in the event.

Emmanuel Saez Final Flyer.pdf

At @UCDavis today: Harris Lewin on “The Earth BioGenome Project”

Today’s Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series will be given by Harris Lewin, Distinguished Professor in Evolution and Ecology here at UC Davis.

His talk, titled "The Earth BioGenome Project" will be today, April 26 at 4:10 in 176 Everson Hall.

​See the recent PNAS paper about the project here: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/04/18/1720115115

At @UCDavis 4/24: The skin microbiome of Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs: population biology and its role in fungal infections and restoration efforts

***** CPB Seminar Reminder for Tuesday, April 24, 4:10pm in 1022 Life Sciences *****

Speaker: Sonia Ghose

Graduate Student, Population Biology Graduate Group, Eisen Lab, UC Davis

Title: The skin microbiome of Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs: population biology and its role in fungal infections and restoration efforts

Host: Jonathan Eisen,

The entire CPB Seminar schedule for Spring Quarter 2018 is available here.

At #UCDavis: Temporary Lecturer position for “Introduction to Evolution” Summer 2018





Introduction to Evolution

(EVE 100)

SUMMER SESSION II 2018 (August 6-September 14, 2018)

Responsibilities: Position teaching EVE 100 – Introduction to Evolution (4 units). The course subject provides a general survey of the origins of biological diversity and evolutionary mechanisms. Estimated enrollment: 60

Requirements: Ph.D. and demonstrated effective teaching in the subject course or equivalent course.

Salary: Commensurate upon qualifications.

Please submit letter of application, including summary of qualifications, CV, two letters of recommendation, any applicable teaching evaluation summaries, and a statement of contributions to diversity via the link below link which contains additional information about the position.



This position may be covered by a collective bargaining unit.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for diversity.


SS II 2018 EVE 100 Lecturer Ad.pdf

At #UCDavis 4//9: Francisco Rodriguez, Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District

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Dear UC Davis Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community Members,

This is a reminder that our next Forum, featuring Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, will take place one week from today on Monday, April 9th in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Community Center. The lecture will run from 3-4:30 PM with a reception and light refreshments to follow.

In this Forum, Chancellor Rodriguez will proceed from the observation that America’s community colleges— which are the most egalitarian institutions of public higher education, serving more than 12 million students each year—play a leading role in supporting social mobility as well as our nation’s strength, economic health and prosperity, and democracy. He will address how community colleges currently face an array of formidable challenges, including demands to increase access and equity; raise completion and graduation rates; and improve postgraduate outcomes. Indeed, they must meet these challenges in a climate of decreasing public confidence in higher education, staggering enrollments, and segregated educational attainment. Dr. Rodriguez will describe how community colleges provide the best return on investment in higher education.

This event is free and open to the public. If you wish to attend, please RSVP using the link below:


Francisco Rodriguez Flyer.pdf

4/4: Gwen Ottinger at #UCDavis: Sensing to Sense-Making: Dilemmas of Data in Citizen Science

"From Sensing to Sense-Making: Dilemmas of Data in Citizen Science"Gwen Ottinger, Drexel University

Wednesday April 4th, 12:00-1:30
STS/CSIS Conference Room (SSH 1246)
Light lunch will be served; please RSVP.

Abstract: Advances in low-cost air sensors appear to be a boon for communities concerned about air quality. But their real value depends on citizen scientists’ ability to interpret and mobilize the data they produce. Departing from many innovators’ and scholars’ focus on sensing technology, I examine the interpretive work that goes into making air quality data meaningful in communities overburdened by pollution. Environmental justice activists, I show, face two contradictory challenges: inventing new modes of interpretation that better represent local experience, and aligning their data with potential political leverage points, often structured by technocratic frames. To be most useful for grassroots groups, citizen sensing programs should be designed with both goals in mind.

Gwen Ottinger is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Drexel University, where she directs the Fair Tech Collective, a research group dedicated to using social science theory and methods to inform the development of technology that fosters environmental justice. She is author of Refining Expertise: How Responsible Engineers Subvert Environmental Justice Challenges, which was awarded the 2015 Rachel Carson Prize by the Society for Social Studies of Science.

Presented by the UC Davis Program in Science and Technology Studies, the School of Education, and the Center for Community and Citizen Science.

At @ucdavis 3/12: Leah Edelstein-Keshet “From Single to Collective Cell Motility: What Can We Learn Using Math ematics?”

Monday March 12, 2018


We are pleased to announce Dr. Edelstein-Keshet, Professor at the University of British Columbia, will be presenting “From Single to Collective Cell Motility: What Can We Learn Using Mathematics?” as part of the Storer Lectureship in Life Sciences Series. The lecture is at 4:10 pm on Monday, March 12, 2018 in the Student Community Center.

Dr. Edelstein Keshet is a mathematical biologist and has made far-reaching research contributions in areas such as the mathematics and modeling of the cell, the immune system, biological swarms and applied mathematics education.

In 1995, Dr. Keshet became the first female president of the Society for Mathematical Biology. She was awarded the Krieger-Nelson Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society in 2003 and became a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in 2014. Dr. Keshet authored the SIAM book “Mathematical Models in Biology.”