News Highlights

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  • CPB faculty member Alan Hastings received a RAISE award, for Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering, a category for projects that appear to promise transformational advances.

  • CPB faculty member David Neale’s research is highlighted in this Washington Post ‘Decoding the Redwoods’ article which discusses that as threats to California’s giant redwoods grow, the key to their salvation might be in their complex genetic code.

  • Moria Robinson receives a 2016-17 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. This award, which is sponsored by Graduate Studies, recognizes excellence in teaching by graduate students on the UC Davis campus.
  • Congratulations to CPB faculty member Annie Schmitt, who has been elected an Honorary Lifetime Member of the American Society of Naturalists
  • CPB faculty member Tim Caro has discovered why giant pandas are black and white.  More news here and here.
  • CPB faculty member Peter Wainwright has won the annual UC Davis Faculty Research Lecture award.  Peter joins previous CPB recipients of this prize - Chuck Langley, Michael Turelli, and Don Strong – and that’s just in the last few years.
  •  CPB members and alums Will Wetzel, Moria Robinson, Heather Kharouba, and Rick Karban have published a paper in Nature showing that plants suppress herbivore populations through variable nutrient levels.
  •  Eric Sanford and his colleagues investigate how sea urchins cope with ocean acidification.
  •  A former CPB graduate student affiliate, Matt Meisner, is the co-founder and head of analytics at Farmers Business Network.   Matt’s company currently has over 4,000 member farmers, and has been analyzing data on 13 million acres of crops they own.  More news about this innovative company and the many ways it is empowering farmers here.  Matt received his PhD in the labs of CPB faculty members Jay Rosenheim and Sebastian Schreiber.