Students and education

Root Pottery: An agroecology grad student creates rhizosphere-inspired art

September 17, 2019
Agroecology graduate student Jennifer Schmidt, Department of Plant Sciences, makes ceramics inspired by her Ph.D. dissertation work on the interactions between maize and its surrounding microbes. The visual aspects of her research lend themselves to hand-painted ceramics. Many scientists pursue some form of art or music, along with their science.

Chloroplasts, β-Barrel Proteins, and Traversing through Graduate School

September 04, 2019
Philip Day, Steven Theg, and the late Kentaro Inoue, all UC Davis, determined how β-barrel proteins are sorted in plant chloroplast envelopes. Chloroplasts, which are responsible for photosynthesis in plants, evolved about a billion years ago from an ancient endosymbiotic relationship between a cyanobacteria species and a eukaryotic cell.

‘Just Coffee’ Course Brings Global Perspective to Students

June 04, 2019
UC Davis students in the online 'Just Coffee' course get a new, globally-conscious perspective on the caffeinated beverage. The course was the inspiration of Patrick Brown, Professor of Plant Sciences, who imagined the course as an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of the global food system through coffee. (video included)

Plant Sciences Graduate Students Compete in “Flash Talks”

May 02, 2019
Eight graduate students in Plant Sciences, UC Davis, gave five-minute Flash Talks on their research. It takes a lot of planning to condense a graduate degree to five minutes. And three students won the competition.

Enhancing Curricula for Students to Learn Globally

April 09, 2019
Professor Li Tian in Plant Sciences is preparing students for global challenges in a new Curriculum Enhancement through Global Learning program (a faculty training program) at UC Davis.