Awards and rankings

Barbara Blanco-Ulate, UC Davis Plant Sciences, is a Hellman Fellow

August 08, 2019
Barbara Blanco-Ulate, Asst. Professor in Plant Sciences, received a Hellman Fellowship for the research “Epigenomics of Tomato Fruit Susceptibility to Fungal Disease.” The grants are awarded to early-career faculty who show academic distinction and potential. It provides extra financial support for their early research.

Travis Parker Wins National Photo Contest in Plant Breeding

August 05, 2019
Travis Parker, Plant Sciences grad student, won first place in the national NAPB Photo Contest. His photo is a variety of high-value common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) developed at UC Davis. One of his Ph.D. projects is breeding new high-value heirloom-type bean varieties for culinary quality and good field performance.

Louise Ferguson Named President-Elect of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)

July 30, 2019
Louise Ferguson, faculty member in Plant Sciences, UC Davis, and Cooperative Extension pomology specialist for California, is the new President-elect of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), a professional academic society. This appointment will be followed by a year as ASHS President and a year as Chairman of the ASHS Board of Directors.

Three ‘Breakthrough Technology Awards’ for Plant Breeding: Phyllis Himmel, Maeli Melotto, and Allen Van Deynze

May 30, 2019
Three people in Plant Sciences received Breakthrough Technology Awards for Plant Breeding research and programs. The competitive grants advance development of publicly available cultivars bred to improve the production efficiency, yield, sustainability, resilience, healthfulness, product quality, and value of U.S. agricultural plants while increasing farmer profitability and exports.

Allen Van Deynze Receives Excellence in Research Award

May 10, 2019
Allen Van Deynze, Seed Biotechnology Center and Plant Breeding Center, received the Academic Federation’s 'Excellence in Research Award'. He conducts groundbreaking research globally, and has received more than $12 million in research funding.

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.