Public Impact

Charting the Future of Engagement at UC Davis

Nearly 60 faculty and staff from UC Davis and UC Davis Health gathered on October 12 for the second Community Engagement Summit to develop shared goals and principles that will guide UC Davis in its continued commitment to community engagement.

Open Letters from Prison

When COVID-19 isolated incarcerated people, Assistant Professor Ben Weber and the California Coalition for Women Prisoners launched a writing group to facilitate communication among individuals both on inside and outside of prison walls.

Grandma’s Genes Top UC Davis Grad Slam

The final round of the UC Davis Grad Slam had a flurry of PowerPoint slides, a giant deck of cards and a stuffed monkey, but in the end the top prize went to someone talking about genetic “ghosts.”

Completing Case Narratives

Criminal procedure scholar and Professor Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe hopes her public scholarship will help give defendants a place in the narratives of their own case decisions.

Public Scholar for the Future Student Alice Dien Wins 2022 UC Davis Grad Slam with Revolutionary Drying Research

Biological Systems Engineering Ph.D. student Alice Dien was this year’s winner of the UC Davis Grad Slam, a Public Scholarship and Engagement (PSE) co-sponsored event that occurred on April 6. Dien’s winning research presentation “Cooling Down with the New Hot Air: The Future of Drying in Agriculture” earned her a $2,500 prize for first place, as well as the PSE’s Public Impact Prize.

‘New Hot Air’ Is a Grad Slam Dunk

Biological systems engineering Ph.D. student Alice Dien won the 2022 UC Davis Grad Slam with her 2-minute, 54-second presentation on her research into a new, sustainable way of drying food, “Cooling Down With the New Hot Air: The Future of Drying in Agriculture.”