University News

Pam Ronald Returns to Sweden for Honorary Doctorate

July 31, 2019

Pam Ronald, a distinguished professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, has a vivid memory from the day she arrived in Sweden in 1984 to begin a year as a Fulbright Scholar at Uppsala University.

“I was a young student who had just landed at the Stockholm airport, wondering how I was going to recognize my host, Professor Nils Fries,” Ronald said. “My anxiety vanished when I saw a kind-looking man waving a stick with a Boletus edulis stuck on the end of it.”

Gift from alumnus, botany professor John Boynton creates fellowship to honor UC Davis mentor

July 16, 2019

Dr. John E. Boynton, a UC Davis alumnus, retired Duke University professor and renowned expert on photosynthesis, has bequeathed a generous gift from his estate to establish a fellowship in honor of his mentor, tomato geneticist Charles M. Rick, Jr. 

Boynton passed away last summer at the age of 80 in Silver City, New Mexico, where he lived in retirement.

Dave Campbell retires from UCCE after 29 years

July 01, 2019
Has worked as a UCCE community development specialist for 19 years

After providing 29 years of service, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist and Associate Agricultural Experiment Station Dean Dave Campbell retires July 1. Long-time colleague Rose Hayden-Smith asked Dave to reflect on his career and offer advice for those rising in the academic ranks.

A Message From the Dean - June 2019

June 12, 2019
Our 2019 graduates are ready to go out and change the world

This weekend, we celebrate 1,673 undergraduate students who will participate in one of two College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) commencement ceremonies on Sunday, June 16. Commencement marks the next phase of an incredibly bright future for all of our graduates.

Australian Glen Patrick Fox selected as new Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor

June 10, 2019

Glen Patrick Fox, a senior research fellow at Australia’s University of Queensland, will become UC Davis’ new Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Science on July 1. Fox succeeds Charlie Bamforth, who held the position from 1999 until his retirement last year.

A Message From the Dean - April 2019

April 23, 2019
Kindness may be Charley Hess’ greatest gift of all

Friends and colleagues of Dean Emeritus Charley Hess have been flooded with fond memories since he passed away due to congestive heart failure on April 13. We mourn his loss and celebrate his boundless energy, incredible work ethic and passion for agriculture, innovation and life. 

Dean Emeritus Charley Hess Dies at 87

April 18, 2019

Charles E. “Charley” Hess, a UC Davis Medal recipient and dean emeritus of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who never took the word “retirement” seriously, died Saturday (April 13) of congestive heart failure at the age of 87.

Saturday was Picnic Day, the biggest celebration of the year at the institution he loved. Two years ago he rode in the Picnic Day Parade as outstanding retiree of the year, an honor bestowed on him by his fellow retirees who took seriously and appreciated his continued service to the campus community.