Foundations

FFAR Grant to Help Improve Vineyard Soil Health

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) awarded a $999,003 Seeding Solutions grant to the University of California, Davis to assess the effects of regenerative practices on vineyard soil health. Jackson Family Wines provided matching funds for a $2.6 million total investment.

A Comprehensive Pandemic Response Program in Davis, California, Prevented Infections, Hospitalizations, and Deaths

Healthy Davis Together (HDT), a comprehensive pandemic response program in Davis, California, prevented illness and saved lives by providing regular COVID-19 testing, vaccination, and other safety precautions, according to an evaluation by Mathematica, a company focused on using data and analytics to improve public health and well-being. The article discusses the highlights and successes of HDT.

Native American Studies Professor Wins Carnegie Fellowship

Beth Rose Middleton Manning recalls being elated watching the Eklutna River in Alaska flowing freely after a dam was removed. The University of California, Davis, Native American studies professor had a similar feeling upon learning she received a 2022 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship for her research on dam removal and land restoration.

Mellon Foundation Awards Benefit Native American Language Center and Gorman Art Museum

More than $1 million in new awards from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the UC Davis Department of Native American Studies are strengthening Indigenous ancestral languages and contemporary art. The Native American Language Center received $800,000 to work with tribes in California on language teaching and research, and the C.N. Gorman Museum received $250,000 for general operating support.

Program Helps BioSci Students Explore Careers

With $1.75 million in support from the Koret Foundation of San Francisco, the [BioLuanch] program is in its second year of developing a four-year progression of courses, experiential learning and one-on-one advising. The program is a collaboration of the Internship and Career Center, or ICC, and the college and part of the campus’s broader Aggie Launch initiative for career exploration and preparation.

UC Davis Wins 2 Awards From the W.M. Keck Foundation

For the first time in university history, the W.M. Keck Foundation has awarded two research teams at the University of California, Davis, with $1 million each in the same award cycle. One will study where chemical reactions occur in deep regions of the brain to improve the treatments for brain disorders; the other will create new technology for communications and medicine that operates at wavelengths that are not currently utilized.

New partnerships will engage community in developmental disability research

Thanks to a $247,000 in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards Program, the MIND Institute is building a network of partnerships with self-advocates, families and community organizations. It will serve as a foundation to make clinical practices, research and systems of care more inclusive and accessible.