Congratulations to MycoTextile
Futures for their 3rd place award (in the research
category) in the Future is Fungi global competition hosted by a
European consortium aiming to promote research and start-ups
using fungi to solve major environmental challenges.
UC Davis faculty members Glenda Drew, professor of design,
and Jesse Drew, professor of cinema and digital
media, in collaboration with Melissa Chandon, continuing
lecturer in design, and the International Class Conscious
Photographers Collective, created “WE ARE
ESSENTIAL,” a site-specific media arts installation
specially crafted for the “Salute to Labor Awards Gala.”
Professors Jae Yong
Suk and Michael
Siminovitch—through the California Lighting Technology Center
and the Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis have—received $200k
jointly from Toyota Boshoku America and Seoul Semiconductor to
investigate the potential mitigating effects of discrete color in
light on human mood and stress. The research is now in its second
Professors Jae Yong
Suk and Michael Siminovitch at
the California Lighting Technology Center received $100K in
funding from Seoul Semiconductor—one of the largest LED
manufacturers in the world—to support the research of
full-spectrum LEDs for human-centric lighting. Full-spectrum LEDs
provide a visible light spectrum similar to natural light. The
research investigates the potential benefits of superior color
rendition quality in full-spectrum LEDs.
Recent alumna Sarah Sy (B.A., design and cinema and digital
media, ‘23) has received a scholarship through The Gotham EDU Film and Media Career
Development Program. The six-week summer program covers
development, pitching, marketing, distribution, and more.
Alejandra Ruiz Suárez was awarded the 2023 Savageau Award
for a Master of Fine Arts design student at the opening
celebration of the annual Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition
at the Manetti Shrem Museum. Her work focuses on sustainable
pathways for reducing textile waste.
Quinessa Stibbins, an apparel designer whose research
explores the role apparel design can play in protest and
nonviolent civil disobedience, was honorable mention.
SeaNails, a team of UC Davis design students, will be
competing as finalists with their project at the
Biodesign Challenge Summit 2023, June 22-23. This year’s
summit will be held in person at the Museum of Modern Art and
Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Design students from DES187 Narrative Environments, taught by
Professor Tim McNeil, created the 2023 City of Davis Bike
Scavenger Hunt that took place on June 3. The student team
designed the event identity, clues, and activities.
The China Shop, a new faculty-led initiative that embeds
and designers within scientific laboratories at UC Davis to
research, presents a conversation between scientists and artists
on May 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem
Museum of Art.
Using fashion to raise the profile of heart disease as
the leading killer of women, the Red Dress Collection, created by
students from the UC Davis Department of Design, has been an
innovative way to spotlight this awareness campaign. Garments
from the collection are now on display in the lobby of the Robert
and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts through May
Research by Javier Arbona-Homar, assistant professor in design
and American studies, and Julie Sze, professor and founding chair
of the American studies program at UC Davis, has lead
Arbona-Homar to become an active participant in discussion on
whether the city of Vallejo should relocate its police station to
a prime spot on the city’s historic
The Alberini Family Speaker Series is supported through
an endowment by the Carlos and Andrea Alberini Family Foundation.
It brings renowned innovators and thinkers in design to campus
and in virtual formats to inspire students and encourage
community engagement and learning.
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