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Worldview 100

July 27th, 2015 by Mary Wood

The Worldview 100

Scientific American’s Worldview 100 ranks two UC Davis faculty among the top 100 visionaries in biotechnology.
“The visionaries who continue to reshape biotechnology—and the world”

At just 40 years old, biotechnology is a relatively new industry. Its starting point, arguably, was the 1975 Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA, at which the potential benefits and hazards of DNA manipulation and the ways it should be regulated were debated and essentially decided upon…Here, we name 100 of the industry’s leading lights in a list we’ve dubbed “The Worldview 100.” The honorees include researchers who provided fundamental insights into biological processes, as well as their colleagues who developed those insights to create the biology-based goods and services that are the essence of biotechnology…


Director  |  World Food Center  |  University of California, Davis |  Davis, California, U.S.
This plant biologist visionary and founding president of the Danforth Center knows how to keep things in perspective. “After a series of laboratory successes that followed the discovery of disease-resistant technologies, I self-assuredly referenced ‘being on a roll,’” he told Worldview. “Soon thereafter I took a fall and a long roll down a run at the Purgatory ski resort at a Keystone Conference. To my chagrin and embarrassment, a friend, Jonathan Jones, from the John Innes Center, UK, shouted, ‘Are you still on a roll, Beachy?’—not just one time, but repeatedly in following years.”


Director |  Laboratory for Crop Genetics Innovation & Scientific Literacy  |  University of California, Davis |  Davis, California, U.S.
When Worldview asked Ronald to tell us her greatest contribution to biotechnology, she pointed out her work with rice, in particular, “isolation of the Xa21 resistance gene and the Sub1 submergence tolerance gene in collaboration with my colleagues.” Her pick for the most exciting application of biotech in the past year: the HIV and Ebola vaccines.


Colleagues from UCSF and UCB

Atul Butte
Director  |  Institute of Computational Health Sciences  |  University of California, San Francisco  |  San Francisco, California, U.S.
Discussing the new institute, Butte notes, “We hope that we will be successful in making discoveries and developing diagnostics and therapeutics. If we want to change the world of medicine, we have to bring those discoveries into the marketplace and closer to patients.”

Jennifer Doudna
Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Professor in Biomedical & Health Sciences  |  University of California  |  Berkeley, California, U.S.
One of the leading researchers who created the CRISPR-Cas9 technology for genome engineering, Doudna believes that we must “increase connections and communications between academic labs and companies” to help biotechnology move ahead even faster.

UC Center for Laboratory Safety

July 17th, 2012 by Mary Wood

The UC Center for Laboratory Safety has been created to improve the practice of laboratory safety through the performance of scientific research and implementation of best safety practices in the laboratory. The Center will operate under the oversight of the UC Center for Laboratory Safety Advisory Board with technical support from the UCLA Office of Environment, Health and Safety and the UCLA School of Public Health – Department of Environmental Health Sciences.


.UC Center for Lab Safety, BioRAFT, and Nature Publisng Group Launch Survey to Study Laboratory Safety

The international Laboratory Safety Culture Survey will gather data on researchers’ safety practices and attitudes; information to provide guidance for future safety policies and procedures

The University of California Center for Laboratory SafetyBioRAFT, and Nature Publishing Group have joined forces to launch an international survey to identify issues impacting laboratory safety. The survey invites tens of thousands of researchers to anonymously answer questions about lab safety practices and attitudes. The results will provide information needed to design policies and lab safety programs that protect researchers from harm without unduly impacting their work, that reduce institutional risk, and that can be used to develop software solutions that ease compliance oversight and management.

Laboratory safety practices are coming under increased scrutiny following several accidents that have resulted in injuries or death. Many institutions implement or alter policies with the intent of improving laboratory safety, but without independent evidence and an understanding of existing culture, they cannot ensure that they are achieving the desired results. This survey is the first step to gather data required to study these issues more closely, and to better understand the reality of modern-day lab safety from the perspective of the researcher.


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DCXL – Data Curation Excel

September 15th, 2011 by Mary Wood

DCXL Webinar

UC3 Webinar Thu Sep 22 2pm – 3pm

Speaker:  Carly Strasser, UC3

CDL has recently launched a new project dubbed Digital Curation for Excel (DCXL), funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Microsoft Research. The goal of the DCXL project is to facilitate data management, sharing, and archiving for earth, environmental, and ecological scientists. The main result from the project will be an open source add-in for Microsoft Excel that will assist scientists in preparing their Excel data for sharing. Initial ideas include generating metadata, incorporating links to scientific data repositories and their requirements, and using controlled domain-specific vocabularies. The project is in its early stages, so the time is ripe for input from the UC libraries community, the digital archiving and preservation community, and the scientific community. This webinar will cover the project’s goals, timeline, and plan, and leave plenty of time for input and questions from webinar participants.

  • Title:Digital Curation for Excel (DCXL)
    Speaker: Carly Strasser (CDL)
    Slides | Webinar

The UC3 Summer Webinar Series is a forum for timely topics of interest to the UC community. We will highlight projects, services, and developments in areas of digital preservation, web archiving and data curation. We hope to raise awareness of these issues, and the resources and services available to the UC community. Our webinars will feature librarians, scientists, and technologists.

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University of California, Davis ranked No. 2 ‘Best Graduate School’ in Veterinary Medicine

March 15th, 2011 by Bruce Abbott

See the U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 rankings of “Best Graduate Schools”:

NCBI Discovery Workshop at UC Berkeley in June

March 8th, 2011 by Deanna Johnson

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) staff will give a Discovery Workshop at UC Berkeley on June 6-7, 2011. The workshop will consist of four intensive 2.5-hour hands-on training sessions, each emphasizing a different set of NCBI resources. Participants will also be able to set up individual consultations with NCBI staff.


The sessions will focus on NCNCBI Tools & ResourcesBI resources related to the following topics:


Sequences, genomes and maps    (Monday June 6, 9:00 am – 11:30 am)
Proteins, domains and structures   (Monday June 6, 1:00 pm –  3:30 pm)
NCBI BLAST services        (Tuesday June 7, 9:00 am – 11:30 am)
Human variation and disease genes   (Tuesday June 7, 1:00 pm –  3:30 pm)


Participants may attend all or any combination of these sessions.


To register, go to    Registrants should receive a confirmation e-mail within a week.  Early registration is recommended to ensure a spot.


The sessions will be held in a large auditorium with wireless Internet access.  They are intended to be hands on sessions so you should plan on bringing a laptop computer. Participants will be notified of the location.  For more information about the sessions, please see

Stay Current with UC Federal Stimulus Opportunities

May 20th, 2009 by Deanna Johnson

On May 18, 2009 Gary Falle, Associate Vice President for Federal Governmental Relations, announced the introduction of the University of California Federal Stimulus Opportunities website:

As federal stimulus funds are being disseminated from federal agencies and as additional information, including compliance information, is being distributed, UC has developed the website to provide campuses, faculty, researchers, students and staff with the latest information on grant opportunities, agency updates as well as compliance, review and accountability information.

The site will cover the diverse research occurring across the University of California system, though will not have all stimulus information that is available.  Accordingly, faculty, researchers and administrators are urged by Gary Falle to work with campus governmental relations representatives and to monitor the federal agencies specific Recovery Act websites for additional information not covered in this site.  Questions or comments should be directed to Gary Falle.

Websites of interest:

UC Federal Stimulus Opportunities:

NIH and the ARRA:
NSF and the ARRA:

Stay current with the the diverse research occurring across the UC System

Stay current with the diverse research occurring across the UC System