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Research Programs And Resources

Organized Research Units

Organized Research Units (ORUs) are campus-wide interdisciplinary research programs that further the university’s missions of teaching, research and public service, but do not offer courses of instruction. Members of an ORU come from more than one department and normally from more than one school, college division.

Air Quality Research Center (AQRC)

3050 Bainer Hall 530-754-6558
Anthony Wexler, Director; aswexler@ucdavis.edu; http://airquality.ucdavis.edu/

The Air Quality Research Center provides support for teams of collaborative researchers to conduct scientific, engineering, health, social and economic research to inform planning and regulations for air quality and climate change. The AQRC educates through conferences, outreach, scholarly publications, and training grants. Researchers at UC Davis employ theoretical approaches, mathematical models, measurements in the field and in laboratories, and policy analysis to tackle state, federal and intercontinental air quality problems. The center is composed of over 60 faculty and research staff members from six schools and colleges across campus. This breadth of expertise allows us to take a broad, interdisciplinary approach to air-quality problem solving.

Bodega Marine Laboratory and Reserve

Bodega Marine Laboratory
P.O. Box 247
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
707-875-2211; Fax 707-875-2009
ucdbml@ucdavis.edu; http://bml.ucdavis.edu

The Bodega Marine Laboratory is dedicated to research and teaching in marine science. Research areas include: Ecology and Evolution —invasive species, biodiversity, community ecology, etc., Coastal Oceanography —upwelling, estuaries and land runoff, nearshore hydrodynamics, ocean observing, Ocean Health—developmental and reproductive toxicology, shellfish health, environmental assessment, Physiology—comparative physiology and biochemistry, reproductive physiology, seagrass and seaweed physiological ecology, Conservation—fisheries management, marine protected areas, endangered species restoration, Climate Change—ecological impacts, ocean acidification, paleoceanography. Well-equipped facilities feature running seawater in two classrooms and many laboratories, a marine science library, lecture hall, housing facilities, computer labs, state of the art microscopy imaging facility, experimental climate change facility, greenhouses, experimental freshwater system for anadromous/estuarine invertebrate and fish studies, network of automated environmental sensors on marine and terrestrial habitats, 42-foot research vessel and various small boats, and a dive locker and air station. Faculty teach a number of undergraduate and graduate courses during the academic year and summer session. The laboratory is located in Bodega Bay, Sonoma County, 100 miles west of Davis.

The Bodega Marine Reserve, part of the UC Natural Reserve System, is 362 acres of remarkably diverse habitats, including an excellent rocky intertidal zone, sand beaches, saltmarsh, lagoon tidal flats, freshwater marsh, coastal prairie and dunes. The reserve also administers adjacent subtidal sand and rock habitats in a marine life refuge. Areas of research include a broad spectrum of field studies of plants and animals in coastal marine, intertidal and terrestrial ecosystems.

California National Primate Research Center

Primate Center
530-752-0447; http://www.cnprc.ucdavis.edu

The California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) is a local, regional, and national resource to furthering scientific discovery, using biomedical research to make breakthroughs in health and science, leading to new diagnostics, therapeutics, and clinical procedures that enhance quality of life for both humans and animals. The CNPRC is an Organized Research Unit of the University of California, Davis and part of the National Primate Research Centers Program at the National Institutes of Health.

Under the direction of UC Davis faculty, the CNPRC is comprised of four research units that emphasize translational studies in Brain, Mind and Behavior, Infectious Diseases, Reproductive Sciences and Regenerative Medicine, and Respiratory Diseases. Research projects using nonhuman primates contribute in substantial ways to health care and are developing a better understanding of, and new treatments for, a wide range of human health problems including asthma, HIV/AIDS, childhood illnesses, Alzheimer's disease, emerging infectious diseases, and environmental toxins that impact our health.

The CNPRC supports self-sustaining, genetically characterized breeding colonies of rhesus macaques and titi monkeys that are also studied for natural behaviors and spontaneously occurring disorders. Educational experiences at the CNPRC are available for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as veterinary residents..

Center for Health and the Environment

530-752-1340; http://che.ucdavis.edu/

The Center for Health and the Environment (CHE) coordinates and engages in interdisciplinary research on environmental agents, including chemicals and radiation, and health outcomes in humans, animals and other organisms. Researchers conduct epidemiologic studies in human populations, as well as experiments in whole animals, organisms, cells and molecules. Research on the development of agents for population control of humans and wildlife seek to mitigate the adverse effects of overabundance on the environment. Studies on toxic, radioactive, mutagenic, carcinogenic and teratogenic compounds are carried out in special animal holding facilities. Laboratories are equipped for studies in analytical chemistry, biochemical toxicology, cell and molecular biology, endocrinology, inhalation toxicology, morphology and reproductive and developmental biology. The Center houses a major university-wide program and federally funded center in occupational and agricultural medicine, nanotechnology and, a School of Medicine program in reproductive biology.

Crocker Nuclear Laboratory

530-752-1460; http://crocker.ucdavis.edu

The Crocker Nuclear Laboratory is an interdepartmental laboratory for the application of nuclear science to a variety of disciplines, including air pollution and visibility, nuclear physics and chemistry, medical therapy with proton beams, material damage studies, and the effect of background and extraterrestrial radiation on electronic components.

Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization

2343 Academic Surge 530-752-0481
Kenneth Joy, Director; kijoy@ucdavis.edu; http://idav.ucdavis.edu

The mission of the Institute is the integration of research efforts at UC Davis in data analysis and visualization. The Institute draws students and faculty from a variety of departments and colleges, allowing researchers to work together on real-world, applied problems that deal with the massive data analysis and visualization problems encountered in science, engineering, and other fields. The integration of the two fields, especially in biological applications of high throughput biological assay data such as gene expression arrays, proteomics, metabolomics and NMR spectroscopy, produce methods that impact a substantial number of scientific fields. In neuroscience, computer science, computational science, computational physics, and engineering applications, the Institute contributes data exploration and problem-solving methods through visualization, computer graphics, data analysis, and expressive interfaces that enable discovery and analysis from massive information streams. The collaborative efforts of the faculty and students of the Institute enable the University to address a wide-variety of application areas and contribute methods that enable scientists and engineers to make decisions from their data.

Institute of Governmental Affairs

469 Kerr Hall
530-752-0966; Fax 530-752-8666; http://www.iga.ucdavis.edu

The Institute of Governmental Affairs (IGA) serves as a research base for social science faculty at UC Davis. IGA serves approximately 60 faculty from 10 campus departments as well as scholars visiting from throughout the United States and around the world.

Located in the core of the UC Davis campus, IGA houses eight formal research programs: Center for International Data; Center for State and Local Taxation; Center for the Evolution of the Global Economy; Conflict Processes Group; Economy, Justice and Society (EJS); Migration Dialogue; the Network Sciences Group; the Public Opinion Workshop, and the Rural Economies of the Americas Program (REAP).

Specialized services include grant advising, preparation and administration; research program development; library and data services; social science computing, programming and statistical consulting; seminar, workshop and conference organization; and much more. The institute sponsors an active public affairs program and enhances the education of students by providing research opportunities. IGA serves as the UC Davis liaison to the system-wide program, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and the All-UC Group in Economic History.

Institute of Transportation Studies

West Village, 1605 Tilia St, Suite 100; 530-752-6548
Dan Sperling, Director; dsperling@ucdavis.edu; http://www.its.ucdavis.edu

The Institute of Transportation Studies conducts multidisciplinary research on complex problems related to the transportation system and disseminates research results to the broader academic and professional community. Research priorities are travel behavior, alternative-fueled vehicle technology and policy, energy and environmental projects and advanced vehicle and highway systems. About 60 faculty members and 130 graduate students from more than 13 academic disciplines, including four Engineering departments, Economics, Environmental Science and Policy, Ecology, Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the Graduate School of Management, participate in the research activities of the Institute. The Institute administers a graduate program in Transportation Technology and Policy, and a number of research centers, including the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center (EEC), the UC Davis Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Center, the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (NextSTEPS) program, the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC), the China Center for Energy and Transportation (C-CET).

John Muir Institute of the Environment

Mark Schwartz, Director 530-754-9135

The John Muir Institute of the Environment (JMIE) supports innovation and discovery aimed at solving real-world environmental problems. The Institute's faculty are committed to strengthening the scientific foundation for environmental decision making through collective entrepreneurship, a team-oriented approach that recognizes the complexities of environmental problems and the societal context in which they occur. JMIE champions science and technological innovation, provides campus-wide leadership, hosts centers and projects, and seeds research and educational initiatives to solve real-world environmental problems. Focal areas include water quantity and quality, impacts of particulates in human health, climate change and natural resource management. The Institute links science and technology to policy by providing the intellectual setting for interactions between researchers, regulatory agencies, policy-makers and the public.

Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture and Technology (NEAT)

4415 Chemistry Annex 530-752-3292
Alexandra Navrotsky, Director; anavrotsky@ucdavis.edu; http://neat.ucdavis.edu/

NEAT is a multidisciplinary research and education program linking the fundamental physics, chemistry, and engineering of small particles and nanomaterials to several challenging areas of investigation, including applications in ceramic, chemical, electronic, environmental, and agricultural technology; environmental transport and transformation and the resulting factors of environmental pollution and remediation; and interactions with the biosphere, especially microorganisms and the consequential effects on health.

Program in International and Community Nutrition

Kathryn G. Dewey
3253 Meyer Hall
530-752-1992; Fax 530-752-3406; kgdewey@ucdavis.edu; http://picn.ucdavis.edu

Faculty members of the Program in International and Community Nutrition are studying the epidemiology and causal mechanisms of the major nutritional problems of human populations in low-income countries and in disadvantaged ethnic minority groups in the United States, with the ultimate objective of planning, implementing and evaluating programs to ameliorate these problems. Current areas of research include maternal and child nutrition, control of micronutrient deficiencies, determinants of food intake, nutrition and infection, nutritional assessment, and food and nutrition programs and policy.

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