News & Updates

This page contains the latest news on the Big Ideas process. Read the stories below.

Simulation Model Finds Cure Violence Program and Targeted Policing More Effective in Curbing Urban Violence

When communities and police work together to deter urban violence, they can achieve better outcomes with fewer resources than when each works in isolation, a simulation model created by researchers at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the University at Albany has found.

The Pain Problem

Pain is a pervasive problem that the medical community has not yet addressed in a comprehensive way. The UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief hopes to address pain care with an interdisciplinary approach.

Healthy Brain Aging

Charles DeCarli, neurologist and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, and Kimberley McAllister, director of the Center for Neuroscience and professor in the neurology and neurobiology, physiology and behavior departments, are taking an interdisciplinary approach to rethink how brain health is defined as champions of the Healthy Brain Aging Initiative: Brain Health Across the Lifespan Big Idea for UC Davis.

Aging Gracefully

Information abounds on the kinds of exercise that can keep your body strong, but what will keep your mind healthy? That’s a question researchers Charles DeCarli and Kimberley McAllister hope to answer with the Healthy Brain Aging Initiative: Brain Health Across the Lifespan, a long-term research project under development among numerous UC Davis departments.

A Matter of Rights

Keith Watenpaugh discusses his efforts to help refugees access higher education. It is his and his colleagues' goal to make human rights an elemental pillar in UC Davis' global footprint by cultivating research and innovation in human rights with the Institute for Global Human Rights in the 21st Century.

International Center Grand Opening

The International Center held its grand opening ceremony April 21. The center provides the physical presence that will encourage the development of Global Education for All, an iniative aimed at giving all students an international experience by the time they graduate. 

Big Ideas: These 13 Are Moving Forward

UC Davis announced the Big Ideas that will help propel the university’s second comprehensive fundraising campaign. These Big Ideas, generated by members of the university community, offer ways that UC Davis can positively impact the world while also capturing the imagination of potential donors.

UC Davis: Where Big Ideas Become the Next Big Thing

UC Davis is in the midst of planning for its second comprehensive fundraising campaign, and, as part of the process, university leadership put forth a call for Big Ideas last fall. Interest from across UC Davis was unprecedented — nearly 200 ideas came in from faculty, staff and students...