In the Media

Native American Studies Professor Wins Carnegie Fellowship

by Jeffrey Day

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.

She is one of 28 scholars, journalists and authors awarded the fellowship, which carries a $200,000 stipend. The Carnegie Corporation of New York announced the fellowships today (April 26).

Little Fires: Landowners Learn to Burn

by Kat Kerlin with visuals by Tim McConville

Smoke billows over the forest like a slow-moving fog. Dried oak leaves singe, crackle and curl into ash. Neighbors, scientists and agency staffers rake the embers, directing the flames with calm, careful control. Ted Odell’s grandson runs along his namesake trail, Henry’s Hill, to adjust a hose.

This is Odell’s property in Placer County, where five of his 11 acres are being burned by prescribed fire with assistance from Placer County Resource Conservation District, UC Davis researchers and others.

2022-23 Natural Resources Workforce Development Fellowship Collaborative Team Science Training

The SW CASC NRWD Fellowship was developed to provide graduate students with opportunities for training and practice in developing use-inspired and actionable science to inform natural resource management decisions. Those selected will make up a team of 8 scientists, working together over the course of twelve months on this year's science theme: Climate-informed management of natural resources in aquatic ecosystems to support effective climate adaptation.

Opportunities to mentor a student for the UCGHI PHCOE Summer Work Experience Program

The Summer Work Experience Program was developed by the PHCOE with the goal of helping student fellows gain authentic experience through research and extension opportunities with campus and county-based UC academics.  They match fellows to host organizations or mentors that can provide an informative and supportive work experience in the area of each student's future career goals. Experiences have ranged from working in walnut agriculture, supporting animal welfare rights, and helping to pass legislation to support home businesses.

Professors Kate Scow and Dan Sperling Honored for Outstanding Contributions

By Kat Kerlin

Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Members are selected for having made outstanding contributions to the field of engineering, including research, practice or education, as well as to pioneering new and developing fields of technology, or innovative approaches to engineering education.

Director of the Center for Health and the Environment, Kent Pinkerton, Featured on “The Special Report & Areva Martin Out Loud”

Kent Pinkerton, director of the Center for Health and the Environment was recently featured on The Special report with Areva Martin. As part of this program, Pinkerton touched on racism, environmental justice, and industrial air pollution. Pinkerton is featured as the last speaker of the episode. To view the episode, see the link below. 

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‘Exposed to toxic smoke and ash’: Proposed law would increase workplace protections amid wildfires

By Kim Bojorquez for The Sac Bee

Multiple wildfires, toxic smoke and a global pandemic haven’t prevented Marco Siorda, a 29-year-old farmworker, from working in the fields of Imperial County.

Despite being part of a critical workforce that puts food on the table for many Californians, Siorda said his employer doesn’t offer masks to protect him from inhaling toxic wildfire smoke. Instead, he said, he must bring a mask from home to prevent putting his health at risk.

Small Towns Grow Desperate for Water in California

By Thomas Fuller for The New York Times

Mendocino’s water shortage is an extreme example of what some far-flung towns in California are experiencing as the state slips deeper into its second year of drought. Scores of century-old, hand-dug wells in the town have run dry, forcing residents, inns and restaurants to fill storage tanks with water trucked from faraway towns at the cost of anywhere from 20 to 45 cents a gallon. Utilities in California, by contrast, typically charge their customers less than a penny per gallon of tap water.

Experts share how to adapt and even thrive with wildfires

By Ashley Han

Unchecked wildfires are a serious threat to our region and health. UC Davis experts are raising the bar for well-being by pursuing solutions that nourish communities and give people equitable access to the resources they need to thrive here in California and beyond. 

Drought Saps California Reservoirs as Dry Summer Looms


OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Each year Lake Oroville helps water a quarter of the nation’s crops, sustain endangered salmon beneath its massive earthen dam and anchor the tourism economy of a Northern California county that must rebuild seemingly every year after unrelenting wildfires.

But the mighty lake — a linchpin in a system of aqueducts and reservoirs in the arid U.S. West that makes California possible — is shrinking with surprising speed amid a severe drought, with state officials predicting it will reach a record low later this summer.