Democracy in the Middle East leads UC Davis magazine summer issue

(From Kathleen Holder, editor of UC Davis Magazine)

The latest issue of UC Davis Magazine is now in the mail and most of the content is also online.

Features this issue are:

Building democracy in the Middle East,” which quotes a number of scholars in the humanities and social sciences about the “Arab Spring” wave of protests, by Associate Editor Clifton Parker

Bringing history to life,” about university-schools collaboration that helps school teachers — and their students — go beyond a litany of facts in learning history. Written by Sasha Abramsky, a lecturer in the University Writing Program, freelance journalist and a part-time writer for the magazine.

Nurturing a rare breed,” about UC Davis efforts to train a new generation of scientists to develop food and fuel crops for a changing planet. Written by Diane Nelson of Plant Sciences.

This issue also contains other articles contributed by campus communicators, including:

The lead news story, “A win for medicine,” on an injured racehorse’s stem cell therapy, by Barbara Meierhenry of the Center for Equine Health

The Parents’ essay, “Schooled,” about when your college kids pass you up intellectually, by Robin DeRieux, who in addition to writing for our Parents section is a writer for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

A sports feature on the women’s basketball team’s historic season, by Mike Robles of athletics, as well as a sidebar on the team’s new coach, by Mark Honbo.

A story on the Aggie Adventures travel program, by Brooke Converse of CAAA

Stories about The Campaign for UC Davis by the campaign’s Angela Hokanson and Sarah Colwell

Alumni profiled in our Class Notes section are a CA&ES graduate who became the first person with cerebral palsy to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan; two screenwriters who came out of the creative writing graduate program; and an African wild dog expert who earned his doctorate here in animal behavior.

On deck for the fall issue, due out in late September, are these planned features:

Mountain gorillas, highlighting the work by wildlife veterinarians to protect the endangered apes in Rwanda, by a freelance writer and photographer based in South Africa

A look at research at UC Davis that you might not guess is funded by the Department of Defense, by Andy Fell of News Service

Remaking California, with analysis by scholars on the state’s chronic fiscal woes, by Clifton Parker.

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