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Through War and Peace, These Doves Rock

October 8th, 2021|

By Daniel Erenstein, Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior ‘21   “The diversity of the breeds is something astonishing,” Charles Darwin wrote in “On the Origin of Species.” He was not referring to his famous Galápagos finches. [...]

Lazarus Dies, Lazarus Lives Again

October 1st, 2021|

By Jesse Kireyev, History ‘21 Each of these photos captures a landscape in slow degradation. Berryessa, for all the wintergreen beauty that it holds, has experienced horrifying fires numerous times over the past few years. [...]

COVID-19 Cover Art Gallery

September 24th, 2021|

This year, for the first time, The Aggie Transcript accepted submissions for our journal's cover from the wider undergraduate community at UC Davis. To celebrate the release of our fifth annual print edition, we present [...]

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News

Clearing the Cellular Landfill: The Use of Chaperone-Mediated Autophagy to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

March 26th, 2022|

By Reshma Kolala, Microbiology, ‘22 Author's Note: Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders, affecting nearly 1 in 9 individuals aged 65 or older. Available current therapies fail to address the underlying [...]

How Poop is Fighting COVID-19

November 5th, 2021|

By Laura Gardner, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ‘22 Author’s Note: With so much information in the media and online about COVID-19, I find many people get lost in, and fall victim to, false information. I [...]

The Human-Animal Interface: Exploring the Origin, Present, and Future of COVID-19

June 16th, 2021|

By Tammie Tam, Microbiology ‘22 Author’s Note: Since taking the class One Health Fundamentals (PMI 129Y), I have been acutely aware of this One Health idea that the health of humankind is deeply intertwined with [...]

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Campus Reports

How Poop is Fighting COVID-19

November 5th, 2021|

By Laura Gardner, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ‘22 Author’s Note: With so much information in the media and online about COVID-19, I find many people get lost in, and fall victim to, false information. I [...]

A Dive into a Key Player of Learning and Memory: An Interview with Dr. Karen Zito

December 25th, 2020|

Image by MethoxyRoxy - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5 By: Neha Madugala, Neurology, Physiology, and Behavior, ‘21 Author’s Note: After writing a paper for the Aggie Transcript on the basics of dendritic spines, I wanted [...]

Cryogenic Electron Microscopy: A Leap Forward for UC Davis

May 22nd, 2020|

Photo originally published in Structural Studies of the Giant Mimivirus. PLoS Biol 7(4): e1000092. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000092. License: CC BY 2.5. By Nathan Levinzon, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior ‘23 Author's Note: The purpose of this article is to inform the [...]

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Biology

Recovering Individual Based Model Outcomes on Spatiotemporally Coarsened Data

March 2nd, 2022|

By Sameerah Helal, Applied Mathematics, Under supervision of Stephanie Dodson Author's Note: Individual Based Models (IBMs) are commonly used to study animal migrations and foraging behaviors. These flexible models are powerful in identifying the mechanisms [...]

Making Brain Stimulation a Mainstream Treatment for Aphasia

March 1st, 2022|

By Eva Clubb, Cognitive Science, '21 Author's Note: I started research on aphasia for an upper-division writing class, and was intrigued by the potential of brain stimulation as an effective and practical treatment option for [...]

The Impact of vasopressin and oxytocin and pair-bonding on social development in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster)

February 25th, 2022|

By Hera Choi, James Hagerty, Ananya Narasimhan, Elyza Ramirez, Rana Sherkat, Karen Bales, Logan Savidge, Academic Editors Acknowledgement: We offer our sincerest appreciation to Dr. Karen Bales and Logan Savidge for their continued guidance and [...]

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Health and Medicine

Current and Potential Therapeutic Options for ALS Individuals

March 4th, 2022|

By Anna Truong, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, '22 Author’s Note: I wrote this piece of work for an assignment through my UWP 104F course, and felt very connected with it. I decided my topic to [...]

Physiological and Psychological Factors in Developing Comorbid Mood Disorders in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Patients

February 18th, 2022|

By Clara Brewer, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior ’22 Author's Note:  In 2015, I was diagnosed with a rare pain disorder- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Not only does this disorder cause unimaginable pain, it is [...]

Treatments for Eye Strain From Screen Exposure

February 4th, 2022|

By Anisha Narsam, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior ‘23  Author’s Note: I hope to raise awareness about treatments for eye strain from screen exposure because of the current pandemic and the increase in online interactions. This article [...]

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Technology

First steps in the development of small-scale 3D printed hydrogel bioreactors for protein production in space travel

October 15th, 2021|

By Maya Mysore, Laura Ballou, Anna Rita Moukarzel, Alex Cherry, David Duronslet, Lisette Werba, Nathan Tran, Hannah Mosheim, Stephen Curry, Simon Coelho Advisors: Kantharakorn Macharoen, Matthew McNulty, Andrew Yao, and Dr. McDonald, Dr. Nandi, and [...]

Fold@Home: Aid in COVID-19 Research from Home

November 7th, 2020|

Image via Folding@Home By Nathan Levinzon, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior ‘23 Author's Note: The purpose of this article is to introduce and inform the UC Davis scientific community of Folding@Home; a distributed computing project that allows [...]

Applications of Machine Learning in Precision Medicine

April 25th, 2020|

By Aditi Goyal, Statistics, Genetics and Genomics, ‘22 Author's Note: I wrote about this topic after being introduced to the idea through a speaker series. I think the applications of modern day computer science, genetics [...]

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Book Reviews

It’s in the Blood- Or Rather, the Genes: A Review of The Gene: An Intimate History

January 8th, 2019|

By Gita Mallya, Plant Biology, ‘19   Author’s note: I wrote this piece for my UWP 104E class with Brenda Rinard during Fall Quarter 2017. The assignment was to read a classic book based in [...]

Understanding the Tumultuous Trajectory of a Concept in The Gene

March 14th, 2018|

By Daniel Erenstein, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, ‘19 Author’s Note: In my Writing in Science (UWP 104E) course, Dr. Brenda Rinard assigned us a review of a classic book in science. My interests in social [...]

To Infinity and Beyond: A Review of “The Life of Pi, and Other Infinities” by Natalie Angier

February 10th, 2017|

By Lo Tuan, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and Managerial Economics, ’17 Author’s Note: I wrote this review as an assignment for a UWP course that investigates the role of science in society using different lenses [...]

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Literature Reviews

The Role of Microglia in the Two Hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Pathology

April 8th, 2022|

By Nathifa Nasim, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior ‘22 Author’s note: While in the Jin lab at the MIND Institute, I was introduced to the intersection between inflammation and neurodegeneration, specifically in the context of Alzheimer’s disease. [...]

Effects of Aerobic Exercise Training on Longevity in Aging Adults

April 1st, 2022|

By Hastings Lorman, Human Development Author's Note: This paper was written as a term paper for my HDE 117 class in which my professor, Dr. Carey, suggested that I submit this paper to the Aggie Transcript. [...]

mRNA Vaccines: A Safe and Effective Technology

March 18th, 2022|

By Elexia Butler, Human Biology, '23 Author’s Note: This article was written to reveal how the COVID-19 vaccines are produced and how they are a safe technology used to help reduce the number of sick [...]

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Science and Society

Inconsistency in climate change education across K-12 grades

April 22nd, 2022|

By Vishwanath Prathikanti, Anthropology ‘23 Author’s note: I, like many around the world, was alarmed when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its sixth assessment report in August 2021 and delivered news of rapid [...]

The psychedelic renaissance: a review on microdosing, the routine use of low-dose psychedelics as a therapeutic

April 16th, 2022|

By Reshma Kolala   Abstract Psychedelic drugs are far from what is considered to be conventional medicine. An infamous history of misuse has stigmatized psychedelics, making it difficult to garner support for its use as [...]

First steps in the development of small-scale 3D printed hydrogel bioreactors for protein production in space travel

October 15th, 2021|

By Maya Mysore, Laura Ballou, Anna Rita Moukarzel, Alex Cherry, David Duronslet, Lisette Werba, Nathan Tran, Hannah Mosheim, Stephen Curry, Simon Coelho Advisors: Kantharakorn Macharoen, Matthew McNulty, Andrew Yao, and Dr. McDonald, Dr. Nandi, and [...]

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Undergraduate Research

Recovering Individual Based Model Outcomes on Spatiotemporally Coarsened Data

March 2nd, 2022|

By Sameerah Helal, Applied Mathematics, Under supervision of Stephanie Dodson Author's Note: Individual Based Models (IBMs) are commonly used to study animal migrations and foraging behaviors. These flexible models are powerful in identifying the mechanisms [...]

The Neck Raising Behavior of Branta canadensis

December 12th, 2020|

By Cristina Angelica Bilbao, Biological Sciences ‘22 Author's Note: I performed this ethological research study for my Zoology class at Las Positas College. I love animals and was excited to have the opportunity to conduct [...]

The Parable of the Passenger Pigeon: How Colonizers’ Words Killed the World’s Largest Bird Population

October 23rd, 2020|

By Jenna Turpin, Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology ‘22 Author’s Note: I started this piece as an assignment for my undergraduate expository writing class under the guidance of my supportive professor Hillary Cheramie. Hillary urged me [...]

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