UC Davis shares its work in meeting the challenges of COVID-19 across, teaching & research.
COVID-19 Teaching and Learning and Student Experience Activities
UC Davis provides campus information and ongoing updates on the UC Davis coronavirus information page.
Distinguished Professor Walter Leal has organized three COVID-19 public awareness symposiums. The symposiums have drawn audiences from around the world and have featured a variety of speakers and experts. The first symposium featured UC Davis experts in immunology, infectious diseases, pathology and emergency medicine. The second symposium included UC Davis leaders and researchers to answer the public’s questions about COVID-19, ranging from the safety of homemade masks to whether children or pet could transmit the virus. The third symposium focused on vaccines and included UC Davis scientists and other top national researchers who discussed a full picture of the complexities of developing and distributing a COVID-19 vaccine.
To support UC Davis faculty during a time of COVID-19 illness, quarantine or campus closure, this site provides concise, practical resources and strategies for moving part or all of a course online to help faculty keep teaching.
As faculty and students wonder about how to strengthen global and international collaborations in the present context, Global Affairs has gathered a set of resources to help faculty connect with others around the world and support students in becoming global thinkers and learners.
A website dedicated to providing international students and scholars with campus updates, information, and resources related to COVID-19.
This site equips travelers with the right information and resources, including the latest COVID-19 travel updates and information.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) and UC Davis, presented The Future of International Education: Leadership Perspectives from Around the World, a five-part series of leadership conversations about the future of the university and of international education, including the role internationalization has in advancing university missions. Online events brought together prestigious senior leaders in academia across 16 countries as well as more than 1,100 attendees across more than 70 countries for critical global and regional discussions on the consequences of COVID-19 and what they mean for global engagement and the future of both international education and higher education, in 2020 and beyond. The series started with a global panel followed by regional panels focused on Africa, Asia and Oceania, Europe, and Latin America. Panel recordings are available on the UC Davis Global Affairs website.
COVID-19 Research and Innovation Activities
The Office of Research has organized the COVID-19 Research Working Group in an effort to bring together researchers from all disciplines interested in working toward solutions to this ever-present health crisis. The Office of Research also maintains and facilitates communication and collaboration platforms for our COVID-19 researchers, including weekly virtual calls, slack workspaces, and email list serves. There is also a large effort to curate and distribute funding opportunities.
The COVID-19 Research Accelerator Funding Track provided rapid-response awards to support research activity on campus, including facilitating both intra- and extramural collaborations. A total of 20 projects received funding, with topics spanning the breath of UC Davis’ Schools and Colleges.
Our schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and Centre for Immunology and Infectious Diseases are collaborating on vaccine development and diagnostic testing, and the One Health program continues to work on issues related to climate change, population growth, land use, and pandemics. The College of Engineering is working with School of Medicine researchers to make technological innovations for producing ventilators and 3D printing of test swabs. And, we have communication experts analysing millions of social media posts to identify emerging outbreaks.
UC Davis Health made national headlines in February after treating the first apparent case of COVID-19 that was acquired from community spread. UC Davis Health was instrumental in prompting the Centres for Disease Control to change its testing protocols, and we have also taken a leadership role on expanding COVID-19 testing. We’re one of two rapid testing hubs designated by the State of California.
In recent weeks, UC Davis Health has provided updates on how the virus is transmitted, efforts to test antibodies produced by COVID-19 patients, and research on a vaccine and dermal patch that could be delivered by mail.