A Message from the Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor: In Memoriam of Emeritus Professor Shu Geng

January 5, 2018

On behalf Global Affairs at the University of California, Davis, I offer my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Professor Shu Geng for their great loss.

Professor Shu Geng was born in Hebei Province, China in 1942, obtained his Ph.D. in statistics at Kansas State University in 1972, and became a member of the UC Davis faculty in 1976. For over three decades, he was a professor in the department of plant sciences at UC Davis and served as associate dean of the College of Agriculture for three years.

Professor Geng was elected to both the American Society of Agronomy and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, with 139 publications in quantitative genetics, climate change modeling, sustainable agriculture and food security.

As a leader, teacher and mentor, he dedicated his efforts to US-China relationships that both fostered individual careers, strengthened relations with alumni in Asia, and forged institutional bridges between UC Davis and numerous Chinese institutions.

Professor Geng was the founding dean of the Peking University Graduate School of Environmental and Urban Studies in Shenzhen. He was the founding director of the Sino-U.S. Food Safety Research Center in Northwest Agriculture & Forestry University, which is a collaborative endeavor with UC Davis. He was also acting chief editor for the Journal of Integrative Agriculture by China Academy of Agricultural Sciences for over 10 years, making significant contributions to its becoming the SCI journal.

Professor Geng has been guest professor, or held visiting professorships to several institutions including Hebei Agricultural University, Zhejiang University, Peking University, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Science, Ningxia University. He served as an advisor or senior advisor to iCapital International LLC, Tenet Financial Corporation, Yangling Agricultural Hi-tech Zone of China, Hebei Provincial Government, National Agricultural Hi-tech Industries Demonstration Zone, and University Outreach and International Programs at UC Davis. Professor Geng also served as a Board Member to the US-China Foundation for International Exchanges.

A true leader, Professor Geng worked tirelessly as an ambassador of UC Davis, building relationships between UC Davis and China. He is leaving a legacy that inspires so many lives and collaborations. All of us at UC Davis Global Affairs offer our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of one of our own, Professor Shu Geng.

Joanna Regulska

Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor of Global Affairs
Professor or Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
University of California, Davis

Congratulations to Louise Ferguson for receiving the Outstanding Extension Educator Award!

Louise Ferguson, UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences and UC ANR, received the 2017 Outstanding Extension Educator Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). Ferguson is a UC Cooperative Extension Specialist and faculty member, starting in the Department of Pomology in 1984, then joining the Department of Plant Sciences when pomology merged into the new plant sciences department in 2004.

Read more about Louise Ferguson and the Extension Educator Award here

A Message From the UC Davis Chancellor About DACA 

To the UC Davis Community: I am gravely disappointed in today’s White House decision to end a program that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children to fulfill their dream of a college education without fear of deportation.

Abandoning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program runs counter to the University of California principles of open and equal access to higher education for students of all backgrounds. 

Tead the full message here

UC President Napolitano denounces decision to end DACA program, calls on Congress to make protections permanent 

University of California President Janet Napolitano, U.S. secretary of homeland security from 2009 to 2013, released the following statement today (September 5) after President Trump announced his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

Read the full article here

PCARI Cycle 5 Request for Proposals Now Open

We are pleased to announce the posting and publication of the PCARI Cycle 5 RFP on PCARI's blogspot account ( at 11:30pm tonight.

The Cycle 5 RFP guidelines and application packet shall also be published in the CHED website ( tomorrow morning.

For reference, kindly see link below:

Fulbright Scholar Program Opportunities: Opportunities to Europe and Eurasia

Europe and Eurasia

Europe and Eurasia is the largest regional program in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, offering over 250 awards across the region. Throughout Europe and Eurasia award opportunities, applicants can propose to teach, complete research, or pursue a combination of both at prestigious higher education institutions and research institutions. Our Europe and Eurasia Regional Highlights webpage provides further information, and a recent webinar entitled, “What’s New in Europe” showcases a variety of our awards for this year.

Highlighted awards in the Europe and Eurasia region for the 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program include:

Award highlights in Europe:

Award highlights in Eurasia:

Awards in multiple countries:

For more information about these exciting opportunities, please contact the Europe and Eurasia team at

Fulbright Opportunities for International Education Administrators 

Fulbright’s International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues over the course of an intensive two-week grant duration. Grantees return with an enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students.

The following IEA awards are currently open:

Join IIE for a webinar on June 2 at 2pm EST to learn more about the IEA seminars. The webinar will include an overview of these opportunities and the application process. In addition, attendees will hear about past grantees’ experiences and can ask questions about the programs. Register today to attend! 

For more information, visit the IEA website.  To receive more information and program updates, sign up for My Fulbright.   

Global Affairs Student Receives Chancellor's Community Service Award

Global Affairs student assistant Funke Aderonmu received the Chancellor's Undergraduate Award for Community Service and Civic Engagement at the Outstanding Student Awards Ceremony on May 15th

Travel Medicine

The UC Davis Travel Medicine program would like to provide you no-cost vaccines and other pre-travel services before your upcoming international trip. All of these services are offered on the Davis campus at no cost to you, your grant or your department.


  • Personalized travel report with immunization recommendations, medical and country-specific concerns, and emergency contact information.
  • Physician evaluation to determine pre-trip health and medical plan.
  • On-campus pharmacy for vaccine medications.


Call Occupational Health at (530) 752-6051.

More information can be found here:

Travelers are encouraged to sign up for iJet® Travel Intelligence® so that emergency response services can be deployed to the traveler throughout the world at a moment’s notice.