Restoring biodiversity in Indonesia

Restoring marine habitats and biodiversity in Indonesia is a goal of Professor Susan Williams from the College of Biological Sciences. With Seed Grant funding from UOIP in fall 2012, Williams was able to advance a new marine science collaboration with Hasanuddin University in Indonesia and Mars Symbioscience’s Sustainable Solutions program. She contributed to the research and education goals of the Konsorsium Mitra Bahari - a partnership for the sustainable development of marine resources on small islands off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. These islands have been heavily impacted by destructive fishing practices and ocean climate change. Her efforts to build sustainable livelihoods in Indonesia will continue as part of an Agreement of Cooperation between the institutions and is now supported with funding from  both USAID and the Ministry of Education in Indonesia.

UC Davis and Nanjing University Join Together for Workshop

A joint UC Davis-Nanjing University workshop on condensed matter physics was held in Nanjing, China, in late June, partially supported by UOIP, the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and the Office of Research. Reciprocating last year’s inaugural event at UC Davis, this second workshop was organized by Professor Kai Liu in physics and Professor Mu Wang, director of the National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures (NLSSM) at Nanjing University. The UC Davis delegation was headed by outgoing Mathematical and Physical Sciences Dean Winston Ko and incoming Interim Dean Alexandra Navrotsky and included several UC Davis faculty. The workshop featured talks on state-of-the-art research, covering diverse topics ranging from multiferroics, thermodynamics, surface physics and superconductivity, to nanomagnetism, spintronics and energy research. Over 50 participants attended, including faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows and other researchers. The workshop also facilitated new joint projects, collaborative work and exchange grants.