From mitigating food insecurity to coordinating COVID-19 treatment trials, UC Davis alumae Michelle Lee and Emily Fehrman are putting their degrees—and global learning experiences working alongside communities—to work during the pandemic. #GlobalAggies
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Walter Leal, a UC Davis distinguished professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the College of Biological Sciences, realized it was in the public’s best interest to have access to the medical experts at UC Davis. Given the state’s stay-at-home orders, he decided to organize and host virtual COVID-19 public awareness symposiums featuring colleagues and longtime collaborators as panelists and guest speakers.
Jonna Mazet, the founding director of the UC Davis One Health Institute and a professor of epidemiology and disease ecology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, partners around the world to strengthen global capacity for the detection of zoonotic viruses with pandemic potential—including COVID-19. What started as a USAID pilot project at UC Davis has grown to become the Global Virome Project, a multidisciplinary coalition targeting zoonotic viral threats worldwide.
When the Yolo Food Bank began running a new delivery service to meet the increased need for food in Davis and its surrounding communities in Yolo County during the COVID-19 pandemic, UC Davis delivered volunteers, including staff members, undergraduate students, and visiting Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows Issam Chariag of Tunisia, Fabrice Inkonkoy of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zuomei Ning of China.
Biochemistry & molecular biology major Jonathan Ho recently secured over $50,000 in funding for the Knights Landing Community Garden project. Learn more about his UC Davis #GlobalAggies story, which starts with him addressing food insecurity among fellow Singapore soldiers.
Thanks to her experiences growing up in Taiwan, immigrating to the U.S., interning with the US Environmental Protection Agency via the UC Davis Washington Program, and studying environmental science in three countries, EEB major Annie Chen is ready to take on the world.