Undergraduate Blog

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November 28, 2017

Please see the attached flyers for new courses being offered by the Technology Entrepreneurship Center in the Spring 2018 semester.


November 27, 2017

Please see the attached flyer for the NPRE Special Topics course, Advanced Risk Analysis. This will be offered in Spring 2018.


November 27, 2017

GCL classes are open to all Freshmen, Sophomores, and First-Year Transfer Students.

GCL 125: Health and Wellness in Life Sciences: “The Science and Business of Cancer Therapies” **Second 8-Week Course meets March 12-May 18**
When: TR 3:30-5:50 PM
Instructor: David Kranz
Gen Ed: Life Sciences

Understanding and treating cancer is clearly a Grand Challenge, and fits appropriately within the Health and Wellness pathway. The objective of the course is to gain a basic understanding of various aspects of cancer, especially the latest generation of therapies known as immunotherapies. In addition to the science associated with these developments, the course will be truly interdisciplinary in that it will cover other topics that are intertwined with the science: 1) the importance of business in driving improvements in cancer therapies, 2) the role of the government in sponsoring efforts around cancer (e.g. President Obama's National Cancer Moonshot Initiative), and 3) the role of the government in regulating cancer therapies.

GCL 146: Fundamental Causes of Disease: The HIV/AIDS Pandemic
When: TR 9:30-10:45 AM
Instructor: Cynthia Buckley
Gen Ed: Social Science

Nearly forty million people now live with HIV, with approximately two million new infections occur each year (UNAIDS, 2017). Who is at risk? Why? This seminar examines social, economic, and political factors (fundamental causes) shaping the risk of contracting HIV and developing AIDS, globally and locally. Focusing on risk contexts, in addition to risk behaviors, we investigate how HIV/AIDS generates striking differences in its impact across genders, geographies, sexual orientations, racial and ethnic groups. Participants complete an external engagement experience linked to an international, national or local HIV/AIDS organization of their choice.

GCL 147: Social Justice in the Social Sciences: “Policing Culture and Inequality”
When: MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
Instructor: Jeffery Martin
Gen Ed: Social Science

Students in this course will study the ways police are represented in American culture, and explore how these representations reflect social reality. As an experiential course we will work with materials gathered from our cultural environment, including film, television, internet, observation, and interviews. Students will use the materials they gather to create curated multi-media collections designed to showcase the ways in which American police reflect the inequalities of the social order they uphold.

November 27, 2017

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago is pleased to announce the release of the application for its annual MCA of Chicago Scholarship Awards!

Each year, MCA of Chicago and several of its member contractors sponsor scholarship programs for enrolled students working toward an undergraduate or associate’s degree in Industrial Technology, Construction Management, Engineering and other disciplines related to the Mechanical Construction and Service industry. This year, there are a total of 11 scholarships being awarded for a combined total of $23,000.

Selection Process: 

Qualified students must demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in mechanical contracting and submit a completed application (attached) no later than December 22, 2017.  By submitting their application, students verify they will be present at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony on January 16, 2018 in Oak Brook, IL. Students must be present to receive an award. Applicants must submit a PDF of the completed application and a current resume to:

Katelyn Youngblood

Director of Communications, MCA of Chicago


Subject line: [Last name] 2017 Scholarship Application


For more information, visit the MCA of Chicago website or contact Katelyn Youngblood at kyoungblood@mca.org.


November 27, 2017

Position:  Civil Engineer (Hydraulics), GS-0810-11/12/13

Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) is advertising for a Civil Engineer (Hydraulics) position, GS-0810-11/12/13, at their office in Davis, CA.  The person would be a member of our Water Management Systems Division led by Mr. Chan Modini. For more information, please see the Duty Statement below.

Duty statement on announcements:  You will work within the Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC), as a Civil Engineer (Hydrologic).  You will be responsible for developing new approaches and analytical techniques for the solution of complex hydrologic engineering problems encountered by USACE field offices. You will provide hydrologic and analytical planning expertise to co-workers, technical specialists throughout USACE and other government agencies. You will be responsible for supporting nation-wide water resource management by enhancing USACE technical capability in hydrologic engineering and water resources planning and management. This includes a leadership role in development of state of the art computer software in hydrologic engineering and analytical planning for USACE personnel.

Merit (status candidates):


DE (all US Citizens):


If you have any questions about this position, please do not hesitate to contact me or Dawn Palma at 530 756-1104. 



Christopher N. Dunn, P.E., D.WRE


Hydrologic Engineering Center

609 Second Street

Davis, CA  95616


phone: 530 756-1104

fax: 530 756-8250