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Team Gunrock, UC Davis graduate and undergraduate students celebrate their first place in Amazon’s Alexa Prize competition in Las Vegas. The team took home $500,000 for creating a software bot that could hold a coherent and engaging conversation with humans. (Zhou Yu/UC Davis)

Student Team Wins Amazon Alexa Artificial Intelligence Challenge

A team of students from the University of California, Davis, has won the global 2018 Amazon Alexa Prize and a $500,000 prize for creating a “chatbot” that can converse engagingly with humans on a range of topics such as entertainment, sports, politics, technology and fashion. 

Campus Closure Updates for November 14-16

Chancellor May and other campus leaders have heard the community’s concerns. The chancellor regrets any stress or inconvenience our previous update caused. We are all learning together. The Davis and Sacramento campuses will be closed today and classes canceled. The UC Davis hospitals, primary care clinics, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and Student Health and Wellness Center will remain open. The N95 masks will be available at the Memorial Union and the UC Davis Fire Department later today. The UC Davis Police and Fire departments are continuing normal operations. We will provide further updates later today.

Pete Scully - Sketch of Walker Hall

Pete Scully Captures the Transformation of Historic Walker Hall, Home of the Future Graduate Center

After years of planning, UC Davis is renovating historic Walker Hall into the long-awaited Graduate Center, which will accommodate a variety of services and organizations for UC Davis graduate student and postdoctoral scholars. Members of the campus community have been taking photos and videos of the project's progress, but one UC Davis staff member has documented the transformation by putting pen and paint to paper.

Maci Mueller (UC Davis)

UC Davis Grad Student Maci Mueller Chosen to Help Global Food Initiative

Two University of California graduate students have been selected by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources as UC Global Food Initiative (GFI) fellows for 2018-19. Graduate students Melanie Colvin at UC Berkeley and Maci Mueller at UC Davis will work with ANR academics and staff to conduct and communicate about UC research for improved food security and agricultural sustainability.