10 Most Popular Stories of 2020
We look back at our most-read stories of 2020. From COVID-19 to prominent alumni profiles and campus news, the year provided many noteworthy topics and subjects.
Carbon farming proved a popular topic as readers explored a potential solution to climate change that could produce useable products that benefit the economy, community, ecosystem and people.
UC Davis principal photographer Karin Higgins took a closer look at pandemic life through her camera lens. She visited members of the campus community at home as they shared the silver linings of sheltering in place.
Three incoming freshmen shared their stories as they embarked on their first year at UC Davis. Each made different decisions about what the experience would look like, but all were dedicated to getting the college experience.
With the annual event going virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic, UC Davis Magazine looked back on Picnic Days of the past — from the parade to popular attractions like livestock exhibits and the Doxie Derby.
6. “All Access”
UC Davis Magazine previewed a new program that promised to transform the traditional textbook model. Students at UC Davis could pay a quarterly flat fee for digital course materials, in an effort to address inequity from variable textbook costs.
Upon the release of a new biography, UC Davis Magazine interviewed its author and subject. The book highlights the life and career of Antonio Velasco, M.D. ’79, a Mexican immigrant who worked in crop fields as a child and crusaded for farmworker health as a doctor.
Two child prodigies from the same family attend UC Davis. This brother and sister duo have been taking college courses since they were 7. But the newest UC Davis student in this family of scientists has her focus set on a music career.
UC Davis Magazine profiled American artist and professor emeritus Wayne Thiebaud as he turned 100. A low-key figure on campus, he continues to make waves in the art world, with his 10th cover for the New Yorker and new records at auction last summer.
During shelter-in-place, some alumni elected to offer some virtual information and entertainment. Though the series haven’t continued, they offered a fun distraction at the time.
Can I touch the tomatoes? Do I need to sanitize my food? The questions of the moment for everyone were related to the pandemic and safety. A UC Davis food safety expert offered some answers about shopping for food during this unprecedented time.