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Aggie Hero: Nora Abedelal

February 11, 2020

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Nora Abedelal’s advice for people looking for meaningful ways to be involved?

“Find different ways to channel what they are passionate about,” said the fourth-year student who is double majoring in socio-cultural anthropology and Middle East/South Asia studies.

Aggie Hero: Sid Ganesh

January 28, 2020

Sid Ganesh is determined to help people with substance use disorders and to influence the healthcare policies that might prevent drug overdose deaths.

It’s not the career she envisioned for herself.

As a teenager, Ganesh developed a chronic pain condition. Despite numerous trips to doctors, her condition went undiagnosed for three years. At that point, she was unable to get out of bed. It was this personal experience that led her to UC Davis to study the neurobiology of pain.

Aggie Hero: Estefania Sinay Pacheco

January 14, 2020

Fewer than 3 percent of former foster youth graduate from a four-year college, according to the National Foster Youth Institute. Estefania Sinay Pacheco is defying those odds – and she’s working to help others do the same. (She uses Sinay as her last name.)

When she’s not studying or working, she’s inspiring foster youth, first-generation and undocumented students to succeed.

A Wealth of Opportunities

December 18, 2019
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Aggie Hero: Jenny Belke

December 17, 2019

When a 4-year-old boy coming to the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center for another session of treatment had a meltdown and refused to come inside, Jenny Belke knew just what to do. She sat Huggie, a 3-year-old black Labrador, in front of a window where the boy could see him and ran outside.

“Have you seen Huggie? I can’t find him!” she recalled telling the boy, who calmed down to help look for the beloved facility dog, quickly spotting him through the window. When another staffer lured the dog away from the window, the boy followed.

Aggie Hero: Joseph Laughlin

December 02, 2019

This Global Disease Biology major is driven deeply to help others, even among the most harrowing of circumstances. Joseph Laughlin is a Navy veteran who worked as a hospital corpsman, a military medical specialist. For more than two years of his enlistment, Laughlin was attached to a Marine unit in Afghanistan and helped provide primary care for 80 Marines, sometimes in the midst of combat situations.

Aggie Hero: Kristin Aquilino

November 18, 2019

Kristin Aquilino is respected worldwide for her research at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory where she is working to rescue white abalone from the brink of extinction. In fact, just this month, hundreds of the lab’s white abalone were released into the ocean as part of an 11-year collaboration between Aquilino’s team at the BML, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and others.

Aggie Hero: Jonathan Eisen

October 30, 2019

Perhaps the best way to sum up Professor Jonathan Eisen’s philosophy is to note his belief that “it is important to fix that which is easily fixable.”

Eisen, who has appointments in the Genome Center, the Department of Evolution and Ecology, and the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, “uses his powers of national influence for good,” according to his Aggie Hero nominator.