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Kathy Keatley Garvey

Check out UCD collections on Biodiversity Museum Day

Biodiversity Museum Day — a campuswide open house showcasing 11 specialized research and teaching collections — will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UC Davis. The free event, which is open to the public, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and this year features five more collections than […]

Learn about sex lives of birds at UC Davis event

“Tools of the Pornithologist: Using Robots to Spy on the Sex Lives of Birds,” a talk by UC Davis professor Gail Patricelli, will be featured at the UC Davis Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) event, set Thursday, Feb. 11. The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 6:30 to 9 […]

Monarchs’ wings yield clues to their birthplaces

A newly published study of California’s overwintering monarch butterflies confirmed many previous migratory studies. But the findings also showed some unexpected and surprising patterns of movement, reports a research team led by UC Davis. The study, published in the early online version of the print journal Ecography, examined the natal origins, or “birthplaces,” of butterflies at […]

UCD grad student wins a beer for a butterfly

A UC Davis graduate student who wasn’t looking for it won professor Art Shapiro’s “Beer for a Butterfly” contest by collecting the first cabbage white butterfly of the year Saturday morning outside his home in West Davis. Jacob Montgomery, a master’s student in ecology, was headed for the Farmers Market that morning when he spotted […]

Davis-based company receives federal grant to target diabetic nerve pain

A Davis-based startup has received a $4 million federal grant to target diabetic nerve pain. EicOsis LLC, founded by Bruce Hammock, a professor at UC Davis, received the grant from the Blueprint for Neuroscience Research in the National Institutes of Health. He will use the funds to advance an oral analgesic through the first phase of […]

Yum! Parasitoids featured at insect museum open house

“Parasitoid Palooza II” will be the theme of the Bohart Museum of Entomology’s open house Sunday, Jan. 10, in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane on the UC Davis campus. The free event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and include a family arts and crafts activity. Senior museum scientist Steve Heydon […]

January 06, 2016 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Once again, a beer for a butterfly

If you collect the first live cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) of 2016 within the three-county area of Yolo, Sacramento or Solano and it’s verified as the winner, you can win a pitcher of beer or its equivalent from the sponsor, UC Davis professor Art Shapiro. Shapiro, a distinguished professor in the department of evolution […]

December 27, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Wild bees decline where crop pollination is most needed

Wild bee populations have declined significantly since 2008 in Central California and some other key areas of the United States, according to a newly published study co-authored by UC Davis researchers. The study suggests that wild bee populations likely declined in areas comprising 23 percent of the nation between 2008 and 2013, a decline associated […]

December 24, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Get a little buggy at Bohart Museum open house

When the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis hosts its “Keep Calm and Insect On” open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, visitors can ask questions about insects, learn about pollinators and see someone losing his head. In fact, it’s a “Recycling Man” Styrofoam head, and mealworms are eating it from the […]

December 01, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Honey Bee Haven hosts open house Friday

The UC Davis department of entomology and nematology has scheduled a fall open house, the last of the season, at its Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Friday, Oct. 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. The half-acre bee-friendly garden is next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee […]

September 30, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD prof: Plants can eavesdrop, sense danger in their environment

If you’ve been talking to your plants for years, you’re not alone. But know this: Plants can communicate, too. They eavesdrop, sense danger in the environment and can distinguish friend from foe. A plant under a predatory attack will emit volatile chemical cues, enabling its neighboring plants to adjust their defenses to better protect themselves. […]

August 12, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Learn to be a beekeeper at UC Davis short course

So you want to be a beekeeper, but you don’t know where to begin. You’re in luck. Bee experts at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis are planning two short courses on Sept. 13 and 20. This will be their inaugural “Planning Ahead for Your First Hives,” taught by […]

July 31, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bohart Museum will host ‘Moth Night’ program

Moths, considered among the most diverse and successful organisms on Earth, will be featured at the Bohart Museum of Entomology’s first-ever evening open house on Saturday, July 18. The special activity, “Moth Night,” will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. at 1124 Academic Surge on Crocker Lane on the UC Davis campus. Free and […]

July 14, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD researchers find key mechanism that causes neuropathic pain

Scientists at UC Davis have identified a key mechanism in neuropathic pain. The discovery eventually could benefit millions of patients with chronic pain from trauma, diabetes, shingles, multiple sclerosis or other conditions that cause nerve damage. A biological process called endoplasmic reticulum stress, or ER stress, is the significant driver of neuropathic pain, said lead […]

July 10, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,
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