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Author Archive: Karen Nikos

Study examines how litigants want cases resolved

As court systems throughout the country struggle to deliver civil justice in the face of budget cuts, a new study by a UC Davis law professor finds that people involved in civil lawsuits prefer mediation to nonbinding arbitration and like judge trials more than jury trials. In her study, “The Psychology of Procedural Preference: How […]

UCD holiday reads touch on Christmas, politics, food

A look at recent books by UC Davis authors: * “Wonder and Delight: A Dolph Gotelli Christmas” by Dolph Gotelli (http://Wonderanddelightbook.com, $75, 360 pages). Known as “Father Christmas,” UC Davis environmental design professor emeritus Gotelli has now featured his collection of toys and Christmas memorabilia in a book containing 570 color photos suitable for any […]

UC Davis taps Justis to head entrepreneurship institute

Cleveland Justis, an accomplished organizational leader with more than two decades of experience, has been named executive director of the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He started this week. “We’re very excited to have Cleve join us,” said Andrew Hargadon, a professor at UCD’s Graduate School of Management and the founder […]

Study finds churchgoers favor socially responsible firms

Company managers wondering if they should disclose their involvement in environmentally and socially responsible ventures might first want to observe how many people near their headquarters attend church. Paul Griffin, a professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, and Yuan Sun, a professor at Boston University’s School of Management, find in a recent […]

From UCD authors, here’s a nonrequired reading list

Special to The Enterprise Poetry, a memoir of a political prisoner in Iran and books about eating — one on rare chiles and one on, yes, dirt — top this year’s reading list. The titles are culled from dozens of books published in the past year by UC Davis faculty, students, staff and alumni. * […]

UCD research: Neandertals, not humans, made first bone tools

One day in 2011, undergraduate student Naomi Martisius was sorting through tiny bone remnants in the UC Davis paleoanthropology lab when she stumbled across a peculiar piece. The bone fragment, from a French archaeological site, turned out to be a part of an early specialized bone tool used by a Neandertal before the first modern […]

Authors’ topics vary from nut bread to climate change

Here’s a look at a selection of new works by UC Davis authors — and one book about one of UCD’s best-known art professors: * “Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen” by Judith Newton (Perfect Paperback, $16.95, 322 pages). Already an accomplished writer of fiction and nonfiction, Newton illustrates in this memoir how […]

Cyclists dope because of pressure to perform: study

Cyclists who dope in the Tour de France do so for the same reason traders on Wall Street might cheat — because of extreme pressure to perform, according to a new UC Davis study. The study, co-authored by Professor Donald Palmer, an expert on organizational wrongdoing at the Graduate School of Management, looked at blood […]

Less-prepared students perform well at elite UCs

University of California-eligible students with weaker high school grades and test scores typically fared about as well, after four years in college, as higher-ranking students who were admitted, according to a new UC Davis study. The study on a specific group of students admitted under special circumstances in 2004 shows that students who are mismatched, […]

Parents choose trendy baby names, study finds

Parents these days name their babies Jacob or Isabella instead of John or Mary for similar reasons that people decades ago bought cars with tailfins instead of Edsels — because they are fashionable, according to a new UC Davis study. The newest fashion will be set when Prince William and Kate named their first child, […]

UCD’s West Sac Prep graduates its first class

When they arrived at West Sacramento Early College Prep Charter School as seventh-graders, the statistics said they had little promise of graduating from high school, much less moving on to higher education. But on Sunday at Freeborn Hall, 32 historically underserved high school seniors graduated and took their next step in education — advancing to […]

UCD builds research ties with Madrid

UC Davis has signed a new working agreement to increase intellectual, academic, scientific, business and cultural relations with the Comunidad de Madrid, the government of the Madrid region. The agreement was signed May 28 by UC Davis Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph Hexter and Ignacio González, president of the regional government of Madrid. The comunidad’s […]

Heart valve replacement process wins prize

A new approach to tissue preparation that makes heart valve replacements less likely to be rejected by the body’s immune system — potentially giving transplant patients longer, healthier lives swept top honors at UC Davis’ 13th annual Big Bang! Business Plan Competition. ViVita Technologies, a team comprising a UCD veterinarian and three biomedical engineering doctoral students, […]

Tricky task: Setting standards for English language learners

Arriving at a national definition of “English language learner” is a formidable task, best undertaken in a years-long process, a UC Davis expert argued Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco. According to Jamal Abedi, a professor of education who focuses on educational and psychological assessments, states use such a wide variety of criteria […]

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