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Study: Grassroots schools show promise in Bangladesh

While more than 2 million children in Bangladesh lack formal classroom education, international development organizations and corporate sponsors are creating grassroots schools in which students perform on par with their public school counterparts, according to a UC Davis study. The study, “Improving Education Attainment for Marginalized Children in Rural Bangladesh via Non-formal Education,” was presented Thursday […]

May 03, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD selects architects for new art museum

The new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis will be created by a team of architects and builders intent on redefining the university museum and fostering a new conversation in the arts.

UCD announced Wednesday that it has selected an emerging New York-based design firm, SO – IL, to design the campus’ planned art museum, envisioned as a regional center of experimentation …

Young voters a no-show at ballot box

More than two-thirds, or 2 million, of California’s eligible young adults failed to vote in the 2012 general election, according to new research from UC Davis. That’s despite a significant increase in 18- to 24-year-olds who registered to vote, especially online. Young adults who sat out the election also tended to be from lower-income areas […]

March 28, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Mutual funds have ‘invisible costs,’ analysis finds

Investors often rely on the commonly published “expense ratio” of mutual funds as a predictor of performance, but this measure ignores “invisible” costs that occur when funds trade portfolio securities, which have a larger effect on performance, according to a new UC Davis study. “Our results suggest that invisible trading costs have a detrimental effect […]

March 24, 2013 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Renaissance-to-rock musicologist wins teaching prize

Peek inside the office of Christopher Reynolds, professor, musicologist, choral singer and son of a choir conductor, and a visitor sees the expected — rows and rows of books, stacks of sheet music and a sketch of Beethoven on the wall. But take a few more steps inside and you bump into a life-size cardboard […]

March 10, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Study links tax credit to infant health

The Earned Income Tax Credit is known to reduce poverty, but according to a new UC Davis study it also is linked to reduced rates of low birth weight and increased average birth weight — key factors in measuring infant health. Pregnant mothers who received the credit also showed lower smoking and drinking rates, possibly […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Positive family relationships linked to healthy marriages

Adolescents who have positive relationships with their parents and siblings tend to have stable and satisfying relationships in their early adult marriages as well as romantic relationships, a UC Davis study has found. Researchers, who began studying 265 individuals in the 1990s, found that nurturing parents contributed to the future success of their children’s young […]

February 12, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Lovers’ hearts beat in sync, study finds

When modern-day crooner Trey Songz sings, “Cause girl, my heart beats for you,” in his romantic ballad, “Flatline,” his lyrics could be telling a tale that’s as much physiological as it is emotional, according to a UC Davis study that found lovers’ hearts indeed beat for each other, or at least at the same rate. […]

February 10, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD economist: ‘Rebound effect’ won’t erase energy benefits

The argument that those who have fuel-efficient cars drive them more and hence use more energy is overplayed and inaccurate, a UC Davis economist and his co-authors say in a comment article published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Critics of energy efficiency programs in public policy debates have cited the “rebound effect” as a reason […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Study: Young voters move away from party affiliation

Young adults in California registered to vote in record numbers in 2012, especially online, driving a trend toward no party affiliation, according to a UC Davis study. With the implementation of online registration a month before the November election, registration among 18- to 24-year-olds in California increased 14 percent statewide compared with the 2008 general […]

December 27, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

From Snow White to bats, UCD shares holiday buffet of books

UC Davis has assembled its annual holiday gift guide to books from campus authors. Here’s a look: “Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health,” by Joseph Dumit (Duke University Press, $23.95, 280 pages) — Featuring a cover photo of stacks of pill bottles, this book discusses how the pharmaceutical industry has made people feel […]

December 14, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Survey: In state’s board rooms, boys’ club remains

The 400 largest companies headquartered in California, representing almost $3 trillion in shareholder value, still resemble a “boys’ club” with women filling fewer than 10 percent of top executive jobs, a UC Davis study has found. The Graduate School of Management’s eighth annual UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders — a yearly benchmark […]

December 06, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Researchers plan to fight obesity with video game

Reversing the image of the sedentary game player, a new video game under development by UC Davis researchers will encourage children to strengthen their action-hero characters by logging miles walked and calories burned in the real world. Researchers in the School of Education and Foods for Health Institute are teaming with a professional game designer […]

November 23, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Study: Politically active, ‘responsible’ firms net higher returns

Companies that tout social responsibility and whose managers contribute to political action committees tend to provide higher returns to shareholders, suggests a new UC Davis study. “Especially for smaller public companies, if the firm has been active in disclosing corporate social responsibility measures and if the individuals in the company are politically active, there’s a […]

November 18, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

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