Karen Nikos

Prop. 37 language may lead to legal tangle, experts say

California’s ballot initiative that proposes to require labeling of genetically engineered foods raises important legal and policy issues that could take years to resolve through the courts and other means, UC Davis School of Law researchers caution. “While Proposition 37 generally captures the spirit of the genetically engineered food labeling movement, it also contains several […]

November 02, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis

College students say Biden won debate

Six in 10 college students say Joe Biden outperformed Paul Ryan in Thursday’s vice presidential debate, according to a nationwide poll conducted with a smartphone application co-developed at UC Davis. About 1,500 students at campuses across the country participated in the poll, which allows participants to click buttons that say “agree” or “disagree” as well […]

October 16, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Young voter registration up, but lags in poor areas

Voter registration among 18- to 24-year-old Californians increased between 2002 and 2010, but young voters remain underrepresented in California’s electorate and unevenly distributed across the state, according to a new UC Davis study. The study was to be released Wednesday during a panel discussion at the UC Center Sacramento. Statewide, California gained 319,359 registered young […]

October 09, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD takes the fight against obesity to the Central Valley

Curbing obesity among Mexican-heritage children in California’s Central Valley is the focus of a new center that opened its doors Thursday in the Fresno County town of Firebaugh. Called “Niños Sanos, Familia Sana” (Healthy Children, Healthy Family), the center is a collaborative effort of UC Davis, the University of California Cooperative Extension, and local communities […]

September 16, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UC Davis study outlines voting disparity for Asian, Latino populations

Although Latinos and Asians make up half of California’s population, they register to vote in far smaller percentages, a UC Davis study reports. The voter registration gap means these ethnic groups have proportionately less say in the electoral process compared to the general population. “During the past decade, Latino and Asian voter registration has increased […]

August 30, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Study: Friends, neighbors influence voters

Neighbors’ lawn signs, public opinion polls and even a conversation in the next restaurant booth can affect how people vote in an election, suggests a new UC Davis study. But it all depends on how far away the election is. “Research like this highlights the fact that we are social creatures,” said Alison Ledgerwood, assistant […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Houston novel, ‘Jarhead’ author’s new memoir on UCD reading list

From music and history to beer and poetry, new books by UC Davis authors offer something for every reader this summer. * “Contents May Have Shifted” by Pam Houston (W.W. Norton and Co., $25.95, 320 pages): In her latest novel, bestselling author Houston, a professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at […]

July 03, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Green power, baby products are hits at business competition

The biggest bang in this year’s UC Davis business plan competition came from the S2E Energy founder who touted a thin, clear windowlike material said to conduct the sun’s power more cheaply and efficiently than existing solar technology. As first-prize winner, Jon Servaites received $10,000 in the 12th annual Big Bang! Business Plan Competition, run […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

$5.6 million? Thanks, says UCD researcher

If you need it shorter, I’d cut the dean’s quote for starters. UC Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons practices what he researches, expressing thanks for a $5.6 million grant to advance the science of gratitude. “Thanks to the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation, we will be able to rapidly grow the science of gratitude […]

May 23, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD study: Glass ceiling may take a century to crack

Special to The Enterprise BRISBANE — The proportion of women who lead California’s largest companies is growing at such a slow pace that it will take more than a century for female business leaders to achieve parity with men, a UC Davis study has found. The seventh annual UCD Study of California Women Business Leaders found that women still […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

UCD launches poverty research center

Special to The Enterprise UC Davis has received $4 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a center for poverty research — one of only three such centers nationwide designated to study the causes and effects of and policies aimed at addressing poverty in the United States. The interdisciplinary center, […]

October 11, 2011 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

U.S. exaggerated bin Laden’s role in al-Qaida, expert says

Special to The Enterprise The United States — in a rush to hold someone accountable — oversimplified its views of Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida terrorist organization, based in part on misleading court records, poor translations and an inadequate understanding of al-Qaida’s history, according to a UC Davis professor who has listened to audiocassettes […]

UCD prof set to train new generation of ‘scholar-activists’ in Middle East

Special to The Enterprise As uprisings continue in the Middle East, a UC Davis professor plans to travel to the region later this year to teach young Middle Eastern graduate students in how to advocate for change through research and public policy. Suad Joseph, a professor of anthropology and women and gender studies, will lead […]

Attractive movie heroines seen as better role models, study finds

Special to The Enterprise An Angelina Jolie character who crushes a robot in “Tomb Raider” is perceived by young women as a better role model than a mouthy Kathy Bates character who carries a gun in “Primary Colors,” a UC Davis study has found. The study, using recorded perceptions of movie clips viewed by 122 […]

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