DHS grad makes good in Hollywood

If you happened to catch the pilot of the new Nickelodeon series “Supah Ninjas” earlier this year — and you’ve spent any time at Davis High School — you might have noticed something a little familiar. A certain quad, in fact. Because featured in the pilot of the live-action comedy that follows three high school […]

Science center offers educational training to summer volunteers

By Lisa Justice Explorit’s Summer Science Camp has long been known as a fun place for hands-on science exploration. But for dozens of volunteer summer teaching assistants, it is much more. The small army of mostly middle and high school students assists Explorit educators with teaching summer camp classes. Summer teaching assistants set up experiments […]

At the pond: Savor local mini-vacations this summer

Happy summer! It’s time for vacations and mini-vacations, often a respite from the usual things we do. May this column serve to remind you that you can find that respite in Davis and surrounding areas for free or little money and without the arduous planning that sometimes goes into so-called “vacations.” And if you want […]

PFLAG meets Monday at Davis church

Yolo County PFLAG, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Fellowship Hall at the United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road in Davis. PFLAG is a mutual support, education and advocacy nonprofit working for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all aspects of […]

UCD tool to help late-stage cancer patients make choices

By Dorsey Griffith SACRAMENTO — Physicians and their patients with late-stage cancer now have a tool to help them decide if surgery is the best choice. Often recommended to alleviate pain or other cancer complications, surgery for those with less than six months to live carries significant risks. Many will die as a result of […]

Surgeons test stem cell method on non-healing fractures

By Charles Casey SACRAMENTO — A method for producing a type of natural stem-cell grout that can be used to treat patients whose fractured bones fail to fully heal is being tested as part of a clinical trial by UC Davis orthopaedic surgeons. The surgeons are using a specialized syringe and new cell separation equipment […]

Team’s find could lead to repair of injured nerve cells

By Charles Casey SACRAMENTO — A team of investigators has discovered that a factor in the embryonic development of brain cells is an important target for developing new drugs and stem cell therapies to treat patients who have lost function from multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke and other “demyelinating” diseases and injuries. UC Davis and […]

UCD pair win fellowships aimed at averting food crisis

By Andy Fell and Pat Bailey Two UC Davis plant biologists have been selected among the first-ever class of HHMI-GBMF Investigators, funded jointly by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Simon Chan, assistant professor in the department of plant biology, College of Biological Sciences, and Jorge Dubcovsky, professor in […]

Lawmakers feel financial loss for late budget

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Few tears are being shed for California lawmakers. The man who cuts the state’s paychecks decided to enforce a law this week that all 120 members of the Legislature will not be paid their salaries until they balance the state’s annual spending plan by closing its $9.6 billion budget deficit. Democratic lawmakers […]

Local leaders: Yolo should stay unified in new voting maps

Yolo County should not be carved in three as part of ongoing redistricting efforts, local leaders said at a meeting Wednesday. Doing so would ignore the county’s shared agricultural history, natural geographic boundaries and a long history of cooperation, they said — all while weakening its political muscle. “To have nine representatives for a county […]

Who knows what can happen in 16 years?

CALL ME TOMORROW … I remember my Great Aunt Flo in Portland telling me long ago to never pay a bill today that you can put off until tomorrow … I was reminded of her words when I saw that front-page, above-the-fold headline above Jonathan Edwards’ story that said “State: City can ask for more […]

Mori Seiki breaks ground on high-tech manufacturing plant

City and county officials, as well as business leaders from the Sacramento area and Japan, were on hand Wednesday as machine tool maker Mori Seiki broke ground on a new, 195,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Davisthat will employ up to 150 people — most of them in highly skilled positions. It will be the first manufacturing facility […]

Officials say city followed law on water rate notice

Davis public works staff have printed up the Proposition 218 notices of proposed water rate hikes and will mail them out to ratepayers this week, city officials said. The notices, which are required by state law before cities can make fee adjustments, informs ratepayers of the suggested changes and sets a public hearing date — Sept. 6. […]

UCD sets forum on stem-cell therapies

UC Davis experts will discuss the potential lifesaving attributes of umbilical cord blood at a free, public forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the UC Davis Education Building, 4610 X St., in Sacramento. Three scientists from the UCD Institute for Regenerative Cures will talk about their own stem cell research and a new […]