Gene discovery may halt wheat epidemic

A team of researchers from UC Davis and Kansas State University has identified a gene that enables resistance to a new race, or strain, of stem rust, a disease that is producing large wheat yield losses throughout Africa and Asia and threatening global food security. By transferring this gene to commercial wheat varieties, wheat breeders […]

July 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Scientists link stress, weight

By Diane Nelson It’s not just our imagination: We really do eat differently when we’re stressed. Nutritionists at UC Davis and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Western Human Nutrition Research Center are shedding light on the important link between stress, our brain and body weight — discoveries that could help society fight obesity and improve […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Grant helps UCD boost STEM teaching

UC Davis will further its work to improve teaching in the nationally important fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — including redesigning introductory courses that enroll thousands — as part of an Association of American Universities initiative announced last week. UCD is one of eight universities each receiving $500,000 over three years through the […]

July 09, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Skibbins takes reins of Elderly Nutrition Program

Christi Skibbins has been named executive director of the Elderly Nutrition Program/Meals on Wheels of Yolo County, board chairman Deborah Glaeser has announced. The mission of the organization is to nourish and enrich the lives of individuals in Yolo County with emphasis on those age 60 and older, by providing nutritious meals to active and […]

June 30, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Schools: Goodbye, chocolate; hello, granola bars

By Connie Cass and Mary Clare Jalonick WASHINGTON (AP) — Kids, your days of blowing off those healthier school lunches and filling up on cookies from the vending machine are numbered. The government is on to you. For the first time, the Agriculture Department is telling schools what sorts of snacks they can sell. The […]

June 30, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Waldorf preschool program planned

The Davis Waldorf School invites visitors to attend a free “Morning in the Preschool” program on Saturday, July 13. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. and the program runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the school, 3100 Sycamore Lane in North Davis. Children ages 2-3 will engage in creative play, prepare and eat a small […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Water Advisory Committee supports fluoridation

The Water Advisory Committee voted 6-1-1 Thursday to recommend that the City Council proceed with fluoridating the city’s drinking water supply and that it seek out the funding necessary to pay for adding the compound. The council, which has the final say on the matter, is not likely to make a ruling on fluoridation until […]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bill extends fees to fund air programs

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The Assembly on Thursday advanced a bill extending a series of fees to pay for programs aimed at improving air quality. Democratic Assemblyman Henry Perea of Fresno said his legislation is needed to continue reducing air pollution. He says more than 90 percent of Californians live in counties with unhealthy air during […]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Sperling outlines transportation future with more efficient vehicles, running on a mix of fuels

Transportation expert Daniel Sperling — who earlier this month received the 2013 Blue Planet Award for research in environmental sciences — outlined a pathway to a more sustainable future during a talk Thursday evening in Young Hall on the UC Davis campus. Sperling, who is director of the university’s Institute for Transportation Studies, outlined what […]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Brown proudly signs balanced state budget

By Wyatt Buchanan SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law a new state budget for the fiscal year beginning Monday, calling it a “momentous occasion” for California’s finances, which have been on a roller coaster for years. “We have a balanced budget, not proposed, but actually actualized – the first time in […]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Let’s design a special Davis park-and-ride

PARK AVENUE … I’m glad to see all those downtown folks getting together to talk about solving our horrendous parking problems before everyone decides it’s just a heck of a lot easier to head north on Pole Line to Costco and its ever-growing nearby shopping center … I mean, you can already see all sorts […]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Sex-offender sweep nets Yolo County arrests

Yolo County law-enforcement officers conducted compliance checks on more than 100 sexual offenders — arresting nine — over a two-day period as part of the county’s annual “Operation Vigilance” program, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. “Operation Vigilance” began five years ago with the goal to protect Yolo County citizens by ensuring that […]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Sentencing in fatal DUI crash postponed

WOODLAND — The sentencing of a former Davis man convicted of second-degree murder for a 2012 fatal drunken-driving crash was postponed Thursday at the request of Yolo Superior Court Judge Janet Gaard. “This is a difficult case, and there are a number of legal issues that need to be addressed,” Gaard said, asking the attorneys […]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Turkey hits vehicle on Highway 113

Typically, it’s the wayward pebble that hits car windshields on Yolo County roadways. But something much larger flew into a Woodland woman’s GMC Sierra Wednesday morning on Highway 113. It was a turkey, which broke through 43-year-old Clarisa Lovato’s windshield as she traveled southbound near County Road 27 at about 8:30 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer […]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,