Science Café takes place at Crepeville

The second in a monthly series of free conversations with UC Davis scientists will feature chemistry professor Frank Osterloh discussing recent progress in the development of sustainable energy sources. The Science Café will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Crepeville, 330 Third St. in downtown Davis, and will explore “Fuel From Water and Sunlight — […]

UCD teams aids wheat genome effort

Intent on developing wheat varieties with higher yields and enhanced nutritional content, UC Davis researchers have teamed up with scientists at nine other institutions in an attempt to sequence the wheat genome. Results from that endeavor, led by researchers at the U.K.-based Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, were reported Thursday in the journal Nature. […]

Can you give them a home?

Rexy is a very gentle yet playful neutered male 3-year-old purebred Rottweiler whose tail never stops wagging. Jangles is a 7-month-old neutered male dachshund mix. Both dogs love kids, play well with other dogs and would make a great family pet. Rotts of Friends is also looking for homes for four adorable 9-week-old Labrador/pit bull […]

The legend of the Christmas tree spider

By Lisa Justice Spiders are amazing spinners, but can they decorate a Christmas tree? According to an old European legend, they certainly can. As part of its current Community Science Project Spiders in Your World, Explorit Science Center is exploring cultural traditions about spiders, just in time for the holidays. Join us on Saturday, Dec. […]

Physicist speaks Tuesday in Chancellor’s Colloquium Series

Physicist Kumar Patel will be the featured speaker at 4 p.m. Tuesday as part of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Colloquium Series. Patel is a professor of physics and electrical engineering at UCLA. He also has served as UCLA’s vice chancellor for research. Patel invented the carbon dioxide laser. He was inducted this year into the […]

UC Santa Cruz expansion on hold over water

By Bob Egelko A long-planned campus expansion at UC Santa Cruz has hit a snag in a state appeals court, which says the city should not have approved the plan without considering alternatives that would drain less water from its dwindling supply. The proposed North Campus, approved by the UC Board of Regents in 2006, […]

Superintendent describes GATE transition experience

A discussion of Gifted and Talented Education drew a crowd of about 150 parents, teachers and administrators to Harper Junior High School on Wednesday night. Fred Brill, superintendent of the Lafayette School District in suburban Contra Costa County, described how that district had transitioned from a self-contained GATE program to a new model that focuses on […]

Bob Dunning: Where’s my check for the hackberry?

There was a time when I absolutely despised the two very large hackberry trees that graced my East Davis front yard. Or as much as a hackberry tree can grace any home in East Davis. You see, the berries on these trees — so named because they make you hack if you try to swallow […]

Sacramento boy, 15, held in Davis robbery

Davis police announced Wednesday the arrested of a 15-year-old boy last week in connection with a September robbery in the H Street bike tunnel. The victim, a 45-year-old Davis man, told police he was biking through the tunnel at about 8 p.m. Sept. 20 when three suspects surrounded him, pushed him off his bike and […]

Woodland cops arrest suspect in attempted kidnapping

Woodland police arrested a 23-year-old man Wednesday in connection with an attempted kidnapping Sunday in a shopping center parking lot. Kyle Hall was taken into custody at 3:40 p.m. in the 1700 block of East Main Street, Lt. Anthony Cucchi said. He was lodged at the Yolo County Jail on suspicion of false imprisonment and […]

Collision sends woman to hospital

A Davis woman was hospitalized Tuesday after a vehicle collided with her wheelchair, according to Davis police. The driver, identified as Jose Martinez of Davis, was traveling eastbound on East 14th Street at about 11:40 a.m. and came to a stop at B Street. “After stopping, the driver began to accelerate and heard screaming,” Lt. […]

State formalizes JPA senior water rights

The State Water Resources Control Board approved the transfer of licenses for 10,000 acre-feet of senior water rights last week from the Conaway Preservation Group to the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency. Conaway partners and the agency board first agreed upon the transfer in 2010. The senior rights allow the cities of Davis and Woodland — […]

Art sale: DAC will liquidate its collection

The Davis Art Center is selling its art collection, gathered over the past 50 years, following a strategic re-evaluation of its priorities and resources.

The collection, valued at between $250,000 and $400,000, includes work by well-known artists such as Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Roland Petersen and Wayne Thiebaud. It also includes an early figurative painting by Earth artist Michael Heizer, whose large-scale installation, “Levitating Mass,” was placed amid great fanfare on the grounds of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in June.

Executive director Erie Vitiello said the Art Center has evolved away from being a professional art gallery or museum and toward engaging community members in participation in the arts.