Davis High alums ride for a reason

On Saturday, more than 200 Oakland-based parents, students, teachers and community members will bike through Davis en route to the state Capitol to advocate for more funding for public education. Mike Napolitano, who graduated from Davis High School in 1980, is a co-founder and organizer of Ride 4 a Reason, now in its fifth year. […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD seeks input on new Music Recital Hall

UC Davis is soliciting public comment on three designs for the proposed Music Recital Hall, which soon will rise on a vacant plot of land next to the existing Music Building.

Campus architect Clayton Halliday introduced the designs Thursday before an audience of faculty, students and community members in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre.

The designs — each submitted by a different architect/builder team …

Police to investigate allegations of racial profiling

The Davis Police Department’s Professional Standard Unit launched an investigation this week to determine exactly what occurred when a Davis police officer questioned an African-American resident in front of his West Davis home last month. On April 17, longtime resident Eli Davis was mowing his front lawn when a police officer stopped in front of […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Planning Commission OKs event center near Esparto

A rural event center expected to host weddings, corporate retreats, wine-tastings and other large gatherings received the green light from the Yolo County Planning Commission on Thursday despite objections from neighbors worried about increased traffic and noise in the area. The event center — which would hold a maximum of 12 events a year between […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

UCD geneticist named Hughes investigator

Neil Hunter, a UC Davis professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, an honor reserved for scientists who exhibit exceptionally original thinking. Hunter, who studies how genes are shuffled, then passed to future generations, was one of 27 new investigators named on Thursday. The institute selected them […]

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

Name droppers: UC Davis vet wins zoo’s conservation award

Veterinarian Mike Cranfield, co-director of Gorilla Doctors, based at UC Davis, recently received the Maryland Zoo’s Michael D. Hankin Award for Conservation. The award is named after a former chairman of the Baltimore zoo’s board of trustees and honors people who epitomize his legacy of conservation, volunteerism and philanthropy. Cranfield has been a Maryland Zoo veterinarian for […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD eyes solutions for river habitat

A team of UC Davis scientists is developing a groundwater management tool that could lead to better streamflow conditions for salmon and steelhead in northern California’s Scott River Valley, which provides critical fish habitat within the Klamath Basin. This mountain valley also supports an agricultural economy composed of small family farms and ranches, raising alfalfa […]

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

Genetics study: European ancestry close-knit

From Ireland to the Balkans, Europeans are basically one big family, closely related to one another for the past thousand years, according to a new study of the DNA of people from across the continent. The study, co-authored by Graham Coop, a UC Davis professor of evolution and ecology, was published May 7 in the […]

May 14, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

National Academy elects geneticist, statistician

Jorge Dubcovsky, an internationally acclaimed wheat geneticist at UC Davis, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed on scientists and engineers in the United States. Peter Hall, an Australian statistician with a partial appointment at UCD, was elected as a foreign associate of the academy. They join […]

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

Carwash benefit Davis kids building schools in Nicaragua

Teachers from Chávez and Willett elementary schools and Emerson Junior High will join forces Saturday for a carwash to raise money for their sister schools in Nicaragua and the nonprofit Seeds of Learning. Cars will be washed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Davis school district’s parking lot, Fifth and B streets. The teachers […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Professor speaks on technology and gender

The UC Davis department of Middle East/South Asia studies presents a public lecture by Priti Ramamurthy, chairwoman and director of the South Asia Center and associate professor of women’s studies at the University of Washington, on Thursday, May 16, in the Technocultural Studies Building in the Art Annex. A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed […]

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

Federal employees, retirees target health insurance

Federal workers and retirees are invited to help draft a report to Rep. John Garamendi about higher health insurance premiums in Northern California at a meeting at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland. Delegates also will talk about the recent National Active and Retired Federal Employees […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

ACLU to host gun ownership discussion

The Yolo County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will host three speakers for a discussion titled “Let’s Talk About Guns” on Thursday, May 23. The free public event is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Light refreshments will be provided. Set to […]

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

Explorit: More summer science camps open now

By Kristin Sizemore and Lisa Justice Are you still looking for something engaging, fun and safe for your little ones to do this summer? Explorit still has plenty of spaces in our Summer Science Camps for children ages 4 through 11. “Cooking Chemist” has 10 spots available for 4- and 5-year-olds on July 15, 17 […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,