Researchers eye more efficient solar cells

Using an exotic form of silicon could substantially improve the efficiency of solar cells, according to computer simulations by researchers at UC Davis and in Hungary. Solar cells are based on the photoelectric effect: a photon, or particle of light, hits a silicon crystal and generates a negatively charged electron and a positively charged hole. […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Katehi will speak at Women’s History Month luncheon

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi will be the guest speaker at the 26th annual Yolo County Women’s History Month luncheon, planned for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 7,  at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St., Woodland. March is designated as National Women’s History Month, recognizing and celebrating the history of […]

February 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Persian poetry expert will speak at UC Davis

The Suad Joseph Lecture Series in Iranian Studies will host Dominic Parviz Brookshaw on Thursday, speaking about “The Allusive Poet: Women’s Poetry and the Challenges of Shifting Attribution in Qajar Iran.” Brookshaw, an assistant professor of comparative literature and Persian literature at Stanford University, will speak at 7 p.m. in Ballroom A at the UC […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Four to share stories of Great Migration

Four local residents will tell their stories of the Great Migration at events Wednesday and Thursday as part of the UC Davis Campus Community Book Project. Jack Jackson, Rosemary Jones, Richard Patterson and Elaine Patterson are set to speak at from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Bard’s tragedy presented

Students at Holmes Junior High School will channel their inner Shakespeare this week with three performances of “Romeo and Juliet.” The seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders, under the direction of Holmes teacher Jeff Bryant, will perform on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Holmes multipurpose room, 1220 Drexel Drive. Rehearsing for their roles […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Water rates referendum launched public scrutiny

* Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories examining the proposed Woodland-Davis joint surface water project, including project specifics, the city of Davis’ water utility in general and arguments for and against Measure I in the March 5 mail-only election. Decades of interest in adding a secondary source of drinking water, pinned to the […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘Sweet Notes’ raises funds for Harper bands

The Harper Junior High Band Boosters are hosting “Sweet Notes,” a fundraising event featuring an evening of music and desserts, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in the multipurpose room at Harper Junior High, 4000 E. Covell Blvd. The event includes encore performances by sixth- and seventh-grade band students as well as performances […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Boy arrested for bringing weapons to school

A 17-year-old Woodland Polytechnic Academy student was arrested on Friday on suspicion of possessing a 3-inch knife and a spring-activated BB gun on school grounds. Administrators searched the boy’s backpack after getting wind of a rumor that he had threatened to hurt another student. A Yolo County Sheriff’s deputy later transported the boy to juvenile […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Yamada returns as ‘Clean Water Champion’

Clean Water Action has awarded Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada its “Clean Water Champion” award in recognition of her leadership on water and environmental issues in the recently completed 2011-12 legislative session. She earned similar honors in 2009-10. Yamada, D-Davis, was one of just 13 out of 120 legislators to earn this award. “Assemblymember Yamada has shown […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Korematsu Day honors civil rights activist

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson encourages all Californians to observe the third annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, as well as participate in the Korematsu Day events throughout California. “History offers us many lessons, among them the cost of war and racism, and the strength it takes to achieve […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Man fatally struck by train in Davis

Yolo County coroner’s officials are still trying to identify the man who was fatally struck by a Union Pacific freight train early Monday morning in Davis. Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Aaron Hunt said the man was sitting on the railroad tracks near Second Street and Peña Drive when the westbound freight train, hauling scrap metal […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Farmers Market has postcards for sale

The Davis Farmers Market has produced a series of eight full-color postcards that are now on sale at the market shed during regular market hours, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The postcards feature people and produce of Davis’s well-loved farmers market and were designed by the […]

March 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Days of small K-3 classes are done in California

By Lisa Leff SAN FRANCISCO — California embarked on an ambitious experiment in 1996 to improve its public schools by putting its youngest students in smaller classes. Nearly 17 years later, the goal of maintaining classrooms of no more than 20 pupils in the earliest grades has been all but discarded — a casualty of […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Stitchers will learn to make fabric buttons

The Valley Oak Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Nancy Nehring will present a hands-on project for making fabric buttons, with a choice of several types. Nehring has written a book on antique English […]

February 06, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,