Name droppers: Beachy, Ronald earn biotech accolades

Roger Beachy, founding director of the UC Davis World Food Center, and Pamela Ronald, professor of plant pathology at UC Davis, were named in Scientific American’s Worldview 100, a list featuring the most influential people in the field of biotechnology. Beachy is known for groundbreaking research related to disease resistance in crops. Ronald focuses on […]

August 12, 2015 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged

Traveling north, to backwoods berries

I got out of Dodge last month, and missed my regular end-of-month column. In truth, it was hard to get focused locally when, for instance, I was picking Saskatoon berries with Hutterites in southern Alberta. Chances are you’ve heard of neither. I hadn’t. Saskatoon berries grow on the Canadian prairie, the bushes rising to 12 […]

August 12, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Pitfalls in the garden

My top 10 gardening mistakes:

Plants that spread, sprawl or reseed to overtake the garden? Planting decisions where I should have known better? Perhaps you can learn from my mistakes!

One year we were ambitious and planted 50 tomato plants. Busy lives, two young kids; we never got the plants staked. By mid-summer we had a giant bed of tomato ground cover, with hundreds of tomatoes on the ground rotting and getting eaten by pests …

In 1981 we planted a Corkscrew willow to shade the nursery parking lot. It has fascinating curly branches, wood that turns shiny black when it dries, and lovely soft green foliage …

Name droppers: UCD history prof gets endowed chair in human rights

History professor Charles “Chuck” Walker of UC Davis has been appointed to one of the University of California system’s MacArthur Foundation Chairs, specifically, the Endowed Chair in International Human Rights. There are seven Foundation Chairs, and six of them, including Walker’s, rotate among the UC campuses every five years. As director of UCD’s Hemispheric Institute […]

August 06, 2015 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

Smoking meat for maximum flavor

Connor Fung told me recently over lunch he hadn’t smoked in a while. I laughed. I knew he meant smoking meat, like brisket, pork or ribs over low heat for a long time for maximum flavor. A native son of Davis, recently home from college and settling into the next phase of life, he and […]

August 06, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Name droppers: Periodontist joins Davis practice

Dr. David Du has joined the periodontic practice of Dr. David Jolkovsky at 1205 Drake Drive, Suite B, in Davis. Du recently completed his periodontal residency at the UC San Francisco School of Dentistry, where he also obtained his D.D.S. in 2012. He enjoys traveling and uses his journeys as an opportunity to improve himself and others […]

July 22, 2015 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged

Name droppers: Neurology prof receives research award

Michael Rogawski, a professor of neurology at UC Davis, was awarded the 2015 Neuroendocrine Research Award at the 67th annual American Academy of Neurology meeting in Washington, D.C. Rogawski is internationally renowned as an innovative thinker on the development of treatments for neurological disorders, including epilepsy, migraine, traumatic brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders. He was honored […]

July 15, 2015 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged

Name Droppers: DHS grad earns fellowship to study sports and society

Emily Glass, a 2011 graduate of Davis High School, was recently awarded a Watson Fellowship to travel the globe and explore her interest in sports and society. She is the daughter of Richard Glass and Judy Rothschild. Glass attended Pomona College, majoring in public policy analysis. The Thomas J. Watson Foundation awards 50 Fellowships from a nationwide […]

July 15, 2015 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

Relishing the good things

Once upon a time, before baby carrots and hummus and even before spinach dip, we had the relish tray. This bright harbinger of good times was a feature at every really good social event, on a seasonally appropriate platter for indoor events and snugly packed into special Tupperware (now a hot item on eBay) for […]

July 15, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Name droppers: UCD grad on education board

Ting Lan Sun, 50, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California State Board of Education. A UC Davis graduate, Sun has been executive director at the Natomas Charter School since 2012, where she was director of educational programs from 2006 to 2012, 2000 to 2003 and 1993 to 1997. She was a senior consultant […]

July 12, 2015 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

A sprig of mint in the garden

One of my early childhood memories is from our family cabin in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where my mother grew up. The water for the cabin comes from a spring on the property. The purest water you can imagine comes out of the ground at 42 degrees, running in a little stream under […]

July 09, 2015 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,

Name droppers: Davisite honored for excellence among outdoor writers

Davis resident Tom Martens won first place in the John Reginato Conservation Award category in the annual Outdoor Writer’s Association of California writing and photography contest for four magazine columns. The award was presented in mid-June at the association’s awards dinner and conference at Big Bear Lake in Southern California. Subjects of the columns, which were […]

July 07, 2015 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

Name droppers: Soroptimists start new year with new leaders

New leaders took office for Soroptimist International of Greater Davis following an installation party June 17 in the garden at Pat Dean’s home. The officers for 2015-16 are Grace Starkovich, president; Wanda Winton, president-elect; Pat Dean, treasurer; Donna DeVries, secretary; and Catherine Baxter, director. The theme of the installation was “Service with Style and Grace.” Lorraine Saratori was […]

July 03, 2015 | Posted in Name Droppers | Tagged ,

Wedding: Helmus-Windsor

On Aug. 16, 2014, Julie Helmus of Davis married Ryan Windsor of Ames, Iowa. The celebration, or “Hitchathon,” took place at Camp Wilkerson, a remote wooded campground 60 miles west of Portland, Ore. All 110 guests and 10 dogs camped out for three days and two nights. Jackstraw, a local bluegrass band, performed at the […]

July 02, 2015 | Posted in Celebrations | Tagged ,