School district tweaks GATE selection process, extends master plan process

The Davis school district is tweaking the system by which students are selected for the GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) program. The district will move from a rank-ordered system based on students with the highest test scores to a lottery-based system that will select enrollees from a pool of GATE-identified students. The timeframe for review […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Davis Bicycles!: ‘Car children’ learn less in school

By Sanne Fettinger If you drive your child to school, you decrease your child’s ability to learn the rest of the school day. On the flip side, when children walk or bike to school, instead of being driven in a car, they concentrate much better and the effects last for a while. This is one […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Closures planned next week on Road 98

County Road 98 will be reduced to a single lane of traffic from County Road 27 to County Road 29 on Tuesday, officials announced. The same segment of road will be closed to all through traffic from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The closures will allow relocation of Wave Broadband communication lines as part […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Learn about Davis Media Access programs at orientation

Davis Media Access will offer a free orientation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 1623 Fifth St. Production manager Jeff Shaw will cover: * An overview of DMA’s services, including digital equipment, media training, low-power FM radio, youth media projects, local studio productions, event coverage, and advocacy and information for broader media issues; and […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD economist: ‘Rebound effect’ won’t erase energy benefits

The argument that those who have fuel-efficient cars drive them more and hence use more energy is overplayed and inaccurate, a UC Davis economist and his co-authors say in a comment article published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Critics of energy efficiency programs in public policy debates have cited the “rebound effect” as a reason […]

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

Child development conference planned

The Child Care Services Division of the city of Davis Community Services Department invites parents, teachers, child-care professionals and others interested in child development to attend a daylong child development conference on Saturday, March 23, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, at 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. The conference will offer several workshops, including “Chicka Chicka […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

To raise graduation rates, colleges urged to help a changing student body

By Tamar Lewin In an effort to improve the college completion rate and fend off new regulations, a commission of the nation’s six leading higher-education associations is calling for extensive reforms to serve a changing college population — one increasingly composed of older and part-time students. “This is the first time in the history of […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Explorit: Close encounters of the clucking kind

There are more of them on Earth than there are people. There are more of them than there are any other bird species. And on Saturday, you can meet a few at Explorit Science Center. Katharine Westerhaus, a local chicken farmer from Westerhaus Ranch in Dixon, will visit Explorit to share several members of her […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

College freshman survey: Economy affects college choices, support for gay marriage up sharply

Each year since 1966, UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute has conducted a massive survey of incoming freshmen at four-year colleges, asking questions about their motivations, their plans and their political views. Typically, big shifts are only apparent over long time periods. But sometimes economic and political currents can lead new college students to give responses […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

First responders get free advanced training

Cooks Collision of Davis is sponsoring a night of advanced training for all local first responders. The training will focus on the proper care and handling of disabled individuals at accident scenes and mass casualty incidents. Training will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Cooks Collision of Davis, 1665 Research Park […]

February 12, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

The Bible and politics examined at Bet Haverim

Biblical concepts and values have a pervasive but often unrecognized effect on our views of the proper role and limitations on government, according to Ed Rabin, emeritus professor of law at the UC Davis Law School. Rabin will present a program, “How the Bible Influenced American Political Ideas,” at Congregation Bet Haverim at 3 p.m. […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Need a new best friend?

Rasta, a fluffy 3-year old neutered male Lhasa apso, is a gentle and friendly boy. Quinn, an 8-month-old spayed female German shepherd/great Pyrenees mix, is a very sweet and playful pup. Both dogs love walks, play well with other dogs and would make great family pets. Meet them and the many dogs other that are […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Novozymes lands another biofuel deal

Novozymes — the Danish-based biotech company with a research and development facility in Davis — has received another contract from the federal Department of Energy.

The new contract will see Novozymes continuing to work on new and more efficient enzymes for converting agricultural residues like corn stover — the stalks and leaves left over after the ears of corn have been harvested — into biofuel or ethanol that can be used to power cars and trucks.

The new $2.5 million contract with the Department of Energy is the third contract that Novozymes has received from the federal agency. The contract probably will last two years, involving eight to 10 employees. The previous contracts were a $13.8 million project that ran from 2001 through 2005, and …

CSU funding gap at $250 million

LONG BEACH (AP) — California State University officials said Tuesday they will need nearly $250 million more in state funding for the next academic year than is currently proposed, an amount that Gov. Jerry Brown called “a dream more than reality.” Brown warned the board of trustees at its Tuesday meeting that any request for […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,