‘Race to Nowhere’ returns to Davis

Bay Area attorney and mom Vicki Abeles sounded the alarm several years ago with the documentary “Race to Nowhere”: Today’s high-stakes, high-pressure educational system with its emphasis on testing and competitive college admissions — particularly in affluent communities — was resulting in soaring rates of youth depression, suicide, cheating, substance abuse and general misery. The documentary […]

October 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Videos, discussion set on prostate cancer

The Yolo Prostate Cancer Support Group will present a compendium of video clips Monday about the latest substantive developments in detection and treatment of prostate cancer. William Chancellor will moderate the presentation, which will be followed by an open discussion period during which newly diagnosed men can ask prostate cancer survivors about their experiences and […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

101st Pajamarino kicks off Homecoming

The Cal Aggie Student Alumni Association invites UC Davis students, alumni, staff and community members to help kick off Homecoming Weekend at the 101st anniversary of Pajamarino on Friday, Oct. 11. Pajamarino traces its roots back to 1912, when students sneaked out of their dorm rooms to meet alumni arriving on the train for Homecoming. […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Heritage rose expert will speak Saturday

The Woodland Library Rose Club will host Darrell Schramm, a retired professor at the University of San Francisco, as its featured speaker at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. His talk will be given in the Leake Room at the library, 250 First St. in downtown Woodland. Schramm is president of the North Bay Rose Society, writes for […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Recycle extra tires at free event

Yolo County residents can get rid of used passenger car, truck or tractor tires at a free recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Esparto. The event — at the Esparto Recycling and Transfer Station, 27075 County Road 19A — is made possible through a grant from the California Department […]

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

Wolk honored for support of public education

The California County Boards of Education honored state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, this week for her strong support of the state’s public schools. “Senator Wolk is keenly aware of the challenges facing teachers and school administrators, given her long history of community and public service and her experience as a teacher at both public and […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fish gill proteins smooth switch to salt water

New UC Davis research shows how tilapia fish can change the protein makeup of their gills, allowing them to nimbly adjust to adjust to fresh or salty water. This ability makes them both good candidates for aquaculture — and potential invasive pests. Salinization and salinity stress are of particular concern for fish and other organisms, […]

November 01, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Free-form dance session set Tuesday

Move, breathe, dance, let go, unwind and have fun at a free dance session from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Mojo Flow Studio, 355 Second St. in downtown Davis. The studio is upstairs; use the door on the left side of the building. “Listen to cool music. Get exercise and do some sweating. Be […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Ants are closer kin to bees than wasps

Ants and bees are surprisingly more genetically related to each other than they are to social wasps such as yellow jackets and paper wasps, a team of UC Davis scientists has discovered. Using state-of-the-art genome sequencing and bioinformatics, the researchers resolved a long-standing, unanswered evolutionary question. Scientists previously thought that ants and bees were more […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Wheat geneticists work to decode massive genome

An international effort aimed at sequencing a wheat ancestor’s genome — which is 40 percent larger than the human genome — is being led by UC Davis scientists. The project, recently funded by a $9 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research project, is focused on better understanding the genetics of bread […]

October 23, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Learn how to make beaded spider jewelry

New workshops are planned at the Davis Art Center just in time for Halloween. Artists and educators Diana Taylor and Jill Bowlus will be teaching two workshops on beaded spider jewelry — necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more. The workshops will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 26, at the […]

October 20, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Raptor Center open house ready to take wing

Stella, a bald eagle, will be just one of many birds on display when the California Raptor Center holds its fall open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Visitors will be able to see many non-releasable “resident” raptors, as well as birds out on the glove. At 10 a.m. and noon, special demonstrations […]

October 15, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Longer human lives tied to vanishing species

As human life expectancy increases, so does the percentage of endangered birds and mammals, according to a UC Davis new study. The study, published in the September issue of Ecology and Society, examined a combination of 15 social and ecological variables — from tourism and per capita gross domestic product to water stress and political […]

October 20, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD grad leads Republicans into digital fray

By Joe Garofoli Andy Barkett is a futuristic kind of Republican, a 33-year-old former Facebook and Google engineer who is a creature of the libertarian side of Silicon Valley. The 2009 graduate of UC Davis’ Bay Area master of business administration program wasn’t even registered as a Republican before he got his new gig in June as […]

October 13, 2013 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,