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 ,

Sake Fest to benefit children’s heart center

An evening of Japanese food, drink and entertainment Tuesday will benefit the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Center. The ninth annual California Premium Sake Fest, hosted by the North American Food Distributing Company, will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel at 2001 Point West Way in Sacramento. Taiko drumming, a […]

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

Explorit Science Center: Space lovers are over the moon

Join Explorit on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the next Davis Astronomy Club event. The evening’s talk will be given by David Takemoto-Weerts, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab’s solar system ambassador, and will include interesting facts and figures about Earth’s only natural satellite. It’s been more than 40 years since astronaut Gene Cernan left the last […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

For the record

A story on Thursday’s Page A4 incorrectly described a planned action by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3299. The University of California’s largest union has called for a strike authorization vote of its members Oct. 28-30.

October 11, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Need a new best friend?

Grace is a 3-year-old spayed female purebred Rottweiler. She’s a super-friendly girl who loves kids, adults and other dogs. Grace has a very gentle nature and a tail that never quits wagging. Coral is a 10-month-old spayed female Labrador retriever/Dalmatian cross, who’s good-natured, loves people and plays well with other dogs. Although she has some Dalmatian […]

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

Shutdown hits landmark S.F. restaurant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A landmark restaurant that has been a San Francisco fixture for 150 years has become a casualty of the federal government shutdown, putting more than 170 people out of work. Cliff House, a private establishment, is perched atop the cliffs overlooking Ocean Beach and Seal Rocks. It has drawn tourists and […]

October 10, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Canada’s Munro wins Nobel literature prize

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Alice Munro, a Canadian master of the short story revered as a thorough but forgiving chronicler of the human spirit, won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday. Munro is the first Canadian writer to receive the prestigious $1.2 million award from the Swedish Academy since Saul Bellow, who left for the […]

October 10, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Ags get ready for a Grizzly showdown

I have always felt that when UC Davis moved its entire athletic program up to Division I it should have moved its football program all the way to the top level as well. Maybe one day it will, but it doesn’t appear to be on the radar at this point. While the basketball team, when […]

October 10, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Planning Commission shows unanimous support for The Cannery project

One endorsement down, one to go for ConAgra Foods Inc. in its quest to build a residential development on the last large piece of undeveloped land in Davis. The city’s Planning Commission voted unanimously 6-0 Wednesday to recommend approval of The Cannery project to the City Council. Planned for a 100-acre parcel of land in […]

October 10, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Sunrise Rotary honors student role models

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis recently honored seven Davis and Da Vinci high school students as Students of the Month for September. They are: * Evan Anderson, nominated by Kevin Anderson, information technology/career tech teacher, who wrote, “Evan is one of the advanced students in the Internetworking II class. He took the first Internetworking […]

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