Pence Gallery commissions its first mural

The Pence Gallery’s ever-changing, thought-provoking art exhibits entertain residents and visitors of all ages. Now, the Pence takes art outdoors as it has commissioned its first mural, on a large east-facing wall in the courtyard behind the gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. As part of the courtyard’s redesign, the gallery’s board of directors […]

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

Gibson House Writers meet Saturday

The Gibson House Writers will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 512 Gibson Road in Woodland. This writing group is sponsored by the Gibson House and Yolo County Historical Museum. Writers share works in progress and provide supportive feedback to one another. The gathering follows the writing group guidelines recommended by author Ursula […]

September 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Study sees benefit in courses with nontenured instructors

By Tamar Lewin While many higher education experts — and parents — bemoan the fact that tenured professors are a shrinking presence, now making up less than a quarter of the academic work force, a study released Monday found, surprisingly, that students in introductory classes learned more from outside instructors than from tenured or tenure-track […]

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

More parents opting kids out of standardized tests

By Katie Zezima DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — While his eighth-grade classmates took state standardized tests last spring, Tucker Richardson woke up late and played basketball in his Delaware Township driveway. Tucker’s parents, Wendy and Will, are part of a small but growing number of parents nationwide who are ensuring their children do not participate […]

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

Dow average adds Goldman Sachs, Nike and Visa

The Dow Jones industrial average is dropping Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard and Alcoa, its three-lowest priced stocks, as part of a six-company shakeup of the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market. S&P Dow Jones Indices said Tuesday it will add Visa Inc., sneaker maker Nike Inc. and the investment bank Goldman Sachs […]

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

Bay Bridge gets a metal troll for good luck

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A final piece of safety hardware — a bearded, spindly legged troll — has been installed in the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. The troll is meant to be a protector and good luck charm, modeled after a similar statue placed surreptitiously by a steelworker on the old span […]

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

Syria agrees to Russian weapons proposal

PARIS (AP) — Syria has accepted a proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for dismantling, the Syrian foreign minister said Tuesday, as France proposed a U.N. resolution that would enforce the plan militarily if the government failed to follow through. The moves are part of flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at averting […]

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

School district recovering after computer systems

The Davis school district operated without a website, email, student data systems and other electronic services for much of Monday, due to the weekend failure of a rooftop air conditioning system. The system cools the portion of the school district’s administrative building that houses its main servers and related communications and electronic gear. The situation […]

September 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Thing is, we couldn’t find one in town

“Council to weigh plastic bag options,” said the headline over Sunday’s front-pager by Tom Sakash, who must be wondering what he did in a previous life to be required to cover the comings and goings of the Davis City Council in his current incarnation. “As requested,” Sakash’s story begins, “city public works staff will hand […]

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

U.S. News slots UCD ninth among public colleges

UC Davis slipped one spot among public universities in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s much-watched college rankings, released Tuesday, returning to ninth place. Last year, UCD reached a best-ever eighth place, only to be passed by Penn State University in the new edition. UCD previously held the ninth spot in 2012, […]

September 10, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

$12.5M military grant boosts network research

Understanding complex networked systems, from nanomachines to nation-states, and learning how to control them are the aims of two new projects led by researchers at the UC Davis Complexity Sciences Center. Each project is funded with $6.25 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative. One project, led by […]

September 19, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Film screening to benefit Raptor Center

The California Raptor Center will host a benefit screening of “The Condor’s Shadow,” a documentary that follows a year in the endangered species recovery effort, on Saturday, Sept. 28, at UC Davis. The film explores the work of biologists, zookeepers and scientists are making on the bird’s behalf and tells the story of a condor […]

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

Hear stories of India at I-House

Vanar Sena Pathshala will present “Animal Tales from India” from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Vanar Sena Pathshala will present performances by children based on East Indian culture. VSP students will perform two plays they have adapted — and scripted — from ancient Indian tales: the Panchatantra. The […]

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

Study: ‘Circuitry loss’ may indicate cognitive decline

SACRAMENTO — The degeneration of a small, wishbone-shaped structure deep inside the brain may provide the earliest clues to future cognitive decline, long before healthy older people exhibit clinical symptoms of memory loss or dementia. The longitudinal study by researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center found that the only discernible brain differences between normal […]

September 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,