UCD ‘will not shrink’ from food, health challenges

The university that gave the world the tomato harvester and discovered a rice gene that controls tolerance to flooding will play a lead role in solving some of the world’s most vexing problems, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said Wednesday.

“I believe it is our responsibility to use our growing knowledge about the nexus between food production, sustainable agriculture and well-being to create a healthier nation and world,” she said, touting UCD’s newly created World Food Center during the fall convocation at the Mondavi Center.

“This is not something we can shrink from, nor would we want to …”

Yolo County to share in $12 million Rite Aid settlement

Yolo County will share in a $12.3 million settlement paid by the Rite Aid Corporation over allegations that California’s 600-plus Rite Aid stores unlawfully handled and disposed of hazardous waste and materials over a seven-year period, District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced Wednesday. More than $600,000 of the settlement will go to Yolo County, which has […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

DNA study offers hope against citrus disease

The devastating disease Huonglongbing, or citrus greening, looms darkly over the United States, threatening to wipe out the nation’s citrus industry, whose fresh fruit alone was valued at more than $3.4 billion in 2012. Recently, however, a research team led by a UC Davis plant scientist used DNA sequencing technologies to paint a broad picture […]

October 27, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged

UC imposes new contract on service workers

The University of California this week notified the union representing about 8,300 service gardeners, food service workers and custodians that would impose its final offer after more than a year of negotiations. “Having completed all stages of the bargaining process, including state-assisted mediation and fact-finding, the university is legally entitled to implement its last proposal,” said […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Film, discussion are part of Davis Reads book project

The Stephens Branch Library and International House, Davis, are collaborating to present a free program featuring the Davis Reads book project at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. The event will take place at I-House, 10 College Park. Parking is free after 5 p.m. Community members are invited to discuss Sonia Nazario’s “Enrique’s Journey” and watch […]

October 16, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Standing In: Getting kids ready for the marathon of life

When my children were young, I was showing them a signed copy of a book by Ray Bradbury. I told them he was one of my favorite writers. My daughter got a puzzled look on her face as she stared at the autograph in the book. She said emphatically, “I don’t think he’s a very […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: 25 years of creating community through media

The day on which I’m writing this (Sept. 24) happens to be the ninth anniversary of intrepid noncommercial radio station KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM on the radio dial in Davis, and http://kdrt.org worldwide. Reflecting on KDRT’s origins and Davis Media Access’ upcoming 25th anniversary leaves me with a sense of wonder and pride at what we’ve […]

September 27, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

U.S. to contact borrowers with new options for repaying student loans

By Tamar Lewin When President Obama last month announced proposals to make college more affordable, many critics focused on his plan to rate colleges based on measures like tuition, graduation rates, and the debt and earnings of graduates, and eventually to link financial aid to those ratings. Largely overlooked was a more immediate change that […]

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

Biologist will talk about avian diversity in northern India

Gopi Sundar of the International Crane Foundation will speak about “Bird Diversity in the Gangetic Floodplains of India” on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. His 7:30 p.m. presentation will be hosted by the Yolo Audubon Society, Yolo Basin Foundation and the Central Valley Bird Club. Sundar received a Ph.D. […]

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

Swimming intrigue featured in ‘Dead in the Water’

Author and open water swimmer Glenda Carroll will be at The Avid Reader in downtown Davis at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, to read from and discuss her mystery novel, “Dead in the Water.” The bookstore is at 617 Second St. In this new, fast-paced thriller set in Northern California, it is open season on […]

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

Soroptimists offer scholarship to re-entry women

Soroptimist International of Greater Davis invites local residents to apply for its Women’s Opportunity Award, a scholarship given annually to a single parent and head of household who is re-entering a college or university. The Women’s Opportunity Award program helps women who are the primary bread-winners for their families by giving them the resources they […]

October 06, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

City seeks volunteers for advisory commissions

The city of Davis is accepting applications from residents who are interested in serving on seven local commissions: Bicycle Advisory, Finance and Budget, Human Relations, Natural Resources, Open Space and Habitat, Recreation and Park and Senior Citizens. Commissions serve as a conduit for citizen input — a way of gathering, analyzing and recommending options to […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Gangbanger, cop and author speaks in October

Mona Ruiz, the author of “Two Badges” — the story of her life as both a gangbanger and a cop — will visit local students and address the public on Thursday, Oct. 17. The book covers Ruiz’s growing affiliation with a Santa Ana gang, her life as a gang member and her transition to becoming […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Author speaks on ‘Flashes of War’ at The Avid Reader

Author Katey Schultz will discuss her debut book, a series of short stories titled “Flashes of War,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in Davis. Illuminating the intimate, human faces of war, this series of short stories by the award-winning author questions the stereotypes of modern war by bearing witness […]

September 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,