Standing In: How to ward off Alzheimer’s: A modest proposal

It seems to be common knowledge that the way to forestall dreaded memory loss is to exercise your brain. Articles tout the benefits of crossword puzzles, traveling, being social and exercising. Challenge your brain! That’s the ticket. This summer I happened upon a sure-fire approach to vastly increase the neuron firings in my brain. It […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Deadline nears for Covell/Brinley Award nominations

Davis is jam-packed with people who give of their time, treasure and talents to make this community a better place. Now is your chance to honor them for their contributions. Nominations for Davis’ top citizen honors — the C.A. Covell Award for the Citizen of the Year and the A.G. Brinley Award for outstanding service […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Demonstrations will teach festival visitors how to lower their carbon ‘foodprint’

Learn more What: Cool Davis Festival, featuring interactive exhibits, entertainment and information on how to reduce your carbon footprint When: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 Where: Central Park, Fourth and C streets Getting there: Ride your bike, walk or take the bus; Unitrans is offering free rides all day Info: By Anya McCann and Lynne Nittler Our “foodprint” […]

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

Keep Davis as green as possible

Dig in! What: Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sales focusing on “The New Front Yard.” Shoppers will find plants suitable for replacing their lawns or refreshing their landscapes. Attractive, low-water, easy-care California native plants, as well as a large selection of Arboretum All-Stars and other regionally appropriate plants will be available When: 9-11 […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Biological link found between diabetes, heart disease

SACRAMENTO — UC Davis researchers have identified for the first time a biological pathway activated when blood sugar levels are abnormally high and causes irregular heartbeats. That condition — cardiac arrhythmia — is linked with heart failure and sudden cardiac death. Reported online earlier this month in the journal Nature, the discovery helps explain why […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCs team to spin medical ideas into products

A $12 million grant will help fund a partnership between the five University of California medical campuses aimed at translating their discoveries into products benefiting patients. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is providing the money for a new center, dubbed the University of California Center for Accelerated Innovation, UC announced last week. Housed […]

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

Bikes up for bids at UCD auction

Community members are invited to attend the biannual UC Davis Bicycle Auction on Saturday, Oct. 12. More than 400 bicycles will be available for sale to the highest bidder. The bikes may be viewed from 8 to 9 a.m., with bidding getting underway at 9 a.m. and lasting until all items are sold. The auction […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘Through the Looking Glass’ on KDRT

Gitane, also known as Dr. G, returns to the local airwaves on Thursday with the debut of “Through the Looking Glass” on KDRT, 95.7 FM. The show will air Thursdays at 4 p.m. This week, she’ll offer tips and truths about “Getting a Grasp on Life.”

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Project Linus meets Oct. 9

Happiness is a warm blanket, made with love! If you enjoy quilting, knitting or sewing, come to Project Linus’ gathering from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Volunteers make blankets for children in the community who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need. New fabrics and yarn are […]

October 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Didn’t ace SAT? Just design microbe transplant research

By Ariel Kaminer High school seniors with poor grades and even worse SAT scores, you may be just what one of the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges is looking for. You need not be president of the debate club or captain of the track team. No glowing teacher recommendations are required. You just need […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Napolitano’s résumé precedes her as UC president

By Lisa Leff SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano officially takes over as the University of California’s president on Monday, but she already has survived her first leadership challenge — a “no-confidence” vote sought this month by student activists who think her work in Washington makes her unsuitable to run the […]

October 01, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Hoes Down Festival celebrates the harvest

An autumn tradition, the Hoes Down Harvest Festival, will be celebrated this weekend in the Capay Valley. The celebration promotes agricultural arts and sustainable rural living through two days of workshops and events. On Saturday, the Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farm will feature educational farm tours, a children’s area, games, live bluegrass music and an […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

At-risk kids, high-achievers dominate counseling caseloads at DHS

The school district sounded the alarm last spring. There had been a disturbing uptick in the number of Davis students requiring suicide risk assessment interviews. In greater numbers then ever before, students were landing in counselors’ offices at school, seeking help on their own or having been referred by teachers, parents or friends for something […]

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

Bird brains invited to guided walk at Lake Solano Park

Visitors to Lake Solano Park on Saturday, Oct. 12, will learn why this area near Winters is a magnet for birds — both year-round and migratory. Volunteer docent Barbara Cooper will lead a walk around the lake and share lots of bird stories. Visitors should dress in layers and be prepared for cold, wet weather. […]

October 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,