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Liberal arts: learning to learn

By Michael S. Roth As the summer winds down and young people get ready to return to their campuses, I know many families are having conversations about what kind of college education to pursue. Should one sign up for classes that promise immediate skill-building, perhaps even certification in a task highly valued right now by […]

Liberal arts study offers a transferable set of skills

By Michael T. Benson Psychology, sociology, history, political science, economics and philosophy — some have maintained that these and other “liberal arts” subjects may result in less than abundant job prospects for those who chose these areas of study. However, this list also represents, respectively, the undergraduate fields of study of the following individuals: Jamie […]

What it’s like as a ‘girl’ in the lab

By Sarah Clatterbuck Soper It’s 7 p.m. on a Friday night, and I’m still in the lab. Earlier in the day, as I was looking through old data, I unexpectedly found the answer to a question that I’d been trying to address for a year. It was one of those rare “eureka” moments in science. […]

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20500; 202-456-1111 (comments), 202-456-1414 (switchboard); fax: 202-456-2461; email: visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact U.S. Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer, 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3553; email: visit http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/policycomments.cfm Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3841; fax: 202-228-3954; email: visit http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me House of Representatives Rep. John […]

Can college tenure survive the 2016 election?

By Carl M. Cannon University of Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank recently sent a letter to the governor, Scott Walker, asking him to veto a provision in the state’s new budget that would weaken the tenure provisions of the university’s faculty. The Wisconsin Legislature wasn’t making a value judgment — at least not in the budget; it […]

CommuniCare helps keep Yolo residents healthy

Celebrate this great care during National Health Center Week By Robin Affrime With the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act, more Americans now have health insurance coverage to get the primary and preventive care services that everyone needs. But having coverage is only one piece of the solution to a healthier community: The other critical piece […]

Hohlwein’s ‘As Above, So Below’ shows at Natsoulas

Laura Hohlwein exhibits a new series inspired by erotica and classical mythology and other new works in “As Above, So Below: Reflections on Immanence” at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. The show opens Wednesday, May 20, and continues through June 27. The show will include a series […]

May 22, 2015 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Fixing the leaking college ‘pipeline’

By Jonathan London Last week was an exciting one in my home, as my daughter finalized her acceptance at the college of her choice. Mixed together with the celebration, the amazement of being old enough to have graduating senior and the sadness at her leaving home, is an appreciation of the privileged position we enjoy. I […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Anaheim, where The Force is with you

You could smell The Force at the Anaheim Convention Center. Oh, there were other aromas emanating from the crowd at Star Wars Celebration, but the palpable sense of anticipation managed to overwhelm the senses. From the lucky few who camped overnight to score tickets to be in the room with JJ Abrams, to the less […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Picnic Day favorites: dogs, bikes science

Henry the poodle leaps over a stack of barrels toward his owner, Pat Gradziel of Davis, during the Performance Dogs in Action show outside The Pavilion; chemical engineering freshman Alex Chen watches as the liquid nitrogen he just poured into Jacklyn Tran’s bowl freezes mango juice into a sorbet; entomology student Laurie Casebier helps Grayson […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Moving this summer? Plan now

The big move — it should be in all-caps and announced with a deep, authoritative voice. THE BIG MOVE. And it’s coming to your family soon. It might be from one house to another across town, or it might involve crossing many state lines. No matter the distance, amount of belongings or number of people, […]

April 10, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Seminar will cover business challenges

“Big Challenges for Growing Businesses” is the top of a seminar set for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Davis Chamber of Commerce, 604 Third St., Davis. Led by Erika Virdi, financial representative for The Principal Financial Group, the seminar will cover business succession planning; recruiting and retaining key employees; and […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Wi-Fi in our schools could result in health impacts

By Chuck Rairdan I can certainly be counted among those who support the application of technology to improve learning conditions in our schools. With the rapid advance of new technologies and other innovations, however, there also can be unintended consequences or, in this case, health effects that are not always recognized or understood at the onset […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Japanese fondue dips into Davis scene

There’s a “coming soon” sign for Shabu Extreme at the former Judy’s Grinders spot at 213 E St. Shabu shabu (translated “swish swish”) is a Japanese fondue dish, with thinly sliced meat, seafood and vegetables. Customers cook the items in boiling broth at their table. I hope that swishing sound isn’t a revolving door. The location […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,
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