Sunday, December 28, 2014

Find the first cabbage white butterfly, and win a pitcher

A beer for a butterfly. If you collect the first live cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) of 2015 in Yolo, Sacramento or Solano counties and have it verified as the winner, the prize is a pitcher of beer or its equivalent. Arthur Shapiro, distinguished professor in the UC Davis department of evolution and ecology, is […]

Does pre-eclampsia raise autism risk?

Children with autism spectrum disorder were more than twice as likely to have been exposed in utero to pre-eclampsia, and the likelihood of an autism diagnosis was even greater if the mother experienced more severe disease. Women with pre-eclampsia experience hypertension during the latter half of their pregnancies, and may have increased levels of protein […]

Long will talk about value of hedgerows for adjacent farms

Rachael Long, farm adviser for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Yolo County, will speak at Yolo Basin Foundation’s Flyway Nights lecture series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, about the benefits of hedgerow plantings of native California perennial shrubs, grasses, forbs and trees. The talk is at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters at 45211 Chiles […]

Great experience for students

I am writing to express my great appreciation for the staff and volunteers at Davis Media Access, the team that brings our community Davis Community Television and KDRT, Davis community radio. I teach a course in radio production at UC Davis, and Davis Media Access graciously hosted our class, allowing students the opportunity to generate […]

There was much to think about

Re: Sunday’s articles and opinions I was pleased to find so many thoughtful entries in a single issue of our own (almost) daily newspaper They seemed to be especially worthy of comment: Although I do not often agree with the political stance(s) of Debra DeAngelo, I found her article, “The Terrorist Hack is a Cyber-Version […]

Thanks for the winter shelter

“Thank you, Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter of Davis” doesn’t quite say enough, so let me add to that and say that because of you, (corporations are people now, right?) no one need feel sorry for me, not even a little bit; not this winter holiday season. And why? Because I now have two or three […]

Davis comes through again for UNICEF

Round it up! Help make Davis’ contribution to UNICEF for 2014 an even $12,000 — schoolchildren and other donors have raised $11,793.90 — by sending a check to UNICEF (UNA-USA Account), First Northern Bank, 434 Second St., Davis, CA 95616 By Jennifer Holman The Davis United Nations Association sincerely thanks the residents of Davis for […]

NAMI meeting offers family support

NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will hold the next meeting of its family support group from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28. The group will meet in the Cafeteria Conference Room at Woodland Memorial Hospital, 1325 Cottonwood St. in Woodland. Meetings continue there at that time on second […]

Anti-police protests ignore the root of the problem

Since no police officers were indicted for the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., or Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y., heated protests, many of them violent, have erupted all over the United States. There seems to be a growing anger with the police within many black communities. This may have culminated on Sunday, […]

‘How to Bring Out the Best in Each Other’ is focus of workshop

“How to Bring Out the Best in Each Other,” a communication workshop with Dr. Gail Derin, will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. This interactive and experiential workshop, hosted by the Unity Center of Davis, will use the latest physiological and behavioral […]

Pollution from electric vehicles

There has been a lot of anti-electric vehicle (EV) comment based on a recent article (Tessum et al in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) showing that “Powering (electric) vehicles with corn ethanol, coal-based or grid-average electricity increase health impacts by 80 percent or more relative to using conventional gasoline.” Looking a bit […]