Review Category : Breaking News

An interview with new Classics professor Colin Webster

UC Davis Classics professor Colin Webster recently joined the department this year after receiving his doctorate in Classics from Columbia University in June. He is currently researching ancient science, medicine and philosophy. More specifically, he’s researching the way shifts in technology change our explanations of the natural world’s inner-workings. Webster, who has been researching the subject for about 10 years, is planning to create new courses related to his research in the near future.   What are you currently researching? I research ancient science and medicine. On one hand I do a lot of research on the medical side of things, and on the other side a lot of mathematics, diagrams and the history of optics. What I’m particularly interested in is the way that shifts in technology produce new assumptions about nature. The big modern analogy for [how we read the technologies around us into our explanations of how the natural world works] is the computer….When the computer [was] invented people immediately [started] thinking of the brain as a... ...

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Senate braces itself for critical ICA information

An otherwise routine ASUCD Senate meeting on Thursday saw tensions rise as an appearance of school officials raised more questions about the objectives of both the administration and the athletics program. Dr. Milton Lang, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs, attended the meeting, followed by four members of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC): Elsie Fullerton, Brandon Greenberg, Sophia Lisaius and Danielle Steffen. SAAC, according to Lisaius, “[provides] a liaison from the athletics faculty members to the student athletes.” The senate had planned to hold a fairly rare closed session, giving the public just the meeting’s description: “Athletics.” “We heard there was something going on with athletics and we figured we needed to step up our involvement with ASUCD,” said Greenberg, a senior on the men’s track and field team. Fullerton, a junior on the women’s water polo team, added that she also would like to see more collaboration with the student government and student-athletes. “We wanted to be available as a resource and open up a line of communication,”... ...

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New Institute for Social Sciences opens

The new Institute for Social Sciences opened Oct. 13 at UC Davis. The institute, which has been in the works since 2011, will focus on interdisciplinary research projects. Vicky Austin, assistant director of the institute, said that it will work to bring together researchers from different academic interests on campus. “We will actively work to connect our researchers with scholars across campus to build bridges between the social sciences and disciplines ranging from education to engineering, medicine to management and law to the liberal arts,” Austin said. Joe Dumit, a UC Davis professor of anthropology and science and technology studies, is the director of the new institute. “I’m really happy to be heading up this new institute to support interdisciplinary research in the social sciences,” Dumit said. According to George R. Mangun, dean of the Division of Social Sciences, Dumit was chosen as director of the new institute from a highly selective group of accomplished individuals. A search committee of faculty and staff reviewed formal applications that were submitted last... ...

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News in Brief: Legislation that would have provided significant funding for California universities vetoed

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed part of the Budget Act of 2014 (AB 1476) in early September, denying the state’s public universities heavy funding. The bill would have allocated $100 million apiece the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems. This funding for UC and CSU universities was conditional and dependent on the outcome of property tax revenues in comparison to projections. The $100 million was originally incorporated into the legislation to be given to UCs and CSUs; however, the money was rejected in July once property tax revenues did not exceed expectations. The funds would have been allotted for deferred maintenance at UC and CSU schools that was deemed critical. In Brown’s veto message, he wrote that property tax revenues were below budget estimates and the state couldn’t afford the $200 million this year. The legislative session for the California state government ended Aug. 31. Governor Brown vetoed the funds shortly after. “Making investments to maintain the state’s aging infrastructure continues to be a major priority for... ...

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Global manufacturing facility in Davis continues to grow

Two years ago, the Japanese machine tool company DMG Mori Seiki collaborated with UC Davis’ College of Engineering to build a $50 million factory with state-of-the-art equipment only five miles away from campus. The manufacturing facility specializes in large-scale manufacturing units and the pre-assembly of major machine systems before they move through the assembly line process.   Since its opening in July 2012, the factory has employed about 150 workers in the local area and has provided valuable career and internship opportunities for UC Davis students. “Students have participated in a number of training programs at DMG Mori Seiki. Moreover, students are often hired to work there during the summertime so that they can be exposed to advanced manufacturing techniques,” said UC Davis College of Engineering Dean Enrique Lavernia in an email interview. “I believe Davis is an excellent place to build [the factory]. It is located strategically close to Sacramento, as well as to San Francisco, and it draws on the expertise of the faculty, staff and students at UC... ...

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Student Drowns in Rafting Accident

UC Davis student Lisa Sayaka Nakamaru, a 20-year-old third-year political science major from Torrance, CA tragically passed away on Sunday. She had been rafting with a friend on Putah Creek. According to Yolo County Chief Deputy Coroner Gina Moya, the cause of death was drowning with the manner of death being accidental. The two rafters were discovered the same day at around 2:50 p.m. after their raft had hit a rough spot at a popular campsite near Lake Solano County Park and Monticello Dam that holds Lake Berryessa. Nakamaru’s friend whose name and medical condition are not currently disclosed, was transported to Sutter Davis Hospital and released the same evening. At 2 p.m., the Winters Fire Department was dispatched to investigate the scene. Aaron McAlister, Winter’s fire chief called for backup including a helicopter and other specialists among which were the Yolo County Boat Patrol and Vacaville Fire Rescue Water Team. Almost immediately upon arrival, the dispatch team heard a commotion from four men who had seen the the deceased... ...

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Religious Studies Department hosts weekly tea event

Every Tuesday afternoon in the Walen Lai Library on the seventh floor of Sproul, the tallest building on campus, the Department of Religious Studies holds a small gathering complete with tea, biscuits and conversation. Originally started ten years ago by religious studies Professor and Department Chair Naomi Reshotko, the Tea Meeting has since grown to accommodate regular and new drop-in students and professors on a weekly basis in Sproul Hall. “It’s a common tradition to have time set aside in the afternoon for tea,” Janowitz said. “There is no limit to the time you spend working while being a student or a faculty member, so this is a way to break away from that dilemma.” Though the tea events are open to all, most of the attendees are affiliated with the Religious Studies Department. The goal is to create a dialogue between professors, faculty members and undergraduates within the major’s department. “You don’t meet people in classes normally, you probably meet people in the dorms, or as roommates, or if... ...

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UC Davis opens new World Food Center

Members weigh on center goals, plans and why Davis is the perfect place to host it As one of the highest-ranking universities in the world for agriculture, UC Davis has launched its very own World Food Center with the hopes of finding sustainable ways to feed an ever-growing planet. Composed of an experienced group of individuals from various backgrounds in the agricultural and medicinal fields, the World Food Center aims to generate economic development locally by expanding the university’s economic connections with environmental businesses. “UC Davis is one of the best places in the world with respect to those seeking an education in agriculture, food sciences and nutrition,” said Josette Lewis, a UC Davis alumna and associate director of the World Food Center. “The goal of the World Food Center is to really leverage and build on that incredible intellectual base that already exists, and position the university to be more influential in shaping how the non-academic community understands and makes decisions on policy and strategy surrounding agriculture and food.”... ...

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Hell yes on Yes Means Yes

University sexual assault awareness initiatives a step in the right direction Last year ASUCD passed Senate Bill No. 67, reimplementing the Sexual Assault Awareness & Advocacy Committee (SAAAC) to be comprised of seven voting members, nine ex-officio members and two ASUCD senators. The committee intends to improve the educational programs that address rape culture by collaborating with ASUCD and several campus departments. SB 67 cites personnel issues for their inability to get the committee’s feet off the ground last year, but ASUCD hopes to reinstate the committee in the coming month with some added structural changes. We commend ASUCD for recognizing the urgency of the issue and taking initiative to combat the prevalence of sexual assault. The University of California Student Association (UCSA) kicked off the UConsent campaign this August, encouraging students from all UC campuses to join together to build on President Obama’s recent “It’s On Us” campaign. UC Davis endorsed the national efforts Monday. Gov. Jerry Brown has also begun to tackle the issue on Sept. 28 by... ...

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Aggies football suffers first home loss

UC Davis (1-3, 0-1) was defeated for the first time at Aggie Stadium this year, as they faced the Eastern Washington Eagles (4-1, 1-0), by a score of 37-14. The Eagles are currently ranked No. 2 in the Football Championship Series as they opened Big Sky Conference (BSC) play. The Aggies were led through the air by senior quarterback London Lacy with 172 yards and a touchdown and in the running game by senior running back Colton Silveria who gained 35 yards on 12 runs. Still, it was not enough to tame an Eastern Washington team led by highly touted quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., who leads the BSC in total yards and touchdowns. The Aggies came out strong and held the Eagles to only nine points in the first half. The Eagles scored a touchdown in the first quarter, but failed to convert the PAT attempt. Sophomore running back Manusamoa Luuga responded with a two-yard touchdown, which lifted the Aggies to a slim lead. However, the Eagles converted a 27-yard... ...

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University to partner with Chile, develop new Life Sciences Innovation Center

On Sept. 17, UC Davis announced that it would be partnering with the Chilean government in a joint effort to develop the UC Davis Life Sciences Innovation Center in Chile. Researchers from Chile and UC Davis hope that their collaborative efforts and public sector research will be conducive to creating regional, national and international business opportunities. In a press release, the university stated that the goals behind the creation of the Innovation Center are to increase economic competitiveness, research and development in both Chile and California, with a focus on the agricultural industry. Research and development will cover agricultural topics such as plant breeding and climate change technology. Both the Chilean and Californian economies rely much on agriculture and food production, as agriculture is the second largest industry in Chile and California is the fifth largest supplier of food for the global community. UC Davis also has a top-ranked agricultural program that has consistently proven to be reputable and internationally respected. “We expect to have active research projects in viticulture... ...

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Associated Student Dining Services increase prices

Starting Sept. 22, much of the food and beverages sold at Associated Student (AS) Dining Services increased in price for the first time in four years. AS Dining Services, made up of the ASUCD Coffee House, CoHo South Café and CoHo-To-Go Convenience Store, last increased prices in 2010. While certain foods, including yogurt and whole fruits, have remained at the same price, other items have become more expensive. This change is largely due to the increase of California’s minimum wage, which has gone from $8 to $9 per hour. Prices generally increased about 30 to 50 cents per item. “We’ve been looking at this, probably for the past year, as something on the horizon we would need to address,” said Darin Schluep, food service director of AS Dining Services. “When we first heard of the plan to increase California’s minimum wage, we knew we would have to react to that.” Schluep says that increasing food prices also played a role in his decision to increase prices at AS Dining Services.... ...

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Judge rules Marsh’s confession as valid, trial to begin April 14

On Friday Feb. 28, a Yolo County Superior Court Judge ruled that Daniel Marsh, the suspected killer of elderly Davis couple Oliver Northup and Claudia Maupin, will go on trial on April 14, the one-year anniversary of the double homicide. Additionally, the judge ruled that Marsh’s alleged confession of the crime to the Davis Police will be used among the evidence presented to the jury. According to the Davis Enterprise, Judge David Reed’s decision came after a closed viewing of Marsh’s recorded interview with the police and an hour long hearing on Feb. 28. “The video of the interview does not support a conclusion that the defendant’s statement was coerced,” Reed said in his ruling. “Under the totality of the circumstances, the defendant’s statements were voluntary and uncoerced, and with knowledge of his right to remain silent.” Marsh is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, along with the special-circumstance allegations and is being tried as an adult. Marsh has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is currently in custody at... ...

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Marsh double homicide trial hearing on Feb. 28

A Yolo County Superior Court Judge is set to rule as to whether Daniel Marsh’s alleged confession of the April 14, 2013 murders of an elderly Davis couple, Oliver Northup and Claudia Maupin, should be part of the upcoming trial process. The motion to suppress the alleged confession was filed by deputy public defenders Ron Johnson and Andrea Pelochino on Feb. 6. They claim that Marsh was taken to the Davis Police Station under false pretenses before being questioned by Davis Police Detective Ariel Pineda and FBI Agent Chris Campion about the murders. Yolo County prosecutors say this bid to get rid of the alleged admission should be denied because law enforcement officers did not use false pretenses or coercion to elicit the confession, according to the Davis Enterprise. “(T)he defendant decided to confess because he believed it was pointless to resist in light of all the evidence against him, not because of any promises of leniency,” said Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney, Michael Cabral in an opposition motion. Marsh was arrested on June 17 and is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, along... ...

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Fire breaks out at Segundo hall

At 1:37 p.m. on Jan. 7, a fire broke out in a dorm room on the second floor of Sereno Hall, located within the Regan Residence Halls complex of Segundo. Firefighters evacuated the building in order to clear out the smoke. No one was present in the room at the time. According to UC Davis Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht, the room’s garbage receptacle near the door was on fire and a water extinguisher was used to put it out. Trauernicht said that the improper disposal of a cigarette butt most likely led to the fire. The UC Davis Fire Department was dispatched to the room when the room’s heat detector transmitted a signal indicating it had been dismantled. UC Davis became a smoke and tobacco-free campus beginning Jan. 1. The residents of the dorm room will be referred to Student Judicial Affairs. — Claire Tan ...

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