Review Category : Campus News

News in Brief: Second Community Public-Safety dialogue to be held

The City’s second public safety meeting in response to the a federal military surplus program donating a Mine Resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle to the Davis Police Department is to be held at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. on tonight at 6:30 p.m. The first meeting was held Nov. 14 due to citizens’ concern of the over militarization of the DPD. The MRAP vehicle was met with apprehension by many of the Davis residents prompting the DPD to reject the donation. The Woodland Police Department is now in possession of the vehicle. For more information regarding the community public-safety dialogue, contact the DPD at at 530-747-5400. — Gabriella Hamlett ...

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This week in Senate: Jan 8

ASUCD President Armando Figueroa presided over the Senate meeting held on Jan. 8 in the Mee Room of the Memorial Union. After quorum roll call, Senate moved into the Appointments and Confirmations section, and the Sexual Assault Awareness and Advocacy Committee (SAAAC) discussed ways for improvement. Proposed ideas included working with Empower Yolo and enforcing a strong connection with administration and working with the sexual assault committee to give victims control over the investigation process. Senator Roman Rivilis invited ideas for how the Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) could engage with transfer and non-first-year students. Senators agreed on increasing accessibility, providing support groups and potentially enforcing a mandatory safety education course on topics such as consent and the importance of sensitive language. Senator Amelia Helland and Sarah Meredith debated on CVPP’s relationship with the SAAAC. CVPP provides confidential advocacy, collects measurements and significant data and now has plans to collaborate with staff members of SAAAC. The Aggie Public Arts Committee announced it is working on finishing the Memorial Union project... ...

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UC Davis researchers receive $6.9 million to study cow milk

UC Davis researchers have recently received a combined total of $6.9 million to study the health benefits of cow milk. To fund the study, The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine gave $4.2 million to a team led by David Mills, a UC Davis professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, and the National Cancer Institute gave $2.7 million to a team led by Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan, a UC Davis professor as well as vice chair for research in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the UC Davis Health System. Mills said, in the past, UC Davis researchers have focused on the health benefits of human milk, which enriches a specific type of protective bacteria in the guts of babies. This type of bacteria lowers the pH levels and prevents pathogen growth. Now, researchers hope that similar benefits can be found in bovine milk as well. “First and foremost, we want to understand what’s going on with human milk,” Mills said. “That really becomes the... ...

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New campus club raises awareness on body image

For years, the Association of Body Image and Disordered Eating (ABIDE) has rallied to bring awareness of body image and eating disorders to UC Davis. This fall, the campus departments involved in ABIDE created the official student branch of the organization, allowing students to get involved with the club’s cause. With 15 members so far, ABIDE’s student club is part of a larger campus-wide committee responsible for awareness events, including Celebrate Your Body week in February. The primary committee is comprised of different representatives from a number of departments like the UC Davis Dining Services, Cross Cultural Center, Women’s Resources and Research Center and Student Health and Counseling Services. Off-campus organizations, like the Sierra Treatment Center in Sacramento, are also involved. “It’s amazing how much people have opened up to me when I mention that I’m involved in such a body-positive movement,” said Enya Meng, president of the student ABIDE, in an email interview. “I always knew that body-negativity was an issue but I didn’t know how prevalent the societal... ...

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News in Brief: Davis attempts to set record for Worlds Largest Simultaneous Group Workout

At 12 p.m. on Jan. 3, Davis locals gathered in Central Park to participate in an attempt to set the world record for The World’s Largest Simultaneous Group Workout (WLSGW) organized by national weightloss and fitness program ViSalus. The event was free for participants and took place at the same time around the world in 11 different countries including Germany and Canada. Activities included forms of fitness that varied depending on the location as well as group size, encouraging all types of exercise. Hiking, yoga, dancing, kayaking and other forms of exercise took place during the event. Those who gathered in Davis’s Central Park had the opportunity start the new year off right by participating in either a run, walk, bike and boot camp. “At the start of the new year people want to start the year off right, new year, new me. Fitness is always a big part your image and everyone wants to make sure that they’re healthy and physical activity is a big part of that,” said... ...

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UC Davis researchers receive grant to study Ebola

The National Science Foundation has given a team of researchers at UC Davis a $200,000 rapid-response grant to study how to increase the rate of production of the Ebola drug Zmapp. Zmapp, created by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. of San Diego, along with the U.S. government and partners in Canada, is a mixture of antibodies created in and taken from tobacco plants. The UC Davis research team hopes to generate antibodies from plant cells grown in bioreactors instead of in whole plants, as production capacity for whole plants is currently limited. “If we can produce it in a bioreactor, a lot of biotech companies and contract manufacturers can do that, and it would allow for much more rapid production,” said Karen McDonald, a UC Davis professor of chemical engineering and materials science in a UC Davis News & Information article. Using Zmapp technology, the researchers will move the DNA of monoclonal antibodies into the plants through a type of bacteria. About a week after this step, the researchers will remove the... ...

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UC Davis participates in UC effort to conduct research on climate change

Recently, UC Davis researchers developed a method to incorporate the University of California (UC) Natural Reserve System (NRS) to better improve the prediction of weather forecast and ecological impacts of climate change in California. The researchers collaborated with colleagues from other UC campuses to utilize the UC Natural Reserve System to make a significant impact on climate change research. Researchers worked to establish a UC-wide Institute for the Study of Ecological and Evolutionary Climate Impacts. The implementation of this institute has recently received $1.9 million in funding, as announced by UC President Janet Napolitano. The funding was provided through the President’s Research Catalyst Awards, a funding source that will provide $10 million to research fields of great significance in over three years. “The President’s Research Catalyst Awards will spur UC research and offer our faculty and students new opportunities for cross-campus, multidisciplinary collaboration,” Napolitano said in an article appearing on UC Davis News and Information site. “We want to support research endeavors that have real-world impact in areas with critical... ...

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News in Brief: University’s overall enrollment increases over 3 percent from last fall

UC Davis has admitted one of its strongest entering classes, UC Davis News & Information reports. The university increased total enrollment of the student population by 1,240 students or 3.6 percent from last fall. The newest enrolled student body consists of undergraduates from over 100 countries, all 50 states and various other territories. Additionally, the university has taken measures to increase the total enrollment of historically underrepresented groups such as African Americans, American Indians and Chicanos/Latinos by 23 percent. News & Information also reported that California residents constitute 90.6 percent of total undergraduate students, and the 2020 Initiative – a proposition which expects California residents to make up at least 10 percent of any increased enrollment of students by 2020 – has taken measures to ensure this consistency. The enrollment of transfer students from California, from over 30 other states and nine countries, has steadily increased 1.5 percent. Of these transfer students, 93 percent came from California community colleges and participated in the Transfer Admissions Guarantee, a program that guarantees... ...

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News in Brief: Davis Arts Center holds reception for young artist contest

On Friday, the Davis Arts Center at 1919 F Street will be holding a reception for the entries to its annual “It’s in the Bag” art contest. The contest, sponsored by the local Whole Foods Market, challenged young artists from ages 7 to 14 to create a piece that promotes healthy foods. The theme – “Healthy foods that I love to put in my shopping bag” – allowed the artists to create pieces in mediums ranging from watercolor painting to mixed media creations that illustrated the budding artists’ concept of healthy, locally grown foods. The contestants’ pieces will be featured at the reception for the community to view. Lauren, a longtime Davis resident and Whole Foods employee, commented on the contest’s prevalence and success in Davis. “I used to apply to the contest myself,” Lauren said. “I think it’s great that [Whole Foods] supports young, local artists.” Overall, 34 applicants uploaded digital copies of their work to the Davis Arts Center’s website for submission and review, with representatives from both... ...

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Yolo County sees increase of children entering foster care

Yolo County is currently experiencing a shortage of foster parents both due to an increase in children entering the system and a deficit of available foster parent homes. According to Cherie Schroeder, educational specialist and program director for Yolo County Foster Care, it is not just Yolo County experiencing a shortage of foster families but also counties all over California. Schroeder said that she is unsure of the reason for the increase of children entering the foster care system at this time. She speculates that it could be due to the improvement of the economy after an extended period of financial hardship. “The economy is back on the upswing, but for people who haven’t gotten their jobs back, their housing back, they’ve been riding this financially stressful ride for three or four years. I just think that there is still a lot of stress,” Schroeder said. She speculates that the rate of reporting child abuse has increased because more children are re-entering daycares and other institutional settings where they are... ...

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UC Davis professors give lectures about fusion of art, science

Several UC Davis professors gave lectures on the fusion of art and science at the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) event last Thursday, an event sponsored by the UC Davis Art and Science Fusion Program. Founded in 2008, the LASER event consists of a series of lectures and presentations on science, art and technology. LASER events occur at a number of locations, primarily on college campuses. The event began at 6:30 p.m. at the Plant and Environmental Sciences Building with a 30-minute socializing and networking opportunity for the public that included students, professors, scientists and interested community members. Ventakesan Sundaresan, a professor of plant biology at UC Davis, gave the first lecture titled “Mysteries of the Kingdom: Sticking to One’s Roots, Managing Hormones and Spreading Genes.” Sundaresan holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard and has done extensive research in plant behavior. His presentation described plant and animal adaptations to various environmental factors and detailed the inner-workings of how plants respond to light and touch. The professor spoke about... ...

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UC Davis receives $100 million for project that would predict, prevent emerging diseases

UC Davis was recently granted $100 million by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue phase two of the PREDICT project, based at the School of Veterinary Medicine. PREDICT is part of the Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) program, an international campaign established by USAID to identify and respond to zoonotic diseases that spread between people, wildlife and livestock. PREDICT intends to find new, emerging viruses and to assist countries in preventing pandemic threats such as influenza, SARS and Ebola. Other projects within EPT include ONE HEALTH WORKFORCE and Prepare and Respond. The UC Davis One Health Institute, which manages the project, is responsible for many programs and initiatives within the School of Veterinary Medicine. The One Health Institute led a global consortium in the first phase of PREDICT in 2009 and will continue to work with partners such as EcoHealth Alliance, Metabiota, Smithsonian Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society in this next phase. According to a UC Health press release, in the first five years of PREDICT,... ...

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Choral concert to feature Beethoven’s ‘Mass in C Major’

On Friday, UC Davis University Chorus and UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will be holding their bi-annual collaborative musical performance in the Mondavi Center. Third-year student conductor and musicology/conducting graduate student Jonathan Spatola-Knoll finds the opportunity to take the stage with other companies sets Davis’ music program apart from other college music programs. “One of the exceptional things about our music program is that the orchestra and choir get to collaborate so frequently. This collaboration gives members of both groups the opportunity to perform many more major works for chorus and orchestra than most university music departments put on,” Spatola-Knoll said. The upcoming performance will be larger than past shows, welcoming four soloists for two of the pieces and members of the Alumni Chorus and the Davis Chorale. Jeffrey Thomas, Professor of Music, conductor in the Department of Music and holder of the Barbara K. Jackson Chair in Choral Conducting, explained that for each piece the entire ensemble of performers will be onstage. “I, personally, find the idea of putting an... ...

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City welcomes holiday season with festive downtown activities

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting The Annual City of Davis Holiday Parade and tree lighting will be held in E Street Plaza today. The children’s parade starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Co-op (620 G St.). The parade will kick off at the E Street Plaza. The tree at the plaza will be lit at 6:30 p.m. by members of the Davis City Council. Activities will include entertainment by the Davis Children’s Chorale, “Visits by Santa,” and a free screening of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Showtimes are at 6, 6:40, 7:20 and 8 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre.   Gingerbread House Workshop Carlton Plaza will be hosting a free gingerbread house workshop for the general public today from 4 to 6 p.m. Another workshop will be held on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., and Dec. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.  Carlton Plaza will provide the materials needed to build a gingerbread house. This includes gingerbread, icing and candy; Participants are allowed to bring any additional sweet treats.... ...

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Co-op program allows shoppers to donate spare change to schools

The Davis Food Co-op completed its first month of its new program, Round Up at the Registers this November. This initiative allows shoppers at the grocery store to bring their total to the nearest whole dollar, and all of the change collected is donated each month to a different school in the Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD). The program, according to Julie Cross, the marketing director of the Davis Food Co-op, raised $685 last month for Fairfield Elementary — a two-room school and the smallest school in the Davis school district. Cross said that the Round Up program replaced an older program in which schools would buy Co-op gift certificates and resell them to parents to raise money. “It was pretty cumbersome and expensive to run and didn’t have a huge amount of participation, so we thought we would get rid of something that didn’t work very well and replace it with something easier,” Cross said. According to the Co-op’s website, one DJUSD elementary or junior high school is... ...

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