Skip directly to: Main page content

Monthly Archives: September 2006

Wine, genomics and headaches

The health page on KCRA.com reports that David Mills, an associate professor in viticulture and enology, is using genetic mapping to take on the red wine headache. Mills is using genomic technology to look for bacteria that make the chemicals …
Continue reading about Wine, genomics and headaches

Living a Second Life with Schizophrenia

This week’s Economist leads off an article on the virtual world “Second Life” with psychiatry professor Peter Yellowlees, who is using it to show his students what it’s like to experience schizophrenic hallucinations. He has recreated his Sacramento clinic on …
Continue reading about Living a Second Life with Schizophrenia

More on Open Source

Premkumar Devanbu’s project on open source software continues to buzz, with articles on vnunet.com, an interview on ComputerWorld.com and an article on the blog Dr Dobb’s Journal, all off our science news tip from last week. Devanbu told ComputerWorld that …
Continue reading about More on Open Source

It’s That Time of Year Again…

…When scientists move the phone a bit closer to the bed in case they get a call from Stockholm at 2 am (apparently the Swedes always call during their own office hours). Thomson Scientific is running a poll of possible …
Continue reading about It’s That Time of Year Again…

Early career award to Simon Chan

Simon Chan, an assistant professor in the Section of Plant Biology, has won an early career award from the American Society of Plant Biology. The award recognizes “outstanding creative and independent research by scientists in the first five years after …
Continue reading about Early career award to Simon Chan

What do you think about airline security?

People might not like standing in line to get through security screening at the airport, but what travellers are really looking for is consistency in how long screening procedures take, according to a new study by Deb Niemeier at UC …
Continue reading about What do you think about airline security?

What to do next week: Bionetworks and computation symposium

Just back on campus? Looking for something to do? Dive straight in: The UC Davis Biological Networks Initiative is holding a symposium Monday Sept. 25 on “biological networks and computation.” Speakers from UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Stanford, Duke and …
Continue reading about What to do next week: Bionetworks and computation symposium

Science tips: DNA repair, building software, busy bees

This month’s batch of science tips includes a new twist on a story I have covered previously: Steve Kowalczykowski’s work on DNA repair. Back in 2001, Kowalczykowski and Ron Baskin developed a method for trapping single pieces of DNA and …
Continue reading about Science tips: DNA repair, building software, busy bees

It’s an Egg!

Alan Balch’s lab in the Chemistry Department just published an article about this egg-shaped fullerene. Fullerenes, or “buckyballs” (after Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome) are usually spherical soccer-ball type molecules made out of carbon atoms. A relative is …
Continue reading about It’s an Egg!

Chevron funds biofuels project

Chevron Corp. will award up to $25 million over the next five years to fund biofuel research projects at UC Davis. The main area of focus is on turning “lignocellulosic biomass” (or “wood,” basically) into fuels such as ethanol. “Chevron’s …
Continue reading about Chevron funds biofuels project