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Monthly Archives: April 2008

Optics prize for Jonathan Heritage

The Optical Society (OSA) has awarded Jonathan P. Heritage the R.W. Wood Prize in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the development of programmable optical pulse shaping and its applications to ultrafast optics and photonics. Heritage is professor emeritus of …
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Opinion: Using GE to tackle papaya virus has lessons for wheat rust

Editor’s note: this post was contributed by Pamela Ronald, professor of plant pathology. In a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, (“Stem Rust Never Sleeps,” April 26, 2008) Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug describes a new strain …
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More on plug-in hybrids

Andy Frank, “the Father of the Plug-in Hybrid,” fresh from featuring in Tom and Ray Magliozzi’s look at the Car of the Future for PBS, is in a short video on the Sacramento Bee’s multimedia site, showing some of the …
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International Conference on Plug-in Hybrids, July 22-24

UC Davis is co-organizing and co-sponsoring the first international conference on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), set for July 22-24 in San Jose, Calif. The time is right for Plug-In 2008, “a gathering with a focus on a technology that …
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Proposal Writing Workshop for Small Business Grants

The Solano College Small Business Development Center and UC Davis InnovationAccess are sponsoring a Small Business Innovation and Research proposal writing workshop on May 2nd at the UC Davis Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) …
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Klimley on sharks on Fox

Following last week’s fatal shark attack near San Diego, UC Davis shark expert Pete Klimley appeared on Fox News with Greta van Susteren. White sharks, Klimley says, only attack humans when they mistake them for seals. A seal makes a …
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EPA prize for plastics from wastewater project

A team of students from the UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of the winners in the P3 (“People, Prosperity and the Planet”) competition run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The team proposes making plastics …
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Happy DNA Day!

Today, April 25 is DNA Day, declares the National Human Genome Research Institute. April 25, 1953 was the date of publication of Watson and Crick’s paper describing the structure of DNA. Head over to genome.gov for all kinds of DNA-related …
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Moth Spraying Halted

Governor Schwarzenegger this afternoon announced that spraying to control the invasive Light Brown Apple Moth would be halted until further testing could be done on the product’s safety. Earlier in the day, a Santa Cruz county judge ruled that the …
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LA Times wins science writing award for memory series

LA Times reporter Terry McDermott has won the Wistar Institute’s Science Journalism Award for his four-part series “Chasing Memory,” about UC Irvine neuroscience researcher Gary Lynch. McDermott spent two years working on this story — including moving into the lab …
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