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Monthly Archives: August 2008

Researcher Protection bill passes Assembly

The California Assembly passed the Researcher Protection Act of 2008 (AB 2296) today on a 68-0 vote. The bill now goes to Governor Schwarzenegger for signature. The bill was strongly supported by the University of California: over the past year, …
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The causes of bankruptcy

Americans go bankrupt primarily because they spend too much money, according to a study by Ning Zhu at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Medical costs also contribute to a lesser extent to bankruptcy, but unemployment and other adverse …
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Memories are made of…

A complete memory is made up of different items — the what, who, where and when — that are linked together by the brain. From common experience, there seem to be two different processes involved in recalling a memory: familiarity, …
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Lizards start the day with feats of strength

Male Anole lizards start their day with push-ups and other visual displays to announce to their rivals, “I survived the night, I’m still here so stay off my territory,” according to Terry Ord, a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis and …
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Researcher Protection Bill passes state Senate

AB 2296, which would increase protections for academic researchers targeted by animal rights extremists, passed a vote on the Senate floor today by a 29-0 bipartisan vote. The bill now goes to the Assembly Committee on Public Safety and to …
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Robots play follow-the-robot

Sanjay Joshi’s lab in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering has been working on having robots pick up behavioral cues so that they can more easily follow humans or other robots. The “following problem” is a fundamental problem in …
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Asian Americans and suicide risk

Time magazine reports on work by UC Davis psychology professor Stanley Sue and his students, who surveyed thousands of Asian Americans on mental health issues. They found that family conflict had a particularly strong impact on Asian Americans, even leading …
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Mmmm, food studies

Academic programs on “food studies” are hitting the academic mainstream, according to this article in the Washington Post. Universities such as Yale and the University of New Hampshire are launching courses where students study food and food culture, hitting the …
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How to choose and apply for college

With the new crop of freshmen students for our centennial year due to descend on campus in a few weeks, high-school juniors are thinking about applying to college. Richard Dorf, a professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, …
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Mosquitoes really don’t like DEET

DEET is the world’s most popular chemical insect repellent, but although it’s been around since the 1940s not much is known about how it actually works. Current thinking holds that it masks scents that the mosquito uses to find her …
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