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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Grad student third in White House Farmer vote

UC Davis graduate student Margaret Lloyd has finished third in the poll to nominate a “White House Farmer.” The organizers are going to forward the top three vote getters to the White House, in the hope that the Obamas will …
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Vote for the White House Farmer

UC Davis graduate student Margaret Lloyd is in the running for the position of White House Farmer (if the Obamas actually decide to appoint one, that is.) Lloyd previously helped set up the organic make-your-own salad garden outside the Plant …
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Thin snowpack is bad news, especially for salmon

State water officials announced yesterday that the Sierra snowpack is 61 percent of normal for this time of year, making for the third dry year in a row and raising the possibility of water rationing in California. (DWR press release …
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Faculty opine: What next after Guantanamo?

Contributed by Clifton B. Parker. This item was first published in Dateline, the UC Davis faculty/staff newspaper. President Obama‚Äôs decision last week to shut down the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention camp shows that America is changing its War on Terror …
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How old is too old for surgery?

Not 80, say UC Davis physicians Ralph deVere White and Michael McCloud, in this article about 82-year old Leonard Thompson of Roseville, who recently had major surgery for bladder and prostate cancer. Thompson — who might admittedly be on one …
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Can GM foods benefit the environment?

Yes, argues University of Texas professor James E. McWilliams, writing on Slate. Millions of acres of land around the world (in the U.S., 90 percent of soy beans and 80 percent of corn) are planted with genetically modified crops. These …
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Energy-efficient light bulbs need a quality boost

Michael Siminovitch, director of the California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis, takes part in a Q&A on the New York Times’ Green Inc. blog. Compact fluorescent light bulbs save energy — but consumers don’t like them, because they don’t …
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Calif. farmers brace for a dry year

Despite a few days of rain around here recently, California is heading into its worst drought in decades, while water supplies through pumping systems are also dropping. That’s making farmers fallow or abandon their crops, and that will mean higher …
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More inauguration commentary

Continuing our roundup of UC Davis people commenting on the Inauguration: Historian Eric Rauchway talks about Obama, FDR and the “First Hundred Days” on NPR Larry Berman (again) talks about Obama’s speech on Capital Public Radio’s Insight show Among a …
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Inauguration commentary, change at the SEC

Starting to round up some inauguration coverage; in a widely-reprinted story in the San Jose Mercury News, political scientist Larry Berman said that he was struck by Obama’s somber tone. “He delivered a forceful speech, designed to allay the fears …
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