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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Farm subsidy cut won’t revive trade talks

In his address to the nation last night, President Obama said that his budget would “end direct payments to large agribusinesses that don’t need them.” Such a change might be looked on favorably by other countries that have complained about …
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Little Bang Business Competition Winners

The “Little Bang” business plan competition wrapped up last week. Teams in the competition prepare a poster about their proposed startup company. Winners collect a cash prize and get a slot in the related Big Bang competition, where the teams …
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Hargadon on the decline of design in auto makers

Bob Lutz, vice-chairman for global product development at General Motors, has announced that he will retire at the end of the year, citing (among other things) the prospect of having to design cars within tighter government regulations. UC Davis business …
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Video: Rauchway on the New Deal

UC Davis historian Eric Rauchway talks with C-SPAN about the Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal. He also took phone-in questions and the whole item lasts about an hour. Before it starts, there are some short excerpts from FDR’s “fireside …
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Symposium Honors Justice Stevens

The UC Davis School of Law is hosting a symposium March 6 on the career of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who was appointed to the high court in 1975 by President Ford. The symposium will cover Stevens’ work …
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Academic economists get a shock

At the Atlantic, UC Davis economist Greg Clark writes with some humor of the shock that academic economists have received in the past few months — going from pampered superstars no university could be without, to bemused bystanders in a …
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Upcoming events of interest

Friday, Feb. 20, noon, 107 Geidt Hall: Jennifer Field of Oregon State University will give a seminar on “Illicit Drugs in Municipal Wastewater: A New Tool for Community Drug Surveillance,” part of the Environmental Toxicology seminar series. Field made headlines …
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Letters to Darwin mark bicentenary

To mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth, we asked some UC Davis scientists who study evolution what they would say if they had the opportunity to write a letter to the naturalist. The results are featured on the campus …
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Darwin’s World

Science News has a special web section on the Darwin bicentenary, including this essay from editor-in-chief Tom Siegfried. I think his opening is particularly interesting — setting out the state of science, circa 1809. Dalton had just recently articulated the …
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Evolution stories from UC Davis

I was going to start a post here on “my favorite evolution stories I’ve covered from UC Davis.” But then I thought that that’s a bit like picking “my favorite chemistry story that is about atoms” or “my favorite astronomy …
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