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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Obituaries for Marjorie Grene

An obituary for philosopher Marjorie Grene, who died March 16, was published Sunday in the New York Times. She was 98. Grene, best-known for her work on the philosophy of biology, was  a faculty member and chair of the UC …
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Butterfly migration underway

The Painted Lady butterflies are on the move again, reports UC Davis lepidopterist Art Shapiro. Here’s his dispatch. Another Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) migration is occurring in north-central California.  Painted Ladies showed up very early in the region, in late …
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Liquid water droplets on Mars

Droplets of liquid water, probably very salty, have been detected on the leg of the Phoenix Mars Lander, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. UC Davis geology professor Dawn Sumner, our resident Martian expert, says this means we …
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Low-wage jobs in a bad economy

UC Davis ag economist Phillip Martin contributes to a NY Times editorial group blog on how low-wage workers — many of them immigrants — are being affected by the economy. (Surprise! No-one’s getting a bonus.) Martin predicts that immigrants who …
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GM goats for Brazil

Brazilian and UC Davis scientists James Murray and Elizabeth Maga are teaming up to develop a herd of genetically modified dairy goats, whose milk could protect against diarrhea, a major killer of the children around the world. The goats will …
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Got Milk: Animal Science Prof Wins $40,000 Teaching Prize

Ed DePeters, an expert in dairy cow nutrition, is the winner of the 2009 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, which includes $40,000 in cash — believed to be the largest prize of its type in the …
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Why do skunks have stripes?

To warn predators of their stinky scent weapon, probably. But also because skunks — and many of their relatives — lack any other “avoidance strategy” to avoid conflicts with other predators, according to an ingenious survey of American carnivores. Graduate …
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SMACK! Scholars debate pros, cons of stimulus package

(Dateline editor Clifton Parker contributed this report on Wednesday’s debate. It is also available on the Dateline web site, and will be in print next Friday). Will the economic stimulus package work as expected? Two top economics scholars with different …
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Who Won the Stimulus Smackdown?

Brad DeLong from UC Berkeley has posted his notes from last night’s economics debate (also with some comments on his blog). I haven’t seen anything up from his distinguished opponent, Michele Boldrin of Washington University in St. Louis but I’ll …
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Mercury is forever

Clear Lake, Calif. is heavily contaminated with mercury waste from old mining operations, and has become a case study for the effect of mercury on ecosystems. In a free public talk on March 11, Tom Suchanek, lead scientist with the …
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