Of mice, flies, rice and men

Wednesday’s symposium on innate immunity was a big success with a capacity crowd of over 400 attendees at the UC Davis Conference Center.

The audience heard Nobel Prize winners Bruce Beutler of the University of Texas and Jules Hoffmann of the University of Strasbourg, France, talk about their work on the ‘triggers’ of immune responses in mice and insects, while UC Davis plant pathologist Pamela Ronald discussed similar mechanisms in rice plants and Luke O’Neill of Trinity College Dublin wrapped it up with a discussion of the implications for human medicine.

Slides and video from all the presentations are now available online.

UC Davis, Sac City College open first community college center at a UC campus

Community college and university officials this week dedicated  the newly completed Sacramento City College Davis Center at UC Davis West Village. The Davis Center will open its doors to more than 2,000 students this Saturday, Jan. 14. It’s the first community college extension built on a University of California campus.

While recent years have seen a trend of universities offering courses leading to bachelor’s degrees on community college campuses, this project marks a new direction for collaboration between higher education institutions in California. Last fall, about 160 students transferred from SCC to UC Davis.