Expert on head injuries in youth football to speak on campus

Stefan Duma, a national expert on concussion, will talk about his work on head impacts in youth football at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in room 1005 of the Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility on the UC Davis campus.

Duma is professor and department head at the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences and Director of the Center for Injury Biomechanics.

Duma’s research on head impacts in second graders playing youth league football has received wide attention. His group found high-level impacts in both practices and games, and made recommendations to reduce serious head impacts in practices.

Ancient climate expert joins AAAS panel on climate mitigation

UC Davis geoscientist Isabel MontaƱez will take part in a symposium on how to stabilize global CO2 levels at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver next week.

MontaƱez’ speciality is in studying the climate of the ancient Earth, both at the time of the emergence of the dinosaurs and more recently in California since the last Ice Age.

Beautiful structures, and useful too

A couple of new papers from Jim Ames’ group in the Chemistry department show the beauty of molecular structures revealed with X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. And they also give insights into how these molecules work, which could eventually lead to new treatments for diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or breast cancer.

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800 MHz NMR machine being installed at UC Davis

Both studies made use of the advanced NMR facilities at UC Davis, which include an 800 megaHertz Bruker Biospin spectroscope purchased in 2008 with help from the National Science Foundation.