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Tour campus museums on Super Science Saturday, Feb. 2

The day before Super Bowl Sunday, take an afternoon for some super science museums. UC Davis’s second annual Biodiversity Museum Day will take place Saturday, February 2, from 1 to 4 pm.  The event is a special opportunity to go …
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“Mothers and Others” wins book awards

UC Davis Professor emerita of Anthropology Sarah Blaffer Hrdy has been awarded the J. I. Staley Prize from the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe for her book, Mothers and Others: The evolutionary origins of mutual understanding (Harvard University …
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Talk: Forecasting to prevent the next viral storm

Nathan Wolfe, Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor of Human Biology at Stanford University and Director of the Global Viral Forecasting Network Initiative will give a public talk at UC Davis on May 24, “Before it Strikes: Forecasting the Next Viral …
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Primate Center alumna wins Presidential Award

President Barack Obama named Claudia R. Valeggia, who conducted her Ph.D. research at the California National Primate Research Center, as one of 94 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Sept. 26. The PECASE is …
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Post-election roundup

The Obama/Palin ticket: Law professor Vikram David Amar asks, why not have separate votes for President and Vice President? Dancing in the streets: Professor emeritus of history Ruth Rosen writes that the last time Americans danced in the streets was …
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Obama, Snapple and Rumors

What do presidential candidate Barack Obama and Snapple Iced Tea have in common? Patricia Turner, professor of African American and African studies at UC Davis, will answer that question in a presentation at the American Folklore Society in Louisville, Ky., …
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Freeman Dyson on campus and on the radio

Physicist, pacifist and all-round big thinker Freeman Dyson gives a public lecture on campus tomorrow, Tuesday Oct. 21 at 7 pm in the Alumni and Visitors Center. Professor Dyson’s topic will be, “The Individual or the Group.” Dyson, whose interests …
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What Women Say and What Men Hear

Faulty male introspection may explain why men so often misinterpret women’s indirect messages to stop or slow down the escalation of sexual intimacy, according to new research by UC Davis communication professor Michael Motley. “When she says ‘It’s getting late,’ …
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The earliest whale hunters

Archaeologists led by Daniel Odess from the University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks have presented the earliest evidence yet of whaling — pictures of people in small boats hunting whales, carved onto pieces of ivory 3,000 years ago. The work …
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Using DNA to trace people, past and present

Two stories in the news this week show how DNA analysis revolutionized our ability to identify people and trace their ancestry. In Thursday’s New York Times, Amy Harmon reported on how police are using “surreptitious collection” of DNA samples to …
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