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“Real Revolutionaries Carry a Banjo:” Jesse Drew on Pete Seeger

Jesse Drew of the Cinema and Technocultural Studies program at UC Davis met legendary musician Pete Seeger several times, most recently during filming of his documentary, “Open Country.” Seeger died Jan. 27, and Prof. Drew just posted a remembrance, “Real …
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The Pentagon on campus, Gorilla health, fixing California: All in UC Davis Magazine

The Fall issue of UC Davis Magazine is now online with some great feature articles. There’s my story on the role of the Defense Department in funding research on campus — from breast cancer to electrical engineering. Clifton Parker talks …
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Talk: Can ag science get support inside the Beltway?

The Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speakers Series opens Wednesday, Jan. 12, with a talk by Roger N. Beachy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The UC Davis Humanities Institute, which is organizing …
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Japanese consul speaks on political change

Contributed by Clifton Parker Japan’s stunning political shift last summer is a reflection of deep-rooted angst within the Japanese people, a top diplomat of that country said. Yasumasa Nagamine, the San Francisco-based consul general of Japan, told a campus audience …
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UC Davis expert testifies at Prop 8 trial

UC Davis psychology professor Gregory Herek is testifying today for plaintiffs seeking to overturn Proposition 8, the state ballot measure passed in 2008 that bans gay marriage in California. Herek, an internationally recognized authority on prejudice against lesbians and gay …
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Grad student blogs from World Universities Forum, Davos

UC Davis graduate student Abigail Boggs has been blogging over the weekend about her trip to Davos, Switzerland to attend the World Universities Forum with Chancellor Linda Katehi. So far, she has blogged on “How universities think,” innovation and universities …
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How should Senator Kennedy’s seat be filled?

On Findlaw.com, UC Davis constitutional law expert Vikram Amar discusses the issues around filling the late Senator Kennedy’s seat. The Seventeenth Amendment permits, but does not require, state legislators to authorize governors to appoint someone to fill a vacant seat …
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The New Delta is coming, like it or not: leadership needed

A new Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta is coming, one way or another, write UC Davis water experts Jay Lund, Peter Moyle, Jeff Mount and  Richard Howitt, with Ellen Hanak from the Public Policy Institute of California in an opinion article in …
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Can health care make Americans healthy?

The US spends a lot of money on health care, but does badly on measures like life expectancy, childhood illness and maternal mortality compared to other developed countries. Will reforming the health care system make Americans healthier? Probably not much, …
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Health care reform debate rages on

Contributed by Clifton Parker For the next month, Congress will undertake the daunting feat of trying to solve the nation’s health care woes. Given the complexity, real change, if any, is likely to be more incremental than substantive, say UC …
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