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Do you mind if I plug in my car? The etiquette of going electric

As children, we learn to wait in line, take our turn and share. As adults, we usually try to live by these basic rules. For today’s plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers, however, the rules and norms for mundane chores such …
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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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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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Symposia: Soap, health and the environment; and bugs, babies and breastmilk

The potential downsides of fragrances in personal care products, and microbes, milk and the infant gut, and will be the topics of two student-run symposia at UC Davis in September. Both events, including nationally-recognized experts, are the outcomes of year-long …
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Video: Paul Ekman on compassion, deceit and facial recognition

Paul Ekman, a world-renowned behavioral neuroscientist and the inventor of the Facial Action Coding System (FACS) visited the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain last week. In this video, Clifford Saron talks to Ekman about his work on compassion …
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Duelling voices: Obama vs Osama

Religious studies professor Flagg Miller was extensively quoted in this article from the New York Times Week in Review section on reaction to President Obama’s Cairo speech — especially the apparent attempt to upstage it with a new audio tape …
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North Korea: don’t take the bait, says poli sci prof

By Clifton B. Parker North Korea’s nuclear testing and bellicose rhetoric are raising the stakes for the U.S. and its allies. Rather than take the bait, the U.S. should act “unimpressed with the nuclear brinksmanship,” said Miroslav Nincic, an international …
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Religious freedom and gay marriage

States that recognize gay marriage should protect the rights of individuals who object to gay marriage on religious grounds, but should take care not to infringe the new rights of gay and lesbian couples, writes UC Davis law professor Alan …
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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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Inauguration commentary, change at the SEC

Starting to round up some inauguration coverage; in a widely-reprinted story in the San Jose Mercury News, political scientist Larry Berman said that he was struck by Obama’s somber tone. “He delivered a forceful speech, designed to allay the fears …
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