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Upcoming: Friday talks on science of elite sports

If you’re interested in a scientific approach to athletic performance or coaching, an upcoming series of visiting lectures at UC Davis is for you. Beginning on April 4, the first three speakers are: Stuart Kim, Stanford University, on using genetics …
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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 …
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Bike controls and the pedal desk

Professors Mont Hubbard and Ron Hess in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering are running a project to study bicycle-human control systems. It turns out, says Hess, that this is a harder problem to study than his usual field: pilots flying airplanes. …
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Optical illusions and tennis

Disputed line calls are as much a part of the Wimbledon tennis tournament as rain and overpriced strawberries. Tuesday’s New York Times has a long article on research by David Whitney and his lab at the UC Davis Center for …
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Tennis and visual perception

Disputing line calls has sometimes seemed like a second sport at tennis tournaments, especially Wimbledon. Now a detailed study by UC Davis psychologist David Whitney and colleagues at the Center for Mind and Brain shows that umpires are pretty good …
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Alumnus is bowling engineer

Former UC Davis bowler Donald Benner, who graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering this year, has rolled his way into a dream job:  test engineer for the United States Bowling Congress. Benner bowled for the UC Davis team that …
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Beijing and California share the air

UC Davis atmospheric scientist Thomas Cahill and Steve Cliff, a former UC Davis researcher now with the California Air Resources Board, are closely following events in Beijing…air quality events, that is. Cahill’s DELTA group has been studying the long-distance transport …
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Begley on baseball

Newsweek science columnist Sharon Begley takes on baseball in her latest column, describing how the effects of spin on a ball’s trajectory, first noted by Isaac Newton, are still perplexing physicists and engineers. Begley notes that UC Davis engineering professor …
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Campus and local Tibetans ready to protest

The Olympic Torch is due in San Francisco tomorrow. During the European leg of the torch’s world tour, events were disrupted by protestors demonstrating against China’s rule over Tibet. Now it’s the turn of the Tibetan community in the Bay …
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Boffins, brainiacs to face drug tests

Performance-enhancing drugs have plagued the sports world, but pharmaceutical enhancement has also found its way into the scientific world. Now the authorities are pushing back with the announcement today (April 1) by the National Institutes of Health of new initiatives …
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