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Associate Chancellor Prasant Mohapatra is asking for input on the university initiative he is leading: Administrative Reorganization and Transformation

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Experts for the midterm elections

UC Davis has a number of faculty experts who can comment to media on issues before voters in the November 2014 midterm elections, including:

  • A.G. Block, associate director of the UC Center Sacramento and founding director of the center’s public affairs journalism program, who can comment broadly on races to be decided in the election.
  • Kim Elsbach, professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, who studies how organizations, their leaders and individuals acquire and maintain images, identities and reputations.
  • Robert Huckfeldt, distinguished professor of political science, who is an expert on partisan politics.
  • Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director for energy and sustainability for the Graduate School of Management and the Institute of Transportation Studies, who can talk about issues related to U.S. energy policy and U.S. foreign policy as it relates to oil/gas and the Middle East, China, Mexico and Canada.

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Science casts light on sex in the orchard

Persimmons in a row

Persimmons are among the small club of plants with separate sexes — individual trees are either male or female. Now scientists at the University of California, Davis, and Kyoto University in Japan have discovered how sex is determined in a species of persimmon, potentially opening up new…

Making lab-grown tissues stronger

Lab-grown tissues could one day provide new treatments for injuries and damage to the joints, including articular cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Cartilage, for example, is a hard material that caps the ends of bones and allows joints to work smoothly. UC Davis biomedical engineers, exploring…

High-quality drug testing helps protect the integrity of California horse racing

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With big names like California Chrome, Bayern and Shared Belief taking the field for the Breeder’s Cup Classic on Nov. 1, it’s a safe bet that drug testing in American horse racing will be an ongoing topic. Earlier this month, a Jockey Club-commissioned report highlighted the disparity in…

Faculty Research Lecture: Scientist reconstructs Earth’s climate history using tiny marine fossils

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On the walls of Howard Spero’s office hang photos of what resembles an exploding star -- brightly sparkling, shimmering threads shoot in a ripple of light from a dark center into an expanse of black.  While it may appear intergalactic, the image comes from the sea. It is a photo of a…

UC Davis scientists discover exact receptor for DEET that repels mosquitoes


DEET has been the gold standard of insect repellents for more than six decades, and now researchers led by a University of California, Davis, scientist have discovered the exact odorant receptor that repels them. They also have identified a plant defensive compound that might mimic DEET, a…

Chimps plan for a good early breakfast

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New research by the University of California, Davis, shows that chimpanzees plan ahead, and sometimes take dangerous risks, to get to the best breakfast buffet early.

Emergent behavior lets bubbles 'sense' environment (video)

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Tiny, soapy bubbles can reorganize their membranes to let material flow in and out in response to the surrounding environment, according to new work carried out in an international collaboration by biomedical engineers at the University of California, Davis, and Nanyang Technological University in…