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Sö Percussion will perform music by Steve Reich, John Cage and others during three concerts they’ll give at UC Davis for the Music and Words Festival Jan. 27 - 31. The group will also work with students who will join them for one of the concerts. (Jeff Ragland/photo)

Riches and reach of the music department

UC Davis will be new music central for the Music and Words Festival Jan. 27-31.

Exploring the intersection of text and sound, the festival will include concerts of landmark works from the last 50 years and new pieces by emerging composers, along with residences by internationally known musicians.

“The festival allows us to present important contemporary works and premieres of new works while broadening the reach of the UC Davis music program,” said composer Sam Nichols, a lecturer in the music department and festival co-director.

“It’s a way for us to show the important work the music department is doing and connect the department and our students to the wider musical world.”

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UC Davis developing faster, more accurate robotic cultivator

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Controlling weeds could soon become more effective, affordable and sustainable for vegetable growers in California and beyond, thanks to a system under development at UC Davis that will help plants communicate with a robotic cultivator. Led by Professor David Slaughter of the UC Davis Department…

Overweight video game avatars ‘play’ worse than thin ones, study says

New study that shows video tennis players assigned overweight avatars perform less strenuously then those assigned slim stand in.

UC Davis features immigration scholars at conference

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This conference brings together top world scholars who have analyzed the economic, demographic, political and social consequences of migrations.

Myers Jaffe available to discuss future of fossil fuels at World Economic Forum

Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis, is available at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 21-24, to discuss with media the future of fossil fuel. During her session, “Fossil Fuels at a Crossroads” on Jan. 24,…

UC Davis experts on the presidential State of the Union 2015

The following UC Davis faculty are available to comment on the presidential address Jan. 20. Presidential personalities, trustworthiness, inconsistency Steven Currall, the chancellor’s senior adviser for Strategic Projects and Initiatives, former dean of the business school (Graduate School of…

'Beacon of hope' for nation in school program for African American youth, UC Davis researcher says

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Amid national trauma over the death of African American youth at police hands, a course and mentoring program of the Oakland Unified School District offers the nation a "beacon of hope," says a researcher from the University of California, Davis. Vajra Watson, director of research and policy…