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November 2, 2012

Student involvement in politics

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App for real-time debate reactions

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The University of California community is being urged to be informed and active during the upcoming state and national elections. As part of the effort, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi asks students to exercise their right to vote in a guest editorial in the California Aggie and UC President Mark Yudof is planning a Web chat with UC students, faculty and staff on Friday, Nov. 2.

During the election season, UC Davis administrators and faculty members have been present in the news media and online as they write editorials and blog posts, offer analysis as expert sources, and are covered for their ground-breaking research:

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Op-eds and blog posts

Innovation, Information Assymetry, and GMO Lemons (The Hargadon Files blog, 11.1.12)

  • Professor Andy Hargadon's perspective on Prop. 37 and the future of innovation in food.

Education: The blueprint for change (Maria Shriver blog, 10.26.12)

  • In a guest blog for Maria Shriver, the chancellor writes about how her mother’s drive to educate her daughter changed the course of Katehi’s life.…

Let your voice be heard (California Aggie, 10.25.12)

  • The chancellor invites the campus community to share their thoughts on the upcoming election.…

Universities are crucial to innovation (San Francisco Chronicle, 10.24.12) 

  • Chancellor Katehi and UC Davis alumna and U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier write about the important role of the university for future innovations.…

Gunrock wants YOU (California Aggie, 10.16.12)

  •  In this editorial, the Aggie says the 2012 election will strongly influence future generations and student bank accounts.…

Analysis

Socially responsible corporations with heavy PAC contributors associated with higher stock returns (UC Davis News Service, 11.1.12)

  • Companies that tout social responsibility and whose managers contribute to political action committees tend to provide higher returns to shareholders.…

Food labeling proposition language raises legal issues (UC Davis News Service, 11.1.12)

  • California’s ballot initiative that proposes to require labeling of genetically engineered foods raises important legal and policy issues that could take years to resolve through the courts and other means.…

Standard of living is in the shadows as election issue (New York Times, 10.24.12)

  • This article about the impact of a decade of income stagnation in the U.S. cites research by UC Davis economist Giovanni Peri.…

Ruth Rosen: America's national insecurity (Huffington Post, 10.23.12)

  • Ruth Rosen, professor emerita of history at UC Davis, has written an article about the narrow, militaristic way of talking about national security highlighted in the last presidential debate.…

The uncertain fate of higher education (UC Davis Magazine, 2012 fall issue)

  • California’s continuing crisis in higher education funding is a defining issue in this fall’s elections, the outcome of which will chart the course of college access and affordability in the Golden State for years to come.…

Research stories

Via smartphone, college students give final debate to Obama (UC Davis News Service, 10.23.12)

  • By a margin of more than two to one, college students nationwide said President Obama won the final presidential debate, according to a smartphone polling application co-designed at UC Davis.…

UC Davis students test app in Obama-Romney debate (Sacramento Bee, 10.22.12)

  • About 50 UC Davis students join their counterparts from at least six other universities across the country to field-test a new app, co-designed by a UC Davis faculty member, that gathers real-time reactions to allow instant polling on a large scale.…

Debate sways youth vote, according to new UC Davis app (San Francisco Weekly, 10.19.12)

  • According to a new mobile app developed by researchers at UC Davis, 10 percent changed their minds about who to vote for during the second presidential debate, with two-thirds now supporting President Obama.…

UC Davis study finds when you vote could determine how you vote (KCRA 3, 10.19.12)

  • A recent study conducted by researchers at UC Davis has found evidence that suggests the timing of voting could affect a person's choices. The closer to an election, the more likely another person's opinion could influence their friend's choices.…

One in 10 college students changed their minds after debate (UC Davis News Service, 10.17.12)

  • Seven in 10 college students believe President Obama won the second presidential debate, even though only about half identify as Democrats, according to a nationwide poll.…

There’s an app for that: college students say Biden won debate (UC Davis News Service, 10.12.12)

  • Six in 10 college students say Joe Biden outperformed Paul Ryan in the vice presidential debate, according to a nationwide poll conducted with a smartphone application co-developed at UC Davis.…

College students say Romney won, but most plan to vote for Obama  (UC Davis News Service, 10.4.12)

  • College students narrowly viewed Mitt Romney as the winner of the first presidential debate, but most plan to vote for Obama, according to a nationwide poll conducted with a smartphone.…

UC Davis smartphone application will allow instant polling for presidential debate Wednesday (UC Davis News Service, 10.2.12)

  • When President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney square off in their first debate, college students across the country will pilot test a new smartphone application that promises.…

Latinos, Asian-Americans still lag in California voter registration (Sacramento Bee, 9.4.12)

  • UC Davis researcher Mindy Romero authors a report revealing that Latinos and Asian-Americans together are now more than half of California's 38 million residents but make up less than 30 percent of the state's voters.…

Expert opinions

Scientists defend safety of genetically modified foods (Los Angeles Times, 10.24.12)

  • Pamela Ronald, UC Davis plant geneticist, says that she is heartened that consumers are interested in food safety and sustainability but does not believe Proposition 37 will tell the public what they need to know.…

Charming, cold: Does presidential personality matter? (National Public Radio, 10.23.12)

  • Dean Simonton, professor of psychology at UC Davis, has studied presidential personalities and discusses how important personality is in regards to the success of a presidential candidate.…

Scholars ponder better ways to elect a president (MIT News, 10.23.12)

  • The wave of new voter ID laws has caused much controversy among the public, and Vikram Amar, law professor at UC Davis, said there is an "uncomfortable partisan pattern" to voter-registration laws.…

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