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UC Davis police to host 'how to survive a school shooting' workshop

UC Davis police to host 'how to survive a school shooting' workshop

DAVIS - UC Davis Police will present a training workshop for students and others on strategies to survive a shooting incident. The event will take place Wednesday, March 30 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Freeborn Hall on UC Davis' campus.

The 90-minute class will provide advice and strategies to increase the likelihood of surviving a shooting incident, including how to escape, take cover, hide and play dead, and, as a last resort, tackle and get a weapon away from a gunman.

The UC Davis Police Department developed this training workshop following the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. It is intended to help participants plan and prepare for an emergency, and increase their chances of survival. The training is based on national standards adopted after the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado.

UC Davis alum, professor invent iMobot

STOCKTON - An intelligent, reconfigurable modular robot invented by a UC Davis alumnus and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering is headed for commercial development with the help of a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Graham Ryland and Professor Harry Cheng hope their "iMobot" will be a useful research and teaching tool. They also say the technology could be used in industrial applications for rapidly prototyping complex robotics -- and may eventually form the basis of robots for search-and-rescue operations in difficult terrain. The university has filed a patent on the robot.

Ryland and Cheng developed the iMobot while Ryland was studying for his master's degree in mechanical engineering and conducting research in Cheng's Integration Engineering Laboratory at UC Davis.

A single iMobot module has four controllable degrees of freedom, with two joints in the center section and two wheels, one on each end.

Robotics competition at UC Davis set for March 17-19

Robotics competition at UC Davis set for March 17-19

DAVIS - Sacramento-area student teams will go head-to-head in this year's Sacramento/Davis Regional FIRST Robotics competition, putting six weeks of robotics research, design and programming to the test during three days of intense competition. Robots will attempt to hang on tubes and climb poles while avoiding opponents.

Yolo County Student art content begins this month

 The Water Resources Association of Yolo County (WRA) and the Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District announce the 2011 Water Awareness Student Poster Contest in recognition of May as Water Awareness month highlighting the importance of California’s water resources. The contest educates students about the need to use water carefully and its importance in our every day life.

The contest is open to all students from kindergarten to 8th grade including home schooled students living in Yolo County.

College and Career Day event seeks presenters

College and Career Day event seeks presenters

VACAVILLE - "Take Charge of Your Future College and Career Day" is seeking presenters to participate in this event designed to help middle and high school youth learn more about their career and college choices.

The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at the Ulatis Community Center provides an opportunity for professionals working in business, government and education to mentor youth in career choices and life destinations through interactive displays.

UC Davis students organize panel to address state budget cuts

UC Davis students organize panel to address state budget cuts

DAVIS - Student groups at UC Davis will host a panel on Tuesday, March 8, to discuss how Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget cuts will affect the university. The event will be held from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in Chemistry Lecture Hall 194 on campus.

The panel was organized to address any questions students have pertaining to the current budget crisis, how the proposed budget cuts will affect UC Davis, and what the plans are for the future of California.

Top members of the UC Davis administration will be included on the panel, along with student representatives.

Between 150-250 students, faculty and administrators are expected to the event.

Yolo County approves new Woodland Poly school

Yolo County approves new Woodland Poly school

WOODLAND - In a 5-0 unanimous vote, the Yolo County Office of Education Tuesday night approved the charter school petition for Woodland Polytechnic Academy (Woodland Poly). Woodland Poly, founded by a grassroots coalition of parents and educators, is a new high school focused on pathways both to higher education and the world of work.

Last month, YCOE unanimously granted conditional approval of the Woodland Poly charter petition. Since then, school founders have been working closely with YCOE to address the board’s questions.

Thanks to the County Board of Education’s action, our families have more options to help their children reach their fullest potential," said Steve Marks, Jr., a Woodland Poly founder.

Parents, students and educators campaigned for a year to build strong community support for this school.