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Sugar, health symposium coming up at UC Davis March 17

DAVIS - More than 100 researchers, health professionals, students, policymakers and community members interested in reducing and preventing obesity and related diseases will gather Thursday, March 17, at the University of California, Davis, for a one-day symposium focused on sugar consumption and its impact on human health.

New and unpublished data, all pointing to converging evidence that sugar is at the root of many modern disease epidemics, will be presented and discussed, according to conference coordinators.

The one-day conference is part of a University of California Office of the President collaboration between UC Davis, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco to promote cutting-edge research on obesity. It is funded by the University of California.

This year's symposium, titled "Sugar Highs and Lows: Dietary Sugars, the Brain, and Metabolic Outcomes" will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in UC Davis' Walter A. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.

Todd Green, UC Davis professor, wins science development award

Todd Green, UC Davis professor, wins science development award

DAVIS - The National Science Foundation has given an early career development award to Todd Green, assistant professor of computer science at UC Davis. The prestigious CAREER award is worth $550,000 over five years and will support Green's work on making better use of data warehouses -- huge repositories of data collected by businesses and other organizations.

Businesses want to use that data, such as sales records, to make better decisions, Green said. But the sheer scale of the data warehouses makes it difficult to query a database and get answers quickly. The results of queries are usually discarded.

Green's project, called "Scrapple," aims to save these query results and use them to generate answers to new, related queries.

Parents, students rally to save Vacaville music programs

VACAVILLE - Parents and students plan to take to the streets in front of Willis Jepson Middle School on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in an attempt to save the music programs in the Vacaville Unified School District. The school is located at 580 Elder Street.

Demonstration organizer Matt Carmichael said the grassroots effort is in protest of the district's intent to cut music programs at the elementary school level. Last year, the district's music boosters all pitched in to save teacher jobs and music programs, said Carmichael.

Newsom launches California discussion on state's higher education system

Newsom launches California discussion on state's higher education system

California's Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday the launch of a statewide higher education listening tour and an online campaign that will engage Californian's in a public dialogue, seeking their feedback and suggestions on issues relating to the state's higher education system.

In the coming months, Newsom is expected to travel to the University of California (UC), Califoria State University (CSU) and community college campuses, to meet with a broad range of stakeholders, including students, administration officials and community and business leaders.

"I look forward to having an honest conversation and hearing directly from students, educators and administration officials on everyday issues and challenges within our higher education system," said Newsom.

California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.