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UC Davis chooses teams to compete for art museam design and construction

UC Davis chooses teams to compete for art museam design and construction

A half century ago, a team of young artists, including Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson, arrived at the University of California, Davis, to help build a new art department -- and changed the art world.

The university is honoring that legacy today by tapping three innovative architect-contractor teams to compete in the creation of a design for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art -- a planned museum whose vision is as bold as Thiebaud’s pop imagery or Arneson’s irreverent ceramics.

“Our slate of architects reflects the founding philosophy of the UC Davis art department, built by untested individuals who rose to prominence with the work they made here,” said Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. “We are thrilled to name these three visionary teams who will honor our distinction as an international center of innovation and propel us into the future.”

The teams that will compete to build the museum near the campus’s south entrance are:

UC Davis faculty members elected as American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows

UC Davis faculty members elected as American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows

Seventeen faculty members from the University of California, Davis, have been elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this year. They are among 702 new fellows, honored for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications, to be announced Nov. 30. The new fellows will be formally recognized Feb. 16 during the association's annual meeting in Boston.

The newly elected fellows from UC Davis range from economists to biomedical engineers to experts on wireless networking:

Kyriacos Athanasiou, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was honored for his distinguished contributions to biomedical engineering and bioengineering, particularly for biomechanics-driven tissue regeneration, for leadership in engineering-in-medicine, and for commercial technologies based on his research. His laboratory focuses on the challenge of regenerating cartilage tissue.

Taking a Poke at Pokémon

Taking a Poke at Pokémon

A trio of entomologists affiliated with the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis, recently published a humorous take on the evolutionary development and history of the 646 fictional species depicted in the Pokémon media over the last 16 years.

“We made a very real phylogeny of the very fake Pokémon creatures,” commented lead author Matan Shelomi, the UC Davis entomology graduate student who conceived the idea.

The article, “A Phylogeny and Evolutionary History of the Pokémon,” appeared in the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), a tongue-in-cheek journal meant “to make people laugh and then think,” according to the editors.

Board of Trustees recognizes students from Winters Elementary Schools

Board of Trustees recognizes students from Winters Elementary Schools

On Thursday, November 1, 2012, Winters Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees recognized Winters Elementary School students Rylie Schoeder, Calista Cardinale, Grace Wingard, Aislynn Trojanowski, Emily Aguiar, Emma Villanueva and Alyvia Baylor.

Source: Jason Trojanowski