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UC Davis Experts: California Bioenergy Action Plan

UC Davis Experts: California Bioenergy Action Plan

Several UC Davis faculty and staff members contributed to the creation of the 2012 California Bioenergy Action Plan, which was released by state agencies today (Aug. 22). The plan is designed to accelerate clean energy development, job creation and protection of public health and safety. Learn more at http://resources.ca.gov.

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Yolobus to offer special discount for children from low income families

Yolobus to offer special discount for children from low income families

 

With two major school districts dropping or drastically reducing K-8 school bus service, starting August 22nd, the Yolo County Transportation District, operator of Yolobus, has been working on picking up some of the load.

From now through August 31st, the Yolobus “Summer Sizzler” fare will remain in effect on Yolobus, which provides public transportation throughout Yolo County, including local service in the Cities of Woodland and West Sacramento, as well as intercity service to such places as downtown Sacramento, Davis, Winters, Esparto, Madison, Knights Landing and Dunnigan.  

Any youth age 5 to 18 can ride Yolobus for 35 cents per boarding through the end of August.  This will be especially helpful during the first week of school.  If the person needs to transfer to another local bus to complete their trip, they should ask the driver for a transfer.

Davis Paper Clip Challenge 2012 - The Weekend Before

Davis Paper Clip Challenge 2012 - The Weekend Before

For the last two months, I have trained with the paper clips that Office Depot had donated. Part of that time, I was also watching the Olympics. Although most athletes had a medal in mind for all their training and hard work, my goal is to raise money for schools in Davis, CA. Although it isn't as prestigious a goal as earning an Olympic medal, in some ways, it is even more rewarding for me.

I have lived in Davis the past three years as a student, attending the university there and learning to become a contributing member of the community. However, finding ways to be able to help the community isn't always easy, especially when you're a full-time student and doing internships throughout the year. It is also difficult when there are very little opportunities to help out during the summer, when most students are on vacation. Which is why I decided to do the Davis Paper Clip Challenge.

UC Davis Named Coolest School by Sierra Club

UC Davis Named Coolest School by Sierra Club

Sierra Magazine, the official magazine of the Sierra Club, named UC Davis in the number one spot for “Coolest School.” Beating out other universities including Yale & Stanford for the top honor. 

Today’s announcement that UC Davis is the “Coolest School” brings national recognition to the accomplishments in environmental sustainability.  UC Davis is the first University of California campus to win the #1 ranking in the Cool Schools award given by Sierra Magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club. This award recognizes the many UC Davis sustainability achievements.

Sierra Magazine's web feature: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201209/coolschools/slideshow/top-ten-cool-schools-appalachian-state-10.aspx  (the slide show is presented in ascending order from the #10 ranked school to #1)

Paper Clip Challenge - Going For The Goal

Paper Clip Challenge - Going For The Goal

With the closing ceremonies for the Olympics arriving soon, I am still in the process of spreading the word for my Paper Clip Challenge event in Davis for August 20th-21st. Just a little more work needs to be done before I will be completely able to undertake this difficult endeavor. Before I do so, I want to stress the importance of this event to me and my community.

UC Davis Discovery May Lead to Better Lure to Detect Fruit Fly

UC Davis Discovery May Lead to Better Lure to Detect Fruit Fly

 

DAVIS--A certain species of yeast that UC Davis researchers found in “almost all” their samples of raspberries and cherries infested by the spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), may lead to a better lure to detect the invasive pest in the field.

A research team from the UC Davis Department of Entomology, the Department of Food Science and Technology, and a visiting professor from the University of Extremadura, Spain, found that the yeast,   Hanseniaspora uvarum, appeared in just about every cherry, raspberry, and larva of the spotted-wing drosophila (SWD) that they sampled at collection points in Davis, Winters, and Watsonville.

The agricultural pest, native to southeast Asia and now found in many parts of North America, was first observed in California in the fall of 2008 in the central valley, but was not identified until early 2009.

Paper Clip Challenge - Building the team

Paper Clip Challenge - Building the team

August has now arrived, and one week has already passed since the Olympics began. Meanwhile, less than three weeks remain before I begin my Davis Paper Clip Challenge of 2012. If you would like a status update in regards to the event, you can find it at my blog at http://paperclipchallenge.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/paperclip-challenge-2012/ At this time, I have been continuously training with the paper clips that Office Depot has so generously donated. However, before I start, I am working on assembling a team to help me accomplish my goal by looking for more members.