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UC Davis researchers receive national grants to study Schizophrenia

Each addressing the disease from different and unique perspectives, three young UC Davis researchers have received one of the most prestigious mental-health grants in the world to investigate one of the least understood and devastating psychiatric disorders:  schizophrenia.

Stephanie L. Barrow, Melissa D. Bauman and Tara A. Niendam are among only 200 researchers worldwide selected from more than 1,000 applicants for the NARSAD Young Investigator Grants. The grants are distributed by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, formerly known as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), the world's leading private philanthropy devoted to funding research on psychiatric disorders.

Davis Paper Clip Challenge - The Results

Davis Paper Clip Challenge - The Results

Well, the Paper Clip Challenge has finally concluded. I had hoped to have more positive news to report. Unfortunately, I was unable to break the world record. This was not too surprising, considering that I knew it would be a difficult thing to accomplish.

But the news was not all bad. I was able to raise a small amount of money for the Davis School District. I wanted to thank all those who were able to donate to this important cause. One of my other goals was to raise awareness for the need to invest in education in general, which I will continue to promote. Education is an important resource that needs to be invested in more. For this reason, I still plan to continue raising money for education in Davis, but hope that others will be able to invest in education in their own communities through donations and community service.

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.