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Big heart for good cause

On the Hutchison Intramural Field, in classrooms, offices and labs, in a pediatrics ward, in The Pavilion and at a red dress fashion show — UC Davis came together last Friday to raise awareness of heart disease and ways to help prevent it. We came up short in our attempt to break the world record for largest heart formation — but no one seemed to mind. [ More, with video and


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Ultrasound engineer Ferrara elected to national academy

Biomedical engineering professor Katherine Ferrara, a researcher involved in ultrasound's pioneering use in cancer and heart disease imaging, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. She was a pioneer as well in establishing UC Davis' program in biomedical engineering, first as a division, then a department. [ More… ]

Banks could learn from monkeys to avoid collapse

All jokes about monkey business aside, primate social networks provide valuable lessons that could help predict and prevent catastrophes like the global financial crisis of 2008, report researchers from the statistics department, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the California National Primate Research Center. [ More… ]

Coffee isn't just for waking up — it's a learning tool

Coffee is more than a morning essential for many if not all of the nearly 500 students enrolled in two new classes this winter quarter. Professors Tonya Kuhl and Bill Ristenpart are using the roasting, processing and brewing of coffee to teach the principles of chemical engineering. [ More, with slideshow… ]

Aggie gymnasts welcome a new teammate, age 6

Demonstrating "what Aggie Pride is all about," the women's team "adopts" Auburn girl who is battling a brain tumor, giving her love and support (and her very own cubbyhole in the locker room). Two former Aggie football players also play a role in this heartwarming story. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Aggies still a force in the Peace Corps

UC Davis maintains its top rankings for number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps. Plus …





ARBORETUM: Walk With Warren

Wednesday, Feb. 12, noon-1 p.m., gazebo

Join Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of the arboretum's gardens and plant collections. [ More… ]

Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children's Literature

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m., Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, Sacramento Main Library, 828 I St.

The 10th anniversary Words Take Wing features the award-winng team of Andrea Davis Pinkney, writer, and Brian Pinkney, illustrator. Sponsored by the School of Education; Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento; and the Sacramento Public Library. Free; registration required. [ More… ]

ARBORETUM: Volunteer Community Planting and Mulching Days

Saturdays, Feb. 15 and 22, 10 a.m.-noon, California Native Plant Garden

The fence is down from around the arboretum's newest garden (at the east end of the waterway), but there's still work to do — and you're invited! RSVPs are being taken online. [ More… ]

Studio 301 Productions: Night of Shorts

Saturday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m., Lab A, Wright Hall

The student-run theater troupe presents two radio plays (Lion Hunting and Help Me Doctor-Oh the Place You Won't Go) and the one-act play Sure Thing. $5 donation at the door. [ More… ]

Symphony Orchestra: The World and Les Ballets Russes

Sunday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Sibelius' Luonnotar and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, both featuring world-renowned soprano Lucy Shelton, artist in residence in the Department of Music. The orchestra's program also includes Schumann's Genoveva Overture and Berio's Folk Songs. [ More… ]

Young Adult Literature Demystified: Writing and Working in YAL

Tuesday, Feb. 18, noon-1 p.m., lounge, main bookstore, Memorial Union

Elana K. Arnold, a UC Davis alumna (Master of Arts in creative writing-fiction) and visiting instructor in the Department of English, will discuss the YAL process and mechanics, including her own (she's the author of three novels: Sacred, Burning and Splendor). [ More… ]

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