August 13, 2012

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7:30­to 8:30 p.m. Maidu Museum Enjoy an evening in the museum amphitheater with family and friends around a campfire. Listen to native stories and songs under the stars and roast marshmallows for a sweet ending to the perfect family gathering. No reservations required. The event costs $5 per person or $16 for family of four with $5 for each additional person. Children under 2 are free.

UC Davis Extension Professional Education Showcase 5 to 7 p.m. Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St., Sacramento Learn how continuing and professional education opportunities in 16 growing industries – including Project Management, Green Building and Health Informatics – can advance your career. Free parking will be provided. Visit www.extension.ucdavis. edu/showcase for more information.

9 to 10:30 a.m. Wyatt Deck Enjoy the cathedral-like cool and quiet of the redwood grove and learn about the plants of the redwood forest understory.

5:30 to 8 p.m. The lawn behind Shriners Hospital for Children, 45th and X Street, Sacramento This is a free community event featuring R&B, funk and contemporary jazz music by Sacramento’s Mercy Me! The familyfriendly, alcohol-free and smoke-free event includes a fun kid’s zone, which will open at 5:30 p.m. Concert to begin at 6 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Bring your chairs or blankets and dance the evening away! Free parking available in Lots 14 and 16 on Second Avenue east of Stockton Blvd.

Men’s Soccer 5 to 6 p.m. Aggie Soccer Field Watch the UC Davis men’s soccer team play against Chico State.

Art Walk: A Night Out at the Museum 6:30­to 8:30 p.m. Maidu Museum Filmmaker, graphic designer and Tribal Advocate Joseph Arthur will be showing several short films shot with the RED camera by his Native American film team over the last couple of years and music videos featuring such notables as Taylor Swift. This is a free event with light refreshments.

FRIDAY Folk Music Jam Session Noon to 1 p.m. Wyatt Deck Folk musicians bring their acoustic instruments – fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, squeeze boxes, you name it – and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome and listeners are invited.

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Women’s Soccer 5 to 6 p.m. Aggie Soccer Field Watch the UC Davis women’s soccer team play against Fresno State.

police briefs THURSDAY

A group of intoxicated people hopped the fence to an apartment pool on J Street, and one of the males was running around naked.

Planking is SO over A man was reported lying facedown on J Street.


It’s in the cards

Domestic foul

A person a girl believes to be her stalker left her a note saying they only have a little time left on Olive Drive.

A group of roosters was believed to be wandering around and making noise in the cemetery on Regis Drive.

School of Rock

Stealing the spotlight

Though no cars were present and all lights were off, the office doors were wide open and music was playing in the office of a school on E. Eighth Street.

Somebody tried to steal a light pole out of a resident’s front yard for the third time, leaving a muddy handprint behind on Oak Drive.


Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact EINAT GILBOA at

Wet reckless

fairly busy, but whenever he goes home, his mother makes him lunch, with food that she has prepared and packed in containers for him. “It’s great that I get food from home because it’s healthy — usually, I have rice, some sort of meat and vegetables,” Lam said. “[Also,] bringing your own lunch to school saves a lot of money because you can pack according to how much you eat; sometimes when you purchase food, you get too much or too little.”


Cont. from page 4 and a part-time job at the library, which doesn’t leave her with a lot of time to pack her lunch, even though she’d like to. “I don’t bring lunch, but if I had time, I would definitely do it. It’ll probably save me money in the long run. But now, I either buy lunch or if I have a break in between classes, I go home and eat something real quick,” Huerta said. Charles Lam, a thirdyear human development MICHELLE RUAN can be reached at major, also said that he is

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Recycle the aggie.

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Guided Tour: The Redwood Grove — So Cool!

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Mars Curiosity


By BRIAN RILEY Aggie Science Writer

After “Mars Curiosity,” a space probe sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), successfully landed on Mars Aug. 5, UC Davis researchers continued to work. The 567-million-kilometer journey marked the 12th successful NASA Mars mission out of 16 attempted since 1964. Dawn Sumner, UC Davis associate professor in geology, is a member of the Mars Exploration Program Advisory Group, a group of NASA scientists who help determine

the goals of NASA’s Mars projects. “We have to make decisions every day as to what the rover is going to do,” Sumner said. For more than eight years, the US has had a continual robotic presence on the Martian surface. Another Mars rover, named “Sojourner,” landed on Mars in 1997 and was the first probe to use the technique of landing a rover by allowing it to bounce on the surface using an air bag. “The [Curiosity] rover is so big that they couldn’t use the same air bag landing system,” Sumner said. One of Sumner’s stu-

dents, Amy Williams, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in geology, is also involved with the Mars Curiosity mission. She’s a member of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) science team and will help choose science targets on the ground to answer questions. Williams has had an interest in space exploration for many years. “I’ve always been kind of a sci-fi nerd, and enjoyed the thought of searching for life in the universe,” Williams said. “When the chance to work with Dawn and MSL came around, it seemed like the perfect fit — an opportunity to be-

come an astrobiologist.” Williams is currently working with Athena Phan, a UC Davis undergraduate and member of Sumner’s team. “I’m doing an analogous research project [on Earth] because the exploration for evidence of life on Mars begins with comprehending how life is imprinted on Earth,” Phan said. The Mars Curiosity rover could be functional for several years and NASA scientists will be working to obtain funding to continue the project into the future as long as is desired. BRIAN RILEY can be reached at science@

Aggies finish first week of preseason practice Coach Biggs’ final season has optimistic outlook By MATTHEW YUEN Aggie Sports Editor

Summer is a time for fun, which for many college students involves sleeping in and relaxing. However, there are some who define fun as waking up at six in the morning and working tirelessly in the hot August sun. The UC Davis football program recently completed its first week of practice, in a season that is already under unprecedented circumstances. The 2012 season marks the twentieth and final year with Bob Biggs at the helm of the program. Almost as if they are just passing each other by, Terrance Tumey will assume his role as the UC Davis Athletic Director in 2013. The Aggies sported a 4-7 record last season, with notable victories over rival Cal Poly in the Battle of the Golden Horseshoe and over Sacramento State in the Causeway Classic. Looking forward, UC Davis has shown hints of a promising season in its first season in the Big Sky Conference in its first week of practice. “We take care of what we can control and that’s how we come out and work each day, it’s how you practice, how you prepare, how you push each

TURNER Cont. from front page Education for 10 years, serving as interim dean of Humanities, Arts and Cultural studies (HArCS) for a short time during from 2004 to 2006, before returning to the position of Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education in the spring of 2007, her biography on the UC Davis Undergraduate Education website states. In addition, Turner served as director of the American studies program from 1997 to 1998 and director of African American and African studies from

other, how you support each other,” Biggs said. “Our mantra is ‘win the day,’” he said. “If we do, the rest has a tendency to take care of itself and so far, the leadership and attitude has been terrific.” The Aggies have plenty of leadership to go around, since 22 seniors and nine All-Conference players from 2012 will return to Jim Sochor field. “I feel this team came in with some goals about how they want to practice and improve,” Biggs said. “We’ve improved within the first 11 days and made progress and that’s what you want to see.” According to the schedule, each Big Sky team will play eight of the other conference teams. The Aggies were predicted by the Media Poll to finish 11 out of the 13 teams in their new conference. UC Davis and Cal Poly will join familiar foe Sac State in the Big Sky, where they will face off with teams such as two-time defending conference champion Montana State and the powerhouse Eastern Washington. The Aggies have had quite a situation at the quarterback position, one that can only have positive payoffs. Red-shirt third-year Randy Wright and red-shirt second-year London Lacy have been taking a majority of

the snaps this pre-season, as was the case last season. Wright has been impressive in practice and has gained a lot of experience over the years, experience that may give him the nod as the regular starting quarterback. “Randy is in a terrific rhythm the way he’s throwing the ball right now,” Biggs said. “There’s a confidence about the way he’s playing and he’s a much different player even from the one he was last year.” Though this is a year of many firsts, it will be the end of Biggs’ colorful career as head coach of UC Davis football. Yet, Biggs is approaching this season the same way he has so many times in the past: with goals and determination to achieve them. “I’m not approaching it any different but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m savoring every moment,” Biggs said. “Every moment I’m on the field or in meetings or interacting with players and coaches is a joy and as you wind down a career, you get much better perspective about how lucky you are to do something you enjoy.” The Aggies will continue to practice until they kick off the season against Azusa Pacific on Aug. 30 in Davis.

1998 to 2000. Turner’s research is focused on racial dynamics as reflected in folklore and popular culture, states Cynthia Lee of the UCLA Newsroom. Turner’s fourth book, Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African-American Quilters, was published in 2009. Turner maintains two additional positions in the UC system as chair of the UC Education Abroad Program and as a member of the UCDC Academic Advisory Council. “Pat has been a tireless advocate for our students, and one of the most effective. It is hard to see her go, but there is some consolation in know-

ing that her talents will remain in the University of California,” said UCD Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter. Though her move to UCLA will likely face new, difficult challenges under the limited UC budget, Turner is pleased to continue her work within the UC system. “I’m delighted that the next chapter of my career will be at a UC campus. I’ll be keeping all my Aggie T-shirts, just adding some Bruin shirts to the mix,” said Turner in UC Davis’ Dateline News for Faculty and Staff.

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