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wednesDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012

City of Davis and ASUCD to host Davis Neighbors’ Night Out Event fosters student and community relations


Aggie News Writer

On Sunday, Davis will be seeing more people than usual on the block. Davis Neighbors’ Night Out (DNNO), an event sponsored by the City of Davis and ASUCD, will be in full swing from noon to 7 p.m. According to Stacey Winton, the community coordinator for the City of Davis, DNNO is a program that was developed in 2006 to better communication between neighborhoods and the students who move into them each year. DNNO is made up of block parties throughout the city. Each neighborhood has a liaison who connects with the sponsors and who is responsible for send-

ing out invitations, coordinating events and connecting with fellow neighbors for other logistics. “I have enlisted neighbors to set up chairs and bring stuff for the children to play with,” said Leah Ross, one of Mace Ranch neighborhood’s liaisons. “Everybody brings a dish and has a good time and we usually have a good turnout.” Other sponsors of DNNO are the Davis Police Department and ASUCD units like Unitrans. “The police department is putting together the party packs that we give them such as balloons, necklaces, nametags and other things based on what the hosts ask for,” Winton said. “Unitrans sends buses to show how they work and Band-uh and cheerleading groups from

UC Davis also come through the es who can help them find jobs or internships,” Ross said. “It’s neighborhoods.” With many students living a great way for students to netin residential homes in Davis, work and to be a member of the DNNO provides an opportunity community.” Besides instilling better commufor students and communinication among both ty members to get to groups, know one DNNO is another also an so that opporany potunity for tential longtime conflicts neighbors t h a t to look out might for one another. arise in the future may “Another goal be resolved peacefully. is to promote “I think it’s imporAmiel Chanowitz / Aggie c o m m u n i t y, tant [for students to come out to DNNO] because h e l p neighbors know each sometimes students don’t realize other, reduce crime and build a that their neighbors are resourc- sense of community feel,” Ross

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said. “In a neighborhood, there is always a lot of change; there are people who have lived here for 15 years and it’s exciting to meet them.” The block parties can range from 25 to 100 people, and each year it gets a little higher, Winton said. In addition, DNNO is good opportunity for students who live in Davis to meet neighbors who know that they are hardworking and want them to succeed during their time at UC Davis. Although the number of students at some block parties is small, Barbara Zadra, North Miller Drive liaison, said students are welcome to attend and neighbors would love to get to know them. MEE YANG can be reached at

A look at ‘Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student’ Authors’ findings ring true and false for UC students

Rewriting the textbook on mammary growth

By GHEED SAEED Aggie News Writer

Until now, breasts were thought to grow only in the presence of the hormone estrogen. A combination of other factors before and during the period of breast development, including diet, obesity and metabolic syndrome — characterized by resistance to the

A new book entitled Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student, published Sept. 24, narrows in on our “wired-in” college generation, highlighting both facts and commonly accepted truths surrounding today’s college generation. Authors Arthur Levine and Diane Dean, the president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and a professor of education at Illinois State University respectively, compiled research taken from national surveys of students and site visits to 31 campuses across the United States. For California in particular, Dean and Levine’s research stretched to the coast of UC Santa Barbara, the San Diego Community College District, Pepperdine in Malibu and Mount St. Mary in Los Angeles, ranging from private, selective, to broader accessibility. Generation on a Tightrope is the fourth installment to 40 years of prior research done by Levine.

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Associate professor Russ Hovey and graduate student Grace Berryhill found that mammary glands can develop in mice, even when estrogen had been eliminated, through diet. The study’s findings were published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.

By OYANG TENG Aggie Science Writer

In a finding that challenges decades of science orthodoxy, a team of researchers from UC Davis has isolated what appears to be a key part of the process linking early-life diet to breast cancer risk.

Ann Prepare Lavni makes summer trip to Haiti Haitian government donates two acres of land By ANDREW POH Aggie News Writer

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Senior Carolina Tavárez traveled to Haiti with Ann Prepare Lavni (APL) to promote education in Anse-á-Pitres. APL is raising funds to build a library in the town.

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This summer, the student organization Ann Prepare Lavni (APL) embarked on its maiden trip to Anse-á-Pitres, a small border town in Haiti with a population of about 8,000 people. For this first trip, only the president and founder of APL, Carolina Tavárez, was able to go, though a future trip is planned for December in which more members should be able to attend. Tavárez is currently a senior at UC Davis, majoring in Spanish with an emphasis in Latin American and Caribbean studies and minoring in education. Ann Prepare Lavni is a Haitian Creole phrase meaning “Let us prepare the future.” Forecast

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The goal of APL according to its mission statement is “[To provide] an enhanced learning environment and [promote] educational advancement throughout the community of Anse-à-Pitres — while simultaneously offering college students hands-on global service learning experience that allows them to apply their academic knowledge of their prospective disciplines.” During this first trip Tavárez was able to give the children of Anse-à-Pitres the educational supplies that had been donated prior to the trip. She was also able to work closely with a wide range of kids between first to sixth grade. “[The experience was] life-changing,” Tavárez said in an email. “The students love to learn and to go to school. For them going to school is an essential part of their



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lives. They were so happy and grateful for everything we sent them.” Though the other members of APL were unable to make the trip they still felt the same joy that Tavárez felt knowing the impact they made on the children’s lives. “We were really happy to see all the kids’ faces and know that they are learning a lot and they had all the supplies needed to start learning,” said Vice President of APL Jennifer Vergara in an e-mail. Vergara, a fourth-year biochemistry and molecular biology major, didn’t attend this trip, but will be going on the second trip in December. Lidia Tavárez, co-founder and media and publicity administrator, chimed in

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TODAY Circle K International First General Meeting 6 to 7 p.m. Kleiber 3 If you are interested in doing community service, developing leadership skills and gaining friendships then attend the first meeting of Circle K and see what the club is about.

Delta Chi Rush: Hookah and Info Night 6:30 to 8 p.m. 320 Parkway Circle If you are interested in knowing more about greek life, Delta Chi will be hosting an information night with hookah and a nacho bar.

THURSDAY Shinkoskey Noon Concert 12:05 to 1 p.m. Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center Attend this free performance with guitarist Michael Goldberg and more.

UC Davis Energy Institute Fall 2012 Seminar Series 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 1003 Kemper Hall Join Dr. Ajay Kumar Dalai, associate dean and professor at the University of Saskatchewan and UC Davis Fulbright Scholar (2012-2013), as he discusses Development of Novel Carbon Nanotubes Supported Catalysts for Fischer–Tropsch and Higher Alcohol Syntheses. There is no cost and all are welcome to attend.

Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series 4:10 to 5 p.m. 1005 GBSF Listen to Dr. Crystal Ripplinger discuss the sympathetic nervous system and cardiac arrhythmias as part of this seminar series.

Young Cattlemen’s Association Club Meeting 6:30 to 7 p.m. ASTF 500 Attend the first Young Cattlemen’s Association Club meeting of the year. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

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On democracy and social revitalization Steve Wozniak supports a back-to-school, back-to-basics approach

By BRIAN RILEY Aggie Science Writer

Editor’s note: This article is part two of three in a series about Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple. He will be speaking at the Mondavi Center on October 29 as part of the UC Davis College of Engineering’s 50th anniversary. Wozniak is the founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and believes in the integration of technology and education. He is currently the Chief Scientist at Fusion-IO. Steve Wozniak, affectionately known as “Woz”, is not a common household name like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, even though he has had as much, if not more, effect on the personal computer as either of these other men. After co-founding Apple with Steve Jobs, he left the company to devote his efforts to the philanthropic integration of education, politics and technology. “Steve has this saying. He’ll say: ‘A family of five deserves five votes,’ and what he means by that is: Kids don’t really have a voice in the political system like adults do,” said Matt Spergel, son of Marty Spergel, a longtime business associate of Steve Wozniak. “For the most part, [kids are] kind of excluded from the political process.” Wozniak places great emphasis on the importance of schooling in a democratic society. “[Our] educational system involves home. It involves the culture of the country,” Wozniak said. “Education is considered a right,” Wozniak continued. “It’s been considered a right for hundreds of years and that means that not just the kings and the wealthy get it, but anyone gets it. Only governments can supply it to everybody and handle that equality and fairness thing.” Wozniak also addresses the practical considerations involved.


Steve Wozniak (left) and Steve Jobs (right) founded Apple Computer in 1976. “It always boils down to money,” Wozniak said, explaining that limited budgets translate into higher studentteacher ratios, even though lower ratios are proven to provide for effective teaching environments. Wozniak believes that if a teacher really cares, then they will never let a student pass through the system without fully understanding everything along the way. This practice becomes more difficult when a teacher is responsible for more students than they can handle. Marty Spergel was present at the very first meeting of the famous Homebrew

computer club in 1975, where he met Wozniak. Later Marty became involved with both Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in supplying parts for the manufacture of the Apple II personal computer. “There’s only one thing that’s going to turn around the economy,” said Marty. “Unless there’s demand for products and services, this country isn’t going anywhere. All of the other stuff that politicians tell you is BS.” Marty marvels at Apple’s ability to create demand, in terms of people wanting to buy their products. “People wait in line to get those prod-

ucts,” Marty said. “All you need is about another 199 companies like Apple and that'll take care of about three-fourths of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the United States.” Both Spergel and Wozniak agree that they key to achieving success, either in business or as participants in the political system, is to learn to find the basic, simple facts involved in any issue. After becoming wealthy through the growth of Apple in the early 1980s, Wozniak returned to UC Berkeley to finish his bachelor’s degree that he had left unfinished. He enrolled anonymously under the pseudonym “Rocky Racoon Clark.” As Wozniak explained in his autobiography and in other interviews, one of his classes was taught by a TA who followed an antiquated type of Marxist social philosophy. Wozniak and the TA consistently butted heads throughout the semester. Was the TA stuck in a philosophical rut? “I’m not sure what a ‘philosophical rut’ is,” he said, adding that his method of reasoning is to simply “look at new facts and judge things.” Wozniak’s influence as a core insider at Apple ended before Steve Jobs rejoined Apple as CEO in the late 1990s. Jobs decided to change Apple’s course and join forces with Bill Gates. Apple has been criticized by social activists for making contracts with manufacturers overseas who have reputations for exploiting their employees in the effort to produce inexpensive parts, a practice that has accelerated in recent years along with globalization. Wozniak is sensitive about the topic of Apple making business agreements with Microsoft and, after an hour-long telephone interview, quickly ended the interview at the mention of Gates’ name. BRIAN RILEY can be reached at

RainBRO band project underway at UC Davis New wristbands identify LGBT allies in Greek community By DANIELLE HUDDLESTUN Aggie News Writer

UC Davis student Kyle Prosen recently created rainBRO sweatbands, which aim to provide understanding and knowledge about concerns that members of LGBT community frequently face. “The main purpose is to identify allies within the Greek system and give training. By starting with a basic level of information, we can move forward,” Prosen said. This began as a personal project. According to Prosen, when he was first figuring out his sexuality, he felt comfortable confiding in his fraternity. He wants every student, including those not involved in Greek life, to experience this sense of comfort.

tightrope Cont. from front page Dean and Levine compiled thousands of surveys and individual student interviews, taking into consideration organizational climates, cultures, goals and institutions. In a phone interview, Dean stated that the impetus for the just-released book was the events surrounding Sept. 11 and its aftermath; the authors were interested in learning about its impact and the changes it has incurred for individuals and society. In actuality, the authors made the realization, subsequent to the research process, that this specific event has had a minimal impact on society as a whole. One key finding is that more than two-thirds of students (64 percent—up 20 percentage points since 1976) say the goal of college is to increase one’s earning power. Lane states that the idea of “earning power” can be attributed to a fault in higher education; universities once had the support of both the government and community, and have recently come under in-

“With wristbands on campus, the purpose is to identify allies. Even if you are not a member of Greek life, you can identify someone to talk to, especially if those people are your friends. It provides allies which can help point you in the right direction,” Prosen said. There are two types of wristbands: a silicone band signifies identification as an ally, while a sweatband means personal identification. “I decided to join the project because Kyle asked for some help, and since he's my friend and there aren't many members of the Greek community who are openly LGBT, it seemed like the right thing to do,” said senior genetics major Kyle Scroggins, another student primarily involved in the execution of this program.

creased scrutiny. The message of the economic value of higher education has been advocated more, rather than reinforcing the positives of a good education. Lane states that young people are a product of the forces that have shaped them; society has pushed the idea of higher education being “for the money” rather than for the nonmaterial benefits. “I would argue people coming of age in the United States have almost always been interested in ‘having a good job’ that empowered them to live a ‘comfortable lifestyle.’ However, because of the vastly changing economic structure that may play out in new ways, students are more focused on their ‘earning power’ than before,” said Joshua Hayes, UC Davis Ph.D student in sociology, in an email interview. Today’s college students were born into a world already using mobile phones, email and the Internet; by the time they entered kindergarten, text messaging and smart phones were facts of life, according to their Summary of Key Findings. Perhaps it does not come as a

According to Scroggins, the project will also give students resources to create a more comfortable and accepting environment. “I’ve personally known a few LGBT kids who were interested in Greek life, but ended up deciding against it because they didn't think that they would be accepted for being who they were, so by identifying allies within the Greek community, it will help ensure that everyone gets the college experience that they want, without having to worry about whether or not they will be accepted,” Scroggins said. Three hundred wristbands total were ordered and funded by a private donor. They are given out to the fraternities and sororities, and people can pay $1 extra for additional wristbands. Prosen is expecting his venture to expand past college and Greek life.

shock to the general public that today’s “traditional” college student (despite the ever present diversity on college campuses nationwide) is an example of our plugged-in and technology savvy generation. Dean and Levine learned through their research that an increased amount of students expressed discomfort in interacting with people via face-toface communication. Dean questioned what campus administrators can do to make sure basic communication skills are being properly reinforced. A common fault of the technological age, not mentioned in the book, is the increasingly shrinking space in response time to text messages or email, etc., Dean said. As a society, people are interacting at a greater pace and greatly diminishing the “cushion” time for making mistakes and errors, adds Dean. In terms of academics, more than two in five students report grade-point averages of A- or higher—the highest proportion in more than 40 years—but 60 percent of all students believe their grades understate the true quality of their work, the press

According to the rainBRO mission statement, the program is intended to help students become familiar with the LGBT services that are being offered, as well. “[RainBRO serves] to promote exposure of LGBT issues to the greek community and enable members of the greek community to understand some of the underlying difficulties facing the LBGT community… to make their words/actions conscious of how they relate to heterosexism, to encourage self-education for those that are willing, and to make first year LGBT Davis students feel more comfortable within the greek community,” the statement reads. Next quarter, Prosen will be working to start a similar program in UC Berkeley. DANIELLE HUDDLESTUN can be reached at

release entitled Digital Natives Not Ready for Reality stated. Dean and Levine’s research showcases that a heavy amount of grade inflation is present on college campuses; however, students maintain that their individual grades underestimate their capacities to perform well academically. Grade inflation may not necessarily ring true for UC students in particular; the UC system stands at one end of the curve in Dean and Levine’s research. Dean and Levine’s book lacks clearly defined outlines in terms of college selectivity and acceptance rates that may explain the greater likelihood of a particular statistic in one school versus another, according to Dean. “As an employee in the university, there is definitely a push for us all to be part of ‘a successful institution.’ Good colleges have good students. Good students are happy students. They’re also successful,” Hayes said. The authors note staggering statistics in terms of students’ social lives, including: 47 percent of undergraduates say they have had a “hook up” or casual sex by the

time they graduate, and 23 percent of students had unplanned or unprotected sex because of alcohol or drug use. Dean also links the increasingly casual nature of “hook ups” and its relation to alcohol consumption with a decreased sense of true human intimacy. Hayes reiterates Dean’s statement noting that sex is being conceptualized in a different manner. The picture of the “typical” college student in today’s day and age has become greatly fractured. Lane admits that Generation on a Tightrope is being interpreted as a negative representation of today’s college generation; however, contrary to popular belief, it is simply a reflection of today’s traditional college student, in comparison to previous generations. The authors aimed to explain how the current generation can best be educated to help them better prepare for the future. “We have never had a perfect generation; with every new generation, a set of strengths, weaknesses, and challenges follow,” said Dean. GHEED SAEED can be reached at



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iPads: The New Classroom Accessory Students weigh in on usefulness of the iPad By MICHELLE RUAN Aggie Features Writer

The average weight of a laptop is approximately 5.5 pounds — not far from the average weight of a college textbook. So, carrying around what may seem like a lightweight piece of technology can actually take a toll on your shoulders and back. However, electronics are such an essential part of the classroom experience that it often feels wrong not to carry your laptop around with you, especially with the new nifty note-taking functions. Recently, though, some students got sick of lugging their MacBooks and PCs around and found an alternative. Many students are beginning to forgo laptops for iPads. The first iPad came out in 2010 and weighed less than 2 pounds. It was Wi-Fi accessible, had a 10-hour battery life and cost half the price of a new laptop under the same brand. Last year, second-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major Rachel Nakagawa got an iPad and said she has found it to be a useful study tool because it is great for notes and she can get her textbooks online. “My laptop is old and I don’t like carrying it around,” Nakagawa said. “I like the convenience; I can just grab it and go.”

In the years since the iPad’s first unveiling, Apple has rolled out two new versions of the iPad; the latest being the New iPad, also referred to as the iPad 3. The New iPad has an updated iOS mobile operating system called iOS 5.1. It can function as a hotspot and has a retina display which packs 1536 x 2048 pixels within the 9.7 inch screen. It also features oleophobic scratchproof glass which is very easy to clean and comes in sleek black or chic white. With all of these new snazzy features, who wouldn’t want one? Xavier Ontiveros, a fourthyear sociology major who works at the Tech Hub within the Memorial Union Bookstore, explained more about the iPads and how they are in high demand among UC Davis students. “There was an influx of orders during Summer Session II. A lot of the foreign exchange students bought them and we actually sold out at least twice,” Ontiveros said. “They’re still popular with students mainly because Apple knows how to appeal to students. I think we’ll get more orders from students once financial aid is disbursed.”

Brandi Stafford, a fourth-year microbiology major, owns an iPad 2 that she received as a Christmas present from her parents. “My iPad is pretty convenient and I do think it helps me in my studies. A lot of my friends think it’s cool and they always want to play with it,” Stafford said. Janet Lee, a third-year communication and psychology major, has her eye on the iPad and plans to buy one soon. She said her MacBook Pro is a bit heavy for her to constantly carry around to class and she would rather have something lighter to bring along in her backpack. “I like how I can quickly check my email and look at PDFs and write on notes without lugging my whole laptop around,” Lee said. “It’s lighter and easily accessible.” Despite the apAmiel Chanowitz / Aggie pealing qualities of the iPad, it still cannot replace a laptop. Nakagawa said that despite convenience, things like long essays still require a computer due to the iPad’s smaller memory and keyboard, making this purchase somewhat expensive. However, the iPad follows the UC Davis mission to go green, allowing students to

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Ivette Felix Uy, fifth-year design major The Aggie: What are you wearing?
 Uy: “My sunglasses are from a random vendor in NYC, my satchel is from England, my shirt and necklace are from Forever 21 and my skirt is from H&M. I thrifted my shoes in Brooklyn. They’re by Cheap Monday.” How did you decide what to wear today?
 “High-waisted A-line skirts are my favorite. I like stripes, but I am very particular about them. I like to stick with a very neutral color palette of black, navy and cream.”


Where do you find inspiration? “The places I go and the people I see there. I don’t have a specific style icon — I just admire classic, timeless looks and I prefer to wear basics.” What are you looking forward to wearing this autumn? “My Zara peacoat and this vintage red cloche hat my mom bought at a garage sale for $2!” STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN can be reached at

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Aggies have strong showing at Cal Nike Invite Sanders wins consolation draw, Edles advances to finals of respective flights The UC Davis women’s tennis team sent a couple of players down to Berkeley to compete at the Cal Nike Invitational this past weekend to test their abilities against strong Northern California competition. Junior Megan Heneghan, who has played at the No. 1 singles slot for the Aggies consistently in her first two years, advanced to the second round before getting taken down by the sixth-seeded player from Saint Mary’s. “Megan has a shot at getting ranked this year,” head coach Bill Maze said. “She’s played high up for the past year, and she has a chance at making the NCAA tournament this year.” Heneghan played in the 32-person Gold singles bracket, which was the top flight of the tournament. After losing in the second round,

Aggie Digest The UC Davis field hockey team has had a considerable amount of competition thus far and are in the middle of their NorPac Conference competition. The Aggies are currently 6-6 overall and 2-0 in conference. They hold a perfect 4-0 record at Aggie Stadium. After winning their first three games, they dropped the next six before finding form again. UC Davis has won three in a row, including NorPac victories over Pacific and, most recently,

library for Anse-á-Pitres. For the future, APL is attempting to raise $42,000 for building materials. An architect and construction firm has donated their time and efforts for the cause. The people of Anse-á-Pitres have also volunteered for the labor needs. Events are slated in the future to help raise funds. The first event will be at 6 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2012 at the Davis International House. “As long as there are people like us, giving the small things we don’t need or have in abundance, those children have a brighter future,” Lidia said.

Cont. from front page with her thoughts on their first trip. Lidia is a senior at Sacramento State studying psychology and neuroscience. Even though she was unable to go, she is happy knowing that she still did her part for the cause. “[I am] amazed on how everything turned out,” Lidia said in an email. “Carolina was able to help over 200 children and their families with all the donations provided in California and the Dominican Republic.” APL received a two-acre plot of land from the Haitian government with which they ANDREW POH can be reached at city@ plan to build the first and only


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forgo printing out papers from professors and instead access them on a thin little touchscreen tablet. Nakagawa said that the amount of money you save on paper and ink may make what seems like an expensive purchase worth the money. “You waste less paper and [the iPad] might buy itself back,” Nakagawa said. “I used to use a printer but don’t have to anymore.” Nakagawa did note that there are disadvantages to this device because not all textbooks are available on it, and it can prove to be tricky to use or rely on for things such as notes. “Taking notes on it can be hard and it could die, so I have to make sure it is charged,” she said. As of now, students who are interested in purchasing an iPad can drop by the Tech Hub to test it out. While it is a bit pricey, it proves to be an excellent study tool, well worth the money according to students that have made the change. Many have discovered that the iPad is becoming a much-coveted accessory for students of every age and major. “We haven’t gotten any orders from new students yet,” Ontiveros said. “I have a feeling we might soon.”

Heneghan dominated a Sacramento State player 6-0, 6-2. Senior Lauren Curry, junior Nicole Koehly and sophomore Layla Sanders all competed in the Blue Flight singles. Unfortunately, none of them could get past the round of 32. Curry split sets but was unable to pull out the third, and fell by a score of 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Sanders won the first set against a San Jose State player, but dropped the next two and the match by a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 mark. Koehly was beaten by the third seed from Fresno State by a score of 6-2, 6-3. But the Aggies were not done competing. In the consolation rounds of the Blue Flight singles competition, Sanders came out on top in four straight matches en route to winning the back draw, with a 6-3, 6-4 victory in the final over a Saint Mary’s player. Sanders rallied back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set to claim the victory. California. The 3-1 win over the Bears was the first Aggie victory over Cal since field hockey was reinstated as a varsity sport in 2009. Sophomore Sophia Lisaius found the goal in the 20th minute before freshman Jamie Garcia scored eight minutes later for the Aggies to give them a 2-0 lead at halftime. The Aggies stretched their lead to 3-0, which proved to be more than the Bears could handle. The upset follows an epic 4-3 win over Pacific in overtime. UC Davis has been gaining momentum these past couple weeks and will face off with Stanford in an away game on Friday at 7 p.m. As for women’s golf, the Aggies have been playing a very full fall schedule.

One more UC Davis player, Ellie Edles, had a strong showing at the Cal Nike Invite. The Costa Mesa, Calif. native advanced to the finals of the White ITA singles flight before losing to Brooke Irish from USF. “It’s nice to make the finals for anyone, for both Layla and Ellie,” Maze said. “It’s good to get some good results in the first tournament back.” The Aggies also participated in the doubles competition, with the two tandems of Curry/Koehly and Heneghan/Sanders both advancing to the quarterfinals before falling. Both UC Davis doubles teams were eliminated by doubles teams from Cal. “It’s a tough tournament and there are no easy matches,” Maze said. “We were just going to get some matches under our belt, and it’s going to get better as we go on.” MATTHEW YUEN can be reached at sports@theaggie. org.

The Aggies have rallied behind seniors Amy Simanton and Demi Runas, who both got some experience in amateur tournaments this summer. The UC Davis women just recently were runners-up behind Pepperdine at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Vail, Colo. The Aggies shot an 865 total, behind Runas’s 7-under over three rounds and Simanton’s even 216. The Aggies recently finished the Windy City Classic hosted by Northwestern over in Golf, Illi. where they were in fifth place after the first two rounds. UC Davis’s next competition will be in Sahalee, Wash. for the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational on Monday. — Matthew Yuen

in common with this particular metabolic syndrome in humans.” Metabolic syndrome has become an increasingly hot topic of study in connection with a host of related health problems, including Type 2 diabetes and breast cancer. But teasing out the specific metabolic processes linking them has been difficult. According to Hovey, the publishing of the PNAS paper is the first time it has been shown that something eaten can make the mammary glands grow. “Now we are left with the question of whether anything that induces metabolic syndrome also gives the same effect, or if it is indeed more specific to a certain diet component,” Hovey said. Colleen Sweeney, co-director of the breast cancer research program at the UC Davis Cancer Center, said the team’s work is a “highimpact study” that will change the way we think about breast cancer. “I think their evidence really is astonishing,” Sweeney said. “It’s hard to argue with, because they have such beautiful in vivo data. The question is, what is the ultimate translation of these results? What could this mean for people potentially at risk for breast cancer?” Hovey and his colleagues think that the answer probably starts with insulin resistance. In particular, that the dysregulation of insulin signaling brought on by the 10, 12 CLA-induced body changes could provide an important target for cancer therapies, an active area of current research. Future breakthroughs will depend on insights gained in both human and animal studies. “Just because we’re animal scientists, doesn’t mean we milk cows all day,” Harvey joked. “So while this is mouse work, I suspect in the future this will be referred to, because it provides a potential explanation for the basis of why insulin might be an important target [for cancer therapy].”

Cont. from front page hormone insulin — have also been correlated to a higher incidence of breast cancer later in life. The striking new observations, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), show that diet can initiate breast development in the absence of estrogen, and could magnify a genetic predisposition toward cancer. Researchers found that if young mice were fed a diet high enough in a fatty acid, known as 10, 12 conjugated linoleic acid (10, 12 CLA), to induce symptoms similar to metabolic syndrome in humans, then mammary glands in the mice could grow even when estrogen had been eliminated either by removal of the ovaries or through estrogen-blocking drugs. “This wasn’t supposed to happen,” said Russ Hovey, an associate professor at the UC Davis Animal Science Department and co-author of the study. “That has led us to step back, and almost challenge the textbooks, and say, ‘You know, [breast development] doesn’t, at the end of the day, unequivocally require estrogen.’ We’ve always assumed it does, but now this is telling us that it can happen through a separate pathway.” A variety of mice strains, including one genetically predisposed to develop mammary tumors, were used in the experiments, have helped shed light on the relationship between diet, obesity and breast cancer risk, as well as the correlation between early breast development in girls and a growing epidemic of childhood obesity. “We really look at this like it’s a model, where we can study it in a really controlled system,” said Grace Berryhill, a graduate student at the UC Davis Animal Science Department and lead author of the study. “We have a mouse, and we can feed it this diet, and cre- OYANG TENG can be reached at science@ ate symptoms that would be

October 3, 2012  

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