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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Advocacy group hosts Diabetes Awareness Week Events to inform students on diabetes, prevention for World Diabetes Day By LAUREN MASCARENHAS Aggie News Writer

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Many groups are participating in Diabetes Awareness Week by tabling and holding events on campus. The Diabetes Advocacy and Awareness Group has held events for the past two years.

This week, the UC Davis Diabetes Advocacy and Awareness Group (DAAG) is hosting Diabetes Awareness Week on campus, bringing students and different organizations together to promote a greater understanding of diabetes. DAAG, who has been hosting Diabetes Awareness Week for the past two years, specializes in informing the community about diabetes, visiting local schools and talking to kids about the condition. Diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be treated. “I joined because my dad has diabetes. We all pretty much know someone with diabetes, which brings us together,” said Navid Elie, a fourth-year psychology major and member of DAAG. The week’s events are centered around World Diabetes Day today. “The hope [is to get] the campus community to contemplate diabetes — both their own risk for getting the disease, as well as how it affects others around them, including loved ones, neighbors and strangers alike,” said Zuhayr Mallam, a fourth-

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Fire damages South Davis house Yesterday, at around 12:45 p.m., a La Paloma Court home in South Davis caught the attention of a passerby who noticed the house was ablaze, and was concerned people were trapped inside the residency. Breaking a window to gain entry, the passerby saved the residents’ pet dog. No injuries have been reported. The incident is still

under investigation. The fire destroyed the attic and left smoke damage throughout the house. The estimated damage to the house totals $100,000.

year neurobiology, physiology and behavior studies major and president of DAAG. According to the International Diabetes Federation, 78,000 children develop type 1 diabetes every year, and the number of people with type 2 diabetes, which accounts for at least 90 percent of cases of diagnosed diabetes, is increasing in every country around the world. This week DAAG will be collaborating with other health and service-oriented organizations to inform students and address the different dimensions of diabetes. “The goal is to raise understanding of what sufferers of diabetes go through and what can be done in terms of prevention [for] type 2 and early detection/management [for] type 1,” Mallam said. “We contacted many groups to see if they were interested, and then worked with them to host an event that highlights their unique perspectives.” The Pre-Med Student Osteopathic Medical Association will be explaining what osteopathic physicians have to offer in terms of diabetes treatment. Clinica Tepati

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‘Yarn Bombing’ takes over campus Design 70 class adds whimsy to Arboretum

— Claire Tan

Earn free storage by joining the Great Space Race Dropbox, a free file-hosting service, initiated the Great Space Race program on Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. Participants can earn free Dropbox space for everyone at their respective educational institutes. Users from the winning university gain an extra 3 GB for two years and the space their school earns. Up to 25 GB of free storage for two years can be earned. Students will earn more storage as they pass Dropbox’s three thresholds. Dropbox set different thresholds for every participating university. Two points will be earned by signing up for a free trial, downloading the Dropbox software client and logging in to Dropbox using the Dropbox account registered with the program. Four points will be earned by completing the “Get Started” guide. More points can be earned by referring friends to the program. According to Dropbox, 20 participants who have

earned the most participation points by the end of the promotion will receive a one-year free trial to a Dropbox Pro 100 account, which is 100 GB of storage. Currently, UC Davis stands 21st on the United States Leaderboard and 85th on the Global Leaderboard, with 3,205 students participating and a total of 6,481 points. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) leads first on the national and global leaderboards with 16,663 participating students and 40,624 points. UC Berkeley is second in the nation and eighth globally with 10,424 students and 21,450 points. The promotion is open to college and university students only. Students are required to use their school email addresses for verification. Participants must also be at least 14-years-old. The sign-up period will end on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. — Claire Tan

Israeli and Palestinian activists to speak tomorrow Israeli and Palestinian youth activists are scheduled to visit campus tomorrow in an event entitled Waging Peace: A Conversation with OneVoice Israeli and Palestinian Activists. The speakers will share information on their work and experiences in advocating for peace in the region and bringing about a better future for their societies, according to the event’s press release. They will also address the challenges that they face as activists and how others can get involved in their efforts. OneVoice, which is co-sponsoring the event, is an international grassroots movement with offices in Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Gaza, New York and London, and serves to provide a collective voice for Israeli and Palestinian activists. “While it can seem at times as though we have reached a stalemate in the peace process, OneVoice youth activists give us reason to be optimistic about the future,” said Rebecca Viney, an organizer of the event and political science major from London.

“Everyone who is at all interested in the situation should take the opportunity to come and hear directly from these young people, about their experiences and personal motivations, and why they are determined to change the status quo.” OneVoice activists commonly hold leadership training, lectures and town hall gatherings and work with elected officials to achieve an independent Palestinian state that coexists with Israel. “[OneVoice] provides a fresh perspective on the conflict that is not only pragmatic, but also presents hope for the future,” the release stated. The event, which will take place at 7 p.m. in 234 Wellman Hall, will feature activists Shai Parnes (Rehovot, Israel) and Obada Shtaya (Nablus, Palestine). More information can be found at onevoicemovement.org. — Muna Sadek

Union plans to protest at UC Regents meeting, Gov. Jerry Brown to attend According to the UC Student Workers Union, student groups from various UC campuses will gather at the UC Board of Regents meeting tomorrow at the UC San Francisco Mission Bay campus to protest a possible fee increase for students in 61 UC graduate and professional programs, Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST). The PDST action item on the meeting’s agenda, scheduled to be discussed during today’s meeting, will be postponed to a later meeting date at the request of Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown will also be in attendance to address the fee increases and what the passage of Proposition 30 means for education. The governor sits on the Board of Regents by virtue of his office and requested the postponement to allow him more time to gain understanding of the processes and policies required in setting fee levels, according to a Nov. 13 UC Office of the President news release.

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United Auto Workers (UAW), an organization that represents various members of UC staff and students, plan to sleep-out on Koret Quad from today at 4:30 p.m. until tomorrow morning, when they will picket. According to a UAW2865 email, the group is aiming to “shut down the Regents’ vote” for fee increases on professional students. It is not known if the postponement of the PDST vote will affect UAW2865 plans to protest. “The super-rich have failed in trying to use their billions to kill Prop 30. But to keep moving forward, we need to bring the crisis in public education into the streets and into the board room [sic] of the UC Regents’ who are also influential members of the super rich,” the email stated. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and will include sessions for public comment. A full schedule can be found at regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/regmeet/ nov12.html. — Muna Sadek

Forecast Getting to classes for the next two days shouldn’t be an issue, but brace yourself if you have classes on Friday! JUSTIN TANG, atmospheric science major Aggie Forecasting Team

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Design 70 students yarn-bombed trees in the Australian section of the Arboretum as well as trees in front of Cruess Hall.

By CRISTINA FRIES Aggie Arts Writer

Ann Savageau’s Design 70: Introduction to Textile Structure class created a yarn-bombing installation in the Australian section of the Arboretum. It serves as a colorful and whimsical artistic addition to Davis’ public natural space and invites visitors to interact with nature. Yarn bombing is a public art that involves placing knit and crocheted fabrics in public spaces as an artistic or sociopolitical statement. However, Savageau’s purpose for the yarn bombing assignment was more artistic and educational than political. “I had two main purposes; one was for my students to learn to crochet and knit, and the other was to make an outdoor installation as a nice way of transforming natural objects,” Savageau said. An additional yarn-bombing installation can be found in the trees, railings and cement overhangs in front of Cruess Hall. Students were assigned various trees to work with either in groups or individually, wrapping tree branches with colorfully knit patterns, crocheting spider webs, stringing pom-poms,

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wrapping stones and creating three-dimensional objects like mushrooms and flowers. Carol Shu, a Master of Fine Arts graduate in design, facilitated the installation of the students’ knit fabrics in the Arboretum. “It was a fun project where the students could do whatever they wanted, pick any trees they wanted to cover, with very few restrictions,” Shu said. “They were encouraged to be flexible and creative, and the lack of restrictions resulted in a whimsical explosion of colors.” Design 70 student Megan Streeter, a fifth-year textiles and clothing major, was excited about making a colorful statement on campus and in the Arboretum. “We hope to communicate art as a presence that makes the campus colorful and fun,” Streeter said. “It was cool to decorate public spaces that everyone gets to see.” As a gateway space between the City of Davis and the university campus, the Arboretum was glad to host this colorful public work of art that draws attention to the natural landscape in a dynamic way.

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TODAY Walk with Warren Noon to 1 p.m. Gazebo, Arboretum Join Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of West End gardens. For more information, call (530) 752-4880 or visit arboretum. ucdavis.edu.

THURSDAY Shinkoskey Noon Concert: A Sonic Journey of European Piano Music 12:05 to 1 p.m. Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center Watch the free performance of musicians including Bernd Richard Deutsch, Beat Furrer, Seda Röder and Helmut Lachenmann.

UC Davis Energy Institute Fall 2012 Seminar Series 1:30 to 2:30 pm 1003 Kemper Hall Join Dr. Larry Baxter, a professor from the department of chemical engineering at Brigham Young University, as he discusses Cryogenic Carbon Capture. There is no cost and all are welcome to attend.

Pawn or Queen: The Role of the “Performer” in 21st-Century Music 3 to 5 p.m. 115 Music Watch the free performance of Seda Röder playing the piano.

UWP Conversations with Writers series: Adair Lara 5 to 6:30 p.m 126 Voorhies

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Adair Lara will talk with her audience about her book Naked, Drunk and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay. For more information, go to writing.ucdavis. edu/events.

Yolo Natural Heritage Protection Joint Powers Agency Board Meeting 5:30 to 7 p.m. Atrium Training Room, County Administration Building, 625 Court Street, Woodland Go to the Yolo NHP JPA board meeting to discuss Yolo County national heritage issues. More information can be found at yoloconservationplan.org.

Sikhism — What is it all about? 7 to 9 p.m. International House, 10 College Park With November being Sikh Awareness Month in California, International House and Sikh Cultural Association invite you to an informative session about Sikhism, its core principles, history and the current issues being faced by Sikhs in the post9/11 world and Wisconsin shootings. You will get the chance to ask questions. Refreshments will be served.

Nursing Club meeting 8 to 9 p.m. 125 Olson A guest speaker will come to talk about her career as a nurse at the birthing center at Sutter Davis.

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people, mainly because we are still in college and we don’t think about the future, but it’s important for us to make healthy choices now.” Information about diabetes and living a healthy lifestyle, along with games and prizes, will be available at the Memorial Union (MU) and Silo tables today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free blood glucose checks will be given at the MU from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A diabetes awareness basketball tournament will also be held tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dairy Courts. A presentation about diabetes and Diabetes Awareness Week will be held in 223 Olson Hall from 7:15 to 7:35 p.m.

Cont. from front page and Chican@s/Latin@s in Health Education will use their experience treating patients at clinics to conduct free blood glucose checks. Imani Clinic will be hosting a table with trivia about diabetes management, stemming from their chronic illness counseling and education program. The UC Davis Pre-Med American Medical Student Association (AMSA) will also be involved in the week’s events. “We were really excited to get involved. Every pre-med student should be aware of diabetes,” said Tamanna Noyon, president of UC Davis AMSA. “There is some lack of LAUREN MASCARENHAS can be reached awareness among young at campus@theaggie.org.

said. “The yarn bombing contributes to this initiative by helping visitors form a relationship with nature and to think about their role in the environment. Thinking about the environment opens the doorway to considering how our lifestyle affects the planet. The colors and patterns highlight elements of nature that we wouldn’t normally see before.”

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Cont. from front page Elaine Fingerette, the academic coordinator for the Arboretum, commented on the yarn bombing as a welcome addition to the GATEways project. “GATEways stands for Gardens, Art, and The Environment, and it is an initiative that encourages people from the city to come into the Arboretum CRISTINA FRIES can be reached at arts@ and the campus,” Fingerett theaggie.org.

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ing, disfiguring and deadly. Crabs is one of the more common STIs; even 2,000year-old Chilean mummies show evidence of having had pubic lice in their KATELYN lifetimes. Public lice aren’t RINGROSE spread through shared toilet seats — but through shared genitals, clothing and bedding. The six-legged lice can even nest in armpit or eyebrow hair. Feeling itchy? Trichomoniasis, an infection caused by parasitic protozoa, was first identified as a STI in 1836 and was soon after treated with edness, swelling, irritation and pain aren’t arsenic. Now, the trich and its symptoms (frothy, colorsymptoms excluful or odorous vaginal dissive to the pepper-sprayed eyes of UC Davis protesters; charge; pain during sex or urination; or itching and irwhen located in lower regions, they can also serve as ritation) can be cured with oral antibiotics. indicators of an STI. Today, Don’t take your smush let’s discuss STD history, lessons from “Jersey Shore.” prevention and treatment Tricky trich is always lookmethods. ing for victims, and hav Invasion of the Body ing sex in Snatchers a chloricould have been Remember, the most common nated pool based on symptom of STDs is exhibiting no or hot tub won’t kill chlamydsymptoms at all. STI-causing ia and agents. gonorCuarto hot-tub much? rhea, two STDs that co In 1981, Michael S. habitate available bodGottlieb, an assistant proies, causing harm to refessor at UCLA, published productive systems. his discovery of AIDS. Soon Chlamydia is the most after, the syndrome began common STD in the United States. The curable to be inaccurately referred to as GRID — Gay Related disease’s most dangerImmune Disease. ous symptom is its ability to remain symptomless. We now know that HIV infects peoples of all sexuAncient Egyptians tattooed themselves with im- alities and it is not spread through casual contact, but ages of the goddess Bes, through fluid exchange: who protected people from gonorrhea, but today blood, semen, vaginal fluwe have a different cure — id or breast milk. UC Davis Health Education Program antibiotics. offers information as well Herpes (HSV), anothas free HIV antibody tests; er commonly silent STD, the next one is on Monday stems from the Greek herfrom 6 to 8 p.m. at the LGBT pein, “to creep,” which refResource Center. erences the fact that the vi Consistent barrier use rerus — like the language of duces the risk of certain in“Jersey Shore” — spreads fections. Pick up free conquickly across unsuspectdoms and dental dams, as ing populations. Roman emperor Tiberius may have well as an informative presentation on how to use banned kissing in pubthem, from the Student lic in order to prevent what Health and Wellness Center. Shakespeare nicknamed The presenters wear white “the blister plague,” but lab coats and solemn exbanning public displays of pressions, while placing affection won’t stop genital herpes. Herpes can be con- condoms on wooden penises — it is quite fun and tagious even when there you can try it out youraren’t visible indications of self. You may even receive the virus. a “condom savvy” button According to the Center for Disease Control, “at least if your skills are impressive enough. 50 percent of sexually ac STD testing also helps tive men and women get prevent the spread of [human papillomavirus] at unwanted infections. some point in their lives.” Remember, the most comFor prevention, the CDC recommends that all people mon symptom of STDs is exhibiting no symptoms at ages 13 through 26 receive all. In order to keep yourthe HPV vaccine, Gardasil, self and your partner(s) which reduces the risk of cervical cancers and genital safe, get tested regularly. Students can visit the warts. Health-e-Messaging web Gangster Al Capone, site to request a test online, writer Guy de Maupassant or schedule an appointand painter Paul Gauguin had more in common than ment at the Student Health Center (530) 752-2349. genius; they also all had Modern STI treatsyphilis. ments are more effec Syphilis, when caught tive and a lot less painful early, is easy to cure with than those of the past.It’s antibiotics. But before the important to keep your nineteenth century, combody safe, and you can mon treatments like merdo so by being educatcury were unsuccessful, at ed, tested or treated. UC best. Mercury often caused Davis strives to make sex more problems than the safe, so take advantage of syphilis itself and was adon-campus resources. ministered as an ointment, a bath, a pill and sometimes even as a urethral injection. KATELYN RINGROSE, at knringrose@ When left untreated, ucdavis.edu, would love to know if you syphilis can become painwear a button as well — is she the only ful, neurologically devastat- one who claimed this fashionable prize?

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Doc Joe is a psychologist and attorney who has consulted with and advised people of all ages. Katy Ann is a licensed marriage and family therapist who, like Doc Joe, has counseled and advised people of all ages. The discussion and advice offered in their column is not offered as a clinical recommendation or as a substitute for clinical treatment. Rather, Doc Joe’s and Katy Ann’s comments are intended to stimulate thought, often with a sense of humor. Sometimes they agree; sometimes they don’t. So, read on … Dear Doc Joe and Katy Ann, I need your advice about whether I should keep trying to go out with a woman that I know. I’m a 25-year-old grad student in biomechanical engineering. “Shandra” is a grad student in the same department. I’ve known her for about six months, and we’ve been in several classes together. We have gone out for coffee several times, usually talking about our classes or about research that is of interest to both of us. Well, last week we went out for lunch on campus, and she seemed to have a really nice time.

So, afterwards, I asked her if she’d like to go out on the weekend. She said that she would be busy studying all weekend. Then, yesterday after class, I asked her if she would like to hang out this weekend, and maybe see a movie. I also told her that I really care about her. She then confided: “You’re really nice, Diego, but I’m just not ready for a relationship. But, I hope that we can keep hanging out, as friends.” I said: “I understand; I want to be your friend.” I think that Shandra is really pretty, and we share a lot of interests. Do you have suggestions about what I can do to get her interested in me? Or, is this a hopeless pursuit? Diego, from Northern California (and Spain) Dear Diego, Katy Ann: Diego, she sounds really nice, but she does not seem to be responding to your efforts at moving the relationship from friendship to dating. Doc Joe: Ouch! I recall reading about the five greatest fibs in the history of mankind — with “I’m not ready for a relationship” being right near the top.

Katy Ann: You read that? Hmm … Well, I agree that she’s not interested this time, and she’s trying to be kind. Doc Joe: You think Diego should keep trying? Katy Ann: There are reasons that some people are truly “not ready” for a relationship, such as after a breakup, a serious loss or traumatic event. Yes, it may be worth giving it some more time, but you know, Joe, I’m a romantic optimist. Doc Joe: Well … Diego, do you sense that Shandra is trying to say “I’m not ready, now,” or, “I just want to be friends?” If she wants to be friends, there’s little more that you can do. Katy Ann: There is really no way to “make” her interested. But patience, kindness, humor and good listening are really appealing. Good luck, Diego. You sound like a good guy. If she’s not ready, I’m guessing that the university girls will line up to meet you. Doc Joe: Well, there you have it. If you’d like to get Ask Doc Joe and Katy Ann advice, please contact us at askdocjoeandkatyann@aol.com. Include your name, state of residence and your question, along with a brief description of the situation.


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paying for a method to release natural hormones in their bodies. Not only are people clamoring to fit into her schedule, but many of her clients are repeat clients, so enamored of the benefits of her service that Hudson they will return time and again for it. Lofchie What kind of world do we live in where people feel the need to pay just for simple physical contact? When we look at our society, it is not all that surprising. Many of The Snuggery’s clients are men (and women) who just do not have time for a real relationship due to job stress, impatience or just because they haven’t found the right his isn’t your grandmother’s person yet. The Snuggery offers all science. This isn’t your nursery rhyme, “apple a day keeps the health benefits of a physical rethe doctor away” science. Sure, ap- lationship without any of the messy parts, like dinner dates, movies and ples are great for you, no doubt about it, but they’ve got nothing on awkward conversation. Physical contact feels great. the ultimate health booster. Food The simple act of holding hands, science tells us to eat healthy, exlet alone body-to-body cuddling, ercise science tells us to have good cardio and endurance. Medical sci- releases large amounts of oxytocin. It makes you feel happy, secure and ence tells us to take aspirin to lesssafe, feelings that are often a rarity en the risk of heart disease. But in college life or high-powered job there is another science that covpositions. ers all these bases, and more: Sexy Touch makes you feel sexy. In a Science. real relationship, cuddling can lead Did you know that lack of physto sex. The release ical contact with of dopamine from other people acTouch makes you feel sexy. In a cuddling causes intually increases the amount of real relationship, cuddling can tense sexual desire, and is great for the stress-causlead to sex. physical and mental ing hormone norhealth. Obviously, epinephrine? Other The Snuggery cansexy hormones in not offer sex as a service, but the the brain are testosterone and essexual desire stemming from their trogen, which drive feelings of lust and sexual cravings; dopamine and services may give clients the necessary confidence boost to get out (low) serotonin, which drive feelthere and find someone they can ings of romance and passion, euphoria and obsessive thinking; and actually progress with. The release of oxytocin during oxytocin and vasopressin, which are responsible for feelings of calm, cuddling and sex is such a good stress reliever that it has been provtranquility, peace and stability. en to reduce blood pressure, hyper Every single one of these sexy hormones is released in the brain at tension and the risk of heart disease. All of these benefits are just from different times of physical contact, basic physical contact. What hapand the effects they have on body pens to these sexy hormones durand mind can be profound. The ing the throes of passion, sex and health benefits associated with the orgasm? Sex and orgasm greatly rerelease of these hormones are so extensive that a woman in New York duce the body’s pain response, increase immune function and have has set up a professional cuddling long-lasting, mood-elevating efbusiness, based solely on the posfects. Studies have even shown that itive effects of physical contact … and she is successfully charging up couples in long-lasting, intimate reto around $100 per hour for her ser- lationships have fewer chronic disvices. One hundred dollars an hour, eases and live longer. So guys, stroke her hair, interlace just for cuddling; no sex, no sexuyour fingers with hers, give a backal touching. Her company is called rub, kiss her forehead. And rememThe Snuggery. ber, winter is coming. Get under How can she possibly run such those covers and get your cuddle on. a successful business without even selling a product? Well, there is a product, and it is inside you. HUDSON LOFCHIE can be reached at science@ Customers, or clients, are essentially theaggie.org.

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radiation from the sun and other interesting things, disorder increases elsewhere, but that’s beside the point I’m making: life as we understand it today is something extraordinary). Alan From the Earth’s point of Lin view, life appears to makes things happen incredibly quickly. The current going theory popular among many geologists, astronomers, biologists and others within the scientific community goes as such: 4.6 billion or so years ago, some of the dust orbiting our fair star condensed through gravity into a sphere. Then it was bombardur planet is a very intered with some meteorites and esting place. I underthere was a great deal of volcastand that arguments nic activity. Things cooled down could be made against my and stabilized a little more, and stance, but I happen to have a then life began to emerge. substantial bias — I live here. Many things make the Earth ob- This life was dramatically difjectively uninteresting: it’s neiferent from you and I — they ther remarkably large nor small, didn’t even breathe oxygen. there’s a single moon, there Fortunately for us and other bearen’t any rings or many exings, these ancient stromatolites treme atmospheric conditions photosynthesized and released like on Saturn or Jupiter and a great deal of oxygen into the it orbits a fairly ordinary star planet’s atmosphere. During made up of hydrogen and hethat time and for a billion or lium. Despite two years afbeing an orditer that, the livnary planet, in Our great brains allow us to build ing organisms an ordinary so- thousands of miles of roads and were perfectly lar system, in successful exdigital networks every day. an ordinary galisting as isolataxy, Earth has a ed units. Some few characternon-motile inistics that make it extraordinary dividuals aggregated into sheets in its own right. or mats because they couldn’t Possibly the most noteworthy move, and as they divided, they stayed right next to one another. of these characteristics is the Each cell was still independent repeated violation of the secof the rest of the group. ond law of thermodynamics. Newton’s second law states that Eventually, something extraorno system can increase in order dinary happened. Some groups without decreasing the order of of cells began to increase their another system. Living things success by cooperating — and represent an incredibly intricate boom! Suddenly, there was mulordering of particles; cell mem- ticellular life (It’s worth menbranes, proteins and nucleic ac- tioning that since then, multiids are very ordered and precellularity has evolved severcise arrangements of molecules al times across different groups, that entropically might prebut doesn’t it sound much more fer to be scattered about some- fun to talk about the first time as where instead of being bundled a big moment?). into double helices or sheets or From there, living things whatever form they happen to could increase odds of survivtake within us and our fellow ing by aggregating in different living things. arrangements, and organisms like sponges and algae started (A disclaimer to the angry to arise. From there, the animals physicists who’ve just read that previous passage and happen to rapidly diversified with new be particular about definitions: traits like cnidocytes (the specialized stinging cells of creathe physical laws are not actutures like sea jellies and anemally being broken, because living systems are not truly isolat- ones), or segmentation of the body plan in arthropods (lobed. Through thermodynamic exchanges with electromagnetic sters, millipedes, etc.) which

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eventually allowed for the evolution of tagmatization: the specialization of sets of segments into different regions for different functions, as seen in beetles and shrimp. As life became more prevalent, more evolutionary niches opened up, and more traits evolved to fill them. Traits like the endoskeleton, pharyngeal gill slits and the dorsal nerve cord gave rise to a relatively small, but conspicuous group: the chordates. These beings spread far and wide, moving from sea to land via the development of heavier skeletal structures in the outer appendages, and then eventually to the air, as those same skeletal features were selectively reduced in weight to facilitate flight. Moving on to a few million years ago after a large rock collided with our planet and Earth had a bit of time to recover, some of those surviving landgoing pioneers developed outwardly practical traits like fangs or fur. Some were selected for other structures, like a highly developed frontal cortex in the brain. While a frontal cortex wouldn’t allow these life forms to chew through tougher prey, or shield them from cold, it allowed for a much richer diversity of social interactions, cooperative behaviors and problem-solving skills. It enabled more sophisticated manipulation of tools. Eventually, the improved frontal cortex would allow for many spectacular things to transpire. The manipulation of stone and clay to form a wall visible from space, great buildings that convert the mechanical energy of rivers into electrical energy to power refrigerators and computers, precise control over plant genetics to ensure a stable supply of food, the rocket-propelled journey to the earth’s only natural satellite and back. Tectonic activity builds Mt. Everest a few centimeters every year. Our great brains allow us to build thousands of miles of roads and digital networks every day. The development of the frontal cortex could even allow narcissistic writers to churn out drivel on evolutionary history. It is an absolutely marvelous adaptation. ALAN LIN can be reached at science@theaggie. org.

The blind can see the light New regenerative medicine helps people with diabetic retinopathy see again By ALLEN GUAN Aggie Science Writer

Blindness affects all demographics within the United States. While some cases occur at birth, other cases occur as a side effect of degenerative diseases. One group of researchers from UC Santa Barbara believes there is a simple cure. The team has been analyzing and developing a use for embryonic stem cells in the treatment of damaged retinal cells. This new treatment could effectively help cure some forms of blindness due to degenerating retinas. There are two main causes of the deterioration of retinal cells. One is age-related macular degeneration, and the second is due to diabetes. The first is natural, exclusively affecting the elderly, but the latter has become a bigger issue. According to the National Institutes of Health, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. In the past decade alone, there has been a 21-percent increase in the number of cases of type 2 diabetes. This brings us to a possible side effect of diabetes: diabetic retinopathy. “Diabetic retinopathy is a disease prevalent in young adults due to the increase in obesity rates. It causes the deterioration of retinal cells, [and] we hope the use of stem cells can help repair this degeneration,” said Dennis Clegg, a leading researcher on the UCSB team studying stem cell development. “We have some sort of timeframe for our project, but right now we’ve just begun to explore this field. We’re reporting back to the FDA the research on stem cells with our initial studies, and hopefully we’ll be able to explore deeper.” In a healthy person, the body is able to secrete enough insulin to help absorb glucose, the smallest biologically active sugar. A diabetic person, on the other hand, is unable to absorb glucose normally, which results in free-floating sugars in the bloodstream. This glucose builds up over the course of several years, damaging blood vessels throughout the body, leading to diabetic retinopathy and damage to the blood vessels in the eyes. The damage inhibits blood flow to the rest of the retina, which depletes the retina of oxygen and vital nutrients. The damage can also cause blood to leak, create scar tissues or even create a detached retina. The only treatment available is to physically remove the damaged areas of the retinas using lasers, and as usual, there are risks and unwanted side effects that could permanently impair vision. This is where embryonic stem cells can help provide the key to repairing damaged retinas. By manipulating the stem cells to mimic retinal cells, doctors can inject the cells under the retina and start the repair process. Although the UCSB research team is pursuing a relatively new form of regenerative medicine, there are already some applications of stem cells in use.

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Researchers at UCSB have developed a way to treat retinas damaged by type 2 diabetes using stem cells.

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“If you inject [stem cells] into a knee that’s damaged, you can regenerate the cartilage. This is currently being done with horses at the vet school,” said said Gerhard Bauer, an assistant professor at the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures. “So here at UC Davis, we treat horses with stem cells from fat or bone marrow stem cells, and inject them into the joints so they can walk again … we can do very similar things in humans, so they have many many applications.” Applications for human use have already undergone testing. In collaboration with the UC Davis Cancer Center Hematologists and the UC Davis Stem Cell Program, Susanna Park, an ophthalmologist from the UC Davis Eye Center, performed a procedure that involves the use of adult stem cells in the repair of retinal tissue on Wednesday, a first in the U.S. Results are unclear right now, but there are high hopes of success. The process included the injection of adult cells, rather than embryonic cells, directly into the eye. “With this method, we do not inject the cells directly into the retinas. In animal studies, adult cells, unlike embryonic cells, are able to hone into the diseased tissue … and migrate into the area,” Park said. “It takes a couple of days and migrates to the area where they need to be. The differences between adult cells and embryonic cells is [that] adult cells can get incorporated and do the repairs, and then go back into the bone marrow ... [whereas] embryonic stem cells just stick around.” If successful, the procedure could help millions of Americans using only a simple extraction of bone marrow and an injection into the eye, a much easier process than cutting damaged tissue out with lasers.

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International Education Week Series Charles Bamforth The campus is celebrating International Education Week through Friday. International Education Week, hosted on campus by University Outreach and International Programs (UOIP) is a national event organized by the Department of State and Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This year, UOIP is promoting how international experience has impacted members of the campus community and will be sharing a profile each day of the week from a faculty member, a staff member and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.

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Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences

I won’t name the country, but there is one culture where the brewers tend to be somewhat insular: They are convinced that they know what is best and they feel theirs is the only way to brew great beer. Admittedly their beers are good — but to my mind, not as good or as diverse (and thereby fascinating) as they could be. A whizz around the world is the only way to get a genuine perspective of what all that beer means in so many different cultures. Only then is it possible to get a fairminded and reasonable take on the abundance that is beer and to fully understand the endless possibilities that exist for the production of ales and lagers to delight the customer. In my almost 35-year career in and around the brewing industry, I have rejoiced in pretty much every beer culture on the planet. I have partaken in genuine beer reverence in the homes of Belgian connoisseurs, with their insistence on exactly the right glass for every beer brand. I have witnessed the only breweries that ferment their

vball Cont. from page 6 hitting percentage from three players from their dynamic offense. Senior outside hitter Allison Whitson led the top three UC Davis performers with a season high .472 hitting average, racking up only two hitting errors in 36

beer continuously (New Zealand). I have rejoiced in the most sublime (to my perspective) food-drink coupling there could ever be within the restaurants of India. I have sipped alcohol-free beer in Saudi Arabia. I have witnessed firsthand the surge of the beer market in China, delighted in the original Oktoberfest in Germany (in September, of course) and partaken of traditional sorghum-based brews in Africa. And so much more. We have brewery technical meetings across the globe — from Sydney to Singapore, from Hanoi to Hawaii, from London to Luxembourg. They give opportunities to share experiences, to present data for critical debate, to understand local business stresses and imperatives. What a way to get under the skin of the local community in the very best sense of the term. Brewing is global. To closet oneself away with the conviction that you know it all is to stagnate. I came halfway around the world to live my dream. And I have been several times around the globe in my determination to keep the dream alive. For a full list of International Education Week events, visit uoip.ucdavis.edu/iew.

attempts. Sophomore middle blocker Katie Quinn caught the heavy-hitting fever and contributed a .455 average of her own while junior outside Devon Damelio joined the party with a .412 attack percentage as well.

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Tibetan Meditation Master Lama Gursam offers free classes in Davis throughout November By NAOMI NISHIHARA Aggie Features Writer

In the eighth century, Buddhism became the official religion of the Tibetan people, and the king invited Buddhist teachers to Tibet. Today, Tibetan meditation master Lama Gursam has come to Davis and is offering those same teachings to us. These teachings are Buddhist teachings, and one of Buddhism’s fundamental beliefs is reincarnation, not of personality but of consciousness. It is believed that before a teacher — referred to as a lama — dies, he bestows all his teachings on someone else, who holds onto those teachings as he grows old. Then when the lama is reborn, he can be re-taught. Today, as part of this long-lived tradition, a lama has come to Davis and is offering his teachings in free classes throughout the month of November. “The point is to preserve the teachings in order to benefit others,” Lama Gursam said. “If somebody destroys Buddhism pictures and Buddhism statues at the temples, we don’t really care about that at all. We don’t care about that part. Buddhism is not about statues, it is about the teachings.” Lama Gursam is offering his classes through A Shared Awareness, a place where people can meet to practice the dharma, the teachings and doctrines of Buddhism. It is located at The Lofts, at 105 E Street 3G. “When I got back [from a pilgrimage] I had already rented this beautiful space and I was using it for my women’s circle,” said Sunny Shine, founder and teacher at A Shared Awareness. “I just realized that I needed to build a shrine there. I needed to build a Tibetan shrine and I needed to start really practicing. It just clicked, it was like ‘this is a meditation hall.’” After building the shrine, Shine began inviting people to join. She supports it, so there are no requirements and no dues. If people give donations, they go to whatever teacher happens to be there. And whenever there is an opportunity to invite a teacher, she invites them. Lama Gursam has come to Davis at this time each year for six years now and has found that each time, people who have studied with him before return to learn more. “When we teach about meditation, it is not just about studying,” Lama Gursam said. “It is more about the practice, to sit down and understand a practical way for the mind and the body to come and experience peace.” Buddhist teachings go back more than 2,005 years, and their preservation is very important. The teachings have been present in many countries, including India, China, Japan and Tibet, and Lama Gursam believes that they can be a very beneficial contribution to every living being in the world. “This is not about becoming a Buddhist,” Lama Gursam said. “This is about people learning how to live as happy people and healthy people.” Lama Gursam said that meditation is not religious; it is about training minds. “We living beings all have a mind and a heart; it is a great opportunity to train the mind into an understanding of inner peace,” Lama Gursam said. “There are many different types of happiness, but we believe that the most important is inner peace and happiness.” Buddhist teachings have been supported by many scientists as well. “It is not just that we believe something,” Lama Gursam said. “Now we are proud to say that scientists can talk to the Buddhist people; they want to know about the mind and Buddhism’s ideas.” Meditation is a teaching about awareness, according to Lama Gursam, and the awareness is the wisdom. “So I’m letting people know that if they are interested in meditation, it is not necessary to be a religious person, not necessary to be a spiritual person, and not necessary to be-

home” is usually one reserved for the local surfers in the Santa Barbara area. This time however, UC Davis brought the saying to the Gauchos gymnasium in a big way. Sporting an aggressive, hard-serving, hard-hitting mentality, the Aggies avenged their home-court Saturday — UC Davis 3, UC loss to the Gauchos last Santa Barbara 0 month, to an even sweeter The phrase “go big or go sweep on the very doorstep

of UCSB for the first time in the program’s history. The night started off with a very tight 25-23 first-game victory for the Aggies, narrowly escaping with the win on an attack error by the Gauchos offensive. However, UC Davis came out aggressive in the second game, determined to prove the last one was no fluke. They quickly built a 15-5

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Lama Gursam teaches Tibetan meditation techniques Monday through Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Lofts at 105 E Street. lieve something. Just come for the learning and the training to see who you are, learn about our minds and become more aware,” Lama Gursam said. Lama Gursam spends part of each year on retreats to India, Nepal, and Tibet, learning from the older generation, and spends the rest of the year traveling in the west, teaching. So far this year, he has already been on the East Coast, from New York to Boston to New Hampshire, and Vermont. Now, he’s in Davis for the month of November, and will be moving on to Arizona at the end of it. While he’s here, however, classes will be held every day. Already, he has spoken about general meditation and the different levels of meditation. Last Friday, there was a healing ceremony, and on Saturday and Sunday there were sessions of meditation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “My goals and my intention is to benefit others, to share this meditation technique,” Lama Gursam said. “My wish is for people to be happy and at peace with themselves. That is why I try to share this skill of meditation and Buddhist teachings. It has been thousands of years that we’ve had this tradition, and so I share with them.” Bob Foley, who frequents A Shared Awareness, has attended Lama Gursam’s teachings before and stated that he was very impressed and recommends that students attend. “I think it’s an opportunity to see a good teacher — a real teacher of Tibetan Buddhism,” Foley said. The next classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday at 7 p.m. there will be another empowerment session. For more information call Sunny Shine at (530) 756-2671. NAOMI NISHIHARA can be reached at features@theaggie.org.

lead and never looked back. Whitson hammered away a match-high 20 kills to go along with 11 digs on the night. Seniors Caroline Mercado and Kaitlyn Plum each contributed 10 digs to their team’s total of 62 on the night, while setter Jenny Woolway grabbed 10 digs to compliment her matchhigh 37 assists. These two timely wins

could not have come at a better time for UC Davis, as they will return home next week for their final weekend series of the year at home. They will be taking on Cal State Northridge on Friday night and will face the still-undefeated University of Hawaii for senior night on Saturday. PK HATTIS can be reached at sports@ theaggie.org.

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Last week, the UC Davis Stress and Wellness Center brought Therapy Fluffies to the quad. After a rainy and stressful week, the therapy dogs and sun were a welcome sight.


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Aggies keep weekend series short and sweep Women’s volleyball sweep Gauchos for first time in program history By PK HATTIS

Aggie Sports Writer The Aggies caught a bit of “road-rage” this weekend against Cal Poly and Santa Barbara as they went on to sweep both opponents back to back. UC Davis hit the ground running Friday night, displaying one of their most dominant performances of the year against Cal Poly, trouncing the Mustangs 25-10, 25-23, 29-27. The Aggies never slowed

down after outrunning the Mustangs, carrying their spectacular play farther south where they met UC Santa Barbara head on. The Gauchos have proven to be a worthy opponent this year, taking a hardfought four-set victory last month on the Aggies’ home floor. However, the match was not forgotten and UC Davis completed their second sweep in a row 25-23, 25-14, 29-27 and their first ever against UCSB. UC Davis sported truly

spectacular play over the weekend, receiving significant contributions from each and every player on the squad that translated to some of the best play in the history of the program. Friday — UC Davis 3, Cal Poly 0 UC Davis can boast an extremely successful record against Cal Poly, but that was the last thing on coach Jamie Holmes’ mind before the match last Friday.

Because Cal Poly is in the middle of a transitional period as a program, their lineup and tactics are constantly changing. While this does expose certain aspects of their game, it is also one of their most useful tools, making them effectively unpredictable. The Aggies countered this ambiguity with a steady and consistent rate of play on their side, sporting an unbelievably high

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campus CHIC. By STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN Aggie News Writer

Colin Turek, third-year sociology major Hometown: Sonoma, CA Spotted at the Student Community Center The Aggie: What are you wearing? Turek: I’m wearing a Neiman Marcus cable-knit sweater over an American Apparel T-shirt and my coat is from Wasteland in Hollywood. My shoes are from Nordstrom. The socks are old staples.

How did you decide what to wear today? I started with the shoes and the socks and I went up from there. Where do you find inspiration? Other people. I like to look through magazines a lot. I spend a lot of time in San Francisco, and I’m inspired by elements of funk and elements of chic and combining them. What pieces are you looking forward to wearing this autumn? Scarves! STEPHANIE B. NGUYEN can be reached at campus@theaggie.org.

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or to playing to the Aggies. UC Davis stepped up and played a close game with them, but were unable to put points of their own on the board. MATTHEW In the Aggies’ 48-41 YUEN loss to Montana State for Homecoming, UC Davis gave the No. 2 team in the nation quite a scare. UC Davis flipped the game on Montana State by scoring 24 points to turn a 31-14 deficit into a 38-31 advantage. It wasn’t exactly the prettiest game, but the Aggies still almost pulled he end is near. The out a win. Barring that redUC Davis football zone interception Wright team will play its final game this Saturday, and threw that let the Bobcats it will mark the last showing set up a touchdown with for the Aggies in the season under three minutes to play doomed the Aggies. that will conclude coach UC Davis dropped a 28-20 Bob Biggs’ career. game to rival and now No. UC Davis stands at 3-7 19 Cal Poly in the Battle for overall with a 2-5 record the Golden Horseshoe. It’s in its new conference, the tough to say what happened Big Sky. At first glance this in this game. record is rathHe literally could have stuck his The Aggies went up 10-0 er undertongue over the finish line, then early but then whelmturned around to help the King allowed 28 ing. But points before so is Yoda. finish. scoring 10 of This their own afterwards. has been the Aggies’ pre It’s kind of like the mier season in their new Jonathan Sanchez synconference, and their performance should hardly be drome, for you Giants fans. It’s the case of one counted as a failure. bad inning, a couple of Let’s break down this remessy plays that ruin a cord, and maybe we’ll find good outing. that the UC Davis football season has, in fact, been an Most of these losses have come down to the wire and encouraging one. are the result of one cost Most recently, UC Davis was taken down by Eastern ly mistake. They’re so close to finishing and getting that Washington, a Big Sky upset, then they just get opponent. The Aggies cold. dropped a 31-28 decision to the sixth-ranked team in Just like Lightning the Football Championship Mcqueen about to win Subdivision that could have that Piston Cup. He litereasily swung the other way. ally could have stuck his tongue over the finish line, UC Davis had an opportunity when freshman kick- then turned around to er Brady Stuart lined up for help the King finish. No. 95 a 52-yard field goal attempt could have had both victory and those good Samaritan with less than a minute to points in the bag, but for play. The kick was blocked some reason he chose just and the Aggies’ upset was one. thwarted. This wasn’t just UC Davis The Aggies are so close: They can have those victohaving a lucky chance at ries and the impressive mathe end of the game. They jor upsets that make nawere actually up 25-14 at tional headlines, but they halftime after scoring 22 just can’t cross that line. uncontested points in the second quarter. The Aggies Once they shore up these small mistakes and get had a 28-24 lead up unrid of the small errors that til the eight-minute mark snowball out of control, UC in the fourth quarter, and still had the opportunity to Davis will get much better results. Get that Rust-eze knock in that game-tying on them and they’ll be slick field goal. and ready to play. It’d be a Statistically, the Aggies stretch to say they would outgained the Eagles 435 have won each of these yards to 361 and junior Randy Wright had 289 pass- games, but maybe a few of them could have gone our ing yards to the Eastern way. Washington 242. UC Davis All in all, the losshad the advantage in ales to South Dakota State, most every offensive cateCal Poly, Montana State, gory, and controlled posNorthern Arizona and session of the ball for 63 Eastern Washington were percent of the game time. defeats at the hands of It just came down to one some of the top teams in blocked field goal. the FCS. UC Davis has The game against stepped up its game and is Portland State was a bit holding its own against the more one-sided, but UC best FCS teams in a tough Davis did go into halftime conference. tied at 14-all. All five of those teams are Against Northern in the top-20 teams in the Arizona, which is now FCS. Outside of the losses ranked No. 11 in the FCS, to these teams, the Aggies UC Davis held the top-20 are 3-2. Not great, but not Lumberjack offense to 21 bad for a team’s first year in points. The Lumberjacks the Big Sky Conference. had some of the best special teams and offense in the nation and had scored MATTHEW YUEN has been listening to at least 40 points in three Christmas music for a week now. Spread of their four games priChristmas cheer to sports@theaggie.org.

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