THE DOWNLOAD: Aero, Erinn, Carter, Evie and Cheeto

Aero, a 7-year-old German shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix, is back in action with the Anderson Police Department (near Redding) as a narcotics-detecting officer. Four years ago, however, he was forced to prematurely retire after a mysterious illness caused his energy levels to plummet and his muscles to atrophy. His handler, officer Mike Hallagran, did not think Aero would survive.

— Rob Warren, School of Veterinary Medicine

Read more about how his illness was identified or watch Aero’s story in the above video.

Gauging opinions on nursing

Being a nurse was always in Carter Todd’s blood. As a pediatric intensive care unit nurse at UC Davis Medical Center, he’s one of roughly 280,000 black registered nurses in the country. That’s a number he hopes to grow.

For his thesis project at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, Todd interviewed patrons at Sacramento barbershops that cater to African American men to understand perceptions they had about the nursing profession. Why barbershops? Research concludes they serve as a cultural hub of influence in the community of African American men and can be a place of health care intervention.

Read more on the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s website.

Cat tweet waddles around the world

As the writer of a blog following UC Davis research, Strategic Communications’ Andy Fell spends much more time writing about discoveries made inside the Physics Building than animals who live near it. So the popularity of a recent tweet about signs asking the campus community not to pass any extra food to Cheeto likely came as a surprise.

As last count, Fell’s tweet from the UC Davis Egghead account had racked up nearly 7,000 retweets and almost 19,000 likes, and spawned coverage in publications varying from Bored Panda (which has nearly 16.5 million followers on Facebook) to the cat-centric A similar post from the College of Letters and Science received more than 2,500 comments on Facebook, including check-ins from around the world:

“This has reached the UK and we love him,” a user named Charlotte Lewis wrote.

“Also Portugal, I want to hug Cheeto,” Débora Gonçalves of Lisbon replied.

“And Malaysia,” said Siew Eng Chuah.

Cheeto has also garnered coverage in Vietnamese, and Hong Kong-based news outlet HK01 created a graphic.

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