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THE DOWNLOAD: Fantasy Bars, Beer, Hydrogen, Snow

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline on January 10, 2017 in University

We hope you haven’t had your fill of holiday treats, because we’ve got some yummy news to share: the results of the second annual Staff Assembly Holiday Bake-Off. This year’s contest, an all-bars edition, drew 22 entries. Taking first place was Ed’s Fantasy Bar, a three-layered treat of shortbread on the bottom, salted caramel in the middle and chocolate on top. It was entered by the Coffee House management team. Read the complete story, including all the results.

‘Beer for a Butterfly’ kicks off

Art Shapiro holds a butterfly.
Professor Art Shapiro holds the first cabbage white butterfly of the year in 2015. (Kathy Keatley Garvey/UC Davis)

You can contribute to science and win a pitcher of beer by competing in Professor Art Shapiro’s “Beer for a Butterfly” contest, now in its 46th year. The object: Catch the first cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) of the new year in Yolo, Sacramento or Solano counties.

Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, uses the data in his studies of butterfly life cycles and response to climate change. Shapiro said the current weather means there is "virtually no hope of it emerging before the 15th, if not later." 

Read more about the contest (and the rules), and what to look for and where to look.

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