THE DOWNLOAD: Fantasy Bars, Beer, Hydrogen, Snow

The Coffee House management team poses for a photo.
Ed Andrade, center, flanked by his fellow CoHo managers, from left, Lauren Woods, Elisa Hagopian, Kelli O’Day and Ray Arellano, celebrating Ed’s Fantasy Bar — named after Andrade — their winning entry in the Staff Assembly Holiday Bake-Off. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

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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