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THE DOWNLOAD: Smart Home Residents, Honoring Veterans

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline on November 7, 2017 in University News

Honda Smart Home US: Meet the New Occupants

Three students have moved into a lab of sorts on campus — not one with beakers and test tubes, but one with radiant-heat flooring and automatic shutters.

The Honda Smart Home, a zero-net-energy residence in UC Davis West Village, allows researchers from Honda, UC Davis and PG&E to test out new energy-efficient technology. Meet its new residents and learn about the home in the above video.

Honoring veterans on campus

Two men tie a ribbon around a tree.
Junior Chris Dunbar, a retired Marine, helps tie ribbons on the Quad with College of Engineering staff member Dean Bunn, an Army veteran. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)

For the seventh year, yellow ribbons adorn trees around campus, showing support for veterans and active-duty service members. All Aggies were invited to help tie them Monday morning, and many of those who did spent time in the armed forces.

“I think it’s important to create that high morale among veterans,” said junior Chris Dunbar, an environmental sciences and management major and a retired Marine. He said he helped tie ribbons to show support for “all us vets and people who have somebody who may be out there.”

Patricia Sandoval, a sophomore linguistics major who works at the Veterans Success Center in the Memorial Union, was never in the military, but understands the demands service members face: Her family moved many times throughout her childhood because of her father's service in the Army.

"If you include college, Davis is my ninth school," she said while tying ribbons. "There's always that camaraderie" among military personnel and families, she said, and she's glad to see public displays like the ribbons boost awareness for them.

More events this week will honor veterans, ending with Saturday’s "Salute to Heroes" honoring military personnel, veterans and first responders before and during the football game.

And at the School of Nursing

Veterans Week isn't limited to Davis — various units are saluting those who have served the United States in the armed forces. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is one of the places in the UC Davis system where veterans can be found on both sides of the classroom: as professors and students. See some of their stories in the videos posted on the school's website.

The 30-minute "power nap" classes will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays now through the first week in December. The classes are open to students, faculty and staff, even without an ARC membership.

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