Society, Arts & Culture

Yolo Hospice: Well-worn wisdom from a 95-year-old

June 18, 2018

Verne Mendel is within spitting distance of a 100th birthday. At 95-plus, he likes to recall some decades-old advice that he heard from one of his former university students in the 1970s. With a smirk on his face and a glint in his eye he says, “Life is hard by the yard, but it’s a cinch by the inch.”

Discovering Curiosity: Art at the Zoo

April 28, 2018

Before delving into the world of endocrinology, Assistant Professor Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, wasn’t following the path of a traditional scientist. She’d studied studio art and psychology at both Skidmore College and Boston College and thought she wanted to pursue the artist’s life.   

“When I graduated, it was really difficult to make it in the art world, but I would get odd jobs here and there,” she said. “One of them happened to be at the Dallas Zoo, where they commissioned me to paint this very large mural.”

Gloria Partida named A.G. Brinley Plaque winner

December 04, 2016

The Brinley Plaque recognizes outstanding service in a particular area, such as the arts, education or health, or in some project that benefits the city of Davis.  Bill Habicht, associate pastor at Davis Community Church, wrote in his nomination letter for Gloria: “(Gloria) has made tremendous contributions to our city in the areas of race relations, restorative justice, LGBTQ advocacy and anti-bullying.” You can visit the Davis Phoenix Coalition to learn more about the not for profit organization Gloria co-founded.