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November 2014arrow

National study provides insights into childhood head injuries

November 12, 2014

This week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine features an article that highlights an unprecedented analysis of the nation’s childhood head injuries.

UC Davis investigational medication used to resolve life-threatening seizures in children

November 12, 2014

In its first clinical application in pediatric patients, an investigational medication developed and manufactured at UC Davis has been found to effectively treat children with life-threatening and difficult-to-control epileptic seizures without side effects, according to a research report by scientists at UC Davis and Northwestern University.

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Study on Western diet and role in GI cancer funded

October 28, 2014

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded a $2.7 million grant to UC Davis researchers to investigate how the so-called Western diet, which is high in fat and sugar, increases the risk of developing liver and gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. In addition, the researchers will study whether bifidobacteria, a common family of bacteria in the human gut, can be enriched to prevent cancer.

Kay Redfield Jamison to discuss Professional and Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Illness

October 27, 2014

Kay Redfield Jamison, Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and co-director of the Mood Disorders Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will discuss "Professional and Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Illness," during a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St.

Distinguished cancer prevention researcher to lead public health sciences at UC Davis

October 21, 2014

Brad Pollock, a leading researcher on the incidence and control of childhood and adolescent cancer, has become chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Tarantula venom illuminates electrical activity in live cells

October 20, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, have created a cellular probe that combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound to help scientists observe electrical activity in neurons and other cells. The probe binds to a voltage-activated potassium ion channel subtype, lighting up when the channel is turned off and dimming when it is activated. 

Young Adult Outcomes topic of next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation

October 17, 2014

Research examining what happens to young adults with autism spectrum disorder when they leave high school will be the topic of the November UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. The discussion, on “Young Adult Outcomes,” will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Randi Jenssen Hagerman receives C. Anderson Aldrich Award from American Academy of Pediatrics

October 15, 2014

Randi Jenssen Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and Treatment, has received the prestigious C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development for her outstanding contributions in the field of child development from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the professional organization for pediatricians in the United States.

Probiotic decreases the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis

October 10, 2014

A team of UC Davis and University of Arizona researchers discovered that adding the bacteria Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis (B. infantis) to formula fed to newborn rats reduced the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis, an often deadly intestinal infection.

MIND Institute receives $900,000 grant to study use of sertraline in young children with autism spectrum disorder

October 8, 2014

Focusing on treatments to ameliorate autism symptoms, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will launch the first study to examine the effectiveness of the use of sertraline, commonly known as Zoloft®™, in children as young as 2 to 6 years, through a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Research Center for Behavioral Health launched at UC Davis

October 1, 2014

UC Davis Health System officials and California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg today announced the founding of a unique academic research center designed to improve mental health in California and serve as a national model for advancing innovative research in neuroscience, as well as the prevention of and early interventions in mental illness.

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UC Davis neuroscientists receive prestigious NIH BRAIN Initiative Awards

September 30, 2014

Two UC Davis research teams developing transformational technologies to understand the dynamics of the neural circuitry underlying behavior and cognition have received awards from the federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Technologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a presidential grand Challenge enterprise.

UC Davis medical student honored with Physicians of Tomorrow Award

September 29, 2014

Alexander Nguyen, a fourth-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine who is focused on improving the health of Americans, especially at-risk youth, received an American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Award. He is one of 21 students across the nation recognized for this academic achievement.

School of Medicine alumni honored

September 23, 2014

This year’s UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Day honored three physicians and medical alumni for their longstanding commitment to excellence on both professional and personal levels.

Mothers of children with autism less likely to have taken iron supplements during pregnancy

September 21, 2014

Mothers of children with autism are significantly less likely to report taking iron supplements before and during their pregnancies than the mothers of children who are developing normally, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

David Schrimmer joins UC Davis as chief of maternal-fetal medicine

September 18, 2014

David B. Schrimmer, a highly respected obstetrician and gynecologist who is expert in the management of complex pregnancies, including multiple gestations and those requiring fetal therapy, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as professor and chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Sleep disorders widely undiagnosed in individuals with multiple sclerosis

September 12, 2014

In what may be the largest study of sleep problems among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at UC Davis have found that widely undiagnosed sleep disorders may be at the root of the most common and disabling symptom of the disease: fatigue.

UC Davis, University of Washington launch project to develop depression care for older adults

September 5, 2014

UC Davis and the University of Washington are implementing a project to develop innovative new models of care for depression in older adults through a $2.5 million grant from the California-based Archstone Foundation, a private grant-making organization whose mission is to contribute toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. The grant launches Archstone Foundation’s Depression in Late Life Initiative to improve the quality of life for older adults suffering from depression. 

Breast vs. bottle feeding in rhesus monkeys

September 3, 2014

Infant rhesus monkeys receiving different diets early in life develop distinct immune systems that persist months after weaning, a study by researchers from UC Davis, the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) at UC Davis and UC San Francisco has shown. The study, which compares breast- and bottle-fed infants, appears online September 3 in Science Translational Medicine. [en español]

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The early cost of HIV

August 29, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have made some surprising discoveries about the body’s initial responses to HIV infection. Studying simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), the team found that specialized cells in the intestine called Paneth cells are early responders to viral invasion and are the source of gut inflammation by producing a cytokine called interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β).

University of California brings researchers together for statewide autism summit

August 13, 2014

Bringing together the research prowess of the University of California to address the increase in autism incidence, its public health impacts, and the need to speed the development of treatments for affected individuals and their families, internationally respected scientists from UC campuses at Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Davis will converge at the UC Davis MIND Institute for a daylong summit on innovative translational neurodevelopmental research.

UC Davis launches a clinic to treat thoracic outlet syndrome

August 7, 2014

UC Davis Health System has opened a clinic dedicated to treating a rare and complex condition called thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), which occurs when blood vessels or nerves running from the upper body through the arm become compressed, causing problems ranging from reduced mobility and pain to life- and limb-threatening blood clots. It is most often the outcome of trauma, repetitive movements or extra ribs that are present at birth.

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UC Davis School of Medicine welcomes its Class of 2018

July 30, 2014

fSeven years ago this month, Thomas Cranmer was serving his country as a Navy SEAL, helping injured platoon members who were hit by gunfire during an ambush in Ramadi, Iraq. This week, he’s in California, getting ready to put on a white coat and receive a stethoscope during a special ceremony that will welcome him and 109 other students into the UC Davis School of Medicine Class of 2018.

Program succeeds in supporting women faculty at UC Davis School of Medicine

July 25, 2014

A program that supports the professional development of female faculty at the UC Davis School of Medicine has been recognized as a model for other institutions seeking to address challenges facing female faculty.

Experiences at every stage of life contribute to cognitive abilities in old age

July 24, 2014

Early life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment late in life than such demographic characteristics as race and ethnicity, a large study by researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the University of Victoria, Canada, has found.

Neither gender nor parenthood force doctors to leave surgery training

July 24, 2014

While having children or being female is often thought to be linked with the decision to leave a general surgery residency, this is not true, according to a 10-year evaluation of UC Davis residents.

School of Medicine earns renewed accreditation

July 18, 2014

The nation’s accrediting authority for M.D. programs has voted to continue accreditation of the UC Davis School of Medicine. The renewed status by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) follows a lengthy systematic review of the school as well as a site visit earlier this year. It provides UC Davis with a new eight-year term.

'Support cells' in brain play important role in Down syndrome

July 18, 2014

Researchers from UC Davis School of Medicine and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California have identified a group of cells in the brain that they say plays an important role in the abnormal neuron development in Down syndrome.

Neural stem cell discovery may aid in treatment research for deafness

July 15, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis School of Medicine have for the first time shown that a polysialylated glycoprotein that regulates neurodevelopment exists on the surface of cells in the adult inner ear.

UC Davis professor receives award to develop preventive treatment for autism

July 14, 2014

The Hartwell Foundation has presented an Individual Biomedical Research Award to Professor Judy A. Van de Water of the University of California, Davis, recognizing research that could affect nearly one in every four cases of autism among children in the U.S.

New combination drug controls tumor growth and metastasis in mice

July 14, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis, University of Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School have created a combination drug that controls both tumor growth and metastasis. By combining a COX-2 inhibitor, similar to Celebrex, and an epoxide hydrolase (sEH) inhibitor, the drug controls angiogenesis (blood vessel formation), limiting a tumor’s ability to grow and spread. The study appears today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pancreatic surgery complications impact hospital costs more than length of stay

July 10, 2014

When it comes to a specific type of pancreatic surgery, post-operative complications have a far greater impact on total cost than does how long the patient stays in the hospital, according to a published paper by UC Davis researchers.

Minor head injury not reason enough for CT scan in children

July 7, 2014

A nationwide study of more than 40,000 children evaluated in hospital emergency departments for head trauma found that if children had only loss of consciousness, and no other signs or symptoms related to the head trauma, they are very unlikely to have sustained serious brain injuries. Children who have only isolated loss of consciousness after head trauma do not routinely require computed tomography (CT) scans of the head, reported researchers from UC Davis Health System and Boston Children’s Hospital. 

Sickle cell drug passes early phase trial

July 2, 2014

A potentially groundbreaking investigational drug designed to treat the painful vaso-occlusive crises that are the hallmark of sickle cell disease has been found to be safe following a clinical trial at UC Davis.

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Six medical students on speedier pathway to becoming primary care physicians

June 27, 2014

Medical school started early and quickly for six brand new first-year students.  The School of Medicine, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Northern California, recently welcomed its first group of students into the Accelerated Competency-based Education in Primary Care (ACE-PC) program.

UC Davis nursing professor named to prestigious nursing academy fellowship

June 26, 2014

The American Academy of Nursing announced this week that Debra Bakerjian, an assistant adjunct professor and senior director for nurse practitioner and physician assistant clinical education and practice at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was selected as one of 168 nurse leaders nationwide for fellowship in the prestigious academy.

UC Davis MIND Institute study finds association between maternal exposure to agricultural pesticides, autism in offspring

June 22, 2014

Pregnant women who lived in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides were applied experienced a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delay, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. The associations were stronger when the exposures occurred during the second and third trimesters of the women’s pregnancies. [en español]

First class of UC Davis doctoral nurses graduate

June 13, 2014

For the first time, eight Doctor of Philosophy students collected degrees through the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis this graduation season, along with 24 Master of Science students and six nurse practitioner and 24 physician assistant certificate graduates.

Local health professionals invited to educational workshop about sex trafficking

June 6, 2014

Concerned with increasing news reports of human trafficking in the Sacramento region, UC Davis School of Nursing professors developed a training workshop for area health professionals in hopes of helping practitioners better identify, and then support, victims of sex trafficking.

Restoring trust in VA health care

June 4, 2014

In the wake of recent revelations of overly long patient wait times and systematic manipulation and falsification of reported wait time data, UC Davis and Harvard public policy leaders believe the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health-care system’s problems can be fixed by strong leadership, greater transparency and reforms that refocus the organization on its primary mission of providing timely access to consistently high-quality care.

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Tarantal receives 2014 School of Medicine Research Award

May 30, 2014

Alice Tarantal, professor of cell biology and human anatomy, has received the 2014 UC Davis School of Medicine Research Award.

Schivo, Zeki recognized for clinical and research leadership with 2014 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award

May 30, 2014

Michael Schivo and Amir Zeki, faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine, are the recipients of the UC Davis School of Medicine’s 2014 Joan Oettinger Memorial Award.

96 medical students set to become physicians

May 28, 2014

Ninety-six medical students soon will put “Dr.” in front of their names following the 2014 commencement ceremonies at UC Davis School of Medicine.

UC Davis nursing leader tapped for White House advisory group

May 19, 2014

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Founding Dean Heather M. Young serves as the only nurse leader on the 14-member Systems Engineering for Healthcare Working Group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

Nutrition for a Healthy Brain topic of next Alzheimer's Disease Center lecture

May 14, 2014

A pioneer in understanding the dietary risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive aging will address “Nutrition for a Healthy Brain” during the next UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Tailored intervention has low impact on colorectal cancer screening

May 12, 2014

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but too few people get tested. In an effort to increase these numbers,researchers from UC Davis and elsewhere investigated whether an individualized interactive multimedia computer program (IMCP) would spur patients to get screened.

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Master educator, diagnostician to receive UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award

April 29, 2014

Faith T. Fitzgerald is a nationally recognized master educator and diagnostician whose ability to guide clinicians in the science and art of medicine and compassionate patient care has been described as "legendary," "inspirational" and "unforgettable."

Risk of pregnancy greater with newer method of female sterilization

April 22, 2014

The risk of pregnancy among women using a newer method of planned sterilization called hysteroscopic sterilization is more than 10 times greater over a10-year period than using more commonly performed laparoscopic sterilization, a study by researchers with Yale University and UC Davis has found.

Progressive neurodegenerative disorder linked to R-loop formation, UC Davis researchers find

April 17, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have identified a new feature of the genetic mutation responsible for the progressive neurodegenerative disorder, fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) — the formation of “R-loops,” which they believe may be associated with the disorder’s neurological symptoms, such as tremors, lack of balance, features of parkinsonism, and cognitive decline.

Rauen receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in White House ceremony

April 16, 2014

Professor Katherine A. Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, on April 15 received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

SSRI use during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism, developmental delays in male children

April 14, 2014

Prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), medications frequently prescribed to treat depression, anxiety and other mental-health disorders, is associated with a higher incidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays (DD) in male children, a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs has found.

UC Davis researchers discover how high blood pressure damages the heart

April 7, 2014

A multidisciplinary research team at UC Davis has found a key biological trigger — a protein known as nitric oxide synthase, or NOS — that makes the heart beat stronger in response to higher blood pressure, along with a way to turn that trigger off when it becomes overactive.

New test makes Parkinson's-like disorder of middle age detectable in young adulthood

April 2, 2014

The very earliest signs of a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder, in which physical symptoms are not apparent until the fifth decade of life, are detectable in individuals as young as 30 years old using a new, sophisticated type of neuroimaging, researchers at UC Davis, the University of Illinois and UCLA have found.

March 2014arrow

Time, trust and transparency keys to minority biospecimen collection

March 26, 2014

Blood and tumor specimen collection from cancer patients is critical to research into new, more personally targeted therapies. But biospecimen collection among diverse populations lags far behind that of whites. [Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish]

UC Davis physician featured in national health equity project

March 24, 2014

UC Davis professor Christopher Bowlus of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and his liver cancer disparity research, are featured on the Health Equity Research Snapshot of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

"The envelope please"

March 21, 2014

In a room filled with excitement and joy, 96 students from UC Davis School of Medicine today learned where they will be continuing their medical education over the next several years as they train to become licensed physicians.

Potential lung cancer vaccine shows renewed promise

March 20, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have found that the investigational cancer vaccine tecemotide, when administered with the chemotherapeutic cisplatin, boosted immune response and reduced the number of tumors in mice with lung cancer. The study also found that radiation treatments did not significantly impair the immune response. The paper was published on March 10 in the journal Cancer Immunology Research, an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) publication.

UC Davis faculty drive efforts to improve CT safety

March 19, 2014

UC Davis clinicians and physicists have recommended new strategies to make computed tomography (CT) safer, including adoption of a new metric for dose measurement, ways to manage exposure protocols that differ by CT brand and specific approaches to reduce exposure during needle biopsies. The recommendations are detailed in papers published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR).

Microbes in space

March 12, 2014

Microbes collected from Northern California and throughout the nation will soon blast into orbit for research and a microgravity growth competition on the International Space Station (ISS). This citizen science project, known as Project MERCCURI, is led in part by UC Davis microbiologists, who are investigating how microbes from different places on Earth compare to each other and to those found on the International Space Station.

UC Davis School of Medicine ranks among nation's best in research, primary care

March 11, 2014

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis School of Medicine among America's best medical schools for the quality of its educational programs in primary care and research. The news magazine's annual listing appeared today on the publication's website and will be published in its guidebook, “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015.”

UC Davis MIND Institute joins ranks of elite U.S. neurodevelopmental centers

March 11, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute has been named an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), through a prestigious grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health — a distinction held by only a handful of neurodevelopmental centers nationwide committed to the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and amelioration of developmental disorders such as autism, fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome.

Atypical development in the siblings of children with autism is detectable at 12 months

March 5, 2014

Atypical development can be detected as early as 12 months of age among the siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder, a study published by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UCLA has found.

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UC Davis tests new smartphone app to help patients with mental illness

February 28, 2014

Sacramento-area youth in the early stages of serious mental illness can receive a new smartphone app that helps them detect early warning signs of psychosis, through a one-year, $588,000 grant to the UC Davis Early Diagnosis and Preventive Treatment (EDAPT) Clinic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to study whether harnessing mobile technology improves patient care.

Eidson-Ton among recipients of honors for achievement in diversity and community

February 26, 2014

The 2014 Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community have been presented in the categories of Academic Senate and Academic Federation, staff, undergraduate and graduate student, community member — and in a new category, post-doctoral scholar.

MIND Institute launches "Colombia Project of Hope"

February 25, 2014

Researchers at the internationally respected UC Davis MIND Institute are collaborating with scientists at two Colombian universities to investigate the very high rate of fragile X-related disorders in one region in the South American country. [en español]

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Clinical informatics becomes a board-certified specialty

January 21, 2014

Three UC Davis physicians are among the nation’s first doctors to become board certified in clinical informatics, a new medical subspecialty created to help broaden and professionalize the health information technology workforce.

Complementary medicine in wide use to treat children with autism, developmental delay

January 11, 2014

In a study of the range of treatments being employed for young children with autism and other developmental delays, UC Davis MIND Institute researchers have found that families often use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments and that the most frequent users of both conventional and complementary approaches are those with higher levels of parental education and income. [en español]

Katherine Rauen receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

January 10, 2014

Katherine A. Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has received a 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

December 2013arrow

High good and low bad cholesterol levels are healthy for the brain, too

December 30, 2013

High levels of “good” cholesterol and low levels of “bad” cholesterol are correlated with lower levels of the amyloid plaque deposition in the brain that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, in a pattern that mirrors the relationship between good and bad cholesterol in cardiovascular disease, UC Davis researchers have found. [en español]

Survival rates have not improved for metastatic prostate cancer

December 18, 2013

Since the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test was introduced in the late 1980s, prostate cancer mortality has dropped by more than 40 percent. However, there has been tremendous controversy over whether the PSA test has caused that decline.  In a newly published study, UC Davis researchers suggest that PSA screening likely plays an important role. [en español]   

MIND Institute research named a Top 10 Scientific Advance for 2013 by Autism Speaks

December 18, 2013

A study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers has been named one of the Top 10 Scientific Advances of 2013 by Autism Speaks, the international science and advocacy organization.

The danger of sending patients home too soon after thyroid surgery

December 17, 2013

Removal of the thyroid gland is considered by most surgeons to be safe, which is why patients are often discharged from the hospital on the same day as the procedure. A new international, multicenter study published in the current issue of Surgery has found that some of these patients should be monitored in the hospital overnight for potentially deadly bleeding known as a post-surgical hematoma.

Electrical power restored at UC Davis Medical Center

December 12, 2013

Electrical power is back on at UC Davis Medical Center and all its facilities after an interruption in a SMUD power feed this morning.

Live auction and wine tasting event will benefit UC Davis School of Medicine's community clinics

December 4, 2013

Tickets are now on sale for the 34th annual UC Davis School of Medicine Silent Auction and Wine Tasting Benefit, set for Saturday, Jan. 11, from 5:30-9 p.m. in the Education Building, 4610 X Street, Sacramento.