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UC Davis professor tells students to be bold, prepared
Anita Oberbauer, professor and chair of the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, spent a recent Wednesday evening with students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as a guest speaker of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series.

The series, now in its second season, brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences – to local high school students.

Oberbauer shared stories from her “long and winding road” that led to her career path. Words of advice included to stretch yourself and be daring (but be safe and wear protective armor); always seek balance and goals (don’t be afraid to ask for things, but also be willing to give); and never be afraid to recalculate (a career path isn’t always straight, so recalculate as necessary).

She also shared a quote from Louis Pasteur – “Chance favors the prepared mind; and opportunity favors the bold” – and encouraged students to be bold in their choices.

Oberbauer joined the UC Davis faculty in 1989 and was appointed as the chair of the Department of Animal Science in 2009. She was honored in 2002 with the UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award.

The second season of the Speaker Series features six speakers, one each month, and will run through April. Upcoming speakers include Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California; and Julie Baker, Executive Director of Center for the Arts.

Anita Oberbauer (center) poses for a picture after addressing Bear River and Nevada Union high school students in February at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Future speakers for the Speaker Series includes Julie Baker, the executive director of The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.