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Take a stroll through the UC Davis Centennial exhibit hall

What were people riding in 1908-09, the year students first came to live at UC Davis? How about the Marston Golden Sunbeam, a two-wheeled bicycle that looks remarkably similar to the bikes of today? In fact, you can see the English-built, multispeed Golden Sunbeam hanging from the ceiling at the California State Fair's UC Davis Centennial pavilion. The antique bicycle is just one of many collectibles and displays packed into our "Dream Big" exhibit. Join us for a guided tour. [ More… ]


Private support for UC Davis tops $216 million

More than 44,000 donors supported UC Davis with nearly $216.8 million in gifts, pledges and private grants last fiscal year, marking the sixth consecutive year that philanthropic support has grown and the first time that UC Davis has surpassed $200 million. Almost half of the total — $100 million — came from a single grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to found a new nursing school in Sacramento. The total for 2007-08 represents a 114 percent jump compared with the previous fiscal year, when private support totaled more than $101 million. [ More… ]

Sierra honors UC as 'shining star' among sustainable college campuses

Sierra magazine has placed UC's 10 campuses "in a league of their own" in the Sierra Club publication's second annual green college guide, which hit newsstands Thursday. Sierra features the 10-campus UC system and the Eco League — five liberal arts schools focused on environmental education — as two "shining stars," national environmental leaders among colleges. "We really wanted to highlight the great work that schools throughout the (UC) system are doing," said Josie Garthwaite, Sierra lifestyle editor. "It's a real leader when it comes to environmental policies in higher education." The magazine spotlights several of UC's green efforts, including UC Davis harvesting campus olive trees to make award-winning olive oils. [ More… ]

Grey tapped as UC's interim provost

Former UC Davis Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Robert Grey, who joined the UC Davis faculty in 1967 and still lives in Davis, has been named interim provost of the UC system. President Mark Yudof announced the appointment on Aug. 18, describing Grey as "an accomplished academic leader and administrator" and noting "he knows UC extremely well." At UC Davis, Grey served as dean of the then-Division of Biological Sciences from 1985 to 1993 and as provost from 1993 to 2001. [ More… ]

U.S. News & World Report's 2009 rankings released

UC Davis' undergraduate program in biological and agricultural engineering is ranked fifth among large national research universities, and its overall undergraduate engineering program is ranked 35th, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2009 "America's Best Colleges" report released today. In addition, the magazine's newest rankings acknowledge UC Davis for the diversity of its student body and for the strength of its undergraduate writing program. Overall, UC Davis was ranked 44th among national research universities. [ More… ]

In research: Suicide among Asian Americans

Asian Americans whose families experience a high degree of interpersonal conflict have a three-fold greater risk of attempting suicide when compared with Asian Americans overall, according to a new study by UC Davis researchers. The risk is tripled even among those who have never had a diagnosis of depression. The findings were reported Aug. 17 at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Boston. [ More… ]

Some staff receive extra $350 in pay

One-time payments of $350 were delivered to eligible nonrepresented employees on the Davis campus, in recognition of their work and accomplishments. The payments were made this week to about 2,600 people, at a total cost of about $875,000, according to Human Resources. Represented employees — in the EX, CX, SX, RX and TX units — bargained this same recognition award into their base pay in 2005, and therefore don't receive this one-time payment. [ More… ]

Campus expert: Russia-Georgia crisis shows Russian 'adventurism,' Georgian, American 'miscalculations'

To many in the West, the Russian-Georgian conflict is a prime example of a powerful, authoritarian nation bullying a weak, neighboring democracy. But the situation is more complicated — and the effects more far-reaching — than this interpretation, says political science professor Miroslav Nincic. "The United States was not in a position to take effective action to stop Russia," says Nincic, "and this has placed limits on what some had viewed as a promising unipolar world." [ More… ]


Business Officer Institute call for nominations

The next session of the Business Officer Institute, sponsored by the UC Office of the President, is scheduled for Oct. 20-23 in Burlingame. Nominations are due Sept. 15. [ More… ]

Change to travel policy affects meal and incidental expense reimbursement

Beginning Sept. 1, meal and incidental expenses for travel of less than 24 hours will be reimbursed only if there is an overnight stay, in accordance with IRS guidelines. [ More… ]


Aggie football scrimmage tonight

Today, Friday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m., Aggie Stadium

The Aggie football team's annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage is set for 6 p.m. today, with admission free and open to the public. [ More… ]

SummerMusic finale: Phoebe Snow on Quad

Monday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m., the Quad

From the Greenwich Village folk scene to the hit single "Poetry Man" and now to the UC Davis Quad — here comes singer-songwriter Phoebe Snow and her four-octave vocal range to the university's SummerMusic series. The concert is free and open to the public, with the Quad open for picnicking at 6:30 p.m. [ More… ]

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