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SeXX shift: 57 percent of freshmen are womenmagazine cover

UC Davis, like universities across the country, no longer looks like your father's campus. But it very well may be your daughter's. Read why in the latest issue of UC Davis Magazine. [ More… ]


Campus makes push to minimize energy consumption over the holidays

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Horwitz issued a letter Dec. 18 to alert the campus community to steps that Facilities Management personnel will take over the holidays to reduce utility use, and to ask employees to do their part to cut campus energy use over the holidays. [ More… ]

Online W-2 forms available again this year

Payroll Services announced that W-2 tax statements will again be available online via At Your Service. If you previously elected to receive an online W-2, the "opt-in" election remains in force; it is not necessary to make a new election. If you wish to change the way you get your W-2, you have until Dec. 31 to do so. [ More… ]

In research: Quiet bison sire more calves than louder rivals

During bison mating season, the quietest bulls score the most mates and sire the most offspring, while studs with the loudest bellows see the least action, according to a surprising new study by researchers at UC Davis and Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. The researchers also found that the volume of a bull's bellow was not related to the animal's weight or age. [ More… ]

Silo café changes name to Gunrock Pub and adds campus flavor

The only full-service restaurant on the Davis campus is getting a makeover, a new name and a big helping of UC Davis flavor. Look for the Silo Café & Pub to reopen Jan. 5 as the Gunrock Pub. The new restaurant will showcase campus-produced foods and local specialties. Sodexo plans a weeklong grand opening celebration Jan. 5-9, with free dessert for all diners. [ More… ]

Arboretum puts out call for volunteers

The UC Davis Arboretum is taking sign-ups for volunteer training, with sessions scheduled in January and February. Suzanne Ullensvang, resource development manager, said the arboretum welcomes people of all skill levels. "We need people with enthusiasm and a positive attitude," she said. "We can teach them everything else." [ More… ]

Last-minute shopping solution: UC Davis Centennial olive oil

The Olive Center is offering a "last-minute holiday shopping solution": bottles of UC Davis Centennial Blend Olive Oil, each packed in excelsior straw in a box with a red ribbon. The 500-milliliter bottles are available at the Davis and Sacramento campus bookstores for $29. [ More… ]

$6.8 million grant to speed development of new wheat varieties

Thanks to a three-year, $6.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UC Davis researchers are working on a groundbreaking plant genome project that could speed up the development of wheat varieties with improved grain quality and nutrition, higher yield, resistance to pests and diseases, and tolerance of adverse climate conditions. [ More… ]

Aggies on the Move: Barking Dogs capture Team Challenge

The UC Davis walking program's fall quarter Team Challenge concluded with first place going to the Barking Dogs (the Lantz-Johnson family: husband-wife Bob and Katy Lantz and their sister-in-law Deanna Johnson). Over eight weeks, they averaged 1,089,390 steps each — more than 100 miles. [ More… ]

Break a sweat, relax the mind at Activities and Recreation Center

As your mind and body age, it is more important than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle. One key ingredient to staying healthy is having an exercise regimen that meets your physical needs and that allows for mental relaxation. UC Davis provides several ways for faculty and staff to get in shape, add some muscle or just deal with stress throughout the year. [ More… ]


New strategic sourcing agreement for UC employee uniforms and services

The university has signed a Systemwide Strategic Sourcing Primary (mandatory) Agreement for employee uniforms and services with Mission Linen Supply. A phased, department-by-department implementation approach will be used with a target campuswide completion date of March 1, 2009. [ More… ]


Focus on Film: Spellbound

Monday, Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m., Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

The Mondavi Center's winter quarter Focus on Film, Hitchcock — The Wrong Man Theme, starts Jan. 5 with Spellbound. The other films in the Hitchcock series are North by Northwest (Jan. 26) and Strangers on a Train (Feb. 23). Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and children for single films; and $27 for three-film plans. [ More… ]

Mavis Staples headlines concert and civil rights forum

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Mondavi Center

To celebrate the 80th birthday of the late Martin Luther King, the Mondavi Center is hosting a free afternoon forum, "Civil Rights: The Music and the Movement," with singer Mavis Staples and Milmon Harrison, associate professor in the African American and African Studies Program. Staples is also scheduled to perform in concert the same evening. [ More… ]

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