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Campus iTunes U site open for business

UC Davis is among the first 50 universities nationwide to launch a free iTunes U site, within the Apple iTunes Store. The new site features downloadable audio and video files on campus news, faculty research, interviews, music, athletics and academic courses. [ More… ]


A budget update from the provost's office

The $17.7 million in UC Davis budget cuts already outlined for 2008-09 represent only about a third of the total spending reductions that may be necessary to close next year's budget gap for our campus. [ More… ]

Fowled away? Too many birds in arboretum

It is springtime in the campus's prized Shields Oak Grove. That means thousands of nesting egrets and herons again threaten the trees' health, and wild-bird experts again are testing unusual but humane means to discourage the birds. [ More… ]

UC's new prez, Mark Yudof: 'You've got to build a level of public trust'

In a wide-ranging, half-hour interview with University of California news outlets, Mark Yudof, the UC system's incoming president, says he intends to push more authority to the 10 campuses and deal with the university's missteps quickly and openly: "You've got to build a level of public trust and support to get you over the crisis." [ More… ]

The tale of the papaya virus: a GMO success story

Pamela Ronald, professor of plant pathology, makes a case for academic research being critical to solving global food shortages. "Whispers of uncertainty" about genetically modified organisms can "delay our focus on helping feed the poor and malnourished," says Ronald, co-author of "Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food." [ More… ]

New public education effort: UC's impacts on Golden State

The UC system has launched a new public education effort to better inform Californians about the many diverse ways UC contributes to their lives and livelihood. The effort, funded by private endowment funds, is being launched this week on the Web, on radio and other outlets. [ More… ]

A little taste of home at campus dining halls

What do snickerdoodles, monkey bread and cranberry soy chicken strips have in common? They're all special treats created from the family recipes of students and offered through the Favorites from Home program. Faculty, staff and the general public are always welcome at any of the campus dining halls. [ More… ]

Salad daze on campus: Think globally, grow locally

The Salad Bowl Garden is a student-led experiment flourishing in front of the Plant and Environmental Sciences Building. It's demonstrating that safe, tasty, organic vegetables can be grown easily and look good, too. You're all invited to lunch — al fresco! [ More… ]


No new directives were issued this week.


Bike auction

Saturday, May 3, 8 a.m., west entry garage at Hutchison Drive and Dairy Road

The Transportation and Parking Services Bicycle Program sells off abandoned and unclaimed bicycles twice a year, and more than 350 bicycles will be auctioned this Saturday. Bicycles may be previewed beginning at 8 a.m., and bidding starts at 9 a.m. [ More… ]

12th annual Aggie Auction

Saturday, May 3, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Pavilion

Banquet, wine tasting, entertainment, raffle and auction. All proceeds benefit the athletic department's grant-in-aid fund, which supports UC Davis student-athletes. Sponsored by UC Davis Athletics. [ More… ]

Valente lecture: Music that makes us weep

Tuesday, May 6, 4:10 p.m., 230 Music Building

"Why Do Listeners Enjoy Music That Makes Them Weep?" by David Huron of the Center for Cognitive Science and the School of Music, Ohio State University. Co-sponsored by the music department and the Center for Mind and Brain. (The printed edition of Dateline lists an incorrect starting time.) [ More… ]

Writers in the Garden: Karen Joy Fowler

Tuesday, May 6, 7 p.m., Wyatt Deck

Karen Joy Fowler, author of "Sarah Canary" and "The Jane Austen Book Club," will read from her work and talk about the importance of the natural world in her writing. Sponsored by the UC Davis Arboretum. [ More… ]

In memoriam: S. Milton Henderson

Wednesday, May 14, 4:30 p.m., Heidrick Western Center for Agricultural Equipment

A memorial service for the professor emeritus of biological and agricultural engineering who died on March 13 at the age of 98. [ More… ]

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