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Whole Earth Festival: Annual 'green daze' celebration

Handmade crafts, vegetarian delights, live music, workshops and more await you at this weekend's 39th annual Whole Earth Festival, opening today at lunchtime. [ More… ]


Sustaining UC Davis

The campus is launching a major effort to strengthen its commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability. Sid England, director of environmental planning in the Office of Resource Management and Planning, will lead the new initiative to coordinate sustainability programs, distribute seed money to support new projects and create a chancellor-level advisory committee. [ More… ]

Dim lights, bright savings

The campus's Utilities Division is teaming up with researchers at UC Davis' California Lighting Technology Center and Energy Efficiency Center to develop and test a new lighting system that saves energy and increases safety. The system, now in place in two campus parking structures, combines motion detectors with special lights that glow at low power until activity or motion triggers them up to full brightness. [ More… ]

High-tech hook-up: Voice mail connects with the Internet

Communications Resources has launched a new set of voice mail features that can link your office telephone and the Internet. Enabled Voicemail (EVM), offered at no additional cost to campus units, delivers audio files directly to your e-mail so that you can listen to your office phone messages on your computer or mobile device. [ More… ]

Econ professor dusts it up at the LA Times

UC Davis economist and author Gregory Clark is engaged in a week-long online debate about worldwide resource scarcity. Clark has been one half of the dialogue in this week's "Dust-Up," a popular cyber-duel on the Los Angeles Times' Web site. Clark and Gary Gardner of the World Watch Institute are discussing such topics as the rising price of food and energy, the subprime mortgage crisis and the proposed gas tax holiday. [ More… ]

Teaching Prize video: Dante scholar Brenda Deen Schildgen

Brenda Deen Schildgen, professor of comparative literature, was feted Thursday night as the 2008 recipient of the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. Watch the 13-minute-long QuickTime video tribute to Schildgen, produced by UC Davis News Service, that premiered at the gala. [ More… ]

'A fine, fine person': Law school's Perschbacher stepping down

Rex R. Perschbacher, dean of the School of Law during a decade that witnessed a 30-percent growth in the school's full-time faculty and the launch of a $30-million King Hall renovation and expansion project, will step down from his post on June 30. Following a year's sabbatical, Perschbacher plans to return to the school as a professor. [ More… ]

'He's smarter than all of us': Dean Sheffrin stepping down

Steven M. Sheffrin is stepping down after 10 years as the dean of the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Letters and Science. Sheffrin, an economist, became dean at a time when the division faced tremendous growth: 70 percent of undergraduates would eventually go through Social Sciences and 150 new faculty were hired. [ More… ]

Two professors tapped for top honors

Two UC Davis faculty members have been elected to prestigious academies. Berni J. Alder, professor emeritus in the Department of Applied Science and a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and George G. Roussas, distinguished professor in the Department of Statistics, has been elected as a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens, Greece. [ More… ]


No new directives were issued this week.


UC Davis women begin water polo championship tournament tonight at Stanford

TONIGHT, Friday, May 9, 6:45 p.m., Stanford University

UC Davis will face San Diego State University in the first round of the NCAA women's water polo championships at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. The Aggies were recently ranked eighth in the National Collegiate Top 20 Coaches Poll; the team earned its second trip in three years to the NCAA tournament after beating Loyola Marymount in the Western Water Polo Association title game. [ More… ]

Oh, the places you'll go! — with a music degree

Monday, May 12, 4 p.m., AGR Hall, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

A financial adviser, a music professor and an attorney — all alumni of the music department — talk about their lives and careers after graduation. Moderated by D. Kern Holoman. Sponsored by the Department of Music. [ More… ]

Focus on Film: "Paths of Glory"

Monday, May 12, lecture at 6:30 p.m., film screening at 7 p.m., Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

The Mondavi Center's spring quarter Focus on Film continues with Stanley Kubrick's 1957 film "Paths of Glory," starring Kirk Douglas, the second of three movies in a series titled "Perspectives on War in Cinema." [ More… ]

Jewish studies seminar: Israeli soccer literature

Tuesday, May 13, noon, Andrews Room, 2203 Social Science and Humanities Building

Alon Raab, lecturer in the UC Davis Religious Studies Program, will give a talk titled "From Rabinovitch and the Burden of Jewish History to Beckham's Thigh: Israeli Soccer Literature." Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program. [ More… ]

Funding workshops: Fulbright and National Science Foundation

Tuesday, May 13, and Wednesday, May 14, noon to 2 p.m.

University Outreach and International Programs is offering a "Fulbright Scholar Workshop" on Tuesday and a "UC Davis Global Funding Workshop in Science and Engineering" on Wednesday for those considering submitting grant applications. [ More… ]

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