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Rating profs onlineBruce White photo

Just browse a popular Web site that offers prof ratings, and you will see many UC Davis faculty praised or panned by students based on their classroom experiences. But do online prof ratings shortchange students by steering them into less challenging classes, and are they fair to faculty and reflective of their classroom efforts? [ More… ]


Governor's midyear cuts include new reduction for UC

Midyear state budget cuts proposed by Gov. Schwarzenegger Nov. 6 include a further $65.5 million budget cut for the University of California in the current fiscal year. This cut would come on top of the $48 million year-over-year reduction for UC that was included in the final 2008-09 budget. [ More… ]

Enrollment records set for 2008-09

Almost 100 years ago, the first class of 28 degree-seeking students began their studies at what became UC Davis. And now, as UC Davis celebrates its centennial, the university boasts its strongest freshman class and overall record enrollment of 31,426. Total fall enrollment represents an increase of about 2.4 percent from last fall's 30,685. [ More… ]

Tips on coping with financial stress in tough times

Academic and Staff Assistance Program Director Beth Cohen says bad news about the economic downturn, delivered with such frequency and immediacy in our electronic age, is bombarding the fear and stress centers of our brain — and triggering our basic survival response. She offers some tips for reducing stress and stimulating the part of the brain that remembers to put things in perspective. [ More… ]

Oiled-bird rescue unit wants 'best' to be better

One year after leading the second-largest rescue and rehabilitation of oiled seabirds in recent California history, UC Davis wildlife health experts are busy preparing for the next major oil spill. When the container ship Cosco Busan spilled more than 53,000 gallons of fuel oil into San Francisco Bay, UC Davis' Oiled Wildlife Care Network used research-based medicine to save the lives of hundreds of animals that otherwise would have died. [ More… ]

Street renaming honors UC ag pioneer

The campus has changed the name of a street to honor Eugene W. Hilgard, dean of the College of Agriculture at Berkeley from 1875 to 1905 and founder of the university's Agricultural Experiment Station. Hilgard Lane is the new name of what used to be Beau Vine Lane, the street that fronts the new Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. [ More… ]

Mondavi Center adds Willie Nelson and k.d. lang

Two big-name singers, Willie Nelson and k.d. lang, are coming to the Mondavi Center in early 2009. Tickets are due to go on sale on three different dates — dates that are different than those published in Dateline (because the dates were changed after Dateline went to press). Dateline's online edition has the correct information. [ More… ]


Holiday office closures and union notice

This year, the seasonal administrative holidays fall on Wednesday, Dec. 24; Thursday, Dec. 25; Wednesday, Dec. 31; and Thursday, Jan. 1. Winter quarter begins on Friday, Jan. 2. As in previous years, unit heads who wish to close their offices or reduce office hours on days surrounding the holiday dates may do so, with the approval of their dean or vice chancellor. [ More… ]

Invitation to nominate candidates for the UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees

Trustees of the UC Davis Foundation play a leadership role in assuring the university's success in fundraising and advocacy. Nominations are due by Dec. 12. [ More… ]

2009-2010 Chancellor's Teaching Fellowships

Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef is calling for applications to the Chancellor's Teaching Fellowship Program, which provides graduate students with opportunities to participate in closely supervised teaching apprenticeships with UC Davis faculty members. Informational meetings are scheduled for Nov. 13, 18 and 21. Applications are due Jan. 9. [ More… ]


2008 Presidential Election: How We Got Here and What We Do Now

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 12:10 p.m., 360 Shields Library

A Policy Watch panel discussion with Erik Engstrom and Bradford Jones of the political science department, and Steven M. Sheffrin of the economics department. Sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Affairs. [ More… ]

Free noon concert: Folk music of Veracruz

Thursday, Nov. 13, 12:05 p.m., 115 Music Building

UC Davis music students perform folk music of Veracruz, Mexico. Sponsored by the music department. [ More… ]

Raptor center hosts open house and Hawk Walk

Saturday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m., California Raptor Center

The California Raptor Center's open house begins at 8 a.m. with a Hawk Walk along Putah Creek. It continues at the center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., when visitors can see live raptors and demonstrations. The raptor center, a program of the School of Veterinary Medicine, provides care for injured raptors with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. [ More… ]

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