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Research by mini-sub

Mini-sub photo

Earlier this year, UC Davis geology graduate student Bekah Shepard piloted a mini-submersible into the depths of Pavilion Lake, British Columbia. The adventure was part of an expedition to map strange life forms that could give clues to the history of life on Earth and other planets. View a broadcast news report online about her work. [ More… ]


Register personal information for emergency alerts

The university is encouraging employees and students to make the most of its emergency alerting service by registering their personal contact information. UC Davis WarnMe, designed to provide life-saving and other important information in emergencies, can already send emergency alerts through employees' work contact information and students' UC Davis e-mail addresses. Next week, the university will ask students and employees to voluntarily register personal devices, such as home and personal cell phones. The online registration site for UC Davis WarnMe is available now. [ More… ]

Search for new chancellor launched

UC President Mark G. Yudof recently announced the membership of the advisory committee that will assist him in his search for a successor to Larry Vanderhoef as UC Davis chancellor. Vanderhoef is stepping down at the end of this academic year. Nine UC Davis representatives are on the committee, scheduled to gather for the first time Thursday, Oct. 23. [ More… ]

Budget troubles continue for campus

At last week's brown bag meetings in Davis and Sacramento, Chancellor Vanderhoef warned that although UC Davis has already trimmed nearly $17 million from its 2008-09 budget, additional mid-year cuts are likely. The state budget allocates $3.256 billion to UC, but whether the state can come through with the full amount is questionable, thanks to the state and nation's continuing economic woes. [ More… ]

The eyes tell a story in autism

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers have discovered an important clue to why children with autism spectrum disorders have trouble imitating others: They spend less time looking at the faces of people who are modeling new skills. [ More… ]

Win tickets to U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame dinner

UC Davis is the venue for this year's U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame induction ceremony, featuring Olympic bronze medalist Levi Leipheimer as the keynote speaker. Tickets to the Nov. 2 event are $115 per person, and event co-sponsor Transportation and Parking Services is making three free tickets available to the campus community. The deadline to sign up for the drawing is Monday, Oct. 27. [ More… ]

Just a drill: Lockdown exercise at student health center

The UC Davis Police Department is alerting the campus community and surrounding area to a facility lockdown exercise scheduled from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Cowell Student Health Center. Lt. Matt Carmichael said actors are being used, "and we do not want anyone to confuse this exercise with an actual threat event." Signs will identify the exercise, and police personnel will be positioned around the building to alert the public. [ More… ]

UC takes action to protect employees against rising health insurance costs

With open enrollment approaching next month — a time when employees can reassess and change their health and welfare benefits — the UC systemwide benefits office announced a multipronged approach intended to shield employees from escalating health care costs. In addition to a one-time special subsidy for 2009, UC will continue its salary-based approach to health insurance whereby lower-paid employees pay lower monthly premiums, and employee out-of-pocket costs will not increase. [ More… ]


Professional Development Program for eligible Academic Federation members

Academic Federation members may apply for funds in support of professional development activities for the 2009-10 academic year. [ More… ]

Faculty dress available for fall commencement 2008

In preparation for fall commencement, faculty gowns, caps, tassels and UC Ph.D. faculty hoods are available at no cost and can be picked up from "will-call" at the Central Storehouse, or delivered to departments for a nominal charge. The order deadline is Nov. 14. [ More… ]


Second chance to understand the financial crisis

If you wanted to attend today's lunchtime panel discussion "Understanding the Financial Crisis" but can't make it, don't fear. A video of the forum — which features UC Davis faculty members from the fields of economics, management and history — will be posted on the campus home page later this afternoon. The forum is 12:10 to 1 p.m. today in 360 Shields Library and is sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Affairs. [ More… ]

Open auditions for Oklahoma!

Friday through Sunday, Oct. 24-26

Open auditions are scheduled next week for the UC Davis Centennial production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!, set to run at the Mondavi Center next May. The cast will number about 30, and the directors are looking for actors, singers and dancers. Interested people should schedule audition times with the Department of Theatre and Dance. [ More… ]

Book discussions begin for Mountains Beyond Mountains

Friday, Oct. 24., 11 a.m. to noon, Cross Cultural Center

The Campus Community Book Project's first book discussion is set for next week. This year's book, Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder, addresses global health care and poverty. [ More… ]

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