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Birder brainsAnna's hummingbird

Campus birders meet weekly for the simple pleasure of standing around watching a downy brown ping-pong ball pick bugs from oak leaves. Our slide show has photos and sketches by two staff members. [ More… ]


Natural selection: Geneticist named a Howard Hughes 'early career scientist'

Neil Hunter, associate professor of microbiology and of molecular and cellular biology, is one of 50 researchers nationwide named as early career scientists by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Over the award's six-year term, the institute will provide his full salary, benefits and a $1.5 million research budget. Hunter is the first UC Davis faculty member to join the prestigious ranks of HHMI faculty. [ More… ]

Law school: Construction back on track

Construction on the new east wing of the UC Davis School of Law's King Hall will pick up where it left off in January, following the decision by Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia and Law School Dean Kevin Johnson to implement a limited, phased resumption of construction activity. Work was suspended Jan. 9 after California's fiscal crisis forced a freeze in funding for virtually all state-funded capital projects. [ More… ]

New power feed is on

Utility crews this week hooked up one-half of an improved electrical feed to the Davis campus's newly expanded substation south of Interstate 80. The successful hookup March 30 came one week after crews ran into trouble on the first try, when a pair of crossed wires in the new control system led to a campuswide blackout. [ More… ]

Larry Vanderhoef: Chancellor emeritus

The UC Board of Regents at its March meeting officially designated Larry Vanderhoef and UC San Francisco's J. Michael Bishop as chancellors emeriti. Both are stepping down June 30. Vanderhoef plans to spend the coming year writing a book, developing a new class and continuing his work on building international links, as well as other service activities nationally and on campus. [ More… ]

New conductor named for symphony orchestra

Christian Baldini, conductor and music director of the Symphony Orchestra of the State University of New York at Buffalo, has been named the new conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. The Argentinean-born conductor and composer will join the music department as an assistant professor on July 1, pending final approval of his appointment by a faculty personnel committee. He is expected to make his campus conducting debut at a June 2 concert. [ More… ]

In brief: Bikeway, fruit, mentors, walking, gay support

A proposed bikeway between Davis and Woodland gets a second look; student gleaner organization collects fruit on behalf of food bank; retiree center to recruit faculty and staff mentors for students at April 9 mixer; staff invited to join Active Aggies for after-work exercise and advice; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center sponsors a new group for faculty, staff and students. [ More… ]

Professor stars next week on 'Bugs In My Alibi' on cable TV

UC Davis entomology chair Lynn Kimsey's star turn on cable TV's Animal Witness is scheduled to debut next week on the Animal Planet network. The half-hour program, titled "Bugs In My Alibi," is about Kimsey's forensic work on behalf of the prosecution in a 2007 Kern County murder trial in which a man was accused of slaying five members of his family. [ More… ]

Annual report now available

UC Davis' 2008 Annual Report celebrates a century of "doing what matters." The report is now available online and in print. To order print copies, fill out this form online. [ More… ]


Removal expenses in excess of 50 percent (academic appointees)

The policy for payment of removal expenses for academic appointees has been modified effective March 1. See the directive for details. [ More… ]


Nobel-winning physicist to discuss collider, string theory

Tuesday, April 7, 8 p.m., AGR Room, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

UC Davis' High Energy Frontier Theory Initiative, or HEFTI, and the Department of Physics are hosting Nobel Prize winner David Gross for a talk on elementary particle physics, the Large Hadron Collider and string theory. [ More… ]

Mondavi for kids: Spring break matinees

Tuesday through Thursday, April 7-9, Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

Italy's Teatro di Piazza o d'Occasione takes children on a magic carpet ride — literally — by inviting them to walk on the Children's Cheering Carpet, an interactive prop that puts the children into the stories that are being told. The company will present Butterflies (Farfalle) seven times over three days. [ More… ]

Native American Culture Days and 37th annual powwow

Monday through Saturday, April 6-11, various campus locations

The first of the Davis campus's annual culture celebrations is next week. Look for music, ceremonies, talks, a film festival and more. The week closes on Saturday with the daylong UC Davis Powwow: Weaving Our Generations Together, featuring dancing, arts and crafts vendors, and Indian taco booths, in the Pavilion at the Activities and Recreation Center. [ More… ]

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