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Gunrock Pub openschef-greens

The Davis campus's only full-service restaurant reopened this week with a new name and a big helping of UC Davis flavor. [ More… ]


Regents consider a smaller fall class and a freeze on senior management pay

UC Office of the President outlines proposals to curtail freshman enrollment in the fall, freeze the salaries of top administrators and significantly restrict compensation for a large group of senior leadership. Separately, President Yudof writes a memo to staff about salary freezes and other compensation-related actions. [ More… ]

MIND Institute study shows California's autism increase not due to better counting, diagnosis

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have found that the seven- to eight-fold increase in the number of children born in California with autism since 1990 cannot be explained by changes in how the condition is diagnosed or counted — and the trend shows no sign of abating. They also suggest that research should shift from genetics to the host of chemicals and infectious microbes in the environment that are likely at the root of the condition. [ More… ]

Campus preempts threat: Explosive materials removed from freshman student's dorm

A bomb squad safely removed explosive materials from a residence hall in the early morning hours of Jan. 3, the day before most students returned from the holiday break. UC Davis police said they secured a warrant to search a freshman's room after learning of his arrest Dec. 26 on explosives charges in Imperial County, east of San Diego. [ More… ]

Former staffer goes to prison

A former UC Davis employee — who had earlier pleaded guilty to using $160,000 of funds from a federal program for her own purposes — was sentenced Jan. 6 in federal court to serve 12 months plus one day in prison and pay restitution of $128,681. Beverly Benford, who had worked for the Department of Nutrition, was ordered to surrender herself on Feb. 17 at a yet-to-be designated prison or to a U.S. marshal. [ More… ]

Power change: Scholars analyze Obama's prospects

President-elect Barack Obama will inherit an agenda of staggering uncertainty as the nation struggles with a fading economy while stuck in two wars overseas. UC Davis scholars say his success depends on his temperament and the decisions he makes. On Jan. 13, four campus scholars will address the challenges facing the new president at a free panel discussion sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Affairs at 7 p.m. in the ARC Ballroom. [ More… ]

Six faculty tapped for AAAS

Six UC Davis faculty members are among the 486 newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This prestigious rank is conferred on AAAS members for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. [ More… ]

New Year's ticket deal at the Mondavi Center

The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts announced a special offer in celebration of New Year's: During all of January, when you place online ticket orders or buy tickets by mail or telephone, the center will waive the $10 handling fee. [ More… ]


2009 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Nominations are invited for the 2009 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, which recognizes the contributions of graduate students to teaching and learning at UC Davis. Nominations are due by Monday, Jan. 26. [ More… ]

ASUCD-Davis Community Blood Drive

Please consider donating blood during the upcoming blood drive on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. As a special thank you, everyone who donates will receive a coupon for a pint of ice cream at any participating Northern California Baskin-Robbins store. [ More… ]


Forums and concerts for MLK and Blue Note Jazz

Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13 and 14, Mondavi Center

In forums and concerts, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts next week celebrates Blue Note jazz, Martin Luther King and the music of the civil rights movement. The forums are free and open to the public, while tickets are required for the concerts. [ More… ]

Brown bag: 'Career Fitness at Work'

Thursday, Jan. 15, noon, Cabernet Room, Silo

This workshop will focus on the career development process and what you can do to advance your individual professional goals. Part of Staff Development and Professional Services' Career Catalyst Brown Bag Series. [ More… ]

Nobel laureate to speak on campus

Thursday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m., AGR Room, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

Douglas Osheroff, who received the 1996 Nobel Prize in physics for research with helium-3 conducted when he was a graduate student at Cornell University, will give a lecture titled "Because of Science: Advances in Life." Part of the UC Davis Physics Centennial Speaker Series. [ More… ]

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