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Lights, camera, action!Hooked animation

The UC Davis Film Festival — featuring animation, comedy, drama, commercials, documentaries, music videos and other short films by UC Davis students — plays at the Davis Varsity Theatre May 27 and 28. [ More… ]


Budget update: Voters no help for UC

As the UC system's fiscal crisis worsens — and this week's election results did not help — so too does UC Davis' projected budget shortfall in state funding for 2009-10. How big could it be? Associate Vice Chancellor Kelly Ratliff estimates $68.2 million, factoring in Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposal for dealing with the voters' rejection of five budget-related measures on the May 19 ballot. [ More… ]

Last chats: Vanderhoef talks about 25-year UC Davis career

Outgoing Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef held his last two brown-bag chats, concluding a 17 1/2-year tradition the same way he started it — with dismal budget news. But, in a May 15 talk on the Sacramento campus and a May 18 talk on the Davis campus, he also talked about the many good things the university is doing, in such areas as health care, transportation, energy research and the environment. [ More… ]

Stem cell lab for horses opens at vet school

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine on Monday opened its new Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. This state-of-the art facility for processing, culturing and storing stem cells for use in horses is one of only four such university-based veterinary stem cell labs in the nation, providing services to clients and referring veterinarians. [ More… ]

Pedestrian safety project to start on south side

A construction project aimed at improving pedestrian safety is scheduled to start soon where California Avenue connects with the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. The project calls for an asphalt path alongside California Avenue and a crosswalk on Old Davis Road. During construction, a fence will block off access for pedestrians between California Avenue and the RMI, requiring them to take a detour near the arboretum. [ More… ]

In research: 'Credit card fees could buy you a new TV'

The typical U.S. household pays $500 a year in bank and credit card fees and interest, more than half of which could be avoided through better planning, according to new research by Victor Stango, an assistant professor of management at UC Davis. [ More… ]

Food, Etc.: Good Life Garden events canceled

Cancellations have wiped out the Good Life Garden's calendar of events, with the exception of a backyard gardening seminar set for May 23 and summer programs for children. The gardening seminar is sold out, while sign-ups are still being taken for Kids, Farms & Food. Buildings and Grounds, which oversees the garden, blames the cancellations not on slow ticket sales but the inability, in this tough economic climate, to charge enough to cover the costs of putting on the events. [ More… ]

Nelson Gallery hosts MFA Exhibition

Wondering what the future of art looks like? Check out the Nelson Gallery from May 29 to June 19, to see this year's Master of Fine Arts Exhibition. The show includes paintings, collages, and sculptural and video installations by five students who are receiving MFAs this spring. [ More… ]

In brief: Vanpools, UC Davis Extension discounts, Picnic Day, dairy tours

A call for Davis campus employees interested in vanpooling from Solano County; enrollment for UC Davis Extension summer classes is now open, and faculty and staff are eligible for discounts from 20 to 50 percent; Picnic Day parade-winners announced; students are offering free, public tours of the campus Dairy Teaching and Research Facility Saturdays during May and June. [ More… ]

Around the UC

Michelle Obama at UC Merced's historic commencement; computer databases hacked in UC Berkeley's health services center; guilty verdict in scheme to sell body parts donated to UCLA's medical school; Dwaine Duckett appointed as vice president for human resources of the UC system; Web site to provide the latest information on how federal stimulus funds may be used throughout the UC system. [ More… ]


No new directives were issued this week.


Second annual Literature and Pathology Conference

May 22-24, Education Building, Sacramento campus, 4610 X St.

Scholars in English literature and other disciplines from all over the United States, and as far away as Syria, will present papers on illness in literature. The conference is open to the public and costs $5 per day to attend. [ More… ]

Director's Showcase: 'Private Eyes'

May 28-31, Wyatt Pavilion Theatre

In this play by Steven Dietz, multiple layers reveal a romantic triangle where nothing is ever quite what it seems. Sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance, and directed by Master of Fine Arts candidate Candice Andrews. Tickets are available through the Mondavi Center box office, and all performances start at 8 p.m., except for the May 31 show, which begins at 2 p.m. [ More… ]

Tournées Festival of French and Francophone Films

May 29-31, Technocultural Studies Building

The third annual Tournées Festival of French and Francophone Films will feature five films, all in French, with English subtitles. The festival is open to the public, and admission is free — though contributions will be accepted for a local charity. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A discussion is planned after each film. [ More… ]

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