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'Skunkiness' not just black and white skunk

How do predators know a skunk is a skunk? Watch this video about a UC Davis study that used stuffed decoys, including fox-colored skunks and skunk-colored foxes — and got some surprising results. [ More… ]


Dozens arrested in Mrak lobby as regents approve fee increases

The UC Board of Regents approved student fee increases on Nov. 19 against the backdrop of protests around the system, including one at UC Davis that ended with the arrest of several dozen people who police say refused to leave the Mrak Hall lobby at closing time. [ More… ]

UC Davis files $100M lawsuit against Sacramento County on indigent care

UC Davis Medical Center is suing the County of Sacramento and responsible public officials for their failure to process and pay more than $100 million in claims for medical care. The lawsuit involves care and services that UC Davis provided to indigent and incarcerated patients. [ More… ]

In research: Men still dominate corporate California

Despite decades of public pressure to shatter the so-called "glass ceiling," women remain a distinct minority in the boardrooms and executive suites of California's 400 largest companies, according to a UC Davis study released this week. [ More… ]

Fall enrollment: Transfer students up by 15.9 percent

UC Davis this fall enrolled its largest number of transfer students even as UC budget constraints reduced the size of the freshman class. [ More… ]

Remaking UC

A UC Commission on the Future working group will visit the campus Nov. 30 to hear from UC Davis community members. The commission is addressing how UC can maintain access, quality and affordability in a time of diminishing resources. Meanwhile, Chancellor Linda Katehi this week urged students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to join UC for California, the university's systemwide push for more state funding. [ More… ]

In brief: Course materials during furlough, state tax withholding and more

Repro Graphics is advising faculty that, despite the Dec. 24-Jan. 3 campus closure, the unit will produce course materials in time for the start of winter quarter. Also, state income tax withholding is going up by 10 percent as of Nov. 1 — to be reflected on your Nov. 25 paycheck, if you are paid biweekly, or your Dec. 1 check, if you are paid monthly. [ More… ]


Holiday office closures and union notice

This year, the seasonal administrative holidays fall on Thursday, Dec. 24; Friday, Dec. 25; Thursday, Dec. 31; and Friday, Jan. 1. In addition, the Davis campus will be closed on Dec. 28-30 as part of the UC furlough plan. Unit heads who wish to close their offices or reduce office hours on additional days surrounding the holiday dates may do so, with the approval of their dean or vice chancellor. [ More… ]

Mandatory flameproofing of yuletide trees

Flame-retardant certification is required for all yuletide trees and other cut greenery displayed in indoor areas frequented by students, staff and faculty. Campus units may schedule treatment and certification Nov. 23 through Dec. 18; UCDHS units may do so Dec. 7 through Dec. 18. [ More… ]

Distinguished Teaching Awards: Call for nominations

The Davis Division of the Academic Senate invites nominations of candidates for the 2009-10 Distinguished Teaching Awards. All nominations must be received electronically by 5 p.m. Jan. 15. [ More… ]


Clark Kerr lecture: 'Searching for Utopia'

Today, Friday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

The University of California's Clark Kerr lecture series, on the role of higher education in society, is coming to UC Davis for the first time. Hanna Holborn Gray, president emeritus of the University of Chicago (1978-93) and the Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Professor of History at that university, will speak on "Searching for Utopia." [ More… ]

Raptor Center open house

Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., California Raptor Center

Free activities at the California Raptor Center begin with a Hawk Walk at 8 a.m., followed by the open house 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with special presentations at 10 a.m. and noon. The center, a program of the School of Veterinary Medicine, rehabilitates injured raptors and releases them back to the wild. [ More… ]

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra opens new season

Sunday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, now under the direction of conductor Christian Baldini, opens its 51st season with works by Dvorak, Ginastera and Ravel. [ More… ]

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