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Reading to Rover Zachary Callahan and Lollipop

Kids, dogs and a good book are a great combination, according to researchers in UC Davis' School of Veterinary Medicine — and they have the data to back that up. Watch a video about the study showing how children become better readers when they read aloud to dogs. [ More… ]


Letter from Athletics Director Greg Warzecka to the campus community

Athletics Director Greg Warzecka discusses how a $1.79-million cut to Intercollegiate Athletics will affect the program's 27 teams, its student-athletes, coaches and staff. Thirteen men's and women's teams are now being reviewed. [ More… ]

Commission on the Future releases first round of proposals

A first round of proposals from the UC Commission on the Future includes ideas for increasing enrollment of nonresident students, offering a three-year undergraduate degree, creating multiyear fee schedules and exploring more online instruction as ways to help the university navigate a fiscally challenging environment. In other UC system news, UC Board of Regents Chairman Russell Gould says a special committee will be formed to consider what role, if any, UC might play in prison health care. [ More… ]

Campus asks for comments on our 'Vision of Excellence'

A couple of years before Linda Katehi joined UC Davis as chancellor, the university began to rework elements of its 2003 strategic plan. Since her arrival last year, that reworking has turned into a bold new document: "A Vision of Excellence." Chancellor Katehi is now asking the campus community to review and comment on the latest draft. [ More… ]

UC eyes diversity action in wake of hate

The UC Board of Regents pledged March 24 to take responsibility for stamping out intolerance in the UC system and voiced support for strategies aimed at increasing diversity on the 10 campuses. Read Chancellor Linda Katehi's report to the regents about hateful incidents at UC Davis and the campus's response. A video of the regents' diversity discussion is also available online. [ More… ]

National 'civility tour' coming to UC Davis

Jim Leach, chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is bringing his 50-state "civility tour" to campus as part of the Chancellor's Colloquium series. Titled "Civility in a Fractured Society," the talk is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 8 in Freeborn Hall. The campus community is invited, and the talk will be recorded for later viewing on the Web. [ More… ]

One Aggienaut heads into space, another heads to campus

We call them Aggienauts: alumni-turned-astronauts. Today (April 2), one of them, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, is scheduled to lift off aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, bound for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. Another, Stephen Robinson, is due on campus April 9, to participate in an open forum for faculty and students, and to give a public lecture. [ More… ]

In research: 88,000 U.S. citizen children lost parent to deportation

The United States government deported the lawful immigrant parents of nearly 88,000 citizen children between 1997 and 2007, most for relatively minor crimes, according to a new report released by the UC Davis and UC Berkeley law schools. The deportations often resulted in psychological harm, behavioral changes and problems in school for the children left behind. [ More… ]

Chance observation in campus lab leads to plant breeding breakthrough

UC Davis plant biologists have discovered a reliable method for producing plants that carry genetic material from only one of their parents. The technique, published recently in the journal Nature, could dramatically speed up the breeding of crop plants for desirable traits. The discovery came out of a chance observation in the lab that could easily have been written off as an error. [ More… ]

Mondavi sets stage for next season

The Mondavi Center's newly announced ninth season can be summed up in three words: virtuosity (as in bringing in the best performers from around the world), crossings (as in two new series) and madness (as in the Oct. 28-31 festival, Madness and Music). Steve Martin's appearance Oct. 3 has nothing to do with the latter. The acclaimed comedian is coming here as a Grammy Award-winning banjo player. Ticket sales for series and choose-your-own plans began this week. [ More… ]


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Solo Explorations and Main Stage: Student talent one weekend after another

Friday and Saturday, April 2-3, 8 p.m., Arena Theatre, Wright Hall (Solo Explorations)

April 9-10, 16-18, Main Theatre, Wright Hall (Main Stage Dance-Theatre Festival)

UC Davis theater and dance students take to the stage for two sets of performances over the next three weekends. Solo Explorations, which runs tonight and tomorrow, is an annual production of solo works by graduating MFA candidates. For the Main Stage Dance-Theatre Festival, opening April 9, undergraduate and graduate students have created eight new choreographies. [ More… ]

Native American Culture Days

April 5-11

A weeklong celebration of the traditions and contributions of indigenous cultures, featuring music, dance, art, food and more, ending with a weekend powwow at the ARC Pavilion and a film festival. Sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center. [ More… ]

Get your veggies: East Quad Farmers Market and Salad Bowl Garden

Wednesday, April 7, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., East Quad (Farmers Market)

Thursday, April 8, 5-6:30 p.m., Plant and Environmental Sciences Building courtyard (Salad Bowl Garden)

The East Quad Farmers Market has returned for spring and is set to run every Wednesday through June 2. Thursday's free Salad Bowl Garden Spring Celebration includes the garden's usual fresh-picked salad along with some extras: hors d'oeuvres and beverages, live music and a ribbon cutting, plus a salad dressing competition. Bring your own dishes and utensils. [ More… ]

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