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Shop UC Davis for the holidaysPhoto: Student wearing Aggie tie

Aggie T-shirt. Law school mug. Gourmet goodies in a California Harvest Gift Box. Honeybee post earrings. All of these items are readily available to give as gifts or to buy for yourself, to show your Aggie Pride. And all of them are being talked about on the UC Davis Facebook page. If your pet feels left out, consider taking him or her to see Santa Paws on Dec. 12 — you’ll get a photo and you’ll be helping UC Davis’ Mercer clinic for the pets of homeless people. [ More… ]


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Siverson assumes library post, Engelbach named chief of staff

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has appointed Randolph Siverson, a distinguished professor emeritus and research professor of political science, as the new acting university librarian. Also, the chancellor has selected a new chief of staff: Karl Engelbach, UC Davis’ director of federal government relations and a higher education policy veteran of more than 25 years. [ More… ]

All campus e-mail, other computer services to go down Dec. 26

Campus officials are alerting staff, faculty and students to a Davis Campus Data Center service interruption the day after Christmas, putting a hold on all campus e-mail and affecting most of the other computing services that are hosted by the center. [ More… ]

Regents to consider changes to pension, retiree health programs

At a special meeting Dec. 13, the Board of Regents is due to consider changes in post-employment benefits. For health insurance premiums, UC would gradually shift more of the cost to retirees. Also, people hired after June 30, 2013 — as well as some current employees — would be subject to a new eligibility formula for retiree health care. UC also is proposing a modified pension plan for faculty and staff hired after June 30, 2013. [ More… ]

Men still run corporate California

Men still hold roughly nine of every 10 of the highest-paid management and board positions, according to UC Davis’ sixth annual Study of California Women Business Leaders, compiled by the Graduate School of Management. [ More… ]

Chancellor’s Colloquium starts Jan. 12 with USDA leader

The Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speakers Series is back for a second year, with programs intended to spark engaging conversations around pressing issues in food and agriculture, biochemistry, medicine and neuroscience. The first program is scheduled for Jan. 12, with Roger N. Beachy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. [ More… ]

Medical center scores high in Leapfrog Group’s safety survey

The UC Davis Medical Center scored well in the 2010 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which looked at overall patient safety and the safety of selected procedures. The survey is the work of the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit coalition of some of the nation’s largest employers and buyers of health care services. [ More… ]

With a medical piercing, man regains the ability to swallow

In what might be one of the world’s first medical body piercings, surgeons with the UC Davis Health System successfully implanted an experimental device in a man’s throat — to help with his severe swallowing problem — and, as a result, he regained the ability to drink. [ More… ]

Sustainability exec helps frame the daunting task of feeding the world

UC Davis’ Tom Tomich is among food and agriculture leaders who identified 100 questions to help frame the daunting task of feeding a world population that could grow to 9 billion by 2050. Only by answering these questions — on research, policy and funding — does the world stand a chance of boosting the food supply by 70 percent to 100 percent in four decades, without significantly raising prices. [ More… ]

Briefs: Pets, shuttle survey, good ‘cause,’ hello uConnect, goodbye Listproc

Veterinary volunteers are taking donations for holiday gift "baskets" for the pets of homeless people. ... Responses are due by Dec. 8 in the Fleet Services’ survey to determine the optimal departure time for the afternoon shuttle run to UC Berkeley. ... UC Davis scores a double win in the Causeway Classic, on the football field and at the blood bank. ... The Xeda computer service has new features and a new name, uConnect. ... Inactive Listproc e-mail lists will be deleted Dec. 14. [ More… ]


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Book project: Forum@MC and author’s talk

Friday, Dec. 10, forum 4–5 p.m., talk at 8 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Author Beverly Daniel Tatum (Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race) joins the conversation in which the campus community has been engaged all quarter long, on the subject of race relations, race identity development and the educational achievement gap between races. The forum is free; tickets required for the talk. [ More… ]

‘Like singing a lullaby’ as fall turns to winter

Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.–noon, Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve

Leafless trees and a chill in the air, yes. Snow? probably not. Still, as fall turns to winter, the UC Davis-managed Stebbins Cold Creek Reserve offers quite the setting for the first-ever Caroling in the Canyon nature outing. [ More… ]

Special Saturday hours at the Bohart Museum of Entomology

Saturday, Dec. 11, 1–4 p.m., 1124 Academic Surge

Fly on over to the Bohart to learn all about flies, or about any of the other more than 7 million insect specimens that are housed there. The museum also includes a "petting zoo" with Madagascar hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, scorpions, a millipede and six kinds of walking sticks. Free. [ More… ]

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