Next week's issue of Friday Update will appear a day early because of the winter holiday. No issue is planned for the week of Dec. 31. Friday Update will return to its regular schedule Jan. 7.

—The Friday Update staff

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Trash-DOWN! Photo: Morgan Stevenson with recycling bin

UC Davis scored best in the nation in the EPA's WasteWise Game Day Challenge by composting and recycling nearly 90 percent of the trash from the Oct. 23 football game — sending only 90 pounds to the landfill, out of 885 pounds total. How did we do it? Without Snickers bars, for one thing! [ More… ]


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Budget letter warns of 'another year of inadequate state funding'

With the Legislature in special session dealing with the state's persistent multibillion-dollar budget crisis and Gov.-elect Brown's 2011-12 budget not due until Jan. 10, you will forgive UC Davis officials if they sound less than certain about the campus's financial situation. [ More… ]

UC regents: Changes to pension, retiree health programs OK'd

The UC Board of Regents voted at a special meeting Dec. 13 to make changes to pension and retiree health programs. President Mark G. Yudof recommended the changes after consulting with faculty, staff and retirees. At the same meeting, the regents endorsed the principles of the final report from the UC Commission on the Future. [ More… ]

Holiday reminders: E-mail outage, energy, police, fire, facilities and more

Three important things to remember plus other useful information for winter break: Campus e-mail and other computing services will be unavailable starting at 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, for 12 to 48 hours during a planned service interruption at the Davis campus Data Center. Also, turn off and unplug, to save energy. And if you plan to come to your office, bring a sweater — because the heat will be turned down in many buildings. [ More… ]

In the news: UC Davis makes the 'Sac 100'

The Sacramento News and Review named UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and three faculty members among the region's 100 most interesting people. And associate sociology professor Bruce Haynes is the subject of an article-length blog post at The New York Times: "Discovering a Grandfather's Link to Civil Rights." [ More… ]

Last-minute gift ideas: Books by campus authors

Fiction spun by a new national favorite, beer tales from an expert, personal memories of a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, the perils of artificial sweeteners and a children's book about an unusual blind child top this year's holiday list of books by UC Davis authors. [ More… ]

Google's Pegman will soon show you his view of campus

A little guy named Pegman pedaled his grown-up tricycle all over the Davis campus recently, taking pictures. Lots of pictures. Pegman is the nickname that Google has given its icon for Street View on Google maps. Within a few months, you should be able to drag Pegman to various points on the Google map of the campus — and see a 360-degree panoramic view, as provided by the Google trike's nine directional cameras. [ More… ]

College of Engineering establishes tech transfer center

Computer science professor Biswanath Mukherjee is the first tenant in the College of Engineering's new Engineering Technology Transfer Center, which assists college faculty in establishing start-up companies. The on-campus incubator is for high-impact, innovative ideas that are well past the early research and discovery stage. [ More… ]

Laurels: Extension personnel, program receive national honors

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture presents extension awards to Alison Van Eenennaam, animal genomics and biotechnology specialist, and the UC Small Farm Program, led by Shermain Hardesty, an extension economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Plus other recent honors around the Davis and Sacramento campuses. [ More… ]

In brief: New 'locally designated official,' award nominations, parking fines, hate crime

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi appoints a new "locally designated official" — who is responsible for receiving and reviewing whistleblower complaints and whistleblower retaliation complaints. ... The Academic Federation has called for nominations for its 2011 awards for excellence in teaching and research, while the Office of Graduate Studies and the Academic Senate's Graduate Council are looking for the outstanding graduate student teaching assistant. ... Yes, campus parking fines went up $3 effective Dec. 7 (to $43 for most tickets), but Transportation and Parking Services also wants you to know that its parking officers in 2009-10 gave out the fewest number of tickets in 14 years. ... Campus police are investigating a hate crime involving vandalism in a residence hall. [ More… ]

Proximity to freeway linked to autism

Living near a freeway may be associated with increased risk of autism, according to a study published by a team of researchers from Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, and the UC Davis MIND Institute. [ More… ]


No directives were issued this week.


Mondavi's last program of 2010: Messiah

Saturday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts continues its holiday tradition of bringing in the American Bach Soloists to perform Handel's Messiah. UC Davis Choral Director Jeffrey Thomas leads the early music ensemble. [ More… ]

Wayne Thiebaud: California Hall of Fame exhibit

Through Oct. 31, 2011, California Museum, 1020 O St., Sacramento

Five paintings by Wayne Thiebaud, professor emeritus of art, are on display at the California Museum, in conjunction with his Dec. 14 induction into the California Hall of Fame. Click here for a photo of him at the museum. [ More… ]

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