This week's Friday Update is appearing a day early because of the winter holiday. No issue is planned for next week. Friday Update will return to its regular schedule Jan. 7. We wish you a peaceful holiday and a happy new year.

—The Friday Update staff

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Season's greetings Image: Olive branch

An olive branch adorns the front of this year's holiday card from Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and her husband, Spyros Tseregounis. Inside, they share their wish for what the olive branch symbolizes: peace and goodwill. [ More… ]


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Data Center shutdown: IET takes the surprise out of Dec. 26 service interruption

Christmas is a day of surprises. The day after is not. Which is why IET has been alerting us for weeks about a planned service interruption at the Davis Campus Data Center, starting at 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26. The 12- to 48-hour interruption will put a hold on all e-mail and shut down most of the computer services that are hosted by the center. [ More… ]

A holiday greeting: 60-year-old message makes its way home

This is a story of two plumbers, one named Mike Stenson, who scrawled a message on a concrete beam during the construction of Cruess Hall in 1950, and the other the man who discovered the message 60 years later. Now, thanks to some UC Davis folks with good hearts, the message has found its way to Stenson's son. "I couldn't have asked for a better Christmas gift," he said. [ More… ]

In the news: UC Davis professor is charged up over his new Chevy Volt

Engineering professor Andy Frank is the subject of this story in yesterday's Sacramento Bee. On Tuesday, Frank, who is often considered "the father of plug-in hybrid vehicles," became the first person in the Sacramento area to take home a new Chevrolet Volt, saying: "I've been working on this idea for 30 years." [ More… ]

Exhibitions: Winter highlights include brand-new home for the Nelson

The winter quarter brings new exhibitions to the campus's galleries and museums. And one of those exhibitions will be in a brand-new space: the Richard L. Nelson Gallery, which is moving out of the Art Building after 34 years. The Nelson's new home is the old University Club, renamed Richard L. Nelson Hall. The public opening is set for Saturday, Jan. 15. A special preview is set for the night before, for $75 per person. [ More… ]

Transit: Time change for Berkeley shuttle; Solano vanpool has space available

A new afternoon schedule for the Davis-Berkeley shuttle will begin Jan. 3, Fleet Services announced. Also, the Davis campus's goClub is advertising for new riders for the Solano One to Davis vanpool. [ More… ]

Food, Etc.: Olive oil tasting panel receives accreditation

The International Olive Council recently granted accreditation to UC Davis' olive oil tasting panel — making it the first in North America with the authority to certify the quality of olive oil, according to council standards. Only 57 tasting panels worldwide are so accredited. [ More… ]

In brief: Platinum winery-brewery-lab, West Village open house, new Facilities Management rates, UC Davis Medical Group preregistration

UC Davis' very "green" winery-brewery-food lab complex is officially LEED Platinum-certified. ... Open house Jan. 6 celebrates the start of preleasing for West Village student apartments. ... Facilities Management sets new recharge rates, effective Jan. 1, and for the first time establishes a separate rate for elevator mechanics. ... Switching to the UC Davis Medical Group in 2011? You are encouraged to preregister as soon as possible. [ More… ]

UC Davis joins elite humanities consortium

UC Davis has accepted an invitation to join a prestigious consortium of the American Council of Learned Societies established in 2000 to increase financial support for research in the humanities. Members of the small and distinguished consortium are all members of the Association of American Universities, a nonprofit association of 63 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. [ More… ]


Standard mileage rate increases for 2011

The university's mileage reimbursement rates for expenses incurred in connection with the business use of a private automobile will increase by a penny per mile in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service standard mileage rates. The new rates are effective for expenses incurred on or after Jan. 1. [ More… ]

Rights and privileges of emeriti/ae faculty

This directive summarizes the rights and privileges of retired faculty members afforded by Systemwide Academic Senate bylaws, the UC Davis Policy and Procedures Manual, and current campus customs and practice. [ More… ]


Recreation: ARC Try Before You Buy

Jan. 2-9

If your New Year's resolutions have anything to do with exercise, then you may want to consider the Activities and Recreation Center and its Try Before You Buy promotion, Jan. 2-9. Also, registration for the Craft Center's winter quarter classes is set to begin Jan. 3. [ More… ]

Leader of USDA institute to open Chancellor's Colloquium series

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

The Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speakers Series opens with a talk by Roger N. Beachy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The topic: "Can Support of Science for 'Agriculture' Prosper Inside the Beltway?" [ More… ]

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