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Drawing on culture Eddie Lampkin works on a silk screen project.

"Art is like magic. It can lift people from the ashes," says Professor Emeritus Malaquias Montoya, the visionary behind a new youth art center in Woodland. Watch a slide show about the UC Davis-run project, which is transforming a community. [ More… ]


Rally for higher ed

In a letter earlier this week, Chancellor Katehi urged the campus community to engage in three fast-approaching advocacy opportunities: a March 1 rally at the state Capitol, a March 4 national day of action in defense of public education and an April 27 lobbying day at the Capitol. "If you're able, I hope you will join us and add your voice to others advocating for keeping our public university truly public," Katehi wrote. For those who need transportation to the Capitol on March 1, the Government and Community Relations office is working with student leaders to provide two buses. [ More… ]

Katehi, Yudof: Acts of intolerance 'reprehensible,' 'despicable'

Chancellor Katehi says recent "distressing acts" at UC campuses, including a swastika carved into the door of a UC Davis student's residence hall room, are "reprehensible, inexcusable and an affront to our own campus's Principles of Community." UC President Mark Yudof says expressions of hatred "will not be tolerated." UC Davis' Principles of Community, now 20 years old, are being celebrated March 1-4 with discussions and programs open to all. [ More… ]

Book project: 2010-11 theme examines racial identity, access to higher education

"Eddie says my skin is brown because I drink too much chocolate milk," said one black preschooler. "Is that true?" That is the kind of question psychologist Beverly Daniel Tatum confronted as both a mother and an educator (her son actually asked this question). Tatum, now president of Spelman College in Georgia, tells this story and others in Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? — the book chosen for the 2010-11 Campus Community Book Project. [ More… ]

Duck ab-'duck'-tions?

In the next several weeks, you may see wildlife researchers catching ducks in the arboretum and carrying them away. Don't be alarmed: The ducks will be returned and released at the sites where they were caught within about two hours, no worse for the wear. UC Davis wildlife researchers will be giving the mallards health exams and attaching identification bands to their legs as part of a long-term study of waterfowl and ecosystem health. [ More… ]

Recreation briefs: ARC community memberships, 'Couch to 5K' training

The Activities and Recreation Center is offering a limited number of community memberships to Cal Aggie Alumni Association members who are not graduates of UC Davis. … Campus Recreation is once again offering its "Couch to 5K" training program for people interested in walking or running in their first five-kilometer event, or perhaps a 10K. [ More… ]

Aggieware: Dorm events dish up green

New plastic dishes have earned more than a guest spot in the social scene throughout UC Davis student residence halls. Watch an audio slide show about Aggieware — kits of reusable plates, cups, bowls and utensils that have replaced disposable paper products at organized student gatherings. [ More… ]

It's a jungle out there: But UC Davis gives flower industry competitive edge

Watch a documentary about how UC Davis is helping California's $10 billion cut-flower industry stay competitive in a global economy. The eight-minute segment, which premiered earlier this month on UCTV's magazine program State of Minds, is now available online. [ More… ]

School of Nursing now accepting graduate applications

Applications are now being accepted for the first-ever graduate classes offered through the new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. To encourage top students to pursue graduate education, the school is offering generous financial support to each student admitted to the inaugural classes. [ More… ]


Faculty dress, spring commencement 2010

In preparation for spring commencement, faculty gowns, caps, tassels and UC Ph.D. faculty hoods are available at no cost and can be picked up from "will call" at the Central Storehouse, or delivered to the department for a nominal charge. Orders must be received no later than April 23. [ More… ]


Writing about taste

Tuesday, March 2, 4 p.m., 126 Voorhies Hall

The University Writing Program will host a talk by food writer Janet Fletcher on the topic of "Food as Muse — Lively Writing About Taste." Fletcher is the author or co-author of 20 books on food and wine, and the weekly cheese columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. [ More… ]

On exhibit: Meet the Regents

March 3-19, Art Lounge, second floor, Memorial Union

This edgy multimedia exhibition, co-curated by Art History 401, takes a critical look at the UC Board of Regents in relation to the UC budget crisis. An opening reception is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. March 3 in the MU's King Lounge, next door to the Art Lounge. [ More… ]

NSF director Bement to discuss innovation

Friday, March 5, 11 a.m., Conference Center Ballroom

Arden L. Bement, director of the National Science Foundation, is due at UC Davis next week to give the inaugural talk in the Chancellor's Colloquia series. Bement's talk is titled "Innovation: An Old American Virtue, a New American Imperative," and people planning to attend are asked to reserve seats by e-mail. [ More… ]

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