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A matter of chemistry Susan Kauzlarich

President Obama honored UC Davis chemistry professor Susan Kauzlarich for her career-long commitment to mentoring students. Kauzlarich was one of 18 professors and three scientific educational organizations to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring at a White House ceremony Jan. 6. [ More… ]


Grad student found safe in Haiti

A UC Davis graduate student and her family are safe and sound in Haiti, while a Haitian scholar who has been studying here is making his way back to the earthquake-shattered nation. The International House is hosting a fundraiser potluck tomorrow, Jan. 16, to help earthquake victims. [ More… ]

$371 million extra for UC?

After two years of severe budget cuts for UC, Gov. Schwarzenegger last week unveiled a 2010-11 spending plan that includes $371 million in additional money for UC plus funding for Cal Grants. This good news comes on top of the governor's Jan. 6 proposal for a constitutional amendment to guarantee that UC and the California State University system would receive a set percentage of the state general fund, by shifting money from prisons. [ More… ]

Record number of transfer students seek admission

A 25 percent increase in the number of students seeking to transfer to UC Davis for fall 2010 has contributed to a record high of more than 54,500 applications. [ More… ]

Davis team's film to be screened at Sundance festival

A 4-year-old boy's hunt for a rabbit — filmed around small-town Davis and edited in a campus studio — has put a UC Davis graduate student and his co-director on the stage of perhaps the most prestigious film festival in the United States. Robert Machoian, a second-year master's student, and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, both of Davis, will have their 10-minute film screened as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Jan. 21 to 31. [ View the trailer … ]

Fired up: UC Davis student firefighters forge hot careers

UC Davis' student firefighting program is one of just three in the nation. Historically, more than 50 percent of the program's students go on to firefighting careers, which include paramedics, hazardous materials specialists and other fields. Members, who work alongside career firefighters, are selected through a competitive academy offered every other year. This is one of those years; applications are being accepted through Feb. 5. [ More… ]

Climate change, development hit butterflies hard

California butterflies are reeling from a one-two punch of climate change and land development, says an unprecedented analysis led by UC Davis butterfly expert Arthur Shapiro. The new analysis, due for online publication this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, gives insights on how a major and much-studied group of organisms is reacting to the Earth's warming climate. [ More… ]


Standard mileage rate decreases for 2010

The university's reimbursement rate for the business use of a private automobile is decreasing from 55 cents to 50 cents a mile. The reimbursement for moving a car during a relocation is also decreasing. The new rates are effective for expenses incurred on or after Jan. 1. [ More… ]

2010 student recognition awards

Nominations are sought for three student awards: The Mary Jeanne Gilhooly Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior Woman, the Veloyce Glenn Winslow Jr. Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior Man and the Margarita Robinson Student Leadership Award for Juniors. Forms are available online, and the deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 8. [ More… ]

2010 Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Research

Nominations are sought for the Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Research, which recognizes contributions made by non-Senate faculty members to the research mission of the Davis campus and includes a $500 stipend. The deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 5. [ More… ]

2010 Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Teaching

Nominations are sought for the 20th annual Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes contributions made by non-Senate faculty members to the teaching mission of the Davis campus and includes a $500 stipend. The deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 5. [ More… ]


Lighting center open house

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 3-7 p.m., 633 Pena Drive, Davis

UC Davis' California Lighting Technology Center is hosting an open house to celebrate the center's new home and six years of operation, and to introduce new staff members. Tours are planned featuring energy-efficient lighting demonstrations. [ More… ]

Music department hosts Violin Festival

Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 21-23

The Department of Music is celebrating the most popular and petite member of the stringed instrument family — the violin — in a festival that brings top performers and student musicians to the UC Davis campus. Three concerts are planned, all open to the public. [ More… ]

Lunch and Learn: 'Next Chapter — Career/Life Planning for Retirement'

Thursday, Jan. 21, noon, Cabernet Room, Silo

After retirement from UC Davis, what's next? In this workshop, explore how to plan your next chapter for a retirement that is proactive and productive. Part of the Career Catalyst Brown Bag Series. [ More… ]

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