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Smartphone celebrities winery construction

UC Davis seniors Fei Li and Sunny Dhillon have created a UC Davis Mobile application for iPhones that includes the Unitrans bus schedule and GPS real-time whereabouts of buses, sports schedules, the campus map and walking directions, UC Davis e-mail and directory, and campus news. [ More… ]


Recruiting the best grad students

UC Davis is boosting graduate student support through a new initiative that encourages personal donations from faculty, emeritus faculty and staff — and matches these gifts up to a maximum of $25,000. With increased funding, the university hopes that it can continue to offer awards that are competitive enough to attract the best and the brightest graduate students. [ More… ]

Gmail for faculty and staff? Forum will discuss campus e-mail options

A campus forum is scheduled for Feb. 17 on options for enhancing the features and capabilities of e-mail service for faculty and staff. RSVPs for the forum are due by Feb. 11. "One option is to move to a service offered by a commercial provider like Google's Gmail and related Google Apps," the Campus Council for Information Technology announced in a news release. [ More… ]

In brief: Help for Haiti; fire and smoke; Citations for Excellence; and more

UC Davis physician and associate professor Doug Gross is in earthquake-ravaged Haiti with a U.S. Disaster Medical Assistance Team … Campus firefighters made quick work this week of two emergencies; no injuries were reported in either … Staff Assembly is seeking a chair for this year's Citations For Excellence Awards selections. [ More… ]

On campus: Former CIA boss warns against oil dependency

Former CIA director R. James Woolsey wants to deal a "body blow" to Middle Eastern oil — or at least make it dull. "We need to turn oil into salt," Woolsey said in a campus talk on renewable energy and energy security. A specialist on alternative energy and security issues, he spoke Jan. 22 at the Alumni and Visitors Center as part of the Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series in the Graduate School of Management. [ More… ]

Vet hospital: Hawk caught in car's grille flies free

A young red-tailed hawk that was rescued by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine was returned to the wild Wednesday. The hawk's story is extraordinary even by veterinary school standards — the driver, who struck the bird while driving near campus, rushed to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital with the hawk trapped head-first in his car's front grille. Watch a short video of the driver setting the recovered bird free on News 10's Web site. [ More… ]

In research: Reproductive coercion often is accompanied by physical or sexual violence

Young women and teenage girls often face efforts by male partners to sabotage birth control or coerce pregnancy — including damaging condoms and destroying contraceptives — and these efforts, defined as "reproductive coercion," frequently are associated with physical or sexual violence, a team led by a UC Davis researcher has found. [ More… ]


Soaring to New Heights Diversity and Principles of Community Achievement recognition awards

Nominations are sought for the Diversity and Principles of Community Achievement Awards, which recognize campus employees who demonstrate diversity and Principles of Community efforts that exceed expectations. The deadline is Feb. 26. [ More… ]

2010 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Nominations are sought for the 2010 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, which recognizes the contributions of graduate students to teaching and learning at UC Davis. The deadline is Feb. 23. [ More… ]

UC Davis Foundation — Charles J. Soderquist Award

The UC Davis Foundation is accepting nominations for the Charles J. Soderquist Award, which recognizes an individual or couple who has demonstrated exceptional volunteerism and leadership by advancing the mission and vision of UC Davis through the identification, cultivation and stewardship of major donors; the establishment of a major fundraising program; personal giving; or a combination of these contributions. The deadline is Feb. 5. [ More… ]


On stage: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

Saturday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Ronald K. Brown's EVIDENCE dance company returns to perform his acclaimed Come Ye, which celebrates the life of blues vocalist Nina Simone and was co-commissioned by the Mondavi Center. The company will also perform Upside Down, which brought Mondavi Center audiences to their feet when it was first performed in Jackson Hall in 2003. [ More… ]

Distinguished Women in Science panel, lecture

Thursday, Feb. 4, noon, Conference Center Ballroom; 4 p.m., 1065 Kemper Hall

Bioengineering professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum of Rice University is due on campus to join Chancellor Linda Katehi for a panel discussion on women in science, and to give a research lecture. The lunchtime panel will cover "Challenges and Rewards of Being a Woman in Science and Engineering." The afternoon lecture is titled "From Cell Phones to Cell Biology: High-Tech, Low-Cost Solutions for Global Health." [ More… ]

COSMOS open house

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6-7 p.m., 1147 Mathematical Sciences Building

This is no ordinary summer school. It is COSMOS: the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science, held at four UC campuses. UC Davis is one of them, so, if you are staff or faculty with high-school-aged children, you might want to attend this open house to learn more. The application period runs from Feb. 1 to March 15. [ More… ]

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