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Extra virgin olive oil? Not necessarilyolive oil bottle

Many of the olive oils sold in California retail stores are not the top-grade "extra virgin" oils that their labels claim they are, according to a landmark study by the UC Davis Olive Center. [ More… ]


FDA taps UC Davis lab to test gulf seafood

A UC Davis diagnostic laboratory is gearing up to test seafood from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill area for petroleum-based chemicals, including some that have the potential to cause cancer in people. The lab is one of eight facilities nationwide — and the only one in California — chosen by the federal government to monitor gulf seafood for toxins related to the oil spill. [ More… ]

Researchers lend expertise in gulf crisis

UC Davis veterinarian Michael Ziccardi is featured in this UC Newsroom story about UC researchers who are offering their expertise in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis. Ziccardi is overseeing sea turtle and marine mammal rescue operations from a wildlife command post in Louisiana. [ More… ]

University restores Tahoe hatchery, opens second education center

UC Davis last weekend opened a second education center at Lake Tahoe to further showcase the university's environmental research at the majestic Sierra lake. More than 600 people turned out for the grand opening, held in conjunction with Children's Environmental Science Day. [ More… ]

UC freshmen: Well-prepared, diverse

Despite the ongoing national recession and increases in student fees, the outcomes of the fall 2010 admissions cycle show that UC remains attractive and accessible to a large number of well-prepared and diverse students. [ More… ]

Laurels: 'National hero' doc and a Wikimedia board member

The federal government declared Professor Nathan Kuppermann a "national hero" for his groundbreaking research to improve the care of acutely ill children. Other recent honors and awards for UC Davis faculty and staff include news that librarian Phoebe Ayers has been appointed to the board that supports the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. [ More… ]

Financial reality prompted athletics cuts, Katehi tells state senator

UC Davis' painful decision to cut four sports teams is a "very real, very significant and very personal impact" of a $228 million shortfall in state funds over three years, Chancellor Linda Katehi told a state senator during a six-hour hearing at the Capitol on July 12. [ More… ]

Faculty athletics representative named

Professor Catherine "Cathi" VandeVoort has long embraced UC Davis as a place where "our student-athletes are students first." She served as a member of the Athletics Administrative Advisory Committee for more than 10 years and helped guide the campus's transition to Division I status. Now she has taken on an even bigger role, as the faculty athletics representative, having been appointed by Chancellor Linda Katehi to a three-year term that began July 1. [ More… ]

Judge rules in favor of UC Davis Health System in dispute with Sacramento County

A Sacramento County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of UC Davis Health System's request that the county of Sacramento fulfill its legal obligations and bear responsibility for the medical care that UC Davis provides to eligible indigent county residents. [ More… ]

Recreation: New, less expensive ticket options for River Cats game

Staff Assembly this week announced less expensive ticket options for the UC Davis Picnic at the Sacramento River Cats game on Aug. 29. The new options include lawn seating, children's tickets — and tickets to the ballgame without the accompanying barbecue. The deadline to order tickets is 5 p.m. Aug. 11. [ More… ]


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Food, Etc.: Gunrock, Silo olive oil blends go on sale next week

Thursday, July 22, UC Davis Bookstore, Memorial Union

True to its name, the new Gunrock extra virgin olive oil has "a strong kick down the stretch," according to the label. The Silo extra virgin blend is medium bodied with a mild peppery finish. These are the two offerings this year from the Olive Center, on sale for one day only at a discounted price of $10 per bottle. [ More… ]

Bikes and beer: The Lost Cyclist author to visit Bicycling Hall of Fame

Friday, July 23, 5:30 p.m., U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, downtown Davis

Author David Herlihy will present a slideshow of images relating to Frank Lenz and his ill-fated cycling trip around the world in the late 19th century. Afterward, New Belgium Brewing brings its Clips of Faith tour to Central Park. [ More… ]

Arboretum tour: Meet the Mighty Oaks

Saturday, July 24, 10 a.m., gazebo, Garrod Drive

This tour will highlight an astonishing variety of tree and leaf forms along the new Oak Discovery Trail. Your guide will discuss oak ecology and the importance of oaks in human culture through time and around the world. [ More… ]

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