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Our Sustainable 2nd CenturyPhoto: Woman looking into sun

This new website celebrates UC Davis' long-term commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability. Learn how ideas that start on our campus — powered by faculty, students and staff — can transform the world. [ More… ]


UC Davis charts course to combat climate change

UC Davis has released its first-ever Climate Action Plan that documents the steps the university has taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so far and outlines our next steps. The UC system has set a target for all 10 campuses to return to 2000 emission levels by 2014, but UC Davis achieved that target in 2008. [ More… ]

Ten more commencements, June 9-13

UC Davis will award an estimated 8,201 degrees for 2009-10 as it completes the academic year with commencements through June 13. The campus plans live webcasts of all the ceremonies and will make those recordings available in an on-demand Web archive. [ More… ]

New absence-from-work policy for nonrepresented staff

UC's new absence-from-work policy for nonrepresented employees took effect June 1, allowing them for the first time to use accrued sick leave to care for and bond with new children. The new policy also boosts the maximum number of sick days that nonrepresented employees may use for a serious health condition or the death of a family member. [ More… ]

Fall Welcome committee welcomes entries for online calendar

The Fall Welcome committee is urging departments, units and student organizations to register their welcome events for new students so that they can be part of Fall Welcome's online calendar. Fall Welcome is scheduled from Sept. 18 to Oct. 9. [ More… ]

Parking permit renewals under way

If you have an annual parking permit, and you want to renew it for next year, TAPS is recommending that you get it taken care of online by June 10. As for the price, TAPS announced that 2010-11 parking fees on the Davis campus will be the same as this year's. [ More… ]

Student Academic Success Center emerges from Advising Services, Learning Skills Center

Two student service units have come together under a new name that emphasizes what the units have always focused on: student success. The new Student Academic Success Center is a merger of Advising Services and the Learning Skills Center. [ More… ]

Online games new marketing tool for unhealthy foods

UC Davis public health researchers have found that children, who are already saturated with television messages about unhealthy food choices, are the targets of a new medium used to sell high-fat, high-sugar foods. "Advergames" are an entertaining blend of interactive animation, video content and advertising, exposing children for extended periods of time to online messages that primarily promote corporate branding and products. [ More… ]

Oyster shells and the Jamestown drought

Oyster shells dumped in a well four centuries ago are shedding new light on the crippling drought that nearly wiped out the English settlement at Jamestown, Va., in its early years. "We were able to demonstrate that the oyster shells record this huge drought," said Howard Spero, professor of geology at UC Davis and co-first author of the study, which was published this week. [ More… ]

UC initiative aims to increase faculty diversity in health sciences

Growing up in Sacramento, Renee Navarro never saw a black physician, and medical role models were scarce. When she became a doctor, she didn't know what path to follow until a mentor suggested academia. Today, Navarro is a role model, the only African-American professor in UC San Francisco's anesthesia department. [ More… ]


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Stebbins guided hike: 'Trust Walk'

Saturday, June 5, 9 a.m.-noon, Stebbins Cold Canyon

Hike for a short distance along the Homestead Trail, then pair up with someone to help you walk a portion of the trail without using your sight. This activity heightens the other senses and creates a unique and lasting hiking experience. [ More… ]

Family Picnic at Discovery Kingdom

Saturday, June 26, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

A UC Davis Family Picnic is scheduled for June 26 at the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom amusement park in Vallejo. The Staff Assembly-sponsored event is open to all Davis and Sacramento campus affiliates, their families and friends. Ticket orders are due by 5 p.m. June 11, and the $35 price includes an all-you-can-eat picnic. [ More… ]

UC Bioengineering Symposium

June 17-19, Health Sciences District

UC's systemwide Bioengineering Symposium, fostering intercampus collaboration, is being held at UC Davis this year, with most meetings set to take place in the Health Sciences District. In recognition of the symposium's 10-year history, the organizers have announced a number of special events, including the inaugural TATRC Grand Challenge, in which graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to compete for up to $25,000 in research money for military medicine-relevant projects. [ More… ]

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