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UC Davis Prize awarded today Rick Grosberg

The winner of this year's UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement is: Rick Grosberg, a professor of evolution and ecology who says science is the art of asking the right questions. [ More… ]


Dealing with prejudice: Enforcement, education keys to fighting bigotry

As UC Davis takes steps to curb hate crimes, experts say enforcement and education are the best ways to stand tall against intolerance. Campus leaders are continuing to discuss actions to improve the campus climate and met with representatives of the Black Student Union, which led a protest march on Wednesday. [ More… ]

Universities, scientists need to work in new ways, NSF boss says

The U.S. can no longer think of itself as the most technologically advanced country, so new modes of operation are required to remain competitive, Arden Bement, director of the National Science Foundation, told an audience at the UC Davis Conference Center on March 5. Bement was speaking at the first in a series of colloquia sponsored by Chancellor Linda Katehi, and a video of his talk is available online. [ More… ]

Sacramento Bee opinion pieces: UC Davis leaders call for investment in education, respectful discourse

Two UC Davis op-eds were published by the Sacramento Bee on March 4. Chancellor Linda Katehi writes: "Today we must choose the sacrifice of collective investment in the public research university as a shared good leading to continued national prosperity and security." Daniel Simmons, a UC Davis law professor and vice chair of the University of California Academic Senate, writes: "In order for the academic enterprise to thrive, or even to survive, members of the community must adopt a manner of discourse, however passionate, that reflects civil behavior and sensitivity to the views and passions of others." [ More… ]

Arboretum repeats flashy tactics to protect Shields Oak Grove

A program that successfully discouraged egrets and herons from nesting in the campus's Shields Oak Grove will continue this year, with slight variations: This year the wildlife management team will operate with reduced hours and won't be playing recorded bird distress calls. [ More… ]

State superintendent hopefuls to attend forum

Three people hoping to be the next state superintendent of public instruction are scheduled to attend a candidates forum next week in Freeborn Hall. The forum, presented by the School of Education and the Yolo County School Boards Association, is set for 7 p.m. March 15, with Jeffrey Callison of Capital Public Radio's "Insight" program as the host. The public is invited to attend, free of charge. Or, people can watch a live webcast; look for the link the day of the forum, on the UC Davis home page. [ More… ]

At the Nelson: New kinds of fine art

The Nelson Gallery's spring exhibition will show how "fine art no longer need come exclusively from the inherited traditions of European forms," says Renny Pritikin, gallery director. The gallery will show drawings, paintings and magazine covers by illustrator Owen Smith and cartoons by artist Nayland Blake from March 18 through May 23, with an opening reception starting at 5:30 p.m. March 18. [ More… ]

UC Davis honors the 'Art' of saving energy

On March 9 UC Davis hosted a full day of programs and events to recognize energy efficiency pioneer Arthur Rosenfeld's inestimable contributions to California. The campus is planning a $1 million endowed chair named for Rosenfeld, who is also receiving another rare honor: a new unit of measure will bear his name. The Rosenfeld unit will measure energy savings and is expected to be used worldwide. [ More… ]

Extended study hours this week at MU, Shields Library

This finals week, students have more options for safe, accessible and quiet areas for studying on campus. In addition to the Memorial Union's 24-hour access, Shields Library will offer extended hours starting tomorrow (Saturday, March 13), and continue through Saturday, March 20. [ More… ]

Watch and listen: Aggie basketball teams compete in the Big West Tournament

UC Davis' basketball teams will be on the air as they square off today and tomorrow in the Big West Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center. Ranked No. 1 in the tournament, the UC Davis women's basketball team was due to face UC Santa Barbara at noon today. This game can be heard on KDVS 90.3 FM and at UC Davis Athletics and followed on GameTracker and Big West TV. The men's basketball team, ranked No. 4 in the tournament, will face top-seeded UC Santa Barbara at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The game will be aired on ESPNU and can be heard on KFSG 1690 AM as well as online and on Big West TV. [ More… ]


No new directives were issued this week.


Community garden potluck and tour

Sunday, March 14, 1-5 p.m., Experimental College Community Garden

The public is invited to come out to the Experimental College Community Garden for a potluck and a tour. The free potluck is set to begin at 1 p.m., with pizza available first-come, first-served. A garden tour is scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. The EC Community Garden is off Orchard Park Drive, near the Student Farm, southwest of the Domes. March 15 is the rainy-day backup date. [ More… ]

Lecture: 'Schizophrenia and the Brain'

Thursday, March 18, 6 p.m., Club Room at the Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., Davis

J. Daniel Ragland, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is co-author of a recent paper showing that deficits in a brain chemical may cause attention, memory and problem-solving difficulties that accompany the delusions and hallucinations that are the hallmarks of schizophrenia. The talk is free and open to the public. [ More… ]

International House hosts dinner and auction

Saturday, March 20, 5:30 p.m., International House, 10 College Park

Davis' International House is inviting members and friends to the organization's annual auction and fundraiser. Organizers said the evening event promises "good food, good fellowship and bargains from around the world." Doors open at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. and the live auction at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 before March 15, or $25 at the door. [ More… ]

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