Today's issue is appearing two days early because of this week's Veterans Day holiday. Friday Update will return to its regular schedule next week but will take a break over the Thanksgiving holiday.

—The Friday Update staff

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Asian VoicesPhoto: Asian American Pacific Performance student

The Campus Community Book Project's schedule for next week includes Asian Voices, a collection of performance pieces in which students peel away at their upbringing to offer individual takes on the Asian American experience. Free and open to the public, the event is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. [ More… ]


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President offers proposals to strengthen UC finances

UC President Mark G. Yudof announced Nov. 8 a series of proposed actions intended to shore up university finances, preserve the system's tradition of excellence in education and research and throw open its doors to an even broader range of deserving Californians. The actions include a proposed increase in student fees and changes in the retirement system. [ More… ]

Transfer student enrollment up 24 percent

A record number of new transfer students — up 24 percent from last fall — contributed to the largest student body ever at UC Davis, while the freshman class constituted the most diverse and selective in the university's history. [ More… ]

White House awards for energy research

A chemical engineer and a plant scientist have been selected to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Ilke Arslan, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, were among 85 researchers chosen by President Obama to receive the award, the nation's highest honor for professionals in the early stages of their scientific research careers. [ More… ]

New forecast warns oil will run dry before substitutes roll out

At the current pace of research and development, global oil will run out 90 years before replacement technologies are ready, says a UC Davis study based on stock market expectations. [ More… ]

Silent vascular disease accompanies cognitive decline in healthy aging

Older people who are leading active, healthy lifestyles often have silent vascular disease that can be seen on brain scans — and the damage can affect their ability to think, according to a new study led by UC Davis researchers. [ More… ]

Academic Senate calls for nominations

The Davis Division of the Academic Senate is taking nominations for its annual round of faculty awards: Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award (nominations due Nov. 15), Faculty Research Lecture Award (Nov. 19) and Distinguished Teaching Awards (Jan. 7). [ More… ]

An award, and a farewell, for social services scholar Michael Lawler

Next week's Academic Federation dinner is, first and foremost, a celebration of Michael J. Lawler as the recipient of the 2010 James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award, the federation's highest honor. But Lawler, director of UC Davis Extension's Center for Human Services, whose work has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in every one of California's 58 counties, will no doubt hear fond farewells, too. [ More… ]

Repro Graphics offers free, personalized calendars

Repro Graphics is giving away free, personalized calendars for the 2011 calendar year to demonstrate the variable data capability of the unit's Hewlett-Packard Indigo 5000 digital color press. The order deadline for the 11-by-17-inch posters is Nov. 24. [ More… ]


New GE requirements implementation status

This directive from the Academic Senate updates the campus on implementation of the new general education requirements. It includes key dates and deadlines leading up to the full implementation by fall 2011. [ More… ]


Governors' Global Climate Summit 3

Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 15-16

Presummit activities: Sunday, Nov. 14

The giant tent you see at the south edge of campus is only part of the Governors' Global Climate Summit 3, taking place Monday and Tuesday. The main venue is the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, where leaders from around the United States and the world are coming together to address the topic, "Building a Green Economy." The tent is the venue for the Global Pavilion, described as a "Green Solutions Showcase." Presummit activities on Sunday include "Regional Solutions Research Appetizers," an afternoon event featuring UC Davis experts and a poster session. [ More… ]

Holiday food drives start next week

Mail Services: Nov. 15-19

Campus Recreation: Nov. 15-Dec. 15

Two holiday food drives are scheduled to begin next Monday. The donation process for the Mail Services drive could not be easier: You simply leave canned food and dry goods with your outgoing mail — to be picked up by Mail Services personnel. Campus Recreation will be collecting donations at three locations: the Activities and Recreation Center, the Craft Center and Outdoor Adventures. [ More… ]

Fall concert season begins

Jazz Bands: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

Early Music Ensemble: Sunday, Nov. 21, 3 p.m., St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 640 Hawthorne Lane, Davis

The Department of Music begins its fall concert season with the Jazz Bands and the Early Music Ensemble. [ More… ]

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