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Fiction geniusPhoto: Yiyun Li

English professor Yiyun Li, an emerging fiction writer already drawing rave reviews from national critics, has been awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowship. In a video from the MacArthur Foundation, Li tells how she changed career paths. Also, other UC Davis MacArthur winners describe how the awards changed their careers. [ More… ]


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Administration responds to another incident of hate

Two administrators respond to "another incident of hate, this time directed at our Arab-Muslim community." The UC Davis community prides itself in living our Principles of Community, where freedom of expression is both valued and respected, they write. "We will not allow these assaults against our community to go unchallenged." [ More… ]

Most crimes reported under Clery Act down in 2009

Crimes reported in calendar year 2009 on property owned or controlled by UC Davis decreased in most categories compared with the year before, according to statistics prepared in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. [ More… ]

Town hall set for Oct. 11 on shared service center initiative

Campus leaders will talk about implementation plans for the campus's shared service center initiative at a town hall meeting for staff members of the affected units and interested others on Oct. 11. The meeting is scheduled from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the UC Davis Conference Center. Staff members are asked to register in advance. [ More… ]

One debate down, one to go

See the Sept. 28 gubernatorial debate in stories, photos and video. Our coverage includes a "by the numbers" report on everything that went into putting on the debate, a story on how much it cost, plus a story and video from the predebate forum with UC Davis experts. You can also read an account of Debate Day from start to finish, including Jerry Brown's workout at the ARC and demonstrations at the Mondavi Center. Next Tuesday, the School of Law hosts a debate between candidates for attorney general. [ More… ]

National survey of Ph.D. programs released

A half-dozen UC Davis graduate programs rank among the best of the nation in a comprehensive survey of doctorate programs released this week by the National Research Council. It is the first survey of its kind since 1995. Among the best UC Davis performers were the graduate programs in Spanish, entomology, agricultural and resource economics, plant biology, ecology, and nutritional biology. [ More… ]

First candidate named as forums begin for provost hopefuls

The first in a series of public forums for candidates for provost and executive vice chancellor is set for 2 p.m. today, with Kim Elaine Barrett, dean of Graduate Studies at UC San Diego. Forums for two other candidates are scheduled for Oct. 4 and 6, and a forum for a possible fourth candidate is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 8. [ More… ]

Veterinary school dean Bennie Osburn to retire

Bennie Osburn, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and a national leader in veterinary education, has announced that he will retire in the summer of 2011, when he completes his third term as dean. Osburn has served 14 years as dean of the veterinary school, which is consistently ranked at the top of the nation's 28 veterinary schools. A national search for his successor will be initiated during the next few months. [ More… ]

Arts briefs: Thiebaud bakes a Google cake, free opera at the Mondavi and more

UC Davis art professor emeritus Wayne Thiebaud, famed for his they-look-good-enough-to-eat paintings, prepared a cake for Google's 12th birthday this week ... Tickets are FREE for the Mondavi Center's Oct. 9 concert featuring the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and two rising stars of opera ... Tilly No-Body: Catastrophes of Love, a world premiere from Sideshow Physical Theatre Company in collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Dance, opens Oct. 14 in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. [ More… ]

Book project events begin today

Consider it one giant book club, with everyone in the campus community encouraged to read the same book — and discuss it in classrooms, at seminars, over lunch, among co-workers. This is the Campus Community Book Project, begun nine years ago in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, as a way to promote dialogue and build community. This year's book is Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, by Beverly Daniel Tatum. The organizers have put together a jam-packed calendar of events, starting today. [ More… ]


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Accessibility Technology and Resources Faire

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Cabernet Room, Silo

Accessibility is for everyone! That is the message a campus committee is putting forth with the Accessibility Technology and Resources Faire, presenting some of the latest in assistive technologies (software and equipment), and information about university resources and services. Several campus units are due to participate, along with vendors. [ More… ]

The outdoors: Poetry in the Garden and Science Café

Wednesday, Oct. 6, noon and 5:15 p.m., Wyatt Deck

The arboretum is hosting two special events in one day. The noontime poetry reading features Xico González, an artist, poet, and political and cultural activist from Sacramento who teaches in the Department of Chicana/o Studies. Later in the afternoon, James D. Adams, a pharmacologist, and Cecilia Garcia, a Chumash healer, will present "Science Café: Chumash Traditional Medicinal Uses of California Plants." [ More… ]

Nelson lecture: Can we eliminate malaria?

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m., first-floor auditorium, Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility

Dominic Kwiatkowski, a geneticist and clinical researcher with Oxford University, will speak on new genomics approaches and the promise they hold for improved malaria treatments, including a vaccine. A well-known expert on diseases of the developing world, Kwiatkowski is working with research partners in more than 20 countries to develop technologies that can help overcome drug resistance and improve understanding of natural disease immunity. [ More… ]

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