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Worth contemplatingPhoto: Clifford Saron and Dalai Lama

Can meditation really make you healthier and happier? UC Davis researchers are leading one of the world's most in-depth studies on meditation to find out. [ More… ]


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State legislature approves 2010-11 budget

UC wins back almost $200 million in the long-overdue 2010-11 state budget that gained legislative approval this morning. The restoration amounts to more than a third of what UC lost in the state's 2009-10 budget crisis, when lawmakers slashed $637.1 million, or 20 percent, of UC's state general fund dollars. The new budget also includes $51.3 million for 5,121 current UC students that the state had not previously funded. And the budget recommends $353 million for capital facility projects to provide more classrooms and meet critically needed seismic safety needs. [ More… ]

Important forums: Shared service center initiative and post-employment benefits

Campus forums are scheduled next week and the week after on two important topics: the shared service center initiative (Oct. 11) and post-employment benefits (Oct. 19). Employees and retirees interested in attending are asked to register in advance. [ More… ]

Campus intensifies efforts to stamp out hate

UC Davis begins the new academic year with a ramped-up Hate-Free Campus Initiative, which Chancellor Linda Katehi launched last spring in the wake of several acts of intolerance. Now, as the campus announces its Campus Action Plan, we find ourselves dealing with new acts of hate and bias. [ More… ]

Medical center opens new state-of-the-art emergency department

A new era in emergency and trauma care dawned at UC Davis Medical Center on Oct. 6 when an expanded, state-of-the-art emergency department opened to the public for both walk-in patient and ambulance traffic. At more than 40,000 square feet, the new facility is more than double the size of the old one. [ More… ]

Chancellor visits Spain to discuss possible branch campus

Chancellor Linda Katehi returned this week from a trip to Madrid, where she explored the potential of a proposal to build a branch campus of the university near the Spanish capital. The chancellor and a small delegation from UC Davis discussed the concept with more than a dozen Spanish business leaders, educators, philanthropists and government officials. [ More… ]

AggieCards soon available for campus employees

Staff, faculty and retirees who would like to get one of the Davis campus's new AggieCards, or trade in their old photo IDs for new ones, can get them in a number of convenient ways. Starting Oct. 11, you can visit the new AggieCard office in the Memorial Union. Or you can attend one of several AggieCard events around campus starting Oct. 13. [ More… ]

Laurels: Bacterial genetics book honors Professor John Roth

A new book, The Lure of Bacterial Genetics, honors the achievements of John Roth, distinguished professor of microbiology in the College of Biological Sciences. Other recent faculty honors include a Heinz Award for Daniel Sperling and a Scholar Award for Simona Ghetti. And the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals recently presented a gold award to the Art of Regional Change for its "Passion for the Land" project. [ More… ]

Yudof gets a taste of what UC Davis can do with olives

UC President Mark G. Yudof visited campus last week and toured the newest research and teaching facilities — a food processing pilot plant, a winery and a brewery, all at the Robert Mondavi Institute, and the School of Law expansion. He also got a crash course on olives and how UC Davis is assisting the olive industry — and tasted some olive oil, to help choose what will become the UC Davis Olive Center's President's Blend. [ More… ]


Update on policies/resources for sexual harassment and discrimination

This notice serves as an annual reminder about sexual harassment and discrimination policies and programs at UC Davis. [ More… ]


Bikes for sale at campus bike auction

Saturday, Oct. 9, 8 a.m., west entry parking garage

Bikes, bikes and more bikes: More than 400 of them — all up for sale tomorrow in the campus's first bicycle auction of the new academic year. Prices average around $35, and purchases may be made with cash, check, or Visa or MasterCard. Viewing opens at 8 a.m., and bidding starts at 9 a.m. [ More… ]

Neighbors' Night Out: Block parties all over town

Sunday, Oct. 10, noon-9 p.m.

About 120 block parties will be held all over Davis from noon to 9 p.m. during the annual Davis Neighbors' Night Out. This informal event, organized by the city of Davis, UC Davis and the Associated Students of UC Davis, encourages neighbors to gather and get to know one another through activities like potluck dinners, barbecues, cookie exchanges and ice cream socials. The Neighbors' Night Out website includes a map and listing of events. [ More… ]

Tilly No-Body opens next week

Oct. 14-17, 21-24, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

Munich 1917. A hotel room. A jar of poison. A failed suicide. A lone actress. This is the set-up for Tilly No-Body: Catastrophes of Love, a world premiere from Sideshow Physical Theatre Company in collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Dance. [ More… ]

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