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Defining our futurePhoto: Comstock's Magazine cover with Linda P.B. Katehi

Sacramento-based Comstock's Magazine puts Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi on the August cover for a story about her "business plan for expansion and prosperity at UC Davis." The chancellor did some writing of her own, about breakthroughs in how we teach science, for the Huffington Post. [ More… ]


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Transforming our budget process

In this July 29 letter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter elaborates on Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi's earlier statement, about the administration's plan to develop a new budget model that would provide incentives for success. [ More… ]

Career Navigation Series: GPS for our rapidly changing work environment

In the next best thing to GPS, the Davis campus is launching the Career Navigation Series to help with all the twists and turns in the university's rapidly changing work environment. "Now is the time for people to say, 'OK, I need to assess where I am and where I want to go,'" said Carina Celesia Moore, director of Staff Development and Professional Services. [ More… ]

Judge rules UC Davis did not discriminate against female wrestlers

A federal judge rules that UC Davis did not discriminate against female wrestlers 10 years ago. The story received widespread and balanced media coverage, including articles in The New York Times, Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education. [ More… ]

Mellon grant to expand classical music initiatives at Mondavi Center

The Mondavi Center has been awarded a three-year, $580,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to engage more students and other audiences in classical music. … Staff and faculty get a one-day head start on single-event tickets, Thursday (Aug. 11). [ More… ]

Arming Middle Eastern college students with scholarship skills

As uprisings continue in the Middle East, Suad Joseph, a professor of anthropology and women and gender studies, plans to travel to the region to train young Middle Eastern graduate students in how to advocate for change through research and public policy. [ More… ]

Engineers pumped up about biomechanics of riding bikes

UC Davis mechanical and aerospace engineers aren't just reinventing the wheel. They hope to reinvent the whole bike with new designs that make it easier to ride for balance-challenged folks. "We'd like to know what makes a bicycle hard to ride, and can we make it easier," said Mont Hubbard, a co-investigator with fellow professor Ron Hess in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. [ More, with video… ]

A patient's own skin cells may one day treat multiple diseases

Paul S. Knoepfler, associate professor of cell biology and human anatomy, has published a roadmap for overcoming the obstacles to developing stem cells from adult cells — a breakthrough that could one day treat conditions as diverse as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and cancer, while avoiding the controversial use of embryonic stem cells. [ More… ]

Walker renovation to clear path for classroom, promenade

Recent demolition work on the south side of Walker Hall gave new life to an old rumor — that one of the campus's oldest buildings was being torn down. The truth is, the recent demolition took down a small structure known as the Walker Hall annex, as well as a stucco wall along Hutchison Drive. And in the future, when funding allows, the campus has a plan to take down and-or modify the Walker wings. But that's all. [ More… ]

News briefs: Chief Oweis, Gradebook2, Aggie sports, Facebook, Chancellor Wise

Lt. Nader Oweis is the new chief of the UC Santa Cruz Police Department. … SmartSite will be offline for several hours Aug. 12-13 for a Gradebook2 upgrade. … Single-game ticket sales begin Monday (Aug. 8) for Aggie football and other fall sports. If you're 13 or under (or if you have children who are), you can forget about single-game tickets — by joining the new Junior Aggie Club. … A Facebook public policy executive will make a presentation on how UC Davis can maximize the power of Facebook. … Phyllis Wise, formerly of UC Davis, is named chancellor of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. [ More… ]


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Exhibition: Me and My Flame at the Craft Center

Aug. 5 through Sept. 2, Craft Center Gallery

Husband-and-wife Craft Center volunteers Jeff and Lisa Geren present new works in glass, bronze, wood, leather, ceramic and felted wool, in an exhibition titled Me and My Flame. ... The Nelson Gallery announced a special program next week with Sacramento's Nathan Cordero, whose work is on display in the Nelson's summer exhibition, Are You Destined to Become Your Mother? The event is set to begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 12, as part of the 2nd Friday ArtAbout. [ More… ]

Arboretum tour: Plants from Down Under for Central Valley Gardens

Saturday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m., parking lot behind the Borders bookstore, First Street and Richards Boulevard

About the many Australian and New Zealand plants that are well adapted to California gardens. ... Also coming up: more folk music jam sessions and a tour of the Native American Contemplative Garden. [ More… ]

Summer concerts: Wonder Bread 5 and Non Stop Bhangra

Wonder Bread 5: Thursday, Aug. 11, 6-8 p.m., Shriners Hospital, 45th and X streets, Sacramento

Non Stop Bhangra: Saturday, Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m., the Quad

The Sacramento and Davis campuses host free, family-friendly concerts. The Sacramento event features Wonder Bread 5, playing dance favorites from the 1960s through today, plus a children's zone with games, bounce houses, crafts and other activities. SummerMusic on the Quad concludes with an Indian dance party known as Non Stop Bhangra. [ More… ]

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