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Autism in siblingsPhoto: Sally Ozonoff

NPR's "All Things Considered" interviews the MIND Institute's Sally Ozonoff about the risk of autism among siblings — a risk that her research indicates is higher than previously thought. Click here to read the UC Davis news release. [ More… ]


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Merit-based pay due for eligible faculty, nonrepresented staff

President Mark G. Yudof on Aug. 17 authorized a one-year, merit-based system of pay raises for faculty and nonrepresented staff members. He called the raises for faculty a tool to recruit and, most importantly, retain leading academics who are increasingly being courted by competing institutions. As for nonrepresented staff, "Fairness dictates that we take this step," said Yudof, noting that many employees are working longer hours in this budget-troubled time and have not been given merit or cost-of-living raises in nearly four years. [ More… ]

Annual philanthropic support for UC Davis tops $117 million

Donors committed more than $117.6 million in philanthropic support to UC Davis during the 2010-11 fiscal year, surpassing last year's total of $112.3 million and marking the fifth year in a row that contributions exceeded $100 million. [ More… ]

Sandstone to come down for leak fix at Mondavi Center

The curtain is going up on a big show outside the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. In this case, the curtain is scaffolding all along the building's south wall, from the ground to the roof. Workers will be removing all of the sandstone — an estimated 50,000 tiles — to repair the waterproofing underneath. The project is expected to last into December. During this time, the real show, inside the center, will go on as scheduled. [ More… ]

Shared service center: Director appointed

Associate Vice Chancellor Karen Hull announced the hiring of Andrew Dunn as director of the shared service center that is now being developed for the Davis campus. "Andrew is a strong leader and visionary in the area of shared services, with a strong commitment to customer service, continuous process improvement and development of employees within the SSC," said Hull, who leads Human Resources and the shared service center project. The next in a series of brown bag updates on the project is scheduled for Thursday (Aug. 25). [ More… ]

Sierra magazine says we're still cool (and greener!)

UC Davis is greener and cooler this year, moving into the top 10 of Sierra magazine's annual ranking of the "greenest" colleges in the United States. UC Davis earned the eighth spot, up from 16 a year ago, on the magazine's list of the "Coolest Schools" in the country. [ More… ]

Aggie Lager 'carries our name with pride'

UC Davis, a world leader in brewing science and education, and Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery of Davis have entered into a licensing agreement that will offer Aggie Lager on tap at Davis eateries and generate an estimated $25,000 a year for scholarships. "Aggie Lager is an exceptional lager that shows off the brewing talents of our alumni and carries our name with pride," said Charlie Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences. [ More… ]

Laurels: Joslin named among 'Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40'

The National LGBT Bar Association, an affiliate of the American Bar Association, has named UC Davis faculty member Courtney Joslin to the association's 2011 list of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. Plus more honors for UC Davis faculty. [ More… ]

Sacramento Bee profiles the School of Law's new immigration expert

Law professor Gabriel "Jack" Chin, a national voice in the debate over undocumented immigrants, is leaving the University of Arizona for UC Davis, saying he and his wife did not want to raise their daughters in Arizona, where Chin vigorously challenged Senate Bill 1070, considered the toughest immigration law in the country. According to the article, Chin chose UC Davis for its reputation for social justice and high number of Asian Americans. [ More… ]

News briefs: Memorial service for Professor Rosen, DavisMail bigger and better

A memorial service for Professor Emeritus Jerome Rosen, founding member of the Department of Music, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, in Main Theatre. … Information and Educational Technology announced that DavisMail now has larger mailboxes and that dozens of new applications will be added to the e-mail service. [ More… ]


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Medicos: The Kenya Project

Saturday, Aug. 20, 7-11 p.m., California Auto Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento

Tickets will be available at the door for the second annual Wine and Art Auction, coupled with a 1950s-'60s dance party, a fundraiser for the School of Medicine's Kenya Project. [ More… ]

Aggie Adventures Travel Fair

Saturday, Aug. 27, 3-5 p.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

The Cal Aggie Alumni Association sponsors Aggie Adventures, an annual program of travel opportunities that combine adventure, culture and education for alumni, family and friends of UC Davis and the entire UC community. The program for the upcoming travel fair includes an exploration of the Aggie Adventures destinations for 2012, plus a presentation by award-winning nature photographer and writer Gerry Ellis, sharing stories of his travels to Borneo and Africa. Reservations suggested. [ More… ]

ASUCD Blood and Marrow Drive

Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 30-31, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., the Quad

Save up to three lives this summer by donating blood at the ASUCD Blood and Marrow Drive. Look for the bloodmobiles on the Quad. Participants will receive a coupon for a free mini frozen yogurt from Pinkberry and a free appetizer or dessert from Applebee's. Please eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating and bring photo identification. [ More… ]

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