Spotlight on…

Heartfelt designs Photo: David Lee

Design Program students created and modeled red dresses to help raise awareness of heart disease risks facing women. "The Design Program strives to emphasize social responsibility in student assignments," said Adele Zhang, the instructor who mentored the red dress collection. [ More… ]


More stories at Dateline UC Davis and UC Davis News and Information

VP Horwitz to step down from Academic Personnel

Barbara Horwitz is preparing to step down as vice provost of Academic Personnel, after 10 years in the position. It is expected she will return to her faculty position in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. Ralph J. Hexter, provost and executive vice chancellor, says he will soon announce an internal search for Horwitz's successor. [ More… ]

Concepts sought for 'Innovation Hub'

UC Davis is asking for ideas and concepts for an "Innovation Hub" that would better connect UC Davis research with entrepreneurs, accelerate the transfer of campus discoveries into commercial products, and develop the local and regional economy. [ More… ]

Opportunity in crisis: The potential $99 million budget shortfall

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, writing for The Huffington Post, says "drastic budget cuts jeopardize not only the future of our research, teaching and service mission, but also the significant employment, tax revenue, business spin-offs, new industry, skilled work force and lifesaving work that we give back to the state of California." Also, click here to see the most recent update to the campus's Budget IDEAS list. More than 70 e-mails have come in so far to, offering comments and suggestions. [ More… ]

Shared Service Center: Preparing for success

We all know a shared service center is coming for five administrative units, but what can employees learn now about working in a shared service center and how can they better prepare for the transition? As promised, the Davis campus is rolling out a program to answer those questions — to help educate employees about the shared service center work environment, to help them recognize whether they are a good fit for shared services, and, whichever the case, provide tools to help them better prepare for change. [ More… ]

Deputy DA says family, police averted possible tragedy

Nicholas Benson's family feared what he might do, called police — and, says a Yolo County prosecutor, may have prevented a Virginia Tech or Tucson tragedy from happening here. Benson, who was a UC Davis student at the time of his arrest on weapons charges Jan. 21, posted $100,000 bail on Feb. 6 — and, as a condition of his release, must stay away from UC Davis. Campus Police Chief Annette Spicuzza said people should call if they suspect Benson may be on the campus or if they see anything that arouses their suspicion. [ More… ]

In brief: E-waste disposal, active shooter training, humanities institute

The Bargain Barn is sharing the love on Valentine's Day — love for the environment — by inviting campus units to drop off their old, unused electronics for recycling, at no charge. ... Ninety minutes of your time on Monday, Feb. 14, may save your life — if you spend that time in an active shooter training class. ... Beth Levy, associate professor of musicology, will serve as interim director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute in 2011-12. [ More… ]

Liquids scanner for airport security

Air passengers one day may be able to carry their soaps, shampoo and bottled water onto the plane again, thanks to technology originally developed at UC Davis to check the quality of wine. "The genius of a UC Davis professor may help airline passengers across the nation," reports Sacramento's KCRA-TV, one of many stations across California that covered the story. [ More… ]

Bullying study: Popular students — but not the most popular — more likely to torment peers

While experts often view aggressive behavior as a maladjusted reaction typical of social outcasts, a new UC Davis study finds that it's actually popular adolescents — but not the most popular ones — who are particularly likely to torment their peers. [ More… ]


Announcement: Graduate and Professional Student Symposium

Members of the Chancellor's Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board ask that you encourage your exceptional graduate and professional students to apply to the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (April 21-23). The application deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23. [ More… ]


Green and getting greener: It's all in the planning

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 8 a.m. to noon, Mee Room, Memorial Union (conference); 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Freeborn Hall (showcase)

UC Davis is living green and planning green. The planning part is the focus of next week's Plan Green Conference and Showcase, providing university event planners with tools and information to plan sustainable events. The living part has to do with what the campus is already doing to be more sustainable — and for which the campus will receive two EPA awards. [ More… ]

Writers: Ntozake Shange and Maxine Hong Kingston to speak

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., Freeborn Hall (Ntozake Shange)

Thursday, Feb. 24, 4 to 6 p.m., AGR Room, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center (Maxine Hong Kingston)

Tickets are on sale for this year's installment of the Leslie Campbell Legacy Speaker Series, which is bringing in playwright and author Ntozake Shange (Some Sing, Some Cry and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf). ... The University Writing Program presents another of its Conversations with Writers, this time with Maxine Hong Kingston, whose most recent work is I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, a reflection on aging, writing and Chinese-American culture. [ More… ]

Boredom Busters: New February program, another in April

Feb. 21-25

Davis public schools are taking off Feb. 21 to 25 (the week of the Presidents Day holiday), and Campus Recreation is stepping in with a healthy, fun, safe alternative where children can spend those days. It is Boredom Busters, for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Activities include arts and crafts, rock wall climbing and other sports. A second Boredom Busters is set for April 4-8. [ More… ]

More calendar listings…