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A doctoral student in biological systems engineering teaches Sacramento sixth-graders about renewable energy — and how to build a battery from a grapefruit. Thanks to a UC Davis program funded by the National Science Foundation, graduate students are partnering with teachers in local schools to get kids excited about "STEM" careers — science, technology, engineering and math. [ More, with video … ]


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New research VC wins Wolf Prize

The incoming vice chancellor of research, Harris A. Lewin, has been named a co-recipient of the $100,000 Wolf Prize in Agriculture. … Six faculty members are new fellows of various academic associations. ... The National Science Foundation gives an early career development award to Todd Green, assistant professor of computer science. … UC Davis scores 12 regional CASE Awards of Excellence for work in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and related fields. [ More… ]

Energy experts to help Navy get greener

UC Davis has agreed to help the Navy find new ways to use less energy and to derive more of the energy it does use from renewable sources such as the sun and wind, instead of oil and coal. The primary focus of the new partnership is to cut the energy the Navy uses for outdoor lighting on its bases. [ More… ]

School of Medicine now among top 40 in U.S. for National Institutes of Health funding

The School of Medicine rose to 37th place among 134 schools of medicine in the United States in an annual ranking based on the amount of National Institutes of Health research funds received over the course of a year. The 2010 ranking puts the UC Davis School of Medicine 11 places higher than in 2009 and 25 places higher than in 2001, when it ranked 62nd nationwide. [ More… ]

Chief justice tells first-years: 'You can have it all, just not all at once'

UC Davis alumna Tani Cantil-Sakauye, 40 days into her term as chief justice of the California Supreme Court, addresses the law school's first-year class — advising them to be themselves. She also tells them that they can balance their careers and family life, revealing that as a judge on the 3rd District Court of Appeals, she would sometimes confer with colleagues in her office, while one of her children lay under the table. She also reveals that the call from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, about nominating her to be chief justice, came out of the blue. [ More… ]

Armenian genocide gave rise to modern humanitarian movement, historian argues

One of the 20th century's most infamous atrocities, the Armenian genocide, also should be remembered for fostering the modern humanitarian movement, a UC Davis historian argues in a paper recently published in the American Historical Review. [ More… ]

'Epic American play': Come Hell and High Water, March 3-13

The Department of Theatre and Dance is presenting what it describes as an epic play about America's humanity, suffering and vulnerability, as revealed by the forces of nature. Come Hell and High Water is rooted in 1927's great flood on the Mississippi River and 2005's Hurricane Katrina — and, as such, the play comes with rain, real rain, on the Main Theatre stage. [ More… ]

Campus police bestow Citizen Awards, name top employees

The campus Police Department recently hosted its annual Citizen and Employee Appreciation Ceremony, honoring the officer of the year and employee of the year, and more than 20 people from outside the department for their assistance to law enforcement. [ More… ]

In brief: State of the Campus, student support, emergency drill, audit services, reflections on Korematsu

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi's annual State of the Campus address to the Academic Senate is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24. … The Cal Aggie Alumni Association board of directors is going to bat for students in the state's continuing financial crisis. … UC Davis hosts an emergency drill called "Gunrock Thunder," dealing with multiple crises. … After serving as the interim director of Internal Audit Services for the last three months, Jeremiah Maher has been appointed to the position on a permanent basis. … A law school panel will reflect on the World War II-era case that turned Fred Korematsu into a civil rights hero. [ More… ]


Announcements: AdMan's Mid-Management Conference, reminder on travel insurance

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has been added to the program for AdMan's Mid-Management Conference, set for March 9. ... In light of the recent evacuation of UC students, staff and faculty from Egypt, UCOP strongly reminds UC travelers that registration for travel insurance is required for all business trips that involve travel outside of California. [ More… ]


Celebrate 100 years of Aggie basketball

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m., The Pavilion

The UC Davis men's basketball program will celebrate its 100-year anniversary tomorrow with a postgame reception following the Aggies' ESPNU BracketBusters' game against Hawaii. [ More… ]

Music and theatre-dance team up for Bluebeard's Castle

Friday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 27, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

Jackson Hall is being transformed into a royal residence for a full staging of the rarely performed Bluebeard's Castle, Bela Bartok's only opera — with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, led by Christian Baldini, providing the music, and the Department of Theatre and Dance handling the set, lighting, costumes and direction. [ More… ]

Meet some beetles at the Bohart

Saturday, Feb. 26, 1-4 p.m., Bohart Museum of Entomology, 1124 Academic Surge Building

The Bohart Museum of Entomology is inviting people to come in to "Meet the Beetles," during the museum's second weekend opening of 2011. Admission is free. [ More… ]

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