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New clue into infertilityPhoto: sperm

A UC Davis team likens the DEFB126 protein to a "Klingon cloaking device" for human sperm, easing its path to the egg. The team discovered that the loss of this protein may explain a significant proportion of infertility in men worldwide — a finding that could open up new methods of screening and treatment. [ More, with video… ]


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Campus names development-alumni relations vice chancellor

Shaun B. Keister comes from The Pennsylvania State University, and has previous experience at Florida State and Iowa State universities. "This position is key to the future success of this university and, with Shaun's wide range of management, planning and budgeting experience, I'm confident that he will help lead our campus to a new level of accomplishment in fundraising," Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said. [ More… ]

Geologist helps pick the landing spot for the next Mars rover

Geologist Dawn Sumner consults on the landing spot for the next Mars rover, Curiousity, as announced today at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. … Also, UC Davis researchers say ocean acidification, a consequence of climate change, could weaken the shells of California mussels and diminish their body mass, with serious implications for coastal ecosystems. [ More, with video… ]

U.S. News: medical center No. 1 in Sacramento, among top 50 nationwide

The UC Davis Medical Center ranks No. 1 in the Sacramento region and among the top 50 hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2011-12 best hospitals survey. In addition, the magazine rates 26 UC Davis physicians as "Top Doctors." [ More… ]

‘Superwomen' in movies affect real women

An Angelina Jolie character who crushes a robot in Tomb Raider is perceived by young women as a better role model than a mouthy Kathy Bates character who carries a gun in Primary Colors, a UC Davis study has found. [ More… ]

New director for MIND Institute

Leonard Abbeduto is an expert on the behavioral development of people with intellectual disabilities and, in particular, their development and use of language. He also researches the effects of stress on parents and caregivers — the stress associated with rearing children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and how that stress affects the children's development. [ More… ]

Law school instructor says needs to pay up

In a Sacramento Bee opinion piece, Angelo DeSantis, who teaches legal research and writing at the School of Law (he is a 2008 alumnus), tells why he believes prior Supreme Court decisions are of no help to in its tax fight with the state of California, concluding: "It's time to let Amazon compete on a level playing field." [ More… ]

Laurels: Professor's 1997 paper lauded for 'enduring quality'

For a paper published in 1997, Professor James Wilen recently received the Publication of Enduring Quality award from the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. ... Plus other honors, including the recognition of the UC Davis Medical Center as a leader in health care equality, based on services and policies affecting sexual minorities and their families. [ More… ]

Bookstore clerk and her dog buoy patients' spirits

UCOP's Our University highlights bookstore clerk Ann Thornton as someone who makes a difference. Actually, Ann and her dog, Casey, make a difference — visiting people in hospitals and nursing homes once a week. [ More… ]

News briefs: Shared services brown bag, labor agreements and more

The campus community is invited to a July 25 brown bag for an update on the shared service center project. ... Employees in six bargaining units may now be eligible for the Employee-Initiated Reduction In Time program. ... The UC system and its police reach a new labor agreement. ... The chancellor plans a town hall meeting with health system staff. ... UC Merced's first medical students start their education at UC Davis. ... New blog, new name for the Aggie Athletics PR unit. [ More… ]


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Arboretum hosts Camp Shakespeare

Session I: Monday-Friday, July 25-Aug. 5

Session II: Monday-Friday, Aug. 8-19

Presented by the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, in collaboration with the arboretum, for ages 7 to 15. UC Davis staff, faculty, affiliates, students and alumni are eligible for $100 scholarships to help defray the cost. [ More… ]

Community invited to Humphrey Fellows program

Thursday, July 28, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., International House, 10 College Park, Davis

UC Davis Extension hosts this Global Forum with nearly 40 Humphrey Fellows, each of whom will give a brief presentation about his or her home country and field of expertise. The fellows, from 32 countries, are at UC Davis for orientation and training before heading off to colleges and universities across the United States. [ More… ]

Career Catalyst brown bag: ‘vision board' exercise

Thursday, July 28, noon-1 p.m., Cabernet Room, Silo

Staff Development and Professional Services will provide the scissors, glue and poster board, plus magazines (for images and headlines). All you need to bring are your dreams — to create a collage during a brown bag event titled "Clarify Your Career Direction Using ‘Vision Boards.'" [ More… ]

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