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'Get your pudding face on'Photo: David Phillips

New Jell-O commercials invite people to get their "pudding face" on. But UC Davis' David Phillips beat them to the punch, 12 years ago, when he parlayed $3,140 worth of pudding cups into 1.25 million airline miles. At a free lunchtime program next week, the "Pudding Guy" will tell you how he did it and offer tips on how you, too, could be a mileage millionaire. [ More… ]


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Defining the future of UC Davis

The chancellor's office has set up an e-mail address — — for comments on Chancellor Katehi's July 22 letter on "defining the future of UC Davis." In light of permanent reductions in state funding, she offered a plan by which the campus could control its own destiny — by boosting enrollment. She noted that the campus's physical footprint is large enough and the infrastructure is in place to accommodate more undergraduate and graduate students — and this can help make the campus financially stable, while at the same time supporting up to 300 new tenure-track faculty positions. [ More… ]

As international study expands, UC Davis takes steps to manage the risk

With UC Davis' growing participation in international academic programs, Vice Provost William B. Lacy writes about how the campus is managing the risk via a comprehensive set of guidelines and protocols "to ensure the safety of our students abroad." [ More… ]

State audit: No evidence of waste, fraud or abuse

UC President Mark G. Yudof, noting how the Bureau of State Audits found no evidence of waste, fraud or abuse in the UC system, assails the state lawmaker who asked for the audit and urges the Legislative Audit Committee "to require those who seek to use the limited audit resources of the state to provide more evidence of malfeasance than innuendo and presupposition behind their requests." [ More… ]

Faculty hone mentoring skills to benefit graduate students

After studying up on mentoring skills over the last year, faculty and departments are now putting what they learned into practice — with new efforts aimed at helping students successfully navigate the stages of their graduate careers. [ More… ]

Ph.D. student leads science camp for teens who are blind like him

Hoby Wedler recalls a high school teacher telling him that Wedler's blindness would keep him from pursuing chemistry. Now Wedler is a doctoral student in that very subject at UC Davis, and leading a summer camp for other blind and otherwise visually impaired students, teaching them to design experiments based on touch and smell. [ More… ]

Popular mammography tool not effective for finding invasive breast cancer

Computer-aided detection technology is ineffective in finding breast tumors and appears to increase a woman's risk of being called back needlessly for additional testing following mammography, a large UC Davis study has found. [ More… ]

Autopsies reveal characteristic brain changes in athletes

The brain damage found in a growing number of professional football players has been described in detail by a UC Davis Medical Center researcher and colleagues in the July issue of Neurosurgery. The pattern of protein tangles and plaques in chronic traumatic encephalopathy is distinct from those in Alzheimer's patients, they report, pointing the way toward an objective diagnosis of the disease. [ More… ]

Good management, not just money, leads to innovative discoveries

University scientists and engineers are more likely to produce inventions and patents if they work in an environment where management supports and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and commercialization, according to a new UC Davis study. [ More… ]

News briefs: Layoff policy, California Ag e-edition, 'Future of Nursing,' Poolbusters vanpool

UCOP this week announced a proposal to clarify that performance is one of the key factors that managers should consider when deciding layoffs or reductions in time for PSS career positions. … UC's California Agriculture has launched an e-edition, to help clear a backlog of articles waiting for publication. … The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is among the sponsors of a town hall next week on "The Future of Nursing." … If you are commuting from the San Francisco Bay Area, you may want to consider the Poolbusters vanpool. [ More… ]


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Art in the arboretum

The arboretum's GATEways Project presents a pair of art installations: Crested Oak, a landscape architecture student's senior project, and From Landfill to Landscape, in which an art student created giant flowers out of scrap metal from the UC Davis landfill. [ More… ]

Summer diversions: Six Flags tickets still available

Saturday, Aug. 6

Nine-hundred tickets have been sold, and you still have time to get yours for the UC Davis Family Picnic at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The mail-order deadline has passed, but Staff Assembly announced that you can buy tickets in person today (July 29), and Monday-Wednesday (Aug. 1-3) at the Human Resources Administration Building. [ More… ]

At the Mondavi: Staff, faculty get a jump on single-ticket sales

Thursday, Aug. 11

When making your program choices for 2011-12, take note of this "just-added" event: Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens, in a spoken-word engagement, Dec. 3. Also, applications are due Aug. 15 for the Mondavi Center SFJAZZ High School All-Stars. [ More… ]

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