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Staff Works and TGFSPhoto: UC Davis staff person

You’ll see the faces of more than 100 of your colleagues in our new audio slide show, Staff Works, paying tribute to staff contributions to the UC Davis mission. We’ll be adding to Staff Works on a regular basis, so please stay tuned. And, while we’re on the subject of staff, take a look at our slide show from Wednesday’s Thank Goodness for Staff picnic. [ More… ]


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Chief justice to address first spring commencement

Spring commencements start today, with the School of Law going first. Guest speaker at that event will be law school alumna Tani Cantil-Sakauye, chief justice of the California Supreme Court. Other schools and colleges have also lined up distinguished speakers for commencement. Ceremonies are scheduled from today through June 12. [ More… ]

Warzecka to retire after 16 years as athletics director

A nationwide search is under way for a new athletics director, after Greg Warzecka announced this week that he will retire June 30. During his 16 years in the post, he oversaw the Aggies’ transformation from a nonscholarship NCAA Division II program to a Division I program with an annual budget of nearly $20 million. Last week, he introduced Jim Les as the new head coach of men’s basketball. [ More… ]

Whole Earth Festival to lose dance venue next year

UC Davis will shut down the Whole Earth Festival’s DJ Stage beginning next year, in the wake of police investigations of three violent crimes, including the reported rape of a 16-year-old girl, in and around the music venue last weekend. “We are sending a message that people cannot come to our campus and behave this way,” said Fred Wood, vice chancellor for Student Affairs. “It can’t continue and it won’t be tolerated. We need to create a safe environment for everyone at this university.” [ More… ]

Laurels: ‘One of the greatest zoologists of our time’

The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists describes Professor Thomas Schoener as “one of the greatest zoologists of our time.” Plus other awards and honors for faculty and staff. [ More… ]

Worthy of the title Master of Fine Arts

Nine Master of Fine Arts graduates are putting their masterful creations on display in year-end exhibitions. They comprise fashion design for diverse bodies and a packaging design for a new generation of small farms (at the Design Museum), and paintings, sculptures, and elaborate video and media art (at the Nelson Gallery). [ More… ]

Data show CT scans not always needed in children with head injuries

Professor Nathan Kuppermann is co-author of a study in the journal Pediatrics, demonstrating that medical personnel can effectively cut by as much as half the number of CT scans in children with minor head injuries. [ More… ]

World premiere: Double-Franken-Trouble-Stein

Kurt Rohde, associate professor of music, is back with a new take on Double Trouble, his 2002 composition for two violas and a small ensemble. The new piece with a monster title is a double concerto for a large orchestra — in fact, the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will perform the work’s world premiere on Sunday, May 15. The Department of Music has six other concerts scheduled through June 2. [ More… ]

Actress to present film, press effort to assist slum dwellers

Actress Connie Nielsen is due at UC Davis on Saturday, May 21, to talk about the Human Needs Project and its mission to help slum dwellers around the world — like those living in Kibera, a place Nielsen encountered while making the film Lost in Africa. Her UC Davis audience will be the first in the United States to see the film; admission is free and open to the public. First, though, Nielsen will sit down for an interview with GSM Dean Steven C. Currall, who noted that the program should be of great interest at UC Davis, given the university’s long-standing commitment to social and economic progress in developing communities around the world. [ More… ]


Announcement: Emergency Call List update

The campus Police Department’s Communication Center is asking units and departments to review their emergency call-out lists for accuracy — and to submit changes if needed. [ More… ]


Culture days: Black Family Week

Sunday-Saturday, May 15-21

Highlights include the Gospel Extravaganza, culture and talent shows, a play by Ise Lyfe, and a performance by Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, as sista docta, plus Black Family Day on the Quad. [ More… ]

UC Walks: Get some exercise, get a T-shirt!

Wednesday, May 18, midday

Faculty, staff and retirees are invited! Meet up at a variety of locations on the Davis and Sacramento campuses. [ More… ]

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

Wednesday, May 18, 2 p.m., AGR Room, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of agriculture, will talk about the USDA’s efforts to connect consumers to local food producers. [ More… ]

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