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Bin Laden's role in al-Qaida exaggeratedText: 9/11

The United States — in a rush to hold someone accountable — oversimplified its views of Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida terrorist organization, based in part on misleading court records, poor translations and an inadequate understanding of al-Qaida's history, according to Professor Flagg Miller, who has listened to audiocassettes from bin Laden's personal library. [ More… ]


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Shared service center: 'Going live' mid-February, with 72 FTEs

The Davis campus's shared service center will "go live" in mid-February with 72 full-time equivalent positions, university officials said this week in a much-anticipated announcement. Addressing some 300 people at a Sept. 8 town hall (at least 640 others clicked open the live webcast), project leaders emphasized one message above all others: If you work in one of the participating administrative units, and your job touches upon finance, human resources or payroll, talk with your supervisor and consider applying to work in the center — without delay. [ More… ]

Faculty, staff reach deep to support graduate students

Gifts from more than two dozen faculty, staff and retirees — together with an estate gift from a late alumnus — have created nearly $1.2 million in new endowments that will help UC Davis graduate and professional school students with their educations for generations to come. [ More… ]

Neurosurgeons use adult stem cells to grow neck vertebrae

UC Davis neurosurgery researchers have used a new, leading-edge stem cell therapy to promote the growth of bone tissue following the removal of cervical discs — the cushions between the bones in the neck — to relieve chronic, debilitating pain. [ More… ]

$2.3 million for Tahoe center will fund 3-D public education on lake ecosystems

Members of the public will be able to visually immerse themselves in two of the best-known lakes in the United States — Lake Tahoe and Lake Champlain — thanks to a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center will use the three-year grant to develop three-dimensional visualization technology to enhance public understanding and stewardship of freshwater lake ecosystems and earth-science processes. [ More… ]

NPR: Nitrogen study could 'rock' a plant's world

Benjamin Houlton, assistant professor of biogeochemistry, is interviewed for National Public Radio's Morning Edition regarding his research on the nitrogen cycle that could affect how forests react to climate change — and could also make current biology textbooks out of date. [ More… ]

Citations for Excellence for 2011

Janet Brown-Simmons is a supervisor "who consistently encourages each of her colleagues to work to their full potential." Missy Borel raises funds for the campus's honeybee garden — and public awareness about the plight of the honeybees. Last month, Staff Assembly and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi honored these and other Citations for Excellence winners in a ceremony at the Chancellor's Residence. [ More… ]

In brief: Provost Pitts to step down, Chancellor's Colloquium

Larry Pitts will step down next year after three years as the UC system's provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. ... UCTV next week presents another installment of the Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speakers Series: Science editor Bruce Alberts' talk "On the Future of Biochemistry Research." [ More… ]


Update on policies/resources for sexual harassment and discrimination

This notice serves as an annual reminder about sexual harassment and discrimination policies and programs at UC Davis. The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all persons who participate in university programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation or intimidation. [ More… ]


On exhibit: Art from the class of 2012

Sept. 9-24, 124 Art Building

Seven artists are showing their work in an exhibition leading up to the start of their final year in the two-year Master of Fine Arts program in studio art. A closing reception is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. [ More… ]

Student symposia: soap, health and the environment; bugs and breast milk

The infant gut microbiome: prebiotics, probiotics and establishment: Monday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fragranced personal care products and environmental change: Friday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

These two student-run symposia, free and open to the public, are the outcomes of yearlong collaborative research projects by student teams. Both take place in 1022 Life Sciences Building. [ More… ]

Shakespeare in the arboretum: Lovers, mechanicals and fairies on wheels!

Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 15-18 and 22-25, and Sept. 29-Oct. 2 — 8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 18 and 25, and Oct. 2 — 2 p.m.

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble is rolling into its second season, literally, by putting wheels on A Midsummer Night's Dream. The play's lovers, mechanicals and fairies will be using all sorts of bicycles in and around the gazebo, and bicycle parts will serve as props and set decorations, and even musical instruments — all in recognition of Davis' love affair with bikes. [ More… ]

Season-opening plant sale: 75 favorites for 75 years

Preview tour: Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.

Plant Faire: Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The arboretum is celebrating its 75th birthday this month with 75 favorite plants, as selected by staff and volunteers, and members of Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum. The preview and the plant sale take place at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery. [ More… ]

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