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Making a differencePhoto: Gary Magdesian and foal

Endowed chairs and professorships — like one held by veterinarian Gary Magdesian — "are truly at the heart of academic achievement," Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi says. UC Davis has 130 such endowments — an honor for faculty members and a philanthropic investment that benefits many. [ More… ]


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UC Davis among top 10 public universities; rates high in sustainability, public service

For the second consecutive year, UC Davis earned a ninth-place ranking among the top public national universities in U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Colleges" issue. UC Davis' distinction for 2012, released Tuesday, follows the campus's top 10 honors for its commitment to sustainability (Sierra magazine), contributions to society (Washington Monthly) and student happiness (Newsweek), announced earlier this summer. [ More… ]

Regents investigate long-term funding strategies; endorse cigarette tax increase

The university's top budget officers this week addressed the Board of Regents about asking the state for funding guarantees through 2015-16, and boosting tuition to compensate for whatever the state failed to provide. But while the regents agreed with the concept of a multiyear funding plan, they asked administrators to develop a variety of options that could help minimize the prospect of additional tuition increases. In other action, the regents endorsed the California Cancer Research Act, a June ballot initiative that would raise the cigarette tax by $1 a pack. [ More… ]

Going in circles: The rules of the roundabout road

Dateline editor Dave Jones says our newest roundabouts — one on Old Davis Road and two on Hutchison Drive near UC Davis West Village — have him going in circles. "They get me where I'm going, like they're supposed to, without traffic signals. But I'm thinking we all need a lesson in how to navigate them safely." Our roundabout feature includes a photo slide show and a set of roundabout rules, plus the announcement of new names for the southernmost sections of California Avenue, which do not connect to the northern part of California Avenue. [ More… ]

Traditions old and new: Convocation, New Student Celebration

UC Davis goes formal and informal in launching the new academic year. The formal part, for everyone in the campus community, is the Fall Convocation, Wednesday (Sept. 21), with the chancellor, a faculty member and an alumnus as the speakers, and music by a string quartet. But first-year students and transfers also have an opportunity, the evening before, to become part of a new UC Davis tradition: the New Student Celebration. [ More… ]

Report: UC Davis generates 56,000 jobs, $5.5 billion for California

UC Davis produced about 56,000 jobs and $5.5 billion in economic activity during the 2009-10 fiscal year, generating almost $10 for every dollar invested by the state, according to a new analysis released this week by the University of California Office of the President. [ More… ]

Laurels: Sociologist bridges scholarly rigor with community relevance

The Rural Sociological Society honors Jonathan London, director of the Center for Regional Change, for his bridging of scholarly rigor with community and policy relevance. … The USDA honors two plant scientists and their teams for their efforts in agricultural sustainability. … An IET team wins a silver award in the UC system's Larry L. Sautter awards program for innovation in information technology. [ More… ]

Transitions: Mary Wall, Morgana Yahnke, Christopher Sindt, Barbara Allen-Diaz

Alumna Mary Wall is leaving UC Davis Extension to become director of Summer Sessions. … Morgana Yahnke has left her post in the Fairfield Fire Department to become fire marshal on the Davis campus. … Alumnus Christopher J. Sindt, an associate professor and associate dean at St. Mary's College, will be in residence at UC Davis in 2011-12, as a participant in the American Council on Education Fellows Program, which aims to assist administrators in advancing further in higher education leadership. … The Board of Regents this week elevated UC Berkeley Professor Barbara Allen-Diaz to the top position in the university's division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. [ More… ]

Congratulations to staff and staff dependent scholarship recipients

Staff Assembly held a reception Thursday for this year's scholarship program for staff and staff dependents — who, collectively, received more than $12,000 worth of awards. The scholarships recognize outstanding demonstration and commitment to community service and school, while also considering financial need. [ More… ]


Announcement: Seed Grants for Outreach and International Activities

Davis campus faculty are invited to submit proposals for the Seed Grants for Outreach and International Activities Program, established in 2001 and which so far has given out more than $1 million to 118 diverse programs. Proposals are due Oct. 17. [ More… ]


Join Pete Scully on a 'sketchcrawl'

Saturday, Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m., Memorial Union bus terminal

Pete Scully, graduate coordinator for statistics and biostatistics, spends many a lunch hour, out and about, sketching on the Davis campus. Now he is inviting others to join him on a "sketchcrawl" — open to all ages and all skill levels. [ More… ]

Football home opener vs. San Diego

Saturday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m., Aggie Stadium

The Aggies (0-2) hope for better luck on their home turf this weekend, vs. the 2-0 San Diego Toreros. [ More… ]

Olives: From back yard to the table

Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Sensory Theatre, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science

A workshop scheduled for next weekend will explore olives from back yard to table. It is the next installment in the Your Sustainable Back Yard series, presented by the California Center for Urban Horticulture. The cost is $45, which includes coffee, tea and bagels in the morning, and a boxed lunch, as well as parking. [ More… ]

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