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'2020' Initiative unveiledPhoto: Linda P.B. Katehi

In her Fall Convocation address, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi unveils the 2020 Initiative — a plan to admit more students (and add faculty) as a way to bolster the university's finances, boost regional economic opportunity and create new jobs on and off campus. City and county officials endorsed the plan, with one saying Katehi's speech was "right on the mark." Click here for convocation videos, speeches and photo slide show. [ More… ]


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Three UC Davis researchers win prestigious NIH awards

The National Institutes of Health on Tuesday named three UC Davis researchers recipients of highly competitive awards designed to encourage innovative, high-risk research and accelerate the translation of science into improved health. Plus, more faculty recipients of major awards and honors. [ More… ]

New students turn Pavilion into a chat room: 'What's on your academic bucket list?'

About 4,000 first-years and transfers texted their way through what is shaping up to be a new UC Davis tradition: the New Student Celebration. The texts appeared on the giant screens in The Pavilion all during the Sept. 20 celebration, as students responded to the question: "What's on your academic bucket list?" Read what they had to say, plus watch our slide show of the event. [ More… ]

$40 million project to revitalize Africa's orphaned crops

A visionary, $40 million effort to boost Africa's health and economic vitality by genetically sequencing and breeding some of the continent's most important, but neglected, native crops was announced Sept. 21 during the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City by a consortium of international partners, including UC Davis. [ More… ]

Zebras versus cattle: not so black and white

African ranchers often prefer to keep wild grazers like zebra off the grass that fattens their cattle. But a new study by UC Davis and Kenyan researchers shows that grazing by wild animals doesn't always harm — and can sometimes benefit — cattle. The results are published today in the journal Science. [ More… ]

Davis, SF chancellors host panel at global economic summit

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann co-hosted a policy discussion last Friday in San Francisco, addressing the leadership role of women in solving the world's greatest public health challenges. The panel was part of an international summit focused on women and the economy. [ More… ]

Economy and weather put the squeeze on wine grape supply, survey finds

The sluggish economy and unusually cool weather this season have dramatically tightened the supply of wine grapes, a situation that is likely to continue for several years, reports Robert Smiley, dean and professor emeritus at the Graduate School of Management. But, on a positive note, Smiley says consumers are likely to find that discounted prices on high-quality wines will continue to be available. [ More… ]

The arts: Theater-dance in 2011-12, plus fall exhibitions and the first Noon Concert

The Department of Theatre and Dance announces a 2011-12 season with an expanded focus on free production events for the community, to further share the making of performance works. Granada artists in residence will present Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Zona Rosa Project, The House of Bernarda Alba, a new hip-hop choreography and a video-choreography combo. … Fall exhibitions are set to open next week at the Craft Center Gallery, the Nelson Gallery and the C.N. Gorman Museum. … The first Noon Concert of the year is set for next Thursday (Sept. 29). [ More… ]

In brief: Suspect jailed, possible fraud attempt, 9/11 stair climb, pre-med conference, 'It Gets Better,' Hinshaw says 'Aloha'

Suspect jailed in two sexual batteries. … Police alert faculty to a possible fraud attempt, in a case that saw the alleged scam artist talk face to face with a professor in his office. … 9/11 stair climb pays tribute to NYC firefighters. … UC Davis will host thousands of students for Mapping Your Path to Medicine, Oct. 8-9. … President Yudof and Regent Lansing post a video in the "It Gets Better" campaign, offering support to LGBT youth. … Former Provost Virginia Hinshaw says, sorry UC Davis friends, but she'll be rooting for the Hawaii Warriors against the Aggies this weekend in Honolulu. [ More… ]


Announcement: Updated policies for graduate student academic appointments

The Office of Graduate Studies has announced changes to policies in order to streamline and clarify the graduate student academic appointment process. [ More… ]


First Plant Faire of the season celebrates arboretum's 75th anniversary

Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery, Garrod Drive

The arboretum begins its 75th anniversary celebration in earnest this weekend with the Plant Faire, the first sale of the season, Saturday (Sept. 24). … Also, mark your calendars for the Oct. 1 It's Oaktober tour and the Oct. 2 Turtle Talk and Tour. [ More… ]

Meet the migrating animals of fall, learn how to start an insect collection

Saturday, Sept. 24, 1-4 p.m., 1394 and 1124 Academic Surge Building

The Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology is opening its doors to the public for the first time ever, and is doing so this weekend in conjunction with special Saturday hours at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. The museums are just doors apart in Academic Surge — so take time to visit both! [ More… ]

First Wednesday Wine Flights: Picnic Wines

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m., Gunrock Pub

Monthly wine tastings are back on campus, sponsored by the Gunrock Pub and the Vintage Aggies Wine Club. Each month's event includes the tasting of four wines (paired with food), and "terrific deals" on the wines to take home. The cost is $10, and no reservations are needed. Up first: wines for your next picnic. [ More… ]

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