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Picnic Day: Then. Now. Always.Photo: Dachshund

Whether you're connecting with old friends, checking out the walking sticks at the Bohart Museum of Entomology or watching dachshunds chase down the rabbit on the ARC Pavilion floorboards, Picnic Day 2012 is the place to be this Saturday. [ More… ]


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'My name is Matt': 10-year UC Davis police veteran sworn in as chief

Matthew Carmichael was sworn in April 19 as chief of the campus Police Department, with Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi administering the oath of office. The audience for the campus ceremony included Carmichael's family, members of the Police Department and the broader campus community. View a Sacramento Bee photo gallery of the event or watch video coverage on Davis Patch. [ More… ]

State of the campus: 'Strong,' despite many challenges

Despite the many challenges we face, "the state of our campus is strong," Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi declared April 17 in her third annual address to the Academic Senate. Katehi cited a number of accomplishments during the last year, including a 10.5 percent jump in research money in the first half of the 2011-12 fiscal year, compared with the same period in 2010-11. [ More… ]

CNN lauds our 'carbon-free university'

CNN International devotes a segment of its Road to Rio series to UC Davis West Village, praising the community's zero net energy achievements. … Also, read our coverage of an April 13 talk by Bill McKibben, environmental activist and author, who spoke highly of UC Davis and the Davis community: "This place has done more than almost anywhere else in the country to rise to the challenges we face." [ More, with video… ]

Researcher's waste-to-energy technology moves from lab to marketplace

Technology invented by a campus researcher that converts solid waste into renewable energy debuted this week as the nation's first commercially available, high-solid anaerobic digestion system. [ More… ]

Conductor emeritus Holoman preserves 'the Munch legacy'

D. Kern Holoman, Distinguished Professor of music and conductor emeritus of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, has a new book out, and it's getting quite a bit of attention. Titled Charles Munch, the book is the first English-language biography of the influential conductor. Holoman will be signing copies at the Avid Reader on April 27 and at a May 6 Mondavi Center performance by the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. [ More… ]

Modular robots win NSF funding

A robotics company started by engineering professor Harry Cheng and a former graduate student has been awarded a second round of funding from the National Science Foundation's small business innovation research program. Cheng hopes his modular robot, or "Mobot," can become a useful tool for teaching robotics as early as third grade, and engage a new generation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. [ More, with video… ]

Greek covenant and 'no tolerance' enforcement on Picnic Day

Fraternity and sorority leaders are pledging again — this time "to promote a healthy and safe environment" on Picnic Day, which takes place tomorrow. ... Also, Picnic Day basics, including a message from the police chief. [ More… ]

Soaring 2012: Diverse, inclusive, principled

UC Davis last week celebrated the Principles of Community and the people who live them — making clear that our campus is a place where diversity is to be respected and cherished. The April 10 event also included the presentation of the Diversity and Principles of Community Achievement Awards, the Calvin E. Handy Leadership Award, and the Disability Awareness Recognition Awards. [ More… ]

News briefs: Brazilian attorneys sharpen skills here

Twenty-two attorneys from Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) are studying at the School of Law this month … Registration closes Monday (April 23) for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. … More than 1,000 people donated pints of blood in a two-day drive this week. … The weather is warming and the Rec Pool is opening — this Sunday (April 22). [ More… ]


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Mentawai: Listening to the Rain Forest

Sunday, April 22, 7 p.m., Main Theatre

An Earth Day treat: sounds and images from the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia. [ More… ]

Chancellor's Colloquium: Subra Suresh, NSF director

Wednesday, April 25, 4 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

Addressing the topic: "Science and Engineering in a Globalized World." [ More… ]

Nobel-winning physicist and his art critic son to debate creativity

Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m., UC Davis Conference Center

Martin Perl, winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in physics, and his son, Jed Perl, art critic for The New Republic, discuss the creative process in science and the arts in this free event moderated by psychology professor Dean Simonton. [ More… ]

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