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Still hearing bin Laden's voicePhoto: Flagg Miller

It's been a year since Navy SEALs stormed the compound of al-Qaida terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and killed him, but for religious studies professor Flagg Miller, the job on bin Laden isn't finished. He still hears his voice. [ Video… ]


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Chancellor, provost comment on case against bank protesters

When a conflict over rights cannot be resolved amicably on our campus, "we look to the laws of our state and nation for guidance," Chancellor Katehi and Provost Hexter said today in a message about the case against 12 bank protesters. Their arraignment today in Yolo County Superior Court was continued to May 10. [ More… ]

Bank blockade not protected free speech, law professors argue

In an opinion piece in today's Sacramento Bee, Alan Brownstein and Vikram Amar write: "One critical reason blockades can be prohibited is that they are employed to coerce behavior, not change minds. They are thus antithetical to the values on which freedom of speech and academic freedom are grounded — a commitment to the power of ideas rather than the use of force to change the way that people act." [ More… ]

Campus says initial set of proposed reforms due out soon

The UC Davis community should soon see an initial set of proposed campus reforms in response to the Reynoso task force report, campus officials said Thursday (April 26). "We're working toward having a preliminary set of actions to share with the campus community by the middle of next week," said campus spokesman Barry Shiller. [ More… ]

Progress Report and Economic Impact Summary: online and in print

Two new campus reports are available: the 2011-12 Progress Report ("UC Davis Is Leading Innovation) and the Economic Impact Summary ("Enterprise for Innovation"). Printed copies can be ordered here. [ More… ]

Vet school lab plays key role in mad cow diagnosis

Laboratory work that led to this week's mad cow diagnosis started at our California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory on campus."The recent detection of atypical BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) in a single cow illustrates the important role of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, through its exceptional network of diagnostic laboratories in partnerships with the state of California and the California food industry, to protect the public," Dean Michael Lairmore said. KCRA-TV featured lab Director Jim Cullor in a video report and in a live, in-studio interview. [ More… ]

Conference explores how media portray Muslim women

"Muslim Women in The New York Times 1980-2011: Liberalism, Feminism and Racism," looks at examples of articles, photography and headlines that portray Muslim women in stereotypical and negative ways. The April 30 event is free and open to the public. [ More… ]

Vice Provost Stanton elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Vice Provost Maureen Stanton, one of the world's most influential evolutionary ecologists, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The professor and former department chair received the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement in 2005. [ More… ]

Senate and federation honor the best in teaching, research

They are "distinguished." They are "excellent." They are the recipients of 2012's top teaching and research prizes from the Academic Senate and the Academic Federation. All of the recipients have been invited to an awards reception on Wednesday (May 2). … Plus, more Laurels for faculty and staff. [ More… ]

IN MEMORIAM: May 2 service for Professor Emerita Abbott

A celebration of life for Ursula K. Abbott, a professor emerita of poultry husbandry and genetics, and a former chair of the Department of Avian Sciences, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday (May 2). [ More… ]

News briefs: Chancellor, others to discuss Morrill Act

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and others will gather on the Capitol lawn Monday (April 30) for a program on the Morrill Act, which gave birth to UC and other land-grant universities. … This year's Strategic Sourcing Vendor Fair (May 3) promises to be the biggest ever. … Rep. Ron Paul is scheduled to bring his presidential campaign to the Quad next week. … TGFS meal ticket orders are due by Monday (April 30). … Abandoned and unclaimed bicycles go up for auction next weekend. … Chancellor Katehi will give this year's Vanderhoef International Lecture. [ More… ]


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Graduates students, undergrads showcase their work

Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28

We see them coming and going, to lectures and labs and the library — and now we get to see what our students have been learning and researching. The Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium opened Thursday night with a poster session and continues today and Saturday at the ARC. And the 23rd annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Conference opens this afternoon and continues through Saturday. [ More… ]

New Yorker's Adam Gopnik to talk about drawing and food

Wednesday and Thursday, May 2 and 3

"Life Lessons Learned from Drawing," 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Nelson Gallery; and "The Table Comes First," 4 p.m. Thursday at the Conference Center, with a reception to follow. [ More… ]

Lunn Lecture: Book historian to discuss 'A Design for the Future'

Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., AGR Room, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

The title "Books, Digits and Dollars: A Design for the Future," may not make much sense for the Eugene Lunn history lecture, until you know the lecturer is a book historian: Robert Darnton, library director at Harvard. [ More… ]

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