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Lens on the American WestPhoto: Movie cowboy

UC Davis film archivist Scott Simmon and historian Louis Warren collaborate on early cinematic stories for the National Film Preservation Foundation. [ Video… ]


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Town hall covers police practices, and protester practices, too

Top UC officials at a UC Davis town hall last Friday on systemwide police practices heard suggestions to disarm campus police units or even disband them altogether. But some who attended the forum raised a question about protester practices: Have they gone too far? Charles Robinson, UC vice president and general counsel, and Christopher Edley Jr., dean of the UC Berkeley law school, made clear they were looking to strike the appropriate balance. [ More, with slide show… ]

Campus demonstrations: News and updates

Professor Emeritus Cruz Reynoso says the report from his task force will be released to the UC Davis community at a public meeting in early March. Separately, the deadline for a report from the Academic Senate's Special Committee has been extended to March 19. Also, the senate committee would like to hear from people who witnessed what happened on Nov. 18 and/or have pertinent information regarding the incident. [ More… ]

UC Davis and BGI complete master agreement to create BGI@UC Davis genome facility

UC Davis and China-based BGI, the world's largest genomics organization, based in China, signed a master agreement today (Feb. 17) sealing a partnership that will change the landscape of genomic sciences in California and the Western states by establishing a joint facility called BGI@UC Davis. The alliance will foster critical breakthroughs in the areas of food security, and human, animal and environmental health. [ More… ]

Settlement reached in Title IX case

UC and former students and women wrestlers Arezou Mansourian, Christine Ng and Lauren Mancuso have agreed to settle the remaining issues in the students' lawsuit. A federal judge rejected their claim against four university employees, all now retired. However, the judge said the university had not sufficiently expanded intercollegiate athletic opportunities for female students between 1998 and 2005, the years that the plaintiffs were in attendance. But, instead of a damages phase of the trial, the university will pay $1.35 million to plaintiffs' counsel for attorneys' fees and costs incurred during the lengthy case. [ More… ]

Common flame retardant linked to social, behavioral and learning deficits

A study out of the UC Davis Health System is the first to link genetics and epigenetics with exposure to a flame-retardant chemical. ... In other research news, an international team led by a UC Davis immunologist has taken an important step toward an effective vaccine against salmonella. [ More… ]

Live from UC Davis: the Shared Services Center

For UC Davis' Shared Services Implementation Team, Valentine's Day was sweeter than ever: The Shared Services Center went live that day, as announced by e-mail to some 6,000 employees in the administrative units that are using the center. The center, in development for 2½ years, is expected to generate a savings of $25 million through 2015-16, after subtracting the start-up costs, followed by annual savings of $10 million thereafter. [ More… ]

Feb. 27 forum on switch in central e-mail service for faculty, staff

All members of the campus community are invited to a Feb. 27 forum on the initiative to introduce Microsoft and Google offerings as UC Davis' central e-mail and unified communications services for faculty and staff. The transition, which is scheduled in phases starting in March, is the product of an extensive study conducted by a committee jointly appointed last year by Professor Robert Powell, in his role then as chair of the Academic Senate, and Peter M. Siegel, the campus's chief information officer. [ More… ]

Briefs: Mondavi Center repair project (un)wrapping up

The plastic wrap and the scaffolding are coming down at the Mondavi Center — revealing the brand new tiles (over new waterproofing). … Registration is open for the 2012 ADMAN Mid-Management Conference, March 7. … Fill the Boot for Burns is taking place today (Feb. 17) at the campus's west entry. … Save the dates: March 2, Web chat with UC President Yudof; and March 22, staff town hall with the chancellor and provost. [ More… ]


Announcements: Librarian forum venue change; staff scholarships

Public forums for three candidates for university librarian are moving to bigger rooms. The forums are scheduled for Feb. 21, 23 and 28. … Staff Assembly is accepting applications for staff scholarships and staff dependent scholarships. [ More… ]


Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children's Literature

Thursday, Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This year's event features Ying Chang Compestine (Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party and A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts, for young adults, and such other books as Boy Dumplings and The Runaway Rice Cake). The morning program is primarily for children, the evening program for adults. [ More… ]

Campus committee hosts leader of International Educators

Friday, Feb. 24, 1:30-3 p.m., King Lounge, Memorial Union

UC Davis' International Advisory Committee, which has the primary goal of recommending an overarching strategy for international engagement, is inviting the campus community to a public forum with Meredith McQuaid, president and chair of the National Association of International Educators. [ More… ]

Chancellor's Colloquium: Michael Dukakis

Monday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m., Mondavi Center

Dukakis served three terms as governor of Massachusetts and was the 1988 Democratic nominee for president. Since leaving office, he has served as a visiting professor at many colleges and universities including Harvard University, University of Hawaii, Northeastern University and UCLA. Free and open to the public; RSVPs are requested. [ More… ]

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