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She's going to the Games!Photo: Kim Conley

Kim Conley, an Aggie track star before graduating and joining the coaching staff as a volunteer, is going to the Olympics — after a stunning finish in the 5,000-meter finals last night. Watch a video of the race. Two other Aggie alums still have a shot at the Games. [ More, with photo gallery… ]


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Campus moving forward on 2020 Initiative

An update on the work of three task forces — Academic Resources, Enrollment Management and Facilities Planning — that are examining Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi's proposal for carefully managed enrollment growth. After meeting approximately every other week since January, the task forces have provided preliminary advice that will guide campus leaders this summer in the development of a refined 2020 proposal. [ More… ]

$100,000 grant honors campus for 'win-win solutions' in faculty retirements

UC Davis will accelerate and enhance its innovative efforts to help faculty transition to retirement, thanks to a new $100,000 grant from the American Council on Education and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Altogether, the council and foundation honored 15 institutions for best practices in three stages of faculty retirement: developing legacies, transitioning to retirement, and, post-retirement, staying involved in the academic community. [ More… ]

UC Davis shows what it's made of in Washington, D.C.

UC Davis boosts its visibility in the capital, presenting lectures and participating in the Smithsonian Institution's celebration of the 150th anniversary of the federal law that created land-grant universities. [ More… ]

Data goes from Beijing to UC Davis at 10 gigabits per second

UC Davis recently helped test a new high-speed link between the United States and China, transferring 24 gigabytes of data from Beijing to Davis in 30 seconds. In the demonstration, involving BGI, the world's largest genomics organization, and the UC Davis Genome Center, the data went from Beijing to the university at a rate approaching 10 gigabits per second, equivalent to moving more than 5,400 Blu-ray discs in a day. A file of the same size sent over the public Internet a few days earlier took more than 26 hours. [ More… ]

Tomato discovery promises flavor boost

A new discovery could make more tomatoes taste like heirlooms, reports an international research team headed by plant scientist Ann Powell. The finding, reported in the journal Science, has significant implications for the U.S. tomato industry, which annually harvests more than 15 million tons of the fruit for processing and fresh-market sales. [ More, with video… ]

Health system to direct world-renowned California Cancer Registry

The UC Davis Health System will partner with the California Department of Public Health to run the day-to-day operations of the California Cancer Registry, one of the world's leading resources for population-based data on cancer. [ More… ]

Styropalooza: From waste bins to Aggie wall hooks

Week after week, research assistant Ben Pyles watched the Dumpsters outside the Genome Center fill up with Styrofoam, taking up maybe a third to half the space in the bins — en route to the landfill. So he partnered with a company called GreenFreak, and it came to the campus this week for a Styropalooza: recycling the stuff on-site, preparing the Styrofoam for reuse in such products as chip bag clips, shin guards and helmets, and … Aggie wall hooks. [ More, with video… ]

IN MEMORIAM: Women's athletics pioneer Marya Welch dies at 95

Marya Welch, who founded the women's athletic program, died June 24 after a short illness. She was 95. Welch, hired in 1947 as the first female faculty member in the Department of Physical Education, was inducted into the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991, served as a grand marshal of the Picnic Day Parade eight years later, and received further honors in the naming of the Marya Welch Tennis Center and a section of The Colleges at La Rue, a student housing complex. [ More… ]


ANNOUNCEMENTS: Provost issues patent form reminder and asks for input on forum speakers

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter says only 54 percent of UC Davis faculty and staff have signed UC's amended Patent Acknowledgement Form, and he is urging the rest to do so. … He is also asking for the names of proposed speakers for the Provost's Public Forums on the Public University and the Social Good, a new series to begin in the 2012-13 academic year. [ More… ]


Closing weekend for Henry V in the arboretum

Through July 1, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, gazebo

Check out the glowing reviews for the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble's Henry V, and, if you want to go, you have only a few more opportunities to do so. … At the Mondavi Center: Staff, faculty and students have a head start on tickets for Elvis Costello, David Sedaris and the Pilobulus Dance Theatre. But no one is getting tickets for Ravi Shankar, who canceled his Oct. 23 concert. [ More… ]

Flatlanders on the Slant

Opening Thursday, July 12, Nelson Gallery

A new generation of works inspired by the Slant Step, the seemingly useless object forever linked to renowned UC Davis artists William T. Wiley and Bruce Nauman. Oh, and the original slant step will be on display, too. Panel discussion, 4:30 p.m. immediately preceding the exhibition's opening at 5:30 p.m. ... More exhibitions. [ More, with slide show… ]

Mondavi Center presents opera on the big screen, al fresco

Thursday, July 12, 8 p.m., Crocker Park, Sacramento

The San Francisco Opera performs Puccini's La Bohème, recorded in high definition for the Grand Cinema Opera Series. The park is across the street from the Crocker Art Museum, which is partnering with the Mondavi Center for this showing. Free. [ More… ]

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