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Improved Tahoe clarityPhoto: Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe clarity improved in 2011, but overall has remained nearly stable since 2000, according to UC Davis scientists who study the lake. Data released this week by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center reported the average annual clarity level at 68.9 feet, a 4.5-foot improvement compared with 2010, when average clarity levels were the second-worst on record. [ More… ]


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Reynoso task force to outline findings, recommendations on March 6

Former California Supreme Court Associate Justice Cruz Reynoso, chair of the task force investigating the pepper-spray incident on Nov. 18, said today (March 2) that the group will outline its findings and recommendations to the UC Davis community — students, faculty and staff — on Tuesday (March 6) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom. [ More… ]

Demonstration management principles and policies

In this March 1 e-mail to the UC Davis community, Provost Ralph J. Hexter and Vice Chancellor John Meyer provide an update on the campus's approach to managing demonstrations. [ More … ]

Call for nominations: Study Group on Accessibility and Affordability

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter are asking for nominations (including self-nominations) for the Study Group on Accessibility and Affordability. Read the complete message from the chancellor and provost, and a PDF that lays out the background, rationale and anticipated work plan for the study group. [ More… ]

Human Rights and the Humanities Week begins with Provost's Lecture

Sarah Leah Whitson from Human Rights Watch delivers the first Provost's Lecture on Human Rights next Monday (March 5) on the topic "At Last, an Arab Spring: Black Swans of the Middle East — Human Rights Watch Reports from the Ground." Other events are scheduled through March 9. [ More… ]

Protect your privacy: Put a PIN on your smartphone

Your smartphone has become a doorway into the private side of your life. Like any door that guards your privacy, it needs a lock — or, in this case, a PIN. Robert Ono, information technology security officer, is sponsoring a campuswide smartphone security campaign in 2012 — with posters, outreach at events and handouts, among other communications. [ More… ]

Childhood obesity: The rate of increase is slowing, study finds

After years of increases in the rates of childhood obesity, a new UC Davis study shows that the increase slowed from 2003 to 2008 among California schoolchildren. While encouraged by the results, the authors expressed concern about a group of youngsters now driving the increase in obesity: children under age 10. [ More… ]

Ford's hybrid patent star reconnects with mentor at UC Davis

Ming Kuang visited his alma mater last week, specifically the College of Engineering, where he studied under the "father of the plug-in hybrid," Professor Andy Frank. Armed with a master's degree, Kuang drove to stardom of his own, at Ford Motor Co., which credits him with boosting the automaker's portfolio of hybrid patents from 10 to 461. Forty of those have Kuang's name on them. [ More… ]

Safety Spotlight: What's in Your Workplace?

From biohazards found in laboratories to common household products used in offices and classrooms, the materials in your workplace can cause illness or injury if you don't protect yourself. The March issue of UC Safety Spotlight highlights the steps you can take to avoid health issues caused by inhalation or physical contact with hazardous materials. [ More… ]

News briefs: Registration open for staff town hall

Registration is under way for the March 22 staff town hall with the chancellor and provost. … The Cross Cultural Center has provided video links for people interested in seeing and hearing two recent visitors to the campus: Angela Davis and Tuskegee airman George Porter. … The ARC Business Center will celebrate Passport Day in the U.S.A. Saturday, March 10, with extended hours — for all of your passport needs. … Also, check out a photo from the Feb. 25-26 Weekend of Service. [ More… ]


Announcement: Commencement attire for faculty, administrators

Materiel Management and the bookstore are taking orders for caps, gowns, tassels and hoods, for use by faculty and administrators in spring commencements. [ More… ]


On stage: The House of Bernarda Alba

March 8-11, 15-18, Main Theatre, Wright Hall

The Federico García Lorca play goes Victorian Gothic with a modern twist in this Department of Theatre and Dance production, directed by Granada Artist-in-Residence Juliette Carrillo. [ More… ]

Friendship blooms at season's first plant sale

Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery, Garrod Drive

Meet up with like-minded friends at the arboretum's first plant sale of the season — the Friend Us! sale. This sale is a members-only event, thus highlighting the best-known benefit of membership: exclusive or early access to certain plant sales. Not a member, or, has your membership expired? Not a problem — you can join or renew at the gate. [ More… ]

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