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Without rain, ruins

The cover story in the latest Science is a new study co-authored by a UC Davis linguist and anthropologist that ties the rise and fall of ancient Maya civilizations to wet and dry periods. Another global climate study, by a plant scientist analyzing 6,000 years of carbon emissions in Belgium, could play a role in curbing climate change. [ More… ]


More stories at Dateline UC Davis and UC Davis News and Information

What now, after Prop. 30? Financial challenges persist

As campus officials budgeted for the current 2012-13 academic year, they made sure everyone knew of a $56 million shortfall — even if the state's voters approved Proposition 30. Well, the election has come and gone, the voters approved Prop. 30 — boosting income tax rates for the state's highest earners, and temporarily increasing the sales tax — and, yes, that $56 million shortfall is still with us. [ More… ]

High blood pressure damages the brain in early middle age

Uncontrolled high blood pressure damages the brain's structure and function as early as young middle age, according to research from the Department of Neurology. The study is the first to demonstrate structural damage to the brain from high blood pressure among people as young as 40. [ More… ]

$8.4 million for food grain and alternative fuel research

With new grants totaling $8.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Agency for International Development and industry partners, plant scientist Eduardo Blumwald is reaching out to feed and fuel the world. [ More… ]

We must be ready — UC Ready — to carry on essential functions

While UC Davis already has a comprehensive response plan to protect life, safety and property in an emergency, UC Ready focuses on planning for quickly resuming or continuing essential operations — from keeping buildings secure, to teaching. Since the program began in 2009, the emphasis has been on administrative units. Now the effort is broadening to academic units. [ More… ]

Q&A with Police Chief Matt Carmichael

Since he took over as chief a little more than eight months ago, Matt Carmichael has launched many initiatives to more closely weave his department into the fabric of the campus community. Dateline talked about those changes with the chief, and about what else is on the horizon. [ More… ]

IET launches 'authentic message' registry to counter 'phishing' emails

The registry is "one more tool that people can use to keep their personal accounts and information safe," says Robert Ono, the campus's information technology security coordinator. Also, read what can happen when we fall prey to phishing. Just this week, for example, a single compromised email account led to so much spam that Comcast blocked all emails coming from UC Davis. [ More… ]

LAURELS: Ag leadership foundation names Van Alfen an honorary fellow

The California Agricultural Leadership Foundation presents its Honorary Fellow Award to Professor Neal Van Alfen, former dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. … Plant scientists Pamela Ronald, David Mackill and Kekong Xu are named Tech Awards laureates for 2012. … Vice Provost Maureen Stanton signs in as a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. … Plus other honors for faculty and staff. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Constitutional law lecture has UC Davis tie

In a constitutional law lecture, former U.S. Solicitor General Drew S. Days III covers the history of affirmative action from UC Davis to Canada. … "High Tech Agriculture," the fourth and final episode in the UC Davis-produced documentary 9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming, is scheduled to debut Tuesday (Nov. 13) on UC's YouTube channel, UC Prime. … The campus's Western Cooling Challenge pays off again. … UC President Yudof chooses the next Berkeley chancellor: Nicholas B. Dirks, Columbia University's executive vice president and dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences. … Open enrollment continues until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20. [ More… ]


ANNOUNCEMENT: Chancellor Linda Katehi seeks nominees for faculty athletics representative

The FAR certifies eligibility for all student athletes for conference and NCAA competition, practice and financial aid, among other responsibilities. [ More… ]


Men's soccer team vies for championship

Saturday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m., Aggie Soccer Field

For the first time in program history, the Aggies advance to the Big West Conference title game, squaring off against Cal State Northridge. Tickets are available here, or catch the game on TV (FOX Sports Prime Ticket), radio (KDVS 90.3 FM) or online. [ More… ]

'Find Your International Experience'

International Education Week, Nov. 12-16, on and around campus

Program topics include the California-Chile connection, "Peruvian Punk as a Global Mode of Under-Production" and "Marketing Your Overseas Experience." The week also includes student fairs and the Colors of India cultural extravaganza, along with films and music. [ More… ]

5th annual Causeway Classic Blood Drive

Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 13-14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Pavilion (second floor) at the ARC

Sac State already had its turn, registering nearly 1,800 donors, so we know how many of us need to roll up our sleeves for an Aggie victory. [ More… ]

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