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Photo: Barbara Jackson, and Grace and Grant Noda

$2.4M jump-starts recital hall

Confetti rained down on Barbara Jackson, left, and Grace and Grant Noda, and others at Thursday's ground-clearing celebration where the campus will build a $15 million music recital hall and classroom building. When completed, the facility is expected to become one of the region's most active concert venues, offering more than 100 performances annually, as well as providing much-needed classroom and rehearsal space. [ More, with video… ]


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Lessons learned: Reforms and recommendations a year after Nov. 18

Nearly a year after the Nov. 18, 2011, pepper-spray incident on the Quad, Chancellor Linda Katehi has written a commentary for the California Aggie about the lessons learned and the reforms implemented. A new box on the campus home page directs readers to news and information about the changes on campus, including a comprehensive summary of reforms, recommendations and new practices. [ More… ]

De la Peña named interim VP; campus launches two critical recruitments

Carolyn de la Peña, a professor of American studies who directs the UC Davis Humanities Institute and co-edits the UC magazine Boom: A Journal of California, has been appointed interim vice provost of Undergraduate Education. Meanwhile, the campus has launched two nationwide recruitments for the critical positions of dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and vice chancellor of Student Affairs. [ More… ]

Gov. Brown tells regents: 'I like the university, but …'

Gov. Jerry Brown, fresh off his Proposition 30 victory, tells the Board of Regents he hopes to secure more funding for the university — "but when I go back to Sacramento, there are a whole lot of claimants standing in line." … More from UCOP: Private giving tops $1.5 billion for the second year in a row, and the regents approve the UC Davis Health System's plan to form a joint venture with Dameron Hospital of Stockton. [ More… ]

Search for insect compound yields help for horses with hoof disease

Entomologist Bruce Hammock and veterinarian Alonso Guedes are collaborating on an experimental drug to treat laminitis, a painful and often life-threatening hoof-related disease in horses. A mare named Hulahalla experienced a complete remission after being treated with the compound — discovered in the search for pest controls — and a clinical trial is planned for the spring. [ More, with video… ]

Scientists simulate Earth's creation to solve core problem

Using computer simulations, UC Davis geologist Qing-Zhu Yin and a colleague at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have helped to solve a mystery that scientists have puzzled over since the early 1950s: What accounts for Earth's core density? Their discovery: Earth's core contains 0.1-0.8 percent carbon, the largest reservoir of carbon on the planet. [ More… ]

UC Davis West Village inspires plan for Dubai Sustainable City

Inspired by a visit to the innovative, energy-efficient UC Davis West Village in 2010, a Middle Eastern housing developer is now planning a sustainable city on the outskirts of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Also, the developer will formally collaborate with UC Davis in the areas of applied research and training related to each institution's sustainable living community. [ More… ]

Sloan grant to help improve teaching and learning in higher education

UC Davis joins with other universities in a new research alliance aimed at improving undergraduate teaching and learning. The launch of the Bay View Alliance has the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation via a four-year grant of nearly $804,000. [ More… ]

Holiday food drives, other campus efforts under way to aid the needy

Two food drives this holiday season are aimed at filling the shelves at The Pantry, the campus food bank that assists students who may be skipping meals for financial reasons. Other campus efforts are under way on behalf of Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids and the Food Bank of Yolo County. Professor Lloyd Knox, for example, has organized a physics department team to participate in the Running of the Turkeys, a food bank fundraiser — and he is urging other campus units to do the same. … Also, keep in mind Red Cross efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. [ More… ]


ANNOUNCEMENT: Academic Senate calls for teaching award nominations

The Davis Division of the Academic Senate has called for nominations for the 2012-13 Distinguished Teaching Awards. … Also, a reminder: The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, for nominations for the Academic Senate's 2012-13 Faculty Research Lecture and Distinguished Scholarly Public Service awards. [ More… ]


MUSIC: Seda Röder, Empyrean Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra

Tonight through Sunday, Nov. 16-18, 7 p.m., Mondavi Center

Seda Röder (tonight) presents "Tales from the Silent Lands," featuring works by John Cage or inspired by him; the university's ensemble in residence (Saturday) presents "New Music from the British Isles" and the Symphony Orchestra (Sunday) performs Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C Major and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. [ More… ]

Causeway Classic: Biggs leads the Aggies for the last time

Saturday, Nov. 17, gates open 2 p.m., kickoff 3 p.m., Aggie Stadium

The UC Davis-Sacramento State rivalry is in its 59th year, and Bob Biggs has been a part of 39 of them, the last 20 as head coach. Now he's retiring — and the athletics department is paying tribute by giving out Biggs bobbleheads. [ More… ]

Symphony of the Soil: Documentary and panel discussion

Saturday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. film, with panel to follow, 1001 Giedt Hall

Free screening hosted by the Soils and Biogeochemistry Graduate Group and sponsored by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute. [ More… ]

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