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A milestone on FacebookPhoto: Dog named Whiskey

People like us, they really like us! We know this in part because of our UC Davis Facebook page, which this week attracted its 50,000th fan. "This is much more than hitting a numerical threshold," said Barry Shiller, interim executive director of Strategic Communications. "It reflects growing interest among our students, parents, alumni and friends in being better engaged with their university. This demonstrates that Aggie Pride is real, and it's growing." [ More… ]


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'Proving' our inventions, with grant money from UC

Six UC Davis inventions ranging from supersharp razor blades to a diagnostic test for tuberculosis have won funding through the UC system's Proof of Concept program. The grants of about $100,000 each are intended to help the inventors take their ideas to the level at which they might be of interest to potential investors. [ More… ]

Demonstration review update: Tracking our progress

Work continues on a comprehensive campus action plan addressing issues raised in the wake of last November's protests. You can track overall progress here. An overview of all recommendations is available here. ... In a related development, the UC Office of the President issued a statement about a proposed settlement with 21 plaintiffs in a case stemming from the Nov. 18 pepper-spray incident. The agreement is due to go before the Board of Regents next week. [ More… ]

Grant funds West Coast Metabolomics Center

Thanks to a $9.3 million startup grant from the National Institutes of Health, the campus is opening the West Coast Metabolomics Center, a high-tech consortium of research and service laboratories that will help scientists develop more effective treatments for complex diseases like diabetes, cancer and atherosclerosis. The facility, to be housed within the Genome Center, will celebrate its grand opening Oct. 8 with a minisymposium. [ More… ]

Thaiss appointed director of Center for Excellence in Teaching and Research

Professor Chris Thaiss, who led the University Writing Program into the top national rankings for writing in the disciplines as program director from 2006 to 2011, has taken on a new directorship, this time at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. It provides leadership, education and support to faculty and other teaching staff, while also administering the Freshman Seminar Program, and numerous grant and award programs. [ More… ]

Chancellor-led center aims to boost women's numbers in STEM academia

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will lead a new project aimed at increasing the participation of women, especially Latinas, in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. The project is funded by a grant of $3.725 million over five years from the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program. [ More… ]

LAURELS: Shaver, Robins receive psychology awards

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology has presented its Career Contribution Award to Distinguished Professor Phil Shaver and the Diener Award in Personality to Professor Rick Robins. ... Plus other faculty honors. [ More… ]

IN MEMORIAM: Professor Emeritus John Killeen, pioneer in fusion, computational physics

Professor Emeritus John Killeen, a pioneer in the national fusion program and the founding director of the Controlled Thermonuclear Research Computer Center and the Plasma Physics Research Institute at UC's Livermore lab, died Aug. 15 at the age of 87. [ More… ]

It's time again for ethics training

Andrei and Ingrid are back in UC's every-other-year training on ethical values and conduct. The fictitious employees appear in fictitious scenarios in the course for all employees who do not receive research funding from external sources. Next week, most of these employees are due to receive an email announcement about the requirement to complete the online training course — and to do so by Dec. 31. [ More… ]

Safety Spotlight: Be careful out there, riding, driving and walking

This month's edition features UC Davis' Bicycle Education and Enforcement Program, or BEEP, and its online safety course — open to everyone, free of charge. The systemwide newsletter also has tips for drivers and pedestrians. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Firefighters plan stair climb in Sept. 11 tribute

The campus Fire Department is once again remembering its brethren who made the ultimate sacrifice in the collapse of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attack 11 years ago next Tuesday (Sept. 11). … UC Davis launched its virtual tour three weeks, and now Google has posted additional 360-degree imagery of campus streets and paths in the Street View feature of Google Maps. … UC Davis Extension's biennial Partner and Faculty Appreciation Reception is scheduled for Wednesday (Sept. 12). [ More… ]


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Men's, women's soccer teams try to keep win streaks going

Today, Sept. 7, 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 9, 1 and 4 p.m., Aggie Soccer Field

Both teams are on a roll, undefeated in the season so far. The Aggie women play Cal today, then, on Sunday they join the men in a doubleheader, where it's two games for the price of one! The women play Northern Arizona University at 1 p.m., and the Aggie men go up against the University of Central Florida at 4 p.m. [ More… ]

University Farm Circle: Newcomers Welcome Coffee

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon, 1347 Cassel Lane, Davis

This nearly 100-year-old organization starts its new year with the Newcomers Welcome Coffee and then, on Oct. 3, the Fall Tea for new and returning members. [ More… ]

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