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Political booksPhoto: Drew Halfmann

Sociologist Drew Halfmann is among faculty authors whose recent books can help in your examination of the issues this election season. Topics on our reading list include immigration and abortion law, political influences in popular movies, and the achievement gap in K-12 schools. [ More… ]


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Climbing higher: U.S. News ranks us No. 8

Our growing reputation (up one spot from last year, among the nation's public universities) recognizes UC Davis as an institution "where innovative research is addressing the world's most critical issues and students are equipped for productive, meaningful lives," Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi says. The undergraduate engineering program jumped to 30th, up four positions from last year. [ More… ]

Fall Convocation Sept. 24: 'Celebrating the Arts!'

The new academic year begins with "Celebrating the Arts!" as the theme for the Fall Convocation, to be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Also read about our newest fall tradition, the New Student Celebration. [ More… ]

Delany named interim dean of agricultural and environmental sciences

Mary Delany, a distinguished avian geneticist who has served as an associate dean in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2009, will serve as dean until the university appoints a permanent successor to outgoing dean Neal Van Alfen. [ More… ]

UC releases final report on response to protests

UC has released the final "Response to Protests on UC Campuses" report, from Charles F. Robinson, UC's general counsel, and Christopher F. Edley Jr., dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law. … Also, the UC regents approve a proposed settlement in a lawsuit that arose from the pepper-spray incident on the Quad last November. The details remain confidential, pending court approval. [ More… ]

Regents examine budget deficit strategies

UC regents hold a daylong retreat on the hard budget choices the university will face if a tax proposal fails on the Nov. 6 ballot. … Also, the regents receive the 2012 Accountability Report measuring how well the university is doing on key performance indicators. [ More… ]

Fighting childhood obesity in the Central Valley

Curbing obesity among Mexican-heritage children in California's Central Valley is the goal of a new center that opened its doors Thursday (Sept. 13) in the Fresno County town of Firebaugh. Called Ninos Sanos, Familia Sana (Healthy Children, Healthy Family), the center is a collaborative effort of UC Davis, Cooperative Extension, and local communities and organizations. [ More, with video… ]

Telescopic implant restores vision for patient with advanced macular degeneration

Surgeons at UC Davis Medical Center have successfully implanted a telescopic device in the eye of a patient with end-stage age-related macular degeneration, the most advanced form of the disease and a leading cause of blindness in older Americans. [ More… ]

Pens are new addition to list of things we recycle

UC Davis gets even "cooler" today when we add writing instruments to the long list of things we recycle. Writing instruments? We're talking all plastic-encased devises: pens, mechanical pencils, markers and highlighters (the caps too!). And all you need to do is put them in an interoffice envelope addressed to "Pen Recycling." [ More… ]

Grant to help develop sustainable agricultural businesses, provide innovative technologies

UC Davis will establish a Clean AgTech Innovation Center, thanks to a new $1 million federal grant. The campus is one of six recipients nationwide, and the only one in California, to receive a $1 million award in the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration's 2012 i6 Challenge Grant competition. [ More… ]

IN MEMORIAM: Robert 'Bob' Pearl Sr., extension specialist emeritus

Robert "Bob" Pearl Sr., a University Farm student who came back to the Davis campus for a stellar career in Cooperative Extension, died Aug. 30 of natural causes at the age of 87. [ More… ]


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EXHIBITIONS: Scientist shows his artistic 'Colors'

Friday, Sept. 14, 6-10 p.m., Ray Johnston photography studio, 803 Second St., Suite 302, Davis

Alexander Kozik, a UC Davis bioinformatics specialist who has merged his scientific and artistic sides, presents a sampling of his watercolor work tonight (Sept. 14) during the Davis community's 2nd Friday ArtAbout. [ More… ]

Entomology open houses: 'Flower Lovers, the Bees'

Saturday, Sept. 15, 1-4 p.m., Bohart museum and Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

Learn all about honeybees at concurrent open houses: at the Bohart Museum of Entomology in 1124 Academic Surge, and across Highway 113 at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Bee Biology Road. [ More… ]

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