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What's behind the curtain?

The "big reveal" came this week, of the three designs for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. The design-build teams, finalists in a university competition, presented their proposals at a public forum, and now the drawings and models are on display at the Nelson Gallery. Now comes the selection process, which "depends critically on community feedback," Museum Director Rachel Teagle says. [ More, with slide show and video… ]


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150 ENDOWED CHAIRS: Honoring faculty members and donors

The numbers added up nicely for the UC Davis Centennial celebration in 2008-09: The university had established 100 endowed chairs and professorships in its first 100 years. Now, in just four years, 2009-13, UC Davis has added 50 more, for a total of 150, an achievement that coincides with the continuing Campaign for UC Davis. "This number is a testament to UC Davis' academic stature, international prominence and important contributions, and to the visionary donors who established these endowed faculty positions," Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter said at a gala this week. [ More, with video… ]

WEBCAST: Chancellor, senior fellow at UC's global food forum

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Howard Yana-Shapiro, a senior fellow in the Department of Plant Sciences, will participate in next week's UC Global Food Systems Forum: California Roots, Global Reach, addressing how to sustainably feed 8 billion people by 2025. The daylong program is scheduled for Tuesday (April 9) in Ontario (San Bernardino County). Anyone can watch and listen live on the Web (preregistration required). Twitter users can follow the conversation via #Food2025. [ More… ]

Discovery may yield lettuce that will sprout in hot weather

A team of researchers, led by plant scientist Kent Bradford, has identified a lettuce gene and related enzyme that put the brakes on germination during hot weather — a discovery that could lead to lettuces that can sprout year-round, even at high temperatures. [ More… ]

MIND Institute receives prestigious Autism Centers of Excellence award

Autism researchers at the MIND Institute have received a $13 million award from the National Institutes of Health to establish an Autism Center of Excellence and Treatment Network, making the MIND Institute one of only nine such centers in the United States. [ More… ]

Senate Chair Powell cautions against shortcuts in online course review

Professor Bob Powell, systemwide Academic Senate chair, writes in an op-ed: "We must not be satisfied to simply have online courses; we must have courses that are at least as effective and up-to-date as our regular offerings and that provide our students the same intellectual engagement." [ More… ]

Faculty win prestigious CAREER awards

Four young professors have earned prestigious Early Career Development awards, totaling $2 million, from the National Science Foundation to fund projects aimed at developing new nanomaterials, smaller medical implants, "biological circuits" and a better understanding of timing in ecosystems. [ More… ]

Strengthening our campus: The effort continues

Forums and workshops resume next week in UC Davis' efforts to make the campus community stronger, more resilient, inclusive and vibrant. The university has added to its schedule of Crucial Conversations workshops, after reaching maximum capacity for what was to have been the last in the series, Tuesday (April 9). Three more workshops will be held — two on the Davis campus (April 15 and May 15) and one on the Sacramento campus (May 3). The next Strengthening Campus Community Forum is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday (April 11), and two more of these forums have been added (May 1 and 14). [ More… ]

THE ARBORETUM: Come with shovels, leave with plants!

No, the arboretum is not putting you to work! It's collecting old shovels for a 16-foot-tall sculpture at the arboretum's east end. Turn in your shovels at the arboretum plant sale, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (April 6). And mark your calendars for Friday, April 12, when the arboretum will hold a special sale just for staff, faculty, students, retirees and alumni. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Thousands to visit for 'decision day' and Stride for Aggie Pride

Two big events this weekend will bring thousands of people to the campus: Decision UC Davis, for prospective freshmen; and the first 5K Stride for Aggie Pride. … The Coffee House is now a seven-day-a-week operation, adding Sunday hours for coffee and pizza. … Office of Research to hold second annual open house, April 15. … Spring brings new life and another life-giving ASUCD Blood and Marrow Drive, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16-17. [ More… ]


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THE ARTS: Solo Explorations, Feminist Art Show and more

Solo Explorations, featuring four candidates for Master of Fine Arts degrees in acting, will be presented tonight and tomorrow night (April 5-6), free of charge. … The Feminist Art Show opens tonight and the Davis Feminist Film Festival is set for next Thursday and Friday night. … It'll be ukuleles indoors and out at the Mondavi Center next Friday: a free concert in the Corin Courtyard at 6:30, and The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain in Jackson Hall at 8 (tickets required). … Adrienne Martin, professor of Golden Age Spanish literature, leads a student troupe in their stage presentation of Miguel de Cervantes' El Coloquio de los Perros, performed in Spanish, at 6 p.m. April 12. Admission is free. [ More… ]

Asian Pacific Culture Week and Powwow

Monday-Friday, April 8-12 (APCW), and Saturday, April 13 (Powwow)

Unity in Community is the theme for this year's APCW, which culminates as always with Asian Pacific Culture Night. The Powwow moves to a new location this year: the Quad. [ More… ]

Get your fruits and veggies at the UC Davis Farmers Market

Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Silo Patio

The popular campus market is back for the spring quarter, featuring fresh, locally grown produce — plus prepared food from the Gunrock Pub and the CoHo South Café, and the Star Ginger and Shah's Halal food trucks, and cooking demonstrations. [ More… ]

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