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Photo: Pianist Stewart Goodyear

Mondavi Center's new season

Some things old, some things new, some things bold (VST Visions, for example) and some things you'll probably never see again (like pianist Stewart Goodyear, pictured, playing all 32 Beethoven sonatas, from memory, in one day) — this is what the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts will present to launch its second decade in 2013-14. [ More… ]


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Flying high for diversity and the Principles of Community

At the 23rd annual Soaring to New Heights earlier this week, the campus recognized some of the people who help keep UC Davis flying high for diversity and the Principles of Community. We report on this year's award recipients, as well as the people who received Disability Awareness Awards and the Calvin E. Handy Leadership Award. [ More, with slide show… ]

'Pharmaceutical' approach boosts oil production from algae

Taking an approach similar to how new therapeutic drugs are discovered, Annaliese Franz and students have found several compounds that can boost oil production by green microscopic algae, a potential source of biodiesel and other green fuels. [ More, with video… ]

New green technology squeezes out building leaks

A new building-sealing technology developed by researchers at our Western Cooling Efficiency Center gets a real-world test at a Habitat for Humanity house in Stockton. [ More… ]

Surf's up: Turbulence tells sea urchins it's time to grow up

Tumbling in the waves as they hit a rocky shore tells purple sea urchin larvae it's time to settle down and look for a spot to grow into an adult, researchers at the Bodega Marine Laboratory have found. "How these animals find their way to the right habitat is a fascinating problem," said Brian Gaylord, professor of evolution and ecology. [ More… ]

Funding workshops, research open house, symposia and authors

Fulbright Scholar and NSF funding workshops and an Office of Research open house, faculty author programs, and symposia on medicine and the humanities, and the study of work in our changing society — all this and more are on the UC Davis academic calendar throughout the next two weeks. [ More… ]

Professor Robert May wins Nash Prize

He is a member of the systemwide Academic Senate's Committee on Faculty Welfare and chairs its Health Care Task Force. He served on the UC President's Task Force on Post-Retirement Benefits. He mentors junior faculty, and helps them deal with the merit and promotion system. In short, philosophy professor Robert May is a lot like the late Charlie Nash — and for that reason, May is the recipient of the Charles P. Nash Prize for 2013. [ More… ]

Black Law Students Association hosts first-ever King Hall Black Alumni Reunion

The April 6 event drew a strong turnout of alumni as well as current law school faculty, students and staff, who enjoyed tours of the newly renovated and expanded King Hall and a luncheon featuring remarks from Dean Kevin R. Johnson at the Gunrock Pub. As part of the festivities, Assistant Dean Sharon Pinkney was honored with the inaugural BLSA Legacy Award. [ More… ]

Jon and Deanne Vochatzer lead new class to Athletics Hall of Fame

The husband and wife combined for nearly half a century of coaching track and field. … Another hall of famer, the late Marya Welch, is being honored posthumously at the tennis center that already bears her name. The entry way has been redone, with a new sign and wrought-iron gate — cause for a dedication ceremony on Saturday. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: First 'Stride' raises 'Pride' and $17,500

An estimated 1,850 participated in the campus's first 5K Stride, a healthy way to raise money for students. … When TAPS says "Plug In and Go," it means it — meaning people who attend next week's hybrid and full electric vehicle showcase will have the opportunity to take test drives. … Earle Miguel "Mike" McEwen, UC Davis' second and longest serving police chief, died Feb. 20 in Sedona, Ariz., at the age of 83. [ More… ]


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Donate blood and marrow, PLEASE!

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., second floor, The Pavilion

Spring brings new life and another life-giving ASUCD Blood and Marrow Drive. People should eat before donating, and drink plenty of fluids, too. Also, be sure to bring photo identification. [ More… ]

Provost's Forum and Chancellor's Colloquium

Wednesday, April 17, 3 p.m. (provost), and Monday, April 22, 4 p.m. (chancellor)

In the provost's series, Carlos H. de Brito Cruz addresses "Challenges and Opportunities for Public Research Universities in Brazil." Composer Mark Adamo, who is working on his third full-length opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, gives a lecture in the chancellor's series. [ More… ]

The Foreigner comes to the Wyatt Deck

8 p.m. April 18-19, 21 and 25-28, and 10 a.m. April 20 (Picnic Day)

The Larry Shue comedy, presented by the new troupe Common House Productions in collaboration with the arboretum. The Picnic Day performance is free; tickets required for the others. [ More… ]

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