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It's here! Picnic Day 2013

From Brownies to Instamatics to smartphones — we've used them all to capture the fun of Picnic Day. Our next opportunity for picture-taking comes tomorrow (April 20), at the Frisbee dog contest, the chemistry magic show, the Doxie Derby and hundreds of other activities. Campus arts will be in full swing, at a symphony concert and in our museums and galleries. And, try some of our new Estate olive oil, to really get back to our farm roots. Campus police are asking everyone to help with security: See something? Say something. [ More… ]


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Admission offers out to 22,000 freshmen

The campus has offered fall 2013 admission to about 22,000 first-year students, a group that promises to be the most academically competitive freshman class in the institution's history. Of these, about 5,100 are expected to enroll. The UC system as a whole admitted a record 82,850 freshman applicants. [ More… ]

Aggie Grant Plan to help middle-income students

The campus launches a new aid program that will award about $3,000 annually to eligible students whose annual family incomes are between $80,000 and $120,000. … Four students share their financial strategies in a series of videos, explaining how UC Davis is "really worth it." [ More… ]

Campus leadership endorses Neighborhood Court

Yolo County launches a restorative justice program for the campus community, offering suspects in certain cases — minor and nonviolent criminal offenses — the option of Neighborhood Court. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi commends District Attorney Jeff Reisig and Police Chief Matt Carmichael "for their fresh approach to restoring justice and in a way that dignifies both the individual and the community," and the Academic Senate offers its "enthusiastic support." [ More… ]

Chancellor in D.C. to see students, legislators and an ambassador, too

Diplomacy and Aggie Pride came together Tuesday night (April 16) at the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C., where the capital-area alumni group held a reception with Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, a native of Greece, and students newly admitted to UC Davis from in and around the District of Columbia. The chancellor spent the next day on Capitol Hill, where, as UC Davis' No. 1 advocate, she had a jam-packed schedule of one-on-one meetings with five members of Congress (three of them alumni), and the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. [ More… ]

Guggenheim Fellowship for memory researcher

Charan Ranganath got into memory research to help people with brain damage due to Alzheimer's disease, trauma or other causes. That work has earned Ranganath, a professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for Neuroscience, a $40,000 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, one of 175 awarded this year. [ More… ]

Study: Docs rarely receive information about harmful effects of medicines they're pitched

A new international study says family doctors typically receive little or no information about the harmful effects of medicines during clinic visits by pharmaceutical sales representatives. Despite the lack of information, those same physicians indicated that they still were likely to prescribe the promoted drugs. [ More… ]

10, 9, 8, 7, 6 ... Students put rocket to the test in NASA competition

The Egghead blog reports on the SpaceED team's first effort ever in Student Launch Projects, held near Huntsville, Ala. Blastoff is set for Saturday (April 20), and the goal is to see the rocket go precisely one mile high. [ More, with video… ]

Funding, facilities and food at research open house

The Office of Research held its second annual open house April 15, with exhibits on services, research and facilities for researchers. And strawberries. Lots of strawberries. See our "Storified" social media wrap-up. [ More… ]

ON STAGE: The Foreigner, Bat Boy and Edge Performance Festival

On- and off-campus theater companies are putting on plays, The Foreigner and Bat Boy: The Musical, on the Wyatt Deck and in the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre, while the Department of Theatre and Dance plays around the edges, literally and figuratively, with its third annual Edge Performance Festival, featuring Main Stage Dance, Hour of 5s, Undergraduate One-Acts and two midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: 'ADVANCEing STEM Faculty' topic for symposium

The symposium title refers to UC Davis' new ADVANCE Program, which aims to boost the participation of women and underrepresented minorities, particularly Latinas, in academic STEM careers. … The UC Davis community gave more than 1,000 pints in this week's blood drive, easily replenishing the supply at BloodSource after it sent 20 pints to the Boston area. … GIS pioneer Jack Dangermond gives a talk next week on recent and transformative changes in the technology. … Campus technology officials say SmartSite is likely to be unaffected by a change in ownership for the SmartSite host. … A Shared Services Center brown bag for clients is scheduled for April 24. [ More… ]


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Earth Day: Sustainability Walk

Monday, April 22, noon-1 p.m., meet at Mrak Hall, north steps

In this Wellness Challenge activity, Camille Kirk, assistant director of sustainability, will show what makes UC Davis so environmentally cool. … The next day, April 23, the Department of Geology hosts a free screening of the documentary Switch: Discover the Future of Energy, starting at 6:30 p.m. in 1001 Giedt Hall. [ More… ]

Chancellor's Colloquium: The art of music composition

Monday, April 22, 4 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

The speaker, Mark Adamo, already has written two operas, Little Women and Lysistrata, and has a third, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, commissioned by the San Francisco Opera and set for premiere in June. [ More… ]

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