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A midsummer's read

We present our seasonal list of books with UC Davis connections, including Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen, by Judith Newton, professor emerita, pictured; The Electronic Silk Road: How the Web Binds the World Together in Commerce, by Anupam Chander, professor; Progress or Collapse: The Crises of Market Greed, by Roberto De Vogli, associate professor; and You Only Get Letters from Jail, stories by Jodi Angel, M.A. '06. [ More, with video… ]


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University leaders push for more federal funding

"Robust funding for university research, and therefore continued innovation, is essential to maintain America's leadership in the world," says Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, who joined with 164 other university leaders in writing an open letter to President Obama and Congress, urging them to close the "innovation deficit." [ More… ]

Ombudsperson offers assistance from a different perspective

UC Davis' first ombudsperson, Susan Kee-Young Park, is making the rounds, telling the campus community about the new Office of the Ombuds — a safe, confidential, independent and informal problem-solving and conflict management resource for faculty, staff, administrators and postdocs. [ More… ]

UC Davis, BGI organize International Conference on Genomics

Genomics: It could be UC Davis' middle name, with the university hard at work in the trenches and in advancing the science of DNA sequencing worldwide. For the latter, UC Davis has joined with its partner BGI to organize the second International Conference on Genomics, to be held in Sacramento, Sept. 12-13. Meanwhile, the 100K Genome Project recently announced that it had completed the sequencing of 20 more foodborne disease-causing microorganisms. [ More… ]

Gene sequencing targets parasitic plants

An international research team, including plant scientist John Yoder, is using the molecular magic of gene sequencing and transfer to break the stranglehold of witchweed and other parasitic plants that annually cause billions of dollars in crop losses around the world. [ More… ]

'Messaging code' helps NASA communicate with spacecraft

The IRIS Solar Observatory, put in orbit on June 27, is communicating its data to NASA by way of code developed by Professor Shu Lin of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. [ More… ]

China Daily: Summer Abroad for food scientists and foodies

Food science and technology professor Charles Shoemaker leads a student group to China, where food science is a growth industry and the food itself offers keen insight into the country's culture. Shoemaker talks with China Daily about the program, called "A Taste of China." [ More… ]

2 receive prestigious NSF early career awards

Ethan Anderes, Department of Statistics, receives a CAREER grant of $400,000 to develop new statistical tools; and Tessa Hill, Department of Geology and Bodega Marine Laboratory, receives $613,000 to study how marine ecosystems have responded to abrupt climate change during the past 20,000 years. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Changes coming to computer login screens

IET is changing the campus's Central Authentication Service login screens, for mobile devices on Aug. 6 and for standard computers on Aug. 27. … Construction is under way for the Hyatt Place hotel addition: 52 more rooms. … In the wake of the Supreme Court's recent rulings on same-sex marriage, the Office of the President issues a briefing on how the system is complying. … UC Davis' Tahoe science center invites visitors to play in a sandbox, to dig in with their hands to make mountains, lakes and rivers, while a 3-D camera turns the sandbox into a virtual watershed — without the water. [ More… ]


ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual systemwide payroll disclosure

The UC Office of the President issues a courtesy notice to faculty and staff regarding the annual systemwide payroll disclosure. [ More… ]


Summer Jam-uh! with the Band-uh!

Monday, Aug. 5, 7-9 p.m., lawn outside the Rec Pool gates

The music starts when the Rec Pool closes, so, take a dip first, if you want, then dry off and stay for the jam. Free. [ More… ]

AT THE ARBORETUM: Beer and shovels

Friday, Aug. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Arboretum Terrace Garden (Davis Commons shopping center)

Beer tasting with food pairings from Whole Foods Market, which is sponsoring this event in support of the arboretum's shovel collection project: 400 are needed for an outdoor sculpture. Donate a shovel, get in free; otherwise, the cost is $5. [ More… ]

Women's Huddle, with the Aggie football coaching staff and players

Friday, Aug. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aggie Stadium

Learn about X's and O's, and participate in fun drills like those that the players go through daily as they ramp up for the 2013 season. [ More… ]

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