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World leader in humanities

As the next president of the influential Modern Language Association, English professor Margie Ferguson says she will push the organization beyond its traditional focus on college-level teaching. She aims to keep language and literature alive and thriving from kindergarten on up. "The classroom provides a place to test our ideas," she says. [ More, with video… ]


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New aid plan responds to Obama's call to help middle class

UC Davis responded quickly last week when President Obama pressed colleges to be more affordable, particularly for the middle class, and more accountable. We are already committed to that very thing, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said, noting among other initiatives the Aggie Grant Plan that will help some 500 students this coming year. [ More… ]

Nursing school success: Postdocs join faculty ranks

With two more appointments recently, six out of seven postdoctoral fellows of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing have landed faculty positions at prestigious nursing colleges — a significant achievement in meeting one of the school's key goals: the preparation of nurse educators of the future. [ More… ]

'Improved' sightseeing in national parks

"UC Davis' commitment to high-quality science has helped make the program a success," says John Vimont of the National Park Service, speaking about IMPROVE, an air-quality monitoring project that aims for clean, haze-free skies over 165 sites in the United States (including some of the most beloved national parks), two in Canada and now one in South Korea. [ More… ]

Our bodies know when to say 'no' to salt, new study finds

Don't toss your saltshaker out just yet. A new study led by UC Davis-affiliated scientists adds further credence to the notion that concern about the amount of salt you consume may be misplaced. [ More… ]

'Davis-Beirut Reaction': Town recognizes gown, and vice versa

The Davis City Council commends professors Mark Kurth of UC Davis and Makhluf Haddadin of the American University of Beirut for their discovery of a chemical reaction with significant potential for medicinal applications — a discovery that demonstrates the rewards of international collaboration and honors the cities where the research took place. [ More… ]

LAURELS: Viticulture and enology emeriti deserve a toast

Carole Meredith, professor emerita, receives the California State Fair's Wine Lifetime Achievement Award, and James Wolpert, Cooperative Extension specialist emeritus, receives the American Society for Enology and Viticulture's Merit Award, the society's highest honor. … Plus honors for other faculty members, including Marc Schenker (Public Health Sciences and School of Medicine), Stefano Verese (Native American Studies) and Durham Ken Giles (Biological and Agricultural Engineering). [ More… ]

UC Day in D.C.: Grad student talks up translational science

On campus, as a Ph.D. student, Morteza Roodgar is working on a new and more sensitive test for tuberculosis. In the nation's capital recently, he worked the halls of Congress as a participant in the annual UC Day in D.C., advocating for federal support of the university and discussing the "translational" aspect of his work: how to get his novel TB test out of the lab and into general use. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Chancellor condemns 'senseless acts'

Police are continuing to investigate what Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi describes as "senseless acts" on the campus last weekend: a racial slur written on a chalkboard in Dutton Hall, and a half-dozen cases of burglary and vandalism including 31 broken windows. … The 2013-14 campus poster calendars are now available at the campus's main bookstore, Memorial Union. … IET reminds: "Check the URL!" It's right next to a new green arrow — pointing to the address bar — on the standard CAS login screen. … Thanks to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and the California Raptor Center, an adult bald eagle flies home almost five months after being found injured, on the side of a road. … BloodSource reports collecting 284 pints in this week's blood drive: "Once again, UC Davis comes through for patients in need!" [ More… ]


4th forum in search for med school dean and VC

The last in a series of public forums is scheduled for Wednesday (Sept. 4), as the campus hosts Candidate D for the position of vice chancellor of Human Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine. [ More… ]


Field hockey and soccer

Today and Sunday (Aug. 30 and Sept. 1), Aggie Stadium and Aggie Soccer Stadium

The field hockey team opens the season against Missouri State, 5 p.m. today (free), and the women's soccer team takes on Drake at 11 a.m. Sunday. [ More… ]

Nobel Prize recipient to give talk on Higgs particle

Thursday, Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m., Matsui Lecture Hall, Education Building, 4610 X St., Sacramento

The High Energy Frontier Theory Initiative and the Department of Physics are among the sponsors of this talk by Gerardus 't Hooft, Dutch physicist. Free, registration requested. [ More… ]

Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology

Friday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hutchison Hall

Focusing on technology in physical and virtual classrooms, digital tools, the LMS Transition Initiative, intellectual property and copyright, and, of course, innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Presented by Academic Technology with support from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Online registration. [ More… ]

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