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Unitrans original goes home

After nearly ending up in Hollywood, one of Unitrans' first buses is back home in London, in a rolling museum's rental fleet. The museum touts double-decker RTL 1014's "Californian accent" and "trans-Atlantic" feel, complete with American flag behind the logo. Other than the flag, the bus remains historically accurate — thanks to a former Unitrans driver who caught up with the bus in London. [ More, with slide show… ]


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President Yudof to end his tenure in August

Mark G. Yudof, UC president since 2008, said today that he will step down at the end of August, and will teach law on the Berkeley campus. "Beyond personal considerations (health issues that he says have been largely overcome), this also appears to be an apt time for the university to bring in fresh leadership," at a time when it appears the university's financial storm appears to have passed, he said. [ More… ]

Tuition declaration adds to budget optimism

UC regents, including the governor and other top state leaders, are upbeat about improved funding for higher education — and a declaration by President Yudof that he is hopeful to get through 2013-14 without an increase in undergraduate tuition. [ More… ]

Plastics and chemicals they absorb: double threat to marine life

Marine creatures that ingest plastics in the ocean might suffer from a double whammy of the plastic itself and the pollutants those plastics have absorbed while floating in the open seas, according to research led by Chelsea Rochman, who works in the School of Veterinary Medicine's Aquatic Health Program and is a Ph.D. candidate in ecology. [ More… ]

Tree physics limits height and leaf size, study shows

Why are the leaves on the tallest trees all about the same size, and why aren't those tall trees even taller? It all has to do with basic scientific principles at work in nature, according to a new study co-authored by plant scientist Maciej Zwieniecki. [ More… ]

High blood pressure linked to low wages

Workers earning the lowest wages have a higher risk of hypertension than workers with the highest wages, according to new research from the Health System. Another recent study from Health System researchers has deflated the notion that people who are "pear-shaped" are more healthy than those who are "apple-shaped." [ More… ]

THE ART OF MIGRATION: Dance, theater, music and more

Learning about migration in the Campus Community Book Project is one thing. Now the campus community has an opportunity to see it and hear it — in art, dance, theater and music, plus a panel discussion, during a five-day festival, Jan. 30-Feb. 3, presented in part by the departments of Studio Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance; the Performance Studies program; the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts; the Davis Humanities Institute; and the Department of Sociology. [ More, with slide show and complete schedule… ]

New (and easier) directions on giving directions

Giving directions at UC Davis is getting easier with the "new" Old Davis Road and other changes to the campus map. For example, if you're telling someone how to get from Old Davis Road to downtown, you can leave out the part about Old Davis Road turning into A Street just south of First Street, because that section of A Street has been renamed Old Davis Road. Similarly, La Rue Road now runs all the way to Old Davis Road, instead of turning into California Avenue for a short stretch. [ More, with map and slide show… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Criminal investigation of small explosion launched

The campus community is safe and a criminal investigation has been launched in the wake of a small explosion in an on-campus apartment early Thursday morning. … Registration opens Feb. 1 for ADMAN's Mid-Management Conference: "Balancing the Work-Life Puzzle." … Memorial services are scheduled next week for Professors Fumio Matsumura (Jan. 25) and Adel Kader (Jan. 26). … Postage rates are going up Jan. 27, plus there's a change in the customs form process. … Author event: English professor David Simpson, on Romanticism and the Question of the Stranger. … Get a free month at the ARC with the purchase of an annual membership in January. … The "Mrak Gives Back" food drive continues for one more week. [ More… ]


No directives or announcements were issued this week.


GSM's Distinguished Speaker Series to air on UCTV

Jan. 21-27, UCTV

Dean Steven Currall talks with Amy Jaffe, one of the world's leading global energy and oil industry experts. Jaffe recently joined UC Davis as the executive director of energy and sustainability. [ More… ]

EXHIBITIONS: Alumna co-curates People and Textiles

Opening reception, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m., Design Museum, Cruess Hall

In her latest book, alumna Mary Schoeser '72 shines the spotlight on the university's Design Collection. Now she is here, on campus, as co-curator of an exhibition of global ethnographic and contemporary textiles from that very collection. [ More, with slide show… ]

Blood drive next week at The Pavilion

Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 22-23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., second floor of The Pavilion at the ARC

Go to the next ASUCD Blood and Marrow Drive, then go to Togo's! That's your reward: a $5 gift card for Togo's sandwich shops. [ More… ]

'Rethinking Informed Consent for Research' topic of bioethics lecture

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. (reception at 5:30 p.m.), UC Davis MIND Institute, Sacramento

A talk by Alexander M. Capron, vice dean for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. RSVP no later than noon on Jan. 22. [ More… ]

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