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World Food Center update

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, address the UC regents on UC Davis’ development of a World Food Center, aimed at fostering a better, safer and bigger food supply for the world’s growing population. A video declares: “One institution, UC Davis and the University of California system, has both the resources and the globally recognized efforts to lead the way.” [ Video… ]


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Napolitano confirmed as president; Yudof’s parting thoughts

Janet Napolitano becomes the 20th president of the University of California, appointed on Thursday (July 18) by the Board of Regents. … Her predecessor, Mark G. Yudof, urges “reflective evolution” in UC’s future. [ More… ]

More from the Board of Regents meeting

Health system professor, physician to lead UC Center Sacramento

Richard L. Kravitz, a professor and physician in the UC Davis Health System, and former director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, has been appointed interim director of the University of California Center Sacramento — a systemwide program managed by UC Davis. [ More… ]

Help us identify people to be featured on new banners

We have banners proclaiming The Campaign for UC Davis and our status as the “No. 1 Cool School.” Now, a new banner project is in the works — and your help is needed to identify people to be featured on the banners: faculty, staff, students, emeriti and retirees, alumni and other friends who exemplify the best of this great institution. [ More… ]

Study debunks ‘mismatch’ argument against affirmative action

Specially admitted UC students typically fared about as well academically as students with better high school grades and test scores, according to a new study for which Michal Kurlaender, associate professor in the School of Education, served as a co-author. “Opponents of affirmative action often invoke a 'mismatch' claim,” she says. “In the data we have, we just don't find that to be the case.” [ More… ]

Family tree of fish yields surprises

The mighty tuna is more closely related to the dainty seahorse than to a marlin or sailfish. That is one of the surprises from the first comprehensive family tree, or phylogeny, of “spiny-rayed fish” — a group that includes about a third of all living vertebrate species. Until now, no one had any idea of the exact relationships among more than 18,000 species in 650 families, according to Peter Wainwright, professor and chair of evolution and ecology, senior author on the paper that was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [ More, with video… ]

Biochemists uphold law of physics

Biochemists show how a law of physics, the ergodic theorem, applies to biological systems. The results also have implications for understanding how proteins fold into their correct shapes, for exploring interactions between drugs and their targets, and for engineering enzymes for new functions. [ More, with video… ]

Veterans and Diversity Career Fair: ‘Overwhelming success’

UC Davis has hired four people so far from among the hundreds of military veterans and other job seekers who turned out for the university’s first Veterans and Diversity Career Fair. "It was an overwhelming success," said Steve Chilcott, executive director of Human Resources at the UC Davis Health System, who noted that the first hire occurred within a week of the fair. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Staff Assembly leadership announced

Staff Assembly announces its executive committee for 2013-15. … HR organizations on the Davis and Sacramento campuses are now operating jointly. … UC Davis recently hosted its third annual Licensing Academy on intellectual property management, a two-week course for lawyers, technology managers and scientific professionals from abroad. The 40 people in this year’s course came from 17 countries in Latin America, South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the West Indies. [ More… ]


No directives or announcements were issued this week.


NRC to present new report on sustainability

Wednesday, July 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Ballroom A, ARC

National Research Council committee members are coming to UC Davis to discuss a new report, “Sustainability for the Nation: Resource Connections and Governance Linkage.” Registration is free. [ More… ]

Film and discussion: Rape in the Fields

Wednesday, July 24, 2-4:30 p.m., Room D, Student Community Center

Frontline documentary on the sexual assault of women in U.S. fields and packing plants. The film’s producer, Andrés Cediel, will be there for a discussion. Free. Co-sponsored by the Department of Chicana/o Studies, and the Women’s Resources and Research Center. [ More… ]

Disneynature film: Wings of Life

Wednesday, July 24, doors open 6:30 p.m., film at 7:30, Conference Center

The UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center presents an “intimate and unprecedented look” at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and bats. The film is “a celebration of life,” considering a third of the world’s food supply depends on these incredible — yet increasingly threatened — creatures. Honey tasting and music before the movie, and a discussion with the filmmaker after. Preregistration encouraged; new deadline July 22. $5 admission at the door. Wings of Life website, including trailers. [ More… ]

UC Davis Extension presents Beer Tasting with Bamforth

Monday, Aug. 12, 6-8:30 p.m., Dad’s Kitchen, 2968 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento

An evening with “The Pope of Foam,” Charlie Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Brewing Science, for fans of the UC Davis Extension Brewing Facebook page. The cost is $30 for tasting and a roasted pork dinner. Interested in going? “Like” the page and fill out the online registration form; seating is limited. [ More… ]

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