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Photo: Trio of graduates

Commencement 2013

Group photos and “selfies.” Friends taking pictures of friends. Colorful leis and decorated mortarboards. Posing with an Egghead. Giving your baby a front-row seat. Smiles and hugs and Aggie Pride, and waves to the crowd. Oh, and don’t forget the degrees, including a bachelor’s, a master’s and a Ph.D. for three siblings. See all the excitement and emotion in our Facebook slideshow, and read the chancellor’s blog on JoJo, Sarah and Frank Chang. [ More, with slideshow… ]


More stories at Dateline UC Davis and UC Davis News and Information

New national initiative promotes work-life balance for faculty

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has joined the heads of nine other universities and colleges as a founding partner of a national initiative to promote work-life balance for faculty as a way to enhance academic excellence. “Fostering workplace flexibility allows a university to improve faculty satisfaction and recruit and retain a more diverse and inclusive faculty,” Katehi said. [ More… ]

Transportation institute’s director wins Blue Planet Prize

It is described as the “Nobel Prize” for the environmental sciences, and it goes to Professor Daniel Sperling, whose research is directed at accelerating the global transition to cleaner, more efficient transportation and energy, and mitigating climate change. [ More… ]

Campus launches African Plant Breeding Academy

This collaboration with the African Union and the African Orphan Crops Consortium will train a generation of plant breeders to help improve the nutritional value of indigenous African crops. “We are honored to be part of this new venture,” said UC Davis plant scientist Allen Van Deynze, co-founder of the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy, which has trained 114 crop breeders from 26 countries since 2006. [ More… ]

Director named in effort to bring more women to STEM faculty

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi appoints nursing professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz as director of the new Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science, or CAMPOS, which aims to increase participation by women, especially Latinas, in STEM academics. [ More… ]

UC Davis a STEM degree leader, U.S. News says in new list

The “Best Colleges” publisher looks at top-ranked universities and ranks them according to percentage of bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. UC Davis comes in at 38 percent. [ More… ]

Health system invites LGBT patients to self-identify in medical records

The UC Davis Health System is the first academic health care system in the country to invite patients to add their sexual orientation and gender identity to their medical records — so that health care providers can ask better questions and better address their patients’ needs. [ More… ]

Campus to pick up 2 best practice awards in sustainability

UC Davis earns two best practice awards for sustainability efforts in higher education: for the campus’s smart, outdoors lighting, and for the “Cool School” awareness campaign. The Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Best Practice Awards are presented in conjunction with the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. [ More, with video… ]

HR issues guidelines for nonrepresented staff salary program

Following up on Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi’s announcement, Human Resources provides information on who is eligible, the effective dates (July 1 for employees who are paid monthly and July 7 for employees who are paid biweekly) and when the increases will be reflected on paychecks (Aug. 1 for employees who are paid monthly and July 31 for employees who are paid biweekly). [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: More academic honors for Aggie athletics

Academic honors keep rolling in for Aggie athletics — this time for the football program, recipient of an Academic Progress Rate Award for the second time in three years. … A new rash of phishing attacks against campus email accounts shows why people need to know how to identify and avoid the scams. ... Two Organizational Excellence-Shared Services Center brown bags are being held this summer, and the first one is next week. … Registration is now open for the annual UC Computing Services Conference, being held this year at UC Irvine, Aug. 4-6. … UC Davis Amateur Radio Communications will participate in a field day this weekend at University Airport, and the public is invited to visit as the hams communicate with others around the world. … Student-raised horses are going up for auction on Saturday in the 2013 Horse Production Sale, which supports the Equine Management Program. [ More… ]


No directives or announcements were issued this week.


Course of Dreams: miniature golf fundraiser

Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento

An all-ages event benefitting the Kiwanis Family House, which provides lodging for the loved ones of people who are hospitalized. [ More… ]

ASUCD Blood and Marrow Drive

Wednesday-Thursday, June 26-27, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Quad

For this summer collection, look for the bloodmobiles on the Quad (west side). [ More… ]

WorkLife and Wellness Brown Bag Series: Balletone

Thursday, June 27, noon-1 p.m., MU II, Memorial Union

A conditioning program, designed specifically for the nondancer, blending training techniques drawn from dance, Pilates and fitness. No pre-enrollment. Free. [ More… ]

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