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Photo: Aimee Bryan and Pablo Zamora

2 selected for Nobel meeting

Aimee Bryan and Pablo Zamora are among 625 young scientists from around the world who will gather in Germany next week with 35 Nobel laureates for talks focusing on chemistry. Bryan is a doctoral student in inorganic fundamental chemistry, and Zamora is a senior scientist in plant genomics. [ More… ]


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State budget is a done deal, with more money for UC

The governor's signature on Thursday boosts the university's base allocation by $142 million, or 5 percent, which means no increase in undergraduate tuition in 2013-14. Lawmakers also approved a multiyear funding plan that will boost UC's base budget by another 5 percent in 2014-15, and by 4 percent in each of the two years after that. [ More… ]

New Ph.D. Loreto Godoy dies of crash injuries

Two weeks ago they celebrated as new Ph.D.s: husband and wife Fernando Mardones and Loreto Godoy. Today, she is gone, fatally injured in a car crash June 21, a crash that also killed Mardones' parents. Mardones and the children, Agustina, 4, and Rafaela, 8 months, suffered various broken bones and are all home now in Davis. [ More… ]

More Frontiers: Internal grants for humanities, arts and social sciences

Vice Chancellor Harris Lewin announces the second round of internal funding for interdisciplinary research. First came RISE, for Research Initiatives in Science and Engineering. Now comes IFHA, for Interdisciplinary Frontiers in Humanities and Arts, in which seven projects in the humanities, arts and social sciences will share $3.6 million over three years. [ More… ]

UC Davis awarded $500,000 to improve STEM teaching

With a $500,000 grant from the Association of American Universities, UC Davis will redesign introductory courses and take other steps to improve teaching in the STEM disciplines, and to retain students in STEM majors. [ More… ]

Scientists explore stress, weight loss and our brain

It's not just our imagination: We really do eat differently when we're stressed. Researchers are hopeful their discoveries can help society fight obesity and improve individual efforts to lose weight and keep it off. [ More… ]

Study discounts risk to people from aerial spraying for mosquitoes

There's no immediate threat to people from the aerial spraying that targets mosquitoes, according to the first public health study of the potential risk. UC Davis and state researchers examined Sacramento-area emergency room data, collected during and immediately after spraying in 2004 and 2005, and found no increase in specific diagnoses considered most likely to be associated with pesticide exposure. [ More… ]

LAURELS: Dining Services' Dani Lee wins Real Food Award

Dani Lee, a part of Dining Services' sustainability program since she arrived on campus in 2006, has won a national award for her leadership and commitment to "real food" and student activism. … The ASUCD presents its Excellence in Education Awards. … And Sue Barnes, director of the UC Davis Retiree Center, has begun a two-year term as president of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Retirement contributions going up, rules changing

The last in a series of increases in UC Retirement Plan contributions is coming Monday (July 1). … The campus's chief compliance officer sends out information on how to file whistleblower reports of improper activities. … The UC Davis Health System provides tips on guarding against injuries and illness from Fourth of July fireworks and food. … The ticket order deadline is July 12 for the UC Davis Family Picnic at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. … Fire hydrant testing is scheduled to start Wednesday, July 10, and continue into September. [ More… ]


ANNOUNCEMENT: Update on search for new VC of Human Health Sciences

Following a series of town hall meetings, the recruitment advisory committee finishes and posts the position profile for vice chancellor of Human Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine. Nominations are welcome for the committee's consideration. [ More… ]


EXHIBITIONS: C.N. Gorman Museum's Navajo Summer

July 8-Sept. 13, 1316 Hart Hall

Pulling from the museum's own holdings of works by Navajo (Diné) artists, this exhibition highlights art by the museum's namesake, Carl Nelson Gorman, and his son R.C. Gorman. … The Craft Center Gallery presents Found and Finished: An Unlearning Process in Creation, mixed media by recent graduate Justyn Grove, using found objects and repurposed items. [ More, with slide show… ]

Summer Jam-uh! with the Band-uh!

Monday, July 8, 7-9 p.m., lawn outside the Rec Pool gates

The Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh will perform every other Monday, July 8 and 22, and Aug. 5 and 19. The music starts when the Rec Pool closes, so, take a dip first, if you want, then dry off and stay for the jam. [ More… ]

WorkLife and Wellness brown bag: 'Eating Green'

Thursday, July 11, noon-1 p.m., MU II, Memorial Union

Gopal Kapur will ask participants to consider a pledge for sustainability in how you eat, by setting aside one day a month for nothing but raw green foods that have undergone minimal processing. It saves water, energy and packaging. Participants will receive breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert recipes — plus a feeling of well-being. [ More… ]

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