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Photo: Christopher Reynolds and Cynthia Medina with guitar cake

Musicologist is prized teacher

Music professor Christopher Reynolds' expertise ranges from rock to Renaissance, but his surprise cake today — for winning the $45,000 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement — was all Jimi Hendrix guitar, complete with edible flames! The ceremony took place in Reynolds' "History of Rock Music" class. [ More… ]


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2020 Initiative to move forward

UC Davis will move forward with its 2020 Initiative, an ambitious plan to build on the institution's excellence, create a more diverse community of scholars, and achieve financial stability, campus leaders announced. The decision puts the university on a path toward adding up to 5,000 new undergraduates by 2020, along with corresponding increases in graduate students, faculty, staff and facilities. [ More… ]

Forums next week to consider campus police review board

UC Davis' path to self-improvement takes an important new turn next week with two forums on the possibility of establishing a campus community police review board. The forums come on top of the Strengthening Campus Community forum series that began last week and the Campus Community Survey that is winding up. Also starting next week: a series of workshops on how to have "crucial conversations." [ More… ]

Aggies pack Pavilion for Big West showdown

A soldout crowd of 5,670 packed the Pavilion Thursday night to watch the men's team nearly pull off an upset over Long Beach State in a game that was televised nationally on ESPN2. The 49ers edged the Aggies 77-76 after Ryan Howley's last-second shot rolled in and out. The Aggies close out the regular season at home Saturday with a 7 p.m. Big West game against UC Irvine, before heading to the Big West tournament in Anaheim March 14-16. [ More… ]

Purr-fect guide for pet lovers to select Your Ideal Cat

Cats may have nine lives but humans have only one. Before you decide to share yours with a cat, you might want to check out which breed- and gender-related behaviors are most likely to accompany your feline housemate, suggest two vet school behaviorists in their new book Your Ideal Cat. [ More… ]

BOOK PROJECT: A call to arms against oppression of women, girls

The 2013-14 Campus Community Book Project is more than words on paper. The book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, is also a movement — "a passionate call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world." [ More… ]

La Rue Road median: Taking out the turf and trading up

The turf disappeared gradually from the La Rue Road median, but new low-water, easy-care landscaping went in quickly this week, thanks to a bunch of hard-working campus units. The project is typical of landscape conversions all across campus. [ More… ]

A walk amid the Eggheads, with musical accompaniment

Visit all the Egghead installations next Friday afternoon (March 15) to hear how UC Davis composers interpret the sculptures, in new music to be performed by members of the St. Louis Symphony. … The University and Alumni choruses and the Symphony Orchestra present a Sunday night concert (March 10) in memory of Marya Welch, a pioneer in women's athletics and an avid supporter of UC Davis arts. Also, read a tribute to Welch by a faculty member and neighbor. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: USDA cites primate center, but levies no fines

The USDA cites the primate center but levies no fines in connection with illness and injury among a number of rhesus macaque monkeys housed at the center three years ago. … Tickets now on sale for Soaring to New Heights, the campus's premier celebration of diversity. … New weekend shuttle service between Davis and Berkeley. … A free e-waste drop-off is scheduled for March 13. … ASAP programs on stress management and emotional intelligence. … Systemwide lab safety policies are delayed. [ More… ]


ANNOUNCEMENTS: Interim dean of MPS; Citations for Excellence

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter invites nominations from within UC Davis for a two-year appointment as interim dean of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. … Staff Assembly has called for nominations for Citations for Excellence, given annually to staff members as individuals or in teams. [ More… ]


Arboretum plant sale: Dig In! Our Next 75 Years

Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery

The first sale of the season is for members only — but don't despair, you can join at the gate to get first pick of the area's largest selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants, including Arboretum All-Stars. And bring an old shovel! [ More… ]

Children's Summer Activities Faire

Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Central Park, Third and C streets, Davis

Campus Recreation and the city of Davis Community Services Division present this free event to showcase all the fun stuff your kids can do this summer. Check out Campus Rec's summer guide; online registration opens at noon Wednesday (March 13). And keep up with Campus Rec Youth Programs via Facebook. [ More… ]

Shakespeare-on-a-Shoestring: Richard III

Friday-Saturday, March 15-16, Wyatt Pavilion Theatre

Professor Bella Merlin directs the classic drama, the inaugural production of the theatre and dance department's SOS troupe. See photos on the department's Facebook page. [ More… ]

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