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Memorial Day comes early

Under the late afternoon sun, on the Memorial Union's north patio, the 5 o'clock hour brought the familiar chime of the MU's clock, followed by the mournful sound of names from the building's soul — the names of the 135 known Aggies lost in war, the reason for "Memorial" in the MU's name. [ More, with slide show… ]


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Genome project strikes blow at foodborne diseases

The campus's 100K Pathogen Genome Project sequences its first 10 genomes of infectious microorganisms, including strains of Salmonella and Listeria. … Animal science professor Dietmar Kueltz leads a group of biologists who suggest in a new paper that decades of focus on genes has led the scientific community away from a balanced exploration of the organisms that those genes define — whether they be plants, animals or microorganisms. [ More, with video… ]

Non-wetting fabric drains sweat

Waterproof fabrics that whisk away sweat could be the latest application of microfluidic technology developed by campus bioengineers. The new fabric works like human skin, forming excess sweat into droplets that drain away by themselves, said inventor Tingrui Pan, professor of biomedical engineering. [ More, with video… ]

Monkey teeth help reveal Neanderthal weaning

A team of U.S. and Australian researchers reports in the journal Nature that they can now use fossil teeth to calculate when a Neanderthal baby was weaned. The new technique is based in part on knowledge gained from studies of teeth from human infants and from monkeys at the campus's California National Primate Research Center. [ More… ]

Chancellor on immigration reform in LA Times

In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi says the United States should do do more to welcome and keep talented foreign students: "Wise immigration reform will ensure that we not only continue to open our doors to the world's best talent and future leaders, but also invite them to stay and give back." [ More… ]

UC draws up plan for online courses for use around the system

UC's Innovative Learning Technology Initiative calls for a robust inventory of online courses that could be offered to undergraduates on all campuses. The initiative is in response to Gov. Jerry Brown's offer of $10 million — it's in his proposed budget — to help UC expand its use of technology as a way to broaden access to high-demand courses. [ More… ]

Startup delivers new sound experience through headphones

Fifteen years of UC Davis research is being turned into commercial products by San Francisco-based Dysonics. Since becoming the first "graduate" from the Engineering Translational Technology Center, a technology incubator in the College of Engineering, Dysonics has launched an iPhone app and is developing a broad product range for future launch. [ More… ]

Student Community Center earns LEED Platinum, UC Davis' fifth

Skylights, compostable cups, solar energy-powered computers, no lawn. These simple details may go largely unnoticed, but they are among the elements that gave the Student Community Center a LEED Platinum rating. [ More… ]

LAURELS: Quarter Abroad's Florence wins best practices award

The UC Davis Quarter Abroad program in Florence, Italy, recently received a best practices award in international education. … Plus, honors for Jamal Abedi, School of Education; Jerrold Tannenbaum, School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Law; Frank Samaniego, statistics; Howard Spero, geology; and Eric Mussen, entomology. … And Marilyn Ramenofsky, adjunct professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, is one of the newest members of the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Yudof names staff adviser-designate

President Mark G. Yudof this week named Donna Coyne of UC Santa Barbara as the next staff adviser-designate, the person who will work with the staff adviser to the Board of Regents for a year and then move up to the adviser position. … Invitations have gone out for the New Retirees Reception, scheduled for June 20. … You're invited to take our "Cool School" survey. [ More… ]


No directives or announcements were issued this week.


'What's All the Fuss About Open Access?'

Wednesday, May 29, 3-4 p.m., 1065 Kemper Hall

The University Library presents Pete Binfield, publisher and co-founder of PeerJ, and formerly the publisher of PLoS One. He'll be addressing such questions as "What do I need to know?" and "How does it benefit me?" [ More… ]

'How Aggies Are Feeding the Future'

Wednesday, May 29, 6:30-8 p.m., Conference Center Ballroom

Representatives from the Peace Corps and two UC Davis research programs will address their work on Feed the Future, the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative that helps countries transform their agricultural sectors. [ More… ]

Mastering the fine arts in a variety of disciplines

Various dates into June

Design M.F.A. Graduation Exhibition, through June 6, Cruess Hall; Past Year Reservations, works by first-year M.F.A. students in studio art, through June 4, Art Building; Ensemble Explorations, May 30, 120 Wright Hall; Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, June 1-22, Nelson Hall; and M.F.A. Dramatic Art Design Showcase, June 5, Wright Hall. [ More… ]

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