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Photo: UC President Janet Napolitano and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi walk to Ghausi Hall

Listening and learning

The new UC president, Janet Napolitano, gets to know UC Davis in a 1½-day visit stretching from West Village to the Sacramento campus. "She is truly committed to keeping the world-class education offered by UC Davis affordable for families and will be an outstanding advocate for our efforts to add 5,000 students and 300 faculty to our ranks by 2020," Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi says. [ Updated story and slideshow… ]


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

UC Davis library to lead transformation of cataloging

The UC Davis library, as the recipient of a $493,000 grant, will take a leadership role in a national effort to transform the cataloging system in research libraries. University Librarian MacKenzie Smith says UC Davis "will explore how to break through roadblocks … so that our data can reach its audience where they live online." [ More… ]

Achieve UC: 'We're here to tell you that you can do it'

Milton Lang's words rang out loud and clear in the Florin High School gymnasium: You can get a university education. Lang, an associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs, delivered his message to some 400 students during an Achieve UC program at the Sacramento school. [ More, with slideshow… ]

Aggie athletes have best graduation rate in the Big West

New data from the NCAA shows UC Davis with an overall graduation rate of 87 percent among student-athletes who enrolled in the years 2003 through 2006. That's the highest success rate among the Big West Conference's nine members. Seven Aggie teams had perfect graduation success rates, while men's basketball stood at 91 percent, also best in the Big West. [ More… ]

Salmon grow fat and fast in Yolo Bypass rice fields

A fish experiment in the Yolo Bypass yields the fattest, fastest-growing salmon on record in California rivers, offering hope in the effort to rebuild the state's salmon populations. Scientists created nurseries out of harvested rice fields, described as dehydrated food webs. "Just add water," says Carson Jeffres, field and laboratory director of the Center for Watershed Sciences, and the fish are treated to an all-you-can-eat bug buffet. [ More, with video… ]

Snakes on the brain: Are primates hard-wired to see snakes?

Was the evolution of high-quality vision in our ancestors driven by the threat of snakes? Work by neuroscientists in Japan and Brazil is supporting the theory originally put forward by Lynne Isbell, professor of anthropology at UC Davis. [ More… ]

Marketing Toolbox unveiled for campus communicators

The Office of Strategic Communications this week launched a new Marketing Toolbox, with resources to help with messages for different audiences; templates for publications and PowerPoints; photo style and Web guidelines; and logos and fonts and colors — all to support the UC Davis brand, making it clear and strong. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Open enrollment is under way

Open enrollment runs for about 30 days, but you may want to get started as soon as possible, due to big changes in medical plan offerings for 2014. … Mail Services' eighth annual Holiday Food Drive starts Friday (Nov. 1). … Mini Medical School registration begins Nov. 1. [ More… ]




Shinkoskey Noon Concert: Ensemble Yarn/Wire

Thursday, Oct. 31, 12:05-1 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center

Two percussionists and two pianists, a quartet combination that allows the musicians to slip effortlessly between classics of the repertoire and modern works that continue to forge new boundaries. Free. [ More… ]

C.N. Gorman Museum's 40th Anniversary Reception

Friday, Nov. 1, 3-5 p.m., 1316 Hart Hall

The collection began informally, when the Navajo artist Gorman gathered artifacts to complement his teaching of "Indian Art in Cultural Perspective." More pieces soon filled a room, and eventually his name "appeared on the door and students began referring to it as his museum." The anniversary celebration this week accompanies a remarkable showcase of the foundations of Native American art. Free. [ More, with slideshow… ]

Dia de los muertos at TANA

Saturday, Nov. 2, 5-7 p.m., 1224 Lemen Ave., Woodland

Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (Art Workshop of the New Dawn), a program of the Department of Chicana/o Studies, presents this Day of the Dead celebration. Featuring altars created by community members, along with music and dance, poetry, face painting and food. Free. [ More… ]

Causeway Classic Blood Drive

Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 5-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Pavilion (upper level)

Sixth annual friendly competition: Which school can round up the most blood donors, UC Davis or California State University, Sacramento? Every donor receives a free "Pay It Forward" T-shirt. Plus, there will be random drawings throughout the day for other prizes. [ More… ]

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Last week's Dateline UC Davis newsletter (Oct. 22) misstated the name of the Academic Federation's James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award, given to Jeff Loux, adjunct associate professor. In the same newsletter, The Enchanted Cellar listing should have qualified a 50 percent discount for UC Davis affiliates; the discount applies only to costume rentals.