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Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi celebrates the progress we have made and voices optimism for an amazing year ahead. In a separate message, she calls for the revival of Aggie Pride Fridays. "It is a forceful way to demonstrate our solidarity and our love for everything UC Davis stands for as a world-class university," the chancellor wrote. [ More… ]


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FOOD AND HEALTH: Fall Convocation is just the start

"Innovating Together to Advance Food and Health" — it's the theme for Fall Convocation, 10 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 25), at the Mondavi Center. A food and health fair follows on the Vanderhoef Quad. The World Food Center will be there and at this Saturday's Farm-to-Fork Festival in Sacramento. And make a note of several other upcoming programs on food and health. [ More… ]

Promise for Education: Tap-dancing our way to scholarships

ASUCD Vice President Bradley Bottoms promises to wear a cow suit for a week. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will be a server at the CoHo and throw a VIP Greek Gala. Alumna Darlene Alvarez has sworn off coffee for 44 days — the length of UC's scholarship fundraiser, Promise for Education. Another alum, Isaac Williams, put his promise on video; see him tap-dancing across the screen. [ More, with video… ]

Feds give $11 million for sustainable transportation center

UC Davis will establish and lead the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, dealing with greenhouse gas emissions, and preparing the nation's transportation infrastructure for the extreme weather that climate change is expected to produce. [ More… ]

Gift bolsters Center for Watershed Sciences

The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation's $10 million gift to the Center for Watershed Sciences "significantly strengthens our ability to stay ahead of potential water crises," says Jay Lund, the center's director. Plans include additional faculty and more collaboration among faculty, students and researchers from across the campus. [ More, with video… ]

Neandertals beat humans to the toolbox

One day in 2011, Naomi Martisius (an undergraduate then, a doctoral student in athropology now) was sorting through tiny bone remnants in a lab lab when she stumbled across a peculiar piece from a dig in France. Today, after being identified as part of a tool, the fragment figures large in research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — as possible evidence that Neandertals may have influenced the technology of modern humans. [ More, with slide show… ]

Agreements bring UC Davis expertise to India, Singapore

Two UC Davis centers recently signed agreements to provide the university's expertise in India (food waste) and Singapore (lighting efficiency). For India, the Postharvest Technology Center will provide training in produce handling and processing. The California Lighting Technology Center is collaborating with the Singapore Green Building Council and Singapore's Building and Construction Authority to develop a lighting efficiency demonstration and training center. [ More… ]

CHANCELLOR'S COLLOQUIUM: UCLA's Young to speak on UC's 'Past, Present, Future'

Charles E. "Chuck" Young, a graduate of the UC system who went on to lead UCLA for nearly 30 years, is Linda P.B. Katehi's first guest in her 2013-14 Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series. Young's talk on "The University of California: Past, Present and Future" is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. [ More… ]

Students' myucdavis transformed: 1 portal, multiple applications

The myucdavis website is being transformed, effective Oct. 1, for undergraduates and graduate students, giving them a single portal to reach financial aid, accounting and the registrar, for example, along with student life programs and events. Faculty and staff will see no change to myucdavis — except when they first sign in, when a new landing page will ask users to select which site they want: the student site or the faculty-staff site. … Also new on the Web: Aggie Feed and, for students, staff and faculty. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Team Henlight takes first place and $10,000

Team Henlight — three young UC Davis employees with a vision for boosting global chicken production and food security with a small solar-powered LED light — wins first place and $10,000 in the Thought for Food Challenge Summit in Berlin. … Three-day conference, Receptions: Reading the Past Across Time and Space, focuses on ancient, medieval, and early modern texts, and how they are received by different cultures, in different times. … Three veterans are on the program for this year's Disability Awareness Symposium, accompanied by the Accessible Technology and Resource Fair, Thursday, Oct. 3. … Despite long-term concerns about climate change and regulatory pressures, California wine industry leaders are once again quite bullish about their business, according to two new surveys conducted by UC Davis. [ More… ]


New west entry gate goes into service Wednesday

The new west entry gate on Hutchison Drive goes into service tomorrow (Sept. 25), two days later than originally announced. Here's what you need to know about the gate, the new visitor kiosk, and gaining — or not gaining access — to the core campus. [ More… ]


Foundations: Contemporary Native American Art

Today (Sept. 24)-Dec. 6, C.N. Gorman Museum, 1316 Hart Hall

This fall exhibition comes 40 years after the Gorman museum officially opened its doors with a showing of contemporary Indian art. The 2013 version comprises works from the California Academy of Sciences and the museum collection. [ More… ]

Aggie football vs. Idaho State

Saturday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. kickoff, Aggie Stadium

Pregame activities, including Oktoberfest, start at 3 p.m. on Aggie Tailgate Field. [ More… ]

Film: The Condor's Shadow

Saturday, Sept. 28, 6:15 p.m., 123 Sciences Lecture Hall

Documentary covers a year in the life of endangered species recovery, presented here as a fundraiser for the California Raptor Center. Screening $10 (tickets available online and at the door); screening and a reception and raffle beforehand, 4:15 to 6 p.m., Gunrock Pub, $50 (online only). [ More… ]

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