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Helping our community

Thirty-five departments and organizations have a "STEAC" in brightening the holidays for Yolo County families, by adopting them in the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee's annual holiday program. Plus, other ways to help:

  • UC Davis Children's Hospital toy drive
  • 'Warm Your Heart Winter Drive'
  • Aggie Food Connection

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

Winter break forecast: Chilly inside

Forecasters got it right last week on the wind and rain. Now, here's another forecast, and we're guaranteeing it: The temperature will drop in many buildings during winter break — so, if you're working, you may want to bring an extra sweater. Plus, everything you need to know about coffee and food during the break, and transportation, and the ARC and UC Davis Stores, and Repro Graphics, too! [ More… ]

Monday's dialing change: What you need to know

The Davis campus next week takes the first step to a new phone system: Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP. It'll require a change in dialing procedure, effective Monday (Dec. 22), whereby we must use complete phone numbers — all seven digits — when making calls from one campus phone to another. That means no more five-digit shortcuts. We must include the 7 and the 5 in the campus's two prefixes, 752 and 754. [ More… ]

UC Davis enrolls one of its strongest entering classes

UC Davis this fall enrolled a record number of students and one of its strongest undergraduate entering classes — including gains in academic quality, historically underrepresented minorities, global diversity and other measures. [ More, with audio… ]

Van Eenennaam testifies in D.C. on GE food

With lawmakers considering a proposal to require the labeling of genetically engineered food, UC Davis biotechnologist Alison Van Eenennaam tells a congressional subcommittee that such foods and food ingredients derived from GE crops pose no unique risks compared to plants derived from conventional breeding. [ More… ]

Athanasiou, Hammock, Islam elected to inventors academy

The National Academy of Inventors today (Dec. 16) announced its newest class of fellows — and three of them are UC Davis professors: Kyriacos A. Athanasiou (biomedical engineering and orthopaedic surgery), Bruce D. Hammock (entomology and UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center) and M. Saif Islam (electrical and computer engineering, and Center for Nano and Micro Manufacturing, or CNM2). [ More… ]

LAURELS: Arboretum Director Socolofsky 'ahead of the curve'

The Excelerate Foundation presents its inaugural leadership award to Kathleen Socolofsky, assistant vice chancellor and director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. … Plus, honors for faculty members Fran Dolan, Anna Maria Busse Berger, Christian Baldini, Shirley Luckhart, Thomas Scott and Cal Qualset, and Cooperative Extension Specialist Emeritus Larry Schwankl. [ More… ]

Koret program launches the Million Cat Challenge

The Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis teams with the University of Florida and hundreds of animal shelters to launch the Million Cat Challenge — aiming to dramatically reduce the loss of life among cats in shelters. [ More… ]



2015 starts with a butterfly, ends with a dragonfly

Come Jan. 1, Professor Art Shapiro will be on the hunt in his annual beer-for-a-butterfly contest, looking for the first cabbage white of the new year. … Meanwhile, communications specialist Kathy Keatley Garvey has the end of the year locked up in the "World of Insects" calendar. She's the photographer behind the December image: a flame skimmer dragonfly. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Fall commencement this Saturday

More than 1,000 students applied to graduate at the conclusion of the fall quarter. Plus…

TRENDING: Storify recaps last week's drenching

Dateline's Cody Kitaura covered the Dec. 11 storm from morning to night, when a 50- to 60-foot tree fell onto Surge II, and all the way through cleanup the next morning. Now he's assembled his coverage interspersed with your tweets and photos and video. [ More… ]


Chancellor to host 'Reimagining the Future of Innovation'

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi is hosting a half-day conference, "Reimagining the Future of Innovation: Building Effective Collaborations Among Government, Universities and Industry," Friday, Jan. 16, with admission free and open to the public. Two members of Congress are confirmed as speakers: Ami Bera and John Garamendi. Besides the chancellor, other academic speakers from UC Davis will include Andrew Hargadon, Graduate School of Management; Fred Block, Department of Sociology; and Steve Currall, former dean of the GSM. [ More… ]



COMING IN JANUARY: Sketches of Science from Nobel laureates

A photo exhibition coming to UC Davis, Jan. 6-28, shows Nobel Prize-winning scientists and their discoveries, as depicted in sketches created by the scientists themselves — in crayon. In one photo, Harold Kroto, chemistry 1996, pretends to kick his drawing of the carbon-60 molecule, which resembles a soccer ball. In another, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, physiology or medicine 1995, poses with her drawing of fruit flies like those she used in her genetic research. [ More… ]

'Insects and Art' at Bohart Museum of Entomology

Saturday, Dec. 20, 1-4 p.m., 1124 Academic Surge

Another in a series of open houses, this one featuring Insect-themed paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking, sculptures and other works by more than a dozen artists. Plus, a family activity: crafting small insect sculptures out of wire and beads. Free. [ More… ]

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