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Stories from $1B campaign

Sandi Redenbach and Ken Gelatt, alumni husband and wife, are among the 100,000-plus donors to The Campaign for UC Davis, which officially concludes May 31 but has already hit its $1 billion goal. In a new series, "One Campaign, One Hundred Stories," the university's development team tells how people are fulfilling their life's passion by sharing it with others through their philanthropic gifts to UC Davis. [ More… ]


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Record-high applicant pool strong in diversity, academics

Going into the second year of the 2020 Initiative, our bold plan to boost enrollment by 5,000 and add to the student body's diversity, the campus has another strong pool of undergraduate applicants for fall admission. The number of freshman and transfer applicants hit a record high of nearly 75,000; their average GPA and SAT scores are higher than we have seen in 10 years; and we received more applications from historically underrepresented groups, and more transfer applications, too — coming from all but one of the state's 112 community colleges. [ More… ]

Higher ed leaders aim to reinvigorate master plan

UC President Janet Napolitano and the leaders of the California State University system and California Community Colleges, in a joint presentation to the UC Board of Regents last week, sketch out a variety of new ways the three systems plan to work together to better serve students, in fulfillment of the state's 53-year-old Master Plan for Higher Education. [ More… ]

Taking on global corporate sustainability

Paul A. Griffin and Amy Myers Jaffe, faculty in the Graduate School of Management, tackle a range of corporate social responsibility issues across the global stage, such as energy and sustainability, use of conflict minerals and greenhouse gas emissions. [ More… ]

A closer look at where new genes come from

"This is the first example of totally new genes still spreading through a species," postdoc Li Zhao says about research showing that new genes are created from non-coding DNA more rapidly than expected. Published in Science Express, the research lists Zhao as first author and David Begun, professor of evolution and ecology, as senior author. [ More… ]

California ranchers anticipate devastating drought impact

As the state braces for record drought, ranchers are among the most immediately impacted, and most say they are not ready for the severe water shortages and lack of forage that drought would bring, according to a UC Davis study. [ More… ]

Space-raised flies show weakened immunity to fungus

Venturing into space might be a bold adventure, but it may not be good for your immune system, according to a UC Davis study published last week in the journal PLOS ONE. The researchers put Drosophila flies aboard the space shuttle, then, upon exposing them to a fungus back on Earth, found a "nonfunctional" response in a pathway that has a counterpart in humans and other mammals. [ More… ]

Amazon and UC Davis pilot online university storefront

Before you make your next purchase from, back up a step and go through this portal: It's a first-of-its kind university storefront under which UC Davis receives a little more than 2 percent of most purchases. Plans call for at least $40,000 of the proceeds to fund the development of a textbook scholarship in collaboration with We Are Aggie Pride. Additional revenue will help support student programs and services. [ More… ]

UC Davis is all red for heart health

UC Davis studies the heart, treats the heart and promotes heart health in a big, big way, to be demonstrated Friday, Feb. 7, when thousands of students, staff and faculty will try to set the Guinness World Record for largest heart formation. Here's everything you need to know about the day's activities, including the Battle Heart Disease Fair that will follow the record-breaking attempt. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: CA&ES welcomes Dean Dillard

Helene Dillard begins work as the ninth dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Plus …




Undergraduate Composers Concert

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 3:30 p.m., 115 Music Building

Works by undergraduate composition students Zack Lauchli, Erin Opray, True Randall, Christine Richers and Mike Yun with guests Hrabba Atladottir, violin, and Ellen Ruth Rose, viola. Free. [ More… ]


Thursday, Jan. 30, noon-1 p.m., multipurpose room, Student Community Center

A workshop on growing your own fruit, doing so simply and sustainably, and having fruit to pick all year long. The discussion will cover selection, placement, training, pruning and management strategies. Free; no RSVPs required. [ More… ]

Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Thursday, Jan. 30, 12:05 p.m., Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Hexis Duo: Megan Shieh and Collin Boltz, percussion. Free. [ More… ]

EXHIBITION OPENINGS: Trayacto Anómalo and The Art of Athletes

Thursday and Friday, Jan. 30 and 31

Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanacer presents the works of Chilean artists Danilo Espinoza Guerra, Iván Zambrano Downing and Ricardo Fuentealba-Fabio in Trayacto Anómalo, opening 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 30. … The fifth annual exhibition by Aggie athletes is scheduled from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 in the Basement Gallery, Art Building. Meet the artists during the opening reception, 5-7:30 p.m. Jan. 31. [ More, with slideshow… ]

ARBORETUM: Winter Birds and Storytime Through the Seasons

Saturday, Feb. 1 (10:30 a.m.), and Sunday, Feb. 2 (noon-2 p.m.)

The Winter Birds program (Feb. 1) starts with a slideshow in 146 Environmental Horticulture and concludes with a walk in the arboretum. … The next day (Feb. 2) brings Storytime Through the Seasons, an outdoor reading program for families. This edition is titled "Climbing Up the Ginkgo Tree," exploring the cultural and natural world of Asia. Both events are free. [ More… ]

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