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Photo: Nobel Laureate Brian P. Schmidt, physics, 2011, and his drawing (cropped)

Discovery, innovation

With sketches and symposia, UC Davis this month celebrates Nobel Prize-winning discoveries in science and offers a glimpse of what lies ahead for us in researching the big global challenges of food, agriculture and health. Three events are planned. They are free and open to the public, or you can watch them live, online. [ More, with slideshow… ]


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Meet our newest Chancellor's Fellows

UC Davis has announced its 15th class of Chancellor's Fellows — 10 faculty members at the associate professor level who have caught the attention of their colleagues, department chairs and deans, and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. The 2014-15 fellows: Heidi L. Ballard, Maruša Bradač, Graham Coop, Amanda E. Guyer, Tessa M. Hill, Richard S. Kim, William D. Ristenpart, Teresa Eleanor Steele, Archana Venkatesan and Huaijun Zhou. [ More… ]

Chancellor reaffirms the Principles of Safety

In a letter to the campus community, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi reaffirms the university's Principles of Safety, which commit UC Davis to promoting safety on campus and beyond. [ More… ]

MU renovation starts with east wing moves

Campus Recreation and Unions has embarked on an 18-month, $23.5 million renovation to modernize the Memorial Union with a feel more like the CoHo, the Student Community Center and the front part of the ARC. In preparation for the work, the post office and Campus Copies have moved, and the CoHo-to-Go store has closed. [ More… ]

Tercero 3 earns highest sustainability rating

The Tercero Phase 3 student housing project has earned the highest possible rating of platinum in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program. Tercero 3 — with seven buildings that opened last fall — is the first residence hall project to earn LEED-platinum status at UC Davis and one of the largest residence hall projects in the nation to attain the certification. [ More… ]

LAURELS: Anthropologist Isbell wins book prize

Anthropology professor Lynne A. Isbell wins the 2014 W.W. Howells Book Prize for her volume The Fruit, the Tree and the Serpent: Why We See So Well. Plus … Honors for faculty members Simine Vazir (psychology), David Horton (law), Sam Nichols (music), Elizabeth Freeman (English) and Ken Joy (computer science). And a recent IT customer service improvement project, "Building a Service-Oriented Culture at UC Davis," receives a second award. [ More… ]

One UC Davis: A scholar filled with song

"Sometimes it is just the joy of being a part of their intellectual growth, or even their awakening," music professor Chris Reynolds says about his students. "Their excitement of participating in the discovery of why great music is great music is a remarkable gift I've been able to enjoy in this career." [ More… ]

Transforming the way we teach science

The New York Times reports from UC Davis on "experimental and engaging" lecture classes, part of a small but growing movement across the nation to transform the way science is taught. [ More… ]

RESEARCH: Rapid-response grant pays for research on Ebola drug

UC Davis researchers will explore ways to speed production of the Ebola drug Zmapp with a $200,000 rapid-response grant from the National Science Foundation. [ More… ]


NEWS BRIEFS: Sutter Health-Blue Shield contract status

The UC Davis Health Care Facilitator Program has information on the Sutter Health-Blue Shield contract. Plus…

TRANSITIONS: Cohen, Thomas (de la Peña), Griffith, Beardsley

Beth Cohen, director of the Academic and Staff Assistance Program, is leaving the Davis campus for a similar post at UC Santa Barbara. … Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education Carolyn de la Peña has changed her name to Carolyn Thomas. … Lucas Griffith is back at his alma mater as campus planner, helping to update the Long-Range Development Plan. … Karen Beardsley, a Peace Corps veteran, has a new appointment as the director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. [ More… ]

STILL TRENDING: Alum pays off parents' mortgage for Christmas

Joe Riquelme's gift presentation goes on YouTube, draws more than 100,000 views. He graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in electrical engineering and later built the popular iPhone editing app Videoshop. [ More, with video… ]




THE ARTS: Music and Words, poetry, Woyzeck and more

What better way to spend the coolest, wettest quarter than inside at concerts, plays and exhibitions? Through its academic programs, galleries and the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis offers music from classical to experimental, theater pieces big and small, art of all kinds and visits by two Pulitzer Prize winners. [ More, with slideshow… ]

Aggies host Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State — and ESPN!

Wednesday and Saturday, Jan. 7 and 10

The Aggie men's basketball team has a 10-3 preseason record going into Wednesday's conference opener against Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m. Then, on Saturday, ESPN returns to The Pavilion for the third time in three years, when the Aggies take on Long Beach State at 8 p.m. [ More, with video… ]

WORKLIFE BALANCE: 'Epigenetic Design'

Thursday, Jan. 8, noon-1 p.m., multipurpose room, Student Community Center

Deborah Burnett leads this brown bag about how ambient conditions in the places where we spend our days and nights affect our lives, health and overall well-being (sleep, cognition and circadian genetic response). [ More… ]

'Parasitoid Palooza'at the Bohart Museum of Entomology

Sunday, Jan. 11, 1-4 p.m., 1124 Academic Surge

Another in a series of open houses, this one spotlighting parasitoids, which feed on other insects. Described as a fun and wacky celebration of the diversity of life, the event also includes a family-friendly craft activity. Free. [ More… ]

AUTHOR EVENT: Fantasy Islands and Soundtracks of Asian America

Monday, Jan. 12, 4-5:30 p.m., 3201 Hart Hall

The American Studies Program presents Julie Sze and Grace Wang, associate professors, discussing their new books: Sze, Fantasy Islands: Chinese Dreams and Ecological Fears in an Age of Climate; and Wang, Soundtracks of Asian America: Navigating Race Through Musical Performance. [ More… ]

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