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Molly the cow stuck in a mine shaft

VERT to the rescue

This is Molly, a 1,200-pound Brahman cow, stuck in an old mine shaft in Tuolumne County. The 9-year-old cow escaped major injury when she tumbled into the 30-foot-deep hole, but she was stuck there for three days until the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team arrived. "I'd say this was the hardest (rescue) I've done, and I've been doing it a long time," says VERT leader John Madigan, a professor who helped develop the sling — the UC Davis Large Animal Lift — that the team used to rescue Molly. [ Video… ]


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UC Davis: 'University of the 21st Century'

In a message to faculty, staff and students last week, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi invited the entire campus community to participate in a broad dialogue to envision UC Davis as a university that transforms itself, building on its unique capacity to lead the way in higher education in the 21st century. [ More… ]

Violence prevention office carries on as CARE

UC Davis' well-established victim advocacy program will get a new name, Center for Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE): Advocate Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Assault, and a new administrative home at the end of this month, as the UC Office of the President implements a comprehensive, systemwide approach to addressing sexual violence. [ More… ]

Napolitano, Gov. Brown to talk UC costs, mission

The Board of Regents approves a committee recommendation to name President Janet Napolitano and Gov. Jerry Brown as a committee of two to examine the university's cost structure and the role of a public research university. [ More… ]

'Huck' and 'Tom' float old dock to removal

The arboretum waterway may not have much in common with the Mississippi River, but don't tell that to two staff members who got to play Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer earlier this month, poling their way down the channel. Cliff Contreras and Matt Hayes rode atop an old boat dock that had become rickety and dangerous, and had to be removed. Archive photos show sailboats that used to launch off the dock. [ More, with slideshow… ]

Let's get our red on for Feb. 6

No time like the present to start gearing up for the second annual UC Davis Wears Red Day (Feb. 6). And, by gearing up, we mean wearing red, of course! Like a special-edition T-shirt with a new design to symbolize the day's purpose: heart health awareness. Two dollars from every sale goes to the UC Davis Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program. [ More… ]

ONE CALIFORNIA, ONE UC DAVIS: 'Take the weed, not me!'

Controlling weeds could soon become more effective, affordable and sustainable for vegetable growers in California and beyond, thanks to a system under development at UC Davis that will help plants communicate with a robotic cultivator. [ More… ]

TRANSITION: Hopmans named associate VP in Global Affairs

Jan W. Hopmans, former associate dean in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been appointed associate vice provost in the Office of Global Affairs. A faculty member since 1988, he is a professor of soil hydrology in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: HR provides Blue Shield-Sutter update

Amid press releases, emails and other communications from Blue Shield of California and the Sutter Health Network, UC Davis Human Resources says "there has not been an agreement reached … but there is optimism in knowing that negotiations are ongoing, and both sides are seeking to ensure that members have uninterrupted access to quality medical care." Plus…

TRENDING: Domes, 'Food Observer,' social media workshop

UC Davis Facebook says, "This is how we dome," linking to New York Times feature story on our iconic Domes. … The UC Office of the President launches "UC Food Observer," a daily selection of must-read news on food policy, nutrition, agriculture and more. … Faculty and researchers: Learn how you can start "trending," too.




Blood and Platelet Drive

Today-Wednesday, Jan. 27-28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., bloodmobiles on the Quad

The first campus blood drive of the new year. Faculty and staff, if their time is limited, can ask for "fast-track" passes to go to the front of the donor line. [ More… ]

Campus Community Book Project: 'Transition to College'

Wednesday, Jan. 28, noon-1:30 p.m., MU II, Memorial Union

Psychologist Joe Spector of the Student Disability Center and project coordinator Patty Schetter from the MIND Institute discuss "Students with Asperger's Disorder/High Functioning Autism: Transition to College." [ More… ]

CAREER CATALYST: 'Acing the Interview'

Thursday, Jan. 29, noon-1 p.m., Meeting Room D, Student Community Center

Andrea Weiss leads this workshop for staff, providing tips and techniques to help you prepare properly, make a positive first impression, stay focused during the interview and follow up in an appropriate manner. No pre-enrollment. [ More… ]

Men's basketball vs. UCSB and Cal Poly (on ESPN)

Thursday and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 31, 7 p.m., The Pavilion

The Aggies (14-4, 4-1), ranked 18th in's Mid-Major Top 25, take on UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 29) and Cal Poly (Jan. 31) in the second home game of the year to be presented on national TV (everyone's encouraged to wear gold). Tickets for both games are available here (students get in free). [ More… ]

The Birds and the Trees: Stories in Natural History

Saturday, Jan. 31, 3 p.m., Arboretum Terrace Garden

Naturalist Steve Daubert presents this program in which he reads original stories that explore the lives of birds and the natural histories of redwood trees. Appropriate for adults and older children. The Arboretum Terrace Garden is adjacent to Whole Foods Market in the Davis Commons shopping center, First Street and Richards Boulevard. Rain-cold-wind location: Whole Foods Market Annex. Free. [ More… ]

V-Day: The Vagina Monologues and Vagina: OurStories

Saturday, Feb. 7, and Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 28-March 1

UC Davis observes V-Day this year with performances of The Vagina Monologues (by School of Medicine students, staff and faculty) and Vagina: OurStories, organized annually by the Women's Resources and Research Center as a localized take on the award-winning Monologues play. Proceeds from all performances will go to organizations local and international that strive to end violence against women and girls. [ More… ]

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