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Photo: Guy Kyser answers questions at the Plant Sciences 'Weed Doctor' exhibit on Picnic Day

In the weeds of Picnic Day

Meet some of the staff and faculty who spend weeks preparing for such exhibits as the "Weed Doctor" and making hundreds of very popular dinosaur hats (the pterodactyl this year). [ More… ]

Plus, we've got a Storify of social media posts from the 102nd Picnic Day.

And see today's News Briefs to learn how a WarnMe alert led to a lost child's safe return, thanks to an alert campus employee.


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Statement from Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

"Lately, UC Davis may seem like a tale of two communities," she begins. One is high achieving, globally recognized. The other, a university whose identity has been shaken by a series of highly publicized missteps. "All occurred under my watch. For that, I sincerely apologize," the chancellor writes. She provides straight answers and outlines a series of outreach activities to better connect with students and the community. [ More… ]

Academic Federation honors 3 for excellence

Lecturers Sean Davis and Wrye Sententia win Excellence in Teaching Awards, project scientist Nathan C. Rockwell wins Excellence in Research Award. ... They'll join the Academic Senate's 2016 award recipients at a May 2 program that will include the Faculty Research Lecture. [ More… ]

Expo highlights opportunities, successes

The Office of Research showcases the resources it has for researchers and trumpets some of the victories the university and individual projects have seen. [ More, with video… ]

RESEARCH: Decline in Tahoe water clarity in 2015

Less clarity in summer and winter, due in part to warmer water, but the declines are not considered to be part of a long-term trend, according to the latest research from UC Davis, which has been studying the lake for more than a half-century. [ More… ]

'Connecting' with first-year students

Through the work we do every day, as faculty, staff and graduate students, each of us plays a role in the education and experience of our students. But we can help even more as facilitators for First-Year Aggie Connections. [ More… ]

Custodial Services contributes to sustainability efforts

For our latest lesson in environmental and financial sustainability, we turn to our hundreds of campus restrooms — where custodians are using new, environmentally friendly cleaning products; and where new paper dispensers are designed to limit waste (one paper towel at a time, for example). Custodial Services acknowledges there's room for improvement, though, and offers an explanation. [ More… ]

COMING UP: TODS (for the kids) and TGFS (for the staff)

Picnic Day 2016 has come and gone, but we've got more fun in store this spring — Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (April 28) and Thank Goodness for Staff (May 18). We've got the information you need, including this year's TGFS Guess the Weight photo. [ More… ]

NEWS BRIEFS: Solar farm comes to campus, sort of

How big is the UC Davis solar farm that is supplying 14 percent of the campus’s electricity? A student organization will show you, by drawing suns on the ground, in chalk, in the campus core, to create an outline encompassing 62 acres. Plus …

TRENDING: The new Gunrock, happy trees and beer careers

Twitter: Gunrock has been hitting the weights and eating healthy, and debuted a new look at Picnic Day. … Instagram: "I never saw a discontented tree." … Twitter: "Cheers to us … #UCDavis tops @USATODAY's colleges to turn your taste for beer into a career."




Javanese shadow puppets bring another world to life

The centuries-old Javanese theater art of "wayang kulit" casts its spellbinding shadows at UC Davis this coming Sunday (April 24). "Wayang kulit," or shadow play, marries music, storytelling and visual art through puppetry. [ More… ]

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