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Chancellor welcomes new Latina STEM faculty

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi welcomes UC Davis' newest Latina faculty members recruited here as CAMPOS scholars: Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez, Natalia Caporale, Juliana Maria Leite Nóbrega de Moura Bell, Fernanda Ferreira and Alexis Patterson. …


NEWS BRIEFS: All-Staff Town Hall set for Dec. 7

Topics for the All-Staff Town Hall, Monday, Dec. 7, include results of the 2015 CUCSA Engagement Survey, Career Tracks and pay for performance. Attend in person or watch online. Plus ... The Shared Services Center is taking sign-ups for "SSC 101," to acquaint people with the center and its operations. ... Staff Assembly's first Cookie Bake-Off has room for bakers and tasters! ...more about the center. ... Temporary electronic sign boards have been set up within the core campus — inside the gates — to remind drivers that they must pull over and stop during class break periods. …


HOLIDAY HELP: For families, food bank and pets

Jo Anne Boorkman, of Academic Affairs, wraps a gift collected for STEAC in 2014.

Departments and other units are adopting STEAC families for the holidays; Team Physics is in the Running of the Turkeys and asking others to join in helping the Yolo Food Bank; and your help is also sought to provide a bit of warmth and other comforts to the pets of homeless people. …


Solar farm is up and running

Officials dedicate the solar power plant at UC Davis.

UC Davis dedicates solar farm that's providing 14 percent of the campus's electricity and cutting our carbon footprint by 9 percent. The panels tilt to follow the sun, and they're cleaned by robots! Check it out in our Vine video. …


HOLIDAY GIFTS: New, improved, 'ugly'

Photo: Ugly Sweater in red (cropped)

Presenting our new and improved Holiday Gift Guide! Gifts for the Aggie Family, Aggie Athlete and the Little Aggie, plus Student Essentials, Holiday Décor, Stocking Stuffers and more. UC Davis Stores has this new item: the UC Davis Ugly Sweater in red or blue. For the record, we think any Aggie will look good in one! …


UC president cites Kenney, Johnson for leadership

Two UC Davis faculty members, Martin Kenney and Kevin Johnson, are among 10 faculty members around the system who received awards last week for outstanding leadership on UC President Janet Napolitano’s initiatives. …


4 faculty members elected as AAAS fellows

Four UC Davis faculty members -- Peter A. Barry, Xi Chen, Jan W. Hopmans and Chih-Ling Tsai -- are newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as announced today (Nov. 23). The AAAS membership elected 347 fellows this year, recognizing their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. …


Apology for erasure of names from sidewalks

Vice Chancellor-Chief Financial Officer Dave Lawlor apologizes for the erasure of more than 1,000 names that "students painstakingly and meticulously recorded" on campus sidewalks. "Please know that erasing the names was a mistake, and it was fundamentally wrong," he wrote in a statement to the student community. …


Food drive ends Nov. 20, then it's time to run!

Graphic: Headless turkey in running shoes, from the Running in the Turkeys logo

You've got three more days to contribute to Mail Services' 10th annual Holiday Food Drive. Davis campus donations will go to the Yolo Food Bank, once the drive winds up Friday (Nov. 20). After that, here’s another way to help: Participate in the Yolo Food Bank’s seventh annual Running of the Turkeys or support Team Physics in that event. …


NEWS BRIEFS: From concert hall to lecture hall

Jackson Hall will serve as a venue for large lecture classes beginning in winter quarter and continuing through the 2016-17 academic year. Plus ... Save the date for ADMAN 2016: The Administrative Management Group's annual conference will be March 9. ... Transition: Former GSM Dean Steven C. Currall is headed to Southern Methodist University to be provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. …


Cats find homes with hospital staff after fires

Photo of Ember, a cat brought into UC Davis with burns to his paws.

After their homes were destroyed and their paws charred, several cats brought to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital have found homes with the staff members who bandaged the animals' wounds. …


LAURELS: Zhang's technology leads to Biogas Project of the Year

Photo: Professor Ruihong Zhang mugshot

UC Davis’ Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester, or READ, which incorporates technology developed here by Professor Ruihong Zhang, pictured, is the 2015 Biogas Project of the Year. ... Plus, honors for Kirsten Gilardi, Pamela Lein, Brian Murphy, Julie Dechant, Gary Magdesian and Helen Raybould, School of Veterinary medicine; and Paul Gepts, plant sciences professor. …


Survey shows more awareness of goClubbing

Graph showing how well people know of TAPS programs.

Newly released data from last year’s Campus Travel Survey show students, staff and faculty have greater awareness of transportation programs that aim to steer people away from driving alone to and from school. …


'The Force Awakens' early at UC Davis Stores

UC Davis-branded Star Wars T-shirt design.

The Force is coming to UC Davis Stores, and managers think it could create more buzz than the Boonta Eve Classic podrace. The bookstore’s Memorial Union location and the TechHub are now stocking a line of Star Wars merchandise, including apparel with UC Davis branding. …