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Ground spraying tonight for mosquitoes at campus's southwest corner

Ground spraying for mosquitoes is planned tonight (July 23) in UC Davis’ southwest corner, along the arboretum waterway west of Putah Creek Lodge Drive. The spraying, aimed at killing adult mosquitoes that may be carrying the West Nile virus, is scheduled between 8:45 and 11 p.m. Campus officials said people, if they had planned to be in the area — say for a walk along the waterway — should relocate their activities.


Diplomas all around for professor and sons

Photo: Professor J. Edward Taylor

Professor J. Edward Taylor and his two sons all walked away with diplomas from a high school graduation last month. First across the stage at the Mentoring Academy in Oakland: Julian Fletcher-Taylor, 18. Then came his brother, 22-year-old Sebastian, who works in a UC Davis research lab, but got there without a high school diploma. And, finally, their dad, the professor — who didn’t have one, either.


NEWS BRIEFS: Ombuds office releases first annual report

The ombuds report comprises basic demographics on the 267 individuals and groups who visited the office, along with information on the nature of the issues the visitors raised, and recommendations to address what the ombuds office observed as systemic issues. ... Rodney Davis, a past president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and a former trustee of the UC Davis Foundation, has taken a seat on the UC Board of Regents. ... Campus email migration is underway, primarily to DavisMail, uConnect Cloud or uConnect Local. ... Departments and units with UC Ready plans in progress or completed are encouraged to participate in a tabletop exercise on Friday, Aug. 15. ... "Fix 50" lasted two months; repaving on eastbound Interstate 80 in north Sacramento will take a year.


Governor signs ‘sip and spit’ bill

"Making good wine and beer requires attention to detail, and that means tasting the product from start to finish to make sure the fermentation and aging are going in the right direction," says Professor Andrew Waterhouse, happy now that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the so-called sip-and-spit legislation under which 18-, 19- and 20-year-old wine and beer production students can taste — but not consume — what they’re making and studying.


Gibeling to step down as Graduate Education leader

Photo: Vice Provost and Dean Jeff Gibeling

Jeff Gibeling announced last week that he will step down as vice provost of Graduate Education and dean of Graduate Studies next June, at the end of his latest five-year term. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter shared the news in a letter to the Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors: “On behalf of the entire UC Davis community, we write to express our sincere gratitude for his service to the enterprise of graduate education at UC Davis, not only as dean, but previously as chair of Graduate Council.”


TRAINING: 'Stay Day' and Management Skills Assessment Program

Student Affairs has organized Stay Day 2014: Passion for Life, Education and Service -- a free conference, on campus, as an opportunity for staff members to explore how they can better serve students. ... Application time is here for UC's annual Management Skills Assessment Program, designed to assess the management skills of high potential, early career supervisors, managers and professionals for future leadership opportunities.


Campus exercises option to get water from river project

UC Davis is exercising its option to receive water from the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Project, whereby the cities are supplementing their wells with water drawn from the Sacramento River.


APPOINTMENTS: Delany, Traxler, Frasier, Kirk Holland

Mary Delany has moved up from associate dean to executive associate dean in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. … Vice Provost Carolyn de la Peña announced two appointments in the Office of Undergraduate Education: psychology professor Matt Traxler, interim associate vice provost; and Helen Schurke Frasier, assistant vice provost. ... Marcie Kirk Holland has been named the first permanent, full-time, staff-level director at the Internship and Career Center, where she has worked for 22 years.


UC Davis alumnus takes seat on Board of Regents

Photo: Rodney Davis

Rodney Davis, a past president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and a former trustee of the UC Davis Foundation, has taken a seat on the UC Board of Regents, to serve as an alumni regent-designate for a year and then as an alumni regent with voting rights through June 30, 2016. Also, Ramak Siadatan, vice president of the CAAA board of directors for the last two years, has moved up to president for 2014-16, and Debby Stegura has been elected to replace him as vice president and president-elect.


UC offers Management Skills Assessment Program

Applications are being taken for UC’s annual Management Skills Assessment Program, designed to assess the management skills of high potential, early career supervisors, managers and professionals for future leadership opportunities at UC. UC Davis is seeking applicants to fill seven slots: four for campus and three for for the health system.


PUBLIC ART x 2: What the world is made of

UC Davis and the city of Davis are giving people two new ways to see the world, what it's made of — including iron, in the form of used shovel heads! These new views are in works of public art: Elements of Life in the new plaza in front of Rock Hall, and a vine-inspired sculpture at the east end of the arboretum. The sculpture, with leaves made from shovel heads, will be dedicated this Sunday afternoon (Oct. 27).


UPDATED LAURELS: ASUCD honors faculty members' excellence

The ASUCD recently presented its 2013-14 Excellence in Education Awards, one in each undergraduate college, plus educator of the year: Rebekka Andersen, an assistant professor in the University Writing Program. … Plus, honors for Professor Emeritus Cruz Reynoso, School of Law, and re-election for the law school dean, Kevin R. Johnson. … Professor Zhe Chen of the Department of Human Ecology has been named to the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Scientific Review Board. … And the Graduate School of Management’s MBA student recruitment brochures are CASE winners — again!


Committees named for vision update and possible 3rd campus

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has appointed two committees, one to craft an update of the Vision of Excellence and the other an advisory group for a possible new campus in the Sacramento area.


Viji Murali named CIO and vice provost of IET

Photo: Viji Murali

Viji Murali, an IT veteran in higher education, has been named UC Davis’ chief information officer and vice provost of Information and Educational Technology. Murali is coming to UC Davis from Washington State University, where, since 2007, she has served as vice president for Information Services and CIO for the WSU system (including the main campus in Pullman and three urban campuses), and WSU Online, total enrollment more than 27,000.