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Fix 50 and UC Davis: Resources

Committees on the Davis and Sacramento campuses are urging everyone to prepare for what Caltrans estimates will be one-hour traffic delays during the U.S. 50 rehabilitation project in downtown Sacramento, now scheduled from April 22 to June 25. Here are resources to help us make it through.


UPDATED: Provost's Forum April 22, Chancellor's Colloquium May 1

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter’s next forum (April 22) will address “Universities and Regional Growth,” while Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi’s next colloquium (May 1) will feature USC Professor Henry Jenkins, addressing “Democracy and Diversity in the Era of Spreadable Media.” Both programs are free and open to the public.


UPDATED: $3 Amtrak tickets, free Unitrans during Fix 50

Graphic: Fix50.com logo, with traffic cone

New information from the Yolo County Transportation District indicates that the district-sponsored Amtrak tickets — selling at the discounted price of $3 each — will be good all during Fix 50, not just Stage 1, as the district announced previously. Also, Unitrans will be free for everyone (during Stage 1).


Chancellor announces details on 3 percent raises

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has announced the campus will give 3 percent pay raises across the board to nonrepresented, career employees, with some exceptions, for 2014-15. The raises come at an opportune time — considering employees will be contributing 1.5 percent more to the UC Retirement Plan starting the second half of this year.


LAURELS: Nash Prize winner Bisson, Distinguished Emeritus Cahill

Photo: Professor Linda Bisson

Linda Bisson, three-time chair of the Academic Senate, has been selected to receive the 2014 Charles P. Nash Prize, honoring a faculty member who epitomizes Nash’s commitment to shared governance, and his advocacy on behalf of faculty interests and welfare. ... The Emeriti Association presents its 2014 Distinguished Emeritus Award to Thomas Cahill, atmospheric scientist. ... Plus, two new fellows and an “influential” paper from the first 25 years of the journal Behavioral Ecology.


NEWS BRIEFS: IET recommends Kerberos passphrase change

IET leader says "we have moved swiftly to remediate the risk (from the Heartbleed bug) at UC Davis, to the point that we can now recommend you change your Kerberos passphrase to minimize risks to you and to the community." ... Plus, tickets are on sale for Soaring to New Heights, a staff and faculty event held annually in celebration of diversity and the Principles of Community and more. ... Kidney transplant surgeries go well in Boston, for UC Davis' Mike Sheehan (the donor) and his college buddy Brad Vernet. ... Assembly bill seeks to lower the legal drinking age, err, tasting age, for winemaking and brewing science students. ... UC is proposing to extend a policy under which the university provides supplemental pay to eligible academic and staff employees when they go on active duty in the military.


Here's what on the Mondavi Center's mind for 2014-15

Photo: Dancer in Akram Khan's iTMOi

The Mondavi Center’s next season includes the U.S. premiere of iTMOi (In the Mind of Igor), a dance theater work imagining the composer Stravinsky's state of mind as he created The Rite of Spring; first visits by the London Symphony and the Seoul Philharmonic; well-known names like Dr. John and David Sedaris; and the return of old friends Lang Lang and Itzhak Perlman. Subscription sales are underway, and all faculty-staff-student discounts remain in place.


UPDATED: Old friend helps Brad and others find kidneys

Photo: Mike Sheehan

Mike Sheehan reports in: “The surgeries went very well with Brad having an immediately positive response to his new but slightly used kidney. I was released yesterday and I'm doing well. Brad is expected to be released tomorrow.” Sheehan, director of Facilities Services in Student Housing, and Vernet are college buddies. "This story isn't about me," Sheehan is quick to say. It's about the opportunity others may have to help people who need kidneys: family member, friend or stranger, near or far.


Ride a bike! Take your kids to work! Stop and smell the roses!

Take a bicycle ride in the arboretum, take your daughters and sons to work, or take a look at all those roses (eight acres in all)! Or do all three! And here’s something else you can take: the annual UC Davis Mind Body Wellness Challenge, for students, faculty, staff and retirees.


See if you can ‘Be a Match’ for postdoc with leukemia

Photo: Chao Wei Yu

Chao Wei Yu, who earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. at UC Davis and who now does research here as a post-doctoral scholar, has acute myeloid leukemia — and a search is on for a donor whose stem cells could be used for transplant into Yu’s bone marrow. Tissue samples — by way of a simple swab of the inside of the cheek — will be collected during next week's regularly scheduled, two-day Blood and Marrow Drive on the Quad, and the week after during a two-day collection run by the Asian American Donor Program.


KDVS at 50: Asking for quarters and more during annual fundraiser

Graphic: KDVS logo (cropped), man holding a baton, and he has a turntable on top of his head

“Watson! Come here! I need a quarter!” With those words, KDVS radio hit the airwaves (at 880 AM) for the first time, 50 years ago, broadcast from the now defunct Beckett Hall dorms. Now, many watts later, KDVS is "celebrating 50 years of homegrown radio" during the station's annual fundraiser. You can listen to the fundraiser on the air and online from Monday through Sunday, April 21-27.


Provost seeks input on establishment of global centers

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter is requesting comments on a draft white paper that provides background information and poses questions regarding the establishment of one or more UC Davis Global Centers.


New and expanded shuttle service during Fix 50

Graphic: Fix 50 logo

Fix 50 is two weeks away. Do you have a plan? Here are some transit options that may help. They include more shuttle runs between the Davis and Sacramento campuses (and free rides all during Fix 50); and a new shuttle service, "Last Mile, First Mile," between the Sacramento campus and downtown Sacramento. Davis campus employees can park on the Sacramento campus and ride the shuttle to get to and from the Amtrak depot.


NEWS BRIEFS: President Napolitano plans online chat with staff

UC President Janet Napolitano invites staff from around the system to join her in a Web chat from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. ... Plus, three more workshops on the topic of collaboration. ... Umbilical cord blood collection program begins. ... New UCDHS marketing campaign highlights inspirational patients. ... Rec Pool’s season opener this Sunday.