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Grateful UC Davis Eye Center patient donates $1.5 million

Photo: Ernest Tschannen

Grateful for the UC Davis Eye Center's work and the results of his glaucoma surgery there, Ernest Tschannen has donated $1.5 million to UC Davis to advance research on the optic nerve and to help find a cure for glaucoma and other eye diseases.


Law professor's TEDx talk garners 600,000-plus views

Photo; Professor Karima Bennoune

In March, in Northcott Theatre in Exeter, England, a full house of 460 people heard UC Davis law professor Karima Bennoune’s TEDx talk on Muslim fundamentalism. Since then, the video of her talk — posted online by TEDxExeter and ultimately chosen to be a front-page feature on TED.com — has become a viral sensation: amassing more than 630,000 views.


Global Forums with Humphrey Fellows, July 30 and Aug. 7

Public forums with Humphrey Fellows from around the world are scheduled this week and next week, giving the fellows the opportunity to introduce themselves and their research topics. The fellows are at UC Davis for preacademic orientation and training, provided by UC Davis Extension, before beginning their yearlong fellowships at universities around the United States.


NEWS BRIEFS: Student discards go to Goodwill, not landfill

What happens to all the stuff UC Davis students haul into their residence halls during the year? Most of the usable stuff goes to charity — a record 16,840 pounds in this year’s collection, “Goodwill not Landfill,” nearly twice as much as last year. ... The Office of Undergraduate Education and most of its student-serving units are in temporary quarters in Haring Hall (first floor) for the summer and part of the fall. ... Training opportunities: "Stay Day" for staff who work directly with students, and the Management Skills Assessment Program. ... Campus departments and units with UC Ready plans in progress or completed are encouraged to participate in a tabletop exercise on Friday, Aug. 15. ... Entomology professor Bruce Hammock’s “water warriors” turned into “drought-conscious water warriors” for their annual water balloon fight on the Briggs Hall lawn.


SUMMER DIVERSIONS: Massage, family concert, Tahoe trek

Faculty and staff are welcome to use the same massage service that students use. ... Everyone’s invited to free concert and Kids Zone on the Sacramento campus, Aug. 7. ... The 15th annual Children’s Environmental Science Day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, which includes UC Davis’ Tahoe Environmental Research Center.


TAPS announces increases in daily parking rate, fines

The fee for visitor parking on the Davis campus goes up to $9 for a daily permit, a $1 increase, effective Friday (Aug. 1). Other permit rates will stay the same. Transportation and Parking Services, or TAPS, also announced a $5 increase for parking citations, effective Aug. 1. This will boost the fine for most violations to $50 (including a state-mandated surcharge for courthouse construction).


More mosquito spraying tonight in campus's southwest corner

Tonight (July 25), for the second time this week, the Sacramento-Yolo mosquito control district will conduct ground spraying in the campus’s southwest corner, in the fight against West Nile virus. The spray zone lies along the arboretum waterway west of Putah Creek Lodge Drive and south of Garrod Drive (and the Health Sciences District). The spraying is scheduled from 9 to 11 p.m., and campus officials are advising people to stay out of the area.


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.