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3.24.2015

Spring series: UC past, present and future

Professors Jim Chalfant and Bob Powell, long active in UC’s shared governance, are organizing a spring seminar series, “California’s Research University: The UC System Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” The series is scheduled to begin Monday (March 30) as part of the First-Year Seminar Program (formerly Freshman Seminar Program), but everyone is invited to attend. …

3.24.2015

Staff engagement: Follow-up survey coming soon

A follow-up survey on staff engagement is going out next week to a random sample of nonrepresented employees around the UC system. Email invites will come from Towers Watson, the company that is conducting the survey for UC. …

3.24.2015

College of Engineering enlists with Obama on 'Grand Challenges'

The College of Engineering joined 121 other U.S. engineering schools this week in presenting a joint letter of commitment to President Obama, answering his call to lead the way in addressing 21st-century “Grand Challenges.” …

3.24.2015

NEWS BRIEFS: Construction crews occupy the MU

The spring break lull has fallen over campus — everywhere except for the Memorial Union, where construction crews are filling in for the absent students. Plus ... The Ombuds Office offers help with conflict resolution. ... Emeritus President Peltason dies at 91. …

3.17.2015

LAURELS: Music award, opera premiere for composer Rohde

Mugshot: Kurt Rohde

The month of March is sounding pretty good to composer Kurt Rohde, a professor in the Department of Music. First he learned he’s the recipient of a music award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and later this week his first opera, Death with Interruptions, will have its premiere performances. Plus ... honors for the Center for Regional Change and its director, Jonathan London, and these other professors: David Horton (law), Jesus de Loera (mathematics), Chen-Nee Huah (electrical and computer engineering), and Dan Gusfield and Karl Levitt (computer science). ... Barbara Allen-Diaz, vice president of UC Agriculture and Natural resources, also receives an award. …

3.17.2015

Achievements in diversity and community

One works with future doctors and nurses; others work with grade-schoolers; underrepresented groups in STEM; and undocumented students and other marginalized communities and vulnerable populations. They are this year’s recipients of the Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community. …

3.17.2015

Out with games (for $35,164), in with e-waste (for free)

Photo: Spider-Man pinball machine signage (cropped)

Aggie Surplus sells off 29 of the Memorial Union's arcade games and billiards tables for $35,164 in preparation for the MU renewal project that includes a revamping of the basement, including the Games Area. Sale proceeds in part will pay for console-based gaming to replace pinball and other arcade attractions like “The Fast and the Furious Super Bikes." ... Today, Aggie Surplus is collecting e-waste for free, from campus units only. …

3.17.2015

Museum's last beam signed, sealed, delivered

Photo: Signatures on beam, close-up

About 250 people attend the “topping out” ceremony for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, with many of them signing a steel beam and then seeing it hoisted into place where it will be visible when the museum is completed. …

3.17.2015

NEWS BRIEFS: UC Davis in top 50 worldwide for reputation

The good rankings keep on coming! UC Davis is 44th in Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings 2015, released March 11. Plus ... The Shared Services Centers welcomes the campus community to an open house next week. ... The deadline is Friday (March 20) for a short, online survey on the university’s smoke- and tobacco-free policy. ... The UC Davis Health System’s “Inspire” marketing campaign entered its third and final phase on March 15. …

3.17.2015

Robots put to test in 'Recycle Rush' at ARC Pavilion

Logo: FIRST Robotics (cropped)

The FIRST Robotics Sacramento Regional competition returns to The Pavilion at the ARC, Thursday through Saturday (March 19-21). Admission is free and all are welcome to catch the excitement and …

3.12.2015

UC Davis in top 50 worldwide for reputation

The good rankings keep on coming! UC Davis is 44th in Times Higher Education's World Reputation Rankings 2015, released Wednesday (March 11). The news comes one day after U.S. News & World Report ranked the School of Veterinary Medicine as the No. 1 vet school in the country. …

3.10.2015

He's a K-9 officer and campus pet: He's Charlie!

Police K-9 Charlie and student Rosalyn Lam.

Charlie, a 2½-year-old Labrador/border collie mix, has two jobs with the campus Police Department: sniff out explosives and make friends with students. He's the first K-9 here since 2009. “Since UC Davis is known for its veterinary school, it only makes sense that we would have a K-9 on campus,” Chief Matt Carmichael says. “Charlie gives us a great opportunity to build relationships with students, too.” …

3.10.2015

Policy briefing on improved health for farmworkers and families

UC Davis’ Marc Schenker is due to participate March 17 in the unveiling of policy recommendations to improve the health of California farmworkers and their families. Schenker, a distinguished professor of public health sciences and medicine, and co-director of the UC Global Health Initiative’s Center of Expertise on Migration and Health, says: “A variety of social, economic and political factors have converged to create a uniquely opportune moment to take action and improve the health of farmworkers and their families." …

3.10.2015

Town hall on proposed School of Population and Global Health

A town hall meeting next week on the Davis campus is the next step in an effort to establish a School of Population and Global Health. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi launched the project last year in a strategy to better address health challenges in a world that is growing increasingly crowded and more connected (allowing for the spread of disease), and where climate and other environmental changes can be complicating factors. …