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Chemistry Discovery Complex in the works

Building plans are due in a year, and a task force will soon start developing a programming plan, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi says. “I cannot think of a more valuable investment than in buildings that will grow knowledge and drive discovery in disciplines based on chemistry.” …


Nash Prize goes to Eric Schroeder

Photo: Eric Schroeder mugshot

Eric Schroeder, writing instructor and Summer Abroad director, is the recipient of this year's 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. All of Schroeder's nominators noted how well he navigated the faculty waters, between the his own Academic Federation and the Academic Senate — whether mentoring faculty in writing or recruiting them to lead Study Abroad programs, or working with English department leaders when he served as the director of the Composition Program. …


Senate-federation awards program and lecture

An awards program and reception will be held Tuesday, May 5, for Academic Senate and Academic Federation members who are being honored by their respective organizations for achievement in teaching and research. The program will include music professor Anna Maria Busse-Berger ‘s talk, “In Search of Medieval Music in Africa,” as the recipient of the Faculty Research Lecture Award. …


New voice-mail service and guest wireless access

The Davis campus is getting a new central voice-mail service, and users are advised to set up their new accounts starting Monday (April 27). Also, the new wireless service ucd-guest is being rolled out to the entire Davis campus, offering simpler Internet access for visitors. At the same time, moobilenet will be retired. …


NEWS BRIEFS: LinkedIn goes ‘IRL’ on campus tonight

LinkedIn goes “IRL” (in real life) at UC Davis tonight (April 21) at a free event for students and alumni, offering them tips on improving their LinkedIn profiles and job interview skills. Plus ... David Snyder, convicted on explosives and weapons charges, has been ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution to Tandem Properties and UC Davis. ... The UC President’s Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Program will continue in 2015-16 and 2016-17, and the awards will be higher: $4,000. ... The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has been named to one of Stand Up to Cancer's "Dream Teams," this one given $20 million to fight the No. 1 cancer killer in America: lung cancer. …


Student speaker at TEDxUCDavis works to bring glasses to the masses

A photo of Rose Truong with VisionFinder.

The fifth annual TEDxUCDavis goes "Beyond the Conversation” this Sunday (April 26), inspiring people to take action. Speakers include a student who will describe an optometric device she developed with three classmates, offering a simpler, cheaper way to prescribe eyeglasses in developing countries. …


Principles of Community ready for reaffirmation

After months of review, and input from the campus community, a committee of faculty, staff and students has completed its review of the 25-year-old Principles of Community, made modifications — and put forth the document for reaffirmation next week. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will sign first at the ceremony from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 28), open to all. …


Students gotta move, cars and trucks not so much

New restrictions on traffic in the campus core are set to take effect Monday (April 27), furthering efforts to reduce the risk of vehicle versus pedestrian-bicyclist accidents. The campus will extend the operating hours for gates that limit access, and will lock them at more times during the day. In addition, the campus announced stricter enforcement of the rules -- including one that says vehicles must sit still during lockdowns (which coincide with class breaks). …


Police Accountability Board to hold public meeting

he Police Accountability Board will hold its quarterly public meeting from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. this Wednesday (April 22) in MU II, Memorial Union. The independent board holds one public meeting in each quarter of the regular academic year. Each public session starts with board member introductions, and information about the board's purpose and how complaints can be filed. Then the board takes general comments and questions. …


NEWS BRIEFS: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

UC Davis marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a number of activities, including Take Back the Night (April 21) and Denim Day (April 29). Plus ... The Police Accountability Board will hold its quarterly public meeting next week. ... Vice Chancellor and Dean Julie Freischlag participates in a White House discussion on educating tomorrow’s health leaders about the impacts of climate change on human health. ... A town hall is set for this Thursday (April 16) on the Sacramento campus discuss the university’s effort to establish a School of Population and Global Health. ... Temporary assignments are coming to an end for Karl Mohr and Bob Loessberg-Zahl in Campus Facilities, Planning and Safety, and the Office of the Provost.the Provost, …


Turning a mess into olive oil success

Photo: 4 bottles of UC Davis Olive Oil, vintage 2013

UC Davis Olive Oil celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend -- selling at Picnic Day for the special price of $10 a bottle. Read how we turned a slippery mess into the campus's quintessential souvenir (50,000 bottles sold), and how we've gone far beyond harvesting and processing, to important research at our world-renowned Olive Center. …


Academic Senate names teaching award recipients

The Davis Division of the Academic Senate has announced its distinguished teaching honorees for 2014-15: Undergraduate teaching -- Russell Hovey, animal science; Kristin Lagattuta, psychology; and Clarence Walker, history. Graduate-professional teaching -- Margaret Ferguson, English; John Labavitch, plant sciences; and Truman Young, plant sciences. …


WarnMe system expanded; test set for Thursday

Graphic: WarnMe logo,

Safety officials announced a test of the WarnMe and Aggie Alert system, this Thursday (April 16), and said registration is no longer limited to students, staff and faculty. WarnMe and Aggie Alert text messages will now go to parents, employees’ family members, campus neighbors and others who sign up via the community registration page. …


PLAN AHEAD: Take your children to work; soar to new heights

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is Thursday, April 23. Most events have no preregistration -- but there are some that do, and your opportunity for online registration for those activities will be from Friday through Monday (April 17-20). ... Tickets are on sale for the 25th annual Soaring to New Heights, Thursday, May 14, a luncheon event where staff and faculty come together to celebrate diversity and the Principles of Community and more at UC Davis. …