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1.27.2015

‘Huck’ and ‘Tom’ float old dock to removal

The arboretum waterway may not have much in common with the Mississippi River, but don’t tell that to two staff members who got to play Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer earlier this month, poling their way down the UC Davis channel. Cliff Contreras and Matt Hayes rode atop an old boat dock that had become rickety and dangerous, and had to be removed. Archive photos show sailboats that used to launch off the dock. …

1.27.2015

Violence prevention office carries on as CARE

UC Davis’ well-established victim advocacy program will get a new name, Center for Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE): Advocate Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Assault, and a new administrative home at the end of this month, as the UC Office of the President implements a comprehensive, systemwide approach to addressing sexual violence. …

1.27.2015

Let's get our red on for Feb. 6

Graphic: Heart logo (white) on red shirts (cropped)

No time like the present to start gearing up for the second annual UC Davis Wears Red Day (Feb. 6). And, by gearing up, we mean wearing red, of course! Like a special-edition T-shirt with a new design to symbolize the day’s purpose: heart health awareness. Two dollars from every sale goes to the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program. …

1.27.2015

Mark the date, Jan. 26: Shapiro nets his butterfly

Professor Art Shapiro’s annual beer-for-a-butterfly hunt ended Monday (Jan. 26), later than he expected but still with another early catch — and another win for him. Shapiro's been running the contest to find the first cabbage white butterfly of the year — to aid his research on biological response to climate change — for 43 years. He's lost only three times. …

1.27.2015

Apply to be staff adviser to regents

Applications to be staff adviser to the UC Board of Regents are now being accepted. The staff adviser program allows for two staff or academic employees (non-Academic Senate members) to participate in open sessions of the Board of Regents as well as designated committees of the board. The staff advisers bring the voice and perspective of staff and nonsenate academic employees to board deliberations. Staff advisers serve for two years, the first as staff adviser-designate and the next as staff adviser. …

1.27.2015

NEWS BRIEFS: HR provides Blue Shield-Sutter update

Amid press release, emails and other communications from Blue Shield of California and the Sutter Health Network, UC Davis Human Resources says "there has not been an agreement reached ... but there is optimism in knowing that negotiations are ongoing, and both sides are seeking to ensure that members have uninterrupted access to quality medical care." Plus ... The Police Accountability Board meets Wednesday night (Jan. 28). ... Professor Art Shapiro wins his annual beer-for-a-butterfly contest yet again! ... The UC Learning Center will be temporarily unavailable, Jan. 29-Feb. 4, for system upgrades. ... If all goes according to plan, the campus post office will reopen this week, perhaps on Wednesday (Jan. 28). ... Officials are inspecting the wiring in all greenhouses after the state fire marshal’s office confirmed an electrical short sparked a Jan. 21 fire in Greenhouse 615. …

1.27.2015

UC Davis: 'University of the 21st Century'

In a message to faculty, staff and students last week, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi invited the entire campus community to participate in a broad dialogue to envision UC Davis as a university that transforms itself, building on its unique capacity to lead the way in higher education in the 21st century. …

1.26.2015

TRANSITION: Hopmans named associate VP in Global Affairs

Photo: Jan W. Hopmans mugshot

Interim Vice Provost Adrienne L. Martín announced the appointment of Jan W. Hopmans, former associate dean in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, as associate vice provost in the Office of Global Affairs. He succeeds Martín, who moved up to interim vice provost last July in the office formerly called University Outreach and International Programs. …

1.23.2015

V-Day brings 'The Vagina Monologues' and 'OurStories'

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UC Davis observes V-Day this year with performances of The Vagina Monologues (by School of Medicine students, staff and faculty) and Vagina: OurStories, organized annually by the Women's Resources and Research Center as a localized take on the award-winning Monologues play. Proceeds from all performances will go to organizations local and international that strive to end violence against women and girls, the focus of the global V-Day movement. …

1.21.2015

UPDATED: Be part of the heart on UC Davis Wears Red Day

Graphic: 2015 UC Davis Wears Red Day heart logo, white outline on red shirt (cropped)

The beat goes on for heart health at UC Davis, especially in February — National Heart Month — when, for the second year in a row, we will wear red T-shirts and gather on an IM field to form a giant heart. About 2,500 people — students, staff, faculty and community members — turned out for last year’s inaugural heart formation, an impressive showing despite the day’s rainfall. The organizers are hoping to see even more people this year — Friday, Feb. 6 — for the heart formation and the accompanying Battle Heart Disease Fair. …

1.21.2015

Greenhouse and tomato research burned by fire Wednesday

A fire damaged a greenhouse and the research project inside Wednesday morning. Campus and city firefighters got the call around 8:15 for the fire in Greenhouse 615 off Orchard Park Drive, west of La Rue Road and the Activities and Recreation Center. …

1.21.2015

Post office to reopen in temporary location next week

This temporary trailer near Wickson Hall will house Campus Copies and the post office while the Memorial Union is under construction.

Aggies still have to travel off campus to do business with the Postal Service, but that should end soon. Officials say the campus post office will reopen next week in a trailer near Wickson Hall, several weeks after it and Campus Copies moved out of the Memorial Union to make room for construction there. …

1.20.2015

LEARN: Social media for faculty; ’10 Things’ about engineering

A lunchtime panel discussion on social media is set for Jan. 28 for faculty and researchers, to help them inform, inspire and interact with targeted audiences via Twitter, Facebook and blogs. … Distinguished Professor Emeritus James Shackelford is going online to share “10 Things Engineers Should Know About Materials Science.” It is a free course for engineers and engineering students. …

1.20.2015

LAURELS: Distinguished Emeritus and Dickson Professorships

Photo: Robbin Thorp mugshot

The Emeriti Association recently announced its selection of native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp to receive the 2015 Distinguished Emeritus Award. The association also has bestowed four Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorships: Dan Anderson, wildlife, fish and conservation biology; Hugh Dingle, entomology; Martha Macri, Native American studies; and Peter Schiffman, Earth and planetary sciences. Plus … honors for Professor Dan Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies; Jenny Kaminer, assistant professor of Russian; Professor Michael Maher, Graduate School of Management; and Carmia Feldman, assistant director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. [More …] …