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Transit survey: 47 percent ride bikes to campus

Graphic: Pie chart showing 47 percent bicycling share

UC Davis students, staff and faculty continue to ride circles around a consultant who doubted if the university could get more people to bike to and from campus. In fact, the annual Campus Travel Survey, conducted by TAPS and the Institute of Transportation Studies, has shown a 9 percentage-point increase in the number of Aggies on bikes since the first survey in 2007. The number climbed 3 percentage points from 44 percent in the 2012-13 survey to 47 percent in the 2013-14 survey, for which the data just came out.


6 UC Davis professors in newest class of AAAS fellows

Graphic: AAAS logo

Andreas Albrecht (physics), Xinbin Chen (veterinary oncologist, School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine), Gino Cortopassi (molecular biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine), Michael J. Leibowitz (medical microbiology and immunology), Deb Niemeier (civil and environmental engineering) and Diane Ullman (entomology) join 146 other UC Davis faculty members who have been elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


NEWS BRIEFS: MU bus terminal’s ‘Opening Celebration’

Photo: Electronic signboard on front of Unitrans bus, reads

Jump on Unitrans next Tuesday, Dec. 2, and ride to the Memorial Union Terminal — or walk over! — to celebrate the terminal’s recently completed renovation. Plus ... One more Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship, for a graduate student working with Agriculture and Natural Resources. ... Enrollment is open until Dec. 12 for the Leadership Challenge Development Program, based on the “Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.”


Here's a rundown on holiday helping


Mail Services personnel ran around the Davis campus collecting food for three weeks this month and brought in a record 2,545 pounds in the ninth annual Mail Services Holiday Food Drive. Now, everyone’s invited to run with Team Physics in another food bank benefit! And we know of some dogs and cats that need our help, too.


Chancellor’s Colloquium: ‘Rethinking the Ph.D. in the Humanities’

Photo: Russell Berman

Russell Berman, Stanford professor of comparative literature and German studies. is Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi’s guest next Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series. Berman’s topic: “Rethinking the Ph.D. in the Humanities.” RSVPs are requested.


Chancellor Emeritus Birgeneau speaks at UC Center Sacramento

Photo: Robert Birgeneau

UC Center Sacramento celebrates its 10th anniversary next week with a talk by UC Berkeley Chancellor Emeritus Robert Birgeneau: “Public Higher Education, Income Inequality and the Future of America.” Birgeneau’s talk is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Advance registration is requested.


It's simple physics: Turkey Day run helps the food bank!


Physics faculty are participating in the sixth annual Running of the Turkeys — a Thanksgiving Day benefit — and inviting other people in the campus community to join in. Professor Lloyd Knox said everyone’s welcome to join Team Physics, or you can run (or walk) with another team or as an individual. However you do it, you’ll be helping the Yolo Food Bank.


Meyer award to be presented to entomologist Flint

Photo: Mary Louise Flint

“We are fortunate that she chose to spend her career here at UC Davis. Her name is synonymous with IPM (integrated pest management), pest control alternatives and public service, not just in California and the United States, but worldwide,” Professor Michael Parrella says of entomologist Mary Louise Flint, recipient of the Academic Federation’s 2014 James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award for careerlong contributions to the university’s mission.


NEWS BRIEFS: Mail Services food drive ends Friday

The Mail Services Holiday Food Drive ends this Friday (Nov. 21); leave your donations with your outgoing mail, and mail personnel will do the rest! ... Gov. Brown appoints Long Beach City College Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley and former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez to the Board of Regents. ... The UC Davis Medical Center is preparing to screen seniors on Medicare who meet the criteria for lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography.


OPEN ENROLLMENT: 1 week to go!


Open enrollment has one week to go — until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. Among your choices: Transfer to a different medical or dental plan, increase your waiting period (and premium cost) for supplemental disability insurance (for people who are now signed up for seven- or 30-day waiting periods), and enroll in flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care expenses (these accounts do not renew automatically). There's lots of help available online: medical plan overview (in slides and streaming video), and short videos from UCOP.


Orders due for fall commencement regalia

Orders are due by this Friday (Nov. 21) for loaner academic attire for fall commencement! The regalia — caps, gowns (M.D., Ph.D., Master and Bachelor), tassels and UC doctoral hoods — is provided at no charge. If you need a non-UC Ph.D. hood, you can order one through the bookstore, but at this time, you will have to pay $20 for a rush order on top of the $30 rental fee.


'IndiVisible': Exhibition, film and symposium

A mostly unknown group of Americans — those of African-American and Native American heritage — are the subject of a film screening and symposium this Thursday and Friday (Nov. 13-14). There’s an exhibition, too, from the Smithsonian Institution; the exhibition’s official launch is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Cross Cultural Center.


LAURELS: Historian Mann earns lifetime achievement award

Photo: Professor Emerita Susan Mann

Emerita Susan Mann, a historian of women and gender in late imperial and early modern China, will receive the American Historical Association’s Award for Scholarly Distinction. ... Plus, honors Patrick Brown, Ken Shackel, Jan Hopmans and Larry Schwankl (microirrigation); Charles Fadley (physics); Jesus De Loera and Arthur J. Krener (math); and Trevor Suslow (plant sciences). … And the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences presents its Awards of Distinction for 2014.


Strategic Planning Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

We’ve had the UC-wide Campus Community Survey; a Staff Assembly survey that touched on campus climate; a series of Diversity Dialogues on Graduate Education; and the COACHE Survey (Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education), administered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Now, the Strategic Planning Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is working on “a coordinated and more effective response to all of this valuable feedback,” said Rahim Reed, associate executive vice chancellor in charge of Campus Community Relations, who is a member of the committee.