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3.3.2015

Greenhouse gases: Much accomplished, much to do

Photo illustration: Solar farm superimposed on UC Davis property, looking east into the sunrise

Take a bow for all you’ve contributed to UC Davis’ latest strides in sustainability. Then, get ready to roll up your sleeves again. Bigger challenges lie ahead: net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from campus activities, buildings and vehicles by 2025. …

3.3.2015

Chancellor addresses Academic Senate

Mugshot: Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

As part of her State of the Campus presentation last week, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi announces the Endowed Faculty Leadership Initiative to add 25 chairs and professorships, and outlines the new Financial Sustainability Action Plan, under which the university is setting aside new, annual recurring funds -- through savings and new revenue -- for reinvestment in the academic enterprise. …

3.3.2015

Post office reopens, 'game over' for arcade

Photo of arcade games in the Memorial Union.

The campus post office is open -- finally -- in a trailer across from the Memorial Union. Arcade games and pool tables go on sale Wednesday morning at Aggie Surplus. And the east wing is being prepped as a temporary home for the bookstore. All this to make way for the MU renewal project, which officially starts March 23, the first day of spring quarter. …

3.3.2015

NEWS BRIEFS: Career Development Resource Showcase

Registration is open for workshops that will be part of the Career Development Resource Showcase, scheduled from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. ... Data Center gives new meaning to "fast." ... No other UC campus beats ours for the number Nissan all-electric cars that employees have purchased with a special discount. ... UC Davis Extension is looking for "clients" to receive free life coaching from students in a certificate program. …

3.2.2015

LAURELS: Horwitz receives AAAS Lifetime Mentor Award

Photo: Barbara Horwitz mugshot

The American Association for the Advancement of Science presents its Lifetime Mentor Award to Professor Barbara Horwitz. … Professor Yiyun Li has moved from the "long list" of 19 semifinalists to the "short list" of six finalists for one of the world's top literary prizes, for her short story A Sheltered Woman. ... Plus, honors for Rich Frank, recognized by California Lawyer magazine as a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year; David Mills and Steven McSorley, new fellows of the American Society of Microbiology; William Reisen and Eric Mussen, entomologists. …

3.2.2015

Senate chair urges constructive dialogues

Addressing recent events impacting our campus community, Academic Senate Chair Andre Knosen tells a faculty meeting: “More so than ever … we have a collective responsibility to create a productive learning environment to teach students how to engage in constructive dialogues involving challenging topics. And our faculty are doing that.” …

2.24.2015

PRINCIPLES OF COMMUNITY: Forums, film, dialogue

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Starting today (Feb. 24) and extending through Principles of Community Week (March 2-6), faculty, staff and students are invited to forums where a committee will present a draft revision aimed at keeping the 25-year-old principles relevant today and into the future. POC Week also includes a colloquium on “Beyond Unconscious Bias” (March 3); the UndocuAlly Program for Educators (March 4); and the documentary film Facing Fear, followed by a dialogue. …

2.24.2015

NEWS BRIEFS: Dean Dillard joins McNamara on state ag board

Logo: Peace Corps logo

Gov. Jerry Brown reappoints UC Davis alumnus Craig McNamara as president of the state Board of Food and Agriculture and names another Aggie to a seat on the board: Helene Dillard, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Plus ... UC Davis makes the top 25 again in number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers: 41 during the one-year period ending Sept. 30, 2014. ... Wondering if your UC Retirement Plan contribution rate is going up July 1? No, says a memo from UC Human Resources. ... The state-funded Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program, managed by UC Davis and based on the Sacramento campus, provides high-quality, research-grade cord blood units to qualified academics at cost. ... IET is replacing about 700 wireless acess points with newer, higher capacity models. …

2.23.2015

VC-CFO division unites finance, facilities, safety

Photo: Dave Lawlor mugshot

Dave Lawlor, who joined UC Davis on Nov. 3 as the university’s first chief financial officer, has united the two halves of the old ARM under a new name: Office of the Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer-Finance, Operations and Administration (VC-CFO, for short). He's also outlined four guideposts for his division. …

2.23.2015

5 things you need to know about the Anthem data breach

UC students, faculty, staff and retirees are among the 80 million Anthem members and former members who at risk of data theft as a result of the external cyber attack that the company disclosed on Feb. 5. The data breach compromised the members’ personal information (including names, birth dates, addresses, email addresses and Social Security numbers), but not financial or medical information, according to Anthem. The insurer is offering identity theft repair assistance and credit monitoring services. …

2.20.2015

LEARNING: mRNAseq workshop and Biorepositories Initiative

A two-day, hands-on workshop is scheduled March 4-5 on “mRNAseq for ‘Semimodel’ Organisms," open to everyone, including graduate students, postdocs, staff, faculty and community members — with space reserved for affiliates of the School of Veterinary Medicine. ... The UC Davis Biorepositories Initiative will be introduced at a March 11 conference. It is open to all faculty and staff from both the Sacramento and Davis campuses who would like to express their ideas, needs and priorities involving human biospecimens. …

2.17.2015

NEWS BRIEFS: No computer, no post office

The reopening of the campus post office continues to be delayed by a computer problem. Plus ... Anthem health insurance offers free identity repair and crediting monitoring services to members and former members, including UC Davis faculty, staff, students and retirees. … The campus's top cyber security and privacy officers offer advice on what you can do to help keep your data private. ... Attention lab personnel: Deadline is near to take action to turn your IOUs (from last year's personel protective equipment distribution) into real PPE. ... Survey commissioned by Student Housing shows the city of Davis apartment vacancy rate dropped from the fall of 2013 to the fall of 2014, and rents were static or rose slightly during the same period. ... The UC Davis Health System has been endorsed by the American College of Radiology as a designated lung cancer screening center, the only one of its kind in the greater Sacramento area. …

2.17.2015

LAURELS: Goodman feted for contributions to psychology and law

Gail Goodman, distinguished professor of psychology, has been named winner of the American Psychology-Law Society’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology and Law. ... Plus, honors for writer Yiyun Li, sociologist Maxine Craig, artists and composers, the School of Law, and David Takemoto-Weerts, Bicycle Program coordinator. …

2.17.2015

Chancellor recognizes campus STARS

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has heartily endorsed the nominations of 22 staff members as UC Davis stars in the second annual campuswide STAR Award Program. This year’s recipients — twice as many as last year — include a three-person team at Student Health and Counseling Services, and a team of six in Student Affairs, plus 13 individuals in such jobs as student affairs officer, principal museum scientist, management services officer, client services manager, executive director of the Academic Senate and director of Institutional Review Board Administration. …