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LAURELS: Artist-in-residence Downes wins career grant

Photo: Lara Downes mugshot

The Sphinx Organization, which "transforms lives through the power of diversity in the arts," honors the Mondavi Center’s artist in residence, pianist Lara Downes. Plus, honors for faculty members Carol Hess and Jessie Ann Owens, music; Heghnar Watenpaugh, art history; and Sven-Erik Rose, Jewish studies and German. …


NEWS BRIEFS: Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve adds more guided walks

Since the Wragg fire swept through Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve in July, trails have been closed to the public but accessible by guided tour. Tours have been filling to capacity, and more dates have been added. Plus ... Video shows a fire in the Pavilion Parking Structure. ... The city of Davis hosts an open house Wednesday night (Dec. 2) on the university's Long-Range Development Plan. ... UC Davis Extension is working with 70 teachers from Colombia, to help them be better teachers of English back home. …


HOLIDAY HELP: Toys for Tots drive begins

Toys for Tots logo.

The men’s basketball team is inviting its fans to “play along” with its annual Toys for Tots drive, being held at the Dec. 2 game against Sacramento State. Can’t make the game, but still want to help? Look for Toys for Tots collection barrels around the campus, or send toys through campus mail with a note marked “Toys for Tots.” Plus ... The Mail Services Holiday Food Drive brings in nearly 2,500 pounds of food and Team Physics raises $4,316 for the Yolo Food Bank. ... Donations sought for holiday gift baskets for the pets of homeless people. …


Galt named to MacArthur chair for global conservation/sustainability

Photo: Ryan Galt mugshot

UC Davis has named Ryan Galt to the MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in Global Conservation/Sustainability. The chair is among a handful that rotate around the UC system every five years, and this is UC Davis' first turn in the rotation. UC Davis had two chairs to fill; the other went to history professor Charles “Chuck” Walker, as previously announced. …


UC Davis signs higher education's 'Climate Pledge'

UC Davis joins more than 200 universities and colleges in signing the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge, reaffirming their commitment to sustainability and encouraging world leaders to forge “a comprehensive, ambitious agreement” during the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, Nov. 30-Dec. 11. …


Chancellor welcomes new Latina STEM faculty

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi welcomes UC Davis' newest Latina faculty members recruited here as CAMPOS scholars: Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez, Natalia Caporale, Juliana Maria Leite Nóbrega de Moura Bell, Fernanda Ferreira and Alexis Patterson. …


NEWS BRIEFS: All-Staff Town Hall set for Dec. 7

Topics for the All-Staff Town Hall, Monday, Dec. 7, include results of the 2015 CUCSA Engagement Survey, Career Tracks and pay for performance. Attend in person or watch online. Plus ... The Shared Services Center is taking sign-ups for "SSC 101," to acquaint people with the center and its operations. ... Staff Assembly's first Cookie Bake-Off has room for bakers and tasters! ...more about the center. ... Temporary electronic sign boards have been set up within the core campus — inside the gates — to remind drivers that they must pull over and stop during class break periods. …


HOLIDAY HELP: For families, food bank and pets

Jo Anne Boorkman, of Academic Affairs, wraps a gift collected for STEAC in 2014.

Departments and other units are adopting STEAC families for the holidays; Team Physics is in the Running of the Turkeys and asking others to join in helping the Yolo Food Bank; and your help is also sought to provide a bit of warmth and other comforts to the pets of homeless people. …


Solar farm is up and running

Officials dedicate the solar power plant at UC Davis.

UC Davis dedicates solar farm that's providing 14 percent of the campus's electricity and cutting our carbon footprint by 9 percent. The panels tilt to follow the sun, and they're cleaned by robots! Check it out in our Vine video. …


HOLIDAY GIFTS: New, improved, 'ugly'

Photo: Ugly Sweater in red (cropped)

Presenting our new and improved Holiday Gift Guide! Gifts for the Aggie Family, Aggie Athlete and the Little Aggie, plus Student Essentials, Holiday Décor, Stocking Stuffers and more. UC Davis Stores has this new item: the UC Davis Ugly Sweater in red or blue. For the record, we think any Aggie will look good in one! …


UC president cites Kenney, Johnson for leadership

Two UC Davis faculty members, Martin Kenney and Kevin Johnson, are among 10 faculty members around the system who received awards last week for outstanding leadership on UC President Janet Napolitano’s initiatives. …


4 faculty members elected as AAAS fellows

Four UC Davis faculty members -- Peter A. Barry, Xi Chen, Jan W. Hopmans and Chih-Ling Tsai -- are newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as announced today (Nov. 23). The AAAS membership elected 347 fellows this year, recognizing their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. …


Apology for erasure of names from sidewalks

Vice Chancellor-Chief Financial Officer Dave Lawlor apologizes for the erasure of more than 1,000 names that "students painstakingly and meticulously recorded" on campus sidewalks. "Please know that erasing the names was a mistake, and it was fundamentally wrong," he wrote in a statement to the student community. …


Food drive ends Nov. 20, then it's time to run!

Graphic: Headless turkey in running shoes, from the Running in the Turkeys logo

You've got three more days to contribute to Mail Services' 10th annual Holiday Food Drive. Davis campus donations will go to the Yolo Food Bank, once the drive winds up Friday (Nov. 20). After that, here’s another way to help: Participate in the Yolo Food Bank’s seventh annual Running of the Turkeys or support Team Physics in that event. …