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The ‘cool’ and fast way we’re saving 61 million gallons of water a year

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How’s this for drought response? Earlier this month the utilities division opened the valve on a project that will save 61 million gallons of potable water annually on the Davis campus. And all it took was $20,000 in materials and two weeks of staff labor! …


Chancellor Katehi: UC Davis' global role

Graphic: Chinese and U.S. flags, cropped from roundtable logo

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi writes about her participation in the U.S.-China University Presidents Roundtable, where she talked with Chinese Vice Premier Li Yandong about UC Davis' existing collaborations and work that the UC Davis World Food Center is doing to help establish the Sino-U.S. Research Center for Food Safety in China, and pursued additional mutually beneficial alliances. "In addition to bolstering relations between our two nations, these collaborations advance UC Davis’ goal of becoming a global university," Katehi writes. …


NEWS BRIEFS: Spare the Air today and Wednesday

Wednesday (July 1) will be the Sacramento region’s second Spare the Air Day in a row. With such official declarations, rides are free on Unitrans and Yolobus as an incentive for people to park their cars. Plus … We’re not the only UC campus to go chimeless this summer. ... Information and Educational Technology installs a new wireless security certificate and changes the wireless network from moobilenetx to eduroam in the residence halls. ... Barbara Allen-Diaz, retiring today (June 30) as a UC Berkeley professor and leader of UC's Agriculture and Natural Resources, receives the Berkeley Citation. …


History professor Chuck Walker named to MacArthur Chair

Photo: Charles (Chuck) Walker mugshot

Charles “Chuck” Walker, history professor and the director of the director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, has been appointed to one of the UC system's MacArthur Foundation Chairs. He's been designated the holder of the MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in International Human Rights. Walker and another faculty member -- to be announced at a later date -- are the first MacArthur Chair appointees at UC Davis. …


Vice Provost Stanton names 2015 Hellman Fellows

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Academic Affairs Vice Provost Maureen Stanton announces UC Davis' eighth annual class of Hellman Fellows, recipients of early career awards ranging from $12,000 to $44,000 — a total of $293,492. Stanton, citing the originality and potential impact of Hellman Fellows' work, says "we are in the capable hands of an outstanding new generation of faculty" as UC Davis strives toward being the University of the 21st Century. …


One Unique Job: Tractor-driving instructor

UC Davis has more than its fair share of unique jobs, and here's one of them: tractor-driving instructor. Mir Shafii takes on roughly 100 students every spring in ABT 49. "If you come at the end of this quarter, this field has been worked so many times the soil is like powder," says Shafii, who’s been working at UC Davis for 25 years and teaching the tractor-driving class for five. Read a Q&A with Shafii and see his students in the driver's seat. …


LAURELS: Mangun named Radboud Excellence Initiative professor

Photo: George R. Mangun mugshot

George R. “Ron” Mangun, pictured, founding director of the Center for Mind and Brain, will spend six months in the Netherlands as a Radboud Excellence Initiative professor. Plus … A distinguished service award for Amanda Crump, associate director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab; an honorary degree for Charles Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences; and national recognition for the communications team at the School of Veterinary Medicine. …


NEWS BRIEFS 'Pop-up' workshops for innovation district proposals

The city of Davis will hold a community forum this Saturday (June 27) on two innovation district proposals — but it won’t be your typical forum, say, like one held in a large meeting hall This forum will be in two places at once, at Informational Pop-Up Workshops near the project sites. Plus ... Memorial Union chims go silent for the summer. ... Gov. Jerry Brown nominates David Bunn, a UC Davis alum, faculty member and administrator of international programs, to become director of the state Department of Conservation. ... IET postpones two projects having to do with campus wireless service. ... The UC Davis Medical Center unveils a new monument to organ, tissue and eye donors. …


Grønbech-Jensen leads statewide COSMOS

Photo: Niels Grønbech-Jensen mugshot

COSMOS, officially the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science, begins its 16th season this month with UC Davis Professor Niels Grønbech-Jensen's appointment as the statewide faculty executive director, a role he had filled on an interim basis since late 2014 when the statewide administrative home for COSMOS moved from the UC Office of the President to UC Davis. …


Alum, faculty member nominated to lead state Department of Conservation

Photo: David Bunn mugshot

Gov. Jerry Brown appoints David Bunn, a UC Davis alum, faculty member and administrator of international programs, to become director of the state Department of Conservation, which manages and regulates the state’s agricultural lands, open space, mines and oilfields. …


Interim director now the director at UC Center Sacramento

Photo: Richard L. Kravitz mugshot

Professor Richard L. Kravitz will continue as the director of UC Center Sacramento, as a permanent appointee, after serving the last two years as the interim director. UC Center Sacramento is a systemwide program administered by UC Davis; Kravitz comes from faculty of the School of Medicine. During his time as UCCS interim director, he led a review of the center’s mission and vision, oversaw the development of a strategic plan, and organized a scholarly competition addressing major public policy issues. …


LAURELS: Fellowship aids humanist’s education in coding

Photo: Colin Milburn mugshot

Colin Milburn is the recipient of a $278,000 New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, giving him the opportunity to learn how to code and be the truly multidisciplinary digital humanist he wants to be. … Other honors include the Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, and lifetime achievement awards for Miguel Mariño, distinguished professor of hydrologic sciences; and John Roth, distinguished professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. …


Open house June 25 at newly expanded Davis Clinic

Photo: Jo Ena Christensen behind the counter at the Davis Clinic, with UC Davis Medical Group sign in the background (cropped)

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Vice Chancellor and Dean Julie A. Freischlag will host an open house on Thursday, June 25, at the newly expanded Davis Clinic, part of UC Davis Medical Group. In March, the clinic at 2660 W. Covell Blvd. expanded into 2440 W. Covell next door, bringing total clinic size to 33,245 square feet to accommodate additional medical staff, including specialists. …


Single dean for L&S, effective July 2016

The College of Letters of Science administrative structure will be reorganized to create a single dean’s position, around July 1, 2016, campus leaders announced. Next steps, to begin this fall: a recruitment advisory committee,visioning committee and transition planning. …