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NEWS BRIEFS: Health-wellness needs assessment underway

A needs assessment is underway to gauge staff and faculty preferences in health- and wellness-related activities. ... Timeline for hiring new athletic director announced. ... New ratings classify the UC Davis Medical Center as a "high performer” in heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ... UC Davis Children's Hospital launches the Pediatric Early Mobility program for ICU patients. ... IET launches a campaign to get the outdated Windows Service 2003 off machines that connect to the campus network. …


Memorial Day: 'We cannot and should not forget'

As the Memorial Union's carillon strikes 5 p.m., hustle and bustle turns to calm and subdued on the MU's South Patio as the Davis campus holds its annual Memorial Day Ceremony, paying tribute to the 135 Aggies who gave their lives in military service, from World War I to the Iraq War. …


LAURELS: We're a 'Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace'

The California Breastfeeding Coalition declares UC Davis a “Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace," recognizing the Breastfeeding Support Program. ... Plus, honors for law professor Brian Soucek, and communicators Diane Nelson and Kathy Keatley Garvey. …


Memorial Day Ceremony: 135 flags, 135 names

The flags will be on the Quad and the names in the Golden Memory Book will be read at the ceremony just across the way on the Memorial Union's South Patio, at 5 p.m. Thursday (May 21). All are invited to this annual tribute to Aggie soldiers, sailors and Marines who gave their lives in military service. …


'Pet' project wins awards, needs support

The awards from campus and the White House are nice, but a student club's "pet" project in Sacramento -- the Mercer Clinic for the Pets of Homeless People -- has a more pressing need: financial support from the community. …


NEWS BRIEFS: Myucdavis users prefer MyView as default

A survey earlier this spring about the new myucdavis showed users were primarily interested in having MyView as the default view. Plus ... Two professional schools hold their commencements this week and next, before graduations kick into high gear the second week of June. ... Undergraduate Education’s administrative unit is in its new home, Surge III, which already housed several other units of Undergraduate Education. ... This year's student-crafted Iron Brew, judged the best in Charlie Bamforth's "Practical Malting and Brewing" class, is ready to be tapped. ... Katharine “Kit” Batten, who has a UC Davis master’s degree and Ph.D. in ecology, has been named the new executive director of the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy. …


Speaker to address 'enduring value' of liberal arts education

Debra Humphreys of the Association of American College and Universities is due on campus Wednesday (May 20) to give a talk on the “enduring value” of a liberal arts education and to present a workshop for the advising community. Humphreys, AAC&U's vice president for policy and public engagement, co-authored the association’s recent report on earnings and long-term career paths for liberal arts and sciences majors. …


New Aggie Guardian app includes virtual escort

UC Davis this week introduces a personal safety app called Aggie Guardian, with features that include a virtual escort: You tell the app when you expect to arrive at your destination, and the app notifies police or the “guardian” of your choice if you’re late. The app can be downloaded for free for Apple and Android phones. …


Let the commencements begin

The School of Law, which runs on the semester system, starts off the spring commencement season this Friday (May 15), with Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, pictured, an associate justice of the California Supreme Court, as guest speaker. Twelve other commencements are scheduled from May 21 to June 14. See the complete schedule and other guest speakers. …


A TGFS to remember, from midday to night

Last week’s 35th annual Thank Goodness for Staff, or TGFS, picnic celebration brought together thousands of employees from myriad departments — but this time, there was an added twist at the end. Check out this collection of social media posts that tell the 2015 TGFS story from midday to night. …


Online calendar gets a complete re-do

Where’s the one place you can go to see the most complete listing of UC Davis events? Our new online calendar, with images and logos, “Add to calendar” and “Forward to friends” buttons, and search and filter tools. It comes with easy-to-use sharing tools and is easily customized, so departments and units can embed portions of the calendar on their own websites. …


NEWS BRIEFS: Mentoring toolkit now available

Human Resources has launched an online toolkit to support a culture of mentoring at UC Davis. Plus ... Decision UC Davis for tranbsfer students is set for this Friday (May 15). ... UC Davis will observe Global Accessibility Awareness Day next week with presentations, drop-in support and a workshop. People interested in attending are asked to register in advance. …


COST OF OBESITY: Live from Brookings Institution

UC Davis’ World Food Center, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Professor Ann Huff Stevens, along with UC President Janet Napolitano, are partnering with the Brookings Institution on a presentation and panel on the economic costs of obesity. The program Tuesday, May 12, will be live-streamed from Washington, D.C., and you're invited to join the World Food Center for a group viewing. …


Mangun to leave social sciences dean’s post

George R. “Ron” Mangun will step down as dean of the Division of Social Sciences and return to the faculty effective July 1 or as soon as an interim dean can be appointed. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter express their gratitude for Mangun’s leadership and dedication to the division and UC Davis. …