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UPDATED: Charred reserve and trails to stay closed

Map: Wragg Fire (cropped)

UC Davis’ Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve and its trails are closed to the public until further notice, the result of the Wragg Fire that swept through much of the reserve last week. The 576-acre reserve off Highway 128 near Lake Berryessa was almost the first thing in the wildfire’s path as the flames moved south and east from the lake’s southern tip, starting in midafternoon July 22. Early on, firefighters set at backfire on the canyon floor. Updated at 6 p.m. July 28 with new evacuation orders and advisories. …


NEWS BRIEFS: Heat + smoke = Spare the Air

Temperatures are rising, the Lowell Fire is putting up smoke and the region’s air quality is declining — prompting a Spare the Air declaration for Wednesday (July 29). Rides will be free on Unitrans and Yolobus as an incentive for people to park their cars. Plus ... Faculty and staff get a four-day head start on single-event tickets for the Mondavi Center's 2015-16 season. ... Unitrans announce expanded weekend service and other changes for 2015-16. ... Medical center tops U.S. News & World Reportand ‘Most Wired’ lists. ... Learning from the cyberattack on UCLA Health. ... Only $1,000 left to go in fundraising drive for new raptor cages. ... Longtime Aggie coach John Pappa dies at age 85. …


Unitrans extends weekend hours, adds daily service to Target

Logo: Unitrans London double-decker

Unitrans will expand its weekend service and add weekday service to the Target store, starting Monday (Aug. 3) along with other service changes for 2015-16. Other changes include a switch in summer night service from to the J and W lines (instead oof G and M), and the elimination of the H line (campus perimeter). …


Humphrey Fellowship Global Forums: July 29 and Aug. 5

Logo: Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Global Forums are scheduled the next two Wednesdays with the latest round of Humphrey Fellows, accomplished mid-career professionals from around the world who are making their way through UC Davis en route to fellowships at universities around the country. …


UPDATED: Campus earns 2 state awards for sustainability

Photo: Pile of clean gravel

UC Davis receives two best practice awards at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, one for Aggie Grown (it runs a supply chain to get campus products to Dining Services, for use in such foodstuffs as tomato sauce, and the other for a gravel washing and recycling project that cut by more than 25 percent the amount of campus waste sent to the landfill. …


Children's hospital takes shot on goal for $20,000

Logo: Sacramento Republic FC shield with red star and bear

UC Davis Children’s Hospital hopes to shoot a goal worth $20,000 at the Sacramento Republic FC’s Aug. 22 game -- and the hospital needs our help to do it. Not on the soccer pitch, but as ticket buyers for the Saturday night game. In a special promotion, Sac Republic will donate $20 to the hospital for every ticket sold, up to a maximum donation of $20,000. But get this: Once ticket sales hit 500 (worth a $10,000 donation), Sac Republic is prepared to double its donation to $20,000 as soon as someone buys ticket No. 501. …


Raptor center seeks funds to replace old cages

Photo: Fuzzy the golden eagle

A fundraising drive is underway to pay for the "long overdue" replacement of two cages at UC Davis' California Raptor Center. The cages are nearly 25 years old: an eagle display (for nonreleasable golden eagles like Fuzzy, pictured), and a mid-flight enclosure (used as both a flight training space and as an exhibit space for nonreleasable and education birds). The center, a sanctuary for rescued and rehabilitated raptors since 1972, receives administrative support from the School of Veterinary Medicine but relies on donations to help fund rehabilitation and facilities maintenance. …


NEWS BRIEFS: Medical center among nation’s best in 10 specialties

The UC Davis Medical Center retains its high national, state and regional rankings in U.S. News & World Report's new "Best Hospitals" report. And, for ther fifth year in a row, the medical center has received the "Most Wired" designation, recognized as one of the nation's top health leaders in information technology. …


TECHNEWS: Learning from the UCLA Health cyberattack

The cause of the attack is still being investigated, but whatever the full answer turns out to be, the breach underscores the need to practice the basic good habits of information security. Also read the chancellor's message regarding the attack, and safety tips. …


NEWS BRIEFS: UC Davis receives 'A' grade in Money’s 'Best Colleges'

Photo: Glenda Humiston mugshot

UC Davis receives an "A" grade in Money magazine's 2015 "Best Colleges," measuring educational quality, affordability and career earnings to help families find "great schools that are truly worth the investment." Plus ... The Board of Regents next week will consider UC President Janet Napolitano's appointment of USDA executive Glenda Humiston, pictured, to lead the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. … Transportation Services (formerly Transportation and Parking Services) says the cost of long-term monthly permit parking will remain unchanged for 2015-16. ... Aggie kickoff times announced: first game 6 p.m. Sept. 12 against South Dakota. ... TECHNEWS: Surplus computers and an alert regarding Windows Server 2003. ... BloodSource reports a ‘very successful turnout’ June 30-July 1: nearly 400 participants. …


'THE DIVIDE': Book project explores structural inequality

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We have a book. We have a date for the author's talk (Feb. 3). Now we're looking for people to help plan the rest of the 2015-16 Campus Community Book Project -- lectures, workshops, panel discussions, films and more -- to go with Matt Taibbi's The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap. Also, nominations are being accepted for the 2016-17 book (topic: poverty/hunger/food security). …


Riparian reserve director wins national Trail Worker award

Photo: Andrew Fulks mugshot

The American Trails organization recently presented a national Trail Worker award to UC Davis staff member Andrew Fulks, whose work you can see underfoot on university land and elsewhere in the region. On campus, he's the director of the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve. Off campus, he led the three-year construction of a seven-mile trail with a 3,500-foot elevation gain to Berryessa Peak, part of the newly designated Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. …


SUMMER LEARNING: Dialogue and ‘Serving Students’

Campus Dialogue and Deliberation is presenting a three-hour workshop on "Bridging Divides With Dialogue," and Student Affairs is holding its second annual "Stay Day," a stay-on-campus conference for staff members who work directly with students. …


ELIPPS interns take part in policymaking

As summer interns in policy and public service, six UC Davis students are tackling such heady subjects as Medi-Cal and housing policy, the 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study and the Healthy Soils Initiative. The students are affiliated with Emerging Leaders in Policy and Public Service, or ELIPPS, a 1½-year-old campus program for graduate and professional students. …