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Free, weekly concerts date back 60 years

Photo: Student conductor Garrett Rigsby wields baton.

The first Shinkoskey Noon Concert of 2014-15 features the UC Davis Summer Symphony with graduate conductors Garrett Rigsby and Jonathan Spatola-Knoll. The program: Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 (“London”) and Robert Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo, Finale.


Provost's Forum: 'STEM, Immigration and Controversy'

Photo: Michael S. Teitelbaum

The Provost’s Forums on the Public University and the Social Good begin their third year with a talk on Oct. 9 on “STEM, Immigration and Controversy: Does the U.S. Have Enough STEM Workers?” ... The Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series is set to begin Oct. 27.


Disability Awareness Symposium a 2-campus event

Photo: Julie Schweitzer

The annual Disability Awareness Symposium — this year with a faculty member's keynote address on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — will be held Thursday, Oct. 9 with the Accessibility Tech Fair. For the first time, the symposium will span the causeway in real time: As Julie Schweitzer gives her ADHD talk on the Davis campus, she will appear on video on the Sacramento campus.


Fall Convocation, Student Research Expo next Tuesday, Oct. 7

Photos: Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi invites the campus community — students, faculty and staff — to the Fall Convocation, next Tuesday, Oct. 7, addressing “UC Davis in the 21st Century: Educating for the Future of California and the World.” State Sen. Darrell Steinberg, a 1984 graduate iof the School of Law, will give the keynote address. The 10 a.m. convocation will be followed by a Student Research Expo (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) on the Vanderhoef Quad.


NEWS BRIEFS: Strategic Sourcing Vendor Fair next week

Strategic Sourcing, part of Contracting Services, wants to help your campus unit save money on purchasing! Find out how at the annual Strategic Sourcing Vendor Fair. ... Think internationally! Meet this year's Humphrey fellows, attend the International Festival. ... Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in Davis Neighbors Night Out — and perhaps set a Guinness World Record.


LAURELS: Professor wins Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Photo: Professor Karima Bennoune

Law professor Karima Bennoune wins the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, for her book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism (the subject of her TEDx talk, which, on video, is an Internet sensation, amassing more than 1 million hits). … And other honors for faculty and staff.


UC Davis celebrates Farm to Fork, on and off campus

“Farm to Fork” is many things: It's a Sacramento festival (we were there last weekend!). It's a tasty, locally sourced meal in our dining commons (Oct. 23, open to everyone). And, most important, it’s what we do at UC Davis, as you’ll see at Harvest: A Gathering of Food, Wine, Beer and the Arts, on Sunday, Oct. 12, and in our new “One California” video.


UPDATED: Law professor's TEDx talk garners 1-million-plus views

Photo; Professor Karima Bennoune

In March, in Northcott Theatre in Exeter, England, a full house of 460 people heard UC Davis law professor Karima Bennoune’s TEDx talk on Muslim fundamentalism. Since then, the video of her talk — posted online by TEDxExeter and ultimately chosen to be a front-page feature on TED.com — has become a viral sensation: amassing more than 1 million views.


Tercero 3: Our most sustainable residence halls yet

UC Davis is certain to achieve LEED gold certification for Tercero Phase 3 — and perhaps platinum, which would be the campus's first LEED platinum for a residence hall project. "Green" features include hot water and space heating systems that get their energy from water vapor formerly lost to the atmosphere, through the boiler stacks at the campus steam plant next door.


Columbia U. veteran named dean of UC Davis Extension

Photo: Paul M. McNeil

Paul M. McNeil, a veteran administrator in the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University, has been named the new dean of UC Davis Extension. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter made the announcement, closing out the national search for a successor to Dennis Pendleton, who will step down in November after nearly 14 years as extension dean.


Economics chair Stevens to lead GSM on interim basis

Photo: Ann Huff Stevens

Ann Huff Stevens, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Economics and the director of the university’s Center for Poverty Research, has been appointed interim dean of the Graduate School of Management effective Oct. 1.


NEWS BRIEFS: CoHo price hike is first in 4 years

The first price increases in four years took effect this week at Associated Students Dining Services: Coffee House, CoHo South Café and CoHo-to-Go Convenience Store. ... The Board of Regents approves President Janet Napolitano’s selection of Howard Gillman as the sixth chancellor of UC Irvine.


Punts, pints and Pint with a capital 'P' at Aggie football!

Photo: Pint mugshot

What do the UC Davis Brewfest, Pint the dog and the School of Veterinary Medicine have in common? Aggie football this Saturday (Sept. 27)! The brewfest runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and the game starts at 6. The vet med school will have a booth -- and that's where Pint will hang out at halftime. But during the game, he's all business: retrieving the tee after every Aggie kickoff! Come see him in action!


Welcome! 11 Humphrey fellows from 11 countries

Graphic: Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program logo

“One World, One UC Davis” is never more true than when talking about the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, which this year is hosting 11 mid-career professionals from China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Liberia, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan and South Sudan. You’re invited to hear from the fellows, about their fields of interest, at a public program on Friday, Oct. 3, at the International House.