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Engineering’s interim dean: Jean VanderGheynst

Photo: Jean VanderGheynst mugshot

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi appoints Professor Jean VanderGheynst as interim dean of the College of Engineering, starting July 1, replacing Enrique Lavernia on the he becomes provost and executive vice chancellor at UC Irvine. Finalists for the permanent position recently visited the campus and the recruitment process is ongoing. …


UPDATED: IET resolves immediate threat in spam attack

Update from IET: "The immediate problem presented by today’s malicious spam attack on campus email has been resolved. Delays in email delivery caused by the attack have ended." …


NEWS BRIEFS: Superfund site doesn't affect campus water supply

Chromium-6 detected at the site of the former Laboratory for Energy-related Health Research, or LEHR, does not affect campus wells used for drinking water or agriculture. Plus ... Aggie athletes post an average score of 985 out of 1,000 in the latest Academic Progress Rates from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. ... Jim Les signs a contract extension that will keep him as UC Davis head men’s basketball coach through the 2020-21 season. ... The online campus map has been optimized for display on cellphones. …


Wainwright named interim dean of BioSci

Photo: Peter C. Wainwright mugshot

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi taps evolution and ecology professor Peter C. Wainwright to serve as the interim dean of the College of Biological Sciences, effective July 1. Wainwright has been the college’s executive associate dean for resources and research since 2013, working under James Hildreth, who is leaving after nearly four years as dean to become the president of Meharry Medical College in Nashville. …


Neuroscientist Morrison designated as primate center director

Photo: John Morrison mugshot

John Morrison, an authority on the neurobiology of aging, has been designated as the next director of the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis, with a proposed faculty appointment as professor of neurology in the School of Medicine. The appointments are pending review and approval by the university's academic review process and the chancellor. His start date would be Oct. 1. …


Celebrate with Team Aggie Sol as home rises toward the sun

Logo: Team Aggie Sol, sun's ray's over home

UC Davis’ Solar Decathlon Team literally has laid the groundwork for its zero-net-energy “Aggie Sol” house and is now inviting the public to join in a celebration of the completed subfloor and the beginning of construction on the rest of the dwelling. The event is this Friday (June 5). …


Interim director named for Innovation Institute for Food and Health

Photo: Justin Siegel mugshot

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi has tapped Justin Siegel, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine (School of Medicine) and chemistry (College of Letters and Science), to serve as interim faculty director of the World Food Center's innovation arm. Announced last fall and launched in January 2015, the Innovation Institute for Food and Health is a partnership with Mars, Incorporated dedicated to generating big-impact breakthroughs in food, agriculture and health. …


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'

Photo: Army ROTC color guard, marching

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

Photo: U.S. flag on flagpole, clouds behind

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

Photo: Vet student Rachel Ferris in scrubs, holding a dog

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

Photo: Debra Humphreys mugshot

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. …