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NEWS BRIEFS: Campus to host César Chávez Youth Leadership Conference

The Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference & Celebration returns to UC Davis this Saturday (March 15). ... Now's the time to nominate your hard-working colleagues — as individuals or teams — for Staff Assembly Citations for Excellence. ... If you're running Microsoft's XP operating system on a UC Davis computer, you have until April 8 to stop. ... Registration begins at noon Wednesday (March 12) for Campus Recreation and Unions’ summer youth programs. ... Start-up company Revolights, which has not one but two UC Davis MBAs in its ranks of seven, scores a $300,000 investment on ABC Television’s “Shark Tank." ... The Weather Channel website is featuring a UC Davis photo exhibition, “Women Feeding the World,” depicting women in a variety of roles related to food.


UPDATED: Grand 'opening' for Amazon lockers

Graphic: Rendering of Claud lockers with Amazon-UC Davis branding (cropped)

In its first three months, UC Davis’ partnership with Amazon.com reaped $82,000 for student services and programs, thanks to orders that came through the davis.amazon.com portal. And speaking of orders, the campus community has a convenient new way to receive them — in 68 Amazon lockers outside the Memorial Union and inside the ARC. Amazon reps are due on campus Tuesday and Wednesday (March 11 and 12) to celebrate the new lockers.


Ensembles, bands and an update on the recital hall project

More quarter-ending concerts (the Early Music and Baroque ensembles, and the Concert and Campus bands) are scheduled through the weekend, along with an extra treat for music aficionados: an update on the forthcoming Classroom and Recital Hall construction project. The public information session is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday (March 13), in the Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, after the Shinkoskey Noon Concert in the same venue.


New guidelines for reporting hate and bias incidents

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, in a message to students, announces new guidelines for reporting hate and bias incidents. Student Affairs developed the guidelines (under which reports can be made online or in person) after students suggested that the process needed to be more explicit.


UPDATED NEWS BRIEFS: MBA's company secures $300,000 on 'Shark Tank'

A GSM alumnus developed the business plan for Revolights Inc., a company that is diving into — or, rather, cycling into — ABC Television’s “Shark Tank” this Friday night (March 7), looking for investors. ... Plus, buy a bottle of UC Davis olive oil, and the Olive Center will throw in its California Classics Olive Collection, three cans of California ripe olives. ... A Pollinator Gardening workshop on Saturday, March 15, will start in a classroom and end up in the Arboretum Teaching Nursery, with lunch in between at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. ... Conference and Event Services has moved to 116 A St. (formerly the Athletics Annex), just across the street from the east side of the campus. • New home for Conference and Event Services


Teaching prize winner sows wisdom in the classroom

Photo: Dean George R. Magnun and Professor Suad Joseph

Professor Suad Joseph, who tends to her students as carefully as she tends to her bountiful garden, where she has propagated more than 140 varieties of fruit trees, has been named the recipient of the 2014 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. “There was nothing else for me but teaching; that is all I ever wanted to do,” she says.


New respiratory disease lab opens

New discoveries in lung disease and closer collaborations among researchers are the aims of the new Respiratory Disease Center at the California National Primate Research Center. The building, constructed with a grant of $14.2 million from the National Institutes of Health through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (commonly referred to as stimulus money), was inaugurated Feb. 27 with an invited crowd of researchers, university officials and representatives of elected officials.


Be prepared for the ‘Fix 50’ highway project

Graphic: Caltrans Fix50.com logo

University leaders are gearing up to cope with a massive repair project on U.S. 50 between the Davis and Sacramento campuses, and are urging staff, faculty and students to do the same — the sooner the better. Construction is scheduled round the clock, seven days a week, from May 2 to June 17 — and could result in delays of up to an hour.


'Golden' basketball game March 6 and Sac Republic soccer March 16

Graphic: Sac Republic FC logo

Talk about big games! Men’s basketball on ESPN2 last Saturday, with a near-capacity crowd for the nationally televised home game. A “golden” night for women’s basketball this Thursday (March 6). And, come 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, the Aggie men’s soccer team, playing Sacramento’s new professional club, Sacramento Republic, in an exhibition match on the Aggie Soccer Field. Tickets are going fast.


Watershed Sciences plans drought summit at state Capitol

The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences is coordinating a drought summit to be held Friday, April 25, at the state Capitol. The daylong Drought Science, Policy and Management Summit will bring together a wide range of experts in water sciences, management and policy for discussions on how best to manage this year’s drought and long-term water shortages.


Museum celebration honors the past, looks to the future

Photo: Rachel Teagle

"Coach” Rachel Teagle, pictured rallied her “incredible team” Saturday (March 1) — artists, students, faculty, alumni, staff, community members, philanthropists, architects, lighting experts and contractors — for the next phase of creating the university’s art museum. “OK, friends, we have some work to do,” said the museum's founding director, wearing a hard hat, before she and the drum-beating UC Davis Samba School led more than 500 people out of Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and across the street to the groundbreaking ceremony for the $30 million Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the campus’s south entry.


UPDATED: 'Blue Out' for March 1 basketball on ESPN2

Photo: Blue, UC Davis logo T-shirt

UC Davis, its basketball teams and their fans have struck it rich with ESPN2 and campus police! On March 1, ESPN2 returns to The Pavilion for what will be the Aggie men’s second nationally televised home game (wear your Aggie blue for a "Blue Out" in the gym!). For a women’s game on March 6, the Police Department has “golden” tickets (as in free) for staff and faculty, and “Golden Aggie Tickets” for students.


Chancellor honors 7 for achievement in diversity and community

The 2014 Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community are presented to seven people in seven categories: Barbara Horwitz, Academic Senate; Wetona Suzanne Eidson-Ton, Academic Federation; Kriti Garg, undergraduate; Cristian Heredia, graduate student; post-doctoral scholar, Carolina Balazs; Tanya Whitlow, staff; and Georgia West, community member.


NEWS BRIEFS: 12 courses on cross-campus schedule for spring

Graphic: Tent-like logo for 2014 TGFS

Faculty and staff, here’s something to keep in mind when talking with students about spring quarter classes: Don’t forget online courses offered by other UC campuses — courses anyone in the UC system can take for regular UC credit. ... New hours, new knowledge base for IT Express. ... Staff Assembly announces Breakfast with the Chancellor. ... TGFS: Vendors and sponsors (and a logo for next year). ... Early signups advised for Bamforth’s Brewery Tours.