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Farmers market: New season, new location

Graphic: UC Davis Farmers Market watermelon logo

The UC Davis Farmers Market returns for spring quarter, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday, starting April 1 at the northwest corner of the Quad. Shop for produce (don’t forget your reusable bags), meet your friends, buy a snack or lunch from a vendor! …


On the run for research: grad students, undergrads, postdocs

UC Davis has a run of research symposia coming up in April and May, showcasing work by graduate and professional students (April 2-3), undergraduates (May 1-2) and postdocs (May 14). And there’s a run, too: the first Genius Run/Walk (May 3), a fundraiser for summer scholarships for undergraduate research. …


Spring series: UC past, present and future

Professors Jim Chalfant and Bob Powell, long active in UC’s shared governance, are organizing a spring seminar series, “California’s Research University: The UC System Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” The series is scheduled to begin Monday (March 30) as part of the First-Year Seminar Program (formerly Freshman Seminar Program), but everyone is invited to attend. …


Staff engagement: Follow-up survey coming soon

A follow-up survey on staff engagement is going out next week to a random sample of nonrepresented employees around the UC system. Email invites will come from Towers Watson, the company that is conducting the survey for UC. …


College of Engineering enlists with Obama on 'Grand Challenges'

The College of Engineering joined 121 other U.S. engineering schools this week in presenting a joint letter of commitment to President Obama, answering his call to lead the way in addressing 21st-century “Grand Challenges.” …


NEWS BRIEFS: Construction crews occupy the MU

The spring break lull has fallen over campus — everywhere except for the Memorial Union, where construction crews are filling in for the absent students. Plus ... The Ombuds Office offers help with conflict resolution. ... Emeritus President Peltason dies at 91. …


LAURELS: Music award, opera premiere for composer Rohde

Mugshot: Kurt Rohde

The month of March is sounding pretty good to composer Kurt Rohde, a professor in the Department of Music. First he learned he’s the recipient of a music award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and later this week his first opera, Death with Interruptions, will have its premiere performances. Plus ... honors for the Center for Regional Change and its director, Jonathan London, and these other professors: David Horton (law), Jesus de Loera (mathematics), Chen-Nee Huah (electrical and computer engineering), and Dan Gusfield and Karl Levitt (computer science). ... Barbara Allen-Diaz, vice president of UC Agriculture and Natural resources, also receives an award. …


Achievements in diversity and community

One works with future doctors and nurses; others work with grade-schoolers; underrepresented groups in STEM; and undocumented students and other marginalized communities and vulnerable populations. They are this year’s recipients of the Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community. …


Out with games (for $35,164), in with e-waste (for free)

Photo: Spider-Man pinball machine signage (cropped)

Aggie Surplus sells off 29 of the Memorial Union's arcade games and billiards tables for $35,164 in preparation for the MU renewal project that includes a revamping of the basement, including the Games Area. Sale proceeds in part will pay for console-based gaming to replace pinball and other arcade attractions like “The Fast and the Furious Super Bikes." ... Today, Aggie Surplus is collecting e-waste for free, from campus units only. …


Museum's last beam signed, sealed, delivered

Photo: Signatures on beam, close-up

About 250 people attend the “topping out” ceremony for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, with many of them signing a steel beam and then seeing it hoisted into place where it will be visible when the museum is completed. …


NEWS BRIEFS: UC Davis in top 50 worldwide for reputation

The good rankings keep on coming! UC Davis is 44th in Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings 2015, released March 11. Plus ... The Shared Services Centers welcomes the campus community to an open house next week. ... The deadline is Friday (March 20) for a short, online survey on the university’s smoke- and tobacco-free policy. ... The UC Davis Health System’s “Inspire” marketing campaign entered its third and final phase on March 15. …


Robots put to test in 'Recycle Rush' at ARC Pavilion

Logo: FIRST Robotics (cropped)

The FIRST Robotics Sacramento Regional competition returns to The Pavilion at the ARC, Thursday through Saturday (March 19-21). Admission is free and all are welcome to catch the excitement and …


UC Davis in top 50 worldwide for reputation

The good rankings keep on coming! UC Davis is 44th in Times Higher Education's World Reputation Rankings 2015, released Wednesday (March 11). The news comes one day after U.S. News & World Report ranked the School of Veterinary Medicine as the No. 1 vet school in the country. …


He's a K-9 officer and campus pet: He's Charlie!

Police K-9 Charlie and student Rosalyn Lam.

Charlie, a 2½-year-old Labrador/border collie mix, has two jobs with the campus Police Department: sniff out explosives and make friends with students. He's the first K-9 here since 2009. “Since UC Davis is known for its veterinary school, it only makes sense that we would have a K-9 on campus,” Chief Matt Carmichael says. “Charlie gives us a great opportunity to build relationships with students, too.” …