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Water well problem underscores need to conserve

UC Davis officials are renewing their call for water conservation, saying the California drought has reared its ugly head on the west campus where the water table at Domestic Well No. 7A dropped 82 feet from April to June. The campus has purposely cut the well's pumping rate and is using other domestic wells to make up the difference. Therefore, no immediate impacts to the campus are anticipated, said David Phillips, director of utilities. He said a new incentive program will provide rebates to campus customers for conserving water.


Honoring the people who brought us to new heights

UC Davis soars in many ways: In diversity and the Principles of Community. In electronic accessibility, and understanding its relationship to diversity. In inclusion, by fostering an environment where, for example, a blind student can excel in chemistry. In the recruitment, hiring and retention of employees with disabilities. In leadership in the campus community and the surrounding community, as exemplified by Police Chief Emeritus Calvin E. Handy. And in how we address people by their preferred names. And we soar every year at Soaring to New Heights, where we honor the people who help us soar.


UC Davis Extension plans info sessions on professional programs

UC Davis Extension has scheduled information sessions on 15 of its professional education programs, from Accounting, Conflict Resolution and Construction Management, to Supervisory Skills and Management Development, Web Development, and Workplace Health and Safety. UC Davis faculty and staff, as always at UC Davis Extension, are eligible for discounts of 20 percent to 50 percent. The industry-specific information sessions are free, Aug. 5 to Sept. 10.


CAPITAL TALKS: Fuel cells, red-blue politics, bitcoin

Fuel cells, red-blue politics, and bitcoin and beyond — those are the topics for three upcoming lunchtime talks at UC Center Sacramento. Each program, July 31, and Aug. 7 and 14, is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m.; admission is free and open to the public.


World Food Center dovetails with new UC initiative

Photo: Dean Helene Dillard

UC Davis is front and center as the UC system launches the UC Global Food Initiative aimed at bolstering the world’s food supply — making it healthier, larger and sustainable for a population headed toward 8 billion by 2025. “At UC Davis, we have the additional benefit of the newly founded World Food Center, which will work with the UC Global Food Initiative to inventory the expansive expertise we have in agriculture across the UC system and help turn that knowledge into actions that address the global food challenges we face,” said Helen Dillard, pictured, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.


UPDATED: Ratliff, Mohr named to interim posts; Mohapatra evaluates overall structure

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi puts in effect her earlier announced plan to divide Administrative and Resource Management, and appoints Kelly Ratliff and Karl Mohr as interim leaders for the newly named Finance and Resource Management, and Campus Planning, Facilities and Resources. At the same time, she names Professor Prasant Mohapatra, interim vice provost of Information and Educational technology for the last year, to lead the campus’s effort toward further administrative realignment and transformation.


NEWS BRIEFS: UC can now invest in its entrepreneurs

UC President Janet Napolitano has rescinded a policy that barred the university from investing directly in companies that commercialize technology that has emerged through UC research. ... The new Memorial Union bus terminal is taking shape. ... It isn't spam, it isn't phishing — it's a real survey from UC Human Resources, asking for your opinion on your university-sponsored medical plan. ... UC Davis orthopaedists are performing same-day surgeries in Davis. ... The UC Office of the President has concerns about employees’ use of Lyft and Uber transportation and other so-called peer-to-peer services, such as AirBnb for lodging, but has not ruled them out as options for UC business travelers. ... Bloodmobiles filled up with 320 pints in last week’s collection drive on the Quad.


Breastfeeding Support Program getting lots of attention

UC Davis’ Breastfeeding Support Program, which provides lactation sites and other services, is setting a good example nationally and internationally, receiving “Care Awards” and landing a featured spot (and a video) on the Womenshealth.gov website.


MORE APPOINTMENTS: Dragona at Study Abroad, Reed at SSC

Photo: Aliki Dragona

Aliki Dragona, pictured, a lecturer in the University Writing Program, has been named the director of UC Davis Study Abroad’s faculty-led programs. She’s been leading one of those programs for 12 years: “Travelers in Greece.” … Sara Reed is moving from the BFTV Administrative Cluster to the Shared Services Center, as the new director, effective July 1.


EXHIBITIONS: Clay sculpture, screen prints, art-science photography

Photo: Clay sculpture (octopus)

Think there’s nothing to see this summer? Think again! Two exhibitions opened Monday (June 23): Octopus’s Garden, clay sculpture, at the Craft Center Gallery; and Screen Prints 1970: The Art Institute of Chicago, at the C.N. Gorman Museum. A third exhibition, Photography: Bridging Art and Science, continues through June 30 at the Buehler Alumni Center.


IN MEMORIAM: Jan Conroy, led campus publications unit

Photo: Jan Conroy

Jan Conroy, the campus’s graphics guru and keeper of the university seal, dies in a car crash at the age of 67. He worked on every issue of UC Davis Magazine from its inception in 1983 until his retirement nearly three decades later.


NEWS BRIEFS: Chancellor Katehi to receive honorary degree

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will receive an honorary degree from the American College of Greece during its commencement this Saturday (June 28). ... UC Davis and a Dubai-based developer enter into an agreement to collaborate on sustainability research. ... July trainings: Making Collaboration Work (July 9 in Sacramento, July 10 in Davis) and the Career Management Academy (July 18). ... The Office of Undergraduate Education is relocating, first to Haring Hall, then to Surge III (to be renamed Undergraduate Education).


WFC workshop: Food systems and nutrition in low-income countries

How can food systems better contribute to improving nutrition in low-income countries? That's the discussion topic for a Thursday (June 26) campus workshop sponsored by the World Food Center. The center has enlisted Professor Emeritus Charley Hess, a plant scientist, as the facilitator for Achieving Dietary Diversity in Low-Income Countries. He is a former dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and recently received the University Medal.


Workshop: Making Collaboration Work

The Office of Campus Dialogue and Deliberation is taking sign-ups for a workshop titled Making Collaboration Work, to be held Wednesday, July 9, on the Sacramento campus, and Thursday, July 10, on the Davis campus.