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NEWS BRIEFS: Mentoring toolkit now available

Human Resources has launched an online toolkit to support a culture of mentoring at UC Davis. Plus ... Decision UC Davis for tranbsfer students is set for this Friday (May 15). ... UC Davis will observe Global Accessibility Awareness Day next week with presentations, drop-in support and a workshop. People interested in attending are asked to register in advance. …


COST OF OBESITY: Live from Brookings Institution

UC Davis’ World Food Center, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Professor Ann Huff Stevens, along with UC President Janet Napolitano, are partnering with the Brookings Institution on a presentation and panel on the economic costs of obesity. The program Tuesday, May 12, will be live-streamed from Washington, D.C., and you're invited to join the World Food Center for a group viewing. …


Mangun to leave social sciences dean’s post

Photo: Ron Mangun mugshot

George R. “Ron” Mangun will step down as dean of the Division of Social Sciences and return to the faculty effective July 1 or as soon as an interim dean can be appointed. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter express their gratitude for Mangun’s leadership and dedication to the division and UC Davis. …


NEWS BRIEFS: Reception for UC’s diversity-inclusion VP

Photo: Yvette Gullatt mugshot

UC Davis’ Strategic Planning Committee on Diversity and Inclusion invited the campus community to a reception this week for Yvette Gullatt, pictured, the UC system vice provost of Diversity and Engagement. Plus ... A student panel will be featured at a forum this week on UC Davis' initiative to attain Hispanic Serving Institution status. ... Several hundred people turn out for a candlelight vigil for victims of the earthquake in Nepal. Fundraising continues for relief efforts. ... As of today (May 5), moobilenet is out to pasture as the Davis campus’s wireless access service for guests. ... The UC Davis Medical Center receives an A grade for the fourth reporting period in a row in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score program. ... The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital’s Large Animal Clinic has a new director: Pam Hullinger, a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (doctorate, 1990; and Master’s of Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2001). …


Hundreds attend vigil for Nepal; fundraising continues

"I wanted my professors and fellow students and all of UC Davis to know what is happening in Nepal," says Bimala Bogati, a third-year student from the earthquake-ravaged country. So she organized a vigil and fundraiser -- held Thursday night (April 30) outside the Memorial Union. Several hundred people turned out, and Bogati said she almost cried, that's how heartened she was. "It was so nice to see this show of support." See television coverage from Sacramento's News10 and a list of relief organizations. …


LAURELS: Li wins Sunday Times short story prize

Photo: Yiyun Li mugshot

English professor Yiyun Li wins The (London) Sunday Times 2015 short story award, for "A Sheltered Woman." ... Mark Huising wins a Hartwell Foundation grant for his work on curing juvenile diabetes; and English professor Elizabeth Freeman wins a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies. ... And many more Laurels for faculty and the campus (as a Tree Campus USA). …


NEWS BRIEFS: Staff forum May 4 on 21st-century university

Staff are invited to a May 4 Summit on the University of the 21st Century. Plus ... Chancellor Emeritus Larry N. Vanderhoef’s memoir, Indelibly Davis: A Quarter-Century of UC Davis Stories … and Backstories, comes out today (April 28). ... Last week's blood drive total: 934 pints. Way to go, Ags! …


Chemistry Discovery Complex in the works

Building plans are due in a year, and a task force will soon start developing a programming plan, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi says. “I cannot think of a more valuable investment than in buildings that will grow knowledge and drive discovery in disciplines based on chemistry.” …


ELECTED: Hastings to NAS; Strauss, Wainwright to AAAS

Photo: Alan Hastings mugshot

Alan Hastings, pictured, professor of environmental science and policy, is elected to the National Academy of Sciences — one of the highest honors given to a scientist in the United States. Last week, Sharon Strauss and Peter Wainwright, evolution and ecology, won election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. …


Nash Prize goes to Eric Schroeder

Photo: Eric Schroeder mugshot

Eric Schroeder, writing instructor and Summer Abroad director, is the recipient of this year's Charles P. Nash Prize, honoring a faculty member who epitomizes Nash's commitment to shared governance, and his advocacy on behalf of faculty interests and welfare. All of Schroeder's nominators noted how well he navigated the faculty waters, between the his own Academic Federation and the Academic Senate — whether mentoring faculty in writing or recruiting them to lead Study Abroad programs, or working with English department leaders when he served as the director of the Composition Program. …


Senate-federation awards program and lecture

An awards program and reception will be held Tuesday, May 5, for Academic Senate and Academic Federation members who are being honored by their respective organizations for achievement in teaching and research. The program will include music professor Anna Maria Busse Berger ‘s talk, “In Search of Medieval Music in Africa,” as the recipient of the Faculty Research Lecture Award. …


Spring into Bike Fest and Auction

Photo of a bicycle being auctioned off.

Spring is in the air, and so is biking — so, TAPS is putting them together for a Spring Bike Fest, Wednesday (April 29), as part of the regular Wednesday Farmers Market on the Quad, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Don’t have a bike? Consider going to the TAPS Bike Auction, this Saturday (May 2), where you could can ride away for around $60 (that was the average sale price at the last auction). …


New voice-mail service and guest wireless access

The Davis campus is getting a new central voice-mail service, and users are advised to set up their new accounts starting Monday (April 27). Also, the new wireless service ucd-guest is being rolled out to the entire Davis campus, offering simpler Internet access for visitors. At the same time, moobilenet will be retired. …


NEWS BRIEFS: LinkedIn goes ‘IRL’ on campus tonight

LinkedIn goes “IRL” (in real life) at UC Davis tonight (April 21) at a free event for students and alumni, offering them tips on improving their LinkedIn profiles and job interview skills. Plus ... David Snyder, convicted on explosives and weapons charges, has been ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution to Tandem Properties and UC Davis. ... The UC President’s Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Program will continue in 2015-16 and 2016-17, and the awards will be higher: $4,000. ... The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has been named to one of Stand Up to Cancer's "Dream Teams," this one given $20 million to fight the No. 1 cancer killer in America: lung cancer. …