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'Strong and united against hatred'

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and leaders from the Jewish and Muslim communities and Celebration of Abraham are asking people “to stand strong and united against intolerance and hatred of all forms.” In a message sent Friday (Feb. 6) to the campus community, the leaders also expressed hope “that others will join us in condemning all forms of hate speech and actions, from whatever quarter they may come.” …


UPDATED: Student-athletes share scrambler recipes in dining commons

Graphic: Two boxers on Scrambler Face-Off poster (cropped)

Women's soccer and men's golf are facing off next week in the dining commons! There will be no kicking, no swinging of clubs. This is a friendly competition -- the UC Davis Athletics Scrambler Face-Off -- to see which team came up with the best-liked dish! The golf team and soccer team dishes tied for first in a contest run by Liz Applegate, director of the sports nutrition program, who asked all Intercollegiate Athletics teams to come up with scrambler recipes that had to be simple, original, affordable and, above all, nutritious. Both finalists will be on the DC menu the evening of Feb. 4 -- and diners will decide the winner. …


UPDATED: Super Sunday on campus, plus fun in the summer

Logo: Adventures in Enrichment

It'll be a fantastic, fun-tastic and free-tastic Sunday for the whole family on the Davis campus this weekend. And Campus Rec-tastic and STEM-tastic, too! So, pack up the kids, or just yourself, and come to campus for two arboretum programs, six museum open houses, and a preview of summer recreation and education programs for children. Also, Sunday is your only opportunity to register early for the summer programs. …


Tips for clicks: Faculty and researchers get social media pointers

Photo of Michael Lairmore, dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Professors and prominent researchers can either talk to people on social media, or just be talked about. “If you have a profile (in your field), you’re going to be in social media whether you like it or not,” Paul Knoepfler, associate professor in the School of Medicine, told about 50 faculty members and researchers during a Jan. 28 workshop to help them inform, inspire and interact with targeted audiences via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and blogs. …


Wear red and help us make a heart

Logo: UC Davis Wears Red Day heart logo (2015)

Rain didn't stop last year's heart formation and it won't stop this year’s! So, come to Hutchison Field this Friday (Feb. 6) and be a part of UC Davis' big, red event for heart health! The Battle Heart Disease Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in tents around the site of the heart formation, and the heart formation is at noon. UC Davis Wears Red Day T-shirts are available at all bookstores, and $2 from every sale goes to the UC Davis Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program. …


NEWS BRIEFS: Blue Shield, Sutter reach 2-year agreement

UC employees who use Sutter Health are breathing a sigh of relief, and UC benefits managers are taking steps to prevent such surprises in the future. Plus ... The Davis campus Staff Assembly is taking applications from staff members who wish to participate in focus groups on campuswide communications. ... Live chat with space station crew. ... Results from last week's blood drive. …


Black Family Week starts culture parade

Event poster: map of Africa, overlaid with

Our parade of cultures has begun! Black Family Week started today (Feb. 2), a Chinese New Year and Culture Celebration is planned for Thursday (Feb. 5), and, then, from March through May, we’ll celebrate mixed heritage, Native American culture, Asian Pacific culture and la Raza (Chicana/o-Latina/o) culture. …


Indian musician teaches, performs during Fulbright stay

Sikkil Gurucharan, a well-known musician in his native India, is engaging students and the larger community while at UC Davis as a Fulbright Scholar. Gurucharan, co-teaching a class in the Department of Religious Studies, will give several workshops on Indian music and perform in a concert with other Indian musicians. …


‘Huck’ and ‘Tom’ float old dock to removal

The arboretum waterway may not have much in common with the Mississippi River, but don’t tell that to two staff members who got to play Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer earlier this month, poling their way down the UC Davis channel. Cliff Contreras and Matt Hayes rode atop an old boat dock that had become rickety and dangerous, and had to be removed. Archive photos show sailboats that used to launch off the dock. …


Violence prevention office carries on as CARE

UC Davis’ well-established victim advocacy program will get a new name, Center for Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE): Advocate Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Assault, and a new administrative home at the end of this month, as the UC Office of the President implements a comprehensive, systemwide approach to addressing sexual violence. …


Let's get our red on for Feb. 6

Graphic: Heart logo (white) on red shirts (cropped)

No time like the present to start gearing up for the second annual UC Davis Wears Red Day (Feb. 6). And, by gearing up, we mean wearing red, of course! Like a special-edition T-shirt with a new design to symbolize the day’s purpose: heart health awareness. Two dollars from every sale goes to the UC Davis Women’s Cardiovascular Medicine Program. …


Mark the date, Jan. 26: Shapiro nets his butterfly

Professor Art Shapiro’s annual beer-for-a-butterfly hunt ended Monday (Jan. 26), later than he expected but still with another early catch — and another win for him. Shapiro's been running the contest to find the first cabbage white butterfly of the year — to aid his research on biological response to climate change — for 43 years. He's lost only three times. …


Apply to be staff adviser to regents

Applications to be staff adviser to the UC Board of Regents are now being accepted. The staff adviser program allows for two staff or academic employees (non-Academic Senate members) to participate in open sessions of the Board of Regents as well as designated committees of the board. The staff advisers bring the voice and perspective of staff and nonsenate academic employees to board deliberations. Staff advisers serve for two years, the first as staff adviser-designate and the next as staff adviser. …


NEWS BRIEFS: HR provides Blue Shield-Sutter update

Amid press release, emails and other communications from Blue Shield of California and the Sutter Health Network, UC Davis Human Resources says "there has not been an agreement reached ... but there is optimism in knowing that negotiations are ongoing, and both sides are seeking to ensure that members have uninterrupted access to quality medical care." Plus ... The Police Accountability Board meets Wednesday night (Jan. 28). ... Professor Art Shapiro wins his annual beer-for-a-butterfly contest yet again! ... The UC Learning Center will be temporarily unavailable, Jan. 29-Feb. 4, for system upgrades. ... If all goes according to plan, the campus post office will reopen this week, perhaps on Wednesday (Jan. 28). ... Officials are inspecting the wiring in all greenhouses after the state fire marshal’s office confirmed an electrical short sparked a Jan. 21 fire in Greenhouse 615. …