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Natural reserves: Research for the ages

Photo: Purple and yellow wildflowers at McLaughlin Reserve

Jepson Prairie, Quail Ridge, Bodega Marine, Stebbins Cold Canyon and McLaughlin -- far from campus but still very much a part of UC Davis, our five natural reserves, among 39 in the UC Natural Reserve System. The system turns 50 years old this year, and UC Davis is celebrating by putting on an afternoon program, Friday, Oct. 23. …


Chancellor addresses office climate, outlines a path forward

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, in a statement issued Oct. 8, outlines an action plan to ensure that UC Davis is fully living up to the Principles of Community. "More than ever, we must address how we support an environment that welcomes and encourages all staff to contribute successfully to the workplace," she says. …


Clery crime statistics for 2014 released

A summary of reported crimes on and around UC Davis property in calendar year 2014 shows little change from the previous year. The university compiled the data for the campus's annual security report as required by the federal government's Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. …


NEWS BRIEFS: Roundtable today with Singapore diplomat

Ashok Kuman Mirpuri, Singapore's ambassador to the United States, will be the featured guest today (Oct. 6) at a UC Davis roundtable discussion on key issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region. Plus ... Law professor Karima Bennoune has been named a special rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Council. ... Students and others from the School of Veterinary Medicine invite the public to an adoptathon and free clinic this Sunday (Oct. 11). ... More than 8,000 students are expected on campus this weekend for the 13th annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference. ... Human Resources and Contracting Services provide information on UC's new minimum wage policy. …


UC's Cool Campus Challenge begins

Graphic: Cool Campus Challenge stamp

In this fun. friendly competition, UC is asking students, staff and faculty to learn and to showcase for others how each of us can help UC achieve its ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. …


Season's 1st plant sale and a 'Walk in the Woods with Chemistry'

As UC Davis’ biggest and most versatile classroom, the arboretum was made for weekends like this: a plant sale on Saturday (Oct. 10), offering lessons in drought-tolerant landscaping; and “Walking in the Woods with Chemistry” on Sunday (Oct. 11), launching an exhibit that will run through Dec. 7. …


Engineering academy honors Chancellor Katehi

Photo: Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi mugshot

The National Acadermy of Engineering on Sunday (Oct. 4) presented its Simon Ramo Founders Award to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, recognizing her “extraordinary impact on the engineering profession” and “leadership in engineering research and education.” …


UPDATED: Highly ranked in nation and world

UC Davis continues to be listed among the top public universities in the nation and the world, according to Times Higher Education, QS World University Rankings and U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education’s new College Scorecard identifies UC Davis is one of 15 public four-year colleges with high graduation rates leading to high incomes. …


Memorial Union emptied as construction continues

The first two floors of the Memorial Union's north and east sections are about as empty as they have ever been as construction crews continue to gut the interior as part of a construction project to modernize and make the building more open and airy. …


Farm-to-Table Academy leads off ‘food month’

The Farm-to-Table Academy takes up four Saturdays in October. The month also brings the Farm-to-Fork Festive Meal in the dining commons, a Food and Agriculture Roundtable, a World Food Center panel at the Borlaug Dialogue, a Horticulture Innovation Lab open house, a farm-to-fork speaker and panel discussion, and more, including two food days, one world and one national. Let's just call it "food month." …


Here's how we are 'Building Our Future'

Photo: Chancellor Katehi, clapping

UC Davis has so much going for it, as the University of the 21st Century, that Rep. Doris Matsui says she thinks maybe she should have gone to Davis instead of Berkeley. She made the comment at Fall Convocation, where Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi laid out the framework for UC Davis as the University of the 21st Century. …


On your mark, get set, go ... in solar home decathlon

Logo: Team Aggie Sol, house with rays extending out from it

Team Aggie Sol built its house here, cut it in half and is now putting it back together in Irvine for the Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon, Oct 8-18. UC Davis students are competing for the first time in this biennial event that challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses. …


NEWS BRIEFS: Registrar's office sets open house

The Office of the University Registrar will hold an open house Friday morning (Oct. 2) in the registrar's new location: 3001 Dutton Hall. Plus ... It'll be first-come, first-seated when UC's Retirement Administration Center presents a "Planning for Retirement" seminar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Conference Center Ballroom. ... Look for the University Library's Special Collections unit at the Sacramento Archives Crawl this Saturday (Oct. 3). ... Robert Faris, associate professor of sociology, returns to Anderson Cooper's CNN show next week, on the topic of "Being 13: Inside the Secret World of Teens." ... The Cyber Security Survey, for technology managers, is coming back after a few years' absence. ... Rand B. Schaal, an alumnus who became a lecturer in geology, and who teamed with his father, Ted, on a generous donation to UC Davis, has died at the age of 64. …


Catch up on changes in campus leadership

Photo: professor Li Zhang mugshot

Let's catch you up on changes in campus leadership as we begin the academic year. They include anthropology professor Li Zhang (pictured), appointed as interim dean of the Division of Social Sciences; and Peter Wainwright, evolution and ecology, interim dean of the College of Biological Sciences. Also, recruitment advisory committees will be named soon for three dean searches: biological sciences, College of Letters and Science, and Graduate School of Management. …