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LEARN: Social media for faculty; ’10 Things’ about engineering

A lunchtime panel discussion on social media is set for Jan. 28 for faculty and researchers, to help them inform, inspire and interact with targeted audiences via Twitter, Facebook and blogs. … Distinguished Professor Emeritus James Shackelford is going online to share “10 Things Engineers Should Know About Materials Science.” It is a free course for engineers and engineering students. …


LAURELS: Distinguished Emeritus and Dickson Professorships

Photo: Robbin Thorp mugshot

The Emeriti Association recently announced its selection of native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp to receive the 2015 Distinguished Emeritus Award. The association also has bestowed four Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorships: Dan Anderson, wildlife, fish and conservation biology; Hugh Dingle, entomology; Martha Macri, Native American studies; and Peter Schiffman, Earth and planetary sciences. Plus … honors for Professor Dan Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies; Jenny Kaminer, assistant professor of Russian; Professor Michael Maher, Graduate School of Management; and Carmia Feldman, assistant director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. [More …] …


UPDATED NEWS BRIEFS: Apply to be staff adviser to regents

Applications to be staff adviser to the UC Board of Regents are now being accepted. Plus ... The next meeting of the Police Accountability Board will be the first to be held on the Sacramento campus: Thursday, Jan. 28. ... Professor Art Shapiro's annual hunt for the first cabbage white butterfly of the year continues to be hampered by weather, first the cold and now the unusually dense fog.UC Davis is a champion again in a national recycling competition that strives for zero waste at college football games. …


Blood donors: Here's your trophy!

Photo: Close-up of Causeway Classic Blood Drive perpetual trophy (cropped)

Hey, donors! Take a look at your trophy from the Causeway Classic Blood Drive, and get ready for next week’s collection, the first campus blood drive of the new year. “Come hydrated with a photo ID and bring your Aggie Pride and spirit,” says Felicia Roper of BloodSource. Faculty and staff, if their time is limited, can ask for “fast-track” passes to go to the front of the donor line. …


Online campus map redesigned, simplified

The 5-year-old online campus map has been given a facelift, with additions that allow users to search for departments, and click on buildings to find out what’s inside. Overall, the new map is simpler and gives more screen space to the actual map. …


NEWS BRIEFS: A butterfly sighting, but no beer yet

Professor Art Shapiro and others are looking for the year’s first cabbage white, but, if you want to win his contest, you’ll need a photo or specimen. Plus … UC is looking within the ranks for people with the potential to serve in university leadership in the future. ... You’ve got extra time this coming holiday weekend, so how about helping out during Community Service Resource Center’s second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service? … Applications are due Feb. 3 from departments wishing to participate in this year’s Picnic Day. … The UC Davis Medical Group will consolidate three Sacramento clinics into the new Midtown Clinic. …


'Seeds of Time' screening and discussion

Photo: Hourglass with seeds

The Plant Breeding Center plans a screening this week of the documentary Seeds of Time, followed by a discussion led by Professor Paul Gepts, whose research and teaching program focuses on crop biodiversity and genetic resources. …


TRENDING: Follow the bouncing (basket)ball!

This week’s social media highlights are all about basketball, men’s and women’s. A YouTube video shows Aggie fans storming the court in The Pavilion after the men’s team defeated Long Beach State in overtime, on national TV. The electric atmosphere impressed ESPNU so much that it’s coming back Jan. 31. … On the women’s side, “senior sharpshooter” Kelsey Harris leads the nation in three-point percentage. …


Communications help comes on preapproved vendor list

UC Davis departments can now quickly hire external marketing and communications vendors who have been vetted and preapproved. The vendors work in freelance writing, graphic design, marketing strategy, media buying, mobile application design and development, photography, videography, and website design and development. …


UPDATED: Chancellor to host 'Reimagining the Future of Innovation'

Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi is hosting a half-day conference, “Reimagining the Future of Innovation: Building Effective Collaborations Among Government, Universities and Industry,” this Friday (Jan. 16), with admission free and open to the public. Three members of Congress are confirmed as speakers: Ami Bera, John Garamendi and Doris Matsui, along with Matt Erskine, deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Besides the chancellor, other academic speakers from UC Davis will include Andrew Hargadon, Graduate School of Management; Fred Block, Department of Sociology; and Steve Currall, former dean of the GSM. …


Survey coming on 1-year-old smoke-free policy

At the one-year mark for the Davis campus's ban on smoking and all tobacco products, indoors and out, the steering committee that implemented the policy is exploring next steps “to ensure all have the right to breathe clean air.” The committee announced that it will soon send a survey by email to all staff, faculty and students to evaluate the effectiveness of the smoke- and tobacco-free policy thus far and to assess the campus climate for future enforcement strategies. …


BOOK PROJECT: Autism programs and more

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The 2014-15 Campus Community Book Project continues to spur conversation on disability issues, with a particular emphasis on autism — the subject of this year’s book. The autism theme continues over the next couple of weeks in a number of programs, including an open house and art tour at the MIND Institute on the Sacramento campus, all leading up to the book author’s visit in February. …


TRANSITIONS: Cohen, Thomas (de la Pena). Griffith, Beardsley

Beth Cohen, director of the Academic and Staff Assistance Program, is leaving the Davis campus for a similar post at UC Santa Barbara. ... Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education Carolyn de la Peña has changed her name to Carolyn Thomas. ... Lucas Griffith is back at his alma mater as campus planner, helping to update the Long-Range Development Plan. ... Karen Beardsley, a Peace Corps veteran, has a new appointment as the director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. She already serves as the managing director of the Information Center for the Environment, and she is splitting her time between there and the Humphrey Fellows program. …


Chancellor reaffirms commitment to Principles of Safety

In a letter to the campus community, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi reaffirms the university’s Principles of Safety, which commit UC Davis to promoting safety on campus and beyond. …