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2.5.2010

MESSAGE FROM THE CHANCELLOR AND PROVOST: Shields Library to stay open all night as a weekend study hall

In a Feb. 4 message to the campus community, Chancellor Katehi and Provost Lavernia acknowledge "a shared concern" with the factors that precipitated this weekend's planned "study-in" at Shields Library. Therefore, Katehi and Lavernia said the library will be open around the clock through midnight Sunday.

2.5.2010

Gmail for faculty, staff?

A campus forum is scheduled for Feb. 17 on options for enhancing the features and capabilities of e-mail service for faculty and staff. RSVPs for the forum are due by Feb. 11. “One option is to

2.5.2010

HUNGRY GARDEN: Where nature builds a better bug trap

Hidden among the rows of delicate ferns and elegant orchids in the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, a killer lies in wait. Motionless, the predator lures its prey with the glistening promise of nectar droplets along its leaves. But appearances can be deceiving. A hapless moth lands to drink and becomes entangled with so much slime that it suffocates.

2.5.2010

Surveys ask employees, retirees about possible changes in post-employment benefits

The UC system's Post-Employment Benefits Task Force is asking employees and retirees to complete short, online surveys about possible changes in such benefits, all part of the university's effort to make the benefit program financially sustainable. For now, the employee survey excludes represented employees.

2.5.2010

Baby-bonding proposal allows use of sick leave

Proposed changes to UC's absence-from-work policy include a provision under which new parents could use up to 30 days of sick leave for the purpose of bonding with their babies. The university also is proposing an increase in how much sick leave you could use to family or medical leave to care for a child, spouse, domestic partner or parent (12 weeks, instead of 30 days) and more bereavement leave (10 days instead of five) for the death of a family or household member.

2.5.2010

Life after Japan's political earthquake

Japan’s stunning political shift last summer is a reflection of deep-rooted angst within the Japanese people, a top diplomat of that country said. Yasumasa Nagamine, the San Francisco-based consul

2.5.2010

OPEN FORUM: CIA director needs broader energy security perspective

Former CIA Director James Woolsey accomplished a remarkable feat by convincing a room full of thoughtful people that he speaks to ghosts, and that’s OK. His talk (“Former CIA Boss Warns Against

2.5.2010

HEROES HONORED: Police recognize others who protected, served community

Employee of the year Leticia Garcia-Hernandez and officer of the year Jason Barrera

Employee of the year Leticia Garcia-Hernandez and officer of the year Jason Barrera

The UC Davis Police Department last week recognized some heroic role reversals. Last October, Dillon Herrenschmidt, who works for the Police Department as a protective service officer, delivered a

2.5.2010

ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA: Web 2.0 era raises new legal issues

Not long ago, sexual harassment trials were often “he said, she said” disputes, as plaintiffs, defendants and their attorneys argued over what was said, where and when. Now, thanks to Twitter,

2.5.2010

Student financial aid workshops offered

UC Davis will host a series of public workshops Feb. 8 to 12 to help students and their families meet the challenge of paying for college — including two sessions on filing the key financial aid

2.5.2010

IN BRIEF

Chancellor Katehi is set to deliver her State of the Campus address to the Academic Senate on Feb. 11; Chancellor Emeritus Vanderhoef is nominated to the federal government's advisory board on accrediting agencies; Aggienaut Stephen Robinson '78 is headed into space again; UC offers training for “high potential employees whom we want to support in their career development at the University of California"; and Unitrans launches a Saturday shoppers shuttle.

2.5.2010

DIVERSITY REIGNS

Water science professor Wendy Silk, left, congratulates engineering student Maria Ly after both recieved a Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community on Jan. 27. Other recipients

2.5.2010

LAURELS

This column offers a sampling of honors recently awarded to UC Davis faculty, staff and units: The Council of Graduate Schools recently presented its inaugural award for innovation in graduate

2.5.2010

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Two programs remain in the Mondavi Center’s 2009-10 Distinguished Speakers Series: Arianna Huffington, political analyst, columnist, and author, Feb. 26; and Ira Glass, radio producer and host of National Public Radio’s This American Life, April 29.

2.5.2010

FOOD ETC.: Edible landscaping, MBA students

Edible landscaping workshop The California Center for Urban Horticulture and the Master Gardener program announced a March 6 workshop on edible landscaping — with Rosalind Creasy, the “Mother of

2.5.2010

Amnesia aside, you’ll remember Fuddy Meers as no fuddy duddy

Fuddy Meers rehearsal: David Lutheran and Sarah Stockdale

Fuddy Meers rehearsal: Sarah Stockdale plays Claire, the amnesiac, and David Lutheran plays the Limping Man.

What do a limping, lisping ex-con; a man who speaks to people with his sock puppet; and a woman with psychogenic amnesia have in common? They are characters coming to UC Davis starting Feb. 17 in the comedy Fuddy Meers, presented by Studio 301 Productions, the only student-run theater group on campus.

2.5.2010

THE ARTS

On stage: BOT I, The Vagina Monologues and MFA choreographies Dances for Non-Fictional Bodies and Jointedness. Also, readings and workshops by Nepalese poet and scholar Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma.

2.5.2010

MFA choreographies debut Feb. 12

Master of Fine Arts candidates Jess Curtis and Nina Galin present new choreographies, back to back, Feb. 12 to 21 in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Curtis is presenting an excerpt from Dances for Non-Fictional Bodies, while Galin is presenting Jointedness.

2.5.2010

AT THE MONDAVI: Dancers and puppets together, and Joshua Bell on the violin

Violinist Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell is scheduled to perform a concert on Feb. 27 at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

The Mondavi Center's upcoming programs include the Joe Goode Performance Group, presenting Wonderboy (with dancers and puppets) and 29 Effeminate Gestures, and violinist Joshua Bell, the one-time child prodigy, who is in his 30s now, and among the most respected classical and chamber musicians in the world.

2.5.2010

Director’s Showcase: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In a Department of Theatre and Dance production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Master of Fine Arts candidate John Zibell is directing a six-person cast to explore the dark dreamscape at

2.5.2010

EXHIBITIONS: Jewelry and glass show opens Feb. 12 at Craft Center Gallery

Description of a Journey opened this week at the C.N. Gorman Museum, and Year of Biodiversity opens next week at the Craft Center Gallery.

2.5.2010

SYNAPSE SCIENCE: Newly identified protein, called ‘a critical regulator’ in the brain’s connectivity, could help our understanding of autism and schizophrenia

 Two images, superimposed, showing the distribution of the SynDIG1 protein.

Researcher Evgenia Kalashnikova superimposed two images to see the distribution of the SynDIG1 protein.

A UC Davis Health System study identifies for the first time a brain protein called SynDIG1 that plays a critical role in creating and sustaining synapses, the complex chemical signaling system responsible for communication among neurons.

2.5.2010

A new recommendation in search for HIV vaccine

In efforts to develop a vaccine against the AIDS-causing human immunodeficiency virus, most scientists focus on the direct-killing effect of CD8+ T-cells. But this is not optimal, suggest researchers at the UC Davis Health System and UC San Francisco.

2.5.2010

‘Reproductive coercion’ often accompanied by physical or sexual violence, study finds

Young women and teenage girls often face efforts by male partners to sabotage birth control or coerce pregnancy, and these efforts are frequently associated with physical violence or sex assault, a

2.5.2010

THE OUTDOORS: Stebbins reserve seeks volunteers to guide children on nature outings

Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve announced a training program for volunteers interested in serving as guides for children's nature outings. UC Davis students, in particular, might find the experience enjoyable and satisfying, said Jeff Falyn, who coordinates the reserve’s programs.

2.5.2010

PLANT SALE, FLUTES AT THE ARBORETUM

The arboretum is once again offering a free workshop (Feb. 28) on the Native Californian tradition of making flutes from elderberry wood — teaching people how to make and play the flutes. And mark your calendars for March 13: the date of the first plant sale of the year.

2.5.2010

Library returns to normal after student study-in

Shields Library returns to its regular business hours today following a weekend of 24-hour operations. The library remained open from 7:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, through midnight Sunday, Feb. 7, to