Review Category : Campus News

UC Davis first campus to receive Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) awarded UC Davis a Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation with the highest rating of four stars. PGMS is an organization that strives to help grounds managers with technique development and management skills. Although the society has existed since 1911, this is the first time it has offered an accreditation that assesses grounds management principles and practices. The accreditation program itself launched this July. According to PGMS website, “The [accreditation] program evaluates strategic grounds management principles and practices that produce and guide the delivery of properties to an attractive, healthy, sustainable and high-quality state.” Two other college campuses have also been accredited: the University of Delaware and the College of Wooster in Ohio – each received two stars. Cary Avery, certified grounds manager, Landscape Operations superintendent, and Grounds and Landscape Services associate director at UC Davis, submitted the accreditation application to PGMS and received the honor on the university’s behalf. The UC Davis campus impressed evaluators through three determining categories: environmental stewardship, economic performance and... ...

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UC Davis appoints new Chief Financial Officer

On Oct. 14, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi named Dave Lawlor as the chief financial officer and the vice chancellor of Finance and Resource Management. Lawlor officially joined UC Davis Nov. 3. Prior to coming to UC Davis, Lawlor held a senior finance post for the past seven years at George Washington University, a private institution with over 25,000 students on three campuses. In addition to his time at George Washington University, Lawlor also has extensive experience working in the private financial sector; he was the chief financial officer and chief operating officer with PCTEL Maryland and spent seven years with Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies in the telecommunications sector. “I spent most of my career in banking and telecommunications; going into the academic sector wasn’t actually on my radar screen as a career choice to begin with,” Lawlor said. “However, in 2007 I got a call from someone who was doing a search for George Washington University and he proceeded to explain to me some of the challenges that... ...

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This Week in Senate

ASUCD Vice President Maxwell Kappes presided over the senate meeting on Nov. 6, held in the Mee Room of the Memorial Union (MU). The meeting was called to order at 6:12 p.m. The senate began by discusssing the new Unitrans terminal at the MU. Representatives for Unitrans spoke about the success of the new terminal, as well as the possibility of having an opening ceremony later this quarter. Other Unitrans updates included that its three new buses seem to be running well. Additionally, a new computer system is being used to manage all data, including shifts and payrolls. Senate passed six bills: Senate Resolution No. 1, Senate Resolution No. 3, Senate Bill No. 14, Senate Bill No. 15, Senate Bill No. 16, and Senate Bill No. 17. Senate Resolution No. 1 recognizes Andrew Wyly for his hard work as UC Davis Unitrans Maintenance Manager. Senate Resolution No. 3 approves Unitrans’ procedures regarding Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through ASUCD Unitrans’ 2014 Title VI Program & Language... ...

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News in Brief: Students Affairs holds forum on proposed UC tuition and fee increases

On Friday, Student Affairs held a student forum to discuss the proposed University of California tuition and fee increases. This plan will increase students’ tuition by up to five percent annually over the next five years. Members of Student Affairs began the student forum by explaining the reasons for the increased tuition, which include the structural deficits of each of the UC campuses. However, Student Affairs said that financial aid support will remain the same despite these UC tuition increases. Additionally, students had the chance to voice concerns over this tuition increase. Many students expressed anger over UC President Janet Napolitano’s decision to increase tuition. “The fact is, this is wrong,” said Harley Litzelman, director of the ASUCD Office of Advocacy and Student Representation. “Education should be free. Moving in this direction is wrong.” Students also questioned what the effects of the potential tuition increase would be on the students’ ability to afford an education, as well as spoke about the need for students to have a role in determining... ...

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UC Davis student found dead at UC Berkeley fraternity

Vaibhev Loomba, a third-year mathematics student at UC Davis, died over the weekend at a UC Berkeley fraternity house. An unresponsive man was found the morning of Nov. 9 face down in the Zeta Psi fraternity house at 2728 Bancroft Ave., and police arrived on scene about 12:10 p.m, according to Lt. Ed Spiller of the Berkeley Police Department. Although the Berkeley Police Department has not officially released a name of the man, friends identified him on Facebook as Loomba, 20, who is from the East Bay and attended Acalanes High School in Lafayette. More to come as The Aggie looks for more information regarding Loomba and the situation itself. Friends and family are welcome to contact The Aggie at campus@theaggie.org to provide more insight or information. ...

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UC Davis Medical Center identified as Ebola-ready

On Oct. 24, the University of California (UC) Office of the President confirmed in a press release that the UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) in Sacramento will be one of five UC medical centers prepared to take in and treat officially-diagnosed Ebola patients. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) now recognizes all five UC medical centers (Davis, Irvine, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco) as priority care facilities. The potentially fatal virus can be transmitted through contact with bodily fluids. According to the release, any patient confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be treated at any of the UC facilities while other hospitals in the state continue to await CDC clearance. “The [UC Davis] Medical Center was chosen because of the infection prevention expertise of our physicians and nurses and because [UC Davis has] been preparing since September,” said Carol Robinson, chief nursing officer at UC Davis Medical Center. “It takes extraordinary energy to keep up with the daily and sometimes hourly updates... ...

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Carry That Weight Day of Action takes place at UC Davis

According to The Washington Post’s ranking system, UC Davis has the fifth-highest number reported of sexual assaults of all college campuses nationwide. UC Davis students did not take this news sitting down, as students gathered outside Women’s Resources And Research Center the morning of Oct. 29 to participate in the Carry That Weight Day of Action. Carry That Weight is a campaign movement started by Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz. Sulkowicz was sexually assaulted in her own dorm room during her sophomore year at Columbia and decided to report the rape after two more girls came forward claiming they were assaulted by the same student. All three cases, however, were dismissed. Now in her senior year, Sulkowicz decided to showcase her protest of sexual assault in a moving performance piece: Carry That Weight. For the piece, Sulkowicz pledged that she would carry a mattress with her, whenever on campus, until her alleged rapist is expelled. The performance piece became a national movement when, on Oct. 29, student activists at Columbia... ...

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News in brief: BloodSource hosts seventh annual blood drive Nov. 4 and 5

BloodSource’s seventh annual “Causeway Classic Blood Drive” will take place on Nov. 4 and 5. The blood drive will also serve as a competition between UC Davis and Sacramento State in terms of turnout for students, faculty and administrators. In the past six years of the blood drive’s existence, UC Davis won the first three years and Sacramento State won the next three, so this year will serve as a tiebreaker. Since 2008, the Causeway Classic has become BloodSource’s most successful blood drive for high school and college campuses in the Sacramento area. Since its start in 2008, 18,800 people have become registered blood donors through the blood drive. Felicia Roper is an account manager for BloodSource and works with the UC Davis campus for the blood drive. “We are hoping to see over 1,600 participants over the two days to have a chance at beating Sac State,” Roper said. Roper also stressed the importance of donating blood in general to both raise awareness and save lives in local hospitals.... ...

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Howard Spero awarded UC Davis’ Faculty Research Lecture Award

Howard Spero, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis, was awarded this year’s Faculty Research Lecture Award, an annual honor given to a UC Davis faculty member who has contributed significant research in his or her field. “I am truly humbled,” Spero said. “There’s a lot of great researchers on campus. [It was] truly unexpected.” Dawn Sumner, the chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is thrilled that Spero has received recognition for his hard work. “It is very exciting,” Sumner said. “We have very high regard for Professor Spero’s research and it is fantastic to have it recognized by [the] campus. He has transformed how scientists reconstruct recent changes in ocean chemistry, providing important insights into climate change over the last several hundred thousand years.” Spero researches paleoceanography, the study of past oceans and climates, which he described as a mix of several scientific fields. “My background is a jack-of-all-trades,” Spero said. “I work at the interface between biology, oceanography [and]... ...

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UC Davis Police Accountability Board holds first public session of the year

The recently-formed UC Davis Police Accountability Board (PAB) held its Fall Quarterly Meeting on Oct. 22 at the Student Community Center. The PAB was formed in May 2014 to strengthen the relationship between the campus community and UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD). The board handles complaints made against UC Davis police officers and is responsible for making policy recommendations to the chief of police. ASUCD representative Ben Marchman opened the public meeting shortly after 7 p.m. After introducing board members and alternates, Marchman proceeded to update the public on the board’s activities since summer. Two major themes the PAB highlighted were accountability and building community trust. “Having these public meetings is one way to build trust with the community and bring you guys into the process,” Marchman said. “I think that’s really important, and over summer we’ve been doing that. It’s been a great process where we’ve learned a lot of things from other boards that have been doing this for a long time.” In addition, the PAB sent alternate... ...

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President Bill Clinton headlines rally at UC Davis

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, spoke to UC Davis students and community members Wednesday morning at UC Davis’ ARC Pavilion, headlining a “Get Out the Vote” rally with representatives John Garamendi (CA-03) and Ami Bera (CA-07) in advance of the Nov. 4 election. More than 4,500 people flocked to The Pavilion to see President Clinton, with lines stretching around the structure by 11 a.m., over an hour before doors opened. Tickets for the event were made available to the first-arriving students, who were able to stand in front of the speakers. Clinton has appeared at UC Davis three times since 2002, most recently in 2012, when he helped campaign for Democratic congressional candidates Bera, Garamendi, Jerry McNerney and Jose Hernandez. “I love this campus. I love California. I came here 29 times in my first term,” Clinton opened his speech today. “I think it’s important that all of you know why you should vote. This is America’s future. You’ve got diversity, intelligence, energy and youth.” Before... ...

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President Bill Clinton to speak at UC Davis tomorrow

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, will be at UC Davis tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 29, headlining a “Get Out The Vote” Rally for Congressmen Ami Bera (CA-07) and John Garamendi (CA-03). The event will take place at the ARC Pavilion at 12:30 p.m., and all three will speak, along with UC Davis student leaders. Clinton has spoken at UC Davis twice in the last six years — he appeared in 2008 to campaign for his wife, former New York Senator and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, during her run for the Democratic presidential nomination and again in 2012 to endorse congressional candidates Bera, Garamendi, Jerry McNerney and Jose Hernandez. He also spoke at the Mondavi Center in 2002. The California Democratic Party is organizing the event to encourage students to vote, and Davis College Democrats has created a Facebook page to publicize the rally and encourage students to show up early in order to get a seat in Pavilion, which holds upward of 8,000 people. Follow The California... ...

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Professors, lecturers face different rights to tenure

According to the American Federation of Teachers, lecturers teach 40 percent of classes at UC Davis. Unlike lecturers, professors are able to ascend to the level of tenure-protected faculty, and have a permanent place in the university after a period of review and evaluation. “Tenure is achieved after a faculty member has been deemed qualified and having achieved the necessary level of a scholarly body of work,” said Binnie Singh, assistant vice provost of Academic Affairs, in an email interview. While a lecturer’s primary function is to teach, a tenure-track professor also has to do research. It is not required for lecturers to pursue research, but many do. The UC Davis Academic Personnel Manual UCD-220 Section IV states that in order to receive tenure, professors must show that they are working towards being published or have just completed a publication. APM UCD–133 states that assistant professors must ascend to the title of associate professor within eight years to receive tenure. If assistant professors are not promoted within this time frame,... ...

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This Week in Senate: Oct. 23

At the start of the meeting Nicholas Park was sworn in by Maxwell Kappes as a voting member of the ASUCD Senate. Following his initiation, the senate addressed Tara Storm, the Unit Director of the Pantry. This year, the Pantry has seen an encouraging increase in the number of students who are using its services; however, it has become unable to accommodate this influx and is starting to run out of food. Storm is currently in the process of reaching out to other partners and corporate donors but is coming to the senate for ideas on how to restock shelves in the meantime. “We need food. Money is not the issue-we have the money, we just have to find the best possible place to use it. We could take $30 and go into Costco and get us enough cans to last us two weeks, but that’s not an efficient way to use our money…if we were to take that same $30 to a food bank we could get enough cans... ...

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News in Brief–UC Davis engineering team develops breath-test for dolphins

A group of engineers at UC Davis recently developed a breath-test for dolphins which can help analyze dolphin health. The device was created by a group of engineers from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and was led by Professor Cristina Davis. The team hoped to create a device that could diagnose dolphin health through a breath sample. “We hope that [the breath-test device] could be used to monitor health non-invasively in many animals, to give us health assessment information on wild populations,” Davis said. Davis said that the team began work on the project four years ago. “We initially started this project in 2010, and we built our first devices by designing them to capture the exhaled breath from the dolphins,” Davis said. She said that her research team members were inspired to create this breath-test from their research on human and plant metabolites. “My research group here at UC Davis focuses on chemical sensing and metabolite identification in biological systems,” Davis said. “Our work so far has... ...

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