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UC Davis Centennial
100 years of service, solutions, impact
Windows Media Video: Medical genomics

Medical genomics:
Connecting genes to health
(Windows Media video, 10 min 24 sec)

In this video, Ray Rodriguez, professor of molecular and cellular biology and a pioneer in genetic engineering, talks about new discoveries scientists are making in regards to food and race. He discusses how our ancestry can determine how likely we are to suffer from some chronic, common diseases — and how future generations can change those risks. [ more… ]

See also: Medical genomics: Connecting genes to health (Quicktime, 10 min 24 sec)

Andy Fell, producer; Ken Zukin, videographer

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Looking forward

Celebrating UC Davis’ centennial is both about remembering the past and planning how our university can build on those successes for the next 100 years. Today UC Davis is leveraging its world-class programs in environmental sciences, engineering, management, the arts, law, viticulture and enology, life sciences and many more into a future that promotes rigorous scholarship while serving the public.

Here are some programs on our front burner.


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‘Waterproof’ rice passes field tests

New flood-tolerant rice varieties, developed by an international team of researchers, including scientists at UC Davis, have passed field tests and are expected to soon be available to farmers in Bangladesh and India.

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UC Davis rebuilding honey bee program

With California’s honey-bee industry now facing challenges ranging from mites to small hive beetles to colony collapse disorder, UC Davis is revitalizing its honey-bee research program, the oldest such program in the nation.


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Management students reap benefits from visiting executives

One of the nation’s most influential money managers is investing in more than the markets — he’s teaching a class of future business leaders in the Graduate School of Management.


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Chancellor candidate named

UC President Mark Yudof has recommended Linda Katehi — an accomplished professor of electrical and computer engineering and provost of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — to become chancellor of UC Davis.

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Strongest freshman class

Almost 100 years ago, the first class of 28 degree-seeking students began their studies at what became the University of California, Davis. And now, as UC Davis celebrates its centennial, the university boasts its strongest freshman class and overall record enrollment of 31,426.

Photo: Campus planner Bob Segar highlights future developments on campus

Our future campus

The future look of UC Davis’ nearly 100-year-old campus connects place to people — and to our academic vision, according to the new video, "Building a Connected Campus," created to tell the story.

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Sustaining UC Davis

Produced under the direction of the campus’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, this 20-minute video takes a look at the steps UC Davis has and will take down the path toward a sustainable college community.


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Underserved West Sacramento students get a new ‘early college’ school

Hoping to give underserved kids a head-start on college, UC Davis has joined with Sacramento City College and the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento to launch an innovative charter school this fall.


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Chevron gives $2.5 M to advance energy leadership

Chevron Corporation has given UC Davis $2.5 million to create a permanent leadership position for the campus’s Energy Efficiency Center. The person appointed to the Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency will direct the center, which was established in 2006.

Photo: UC Davis Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the energy efficiency center announcement

UC Davis launches energy efficiency center

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger comes to UC Davis to celebrate the establishment of the country’s first center of excellence in energy efficiency. The new center is dedicated to helping speed the transfer of new energy-saving products and services into the homes and lives of Californians.


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$16M to solve malnutrition

Thanks to a $16 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UC Davis will lead a coordinated research to prevent childhood malnutrition in developing countries. Our researchers will lead an international network of researchers at public and private institutions in Burkina Faso, Finland, France, Ghana, Malawi and the United States.

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The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is launched

Continuing its commitment to improving the quality of patient care and fostering nursing excellence through education, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation gives $100 million in founding support for a new nursing school.


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Providing a bridge to college

Thanks to leadership from the Chicana/o Studies Program, UC Davis students are providing a bridge to college for low-income students in Davis. The college students, most of whom are humanities majors, are improving the academic achievement for elementary school students — thus paving the way for a better-educated workforce in the 21st century.


UC Berkeley professor Alex Farrell, left, and UC Davis professor Daniel Sperling

Experts detail new standard for cleaner transportation fuels

University of California experts, including transportation-energy leader Dan Sperling of UC Davis, create a much-anticipated blueprint for fighting global warming by reducing the amount of carbon emitted when transportation fuels are used in California.