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Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Linda Katehi is UC Davis’ sixth chancellor and first woman to hold the post. (Karin Higgins / UC Davis)

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: 3rd Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture

March 20th, 2015 @ 1:12 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Scientists and policymakers from around the world convened this week in France at the 3rd Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA).

Every nation and person has a stake in ensuring that our global food supply meets the challenges associated with climate change. CSA has a profound appreciation of the importance of global scientific collaborations that allow us to utilize multiple tools to meet and overcome a variety of environmental challenges.

UC Davis has been a co-sponsor of this conference since its inception in the Netherlands four years ago. We all know that agriculture is the economic sector most affected by climate change, especially in nations that still lack the economic advantages of those in the West.

While we in California have many advantages of infrastructure and other resources, we are feeling environmental affects acutely in our agriculture sector as we enter our fourth year of drought.

We need experts from multiple disciplines, all stakeholders and decision-makers, and the public and private sectors to collaborate, which is what CSA is all about. The involvement of farmers, land managers, agro-foresters, livestock keepers and fishers is essential to finding solutions that ensure sustainable livelihoods for everyone.

We know that science is not enough. Without these partnerships, collective action and policy that employs theory demonstrated by scientists, we will not accomplish truly sustainable agriculture.

Our science must engage with and inform policymakers through integrative approaches that can help ensure sustainable increases in food production, poverty alleviation and biodiversity as we adapt to climate change.

As French President François Hollande noted, the solutions needed to address climate change reside in innovations. The solutions for food security lie in how well we can apply those innovations through Climate-Smart Agriculture.

The stakes are high and the challenges daunting, but the commitment and passion I saw in all of the attendees make me optimistic about the future of agriculture on our planet.

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: UC Davis Transforming Our Region Into An Economic Engine

March 16th, 2015 @ 12:55 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

I recently penned an article for the Davis Vanguard on the important history of the land-grant universities and their massive contributions to our nation’s economic engine.

Thanks to the visionary Morrill Act, UC Davis started as a small experimental station of the University of California in a place then known as Davisville a little more than 100 years ago. Since then it has grown into a Global Research University:
• 35,000 students
• 27,000 faculty and staff
• $700 million in research grants received annually
• 60,000 people come every day to our two campuses in Davis and Sacramento to learn, teach, conduct research and provide clinical and educational services

The transformation of that once small experimental station to one of the largest public universities in the United States helped change the face of California and make it the innovation and economic powerhouse it is today.
Now, UC Davis can spearhead the transformation of our region to take its place as one of the top four regional economies in the state of California alongside Los Angeles, San Diego and the Bay Area.

To read my full article, visit HERE.

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: An Exciting Time for UC Davis

March 3rd, 2015 @ 4:03 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

On Tuesday, I gave my annual State of the Campus address to the Academic Senate and talked about all the achievements and initiatives that are taking place at our University.

This is an exciting time at UC Davis. We continue to attract the very best students. This past fall we welcomed the largest and most diverse class of students in UC Davis history. The incoming freshmen came from across California, from 40 states and 38 countries.

In September we announced a new partnership with Mars, Incorporated to establish the Innovation Institute for Food and Health. Mars is investing $40 million over ten years in this project aimed at delivering big-impact breakthroughs in food, agriculture and health.

I also noted how the university has become more diverse, with 19.2 percent of our students coming from underrepresented minorities in 2010 to nearly 25 percent today. I shared with the Senate our high rankings in a number of national and international surveys of top universities and some amazing numbers showing that 54 percent of California resident undergraduates receive enough gift aid to have their system wide tuition and fees completely covered. We should all be extremely proud of that fact because it illustrates how UC Davis is able to provide access to thousands of students who might not be able to attend were it not for our strong financial aid programs.

Another point I’m excited about is that we’re taking a number of steps to keep our finances strong and grow responsibly as we continue to build the University of the 21st Century.

Several of the initiatives that we’ve launched in recent years are starting to pay dividends regarding our financial standing. To build on this success, we’ve put together a Financial Sustainability Action Plan.

Through a variety of efforts—including increased funds from university growth, administrative efficiencies, growth in endowment payout and increased indirect cost recovery associated with research grants—our goal is to create $200 million in recurring funds annually that will be reinvested in our academic enterprise.

These are just some of the exciting developments occurring at UC Davis. I want to thank our entire faculty in making UC Davis the institution that it is today and for positioning it for continued excellence far into the future. We have much happening and even more to do.

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: Helene Dillard Appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture

March 2nd, 2015 @ 7:07 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

I was pleased to hear about the recent appointment of Dean Helene Dillard to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture by Governor Jerry Brown. Helene has served as our Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since January of 2014. She has been instrumental in spearheading many initiatives within the College, aligning them with its goals of improving the research, teaching, and outreach to major stakeholders.

The news of this appointment not only serves to show off the strength UC Davis as the top-rated university in the world for agriculture, but also speaks to the great work that Helene has done in her short time on campus. Members of the board serve in an advisory capacity to the Governor and to the state Secretary of Food and Agriculture addressing key issues of concern to the state’s farmers, ranchers, community stakeholders and the public. Her appointment is an honor for Helene and for the university.

Please join me in congratulating Dean Helene Dillard.

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: Women’s Heart Health Matters

February 16th, 2015 @ 1:28 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

February is National Heart Month and as a woman, I encourage all women to take charge of their heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women and this threat is on the rise, especially among young women.

But women typically do not understand this danger and many women consider heart disease to be a man’s problem, even though heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, according to the Center for Disease Control.

In an effort to raise awareness about heart disease, we encouraged men and women in the community to show their support by wearing red on Feb. 6 as part of UC Davis Wears Red Day. The color red symbolize one’s support in the fight against heart disease.

UC Davis is also promoting heart health awareness the whole month leading up to Saturday, Feb. 28, the date for this year’s edition of The Power of Red: Cocktails & Couture. “The Power of Red” comes from the red dresses that will be debuted as this year’s additions to the UC Davis Red Dress Collection. The dresses represent our students’ take on the national symbol for heart health awareness among women.

As we work to raise heart disease awareness during this month, let’s also take time to celebrate the research and education that make lifesaving advances in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease a reality.

To learn more about “The Power of Red: Cocktails & Couture” event, visit HERE.

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