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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: The Intersection of the Study of Language in the 21st Century

April 14th, 2015 @ 9:48 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Last week, I was able to participate in a forum entitled “Language Matters” hosted by the UC Davis Language Center This series of public conversations “serves to facilitate conversations surrounding all matters related to language: learning, teaching, scholarship, and advocacy”.

In my brief remarks, I talked about my perspective and personal experience focusing on the intricacies of culture and societal challenges of our times that can only be understood through the study of language. I shared with the group an anecdote from my college years in Greece back in the 1970s.

My friends and I took classes in American culture and language at the Hellenic-American Union in Athens. The instructors who taught the courses were all American and did not speak a word of Greek. On the first day of class, we talked about American culture and the instructor proudly said that even though America is a country of immigrants, all Americans are part of the “melting pot”. When I asked what the melting pot was, the instructor described it as “something like fondue, where you put in all kinds of cheese and it comes out as one.” That day I left with thinking about how painful it could be to in this boiling hot pot.

Forty years later, I have seen this “melting pot” metaphor melting away. The study of language has built the case for a richer educational experience it has also been instrumental in the advocacy of multiculturalism. Language allows us to see the world in new ways and serves as a force for inspiration not only at UC Davis but around the globe.

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: Professor Clarence Walker Awarded 2015 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement

April 10th, 2015 @ 1:45 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Every year one outstanding UC Davis professor is awarded the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. The prize, established in 1986, honors faculty who are both exceptional teachers and scholars. The winner is selected based on the nominations of other professors, research peers, representatives from the UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees, and UC Davis students.

This year I had the pleasure of honoring UC Davis history professor Clarence Walker with the prestigious award.

Walker, a world-class scholar and public intellect, has been a leader in the field of black American history for decades. He is passionate about teaching, presents challenging assumptions in his lectures and encourages students to think critically about pressing social issues.

While it is unfortunate that Professor Walker will be retiring in June, this recognition is fitting as the culmination of his remarkable career. Please join me in congratulating Professor Walker!

Professor Clarence Walker stands with administration staff during the Teaching Prize announcement to the class of Professor Clarence Walker on Thursday April 2, 2015 at UC Davis.  Professor Walker teaches history with an emphasis on African-American history.   The prize for undergraduate research and scholarship award is an $45,000. Photo credit: Gregory Urquiaga.

Professor Clarence Walker stands with administration staff during the Teaching Prize announcement to the class of Professor Clarence Walker on Thursday April 2, 2015 at UC Davis. Professor Walker teaches history with an emphasis on African-American history. The prize for undergraduate research and scholarship award is an $45,000. Photo credit: Gregory Urquiaga.


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Chancellor Linda Katehi: STAR Awards Recognition

April 9th, 2015 @ 2:28 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

I recently had the pleasure of honoring a group of outstanding staff members with the Chancellor’s STAR award. This honor, awarded yearly, serves to recognize staff members who have gone “above and beyond” in support of the campus’s core values.

As part of nomination the awards committee looks for individuals who exhibit one or more of the following core values:

• Foster a bold and innovative spirit in teaching, research and public service.
• Inspire and support excellence and success in the engagement of students, faculty, staff and alumni.
• Be respectful of everyone.
• Be courteous.
• Take pride in their work, the campus and our campus community.
• Affirm our abiding commitment to respect and diversity.
• Partner in economic development.
• Promote a community characterized by respect, integrity, openness and responsiveness.

With great appreciation I would like to thank all of the awardees for their service to UC Davis. Furthermore, I would like to thank all the staff members on campus for their contribution to our Aggie community. Without your help UC Davis would not be where it is today, a world leader in many fields of industry, research and teaching. Thank you and Go Ags!

Chancellor Linda Katehi with the Chancellor's STAR Awards Recipients.

Chancellor Linda Katehi with the Chancellor’s STAR Award Recipients.


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On the road

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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In the news

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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