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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: Teaming Up with Man’s Best Friend with Cancer Research

August 30th, 2015 @ 3:24 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Labradoodle Alfie. (photo credit: UC Davis Health System)

Labradoodle Alfie. (photo credit: UC Davis Health System)

Despite the marvels of modern medicine, many types of cancer remain difficult to detect reliably in their early stages. Finding these diseases in the “golden hour” is critical for timely and effective treatment to achieve the best possible prognosis.

A dog’s sense of smell is roughly 10,000-100,000 times stronger than a human’s, and now a UC Davis Medical Center team of physicians, veterinarians and animal behaviorists has begun training Labradoodle Alfie and German Shepard Charlie to better screen for cancer – especially at early stages of the disease.

German Shepard Charlie (photo credit: UC Davis Health System)

German Shepard Charlie (photo credit: UC Davis Health System)

Canines have been successfully trained to distinguish the breath samples of lung and breast cancer patients from those of healthy volunteers. Such promising results have cancer experts at UC Davis enthusiastic about the potential for the dogs to represent a safe, noninvasive method for detecting cancer before it is too late.

UC Davis is committed to applying this cutting-edge research to real-world value, and I am very excited by the potential to apply this research in our health care systems. Canine scent detection has the potential to trump the most tech-heavy cancer detection methods, and the dogs’ incredible talent for scent detection could offer a real jump on diagnosing cancer much earlier and save many more lives.

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: UC Davis Recognized Again as one of the Nation’s Best Universities

August 24th, 2015 @ 10:42 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Those of us who work and study at UC Davis are well aware of the outstanding university we have built up over more than a century of achievement, but it is always gratifying to see others who watch the field of higher education closely acknowledge our excellence in national and international rankings.

That’s why I was very happy to learn that UC Davis was ranked so high in ratings released Monday by Washington Monthly magazine.

In the overall national rankings, UC Davis was listed as the 16th best university in the nation, one of six UC campuses to be rated in the top 20. According to Washington Monthly, these ratings are based on a school’s contribution to the public good in three broad categories:

- Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students)
- Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs)
- Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”

The magazine also ranks universities regionally based on what it calls “Best Bang for Your Buck,” and in that category UC Davis was ranked number 4 in the Western United States. Those rankings are based on what Washington Monthly describes as the “best value for your money based on:

- net (not sticker) price
- how well [universities] do graduating the students they admit
- whether students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.”

I am proud but not surprised that we stack up so well when compared to the hundreds of colleges and universities evaluated in these and other rankings. Our strong showing is a tribute to the hard work and outstanding students, faculty and staff we have at UC Davis and the rankings underscore the many contributions they make to our region, the state, our nation and the world. And the “Best Bang for Your Buck” ranking underscores the fact that a UC Davis education is a solid and prudent investment.

As we get ready for another exciting and productive academic year, we look forward to even greater accomplishments and recognition for the outstanding work and contributions from all the members of the UC Davis community. I am proud to work with each and every one of you and thank you all for your many outstanding contributions.

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: UC Davis Arboretum Named Among the Top in the U.S.

August 16th, 2015 @ 5:22 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Photo Credit: Karin Higgins, UC Davis

Photo Credit: Karin Higgins, UC Davis

Recently our campus was nationally recognized by BestCollegesOnline.org for our amazing Arboretum and it’s “sprawling landscape” allowing students to participate in hands-on learning experiences through internships, classwork and research, or to just relax and enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery.

In addition, “the Arboretum recently received a 4-out-of-4 star accreditation by the Professional Grounds Management Society for outstanding performance in the areas of environmental stewardship, economic performance, and social responsibility.”

UC Davis joins two other campuses, UC Berkeley and Cal State Northridge, in California recognized for their wonderful arboretums and gardens.

Photo Credit: Karin Higgins, UC Davis

Photo Credit: Karin Higgins, UC Davis

All of these recognitions would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the faculty, staff and students who maintain the Arboretum so that the rest of our campus and extended community can enjoy. Thank you!

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: UC Davis was named a “Cool School” Once Again

August 12th, 2015 @ 12:47 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

West Village is a campus neighborhood located on UC Davis land adjacent to the core campus. It enables faculty, staff and students to live near campus, take advantage of environmentally friendly transportation options, and participate fully in campus life. (photo credit: UC Davis)

West Village is a campus neighborhood located on UC Davis land adjacent to the core campus. It enables faculty, staff and students to live near campus, take advantage of environmentally friendly transportation options, and participate fully in campus life. (photo credit: UC Davis)

It was a pleasure to hear that Sierra Magazine once again named UC Davis a “Cool School!” In rankings released on August 11th, we came in at the No. 2 spot, which marks our campus being listed in the top five for four of the last five years. Visit here for the full news release.

Why are we green and cool? Below are summaries of the seven categories that got UC Davis ranked second coolest school in the nation:

- Academics: our breadth of coursework on sustainability
- Food: most of our food is locally grown
- Energy: reduction of greenhouse emissions four years in a row
- Waste: about 80 percent of campus waste is diverted from landfills
- Water: big reductions in water usage
- Green Buildings: our zero-net energy and LEED-platinum buildings
- Transportation: all the bikes and other alternative transportation used to get around town

We should all be proud that UC Davis consistently receives such positive recognition. It is a tribute to all the staff, faculty and students who make this happen year after year. At UC Davis we are not only dedicated to sustainability locally, but all around California, our nation and the world.

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: UC Davis Student Health Services Ranked #1 by The Princeton Review

August 9th, 2015 @ 12:00 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Staff from the Student Health and Counseling Services.

Staff from the Student Health and Counseling Services.

I was very pleased and proud to learn that in the latest Princeton Review’s rankings of The Best 380 Colleges, UC Davis student health services was rated Number One in the entire nation. That’s wonderful recognition for our campus and great news for our students.

Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our students, and the outstanding services we provide are testimony to the dedication and hard work of Dr. Michelle Famula, Dr. Thomas Ferguson and the Student Health and Counseling team. They all do a wonderful job of ensuring that our students get the best quality care.

The newest edition of the rankings, based on 136,000 student survey responses from various colleges, was released on August 4th in book form and online, where you can go and take a look at the UC Davis page.

Congratulations to our student health services team and Go Ags!

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