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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: Launching UC Davis Life Sciences Innovation Center

April 21st, 2015 @ 4:36 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

At UC Davis, we understand the vital role that agriculture plays in our state and world economy, always planning for the future of this industry as we face new environmental and economic challenges.

We are currently ranked as the world’s top agricultural university by QS World University Rankings, and now we are working very diligently to leverage that expertise – and the hard work of our students, faculty and staff – into dynamic new partnerships.

Chile and California have enjoyed a productive partnership since 1963, and with agriculture serving as Chile’s second-largest industry and with California as the fifth-largest agricultural producer in the world, the new Life Sciences Innovation Center in Chile promises to provide great value to not only both partners but the entire world.

This is a truly collaborative effort, with the three-year $12 million budget shared between the Chilean government, private and industry funding, and funding from UC Davis. We believe very strongly in the power of such partnerships. We know the challenges facing our world are complex. They cut across different disciplines and jurisdictions, and we can summon greater energy and influence over these challenges by working together.

With the world’s population projected to reach 9 billion by 2050, we know we will need big breakthroughs in research and technology to feed and nourish this growing number of people. With these best minds working together, I am excited about what we can accomplish and the innovations we can discover for the people of Chile, the people of California and for the world.

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Chancellor Linda Katehi: Meet our Student Assistants to the Chancellor

April 20th, 2015 @ 1:08 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

At UC Davis, we have a long-standing tradition of selecting a group of students every year to serve as student assistant to the Chancellor. This tradition was started in the late 20th century and continues today. The student assistants are a liaison between the student body and the administration. They assist students with problems and concerns, and also advise the administration on student life and issues. Each year, we get great candidates applying and the selection committee and I always have a tough decision on whom to select.

With the spring quarter upon us, I want to again thank each of the student assistants for their hard work and enthusiasm. Each of them has worked diligently since last fall on making UC Davis a better Aggie community. Here is a brief summary of just some of what they have done.

Undergraduate Student Assistants:

Daniela de la Cruz Alvarez – A graduating senior with an economics and communication double major, Daniela spearheaded several campaigns to educate the UC Davis community about the needs of undocumented students. Daniela has also been passionate about creating a more positive and inclusive campus climate through Sustained Dialogues, partnering with different on-campus departments and student organizations to host events around selected topics of importance.

Shehzad Lokhandwalla – A senior graduating in June with a major in computer science and a minor in education, Shehzad is from India and has been a strong advocate for international students since freshman year. As a student assistant, he has worked been an advocate for creating an international space at UC Davis as well as increased funding to the UCs.

Naftali Moed – A third-year student majoring in environmental policy analysis and planning, with a minor in landscape restoration, Naftali has been working on efforts to advance sustainable agriculture on campus. He has also been involved in Carbon Neutrality Student Outreach and Engagement Planning to develop an outreach plan for the UC System’s 2025 Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

Our graduate student assistant also serves in an advisory capacity to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Angel Hinzo (Winnebago/Ho-Chunk) -A Ph.D. candidate in Native American Studies, with a designated emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research, Angel received her B.A. in history from the UC San Diego. As the graduate student assistant, she has been working on concerns voiced in the 2013-14 Diversity Dialogues on Graduate Education as well as continuing dialogues on social justice at UC Davis.

Our assistants have all made positive contributions to my office and to the UC Davis community. Their passion for improving student life, both for graduate and undergraduate students, has been evident in everything that they’ve taken on.

Left to Right: Angel Hinzo, Naftali Moed, Linda Katehi, Daniela de la Cruz Alvarez, Shehzad Lokhandwalla. Photo credit: Shehzad Lokhandwalla.

Left to Right: Angel Hinzo, Naftali Moed, Linda Katehi, Daniela de la Cruz Alvarez, Shehzad Lokhandwalla. Photo credit: Shehzad Lokhandwalla.


If you are interested in serving as the Undergraduate Student Assistant to the Chancellor, applications are now being accepted till May 7th, 2015. Visit here for more information.

For more information about the Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor position, visit here.

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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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