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Chancellor Linda Katehi: The Cost of Obesity

May 13th, 2015 @ 1:48 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi


This week I attended the Brookings Institute’s Cost of Obesity – a collaboration between the Center for Social Dynamics and Policy and the UC Davis World Food Center – to present new research that quantifies a wide range of the economic costs of obesity.

When we launched the World Food Center at UC Davis almost two years ago, we wanted to partner with researchers like the Brookings Institute to make big inroads when it comes to food and public health.

We established the World Food Center to leverage UC Davis’ expertise as the world’s number one ranked school for agricultural research and scholarship because, like Brookings, we understand that feeding and nourishing the world’s growing population is one of the signature issues of our time.

Thanks to Brookings’ new research that was presented this week, we now have a more holistic assessment of obesity and its devastating impacts on our economy. Impacts from reduced productivity and tax revenues to items such as increased Social Security Disability Insurance payments.

This is crucial because, to craft public policies that are sensible and that will have lasting impact, we need to rely on the kinds of sound research, data and evidence that was presented by Brookings and that UC Davis researchers do all the time.

We all know that it is difficult to achieve real progress in the fight against obesity. But with partnerships like the one between Brookings and the UC Davis World Food Center, we can help make a big difference.

Nutrition and public health are major challenges of our age, and interdisciplinary partnerships like that between our World Food Center and the Brookings Institute are essential to achieving real progress.

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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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Linda Katehi Blog: Welcome President Clinton: ‘I love this campus, I love it!’

October 10th, 2012 @ 8:44 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Linda Katehi with former President Bill Clinton

Chancellor Linda Katehi greets former President Bill Clinton as he arrives on campus.

UC Davis was buzzing with excitement Tuesday as former President Bill Clinton arrived shortly before noon for a political rally. I had the opportunity to welcome him to our campus, before he took the stage to speak to a crowd of 8,000 to 10,000 students, staff, faculty and neighbors from the Davis community. This was his third visit to UC Davis and he showed his affection: “I love this campus, I love it. I appreciate the things you are doing here, and I thank Chancellor Katehi for meeting me when I came in.” It was wonderful to feel the energy as the president connected with the huge crowd.

Former President Bill Clinton shakes hands with onlookers.

Former President Bill Clinton shakes hands with onlookers.

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Aggie Pride shines at Homecoming

October 8th, 2012 @ 8:07 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Linda Katehi sits with the Aggie Pack at Homecoming 2012

Chancellor Linda Katehi gets ready for the Homecoming game alongside the UC Davis Aggie Pack.

Homecoming weekend at UC Davis was a blast! Friday night, pajama-clad students, alumni and members of the community took over the streets of downtown Davis to celebrate our 100th Pajamarino. And Saturday, our Aggie football team took on the Montana State Bobcats. Before the game, I joined Terry Tumey - our new director of athletics – to fire up the Aggie Pack!

During half time, I joined Doug Kelly and alumnus Scott Marsh in the press box, who interviewed me on the radio about future of UC Davis Athletics, Terry’s inspiring leadership and how much we in the UC Davis community will

Linda Katehi in the press box at Homecoming 2012

Chancellor Linda Katehi in the press box with Scott Marsh and Doug Kelly (L to R).

miss head football coach Bob Biggs. The game was very exciting down to the last few minutes and our Aggies made a great effort, but fell short of the win. But it was wonderful to see all the proud Aggies that came out to support our team and our university.

Here are some highlights from Pajamarino:



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Linda Katehi Common Sense Blog: Thank you campus tour guides!

October 5th, 2012 @ 9:23 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Linda Katehi poses with campus tour guides.

Chancellor Linda Katehi poses with tour guides (L to R) Demsina, Nate, Josh and Paige.

This morning, I met a group of students who work as campus tour guides for UC Davis. It was interesting to hear about all the great things they do for our campus!  Our tour program is part of the Undergraduate Admissions department and offers a variety of campus tours, each focusing on a different aspect of the living and learning that takes places on our remarkable campus. If you get a chance, consider taking one of their tours. You might be surprised to learn something new! These students are proud and enthusiastic Aggies, and I’d like to thank them for all they do!