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Supporting the next generation of women leaders

December 6th, 2013 @ 5:11 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

UC Davis students are changing the world. Earlier this week, I received yet another reminder of just how true that is. On Monday, I joined five other women in a panel discussion on campus where we discussed our experiences as women in leadership and examined how we can break down the barriers that create such wide disparities at the higher levels of business, politics and academe. In addition to myself, the panel included a state legislator, three CEOs and my friend and colleague Maureen Stanton. It was a lively and interesting discussion. Hearing the thoughts and experiences of my fellow panelists was both informative and inspiring.

But perhaps most inspiring for me was that the event was made possible by two of our graduate students. Nicole Chaffee, a doctoral student in Chemistry, and Jeni Lee, who is pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, are both passionate about promoting opportunities for women and created the Women in Leadership Series and Panel as a means to build dialogue on this vital issue and pursue solutions that empower women and ensure opportunity for all. The response has been outstanding and their events have brought together undergraduate and graduate students, high school students, UC Davis faculty and community members in building an ever wider coalition in support of increasing opportunities for women. It is easy to imagine the wide-reaching positive effect that Nicole and Jeni’s efforts will have as not only will those who attended and engaged with the series and panel event be instructed, inspired and mentored, but they will also have the tools and motivation to mentor others and continue the immensely positive results of Jeni and Nicole’s efforts. The fact that Nicole and Jeni are both women working in the STEM fields, a cause so dear to my heart, only adds to why I think so highly of what they have accomplished.

The reality is that our entire student body is made up of people like Jeni and Nicole. They are dedicated to making the world a better place, and when they see a problem, they do not wait around for someone else to come along and solve it. They roll their sleeves up and get to work. I look forward to what Jeni and Nicole will accomplish next.

Motivating young women

May 10th, 2013 @ 3:07 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

UC Davis students (l to r) Catherine Cox and Tonya Atkins share a laugh with professor Susan Kauzlarich in the chemistry lab.

UC Davis students (l to r) Catherine Cox and Tonya Atkins share a laugh with professor Susan Kauzlarich in the chemistry lab. Cheng Saechao/UC Davis.

Chemistry professor Susan Kauzlarich is inspired by positive role models for young women.

She came to UC Davis 25 years ago knowing that she wanted to make a difference in research and teaching. She is especially interested in motivating young women and minorities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). By encouraging them to pursue these types of careers, she believes it will help make the world a better and more equitable place.

Stephanie L. Brock, one of Susan’s former graduate students, is now a chemistry professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. She praises Susan for her willingness to give insight and advice to her students and her ability to lead by example.

I am proud to see our faculty recognized for the great work they do. But more importantly, it is gratifying to see that we have talented people like Susan training our future scientists, especially women.

She was recently recognized for this work when the American Chemical Society awarded her with the Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal, which is given to those in chemistry who are leaders in mentoring.

As an engineer, I know what it’s like to see so few women rising in my field. That is why positive role models like Susan – who help young people break down barriers and open doors – create better days ahead for us all.

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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!

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Linda Katehi Blog: AggieTV’s ‘Can your chancellor dance like this?’

October 4th, 2012 @ 8:17 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

At last week’s New Student Celebration, a reporter for AggieTV approached me and invited me to dance with him for a video they were producing of the event. This afternoon, I saw a remixed version of that video for the first time. Let’s just say that I got a good laugh. Take a look for yourself:

Here is the entire version of the New Student Celebration video complete with Gangnam Style dancing from many students on campus: