UC Davis A Global Leader on the Environment

Our university continues to garner impressive recognition as a global leader on sustainability.


Most recently, in the annual GreenMetric rankings published by the University of Indonesia, an international survey of over 400 colleges placed UC Davis at number three in the world for its leadership in environmental sustainability through teaching, research, campus lifestyle, and management. The year before we were rated No. 4.


UC Davis West Villiage

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Having Mentors Can Change Your Life

I recently had the opportunity to deliver a keynote address at the California chapter launch of the Million Women Mentors Initiative in San Francisco. The initiative supports “the engagement of one million Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers.”


LK Million Women Mentors

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Congratulations to the Second Class of UC President Global Food Initiative Fellows

President Janet Napolitano recently announced the second class of UC President Global Food Initiative (GFI) fellows.

GFI Fellows

The fellows are part of the University of California Global Food Initiative which was launched in July of 2014 by President Napolitano, together with the UC’s 10 Chancellors. It aims to addresses one of the most critical issues of our time: how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025. Through research, policy discussions and community engagement, the initiative aims to expand access to safe, affordable and nutritious foods that are environmentally friendly and sustainable.

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Congratulations Class of 2015, Ambassadors for Change

This past Saturday, more than 700 UC Davis graduates received their diplomas at our Fall Commencement ceremony. Once again, it was my privilege to say a few words before conferring their degrees.

Graduation day is one of the most joyous events at any college campus. It’s always gratifying to see our students and their proud families taking photos, enjoying the festivities and beaming over their accomplishments.

2015 Graduation

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Welcoming Three UC Davis Police Officers

This week our UC Davis campus Police Chief Matt Carmichael had the pleasure of welcoming three new police officers to the department’s ranks. Officers Erika Lee, Jena Du and Gurpreet Singh were the most recent additions from the department’s cadet program. The program, open to seniors and graduate students, provides a unique hands-on opportunity for students to explore career interested in fields such as law enforcement, forensics, criminology and other related fields. Top program graduates are offered a full scholarship to attend a police academy anywhere in California, and upon completion, the top graduate will receive priority consideration for hiring by the UC Davis police department.


UC Davis Police Recruits

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Promoting Diversity Amongst our STEM Faculty

I recently had the pleasure of hosting a reception at the Mondavi Center to recognize the work our UC Davis ADVANCE team has been doing to recruit and retain diverse faculty in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The reception was a wonderful opportunity for me to again thank our team for helping to make our faculty more diverse and more supportive and nurturing of faculty of different backgrounds and experiences.


Diversity Amongst STEM Faculty

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UC Davis Dedicates Largest Solar Farm in North America

The University of California, a national leader in sustainability, has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025. UC Davis has been working towards this goal, leveraging its academic and external collaborations to research and develop sustainable clean energy alternatives that will lead towards the reduction of the campus’s carbon footprint.

Solar Farm Dedication

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Being an #Upstander to Sexual Assault

Nothing at UC Davis is more important than the safety of our students and the campus community. We are committed to ensuring that all individuals can participate in an environment that is free from harassment, discrimination and violence. Sexual assault has no place on our campus and I am thankful for the members of our community who have committed themselves to spearheading efforts to ensure that we are informed, educated and fully engaged in the effort to stop sexual violence from occurring at UC Davis.

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Celebrating the Groundbreaking of Betty Irene Moore Hall

Over the past 18 months, we have engaged in a conversation with students, staff, faculty, and the broader campus community to develop a roadmap that will help UC Davis establish itself as a University of the 21st Century. UC Davis is a place where we implement new ideas, create new programs and lead the way with new research pathways and methodologies of learning and teaching.

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Facility

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UC Davis Medical Center Recognized as Leader in Patient Care

The Leapfrog Group is an independent hospital watchdog that twice a year rates more than 2,500 hospitals in the United States based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections. It is the kind of information patients come to rely on to know they’re getting quality, safe care when receiving medical treatment in a hospital.

UC Davis Medical Center

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