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The Buzz – January 2007
The latest UC Davis news, facts and distinctions to inform internal and external relations activities
Vote Benefits UC and Davis Campus: Thanks to the support of California voters UC Davis is set to receive $30.1 million in
construction money as a result of voters' passage of Proposition 1D in November. Projects to benefit include the King Hall expansion
and renovation, a new veterinary medicine building and electrical improvements across campus.
More Housing Planned for Students, Staff, Faculty: The UC Board of Regents approved the first phase of West Village in
November, giving the campus authority to move ahead with ground-lease negotiations for the public-private development. Once the
leases are signed, groundbreaking can be scheduled. Officials hope that the first units will be finished in the fall of 2009.
‘Swipe Out Hunger’ Helps Feed Yolo County Hungry: Through the “Swipe Out Hunger” program, first-year UC Davis students
contributed more than $10,000 for food for the hungry by donating “meal swipes” from the prepaid meal cards they use in residence
hall dining commons. Food staples, including 217 cases of tuna and 130 cases of soup, were delivered to the Yolo County Food Bank
before the holidays.
UC Davis Student-Run Community Clinics Honored: The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society honored UC Davis' student-run
health clinics with its 2006 Medical Community Service Award. UC Davis School of Medicine sponsors five community clinics in the
Sacramento area. Each year, they provide thousands uninsured and underinsured patients with preventive care and treatment.
Recent Discoveries and Developments
Governor Taps UC Davis Transportation Expertise: Transportation policy experts at UC Davis and UC Berkeley will draft the new,
groundbreaking air-quality standard to reduce carbon emissions from transportation fuels that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced
January 18. In a news release, Gov. Schwarzenegger's office said the new standard would be "the world's first greenhouse gas standard
for transportation fuels."
UC Davis Briefs Congress on Cars and Fuels of the Future: A team of UC Davis transportation experts will travel to Washington,
D.C. on Jan. 23 to brief members of Congress and their staffers on the status of clean car and truck fuels and technologies. The
discussion will critically examine the future of automotive technologies and fuels that have the potential to dramatically reduce
petroleum consumption and greenhouse gases in the transportation sector —including biofuels, hybrid electric technologies and
hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
UC Davis Health System Receives Largest Private Donation In Its History: A real estate development firm whose major partners
include five prominent local families has donated 15 acres of undeveloped land valued at $8.17 million to the UC Davis Health System.
The property will be used for medical facilities to serve the health-care needs of this fast-growing region of Northern California. This
is the single largest private donation received in the history of the health system.
Wheat Gene May Boost Foods' Nutrient Content: Researchers at the UC Davis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University
of Haifa in Israel have cloned a gene from wild wheat that increases the protein, zinc and iron content in the grain, potentially offering a
solution to nutritional deficiencies affecting hundreds of millions of children around the world. Results from the study were reported
in the Nov. 24 issue of the journal Science.
$5.1 Million to Fund Ag Health and Safety Center at UC Davis: UC Davis' Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
received $5.1 million from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to continue the center's research and education
efforts for the next five years. The center aims to improve health and safety for the nation's farmers, farm workers and consumers.
New Project Cleans 10 Tons of Fishing Gear From Channel Islands Waters: Scuba divers helped recover nearly 10 tons of lost
and abandoned fishing gear from the waters around the California Channel Islands, in the first year of a unique project based at UC
Davis. Similar projects in Washington and Hawaii have removed hundreds of tons of derelict fishing gear, but this is the first such
program in California.
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Who We Are The Numbers
The University of California, Davis, makes a difference in the lives of people Rankings:
every day. Our tradition of public service guides all that we do – from 10th in the ranking of American
breakthroughs in research to providing a rigorous and comprehensive universities based on their contributions
education for our students. We are fueled by our intellectual strength, to society (Washington Monthly).
energized by discovery. We are a collaborative community united by a vision of 13th among public universities nationwide
making the world a better place. (U.S. News & World Report).
16th among public universities nationwide
(National Research Council).
UC Davis Distinctions
12th in research funding among U.S. ranked
A Comprehensive Education public universities (NSF).
UC Davis is a leader in interdisciplinary study, offering more than 100 Association: One of 62 North American
academic majors and 86 graduate programs. universities admitted into the prestigious
UC Davis has the largest engineering undergraduate student population in Association of American Universities.
the UC system, offering the most accredited majors. Research funding: $544 million in 2005–06
UC Davis leads the nation in graduate and undergraduate education in the Private support: $81.5 million in 2005–06
biological sciences. Year after year, UC Davis tops the charts in numbers of Colleges/schools/divisions: Four colleges
doctoral and bachelor degrees conferred. (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,
Offers the only veterinary school in the UC system and public veterinary Biological Sciences, Engineering, Letters and
school in California. Science); five professional schools (Education,
Center for Excellence Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary
Ranked 12th in research funding among all U.S. public universities, Medicine).
receiving $544 million in fiscal 2006. Student enrollment: 30,475 (fall 2006)
A leader in energy research with more than 100 faculty engaged in Alumni: 174,614
Undergraduate majors: 103
research and academic programs, including renewable energy, biofuels,
efficiency, hydrogen pathways, transportation and lighting technology. Graduate programs: 86
Intercollegiate sports: 26 (14 for women, 12
Has fostered three winners of the annual NCAA Woman of the Year award,
more than any other university in the country. for men)
Campus area: 5,300 acres
UC Davis Medical Center ranks among the top 50 hospitals in the U.S.,
According to annual surveys by U.S. News and World Report and the
Leapfrog group, a health care safety coalition.
Impact on California
One in every 276 Californians is a UC Davis alum. Our alumni earn a mean annual salary of $93,100—twice the California average.
UC Davis contributes more than $3 billion each year to the California economy and returns $5 for every state dollar received.
Research at UC Davis has fueled the growth of the $45 billion-a-year California wine industry and was honored by an Assembly
Resolution of the California Legislature for its worldwide leadership and innovation in enology and viticulture.
UC Davis experts in human health, veterinary medicine and agriculture are shaping the debate surrounding critical human
health issues, such as avian flu and West Nile virus.
• In 2004, UC Davis students, faculty and staff volunteered 294,151 hours of community service. About 2,800 alumni volunteered
for CAAA programs.
• The UC Davis Health System covers 33 counties, 65,000 square miles and 6 million residents. It includes a 577-bed acute-care
teaching hospital in Sacramento, one of the nation’s leading medical schools and a multispecialty physician group. It operates the
region’s only Level 1 trauma center, NCI-designated cancer center, comprehensive children's hospital, transplant services, vascular
center and institute for neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as a world-renowned telemedicine network.
• UC Davis' Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital cares for more than 32,000 small and large animals each year. Faculty care for
patients in surgery, oncology, nutrition, behavior, dentistry, food animal medicine and many other specialized veterinary services
while teaching veterinary students essential clinical skills and training veterinary specialists.
• The School of Law offers community support in the areas of immigration, prison law, civil rights litigation and family protection.
Within these clinics, students represent clients under the supervision of experienced faculty.
• UC Davis Extension has more than 60,000 enrollments each year, making it the second largest extension in the UC system.
• The School of Education has prepared nearly 6,000 teachers for our schools' classrooms, and for two consecutive years, UC Davis
alumni have been named California Teachers of the Year.
Nearly half of all undergraduates participate in research. Students run a host of key campus services and events, including the
Unitrans bus system, the campus post office and the annual Picnic Day, drawing more than 50,000 alumni, parents and friends.
More than 1,200 students in more than 45 countries gain an international perspective through UC Davis Education Abroad Center.
The Internship and Career Center helps more than 6,000 students obtain internships each year, making it one of the largest
campus-wide academic internship programs in the country.