In the spirit of #GiveThanksUCDavis, I would like to give thanks to all of our alumni who have been instrumental in helping to make 2015 such a successful year. With your support, we have been able to make strides in areas such as:
Envisioning the University of the 21st Century:
- With community and campus forums, we’ve spent much of the past year refining our vision of UC Davis as the University of the 21st Century, planning to share our framework with the UC Board of Regents next spring.
Clean Energy Development:
- We now house the largest on-site solar installation for any university in North America.
- Formally dedicated in November, the 16.3-megawatt (AC) SunPower solar power plant will generate approximately 33 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year, providing 14 percent of electricity needs for our campus.
- In January, we announced the launch of the Innovation Institute for Food and Health, a partnership with Mars, Inc. that is part of the World Food Center.
- The new partnership will aid UC Davis in collaborating across the UC system and beyond in developing big-impact research breakthroughs in food, agriculture and health.
- In May of this year we established the UC Davis-Chile Life Sciences Innovation Center Santiago, Chile to strengthen collaboration and commercialization of research in agriculture and life sciences.
Advancement of Health Education and Patient Care:
- UC Davis Medical Center was recognized with an a “A” ranking in patient safety for the fifth consecutive year by The Leapfrog group, an independent hospital watchdog that twice a year rates more than 2,500 hospitals in the U.S. based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
- Our new UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing broke ground on Betty Irene Moore Hall, which will house state-of-the-art and collaborative learning spaces to enhance our ability to advance our commitment to inter-professional health education
- UC Davis Student Health Services was ranked #1 by The Princeton Review’s survey of “The Best 380 Colleges” for delivering quality care to its members.
Developing a Start-Up Ecosystem:
- We have been actively supporting an innovation ecosystem through the Office of Research’s Venture Catalyst unit.
- The unit provides faculty with support and technical help to better equip the commercialization of novel ideas to the market.
- We helped create 13 new start-ups just this year and have been averaging 12 a year for each of the past three years.
I look forward to an even better 2016 as UC Davis continues to position itself as a global leader in food, health, public policy and more. Connect with me and share your thoughts on how we can best collaborate with our alumni in achieving this exciting goal.
Linda P.B. Katehi