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UC Davis news – Childcare reimbursement for all graduate students

June 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Dear Graduate Program Chairs,

I am pleased to announce that beginning Fall 2013, the current childcare reimbursement available to Academic Student Employees (ASEs: TA, Reader, AI, Tutor) will be available to all graduate students. Endorsed by the Chancellor and Provost, the new Graduate Student Childcare Reimbursement Program will provide up to $600 per quarter (including summer) to all graduate students to help defray the childcare costs for dependents aged 0-12 years. The existing reimbursement program was available to graduate students only during the terms they were appointed as ASEs and only for childcare expenses incurred for dependents aged 0-5 years. This expanded program will serve many more graduate student parents thanks to support from the Chancellor and Provost.

To minimize confusion and simplify the process for student parents, administration of programs providing financial assistance for childcare expenses will be consolidated to one access point under the campus WorkLife program, which currently manages the UC Davis Student Parent Child Care Subsidy.  More information will be distributed in the coming months. Until Fall, reimbursements should continue to be processed for ASEs as they have been in the past–through the hiring unit employing the graduate student.

Please share this information with students and faculty in your program.

Sincerely,

Jeff Gibeling

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June 17, 2013 Leave a comment

PLANT BIOLOGY SPECIAL SEMINAR

 “ Understanding the genomic basis of plant diversification with a phylogenomic approach

Dr. Angélica Cibrián Jaramillo


Assistant Professor, The National Laboratory of Genomics

for Biodiversity (Langebio), Irapuato, Mexico


4:10 p.m.

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

3001 Plant & Environmental Sciences (PES)

Host: Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra (rossibarra@ucdavis.edu)

Abstract

Understanding the genetic and genomic basis of plant diversification has been a major goal of evolutionary biologists since Darwin first pondered his “abominable mystery,” the rapid diversification of the angiosperms in the fossil record. We develop and deploy a functional phylogenomic approach that helps identify genes and biological processes putatively involved in species diversification. We assembled a matrix of 22,833 orthologs from 150 species to reconstruct seed plant phylogenetic relationships and to identify gene sets with a unique evolutionary signal. Our analysis of overrepresented biological processes in these sets narrowed down possible genetic mechanisms underlying plant adaptation and diversification. Our functional phylogenomic approach can be applied to any taxa with available sequences to enhance our knowledge of the evolutionary processes underlying biodiversity in general.

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June 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Plant Sciences Special Joint Seminar

“WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM INTROGRESSING TEOSINTE WITH CULTIVATED MAIZE?”

Dr. Sherry Flint-Garcia

USDA-ARS Research Geneticist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Missouri

http://web.missouri.edu/~flint-garcias/

 AND

“EXPLORING THE FUNCTIONAL GENETIC DIVERSITY OF MEXICAN LANDRACE MAIZE”

Dr. Ruairidh Sawers

Assistant Professor, The National Laboratory of Genomics

for Biodiversity (Langebio), Irapuato, Mexico

http://www.langebio.cinvestav.mx/en/Ruairidh_Sawers.php

Wednesday, June 19th, 12:10-1pm

PES 3001

Host:  Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra (rossibarra@ucdavis.edu)

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