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In the Know

In the Know is a free monthly e-newsletter full of useful articles that help families connect with UC Davis during their students' undergraduate experience.

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In the Know is translated into Spanish and Chinese. Copies of translated versions are available by clicking on the appropriate link at the top of each newsletter or using the links below:

Select articles from previous In the Know issues are below.

Seeing Nature with Fresh Eyes

April 15, 2019
Stacey Combes works with a 20-foot wind tunnel in her lab. She entices bees through it using colorful fake flowers and drops of nectar. Meanwhile, high-speed cameras inside the tunnel capture details of bee flight invisible to the human eye.

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

April 15, 2019
Your student may have serious questions about their future, and this is a great time to help them figure out sound ways of developing meaningful answers.

How Parents Can Make Give Day Count

March 14, 2019
Parents send their kids off to college — but at UC Davis, parents are a beneficent presence on campus each and every day, helping to enrich the quality of teaching and learning that their own students experience.

Money Lessons

March 14, 2019
Financial literacy is an important, but sometimes disregarded life skill to teach our children.  Below are some financial literacy skills we can impart throughout their lives.

Parent Student Affairs Update

March 14, 2019
Comfort Week

Finals week is just around the corner. To make study breaks more fun for our students, UC Davis Dining Services will be hosting Comfort Week from March 18-22. All three dining commons will be serving a variety of student-favorite comfort food throughout the week.

Parents Fund supports students working to promote K12 STEM learning

February 11, 2019

By Eric Gifford

Associate Professor of Education and a Chancellor’s Fellow Lee Martin researches how we can get young people to be resourceful thinkers, especially using math and science. That goes for the K-12 students he studies –– and the UC Davis students he teaches and involves in his research.

Parent to Parent: Communication

February 11, 2019

February is coined the month of Love. Valentine’s Day has been celebrated in the United States and around the world since the 19th century, and the holiday became really popular in the 20th century. It has become a commercial phenomenon. Projected spending for loved ones in 2019 is a whopping $19.6B, up from the $18.2B spent last year. However, this year’s lovefest won’t quite break the 2016 record of $19.7B, where Americans spent an average of $147 on loved ones.

Career Corner: The Importance of Employer Info Sessions

February 11, 2019

By Ken Barnes

Why are employer info sessions crucial to the job search? First, let’s start with what an info session is. Employer information sessions are 1 -2 hour lectures, presentations, or talks given by representatives and recruiters. They offer insight into companies, position requirements, culture and more.

Benefits to your student for attending info sessions include:

Parent and Family Programs - Student Updates

February 11, 2019
New Website for Student Tuition and Fees  

Tired of searching through different websites to find information on student tuition, fees, payment options and financial aid disbursement? On January 25, a new website launched, which was designed to bring together information from the Budget Office, Student Accounting and the Cashier and Payment Solutions Office in one convenient location.

UC Davis Parents - What is FERPA?

January 14, 2019
FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.  It is a U.S. government law that regulates when, how, and to whom schools can provide information about their students. 

UC Davis Parents - Cages for Bicycle Parking

January 14, 2019

Did you know that UC Davis has cages for bicycle parking? If you’ve been to the Quad Parking Structure, you may have seen an enclosure with vertical steel beams and floor-to-ceiling grates on the main level with several bicycles securely stored behind a locked gateThat’s a bike cage and your student could get in on that! In fact, bike cage parking spots are available to any UC Davis affiliate (students, staff, and faculty) who is looking for a more secure way to park and store their bicycle on campus.

Career Corner: Careers in Data

January 09, 2019

Robin Reshwan, as seen on US News

Data. Many of us may think “data” is just a line item on our cell phone bill where we are penalized if we used too much that month. In the business world, data is on the mind of every CEO. How to acquire customer data? How to use data to determine buying patterns? How to keep confidential data safe?

Parent to Parent: Tips on Parent Self-Care

January 09, 2019

By Mari Corbin, Aggie Parent and Family Council Member

As each year comes to an end and the start of a new one is on the horizon, many of us begin thinking about the next year and that dreaded “R” word rears its pesky head: resolutions. I don’t know what it is about resolutions that makes them so hard for most of us to stick to them (myself included). This year, I want to get away from resolutions and take a different approach.  Since I’ve heard a lot about mindful living, I decided to check it out.

Parents Fund Supports Student Participation in Conservation Research

December 10, 2018

By Eric Gifford and Ashley Han

In her classes, Katrina Jessoe, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and a 2018 Chancellor’s Fellow, uses real-world examples to show students firsthand how sustainable choices can be made in their everyday lives.

And students often play a role in gathering that information. Jessoe and a research team of students partner with water and electric utilities across California to learn what factors influence residential customers in their use of these resources.