IN BRIEF: Waterway Caution, WEX Confusion, Calendars Big and Small

Warning sign, to keep dogs clear of water, along Arboretum Waterway
Signs in the Arboretum warn of the presence of cyanobacteria in the water, advising visitors to keep their dogs away from the waterway.


  • Keep dogs clear of the waterway
  • No breach: UCOP clears up WEX issue
  • UC’s assets under management up 29%
  • 2021-22 campus calendars big and small

Keep dogs clear of waterway

UC Davis issued a caution last week to people visiting the Arboretum Waterway with their dogs: Keep your animals away from the water — do not let them go in it, do not let them drink it — due to the presence of cyanotoxins.

These toxins from microscopic cyanobacteria can be rapidly lethal to dogs that ingest the contaminated water. Nina Suzuki, waterway steward for the Arboretum and Public Garden, said test results received Sept. 5 showed the concentration was low. Still, dog owners should be cautious.

Blooms of algae and cyanobacteria are common in creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes, especially in nutrient-rich waters in summer.

UCOP clears up WEX issue

WEX Health sent emails to a number of UC employees last week notifying them \that their account information had been updated, prompting concern among the recipients that WEX had been the victim of a security breach.

This was not the case, UC officials said in a post on UCnet. WEX Health administers UC’s flexible spending account, COBRA and adoption assistance plans).

“UC employee data has not been compromised,” officials said on UCnet. “This was not the result of a security breach, and you do not need to take any action.

“These changes were made in error, and all account information is being corrected,” the article stated.

Read the UCnet article.

UC’s assets under management up 29%

UC’s Office of the Chief Investment Officer (UC Investments) announced Aug. 31 that its assets under management grew to $168 billion as of June 30, 2021, a 29 percent jump over the prior fiscal year and the largest one-year gain in its history. The additional $38 billion in assets over the previous year represents a 77 percent increase since 2014.

“In so many ways, this past fiscal year was intense, and humbling,” said Jagdeep Singh Bachher, chief investment officer. “Beyond the tumult of the pandemic, the social and geopolitical unrest, with the effects of climate change in sharp relief, we made some bold moves to capture the unique opportunities a surging market provided. We’re well positioned to build on these strong returns for the long-term benefit of the University of California.”

Read the complete UC news release.

2021-22 calendars, big and small

The campus poster calendar for the new academic year went on sale around the first of the month at UC Davis Stores, and now the Office of Strategic Communications is offering a free, downloadable version (each month printed fits on an 8½ by 11-inch sheet of paper).

If you prefer the poster size, here is how and where to buy them:

UC Davis Stores

Check here for store hours. “If you need a large quantity, come to the MU bookstore,” said Sarah Brodberg of UC Davis Stores.

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Media Resources

Dateline Staff: Dave Jones, editor, 530-752-6556,; Cody Kitaura, News and Media Relations specialist, 530-752-1932,

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