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NEWS BRIEFS: Fake Bus Crash Scenario for Emergency Training

By Dateline Staff on May 2, 2017 in University

Quick Summary

  • Cybersecurity talks open to all
  • ‘Health Insurance After You Retire’

The northwest corner of the campus is a training site this week for the UC Davis Fire Department and other Yolo County emergency agencies. The training revolves around a bus crash, using an old Unitrans bus as a prop.

The bus has been tipped on its side at the old Orchard Park apartment complex at Russell Boulevard and Highway 113. The apartments are empty and fenced off, due to be torn down this summer to make way for a new apartment complex for students and families.

The training exercises began May 1 and are scheduled to continue today (May 2) and Friday (May 5), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The drills involve firetrucks, ambulances and a helicopter.

Cybersecurity talks open to all

Keynote speakers have been announced for this year’s Information Security Symposium, and their talks will be free and open to everyone — even those who are not signed up for the symposium. If you do wish to sign up for the June 20-21 symposium, take note: The symposium is about two-thirds sold out!

The keynote speakers:

  • Bob Kalka, vice president of IBM’s Security Business Unit, discussing “How Cognitive Computing Is — and Will — Impact Cybersecurity.” 10:30-11:10 a.m., Tuesday, June 20, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Malcolm Harkins, chief security and trust officer at Cylance (and formerly of Intel), addressing “The Promises and Perils of Emerging Technologies for Cybersecurity.” 10:20-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, Jackson Hall. (Harkins holds an MBA from UC Davis.)

The Information Security Symposium will deliver two days of labs, talks and workshops on cybersecurity in higher education. The every-other-year event attracts security, technical and information professionals and administrative managers from throughout the University of California, plus guests from higher education.

Register for the symposium ($95); deadline May 22.

Read more about the keynote addresses. An RSVP link will be posted later for the free keynotes.

‘Health Insurance After You Retire’

With the most popular retirement date approaching (July 1), the Health Care Facilitator Program will present a pair of Health Insurance After You Retire workshops. Employees considering retirement, particularly those within one year of retirement, are encouraged to learn more about the health coverage offered to UC retirees.

Guerren Solbach said he will review health plan eligibility rules and costs; discuss medical plans for retirees who relocate out of state, or to more remote parts of California; and explain how UC retiree health plans coordinate with Medicare.

The workshops will be held as follows:

Seating is first-come, first-seated — no reservations. Feel free to bring your spouse or domestic partner.

Solbach’s workshop is also available online, as a narrated slide presentation.

More information on Health Insurance After You Retire.

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About the author(s)

Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or