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April 02, 1999

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Rachael Goodhue Receives Honor
Assistant Professor Rachael Goodhue of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics received top honors from the Industrial Organization Society. Her 1998 "Sustaining Collusion via a Fuzzy Trigger" was named Best Paper by a Younger Scholar. It was published in The Review of Industrial Economics.

Rachel Goodhue
Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
[email protected]
(530) 754-7812

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James Seiber Named Director
James Seiber, former CA&ES associate dean for research and former chair of the Department of Environmental Toxicology, has been named director of the USDA's largest scientific laboratory in the Western United States, the Western Regional Research Center in Albany. He will direct a staff of 200 and manage an $18 million annual budget. Studies in the center include boosting nutritional value of foods, genetically improving crops for better disease resistance and developing new ways to thwart foodborne pathogens like E.coli.


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Gyongy Laky Exhibit in San Francisco
Gyongy Laky's celebrated work titled "That Word," a 7-1/2 foot-high, three-dimensional word, ART, is on exhibition in the Philip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco. The work is three separate, free-standing letters created from orchard prunings and street tree cuttings, tied with wire to a welded substructure. ART has been exhibited in museums in Switzerland and Holland as well as in the United States.

Gyongy S. Laky
Professor
Department of Environmental Design
[email protected]
(530) 752-5480

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"Wearing Your Art"
Nationally known fashion designer Ellen Hauptli ('73, Design) will speak on "Wearing Your Art" on Thursday, April 15, 1999 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in 1100 Social Science and Humanities Building. Using illustrations and examples, she will present a history of her designs from sculptural eveningwear to everyday clothing. Her garments use geometric shapes, fabric manipulation, piecing and pleats to achieve their form and fit. Hauptli designed many garments to be worn upside down or backwards, lending new life to familiar shapes. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States.

Rhonda R. O'Brien
Program Representative
Department of Environmental Design
[email protected]
(530) 752-6223

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CA&ES Dean Candidates Interviewed
The recruitment advisory committee for dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has identified four candidates for formal campus interviews. Each candidate will participate in a comprehensive series of meetings, including a town hall discussion at the end of the first day of his/her schedule. The town hall meetings are open to the college community and will be followed by a reception. ART has been exhibited in museums in Switzerland and Holland as well as in the United States. Neal Van Alfen, head and professor, plant pathology and microbiology, Texas A & M, will be interviewed April 6 and 7, 1999. Town Hall Meeting: Tuesday, April 6, 4:00-5:15 p.m. at University Club Lounge. Tammy Bray, chair and professor, human nutrition and food management and professor, medical biochemistry, Ohio State, will be interviewed April 12 and 13, 1999. Town Hall Meeting: Monday, April 12, 4:00-5:15 p.m. at University Club Lounge. Michael Parrella, chair and professor, Department of Entomology, UC Davis, will be interviewed April 15 and 16, 1999. Town Hall Meeting: Thursday, April 15, 4:00-5:15 p.m., Location TBA. Michael Doyle, head and professor, food science and technology, University of Georgia, will be interviewed April 22 and 23, 1999. Town Hall Meeting: Thursday, April 22, 4:00-5:15 p.m. at Club Room, University Club.


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Picnic Day 1999
UC Davis' 86th annual Picnic Day celebration will be held Saturday, April 17, 1999. This year's theme is "Moo-ving Into the Future." Students, parents, alumni and others will visit our campus to see the parade and exhibits and participate in a wide variety of activities. We invite everyone to stop by the yellow and white College Canopy for a beverage and to learn about the college's achievements and goals for the future. The canopy is located on the southwest corner of North and West Quad Streets near Wickson Hall. Come visit between 9 a.m. and noon. Dean Barbara Schneeman will be there to say hello, along with members of the Dean's Office.

Sharon E. Lynch
Assistant Director for Relations
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 752-1602

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Science and Society Co-Hosts Lecture
Sandra Harding of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA, will lecture on Wednesday, April 7, 1999 at the University Club on "The Value of Cognitive Dissonance: Perspectives from Multicultural and Postcolonial Science Studies." The lecture is scheduled from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. A reception and book signing for "Is Science Multicultural? Postcolonialisms, Feminisms and Epistemologies" will be held following the lecture. The event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies Cluster, Women and Gender Studies, Science and Society, History and Philosophy of Science and the Consortium on Women and Research.


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Award of Distinction Nominations Due
The Award of Distinction, the highest recognition presented by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, honors Californians who have made a significant contribution to the college's image and reputation and whose achievements have enhanced the college's outreach efforts. Awards will be presented Friday, October 15, 1999, at College Celebration. Candidates may be nominated in one or more selection categories: Alumni or friends who have made major contributions of time, leadership, financial support or promotional support for the betterment of the college's departments, divisions, programs and Cooperative Extension. Alumni whose volunteer or professional careers have brought distinction to the college. Faculty, Extension specialists, staff and emeriti who have brought distinction to the college through meritorious service to the public. Young alumni (no more than 10 years from last degree) who have fulfilled the requirements of categories A and/or B above.

Sharon E. Lynch
Assistant Director for Relations
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 752-1602

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Air Shuttle Takes Off!
Include the Air Shuttle in your research and outreach travel plans to the San Joaquin and Salinas Valleys in 1999. This season's Air Shuttle Service began Tuesday, March 23, 1999, and concludes October 29. It departs from University Airport and serves the San Joaquin Valley Tuesday through Friday throughout the season, except on holidays. Service is expanded to the Salinas Valley on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Air Shuttle is available to all university employees or affiliated personnel on official university business. The fare for subsidized passengers (i.e., CA&ES, VetMed, DANR personnel) is $.20/passenger road mile. The non-subsidized passenger rate is $.67/passenger road mile. Payment is by recharge only. Comstock Air Services is service provider for this season.


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www.aes.ucdavis.edu
Visit the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences any day, any time, for any reason...through the World Wide Web. The redesigned CA&ES Web site offers information about resources, activities and accomplishments. Learn about college majors, departments, campus centers and programs or find up-to-date information about our teaching, research and outreach programs. The CA&ES Web Design Team in the Dean's Office designed the new site. The new, updated site provides a fresh look, more information, easier navigation and expanded linkages.

Check out the newCAES website


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An Experience of a Lifetime - Yours AND Theirs!
Each year, members of the college faculty are asked to serve as mentors for several student achievement programs. The objective of all programs is to interest students in the agricultural, biological and resource sciences. Programs still needing mentors for 1999 are: MURALS - Undergraduate Research in Agriculture and Letters and Science, all quarters SURPRISE - Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Science and Engineering, summer only YSP - Young Scholars Program - (Formerly Student Science Training Program for High-ability Secondary School Science Students), summer only MURALS is an opportunity/program seeking to increase the diversity of students enrolling in graduate programs by providing a more formal structure for the mentoring process. Former MURALS students are thriving in graduate programs throughout the United States. The program invites applications from students in all majors in both the College of Letters and Science and in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Students receive a $400 stipend and faculty mentors have $250 added to their research account for each quarter they participate in the program. To be eligible for MURALS, a student must be a participant in EOP or be eligible for "need-based" financial aid. Students also must have junior standing and a minimum 3.0 GPA. The MURALS program funds apprenticeships during the summer for continuing MURALS students, although the primary emphasis is on the regular academic year. SURPRISE is designed to encourage minority and other under-represented students to consider graduate training and careers in the agricultural, biological and resource sciences, physical sciences, engineering and mathematics. Students entering their junior or senior year are invited to spend eight weeks on the Davis campus working with a UC Davis faculty member on a research project of mutual interest. Students are expected to work 30 to 40 hours per week as integral members of the research team, participating in laboratory meetings and other lab-related activities. Students are enrolled in Summer Session and receive five units of independent study credit. The program covers all student expenses, and faculty mentors receive up to $600 to cover research supplies. The program runs June 21 - August 15, 1999. In the YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM, 30 to 35 students nominated by their schools for academic performance attend a six-week summer program involving participation in on-going research in agricultural sciences and a short lecture series designed to expand student understanding of concepts in biology and research design. This solicitation enlists mentors willing to have students meld in with on-going research or do specially designed projects. The program runs June 27- August 7, 1999. Research is part-time the first two weeks and full-time the last four weeks.


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Food Guide Pyramid for Children
The USDA just has released a food guide pyramid for children.

The pyramid is availableonline


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Davis Among Healthiest Places to Live
Davis, California is listed No. 8 in the category of The 50 Healthiest Places to Live and Retire in the United States, according to USA Weekend magazine in an article about America's most livable cities. The top ten cities in this category are: Boulder, Colorado; Eugene, Oregon; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Davis, California; Gainesville, Florida; and San Diego, California.


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Genetics and Plant Breeding Award
The National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders has established an award recognizing an individual who has made outstanding basic contributions to the advancement of plant breeding and genetics in the public sector. The council is accepting nominations. The award consists of a cash award of $2,000 and an engraved plaque.


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Commercial Plant Breeders Scholarship
The National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders is offering up to two graduate student awards of $1,500 each for a graduate student currently pursuing an advanced degree in plant breeding at a U.S. university. The student must be an U.S. citizen. The principal criteria for choosing the recipient include: Significance and originality of basic or applied plant breeding thesis research; Strong scholastic achievement in graduate level plant breeding and related coursework; Evidence of integrity, professionalism and effective leadership skills as determined by peer, graduate advisor and graduate faculty evaluations.


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Scholarships Target Careers in Pest Management
Two $2,000 scholarships are available for students interested in careers in pest management: the Thomas C. Griffin Memorial Scholarship and the California Agricultural Production Consultants Association Scholarship. Criteria are based on grades, extracurricular activities, pest management experience, professional/career goals, financial need and class standing (senior/junior). Bachelor's degree candidates will be given priority. Deadline: May 15, 1999



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UC Center in Washington, DC Seeks Director
Applications are sought for the position of director of the new University of California Center in Washington, D.C. The center, which will open in June 2001, will be located in the heart of the embassy district in Washington, D.C. It will bring together undergraduate academic programs in residential environments, programs for graduate and professional students, individual and multi-campus faculty research programs, public service activities and the University's Office of Federal Government Relations. Over the next two years, the director will oversee planning and completion of the center and will coordinate activities at the center once it opens. The director will be responsible for the overall operation of the center and will provide academic leadership.

UC Office of the President website


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RFP: The Effects of Oil on Wildlife
The Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) is soliciting proposals in the areas of oiled wildlife care and the effects of oil on wildlife. Only projects that have a relationship to the effects of petroleum on wildlife and/or their ecosystems will be considered for funding. OWCN specifically encourages high quality, field-based studies and specific projects that will improve the treatment of life animals. Research done on species that do not live in California must be applicable to those species or their ecosystems that do occur in California. Deadline: June 15, 1999


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