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July 14, 2000

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College Wins Five 2000 Design Awards!

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences was notified last week of three national and two international design awards presented for editorial and design excellence - one for its new Web site and four for print projects. College publicist Rhoda McKnight of the Dean's Office coordinated efforts for all five projects with assistance from computer production specialist Margarita Camarena. The National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA) presented three awards to the college at its annual conference held last week at Purdue University. Category: Alumni and Donor Publication, one-to-three colors college periodical 1st Place - "CA&ES Outlook" Alumni magazine Category: Alumni and Donor Publication, Department or Unit Newsletter 1st Place - Psittacine "Exotic Bird Report" Program newsletter produced by the Department of Animal Science James Millam and Chris Craig-Veit Gary Anderson, Chair Category: Alumni and Donor Publication, Department or Unit Publication 2nd Place - "LAWR Newsletter" Department of Land, Air and Water Resources Sandy Filby and Brenda Wing Dennis Rolston, Chair Category: Web Sites CA&ES Web Site Last year, McKnight and Camarena received a first-place award for thea best World Wide Web site in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Program competition. The competition recognizes excellence in 44 categories in the areas of alumni programming, institutional relations, electronic and news media, and periodicals and publications. They also received five design awards in 1999 from NAADA for college publications and promotional pieces.

Check out the award-winning website at

Julia A. Munsch
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 754-7771

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Robert Fridley Appointed to NRC's ARC Board
Professor emeritus Robert Fridley of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and special assistant to the dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been appointed to serve on the National Research Council's Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. Members, including leading scientists, engineers and professionals, advise the nation's leaders on issues of scientific and technical importance.

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Alex McCalla Named Canadian AES Fellow
Professor emeritus Alex McCalla, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, was recognized as a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society at its annual meeting in Vancouver. An internationally recognized authority on economics of agricultural trade, agricultural policy, economic development and world food policy, McCalla is one of a half dozen distinguished agricultural economists who founded the International Agricultural Trade Research consortium. His research interests are in international trade in agricultural products, international implications of domestic agricultural and macro policy, agriculture and economic development and world food policy.

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Steven Blank Elected WAEA President
Cooperative Extension specialist Steven Blank, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and assistant in the Office of the Vice Provost, was elected president of the Western Agricultural Economics Association for 2001-02. As president-elect, he participated in the WAEA Executive Council Meeting in Vancouver several weeks ago and will present his presidential address at the group's 2001 annual meeting in Logan, Utah. Blank's work ranges from financial management to decision-making under risk. His work also has looked at rural finance issues and the relationship between rural and urban economic development and at risk management methods and tools, such as futures markets and crop insurance.

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Liz Applegate Assists U.S. Track and Field Trials
Lecturer Liz Applegate, Department of Nutrition, was asked to help plan the menus available to athletes at hotels and on-site locations during the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Sacramento. A former award-winning triathlete, Applegate suggests menus that offer a variety of high-quality proteins and carbohydrates and plenty of soy-based products, such as tofu and soymilk, for vegetarian athletes. A nationally recognized expert on nutrition and performance, Applegate's undergraduate nutrition classes are among the nation's largest with enrollments exceeding 2,000 annually. She recently received the UC Davis Excellence in Teaching Award. Applegate is author of "Power Foods: High- Performance Nutrition for High-Performance People." Her new book is titled "Eat Your Way to a Healthy Heart: Chocolate and 99 Other Foods to Help Your Heart." Applegate shares her expertise on developing and marketing food products and writing consumer and educational materials with various Fortune 500 companies. She is a nutritionist for the National Cycling Team and a nutrition consultant for NBA and NFL teams, as well as for professional and Olympic athletes.

Liz A. Applegate
Department of Nutrition
[email protected]
(530) 752-6682

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Kenneth Brown Chairs International Steering Committee
Professor Kenneth Brown, Department of Nutrition, is chair of the eight-member international steering committee of the newly formed International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group that met in Stockholm, Sweden, at the conference on Zinc and Human Health. The Nutrition Programme of the United Nations University and the International Union of Nutrition Scientists established the group to promote improved zinc nutriture in vulnerable populations of low-income countries and to provide related technical assistance to governments and international agencies.

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Larry Schwankl and Blaine Hanson Receive Awards
The Best Practice Paper Award of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute Irrigation and Drainage Council of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) was presented to irrigation and drainage specialist Blaine Hanson and irrigation specialist Larry Schwankl of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. They were honored in June at the ASCE Watershed and Operations Management 2000 Conference at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. The award recognized their paper titled "Error Analysis of Flow Meter Measurements" published in the ASCE Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering.

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Annie King Featured in Ag Article
Professor Annie King, Department of Animal Science, associate dean of undergraduate academic programs, was featured in the June 2000 issue of Black Issues in High Education in an article titled "African Americans and Agriculture." In the interview, King commented that students often shy away from agriculture. "I was taught by my parents who had been sharecroppers that working on the land or with products from the land was an honorable profession. But many parents and grandparents today tell young men and women about the great hardship associated with slavery or they speak about dirty, hard work with low pay, or even the loss of family-owned farms. "Students bring these stories forward with them into high school and college, thus missing many new, rewarding experiences and careers," she added. In a sidebar article, King wrote "Researching Leaner, Tastier Poultry Meat," highlighting work currently underway in her lab. King is a member of the Graduate Groups in Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Avian Sciences and Food Science. Her research interests include prevention of lipid oxidation in poultry muscle, eggs and their products; and methodologies for determination of cholesterol and its oxidized derivatives in poultry muscle and eggs.

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Donald Crobsy Receives International Award for Research
Professor emeritus Donald Crosby, Department of Environmental Toxicology, was presented the ACS International Award for Research in Agrochemicals by the agrochemicals division of the American Chemical Society. Crosby will be honored at the group's national meeting in San Diego in 2001. Crosby's area of research is chemical aspects of ecology, environmental photochemistry, water chemistry, and marine chemistry and toxicology. He is a member of the Graduate Groups in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, and Pharmacology and Toxicology.

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Peter Klimley Talks with National Geographic
Associate research behaviorist Peter Klimley of the Bodega Marine Laboratory was quoted in a recent article on great white sharks in a National Geographic article titled "Inside the Great White." Over the past few decades, great white shark attacks have increased, partly because there are more divers and swimmers using the water; however, fatal attacks have decreased. Years ago, half of the people who had been attacked died; today, four out of five of them survive. While it is thought that improvements in community and emergency medical care have saved many lives, Klimley commented that in some cases, the sharks change their minds. "These sharks are seizing people and holding them while they make a decision about whether or not they want them. Strike. Hold. And release."

The entire story is available atNational Geographic online

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WCURFE and LAWR Partnership
The Western Center for Urban Forest Research and Education is partnering with the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources to develop a computerized decision support tool for urban watershed management in Los Angeles. The three-year project received $517,000 from the California Department of Forestry to develop and test a computer-based tool that watershed managers can use in the field to evaluate the cost effectiveness of environmentally friendly landscape practices. Such a tool is needed to implement best management practices (BMP) aimed at reducing stormwater runoff and landscape irrigation water use, conserving energy and recycling green waste. Associate professor Susan Ustin and postgraduate researcher Qingfu Xiao of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources will monitor the effectiveness of BMPs already installed at a South Central LA residence and develop the model's hydrologic component. Research scientists Jim Simpson and Greg McPherson of the Forest Service's Western Center are working with graduate student Virak Dee to model impacts of tree shade on building energy use. Jeff Wallace of EarthView Environmental Computing will program the user-interface. Andy Lipkis, president of TreePeople, will direct application of the tool by trained watershed managers in a San Fernando Valley demonstration project. The urban watershed-auditing tool will reside on the Web and is designed to be transferable to other regions.

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CA&ES Recognizes Two Students at Commencement
Two students were recognized at the college's commencement ceremony in June at Recreation Hall. Anacristina Lola of Daly City is the female recipient of the $1,000 Charles Hess Community Service Award, recognizing outstanding community and campus service. Lola graduated with a B.S. in nutrition with a minor in human development. Susan Palmer of Fair Oaks was presented the $500 Mary Regan Meyer Prize given to a student who demonstrates exceptional motivation. She graduated with a B.S. in ecology and culture.

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Environmental Health Scientists Conference
The NIEHS Center for Environmental Health Sciences at UC Davis presents the second annual Conference for Environmental Health Scientists on August 28, 2000, in Napa, California. The conference includes technology presentations, updates of UC environmental health and science programs, the latest research on health effects of environmental mixtures, and an opportunity for investigators, graduate students, industry and government representatives to exchange ideas. Raymond Yang, director of the Center for Environmental Toxicology and Technology, Colorado State University, is keynote speaker. His presentation is titled "Gulf War Syndrome: Are There Toxicologic Bases?

Learn more about the conferenceonline

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Health and Safety in Western Agriculture Conference
The 2000 Western Regional Conference for Agricultural Health and Safety will be held November 5-7, 2000, in Sacramento. The UC Agricultural Health and Safety Center at Davis hosts the event.

Check out the Center'swebsite

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Development News: Susan Vogt Award
When Susan R. Vogt was reviewing applications for the scholarship memorializing her father, Frank Rue, she was impressed with the perseverance of several students. She created a $2,000 Susan Vogt Award. In her gift letter to Gary Anderson, chair of the Department of Animal Science, Vogt noted: "This award should be given to a student in your department who has exhibited courage in overcoming unusual personal experiences and circumstances." Anderson calls the Susan Vogt gift "an incredibly generous gesture."

Rick A. Swantz
Director of Development
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 752-7961

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Call for Nominations: Verdant Partners Crop Genetics
Verdant Partners announces its first annual Crop Genetics Award. Crop genetics includes the seed industry, plant breeding and plant biotechnology. The award honors individuals from the international crop genetics industry in recognition of outstanding achievement and contribution. A $10,000 scholarship will be donated to a U.S. land grant college of the honoree's choice in his or her name. Verdant Partners is an international crop genetics investment bank and consultancy with offices in California, Wisconsin and Illinois. Any public- or private-sector official within the industry may nominate eligible candidates for the award.

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Call for Papers: Methyl Bromide Alternatives
The 2000 Methyl Bromide Alternatives Conference Committee invites participation in the "Annual International Research Conference on Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Emissions Reductions" in Orlando, Florida, in November 2000. The conference will feature concurrent sessions concerning research on alternatives to methyl bromide for preplant, postharvest and structural uses. There will be two-hour sessions focusing on specific topics with limited presentations and a discussion period. Deadline: Presenters submit "titles" of presentations by August 4, 2000 Deadline: Presenters submit "summaries" of presentations by September 1, 2000

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RFP: California Potato Research
The California Potato Research Advisory Board is soliciting research proposals for the period January 1, 2001, through December 31, 2001. Proposals must be submitted on forms distributed by the Experiment Station director. Deadline: August 1, 2000

Kent J. Bradford
Department of Vegetable Crops
[email protected]
(530) 752-9098

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RFP: Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program
The Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program (IHRMP)offers a competitive research grants program open to any investigator. Research proposals are invited under three main categories: landscape level changes in oak woodlands; conservation policy issues; and sustainable management practices. Deadline: August 11, 2000

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Growing Roses Safely
Did you know that home rose enthusiasts can grow beautiful roses with little or no use of toxic materials? Check out "Healthy Roses: Environmentally Friendly Ways to Manage Pests and Disorders in Your Garden and Landscape, " ANR Publication No. 21589. $10

Order online from theANR website

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Cost Effective Peaches and Plums
Want to know how two new UC Cooperative Extension studies will help plum, peach and nectarine growers improve their bottom line? They are titled "Sample Costs to Establish a Plum Orchard and Produce Plums in the Southern San Joaquin Valley" and "Sample Costs to Establish a Peach/Nectarine Orchard and Produce Peaches/Nectarines in the Southern San Joaquin Valley."

Rich DeMoura
Staff Research Associate
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
[email protected]
(530) 752-3589

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