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March 24, 2000

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John Constantine, Colin Carter and Cathy Pickett Honored
Lecturer John Constantine, professor and chair Colin Carter and undergraduate advising assistant Cathy Pickett of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics recently were recognized for outstanding service by Delta Sigma Pi, the campus professional business fraternity. Constantine received the organization's Professor-of-the-Year Award. "John is a wonderful teacher," Carter said. " The students rave about him." The awards were presented at the chapter's annual faculty dinner in March.


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Christine Bruhn is Keynote Speaker at Brighton Conference
Professor Christine Bruhn, director of the Center for Consumer Research, Department of Food Science & Technology, was keynote speaker at the three-day British Crop Protection Conference in Brighton, England. She presented the 26th Bawden Lecture, making a detailed analysis of the differences in North American and European consumer attitudes regarding biotechnology and food production and how these attitudes have evolved. Bruhn believes that lack of trust and misinformation are the main impediments to consumer acceptance of new technologies. Bruhn believes that new plant production and processing techniques serve no value if they are misunderstood or rejected at any stage of the food cycle. She encourages the scientific community to increase communication with non-scientists, especially consumers, retailers and farmers. "Without communicating potential benefits and addressing concerns, innovations may not be realized," Bruhn said. "If the avenues of communication are not used by the scientists, they can become dominated by special-interest groups who may, or may not, share science-based information." The conference, organized by the British Crop Protection Council, was attended by 1,200 delegates.


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Biological Mass Spectrometry Workshop
The Molecular Structure Facility hosts the Biological Mass Spectrometry Workshop on Wednesday, April 12, 2000, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held at 1022 Life Science Building. The workshop is designed for beginners as well as sophisticated mass spectrometry users. Alma Burlingame of UC San Francisco is workshop leader. Topics include: Basics of Mass Spectrometry (ionization methods and instrumentation) Biological Sample Preparation for Mass Spectrometry Protein and Proteome Analysis Elucidation of Posttranslational Modifications (including phosphorylation) Oligosaccaharide Structure Determination Application of QSTAR (ESI-TOF hybrid instrument) in Proteomics Emerging Technologies Registration is limited to 85. Fee: $25



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Women Leaders in Agriculture Conference
UC Merced will host its first Women Leaders in Agriculture Conference on Wednesday, April 12, 2000, in Fresno. Sessions scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. highlight keynote and luncheon speakers and breakout sessions with a broad range of topics, including: Critical water issues Food Safety Labor/housing Leadership Registration fee: $35

Helen Sullivan
UC Merced
(559) 241-7120

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Particulate Pollution Symposium
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) is hosting its first spring symposium at the Clark Kerr Conference Center at UC Berkeley on Friday, April 7, 2000, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The title of the symposium is "Particulate Pollution: Research and Policy Issues." The $40 registration fee covers continental breakfast, lunch and an evening reception. There is no charge for COEH affiliates.


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The Shining Cloth: Life-Reflective Textiles and Dress
Why do humans invest so much energy and so many valuable resources making and obtaining shining cloth? What is the significance of this universal attraction? The Design Gallery exhibition, "The Shining Cloth: Light-Reflective Textiles and Dress," examines this phenomenon through a presentation of clothing, adornment and ceremonial textiles from diverse cultural and ethnic groups around the world. The exhibition highlights the arts, fashion, material culture, women's studies, anthropology and the natural sciences. It presents many artifacts illustrated in the book "The Shining Cloth: Dress and Adornment that Glitter" by design professor Victoria Rivers of the Department of Environmental Design. A curator talk will be held Sunday, April 9, at 1 p.m. in 176 Everson Hall. There is a guest fee of $10; students are free with ID. An opening reception and book signing will be held following the lecture at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the Design Gallery.

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

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Fashion on Parade: 1900 to 1960
Sacramento Central Library
828 I Street, 4th Floor
Through March 31, 2000
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday - 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday - 1 to 5 p.m. Drop by the Sacramento Central Library and see the exhibit of period women's clothing and accessories on loan from the design collection of the Department of Environmental Design. According to design collection manager Gayle BonDurant, the collection dates back to 1961 when a visiting scholar from Peru donated a girl's wool outfit. The collection contains over 10,000 objects for research and exhibition, including architectural renderings and photographs, textile and costume artifacts, folk art and toys. Objects are reserved for the exclusive use of design faculty and students to support and enhance teaching and research in design as it relates to the major curriculum. Collection materials frequently are displayed and brought to the classroom for student examination. The strength of the collection's holdings is historic and ethnographic costumes and textiles, including basketry. The curator and collection manager carefully screen potential gifts to the collection for quality, as well as for relevance to design major courses. While the collection is used primarily to supplement the design curriculum, BonDurant receives requests to borrow objects for use outside the department. Currently, the San Francisco International Airport Museum is exhibiting a Korean wedding ensemble in its "Something Borrowed, Something New: A World of Bridal Attire" exhibition that runs through June 2000. The design collection is computer cataloged with photographic documentation so that students may use it for research and creative inspiration.

More information is availableonline



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April in the Arboretum
Free guided walking tours begin at 2 p.m. on Sundays:

April 2
Family Nature Walk: Who Lives Here? Animals in the Arboretum Meet at arboretum headquarters

April 9
Spring in the Storer Garden Meet at the gazebo at Shields Grove

April 16
Plants to Attract Hummingbirds Meet at Alumni & Visitors Center

April 23
Spring in the Mary Wattis Brown Garden: California Native Plants Meet at Alumni & Visitors Center

April 30
Using Desert Plants in the Landscape Meet at arboretum headquarters

Take a walk with arboretum superintendent Warren Roberts at 12 noon:

April 12
Meet at the gazebo at Shields Grove

Wildlife events for families:

April 22
Saturday morning bird walk 8 a.m.
Meet at Alumni & Visitors Center

April 28
Local Reptiles and Amphibians 7 p.m.
Meet at Putah Creek Lodge


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Fulbright Scholars Conduct Research in College
Four Fulbright Scholars are conducting research at UC Davis in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. They are among about 750 international scholars who received Fulbright grants for research at U.S. colleges and universities in 1999-2000. The exchange program sent a similar number of U.S. faculty members and professionals abroad for up to a year of study or teaching. The Fulbright Scholars come from Russia, Hungary, Norway and Denmark. They are: Valentina Prikhodko, a Russian researcher working in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources to develop ways of preventing irrigation-water contamination, soil degradation and other environmental problems. She comes from the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Basic Biological Problems in Pushchino, near Moscow. Judit Timar, a Hungarian scholar working in the Department of Human and Community Development comparing illegal immigration of farm workers from Romania into Hungary with Mexican immigration into California. She directs a research center for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Eastern Hungary. Hans Hoen, a forest scientist from the Agricultural University of Norway conducting advanced studies of forest and natural-resource economics in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Thomas Randrup, a researcher and senior consultant from the Danish Forest and Landscape Research Institute in Hoersholm, Denmark, working to quantify the benefits of urban forests. He is conducting research at the U.S. Forest Service's Western Center for Urban Forest Research and Education affiliated with the Department of Environmental Horticulture.


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John Driscoll Teaches New "Real-World" Course
The Department of Environmental Design is working with Bank of America to establish a new program through which student designers and "real-world clients" can work together on actual projects. The bank's donation to this program will assist in connecting course work with public service for non-profit organizations. The Bank of America donation will fund the instructor's salary for the course and provide high-density computer discs to store photographic images of student projects. The new course will be taught spring quarter 2000 by lecturer John Driscoll. Students will meet with representatives of community organizations to learn about programs, communication needs and client service targets and to identify the information the organization would like to see online. Then the student will design a Web site for the organization. In some instances, a student also may design an accompanying brochure or identity piece for the client. During the design process, students will be expected to interact with clients regarding the nature of the design, being certain to build toward a final result that is appropriate to meet the client's goals. According to department chair Patricia Harrison, this new course gives students the opportunity to learn and work on "real-world projects" rather than on imaginary ones. Students also will be exposed to the "business" of design.

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

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New Dairy Foods Facility
A new laboratory for research and teaching related to milk, cheese, ice cream and other dairy products is slated for construction this year at UC Davis, according to Professor John Krochta who holds the Peter J. Shields Endowed Chair in Dairy Food Science. The 1,500-square-foot facility will be housed in Cruess Hall in the Department of Food Science & Technology's pilot food-processing plant. It will be used by food science researchers, undergraduate students and continuing education classes taught through University Extension. The four-room complex, which should be completed and operational in the summer of 2001, will provide space and equipment for receiving, separating, homogenizing and pasteurizing milk. One room is designed specifically for cheese production. It also will be usable for ice cream and other dairy products. One room is designed as a lab to support activities of the facility. A third room will provide storage space for dairy-processing equipment. The UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are funding the $250,000 facility. In addition, Krochta committed $100,000 of Shield endowment funds for new equipment.


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Satellite and Distance Ed Programs
Contact ANR Communication Services for a listing of satellite programs or computer and videotape courses in the areas of agriculture, natural resources, youth development, and food, nutrition, family and consumer resources. Most satellite programs are free. College-level courses are available to county and campus Cooperative Extension staff and their clientele and to other educational institutions. There is a registration fee for each course.

Karen L. Berke
ANR Communication Services
[email protected]
(530) 754-9550

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Development Highlights
According to development director Rick Swantz, when Marvin Sands, founder of Canandaigua Brands, passed away, his "industry friends" pledged over $400,000 to establish an endowment in his honor in the Department of Viticulture & Enology. To date, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. has contributed $100,000; the Goldring Family Foundation awarded a grant for $50,000; and the Wirtz Corporation contributed $100,000. Plans call for an endowed chair honoring Sands. Sands founded Canandaigua Industries in 1945. It grew from a small bulk wine producer in the Northeast to an international, diversified multi-billion dollar beverage company.

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

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Call for Abstracts: Symposium on Advances in Clinical Nutrition
The Symposium on Advances in Clinical Nutrition will be held October 12-15, 2000, at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas. Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 22, 2000

More information is availableonline


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RFP: Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants
The Agricultural Research Service and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service announce the Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program for fiscal year 2000. Grants will be awarded to support science-based biotechnology regulation, thereby helping to address concerns about the effects of introducing genetically modified organisms into the environment and helping regulators develop policies regarding such introduction. The program's emphasis is on risk assessment, defined as the science-based evaluation and interpretation of factual information in which a given hazard, if any, is identified, and the consequences associated with the hazard are explored. Research funded through this program will be relevant to risk assessment and the regulatory process. Deadline: April 10, 2000

Deborah Sheely
CSREES-USDA
[email protected]
(202) 401-1924

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RFP: K-12 Education
The CRESS Center, Division of Education, invites proposals for grants from campus faculty, staff and graduate students and K-12 teachers and administrators conducting collaborative educational research and development projects that have the potential to improve elementary and secondary education. Grants will be awarded in three categories: Mini-Grants, Planning Grants and Large-Project Grants. Projects may be funded for six or 12 months. Deadline: April 5, 2000

More information is availableonline



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