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September 15, 2000

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Judith Stern Elected to Committee of Experts

Professor Judith Stern, Department of Nutrition, was elected to the Bioavailability and Nutrient Absorption Expert Committee by the U.S. Pharamacopeia Council of Experts. She will serve for five years. The committee sets manufacturing standards for vitamins, minerals and herbals. Stern is a professor in the Departments of Nutrition and Internal Medicine/Division of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, director of the UC Davis Food Intake Laboratory Group and co-director of the Alternative Medicine Center for Research in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. She currently is studying the effects of obesity on longevity, lipids and renal disease. Stern joined UC Davis in 1975.

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Jim McHenry Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Weed science emeritus W. B. Jim McHenry, Department of Vegetable Crops, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from California and western professional land managers at their forest-management meeting in Redding. He was recognized for contributions to forest vegetation management. McHenry developed many of the weed-management principles used today in forest plantations. Among his publications are papers on poison oak and blackberry control and identification and the earliest work on perennial pepperweed control.

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College Celebration
The College Celebration is Friday, October 27, 2000. Mark your calendars!!

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

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Award of Distinction Recipients
Eleven individuals and one family were named 2000 Award of Distinction recipients by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The designation is the highest presented by the college to individuals whose contributions and achievements enrich the image and reputation of the college and enhance its ability to provide public service. Award recipients will be recognized at College Celebration on Friday, October 27, 2000. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m.; a reception follows. Complimentary parking is available for registered guests. Joe Aparicio ('54, Agricultural Education; '55, Education Credential) Professor (Retired) American River College Farmer Sutter Creek, California Joe Aparicio is an expert in identifying native plants. Since retirement from American River College, he has taken over the family farm in Amador County and serves as a visiting lecturer and adviser to Cooperative Extension, 4-H, FFA and the Master Gardener Program. He was president of the Amador County Grape Growers Association and the Amador County Farm Bureau. G. Eric Bradford Professor Emeritus Department of Animal Science UC Davis Davis, California Eric Bradford came to UC Davis as a faculty member in 1957. He devoted his career to the genetics of reproduction and growth in livestock and laboratory animals. He was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in 1984 and served as UC Davis Genetics Graduate Group chair, Department of Animal Science chair and associate dean of the college. John Diener ('74, Agricultural Economics and Business Management) Farm Owner/Manager Five Points, California John Diener is a large-scale organic grower in Fresno County. He developed the award-winning Integrated On-farm Drainage Management System that reduces the impacts of salinization and prime agricultural land going out of production. Diener is a member of California Agricultural Leadership Program, Class XX. He received the Governor's 1999 Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. Daniel M. Dooley ('73, Agricultural Economics and Business Management) Attorney Dooley, Herr & Williams, LLP Farmer/Partner Dooley Farms Visalia, California Daniel Dooley is an attorney with a general civil and business law firm specializing in water, agriculture, environmental land use and business law. He also farms diversified row crops including cotton, alfalfa and walnuts. He is a member of UC President Atkinson's Advisory Council on Agriculture and Natural Resources and chair of the Agricultural Issues Center advisory council. Richard R. Engel ('90, Agricultural Education; '91, Education Credential) CA&ES Director of Student Recruitment and Outreach UC Davis Woodland, California Rich Engel joined the college's Dean's Office in July 2000. Previously, he coordinated student and teacher programs in 58 California counties for California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, developing strategic planning sessions for agricultural literacy and education programs. Engel is a Class XXVIII graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Marylee Hardie ('64, Home Economics) Volunteer Davis, California Marylee Hardie has served UC Davis and its programs for 35 years. She has been a strong supporter of the library, UC Davis Presents, Team Aggie, Trellis Alliance in the Department of Viticulture and Enology, Design Alliance in the Department of Environmental Design, the Faculty/University Club, International House and the Cal Aggie Foundation/UC Davis Foundation. Landon Heffner ('72, Applied Behavioral Science; M.A., '74, Education) Vice President Monrovia Glendora, California Landon Heffner has inspired and improved the careers of hundreds of individuals in agriculture, horticulture and ranching through his teaching, counseling, advising and training efforts. He developed and taught courses in basic cultural norms, foreign language, problem solving and production efficiency to Spanish-speaking workers in order to assimilate migrant workers into California's agricultural economy. Walter E. Howard Professor Emeritus Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology UC Davis Davis, California Walter Howard joined the UC Davis faculty in 1947, specializing in applied ecology. His professional contributions in the field of wildlife damage management, agricultural crop and livestock, protection from vertebrate pests, and human health and food safety from vertebrate pests are legendary nationally and internationally. Howard retired in 1987. Adel Kader (M.S., '62, Vegetable Crops; Ph.D., '66, Plant Physiology) Professor Department of Pomology UC Davis Davis, California Adel Kader's work on brown stain damage to lettuce, tomato ripening and taste quality and postharvest handling of pistachio nuts has helped industry develop solutions and set standards. The Postharvest Outreach Program was formed under Kader's leadership; it has become the development model for other college research and information centers. Lloyd Swift Wildlife Biologist USDA-Forest Service (Retired) Falls Church, Virginia Lloyd Swift studied range science at UC Davis in 1922. He began working with the U.S. Forest Service as a summer intern and became the agency's highest-ranking wildlife biologist and a respected USDA-Forest Service administrator. He served as a consulting biologist for USAID, FAO, UNESCO, the United Nations Special Fund and other agencies in the U.S., Africa and the Middle East. Robert K. Webster (Ph.D., '66, Plant Pathology) Professor Department of Plant Pathology UC Davis Davis, California Robert Webster joined the college's plant pathology faculty in 1966. He served as department chair, acting dean of the college and assistant director of programs for UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Webster has been honored for pioneering studies on rice disease management and alternatives to burning rice field residues. He works closely with the wine and grape industry and other commodity groups. Wente Family Winemakers/Ranchers/Restaurateurs Livermore, California The Wentes are fourth generation California vineyardists and winemakers with over 3,000 vineyard acres in the Livermore Valley and Monterey County. Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the country's oldest continuously operated family-owned winery. The family has been recognized nationally and internationally for its interest in farming, new growing areas, new crushing, fermenting and cellaring techniques, sophisticated wine and food program development and wine education, as well as its industry commitment, community service and political hard work.

View all of the recipientsonline

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

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Dennis Raveling Scholarship
The Dennis Raveling Scholarship for Waterfowl Research is awarded annually to students with a desire to pursue a career in waterfowl or wetlands ecology. Awards are based on the candidate's resolve, high academic achievement and project merit. Candidates must be pursuing an advanced university degree in wildlife, zoology, botany, ecology or other pertinent biological science. Deadline: October 31, 2000

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Ford Foundation Fellowships for Minorities
The Ford Foundation is sponsoring approximately 60 predoctoral, 40 dissertation and 30 postdoctoral fellowships to be administered by the National Research Council. Eligible applicants will be U.S. citizens or nationals, Native American Indian, Mexican American/Chicana/Chicano, Alaskan Native, Native Pacific Islander, Black/African American or Puerto Rican and planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Predoctoral deadline: November 10, 2000 Dissertation deadline: December 1, 2000 Postdoctoral deadline: January 8, 2001

More information availableonline

Fellowship Programs Office
National Research Council
(202) 334-2872

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Aquatic Weed Science School
UC is offering a special school to help consultants, managers and researchers learn how to help others cope with aquatic weeds. The Aquatic Weed Science School will be held October 17-18, 2000, at the Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland. The program will examine all methods of aquatic weed management, including mechanical, biological, cultural and chemical control. Aquatic Weed School director and UC Cooperative Extension weed specialist Joe DiTomaso leads a faculty of top government and university scientists.

WRIC website

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Health and Safety in Western Agriculture
The UC Agricultural Health and Safety Center presents a three-day program titled Health and Safety in Western Agriculture: A Practical Approach. It will be held November 5-7, 2000, in Sacramento.

Conference information, abstract and poster instructions and downloadable forms are availableonline

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National Alfalfa Symposium
The UC Agricultural Health and Safety Center presents a three-day program titled Health and Safety in Western Agriculture: A Practical Approach. It will be held November 5-7, 2000, in Sacramento. Registration deadline: November 9, 2000

Nikki D. Picanco
Department of Agronomy and Range Science
(530) 752-0700

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