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April 12, 2002

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A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Communications

Communication is vital to the role of higher education in society. Our college’s mission statement contains the phrase “communicate knowledge,” which refers to our obligation as a land-grant institution to inform the public about scientific discoveries and research advances. Public awareness of our accomplishments is essential when we reach out to recruit students, raise development funds and address new challenges and opportunities. Upon the recommendation of an external advisory committee, our college formed the College Advancement Team (CAT) last spring. The role of the CAT team is to provide effective communications, strategic relationship building and broad-based fundraising efforts for the college. It has a strategic plan to strengthen the college’s sense of community; encourage student recruitment; involve donors in the college; expand our base of support; invite constituencies to support those academic priorities most closely aligned with their personal values; and work collaboratively with Public Communications to expand our presence to internal and external audiences. The new team is led by Richard Engel, director of student services and outreach; Rhoda McKnight, director of communications; and Rick Swantz, director of development. Other members of the CAT team include Margarita Camarena, senior artist; Julia Munsch, Webmaster; Clifton Parker, senior writer; Deborah Fredrickson, administrative assistant; Donna Gutierrez, administrative assistant; and Sharon Lynch, assistant director for relations

Neal K. Van Alfen
Dean
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]

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Dennis Rolston to Head John Muir Institute
Dennis Rolston is the new director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment. He fills the vacancy created by previous director Robert Flocchini's recent decision to oversee the campus's Crocker Nuclear Laboratory and other projects. A specialist in contaminant transport processes in soils, Rolston has been on the UC Davis faculty for 32 years and is a professor and former chair in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. "Our goal in taking these actions is to bring UC Davis the recognition it deserves as the flagship environmental campus in the UC system and a leader nationally and internationally for environmental research and teaching,” Rolston said

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The Buzzzz from Eric Mussen
While California led the nation in the production of honeybee nectar, the industry is faced with higher prices, cutthroat competition by foreign exporters, pest problems and dry weather, reports the Los Angeles Times. Eric Mussen, a Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Entomology, said the number of beekeepers has decreased in the past 10 years and that few new beekeepers are filling the ranks. "I would say it's tenuously holding its own at the moment," he said of the industry.

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Pamela Ronald and Rice Genome Strides
Pamela Ronald, an associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, coauthored a commentary in the April 5 issue of the journal Science that announced the completion of the rice genome sequencing. In 1995, Ronald isolated the first complete disease-resistance gene in rice. “The challenge ahead for the plant research community is to design efficient ways to tap into the wealth of rice genome sequence information to address production constraints in an environmentally sustainable manner.”

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The Sacramento Bee published an article on the wary reaction of farmers to rice genome sequencing, viewableonline


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Shang Fa Yang and Edwin Frankel Honored
The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has identified Shang Fa Yang, professor emeritus in the Department of Vegetable Crops, and Edwin Frankel, adjunct professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, as among the top 15 researchers worldwide in their fields. Yang was selected for his work in plant and animal sciences, and Frankel, in the agricultural sciences. ISI will honor the scientists at a reception in New Orleans, La., on April 22. The method is based on total citations to research papers from 1981 through 1999. Many scholars have found citation data to be a significant way to measure research performance

ISI Online


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Douglas Shaw and Diamante Strawberries
A late-winter cold snap in California has delayed the development of the region's strawberries, the Sacramento Bee reports. Meanwhile, a new strawberry variety, the Diamante, is rising in popularity. “The Diamante is gaining in favor primarily for its consistent production through the summer and into fall, its large size and its rich flavor,” says Doug Shaw, a professor in the Department of Pomology. "The market seems to be demanding this," he said.

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UC Davis Woven Into National Textile Center
UC Davis has been selected for membership in the National Textile Center, a federally funded research consortium. CA&ES’ Division of Textiles and Clothing includes researchers studying bio-based materials, nano-materials, functional textile products for health and safety, sensory science, and consumer behavior and cultural meanings. “We’re all very excited about joining the consortium,” said professor Susan Kaiser, chair of the division, “We’re already seeing a significant difference in opportunities in research, outreach and teaching.” The National Textile Center also includes Auburn University, Clemson University, Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Cornell University and Philadelphia University. The institutions share human resources, equipment and facilities in the goal of developing innovative research on textiles. California is the leading U.S. apparel manufacturer with $13 billion in products each year.

National Textile Center website


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Robert Mondavi Institute Web Site Unveiled
The new Web site for the planned Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Sciences is online! The site features information on the institute’s vision, facilities, people, research and teaching, service and outreach efforts, and gift options. In 2001, Robert Mondavi donated $25 million to UC Davis to create the Robert Mondavi Institute. Groundbreaking on the main academic building is set for 2004.

Robert Mondavi Instituite Web Site


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Picnic Day 2002
Saturday, April 20, is UC Davis' 89th Picnic Day celebration. Students, parents, alumni and guests will visit our campus to recognize our achievements and goals for the future. This year's theme is "Open Door, Open Mind." We invite everyone to stop by CA&ES’ yellow and white "college canopy" for a beverage and to say hello to Dean Neal Van Alfen. The canopy will be at the southwest corner of North and West Quad Streets, behind the parade reviewing stand bleachers near Wickson Hall. Come visit between 9 a.m. and noon.

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

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CE Specialists Meeting
The spring meeting for UC Davis Cooperative Extension specialists will be held May 15 at 3 p.m. in the Silo’s Cabernet Room. Lanny Lund, assistant vice president for programs in DANR, and Neal Van Alfen, dean of CA&ES, will be among the speakers. The meeting will include updates on CE specialist equivalent status, support parity, budget information, position allocations and departmental outreach plans. Please forward agenda suggestions by April 19 to Frank Zalom.


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A Cultural Experience in Yeast
The Sacramento Business Journal profiled the Herman J. Phaff Yeast Culture Collection and the efforts of postgraduate researcher Kyria Boundy-Mills in maintaining it. Phaff, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, died in 2001. During his career Phaff and his colleagues collected 6,400 strains of the single-celled fungi. “That roomful of cultures is so precious,” noted Boundy-Mills, also in the food science and technology department. She hopes to build an endowment of $500,000 to help further catalog and maintain the yeast collection.

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Boost for Organic Agriculture
Organic agriculture is the main beneficiary of the largest private grant ever awarded to the University of California's sustainable agriculture program. The Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation has awarded $450,000 to the statewide UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) to support four county-level programs for California organic farming and soil health research and extension. The intent of the Heller grant is to increase knowledge and information about organic farming systems, support commodity-specific organic production manuals, and plan a UC scientific conference on organic farming research.

Sean L. Swezey
Director
SAREP
[email protected]
(530) 752-2379, (408) 459-4367

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Agricultural Search Engine on Web
Web Agri In France has introduced an agricultural search engine. At latest count, it can search more than 764,244 web pages for information.

The address for Web Agri ishttp://www.web-agri.com


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Voice Your Viewpoints – Op-eds
Faculty members often like to share their knowledge on a broad range of public issues in the form of opinion articles. Clifton Parker, Dean's Office senior writer, works with op-ed authors to sharpen arguments, edit to an appropriate length and identify possible publications. Here are a few tips -- "take a stand, keep it short, use everyday language and think about structure." Contact Parker for editing assistance and a two-page tip sheet on writing op-eds.

Clifton Parker
Senior Writer
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 752-2120

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Small Farm Resources Now Online
Small farmers, researchers and extension educators seeking useful information on a wide range of agricultural topics now have direct access to hundreds of articles on the recently developed UC Small Farm Center Online Resource Library. This continuously updated online resource contains more than 1,000 database entries.

UC Small Farm Center Online Resource Library


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Homeless in Yolo County
About 428 homeless people live in Yolo County, which is up by 61 from the year before, according to the latest figures. Professor Dean MacCannell, chair of the landscape architecture department and a professor in the environmental design department, authored this report on the itinerant population in UC Davis’ home county. Other findings included the fact homeless men outnumber homeless women three-to-one; drug use among homeless people is declining; the lack of education among the homeless is still fairly low; and more than one-third of the homeless are mentally ill.

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Methyl Bromide Update
In 2001, California established new regulations for the use of methyl bromide, an agricultural fumigant. A new study shows that the economic costs of these regulations were significant and unevenly distributed among growers. A recent court ruling makes it unclear whether these regulations will continue in 2002 and beyond. Collaborating on the research article were professor Colin Carter, professor and chair James Chalfant, assistant professor Rachael Goodhue and Ph.D. candidate Tian Xia, all in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

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Celebrating Landscape Architecture
The American Society of Landscape Architects will hold its 11th annual student and professional dinner on April 18 at the Rec Pool Lodge on the UC Davis campus. The event will honor Robert Thayer, a recently retired professor in the Department of Environmental Design. Guest speakers include David Robertson, a UC Davis professor of English, and Dan Doneline, the American Society of Landscape Architects’ vice president for education.

Victoria E. Whitworth
CDR Coordinator
Department of Environmental Design
[email protected]
(530) 752-2245

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Eco Kids at the Arboretum
Children who love the outdoors, plants and animals can participate in the Eco-kids summer camp on the UC Davis campus. Sponsored by the UC Davis Arboretum and the Student Ecological Farm, this program is open to kids aged 8 to 11. Activities include games, hiking, gardening, scientific investigations, crafts and performance art. Campers can choose from among three week-long theme camps – the Hands-on Nature camp (June 24-28, July 22-26), Putah Players camp (July 1-5, July 29-Aug. 2) and Farm Days (July 8-12, Aug. 5-9). Eco-kids summer camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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John Iacovelli Exhibition
Emmy award winning production designer John Iacovelli will provide a glimpse into his world of dreams and fantastical places in Design for Stage and Screen: The Worlds of John Iacovelli. The exhibition opens May 5 in the Design Museum, 145 Walker Hall. That day Iacovelli will give a talk at 1 p.m. in 176 Everson Hall. A reception follows from 2-4 p.m. in 145 Walker Hall.

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

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Central Valley Tour
A tour of the Central Valley water and watershed areas will be held May 22-24. Sponsored by the Water Education Foundation, the excursion starts at the Sacramento International Airport, travels down the west side of the San Joaquin Valley to Bakersfield and back up the east side to Sacramento. Along the way speakers will discuss water topics and the role of the San Joaquin Valley in water issues affecting the rest of California.

Water Education Foundation online



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Where’s the Beef … Marketing?
Beef marketing will be the main focus of the annual UC Beef and Range Field Day on April 18 at the University of California's Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center. Cattle ranchers today are learning the nuances of grass-fed cattle management and how to sell finished products at farmers' markets. The UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center is located between the Yuba City/Marysville area and Grass Valley at 8279 Scott Forbes Road, Browns Valley.


International Alumni & Visitors Program
(530) 639-8800

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That Other White Wine
Sauvignon blanc, "the other white wine," will be explored May 7-8 at an international symposium. Sauvignon blanc experts from around the world will convene at Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa in Clear Lake for the International Symposium on Sauvignon Blanc. The Lake County Wine Grape Commission in partnership with the UC Cooperative Extension in Lake and Mendocino counties is sponsoring the event.

Glenn McGourty
Cooperative Extension Advisor
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
[email protected]
(707) 463-4495

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Pomology Seminar
The Department of Pomology will hold a seminar on plant proteins on April 15 at 12:10 p.m. in 2124 Wickson Hall. Professor Eduardo Blumwald’s talk is titled, “The Role of Accessory Protein Complexes in Clathrin-mediated Vesicle Trafficking in Plants.” During his career, Blumwald’s research has focused on the cellular and molecular bases of adaptation of plants to biotic and abiotic stress.


Department of Pomology
(530) 752-0122

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Marlin Brandon Rice Research Fellowship
A memorial fellowship honoring D. Marlin Brandon provides financial assistance to students pursuing careers in rice production science and technology. One or more awards of varying amounts may be presented to qualified applicants. Students must be in undergraduate or graduate school in the UC or CSU systems. Preference will be given to those students studying some aspect of rice. Application forms are available from the Rice Research Trust by e-mail or at P.O. Box 306, Biggs, CA 95917-0306. Deadline: June 30

Kent McKenzie
Director
Rice Experiment Station
[email protected]
(530) 868-5481

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