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April 26, 2002

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A Message from Dean Van Alfen: Summer Enrollment

One key campus goal is to increase summer enrollment. Despite state budget woes, UC Davis will likely receive the full funding of $7.4 million for summer instruction this year. However, these funds come with a challenge. The state legislature set a targeted level of enrollment growth for summer 2002. As a campus, we must meet that level or the funds will be decreased according to how much we fall short of the target. Our target is an increase of at least 30 percent, or at least 280 student FTE (about 1,400 student headcount). Expanding summer session will increase access to classes for our students, who will in turn benefit from lower fees, smaller classes and fewer waiting lists. And, the campus can surely use these funds to navigate our current budgetary straits. Virginia S. Hinshaw, provost and executive vice chancellor, suggests faculty and staff take the following steps:

  • Offer all possible high-enrollment or impacted courses in summer 2002.
  • Provide instructors, especially ladder faculty, so courses are not canceled.
  • Encourage college and departmental advisers to publicize summer courses.
  • Develop plans for filling TA and Reader positions as enrollments grow.
  • Focus on academic quality no matter how much enrollment increases.



Martin F. Kenney


Department of Human and Community Development

(530) 752-0328


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Joy Mench Discusses Animal Welfare on NPR


Joy Mench, professor in the Department of Animal Science, spoke with Daniel Zwerdling of National Public Radio on how McDonald's is requiring its suppliers to raise and treat animals more humanely. Mench has consulted with McDonald’s and researched ways for livestock producers to improve the welfare of farm, laboratory and zoo animals.


To listen to the radio section, scroll down to "McDonald's and Farming" after youclick here




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Thomas Scott‘s Dengue Virus Research


The journal Nature profiled the dengue virus research of Thomas Scott, professor in the Department of Entomology and director of the Mosquito Research Laboratory. The dengue virus, spread by mosquitoes, is a health menace in tropical regions with epidemics now common in Southeast Asia. Scott‘s research in Thailand shows why dengue persists even when just a few mosquitoes are present. He is currently developing DNA techniques to evaluate the risk of dengue outbreaks in certain communities.


For more information,click here


Also, the Sacramento Bee quoted Scott in an article on the mosquito-borne West Nile virus that can be viewedhere




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Randall Fleming Builds a Better Neighborhood


Randall Fleming, managing director of Community Planning and Design Services in the Department of Environmental Design, has developed a new computer program for neighborhood planning. The PC tool combines an Excel 2000 spreadsheet with a custom-designed and interactive graphic interface. With information and images provided, users are asked 18 questions to generate a “design” of a neighborhood. Once the selections are made, the tool instantly assesses the possible outcomes of the user’s design in issues of density, land use, public service costs and pedestrian accessibility. Fleming has demonstrated the tool to the Public Policy Institute of California and the Smart Growth Funders Network.


Randall C. Fleming

Managing Director

Community Planning and Design Services

(530) 754-8408


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Dolph Gotelli’s 10,000 Shopping Bags


The 10,000-plus shopping bag collection of Professor Dolph Gotelli, Department of Environmental Design, was mentioned in the New York Times. Gotelli said he started his collection because he missed New York, particularly its shopping bags, when he moved west in 1972. The Times noted he now has bags gathered from Los Angeles to London. "You can see the history of graphic design in these bags," Professor Gotelli said.


For more information,click here



Dolph E. Gotelli


Department of Environmental Design

(530) 752-2589


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Michael Fotheringham Transforms Union Square


Michael Fotheringham, lecturer in the landscape architecture program in the Department of Environmental Design, is heading up the redesign of Union Square in San Francisco’s shopping district. In 1997, 300 designers from around the world submitted proposals. The team of April Philips Design Works and Fotheringham won with their concept titled "Stage.” In the plan, the 107,460-square-foot property will be leveled and recessed to resemble a small amphitheatre surrounding a center courtyard featuring the Dewey Monument. Additionally, a reflecting pool that can be drained for additional space will be built around the monument.


Michael Fotheringham


Department of Environmental Design

(415) 434-8292


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Dale Lott on the Wild Ones


Dale Lott, professor emeritus in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, was quoted in a New York Times article on how today’s bison don’t genetically measure up to their frontier ancestors. Lott is the author of the forthcoming book “American Bison: A Natural History,” to be published by University of California Press in August. Bison raised on ranches are being turned into domestic animals, Lott said. Yet their behavior, appearance and genetic makeup differ from wild bison.


For more information,click here




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Peter Moyle and California’s Fishes


Professor Peter Moyle, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, offers numerous suggestions on conservation for California’s fish in his recently released revision of “Inland Fishes of California,” published by the University of California Press. The 502-page book is a complete revision of the 1976 first edition and covers inland freshwater and anadromous fish, including native, game and pest species.


Peter B. Moyle


Deptartment of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

(530) 752-6355


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Martin Kenney Speaks on Silicon Valley Rise


Professor Martin Kenney, Department of Human and Community Development, spoke at the UC Davis Digital Divides conference on April 25. Kenny discussed how a tide of venture capital created Silicon Valley. He is the author of “Understanding Silicon Valley: The Anatomy of an Entrepreneurial Region,” by the Stanford University Press. The conference focused on issues of electronic surveillance and privacy, education, libraries and the university in the digital age, and technical innovation in arts, games and leisure.


Martin F. Kenney


Department of Human and Community Development

(530) 752-0328


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Kazakhstan and Global Climate Change


UC Davis scientists are collaborating with the USDA and Kazakhstan researchers on investigating the role of North Kazakhstan’s agricultural lands in global climate change. The project uses meteorological equipment to measure gas exchange between the atmosphere and the biosphere. Under the 1996 Kyoto treaty, regions like Kazakhstan that produce little CO2 and have vast open spaces could benefit financially by trading CO2 “credits” to more industrialized countries. The scientific team led by Emilio Laca, associate professor in the Department of Agronomy and Range Science, is studying how much CO2 can be “stored” in Kazakhstan’s agricultural lands.


Emilio A. Laca

Assistant Professor

Department of Agronomy and Range Science

(530) 754-4083


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California Expands Pesticide List


The California Department of Pesticide Regulation registered 22 new pesticide active ingredients in 2001, including nine formally designated as reduced-risk chemicals. An active ingredient is one that destroys, repels or mitigates a pest. Each active ingredient must be identified by name on the label together with its percentage by weight.


A list of new active ingredients may be foundonline


More information on pesticides can be found at the Department of Environmental Toxicology’slatest newsletter




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Diversity Awards


Faculty, staff and students who demonstrate exemplary actions on behalf of diversity goals are eligible for an Affirmative Action and Diversity Achievement Award. Nominations are sought for individual awards, the Deanne Falge Award and a team award. Recipients will be recognized at a Chancellor’s Residence reception and at the 10th annual diversity event, “Soaring to New Heights,” on May 16 in Freeborn Hall. Deadline for nominations is April 30.


Irene M. Horgan-Thompson


Staff AA/EEO & Diversity

(530) 752-1872


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CF3 Report Released


The California Food and Fiber Futures Project (CF3) recently issued a status report on its projects. CF3 promotes collaborations across the food and fiber fields and is funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. The report describes how CF3 is working to advise wine growers on environmental measures, recruit students to the agricultural and environmental fields, develop nutrition programs for Latino youths, and expand agricultural curriculum for high school students, to name a few projects.


Ross B. MacDonald


Science and Society Program

(530) 754-9880


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Looking Deeper Into Tahoe These Days


Lake Tahoe was the clearest in 2001 that it has been in five years, reports the Tahoe Research Group. The annual average measurements for the past six years were:

  • 2001: 73.6 feet
  • 2000: 67.3 feet
  • 1999: 69 feet
  • 1998: 66 feet
  • 1997: 64 feet
  • 1996: 76.2 feet

In 1968, when UC Davis clarity studies began, clarity was 102.4 feet. Researchers noted that the battle is not over to keep the lake's cobalt-blue waters from turning green. The improvement was attributed in part to restoration efforts to reduce the runoff of sediment and of chemicals and minerals that promote algae growth. Researchers also pointed out that 2001 was a drought year, which also reduced runoff. In contrast, the worst recent year for lake clarity, 1997, was a flood year.


For more information,click here



Charles R. Goldman


Tahoe Research Group

(530) 752-1557


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Studies on Bartlett Pears Available


Two new cost-of-production studies for North Coast growers of green Bartlett pears are available from the UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE). The first study shows establishment and production costs for green Bartlett pears on the North Coast. The companion study shows the cost of converting a pear orchard to an aerosol-released mating disruption ("puffer" ) system for codling moth control. The studies are available from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and from local UC Cooperative Extension offices.


The studies can be downloaded fromthis site



Rich DeMoura

Staff Research Associate

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

(530) 752-3589


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Spring Meeting of Academic Senate and Federation


The spring meeting of the Academic Senate and the Academic Federation of CA&ES and DANR will be held June 4 from 4-6 p.m. in the AGR Room, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.


Sharon A. Berg

Administrative Specialist

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

(530) 752-3483


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Seminar on Water Flow and Society


How changes in river and stream flows affect human society is the subject of a lecture by University of Washington civil engineering professor Steven Burges. Held from 11 a.m. to 12 noon May 2 in the East Room of the Memorial Union, the discussion titled "Hydrological Variability and its Societal Importance" is the first of 13 in an international seminar series, "Scientific Challenges in Watershed Hydrology," that will run through December. The seminars are sponsored by UC Davis' Department of Land, Air and Water Resources (LAWR), the Division of Environmental Sciences, the Hydrological Sciences Graduate Group and the Center for Integrated Watershed Science and Management.


Jan W. Hopmans


Department of Land, Air and Water Resources

(530) 752-3060


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Lake Tahoe Symposium


A workshop on “Using Science as a Tool in Restoration and Water Quality Management in the Tahoe Basin” will be held May 13-14 at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach. The Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (LTEEC) Higher Education and Research Committee is convening this two-day workshop at which research, agency, consulting and extension scientists and staff can make short presentations describing their Tahoe research. Those interested in presenting should e-mail a one-page summary (as a Word attachment with 12-point font and 1-inch margins) to Include title of project, names, contact information of presenters, and brief project summary. Deadline: May


Project summaries from all participants are availableonline




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Ag Center May Seminar


The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety will hold a seminar on the costs of agricultural injuries May 3 in the Foster Room of Meyer Hall. The featured speaker is Professor J. Paul Leigh, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, who will speak on “Costs of Agricultural Injuries: An Update," from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m.


Kathy Ponce

Assistant Manager

Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety

(530) 752-4050


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Arboretum Activities


On May 5, a tour of the Ruth Storer demonstration flower garden will begin at 2 p.m. at the gazebo on Garrod Drive at the west end of the UC Davis Arboretum. Docent Pat Murray will discuss grouping plants by color and water requirements. On, May 8, join Superintendent Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the arboretum. Meet at noon at the gazebo on Garrod Drive. On May 12, the tour is “Mediterranean-Style Gardening for the Central Valley.” Docents Deb Cashatt and Linda Sternberg will discuss planting in California’s Mediterranean climate. Meet at the UC Davis Arboretum Terrace Garden at 2 p.m. On May 12, a tour of “Native Plants in the California Landscape” will begin at 2 p.m. Meet at the Alumni and Visitor Center, located on Old Davis Road at Mrak Hall Drive on the UC Davis Campus. On May 18, the Arboretum will hold its’ “Wildlife Garden Day and Plant Sale” at the arboretum Terrace Garden, next to Borders Books and Music on First Street in Davis.



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Horticultural Seminar


A seminar on ”Restoration of Disturbed Sites” will be held May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Room 146 of the Environmental Horticulture Building. The seminar is part of a joint project between UC Davis and the University of Barcelona in Spain on restoration horticulture related to the management of landscapes affected by mining or wildfires. Several researchers from Spain will be traveling in northern California to view restoration sites and plant propagation facilities during May 1-12.



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