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February 01, 2002

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A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Research Rankings
Several of our faculty members have been contacted recently by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) to inform them that they are among the most cited scientists in their fields. As a consequence of these contacts, we have learned how UC Davis compares with other institutions in the publication of peer-reviewed papers: UC Davis is the most prolific U.S. university in terms of papers published in ecology and the environmental sciences. UC Davis ranks third among all institutions in the world - and first among universities - in the number of citations in the agricultural sciences. UC Davis is the most prolific U.S. university in terms of papers in the food sciences and nutrition. UC Davis is the fifth most prolific U.S. university in terms of papers in entomology and pest control. These are remarkable results, and they make clear that our research programs in the environmental sciences and ecology, agriculture, and food science and nutrition are the most productive university-based programs in the world. Our research has deep impact and is a good investment in advancing the frontiers of knowledge and industry. The establishment of state and land grant universities like UC Davis, with the tripartite mission of teaching, research, and service, is the single most important development in the history of higher education. CA&ES is committed to retaining our world-class research leadership, a goal that is critical for the public confidence and support we can expect in the years ahead. Finally, we are proud of our leaders -- faculty and staff who can motivate, leaders who promote research and produce results, leaders who collaborate, innovate and create. The most important resource that we have at CA&ES -- that any organization has -- is people.

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

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Kathryn Sylva's Feast of Eating Disorders
Professor Kathryn Sylva, Department of Environmental Design, has a gallery exhibition, "Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture," at Boston College from Feb. 7 through Feb. 24. Sylva teamed up with San Jose State professor Robin Lasser on this collaborative project that promotes awareness of anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating. It uses three venues: the World Wide Web, public art spaces and exhibitions. To date, 14 exhibitions have been held in cities across the country, with the most recent at UC Riverside.

For more Information:http;//www.eating.ucdavis.edu

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

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Dan Sumner Focuses on Federal Farm Aid
Dan Sumner, director of the Agricultural Issues Center and professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, was quoted in an Associated Press story on the declining cotton industry. He said federal price supports sometimes have been counterproductive for farmers. Federal payouts, for example, have artificially protected growers from low prices, increasing production when reductions would have been wiser.

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Carole Meredith Discovers Zinfandel's Origins
Professor Carole Meredith, Department of Viticulture and Enology, has determined that Zinfandel and an indigenous Croatian grape are one and the same. Using DNA profiling, Meredith collaborated with two Croatian scientists in discovering that the obscure Croatian black grape crljenak is identical to zinfandel, California's historic and mysterious red-wine grape.

UC Davis News Item
Wine Spectator Article


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Judith Stern Digresses on Dietary Supplements
Professor Judith Stern, Department of Nutrition, expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of dietary supplements in a Los Angeles Times article. "I sure don't know of any way to lose 100 pounds in five weeks, and keep it off. Except maybe amputation." The article discussed abdominal toners, breast enhancements, body wraps and Chitosan as a diet aid.

UC Davis news item


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Steve Fennimore on Genetically-altered Lettuce
Steve Fennimore, a Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Vegetable Crops, explained to the Sacramento Bee the trade-offs of a new variety of lettuce that can withstand common herbicides. "Fennimore's research is giving the public and policy makers some options that they may need to chew on," noted the Bee.

UC Davis news item


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Susan Ustin Appointed Regional Director
Professor Susan Ustin, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, was recently appointed director of the Western Regional Center of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change. The center sponsors research on global climate change, especially in regard to regional ecosystems. At UC Davis, this program is designed to produce a nine-volume set of educational guides for high school students to be incorporated into their existing classroom programs, with the intent of increasing awareness about global processes and problems facing the environment. Ustin had previously served as the associate director.



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Art Shapiro Talks Butterflies on KQED Radio
Professor Art Shapiro, Departments of Entomology and Evolution and Ecology, appeared on San Francisco's KQED radio Jan. 29 to discuss butterflies in light of the proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture's regulations on monarchs, painted ladies, and red admirals. Other guests included Jeffrey Glassberg, president of the North American Butterfly Association and author of the first series of butterfly field guides for east and west coast butterflies, and John Timko, president of the International Butterfly Breeders Association.

KQED Radio Site


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Wine MBA Program Savors UC Davis
UC Davis is one of five universities participating in the new Wine MBA program at the Bordeaux Business School in France. UC Davis will host the class from Jan. 21 to Feb. 1. In September 2001, the Bordeaux Business School launched a 13-month MBA program targeting a cosmopolitan class of wine executives. The inaugural class includes 11 students from Spain, New Zealand, England, Korea, Ireland, Belgium and France. Their itinerary includes traveling to five wine-producing regions in the world - including Japan, Australia and Davis.


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Budget Information Available
The campus is communicating frequently about the budget reduction process.

Faculty and staff can access the latest news on the budget situationhere


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Op-Ed Service Available for Faculty
Faculty members often like to share their knowledge in the form of opinion articles on a broad range of public issues. Newspapers and magazines routinely seek short, well-argued, highly readable op-eds written by individuals with academic credentials. Now there's help from CA&ES in polishing and publishing those op-eds. Clifton Parker, senior writer in the Dean's Office, 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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New Bird Theory Flying High
Modern birds evolved from ground-dwelling reptiles as their increasingly refined parenting skills led them into the trees where they could better protect their young. This new theory appeared in the January issue of the German journal Archaeopteryx, and it challenges the prevailing theories on the evolution of avian flight. "The evidence indicates that a whole suite of behavioral and physical traits, including feathers and wings, evolved along with improved parenting and brood-care traits," said professor James Carey, Department of Entomology.



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Klamath Basin Water Study
Professor Peter Moyle, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, is among the co-authors of a study on Klamath Basin water issues due for publication Feb. 6. The preliminary report, which has drawn controversy from the Klamath tribe communities, also included contributions from professors at Oregon State University and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2001, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation shut off irrigation water to 220,000 acres of Southern Oregon farmland to protect the endangered sucker fish and threatened coho salmon.

UC Davis news item

Peter B. Moyle
Professor
Deptartment of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
[email protected]
(530) 752-6355

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Foods For Health Seminars
On Feb. 4, Ron Krauss, chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and adjunct professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, will discuss individual variations in nutritional needs for cardiovascular health. The program starts at 4:10 p.m. in 1309 Surge III. On Feb. 26, Elizabeth Pivonka, president of the Produce for Better Health Foundation, will talk about healthy eating consumer trends and policy implications. The event starts at 4:10 p.m. in the Rec Pool Lodge.

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Arboretum February Highlights
On Feb. 3 at 2 p.m., a tour titled, "Native Plants in the Landscape" will start at the Alumni and Visitor Center. On Feb. 9, a "Botanical Illustration Workshop" will be held at arboretum headquarters. On Feb. 10, a tour titled, "Winter in the Storer Garden" starts at 2 p.m. at the gazebo. On Feb. 12, a "Reading & Book Release Party" commences at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Club Room, 14th St., Davis. On Feb. 13, "Walk With Warren" begins at noon at the gazebo.


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Center for Environmental Health Sciences
On Feb. 2, a discussion titled "An Artist's Approach to Protecting Farm Workers from Pesticide Hazards," and featuring Sacramento artist Javier Juarez will be held from 12:10-1:00 p.m. at TB 137. On Feb. 7-8, the 30th Annual Winter Colloquium presented by the Graduate Group in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Silo's Cabernet Room. The keynote speaker is professor Tom Cahill, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. His topic is titled "Analysis of Aerosol." Call (530) 752-1415 for more information.

Kathy Ponce
Assistant Manager
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
[email protected]
(530) 752-4050

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Avian Science Day
On Feb. 2, UC Davis will host "Avian Science Day".



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Monitoring Those Pests
On Feb. 3-5, a seminar titled, "IPM and Monitoring: Back to Basics with New Technology," will be held at the Berkeley Marina in Berkeley.



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Eat, and Love Your Body
On Feb. 14, UC Berkeley will host a session titled, "Love Your Body: Promoting Self-esteem and Preventing Eating Disorders in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults."



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Vineyards and Wildlife Workshop
On Feb. 15, a workshop on "Vineyards and Wildlife" will be held at UC Davis.

CAWG Online


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SAREP and Pest Management
The UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) and the UC Statewide IPM Project are soliciting new proposals for educational programs. Funds are available to support workshops, field days, symposia, seminars, and other educational events held between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2003. The deadline to submit proposals is March 13.

David E. Chaney
Education Coordinator
SAREP
[email protected]
(530) 754-8551

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