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January 04, 2002

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A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Facilities

Albert Einstein once said that imagination is more important than knowledge. He meant that we need imagination in order to benefit from knowledge. One of the ways we are using imagination in CA&ES is by envisioning a new future for our facilities. As we survey the ongoing projects today, it is clear we are making progress, thanks to the exceptional work by the planning committees, faculty and staffs involved. The High Throughput Genomics facility committee, headed by Professor Doug Cook, Department of Plant Pathology, is fully operational in Robbins Hall and is now accepting samples for DNA sequencing. Jong-Min Baek is managing this facility and can help with your requests. The Plant Transformation facility, directed by Professor Abhaya Dandekar, Department of Pomology, is temporarily located in 149 Mann Lab and will be moving to a permanent location in 192 Robbins when renovations are completed this winter. Although the facility is not fully operational, requests for limited plant transformation services can be accommodated. A manager for the facility, David Tricoli, has recently been hired and is available for consultation on your plant transformation needs. He has an impressive record of running such facilities for industry. The planning committee for the Center for Environmental and Agricultural Informatics has submitted its report to the Dean's Office. Professor Richard Plant, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, is chairing this committee. These core service facilities are planned to ensure that our faculty and students have access to the infrastructure necessary for their research and education.

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

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Daniel Sumner Discusses Terrorism's Impact
Professor Daniel Sumner, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle story about how California's farm industry has been impaired by recent terrorist events. Sumner, the director of the Agricultural Issues Center, said curtailed spending in one area might yield more spending in other areas. "Just because I don't go out to McDonald's doesn't mean I don't eat that day. My guess is we've been hurt a little bit, but not that much."

UC Davis news item


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James Carey and Debra Judge's Theory of Longevity
James Carey, professor, and Debra Judge, research ecologist, Department of Entomology, suggest that a long life is a desirable trait that develops through the evolutionary process. Their model of longevity, recently published in the scientific journal, "Population and Development Review," indicates that long life spans offer benefits to the species in successive generations - a "self-reinforcing" process.

UC Davis Dateline item



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Alvin Sokolow Quoted on Land Issues
Alvin Sokolow, a Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Human and Community Development, was cited in a Los Angeles Times article on Sonoma County land preservation efforts.

View the articlehere
He was also quoted in San Francisco Chronicle story on California's shrinking farmland, availablehere


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

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


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Ansel Adams Exhibition
An unusual collection of Ansel Adams photographs -- including little-known early works and commissioned projects, as well as selections from his photography that highlight UC Davis -- is on exhibit through March 10, 2002, in the Theater Gallery of the Berkeley Art Museum, 2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley. "Ansel Adams in the University of California Collections: A Photographer at Work," reveals the artist's work as a commercial photographer trying to support himself. Admission is free to the Theater Gallery, which is open seven days a week. Gallery talks with curator Jack von Euw are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7 at 12:15 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m.


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Managing Technology Workshop
CA&ES has been allocated three slots in upcoming "Managing Technology" workshops. This pilot course is aimed at managers without formal technical backgrounds who supervise technical employees. If interested, send John Dixon in the Dean's Office an email and include a statement describing your interest in the workshops and how you hope to use the information in your department. Application deadline is Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, for classes on March 19, March 26 and April 2.

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

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Op-ed Service 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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Design Alliance Winter Events
The Design Alliance, a support group of the Design Museum, Department of Environmental Design, will hold numerous exhibits and tours this winter, including: Sunday, Jan. 13, "Fantasy to Reality: the Evolution of Theme Park Design," with guest curator, Paul Newitt. The lecture will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in 176 Everson Hall, and a reception follows from 2 to 4 p.m. in Walker Hall. Wednesday, Jan. 23, "The Art of the Kimono," 12 noon, the Davis Art Center, 1919 F Street. Saturday, Feb. 23, "Tour to COPIA, the Center for Food, Wine and the Arts." Leaving at 9 a.m. from Veterans' Memorial parking lot in Davis Thursday, March 21, "Tour to the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show." Leaving at 8:30 a.m. from Veterans' Memorial parking lot in Davis.

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

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Agricultural Leadership Conference
"Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way: Today's Leadership Challenges," will be held by the Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources on Feb. 5-7, 2002, in San Diego. This conference is for DANR Agricultural Experiment Station Department chairs, Cooperative Extension (county directors, research and extension center superintendents, statewide special program and project directors and executive and program council members to interact as division leaders.


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Pest Management Forum
A two-day conference, sponsored by the University of California Statewide IPM Project, will be held March 4-5, 2002, at UC Davis' Buehler Alumni Center. Interested parties may include public agency personnel who work in the pest management area, UC scientists, Cooperative Extension specialists in pest management, and private pest management professionals.


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Small Grants On Population Growth
The Gifford Center for Population Issues sponsors a small grants program to provide seed money for research on population growth, food production and consumption, environmental impact and human health, and developing countries. The goal of the program is to foster interdisciplinary efforts that address at least two of these four issues simultaneously. Up to $7,000 will be awarded for each one-year pilot project. Send notification of intent to apply by Feb. 15, 2002.



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International Student Fellowships
The Non-resident Tuition Fellowships for Foreign Graduate Students pilot program will continue in 2002-2003. This year the program will be open to students of both tenured and non-tenured faculty. International students with outstanding academic credentials are encouraged to apply.

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

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First-year Fellowships
First-year Fellowships are now available to new graduate students. Graduate students will award four fellowships to students in programs or groups for which Dean Neal Van Alfen is "lead dean." The fellowship program will allow for attractive multi-year offers to top candidates. Each fellowship will have an annual value of $25,000. Applications should be sent directly to Graduate Studies, 250 Mrak Hall.

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

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