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January 18, 2002

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A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Watersheds

One high priority area of the CA&ES Academic Plan is water and watersheds. Water is essential to the world's expanding human population, agricultural industry and natural ecosystems, especially in a semi-arid state such as California. Our goal is to integrate the various disciplines -- physical, biological and chemical -- involved in the comprehensive study of watersheds. Based on the strengths of our environmental science programs, CA&ES is ideally positioned to integrate these disciplines and collaborate with other UC Davis programs and federal, state and local watershed agencies in improving the vitality of our watersheds. On Jan. 22-23, we're hosting our second annual County Advisors Meeting. Fittingly, the topic is "Water and Watersheds -- Meeting Conflicting Demands in Agriculture and the Environment." Randal Southard, associate dean of environmental sciences, organized this event with input from our environmental sciences departments, faculty, Cooperative Extension specialists and county advisors. The program will allow for an open exchange of views among the various groups involved in California's watershed management. Subjects will include water supply and demand, global climate changes, water transfers, the Klamath Basin, new tools for forecasting water quality, ecosystem restoration, pesticides in water, pollution and evaluating conservation practices. Finally, we have supported this academic initiative by authorizing and hiring new faculty. Those who have recently joined our college include Andy Sih as the new chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, Shu-hua Chen in LAWR and Lisa Thompson, an assistant CE specialist in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology. From research on the Tahoe Basin, Central Valley water management to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) provisions of the Clean Water Act, we are collaborating with our public agencies on the wise management of the "life-blood" of the ecosystem.

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Liz Applegate Advises on Winter Activity
Liz Applegate, a lecturer in the Department of Nutrition, says that people working out during the winter should pay special attention to their diets. For cold-weather exercising, Applegate emphasizes that a high-carbohydrate meal should be eaten prior to exercising. "Particularly for sports like snowshoeing or downhill and cross-country skiing, where you're out for several hours, you need to make sure that you take plenty of food with you," she said. "If your blood sugar gets low, you're more likely to become confused and run the risk of getting lost." Plus, running out of "fuel" results in poor performance and makes it hard to stay warm. Applegate is an Olympic athlete adviser.

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Graham Fogg Pens Op-Ed on Water Issues
Professor Graham Fogg, a hydrogeologist in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, wrote a Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum op-ed that highlighted the critical issues facing the Cosumnes River in Sacramento County. For example, lingering pollution from Aerojet and underground pumping may be "draining the life out" of the Cosumnes River. Fogg advocates that more science be done to determine the precise nature of this problem.

UC Davis news item

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John Carroll Selected AAAS Regional President
Professor John Carroll, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, has been elected president of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Carroll, an atmospheric scientist, takes office in June 2002. The 138,000 member-strong AAAS is the world's largest general science organization and publisher of the journal Science. "I am pleased to do what I can to promote science to the American public, which is the major goal of the national association and its regional divisions," Carroll said. "I am a strong believer in the value of interdisciplinary research and communication and AAAS in one of a very few scientific societies that are interdisciplinary by design."

AAAS Online

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Jo Ann Stabb Talks About Textiles
Jo Ann Stabb, a senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental Design, will present two lectures on textiles in the next few months. On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at 10 a.m., "Looking Back/Looking Forward: Historical Antecedents to Wearable Art" will be held in San Francisco's Florence Gould Theater of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. For more information, call 415/750-3600. On Monday, April 22 at 9:30 a.m., Stabb will deliver a talk titled, "The Power of Clothing: Post 9-11 Reflections," to the Golden Gate Weavers Guild at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley.

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Dennis Rolston Discusses Aerojet Application
Professor Dennis Rolston, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, said in a Sacramento Bee article that Aerojet's experimental application of bacterial treatment at the source of pollution is potentially useful. "If Aerojet can figure out a way to remove perchlorate in the upper zone (of the ground), then that's less perchlorate that will move into the groundwater, so they won't have to pump groundwater for as long."

UC Davis news item

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Art Shapiro and Lab-bred Butterflies
Professor Art Shapiro, an entomologist in the Department of Entomology, was quoted twice in the Sacramento Bee about the USDA's recent proposal to regulate the practice of setting loose lab-bred butterflies. In one article, Shapiro noted that dispersing these butterflies is "mostly a favor to the local predators," as birds may snap up the monarchs. Many of the newly freed butterflies die within days.

UC Davis news item
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Charles Goldman to Carry Olympic Torch
Professor Charles Goldman, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, will carry the Winter Olympic Torch past Squaw Valley Jan. 20 or 21, 2002. The torch will be used during the Olympic's opening ceremonies Feb. 8 to light the eternal flame in Salt Lake City where the games will be held. About 11,000 torchbearers will have carried the flame across 13,500 miles and 46 states during its nine-week journey.

Charles R. Goldman
Tahoe Research Group
[email protected]
(530) 752-1557

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Roberto Sainz Speaks at Livestock Forum
Associate professor Roberto Sainz, Department of Animal Science, will speak Feb. 26, 2002 at the 50th annual Oakdale Livestock Forum, an educational meeting for beef cattle producers. Sainz will lead off the afternoon program by explaining the fundamentals of cattle growth and how they apply to carcass value. The forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Oakdale Community Center, 250 North Third Avenue, in Oakdale, Stanislaus County. Organized by University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), the event features a variety of topics of interest to cattle ranchers, including biosecurity, animal health, nutrition and supplementation, and high tech carcass analysis.

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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 situationonline

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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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Cost of Production Surveys Available
A new cost-of-production study examining corn silage grown in the San Joaquin Valley, and two new cost-of-production studies examining single and double-cropped blackeye beans (Vigna unquiculata) in the southern San Joaquin Valley (Tulare County) are available from the University of California Cooperative Extension. The studies are based upon a hypothetical farm using practices common in the region. UC farm advisors, researchers, growers, farm accountants, pest control advisers, consultants and other agricultural associates provided input and reviews.

Rich DeMoura
Staff Research Associate
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
[email protected]
(530) 752-3589

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Seed Biotechnology Presentations
On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, 10-11:00 a.m. in the Hanna Conference Room, the Seed Biotechnology Center will hold a seminar titled, "Biotechnology in the Seed Industry."

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