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March 15, 2002

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A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: The Mondavi Report

I am pleased to announce that the planning committee for the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science has issued its final report on how to structure that organization. The committee engaged in a collaborative and creative process in laying the groundwork for an institute, and it dealt with a number of issues critical to developing a large organization from scratch. I am grateful for the committee's energy and commitment on this project. The committee deliberated on the vision, defining principles, activities, organization and implementation of the Robert Mondavi Institute. It settled on a mission statement that spells out the connection between the institute and everyday life: “The Robert Mondavi Institute enhances the quality of life through wine and food sciences.” The committee is clear that the institute is an opportunity and not an obstacle for the two autonomous departments -- viticulture and enology, and food science and technology -- and that no resources for the institute are to come at the expense of these departments. Building on this foundation, the institute will extend opportunities to other departments and researchers elsewhere on campus, in the United States and across the globe. The planning committee described the Robert Mondavi Institute as a “gateway” between UC Davis and the worldwide community of scientists, engineers and policy-makers in the wine and food sciences. One way to promote such collaborations is through “research centers.” These centers would attract researchers, graduate students, government agencies, industry and the public. Another idea is to develop a Robert Mondavi Institute lecture series on food and wine with UC Davis Presents. The committee agreed that all programs should be rigorous, engaging and comprehensive. Membership in the institute will be granted to all faculty members from viticulture and enology and food science and technology, as well as to members of those departments’ graduate groups. An advisory board and executive committee will oversee the institute, and partners from industry, government and the university will serve advisory roles, especially in the area of fundraising. An executive director will manage day-to-day operations. The next step is to distribute the report widely to faculty, staff and students, and then seek comment from the campus community on the committee’s recommendations. We will proceed with attention to detail and be mindful of the people, programs and departments involved. Finally, I want to thank the members of this committee, led by Bob Powell, for their hard work and recommendations. The Robert Mondavi Institute is a bold statement about our values and commitments -- one that ensures our college thrives for generations to come


You can read the entire reportonline

Visit the college's newRobert Mondavi Institute website


Neal K. Van Alfen


College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

[email protected]


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F. Thomas Ledig Named AAAS Fellow

F. Thomas Ledig, an affiliate in the Department of Environmental Horticulture and scientist with the USDA’s Institute of Forest Genetics, was selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Ledig’s research interests include the relationship of heterozygosity to fitness surrogates in plant populations; recent evolutionary history of Californian conifers; conservation genetics of rare Mexican spruces and piñon pines; genetic structure and conservation of cork oak in the Mediterranean; and the development of eucalypt species as biomass crops. He will soon be named an adjunct professor in the environmental horticulture department.



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Laurie Lippin Speaks on Unraveling Racism

Laurie Lippin, a lecturer in the Department of Human and Community Development, will deliver an address on “Examining Whiteness in the Classroom” at Iowa State University on April 16. Lippin specializes in diversity training, team building and the Myers-Briggs personality test. She coauthored the book, “Understanding Whiteness/Unraveling Racism: Tools for the Journey.”



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Shermain Hardesty to Lead UC Center for Cooperatives

Shermain Hardesty, a private consultant experienced in food marketing and agricultural cooperatives, began her new job as the director of the University of California's Center for Cooperatives on March 1. Hardesty replaces Mahlon Lang, who led the center from 1993 to 2000, and interim director Kenneth R. Farrell, ANR vice president emeritus. In her new position, Hardesty will oversee the center's research, education and public outreach activities for cooperatives for agriculture, consumers, business and other areas.



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UC Davis Tops Nation in Agricultural R&D

UC Davis leads all other U.S. universities in total research and development (R&D) expenditures in the agricultural sciences, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF). In the fiscal year 2000, UC Davis allocated $128.1 million to agricultural R&D. The second highest total was the University of Georgia’s $87.4 million, followed by the University of Florida at $87.3 million. In federally financed R&D in the agricultural sciences, UC Davis, $34.8 million, was second to Colorado State University, $38 million. In total R&D for all academic programs, UC Davis ranks 17th in total expenditures, 35th in federally-financed expenditures, and 6th in non-federally financed expenditures. "Expenditures" are funds actually spent by an institution during its fiscal year. The figures were made available in the NSF’s publication, “Academic Research and Development: Expenditures: Fiscal Year 2000.” The report was published in December 2001.


Check outthe UC Davis ranking

Viewthe NSF report



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Nominations to Name La Rue Buildings

The university welcomes nominations for naming the buildings comprising the La Rue student housing project. The goal is to honor UC Davis faculty, Academic Federation and staff colleagues who have made outstanding contributions to undergraduate education during their careers at UC Davis. Campus policy requires that nominees be retired or deceased for at least two years at the time of nomination. The La Rue project is divided into five courts, each with five buildings. The five courts were named in fall 2000 in honor of Ruth Anderson, Robert Matthews, Harry Walker, Marya Welch and Emmy Werner. The plan is to name the buildings within one court every two years beginning fall 2002 until all are named. Nominees identified in the last cycle have been carried forward for reconsideration, so it is not necessary to resubmit a nomination if you have done so previously. A nomination need not be elaborate; a paragraph stating the rationale is sufficient. Please forward nominations to Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef. Deadline: March 2




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Outstanding Adviser Award Nominations

Outstanding Faculty and Staff Adviser awards are now being accepted. This award is presented annually to one faculty member and one staff adviser from three UC Davis college, including CA&ES. Undergraduates nominate faculty and staff. Nominating forms are available in the CA&ES Dean’s Office, departments and Advising Services in South Hall. A committee of academic peer advisers will select the finalists. Drop off nominations in 111 South Hall or mail to OFSAA Committee, c/o Ryan Peek, Advising Services, UC Davis. Deadline: April 5



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Air Shuttle Discontinued

Due to rising costs and decreased usage, the air shuttle service from campus to the San Joaquin and Salinas valleys has been discontinued. Each year the college reviews the shuttle program for financial viability. Based on the most recent review, CA&ES made the decision to end shuttle services effective Oct. 31, 2001. There will be no regularly scheduled service in 2002 and beyond. As an option for shuttle passengers, an existing agreement between the campus and Woodland Aviation allows departments to contact Woodland Aviation and make their own light aircraft flight arrangements. In such cases, the department or unit pays the full cost of the air service and related stand-by time. In the next several weeks, the campus’ purchasing unit will provide more information on this agreement, which is in effect for the next year



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Battling Fire Ants

California is facing a potentially costly war with the red imported fire ant. If the pesky insect becomes entrenched in California, it could cost the state from $387 to $989 million a year, according to a UC Davis researcher. In agriculture, the ant can damage farm equipment, irrigation lines, electrical lines, crops, trees, cattle and other livestock. Well-established in Southern states, the fire ant was discovered in San Joaquin Valley almond orchards in 1997 after surfacing in Southern California. Karen Jetter, a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis’ Agricultural Issues Center, and colleagues released their findings in the January issue of California Agriculture magazine.


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Africanized Bees Found in Central San Joaquin Valley

Africanized bees have been discovered in the central San Joaquin Valley, indications that the highly aggressive bee is moving north. Last fall, Dave Nielsen, a postdoctoral researcher in the entomology department, sampled about 150 bees from 30 different sites between Atwater to the north and Bakersfield (Oildale) to the south, in the region of Highway 99 and the Sierra foothills. The two Africanized bees were identified near the towns of Lindsay and Posey in Tulare County. Since entering California in the mid-1990s, Africanized bees have slowly made their way northward, and reports of stinging incidents involving them have increased.


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4-H Celebrates Power of Youth

Selected 4-H delegates from California attended the national 4-H conversation Feb. 28 in Washington, D.C. Billed as the largest single undertaking in the first 100 years of 4-H and aimed at improving the future for America's youth, these discussions began last fall when county 4-H programs invited youth, adult leaders, parents and teachers to explore how to help young people in their communities lead successful lives. Although 4-H originated through agricultural clubs at the turn of the 20th century, its focus today is to help young people from all backgrounds fulfill their potential. Local 4-H advisers in each county are Cooperative Extension members.


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Careful With the Bug Spray

The Pesticide Safety Education Program of the UC Statewide IPM Project will hold a pesticide safety workshop on June 12 in Winters. This workshop qualifies participants to train pesticide handlers and agricultural fieldworkers as mandated by California's pesticide handler training requirements and the U.S. EPA's Worker Protection Standard requirements.


Gale Pérez

UC Statewide IPM Project

[email protected]

(530) 752-5273


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Plant Genetics Workshop

The Crucifer Genetics Workshop will be held at UC Davis from March 23 to 26. This meeting brings together geneticists who work on cultivated crucifers, which are plants of the mustard, cabbage and turnips varieties. The workshop occurs about every 18 months and presentations are equally weighted between vegetable crucifer crops and oilseed brassica species. Professor Carlos F. Quiros of UC Davis’ Department of Vegetable Crops took a lead role in organizing the 13th annual crucifer workshop.


Information on the workshop program and registration instructions is availableonline



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Focus on California Water

The California Colloquium on Water continues this spring at UC Berkeley. On April 9, David K. Todd, president of Todd Engineers and a professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, will discuss “Managing Groundwater Resources.” May 14, John Cassidy, a consulting water resources engineer, will deliver a talk on “The Role of Dams in Water Resources.” The lectures at 105 North Gate Hall on the UC Berkeley campus run from 5:10 to 6:30 p.m.


Linda Vida

Water Resources Center Archives

[email protected]

(510) 642-2666


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Arboretum Events

The UC Davis Arboretum will hold a series of events in late March, including a trip to the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show (March 21), a tour titled “Plants of the California Garden” (March 24) and another tour, “Dwarf Shrubs and Trees” (March 31).


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Staff Scholarship Awards Available

The UC Davis Staff Assembly invites applications for staff scholarship awards from career staff members. The scholarship program was created to give UC Davis staff an opportunity to continue their education in associate, bachelor or graduate degree programs. Applications require a one-page statement of purpose, community service information, financial need statements and a current transcript. Deadline: April 2


Kathy S. von Rummelhoff

UC Berkeley Staff Assembly Office

[email protected]


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Get Your Veggie Awards

The John Moran Memorial Award of $1,000 is available to an undergraduate student for the most outstanding honors thesis or research paper of the year in vegetable breeding, seed production, plant genetics or biotechnology. The Thomas W. and Mary S. Whitaker Award of $1,000 is given to one or more graduate students for the most outstanding manuscript of the year in an area related to plant breeding or genetics. The William Deardorff Research Award of $500-$2,000 is a grant for graduate student researchers studying California’s fresh tomato market. Pick up a pamphlet at 148 Asmundson Hall for more information on these awards. Deadline: May 1



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Goldhaber Postdoctoral Fellowships

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) invites applications for the Gertrude and Maurice Goldhaber Distinguished Fellowships Program. The BNL welcomes interest from researchers in fields such as physics, chemistry, biology, medical, energy and the environmental sciences. The fellowships are three-year appointments with a starting salary of $70,000. They are made possible with funding from the Battelle Memorial Institute and Stony Brook University.


Brookhaven National Laboratory online


Leonard Newman

Brookhaven National Laboratory

[email protected]


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