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May 24, 2002

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A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Diversity

Diversity is an issue that demands we measure reality by the stated ideal. I believe it is essential for us to maintain that commitment, working in real-world ways to create an increasingly open and inclusive environment that draws on the widest possible range of talents. Our approach to admissions, faculty and staff recruitment advances our compelling interest in racial, gender and other forms of diversity. Diversity contributes to educational excellence by enabling outstanding students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds to come together and learn from one another. Female faculty members are an important diversity issue for us at CA&ES. For a long time the playing field has not been level for female faculty members in university communities here and elsewhere, though it is getting better. We need to make the kind of adjustments that truly allow a work/life balance for female faculty members, and we are working toward this goal. UC Davis recently held its 10th annual “Soaring to New Heights” campus celebration of diversity. This event reminds us that a university is a place where diversity is not just tolerated but celebrated -- that is how we can learn to appreciate the rich variety of human expression. At its best, a university is a place of universal embrace, where people come to understand the complexities of the human condition and the commonality of our shared destiny. During this summer, the campus is encouraging students, faculty and staff to participate in a UC Davis Community Book Project. The book, “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down,” will provide insights into how difficult communication between cultures can be and how critical that communication is. I encourage you all to participate in this important project.

Check out the book projectonline

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

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Groundwater Foundation Awards
The Groundwater Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the nature and value of groundwater, is accepting nominations for its three national awards. The awards honor those individuals who create a legacy of groundwater protection through local action, education and government service. The awards include the Vern Haverstick Groundwater Hero Award, the Edith Stevens Groundwater Educator Award, and the E. Benjamin Nelson Government Service Award. Deadline: July 14

Nomination requirements are available at theGroundwater Foundation Website

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Sharon Shoemaker Selected for Scott Award
Sharon Shoemaker, founder and director of the California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research, received the Charles D. Scott Award at the 24th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals on May 1. The award recognizes persons who have distinguished themselves in the area of the use of biotechnology to produce fuels and chemicals. Shoemaker has worked in biotechnology since 1973, joining UC Davis’ food science and technology department in 1991. She is involved in numerous biomass projects at the state, national and international levels. The award is named in honor of Charles D. Scott, the founder of this symposium, its chair for 10 years and a leader in the field of biotechnology.

Sharon P. Shoemaker
California Instituite of Food and Agricultural Research
[email protected]
(530) 752-3561

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James Wolpert and Women Winemakers
Jim Wolpert, professor and chair of the viticulture and enology department, was quoted in an Associated Press article on women making careers in the wine industry. He estimated that females hold only about 5 percent of the leadership positions at California’s 850 wineries though they comprise about half of the 160 undergraduate and graduate students in the department. The story featured Eileen Crane, a graduate of the UC Davis wine program and now managing director of Domaine Carneros of Napa.

Check out theUC Davis news item

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Judith Stern Studies Asthma Sufferers
Judith Stern, professor in the nutrition department, is organizing a study of asthma sufferers to determine whether magnesium can alleviate attacks. Researchers believe magnesium may hold the key to controlling attacks. Stern told Channel 10 in Sacramento that one can learn from history. "People for hundreds of years have been going to the Dead Sea in the Holy Land, and they've been inhaling the salt air and their asthma gets better." The reason, she says, is that the salty air contains magnesium.

More information availableonline

Judith S. Stern
Department of Nutrition
[email protected]
(530) 752-6575

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David Rizzo on Sudden Oak Death
David Rizzo, associate professor in the plant pathology department, told the San Francisco Chronicle that trees and shrubs can host the pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death. “Three hosts (bay laurel, madrone and rhododendron) are the most dangerous for spreading SOD because the pathogen sporulates on their leaves," he said. Since its appearance in 1995, Sudden Oak Death has killed tens of thousands of coast live oak, black oak, tanoak and Shreve oak in northern California. Rizzo is one of the leading researchers on Sudden Oak Death.

Further information isavailable

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Patti Bond Named Outstanding Academic Staff Adviser
Patti Bond was chosen as the 2002 Outstanding Academic Staff Adviser named in honor of lecturer emeritus Harry Walker, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. Bond is the coordinator of the Exploratory Program and an academic counselor. The term "Exploratory" describes a pre-major advising program designed to assist students with the process of discovering the wide variety of academic opportunities and programs available while, at the same time, helping define and focus academic interests. This recognition comes from students submitting recommendations for the best staff adviser.

Patti L. Bond
Academic Counselor
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 752-6435

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Donna Seaver Chosen for Web Award
Donna Seaver, program representative at the Fruit and Nut Research Center in the pomology department, won the bronze award for Web sites from Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE). Her entry, “California Backyard Orchard Web Site” was chosen among 459 other sites. ACE will present Seaver’s award in Savannah, Ga., on Aug. 19. Organized in 1913, ACE is an international association of communicators and information technologists in education, government, and research.

Check outCalifornia Backyard Orchard Web Site
ACE Online

Donna Seaver
Department of Pomology
[email protected]
(530) 754-9708

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Theodore DeJong Named Science Fellow
Theodore DeJong, professor and chair in the pomology department, was named a fellow by the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). This is the highest honor that ASHS can bestow on its members, in recognition of truly outstanding contributions to horticulture and the Society. DeJong will receive the award at the group’s Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada in August. His laboratory research is primarily field-oriented and aimed at understanding the environmental physiology of tree crops such as peaches, nectarines, plums, and prunes.

Thomas M. DeJong
Professor and Chair
Department of Pomology
[email protected]
(530) 753-0123

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Welfare Reform Not Boosting School Attendance
Six years after Congress passed legislation to revamp the nation's welfare system, a new study shows no conclusive evidence that the landmark reforms actually encourage greater school attendance. Under welfare reform provisions in most states, the family of a student who has poor attendance may have monthly assistance payments reduced. David Campbell and Joan Wright, Cooperative Extension specialists in the human and community development department, analyzed attendance data in California’s largely rural Merced County, interviewing more than 700 individuals and tracking 1,092 students at 71 schools during 1997-2000. The study revealed that while overall students receiving welfare had “slightly lower attendance” than other students, the largest average difference in attendance amounted to less than 1 percent or about 2 days absence per child in a given year. In some schools, the students from welfare families actually had higher attendance figures than other students.

Read the studyonline

David C. Campbell
Community Studies Specialist
Department of Human and Community Development
[email protected]
(530) 754-4328

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Global Warming and the Golden State
A scientific consensus has emerged that global warming is under way, with serious impacts expected to agriculture, biodiversity, and air and water quality in California during the next century. In the May-June issue of California Agriculture, meteorologist Bryan Weare reviews the most recent findings of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international consortium of hundreds of atmospheric scientists and experts. "Few scientists dispute that human activity is causing the atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases and particles to increase, and that this, in turn, is leading to global climate change," Weare writes.

Read the reportonline

Bryan C. Weare
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
[email protected]
(530) 752-3445

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Cloned Cow Born
A cloned Hereford calf named Rosie was born in the first week of May at UC Davis. The reddish-brown and white female is part of an ongoing study aimed at better understanding which types of adult cells are best suited for cloning cows. The researchers hope that studies in this area will help improve the cloning technique so that it eventually can be used in animal agriculture to produce more healthful meat and milk products. "We're encouraged that the calf is feeding well and doing what other calves do," said Gary Anderson, professor and chair of the animal science department.

Gary B. Anderson
Professor and Chair
Department of Animal Science
[email protected]
(530) 752-1252

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Winery-Grower Contracts Common in California
The use of agricultural contracts between farmers and processors has increased substantially in recent years. A survey by scientists affiliated with the UC Agricultural Issues Center found that 90 percent of wine grape growers utilize such contracts. Growers with more experience, larger vineyards, more expensive grapes and longer relationships with buyers were more likely to enter into contracts.

Details availableonline

Rachel Goodhue
Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
[email protected]
(530) 754-7812

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New Plum Bark Disease Discovered
After two Central Valley plum orchards mysteriously succumbed to plum bark necrosis–stem pitting disease -- which destroys the trees -- scientists identified a new virus-like pathogen that is transmissible via grafts.

More information availableonline

Jerry K. Uyemoto
Research Plant Pathologist
USDA Crops Pathology and Genetics
[email protected]
(530) 752-0309

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Campus Book Reading
UC Davis has embarked on a Campus Community project for 2002. The book “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by Anne Fadiman was chosen. It is about an immigrant Hmong family’s conflict with the medical establishment when their daughter develops epilepsy. This project seeks to promote a greater sense of community among students, staff, and faculty by creating a common experience -- reading the same book -- among campus members. The campus bookstore is selling the book for $9.95.

More information available at theBook Project website

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Inaugural Cold-water Fish Day
On June 10, UC Davis will hold its first annual Cold-water Fish Day. More than 50 people who are experts and interested parties in California's salmon and trout and affiliated species will attend the event at the Putah Creek Lodge. The agenda includes an overview of cold-water fish research, teaching, extension and outreach programs. This event kicks off the California Cold-water Fish Endowment Fund campaign, which includes among its goals an endowed professorship, graduate student research funding, and a center for California cold-water fish studies.

Deborah Elliott-Fisk
Professor and Chair
Deptartment of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
[email protected]
(530) 752-8559

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New Award for Extension Specialists
Sponsored by ANR and the Academic Assembly Council, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments by Cooperative Extension specialists in research, extension activities and teamwork. Winners in each category will receive a plaque, $5,000 award, and recognition at a statewide meeting. Deadline: June 15

Rebecca L. Carver
Academic Assembly Council, UCCE
[email protected]
(530) 666-8703

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Get the Lead Out
The Department of Environmental Toxicology hosted free lead tests at Picnic Day for people interested in finding out whether their dishes, pottery and china contained lead. Of the 18 pieces tested, three tested positive for lead in areas of vividly colored glazes. Two were handmade pitchers from Mexico and one was a Lennox plate over 20 years old. Artists all over the world have used lead to enhance the vibrancy of ceramic glazes, but lead poses a risk to people eating and drinking from the ceramics. At highest risk are children whose curiosity leads them to touch and mouth all sorts of objects.

Marion G. Miller
Department of Environmental Toxicology
[email protected]
(530) 752-4526

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Nominations for Awards of Distinction
The deadline to receive nominations for the 2002 Awards of Distinctions is June 30. The designation is the highest presented by the college to individuals whose contributions and achievements enrich the image and reputation of the college and enhance its ability to provide public service. The Awards of Distinction program has been expanded this year to include new categories. Nominations may be made in these areas:

  • General (alumni, family, friend of the college)
  • Young alumni (less than 15 years since last degree)
  • Outstanding faculty/extension specialist
  • Outstanding staff

The awards will be presented Oct. 18 at the annual College Celebration. Deadline: June 30


Sharon E. Lynch

Assistant Director for Relations

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

[email protected]

(530) 752-1602


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Commencement at a Glance


On June 16, CA&ES will graduate students in two commencement ceremonies. The keynote speakers for both ceremonies are Robert and Margrit Mondavi. Philip Sol Hart (environmental policy analysis and planning) is the student speaker for the morning ceremony. Emily Holzem (individual major in community rhetoric) is the student speaker for the afternoon ceremony. Samir Pandurangi (biotechnology) will receive the 2002 College Medal; Sarah Brickey (nutrition science) and Philip Hart (environmental policy analysis and planning) will be given the 2002 Charles Hess Community Service Awards. Sarah Stutzman (managerial economics) will be honored with the 2002 Mary Regan Meyer Prize.



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Campus Growth Open Houses


UC Davis invites the campus and broader community to May 28-29 open houses to learn more about the draft plans that will be considered in its Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) update. The LRDP is a framework for campus growth looking out to the year 2015. The first session will occur on May 28, at the University Club on the UC Davis campus (on Old Davis Road, just west of A Street) from 12 noon until 6:30 p.m. The second session will be held on Wednesday, May 29, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Patwin Elementary School, 2222 Shasta Drive in Davis.


Bob Segar

Campus Planner

Resource Management and Planning

[email protected]

(530) 752-7585


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Academic Senate and Federation Spring Meeting


The spring meeting of the Academic Senate and the Academic Federation of CA&ES and ANR 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

[email protected]

(530) 752-3483


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Financially Fair for Employees


The campus Employee Benefits Office will sponsor the Third Annual Financial Fair on May 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alpha Gamma Rho Room of the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. The fair, open to all UC Davis employees, will provide valuable information on financial and retirement services.


Gil Sebastian

Senior Benefits Analyst

UC Davis Employee Benefits

(530) 752-5781


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Arboretum June Events


On June 2, a free public tour on Mediterranean plants in the Central Valley will be held at the UC Davis Arboretum. Docent Laura Cameron will lead the tour, which will leave at 2 p.m. from Putah Creek Lodge. On June 9, "From the Ground Up: Design Principles at Work in Your Garden," is the theme of a free guided tour of the Arboretum Terrace Garden. Docent Taffy Bandman will discuss the process of gardening in the Central Valley. The tour will meet at 11 a.m. at the Terrace Garden, next to Border's Books and Music on First Street in Davis. On June 9, learn about the best trees for Central Valley gardens and enjoy the trees of the UC Davis campus on a free guided tour. The campus is home to some rare trees more than 200 years old. The tour, led by Warren Roberts, superintendent of the UC Davis Arboretum, and docent Taffy Bandman, will leave at 2 p.m. from Arboretum Headquarters, on LaRue Road. On June 11, writer-in-residence Maria Melendez and participants in her writing workshops, along with a special guest poet, will present a poetry reading titled "Green Tongues: Arboretum Poets Share Their Work." The reading will take place at 7 p.m. at the Putah Creek Amphitheater, west of Putah Creek Lodge on the UC Davis campus. On June 12, join Warren Roberts for the last lunchtime stroll of the season. Meet at noon at the Gazebo, on Garrod Drive on the UC Davis campus.


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Agricultural Health and Safety Seminar


The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety will hold its last seminar of the 2001-2002 Series on June 7, 2002. The featured speaker is Anthony S. Wexler, professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, and the title of his presentation is "Single Particle Analysis of Airborne Matter.” The event takes place in the Foster Room in Meyer Hall, 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m.


Kathy Ponce

Assistant Manager

Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety

[email protected]

(530) 752-4050


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Human Genome Project and Public Health


On June 18, the California Environmental Protection Agency will present a seminar, “The Impact of the Human Genome Project on Public Health and Environmental Protection.” It will feature researchers from Stanford University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at University of Chicago. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Central Valley Auditorium at Cal/EPA Headquarters, 1001 “I” Street, Sacramento.


More information availableonline




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Fulbright Grants in Environmental Sciences


The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering 86 lecturing, research and lecturing/research awards for environmental science faculty and professionals for the 2003-2004 academic year. Awards for both faculty and professionals range from two months to an academic year. Deadline: August 1


Council for International Exchange of Scholars




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