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November 27, 2002

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A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: IMPACT

The public expects CA&ES to make a difference through its wealth of knowledge, its resources for analysis and research, and its capacity for innovation. In response to this obligation and state budgetary issues involving research programs like the Agricultural Experiment Station, we are producing a new publication, “IMPACT,” that highlights key research projects of interest to our stakeholders, policy-makers and university community. Simply, it's imperative to spread the word about how we use research and extension funds during this current budgetary climate. Clearly, our impact as a college is significant. When you eat a strawberry or tomato, it is likely traced to research done in our college. When you enjoy wine from the famed Napa or Sonoma valleys, it may well be linked to research done in our college. Through the decades, our college has shaped and improved the lives of citizens in California. So ubiquitous is our research impact that is impossible to highlight all of the innovations and discoveries that have so dramatically touched Californians. The monthly, two-page IMPACT sheets describe a variety of research efforts in the agricultural, environmental and human sciences. To date, we have spotlighted Lake Tahoe, infant and maternal nutrition, grapes and wine-growing, foods for health, Sudden Oak Death syndrome, and the West Nile virus. There’s a lot more down the road. We’re distributing IMPACT to legislators, policy-makers, associations, think tanks, farm bureaus, the media, and faculty and staff on campus. IMPACT is about the kind of research that starts with a big idea. CA&ES and the state of California share a partnership based on the responsibility of the land-grant university to generate new knowledge, communicate that knowledge to those who need it and educate new generations of citizens. IMPACT publications are a traditional form of communication for land-grant institutions disseminating knowledge to the public and specific audiences. We appreciate the efforts of faculty and staff in distributing IMPACT – in fact, we encourage this outreach activity. Feel free to send IMPACT to your key contacts and use it to explain the work we do in the college. It works well as a brochure insert or on display, too. And, let us know what you think.

You can read more about IMPACTonline

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

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Larry Yee on Small Farmer Issues
Larry Yee, head of Ventura County's UC Cooperative Extension, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times about how many small farms exist and what they gross in the state. California has an estimated 60,000 small farms, which gross $1,000 to $250,000 a year. "It's critically important to get together to discuss the issues facing all of agriculture, but especially those facing small farmers," said Yee. "I think Ventura County is on the forefront of a lot of these issues, and we have been experimenting with a lot of different ways to resolve them. It's fortuitous to have this opportunity to show and share some of the things we have been involved with."

Read theLA Times article

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Francene Steinberg’s Osteoporosis Study
Francene Steinberg, assistant professor in the nutrition department, will be among the researchers leading the California effort in a national study to see if a soybean supplement can prevent brittle bones, a condition known as osteoporosis. Nutrition researchers at the UC Davis and Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento are seeking women between the ages of 40 and 60 to take part in the study. Osteoporosis affects about 20 million women in the United States, causing bone loss and an increased risk of broken bones. Postmenopausal women are most likely to be affected. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with estrogen has been shown to reduce bone loss and fractures, but may be associated with increased risks of breast cancer and heart disease. The collaborators in the study are Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Georgia, UC Davis and Kaiser Permanente. Michael Murray, director of endocrinology, Kaiser Permanente, and clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UC Davis, will join Steinberg. The study is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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IR-4 Program’s Management Solutions
The IR-4 mission is to provide pest management solutions to growers of fruits, vegetables and other minor crops. People who benefit from IR-4 are minor crops growers, food processors and consumers. The federal Environmental Protection Agency recently announced regulatory progress on a number of IR-4 methyl bromide alternative (MBA) objectives. The announcement came at the 2002 Annual International Research Conference on Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Emissions Reductions held in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 6-8, 2002.

The Western Region IR-4 at UC Davis recently launched aWeb site

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

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CA&ES Gift Total
Between July 1, 2001, and June 30, 2002, private giving to UC Davis totaled about $110 million. The CA&ES gift total was $39.5 million. Last year was the first time the campus had surpassed $100 million in gifts, and the amount given was 42 percent higher than the previous campus record of $77.4 million, set in 2000-01. A $35 million contribution from Napa Valley winemaker Robert Mondavi and his wife, Margrit, boosted last year’s fund-raising total. It is the largest gift ever received by UC Davis, and it established the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science and named the UC Davis Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

Read more inDateline

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Field Safety Guidelines
It is the policy of CA&ES to protect the health and safety of all employees whether in an office, laboratory or field research site. It is the responsibility of each employee and his or her field supervisor and/or major professor to guard against accidents and to be prepared to the fullest extent possible for normal work conditions and emergencies.

CA&ES guidelines
Campus guidelines

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Postharvest Resources Directory
The Department of Pomology announces that a revised and updated online Postharvest Resources Directory is now available. This directory includes 464 individual resources that are listed in helpful categories and sub-categories such as "Controlled and Modified Atmospheres," "Cooling and Refrigeration," and "Gas Sampling, Mixing and Analysis." No endorsement of listed sites, supplies, or products is intended, nor is criticism implied of those not mentioned. Please notify the department at [email protected] if any contact information is no longer active or correct, or for any suggested additions to this directory.

Postharvest Resources Directory online

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Gift Ideas for the Holidays
The UC Davis Small Farm Center's online directory, offers a comprehensive and detailed statewide directory of farms, ranches and vineyards offering wines, food items, gifts, Christmas trees, decorations, crafts and family outings. The farms, ranches and wineries detailed on the site are organized by county, making it easy for anyone to find and visit the establishments closest to where they live, work and shop. The database is divided into a number of categories -- county, types of goods for sale, accommodations, recreational opportunities and more

Online directory

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Grape Surplus and Wine Prices
A continuing grape surplus, married with rising rates of mergers and acquisitions, should give consumers good California wines at moderate prices in the next year, predicts an expert on wine economics at UC Davis. "The grape glut means that better-quality grapes are available to wine-makers at lower cost. Producers say they plan to work off those excess inventories by offering new labels of good wine at lower prices," said Robert Smiley, dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Mergers and acquisition should benefit wine drinkers by reducing manufacturing costs, and therefore, consumer prices, and by improving distribution for smaller wineries, Smiley said.

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Asian Americans and Substance Abuse
Strong family ties and good parent-child communication appear to be protecting Asian American youth from drug and alcohol use, says a new study. "Statistics show that, in general, drug and alcohol use is significantly lower among Asian Americans," says Irene Kim, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Human and Community Development. In her study, co-authored by Nolan Zane of UC Davis and Sehee Hong of UC Santa Barbara, Kim found two major influences on Asian American adolescents in regards to substance use. One was the culture-specific finding that when Asian Americans, whether immigrants or longtime citizens, maintain close parent-child relationships, children are protected from negative peer influences. High levels of communication serve as a protective factor against substance use, Kim says. The study, published in the September Journal of Community Psychology, also found that Asian American youth, like all adolescents, are subject to peer pressure. "Involvement with deviant friends is a risk factor for all cultures," she points out.

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Environmental Toxicology Newsletter
The November issue of the Environmental Toxicology Newsletter is now online. Topics this month include: * DPR Reports Pesticide Use Dropped to Record Low in 2001 * Acrylamide Angst * Bottled Water Regulations * Do Iron Pots Enrich The Foods Cooked in Them? * Alcohol, Smoking, and Breast cancer * Toxicology Tidbits * Veterinary Notes

Read the newsletteronline

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December Commencement
The first UC Davis campus fall commencement ceremony will be held Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at 10 a.m. in the Recreation Hall. The event will combine in a single ceremony graduating students from CA&ES, the colleges of Engineering and Letters and Science, and the Division of Biological Sciences.

Sandy Ogletree
Administrative Assistant
Department of Environmental Toxicology
[email protected]
(530) 752-2936

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Water Education Foundation
The Water Education Foundation will hold a Holiday Open House on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 4-7 p.m. The location will be 717 K Street, Suite 317, in Sacramento. To RSVP, call (916) 444-6240.

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Circus Costume Designs
Design lecturer Janet Lipkin's costume design class will be giving an informal showing of circus costumes and circus costume designs in the Design Museum, 145 Walker Hall, Dec. 2-6, from noon to 5 p.m.

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

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