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April 14, 2003

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Permanent AES Budget Reductions

WHO
Ted DeJong Just Peachey
Carl Winter Honored this Spring
Save Water -- Shower with a Pomologist

IN THE NEWS
Philip Martin on Rural Poverty
Peter Moyle on Smelt Roil
Judith Stern on Atkin’s Diet

WHAT
CE Advisors and Specialists Field Days – May 1 and 2
Chancellor’s Fellows Program
Faculty Fellows Program
RFP: National Institute for Global Environmental Change -- Western Regional Center

WHAT
Disability Pride Week, April 14 - 18
CEHS Children's Health Symposium
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Permanent AES Budget Reductions
As outlined in the previous issue of Currents, the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) is facing $7.1 million in actual (FY 02-03) and proposed (FY 03-04) permanent budget cuts that could result in the elimination of the equivalent of 50 full-time AES faculty positions. This year we spent a large portion of our cash reserves to bridge the gap in our permanent budget, but ultimately we must pay the piper and bring our permanent budget into line with these drastic AES cuts. We can take small steps to trim department funds and support for special facilities, but these budgets are already stressed. To meet these unprecedented permanent reductions, we have devised a plan that (1) includes budget savings due to retirement; (2) utilizes carry-forward funds; and (3) involves the buy-out of portions of AES faculty appointments using unallocated Instruction and Research (I&R) funds. Unfortunately, the cuts are here and now: Long-term carry-forward cannot be relied upon and draw-down through normal retirements is a very slow process. It will take years to balance the budget by normal attrition, and we do not have the cash reserves to allow this option. There also is no sign of a retirement incentive program that will help us accelerate the draw-down. To maximize our budget savings, retiring faculty FTE will be withdrawn as 100% AES from departments. Additionally, faculty with Step VI and above appointments will be asked to convert to 80 percent I&R/20 percent AES for a period of 18 to 24 months, retroactive to July 1, 2002. These buy-outs will minimize the number of faculty appointments that need to be permanently eliminated. Merit action of faculty between Step VI and IX are re-delegated to the Dean’s Office, which we hope will allay fears of the consequences of these brief, unusual appointments in the merit and promotion system. During the next 12 months, I will engage faculty in discussion to help me determine appropriate levels of AES FTE for faculty and departments. It is our intention, at the end of this period, to readjust these high-I&R appointments to a lower level so that faculty members within departments will have appropriate ratios. We cannot say for certain what the department I&R and AES ratios will be, because we still do not know where the “bottom” is with regard to permanent budget cuts, but it is certain that the college as a whole, and departments as a whole, will have higher I&R ratios than at present. When we eventually know the full extent of the permanent AES budget reductions, we can finalize our strategy for addressing the cuts. After meeting the budget reductions and when AES FTE become available through future retirements for investment back into departments, we will be guided in that investment by plans and policies developed through a faculty consultative process. We hope that you will support our efforts to quickly balance the budget and to reduce the need to cut staff, facilities and even greater numbers of faculty. As always, we welcome your feedback. If you have questions or comments, please e-mail me.

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

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Ted DeJong Just Peachey
Pomology professor Ted DeJong's career work on peaches has been recognized by the National Peach Council, which presented him with the Carroll R. Miller Outstanding Peach Researcher Award. De Jong is known internationally for his research on crop responses to environmental stresses, photosynthetic activity and dry matter partitioning. He has been involved in developing models for dynamic simulation of tree and fruit growth. De Jong was one of the driving forces behind the International Peach Symposium held at UC Davis last year.


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Carl Winter Honored this Spring
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education (ASTDHPPHE) announced that Carl Winter, Department of Food Science and Technology, won this year’s CDC/ASTDHPPHE Hod Ogden Award. The award honors a person whose imaginative and creative efforts have positively influenced the advancement of health promotion in his or her state or the nation. A formal presentation of the award will be made in May at the National Conference of Health Education and Health Promotion conference in San Diego.


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Save Water -- Shower with a Pomologist
The Department of Pomology is running several projects involving water-use efficiency in tree crop production. One is headed by Professor Ken Shackel, who designed and commercialized a hand-operated devise for measuring plant water status in orchard trees. Using Shackel’s methodology and his new tool (based on an air-rifle pump mechanism), tree crop growers have realized 40 to 50 percent water savings without sacrificing productivity. Extension pomologist Louise Ferguson is investigating the use of waste-quality water for irrigation in pistachio orchards. Her results show that pistachios can be grown using water with salinity levels of up to approximately 25 percent of sea water without affecting productivity.

Learn moreonline


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Philip Martin on Rural Poverty
For the rural poor, job prospects when welfare payments run out are "nonexistent," says Philip Martin of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in a recent Los Angeles Times story.

LA Times story


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Peter Moyle on Smelt Roil
The Los Angeles Times quoted Peter Moyle, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, in this article on the endangered Delta Smelt. Moyle was instrumental in getting the Delta Smelt named as an endangered species in 1993 and says it’s too soon to de-list it.

Catch the whole kettle of fishon the Web


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Judith Stern on Atkin’s Diet
Atkin's diet does cause a drop in weight because it restricts calories but that more peer-reviewed studies will be needed before nutritionists can be certain that it works and that it is healthy over a lengthy period of time.

Read the entire articleonline


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CE Advisors and Specialists Field Days – May 1 and 2
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) hosts annual field days for county-based advisors that are designed to showcase ongoing research by faculty -- both academic and Cooperative Extension specialists. This year’s field days program title is "Science-Based Information in Support of Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Production." Research presentations, demonstrations and discussions will focus on issues surrounding air quality and livestock, plant germplasm and biotechnology, biomass resources, carbon and nitrogen in the context of a 100-year experiment, dairy wastewater management, economics, marketing and labeling, among others. There is no registration fee and CA&ES will provide lunch and dinner on May 1, and lunch on May 2. For more information, or to register, contact Brenda Nakamoto.

Brenda Nakamoto
Executive Assistant
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 752-1606

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Chancellor’s Fellows Program
The Chancellor’s Fellows Program honors the achievements of outstanding faculty members early in their careers. Faculty members selected to be Chancellor’s Fellows will receive a one-time award of $25,000, and can designate the title “Chancellor’s Fellow” for a period of five years from the date of the award. Deadline is May 19, 2003. For more information, contact Barbara Sutton.

Barbara Sutton
Assistant to the Vice Provost
Office of the Vice Provost
[email protected]
(530) 752-2072

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Faculty Fellows Program
Nominations are now being accepted for the Faculty Fellows Program. The program, a UC Office of the President initiative, provides new UC Ph.D.s with mentored training and experience in the areas of instruction and research. The nomination deadline has been extended to May 1, 2003. For more information contact Annie King in the CA&ES Dean’s Office.

Call for applications

Annie King
Associate Dean
Undergraduate Academic Programs
[email protected]
(530) 752-7150

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RFP: National Institute for Global Environmental Change -- Western Regional Center
The National Institute for Global Environmental Change -- Western Regional Center (WESTGEC) announced its 2004-05 Request for Proposals. The primary focus of WESTGEC's research program is on regional ecosystem response in relation to actual or predicted climate change and the socio-economic implications of that response. WESTGEC also provides local and regional scale data on the flux of greenhouse gases (primarily carbon dioxide) within forest ecosystems. Deadline is May 16, 2003.

For more information visit theWESTGEC Web site


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Disability Pride Week, April 14 - 18
This year, the title of Disability Awareness Week has been changed to Disability Pride Week. This name change reflects the dignity and respect that this week promotes. The festivities will also include drawings for a Disneyland Getaway Package, Reno trips and Las Vegas show tickets.

Program details



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CEHS Children's Health Symposium
The UC Davis Center for Environmental Health Sciences will hold an all-day Children's Health Symposium at the UC Davis Medical Center Cancer Center in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 30. The theme will be: "The Impacts of Environmental Factors on Developing Respiratory and Neurological Systems."

Register online



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Arboretum Events
April 13, 2:00 p.m. Spring in the Arboretum Demonstration Gardens. Meet at the Gazebo, off Garrod Drive at the west end of the UC Davis Arboretum. Free parking on weekends.

Arboretum calendar


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