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August 15, 2003

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WHO
Ralph Ernst Named Poultry Science Fellow
Ruihong Zhang Wins Young Researcher Award

IN THE NEWS
New State Budget Slashes Cooperative Extention By 25 Percent
Keeping Tahoe In The Green
Weed Of Mass Destruction

WHAT
Fulbright Scholars Program
Call For Further Comment: Sustainable Agriculture Initiative
Miller Plant Science Award
Humboldt Post-Doc Research Fellowships

WHAT
Ag Health And Safety Conference, Sept. 7 – 9
Conference: Bridging Research and Community, Sept 15 – 16
Soil Carbon Sequestration Workshop, Sept 22 – 23
Exotic Pests and Diseases Conference, Oct 8 – 9
Arboretum Events

Ralph Ernst Named Poultry Science Fellow
By unanimous vote of the board of directors of the Poultry Science Association, Ralph Ernst, poultry specialist in the Department of Animal Science, was elected fellow of that organization for “professional distinction and contributions to the field of poultry science.”


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Ruihong Zhang Wins Young Researcher Award
Associate Professor Ruihong Zhang of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering received the New Holland Young Researcher Award at the annual international meeting of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Zhang received her award for "outstanding contributions to the advancement of science and engineering of bioconversion systems of organic wastes for the public benefits of renewable energy generation, resource utilization and environmental protection."


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New State Budget Slashes Cooperative Extention By 25 Percent
This Los Angeles Times article discusses the massive cuts to UC's Cooperative Extension program and to state-funded agricultural research, as well as the many valuable services CE provides both on and off the farm. Soon after the new state budget was passed, the Sacramento Bee interviewed Neal Van Alfen, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, who said of the budget cuts’ effect on the college, "We are eating our seed corn, ... really compromising our ability to keep California agriculture competitive." Seventy-two faculty positions will be eliminated over the next three years, mostly through retirement. Van Alfen said he is increasingly concerned that budget cuts hamstring the college’s ability to replace retiring faculty, many of whom are national leaders in their fields. The college's faculty is aging -- 80 percent are full professors, well above the campus average of 67 percent -- and due to the lingering effects of budget cuts a decade ago from which the college never recovered, the ranks of new faculty are quite thin. Also quoted in the article was DeeDee Kitterman, executive director of research and outreach for the college.

Los Angeles Times
Sacramento Bee


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Keeping Tahoe In The Green
The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that proposed legislation would provide $300 million over the next ten years to help restore Lake Tahoe’s clarity. Pioneer researcher Charles Goldman, professor of environmental science and policy and director of UC Davis’ Tahoe Research Group, is quoted extensively, saying that the latest funding proposal appears particularly promising. In a related USA Today feature story that outlines the politics of development and preservation, Goldman is credited as the scientist who first warned of Tahoe's decline. Associate researcher Bob Richards is also named. Associated Press reported bad news for the Lahontan cutthroat trout, extinct in Lake Tahoe since the 1930s, which would likely either starve or be eaten if reintroduced into the lake, according to a study by research associate Brant Allen and colleagues at the Tahoe Research Group. The researchers say that the introduction of non-native lake trout and freshwater shrimp are to blame.

Reno Gazette-Journal
USA Today
Lahontan Trout


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Weed Of Mass Destruction
The St. Petersburg Times reported that a Florida company plans to plant eight thousand acres of Arundo grass -- also called giant reed -- as a biomass fuel crop. UC Extension weed ecologist Joseph DiTomaso of the Department of Vegetable crops describes the idea as a very bad one, and has written to a colleague at the University of Florida warning of Arundo’s invasiveness and the near impossibility of extinguishing it if it catches fire. The grass is on California’s list of prohibited plants and the state is facing $50 million in eradication costs.

Weed of Mass Destruction


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Fulbright Scholars Program
Faculty members who wish to be considered for the Fulbright Scholars Program with an assignment to Australia should plan on attending an informational meeting Thursday, September 4, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m., in 220 Mrak Hall. On hand will be Mark Darby, executive director of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. Interested faculty should visit the Fulbright Scholars Web site at prior to the discussion. RSVP to Robert Kerr.

Fulbright Scholars Web site

Robert Kerr
Director
International Alumni & Visitors Program
[email protected]
(530) 754-8941

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Call For Further Comment: Sustainable Agriculture Initiative
On July 25 about 50 people attended a sustainable agriculture public town hall meeting hosted by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Eric Bradford, professor emeritus in the Department of Animal Science who served as chair of the sustainable agriculture committee, reviewed the committee’s findings and recommendations. The floor was then opened for public comment. Neal Van Alfen, dean of the college, is requesting further comment on the initiative, especially from those who were unable to attend the meeting. When sending your comments to Neal Van Alfen, please indicate if you would like to be added to the college’s sustainable agriculture mailing list.

For background on the initiative, including the committee’s report, see the July 3 and July 18 issues ofCurrents.

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

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Miller Plant Science Award
Applications are now available for the Milton D. and Mary A. Miller Plant Science Award. Applicants should be UC Cooperative Extension employees or graduate or undergraduate students with an interest in Cooperative Extension careers. Deadline is September 1.

Details and application


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Humboldt Post-Doc Research Fellowships
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Research Fellowship Program supports scholars of all nationalities and disciplines so that they may carry out long-term research projects in Germany. Applications may be submitted for research stays of between six and 12 months, for a two-year fellowship, or for a summer research fellowship. Monthly stipends are included in the awards and special allowances are made for travel expenses, accompanying family members and German language instruction. The foundation awards up to 600 fellowships a year.

More information and application


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Ag Health And Safety Conference, Sept. 7 – 9
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at UC Davis will sponsor a San Francisco conference for health care professionals, veterinarians, university researchers, agribusiness representatives, rural residents and government officials. The goal of the conference is to exchange information that will help reduce or eliminate chronic illnesses and injuries associated with agricultural work.

Details available here


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Conference: Bridging Research and Community, Sept 15 – 16
The California Communities Program is among the many sponsors of the conference “Making a Difference in Communities: Bridging Research and Community Agendas Through a Participatory Research Approach,” being held September 15 – 16 at UC Davis. Co-sponsors include Pacific West Community Forestry Center, Forest Community Research, and UC ANR North Coast and Mountain Region. Participants must register by August 25.

Web site



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Soil Carbon Sequestration Workshop, Sept 22 – 23
The Kearney Foundation is sponsoring the Soil Carbon Sequestration Workshop: The Interface Between Science and Policy, September 22 – 23. This workshop, being held at UC Davis, will address scientific and policy considerations in developing strategies for carbon sequestration in California soils. Reports on developments in carbon sequestration in the U.S. and Europe will be presented. Participants will include regulators from California state agencies and UC and other researchers. Registration is free, but required in order to attend.

Information and registration


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Exotic Pests and Diseases Conference, Oct 8 – 9
The Exotic Pests and Diseases Research Program (EPDRP) has announced its second annual research workshop. This workshop provides an opportunity to hear invited presentations and review current research funded by EPDRP. The workshop is being held on October 8 – 9, at the UC Riverside Extension Center. Registration must be received by September 25, 2003.

Information, agenda and registration form


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Arboretum Events
Aug. 16, 10:00 a.m. Guided Tour: What's Blooming in the Summer Heat Meet at the Arboretum Terrace Garden Aug. 30, 10:00 a.m., Guided Tour: Preparing for Fall Planting Meet at the Arboretum Terrace Garden

Arboretum calendar


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