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August 27, 2003

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: College Greenhouse Facility

WHO
Rob Page’s Research the Buzz of the Bee Community

IN THE NEWS
John Edman: West Nile Virus Confirmed in California
Fred Conte on Aquaculture
Al Sokolow and Warren Buffet Agree: Prop 13 Not so Hot
Dot and Ditto at the State Fair

WHAT
RFP: Kearney Foundation of Soil Science
Professors Wanted by Education Abroad Center
Fulbright Scholars Program
College Celebration to Honor Retirees

WHAT
Soil Carbon Sequestration Workshop, Sept 22 – 23
Exotic Pests and Diseases Conference, Oct 8 – 9
Hold the Date: New Plant Sciences Facilities Opening, October 15
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: College Greenhouse Facility
I want to thank the greenhouse committee, chaired by Heiner Lieth, for doing a thoughtful analysis of the greenhouse situation in the Agricultural Experiment Station and for developing recommendations regarding how greenhouse space can best be managed. My office has reviewed the document and carefully considered all of the recommendations. Below is a summary of the college’s proposed new greenhouse policy: 1. Centralize oversight of all greenhouse space, including the “core greenhouse facility.” 2. Create a College Greenhouse Facility (CGF) and designate various levels of control or protection (LCP) for all greenhouse space held in the Agricultural Experiment Station. Recharge rates will reflect the LCP. 3. Establish a Greenhouse Oversight Committee (GOC) composed of faculty from affected departments. This committee, reporting to the dean’s office, will provide strategic oversight of all greenhouse resources held by the CA&ES. Space needs will be prioritized by the GOC using some of the guidelines in Heiner Lieth’s committee’s final report. 4. Resources to manage all greenhouses in the CGF will come from a combination of user recharges and CA&ES funds. All funds currently allocated to department greenhouse facilities via the RAC formula will be redirected to the CGF. 5. Recharge rates have been developed for all the LCPs identified in the committee’s report. There will be no recharge for space associated with teaching or collections. The GOC can provide support for faculty who need temporary bridge funding. 6. Funding for CGF space will provide for basic greenhouse operation and maintenance. Research services will be available on a fee-for-labor-and-materials basis, or faculty members may have their research staff provide these services. Recharge rates will help build a pool of funds for upgrading existing facilities. 7. The cost center for recharge and the responsibility for management of the greenhouses will be assigned to a plant science department and this department will become the home for the CGF greenhouse managers. Some greenhouse managers may have split appointments if their current departments desire to retain some of their FTE and provide departmental funding for that portion of FTE. 8. A few faculty members use greenhouse space as their primary research facility, so these individuals will have the opportunity to retain their greenhouse space if they maintain it at the level mandated by the GOC. On a regular basis the GOC will review how this space is being used and maintained. A faculty member wishing to keep her/his own space will be responsible for funding the operation and maintenance of that space, which cannot be rented to other users. 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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Rob Page’s Research the Buzz of the Bee Community
In 1845, 50 years before the discovery of chromosomes, the honey bee was the first animal for which a sex determination mechanism was hypothesized: namely, that males have no fathers because they arise from unfertilized eggs. Finally, 158 years later, scientists have figured out just how this mechanism works. The August 22 issue of Cell magazine features a lead article on the subject co-authored by Rob Page, chair of the Department of Entomology. Page and his fellow researchers, including entomology staff research associate M. Kim Fondrk, were able to determine the genic mechanism of sex determination in honey bees and probably most of the Hymenoptera -- ants, bees, and wasps. The sex determination mechanism of honey bees was the evolutionary invention that enabled the evolution of complex sociality seen in the Hymenoptera -- a major evolutionary event with many subsequent effects.

Cell Magazine Article


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John Edman: West Nile Virus Confirmed in California
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that for the first time West Nile Virus has been found in California mosquitoes. The mosquitoes were collected from traps near the Salton Sea set out by UC Davis researchers. Confirmation of the presence of the virus came from the labs of UC Davis’ Center for Vectorborne Diseases. John Edman, the center’s director and professor of entomology, said, "We've been expecting the virus to reach California this summer…but there's no way of knowing whether or when it will reach Northern California." The Associated Press, the Davis Enterprise and Capital Public Radio also interviewed Edman on the topic.

West Nile Arrives


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Fred Conte on Aquaculture
Fred Conte, an aquaculture specialist in the Department of Animal Science, is the lead source for this San Francisco Chronicle story, saying that farmed fish can only be supplemental to wild fish. “The only people who ever thought aquaculture was going to be a panacea have a poor understanding of the industry.”

Down on the (Fish) Farm


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Al Sokolow and Warren Buffet Agree: Prop 13 Not so Hot
For a story on the effects of Proposition 13, the San Francisco Chronicle interviewed state government expert Alvin Sokolow, a Cooperative Extension specialist with the Department of Human and Community Development, who said that the initiative has stifled local democracy. "We elect our city council members, our county supervisors and our school board members to do things for us, and we want to have them have some power to do those things," said Sokolow. "By not allowing them much discretion in raising revenues to support public services we do ourselves and them a great disservice by cutting into the local autonomy that is so important to local democracy." Sokolow’s sentiments were echoed by billionaire Warren Buffet, economic adviser to the Schwarzenegger campaign -- though the Terminator quickly distanced himself from Buffet’s comments.

Prop 13


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Dot and Ditto at the State Fair
A Sacramento Bee story featured Dot and Ditto, a pair of Holstein calves cloned at UC Davis, which are on display at the California State Fair. The calves are the handiwork of Cindy Batchelder, a doctoral student in the laboratory of Animal Science Professor Gary Anderson. A similar story appeared in the Davis Enterprise.

All about Dot and Ditto


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RFP: Kearney Foundation of Soil Science
The Kearney Foundation of Soil Science is soliciting research proposals that address its 2001–2006 mission, "Soil Carbon and California Terrestrial Ecosystems." Proposals are due October 1, 2003. Questions concerning proposal preparation should be directed to Kate Scow.

More information and the complete text of the RFP



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Professors Wanted by Education Abroad Center
The UC Davis Education Abroad Center is seeking ladder faculty leaders for the Short-Term Programs Abroad in spring quarter 2004 in London, England; Perugia, Italy and Australia. Faculty leaders provide general guidance to a small group of UC Davis students and have instructional responsibilities, which count as one class toward their annual teaching load. Faculty leaders will also receive funds for travel and lodging expenses. Interested parties should contact Cecilia Colombi no later than September 25th, 2003.

UC Davis Short Term Programs Abroad Web site



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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. RSVP to Robert Kerr.



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

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College Celebration to Honor Retirees
An annual College Celebration tradition is to offer a complimentary invitation to College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recent retirees, and include them in a listing of all faculty and staff who retired during the past year. If you know someone who retired during the 2002–03 academic year, please forward that name and total years of service to Rich Engel as soon as possible, preferably before September 16, 2003.

Richard R. Engel
Director of Outreach
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 754-6249

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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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Hold the Date: New Plant Sciences Facilities Opening, October 15
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will host a celebration of the opening of its new plant sciences facilities on Wednesday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. – Noon. The celebration will feature presentations by, among others, UC Davis Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef and include tours of the Plant Reproductive Biology building, Bowley Plant Science Teaching Center, Core Greenhouse Complex, Student Farm, Genomics Facility and Ralph M. Parsons Plant Transformation Facility. Watch this space for further details or contact Brenda Nakamoto.



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

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Arboretum Events
Aug. 30, 10:00 a.m., Guided Tour: Preparing for Fall Planting Meet at the Arboretum Terrace Garden Sept. 3, 10:00 a.m., Guided Tour: Landscape Gardening in the Central Valley Meet at the Arboretum Terrace Garden Sept. 10, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., A Trip for Salvia Lovers Travel to the coastal mountains above Woodside for a visit to the home of author and salvia researcher Betsy Clebsch. Transportation provided. Fee.

Arboretum calendar


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