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December 22, 2003

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
End-of-the-Year Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen

WHO
Michael McCoy Elected President of California Planning Roundtable
Minghua Zhang’s Lab Wins Hydrology Award

IN THE NEWS
Spinning Straw into Gold, Electricity
Returning the Favor to Afghanistan
$10M in Grants Boost Rice and Wheat Genome Research

WHAT
RFP: Intermountain Research and Extension Center Projects
RFP: Ogawa Tree Fruit and Nut Crop Research Grants
RFP: Viticulture and Enology Research Grants

WHAT
Hydrology Seminar Series, Jan. 8 – May 20
ANR Listening Sessions, Jan 29 – Feb. 26
Farmscape Architecture Course
Salton Sea Conference, Jan. 21

End-of-the-Year Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen
We are facing the most fiscally challenging period the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has known, but despite the state budget crisis that directly impacts the operating budget of the college, our faculty, staff and students are committed to ensuring our programs remain strong. We have been going through an extensive planning process to prioritize programs and develop a vision for the future that will ensure we remain the premiere college of agricultural and environmental sciences in the world.

The next fiscal year will be difficult and more budget cuts are a certainty. The challenge for us will be to assure the continued excellence of the faculty of our college, to conduct cutting-edge research, to extend the knowledge to our stakeholders through extension and outreach activities and to continue attracting the best and brightest students. I am confident that we can meet this challenge.

See you after the holiday break.

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

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Michael McCoy Elected President of California Planning Roundtable
Michael McCoy, co-director of the Information Center for the Environment in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, was elected president of the California Planning Roundtable. The organization promotes creativity and excellence in planning by providing leadership in addressing important planning issues in California. The Roundtable has historically advised the Legislature, the governor, city and county planning officials and members of the profession on matters of planning policy and practice.


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Minghua Zhang’s Lab Wins Hydrology Award
The Agricultural Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) lab received an award at the 2003 California Water Policy Conference "honoring those who have advanced innovation, breakthrough technologies and/or new ways of thinking about water in California." The award was presented by public officials for water and environmental reform at a November 2003 conference in Los Angeles. Minghua Zhang, associate adjunct professor of hydrology in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, is the director of the AGIS lab and her research assistants include many current graduate and undergraduate students.


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Spinning Straw into Gold, Electricity
The Los Angeles Times reported on a California State University, Channel Islands (CSCI), plan to build a bio-gasification plant that would process 250 tons a day of green waste and generate enough electricity to power the CSCI campus and faculty-staff housing. The “waste product” of the process is 25 to 50 tons a day of salable organic fertilizer. The university will also collect tipping fees from waste companies wishing to dispose of green waste. The project will cost about $12 million but is expected to bring in almost $2 million yearly in revenue. The digester technology being used for the project was developed by UC Davis’ Ruihong Zhang, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Bio-gasification


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Returning the Favor to Afghanistan
The San Francisco Chronicle ran an article on the effort to help rebuild Afghan agriculture, featuring the work of Patrick Brown, professor of pomology and director of International Programs in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Also interviewed for the story were pomology professor Thomas Gradziel and Harold Olmo, professor emeritus of horticulture, who originally collected Afghan plant material in the 1930s and 40s and brought it to California. Brown also appeared on the Osgood File (CBS Radio) and the Armstrong and Getty TV/radio program on the same topic.

San Francisco Chronicle
The Osgood File


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$10M in Grants Boost Rice and Wheat Genome Research
This Sacramento Bee story discusses two National Science Foundation grants totaling nearly $10 million that have been awarded to Jan Dvorak, professor of agronomy, and Pam Ronald, professor of plant pathology, for research on the genomes of wheat and rice, respectively.

Sacramento Bee
UC Davis press release


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RFP: Intermountain Research and Extension Center Projects
The Intermountain Research and Extension Center (IREC) in Tulelake is soliciting proposals for new and continuing research projects for calendar year 2004. The center is a 140-acre research facility located at 4,000 feet elevation near the Oregon border. It specializes in potato, small grain, onion, and forage research; however, most cool season field and vegetable crops can also be accommodated and grown there. IREC provides labor, equipment, facilities and technical support to UC academics and to personnel from cooperating agencies. Grants of center-provided labor to support approved projects are awarded annually. Deadline: January 9, 2004.

Details and application forms



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RFP: Ogawa Tree Fruit and Nut Crop Research Grants
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is pleased to announce that the Joseph M. Ogawa Research and Teaching Endowment Committee is accepting proposals from undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers for research projects addressing production problems of temperate zone tree fruit and nut crops.

In addition, proposals are requested for educational programs (course development, extension activities and field short courses) benefiting UC students, the fields of plant pathology and pomology and the California fruit and nut industries. Proposals may be submitted by students, staff or faculty.

Awards must be expended in support of undergraduates, graduate students, post graduate researchers and faculty/staff within the University of California system. Up to five $1,000 awards are available in 2004.

Include a letter of application, a research proposal (of less than 1,500 words) and a letter of support from a UC faculty member or department chair. Address questions and applications (via e-mail attachment) to Rick Swantz. Deadline: January 30, 2004.



Rick A. Swantz
Director of Development
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 752-7961

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RFP: Viticulture and Enology Research Grants
The California Competitive Grant Program for Research in Viticulture and Enology is requesting research proposals for 2004–2005. The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, in consultation and cooperation with the American Vineyard Foundation, established the program in 1997 to address the needs of the California viticulture and enology industry. Deadline: January 30, 2004.

Full details, including application instructions and research priorities click here.


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Hydrology Seminar Series, Jan. 8 – May 20
The hydrology seminar series, the Role of the Subsurface Environment in Water Resource Management, will begin on January 8 with a lecture by Indiana University political scientist William Blomquist, who will speak on “Law, Policy, and the Subsurface Environment: California's Practices and Problems in Perspective.” The series features lectures by hydrologists, engineers, public policy makers and other water experts from across the country. It is sponsored by the Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the John Muir Institute of the Environment, and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., 3001 Plant and Environmental Sciences.

Jan W. Hopmans
Professor
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
[email protected]
(530) 752-3060

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ANR Listening Sessions, Jan 29 – Feb. 26
The University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is sponsoring a series of listening sessions to solicit stakeholders’ input on ANR, its programs and ways in which it can better address the needs of Californians. Sessions are set for the following dates and locations:

January 29 – San Luis Obispo
February 5 – Riverside
February 12 – Redding
February 19 – Parlier (Kearney Research and Extension Center)
February 26 – Davis

Full details are available here


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Farmscape Architecture Course
The Landscape Architecture Program in the Department of Environmental Design will offer a farmscape architecture class this winter. The class includes several weekend workshops, which will match each student with a local farmer and a conservation professional to develop farm conservation and restoration plans for those farmers. Course instructor Paul Robins is director of the Yolo County Rural Conservation District and has managed on-farm demonstration and planning projects for the RCD since 1995. The focus of his work with the RCD has been on the interactions among agriculture, water quality and wildlife habitat in Yolo County, with emphasis on the use of native vegetation systems. For more information, contact Robins at [email protected]


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Salton Sea Conference, Jan. 21
Learn more about the environment of the Salton Sea and plans for restoring it at the Water Education Foundation’s Salton Sea Conference January 21, 2004, in Sacramento. Co-sponsored by the Department of Water Resources, this one-day conference will bring together key policy-makers and stakeholders to discuss the current state of the Salton Sea and prospects for its restoration.

Details, registration and agenda


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