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February 28, 2003

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Preserving Cooperative Extension

WHO
Roger Boulton to Give Well-Known Lecture
Susan Handy Appointed to Two Committees
Frank Mitloehner to the Rescue

IN THE NEWS
Boosting Beef’s Bottom-line
Emerita Expands Enologic Exploits
Tannin Test Tops Toolbox

WHAT
Call for Nominations: Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Teaching
CA&ES Executive Committee Elections: Academic Senate and Academic Federation, 2003-04
Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program
RFP: California Crop Improvement Association (CCIA)
RFP: Pierce’s Disease Research Grants
RFP: Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center
RFP: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP)

WHAT
Exhibition: Fragile Hope: Lifesaving Textiles in a Time of War
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Preserving Cooperative Extension
Cooperative Extension was established with the passage of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which gave state agricultural universities funds to hire county agricultural agents. The agents were to be the conduits through which knowledge from the land-grant universities could be extended to rural America and improve the quality of rural life. As the nation’s -- and California’s -- demographics have changed over the last 90 years, so has the scope of Cooperative Extension’s mission. Today, CE helps improve the lives of both urban and rural people with programs in such varied arenas as natural resources, nutrition, urban planning, agricultural-urban interface and 4-H. However, CE’s primary mission remains one of extending knowledge to the public and providing a personal link to the valuable research performed at the University of California through the Agricultural Experiment Station. CE is currently facing 30 percent permanent cuts on July 1, 2003 -- no other state agency is facing cuts of this magnitude. Such cuts would force crippling office and facilities closures and an end to many core applied research and extension projects. At least 22 CE specialist positions in our college would be permanently eliminated if the proposed cuts were evenly apportioned over the CE budget. I have gone on record regarding the great value of Cooperative Extension specialists to the college. I will do everything I can to protect our newest CE specialists; it would not be in the best interests of the future of the college or the university to meet budget cuts by laying off recently hired faculty and decimating vital research programs. In the past, the work of CE specialists has been crucial in confronting such crises as infant nutrition, Sudden Oak Death and Pierce’s disease. Without the experts and infrastructure of Cooperative Extension, California would be ill-prepared to respond to present and future threats to the health and welfare of our citizens and to our natural resources and agriculture. It is important that the University of California maintains this important link -- a link provided by Cooperative Extension -- between our campuses and the citizens of every county in the state. 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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Roger Boulton to Give Well-Known Lecture
Roger Boulton, professor of viticulture and enology, has been invited to give the 2003 lecture to the American Society for Enology and Viticulture at the society’s annual meeting in June, in Reno. His lecture, "Predicting the Color of Red Wine," will cover some aspects of work on the copigmentation of anthocyanins and the prediction of wine color from its chemical composition.


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Susan Handy Appointed to Two Committees
Susan Handy, associate professor of environmental science and policy, was recently appointed to the Institutes of Medicine Committee on the Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth and to the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living by Design program. Both appointments are the result of her research on the connection between the physical design of communities and people’s choices about travel, particularly walking.

Links to her papers and reports at herWeb site


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Frank Mitloehner to the Rescue
Frank Mitloehner, assistant CE specialist in the Department of Animal Science, was contacted by the Sonoma Valley High School, which was being threatened with a lawsuit by neighbors living around the school's animal facilities. The neighbors had made nuisance complaints concerning noise, dust, odors and flies -- complaints that the school district could not resolve. Frank, an air-quality specialist, conducted a survey and had the neighbors fill out a complaint questionnaire. He then spent a day and night at the facility, sleeping in his car. Using common sense and knowledge of animal behavior, he met with all parties involved for a mediation session and made recommendations to the school for solving the nuisance problems. A plan of action was drafted and set into motion. So elated were the neighbors that they took the money they'd collected for the lawsuit and gave it to the school to support its ag program and even helped build improved fences for the facility. Local newspapers plan to pick up the story.


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Boosting Beef’s Bottom-line
Western Farm Press reported on the many efforts of animal science professor Edward Price and CE advisor Glenn Nader to help cattle ranchers raise and sell their animals more efficiently and profitably. Among their advice: using a simple calve-raising technique called “fence line weaning” produces healthier, heavier calves; and video and Internet marketing helps ranchers and consumers make a direct connection.

Get the meat of the storyonline


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Emerita Expands Enologic Exploits
The Los Angeles Times recently profiled Carole Meredith, professor emerita of viticulture and enology, and her grape-growing and wine-making venture in the Napa Valley. Meredith, a national celebrity in Croatia for her work linking the origin of Zinfandel grapes to the Croatian variety Crljenak, and her husband Steve Lagier now run Lagier-Meredith Vineyards, producing 500 cases a year of $50 a bottle Syrah.

For the complete article, visit theUC Davis News Service


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Tannin Test Tops Toolbox
The San Francisco Chronicle, in a story about a tannin-management revolution in California winemaking, reported how vintners can now check the amount of tannin in wine using a simple and inexpensive test developed by viticulture and enology professor Douglas Adams.

Read the whole storyonline


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Call for Nominations: Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Teaching
The Academic Federation is calling for nominations for its annual Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is given in recognition of the contributions made to the teaching mission of the Davis campus by non-Senate faculty members, and carries with it a $500 prize. Nominations can be made by any member of the campus community. Nominations must be received in the Academic Federation Office, 301 Voorhies Hall, by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 14, 2003.

Call for nominations

Catherine VandeVoort
Chair
Academic Federation
[email protected]

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CA&ES Executive Committee Elections: Academic Senate and Academic Federation, 2003-04
Academic Federation representation is needed for the Division of Human Sciences. Academic Senate representation is needed for the Divisions of Human Sciences and Environmental Sciences. Elected members serve a three-year term. Nomination deadline: March 24, 2003. Schedule
March 3 - Send out pendency of election notice
March 24 - Last date nominations will be received
April 3 - Mail ballots to Academic Senate and Academic Federation
May 1 - Last date ballots will be received
May 8 - Ballots will be counted by Rules and Jurisdiction Committee
Academic Federation carry-over members: Sham Goyal, Ross MacDonald and Jim Oltjen.
Academic Senate carry-over members: Trish Berger, Alison Berry, Patrick Brown, Hoy Carman, Michael Delwiche and James Quinn.

Sharon A. Berg
Administrative Specialist
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 752-3483

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Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program
Next year more than 800 U.S. faculty and professionals will travel to 140 countries to lecture or perform research as Fulbright scholars. The deadline to apply for the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program is May 1.

Fulbright Web site


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RFP: California Crop Improvement Association (CCIA)
The CCIA is requesting alfalfa, beans and cereal research projects for 2003-04. Proposals are due March 21, 2003. The CCIA board of directors will award research grants at their May meeting.

Chip Sundstrom
Executive Director
Foundation Seed Certification Service
[email protected]

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RFP: Pierce’s Disease Research Grants
The Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) is pleased to announce a peer-reviewed research program for Pierce’s disease, sponsored by a special $1.85 million grant from the USDA. Proposals are due April 14, 2003.

Robert K. Webster
Department of Plant Pathology
[email protected]
(530) 752-0316

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RFP: Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center
The Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center (SFREC) is soliciting proposals for new research for the upcoming program year, May 1-April 30. Proposals are due at SFREC by March 7, 2003. The center expects to award approximately 5,000 hours of labor to assist continuing and new research projects. The center comprises 5,721 acres of northern Sierra foothill oak woodland-annual grass rangeland. Several watersheds fall within its boundaries, and the Yuba River flows along the southern edge, offering opportunities for water-quality and riparian-habitat studies. There are 160 acres of irrigated pasture, with a herd of 350 beef cows and 100 yearlings calves. Other resources include a weather station, GIS database and other long-term databases related to hardwoods and annual rangeland pasture use by cattle; stream hydrology in managed watersheds; climate and range forage yields. Facilities include a lab for chemical and biological analyses.

Download proposal forms

Mike O'Connor
Superintendent
UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
[email protected]
(530) 639-8803

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RFP: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP)
The University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) has released a request for proposals (RFP) to support research and education projects on sustainable food systems. Targeted topic areas include: direct or regional marketing/distribution systems (demonstration or pilot projects) and socioeconomic analyses of conventional or alternative food systems. Total funding available is approximately $80,000 with typical awards of $10,000-$20,000. Larger budgets will be considered if well justified. Proposals are due May 1, 2003.

For complete guidelines see theRFP
Information about previously funded projects is available atSAREP's Web site

Gail Feenstra
SAREP
[email protected]
(530) 752-8408

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Exhibition: Fragile Hope: Lifesaving Textiles in a Time of War
This continuing exhibition at the Design Museum presents, for the first time anywhere, an overview of textile blood chits, maps, and escape and evasion aids curated by R.E. Baldwin, co-author of the book "Last Hope: The Blood Chit Story." The items on display are from the United States, Great Britain, Australia, North Africa, China, Burma, Korea, Laos and Vietnam. The Design Museum is located at 145 Walker Hall. Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.; Sundays, 2-4 p.m.; through March 7. For more information, visit http://design.ucdavis.edu/museum/current/02-03.html.

More information


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Arboretum Events
Mar. 2, 2 p.m. Tour: Signs of Spring. Meet at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Mar. 9, 2 p.m. Spring Color in the Garden. Meet at the Gazebo on Garrod Drive. Mar. 11, 7 p.m. Get Growing with Farmer Fred. Fred Hoffman of the “Get Growing” radio program talks of horticulture on the radio. Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th Street, Davis. Mar. 12, Noon. Join superintendent Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll. Meet at the Gazebo on Garrod Drive. Mar. 16, 2 p.m. Tour: Greentime in the Arboretum. Meet at the Gazebo on Garrod Drive.

Arboretum calendar


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