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June 20, 2003

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Sustainable Ag Program Update

WHO
Eduardo Blumwald Wins Humboldt Award
Husein Ajwa Garners 2nd USDA Award in as many Months
Graham Fogg Elected
Adel Kader: Distinguished Graduate Mentor
James Oltjen Receives 2003 ASAS Extension Award
Ben Orlove Article Wins Award
Victoria Rivers: American Artist Abroad
Citations for Excellence

IN THE NEWS
All the Ag Ministers Meeting News that’s Fit to Print
Lynn Kimsey on Spider Season
Philip Martin on Farm Labor Housing, Farm Labor Market

WHAT
RFP: Clinical Nutrition Research Unit
Soy Study Seeks Subjects

WHAT
Campus Horse Auction, June 21
34 Years of Fantasy and Play: An Installation by Dolph Gotelli

A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Sustainable Ag Program Update
A little over a year ago the college convened a Sustainable Agriculture Committee composed of twenty members representing 10 departments and three ANR programs active on the UC Davis campus. The committee was charged with (1) developing an inventory of all work related to sustainable agriculture at UC Davis, (2) recommending an umbrella organization to coordinate activities and facilitate communication and collaboration, and (3) reviewing and providing recommendations on possible undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The committee’s broad spectrum of views and scientific and practical expertise helped define our institution’s concept of sustainable agriculture and how that concept fit within the mission of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The committee found that the college is well positioned to develop strong teaching, research and outreach programs related to sustainability, based on breadth of faculty expertise, strength of teaching programs and courses, and existence of ongoing research programs on alternative cropping systems and other relevant areas. The committee’s hard work resulted in a report which is now available online. here. A major recommendation of the report was a proposal for an undergraduate curriculum in sustainable agriculture. The CA&ES Executive Committee is now reviewing the proposal, which integrates agricultural and environmental sciences and also includes a socioeconomic sciences component. Another recommendation of the committee is for the college to form a Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Sustainability to coordinate our research activities in sustainability. On Friday, July 25, in the afternoon, the college will host a stake-holder’s town hall meeting to seek input on the committee’s recommendations. Details will be forthcoming. As always, we welcome your feedback.

Read the sustainable agriculture reporthere

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

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Eduardo Blumwald Wins Humboldt Award
Congratulations to Eduardo Blumwald of the Department of Pomology. Blumwald was awarded this year’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Award, which is presented to a person judged to have made the most significant contribution to American agriculture during the previous five years. In addition to a cash prize of $15,000, the award includes the Alfred Toepfer scholarship, which will provide $5,000 for a UC Davis student to study agriculture in Europe. Pomology chair Vito Polito, who nominated Blumwald for the award, said, "Eduardo's career work has been on plant responses and adaptations to environmental stress, especially salinity stress. The award recognizes his breakthrough discovery that over-expressing a single gene can confer salt tolerance to crop plant species. The discovery was certainly an intellectual tour-de-force, but it was also a product of determination, hard work and Ed's deep belief in the feasibility of his idea. Unlike many scientific breakthroughs, this one did not have the air of inevitability about it. Many of his colleagues were skeptical that such a profound effect could come from his approach, which makes the achievement all the more impressive." On Friday, September 26, the award committee and other representatives of the Humboldt Foundation will travel to UC Davis for a special award ceremony and reception that will also feature a short lecture by Dr. Blumwald. Details will be forthcoming.


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Husein Ajwa Garners 2nd USDA Award in as many Months
Congratulations to Husein Ajwa, extension specialist in the Department of Vegetable Crops, who was among the research team recently honored with a 2003 USDA Secretary’s Honor Award in the category Expanding Economic and Trade Opportunities for United States Agricultural Producers. This same team just received the White House Closing the Circle Award for their work on methyl bromide alternatives in cooperation with the USDA ARS Water Management Research Laboratory in Parlier, California.


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Graham Fogg Elected
Graham E. Fogg, professor of hydrogeology in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources and hydrogeologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station, was elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America in May.


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Adel Kader: Distinguished Graduate Mentor
Adel Kader, of the Department of Pomology, received the Academic Senate's Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award for 2003 at the June 10 Representative Assembly meeting. The award recognizes Kader's career-long commitment to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.


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James Oltjen Receives 2003 ASAS Extension Award
James Oltjen, Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science, received the 2003 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Extension Award. The award will be presented to Oltjen as part of the awards ceremony held during the ASAS annual meeting. Oltjen received the Western Section ASAS Extension Award in 1997.


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Ben Orlove Article Wins Award
An American Scientist article on ethnoclimatology in the Andes whose lead author was Ben Orlove of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy won an award from the Society of National Association Publications in the feature article category. The headline in the journal reads, "a cross-disciplinary study uncovers a scientific basis for the scheme Andean potato farmers traditionally use to predict the coming rains."

For summary of the articleclick here


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Victoria Rivers: American Artist Abroad
Victoria Rivers of the Department of Environmental Design has been selected to be an American Artist Abroad in the Artists in US Embassies program through the U.S. Department of State. Currently, she has three pieces in an art exhibition at the US Embassy in Accra, Ghana, and will visit the country for ten days in November to lecture, teach and interact with Ghanian artists.


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Citations for Excellence
Congratulations to the many College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences staff members who received a Citation for Excellence. Honorees were recognized at a May 8 reception at the home of Rosalie and Larry Vanderhoef, chancellor, and during the TGFS BBQ hosted by UC Davis' Staff Assembly in conjunction with Thank Goodness for Staff festivities. INDIVIDUAL AWARDS General Contributions: Elaine Bose -- Agronomy and Range Science Robert DeBarge -- CA&ES Dean's Office Elizabeth Grassi -- Environmental Science and Policy Judith Howard -- Food Science and Technology Elizabeth Lorenzen -- Land, Air and Water Resources Yuri Rodriguez -- Human and Community Development Daniel Sehnert -- Animal Science Karen Strack -- Food Science and Technology Kelly Wade -- Animal Science Dawn Whitaker -- Food Science and Technology General Contributions/Campus Service: Karen Hunter -- Food Science and Technology Supervision: Pat Conners -- Human and Community Development TEAM AWARDS General Contributions: Della Nunes and Linda Wiegand -- Viticulture and Enology Bart Wilsey and Cory Simerson -- UC Hopland Research and Extension Center


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All the Ag Ministers Meeting News that’s Fit to Print
A wide array of UC Davis scientists, representing differing points of view, have been quoted in the blitz of media coverage focusing on the upcoming agricultural ministers meeting in Sacramento. An in-depth Sacramento News and Review article features three UC Davis scientists: Judith Kjelstrom, acting director of UC Davis’ biotechnology program; Dan Sumner, director of the Agricultural Issues Center; and Janet Broome, associate director of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. The Sacramento Bee quoted Martina Newell-McGloughlin, director of the UC Systemwide Biotechnology Research and Teaching Program and adjunct professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, who said, "Human population continues to grow, while arable land is of finite quantity. So unless we will accept starvation or placing parks and the Amazon basin under the plow, there really is no alternative to applying biotechnology to agriculture." McGloughlin will also speak on the topic of biotechnology at a June 23 Sacramento public forum, “Agriculture, Hunger and Biotechnology,” sponsored by FoodFirst. Read more:

Sacramento News and Review
Sacramento Bee
FoodFirst public forum


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Lynn Kimsey on Spider Season
In two reports on spider season, KCRA Channel 3 (NBC) interviewed Lynn Kimsey, professor of entomology and director of the Center for Biosystematics, who says that all spiders are poisonous but the only truly dangerous spider in the Sacramento region is the black widow.

First interview
Second interview


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Philip Martin on Farm Labor Housing, Farm Labor Market
Phillip Martin of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics has been quite busy lately. National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, as part of a national housing series, interviewed him twice: in a housing report on California’s migrant farmworkers, and about a housing project for elderly farmworkers. And, in Western Farm Press, Martin predicted that eventually some new solution for the problems involved with farm labor may develop, possibly involving a guest-worker program or legalization of immigrant workers.

Read the Western Farm Press article


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RFP: Clinical Nutrition Research Unit
UC Davis faculty are invited to submit pilot and feasibility (P/F) proposals for funding by the UC Davis Clinical Nutrition Research Unit (CNRU). Up to three one-year awards -- each providing up to $20,000 direct costs and eligibility for a one-year renewal -- will be granted with funding beginning in January 2004. CNRU P/F grants are funded by a center grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases. Grant recipients will be eligible to use CNRU core laboratories in support of their projects. Deadline for submission is Monday, August 25, 12 noon. Full details of the pilot and feasibility program and a full description of the core laboratories are provided on the CNRU Web site.

Full details


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Soy Study Seeks Subjects
The Western Human Nutrition Research Center is recruiting women for a three-year clinical trial to examine the effectiveness of estrogen-like compounds derived from soybeans in preventing bone loss associated with menopause. Women interested in participating in the study should contact the UC Davis research team.

Soy Study
Western Human Nutrition Research Center
[email protected]
(530) 752-4168 X3

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Campus Horse Auction, June 21
The UC Davis Horse Barn will hold its 11th annual Production Sale on Saturday, June 21. The sale will include 11 yearlings, one weanling and one 2-year-old, plus broodmares, riding horses and breeding stallions. The event will begin with a sale preview from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. A barbecue will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the auction will begin at 6 p.m. The younger animals were raised by undergraduate students in the Department of Animal Science’s breeding management program. The sale will be held at the horse barn and arena, located in the Cole Facility on La Rue Road.


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34 Years of Fantasy and Play: An Installation by Dolph Gotelli
Through June 30, 2003, at the Design Museum, 145 Walker Hall. For more information -- including hours and special presentations -- contact Rhonda O'Brien or the Design Museum.

Design Museum Web site

Rhonda R. O'Brien
Program Representative
Department of Environmental Design
[email protected]
(530) 752-6223

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