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November 07, 2003

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Join us for College Celebration, Nov. 14

WHO
Donald Durzan Wins NASA Innovation Award
Robert Gilbertson Helps Thwart African Tomato Viruses
Pamela Ronald Garners $4.3M NSF Grant
Paul Singh: Food Engineering Hall of Famer
Landscape Architecture Transforms Mission Parks
We’re not Bragging, but…

IN THE NEWS
Hartsough and McPherson on Fire
Have Your Milk and Drink it too
Clones: It’s What’s for Dinner
New Grape Tubs Save Backs
¡Vinos de Baja!

WHAT
Cutting the Red Tape
G.R.E.A.T. Biotech Scholarships
Dept. of Education Graduate Grants
RFP: 2004 IR-4 Biopesticide Research Program

WHAT
College Celebration, Nov. 14
Sustainable Agriculture Lecture Series, Fridays at UCDavis
Pest Science Conference, Dec. 18
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Join us for College Celebration, Nov. 14
On Friday, November 14, 2003, at 5:30 p.m. in Freeborn Hall, friends, alumni, faculty, students and staff will gather for the fifteenth annual College Celebration, an event that honors the contributions that alumni and friends of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis have made to the State of California and the country and world beyond. As part of this event, the college will present its Award of Distinction to nine outstanding individuals whose distinguished careers have made significant contributions to our college’s success. This year’s recipients are Linda Childress, Calvin Dooley, John Fiddyment, Robert Granados, Daniel Macon, Pamela Marrone, David Masumoto, Robert Mondavi and Calvin Qualset. A festive reception featuring a variety of California wines and appetizers complements the awards ceremony and will be followed by our own Aggie Farmers’ Market. Please join us for College Celebration. The cost of the event is $12.50 and tickets may be purchased at the door, but please RSVP to Claudette Oriol, CA&ES event coordinator, to have a ticket reserved for you. She can be reached at [email protected] or (530) 752-2120. As you might imagine, we cannot carry out such an ambitious event without a great deal of volunteer support. If you are interested in volunteering -- and earning free admission to the celebration -- contact Lisa Leonardo at [email protected] or (530) 752-1602. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

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

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Donald Durzan Wins NASA Innovation Award
Donald Durzan of the Department of Environmental Horticulture received a 2003 NASA Innovation Award for his work on the recovery of taxanes and drugs by cell and biosynthetic surface enrichment with anti-drug magnetic antibodies. Readers may remember that Durzan also served as a member of NASA’s Scientific Working Group for the biotechnology facility on the International Space Station.


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Robert Gilbertson Helps Thwart African Tomato Viruses
Robert Gilbertson, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, received a special grant from the USAID mission in the West African nation of Mali to help investigate and manage a devastating tomato and pepper disease epidemic that appears to be caused by whitefly-transmitted geminiviruses. Gilbertson and fellow researchers, including a Malian scientist, hope that an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy involving a tomato/pepper-free period, sanitation, resistant/tolerant varieties and insect vector management will halt the destruction and spread of the disease. Because tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV), which is very similar to the viruses found in Mali, was introduced into the southeastern U.S. in the late 1990s, research in Mali will aid in the understanding and management of TYLCV in the U.S. and help keep the virus out of California. Gilbertson says that the viral detection and diagnosis tools used in his Malian research are a great example of the non-GMO applications of biotechnology.


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Pamela Ronald Garners $4.3M NSF Grant
Pamela Ronald, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, will be principal investigator on a $4.3 million, three-year study of the rice genome. The grant was funded through the National Science Foundation's Plant Genome Research Program. In addition to benefiting rice-breeding programs, Ronald’s analysis of rice genes will have broad practical applications to other important cereals such as corn and wheat. As the research progresses, public-sector access to information about the arrays and where to order them will be available on the project’s Web site.

http://www.ricearray.org/.


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Paul Singh: Food Engineering Hall of Famer
Paul Singh, professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, has been inducted into the 75th Food Engineering Anniversary Hall of Fame. Chosen for their “remarkable dedication and achievement” and “innovative, far reaching contributions to the food industry,” the list comprises 25 entrepreneurs, food scientists and engineers including Clarence Birdseye, H.J. Heinz, J.L. Kraft, and C.W. Post. Singh was cited for his research to “help improve product quality and process efficiencies” in the food industry and “contributions to research and education in more than 35 countries.”

Hail to the Innovators (scroll down)


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Landscape Architecture Transforms Mission Parks
Two classes held in the Department of Landscape Architecture this semester are focusing on revitalizing parts of San Francisco's Mission District. The first class is being co-taught by department chair Heath Schenker and visiting professor Mario Arteaga of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The class has produced revitalization plans for the Mission Street corridor and the 24th St BART Plazas. A group of Arteaga's students from UNAM will visit November 13 – 23 and work with UC Davis students in an intensive workshop (charette) to produce designs for a new mini-park in the central Mission. The class work is being done in cooperation with the Mission Economic Development Association and the San Francisco Department of Public Works. A second section of the class, led by lecturer and landscape architect Michael Fotheringham, is working on another Mission park in cooperation with the Neighborhood Parks Council.


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We’re not Bragging, but…
A quick survey of the papers being presented at this week’s combined annual meeting of the Soil Science, Crop Science and Agronomy Societies of America reveals that approximately 30 College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty members are co-authors of presented papers, not to mention the numerous UC Davis Cooperative Extension specialists and graduate students who are also co-authors. College departments represented at the conference include Agricultural and Resource Economics; Agronomy and Range Science; Land, Air and Water Resources; Nematology; and Vegetable Crops. The annual meeting attracts over 4,000 scientists from 40 countries.


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Hartsough and McPherson on Fire
Commenting in a San Jose Mercury News story on the debate over how to prevent forest fires, Bruce Hartsough, chair of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, says thinning needs to be done both close to communities and deep in the forest. Hartsough also appeared in the Fairfield Daily Republic and on KQED-FM’s Forum radio talk show discussing the same subject. In a Sunday front-page story, researcher Greg McPherson, director of the Center for Urban Forest Research, says loss of trees to the fires is "like losing one of your lungs. The air quality isn't going to be the same."

San Jose Mercury News
Los Angeles Times


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Have Your Milk and Drink it too
A front-page article in the Sacramento Bee reported that Ed DePeters, professor of animal science, and Moshe Rosenberg, dairy specialist with the Department of Food Science and Technology, have developed a feed additive for dairy cattle that reduces the saturated fat content of milk. "This is a technology that can be used commercially on any dairy in the U.S." said DePeters. None of the additive’s ingredients is genetically modified and all have been previously approved as safe for consumers by the FDA. A similar story appeared in the Davis Enterprise.

Sacramento Bee


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Clones: It’s What’s for Dinner
In an article on a draft FDA report claiming that the milk and meat of animal clones appear to be safe to eat, the Sacramento Bee quoted James Murray, professor in the Department of Animal Science, who said, "I'm glad to say the FDA is making a wise and considered decision to allow technology to move forward." Also quoted was Cindy Batchelder, an animal science doctoral student who has successfully cloned three cows.

Article


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New Grape Tubs Save Backs
An Associated Press article highlighted a smaller, lighter grape tub developed at UC Davis. Full of grapes, the new tubs weigh over 10 pounds less than the old type. John Miles, professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering involved with the Agricultural Ergonomics Center, says grape-picker reports of persistent pain dropped from 65 percent to 25 percent when the new style tubs were employed.

Grape Tubs


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¡Vinos de Baja!
A Washington Post travel story about a nascent wine industry in Baja, Mexico, quoted Nick Dokoozlian, Cooperative Extension viticulturist stationed at Kearney Agricultural Center in Parlier, who says Baja vintners are bringing in new vines and technology to improve the quality of their wines, but they still face climate challenges. The writer likened Baja’s Guadalupe Valley to the Napa Valley of the early 1960s.

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Cutting the Red Tape
In the October issue of FAS Update, published by the Food and Society Initiative of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Janice McMurray of the California Food and Fiber Futures program offers tips for cutting red tape and broadening understanding between universities and non-profit organizations.

Cutting the red tape


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G.R.E.A.T. Biotech Scholarships
The University of California Biotechnology Research and Education Program is offering an innovative research training program that supports individual fellowships (up to $50,000 per fellowship) in the Graduate Research and Education in Adaptive bio-Technology (GREAT) Training Program. This GREAT Training Program is designed to support the training of the brightest young graduate students within the University of California system in cutting-edge theoretical and experimental research at the interface between the life sciences and the physical, chemical, material, engineering, mathematical or computational sciences. A brief pre-proposal is due December 5, 2003; full proposal due March, 2004.

Details and application forms


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Dept. of Education Graduate Grants
The U.S. Department of Education’s Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program provides grants to academic departments and programs to support graduate fellowships for students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study. The academic areas designated by the Secretary of Education as areas of national need for FY 2004 are biology, chemistry, computer and information sciences, engineering, geological and related sciences, mathematics and physics. Interested faculty members may contact the office of Graduate Studies for details and sample applications from other graduate programs.



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RFP: 2004 IR-4 Biopesticide Research Program
The IR-4 Biopesticide Research Program requests grant proposals for funding of efficacy research, with a special interest in proposals containing biopesticides (rotated with conventional products) as resistance management tools. The amount of funding available for 2004 is $400,000. In 2003, the application success rate was about 44 percent. The application deadline is November 14. Electronic submissions are encouraged.

Full details, including an electronic application


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College Celebration, Nov. 14
The fifteenth annual College Celebration will be held on Friday, November 14, 2003, at 5:30 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. The cost of the event is $12.50 and tickets may be purchased at the door, but please RSVP to Claudette Oriol, CA&ES event coordinator, to have a ticket reserved for you. She can be reached at [email protected] or (530) 752-2120. If you are interested in volunteering -- and earning free admission to the celebration -- contact Lisa Leonardo at [email protected] or (530) 752-1602. For full details, see Dean Neal Van Alfen’s message at the top of this page.


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Sustainable Agriculture Lecture Series, Fridays at UCDavis
The Science of Sustainable Agriculture: Measuring the Immeasurable lecture series continues its fall calendar on November 7 with “Why You Should Eat Food and Other Nutritional Heresies” by Joan Dye Gussow, and on November 14 with “Developing a Curriculum for a Sustainable Agriculture: Educating the Researchers and Farmers of the Future” by Charles Francis. The series explores sustainability as it relates to agriculture, the environment, communities and society at large. Each week, leading social, ecological and biological scientists address key issues and topics relevant to agricultural sustainability in California. Fridays, 12:10 – 1 p.m., Plant and Environmental Sciences Building, Room 3001.

Information, schedule and mpegs ofprevious lectures


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Pest Science Conference, Dec. 18
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and its departments of Entomology, Plant Pathology, Nematology and Vegetable Crops are hosting a one-day pest science conference on Thursday, December 18, 2003, at UC Davis. The $50 registration fee includes handouts, lunch and live demonstrations.

Registration form

Janice Heine
Department of Entomology
[email protected]
(530) 752-492

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Arboretum Events
Nov. 8, 11:00 a.m., Guided Tour: Great Trees of the UC Davis Arboretum
Meet at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center Nov. 8, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monthly Plant Sale
Arboretum Nursery at Orchard Park, open to the public. 10 percent discount for members Nov. 9, 2:00 p.m., Guided Tour: Poetry in the Arboretum
Meet at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center Nov. 12, noon, Walk with Arboretum Superintendent Warren Roberts
Meet on the south steps of Mrak Hall Nov. 15, 11:00 a.m., Guided Tour: Fall in the Mediterranean Garden
Meet at the Arboretum Terrace Nov. 16, 2:00 p.m., Guided Tour: Gardening with Drought-adapted Plants
Meet at the Arboretum Terrace For More Information: UC Davis Arboretum (530) 752-4880

http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.htm


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