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November 21, 2003

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: RMI Executive Director Named

WHO
Miguel A. Marino Appointed to Geodesy and Geophysics Post
Richard Michelmore Named Head of UC Davis Genome Center
Welcome to Orville Thompson Hall

IN THE NEWS
“Offshoring” U.S. Jobs
Wild Fires Hot for Global Warming
Quaffing While Rome Burns
Roundup Abuse Aids Super-Weed Breeding Program

WHAT
RFP: Cling Peach Research
RFP: Alpaca Research Foundation
G.R.E.A.T. Biotech Scholarships
Dept. of Education Graduate Grants
UC Discovery Grants, $60 Million Available Annually

WHAT
Pest Science Conference, Dec. 18
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: RMI Executive Director Named
It is my great pleasure to announce that Clare Hasler, a nutritionist and authority on functional foods, has been named the founding executive director of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. Chosen from a large field of exceptionally well-qualified candidates, Clare brings to the institute a rare combination of strengths, including scholarly expertise in the area of foods and health. She also has a proven record of bridging the worlds of academia, industry and public service. As executive director, she will lead programming and vision-development efforts, as well as guide fundraising activities. She also will serve as a liaison to the institute’s partners in the beverage and food industries. Clare’s academic background is impressive: she holds a dual doctoral degree in environmental toxicology and human nutrition from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was the founding director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s (UIUC) Functional Foods for Health Program from 1992 through 2000 and currently serves as the program’s associate director of outreach and industry relations. She also is an assistant professor in UIUC’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current research focuses on the role of soy in preventing chronic disease. An extensive professional biography of Clare can be found at http://www.fshn.uiuc.edu/dept/person.cfm?id=92. The search for an executive director would not have been successful without the hard work of the RMI implementation committee, headed by Robert Powell, chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Bob was assisted by Ed DePeters of animal science; Charles Bamforth and Charles Shoemaker of food science and technology; Jim Wolpert, Andy Waterhouse and Carole Meredith of viticulture and enology; Bob Rucker of nutrition; and Annie King and DeeDee Kitterman of the Dean’s Office. The search committee also received much valuable help from a group of external advisers to the college as well as faculty members and chairs of many of the college’s departments who took the time to meet with many of the final candidates and provide insightful feedback. My personal thanks to all of you. Clare will begin her formal duties in late January. Please join me in welcoming her to campus.

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

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Miguel A. Marino Appointed to Geodesy and Geophysics Post
Miguel A. Marino, professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, has been appointed by the chair of the National Research Council to serve on the U.S. National Committee of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. Committee members foster U.S. participation in international science and fortify communication links between U.S. and international scientific communities.


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Richard Michelmore Named Head of UC Davis Genome Center
Richard Michelmore, professor in the Department of Vegetable Crops, has been selected as founding director of the UC Davis Genome Center. Michelmore will oversee the hiring of 15 new faculty members in genomics and bioinformatics, as well as the final stages of constructing and equipping the Genome Center. The center will be located in the $95 million Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility, located north of Tupper Hall in the health sciences district. The building is scheduled to open in summer 2004. "Richard is one of the world's top plant molecular biologists who has a broad understanding of the ever increasing diversity and potential impact that research in genomics can have on society today," said Neal Van Alfen, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Full-text press release
UC Davis Genome Center


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Welcome to Orville Thompson Hall
Orville Thompson, professor emeritus in the Department of Human and Community Development, was among the three UC Davis faculty members honored by having a building named for them at the new student housing in Segundo Infill. The namings honor Academic Senate, Academic Federation and staff colleagues who have made outstanding contributions to undergraduate education at UC Davis.

Dateline story


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“Offshoring” U.S. Jobs
The San Jose Mercury News interviewed Martin Kenney, a professor of human and community development and co-author of a recent study on the movement of U.S. jobs overseas, who says that the accelerated movement of “tech jobs” to India means there could be "much less adjustment time" for American workers. Kenney and co-author Rafiq Dossani have been interviewed recently by many publications, including Business 2.0. A truncated version of the study is forthcoming in Information Technology and International Development. Kenney also serves as senior project director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy. The study, “Went for Cost, Stayed for Quality?: Moving the Back Office to India,” is available on the group’s Web site.

San Jose Mercury News
Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy


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Wild Fires Hot for Global Warming
In an Associated Press story picked up by, among others, the Wall Street Journal and the Sacramento Bee, Susan Ustin, professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, says both the number of out-of-control fires and the acreage burned are likely to increase as global warming weakens forests through drought and disease.

Wild fires


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Quaffing While Rome Burns
“Global warming may become a worldwide catastrophe, but at least the wine should be good” begins a San Francisco Chronicle article profiling the research that suggests that cool-climate vintages will improve -- and warm-climate vintages decline -- as global warming progresses. Commenting on the study, Andrew Walker, professor of viticulture and enology, says that vintners will have to change "how they plan and where they plant," if warming trends endure.

San Francisco Chronicle


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Roundup Abuse Aids Super-Weed Breeding Program
Weeds resistant to the popular herbicide Roundup are spreading and farmers should use a variety of methods to control them, says weed ecologist Thomas Lahini, the lead source for this Sacramento Bee story. "Roundup is used so frequently in these orchards," said Lanini. "Basically, what they are doing is selecting out everything but the resistant population, (which) may just be one or two plants initially, but after a while you have a whole population of plants that are resistant." Among the tools that Lahini suggests farmers use to combat the evolution of Roundup-resistant weeds are flocks of weed-eating geese and good old-fashioned mechanical control.



Super-Weeds


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RFP: Cling Peach Research
The California Cling Peach Growers Advisory Board is seeking research proposals for 2004–05. Research priorities include, but are not limited to: new variety development; rootstock evaluation; integrated pest management; pheromone confusion techniques and dispensers; pyrethroid resistance; dormant sprays; predictive models for brown rot, mildew, and rust; bacterial canker; soil fumigation/soil microbiology; labor-saving devices/mechanical harvesting; and reducing thinning costs. Application deadline: January 1, 2004. Information on submitting research proposals is available from the Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center at [email protected].


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RFP: Alpaca Research Foundation
The Alpaca Research Foundation is seeking research proposals for 2004. The foundation encourages and supports scientific research that benefits the North American alpaca industry, primarily in the areas of alpaca health and husbandry, genetics and fiber. Proposals are due April 1, 2004. The earliest funding date is September 1, 2004.

More information, including application forms


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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 of national need designated by the Secretary of Education 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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UC Discovery Grants, $60 Million Available Annually
The Industry-University Cooperative Research Program (IUCRP) awards hundreds of UC Discovery Grants each year in five fields of science and engineering, including biotechnology and information technology for life sciences. The grants form a three-way partnership among the University of California, industry sponsors and the State of California, and provide a streamlined path from lab bench to public benefit. Revolving fall, winter and spring application deadlines.

More information, including an online application


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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. 22, 11:00 a.m., Guided Tour: How Native Californians Use Local Plants
Meet at Arboretum Headquarters

Nov. 23, 2:00 p.m., Guided Tour: Herbs for Thanksgiving
Meet at Putah Creek Lodge

Dec. 3, 11:00 a.m., Guided Tour: Landscape Gardening with Mediterranean Plants
Meet at the Gazebo

Dec. 6, 11:00 a.m., Guided Tour: Foliage Color and Texture in Mediterranean-Style Gardens
Meet at the Arboretum Terrace

For more information
UC Davis Arboretum
(530) 752-4880

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


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