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October 13, 2003

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: New Plant-Sciences Facilities Celebration

WHO
Charles Goldman Elected President of WWCN
Alan Hastings for Beginners
Benjamin Orlove Named AAAS Fellow
Prophet-Zeman Award Gains Ground
Mark Schwartz Named Chancellor’s Fellow
Ron Tjeerdema to Help Test Abalone Antibiotic

IN THE NEWS
Budget Woes for UC System-wide Ag Programs
Alfalfa: Ice Cream in the Making
Biodynamics in the Vineyard
The Rainforest under our Feet

WHAT
UC Discovery Grants, $60 Million a Year Available
RFP: Agricultural Literacy and Issues Grants
RFP: 2004 IR-4 Biopesticide Research Program
Natural Reserve System Graduate Research Grants

WHAT
New Plant-Sciences Facilities Opening, Oct 15
Rivers and Tides Screening, Oct 16 and 17
Workshop: Accessing, Sharing Genetic Resources, Oct 29 – 31
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: New Plant-Sciences Facilities Celebration
On Wednesday, October 15, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will host the dedication of the campus’ new plant-sciences facilities: the Plant Reproductive Biology Building, the Core Greenhouses, The Ralph M. Parsons Plant Transformation Facility and the D. Gould and Virginia Bowley Plant Sciences Teaching Center, which includes the student farm and the UC Davis Children’s Garden. Participating in the event will be more than 200 industry and state agency representatives, dignitaries and members of the campus community, including Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef and Davis mayor Susie Boyd. The 10 a.m. opening ceremony will be followed by tours of the student farm, greenhouse, laboratories and teaching rooms. Trams will be available to take visitors to Robbins Hall for a tour of the plant genomics and transformation facilities. These new plant-sciences facilities were made possible by the foresight and generosity of a great number of individuals and institutions. The Plant Reproductive Biology facility, which houses the Seed Biotechnology Center and support related research in the plant sciences, was funded through a partnership between the seed industry and the campus. Funding for the Core Greenhouse complex was a joint effort of the campus, the college, the Division of Biological Sciences, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and a grant from the National Science Foundation. The Ralph M. Parsons Plant Transformation Facility, located in Robbins Hall, was made possible by a grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. The D. Gould and Virginia Bowley Plant Sciences Teaching Center that forms the nucleus of the plant sciences complex was financed by a $1.3 million gift from Virginia Bowley, wife of the late D. Gould Bowley. The close proximity of the new facilities will further encourage collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching in plant and seed research, and help address the wide range of present and future challenges faced by California’s agricultural community. The teaching and research that will occur in these new facilities will advance our understanding of economically important plants and lead to new and more productive, more environmentally friendly crops and farming systems that use our natural resources more efficiently, responsibly and sustainably. It will also guarantee that UC Davis remains at the forefront of plant sciences teaching and research well into the twenty-first century. Please join us for the dedication and tours. For further information, including details on parking and free trams, visit http://www.aes.ucdavis.edu/Events/plantSciFacil.htm or contact (530) 752-1606 or [email protected]. I look forward to seeing you there.

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

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Charles Goldman Elected President of WWCN
Charles Goldman was elected inaugural president of the newly formed World Water and Climate Network (WWCN), headquartered at the Lake Biwa Research Institute in Japan. The organization was formed to link people and organizations concerned with the impact of climate change on the state and future of the world’s water resources, to exchange relevant data and information, to support existing organizations concerned with global water management and to take action to restore water environments wherever possible.


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Alan Hastings for Beginners
The September 12 issue of Science magazine featured an article by Alan Hastings, of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, detailing the mathematical modeling of metapopulation persistence and its applications to species management and conservation. According to Hastings, a planning strategy widely used in wildlife management has a hidden flaw that could increase extinctions rather than reduce them. In a related article titled “Metalife!”, Princeton professor Andrew Dobson explains the meaning and significance of Hastings’ work to us mere mathematical mortals.

http://www.sciencemag.org


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Benjamin Orlove Named AAAS Fellow
Professor Benjamin Orlove of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Orlove is being honored for his contributions to the understanding of human adaptations to environmental conditions, particularly in the High Andes and with respect to Lake Titicaca and ethnoclimatology. He will be presented with a certificate and rosette at the AAAS Fellows Forum at the association’s annual meeting in Seattle in February 2004.


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Prophet-Zeman Award Gains Ground
Twenty-three faculty, research faculty and research associates in the Department of Nutrition have so far donated just over $5,000 toward the establishment of the Prophet-Zeman Undergraduate Award in Nutrition, which is named in honor of the late lecturer Joann Prophet and Professor Emeritus Fran Zeman, and is meant for seniors in clinical nutrition and nutritional sciences with preference given to those involved in research. The award's funding goal is $10,000. Those interested in helping the award fund reach its goal should contact Judith Stern.

Judith S. Stern
Professor
Department of Nutrition
[email protected]
(530) 752-6575

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Mark Schwartz Named Chancellor’s Fellow
Professor Mark Schwartz of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy has been selected as a 2003-2004 Chancellor’s Fellow. An award of $25,000 to be used in support of research, teaching and service activities also accompanies the title. The Chancellor’s Fellows Program is supported in part by funds from the Davis Chancellor’s Club and the Annual Fund of the University of California, Davis. The program was established in 2000 to honor the achievements of outstanding faculty members early in their careers.


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Ron Tjeerdema to Help Test Abalone Antibiotic
Ron Tjeerdema, chair of the Department of Environmental Toxicology, is among the researchers associated with the Bodega Marine Laboratory and the University of Washington who have been given a two-year collaborative research award from the California Sea Grant College Program to characterize the actions of the antibiotic oxytetracycline in abalone infected with the pathogen that causes Withering Syndrome. The disease has caused catastrophic declines in populations of black abalone in southern and central California and poses a threat to red abalone both in the wild and in commercial aquaculture facilities.


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Budget Woes for UC System-wide Ag Programs
A series of Davis Enterprise articles reported on how the University of California will soon decide the fate of many system-wide agricultural programs based at UC Davis, including the Agricultural Issues Center, Small Farm Program, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, Genetic Resources Conservation Program and Mosquito Research Program. Agricultural economist Dan Sumner, executive director of the Agricultural Issues Center, said that cuts are uncertain, but major changes are inevitable as a result of lost state funding, adding, "You could do it in 27 different ways and they're all bad." In a second Davis Enterprise article, Rick Rousch, director of the Integrated Pest Management program, talks about how he prepared for the cuts. And the Sacramento Bee interviewed Jenny Broome, associate director of UC’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, about how that program received a temporary reprieve from the budget ax.

Davis Enterprise I
Davis Enterprise II
Sacramento Bee


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Alfalfa: Ice Cream in the Making
Western Farm Press featured a story on the work of Dan Putnam, extension agronomist with the Department of Agronomy and Range Science, who offered tips for selecting a money-making alfalfa variety at a recent field day at the Kearney Research and Education Center in Parlier. Among many factors, Putnam discussed yield, quality, dormancy and pest resistance. For those who couldn’t attend the field day, UC Davis hosts a Web site that includes everything you always wanted to know about alfalfa.

Western Farm Press
UC Davis alfalfa page


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Biodynamics in the Vineyard
The Los Angeles Times ran a story about biodynamic farming practices gaining a foothold in California’s vineyards. Wineries such as Benziger, Bonterra, Joseph Phelps, Araujo and Robert Sinsky are among those reported to be experimenting with biodynamic practices. Professor Andrew Walker of the Department of Viticulture and Enology says it's still just a guess if biodynamic practices work or not because there haven't been any scientific studies. Said Walker, "Some of these vineyards are incredibly beautiful…but it's more of a mind-set, a religion, than viticulture." In a related San Jose Mercury News article, professor of agronomy and range science Ford Denison says that some of the ideas behind biodynamic farming don't appear to have any scientific basis.

Biodynamics in the Vineyard
San Jose Mercury News
Demeter Association


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The Rainforest under our Feet
An Oakland Tribune story reporting on a UC Berkeley study of disappearing, destroyed or degraded U.S. soils featured comments by Department of Land, Air and Water Resources associate professor William Horwath and department chair Mike Singer. Horwath said that soils were a storehouse of biodiversity, with a cubic inch of soil capable of holding upwards of 30,000 individual species. Singer said of California’s San Joaquin soil, "It has been ripped and plowed for a wide range of reasons -- but we need to preserve some of what's left, just like we need to preserve our rain forests."

Oakland Tribune


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UC Discovery Grants, $60 Million a Year Available
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 3-way partnership between 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 anonline application


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RFP: Agricultural Literacy and Issues Grants
The Hansen Trust requests proposals for its Agricultural Literacy and Issues Competitive Grants Program. High priority will be given to proposals that target issues surrounding farm labor, agricultural-urban interface, water quality and supply, consumer education, and public understanding and support of agriculture. While it is not necessary for projects to be conducted in Ventura County, it should be evident that the project addresses relevant needs of the county. The application deadline is October 24.

Full details and applicationinstructions

Sheri Klittich
Program Administrator
Hansen Trust
[email protected]
(805) 525-9293, x205

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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 anelectronic application


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Natural Reserve System Graduate Research Grants
Applications are being accepted for the Natural Reserve System’s Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants. Proposed projects must be conducted on reserves in the Natural Reserve System. The application deadline is October 22.

More information andapplication


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New Plant-Sciences Facilities Opening, Oct 15
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will host a celebration of the opening of its new plant-sciences facilities on Wednesday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. – Noon. The celebration will feature presentations by, among others, UC Davis Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef and include tours of the Plant Reproductive Biology building, Bowley Plant Science Teaching Center, Core Greenhouse Complex, Genomics Facility and Ralph M. Parsons Plant Transformation Facility. Research displays and the teaching activities of the Student Farm and Children's Garden will be highlighted. (530) 752-1606 or [email protected]

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Rivers and Tides Screening, Oct 16 and 17
An award-winning film about British environmental artist Andy Goldsworty is coming again to Davis. Since its release last year, the film Rivers and Tides, by German documentarist Thomas Riedelsheimer, has received unanimous praise from critics worldwide, as well as numerous awards, including the Golden Gate Award Grand Prize for Documentary, German Film Critics Best Documentary Film and Best Film from the Montreal Film Festival. The screening is sponsored by the John Muir Institute and the Landscape Architecture Program in the Department of Environmental Design. October 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre, 616 2nd Street, Davis. Tickets: $7.50 general/$5.50 students and seniors. Available at Armadillo Music, 205 F Street. Distribution of Rivers and Tides is limited. A screening last fall by the Landscape Architecture Program resulted in a sold-out show.

Madeleine Lohman
Landscape Architecture Program
[email protected]
(530) 752-3907

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Workshop: Accessing, Sharing Genetic Resources, Oct 29 – 31
An international workshop, Accessing Genetic Resources and Sharing the Benefits, will be held at UC Davis, October 29 – 31. The workshop is sponsored by the UC Genetic Resources Conservation Program and the UC Pacific Rim Research Program, among others.

More information

Santiago Carrizosa
GRCP
[email protected]
(530) 754-8506

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Arboretum Events

Oct. 11, 11:00 a.m., Guided Tour: Planning Your Garden to Attract Birds & Other Wildlife
Meet at the Arboretum Terrace. Oct. 12, 2:00 p.m., Guided Tour: Foliage Color & Texture for Great Fall Gardens
Meet at the Gazebo. Oct. 15–Dec. 3, Wednesdays, 9 a.m.–12 noon, Volunteer Training
Call Volunteer and outreach manager Amy McGuire at (530) 754-9126 for more information. Oct. 18, 11:00 a.m., Guided Tour: Great Plants for Fall
Meet at the Arboretum Terrace. Oct. 19, 2:00 p.m., Guided Tour: Plan & Plant Now for your Spring Garden
Meet at the Arboretum Terrace. For More Information:
UC Davis Arboretum (530) 752-4880

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


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