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April 30, 2004

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WHO
John Krochta Awarded UC Discovery Grant
Andrew Waterhouse Honored as Kinsella Endowed Chair
Joseph DiTomaso Named Outstanding Weed Scientist

IN THE NEWS
Judith Stern Co-Chairs International Obesity Expert Team
Honey May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease and Cancer
Study Details Cost of Establishing a Vineyard
Sperling and ITS are Hydrogen Highway Cornerstone

WHAT
Kearney’s Open House and Greenhouse Dedication, May 5, 2004
NIOSH Directors Meeting at UC Davis, May 13, 2004
Friends of Environmental Toxicology Day, June 4, 2004
Arboretum Events

John Krochta Awarded UC Discovery Grant
John Krochta, professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, has been awarded a UC Discovery Grant to develop his research on using whey protein films as food coatings to commercial applications in food safety, preservation and quality. The UC Discovery Grant, founded in 1996, forms a three-way partnership, among industry sponsors, the UC system and the state of California to support industry-university research projects. Krochta’s grant was matched by equal funding from the California Dairy Research Foundation. "This project will launch significant commercial opportunities not only for food preservation projects, but also for subsequent therapeutic and nutritional products using the same platform," said Krochta, in a Davis Enterprise statement.

Davis Enterprise

John Krochta
Department of Food Science and Technology
[email protected]
(530) 752-2164

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Andrew Waterhouse Honored as Kinsella Endowed Chair
Andrew Waterhouse, enology professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology, was honored at a banquet on campus, April 13, along with two other newly endowed chair-holders and the donors who made the endowed chairs and professorships possible. Waterhouse, who is the John E. Kinsella Endowed Chair in Food, Nutrition and Health, conducts research on phenolic compounds and their effect on the quality and consumer health aspects of wine. Waterhouse, who joined the faculty in 1991, has won a number of prestigious awards, including the Academie Amorim Award of Special Merit, the Medical Friends of Wine Research Award and a UC Davis Chancellor's Fellow award.

Dateline

Andrew Waterhouse
Department of Viticulture and Enology
[email protected]
(530) 752-4777

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Joseph DiTomaso Named Outstanding Weed Scientist
Joseph Ditomaso, extension specialist, Department of Vegetable Crops, was named “Outstanding Weed Scientist – Public Sector“ at the Western Society of Weed Science’s (WSWS) annual meeting in Colorado Springs, March 2004. The award is among the most prestigious of recognitions awarded by the society and reflects the respect of DiTomaso’s peers and colleagues. The award was based on DiTomaso’s impact and contributions to weed science, weed management practices, and services to the Western Society of Weed Science and the people of California. DiTomaso received both his undergraduate degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (1977), and his Ph.D. in Botany (1986) from UC Davis. His primary focus is on the biology, ecology and control of weeds in non-crop environments, with emphasis on California.

Joseph DiTomaso
Department of Vegetable Crops
[email protected]
(530) 754-8715

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Judith Stern Co-Chairs International Obesity Expert Team
Judith Stern, professor, Department of Nutrition, and vice president of the American Obesity Association, is co-chairing a new team of international obesity experts known as the Collaborative Obesity Research Evaluation Team (CORET). The team will review and evaluate published research papers in the field of obesity. The project will aid the public, medical personnel, and policy makers in evaluating the quality and usefulness of current research. CORET will publish its review of 200 research papers in the coming months. "There's a growing public realization that obesity is a killer disease," said Judith S. Stern (UC Davis News).

UC Davis News


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Honey May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease and Cancer
A month-long study involving 25 participants, lead by Heidi Gross, researcher in the Department of Nutrition, found that honey consumption increased the levels of health-protective polyphenolic antioxidants in the participants’ plasma. Polyphenolic antioxidants are linked to reduced risk of heart disease and some cancers.



Time Magazine
Irish Times


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Study Details Cost of Establishing a Vineyard
Richard De Moura, research associate, in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, is a co-author on a recently published study that examines the cost of establishing a vineyard and producing wine grapes in the North Coast region. The study outlines per-acre costs to establish and produce wine grapes with focus on the Chardonnay variety. An analysis of profits over a range of prices and yields is included in the study.

Sample Costs to Establish Vineyard and Produce Wine Grapes, North Coast Region - Sonoma
County is available online at http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu. See: Grapes 2004

Daily Democrat


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Sperling and ITS are Hydrogen Highway Cornerstone
UC Davis, home to the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), a worldwide leader in exploring the use of alternative fuels, was the site Governor Schwarzenegger chose to sign the executive order on April 20, launching the nation’s first Hydrogen Highway network. The governor’s order calls on state agencies to work with private industry and research coalitions to build a hydrogen network of fueling stations on California’s highways by 2010. "There are a lot of companies interested," said Daniel Sperling, director of ITS and professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. "The challenge here is how to coordinate a lot of these investments" (Contra Costa Times). "We should take wise first steps now to find the best path. Intelligent demonstrations, strong research and public education are imperative, if California will continue to lead in efforts to clean our air and reduce greenhouse gases that are warming the planet" (Dateline).

Dateline
Contra Costa Times


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Kearney’s Open House and Greenhouse Dedication, May 5, 2004
A greenhouse dedication and open house followed by a barbecue lunch will take place on Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at the Kearny Research and Extension Center in Parlier, California. The event includes tours of ongoing research conducted in labs, fields, post harvest and greenhouses. All are welcome to attend. Information and Photos: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/kearney/anniv_gh_invitation.pdf
Kearney Research and Extension Center
[email protected]
(559) 646-6000



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NIOSH Directors Meeting at UC Davis, May 13, 2004
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety will host Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and other high-level NIOSH administrators and directors from the other nine federally funded agricultural health and safety centers around the country on May 13-14 at the Buehler Alumni Center. On May 13, campus individuals and off-campus constituents interested in agricultural health and safety are invited to attend a reception with guest speaker, Dr. Gerald Haslam, author of Coming of Age in California, 6:00-7:30 p.m., in the Board Room, Buehler Alumni Center. Information:

Ketty Mobed
Center Manager
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
[email protected]
(530) 752-5253

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Friends of Environmental Toxicology Day, June 4, 2004
The annual “Friends of Environmental Toxicology Day,” hosted by the Department of Environmental Toxicology, will occur Friday, June 4, 2004, on campus in the Robert Mondavi Center Studio Theater. This event, open to the general public, members of industry, state agencies and environmental groups, offers an opportunity to share research, ideas and concerns about environmental issues affecting Northern California.

Free admission. Registration is required.

Schedule and Registration:
http://www.envtox.ucdavis.edu/friends/friendsday2004/

More Information:
“Friends” Home Page: http://www.envtox.ucdavis.edu/Friends/default.html


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Arboretum Events

May 12, 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Field Trip: Gladding, McBean and Matsuda Bonsai Nursery
Join arboretum staff for Feats of Clay XVII, a national ceramics exhibition and guided tour of Gladding, McBean, the world renowned, historic terra cotta factory in Lincoln. At Matsuda Landscape & Bonsai Nursery, owner Hiroshi Matsuda will talk about the elements of Japanese gardening and give visitors time to wander through his bonsai collection. $50/ $40 members.
Call (530) 752-4880 to register.

May 12, 12 noon, Tour: Walk with Warren
Meet at the Gazebo.

 

May 15, 11 a.m., Tour: A Garden of Spring Flowers
Meet at the Alumni Center.

May 16, 2 p.m., Tour: Exploring the Redwood Grove
Meet at the Alumni Center.

May 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Spring Plant Sale
Meet at the Arboretum Nursery at Orchard Park Volunteers with Friends of the Davis Arboretum and the Davis Botanical Society grow hundreds of unusual plants for Mediterranean climate gardens and exotic tropical house plants. Open to the public. 10 per cent discount for members. Free parking in Visitor Lot 35. Map: arboretum.ucdavis.edu

May 22, 11 a.m., Tour: Get Your Garden Ready for Summer
Meet at Terrace Garden.

 

 

 

Information:

 

UC Davis Arboretum
(530) 752-4880
http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.htm


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