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August 27, 2004

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WHO
Six ARE Researchers Honored

IN THE NEWS
Grant Will Fight Agroterrorism
Launch of New Tahoe Research Center
The Best Hope for California’s Forests
Illuminating and Energy-Efficient Lights
Small Farm Center Develops Niche Market Crops
Mosquito Fish Not a Good Bet

WHAT
UC Davis Rises In NSF Rankings
Center for Urban Forest Research

WHAT
Symposium on Nutritional Genomics, Oct. 22-24, 2004
Cultivating a Sustainable Agricultural Workplace, Sept. 12-14, 2004
Arboretum Events

Six ARE Researchers Honored
Six researchers from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics were honored at the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) annual meeting in Denver.

The Quality of Research Discovery Award was presented to James Wilen, professor, and Marty Smith, researcher, for their paper in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, "Economic Impacts of Marine Reserves: The Importance of Spatial Behavior."

The award for the Outstanding Article in Choices: The Magazine of Food, Farm & Resource Issues, was presented to Colin Carter, professor, and Guillaume Gruere, graduate student researcher, for "International Approaches to the Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods."

Chet McCorkle, professor emeritus, was honored by the association with the granting of the charter to the student scholarship fund established in his name. Richard Sexton, professor, was made a fellow of the AAEA in recognition of his numerous significant achievements and contributions.


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Grant Will Fight Agroterrorism
A Homeland Security grant of $4.7 million was awarded to the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security to train food industry workers to prevent, recognize and deal with potential terrorist acts related to food. Established in 2002, the institute is a joint project between the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Davis Enterprise


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Launch of New Tahoe Research Center
In August, the site for a new, 24 million dollar Lake Tahoe research center was officially dedicated, celebrating the partnership among the University of California, Davis, Sierra Nevada College, the Desert Research Institute and the RAND Corporation. “People are looking to Lake Tahoe for solutions to lake problems worldwide,” said Charles Goldman, director of the UC Davis Tahoe Research Group and professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy.

Reno Gazette-Journal
UC Davis News


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The Best Hope for California’s Forests
Thomas Bonnicksen, visiting professor in the Department of Environmental Horticulture, authored an article in the San Francisco Chronicle on the care and future of California’s forests. "The best hope for California's forests rests on learning from history and ensuring that professional foresters retain a complete set of tools including prescribed burning, thinning and clear-cutting to responsibly manage privately owned forests in the future," says Bonnicksen.

San Francisco Chronicle


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Illuminating and Energy-Efficient Lights
Professors Michael Siminovitch and Konstantinos Papamichael of the Design Program and the campus's California Lighting Technology Center hope to change consumers’ attitudes toward fluorescent lighting technology. “Too many porch lights use strong bulbs that stay on throughout the night, sucking up a large amount of the lighting energy used in homes,” say Siminovitch and Konstantinos. The center received a $1.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission through the Public Interest Energy Research program to develop and promote energy efficiency in California.

Sacramento Bee


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Small Farm Center Develops Niche Market Crops
The UC Small Farm Center is developing new niche market crops for small farmers to produce. "Small farms have an advantage because they can be more flexible and move into things more easily," said Joseph Marcotte, project coordinator.

Sacramento Business Journal


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Mosquito Fish Not a Good Bet
An article in Faultline Magazine discusses the potential devastating effects of mosquito fish on freshwater biodiversity. Peter Moyle, professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, says that, ironically, mosquitofish may not be all that good at their job. “There’s no evidence that non-native mosquito fish control mosquitoes in natural bodies of water where native fish or mosquito-eating invertebrates already are present,” says Moyle.

Faultline, California's Environmental Magazine


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UC Davis Rises In NSF Rankings
New figures from the National Science Foundation (NSF) show that UC Davis continues to grow as a major research university. Research and development expenditures for 2002-03 show UC Davis now ranking 14th in the nation. In specific subject areas, UC Davis ranked first in expenditures on agricultural research, seventh in spending on biology research and 13th in life sciences, which includes medicine, biology and agricultural sciences.

Report: NSF Division of Science Resources Statistics


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Center for Urban Forest Research
The Center for Urban Forest Research announces the release of a new research summary titled, "The Large-Tree Argument: The Case for Large-Stature Trees vs. Small-Stature Trees." If you are concerned that small-stature trees are replacing large-stature trees in your community, this new research summary will give you some new arguments to change thinking.

Research Summary


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Symposium on Nutritional Genomics, Oct. 22-24, 2004
Diet and genes, lifestyles and disease will be on the menu at the Bruce Ames International Symposium on Nutritional Genomics to be held at the University of California, Davis, Oct. 22-24. The meeting is sponsored by the National Center for Minority Health Disparities’ Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics. Established in 2003 by an NIH grant, the center is a collaboration among UC Davis, CHORI, the USDA's Western Human Nutrition Research Center and the Ethnic Health Institute in Oakland.

Center of Excellence for Nutritional Genomics
Conference Web site


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Cultivating a Sustainable Agricultural Workplace, Sept. 12-14, 2004
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at UC Davis and the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center at the University of Washington are collaboratively sponsoring an upcoming conference, Cultivating a Sustainable Agricultural Workplace, in Portland, Ore., Sept. 12-14, 2004. The event will address how occupational health and safety can be integrated into sustainable agriculture practices.

Information


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Arboretum Events

All tours meet at 10 a.m. at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center on campus.
All events free and open to the public.

 

Aug. 29, Guided tour: China's Dawn Redwood in Davis-Lessons in Natural and Human Selection

 

 

Sept. 12, Guided tour: Great Adaptations-Secrets of Survival for the Coast Redwood

 

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




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