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December 03, 2004

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WHO
Emanuel Epstein Honored with Epstein Foundation
Frank Zalom Receives James H. Meyer Award
Building Named for John Whitaker, Professor Emeritus
New Faculty: Ian Faloona, Land, Air and Water Resources
New Faculty: John Largier, Environmental Science and Policy, Bodega Marine Laboratory
Four New Environmental Design Faculty

IN THE NEWS
Foods Without Trans Fats: Christine Bruhn Cited
Historic, Dying Trees in San Francisco Presidio: Thomas Gordon Helping Restoration
Satellites to Monitor Invasive Weeds?: Joseph DiTomaso Collaborates

WHAT
Giannini Foundation Report on California Agriculture
Switzer Environmental Fellowships for Graduate Students
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
RFP: California Table Grape Commission

WHAT
Arboretum Events

Emanuel Epstein Honored with Epstein Foundation
Emanuel Epstein, professor emeritus in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, was honored with the establishment of a scholarship in his name at the College of Natural Resources and Environment, South China Agricultural University, China. The Epstein Foundation Plant Nutrition Graduate Scholarships were established by Epstein’s former graduate student, Xiaolong Yan, now a professor and director of the Root Biology Center at the university. Dr. Yan studied with Epstein and received his M.S. degree at UC Davis in 1985.

Epstein joined the UC Davis faculty in 1958, and officially retired in 1987. Yan is a leader in plant nutritional research in China and chose to honor Epstein with the establishment of the Epstein Foundation.



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Frank Zalom Receives James H. Meyer Award
Frank Zalom, extension specialist in the Department of Entomology, is the recipient of the 2004 James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award from the UC Davis Academic Federation. Diane Ullman, chair of the entomology department, said that Zalom “has been extraordinarily successful in building on the concepts framed by pioneering entomologists and moving the concept of integrated pest management into modern agriculture.” She notes, “[He] is largely responsible for the extraordinarily strong reputation enjoyed by the UC IPM Project today.”

Zalom served as the IPM Program director at UC Davis for 15 years, working in Cooperative Extension, sharing information with the agriculture industry, mentoring graduate students and researching pest issues. Zalom also conducted research with the Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Project.

Dateline



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Building Named for John Whitaker, Professor Emeritus
John Whitaker, professor emeritus of biochemistry in food science and technology, has had a building named in his honor at The Colleges at LaRue. Whitaker and two others were recently recognized for their contributions to the undergraduate educational experience. Whitaker retired in 1992, after 36 years at UC Davis. The LaRue complex, which opened in 2000, is a residential college that houses 600 undergraduate students.



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New Faculty: Ian Faloona, Land, Air and Water Resources
Ian Faloona has joined the faculty of the Atmospheric Science program in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. Faloona received his B.A. in chemistry from UC Santa Cruz and his Ph.D. in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to coming to UC Davis he worked as a postdoc for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. Faloona studies marine cloud dynamics and chemistry, and measures gas emissions (e.g., CO, DMS, and HCHO) from oceanic and terrestrial ecosystems. He is currently collaborating with the Bodega Marine Laboratory and plans to become involved in atmospheric chemistry studies at Blodgett Forest.



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New Faculty: John Largier, Environmental Science and Policy, Bodega Marine Laboratory
John Largier has joined the faculty of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and will be housed at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. Largier received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, and has worked at the University of Cape Town and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. His expertise is coastal and estuarine oceanography and ecology.



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Four New Environmental Design Faculty
Four new faculty – Susan Avila, Danh Nguyen, Konstantinos Papamichael and Michael Siminovitch – have joined the Department of Environmental Design. They will join the College of Letters and Science when the Environmental Design program moves to Letters and Science in 2005. We warmly welcome them to UC Davis and to our college.

Susan Avila
(530) 754-7174
[email protected]

Danh Nguyen
(530) 752-0799
[email protected]

Konstantinos Papamichael
(530) 757-3495
[email protected]

Michael Siminovitch
(530) 757-3496
[email protected]

Department of Environmental Design information:
envdes.ucdavis.edu


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Foods Without Trans Fats: Christine Bruhn Cited
Christine Bruhn, director of the Center for Consumer Research and extension specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology, is the primary science source in this story on nutritional recommendations to reduce consumption of trans fats in foods. Heart-harming artificial trans fatty acids are a staple in many processed and baked goods, including cereals, crackers, cookies, fast foods and even baby foods.

The Ottawa Citizen

Christine Bruhn
Director
Center for Consumer Research
[email protected]
(530) 752-2774

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Historic, Dying Trees in San Francisco Presidio: Thomas Gordon Helping Restoration
Tom Gordon, a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, is working with urban forester Peter Ehrlich and the Presidio Trust by providing new pine trees that are less susceptible to pine pitch canker, a disease that is spread by beetles and has attacked or killed many Bay Area trees, including several Presidio pines. Sick and dying Monterey cypress and Monterey pine trees are being cleared and replaced in over 300 acres in the Presidio; a controversial project which will take 65 years to complete.

Sacramento Bee



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Satellites to Monitor Invasive Weeds?: Joseph DiTomaso Collaborates
The feasibility of monitoring invasive weeds on Cache Creek by satellites is being examined in a collaborative research project with scientists from NASA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Cache Creek Conservancy, and several Yolo County agencies. Invasive weeds, including tamarisk and yellow starthistle, crowd out native plant species, disrupt wildlife habitats, and cause flooding and erosion problems for farmers, land managers and restoration agencies. Environmental stewardship could be enhanced with better plant mapping, of both native and invasive plants, by satellites. Joe DiTomaso, an extension specialist and invasive plant expert in the Department of Vegetable Crops, is collaborating on the project.

Daily Democrat

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

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Giannini Foundation Report on California Agriculture
"Whither California Agriculture: Up, Down, or Out? Some Thoughts about the Future"

This study evaluates the state of California agriculture at the beginning of the 21st century. The report includes a stylized history of California agriculture, the identification of 20 important historical drives influencing its evolution from 1969 to 2000, and an assessment of changes likely to influence the future of California agriculture.

The authors, Warren Johnston and Alex McCalla, are professors emeriti in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and emeriti members of the Giannini Foundation.

The report is available for downloading from the Giannini Foundation Web site: http://giannini.ucop.edu

Warren Johnston
(530) 752-1535
[email protected]

 

Alex McCalla
(530) 752-1529
[email protected]


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Switzer Environmental Fellowships for Graduate Students
The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation invites nominations of highly talented graduate students in California for Switzer Environmental Fellowships for the academic year 2005-06. Up to 10 fellowships of $13,000 each will be awarded in a broad range of environmental science and related fields.

Students may not apply directly; a faculty member, environmental professional or former Switzer Fellow must recommend them in writing.

Deadline for Nominations: Jan. 7, 2005

Fellowship Nomination/Application Procedures:
http://www.switzernetwork.org/fellowship-overview.html

Switzer Foundation Information
http://www.switzernetwork.org/

Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation
(207) 338-5654
[email protected]


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Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships
2005 Program

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties. To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or national and planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

Stipends and Allowances: Dissertation - $21,000 for one year; Postdoctoral - $40,000 for one year, $1,500 employing institution allowance, to be matched by employing institution.

Information and applications:
http://www7.nationalacademies.org/fellowships/

Fellowships Office, GR 346A
Washington, D.C.
(202) 334-2872
[email protected]


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RFP: California Table Grape Commission
2005-2006 Research Grant Program The California Table Grape Commission seeks research projects to assess the potential benefits of table grapes to human health using a freeze-dried powder made from fresh grapes. Due Date for Proposals: Jan. 21, 2005 Information: (see Research Grants Available) www.freshCaliforniagrapes.com


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Arboretum Events
Arboretum guided tours will resume in February. For more information on Arboretum events:

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


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