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February 06, 2004

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WHO
Pomology Announces New Rootstocks, Strawberry

IN THE NEWS
GMOs in Mendocino County --The Debate Goes On
Stern: Tax Junk Food
Will Dairies Cause a Stink?
Construction of Tahoe Center to Start Next Year

WHAT
RFP: Ogawa Tree Fruit and Nut Crop Research Grants
Graduate Student Grants: White Mountain Research Station
RFP: California Sea Grant College Program
RFP: Kearney Foundation Graduate Student Fellowships
RFP: Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center

WHAT
ANR Listening Sessions, Feb. 19 – Feb. 26
Genetics Symposium to Honor Ursula K. Abbott, Feb. 20
College Curriculum Town Hall Meeting, Feb. 25
Design Faculty Invitational Exhibition Through Mar. 5
Hydrology Seminar Series Continues
California Colloquium on Water, Feb. 10
Arboretum Events

Pomology Announces New Rootstocks, Strawberry
Professors and Cooperative Extension specialists in the Department of Pomology have been busy developing a number of new cultivars, now offered to growers. Peach-plum hybrid rootstocks: Controller 9 reduces tree size to about 90 percent of standard; Controller 5 reduces tree size to about 50 to 60 percent of standard. Both increase the efficiency and safety of field operations by reducing the need for workers to use tall ladders in the orchard. For more information, contact Theodore DeJong at [email protected]. Three new cherry rootstocks have some resistance to Phytophthora. For more information, contact Stephen Southwick at [email protected]. CN220 is an everbearing (day-neutral) strawberry with higher quality fruit, lower cull rate, darker fruit and better Phytophthora resistance than Diamante, currently the most widely planted day-neutral strawberry. For more information, contact Douglas Shaw at [email protected]. or Kirk Larson at [email protected].


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GMOs in Mendocino County --The Debate Goes On
In the wake of heated discussions over the proposed Measure H, which would make Mendocino the first county in the nation to ban cultivation of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, the Ukiah Daily Journal ran an article on the potential impact of genetically engineered plants and animals on agriculture and medicine. Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science, who was quoted extensively, said there were "no GE (genetically engineered) animals on the market today" and that if there were, "there is a regulatory process in place for those animals to come into market" so that humans and the environment are "safe." She warned, however, that an “outright ban on GE animals may obscure potential benefits not readily apparent in the first generation of products…such as ‘transplant-friendly pigs’ for human organ transplants and … ‘mad cow resistant calves.’”

Ukiah Daily Journal


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Stern: Tax Junk Food
The Chicago Tribune heralded Judith Stern, professor in the Department of Nutrition, as “a flat-out wise voice” in a recent article on the U.S. stand on the World Health Organization obesity plan. Stern, an obesity consultant to both the federal government and major food companies, recommends taxation of junk-food advertising and calls for more government spending on obesity research.

Chicago Tribune


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Will Dairies Cause a Stink?
As it prepares for an influx of new dairies in the community, the Solano County Board of Supervisors will discuss dairy design regulations in the coming months. Air and water pollution and animal odors top the list of local concerns. The Davis Enterprise reported that, of all the issues, odors get the most attention from the public. “This isn’t to say odors cause health problems. It’s just the area of biggest concern,” said Robert Flocchini, professor in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources and an expert on agricultural pollution.

Davis Enterprise


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Construction of Tahoe Center to Start Next Year
Construction of a $24 million world-class research and education center designed to preserve Lake Tahoe and alpine lakes around the world is set to begin next year, according to a recent article in the Reno Gazette-Journal. A joint venture by UC Davis, Sierra Nevada College and the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences will be built on the college’s campus in Incline Village. The Desert Research Institute, part of Nevada’s university system, and the RAND Corporation also will be involved in the center’s international research. “It means for the first time we will have a world-class science facility that is totally interdisciplinary, covering everything from soil and forest ecology to atmospheric pollution, and my own specialty -- lake science,” says Charles Goldman, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Goldman has led studies at the lake for almost 45 years. Dennis Rolston, director of UC Davis’ John Muir Institute of the Environment, said the new center also will serve as a gathering place for institutions and agencies that have academic and outreach programs in the Tahoe Basin, including the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. Also mentioned in the article was John Reuter, researcher in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and Robert Richards, field laboratory director of the UC Davis Tahoe Research Group.

Reno Gazette-Journal


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RFP: Ogawa Tree Fruit and Nut Crop Research Grants
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is pleased to announce that the Joseph M. Ogawa Research and Teaching Endowment Committee is accepting proposals from undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers for research projects addressing production problems of temperate zone tree fruit and nut crops.

In addition, proposals are requested for educational programs (course development, extension activities and field short courses) benefiting UC students, the fields of plant pathology and pomology, and the California fruit and nut industries. Proposals may be submitted by students, staff or faculty.

Awards must be used to support of undergraduates, graduate students, post graduate researchers and faculty/staff within the University of California system. Up to five $1,000 awards are available in 2004. Include a letter of application, a research proposal of less than 1,500 words and a letter of support from a UC faculty member or department chair. Deadline: February 13, 2004.

Address questions and send applications via e-mail attachment to:



Rick A. Swantz
Director of Development
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 752-7961

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Graduate Student Grants: White Mountain Research Station
The University of California’s White Mountain Research Station (WMRS) is accepting applications for its 2004 graduate student research awards. The awards provide up to $2,000 per year to support living and travel expenses for thesis research based at its research station in the White-Inyo mountains. Living expenses may include room and board at WMRS and limited support for field expenses. The awards are renewable. Application deadline: March 1, 2004

Complete information and application forms are available here.


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RFP: California Sea Grant College Program
The California Sea Grant College Program is now soliciting preliminary proposals for projects beginning in March 2005. Typically, projects considered for support by California Sea Grant fall into one of the following categories: coastal ocean resources, aquaculture, fisheries, new marine products, marine affairs and ocean engineering. Online applications are due by March 2, 2004.

For details and application instructions, visit the California Sea Grant Web site


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RFP: Kearney Foundation Graduate Student Fellowships
The M. Theo Kearney Foundation of Soil Science has funds to support a small number of competitive two-year graduate student fellowships -- stipends and resident tuition fees included.

Fellowships can be requested to support (1) admissible graduate students currently being recruited to graduate programs for fall 2004 and (2) currently enrolled graduate students conducting soil carbon research.

The M. Theo Kearney Foundation of Soil Science was created to encourage and support research in the fields of soils, plant nutrition and water science within the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2004

For online application forms and information, see http://kearney.ucdavis.edu/


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RFP: Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center
The University of California’s Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center (SFREC) is soliciting proposals for new and continuing research for the upcoming program year, May 1, 2004 – April 30, 2005. The center expects to award approximately 4,000 hours of labor to assist continuing and new research projects.

The center is comprised of 5,721 acres of Northern Sierra foothill oak woodland-annual grass rangeland. Several watersheds fall within its boundaries, and the Yuba River flows along the southern edge, offering opportunities for water-quality and riparian-habitat studies. There are 160 acres of irrigated pasture, with a herd of 350 beef cows and 100 yearling calves.

Other resources include a weather station, GIS database, and other long-term databases related to hardwoods and annual rangeland pasture use by cattle; beef cattle fertility, disease and production levels; stream hydrology in managed watersheds; climate and range forage yields. Facilities include a laboratory for chemical and biological analyses, meeting rooms, a 13-bed dormitory and six cattle-working areas. Application deadline: March 8, 2004.

Online proposal forms

Mike O'Connor
Superintendent
UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
[email protected]
(530) 639-8803

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ANR Listening Sessions, Feb. 19 – Feb. 26
The University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is sponsoring a series of listening sessions to solicit stakeholders’ input on ANR, its programs and ways in which it can better address the needs of Californians. Sessions are set for the following dates and locations:

February 19 – Parlier (Kearney Research & Extension Center, 9240 S. Riverbend Ave.)
February 26 – Davis (Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center, corner of Old Davis Rd. / Mrak Hall Dr., UC Davis)

Full details, including ANR’s mandatory pre-registration form, are available at http://ucanr.org/internal/internalstories/listening2.shtml. Each session will be limited to 100 people.

Mike O'Connor
Superintendent
UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
[email protected]
(530) 639-8803

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Genetics Symposium to Honor Ursula K. Abbott, Feb. 20
The Ursula K. Abbott Symposium on Developmental Genetics and Teratology will be held on February 20, 2004 at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center at UC Davis. The college and the Department of Animal Science will host the symposium honoring Ursula K. Abbott, professor emerita of avian sciences. Presentations given by an internationally recognized panel of speakers will relate to research accomplishments from Dr. Abbott's distinguished career at UC Davis.

Details of program are found here

Off-campus registration, click here

On-campus faculty and staff registration, contact:

Bernadette Abucayan
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
(530) 752-7150
[email protected]


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College Curriculum Town Hall Meeting, Feb. 25
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will hold a curriculum town hall meeting on Feb. 25, 3–5 p.m., in East Conference Room, MU.


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Design Faculty Invitational Exhibition Through Mar. 5
The UC Davis Design Faculty Invitational Exhibition runs through March 5 at the Design Museum, 145 Walker Hall. The exhibition offers the public an opportunity to see firsthand the faculty’s continued commitment to excellence, social responsibility and creativity of design within the UC Davis Design Program.



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Hydrology Seminar Series Continues
The hydrology seminar series, the Role of the Subsurface Environment in Water Resource Management, continues February 12 with a lecture by UC Berkeley professor T.N. Narashimham, who will speak on “California’s Groundwater Wealth: Human Aspirations and Nature’s Constraints.” The series features lectures by hydrologists, engineers, public policymakers and other water experts from across the country. It is sponsored by the Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the John Muir Institute of the Environment, and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Every Thursday through May 20, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., 3001 Plant and Environmental Sciences.

Jan W. Hopmans
Professor
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
[email protected]
(530) 752-3060

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California Colloquium on Water, Feb. 10
On February 10, the Water Resources Center Archives at UC Berkeley presents the first lecture of the spring 2004 California Colloquium on Water. "Frontiers of Hydrologic Research in the 21st Century" will be given by Professor Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, Princeton University. Reception: 4:45 – 5:30 p.m., 410 O'Brien Hall. Lecture: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., 105 North Gate Hall.

Details and complete schedule


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Arboretum Events
Feb. 11, 12:00 noon, Guided Tour: Walk with Arboretum Superintendent Warren Roberts
Meet at the Arboretum Gazebo

Feb. 14, 10:00 a.m., Plant Sale
Arboretum Nursery at Orchard Park (Orchard Rd. at LaRue Rd.)
Open to the public. Ten percent discount for members. Free parking in Visitor Lot 35.

Feb. 14, 11:00 a.m, Guided Tour: Love Between the Flowers
Meet at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

Feb. 15, 2:00 p.m., Guided Tour: Meet the Blooming C's: Cercis, Cornus, Ceanothus
Meet at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

 

 

For More Information:
UC Davis Arboretum
(530) 752-4880

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


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