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January 09, 2004

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: ANR Listening Sessions, Jan. 29 – Feb. 26

WHO
Kyaw Tha Paw U Wins Meteorological Award

IN THE NEWS

Mad Cow Doesn’t Make Mad Milk
Nor Mad Meatloaf
Ranchers Feel the Pinch
Meat Marketing
Salmon Return to Putah Creek

WHAT
RFP: Ogawa Tree Fruit and Nut Crop Research Grants
RFP: Viticulture and Enology Research Grants
RFP: Biomass Research and Development Initiative
Agricultural Leadership Development Program
RFP: Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center

WHAT
ANR Listening Sessions, Jan. 29 – Feb. 26
Design Faculty Invitational Exhibition, Jan. 18 – Mar. 5
Salton Sea Conference, Jan. 21
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: ANR Listening Sessions, Jan. 29 – Feb. 26
Over the next few weeks, the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is sponsoring a series of listening sessions to solicit input from ANR associated personnel and external stakeholders on future directions for ANR, its programs and the ways in which it can better address the needs of Californians. ANR has scheduled sessions for the following dates and locations:


January 29 – San Luis Obispo (Veteran's Hall, 801 Grand Ave.)
February 5 – Riverside (UC Riverside Extension, 1200 University Ave.)
February 10 – Redding (Best Western Hilltop Inn, 2300 Hilltop Dr.)
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)

I strongly encourage all those associated with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis -- faculty, staff, alumni and friends -- to attend one of these sessions. With guaranteed budget cuts looming, crucial decisions about the future and organization of ANR, including priorities for both preservation and elimination of statewide special programs, will be made in the coming months. If you wish to have your voice heard, now is the time to do it.

The meeting agendas will be the same for all five locations. A morning session will be held for internal stakeholders, such as ANR-associated personnel. An afternoon session will be held for external stakeholders. The division’s vice president as well as members of its executive and program councils will attend all sessions.

Full details, including ANR’s mandatory pre-registration form that must be submitted by January 15, are available at http://ucanr.org/internal/internalstories/listening2.shtml. Each session will be limited to 100 people, so please sign up now if you wish to attend.

If you are unable to attend one of the sessions but would like to air your concerns, please feel free to pass your comments on to me.

I look forward to seeing you at one of the sessions.

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

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Kyaw Tha Paw U Wins Meteorological Award
Kyaw Tha Paw U, chair of the atmospheric sciences program of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, was part of a team of scientists who were chosen to receive the 2004 World Meteorological Organization’s Norbert-Gerbier Mumm Award. The award is presented annually to the author(s) of a “scientific paper on the influence of meteorology in a particular field of the physical, natural or human sciences, or on the influence of one of these sciences on meteorology.” Paw U and his myriad co-authors’ article, "Environmental controls over carbon dioxide and water vapor exchange of terrestrial vegetation," appeared in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. The award will be formally presented in June 2004 at a ceremony in Geneva.


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Editor’s note: Since the late December discovery of a BSE-infected* Holstein in a Washington state dairy herd, many College of Agricultural and Environmental Science faculty members and Cooperative Extension specialists have helped consumers, farmers and ranchers separate fact from fiction. Below is a sampling of those articles. *(Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) is commonly known as “Mad Cow” disease.)


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Mad Cow Doesn’t Make Mad Milk
The Los Angeles Times quoted John Bruhn, Cooperative Extension specialist with the Department of Food Science and Technology and director of the Dairy Research and Information Center, who says BSE can’t affect the milk supply. "The cow acts as an exceptionally good biological filter for all sorts of toxic agents."

BSE and milk


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Nor Mad Meatloaf
In a question and answer session with the food editor of the Sacramento Bee, Christine Bruhn, director of the Center for Consumer Research and Cooperative Extension specialist with the Department of Food Science and Technology, says ground beef offers close to a zero percent risk for consumers. Bruhn also comments about bone marrow and other beef parts.

BSE and meatloaf


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Ranchers Feel the Pinch
James Oltjen, Cooperative Extension specialist with the Department of Animal Science, described for the Contra Costa Times the impact of BSE on East Bay cattle ranchers, whose woes extend far beyond the immediate economic effects of the disease.

Ranchers pinched


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Meat Marketing
USA Today quoted Daniel Sumner, director of the Agricultural Issues Center and professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, who commented on how meat marketing could be affected following the BSE discovery. "I would be stunned if we saw an ad that said, 'Pork: the only safe meat.' "

Meat marketing


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Salmon Return to Putah Creek
Peter Moyle, professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, discussed the significance of Chinook salmon returning to Putah Creek with both the Sacramento Bee and the Davis Enterprise. He cites the timing of water releases as a major factor in the fish’s ability to navigate upsteam. This fall’s salmon spawn was the largest ever recorded on the creek.

Davis Enterprise
Sacramento Bee


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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 expended in 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. Address questions and applications (via e-mail attachment) to Rick Swantz. Deadline: February 13, 2004.

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

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RFP: Viticulture and Enology Research Grants
The California Competitive Grant Program for Research in Viticulture and Enology is requesting research proposals for 2004–2005. The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, in consultation and cooperation with the American Vineyard Foundation, established the program in 1997 to address the needs of the California viticulture and enology industry. Deadline: January 30, 2004.

For full details, including application instructions and research priorities, click here.


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RFP: Biomass Research and Development Initiative
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are soliciting applications for financial assistance addressing research, development and demonstration of biomass-based products, bioenergy, biofuels, biopower and related processes. Registration form due January 16; pre-application form due January 30; full application form due March 26.

Full description and application form


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Agricultural Leadership Development Program
The Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy and the Academic Programs Committee on Organization and Policy (ESCOP/ACOP) Leadership Development Program is seeking participants for its 2004–05 agricultural leadership class. The program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of land-grant university faculty and federal employees for the benefit of agriculture and agriculture-related programs. Application deadline: February 15, 2004.

Additional information and application form


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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, Jan. 29 – 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:

January 29 – San Luis Obispo (Veteran's Hall, 801 Grand Ave.)
February 5 – Riverside (UC Riverside Extension, 1200 University Ave.)
February 10 – Redding (Best Western Hilltop Inn, 2300 Hilltop Dr.)
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 that must be submitted by January 15, are available at http://ucanr.org/internal/internalstories/listening2.shtml. Each session will be limited to 100 people, so please sign up now if you wish to attend.




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Design Faculty Invitational Exhibition, Jan. 18 – Mar. 5
UC Davis Design Faculty Invitational Exhibition will open on January 18 and run through March 5, 2004. 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. Lecture by department chair Patricia Harrison Sunday, January 18, 2004, 1 – 2 p.m. 176 Everson Hall $10, free to Design Alliance members and students with valid i.d. Opening Reception Sunday, January 18, 2004, 2 – 4 p.m. 145 Walker Hall Free to all The Design Museum is located at 145 Walker Hall on the UC Davis campus.

http://design.ucdavis.edu/museum/



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Salton Sea Conference, Jan. 21
Learn more about the environment of the Salton Sea and plans for restoring it at the Water Education Foundation’s Salton Sea Conference January 21, 2004, in Sacramento. Co-sponsored by the Department of Water Resources, this one-day conference will bring together key policy-makers and stakeholders to discuss the current state of the Salton Sea and prospects for its restoration.

Details, registration and agenda


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Arboretum Events
Jan. 14, 12:00 noon, Walk with Arboretum Superintendent Warren Roberts
Meet at the Arboretum Gazebo

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

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


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