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July 16, 2004

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WHO
Joan Ogden Named to Governor’s Advisory Board
Alexandra Navrotsky is Hassel Lecturer
Robert Thayer Earns Environmental Book Award
Mikal Saltveit Given Technology Transfer Award
Warren Johnston Honored
Alex McCalla Wins Two Awards

IN THE NEWS
Center Tracks West Nile Virus
“Bovine Bubbles” Key to Studying Livestock Pollution
Microbes Fight Gas Additive MTBE
UC Davis Partners to Develop Novel Vaccine
Keeping Kids Fit -- Virginia State Weighs In

WHAT
Lighting Technology Center Opens
Study Estimates Costs of Grass-Fed Beef
New Graduate Program in Nutrition
Participants Needed for Soy Study
LDA Web Site has a New Look!
New Web Site Features Agritourism Guide
EPA Research Facilities Available
RFA: U.S.-Mexico TIES Initiative
RFP: UC Discovery Grants
RFP: California Potato Research Board
RFP: National Sea Grant College
Plant Biology Graduate Group Seminar Committee

WHAT
Environmental Health Scientists Conference, August 30, 2004
Arboretum Events

Joan Ogden Named to Governor’s Advisory Board
Joan Ogden, associate professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, was recently appointed to a new hydrogen advisory board. In May 2004, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger drove a hydrogen fuel cell car to the UC Davis hydrogen refueling station to announce his vision for building hydrogen stations along California's major highways. To help realize the California Hydrogen Highway Network, the California EPA appointed a 15-person advisory panel of high-level experts charged with delivering a hydrogen blueprint to the governor by January 1, 2005. Ogden will serve as the academic member of the blueprint panel.

Information on California Hydrogen Highway




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Alexandra Navrotsky is Hassel Lecturer
Alexandra Navrotsky, director of the NEAT nanotechnology center, visited Norway recently at the invitation of the Norwegian Chemical Society and the University of Oslo to give the prestigious Hassel Lecture. The lecture, given annually by a distinguished scholar, commemorates Odd Hassel, winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize for chemistry. Novrotsky, an interdisciplinary professor of ceramic, earth, and environmental materials chemistry in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1993. In 2002 she was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth Science.



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Robert Thayer Earns Environmental Book Award
Robert Thayer, professor emeritus, Landscape Architecture Program, earned the Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club's Environmental Book Award for his 2003 book, LifePlace: Bioregional Thought and Practice. The 19,000-member Mother Lode Chapter serves 24 counties in Northern and Central California. He recently was named the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects' first Education Foundation scholar.

Davis Enterprise
San Francisco Chronicle



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Mikal Saltveit Given Technology Transfer Award
Mikal Saltveit, professor, Department of Vegetable Crops, and director of the Mann Laboratory, was awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2003 Technology Transfer Award for his work on updating the agriculture handbook, The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Crops. He is the first non-USDA scientist to serve as an editor of the handbook -- the primary repository of information about the storage of horticultural crops.



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Warren Johnston Honored
Warren Johnston, professor emeritus, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, received the Western Agricultural Economics Association’s (WAEA) Distinguished Scholar Award, recognizing “an enduring contribution to agricultural, resource, and/or environmental economics in the Western states and the WAEA.” Johnston’s work focuses on California’s agricultural sector, emphasizing commercial agriculture, natural resource use and related policy issues. He recently co-authored a comprehensive study on the future of California agriculture with Professor Emeritus Alex McCalla.



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Alex McCalla Wins Two Awards
Alex McCalla, professor emeritus, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, has been named the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Alberta, Canada, Edmonton. An authority on international agricultural trade, rural development and world food policy, he also recently received the Western Agricultural Economics Association's Distinguished Scholar Award. McCalla is a fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association and of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. He is one of 60 individuals honored by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture for contributions to the progress of agriculture in the Americas during the last 60 years.



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Center Tracks West Nile Virus
The Center for Vectorborne Diseases is central to efforts to track movement of West Nile Virus within California. The center's reputation for accurate, quick analysis is one of the primary reasons it has been given such a critical role. "We're isolating West Nile virus from Southern California every week," said John Edman, director of the center and professor in the Department of Entomology.

UC Davis News


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“Bovine Bubbles” Key to Studying Livestock Pollution
The Sacramento Bee profiles the research of Frank Mitloehner, air quality extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science, whose work focuses on measuring and controlling livestock pollution. "You won't see this anywhere else in the states," Mitloehner said with pride, stepping into one of four enclosures, called “Bovine Bubbles” that his students built last month on campus.

Sacramento Bee


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Microbes Fight Gas Additive MTBE
The most promising MTBE-buster may be a natural bacteria that "eats" the chemical, producing harmless carbon dioxide – a process known as bio-remediation. “Interestingly enough, the microbes have been found growing on their own at a number of MTBE-contaminated sites around the state,” said Kate M. Scow, professor of soil science, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. Skow’s research is cited in this article.

The Baltimore Sun


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UC Davis Partners to Develop Novel Vaccine
UC Davis researchers led by David Mills, associate professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, are partnering with private industry in working on a new vaccine that could do away with injections entirely. Instead, it would use a yogurt-like vehicle to move the vaccine through the stomach. "We're trying to engineer strains of lactic acid bacteria, as used in yogurt, to produce antigens," says Mills. (The lactic acid bacteria that make milk into yogurt bacteria also are involved in wine fermentation.)

Comstock’s Magazine


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Keeping Kids Fit -- Virginia State Weighs In
Virginia officials are considering ways to help school children stay fit, including issuing fitness report cards and setting nutritional standards for cafeteria food and vending machines. Judith Stern, vice president of the American Obesity Association and professor, departments of Nutrition and Internal Medicine, says "We've got to have some pretty good evidence of what works and what doesn't….We owe it to our kids to get the science right."

Washington Post


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Lighting Technology Center Opens
High-level national and state representatives from industry, utilities, government and the university will attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new California Lighting Technology Center on July 21. The Center, part of the Design Program in the Department of Environmental Design, has been created to develop energy-efficient lighting with market-friendly design. Lighting specialists, professors Michael Siminovitch and Konstantinos Papamichael, head the new facility.

UC Davis News


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Study Estimates Costs of Grass-Fed Beef
A study on the costs and benefits of grass-fed beef has been prepared by UC Cooperative Extension. It is based upon a hypothetical ranch using regional practices.

The study: "Sample Costs for a Cow-Calf/Grass-Fed Beef Operation, 200-head Cowherd with 30 Grass-Fed Cattle in Marin and Sonoma Counties" is available online at: http://coststudies.ucdavis.edu (see Beef Cow-Calf 2004) and from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, 95616.

The Daily Democrat


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New Graduate Program in Nutrition
The UC Davis Master of Advanced Studies Degree in Maternal and Child Nutrition Program, in collaboration with the Department of Nutrition and the Graduate Group in Nutrition at UC Davis, announces a new master program that will prepare working adults to meet the growing need for nutrition professionals in public health and maternal child health. The new, part-time program will allow students to complete their degrees while they work.

Application deadline for the 2004-2005 program: Aug. 15, 2004.


UC Davis Human Lactation Center
[email protected]
(530) 754-5364

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Participants Needed for Soy Study
Postmenopausal women in and near the Sacramento region are needed to participate in a three-year nutritional study that will examine the effectiveness of estrogen-like compounds from soy in preventing bone loss. The study is being conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Western Human Nutrition Research Center at UC Davis. Marta Van Loan, associate adjunct professor, Department of Nutrition, and her colleagues hope that this study will lead to the development of a safe and practical treatment for preventing bone loss in early postmenopausal women.

Information and application:

SOY 4 Women hotline: (530) 752-4168, ext. 3
E-mail: [email protected]

UC Davis News


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LDA Web Site has a New Look!
The Landscape Architecture Program in the Department of Environmental Design is pleased to present its newly redesigned website, which was designed by Heather Stout, a recent graduate. The revamped site serves as a resource on landscape architecture for the general public, as well as a source of information for prospective and enrolled students. It highlights information on undergraduate, graduate and Education Abroad programs, announcements of current news and events, employment opportunities, an alumni page and links to related Internet resources.



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New Web Site Features Agritourism Guide
Desmond Jolly, director of the UC Small Farm Center and consumer specialist, says the center's new agritourism Web site helps consumers link with regional producers of a variety of agricultural commodities.

Agritourism Web site

Davis Enterprise


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EPA Research Facilities Available
To advance environmental science through collaborations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making available some of its most specialized state-of-the-art research facilities and additional scientific resources to scientists and engineers in other federal agencies, states, academic institutions, non-profit organizations and private companies that meet specific eligibility requirements. Through these partnerships, EPA hopes to foster science needed to address the complex environmental challenges the nation and the world face today.

Information, see US EPA Web site



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RFA: U.S.-Mexico TIES Initiative
The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO) is pleased to announce the release of a 2004 Special Request for Applications: U.S. - Mexico Training, Internships, Exchanges, and Scholarships Initiative (TIES).

The International Programs Office (IPO) for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) has had success obtaining ALO funded grants in the last few years -- three funded proposals from four submissions. IPO-CA&ES can provide examples of successful grant applications, advice and logistics to interested faculty. (Contact: Patrick Brown)

Deadline: August 27, 2004, 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Information and RFA:



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RFP: UC Discovery Grants
Deadlines for UC Discovery Grant proposals:

Information Technology for the Life Sciences, Oct. 1, 2004
Biotechnology, Oct. 8, 2004
Electronics Manufacturing and New Materials, Oct. 15, 2004
Communications and Networking, Oct. 22, 2004
Digital Media, Oct. 29, 2004


Information:


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RFP: California Potato Research Board
The California Potato Research Board is soliciting research proposals for its 2005 fiscal year. Projects related to current production and marketing issues for the California potato industry should be submitted by August 13, 2004.

Information and application materials:

Kent J. Bradford
Professor
Department of Vegetable Crops
[email protected]
(530) 752-9098

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RFP: National Sea Grant College
The National Sea Grant College Program is now soliciting proposals for the following national competitive research programs and graduate fellowships for 2005. Formal announcements of the RFPs have been published in the Federal Register.

Preliminary proposal deadline: August 27, 2004:

1) Oyster Disease Research Program
2) Gulf of Mexico Oyster Industry Program
3) Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Outreach Program
4) Ballast Water Technology Demonstration Program

Application deadline: November 16, 2004:

1) NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics
2) Sea Grant Industry Fellowship Program

Information, see:

California Sea Grant Web site

National Sea Grant Web site

On-line submission of preliminary proposals will be available on the California Sea Grant website starting on July 19, 2004.


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Plant Biology Graduate Group Seminar Committee
Faculty and graduate students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are invited to participate in the 2004-2005 Plant Biology Graduate Group seminar steering committee and to nominate speakers representing the diverse areas of Plant Biology.

Contact:



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Environmental Health Scientists Conference, August 30, 2004
The Sixth Annual UC Davis Conference for Environmental Health Scientists: “Early Determinants of Adult Health” will be held in Napa, Calif. on August 30, 2004. The event is co-sponsored by NIEHS Center for Environmental Health Sciences, Center for Children's Environmental Health, and the NIEHS Center for Children's Environmental Health.

Information and registration:


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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. 7, Guided tour: A Summer Romp Through the Redwoods

Aug. 15, Guided tour: Exploring the Redwood Grove

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

 

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

 




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