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March 05, 2004

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A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science

Regents O.K. Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine Science
Bruhn a CNN Expert on Food Safety Issues
Olive Fruit Fly Flourishing in Urban Olive Trees
Harassment in Schools is Prevalent and Preventable
California’s Rural Youth at Risk

CA&ES Executive Committee Elections
2005 Knauss Fellowship Announcement
Call for More Freshman Seminars
Friends of the Fair Seek Scholarship Applicants

Future of World Water, March 15-16, 2004
Road Ecology Center Seminar Series, March 9 and 16
Hydrology Seminar Series, March 11 and May 20
Design Museum Events
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
The past few weeks have given our college a number of reasons to celebrate. The Board of Regents recently approved the design of our new academic building that will house the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI), and the citizens of our state have authorized bonds that will provide the state’s portion of this new facility. The architects have created plans for a stunning complex of buildings that will greet visitors at the entry to our campus, and will clearly show the heritage of the campus. We will be breaking ground for the RMI within the year. Through the fundraising efforts of our faculty, friends and staff, we will be building the largest project in the history of our campus that is funded primarily by private gifts. During the past month, Clare Hasler, the new executive director of the RMI, was hired and Oliver Ramsey joined us as director of campaign initiatives to assist with the fund raising necessary for completion of this project. The project will cost about $85 million, $50 million of which will come from gifts. We are within $14 million of reaching that goal, and expect to have a significant part of the remaining goal pledged this year. We do have a lot to celebrate

As always, we welcome your feedback. If you have questions or comments, please e-mail me.

Neal K. Van Alfen
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

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Regents O.K. Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine Science
Regents of the University of California have approved design plans for the Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI) for Wine and Food Science. Clare M. Hasler, executive director, was quoted in the Davis Daily Democart as saying, "This is an exciting step forward for the Robert Mondavi Institute. It brings us one important step closer to making the vision of the RMI a reality.” The institute, established in 2001 with a $25 million donation from California wine producer Robert Mondavi, will encompass an academic building, a research-and-teaching-winery and a brewing-and-food-science laboratory.

Woodland Daily Democrat
Davis Enterprise

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Bruhn a CNN Expert on Food Safety Issues
Christine Bruhn, consumer food-marketing specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology and director of the Center for Consumer Research, recently participated as an expert on CNN’s Weekend House Call program. She spoke on a range of food safety items in response to questions from consumers nationwide on everything from Bird Flu to bottled water. The biggest food safety mistakes people make are not washing hands thoroughly enough with soap and water, “20 seconds is what’s recommended,” says Bruhn, and not thoroughly cooking food. “…I know we think it [meat] is thoroughly cooked when it looks thoroughly cooked, but we're using visual indicators instead of using a thermometer….”

CNN Transcript

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Olive Fruit Fly Flourishing in Urban Olive Trees
Richard Rice, professor emeritus, Department of Entomology, was a lead voice in a story run by the Western Farm Press on the olive fruit fly, introduced into California in 1998. Rice says that “the olive fruit fly…is living and reproducing in untreated olive trees, increasing populations that make olive fruit fly control more challenging in the state's commercial olive groves”.

Western Farm Press

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Harassment in Schools is Prevalent and Preventable
“A Safe Place to Learn,” a study carried out by the California Safe Schools Coalition and the 4-H Center for Youth Development, found that 200,000 California students are harassed each year based upon actual or perceived sexual orientation, despite an anti-harassment law that became effective four years ago. Stephen Russell, associate specialist in CE and director for the UC Davis 4-H Center, who worked on the report, was quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle: “It’s the first time we’ve had information about this kind of harassment and its link to negative health consequences for teenagers.”

San Francisco Chronicle
NBC Online
Safe School Report and Key Fact Sheet

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California’s Rural Youth at Risk
Rural youths are more likely to engage in risky behavior, such as smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages and driving with an intoxicated driver, than are their urban peers, according to a recently published 4-H Center for Youth Development report, “California’s Rural Youth.” A Health & Medicine Week story interviewed Katherine Heck, youth development research specialist and lead author of the report, who said, “The higher rates of smoking among rural youth are of great concern. In the future, many of these young people will face health problems because of smoking. We found that about 8 percent of rural adolescents smoked cigarettes regularly, and more than half of them began smoking before age 13."

Health & Medicine Week
California’s Rural Youth Report

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CA&ES Executive Committee Elections
Academic Senate representation is needed for the Divisions of Agricultural Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Human Sciences. Academic Federation representation is needed for the Divisions of Agricultural Sciences and Environmental Sciences. Elected members serve a three-year term.

Nomination deadline: March 29, 2004

March 1 - Send out pendency of election notice
March 22 - Last date nominations will be received
April 1 - Mail ballots to Academic Senate and Academic Federation
April 19 - Last date ballots will be received
April 26 or 27 - Ballots will be counted by Rules and Jurisdiction Committee

Carry-over Members
Academic Federation: Jim Oltjen and Sharon Shoemaker
Academic Senate: Trish Berger, Rand Conger, Michael Delwiche and Deborah Elliott-Fisk

Copies of election notice and nominations forms, contact:
Sharon Berg
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
(530) 752-3483

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2005 Knauss Fellowship Announcement
The California Sea Grant College Program is soliciting applications for the 2005 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program is a National Sea Grant College-sponsored Federal Fellows Program that provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in marine/ocean/Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting these resources.

Application Deadline: April 5, 2004

Details and application guidelines, see the California Sea Grant's Knauss website

If you are considering this program, Sea Grant college requests that you notify the following individual of your intent to apply:

Shauna Oh
California Sea Grant College Program
(858) 534-4440

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Call for More Freshman Seminars
In response to the systemwide mandate to increase the number of freshman seminars, the campus has made progress in meeting the planning target of 150 freshman seminars per year. However, the campus needs to develop more Freshmen Seminars at this time, according to a recent announcement by vice provost of undergraduate studies Patricia A.Turner. Our college needs several more seminars to have a solid representative critical mass in the total number of courses offered. Freshman Seminars emphasize student participation and provide intense intellectual exchange among students and between student and instructor.

For additional information on Freshman Seminars, see

For information on submitting a proposal, contact

Annie King
Associate Dean
Undergraduate Academic Programs
(530) 752-7150

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Friends of the Fair Seek Scholarship Applicants
Friends of the Fair officials, Solano County, plan to award 12 scholarships valued at $14,000 to high school seniors, college students or trade school students who plan careers in an agricultural-related field. Recipients will be notified by mail after June 1, 2004 and will be announced at the Solano County Fair Junior Livestock Auction in July.

Application Deadline: April 15, 5:00 p.m.

Information and Application Requirements

Claudia Huffman, Vacaville
(707) 448-0130

JoAnn Giannoni, Dixon
(707) 678-5618

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Future of World Water, March 15-16, 2004
A Mars Multi-Disciplinary Research Unit (MDRU) conference co-hosted with UC Davis

March 15 – AGR Room, Buehler Alumni and Visitor’s Center
March 16 – University Club

The Future of World Water is a two-day symposium that will provide an overview of the future of water. Speakers will explore issues around water as a natural resource that is essential to life, a provider of food and critical to a modern world with large population centers and sophisticated requirements for maintaining a lifestyle based on technology. Perspectives will be both policy and technology focused. The central goal of this symposium is to understand the significant issues and the science - physical, biological and social - and engineering solutions that might be in the offing. Pre-registration guarantees entry and two lunches. Seating is limited. Enroll as early as possible.

Kim Perry
MDRU Coordinator
Department of Nutrition
(530) 752-6683

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Road Ecology Center Seminar Series, March 9 and 16
12 noon – 1:00 p.m., 3001 PES Building

March 9 – “Programmatic Analyses and Tiering: Transportation Project Implications of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality’s NEPA Task Force Report”
Albert I. Herson, vice president, Science Applications International Corporation

March 16 – “To be Announced”
Ed West, environmental project manager, Jones and Stokes Associates


The Road Ecology Center seminar series will help develop an integrated understanding of the ecological effects of roads and apply these findings to policies that encourage environmentally sound transportation systems. Presenters experienced in the planning and implementation of road networks will discuss the process of integrating ecological principles and environmental policy into long-range transportation plans.

More about the Ecology Center and lecture series

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Hydrology Seminar Series, March 11 and May 20
The hydrology seminar series, the Role of the Subsurface Environment in Water Resource Management, wraps-up its 2003-04 season with two final lectures:

March 11 – “Optimization in Groundwater and Conjunctive Water Management.”
Professor Richard Peralta, Utah State University 4:00-5:00 p.m., 3001 PES Building

May 20 – “Assessment of Health Risk from Chlorobenzene using Fuzzy Sets and Fuzzy Logic”
Professor George Pinder, University of Vermont 4:00-5:00 p.m., 212 Veihmeyer Hall

Jan W. Hopmans
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
(530) 752-3060

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Design Museum Events

April 12 - 23, Design by Design, Annual Design Student Exhibition Weekdays, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Special Picnic Day Hours, April 17, 2004, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. / Exhibition closed on April 18.

Further information:

May 16 - June 25, Fashion’s Memory: from Peasant Art to Wearable Art, Guest Co-Curators: Jo Ann Stabb and Mary Schoeser, Environmental Design Program

May 16 – 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Reception and Curator Lecture, 176 Everson Hall $10 lecture fee. Free for all Design Alliance members and students with valid ID.

May 16 – 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Opening Reception follows at the Design Museum. Admission free.

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Arboretum Events

March 10, 12:00 p.m., Guided Tour: Walk with Warren
Meet at the Arboretum Gazebo

March 13, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Plant Sale
Meet at the Arboretum Nursery at Orchard Park. Open to the public. 10% discount for members. Free parking in Visitor Lot 35. For map, visit

March 13, 11:00 a.m., Guided Tour: Beautiful California Native Plants in Spring
Meet at the UC Davis Alumni & Visitor Center

March 14, 2:00 p.m., Guided Tour: Stretch Your Legs Toward Spring
Meet at Arboretum Headquarters

March 17, 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Day Trip: San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
Escape the blustery winds of March and step into the magical, springtime setting of the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show! $50 / $40 members. Fee includes transportation and admission. Bring a bag lunch or eat at the cafe. Pre-registration required.

March 20, 11:00 a.m., Guided Tour: Preparing for Spring Planting
Meet at the Arboretum Terrace Garden



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

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