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March 19, 2004

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WHO
Richard Rominger Named New Alumni Regent
Stephen Brush Recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship
L. Peter Christensen to Receive ASEV’s Top Honor
Kenneth Brown Addresses UN Committee on Nutrition

IN THE NEWS
Spring has Sprung and So Have the Animals
Biosciences Venture Takes Root Near Campus
Novozymes Donates $500,000 to UC Davis Genome Center
Federal Feed Regulations and Mad Cow Disease

WHAT
California's Great Valley Fellows Program
Consortium for Women and Research Project Support
RFP: Western Institute for Food Safety and Security

WHAT
Research Seminar in Road Ecology
Design Museum Events
Arboretum Events

Richard Rominger Named New Alumni Regent
Richard E. Rominger, former United States deputy secretary of agriculture to the University of California Board of Regents, has been appointed by the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association to serve a two-year term on the UC Board Regents as alumni representative. Rominger, a Cal Aggie Alumni Association life member, received his bachelor's degree from UC Davis in 1949. He served on both the UC Davis Foundation and the CAAA board of directors. "The University of California is the greatest university system in the world because the people of California have invested the resources necessary to build it and take pride in maintaining the highest standards," says Rominger.

UC Davis News Press Release


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Stephen Brush Recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship
Anthropologist Stephen Brush, professor in the Department of Human and Community Development, is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his project titled, "Cultural Contours of Maize in Contemporary Mexico." Brush's research concerns agricultural ecology and the conservation of crop genetic resources. In addition to fieldwork in Peru, Turkey and Mexico, he has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Office of Technology Assessment, the United Nations Development Program, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN and UNESCO. He is master adviser for International Agricultural Development.

Steven Brush
[email protected]
(530) 752-4368


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L. Peter Christensen to Receive ASEV’s Top Honor
The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) will confer it’s Merit Award on L. Peter Christensen, cooperative extension specialist emeritus, Department of Viticulture and Enology, at the society’s 55th Annual Meeting this June. Christensen, who served as the society’s president from 1990-1991, previously received the ASEV’s Best Paper in Viticulture Award and was its Honorary Research Lecturer in 1998. In 1997, UC Davis bestowed upon Christensen the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements. Christiansen will speak at the ASEV’s Annual Meeting in San Diego this June that opens with a Soil Environment and Vine Mineral Nutrition Symposium.

ASEV Press Release


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Kenneth Brown Addresses UN Committee on Nutrition
Kenneth Brown, professor, Department of Nutrition, and director, Program in International Nutrition, recently co-presented a report outlining zinc deficiency in human diets worldwide to the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition at UN Headquarters in New York. The report by the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group (IZiNCG) in collaboration with the United Nations University and the International Union of Nutrition Sciences, states that up to one-fifth of the world’s people lack sufficient zinc in their diet, while an estimated one-third live in countries considered at high risk of zinc deficiency. Brown co-chairs IZiNCG’s eight-member steering committee. Membership includes Bo Lonnerdal, professor, Department of Nutrition, and an international group of nutrition researchers.

Zinc Report


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Spring has Sprung and So Have the Animals
Spring is in the air, and plants and animals respond to the longer days and warmer weather in interesting and varied ways. The Sacramento Bee featured several experts from our college in a story on our furry and feathered friends. Professor James Millam, Department of Animal Science, comments on birds, and from the Department of Entomology, extension specialist Eric Mussen on bees, and Professor Lynn Kimsey on insects.

Sacramento Bee


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Biosciences Venture Takes Root Near Campus
A story in the Sacramento Bee about Arcadia Biosciences, which plans to develop salt-tolerant crops plants, acknowledges that the new biotech company chose their Davis location primarily to be close to Eduardo Blumwald, professor, Department of Pomology, who lead the way in developing this technology.

Sacramento Bee


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Novozymes Donates $500,000 to UC Davis Genome Center
Novozymes, a Davis-based biotech company, has donated $500,000 to the UC Davis Genome Center. Dr. Richard Michelmore, professor, Department of Vegetable Crops, and director of the Genome Center, was quoted in the Sacramento Business Journal as saying that the gift will allow the center "to explore higher-risk avenues of research that are more difficult to support from other sources of funding.” The endowment will be matched by the UC system.

Sacramento Business Journal


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Federal Feed Regulations and Mad Cow Disease
The Sacramento Bee ran an article on the FDA's current inspection methods, and increasing federal regulations on feed mills and renderers, which manufacture, transport or use animal feed. The Bee reported that Richard Zinn, professor, Department of Animal Science, believes that the new regulations are little more than public relations moves to placate consumer groups, congressional critics and foreign markets currently closed to U.S. beef. “The public wants this [mad cow disease] to go away. They want zero risk. That's not going to happen," Zinn said.

Sacramento Bee


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California's Great Valley Fellows Program
California's Great Valley Fellows Program is now accepting applications for the Great Valley Fellows Program, which begins September 1, 2004, and concludes in July 2005. The program is an intensive, experience-based program for outstanding young professionals or recent college or graduate school graduates aspiring to positions of leadership in public service. Fellows are placed in apprenticeships in government, business, campaigns, and nonprofit organizations. They spend time exploring labor unions, the media, agriculture, water policy, arts and culture, and receive extensive training in leadership, facilitation and other skills.

Application Deadline: April 9, 2004.

Information: http://www.greatvalley.org/gvfellows/
Contact: [email protected]


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Consortium for Women and Research Project Support
The Consortium for Women and Research has allocated up to $5,000 yearly for Academic Senate or Academic Federation members for projects that advance the consortium's objective to support research and creative work by women or about women, gender relations, sexuality, transgender issues and feminist theory. Projects may include conferences, exhibitions, planning meetings or retreats, or research networking. Funds may be requested for travel for applicants or visitors.

Applications must be received by May 1, 2004.

Information:

The Consortium for Women and Research
[email protected]
(530) 754-8851


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RFP: Western Institute for Food Safety and Security
The Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (WIFSS) is accepting applications for research proposals for fiscal year 2004-2005. Faculty at the University of California, Davis and at the California State University campuses with degree programs in agriculture are eligible to apply for research and/or graduate student support for work in the areas of food safety and security that have been designated as a high priority by WIFSS. All applications must relate to the WIFSS research priorities listed at www.WIFSS.ucdavis.edu.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2004

Application Forms: http://wifss.ucdavis.edu/ (see Quick Links - Research Forms)

Questions and Information:

Jerry R. Gillespie, Director
[email protected]
(530) 757-5700


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Research Seminar in Road Ecology
Tuesdays, April 6 - June 8, 12:10-1:30 p.m.
PES Building, Rm. 3001
Open to the public.
Students may receive credit as ECL 296.

This seminar will sample the major areas of research in road ecology. Each week an invited speaker will be featured, covering a range of topics that will include invasive species, wildlife and habitat interactions, atmospheric pollutants, roadside vegetation management, and social policy.

Speaker Schedule and Information:
http://johnmuir.ucdavis.edu/road_ecology/seminars.html


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Design Museum Events

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

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

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

 

2 - 4 p.m.
Opening Reception follows at the Design Museum. Admission free.

Further information: http://designmuseum.ucdavis.edu/current/


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Arboretum Events

April 7, 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Field Trip: S.F. Conservatory of Flowers and Bay-Delta Model
Tour will cover exhibits at the recently restored Victorian showplace San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park and the Bay-Delta Model, a three-dimensional representation covering over 1.5 acres, simulates tides, currents and river flows between the Pacific Ocean and Sacramento. $50/ $40 members. Call (530) 752-4880 to register.

 

April 10, 11 a.m., Tour: What's Happening in the Redwood Grove?
Meet at the Alumni Center.

April 11, 2 p.m., Tour: Readings in the Garden
Meet at the Alumni Center.

 

April 14, 12 noon, Tour: Walk with Warren
Meet at the Gazebo.

 

April 17, 1 - 4 p.m., Picnic Day Tours and Exhibits
Meet at Weir Redwood Grove.
Join arboretum staff and volunteers to preview some new interpretive signs and enjoy informal tours of the renovations in the redwood grove and free family activities. Also look for the arboretum entry in the Picnic Day parade.

 

April 18, 2 p.m., Tour: Redwood Grove Companions
Meet at the Alumni Center.

 

Information:

 

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


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