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May 14, 2004

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WHO
Alan Bennett to Lead PIPRA
Howard Schutz Recognized for Public Service
Deanne Meyer and Michael Payne Win EPA Awards
David Rizzo Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award

IN THE NEWS
UC Davis Team Builds a Bridge to Iran
Outreach Replaces Mines with Vines in Afghanistan
Researchers Awarded Fuel Cell Grant
Take a Lesson from the Rivers Themselves
Eichhorn Family House Opening

WHAT
Center for Urban Forestry Street Tree Analysis
General Plan Map of California

WHAT
Hydrology Seminar Series Final Lecture, May 20, 2004
Friends of Environmental Toxicology Day, June 4, 2004
2004 Annual CA&ES Spring Meeting, June 10, 2004
CA&ES Commencement, June 20, 2004
Arboretum Events

Alan Bennett to Lead PIPRA
Alan Bennett, professor of vegetable crops, and current executive director of Research, Administration and Technology Transfer at the University of California Office of the President, has been tapped to lead the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA), moving to UC Davis this July. The consortium of 20 universities and philanthropic groups united to overcome the legal barriers that slow development of biotech crops and bring the benefits of future biotech crops to developing countries. In a letter of support accompanying the campus proposal to host PIPRA, Dean Neal Van Alfen stated, "The prospects for PIPRA to stimulate innovation in specialty crop improvement are particularly attractive, and the campus has many programs that will be synergistic with PIPRA in that regard." On July 1, 2004, Bennett will also assume the position of associate vice chancellor for research at UC Davis and oversee the Office of Technology Industry Alliances.

 

Sacramento Bee (PIPRA Article):

Dateline (Photo and Article on Bennett’s Work with Technology Alliances):

Alan B. Bennett
Office of Technology Transfer, UCOP
[email protected]
(510) 587-6060

Department of Vegetable Crops, UC Davis
(530) 752-1411


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Howard Schutz Recognized for Public Service
Howard Schutz, professor emeritus, Department of Food Science and Technology, was one of three winners of this year's UC Davis Distinguished Public Service Awards. The awards recognize faculty members' significant public service contributions to the world, nation, state and community. Schutz has worked on product development methods, consumer behavior, food irradiation attitudes, and food and nutrition attitudes. Dennis Pendleton, dean of UC Davis Extension, said in nominating Schutz, "He has been a campus leader in enhancing campus emphasis on the practice of public service."

UC Davis News

Howard Schutz
Department of Food Science and Technology
[email protected]
(530) 400-1659

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Deanne Meyer and Michael Payne Win EPA Awards
Deanne Meyer, livestock waste specialist, Department of Animal Science, and Michael Payne, researcher, Department of Environmental Toxicology, were honored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their work to create and maintain the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program. At the agency's sixth annual Environmental Awards Ceremony in San Francisco, U.S. EPA regional administrator Wayne Nastri presented awards to organizations and individuals in recognition of their efforts to protect and preserve the environment in 2003.

EPA Press Release

Deanne Meyer
Department of Animal Science
[email protected]
(530) 752-9391

Michael Payne
Department of Environmental Toxicology
[email protected]
(530) 752-7507


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David Rizzo Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award
David Rizzo, associate professor, Department of Plant Pathology, has been awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota. The annual award recognizes alumni, who have achieved distinction in their professions, and who also have made significant contributions to the welfare of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota. Rizzo, who received his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, in 1993, was recognized for his work and outreach related to Sudden Oak Death.

David Rizzo
Associate Professor
Department of Plant Pathology
[email protected]
(530) 754-9255

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UC Davis Team Builds a Bridge to Iran
Dean Neal Van Alfen was one of six UC Davis delegates to travel to Iran in an effort to establish higher education ties with that country. UC Davis administrators hope to develop academic exchanges and collaborative research between the two countries. “One of the most fruitful areas of discussion centered around agriculture,” Van Alfen said. “There’s just a huge genetic resource there that needs to be tapped.”

Sacramento Bee
Davis Enterprise


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Outreach Replaces Mines with Vines in Afghanistan
A $10 million contract from the U.S. Agency for International Development will enable UC Davis to partner with Roots of Peace and other groups to replace land mines with grapevines in war-torn Afghanistan. Patrick Brown, director of the International Programs Office stated, "We at UC Davis are eager to be about the business of invigorating Afghanistan's once robust horticultural industry and raising the incomes of Afghan farmers. To achieve this, we will be working toward increasing the technical capacity of Afghanistan's table-grape and raisin producers in the provinces of Ghanzi, Kandahar and Parwan" (Daily Democrat).

Daily Democrat
Davis Enterprise
CBS-AM (Charles Osgood Commentary)


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Researchers Awarded Fuel Cell Grant
Ten million dollars in grants were awarded to UC Davis for research and outreach as part of a U.S. Department of Energy program to advance the hydrogen economy. Dan Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) and professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, said "UC Davis already partners with the Department of Energy on many clean energy projects. The new hydrogen programs will provide one more outstanding opportunity for us to apply our research and education capabilities in support of federal initiatives."

Daily Democrat
Sacramento Business Journal


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Take a Lesson from the Rivers Themselves
Peter Moyle, professor, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, and two UC Davis colleagues, co-wrote a special commentary for the Sacramento Bee on the benefits of “non-structural flood management” in preparing for future floods in the California valley. In the article they assert, ” Californians would be wise to think and act now to improve the Valley's flood-management system….We can take a lesson from rivers themselves, which naturally move flood waters onto flood plains. By selectively creating places for flood waters to flow we can reduce the vulnerability of places we don't want flooded.” All three authors are affiliated with the Center for Integrated Watershed Science and Management.

Sacramento Bee


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Eichhorn Family House Opening
The opening of the Eichhorn Family House on May 12 marked the expansion of the Center for Child and Family Studies within the Department of Human and Community Development. "The Eichhorn Family House will become an important setting for interdisciplinary research, outreach, and education programs in the areas of family interaction and family development; these areas are critical to our Agricultural Experiment Station mission of promoting family health and well-being," said Beth Ober, chair of the human development program in the Department of Human and Community Development. T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., well-known pediatrician and child development expert, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and spoke at a daylong seminar for early childhood education professionals on May 13.

Sacramento Bee (Eichhorn Family House opening)
The Vacaville Reporter (Brazelton article)


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Center for Urban Forestry Street Tree Analysis
The Center for Urban Forest Research (CUFR), a research work unit affiliated with the USDA Forest Service, currently housed with the Department of Environmental Horticulture, completed a Street Tree Analysis of the City of San Francisco. The study determined how street trees contribute to the quality of life for San Franciscans. Dr. Greg McPherson, Center Director, explained, “…Our findings will provide the city’s Bureau of Forestry, the Urban Forest Council and the Friends of the Urban Forest with specific knowledge to maximize the benefits of planting and maintaining street trees.” McPherson and other CUFR scientists engage in collaborative research with faculty in the college, co-teach urban forestry courses and mentor graduate students. CUFR partners with UCD faculty to obtain research funding from agencies like CalFed and California Department of Forestry.

San Francisco Street Tree Analysis
CUFR News Release
CUFR Website


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General Plan Map of California
The California Resources Agency and UC Davis announce the release of the first General Plan Map of California. All county general plans and many city general plans were integrated into one statewide Geographic Information System (GIS) dataset. The data was then standardized to 13 consistent land-use classifications for the intent of natural resource and infrastructure planning. The data compiled by Department of Environmental Science and Policy and the Information Center for the Environment is available through the California Resources Agency.

Data can be viewed at the California Digital Conservation Atlas at http://legacy.ca.gov

Source dataset metadata and download point are within the Legacy Data Collection in the California Environmental Information Catalog at:http://gis.ca.gov/catalog/BrowseRecord.epl?id=21454

General Plans with Rural Residential metadata and download point are within the Legacy Data Collection in the California Environmental Information Catalog at: http://gis.ca.gov/catalog/BrowseRecord.epl?id=21453

Information:

Mike Byrne
The California Resources Agency
[email protected]
(916) 653-5656


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Hydrology Seminar Series Final Lecture, May 20, 2004
The hydrology seminar series, the Role of the Subsurface Environment in Water Resource Management, concludes its 2003-04 season with the final lecture:

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

Jan W. Hopmans
(530) 752-3060
[email protected]


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Friends of Environmental Toxicology Day, June 4, 2004
The annual “Friends of Environmental Toxicology Day,” hosted by the Department of Environmental Toxicology, will occur Friday, June 4, 2004, on campus in the Robert Mondavi Center Studio Theater. This event, open to the general public, members of industry, state agencies and environmental groups, offers an opportunity to share research, ideas and concerns about environmental issues affecting Northern California. Free admission. Registration required. Schedule and Registration: http://www.envtox.ucdavis.edu/friends/friendsday2004/ “Friends” Information: http://www.envtox.ucdavis.edu/Friends/default.html


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2004 Annual CA&ES Spring Meeting, June 10, 2004
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will hold its annual spring meeting on June 10, 2004, 4-6 p.m. in the AGR Room, Buehler Alumni Center. All faculty are encouraged to attend.

Sharon A. Berg
Administrative Specialist
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 752-3483

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CA&ES Commencement, June 20, 2004
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. UC Davis Recreation Hall

Commencement Speaker: Martin Yan
Martin Yan received his Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science degrees in food science from UC Davis. Television viewers worldwide know him as the host of the acclaimed “Yan Can Cook” show seen in 70 countries and in more than 240 markets throughout the U.S. A certified master chef and restaurant consultant, Yan has authored 14 cookbooks and has received countless awards, including a daytime Emmy. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the Colorado Institute of Art and from Johnson & Wales, the world’s leading culinary training university.

Volunteers Needed: Staff Volunteers are still needed for both ceremonies. Please send an email to Claudette Oriol to confirm your participation.

Further Information: http://caes.ucdavis.edu/Events/Commencement/Default.htm



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Arboretum Events

May 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Spring Plant Sale
Meet at the Arboretum Nursery at Orchard Park
Map: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/Directions.htm

May 22, 11 a.m., Tour: Get Your Garden Ready for Summer
Meet at Terrace Garden.

May 23, 2 p.m., Tour: Earth, Wind and Fire: A New Groove for the Redwood Grove
Meet at the Alumni Center.

May 29, 11 a.m., Tour: Edible Plants in the Arboretum
Meet at Putah Creek Lodge.

May 30, 2 p.m., Tour: Too Hot for Flowers? Garden With Texture and Foliage
Meet at the Gazebo

Information:

 

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


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