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November 19, 2004

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WHO
Daniel Anderson Receives International Environmental Award

IN THE NEWS
UC Davis Influences Study of Yosemite’s O’Shaughnessy Dam
Levee Trouble Revives Peripheral Canal Talk
Community College Students Participate in UC Davis Research

WHAT
RFP: Walnut Marketing Board Funding
RFP: Calif. Pear Advisory Board / Pear Pest Management Research Fund
RFP: Slosson Endowment (for horticulture projects)
RFP: Dried Plum-prune Research Funding (incl., Calif. Prune Board)
RFP: Templeton Research Lectures
RFP: UC Energy Institute
Call for Papers: World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing
Faculty Call for UC Davis Washington Program

WHAT
Pesticide Safety Trainers Workshop
Arboretum Events

Daniel Anderson Receives International Environmental Award
Daniel Anderson, professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, received the "Rachel Carson Award" from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry at their World Congress in Seattle this week. This international award is given annually to an individual who has "substantially increased public awareness and understanding of an issue concerning substances in the environment." Anderson gave the plenary address at the world congress. Anderson, who joined the UC Davis faculty in 1976, has directed the Ecotoxicology Program and chaired the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology. Anderson’s research involves studies of contamination effects, distribution and dynamics of organic and inorganic materials in birds from California and Baja California coastal and wetlands environments.

SETAC program (see pg. 18 biography on Anderson)
Rachel Carson Award Info.



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UC Davis Influences Study of Yosemite’s O’Shaughnessy Dam
The Department of Water Resources will study the possible restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, including the dismantling of O’Shaughnessy Dam. The dam has been an integral part of the Bay Area's water supply for more than 80 years. The Los Angeles Times cites “a recent engineering study by researchers at UC Davis that concluded that Hetch Hetchy was no longer critical to the state's water storage, and that downstream reservoirs, including Don Pedro, could store the same amount of water." This study refers to work conducted by Richard Howitt, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and two colleagues in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who invented the CALVIN Water Model to calculate how changes would affect a water system.

The Los Angeles Times
Sacramento Bee


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Levee Trouble Revives Peripheral Canal Talk
Circumventing the Delta and its levees with a peripheral canal could protect drinking water for more than 22 million Californians in the event of a Delta levee failure. Peter Moyle, professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology and his colleague, Jeffrey Mount, professor, Department of Geology, say they are not necessarily proposing that a canal be built, only that a modified version of it be considered. "It's the obvious solution to the problem,” says Moyle. “My concern is that if you get this major collapse of Delta levees, it would cost billions of dollars to fix. And, realizing (the fix) would be on a temporary basis, suddenly the economics of the peripheral canal look really good."

Contra Costa Times


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Community College Students Participate in UC Davis Research
Rob Schroeter, researcher in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, is currently engaged in a project that involves students from the Math, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program at Solano Community College in studying the Suisun Marsh ecology. The MESA program is designed to expose economically or socially disadvantaged students to a variety of professional or academic experiences and to encourage them to go on to four-year universities. This Vacaville Reporter story highlights the experiences of a brother and sister, who immigrated from Vietnam, and who are participating in the MESA project with Schroeter.

The Vacaville Reporter


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RFP: Walnut Marketing Board Funding
Deadline for submitting proposals: Nov. 26, 2004

Forms and Information:

Bruce Lampinen, Liaison Officer, UC Walnut Research Advisory Committee
Department of Pomology, UC Davis
[email protected]
(530) 752-2588


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RFP: Calif. Pear Advisory Board / Pear Pest Management Research Fund
Deadline for submitting proposals: Dec. 1, 2004

Forms and Information:

Rachel Elkins, Acting Liaison Officer
[email protected]
(707) 263-6838


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RFP: Slosson Endowment (for horticulture projects)
Deadline for submitting proposals: Dec. 15, 2004

University of California academics are invited to submit proposals for funding from the Elvenia J. Slosson Endowment Fund for the period of July 2005 - June 2006. The endowment fund, established by the late Elvenia Slosson, is intended "for the advancement and promotion of the science and practice of horticulture, particularly including ornamental horticulture for the home gardener."

Information and RFP

Linda Dodge, Coordinator
Department of Environmental Horticulture, UC Davis
[email protected]
(530) 752-8419


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RFP: Dried Plum-prune Research Funding (incl., Calif. Prune Board)
Deadline for submitting proposals: Dec. 16, 2004 Forms and Information: Stephen Southwick
Department of Pomology
[email protected]
(530) 752-2783


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RFP: Templeton Research Lectures
Deadline for submitting proposals: Jan. 1, 2005

Up to $500,000 grant over three to four years for Interdisciplinary Studies and Distinguished Lecture Series.

Information (see Request for Proposals)

William Grassie, Executive Director
Metanexus Institute
[email protected]
Voicemail: (215) 789-2200


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RFP: UC Energy Institute
Deadline for submitting proposals: Feb. 4, 2005

The University of California Energy Institute is requesting proposals for two grant programs (1) California Energy Studies, and (2) Energy Science and Technology.

Information (See "RFP Package 2004")


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Call for Papers: World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing
Deadline for submitting panels or papers: Dec. 15, 2004 The Biotechnology Industry Organization, the American Chemical Society and the National Agriculture Biotechnology Council invite proposals for panels and/or individual papers for the second annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing to be held in Orlando, Florida on April 20-22, 2005. To submit a proposal: see website for the conference, http://www.bio.org/worldcongress (click on the "Call for Panels and Papers" button and fill out the form electronically) Questions or comments should be sent to [email protected]. A "Call for Posters" will go out in December. Lauren Lamoureux, Coordinator
Industrial and Environmental Section
Biotechnology Industry Organization
(202) 962-6641


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Faculty Call for UC Davis Washington Program
Deadline for submitting proposals: Feb. 1, 2005

Proposals are being accepted for a UC Davis Washington Program Faculty Fellowship for 2005-2006. Application may be made for the full 2005-2006 academic year, or for one quarter (Fall 2005, Winter 2006, or Spring 2006). Washington Program Faculty Fellowships are designed for faculty from all disciplines (a) whose research would significantly benefit from a period of residence in Washington, D.C., and (b) who are interested in teaching an upper division course during each quarter of residence (in seminar format) in the Washington Center’s undergraduate program. Applications are open to all UC Davis teaching faculty.

Information:

Professor Emily Goldman, Director
UC Davis Washington Center
[email protected]
(202) 974-6350


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Pesticide Safety Trainers Workshop
Joint Arizona, California, and Tribal “Train-the-Trainer”
Workshop Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2004 (Spanish)
Dec. 2 – 3, 2004 (English)
Location: Yuma, AZ

This 1.5 day course will be presented in English and Spanish. Registration is free, but space is limited. Continuing education credit will be available for pesticide applicators pending approval from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and the Arizona Department of Agriculture.

For a registration form, contact:

Katie Thomas
Arizona Department of Agriculture
[email protected]
(602) 542-3578


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Arboretum Events

Nov. 20, 11 a.m., Guided Tour: November in the White Flower Garden
Meet at the Gazebo.

 

Nov. 27, 11 a.m., Guided Tour: Fall Frolic in the Redwoods
Meet at the Buehler Alumni & Visitor Center.

 

Dec. 5, 2 p.m., Guided Tour: Birds of the Arboretum
Meet at Putah Creek Lodge.

 

Feb. 6, 2 p.m., A Brisk Walk in the Arboretum
Meet at the Alumni & Visitors Center

Feb. 9, 12:00 p.m., Walk with Warren Roberts, Master Plantsman

Feb. 13, 2 p.m., Arboretum Tour: Color in Your Garden
Meet at the Gazebo

Information:

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




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