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October 22, 2004

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WHO
Carl Keen Receives College Award of Distinction
Dana Van Liew Receives College Award of Distinction

IN THE NEWS
Opening of New Genome and Biomedical Science Facility
Students Stomp Grapes While Studying Modern Winemaking
Future of Foods Will be Based on Genomics
Wildfire Smoke and Outdated Air Quality Standards
Delta Threatened by Global Warming
Researcher Holds Hope for Clear Tahoe Water

WHAT
Homeland Security Workshop, Nov. 4, 2004
2005 Jefferson Science Fellows Program
Pacific Rim Research Program Competition

WHAT
Landscape Architecture Program Lecture Series
Arboretum Events

Carl Keen Receives College Award of Distinction
Carl Keen, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition, was one of six honored with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Award of Distinction at this year’s annual College Celebration. He received the award as “Outstanding Faculty.” The award is the highest recognition presented by the college to individuals whose contributions and achievements enrich the image and reputation of the college and enhance its ability to provide public service. As chair, Keen has guided the department through a period of phenomenal growth over the past 11 years and established several endowments. Keen is recognized internationally for connecting basic science with applied industry needs. Keen received his bachelor's and doctor's degrees from UC Davis.

Carl L. Keen
Professor
Department of Nutrition
[email protected]
(530) 752-6331

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Dana Van Liew Receives College Award of Distinction
Dana Van Liew, lecturer in the Department of Animal Science and manager of the UC Davis campus sheep facility, also received a College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Award of Distinction. He received the award as “Outstanding Staff.” Van Liew is known throughout California for his dedication to coaching the intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team for more than 20 years. Van Liew donates personal time to student outreach and encourages high school students to attend UC Davis. He advises and attends numerous high school and collegiate agricultural field days, and organizes and attends judging contests throughout California. He received the 2002 UC Davis Academic Federation Excellence in Teaching Award. He received both bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural education from UC Davis, and has been working in the Department of Animal Science since 1980.

The other four Award of Distinction recipients were Mary Kimball ("Outstanding Young Alumna"), Carol Chandler, Melvin Lobel and Mark Lyon.



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Opening of New Genome and Biomedical Science Facility
The campus celebrated the opening of the new $95 million Genome and Biomedical Science Facility with a public dedication ceremony and open house on Oct. 13. The facility will house about 700 people including 70 faculty, says Richard Michelmore, director of the UC Davis Genome Center and professor in the Department of Vegetable Crops. Michelmore describes genomics as a "global approach" to biology that impacts everything from DNA sequence analysis and modeling protein structure to metabolic profiling and population genetics.

UC Davis News
Sacramento Bee


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Students Stomp Grapes While Studying Modern Winemaking
As students participate in a traditional stomp to crush grapes, Linda Bisson, professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology, says modern methods of winemaking are also being taught. "We're going from yesterday to today to tomorrow in this class," she adds. Most commercial wineries don't use computerized machines, but the college’s computerized equipment helps in research. "It's going to totally revolutionize how we deliver information to the industry," Bisson said.

Davis Enterprise


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Future of Foods Will be Based on Genomics
John Malin, chief technical officer of Mars, Inc., the chocolate makers, discussed the history of food preservation and the future development of food science at the inaugural lecture of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Sciences' Lectureship Series. Malen predicted that in the future, “food will be tailored to an individual's needs based on genomics, ‘cosmetic foods’ will work from the inside out to improve people's looks and ‘negative energy foods’ will help suppress appetite or modify metabolic rates for those concerned with losing weight.” The institute initiated its lectureship series on September 30 with a program of speakers from the food and wine industries.

Davis Enterprise


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Wildfire Smoke and Outdated Air Quality Standards
Commenting on air pollution caused by last week's fires, Thomas Cahill, professor emeritus, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, says that air quality standards were set with equipment that is now out of date. "It goes way back to history," Cahill said. "The only measurements you could get, you had to have 24 hours of mass [of accumulated particles] to measure it." Cahill said that real-time monitors are now available that show particulate levels every hour.

Sacramento Bee


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Delta Threatened by Global Warming
Professors Peter Moyle in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology and Jeffrey Mount in the Department of Geology recently advised the Bay Delta Authority on the status of the Delta and the need to protect it against rising sea levels that will likely result from global warming. Moyle and Mount’s findings indicate that rising sea levels, earthquakes and the gradual sinking of the Delta islands below sea level will endanger the environmental health of the Delta and threaten the water supply of almost two-thirds of the state.

Contra Costa Times


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Researcher Holds Hope for Clear Tahoe Water
Alan Heyvaert, researcher in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and a member of the UC Davis Tahoe Research Group, estimates that Lake Tahoe could be restored in 10-20 years, based on core samples he has studied. "It's like looking at tree rings," said Heyvaert. "You can go back and reconstruct historical patterns." Heyvaert currently is working on a research project to determine how much sediment and nutrients Lake Tahoe can absorb without losing clarity.

Contra Costa Times


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Homeland Security Workshop, Nov. 4, 2004
The Office of Research announces that a Homeland Security Workshop is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2004, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the University Club. The workshop will cover important aspects of homeland security, such as biosecurity, crop and food security, cybersecurity and radiation security. A detailed agenda will be posted on the Office of Research web site soon. Faculty are invited to participate in this workshop. Registration is free.

An RSVP is Requested by October 26:

Office of Research

Christine Parks
Office of Vice Chancellor Research
[email protected]
(530) 752-6374

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2005 Jefferson Science Fellows Program
The National Academies announces a call for nominations and applications for the 2005 Jefferson Science Fellows program. The purpose of the program is to engage the American academic science, technology and engineering communities in the formulation and implementation of U.S. Foreign Policy.

Deadline for Nominations and Applications: Nov. 1, 2004

Information:
www.national-academies.org/jsf or e-mail [email protected]

H. Ray Gamble, Director
The National Academies
Washington, D.C.
(202) 334-2760


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Pacific Rim Research Program Competition
The Pacific Rim Research Program is a multicampus program established to encourage Pacific Rim research on the ten UC campuses. Its competitive grants program provides funds for UC faculty and graduate students who do research on Pacific Rim topics. Grants should total approximately $650,000 in 2005-2006.

UC Davis campus deadline: Jan 5, 2005

Information and Application forms:
http://www.ucop.edu/research/pacrim

Florence P. Mou
Office of Research, UCOP
[email protected]
(510) 987-9910


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Landscape Architecture Program Lecture Series
The Landscape Architecture Program is hosting a lecture series during fall quarter. The series will be held each Friday from 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. in 119 Wellman Hall. The lecture series, In Our Own Backyards, will focus on current design projects in and around Davis. All are invited to attend.

Presenter Schedule:
http://lda.ucdavis.edu/ (see Lunchbags, 2004: In Our Own Backyard)

Patsy Eubanks-Owens
[email protected]
(530) 752-9145


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Arboretum Events

All events are free and open to the public unless specified.

Oct. 31, 2 p.m., Guided Tour: Highlights of the Arboretum
Meet at the Buehler Alumni & Visitor Center.

Nov. 7, 2 p.m., Guided Tour: Winter Birds in Your Garden
Meet at the Arboretum Headquarters.

Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Guided Tour: Valley Gardening the Right Way
Meet at the Arboretum Terrace Garden.

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.

 

 

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


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