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September 17, 2004

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WHO
William Chancellor Receives John Deere Medal

IN THE NEWS
UC Davis Web site, a Gardening Goldmine
There’s More to Soil Than Just Dirt
CALVIN Water Model and Reclaiming Hetch Hetchy
Skeptics Challenge Organic Label Health Claims

WHAT
Miller Plant Science Award
NRS Research Grant Program
W.M. Keck Foundation Distinguished Young Scholars
Pacific Rim Research Program Competition
National Farm Safety and Health Week

WHAT
RMI Lectureship Series Inaugural Lecture, Sept. 30, 2004
Symposium on Nutritional Genomics, Oct. 22-24, 2004
Telluride's MountainFilm on Tour, Nov. 5, 2004
Arboretum Events

William Chancellor Receives John Deere Medal
William Chancellor, professor emeritus in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, has received the John Deere Gold Medal from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. The award honors Chancellor for his outstanding contributions as a researcher, educator and extender of agricultural engineering knowledge. Chancellor is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the study of soil physical properties. Chancellor retired from UC Davis in 1994, but remains active in research and service.


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UC Davis Web site, a Gardening Goldmine
The San Francisco Chronicle ran an article on books and internet resources to help create gardens well-suited to our Northern California Mediterranean climate. The author tips his hat to UC Davis and college Web sites: "The UC Davis Web site, www.ucdavis.edu, is a gardening gold mine. The site homeorchard.ucdavis.edu is an encyclopedia on growing fruit in Northern California. And ipm.ucdavis.edu is a wonderfully illustrated guide to pests and pest controls."

San Francisco Chronicle


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There’s More to Soil Than Just Dirt
A feature article in the San Francisco Chronicle examines the soil food web in natural settings and offers gardening advice on replenishing the soil with organic matter to restore the balance of plants and animals found in healthy soil. Howard Ferris, professor in the Department of Nematology, quoted as an expert, said, "The web of living things in healthy soil helps reduce the need for pesticides."

San Francisco Chronicle



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CALVIN Water Model and Reclaiming Hetch Hetchy
This story details what UC Davis researchers found when they instructed their CALVIN water model to remove Hetch Hetchy Dam on the Tuolumne River. Richard Howitt, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and two colleagues in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invented CALVIN to calculate how changes would affect a water system.

Sacramento Bee
Information on CALVIN Project
Richard Howitt web page


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Skeptics Challenge Organic Label Health Claims
Christine Bruhn, director of the Center for Consumer Research, Department of Food Science & Technology, is a food-science marketing specialist and a national expert on consumer attitudes about food. She says that "right now, the organic movement is fairly strong….but it may be in trouble if consumers come to believe that the products are not necessarily healthier for them…. It's a market philosophy that's built on a house of cards…."

The Los Angeles Times

Christine Bruhn
Director
Center for Consumer Research
[email protected]
(530) 752-2774

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Miller Plant Science Award
Applications are now available for the Milton D. and Mary M. Miller Plant Science Award. The award is available to active UC Cooperative Extension employees and to graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in Cooperative Extension careers, who are U.S. citizens.

Application deadline: Oct. 1, 2004

Information and applications



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NRS Research Grant Program
The UC Natural Reserve System (NRS) announces that a maximum of $30,000, with $2,500 per award, is available for Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grants. Studies must be conducted on reserves in the NRS, and applicants must be enrolled at UC.

Applications Due: Oct. 20, 2004

Instructions and Application


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W.M. Keck Foundation Distinguished Young Scholars
UC Davis has been invited to submit one nomination to the W.M. Keck Foundation for its Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research Program. The program is designed to support groundbreaking and creative research in pioneering or emerging fields of science that address the fundamental mechanisms of human disease.

Campus Deadline: Oct. 8, 2004 Sponsor Deadline: Dec.1, 2004

Announcement details: DOC / PDF / RTF
Additional guidelines: DOC / PDF / RTF

Information:



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Pacific Rim Research Program Competition
The Pacific Rim Research Program (PRRP) 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



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National Farm Safety and Health Week
The week of September 19-25, 2004, has been designated National Farm Safety and Health Week. The theme for this year is “Agricultural Safety & Health Yields for a Lifetime”. Information: National Education Center for Agricultural Safety


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RMI Lectureship Series Inaugural Lecture, Sept. 30, 2004
The lectureship series at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI) will begin on September 30 with a program of speakers from the food and wine industries, a luncheon and evening social. RMI Inaugural Lecture Program



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Symposium on Nutritional Genomics, Oct. 22-24, 2004
Diet, genes, lifestyles and disease will be on the menu at the Bruce Ames International Symposium on Nutritional Genomics to be held at UC Davis, Oct. 22-24. The meeting is sponsored by the National Center for Minority Health Disparities’ Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics. The center is a collaborative effort among UC Davis, CHORI, the USDA's Western Human Nutrition Research Center and the Ethnic Health Institute in Oakland.

Conference Web site
Center of Excellence for Nutritional Genomics:


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Telluride's MountainFilm on Tour, Nov. 5, 2004
7:30 - 10:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) Location: The Varsity Theatre, 616 2nd Street, Davis

The UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment is sponsoring MountainFilm on Tour, which features the best selections from America's premier festival of mountain, adventure, cultural, and environmental film and video.

Event Web site

Tickets: $10 from JMIE or Armadillo Music. How to purchase tickets.

Information:



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Arboretum Events

All events free and open to the public.

Sept. 26, 2 p.m., Guided Tour: Plant Faire Preview
Meet at Orchard Park Nursery

Oct. 2, 30th Anniversary Plant Faire
8-10 a.m., Member pre-sale
10 a.m .- 4 p.m., Public sale
Location: Arboretum Nursery at Orchard Park

Oct. 3, 2 p.m., Guided Tour: Container Gardening
Meet at Arboretum Terrace Garden.

Oct. 9, 11 a.m., Guided Tour: Native Plants of California
Meet at the Buehler Alumni & Visitor Center.

Oct. 13, Volunteer Training Course begins
Wednesdays, Oct. 13 - Dec. 1, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(no class November 24)
Learn about California ecology, native plants, and Central Valley gardening. Become a gardener, nursery volunteer, events volunteer, or educational volunteer.
Materials fee: $55/ $45 for members

Oct. 17, 2 p.m., Guided Tour: Color in Your Garden
Meet at the Gazebo.

Oct. 24, 2 p.m., Guided Tour: Living Under the Redwoods
Meet at the Buehler Alumni & Visitor Center

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

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


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