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April 07, 2005

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Van Alfen: Dean’s Advisory Council

IN THE NEWS
Spotlight: Herbarium Has Spacious New Home
Donkey Sculpture Benefits Animal Science Department
Increasing Tree Shade: Greg McPherson and the Greenprint Program
Butterfly Swarms in Area: Steve Heydon and Art Shapiro Explain
UC Davis History: Ag School Initiated 100 Years Ago

WHAT
Picnic Day: CA&ES Display
James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award: Call for Nomination
2005–06 Freshman Seminar Program: Call for Proposals
CA&ES Executive Committee Online

WHAT
Blood Drive, April 12–13, 2005
RMI Lectureship Series, April 21, 2005
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Van Alfen: Dean’s Advisory Council
Our college differs from most of the others at UC Davis in receiving resources from the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension. These resources are specifically intended to finance the college’s service to certain sectors of California’s citizens.

The sectors that benefit from our services generally correspond to the research and outreach programs of our faculty members. An important key to offering a service is understanding what the customers need and want.

The college seeks feedback and information on needs of those who we serve in part through the Dean’s Advisory Council – a group of leaders of food, agricultural, environmental, and human science interests in California. This group of 40 people meets twice each year on campus to provide information and advice to the college.

The next meeting of the Dean’s Advisory Council will be on April 19 starting at noon and ending April 20 at noon. Faculty and staff are always welcome at these meetings. If you are interested in attending, please contact Lori Fulton at [email protected].

As always, I value your feedback. If you have questions or comments, please e-mail me.

Neal K. Van Alfen
Dean
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]

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Spotlight: Herbarium Has Spacious New Home
The Center for Plant Diversity is the new home for the UC Davis Herbarium. The herbarium moved from its historic and very overcrowded location in Robbins Hall to the new and spacious Sciences Laboratory Building several months ago.

Several herbaria collections – more than 250,000 dried plant specimens! – are now catalogued and housed in a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment, designed to prevent destruction of historic plant samples by beetles and other pests.

This renowned collection of plants is used by researchers, students, plant professionals, and the public for many different purposes – invasive weed movement can be tracked, rare plant species can be charted, and forensic plant evidence can be used to solve crimes. Plant specimens are kept in perpetuity – the oldest specimen in the herbarium is from 1878.

Dr. Ellen Dean has been director and curator of the herbarium for the past ten years. She and her staff are skilled in the science and art of identifying plants from throughout the world. Dean credits the significance of the herbarium to those who contributed to its formation and history, starting in 1913.

Some luminaries from past (and present) eras include professors Wilfred Robbins, Katherine Esau, Beecher Crampton, John Tucker, Jack Major, Ledyard Stebbins, Grady Webster, and Michael Barbour. Former curators June McCaskill and Fred Hrusa were instrumental in guiding the direction of the herbarium. Countless other individuals have contributed plant samples and assisted with plant identification during the last century.

At Picnic Day on April 16 (11 a.m.–4 p.m.) the herbarium will feature its ever-popular display of wildflowers in the lobby of the Sciences Laboratory Building. According to Dean, the Picnic Day display is a nice way to connect with alumni and educate the public.

Stop by the display and learn the names of some California wildflowers that you may see blooming this spring.



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Donkey Sculpture Benefits Animal Science Department
Commemorative busts of Action Jackson, a prized UC Davis stud donkey, are being sold for $1,500 each to raise money for the Cole Facility equine barn and arena near the Arboretum. The sculptor, Trent Meyer, who created a limited edition of 50 signed and numbered bronze statues, is a UC Davis alumnus.

Gary Anderson, department chair, said, “This is a nice opportunity for people who would not ordinarily be able to donate $75,000, to contribute to the realization of this needed renovation project.”

Daily Democrat

Gary B. Anderson
Professor and Chair
Department of Animal Science
[email protected]
(530) 752-1252

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Increasing Tree Shade: Greg McPherson and the Greenprint Program
The Sacramento Tree Foundation’s "Greenprint" program would put large trees into the general plan of every local government in the region, thereby doubling the area's tree canopy by 2045. "It's innovative, because traditionally cities approach urban forestry on a local basis," said Greg McPherson, director of the Center for Urban Forest Research.

McPherson also cites UC Davis research aimed at making soils in parking lots less compact and more suitable for tree growth, while still having the strength to bear vehicle weight.

Sacramento Bee



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Butterfly Swarms in Area: Steve Heydon and Art Shapiro Explain
Unusually large numbers of painted lady butterflies have been migrating through Yolo County and the entire Central Valley recently. Steve Heydon, senior museum scientist for the Bohart Museum of Entomology, said they don't usually attract as much attention as the showier Monarch butterfly.

Arthur Shapiro, professor in the Department of Entomology, said, "The migration occurs every year, but usually the numbers are lower, so people don't notice it. I think we're going to see waves of them coming for the next couple weeks.” High numbers are due to heavy winter rains in the desert.

Daily Democrat
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=10915

Davis Enterprise
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=10919

Steve Heydon
(530) 752-0493
[email protected]

Arthur Shapiro
(530) 752-2176
[email protected]


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UC Davis History: Ag School Initiated 100 Years Ago
On March 18, 1905, Governor George Pardee signed a law establishing a University Farm School for the University of California. The legislation created a commission to pick the site and appropriated $150,000 to buy the land. "It is one of a few milestones," said UCD Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef. "This was the one that established it. It was a big event at the time. … On Jan. 5, 1909, the University Farm School opened for residential instruction. It wasn't until 1959 that UCD became a general campus,” Vanderhoef said.

Davis Enterprise


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Picnic Day: CA&ES Display
As on previous Picnic Days, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences canopy will be located in front of Wickson Hall, at the corner of West Quad and North Quad. Refreshments and information will be available from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.

Please visit our booth, help us showcase our college, and spend some time with our visitors. Your participation will be greatly appreciated.

For information on the CA&ES display:
Claudette Oriol
(530) 752-2120
[email protected]


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James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award: Call for Nomination
The Academic Federation announces the call for nominations for the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award. All members of the University community are invited to nominate a member of the Academic Federation for this award.

The award is based on a distinguished career in research, teaching, and/or public service. It will be presented in the fall and carries a stipend of $1,000. The nomination must include: 1) a current curriculum vitae, including publications and contributions to university and public service; 2) a brief statement outlining the achievements of the candidate, and 3) nominator's name and contact information. Deadline for nomination submission is May 13, 2005.

For information, contact:
Elle Lim
(530) 754-7468
[email protected]


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2005–06 Freshman Seminar Program: Call for Proposals
Faculty are invited to participate in the Freshman Seminar Program for the academic year 2005–06. The program is designed to give first-year students the opportunity to study with a faculty member in informal, small-group settings on topics of mutual interest. Freshman seminars are administered by the Teaching Resources Center, and they are senate-approved special one- or two-unit courses that are given an “FRS” subject code designation.

To acknowledge the instructor's contribution to undergraduate education, support of $2,000 for 2-unit seminars and $1,500 for 1-unit seminars is available. Instructors can also apply for $500 to defray class expenses. Interested faculty should complete the "Proposal to Teach a Freshman Seminar" material on the TRC Web site http://trc.ucdavis.edu/trc/freshSem/call.html and send it to Janet Chambers at the Teaching Resources Center.

Deadline for proposal submission: May 27, 2005.

For information, contact:
Janet Chambers
(530) 752-3249
[email protected]


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CA&ES Executive Committee Online
The monthly agendas, minutes, and upcoming meeting dates of the CA&ES Executive Committee are posted on the college Web site: http://caes.ucdavis.edu/FacStaff/ExcCom.htm.

The next meeting is April 21, 1:30–3:30 p.m., 3208 Meyer Hall.


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Blood Drive, April 12–13, 2005
The ASUCD-Davis Community Blood Drive will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12 and 13, 2005, from 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. Donors will receive a free T-shirt. To alleviate waiting times there will be a special section for faculty and staff.

Donors should be in generally good health and not have had cold or flu symptoms within 48 hours prior to donating. Remember to take a picture identification for registration.

For more information:
Melissa Raski
ASUCD Blood Drive Director
(530) 756-4920


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RMI Lectureship Series, April 21, 2005
The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI) will host the second lecture in the RMI Lectureship Series on Thursday, April 21, 2005, at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Performing Arts Center, Studio Theatre.

For Information and registration, contact:
Jean Wigglesworth
(530) 754-6349
[email protected]

RMI Homepage
http://robertmondaviinstitute.ucdavis.edu


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Arboretum Events
Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m.
Guided Tour: Garden-Worthy Native Plants
Meet at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

Wednesday, April 13, 12 noon
Walk with Warren
Meet at the Gazebo

Saturday, April 16, 1–4 p.m.
Picnic Day in the Arboretum
Redwood Grove

Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m.
Guided Tour: Plants that Survive Without Summer Water
Meet at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Spring Plant Sale
Arboretum Nursery at Orchard Park

For information on arboretum events, see:
http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.htm
or call (530) 752-4880


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