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December 15, 2005

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Undergraduate Enrollment

WHO
Stephen Vosti: Slash-and-Burn Agriculture

IN THE NEWS
McLaughlin Reserve Receives $1 Million
Gregory Lanzaro: Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes
Kyria Boundy-Mills: Herman Phaff Yeast Collection

WHAT
Charlie Rick “Genomics for Agriculture”; March 15–16, 2006

WHAT
Newsletters: Electronic, Print, or Both?; January 4, 2006
Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Injury in Agricultural Populations; January 9, 2006
Artisanal Olive Oil Production; January 12, 2006
Writing Right!; January 18, 2006
Common Threads; March 9, 2006

A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Undergraduate Enrollment
We recently received undergraduate enrollment data for our current school year (2005–06). While it is difficult to compare this year’s data with those of previous years because of the transfer of our Design Program to the College of Letters and Science, it appears we did not enroll as many students this year as we anticipated.

The entire campus fell short of its enrollment goals by about the same amount that we were short of our target. It is important to note that both our college and the campus did not lower our academic standards to meet enrollment targets.

The enrollment numbers of students within our three divisions were close to their levels of recent years. Some good news is that enrollment in the environmental sciences appears to be growing slightly.

The largest changes in our enrollment numbers were in our Exploratory Program. We made changes to this program recently that resulted in lower enrollments than in the past. We are obviously concerned and will examine how we can effectively use the Exploratory Program to meet our educational goals.

We are working proactively to recruit students to our college and to build our enrollments in targeted programs. Our college can be proud of the fact that we have the highest acceptance rate by admitted students of any college/division on campus, reflecting the quality and reputation of our college’s undergraduate programs.

To help us meet our enrollment and educational goals, we recently expanded the position of Director of Student Activities and Outreach to full-time and hired Stacie Hewitt into this position.

As always, I value your feedback on undergraduate enrollment and other issues. 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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Stephen Vosti: Slash-and-Burn Agriculture
Stephen Vosti, associate director of the Center for Natural Resources Policy Analysis and adjunct professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, is co-editor and co-author of a new book assessing the environmental, economic, and social impacts of farming in tropical rain forests. "Slash-and-Burn Agriculture: The Search for Alternatives" details the causes and consequences of the annual destruction of 80,000 square miles of rain forest. The forests are cleared by rural farmers to feed their families and by other interests seeking to convert forests to agriculture. The loss of the forests threatens Earth's biodiversity and climate. The new book also identifies the costs and benefits of alternative uses of forests and cleared land in several benchmark sites throughout the developing world. The book is published by Columbia University Press. (Condensed from a UC Davis News Service release. The full news release is at: http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=7553.) Stephen Vosti
(530) 754-6731
[email protected]


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McLaughlin Reserve Receives $1 Million
The gold-mining firm that donated land in the 1990s to establish the Donald and Sylvia McLaughlin Natural Reserve recently gave $1 million to support the reserve for decades to come. "Homestake Mining Company collaborated with . . . the Davis campus to create this reserve," said Be-Be Adams, manager of community and government relations for Homestake's parent company, Barrick Gold Corp. "With this endowment, Barrick will make the reserve strong, now and in the future." "This endowment will help the reserve to reach its fullest potential for addressing society's needs for environmental education, open space, and scientific research," said Susan Harrison, professor of environmental science and policy and faculty director of the UC Davis Natural Reserve System. The McLaughlin Reserve consists of 6,940 acres in Napa, Yolo, and Lake counties. It includes the Putah Creek and Cache Creek watersheds. Homestake mined gold on the property from the mid-1980s until 2001. In 1993, the mining firm signed an agreement with the University of California to establish the McLaughlin Reserve on 300 acres of the property. In subsequent years, the remaining 6,600-plus acres were added to the reserve. The UC Davis campus administers six reserves: Donald and Sylvia McLaughlin Reserve, Bodega Marine Reserve, Eagle Lake Field Station, Jepson Prairie Reserve, Quail Ridge Reserve and Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve. (Condensed from a UC Davis News Service release. The full news release and contacts are at: http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=7552.)


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Gregory Lanzaro: Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes
Greg Lanzaro, professor in the Department of Entomology, is principal investigator on a project that “is targeting Culex mosquitoes, the major vectors of West Nile virus, as part of a five-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health,” according to the Vacaville Reporter.

Lanzaro is director of the UC Mosquito Research Program. The project has 16 members, including UC researchers, mosquito abatement experts, and industry partners. Lanzaro was quoted as saying that the research “is aimed at increasing our capacity to effectively manage Culex populations now, not 20 years from now.”

The Vacaville Reporter
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=13421

Gregory Lanzaro
[email protected]


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Kyria Boundy-Mills: Herman Phaff Yeast Collection
Housed within the food science and technology department is the Herman J. Phaff Culture Collection of Yeasts and Yeast-like Organisms (http://www.phaffcollection.org/home.asp), containing more than 6,000 strains of yeasts. Named for the late professor Herman Phaff, the collection was established from environmental, food, and beverage habitats throughout the world. Kyria Boundy-Mills, current curator of the collection, was featured in a Sacramento Bee article about the significance of the yeast collection and the importance of yeasts in the winemaking, brewing, and baking industries. The Sacramento Bee
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=13516 Kyria Boundy-Mills
(530) 754-5575
[email protected]


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Charlie Rick “Genomics for Agriculture”; March 15–16, 2006
The Plant Genomics Program (http://indica.ucdavis.edu/PGP/) is holding a major symposium in honor of the late professor Charlie Rick on March 15–16, 2006, titled "Genomics for Agriculture." The keynote speaker is Christopher Somerville, professor at Carnegie Institution of Washington and the Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University. The symposium is free for all UC Davis attendees, but you must register to ensure a seat. Registration also counts as your lunch ticket on March 16th. Program and registration information are at: http://indica.ucdavis.edu/PGP/index.php?nav=events&link=rick. Please notify graduate students or postdocs who may be interested in attending. Victoria Whitworth
Plant Genomics Program
(530) 754-2252
[email protected]


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Newsletters: Electronic, Print, or Both?; January 4, 2006
Ann Filmer, editor of “CA&ES Currents” and senior writer for the Dean’s Office, will present “Newsletters: Electronic, Print, or Both?” as part of the CA&ES Communications Series on Wednesday, January 4, 2006, 10–11 a.m., in Mrak Hall, Room 203. The session will cover topics to consider before starting a newsletter, including audience and message identification, content, production considerations, and distribution. There is no cost for CA&ES personnel to attend, but pre-registration is requested. Contact:
Karen Scott
(530) 754-8578
[email protected]


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Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Injury in Agricultural Populations; January 9, 2006
Julia Faucett, professor of community health systems at the University of California, San Francisco, will speak on “Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Injury in Agricultural Populations.” The seminar will be held Monday, January 9, 4 to 5 p.m. in Hart Hall, Room 3201. The seminar is sponsored by the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, the Masters of Public Health Program, the Small Farm Center, and the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Contact:
Stephen McCurdy
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
(530) 752-8051
[email protected]


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Artisanal Olive Oil Production; January 12, 2006
In celebration of the Small Farm Center’s new book, “Outlook for California’s Artisanal Olive Oil Producers: Expert Assessments and Producer Case Studies,” a program will be held at Putah Creek Lodge on Thursday, January 12, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Speakers include Paul Vossen, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor who is known for his expertise on olive cultivation and olive oil production, and Jamie Johannson, owner of Lodestar Olive Oil in Oroville. Several olive oil producers will be present to share their olive oil, and UC Davis’ own campus-produced olive oil will be available for tasting. The event is free and open to the public. Kira O’Donnell
Small Farm Center
(530) 752-5351
[email protected]


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Writing Right!; January 18, 2006
Rhoda McKnight, director of communications for the CA&ES Dean’s Office, will present “Writing Right!” as part of the CA&ES Communications Series on Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 10–11 a.m., in Mrak Hall, Room 203. If you write for newsletters, brochures, Web sites, or other college publications, this session should help you. The course will cover campus editorial guidelines, other campus resources, and suggested stylebooks and Web sites that help answer those obscure writing questions we all face from time to time. There is no cost for CA&ES personnel to attend, but pre-registration is requested. Contact:
Karen Scott
(530) 754-8578
[email protected]


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Common Threads; March 9, 2006
Mark your calendars for the third annual Sacramento Valley Common Threads luncheon on Thursday, March 9, 2006, on the UC Davis campus. Common Threads honors area women who have made a difference in agriculture, their community, and our world through their philanthropic efforts. The Sacramento Valley Common Threads Program is sponsored by the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, California Women in Agriculture, several county Farm Bureaus, and the Agricultural Education Foundation. Watch this calendar for more details. Claudette Oriol
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 752-2120
[email protected]


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