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February 11, 2005

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Van Alfen: Kudos to Annie King and Patrick Brown

WHO
Spotlight: Pamela Ronald, Faculty Assistant to the Provost
Jan Hopmans: Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
Miguel Marino: President of the American Institute of Hydrology
Clarence Kado Organizes Pakistan Conference

IN THE NEWS
Snow Melt Runoff and Lake Tahoe Clarity: Brant Allen Predicts
Vintners Debate “Hang Time”: Linda Bisson Comments
Ban on Hand-Weeding: Karen Klonsky and the Organic Industry

WHAT
CA&ES Executive Committee Online

WHAT
New Faculty Brown Bag, February 17, 2005
Fundraising Seminars, February 17, 2005
Postharvest Technology Short Course, February 22–25, 2005
Water Quality In-Service Training, March 1, 2005
California Agriculture Symposium, March 23–24, 2005
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Van Alfen: Kudos to Annie King and Patrick Brown
One of the challenges for leaders of our college and our departments is the expectation that these faculty leaders continue to teach, maintain strong research programs, and participate in outreach programs. Faculty selected for leadership positions are usually of a caliber that they can manage this challenge for a while, but it becomes a significant burden and done at a personal cost if they try it for too long.

Annie King has served for nearly 10 years as our associate dean for undergraduate programs, and although a review committee recently recommended that she be reappointed, she has recognized that the cost of serving another term may be too great. She has asked that we find a replacement for her. Anyone who has worked with Annie knows that replacing her is an impossible task.

Annie is a wonderful colleague who brings a perspective and approach to solving problems that we will all miss. She is a tireless advocate for students and has led many important initiatives in the college during her tenure as an associate dean. I respect her reasons for wanting to focus on being a faculty member again, but wish that cloning were possible. Please join me in thanking Annie King for all she has done for our college over the past 10 years as an associate dean.

Another of our colleagues who deserves our thanks is Professor Patrick Brown, CA&ES director of International Programs. One of his accomplishments as director, implementing the Afghanistan Agricultural Initiative, is highlighted in the new 2004 UC Davis Annual Report and on the cover of the UC Davis 2004–2005 Facts brochure.

Patrick's leadership has resulted in a significant increase in the activities of our international programs office. I want to personally thank Patrick for all he has done to transform our International Programs office into such a dynamic program.

Chancellor Vanderhoef has approved creation of a new associate dean position in our college to lead our international activities. Based on the advice of a faculty committee, this position will be filled after an internal open search. The announcement of this search will be released soon.

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: Pamela Ronald, Faculty Assistant to the Provost
Our college is honored to have Pam Ronald, a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, serving as faculty assistant to the provost. “With Pam’s help, I am developing new opportunities to communicate with the faculty about the UC Davis Strategic Plan and apply the wisdom of the faculty in specific actions or initiatives that will advance the plan,” said Provost Virginia Hinshaw.

Ronald’s colleagues within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences feel that her appointment befits her many skills. Neal Van Alfen, dean of the college, and her colleague in the plant pathology department, said of Ronald, “We are honored that one of the outstanding faculty of our college has been chosen by the provost to be her assistant. Pam is easy to approach, listens well, and has a broad perspective; characteristics that are ideal for the role she will fill.”

Pam Ronald’s research program addresses the molecular basis of bacterial disease resistance in rice. She is renowned for creating the first cereal crop that was genetically modified for disease resistance.

Richard Bostock, chair of the plant pathology department, said, “Pam directs a highly visible research program on the molecular biology of disease resistance in rice. She pioneered the discovery of the rice Xa21 resistance gene against bacterial blight. She has sustained a large and vigorous laboratory since joining our department.”

In her half-time appointment as faculty assistant to the provost, Ronald will be available to faculty who contact her, and she will work with the Academic Senate, the Academic Federation, administrators, and other campus units. She will continue the appointment through June 30.



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Jan Hopmans: Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
Jan Hopmans, professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, and vice chair of its hydrology program, has been elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Hopmans is being recognized for fundamental and outstanding contributions to vadose zone hydrology. He has provided leadership to the hydrology and soil science professions nationally and internationally. He will be honored at an awards ceremony in New Orleans during the AGU spring annual meeting in May 2005.

Randal Southard, divisional associate dean for environmental sciences, praised Hopmans, saying, “The recognition by AGU of Jan’s contributions to hydrology is further evidence of the strength and innovation of his research program and is an excellent reflection not only of his programs but of the overall excellence of the entire hydrology program at UC Davis.”

Miguel Marino, also an AGU Fellow and a professor in land, air and water resources, said of Hopmans, “His enthusiasm, vision, and abilities are truly remarkable and have earned him the distinction of scientific leader among his peers in soil physics and vadose zone hydrology.”

Jan W. Hopmans
Professor
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
[email protected]
(530) 752-3060

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Miguel Marino: President of the American Institute of Hydrology
Miguel Marino, distinguished professor of hydrology in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, began a two-year term as president of the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) in January 2005. He served as president-elect during the previous two years. AIH is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that offers certification to professionals in all fields of hydrology. The purpose of AIH is to enhance and strengthen the standing of hydrology as a science and a profession.

Miguel Marino
Professor
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
[email protected]
(530) 752-0684

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Clarence Kado Organizes Pakistan Conference
Clarence Kado, professor, Department of Plant Pathology, served as chair of the organizing committee for the International Conference on the Molecular Mechanism of Host-Pathogen Interactions, which was held in Karachi, Pakistan in January 2005. Representatives from Southeast Asia, India, Iran, Taiwan, Europe, and the United States attended the event. Kado was honored with a plaque for presenting the A.I. Bukhari Memorial Lecture. He represented UC Davis at the “Teaching and Research of Life Sciences Disciplines: Opportunities and Challenges” workshop. His presentation was carried on Pakistani television and reported in newspapers.



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Snow Melt Runoff and Lake Tahoe Clarity: Brant Allen Predicts
Brant Allen, researcher in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and a member of the Tahoe Research Group, said, "A heavy snow pack brings a greater runoff in the spring that carries both fine particles as well as nutrients that can cloud the lake." Sixty-three streams drain into Lake Tahoe, and when the snow melts, the high runoff will wear away at stream banks and disturb soils, washing nutrients into the lake, causing an unusually high rate of algae growth.

Truckee Today



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Vintners Debate “Hang Time”: Linda Bisson Comments
Linda Bisson, professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology, says it is difficult to determine when grapes have reached their peak flavors that determine the harvest time. Bisson was one of several experts that spoke at a recent seminar organized by Beckstoffer, a Napa Valley grower. Some growers advocate “hang time,” which means that grapes stay on the vine up to an extra two weeks. This is part of a subjective approach to harvesting, relying on the feel and taste of the grapes instead of measuring the sugar levels and the sizes of grapes. “A decade or so ago, grapes were often picked earlier, at 22 percent sugar levels. … Whether the subjective approach is better is debatable,” said Bisson.

Contra Costa Times
The Associated Press



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Ban on Hand-Weeding: Karen Klonsky and the Organic Industry
California is moving to ban hand-weeding on farms to protect farmworkers. However, organic farmers rely on hand-weeding as an alternative to herbicides. The economic impact of the ban could be devastating for organic growers.

Karen Klonsky, a Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, noted that the organic industry remains a fraction of the state's $28 billion agriculture industry. Nevertheless, Klonsky and others are studying the impact of the proposed ban on the growing organic farming industry and how it will affect prices of organic foods for consumers.

Sacramento Bee

Karen Klonsky
Cooperative Extension Specialist
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
[email protected]
(530) 752-3563

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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 will be Feb. 25, 2–4 p.m., 2154 Meyer H


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New Faculty Brown Bag, February 17, 2005
New faculty are invited to a brown bag session hosted by the Office of the Provost on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, from 12 noon–1:30 p.m. in 203 Mrak Hall. The topic is “Work/Life Balance Policies.” Presenters will be Barbara Horwitz, vice provost, and Binnie Singh, director of faculty relations.

RSVP to Lenore Myers
[email protected]

Schedule of Brown Bags for academic year: http://academicpersonnel.ucdavis.edu/td_fac_newfac_brownbag.cfm (Click on “Updates to the New Faculty Brown Bag Schedule for 2004–2005


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Fundraising Seminars, February 17, 2005
The UC Davis Fund Raising Council (FRC) is sponsoring two professional development opportunities on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, with Dr. Jerold Panas. Jerry Panas is a consultant, lecturer, author, board member, fundraiser, and founder of the Institute for Charitable Giving.

The topic of the morning session (8:30–11:30 a.m.), sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), is “Learn About the Top Trends in Philanthropy and the Most Vital Factors to Position Your Organization For Its Greatest Success.” It is for development officers and staff, board members, campaign volunteers, key leaders, and faculty. The cost is $35 for AFP members; $45 for nonmembers. It will be held at the Activities and Recreation Center.

The afternoon workshop (2–4 p.m.), sponsored by the UC Davis Fund Raising Council (FRC), is “Understanding the ‘Anatomy’ of Major (Mega) Gift Work in a Campaign Environment.” This free workshop will be held at the University Club. All are welcome to attend.

RSVP for the morning seminar by February 14 at http://www.afpccc.org
RSVP for the afternoon workshop by February 14 to [email protected]

Contact for the morning seminar:
Angie Williamson
[email protected]
(530) 346-6583

Contact for the afternoon workshop:
Shari Kawelo
(530) 757-5781


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Postharvest Technology Short Course, February 22–25, 2005
The Postharvest Technology Research and Information Center announces a short course, Better Process Control School, on Feb. 22–25, 2005.

The Better Process Control School was established by the Food and Drug Administration for operating supervisors of commercial food canning operations. It is approved by the FDA and the California Department of Health Services, Food and Drug Branch. The Food Processors Institute, a nonprofit educational institution that provides training to the industry, co-sponsors the school.

For workshop details and registration, visit the Web site: http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu/

Mary Reed
Postharvest Technology RIC
[email protected]
(530) 752-6941


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Water Quality In-Service Training, March 1, 2005
“Surface Water Quality Research in Agriculture: Issues, Implementation, and Interpretation” will be offered to Cooperative Extension faculty, specialists, and advisors on March 1, 2005. The program will run from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at the Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland. The UC ANR in-service training will provide Cooperative Extension academics with information and case-study examples to integrate surface water quality research and evaluation into their programs.

Information, agenda, and registration:
http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/calendar/eventdisplay.cfm?caleventnum=6962

Christine French
USDA-CSREES Regional Water Quality Program
http://ag.arizona.edu/region9wq/
(951) 827-4327


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California Agriculture Symposium, March 23–24, 2005
“Challenges and Opportunities” will be the focus of the California Agriculture Symposium on March 23–24 in Sacramento. California Secretary of Food and Agriculture A.G. Kawamura will deliver the keynote address at this major agricultural summit. Featured speakers will include farm and industry leaders, government officials, and university faculty. Special sessions will be held on public policy, technology, marketing, and management. Poster sessions will showcase the latest agricultural research, and a reception will feature California wines and produce.

Organizing sponsors are the University of California, the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California State University, Fresno, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Agenda and registration:
http://www.CalAgSymposium.org

Information:
Laurie Treacher
Agricultural Issues Center
[email protected]
(530) 752-2320


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Arboretum Events
Events listed below are free and open to the public.

Feb. 20, 2:00 p.m., “Variations on a Theme: Acacias Along the Creek”
Meet at the Arboretum Headquarters

Feb. 26, 11:00 a.m., “Valley Gardening Tips”
Meet at the Arboretum Terrace Garden

March 6, 2:00 p.m., “March in the White Flower Garden”
Meet at the Gazebo

For more information on arboretum events:
(530) 752-4880
http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.htm


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