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February 25, 2005

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Van Alfen: The Agricultural Sustainability Institute

WHO
Spotlight: Common Threads Awards
Ning Pan: American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow

IN THE NEWS
Strawberry Fields Flooded: Kirk Larson Assists
Genetic Signals Help Fish: Dietmar Kueltz Discovers
Land Devastated by Tsunami: Stephen Grattan Comments

WHAT
Comprehensive Campaign Workshops
California Agricultural Leadership Program
CA&ES Executive Committee Election: Academic Senate and Academic Federation 2005–06
CA&ES Executive Committee Online

WHAT
Baskets of Asia Exhibit and Lecture, February 28
Environmental Visions Films / Sacramento Film Festival
Cooperative Extension Continuing Conferences
California Agriculture Symposium, March 23–24, 2005
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Van Alfen: The Agricultural Sustainability Institute
I am pleased to announce that Provost Virginia Hinshaw has approved the establishment of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) within our college. The creation of this institute is the result of a long planning process that included faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders.

Two committees headed by emeritus professor Eric Bradford led the planning and implementation of the ASI. Emeritus professor Calvin Qualset agreed to serve as the institute's interim director and to lead the search for an internationally prominent leader to be ASI director.

Fundraising efforts are underway to create an endowed chair for the director and to develop an operating endowment for the institute. Our efforts have been strongly supported by Provost Hinshaw through the commitment of matching funds for an endowment proposal.

In parallel with the establishment of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute is a faculty-led effort, spearheaded by Professor Will Horwath in land, air and water resources, to develop a new undergraduate curriculum in agricultural sustainability.

I want to thank everyone who has been involved in the creation of this new institute. It has been a model for the type of process that should be used as we develop new integrative centers within our college.

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: Common Threads Awards
Four women, representing Napa, Sacramento, and Yolo counties, have been selected as the 2005 honorees for the Common Threads Awards, which recognizes women from the Sacramento Valley and surrounding areas for their agricultural, philanthropic, and community service.

The Common Threads Awards recipients this year are Judith Culbertson (an agricultural educator from Sacramento County), Elaine Honig (an environmental advocate from Napa County), Jean Landeen (an agricultural educator from Yolo County), and Katherine Merwin (a farmer and community advocate from Yolo County).

Award recipients will be recognized at the second annual award luncheon on Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at 11 a.m. in the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, AGR Room. Tickets are available for $30 each from Claudette Oriol at (530) 752-2120.

The keynote address will be given by Heidi Kuhn, founder and president of Roots of Peace. The organization’s goal is to replace landmines in war-torn areas of Croatia, Cambodia, and Afghanistan with agricultural production. Roots of Peace is supported by more than 400 California vintners and has been recognized by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Afghan and Croatian Ambassadors to the United States, and other global leaders.

Common Threads is a collaborative effort among the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, California Women for Agriculture, the California Farm Bureau, the California Pear Advisory Board, and the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. The program was designed to recognize outstanding women who are committed to making a difference for agriculture in their communities through volunteer work, educational efforts, and philanthropy. A similar Common Threads award program honors women in the Central Valley area.


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Ning Pan: American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow
Ning Pan, professor of biological and agricultural engineering in the Division of Textiles and Clothing, was elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). This is the highest level of membership and is conferred upon those who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession.

Pan’s specialty is textile engineering, including fiber-reinforced composites, biomechanics, and nanotechnology. Susan Kaiser, division chair, said, “Dr. Pan is a pioneer in the field of materials and their properties. He models them mathematically to understand how they play out in the material world. In many ways, this is what textiles are all about."



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Strawberry Fields Flooded: Kirk Larson Assists
Kirk Larson, a pomology specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences, who is based at the South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine, was recently cited in two articles in the Orange County Register. His expertise on the impact of excessive rains on commercial strawberry crops was called into action after a five-inch rainstorm hit Orange County and destroyed the existing strawberry crops. Larson is developing methods to protect strawberries in the fields, including plastic canopies, during heavy rainstorms and other adverse weather conditions.



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Genetic Signals Help Fish: Dietmar Kueltz Discovers
Dietmar Kueltz, professor in the Department of Animal Science, and his research team have discovered two key signals that enable fish to handle the stress of changing concentrations of salt as they swim through different waters. "This work will help us understand why some fish tolerate stress well," said Kueltz. Such fish might be better able to survive other stresses, "like climate change or exposure to toxins from agricultural runoff." Kueltz's work was published in the Jan. 10 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

UC Davis News


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Land Devastated by Tsunami: Stephen Grattan Comments
The tsunami of December 2004 inundated about 500 acres of farmland in India on which rice, cotton, and groundnut crops were cultivated, rendering the soil infertile. Specialist Stephen Grattan, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, notes that the seawater can have a lasting impact on crops due to its high concentration of sodium and magnesium, which can have a negative effect on the soil. "It's going to really place hardships on those who are directly affected,” said Grattan.

San Francisco Chronicle


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Comprehensive Campaign Workshops
University Relations is offering a series of Comprehensive Campaign Preparation Workshops to support academic and program leaders and advancement staff in campaign planning and activities. Deans, department chairs, administrators, volunteers, staff, and others are welcome to attend.

“The Role of Deans and Department Chairs in a Comprehensive Campaign”
Friday, March 4, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; ARCS, Ballroom B

“Developing the Campaign Plan for a School”
Monday, March 14, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; AVC, AGR Room

“The Relationship-Based Major Gift Process”
Thursday, March 24, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; location TBA

“Maximizing the Major Gifts Market”
Thursday, April 7, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; location TBA

“The Deans/Chairs Role in Building an Effective Volunteer Base”
Thursday, May 5, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; ARCS, Ballroom B

Additional workshops on “The Campaign Plan” and “Campaign Communications and Marketing”
are being developed.

To attend, contact Janice Aboytes:
[email protected]
(530) 757-84


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California Agricultural Leadership Program
The California Agricultural Leadership Program (class 34) is finishing its 18-day international trip to Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania. The two-year training program is co-sponsored by UC Davis, California State University, Fresno, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

California Agricultural Leadership Program graduates serve in farming organizations, civic groups, and government, and are trained to deal effectively with the complicated issues that influence agriculture and society.

A photo-travelogue of the international trip can be seen at the program’s Web site: http://www.agleaders.org


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CA&ES Executive Committee Election: Academic Senate and Academic Federation 2005–06
Both Academic Senate and Academic Federation representation is needed for the Division of Agricultural Sciences. Elected members serve a three-year term. The nomination deadline is March 29, 2005.

For copies of the election notice and nomination forms, contact:

Sharon Berg
[email protected]
(530) 752-3483

Schedule
March 1 Pendency of election notice mailed to faculty
March 29 Last date nominations will be received
April 1 Ballots mailed to Academic Senate and Academic Federation members
April 26 Last date ballots will be received
May 2 or 3 Ballots will be counted by Rules and Jurisdiction Committee

Carry-Over Members
Academic Federation (non-Senate):
Sharon Shoemaker, Rick Snyder, Frank Zalom
Academic Senate:
Rand Conger, Deborah Elliott-Fisk, Richard Plant, Peg Rucker, Mark Schwartz, Dina St. Clair.


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CA&ES Executive Committee Online
The monthly agendas, minutes, and 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 March 7, 3–5 p.m., 2154 Meyer Hall.


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Baskets of Asia Exhibit and Lecture, February 28
The Design Museum’s “Baskets of Asia” exhibit continues through March 4, 2005. The exhibit is curated by Professor Victoria Rivers in the Design Program, Department of Environmental Design. Roy Hamilton, curator at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, will lecture on Monday, Feb. 28, 12:15–1:30 p.m. Hamilton’s lecture, “The Goddess of Rice,” is based on the book, “The Art of Rice,” which he edited. The lecture is in 135 Walker Hall; the exhibit is in the Design Museum in 145 Walker Hall.

The Design Museum

Rhonda R. O'Brien
Program Representative
Department of Environmental Design
[email protected]
(530) 752-6223

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Environmental Visions Films / Sacramento Film Festival
The NIEHS Center for Environmental Health Sciences at UC Davis and the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment are sponsoring the Environmental Visions session of the Sacramento International Film Festival. The festival runs March 30–April 3. A series of films focusing on environmental health will be shown at the Downtown Hyatt Regency in Sacramento on Sunday, April 3.

For more information, visit the CEHS Web site at http://www.envtox.ucdavis.edu/cehs/filmfestival.htm



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Cooperative Extension Continuing Conferences
Three Cooperative Extension continuing conferences will be held in March. Check the Web sites for program and registration information:

Natural Resources Coordinating Conference
March 1–3, 2005
http://nature.berkeley.edu/forestry/NRCC/nrcc_agenda.html

Pomology Extension Continuing Conference (PECC)
March 16–17, 2005
http://fruitsandnuts.ucdavis.edu/pecc.shtml

Ornamental Horticulture Extension Continuing Conference (OHECC)
March 22–24, 2005
http://groups.ucanr.org/OHRIC/OHECC/


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California Agriculture Symposium, March 23–24, 2005
“Challenges and Opportunities” is 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 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, 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
All events are free and open to the public unless specified. March 9, 12 noon, Walk with Warren
Meet at Mrak Hall south entrance

March 12, 11 a.m., Arboretum Tour: Spring in the Native Plant Garden
Meet at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

March 16, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Day Trip: San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
Join the Friends of the Davis Arboretum for the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. The tour will cover six plant- and flower-covered acres that include hundreds of exhibits, free educational seminars, and gardens. The fee ($50 / $40 members) includes transportation and admission. Advance registration is required: (530) 752-4880.

For more information on arboretum events:

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


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