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January 14, 2005

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message From Dean Van Alfen: On College Communications

WHO
Ernie Roncoroni Appointed to Yolo County Fair Board

IN THE NEWS
Spotlight: Department of Plant Sciences
Finding a Whey to Seal Food: John Krochta Succeeds
Milk Keeps Us Healthy: Bruce German Reports
Phylloxera in Grape Rootstocks: Jeff Granett, Andy Walker Investigate
Brother Can You Spare A Dime? Pete Richerson Looks at Altruism

WHAT
CA&ES Executive Committee Online
RMI: New Wine and Food Science Newsletter
Two New Biotechnology Publications
4-H Center for Youth Development Publications
2005 Livestock and Seed Program Fellowships
RFP: E-Commerce Extension Initiative National Demonstration Project
RFP: Joseph M. Ogawa Research and Teaching Endowment
Coastal Environmental Quality Initiative for AY 2005-2006

WHAT
Chancellor's Brown Bag, Jan. 26
Seed Biology, Production and Quality Course, Feb. 2 – 3, 2005
11th Annual AgSafe Conference, Feb. 2 – 3, 2005
National Water Quality Conference, Feb. 7 – 9, 2005
RMI Groundbreaking, June 23, 2005
Arboretum Events

A Message From Dean Van Alfen: On College Communications
Our college is large and diverse, and we serve an equally diverse group of students, alumni, and citizens of California. One challenge we face is communicating effectively, both internally and externally, to all groups that have an interest in our activities.

EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION is important because we are dependent upon the citizens of California to support our teaching, research, and outreach activities through tax funds and donor contributions. In light of recent sizeable budget cuts, it is critical that our communications messages reach those we depend on for support.

In order to analyze public perceptions about the college and craft a strategy to gain broader support, we engaged a consulting firm to explore our existing communications program and its effectiveness. Specific feedback and a strategic communications plan will help us do a better job.

INTERNAL COMMUNICATION also is vitally important. Our college is experiencing significant change, and it is important that faculty and staff members have up-to-date and correct information so that they can participate in the transformation process.

I will use CA&ES Currents to send short updates on our planning and progress; but, if you have other suggestions on how we can improve our internal communications, I would appreciate hearing from you. Please contact me at [email protected].

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

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Ernie Roncoroni Appointed to Yolo County Fair Board
Ernie Roncoroni, staff research associate in the Department of Plant Sciences (formerly of the Department of Vegetable Crops), has been appointed to the Yolo County Fair Board by Governor Schwarzenegger. He will serve a three-year term as vice chairman of the board. Roncoroni has been associated with the county fair for 21 years as the livestock supervisor, and has been involved in 4-H and FFA since 1968.

Roncoroni retired in June 2004 after 34 years of service in weed science, including 27 years with Professor Emeritus David Bayer, Department of Plant Biology. He is currently working on a special project for Tom Lanini, weed scientist.

States News Service



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Spotlight: Department of Plant Sciences
The college welcomes its new Department of Plant Sciences. Four former departments – agronomy and range science, environmental horticulture, pomology, and vegetable crops – voted to consolidate as the Department of Plant Sciences. Final administrative approvals are now in place.

The merger provides new opportunities in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and external information delivery. It also will allow UC Davis to remain a world leader in plant sciences, and help provide new technologies that support California agriculture and enhance the environment.

Administrative Organization:
Chris van Kessel, chair
Larry Hansen, department manager
Jim Hill, vice chair, outreach and extension
Ken Shackel, vice chair, teaching and curriculum development
John Yoder, section chair, agricultural plant biology
Joe DiTomaso, section chair, crop and ecosystem sciences
Beth Mitcham, section chair, horticultural sciences

Given the large department size (85 faculty members, 26 affiliated researchers, 119 support staff), faculty will be housed in several buildings, including Asmundson Hall, the Environmental Horticulture complex, the Mann Laboratory, Hunt Hall, the Plant and Environmental Sciences building, the Plant Reproductive Biology building, Robbins Hall, and Wickson Hall.

Dean Neal Van Alfen warmly thanks all those who worked so diligently during the last year to make the new department a reality, including the Plant Sciences Executive Council (with their former department affiliations):

Chris van Kessel and Jim Hill; agronomy and range science
Joe DiTomaso and John Yoder; vegetable crops
Heiner Lieth; environmental horticulture
Beth Mitcham, Vito Polito, and Ken Shackel; pomology
Larry Hansen; new department manager

Please use the “Department of Plant Sciences” in place of the four former department names. If you need to refer to former departments, use text similar to this: “Linda Dodge, Department of Plant Sciences (formerly the Department of Environmental Horticulture),…”

Visit the new department online at http://plantsciences.ucdavis.edu

View the administrative organizational chart at http://plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/dept_info/Visio-Plant Sciences 13.pdf


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Finding a Whey to Seal Food: John Krochta Succeeds
John Krochta, professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, explaining his edible whey-based food coatings, said, "Rather than putting the oxygen barrier in the package, put it on the product so that you can get away with a simpler package that uses less material and is cheaper….It's a very natural approach to protecting food." The whey-based protection can be used to make many foods resistant to spoilage, reduce the amount of packaging needed, and helps use a dairy byproduct that often ends up in low-value products or is thrown away. Krochta’s work is supported by the California Dairy Research Foundation and Dairy Management, Inc.

The Associated Press


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Milk Keeps Us Healthy: Bruce German Reports
UC Davis researchers are studying how ingredients in milk dissolve other molecules and maximize the body's ability to absorb minerals through a specialized protein called lactoferrin. This protein enhances iron absorption, reduces inflammation, and produces a peptide that acts as an antimicrobial agent. "Milk evolved with selective Darwinian pressure to provide nourishment in mammals," said Bruce German, professor of Food Science and Technologys. "We're now realizing that it's one food that we can use to make healthy people even healthier."

Washington Times


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Phylloxera in Grape Rootstocks: Jeff Granett, Andy Walker Investigate
Although the destructive phylloxera insects have been reported feeding on grape rootstocks in several declining Northern California vineyards, the cause of damage appears to be from associated fungal activity and not a loss of rootstock resistance. The researchers, professors Jeff Granett in the Department of Entomology and Andrew Walker in the Department of Viticulture and Enology, presented their findings at the recent Lake and Mendocino Winegrape Day. James Wolpert, chair, Department of Viticulture and Enology, is also quoted.

UC Davis News


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Brother Can You Spare A Dime? Pete Richerson Looks at Altruism
The work of Pete Richerson, professor of environmental science and policy, and Brian Paciotti, lecturer in the sociology department, are featured in this research story about the subject of altruism. "We really need to put our finger on what causes cooperative behavior," said Pete Richerson, the study's primary researcher. Their study engages individuals in playing life-simulating games created by experimental economists.

Science and Theology News


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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 on January 24, 2005, 3 - 5 p.m., 2154 Meyer Hall.


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RMI: New Wine and Food Science Newsletter
The inaugural issue of the quarterly Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI) newsletter was just released electronically. "RMI Wine and Food Bytes: News from the Cutting Edge of Wine and Food Science" will feature messages from the RMI executive director, Clare Hasler, and updates on the people, events, research, and news associated with the RMI.

You can view the newsletter online at the RMI Website www.robertmondaviinstitute.ucdavis.edu. To be added to the electronic newsletter list, send an e-mail to Jean Wigglesworth at [email protected].


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Two New Biotechnology Publications
The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center announces publication of two new informational resources:

Crop Biotechnology: Feeds for Livestock

Plant breeders are concentrating on enhancing grains or protein sources to produce feedstuffs that will improve feed utilization, performance, product quality, and health of livestock while reducing production costs and environmental impacts. It is likely that biotech crops of the future will play an important role in this arena.

Roundup Ready Alfalfa: An Emerging Technology

Glyphosate-resistant crops, also known as "Roundup Ready" (RR), have become an important part of cropping systems in the United States. This publication reviews the important attributes and issues pertaining to RR technology, as applied to alfalfa, and the potential impacts of this technology on production systems and markets.

Both of these publications are available at no cost at:
http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Publications/ABC_Series.htm

Information
sbc.ucdavis.edu
(530)754-7333


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4-H Center for Youth Development Publications
The 4-H Center for Youth Development's Fall 2004 issues of Update, Monograph, and Research You May Have Missed are available on the Web.

Update: Fall 2004

Monograph: Fall 2004

RYMHM: Fall 2004

Information:
4-H Center for Youth Development
[email protected]
(530) 754-8433 http://fourhcyd.ucdavis.edu


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2005 Livestock and Seed Program Fellowships
USDA announces a limited number of 2005 Livestock and Seed Program Fellowships for faculty in the agricultural sciences. Resumes or portfolios are due Feb. 1, 2005.

Information:
Monica Alexander
[email protected]
(202) 720-5731


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RFP: E-Commerce Extension Initiative National Demonstration Project
The Southern Rural Development Center is launching a new RFP as part of its Enhancing Educational Products for E-Commerce Grants Program through the E-Commerce Extension Initiative. The proposal deadline is Feb. 15, 2005.

Website: http://srdc.msstate.edu/ecommerce/

Information:
Kathy Ibendahl
(662) 325-3207


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RFP: Joseph M. Ogawa Research and Teaching Endowment
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is pleased to announce that the Joseph M. Ogawa Research and Teaching Endowment Committee is accepting proposals from undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers for research projects addressing production problems of temperate zone tree fruit and nut crops.

Deadline: February 15, 2005

Information:
http://www.plpnem.ucdavis.edu/plp/news/current_news.html

Donna J. Gutierrez
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 754-8961

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Coastal Environmental Quality Initiative for AY 2005-2006
The Office of Research and the UC Marine Council announce the availability of research funding through the Coastal Environmental Quality Initiative for AY 2005-2006. Proposals are being solicited in 1) Multi-campus research projects, 2) Graduate student fellowships (reinstated), and 3) Workshops, conferences or planning meetings.

Submission Deadlines:

Multi-campus Research and Graduate Student projects: March 11, 2005

Full proposals for all categories: May 2, 2005

A new program, the Rapid Response Program, is now available to provide small grant support for workshops, conferences, and symposia.

Guidelines and application: http://www.ucop.edu/research/coastal/

Information:
Ann M. Gilbert
(510) 987-9472


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Chancellor's Brown Bag, Jan. 26
Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef and other campus leaders invite faculty and staff to attend upcoming brown bag chats to find out what’s going on at UC Davis. The next brown bag lunch will occur on Jan. 26, 12 noon – 1 p.m., in MU II, Memorial Union.


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Seed Biology, Production and Quality Course, Feb. 2 – 3, 2005
The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center and UC Davis Extension are offering a two-day short course for seed industry professionals on production, handling, storage, and quality control procedures in the seed industry. It provides an opportunity for crop consultants, growers, and others to update their knowledge about seed biology, production, and quality. Information and enrollment:
Web site: SBC Seed Course
(800) 752-0881


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11th Annual AgSafe Conference, Feb. 2 – 3, 2005
The 11th Annual AgSafe Conference has been scheduled for Feb. 2 and 3 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center on Monterey Bay in Seaside, Calif. Presented by Ag Safe and Fresno State's Center for Agricultural Business (CAB), the conference has become a central annual event allowing California growers, packers, processors, and others in related businesses to collectively address the most important safety issues facing the state's agricultural industry.

General Information:

AgSafe (559) 278-4404

Conference details and brochure


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National Water Quality Conference, Feb. 7 – 9, 2005
The annual USDA-CSREES National Water Quality Conference will be in San Diego, Feb. 7– 9, with an additional workshop on Feb. 10 for the Conservation Effects Assessment Program.

Information, registration, and hotel details: http://www.soil.ncsu.edu/swetc/waterconf/main.waterconferenc.htm

Christine French
[email protected]


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RMI Groundbreaking, June 23, 2005
Advance date notice: Groundbreaking for the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science will be held on June 23, 2005. Details will follow closer to the event.

Jean S. Wigglesworth
[email protected]
(530) 754-6349


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Arboretum Events
Arboretum guided tours will resume in February. For more information on Arboretum events:

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


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