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July 07, 2005

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Van Alfen: ASI and Kellogg Foundation Endowment

WHO
Joan Ogden: ASUCD Excellence in Education Award
Jim Grieshop: Director of 4-H Center for Youth Development
John Whitaker: Distinguished Public Service Award 2005

IN THE NEWS
Modern Marvels Show Features UC Davis Researchers
Robert Mondavi Institute Groundbreaking
Agricultural Schools Reach Out to Urban Students
Classic Wine-Cheese Pairings are Challenged: Madrigal and Heymann Study
Gerbera Pest Management Alliance: Michael Parrella Quoted
Highway 50 Carpooling Draws Opposition: Robert Johnston Comment

WHAT
Arboretum Event: Summer Bloomers in the Redwoods, July 9

A Message from Dean Van Alfen: ASI and Kellogg Foundation Endowment
July marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for our college, and it is the first one in a number of years in which we are not anticipating a significant budget cut. The last few years have been challenging for our Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension budgets, which together represented close to 70 percent of our total state-supported budget, but we have used these challenging times as a time for change.

The planning that we initiated during the budget crisis has positioned us very favorably to take advantage of new opportunities that will come with better budgets, and it has helped us in raising funds from competitive grants and from donors.

A good example of how this planning is benefiting us is illustrated by the announcement that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is endowing a $1.5 million chair for the director of our newly established Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI). The foundation will also provide funds to initiate an annual symposium at UC Davis on sustainable agriculture and food systems.

We will soon start the search for the ASI director, who will also serve as director of the ANR Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP). The planning process for the ASI resulted in design of a potentially world-class research and education program that will forge important linkages with ANR programs and with stakeholders.

Much brighter days are ahead of us, and we can feel good about how we handled the challenges of the past few years. 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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Modern Marvels Show Features UC Davis Researchers
Five UC Davis faculty were featured on the “Harvesting” episode of the Modern Marvels series (History Channel), exploring the past, present, and future of agriculture from multiple perspectives: history, mechanization and technological advances, economic impacts, labor, and ergonomics and safety aspects.

The show had several national airings, and is occasionally repeated on the History Channel. Watch for it on the Modern Marvels series.

Steve Kaffka, Department of Plant Sciences, John Miles, David Slaughter, and Jim Thompson, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and Alan Olmstead, Department of Economics, were featured in the hour-long program. Victor Duraj, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, served as a consultant for the episode.

The UC Davis Agricultural Machinery Collection’s replica 1831 McCormick Reaper, repaired and operated by the Antique Mechanics Club, was featured at the beginning and end of the episode. Subscribers to satellite television may have seen the reaper and numerous other pieces on the nationally broadcast Rural Farm channel. An episode of its classic equipment series includes a 17-minute guided tour of the UC Davis collection.

For information on the “Harvesting” episode or the Agricultural Machinery Collection:
Victor Duraj
(530) 754-9888
[email protected]


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Joan Ogden: ASUCD Excellence in Education Award
Joan Ogden, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, was honored with the Associated Students at UC Davis (ASUCD) Excellence in Education Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Hosted by the ASUCD Academic Affairs Commission, professors were nominated by students, then interviewed by a committee. Of 200 nominees, three finalists were chosen from each college, and one was chosen for the award. Jenni Beeman, AAC chair, said the ceremony not only allows professors to know how much students respect and value their work, but also exposes the university community to the accomplishments of those professors who have influenced students’ lives. In her acceptance speech at the awards ceremony, Ogden stressed her gratitude toward UC Davis students, saying, “[Students] are an exceptional group of people. They’re just wonderful human beings and it’s been a pleasure to work with them all.”



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Jim Grieshop: Director of 4-H Center for Youth Development
James Grieshop was appointed director of the 4-H Center for Youth Development. Grieshop has been a specialist in Cooperative Extension and a lecturer in the Department of Human and Community Development since 1975. He has extensive experience working with community-based projects that serve youth and families.

A major focus of Grieshop’s work has been Latino youth and families, and community-based education programs with a leadership component. Disseminating information through Spanish-language media is a hallmark of his outreach program. Grieshop also launched the CE Master Gardener Program in 1980. He participates in several graduate groups, including Community Development, Geography, International Agricultural Development, and Master of Education.

James Grieshop
(530) 752-3008
[email protected]
http://hcd.ucdavis.edu/faculty/grieshop/grieshop.html

4-H Center for Youth Development
http://fourhcyd.ucdavis.edu/


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John Whitaker: Distinguished Public Service Award 2005
John Whitaker, professor emeritus in the Department of Food Science and Technology, received an Academic Senate's Distinguished Public Service Award. The Academic Senate bestows the public service awards annually to recognize significant contributions to the world, nation, state, and community. For many years, Whitaker delivered teaching and research training programs to international scholars in their own countries. A faculty member since 1956, he began his international activities in 1968 at the National University of Mexico. He also taught in Mexico, Brazil, Norway, Pakistan, India, England, China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Taiwan. Whitaker spearheaded efforts to develop formal programs between UC Davis and international institutions. He was appointed to several leadership positions with the UC MEXUS Program. One colleague wrote of Whitaker, "He has helped strengthen science around the world and, in the process, he has brought great recognition and prestige to UC Davis."



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Robert Mondavi Institute Groundbreaking
More than 300 people attended the groundbreaking and showcase reception for the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. Executive Director Clare Hasler said that with the facility, UC Davis is "poised to become a global innovator" in university-based wine and food research. Dean Neal Van Alfen said the institute is exciting not only for the Davis campus, but also for the state of California because the food, wine, and beer industries are major economic drivers. These industries, he noted, are tied to the bounty of the land and to technology. "We have to continue to renew the technology that is driving us," Van Alfen said, noting the importance of investing in research and students who will lead these industries in the future. Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
www.rmi.ucdavis.edu

Davis Enterprise
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=11741



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Agricultural Schools Reach Out to Urban Students
In this article on changes in student recruiting strategies in order to attract more students from cities and suburbs, the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is mentioned for its interdisciplinary approach to agriculture by incorporating social science, economics, and land-planning policy into its environmental science major. The Chronicle of Higher Education
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=11677


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Classic Wine-Cheese Pairings are Challenged: Madrigal and Heymann Study
Graduate student Berenice Madrigal and Hildegarde Heymann, professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology, found that, contrary to popular opinion, cheese tends to diminish the flavors of wine when the two are served together. "Our definition of a good pairing was that the two [wine and cheese] enhanced each other," says Heymann. "Our work shows this is probably not true very often." Hildegarde Heymann
(530) 754-4816
[email protected]

Berenice Madrigal Galan
[email protected]

San Francisco Chronicle
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=11664



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Gerbera Pest Management Alliance: Michael Parrella Quoted
The University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) teamed up with Cooperative Extension advisors, growers, ornamental plant organizations, and industry personnel to develop integrated pest management strategies to protect California’s $300 million gerbera cut flower industry. Michael Parrella, professor in the Department of Entomology and associate dean for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, says the gerbera project will offer growers the chance to improve their pest management programs. "The Gerbera Pest Management Alliance has been designed to advance integrated pest management and biological control strategies for gerbera growers, wherever they may fall on the pest management continuum," says Parrella, who is one of the project investigators. Michael Parrella
(530) 752-8473
[email protected]

YubaNet.com
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=11735


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Highway 50 Carpooling Draws Opposition: Robert Johnston Comment
Almost three years after opening a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction on Highway 50 between Rancho Cordova and El Dorado Hills, the state Department of Transportation is getting ready to extend the lanes from the suburbs to the city. The plan faces strong opposition from critics, including concern over carpool lanes leading to sprawling development and siphoning funding from alternative transportation projects. Robert Johnston, emeritus professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, has studied the issue for 15 years and contends that car pool lanes actually worsen air quality and lead to more cars and longer trips on the road overall. Robert Johnston
(530) 582-0700
[email protected]

Sacramento Bee
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=11690


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Arboretum Event: Summer Bloomers in the Redwoods, July 9

July 9, 10 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center
Guided Tour: Summer Bloomers in the Redwoods

California’s state tree, the coast redwood, is native to an area with lots of rainfall and year-round fog. Redwoods and some of the associated plants of the redwood forest will grow in the Central Valley, if they are planted in the right place and given special care. Learn about the understory plants (those that grow under the tall trees) in the arboretum Redwood Grove during this free public tour, led by docent Pam Kazmierczak. Parking is free on weekends.

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


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