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June 02, 2005

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Van Alfen: New Faculty Full-Time Equivalents

WHO
In the Spotlight: David Hosley, Commencement Speaker
Outstanding Staff Adviser: Judy Blevins
Walker Award: Emily Prieto
Ogawa Award Recipients
Jeff Loux: Sacramento Regional Water Forum
Linda Harris: USDA Advisory Committee

IN THE NEWS
Wineries and Pierce’s Disease: Andy Walker Cited
China’s Farmers Fear Currency Change: Scott Rozelle Comments
DDT May Outlast Bald Eagles: Dirk Van Vuren Quoted

WHAT
CA&ES Commencement Activities
CA&ES Executive Committee

WHAT
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Van Alfen: New Faculty Full-Time Equivalents
When our new fiscal year begins in July, Instruction and Research (I&R) faculty full-time equivalents (FTE) that become available through retirements will revert to the provost's office. Provost Hinshaw has chosen to distribute these, and any new I&R faculty FTE, through a combination of formula allocation (50% of the FTE) and by proposal from the deans (30% of the FTE).

Our college will receive 14 I&R faculty FTE over the next two years through the formula allocation process, of which 8.5 represent growth FTE and 5.5 are from anticipated retirements.

In response to the provost's call for proposals, our college devised a process whereby any interested department or group of faculty could submit a preproposal for faculty FTE. These proposals were evaluated by the Dean's Council and the Executive Council, and four were selected to be submitted to the provost from our college (most of them in partnership with another college): Agricultural Sustainability, Biobased Materials (with the College of Engineering), Global Environmental Change (with the Division of Biological Sciences), and Food Studies and Consumer Science (with the Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies).

We also supported several proposals from academic coordinating councils (multicollege proposals): Foods for Health, the Center for Regenerative Science and Therapies, Inland Waters, Energy for the Future, and Computational Characterization and Exploitation of Biological Networks. All together these proposals request almost 20 FTE for our college from the provost.

It was expected that formula-allocated FTE be used to indicate college support for the proposals, so we will therefore wait to learn how our proposals are evaluated before planning begins for the use of any uncommitted formula FTE.

My office is happy to share any of the proposals, so please contact me if you would like an electronic copy of a proposal.

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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In the Spotlight: David Hosley, Commencement Speaker
David Hosley will be the guest speaker at the two commencement ceremonies for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) on Saturday, June 18. Hosley is president and general manager of KVIE Public Television in Sacramento. Always an engaging speaker, Hosley has strong ties with UC Davis and CA&ES. He serves on the executive committee of the Dean’s Advisory Council for CA&ES, and he is a member of the board of directors of the UC Davis Foundation. In selecting Hosley as speaker, Dean Neal Van Alfen said, “David Hosley is the epitome of a community leader. He not only contributes enormous amounts of energy to important community issues, but he leads in setting values for what our community should be, now and in the future.” Hosley is the author of As Good As Any: Foreign Correspondence on American Radio, 1930–1940, and co-authored Hard News: Women in Broadcast Journalism. He has worked in the news industry in San Francisco, New York, Miami, and Sacramento; he joined KVIE in 1998. He has also taught at the University of Florida and Stanford University. Hosley received a doctor’s degree in sociology from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in communications from Stanford University. He is active in regional planning and volunteers with the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Valley Vision, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. KVIE has a strong working relationship with UC Davis, cooperating on program production, educational outreach, and featuring updates on university research and activities. KVIE is producing the new series, America’s Heartland, a national public television series about agriculture, its people, and products, which builds on the success of California’s Heartland.


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Outstanding Staff Adviser: Judy Blevins
Judy Blevins, academic program adviser in the viticulture and enology department, received the UC Davis 2005 Outstanding Staff Adviser Award. She was nominated and selected by students for her excellence and commitment to student advising.

The award is presented annually to one staff adviser and one faculty member from among the three undergraduate colleges (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Sciences) and the Division of Biological Sciences. It is sponsored by the Academic Peer Advising Program.

Jim Wolpert, chair of viticulture and enology, said, "Judy is one of the ‘super-competent’ staff. When you assign a task to her, you have the luxury of forgetting about it -- you know it will be done with utmost professionalism and efficiency. We are thrilled that the campus has recognized Judy's extraordinary talents with this award."

Blevins was presented the award by Judy Sakaki, vice chancellor for student affairs, and Celeste Passani, academic peer advising coordinator, during a reception at the International House. The recipient of the faculty award was Baki Tezcan, faculty adviser for the history and religious studies departments.

Judy Blevins
(530) 752-8035
[email protected]


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Walker Award: Emily Prieto
Emily Prieto will receive the 2005 Walker Award for Outstanding Academic Staff Adviser on Friday, June 3, 2005, 1:30–3:30 p.m., in 203 Mrak Hall. Friends and colleagues are invited to the ceremony and the reception to follow. Harry Walker will present the award to Prieto. The award, from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, was established in 1991 by Harry Walker, an emeritus lecturer and master adviser in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, and annually honors an outstanding staff adviser in the college for exemplary service to students. Candidates are nominated by students and selected by peer advisers, faculty advisers, and administrators. Prieto entered UC Davis as a freshman and joined the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee (DSAC). She was a peer adviser for two years and graduated in 2002. Prieto is currently a doctoral student in the School of Education. Her graduate work focuses on HIV interventions for hard-to-reach populations in Mexico. Emily Prieto
(530) 752-8523
[email protected]


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Ogawa Award Recipients
The six recipients of the Joseph M. Ogawa Research and Teaching Endowment for 2005 are Monica Britton (plant sciences, UC Davis), David Doll and Ascunia Feliciano (plant pathology, UC Davis), Jinya Jack Qiu (nematology, UC Davis), Loukas Kanetis (plant pathology, UC Riverside), and Steven Koike (plant pathology farm advisor, ANR).

The endowments are for student and postdoctoral research on temperate zone tree fruit and nut crops, or for faculty/staff-developed educational programs on behalf of the fields of plant pathology and pomology or the California fruit and nut industries. The awards are administered by the Dean’s Office, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Joe Ogawa (1925–1996) earned his bachelor’s degree (plant science) and doctor’s degree (plant pathology) from UC Davis. He was on the faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology for 37 years, and worked with the California orchard industry on production problems related to plant diseases.

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

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Jeff Loux: Sacramento Regional Water Forum
Jeff Loux, adjunct assistant professor in landscape architecture and director of Land Use and Natural Resources at UC Davis Extension, was invited to the 6th annual Global Conference on Reinventing Government in Seoul, South Korea in May to give a presentation on his work with the Sacramento Regional Water Forum. The project was one of only a handful from the United States that was invited to participate. The Sacramento Regional Water Forum is a stakeholder collaborative focused on providing a reliable, long-term water supply to the Sacramento region through the year 2030. Water sources include groundwater, conservation, recycled water, and American River water. Simultaneous protection and enhancement of aquatic resources and fisheries of the American River is included. Loux has been the group's chief mediator for the past five years, helping to implement the Water Forum Agreement, adopted in 2000. Jeff Loux
(530) 757-8577
[email protected]


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Linda Harris: USDA Advisory Committee
Linda Harris, a specialist in Cooperative Extension who works on microbial food safety in the Department of Food Science and Technology, has been named to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods by USDA Secretary Mike Johanns. The committee provides scientific advice on public health issues related to the safety and wholesomeness of the U.S. food supply. The committee also develops microbiological criteria, reviews and evaluates epidemiological and risk assessment data, and reviews methodologies for assessing microbiological hazards. The committee serves the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Commerce, and Defense. Harris joined the faculty in 1996 and is an affiliate scientist with the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security. Linda Harris
(530) 754-9485
[email protected]
http://foodscience.ucdavis.edu/fst/faculty/harris.html


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Wineries and Pierce’s Disease: Andy Walker Cited
Andy Walker, professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology, says that there are wild grapes that carry resistance to Pierce's disease, a bacterial disease that is transmitted by the glassy-winged sharpshooter, but their fruit is not flavorful. Walker's research group is developing DNA markers to expedite breeding and help find resistance genes in wild grapes. Walker is also using traditional crossbreeding techniques to develop a disease-resistant grape that tastes good. Andrew Walker
(530) 752-0902
[email protected]

Davis Enterprise


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China’s Farmers Fear Currency Change: Scott Rozelle Comments
China's currency is expected to be allowed to strengthen this year, thereby raising the prices of the country's goods sold overseas and undercutting their competitiveness. This is a concern to farmers in China who worry about reduced foreign demand for their agricultural products and a rise in unemployment in rural areas. Scott Rozelle, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, comments on whether China should revalue its currency or not, and how it will impact farmers and the entire Chinese economy. Scott Rozelle
(530) 752-9897
[email protected]

Reuters News Service


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DDT May Outlast Bald Eagles: Dirk Van Vuren Quoted
A large deposit of DDT off the Palos Verdes Peninsula nearly wiped out the bald eagle population on Santa Catalina Island years ago. After spending millions of dollars and still unable to ensure that the eagle population can survive without considerably more help, state and federal officials are recommending that the project be abandoned – stirring protests from nature lovers, wildlife scientists, and Catalina residents. Dirk Van Vuren, chair of the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, believes continued efforts are worthwhile, noting, "Actions by Montrose [Chemical Corp.] caused the extirpation of bald eagles from the Catalina Island ecosystem, and settlement funds should be used to undo this damage." Dirk Van Vuren
(530) 752-4181
[email protected]

The Los Angeles Times


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CA&ES Commencement Activities
Commencement ceremonies for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will be held at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Pavilion at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) on Saturday, June 18. The morning ceremony will be for students in four majors: community and regional development, human development, international agricultural development, and managerial economics. The afternoon ceremony will be for the other 30 majors in the college. About 1,640 bachelor’s degrees will be awarded at the two ceremonies. The guest speaker will be David Hosley, president and general manager of KVIE Public Television in Sacramento (see “In the Spotlight” for more information on Hosley). Student speakers are Hien Kieu, a managerial economics major, who will speak at the morning ceremony, and Megan Casaday, an environmental biology and management major, who will speak at the afternoon ceremony. For students, faculty, and staff participating in the ceremonies, there will be a rehearsal on Wednesday, June 15 at 8 a.m. in the ARC Pavilion. Claudette Oriol
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 752-2120
[email protected]


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CA&ES Executive Committee
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 annual CA&ES spring faculty meeting will be held June 9, 4–6 p.m., AGR Room, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.

Sharon A. Berg
Administrative Specialist
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 752-3483

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Arboretum Events
June 4, 11 a.m., Meet at the Gazebo
Guided Tour: Living Antiques in the Storer Garden – Roses for the Central Valley

June 8, 12 noon, Meet at the Gazebo
Tour the Arboretum Collections with Warren Roberts

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


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