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June 16, 2005

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Van Alfen: RMI Groundbreaking

WHO
Gyongy Laky: Smithsonian Institution Exhibit

IN THE NEWS
In the Spotlight: Groundbreaking, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
Linda Bacon and Judith Stern: Health, Dieting, and Behavior Changes
Charles Bamforth: Beer Favored by Ancient Nubians
Patsy Owens: Landscape Architecture Class and Park Renovation

WHAT
CA&ES Commencement Activities
CA&ES Executive Committee
Rochester Institute of Technology: Ph.D./M.F.A. Opportunity

A Message from Dean Van Alfen: RMI Groundbreaking
Next week we will be breaking ground for the academic building of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI). This groundbreaking will truly be a celebration. We will be celebrating the beginning of construction of a major new teaching, research, and engagement facility for our college and the university. We will also be celebrating the generosity of Robert and Margrit Mondavi, the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, and many others whose gifts are making the academic building and other buildings of this institute possible. Academic buildings at UC Davis have traditionally been constructed using state and campus funds; this will be the first major academic building on campus made possible by a private donation. Although state and campus funding are contributing to the construction of this building, $20 million of the costs are covered by the generous donation of Robert and Margrit Mondavi. It would not have been possible to build facilities to house both our departments of Viticulture and Enology and Food Science and Technology without this donation. We will be building a facility that finally matches the world-class quality of our academic programs. In many ways this groundbreaking symbolizes a new era for UC Davis: we can no longer depend upon state and campus funds alone to meet our funding needs. Private donations are needed by the campus to help us meet our academic goals. I am proud that our college is taking the lead in making this type of funding transition. 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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Gyongy Laky: Smithsonian Institution Exhibit
Aspects of the work and life of Gyongy Laky, professor in the Division of Textiles and Clothing, were presented in "Vision and Voice: The Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project" in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Highlights pertaining to Laky, derived from the documents in her archives, were presented. The presentation, along with the works of several artists represented in the Archives of American Art, took place at SOFA New York, the 8th annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art.

For more information:

Gyongy S. Laky
Professor
Department of Environmental Design
[email protected]
(530) 752-5480

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In the Spotlight: Groundbreaking, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
Groundbreaking for the academic building of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI) will occur on Thursday, June 23, 2005, 4–6 p.m., at the RMI site, west of the South Entry Parking Structure on Old Davis Road. A Wine and Food Sciences Technology Showcase in the lobby of the adjacent Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts will follow the groundbreaking. The showcase will be set up as a trade show and will feature California commodities (almonds, plums, strawberries, mushrooms, cheese, and more) and student and faculty exhibits. There will be wine tasting (Beringer Blass, Clos LaChance, and Pellegrini Family Vineyards), Budweiser beer sampling, and E. Guittard chocolate pairings with Robert Mondavi wines and Beringer Port. Speakers at the groundbreaking include Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef, Dean Neal Van Alfen, Clare Hasler, RMI executive director, Robert Mondavi, Margrit Mondavi, and Doug Muhleman, group vice president for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. At publication time, state Assemblywoman Lois Wolk and state Senator Mike Machado were expected to attend and speak. The RMI will include an academic building, a brewing and food science laboratory, and a teaching and research winery. The departments of Viticulture and Enology and Food Science and Technology will move into the facility in 2008. Faculty and staff who would like to attend the groundbreaking are asked to contact Jean Wigglesworth at the RMI office.



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Linda Bacon and Judith Stern: Health, Dieting, and Behavior Changes
According to a study by Judith Stern, professor in the Department of Nutrition, and Linda Bacon, nutrition researcher, improvements in overall health can be made, regardless of weight loss, when women learn to recognize and follow internal hunger cues and feel better about their size and shape. Members of the “non-dieters group” improved their overall health, as measured by cholesterol levels, blood pressure, physical activity, and self-esteem, while those in the “dieters group” did not sustain any of the short-term improvements and worsened in terms of their self-esteem. "Given the difficulties most obese people experience in sustaining weight loss, the findings suggest that people are better advised to focus on behavior change than weight to achieve their health goals," said Stern. Results are in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Although this study included only women, the researchers say that there is no reason to believe that the results would be different for men. Linda Bacon
[email protected] Judith Stern
(530) 752-6575
[email protected] UC Davis News


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Charles Bamforth: Beer Favored by Ancient Nubians
Charles Bamforth, professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, is quoted in a National Geographic article on the health benefits of beer as a staple in the human diet dating back to the ancient Nubian culture (350–550 CE) near Egypt. "They must have consumed it because it was rather tastier than the grain from which it was derived. They would have noticed people fared better by consuming this product than they were [by] just consuming the grain itself," he said. Bamforth believes that the ancient culture was aware of the health benefits of drinking the beer, and used it to treat a number of ailments.

More information:

Charles W. Bamforth
Professor
Department of Food Science and Technology
[email protected]
(530) 752-1467

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Patsy Owens: Landscape Architecture Class and Park Renovation
Patsy Owens, professor in the Landscape Architecture Program, and her LDA-181 class are participating in a community outreach project, White Rock Park Master Plan. The collaborative effort with Kinney and Cordova high schools, the Davis office of the MIG, Inc. architecture firm, and Rancho Cordova Recreation and Parks District received a $2.5 million state grant and will focus on renovating the 12-acre White Rock Park, which is in disrepair. According to the Sacramento Bee, the plan includes construction of a community center for summer camps, classes, training, and meetings in a low-income Rancho Cordova neighborhood. Renovation will include new playground equipment, a children’s water spray fountain, restrooms, irrigation and landscape improvements, tennis and basketball court resurfacing, and swimming pool repairs. Patsy Owens
(530) 752-9145
[email protected]


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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 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 (Channel 6) in Sacramento. 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.



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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.

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

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Rochester Institute of Technology: Ph.D./M.F.A. Opportunity
The Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) annual "Future Faculty Career Exploration Program" is a recruitment tool to bring underrepresented students near the end of their doctoral and M.F.A. studies to RIT. The program allows graduate students to explore potential career choices through exploratory interviews, presentations, and meetings with deans, department heads, and RIT president Dr. Albert Simone. The application deadline is June 30, 2005. For information and applications:
http://finweb.rit.edu/HumanResources/diversity/futurefaculty.html RIT Office of Faculty Recruitment
(585) 475-5775
[email protected]


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