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March 25, 2005

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Van Alfen: Celebration of Endowed Chairs

WHO
Daniel Sperling: National Associate for National Academies

IN THE NEWS
In the Spotlight: CalAgrAbility Helps Disabled Farmers
Healthier Foods Cost More: Agricultural Issues Center
Cache Creek Protection: Peter Moyle Advises
Nanotubes and Supercapacitors: Ning Pan Invents

WHAT
CA&ES Executive Committee Election 2005–06
CA&ES Executive Committee Online

WHAT
Sacramento Film Festival, March 30–April 3, 2005
California Energy Commission Workshop, April 7, 2005
New Faculty: Preparing Your Dossier, April 7, 2005
RMI Lectureship Series, April 21, 2005
Alternative Work Arrangements, April 21, 2005
New Publication Schedule for CA&ES Currents
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Van Alfen: Celebration of Endowed Chairs
On April 6, the campus will celebrate the establishment of new endowed chairs and honor the donors and holders of existing chairs. This will certainly be a celebration for our college since we received donations this past year to establish four new endowed chairs. A $1.5 million donation was received from the James G. Boswell Foundation to establish the James G. Boswell Endowed Chair in Soil Science. Also celebrated this year is a new chair funded by the late John Orr, who worked in the UC Davis Maintenance Shop for more than 20 years. Recruitment for a chair holder for the John B. Orr Endowed Chair in Environmental Plant Sciences will begin soon. We are especially pleased that two chairs have been established for Cooperative Extension specialists: the Alexander and Elizabeth Swantz Endowed Specialist in Cooperative Extension, and the Robert M. Hagan Endowed Specialist in Cooperative Extension in Water Management and Policy. The former was funded by the parents of Rick Swantz, one of our college development officers, who retired recently. This type of success by our development professionals is helping our college lay a strong foundation for a more stable financial future for the college and its faculty. Congratulations to all who played a role in helping us with the donations that established these chairs. 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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Daniel Sperling: National Associate for National Academies
Daniel Sperling, professor in the departments of Environmental Science and Policy and Civil Engineering, has been named a National Associate for National Academies. He is recognized for his work on environmental and energy policy, and in particular for his work on fuel cell vehicles with zero emissions. Sperling is an international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy. In 2002 he received the Carl Moyer Memorial Award for Scientific Leadership and Technical Excellence from the Coalition for Clean Air, and he received the 1996 Distinguished Public Service Award from the University of California, Davis.



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In the Spotlight: CalAgrAbility Helps Disabled Farmers
The California AgrAbility Project (CalAgrAbility) assists disabled farmers, farmworkers, and ranchers to keep them in agriculture. Project coordinator Martha Stiles and her staff help individuals to obtain technologies and special tools to enhance their independent living and working needs. Stiles says that “a lot of effort goes into helping consumers navigate the complexities of state agencies, medical providers, insurance companies, and vocational rehab to obtain medical care, financial assistance, counseling, and needed workplace equipment and other modifications.”

CalAgrAbility staff conduct hazard surveillance and assess work tasks and equipment. “We may recommend equipment modification for someone with severe arthritis or for a farmer who is using a wheelchair. For someone with low vision, we may recommend that they ‘tune’ their buildings with chimes and use auditory devices to assist in using large equipment,” according to Stiles.

Permanent injuries and disabling conditions common to farming include arthritis, paraplegia, hearing and vision loss, and mobility problems. Other challenges include amputations, brain trauma, and spinal injuries. “We have several California consumers using wheelchairs who have continued farming successfully. Severe injuries or illnesses do not have to stop one from working in agriculture,” Stiles says.

Gregg Daniels, a consumer in San Bernadino County, said, “I wasn’t sure if I could be a successful farmer, especially with my disabilities, but after working with Martha and her crew for the past two years, I’ve increased my pig production and have learned that there are ways of overcoming barriers.”

In addition to in-person assistance, the program produces an e-newsletter, California AgrAbility, which is available at http://calagrability.ucdavis.edu/pages/news.html. A recent issue contains a trove of information on low vision and eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Earlier issues provide information on ergonomic practices, back care, and spinal cord care. A special issue featured a CalAgrAbility wheelchair consumer who has a successful farm using raised beds.

The California AgrAbility Project is part of the Farm Safety and Rural Health Program in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. The program works with Easter Seals to provide bilingual assistance to farmers and workers. The CalAgrAbility program was launched three years ago at UC Davis and is part of a nationwide effort funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

To enroll or to get more information about CalAgrAbility, visit the Web site: http://calagrability.ucdavis.edu

For a recent press release on CalAgrAbility, go to: http://ucanr.org/externalstories/agrability.shtml

Martha Stiles
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
[email protected]
(530) 752-2606

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Healthier Foods Cost More: Agricultural Issues Center
Making a few simple dietary improvements, such as substituting 100 percent whole wheat bread for white bread, lean ground beef for regular, and low-fat cheese for whole-fat, increases monthly food spending $70 to $80 per month for a family of four, according to a new UC study. This higher cost represents 35 to 40 percent of low-income consumers' food budgets.

The UC Agricultural Issues Center latest issues brief compares the availability and cost of the standard Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) market basket to a market basket of healthier substitutes. A copy of the issues brief, "The Availability and Cost of Healthier Food Items," is available on the UC Agricultural Issues Center Web site, http://aic.ucdavis.edu (under "Publications," select "Issues Briefs").

Davis Enterprise


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Cache Creek Protection: Peter Moyle Advises
Peter Moyle, professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, is one of three UC Davis environmental experts cited in this article who advocates protection of parts of Cache Creek as a wild and scenic river.

"Wild and scenic status helps to give Cache Creek the recognition it deserves as a place where we can conserve not only spectacular scenery and recreational values, but also our disappearing native flora and fauna. I also hope the designation will put to rest the idea that it is possible to build more dams in the creek's landslide-prone canyon," said Moyle.

Davis Enterprise

Peter B. Moyle
Professor
Deptartment of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
[email protected]
(530) 752-6355

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Nanotubes and Supercapacitors: Ning Pan Invents
Supercapacitors based on nanotechnology could be used in hybrid vehicles or to replace batteries in cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs), according to inventor Ning Pan, professor in the Division of Textiles and Clothing and the NEAT nanoscience center.

"Supercapacitors built using electrodes made from our nanotube thin films exhibit very high power density, very high scan rates, and nearly ideal cyclic voltammograms…. Also, our nanotube-based electrode material is simple and fast to prepare…,” said Pan.

Electronic Engineering Times



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

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

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

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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 two meetings are: April 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 2154 Meyer Hall April 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 3208 Meyer Hall


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Sacramento Film Festival, March 30–April 3, 2005
The NIEHS Center for Environmental Health Sciences and the 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 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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California Energy Commission Workshop, April 7, 2005
The California Energy Commission’s PIER Environmental Area Team is accepting applications for research projects through its Environmental Exploratory Grant Program. The goal of the program is to support the early development of promising, new scientific concepts with the potential to impact the way we understand and/or address energy-related environmental issues. A presentation on the solicitation will be made in the DeCarli Room, Memorial Union, from 10 a.m.–12 noon on Thursday, April 7, 2005.

For more information contact:



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New Faculty: Preparing Your Dossier, April 7, 2005
New faculty are invited to a brown bag session hosted by the Office of the Provost on Thursday, April 7, 2005, from 12 noon–1:30 p.m. in 203 Mrak Hall. The topic is “Preparing Your Dossier.” The presenter will be Barbara Horwitz, vice provost for academic personnel.

RSVP to Lenore Myers
(530) 754-5378
[email protected]

Schedule of Brown Bags for academic year:


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RMI Lectureship Series, April 21, 2005
The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI) will host the second lecture in the RMI Lectureship Series on Thursday, April 21, 2005, at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Performing Arts Center, Studio Theatre. The morning event, which includes a luncheon in the Jackson Hall lobby, will feature these speakers:

  • Joe Collins, partner, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership; “Progress of the RMI Building Project”
  • Mary Wagner, chief technology officer, E.&J. Gallo Winery; “A Food Scientist Takes a Sip of Wine”
  • Ted Ziemann, president, Cargill Health & Food Technologies; “Health through Foods…An Economic Solution”

Also on the program are UC Davis Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef, who will present the greeting, Neal Van Alfen, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Clare Hasler, executive director of RMI.

 

For Information and registration, contact:

 

 

 

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Alternative Work Arrangements, April 21, 2005

 

The Staff Work/Life Program presents, "Alternative Work Arrangements: The How’s and Why’s" on April 21, 2005 from 12:00 noon–1:00 p.m. in the Cabernet Room, Silo Union. No pre-enrollment is required. Bring your brown bag lunch.

Everyone has a life outside of work -- parenting, caring for an elder, pursuing a degree, and volunteering in the community. What adjustments in your work schedule or environment would make it easier to manage your work and personal lives? Attend this workshop and learn about alternate work arrangements such as flex-time and telecommuting that can provide significant benefits to both the employee and organization. The importance of flexibility, types of arrangements, and methods to support their effectiveness will be discussed, as well as challenges to implementation.

For information, contact: Staff Development and Professional Services http://sdps.ucdavis.edu/browse/wl.htm


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New Publication Schedule for CA&ES Currents
Starting with the next issue, in April, 2005, CA&ES Currents will be published on the first and third Thursdays of each month (in July and August, only the first Thursday). The deadline for news submissions remains noon on Monday preceding Thursday publication.

Please send news items and suggestions for “In the Spotlight” to:

Ann King Filmer
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]
(530) 754-6788

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Arboretum Events
The tour is free and open to the public.

April 2, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Spring Plant Sale
Arboretum Nursery at Orchard Park

For more information on arboretum events:

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


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Visit CA&ES Currents online at http://caes.ucdavis.edu/NewsEvents/currents.

CA&ES Currents, the faculty/staff newsletter of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis, is published on the first and third Thursday of each month (in July and August, only on the first Thursday.)

News deadline is noon Monday preceding Thursday publication. Send news items to editor, [email protected].

Issue Editor:
Ann Filmer
(530) 754-6788
[email protected]

Contributors: Ann Filmer, Thomas Kaiser, Rhoda McKnight, Neal Van Alfen, John Weston.

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