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May 05, 2005

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Van Alfen: Feedback Requested for CA&ES Currents

WHO
Alan Hastings Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Deborah Golino: Director of UC Viticulture Consortium

IN THE NEWS
Entomology Triumphs at Picnic Day
Genetically Modified Rice for China: Scott Rozelle Study
Damaged Ecosystems Endanger Butterflies: Art Shapiro Quoted
California’s Obesity Rate Rises: Judith Stern Comments

WHAT
James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award: Nomination Call
2005–06 Freshman Seminar Program: Call for Proposals
CA&ES Executive Committee Online

WHAT
Climate Change Symposium, May 12–13, 2005
New Faculty: Technology in Teaching, May 26, 2005
RMI Groundbreaking, June 23, 2005
Arboretum Events

A Message from Dean Van Alfen: Feedback Requested for CA&ES Currents
Communication with faculty and staff is an important part of my role as dean of the college. I resumed my “Message from the Dean” column in CA&ES Currents several months ago, and I appreciate the positive feedback that I have received from many of you.

While I use my column to enhance two-way communication within the college, the Communications Unit in the Dean’s Office wants to make sure that the content and structure of Currents is designed to present information that is timely, interesting, and useful to you.

Rhoda McKnight, director of communications, and Ann Filmer, editor of Currents, sent each of you a survey by e-mail last week asking if the format of Currents meets your needs, or if you have suggestions on how it can be more useful to you. Your feedback will be used to develop a format for Currents that delivers beneficial information to you.

I invite you to look at the format of Currents and give some thought to how it can better suit your needs. If you have suggestions or comments on the content or structure of Currents, I invite you to contact Rhoda ([email protected]) or Ann ([email protected]) directly.

As always, I value your feedback.

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

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Alan Hastings Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Alan Hastings, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy is an international society that elects to membership people of exceptional achievement, drawn from science, scholarship, business, public affairs, and the arts.

Andy Sih, chair of environmental science and policy, said, “Alan Hastings is one of the world’s most renowned theoretical population biologists. His work has had widespread and deep impacts on numerous issues in ecology and evolution.”

Hastings’ current work addresses the design of marine protected areas, fisheries management, and the spread of invasive species. Hastings is also a member of the Institute of Theoretical Dynamics and the Center for Population Biology at UC Davis. He joined the UC Davis faculty in 1979.

Alan Hastings
(530) 752-8116
[email protected]
http://two.ucdavis.edu/~me/amh.html

The American Academic of Arts and Sciences
http://www.amacad.org/about.aspx


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Deborah Golino: Director of UC Viticulture Consortium
Deborah Golino, director of Foundation Plant Services (FPS), was appointed director of the University of California’s Viticulture Consortium and the California Competitive Grants Program for Viticulture and Enology (CCGPVE), effective July 1. Golino will continue to oversee FPS and lead the viticulture and enology research funding programs.

“I am hoping to increase outreach efforts to communicate the results of research funded by the consortium and the CCGPVE to growers, winemakers, and consumers,” Golino said.

The Viticulture Consortium is a national research program, administered in California and New York. It funds studies throughout the western United States. CCGPVE funds research within California. Both are supported by the USDA Cooperative State Research, Extension and Education Service.

Deborah Golino
[email protected]
(530) 752-3590


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Entomology Triumphs at Picnic Day
The Department of Entomology won the “Best Overall Exhibit” award at Picnic Day 2005. Diane Ullman, department chair, acknowledges Bob Kimsey’s hard work in organizing the exhibit and thanks all of the students, staff, and faculty who prepared displays, set up exhibits, ran programs, and helped dismantle it. An estimated 4,500 people visited the department’s exhibits. Several children interviewed at Picnic Day especially enjoyed the maggot art (“Awesome!”), the cockroach races (“Sweet!”), and the “take home a pet” ladybug give-away. If you don’t know what maggot art is… you had better ask Diane Ullman or Rebecca Bullard!


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Genetically Modified Rice for China: Scott Rozelle Study
Scott Rozelle, professor of agricultural and resource economics, co-authored a study published in the journal Science indicating that genetically modified (GM) rice has health and production benefits for farmers in China. The study showed that the quantity and cost of pesticides applied to conventional rice was 8 to 10 times as high as that applied to the insect-resistant GM rice and that the yields in some GM varieties were higher than the non-GM rice varieties.

Scott Rozelle
(530) 752-9897
[email protected]

Peoples' Daily Online

The Daily Telegraph


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Damaged Ecosystems Endanger Butterflies: Art Shapiro Quoted
Arthur Shapiro, professor in the Department of Entomology, is finding catastrophic declines in a number of butterfly populations, even among common varieties that normally coexist with humans. Shapiro has monitored more than 135 species of butterflies between Fairfield and Truckee for 34 years. Of the 18 butterflies listed as threatened or endangered in the United States, 13 are in California.

“It's a little scary," Shapiro said. “We're in a good position to say what's happening. The question is, why? Is it a whole bunch of species declining for individual reasons, or some broader phenomenon affecting them all?"

Art Shapiro
(530) 752-2176
[email protected]

San Jose Mercury News


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California’s Obesity Rate Rises: Judith Stern Comments
In a Sacramento Bee article on government and private foundation efforts to address the growing obesity epidemic in California, Judith Stern, a professor in the Department of Nutrition, said battle lines aren't as clear with obesity as with tobacco – raising taxes and filing lawsuits may not be practical.

"You don't have to smoke, but you have to eat," Stern said, "and eating is pleasurable."

The article addresses legislative proposals and Governor Schwarzenegger’s commitment to lead the fight, including his plan for a summit conference for researchers, business leaders, and medical experts to develop a plan to fight obesity.

Judith Stern
(530) 752-6575
[email protected]

Sacramento Bee


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James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award: Nomination Call
The Academic Federation is requesting nominations for the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award which carries a stipend of $1,000. All members of the university community – Academic Federation, Academic Senate, staff, and students – can nominate an Academic Federation member for the award. The award is based on a distinguished career in research, teaching, and/or public service.

Deadline for nomination submission: May 13, 2005

Send nominations to Academic Federation, 303 Voorhies Hall

For information:
Elle Lim
(530) 754-7468
[email protected]


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2005–06 Freshman Seminar Program: Call for Proposals
Faculty are invited to participate in the Freshman Seminar Program for the academic year 2005–06. Freshman Seminars are administered by the Teaching Resources Center, but they are Senate-approved special one- or two-unit courses that are given an FRS subject code designation.

Interested faculty should complete the "Proposal to Teach a Freshman Seminar" material found on the TRC Web site http://trc.ucdavis.edu/trc/freshSem/call.html and send it to Janet Chambers at the Teaching Resources Center.

Deadline for proposal submission: May 27, 2005

For information:
Janet Chambers
(530) 752-3249
[email protected]


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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 meetings are scheduled for May 5 and May 19, from 1:30–3:30 p.m. in 2154 Meyer Hall.


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Climate Change Symposium, May 12–13, 2005
The John Muir Institute of the Environment announces a planned climate change symposium, “Challenges and Solutions for California Agricultural Landscapes.” The two-day symposium on May 12–13, 2005, will be held on campus. Speakers include UC Davis faculty, state and federal agency scientists, and other invited individuals.

Those who have an interest in how expected climate change may impact California's agriculture, ecosystems, water resources, air quality, economy, and rural communities are invited to attend.

The symposium is sponsored by the John Muir Institute of the Environment (JMIE), the Kearney Foundation of Soil Science, and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

For Information and registration:
http://johnmuir.ucdavis.edu/activities/ClimateChange.html

Contact:
Cheryl Smith, JMIE
(530) 752-5028
[email protected]
http://johnmuir.ucdavis.edu


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New Faculty: Technology in Teaching, May 26, 2005
The final “New Faculty Brown Bag” for the academic year will be held May 26, 2005, from 12 noon–1:30 p.m. in Room 203, Mrak Hall. The topic “Technology in Teaching” will be taught by Ellen Sutter and Richard Walters. Bring a bagged lunch.

Binnie Singh
(530) 752-0963
[email protected]


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RMI Groundbreaking, June 23, 2005
The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI) announces the official groundbreaking for the institute's academic building on June 23, 2005. The ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the RMI site (near the south entry parking structure and Old Davis Road). A reception will follow in the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

Information and registration:
Jean Wigglesworth
(530) 754-6349
[email protected]

RMI Web site http://robertmondaviinstitute.ucdavis.edu


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Arboretum Events
May 7, 11 a.m., Guided Tour: Spring in the White Flower Garden
Meet at the Gazebo

May 11, 12 noon, Walk with Warren
Meet at the Gazebo

May 14, 11 a.m., Guided Tour: Meet Our California Native Plants
Meet at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

May 14, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Spring Plant Sale Arboretum Nursery at Orchard Park
Become an arboretum member at the door and receive a free plant and 10% member discount. Free parking in Visitor Lot 35.

May 22, 2:00 p.m., Guided Tour: Wildlife in Your Garden
Meet at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

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


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