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October 06, 2005

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Van Alfen: New Positions in the College

WHO
Jim Hill and Don Bransford: California Rice Industry Awards
Edwin Frankel: Vitezslav Vesely Medal

IN THE NEWS
Ruihong Zhang: Methane from Food Waste
A Global Warming / Hurricane Link?: Terry Nathan Explains
Junk Food and Childhood Obesity Legislation: Judith Stern’s View
Soil Stabilization in Tahoe Basin: Mark Grismer’s Research
Roots of Peace in Afghanistan: UC Davis Participation

WHAT
College Celebration, October 14, 2005
Arboretum Volunteer Training
Arboretum Events: October

WHAT
RMI Lectureship Series, October 12, 2005
“How Do I Get the Publicity I Want?”, October 13, 2005
CA&ES College Celebration, October 14, 2005
Weed Science School, October 18–20, 2005
“The Party Begins When???”, October 19, 2005
Pistachio Production Short Course, November 8–10, 2005

A Message from Dean Van Alfen: New Positions in the College
Our college is celebrating the recently announced results of a campuswide competition for faculty positions. Proposals led by our faculty did very well in the recent competition, resulting in 11.5 faculty positions for our college from the provost, which were matched by 11.5 positions from the dean’s pool. These positions are earmarked for the areas of agricultural sustainability (8 positions), global environmental change (6 positions), foods for health (6 positions), energy (2 positions), and molecular informatics (1 position). Although it is not yet clear which departments all of these positions will be in, most of our departments are in a position to benefit from this competitive allocation of positions by Provost Hinshaw. This infusion of new young faculty into our college is very welcome, since 80 percent of our faculty are full professors, and the average age is close to 55. We expect that in the next decade our college will be recruiting a large number of faculty members to replace the half who are within 10 years of the normal retirement age. This is the beginning of an exciting time of renewal for our college, and an opportunity to consider what we want the future to be – more about that later. 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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Jim Hill and Don Bransford: California Rice Industry Awards
Jim Hill, rice extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences and Associate Dean for International Programs, was awarded the California Rice Industry Award from the California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation. Under Hill’s direction, the UCCE Statewide Yield Testing Program has played an integral part in the Rice Experiment Station’s development and release of improved rice varieties. Hill works on water quality issues in the California rice industry.

Colusa rice grower Don Bransford, who serves on the UC President’s Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources, also received the California Rice Industry Award. Bransford, who manages an 800-acre rice operation, represents the California rice industry on major issues, including crop protection, water rights, and rice straw burning regulations.

This award is presented annually by the California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation to recognize and honor members of the rice industry who have made outstanding and distinguished contributions to the California rice industry.



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Edwin Frankel: Vitezslav Vesely Medal
Ed Frankel, adjunct professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, was awarded the Vitezslav Vesely Medal by the International Society for Fat Research at the society’s recent international congress in Prague, Czech Republic. The medal was awarded for Frankel’s development of fats and oils science and technology. Frankel also presented a plenary lecture at the congress on the facts and fallacies in the field of antioxidants.

Ed Frankel
(530) 752-4478
[email protected]


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Ruihong Zhang: Methane from Food Waste
Ruihong Zhang, professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, has developed a method to make methane gas from food waste using anaerobic digesters. She and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) are partnering to find food processors and hotel restaurant owners willing to contribute their waste to the research.

SMUD calls the project “Leftovers to Lights,” and hopes the collaborative studies will show the energy potential and cost-effectiveness of generating electricity from food waste. SMUD aims to produce 20 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2011; it is at about 9 percent now.

MSNBC
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9487785#storyContinued

Ruihong Zhang
(530) 754-9530
[email protected]


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A Global Warming / Hurricane Link?: Terry Nathan Explains
Terry Nathan, professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, says that although this is an unusual year for hurricanes, "any particular event is very difficult to associate with global warming." Nathan adds that ocean temperatures are increasing and such increases do provide more energy for hurricanes to develop. He notes that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita cannot be attributed directly to global warming, however. KXTV Channel 10 (ABC)
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12695 Terrence Nathan
(530) 752-1609
[email protected]


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Junk Food and Childhood Obesity Legislation: Judith Stern’s View
Judith Stern, professor in the Department of Nutrition, authored this article in the Sacramento Bee, which examines legislation designed to address junk food and childhood obesity. Stern says the new legislation does not go far enough to address broader issues affecting childhood obesity, such as providing schools with adequate resources to educate and exercise children. Stern notes, “The governor and senators may feel they've done a good job of addressing the childhood obesity issue, but they should not kid themselves or us. These bills won't help solve the problem.” Judith Stern is also co-director of the Collaborative Obesity Research Evaluation Team (CORET) (http://64.106.173.179/PublicSite/). Sacramento Bee
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12707 Judith Stern
(530) 752-6575
[email protected]


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Soil Stabilization in Tahoe Basin: Mark Grismer’s Research
There was no standardized method to evaluate soil stabilization techniques until Mark Grismer, professor of hydrology in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, developed and evaluated soil stabilization and erosion processes on different soil types in the Tahoe basin. The research of Grismer and Michael Hogan, former UC Davis soil science student, will be used to develop best management practices to maintain and improve Lake Tahoe’s water clarity. The North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12689 Mark Grismer
(530) 752-3243
[email protected]


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Roots of Peace in Afghanistan: UC Davis Participation
Grape experts from UC Davis are part of the “Roots of Peace” efforts in Afghanistan, where mine fields are being cleared and replanted to produce grapevines for table grapes. The UC Davis team consists of Patrick Brown, professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, Farbod Youssefi, program coordinator, and Todd Rosenstock, graduate student and training coordinator.

Collaborating are members of the departments of Plant Sciences, Viticulture and Enology, the Foundation Plant Services, and the USDA Germplasm Repository. Students in the International Agricultural Development Graduate Group also participate in the project.

Roots of Peace was founded by Heidi Kuhn in 1997 to find and remove land mines in war-ravaged countries such as Afghanistan, Croatia, and Cambodia. Kuhn, based in San Rafael, spoke at a CA&ES event at UC Davis in March.

KGO-7 (ABC)
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12548

Patrick Brown
(530) 752-0929
[email protected]


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College Celebration, October 14, 2005
Eight individuals will be honored as Award of Distinction recipients by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis. The award is the highest recognition presented by the college to individuals whose contributions and achievements enrich the image and reputation of the college and enhance its ability to provide public service. The award recipients will be recognized at the 17th annual College Celebration on Friday, October 14, 2005. College Celebration is held each year at harvest time to celebrate the advancement and accomplishments of our college and its impact on agriculture and the environment. The eight recipients are:
Outstanding Alumni: Michael Campbell, Calvin Dooley, J. Stuart Rowe, J. Neil Rutger, Jack Stone
Outstanding Young Alumna: Tara Habig McHugh
Outstanding Faculty: Robert Fridley
Outstanding Family and Friends: Kenneth Grossman

The award ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. in Freeborn Hall; a “Taste of California” reception follows. Dean Neal Van Alfen will present the awards. For ticket information, contact:
Claudette Oriol
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 752-2120
[email protected]


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Arboretum Volunteer Training
Wednesdays, October 19 – December 7, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon More than 100 people volunteer at the arboretum each week. Arboretum volunteers learn new skills, meet new people, and have a lot of fun. Volunteers receive in-depth training and have many opportunities for continuing education, workshops, and field trips. This is an opportunity to learn about California ecology, native plants, and Central Valley gardening. The arboretum currently has openings for volunteer docents, naturalists, and gardeners. Following the core training course, there will be specialized training for volunteers in each program. There is a $55 materials fee for the course ($45 for members of Friends of the Davis Arboretum) and advance registration is required. For more information on volunteer training, contact:
Amy McGuire
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
(530) 754-9126
[email protected]


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Arboretum Events: October
The guided tours listed below are free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 8, 11:00 a.m.; Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center
“The World of the Coast Redwood”
Docent Bev Watros will teach about the ecology and history of the coast redwood.

Wednesday, October 12, 12:00 noon; Mrak Hall, south entrance
“Walk with Warren”
Join arboretum superintendent Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the arboretum.

Saturday, October 15, 11:00 a.m.; Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center
“Meet the Native Plants of California”
Join docent Dean Wheeler for a guided tour of the native plant collection at the arboretum.

Saturday, October 22, 11:00 a.m.; Arboretum Terrace Garden
“Color in the Fall Garden”
Docent Ann Johnson will point out garden plants that look good in fall, either because they are late bloomers or because their foliage has interesting color and texture.

Saturday, October 29, 11:00 a.m.; Gazebo
“The Oaks of the Arboretum”
Docents Edith Vermeij and David Adams will lead the tour.

For detailed information on the events listed above, contact the arboretum:
(530) 752-4880
http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu


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RMI Lectureship Series, October 12, 2005
The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science will sponsor a lecture on October 12, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by a luncheon (12:15–2:00 p.m.), in the Studio Theater of the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Pre-registrants are invited to attend the luncheon with the speakers. The featured speakers are Fritz Maytag, president of Anchor Brewing Company, and Martin Yan, master chef, author, and television personality. Additional speakers and moderators include Provost Virginia Hinshaw, Clare Hasler, Charlie Bamforth, and Charlie Shoemaker, all from UC Davis. To pre-register for the program, contact:
Jean Wigglesworth
(530) 754-6349
[email protected]


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“How Do I Get the Publicity I Want?”, October 13, 2005
Patricia Bailey, science writer for UC Davis News Service, will present “How Do I Get the Publicity I want?” as part of the CA&ES Communications Series on October 13, 2005, 10–11 a.m., in Room 203 Mrak Hall. The program will cover how to work with external news media and campus News Service. The session includes an explanation of media alerts, news tips, news releases, and story ideas. There is no cost for CA&ES personnel to attend, but pre-registration is requested. Contact:
Karen Scott
(530) 754-8578
[email protected]


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CA&ES College Celebration, October 14, 2005
On Friday, October 14, 2005 the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will bestow the Awards of Distinction at its 17th annual College Celebration. The event is held each year at harvest time to celebrate the advancement and accomplishments of our college and its impact on agriculture and the environment. Treat yourself to a delightful evening with delicious hors d'oeuvres and excellent wines. The evening culminates with a farmer's market, where attendees dismantle the "welcome display" and take home a bag packed full of California's freshest produce and grains. For ticket information, contact:
Claudette Oriol
(530) 752-2120
[email protected]


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Weed Science School, October 18–20, 2005
The Weed Science School is a three-day intensive course focusing on the mode and mechanism of herbicide activity in plants and the fate of herbicides in the environment. The course is for working professionals in consulting, research, development, and sales of agricultural chemicals in the private or public sector. The latest research will be provided by some of the most respected weed scientists in the country. Emphasis is on herbicides registered for use in California and important weeds within the state. After the completion of the course, participants will be equipped to develop more effective weed management programs. The course fee includes course materials and lunch each day. Twenty-two hours of DPR continuing education are pending approval. To register online, go to the Weed Research & Information Center Web site: http://wric.ucdavis.edu. Gale Pérez
(530) 752-1748
[email protected]


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“The Party Begins When???”, October 19, 2005
Claudette Oriol, event coordinator for the Dean’s Office, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, will present “The Party Begins When???” as part of the CA&ES Communications Series on October 19, 2005, 10–11 a.m., in Room 203 Mrak Hall. The program will cover the basics of event planning, including resources, logistics, insider tips for success, and tried-and-true suggestions on how to enjoy your own event. There is no cost for CA&ES personnel to attend, but pre-registration is requested. Contact:
Karen Scott
(530) 754-8578
[email protected]


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Pistachio Production Short Course, November 8–10, 2005
The 2005 Pistachio Production Short Course is designed to deliver the latest research-based production practices that enable pistachio growers, production managers, and pest control consultants to better achieve their pistachio growing goals. The course covers the economics of establishment and production, orchard site selection and development, cultivars and rootstocks, production practices, pest management, and postharvest handling. The course is held every five years; this 2005 program will be held in Fresno. For more information on the program and how to register, see:
http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/calendar/eventdisplay.cfm?caleventnum=9015

Contact:
Donna Seaver
Department of Plant Sciences
(530) 754-9708
[email protected]


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