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October 20, 2005

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: College Advancement

WHO
Robert Fridley: “Outstanding Faculty” Award of Distinction
Dawn Chapman, Mark Matthews, Jean-Xavier Guinard: Best Viticulture Paper

IN THE NEWS
West Nile Follow-up: Robert Washino and Michael Parrella Quoted
Distress Calls and Crows: Michael Delwiche’s System
Fuel Cell Vehicles: Daniel Sperling Comments
U.S. and E.U. May Reduce Farm Aid: Daniel Sumner Comments
Tractor-Driving Students: Jim Rumsey Instructs

WHAT
Red Wine Advice from Andrew Waterhouse
Arboretum Events: October

WHAT
Pistachio Production Short Course, November 8–10, 2005
“Connecting with Alumni: Orchestrating a Win-Win,” November 16, 2005

A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: College Advancement
The college has been working during the past year to develop an organizational structure that will facilitate our participation in the campuswide comprehensive campaign. The fundraising goals for our college will be challenging, so we have put together an advancement team to help us meet these ambitious goals. I have added a new position in my office, assistant dean for college advancement, to lead our fundraising, external relations, and communications efforts. I am pleased to announce that Dianne Appel, formerly associate dean for advancement for the libraries at the University of Southern California has joined us in this assistant dean position. Dianne comes to our college with the experience of having participated in a comprehensive campaign and in directing communications efforts related to the campaign. Also joining our advancement team is Darcie Bransford, who was associate director of development for athletics at Stanford University. Darcie has joined us as a major gifts officer and will take the lead on the fundraising for our new winery and other projects associated with the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. I have also reassigned Rich Engel to be director of relations. Rich has shed his student outreach and recruitment responsibilities and we have hired Stacie Hewitt to be director of student outreach and recruitment for the college. Stacie was previously an agricultural sciences teacher with the Elk Grove School District. I believe that we have assembled an outstanding team to assure success in our first comprehensive campaign. Please join me in welcoming Dianne, Darcie, and Stacie to our Dean’s Office. 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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Robert Fridley: “Outstanding Faculty” Award of Distinction
Robert Fridley, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, was presented the college Award of Distinction as “Outstanding Faculty.” Fridley’s research supported industry needs in agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture. He was instrumental in developing the tree harvester for mechanical harvesting of tree fruit and he authored several books important to the agricultural industry. Fridley directed the Aquaculture and Fisheries Program at UC Davis and served as executive associate dean for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Fridley received many international awards for his engineering research. He is a fellow in the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and received three presidential distinguished service awards. Robert Fridley
[email protected]


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Dawn Chapman, Mark Matthews, Jean-Xavier Guinard: Best Viticulture Paper
Dawn Chapman, former graduate student in food science and technology, Mark Matthews, professor in viticulture and enology, and Jean-Xavier Guinard, professor in food science and technology, received the “2005 Best Viticulture Paper” award from the American Society for Viticulture and Enology. Their paper, “Sensory Attributes of Cabernet Sauvignon Wines Made from Vines with Different Crop Yields” (Amer. J. Enol. Vit. 55:4, 2004), can be seen at http://www.asev.org/Journal/Volumes/FeaturedArticles/2004BestPaper_Chapman.pdf Each year, all research papers published in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture the prior year are evaluated. One paper in the field of enology and one in the field of viticulture, deemed outstanding in content and with a substantial contribution to the field, are selected. Mark Matthews
(530) 752-2048
[email protected]

Jean-Xavier Guinard
(530) 754-8659
[email protected]


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West Nile Follow-up: Robert Washino and Michael Parrella Quoted
Robert Washino, professor emeritus in the Department of Entomology, has represented Davis on the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District board for more than 30 years. He says that the district’s monitoring program this year was “probably the most ambitious in the country.” Michael Parrella, associate dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has represented Yolo County on the board for 10 years. He says the district's response to this year’s West Nile outbreak was "phenomenal." The district’s response to West Nile virus is addressed in this article. The Davis Enterprise
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12802

Robert Washino
(530) 752-5652
[email protected]

Michael Parrella
(530) 752-8473
[email protected]


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Distress Calls and Crows: Michael Delwiche’s System
A new electronic unit that broadcasts crow distress calls efficiently repels the birds and reduces crop damage in almond orchards, according to agricultural engineer Michael Delwiche, a professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. The new system could be a benefit for growers who endure significant crop loss from crows.

The technology is currently being tested in winegrape vineyards, where birds can also cause significant damage to the crops.

Capital Press Agriculture Weekly
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12837

The Daily Democrat
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12893

Michael Delwiche
(530) 752-7023
[email protected]


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Fuel Cell Vehicles: Daniel Sperling Comments
The future of fuel cell vehicles depends on commitment from automakers and others involved in their production and maintenance, says Dan Sperling, professor in the departments of Environmental Science and Policy and Civil Engineering, and director of the Institute of Transportation Studies.

Fuel storage and distribution systems must also be in place before fuel cell vehicles are commonplace. Sperling notes that mass production of fuel cell vehicles could be in place in as little as 10 years.

San Francisco Chronicle
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12761

Daniel Sperling
(530) 752-7434
[email protected]


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U.S. and E.U. May Reduce Farm Aid: Daniel Sumner Comments
The U.S. and European proposals to slash farm subsidies and tariffs should challenge other nations to revive stalled global trade talks. Daniel Sumner, director of the Agricultural Issues Center, said that the U.S. and European proposals were significant because they provided numerical targets for reducing domestic farm support, which should be enough to get other countries back to the negotiating table.

Trade negotiators are eager to reach an agreement on global trade talks before the December ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization in Hong Kong.

The Los Angeles Times
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12877

Daniel Sumner
(530) 752-1668
[email protected]


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Tractor-Driving Students: Jim Rumsey Instructs
One of the most popular classes in the college is Jim Rumsey’s “tractor-driving class.” There is always a waiting list, for majors and nonmajors alike, for Applied Biological Systems Technology 49: Field Equipment Operation, taught by senior lecturer Jim Rumsey in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. In addition to tractor driving and maintenance, Rumsey teaches students about soil conservation, farm safety, and the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Majors in the college have many uses for the class; nonmajors learn about various agricultural and environmental subjects and develop an appreciation for agricultural equipment. The Sacramento Bee
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/13712431p-14554935c.html James Rumsey
(530) 752-8400
[email protected]


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Red Wine Advice from Andrew Waterhouse
Two recent articles in the news feature the expertise of Andrew Waterhouse, professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology: 1. Decanting Isn’t Just for Old Wines
Andrew Waterhouse has studied decanting and wrote on the subject on the Scientific American Web site. An article in the San Jose Mercury News excerpts Waterhouse’s advice on the pluses and minuses of decanting both young and old red wines. San Jose Mercury News
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12805 2. “Red Wine Headaches” Not Caused by Sulfites
So-called "red wine headaches" are not caused by sulfites, according to Andrew Waterhouse. An article in New York Newsday, along with Waterhouse’s Web site, addresses the sulfites issue. New York Newsday
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12881 Andrew Waterhouse
(530) 752-4777
[email protected]
http://waterhouse.ucdavis.edu/winecomp/so2.htm


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Arboretum Events: October
The guided tours listed below are free and open to the public. 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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Pistachio Production Short Course, November 8–10, 2005
The 2005 Pistachio Production Short Course is designed to deliver the latest research-based production practices to pistachio growers, production managers, and pest control consultants. 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 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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“Connecting with Alumni: Orchestrating a Win-Win,” November 16, 2005
Richard Engel, director of college relations for the Dean’s Office, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, will present “Connecting with Alumni: Orchestrating a Win-Win” as part of the CA&ES Communications Series on November 16, 2005, 10–11 a.m., in Room 203 Mrak Hall. The session will cover college/campus programs and services that support your alumni, keeping track of your alumni, and how to involve alumni in your activities and goals. 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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