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September 15, 2005

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
A Message from Dean Van Alfen: Fall Faculty Social

WHO
Emmy Werner: Society for the Study of Human Development Award
Juan Medrano: Animal Breeding Award
In the Hot Seat: Charlie Bamforth Featured

IN THE NEWS
Ending Hunger: Pamela Ronald and Rice Genome Sequencing
Global Warming and Hurricanes: Richard Grotjahn Comments
Nanotech Applications: Alexandra Navrotsky Explains

WHAT
Arboretum’s “All-Star” Plant List
Pesticide Information: Web Resources
Whither Goest the Killer Bees?

WHAT
Plant Sciences in the 21st Century, September 27, 2005
“Plan? We Don’t Have a Plan!”, September 29, 2005
Fall Faculty Social, September 29, 2005
Arboretum Plant Faire, October 1, 2005
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: Fall Faculty Social
I invite all faculty in the college to attend our Fall Faculty Social on Thursday, September 29 to acknowledge, thank, and welcome the outgoing and incoming department chairs, members of the college executive committees, and undergraduate master advisers. There are 133 positions being rotated among faculty! I value the contribution that faculty make by serving on committees. The internal communication that results helps in college planning. Your commitment also adds unity and collegiality to our college, and in many cases, such as master advisers, improves the educational component of our college. Wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the social, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on September 29, on the Moss Patio at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Please RSVP to Claudette Oriol (530-752-2120; [email protected]) in my office by Friday, September 23, so that we have enough food for everyone. I look forward to seeing you there. 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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Emmy Werner: Society for the Study of Human Development Award
Emmy Werner, professor emeritus of Human Development and Family Studies, is being honored with the Society for the Study of Human Development Award, for her distinguished career contributions to the scientific study of life-span development. The Society for the Study of Human Development is honoring the first four recipients of this new award in October in Asilomar, Calif. In addition to Werner, the inaugural honorees are Paul Baltes, Bert Brin, and Glen Elder. Emmy Werner
[email protected]


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Juan Medrano: Animal Breeding Award
The American Dairy Science Association named Juan F. Medrano, professor in the Department of Animal Science, the 2005 recipient of the J.L. Lush Award, for his contributions to dairy cattle breeding research. The award, sponsored by ABS Global, was presented at the awards ceremony held during the society’s annual meeting in Cincinnati. Juan Medrano
(530) 752-6786
[email protected]


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In the Hot Seat: Charlie Bamforth Featured
Charlie Bamforth, professor and new chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology, was recently interviewed in the Sacramento Bee on his brewery expertise. Bamforth confirmed that a large percentage of the senior brewmasters at Anheuser-Busch are UC Davis graduates. Sacramento Bee
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12374 Charles Bamforth
(530) 752-1467
[email protected]


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Ending Hunger: Pamela Ronald and Rice Genome Sequencing
Now that the genetic code of rice has been mapped by an international team of scientists, more improvements can be made in the crop that feeds more than half of the world’s population. Pamela Ronald, geneticist and professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, who studies disease resistance in rice, says that the sequencing of the rice genome enables scientists to better understand the plant. This will allow for improvements such as increased yield and resistance to drought and pests. Sacramento Bee
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12217 Pamela Ronald
(530) 752-1654
[email protected]


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Global Warming and Hurricanes: Richard Grotjahn Comments
Richard Grotjahn, professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, was interviewed about global warming and whether it is causing hurricanes to be more frequent and/or severe. Grotjahn says that in the future, “It’s possible that we’ll see about the same number of hurricanes. But their intensity may increase. The principle reason is that a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, and it’s the condensation of that moisture into raindrops that leads to the fueling of the storm.” KCRA Channel 3 (NBC)
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12431 Richard Grotjahn
(530) 752-2246
[email protected]


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Nanotech Applications: Alexandra Navrotsky Explains
Alexandra Navrotsky, who heads the nanotechnology research unit at UC Davis, explains some of the applications of nanotechnology in this Sacramento Bee article. Nanotechnology is a general term used to describe working with solid materials at the nearly molecular level.

Nanotechnology can be used to make smaller microprocessors. According to Navrotsky, other nano-based technology develops film coatings that are approximately 10,000 times thinner than the width of a human hair. The film is applied to optical devices ranging from computer screens to bar code readers to solar panels. The technology can be used for things like making text easier to read from a screen.

Sacramento Bee
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=12491

Alexandra Navrotsky
(530) 752-3292
[email protected]


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Arboretum’s “All-Star” Plant List
The UC Davis Arboretum staff have identified 50 tough and reliable “All-Star” plants that are easy to grow in the Central Valley. These plants don’t need a lot of water, have few pest problems, and have outstanding garden qualities. Many of the All-Star plants are California natives, and/or support native birds and insects.

There are several ways to learn more about the All-Star plants:

1) Searchable databases, with color images and growth requirements, will soon be on the arboretum Web site: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/AllStars (scheduled to go online next month). You will be able to search for plants that meet specific criteria, such as plants for shade, or flowering season, or plants that attract hummingbirds.

2) Download and print publications on water-saving gardens, wildlife gardening, growing native plants, and other topics: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu. Articles include photographs and descriptions of recommended All-Star plants.

3) The arboretum demonstration gardens have new signs identifying All-Star plants, along with photographs and growth information. Information on All-Stars is available at the Ruth Storer Garden, the White Flower Garden, the Mary Wattis Brown Garden, and the Arboretum Terrace Garden.

4) Visit the demonstration plantings at the Arboretum Nursery at Orchard Park.

5) Pick up information sheets at the arboretum headquarters or the Arboretum Terrace Garden.

6) See and purchase some of the All-Star plants at the annual Plant Faire!

The arboretum’s annual Plant Faire will be held Saturday, October 1. Members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum can purchase plants starting at 8 a.m.; the sale is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arboretum Nursery at Orchard Park.

To get to the Plant Faire: From LaRue Road on campus, turn west onto Orchard Road. Park in Visitor Lot 35, the first driveway on the left. Enter the arboretum nursery through the gate on the south side of the parking lot. For more detailed instructions, see: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/Directions.htm.

The Web site for the UC Davis Arboretum is http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.


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Pesticide Information: Web Resources
The following three sites offer information about pesticides:

1. California Department of Pesticide Regulation
http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/dprdatabase.htm

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has a number of collections of data and other information related to pesticide registration, licensing, pesticide use, environmental effects, enforcement, and other elements of the DPR Program.

2. UC IPM Online
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu

The University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) develops and promotes information on the use of integrated, ecologically sound pest management in California. The Web site offers information on IPM research projects, how to manage pests in a variety of settings, and educational resources.

3. EXTOXNET: The Extension Toxicology Network
http://extoxnet.orst.edu

The Extoxnet InfoBase provides information about pesticides, including “Pesticide Information Profiles” (information on specific pesticides) and “Toxicology Information Briefs” (discussions of toxicology and environmental chemistry concepts), along with fact sheets, newsletters, and other resources.


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Whither Goest the Killer Bees?
Twenty years ago the mutant Africanized killer bees were thought to be speeding toward Sacramento. Accounts of their evil comings filled the headlines. Why has the alarm died down?

Eric Mussen, bee expert and Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Entomology, says, “What we think is happening is that these bees, as they move north, are interbreeding with our European strains, and they’re losing some of their most undesirable traits.” Mussen adds that the bees will reach Sacramento. Learning to live with the excitable bees and to wear protective clothing will be a challenge for beekeepers and people who live in close range to the bees.

Sacramento Bee
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/whatever_happened_to/story/13398716p-14240067c.html

For more information about bees, see the Department of Entomology Web site:
http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/home.cfm

Eric Mussen
(530) 752-0472
[email protected]


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Plant Sciences in the 21st Century, September 27, 2005
The Department of Plant Sciences will host a symposium on September 27, 2005, in Freeborn Hall. The purpose of the symposium is twofold:

1) Provide an overview of current trends and future outlook of agricultural sustainability, biodiversity and conservation, plant genetics, and international agricultural development in the plant sciences, and

2) Showcase the breadth and depth of current research, teaching, and extension/outreach activities in the plant sciences at UC Davis and in collaboration with Cooperative Extension advisors.

Speakers have been invited from outside the university to address these areas; and eight speakers from within the Department of Plant Sciences will present their research/views on the same issues. A poster session will reflect research programs in plant sciences.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Department of Plant Sciences, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the Storer Life Sciences Endowment. There is no fee for the symposium, and lunch will be provided for those that pre-register.

For a complete agenda and registration information, see:
http://groups.ucanr.org/symposium.

Contact:
Kitty Schlosser
(530) 752-9104
[email protected]


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“Plan? We Don’t Have a Plan!”, September 29, 2005
Lisa Lapin, assistant vice chancellor for University Communications, will present “Plan? We Don't Have a Plan!” as part of the CA&ES Communications Series on September 29, 2005, 10–11 a.m., in Room 203 Mrak. The program will cover crisis communications protocol, and why each department and unit in the college should have a communications plan. 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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Fall Faculty Social, September 29, 2005
Faculty are invited to join Dean Neal Van Alfen in thanking and welcoming outgoing and incoming department chairs, members of the college executive committees, and undergraduate master advisers at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ “Fall Faculty Social” on Thursday, September 29, 2005, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, Moss Patio. Wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by Friday, September 23 to:
Claudette Oriol
(530) 752-2120
[email protected]


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Arboretum Plant Faire, October 1, 2005
The arboretum’s annual Plant Faire will be held Saturday, October 1. Members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum can purchase plants starting at 8 a.m.; the sale is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arboretum Nursery at Orchard Park. See the “In the Spotlight” article in this issue for more information on the arboretum.


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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. 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.

The Award of Distinction 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 eight award recipients this year are:

Outstanding Alumni: Michael Campbell, Calvin Dooley, Stuart Rowe, Neil Rutger, Jack Stone
Outstanding Young Alumna: Tara Habig McHugh
Outstanding Faculty: Robert Fridley
Outstanding Family and Friends: Kenneth Grossman

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, or 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. Contact:
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. 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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