August 10, 2006
Message from the Dean
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Welcoming Our New Students
Kinsella Memorial Prize: Susan Swanberg, Kara Schmelzer
Walter Leal: Chair, Department of Entomology
CA&ES Career Discovery Groups Program
2006–07 Campus Calendars
New “CA&ES Impact” Statements
Nanotechnology Process Facility
Official UC Davis Fonts
Humboldt Research Fellowships
Western Human Nutrition Research Center: Dedication; August 15, 2006
Women’s Self Defense Workshop; August 16, 2006
Community Blood Drive; August 23–24, 2006
Dry Bean Field Production Meeting; August 24, 2006
Balancing Water Demands in Agriculture; August 22–24, 2006; CANCELED
Fresh-cut Products Workshop, September 19–21, 2006
Agricultural Health and Safety Conference, September 20–22, 2006
CA&ES College Celebration; October 13, 2006
Agricultural Water Reuse Conference; October 29–31, 2006
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Welcoming Our New Students
The week beginning August 7 was summer advising for our incoming undergraduate students. This is the time when new students, and their parents, are introduced to UC Davis and our college. First impressions are always important, so I appreciate the very positive impact that our faculty and staff make by their participation in the socials that we host for the parents. Having the opportunity to meet with the professors who will be teaching their students is very reassuring for parents. One program that parents particularly complimented was the Career Discovery Groups program that we are initiating this year (see the accompanying article in this issue).
We will have some challenges this next year as we welcome an unusually large group of new students. There will be about 130 more-than-expected new students in our college this year (close to 1,500 new students have indicated that they will register this fall in CA&ES; 980 are freshmen, the others are transfers). Our associate dean for undergraduate academic programs, Diane Ullman, and her team were active in the recruitment of these new students, and now are leading the efforts in managing the increased class enrollments that will result from this growth.
I want to thank all of you who are working to make the UC Davis experience for our new students a very positive one. As always, I value your feedback. If you have questions or comments, please e-mail me.
Neal K. Van Alfen
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Two recent Ph.D. graduates in the college, Susan Swanberg and Kara Schmelzer, are recipients of the 2006 Kinsella Memorial Prize, in honor of the late John E. Kinsella, a food science and technology professor and dean of the college. The prize is awarded by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to doctoral students who have made major contributions to nutrition and human health; students with major professors in the college are eligible for nomination.
Susan Swanberg, who recently completed her Ph.D. in the genetics graduate group under Professor Mary Delany in the Department of Animal Science, completed the dissertation, “Telomere Length Regulation in an Avian Model.” Swanberg is currently an NIH postdoctoral trainee with the M.I.N.D. Institute on campus.
Kara Schmelzer, who completed her Ph.D. in the pharmacology and toxicology graduate group under Professor Bruce Hammock in the Department of Entomology, completed the dissertation, “Oxidized Lipids in Acute and Chronic Inflammatory Models.” Schmelzer is currently a staff research associate in the Department of Entomology.
Walter Leal, a professor of entomology who is internationally known for his research on chemical ecology and how insects detect smells, is the new chair of the Department of Entomology, effective July 1. He will serve a five-year term, replacing interim chair and emeritus entomology professor Robert Washino. Entomology professors Frank Zalom and Thomas Scott will serve as vice chairs.
Incoming freshmen in our college will have a new opportunity starting this fall to join a Career Discovery Group (CDG). Participants choose from one of 18 diverse Career Discovery Group topics. They take a cluster of three classes linked to their CDG topic, one per quarter during their freshman year, including a general education course, a class that explores a major-related topic, and a career discovery seminar led by the campus Internship and Career Center. Each CDG is limited to 20 students and is mentored by a Career Discovery Fellow, a graduate student who organizes discussions and activities geared to the students’ interests.
“We developed Career Discovery Groups to help freshmen explore their career options early in the undergraduate experience,” said Diane Ullman, associate dean for undergraduate academic programs. According to Dave Rizzo, director of the Science and Society Program, “New students can get exposure to a career path right away while earning credit toward major and graduation requirements. Our research shows that students who choose a career path and a major early are more likely to graduate in four years.”
The program is voluntary, and is open to all students, whether undeclared (exploratory) or entering with a major. If you have questions about the Career Discovery Groups, please visit http://sas.ucdavis.edu or contact Rizzo or Ullman.
University Communications has announced its media training schedule for the 2006–07 academic year, with dates for both regular and advanced media training. The one-day regular training workshop is recommended for any faculty, administrator, or staff member likely to be called upon to do media interviews. The provost often asks new administrators to attend, and some deans require new department chairs to attend the workshop. Faculty and staff with expertise on hot media topics, and even graduate students and undergraduate student leaders are welcome to enroll. Class sizes are intentionally small, so sign up early.
The regular “Media Training I” is a full-day class, taught by Paul Pfotenhauer, UC Davis News Service broadcast specialist, and Lisa Lapin, assistant vice chancellor for University Communications. The cost is $35, which includes program materials and lunch. Dates are Sept. 13, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, and April 12.
The “Advanced Media Training” class, taught by Pfotenhauer and Mitchel Benson, News Service director, is a three-hour program for those who have completed the first class. Dates are Oct. 11, Dec. 6, and March 7.
To register for any of the classes, contact:
University Communications is now making available to the campus community the UC Davis 2006–07 poster calendar. This is the month-to-month calendar that was previously produced in limited quantities by the Office of Admissions.
The large, single-page wall calendar (Sept. 2006–August 2007) lists the key dates during the academic year, and contains UC Davis Points of Pride.
The calendars may be ordered by campus units in quantities of 10 or more for 75 cents each at http://ucomm.ucdavis.edu/pub_orders/. Orders should be placed by campus units now; delivery is expected in late August.
The Communications Unit in the CA&ES Dean’s Office produces a series of two-page articles highlighting the impact of individual research and/or outreach programs in the college. They are written primarily to show the significance and relevance of our programs to our stakeholders. Several new Impact statements – “Mexican American Families,” “Developing Healthy Infant Formulas,” “Reducing Landscape Water Use,” and “Reducing Mosquito-borne Diseases” – were recently posted on the Impact site: http://caes.ucdavis.edu/NewsEvents/News/Impact/Default.htm.
If you have ideas for additional Impact statements, please contact:
CA&ES Dean’s Office
The Northern California Nanotechnology Center (NC2), is a new nanotechnology process facility administrated by the College of Engineering. Services provided include design, development, and fabrication of micro and nano technology devices for life sciences, agriculture, biological, chemical, and engineering processes.
Some research areas include cell manipulation, artificial cells, patch calms and micro-electrodes, biosensors, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, PDMS, working with nano or pico liter volumes, micro and nano structures, surface property modification, milling of biological samples, MEMS, and nano-tubes, nano-particles, nano-wires, and nano-cables.
Many of these can be fabricated/performed through the new facility. If you are interested in any of the above or related applications, please send an e-mail to [email protected] listing the applications. You will be added to an e-mail list which will inform you of nanotechnology seminars, micro and nano technology courses, and other information regarding university nanotechnology services.
Frank Yaghmaie, Director
Northern California Nanotechnology Center
The official UC Davis fonts -- the Berkeley Oldstyle and Futura families -- are now available from the campus Software License Coordination home page. The cost for 18 weights of the two font families, which allows for plenty of variety in print publications while still supporting campus graphic standards, is only $15 per computer workstation. The fonts are in the OpenType format and work with all the Mac and Windows operating systems listed on the fonts license site. You can access the site through MyUCDavis, via http://my.ucdavis.edu/software.
On the MyUCDavis page, select Software (under the UCD Resources tab). This brings up the Software License Coordination Home. Select Software. From the long list on that page select Official UC Davis Fonts.
The Humboldt Research Fellowship Program supports highly qualified young scientists and scholars of all nationalities and all disciplines so that they may carry out long-term research projects in Germany. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, the quality and feasibility of the proposed research project, and the candidate’s refereed publications.
Applicants design their own research projects and may stay in Germany for 6 to 24 months. Monthly stipends are available. Applicants must have a doctoral degree and be less than 40 years of age. Applications can be submitted at any time.
For more information, see http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/en/programme/stip_aus/stp.htm.
For more information, visit the arboretum Web site: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
“Annual Plant Faire,” Saturday, October 7, 2006
Mark your calendar for the Arboretum’s 32nd annual Plant Faire. Watch for more details.
“Arboretum Volunteer Training,” Fridays, October 20–December 15, 2006
The UC Davis Arboretum will conduct a training program for arboretum volunteers. Currently needed are education volunteers, curatorial team members, nursery assistants, and gardeners. For more information, contact Amy McGuire, (530) 754-9126, or [email protected].
The dedication ceremony for the Western Human Nutrition Research Center will be held Tuesday, August 15, 10:00 a.m., at the new facility adjacent to the Genome building (on the west end of campus). Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef and Edward Knipling, USDA ARS, will help dedicate the center.
If you plan to attend the dedication, please contact Mary Parker by August 8.
Western Human Nutrition Research Center
The Women’s Resources and Research Center is sponsoring a free self-defense workshop for staff on Wednesday, August 16, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in King Lounge, Memorial Union. The workshop teaches strategies to increase awareness and reduce risk, as well as provides simple self-defense techniques for women of all ages, body types, and physical abilities.
For more information, or to register for the workshop, call (530) 752-3372 or send an e-mail to [email protected].
Please consider donating blood during the ASUCD-Davis Community Blood Drive on Wednesday and Thursday, August 23–24, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the bloodmobiles on the Quad or in the ARC Ballroom. Every donor will receive a coupon for a free pint of ice cream at any participating Northern California Baskin-Robbins store.
Departmental release time is appropriate for staff wishing to donate, sanctioned by the chancellor. To help alleviate waiting times, there will be a special section for faculty and staff. Please take a picture identification to register. All staff, faculty, students, and alumni are members of the ASUCD-Davis community blood program, which provides members and their families with 100 percent coverage for blood and blood costs.
The UC Davis Dry Bean Field Production Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the fields north of the Bee Biology Center on Bee Biology and Hopkins Roads. The morning field program will be followed by the traditional barbecue lunch at noon. Field talks will include results of trials and studies on genetic diversity of Brazilian beans, black eye breeding/yields, lima bean lygus breeding, baby lima lygus IPM, baby lima spider mites, plant growth regulators, new herbicide screening, Ascochyta control in garbanzos, and common bean breeding.
For directions and a full program, see http://calendar.ucanr.org/eventdisplay.cfm?caleventnum=15911.
This program has been canceled. For more information, contact:
CA&ES Dean’s Office
The 11th annual, three-day workshop, “Fresh-cut Products: Maintaining Quality and Safety,” is designed for food professionals and researchers in the fresh and processed fruit and vegetable industries. The program includes lectures, demonstrations, and discussions that include UC Davis research. The program is sponsored by the UC Davis Postharvest Technology Research and Information Center, partnering with the International Fresh-cut Produce Association.
For more information, see http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu/Announce/freshcut2006brochure.pdf.
“Health and Safety in Western Agriculture: Research to Practice (r2p)”, a conference sponsored by the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, will be held at the Asilomar Conference Ground in Pacific Grove, Calif., on September 20–22.
The presentations and speakers will focus on how to translate research into practice, exploring different types of research, engineering, policy, etc. that bridge the gap. The conference schedule and registration forms are available at: http://agcenter.ucdavis.edu/Announce/R2P2006.php. The target audience includes educators, researchers, public health workers, farm owners/producers, farm operations managers, and farmworker groups.
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
On Friday, October 13, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will bestow its Awards of Distinction at its 18th annual College Celebration in Freeborn Hall. 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. Mark your calendars for this fun event. For more information, see http://caes.ucdavis.edu/NewsEvents/Events/Celebration/Default.htm.
The WateReuse Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Washington State University invite you to attend “Opportunities and Challenges in Agricultural Water Reuse,” a specialty conference to be held October 29–31, at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, Calif. The conference will cover success stories in agricultural water reuse, the USDA’s role in water management, regulations and health aspects of using recycled water on edible and nonedible crops, economics, technology, and public perception.
For program and registration information, see http://www.watereuse.org/2006Symposium/index.html.
UC Center for Water Resources