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February 16, 2006

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Message from the Dean
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Faculty Search Processes

Who
Paul Singh: Editor, The Journal of Food Engineering
Charles Goldman: Green Scholarship, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
College Gets Five “Best of Davis” Awards

In The News
Daniel Sperling: Switchgrass as a Fuel Source

What
CA&ES “Discover” Sheets
Terroir 2006 – Enroll Soon
Common Threads; March 9, 2006
Lawrence Livermore Summer Internship Program
Call for Papers -- The Future of Agriculture: Science, Stewardship, and Sustainability
Arboretum Events
Academic and Strategic Planning Committee Minutes

When
Science and Poverty, Talk of the Nation; February 17, 2006
A Village Coming Home; February 21, 2006
Agustin Huneeus: Liquid Sugar Lecture; February 21, 2006
Building Communities; February 28, 2006
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day; March 3–4, 2006
Health and Safety in Large Dairies; March 6, 2006
Growing Minds: One Seed at a Time; March 7, 2006
Ted Sommer: Sacramento River, River of Life; March 10, 2006
Plant Genomics Symposium; March 15–16, 2006
Water Resources Coordinating Conference; April 26–27, 2006


A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Faculty Search Processes
I have widely shared the protocols that will be used in the search to fill faculty positions allocated through the initiative process. Since there has been discussion and disagreement by some faculty members regarding the cluster search process that is being used in the Global Environmental Change initiative, I want to share the method that was used to choose this type of search process for the six CA&ES faculty positions associated with this initiative.

Our college’s Dean’s Council, consisting of Dean’s Office representatives, department chair representatives, Executive Committee representatives, and the chair of the CE Specialist Advisory Committee, proposed the search process for this initiative. This proposal was then taken for approval to our Department Chairs Meeting and to the Executive Committee. Both groups discussed the search strategy and approved the plan.

Since all of the initiative proposals were written by groups of faculty members and approved through a long evaluation process, it was felt that the search strategies for the faculty positions awarded through these proposals must conform to the intent of the proposals’ authors. These authors were consulted throughout the process and indicated their support for the approved search strategies.

I encourage discussion of strategies and principles related to future faculty searches, but the current searches will be conducted using the approved plan. 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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Paul Singh: Editor, The Journal of Food Engineering
R. Paul Singh, professor of food engineering, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Department of Food Science and Technology, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Food Engineering, published by Elsevier Ltd. This journal receives over 1,000 manuscripts annually for publication.

R. Paul Singh
(530) 752-0811
[email protected]

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Charles Goldman: Green Scholarship, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Charles Goldman, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, has been awarded a Green Scholarship for two years by the UC Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The Green Scholar program, named for Cecil and Ida Green, started in 1972 and pays the expenses of visiting scholars to the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics within the Scripps Institution in La Jolla, Calif.

Goldman will give an opening lecture on his Tahoe research at the institution on February 24, and will spend some lecture and research time there during the two years of the award. He will be working with Professor Graham Kent who has been doing seismic work on the Tahoe Basin during the last several years.

Charles Goldman
530) 752-1557
[email protected]

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College Gets Five “Best of Davis” Awards
In a special “Best of Davis” section in the California Aggie (Feb. 7, 2006), students chose their “Best GE Requirement Classes” on campus. Leading the list were:

  1. Nut 10 and FST 10 (tie)
  2. FST 3

“Nutrition 10: Discoveries and Concepts in Nutrition” is taught by Liz Applegate, a lecturer in the Department of Nutrition. “Food Science 10: Food, Folklore, and Health” is taught by Gerald Russell, a lecturer in the Department of Food Science and Technology. “Food Science 3: Introduction to Brewing and Beer” is taught by Charles Bamforth, chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology.

 

Listed as “Most Picturesque Place” and “Best Place to Take a Date” was the UC Davis Arboretum. Congratulations to everyone who makes our CA&ES classes, programs, and locations so notable.

 

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Daniel Sperling: Switchgrass as a Fuel Source

 

Dan Sperling, a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, said, "Ethanol from cellulose [like switchgrass] is a great energy strategy because for every gallon of ethanol [produced], a tiny amount of fossil material [is used.] There's a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gases, so from an energy perspective it's far superior [to corn]."

Switchgrass grows throughout the Great Plains and parts of the southern U.S. Its use as a fuel for automobiles has the potential to reduce our use of oil, according to an article on ABCNews.com. What is needed is a commercial plant that will make ethanol from switchgrass on a large scale. Sperling noted that “what we really need is a commitment on the industry and business side to invest."

ABCNews.com
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=14040

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

 

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CA&ES “Discover” Sheets

 

Our college’s latest communications project – “Discover” – was developed for use in CA&ES recruitment, relations, and promotional efforts. One-page, full-color Discover sheets were designed for each of the college’s 18 departments. Each sheet highlights:

  • The department’s activities related to the Agricultural Experiment Station
  • The impact that department’s research is having locally, regionally, and internationally
  • The department’s future priorities

Members of the Dean’s Advisory Council, CA&ES Policy Council, the College Advancement Team, and individual departments are assembling Discover packets in a variety of ways:

  • Individual departments are using Discover sheets in recruitment packets for faculty and students
  • Discover sheets are being clustered into packets relating to the environmental sciences, the agricultural sciences, or the human sciences
  • Members of the Dean’s Advisory Council use Discover packets, comprised of all 18 sheets, when meeting with external stakeholders and groups

The Discover project is online in PDF format at http://www.caes.ucdavis.edu/News/Discover/Default.htm. If you want printed copies, please contact:

Rhoda McKnight
(530) 752-9328
[email protected]

 

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Terroir 2006 – Enroll Soon

 

The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science is hosting an international conference, Terroir 2006, on March 19–22. The conference is for researchers, grape growers, and winemakers who have an interest in terroir, the influence of the natural environment on the growing of grapes and the production of wine.

The conference includes presentations from more than 30 internationally recognized scholars and producers, meals, and several pre- and post-conference field trips. For a full program schedule, visit the Terroir page, http://terroir.ucdavis.edu, at the RMI Web site.

If you are planning on attending, please enroll soon. The enrollment deadline is March 10.

Claudette Oriol
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 752-2120
[email protected]

 

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Common Threads; March 9, 2006

 

Six women have been selected as the 2006 honorees for the Common Threads Awards which recognize women from the Sacramento Valley for their agricultural, philanthropic, and community service. The recipients are Trini Campbell, Gail Kautz, Barbara LeVake, Melinda Mendelson, Laura Tower, and Mary-Ann Warmerdam. These women have strong agricultural backgrounds and are active participants in their counties through philanthropic endeavors and community service.

The honorees will be recognized at a luncheon on Thursday, March 9, 2006, in the ARC Ballroom on campus. The keynote speaker will be Assemblymember Barbara Matthews, and the mistress of ceremonies will be California Department of Food and Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kim Myrman. The Common Threads luncheon begins at 11:00 a.m. and will feature California wines, a raffle, and the awards presentation. Net proceeds raised from the luncheon go to charities of the honorees’ choice.

Common Threads is a collaborative effort of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, California Women for Agriculture, and the California Farm Bureau Federation. For ticket information, contact:

Claudette Oriol
(530) 752-2120
[email protected]

 

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Lawrence Livermore Summer Internship Program

 

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., holds an annual national competition for the Lawrence Livermore Summer Internship Program. Involvement in research provides interns with experiences that support their education and career goals. Students gain hands-on experience and the opportunity to apply learned theory to real-life problems and they publish and co-author papers and present their research at conferences and their schools.

Eligible students include college seniors and graduate students pursuing scientific studies in science, math, engineering, or technical fields involving biology, chemistry, computer science, or physics. For application information, see http://universitygateway.llnl.gov/undergrad_grad/llsip/.

 

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Call for Papers -- The Future of Agriculture: Science, Stewardship, and Sustainability

 

An international conference, “The Future of Agriculture: Science, Stewardship, and Sustainability,” will be held August 7–9, 2006, in Sacramento. The conference is sponsored by the US EPA ORD Hazardous Substance Technical Liaisons Program, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center, and the California EPA.

Conference participants may submit an abstract for an oral or a poster presentation by Wednesday, March 1, 2006. Complete conference and paper submission information can be found at http://www.dce.ksu.edu/dce/conf/ag&environment/.

Ellen Stauffer
Kansas State University (central standard time)
(785) 532-2562
[email protected]

 

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Arboretum Events

 

The guided tours listed below are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the arboretum Web site: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

“Acacias Along the Creek”; Saturday, February 18, 11 a.m., Arboretum Headquarters Enjoy a free tour of the acacia collection in the arboretum. Acacias, a group of trees and shrubs native mainly to Australia and Africa, are popular with gardeners for their billowing clouds of fragrant yellow or gold flowers. Docent Edith Vermeij will lead the tour.

“Microclimates in Your Garden”; Sunday, February 26, 2 p.m., Arboretum Terrace Garden Nearly every home landscape offers a range of microclimates with different plants thriving in each microclimate zone. Learn how to find the right place for every plant. Docent Taffy Bandman will show you how to do a microclimate audit of your garden.

 

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Academic and Strategic Planning Committee Minutes

 

New minutes have been added to the Web site for the college’s Academic and Strategic Planning Committee: http://caes.ucdavis.edu/FacStaff/ASPC/Default.htm.

Susan Harrison
(530) 752-7110
[email protected]

 

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Science and Poverty, Talk of the Nation; February 17, 2006

 

Benjamin Orlove, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, will be one of four guests on an NPR program on Friday, February 17. The program is Science Friday, the Friday segment of Talk of the Nation. Orlove and the other guests will be on for the first hour, discussing "science and poverty." The discussion will focus on whether science can help address the issues of poverty.

For broadcast times on your local NPR station, go to http://www.sciencefriday.com/pages/misc/faq/searchstations.html. Some stations have the program on streaming Internet, or offer podcasts.

Benjamin Orlove
(530) 752-6756
[email protected]

 

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A Village Coming Home; February 21, 2006

 

Ed Mata and Eddie Tanner, with the United Indian Health Services in Arcata, will present “A Village Coming Home” on Tuesday, February 21, 4:00 p.m., in Room 101, Bowley Science Center.

Their presentation is part of the “Agriculture, Food, and Community Series,” sponsored by the plant sciences department, SAREP, the Student Farm, and several other organizations. More on the seminar series is at http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/news/0601apr.htm.

Mark Van Horn
(530) 752-7645
[email protected]

 

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Agustin Huneeus: Liquid Sugar Lecture; February 21, 2006

 

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics will hold its 2005–2006 Liquid Sugars Lecture on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 (not February 23, as circulated earlier), with a presentation by Agustin Huneeus of Quintessa Winery. Huneeus will share insights from his long and illustrious career in the wine industry, including experience in marketing and production at a variety of firms, ranging from Seagram's to Quintessa.

The lecture will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the AGR Room, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, and will be followed by a reception. Huneeus's visit is cosponsored by the Department of Viticulture and Enology, the Center for Wine Economics and Business, and the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.

Rachael Goodhue
Agricultural and Resource Economics
(530) 754-7812
[email protected]

 

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Building Communities; February 28, 2006

 

Catherine Sneed, from the Garden Project, San Francisco, will present “Building Communities” on Tuesday, February 28, 4:00 p.m., in the Wyatt Pavilion (not the Bowley Science Center, as previously announced). Sneed runs the successful and renowned prison garden program at the San Francisco County Jail.

Her presentation is part of the “Agriculture, Food, and Community Series,” sponsored by the plant sciences department, SAREP, the Student Farm, and several other organizations. More on the seminar series is at http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/news/0601apr.htm.

Mark Van Horn
(530) 752-7645
[email protected]

 

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Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day; March 3–4, 2006

 

The California Association of FFA and 4-H high-school students from California and surrounding states will gather on campus for the annual Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day. The students will compete in 27 contests ranging from livestock judging to agriculture computer applications. The contests are coordinated by UC Davis students, with campus faculty and staff members serving as contest advisers. More information about the event is available at http://caes.ucdavis.edu/Events/FieldDay.htm.

Stacie Hewitt
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 754-9083
[email protected]

 

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Health and Safety in Large Dairies; March 6, 2006

 

Frank Mitloehner, specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Animal Science, will present a seminar, “Health and Safety in Large Dairies,” on Monday, March 6, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 3201, Hart Hall.

The seminar is sponsored by the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, the Masters of Public Health Program, the Small Farm Center, and the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. Topics in the seminar series are at http://agcenter.ucdavis.edu/Announce/Documents/WCAHS-Seminars0506.pdf.

Stephen McCurdy
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
(530) 752-8051
[email protected]

 

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Growing Minds: One Seed at a Time; March 7, 2006

 

Ann Marie Kennedy and students from Grant High School in Sacramento will talk about their school’s environmental program in the presentation, “Grant's Environmental Organization: Growing Minds, One Seed at a Time,” on Tuesday, March 7, 4:00 p.m., in Room 101, Bowley Science Center.

Their presentation is part of the “Agriculture, Food, and Community Series,” sponsored by the plant sciences department, SAREP, the Student Farm, and several other organizations. More on the seminar series is at http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/news/0601apr.htm.

Mark Van Horn
(530) 752-7645
[email protected]

 

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Ted Sommer: Sacramento River, River of Life; March 10, 2006

 

The Sacramento River, the largest and most important river in California, provides water to 22 million people and serves the fifth largest economy in the world. The Landscape Architecture Program is offering a weekly seminar series this quarter that addresses pressing issues in river management and restoration.

Ted Sommer, a senior environmental scientist with the California Department of Water Resources, and with research interests in floodplain ecology and native fish restoration, will speak at the series on Friday, March 10, 12:00 noon, in Wellman Hall, Room 119.

Eric Larsen
Landscape Architecture Program
(530) 752-8336
[email protected]

 

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Plant Genomics Symposium; March 15–16, 2006

 

The Plant Genomics Program is holding a symposium in honor of the late professor Charley Rick on March 15–16, titled "Plant Genomics Program: Charley Rick Symposium." The keynote speaker is Christopher Somerville, professor at Carnegie Institution of Washington and the Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University.

The symposium is free for all UC Davis attendees, but registration is requested. Registration also counts as your lunch ticket on March 16. Program and registration information are at a new Web site: http://conferences.ucdavis.edu/charliericksymposium.

Victoria Whitworth
Plant Genomics Program
(530) 754-2252
[email protected]u

 

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Water Resources Coordinating Conference; April 26–27, 2006

 

The first UC ANR Water Resources Coordinating Conference will be held at the Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland on April 26–27. The purpose of the conference is to provide a "big picture" view of water issues facing California and discuss how the University of California fits into that picture.

The conference is for all ANR colleagues interested in water issues. Limited travel support will be available to ANR faculty, specialists, and advisors. Details regarding the program, registration, and hotel information will be posted on the UC Center for Water Resources Web site (www.waterresources.ucr.edu) as they become available.

Christine French
[email protected]

 

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