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January 19, 2006

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Message from the Dean
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Facility Policies

In The News
James Wolpert: Flooding and Vineyard Damage
Frank Mitloehner: A Primer on Air Emissions
Benjamin Orlove: Is Global Warming Killing Frogs?
Linda Bacon: Stop Dieting!

What
Food, Fermentation and Micro-organisms: New Book
Ogawa Research and Teaching Endowment
Arboretum Events

When
Goat Day; January 21, 2006
Agricultural Subsidies: Impact on Family Farmers; January 24, 2006
Student Action for a Sustainable Campus Food System; January 31, 2006
More Than a Thousand Words; February 1, 2006
The Dangers of Agroterrorism: Strategies for Preparedness; February 6, 2006
Riki Ott, Exxon Valdez Spill Expert; February 7, 2006
Hunger in the Fields; February 7, 2006
Breeding with Molecular Markers; February 8–9, 2006
California’s Immigrant Farmworkers; February 14, 2006
Design as a Visual Functional Expression; February 15, 2006
Agustin Huneeus: Liquid Sugar Lecture; February 23, 2006
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day; March 3–4, 2006
Genomics for Agriculture; March 15–16, 2006
Terroir 2006; March 19–22, 2006


A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Facility Policies

Our college has made a significant investment in special facilities that support our teaching, research, and engagement responsibilities. Within the past five years, several new facilities were developed to serve our faculty members in their efforts to maintain cutting-edge research and teaching programs, such as the informatics, the plant transformation, and the genomics facilities.

Our new contained research facility will soon be available to support faculty research. The college currently invests about $3.8 million each year to support the operating costs of our 78 facilities.

As part of our strategic planning efforts for the college, it is wise for us to have a faculty committee examine our special facilities and develop a set of principles that will guide future college investment in them. We need guidance in deciding which types of facilities should be supported by the college, and which should not. We need principles to guide which types of facilities should have recharges, and which should not.

Ultimately, we need to make sure that the college has the resources to meet the needs of the very dynamic research and teaching needs of our faculty members. The purpose of this planning is not to reduce our investment in these facilities, but to assure that we are wise in our investments.

Hildegarde Heymann, professor in viticulture and enology, has agreed to chair a committee that will seek broad faculty input as the committee develops its recommendations on facilities. Committee members will be appointed shortly and your input to the committee will be welcome.

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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James Wolpert: Flooding and Vineyard Damage

 

Jim Wolpert, chair of viticulture and enology, was featured in recent news stories about the effects of the flooding in early January on California vineyards. He noted that dormant vines can often withstand several weeks of flooding, but that the flooding can cause significant structural and physical damage within vineyards, such as soil erosion and damage to trellises.

NPR: Talk of the Nation
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=13731

San Francisco Chronicle
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=13741

James Wolpert
(530) 752-0381
[email protected]

 

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Frank Mitloehner: A Primer on Air Emissions

 

Some of the terms that are used in defining air emissions in dairy production – ammonia, methane, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter – are explained in an article in Dairy Today. Frank Mitloehner, a specialist in the animal science department, also addresses how dairy producers can manage methane production.

 

In a related article in Western Farm Press, Mitloehner addresses his findings that dairy cows emit lower levels of pollutants than previously thought.

Dairy Today
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=13743

Western Farm Press
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=13735

Frank Mitloehner
(530) 752-3936
[email protected]

 

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Benjamin Orlove: Is Global Warming Killing Frogs?

 

Global warming may produce the fungus that is killing harlequin frogs in the tropical forests of Costa Rica. An article in The Wall Street Journal reports on Ben Orlove’s findings on frog deaths. Orlove notes, however, that establishing a link between global warming and species elimination is not easy. Orlove, a professor in environmental science and policy, said that there “could be several interconnected factors contributing to the problem,” including habitat destruction, pesticides, and other factors.

 

The Wall Street Journal
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=13823

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

 

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Linda Bacon: Stop Dieting!

 

In lessening the impact of certain health problems, the role of diet and exercise can be more important than weight loss. In an article in U.S. News & World Report, several researchers note that a high level of fitness, regardless of weight, allows people to live longer and develop fewer chronic illnesses than thin people who are not fit.

According to Linda Bacon, researcher in the nutrition department, “Since diet and exercise is the stuff that really matters, let’s go after it directly and not use weight loss as the goal.” The article addresses why dieting often fails and why fitness counts.

U.S. News & World Report
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/in_the_news/full_text/view_clip.lasso?id=13833

Linda Bacon
[email protected]

 

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Food, Fermentation and Micro-organisms: New Book

 

In his latest book, Charles Bamforth, professor of food science and technology, examines fermentation from both historic and scientific perspectives. "Food, Fermentation and Micro-organisms" covers a variety of beverages produced via fermentation, including beer, wine, cider, distilled alcoholic beverages, flavored sprits, and sake. It also examines production of cheese, yogurt, bread, meat, vegetables, cocoa, and indigenous fermented foods such as soy sauce and miso.

The new textbook also includes a discussion of the aspects of microbiology and microbial physiology that are relevant to food and beverage fermentation. "Food, Fermentation and Micro-organisms," available in hardback, is published by Blackwell Publishing.

Charles Bamforth
(530) 752-1467
[email protected]

 

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Ogawa Research and Teaching Endowment

 

The Joseph M. Ogawa Research and Teaching Endowment Committee in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is accepting proposals from undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers for research projects addressing production problems of temperate zone tree fruit and nut crops.

In addition, proposals for educational programs, i.e. course development, extension activities, and field short courses benefiting UC students, the fields of plant pathology and pomology, and the California fruit and nut industries are requested. Proposals may be submitted by students, staff, or faculty.

Awards must be expended in support of undergraduates, graduate students, postgraduate researchers, and faculty/staff within the UC system. Up to four $1,000 awards are available in 2006. Applications should include a letter of application, a research proposal (less than 1,500 words), and a letter of support from a UC faculty member or department chair.

The application deadline is February 15, 2006. Please address applications to The Ogawa Endowment Committee, c/o Donna Gutierrez, Dean’s Office, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA 95616-8571.

Donna Gutierrez
(530) 754-8961
[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.

“Container Gardening”; Saturday, February 4, 11 a.m., Arboretum Terrace Garden
Docent Mary Horton will discuss planting in multiple layers and grouping containers of different types and sizes to create depth and density. The tour will meet at the Arboretum Terrace Garden, next to Borders Books and Music at the Davis Commons retail center on First Street.

“Walk With Warren”; Wednesday, February 8, 12 noon, Arboretum Gazebo
Join arboretum superintendent Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the arboretum. Enjoy the winter weather, learn about the arboretum’s collections, and get a little exercise. Meet at the Gazebo, off Garrod Drive on campus.

“First Signs of Spring”; Sunday, February 12, 2 p.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center
Spring is almost here, and the natural world is bursting with new life and renewal. Docent Kate Mawdsley will point out fresh green shoots, swelling buds, and the earliest blossoms. She will also discuss the bird, bat, and insect pollinators that keep the whole ecosystem humming.

“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, which starts at the arboretum headquarters on LaRue Road.

“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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Goat Day; January 21, 2006

 

Goat producers from throughout California will gather for this one-day update on the latest in goat health and management. Speakers from the Department of Animal Science and School of Veterinary Medicine will be joined by guest presenters from industry and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The event will run from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. A complete agenda is available online at http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/events/dairygoatday/2006.

Contact:
Jan Carlson
Department of Animal Science
(530) 752-6792
[email protected]

 

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Agricultural Subsidies: Impact on Family Farmers; January 24, 2006

 

Victoria Mesa, with Oxfam America, will speak on “U.S. Agricultural Subsidies: The Impact on Family Farmers Here and Abroad” on Tuesday, January 24, 4:00 p.m., in Room 101, Bowley Science Center.

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.

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

 

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Student Action for a Sustainable Campus Food System; January 31, 2006

 

Navina Khanna, Jason Pentzer, and Rainbow Vogt, graduate students in international agriculture and development and in nutritional biology, will present “Student Action for a Sustainable Campus Food System at UC Davis” on Tuesday, January 31, 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.

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

 

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More Than a Thousand Words; February 1, 2006

 

Margarita Camarena, senior artist in the CA&ES Dean’s Office, will present “…More Than a Thousand Words” as part of the CA&ES Communications Series on Wednesday, February 1, 2006, 10 to 11 a.m., in Mrak Hall, Room 203.

This workshop will cover the use of photographs for print publications and the Web. Topics include print vs. digital photos, composition, cropping, scanning, photo credits, authorizations, and cataloging. 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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The Dangers of Agroterrorism: Strategies for Preparedness; February 6, 2006

 

Jerry Gillespie, director of the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, will present a seminar, “The Dangers of Agroterrorism: Strategies for Preparedness,” on Monday, February 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.

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

 

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Riki Ott, Exxon Valdez Spill Expert; February 7, 2006

 

Scientist, activist, and author Riki Ott will give a lecture that weaves the legacy of the Exxon Valdez spill into current issues of public health, environmental pollution, and our energy future. Ott helps the public understand the effects of oil and other contaminants on water quality and aquatic ecosystems. She was on the scene at the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, experiencing the environmental devastation, economic losses to the fishing industry, and psychosocial trauma to the close-knit community.

Ott will speak in the AGR room at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center on Tuesday, February 7, at 4:00 p.m. Following her presentation, Ott will sign copies of her book “Sound Truth and Corporate Myths: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.”

John Muir Institute of the Environment
(530) 752-5643
[email protected]

 

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Hunger in the Fields; February 7, 2006

 

Cathy Wirth, a graduate student in international agriculture and development, will present “Hunger in the Fields: Food Insecurity Among California Farmworkers” on Tuesday, February 7, 4:00 p.m., in Room 101, Bowley Science Center.

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.

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

 

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Breeding with Molecular Markers; February 8–9, 2006

 

The Seed Biotechnology Center is presenting a two-day course that covers strategies for using molecular tools in different breeding schemes and crops. Leading industry and university experts will guide participants on how, when, and what types of molecular markers should be used in breeding programs, including marker-assisted selection, accelerated backcrossing, and quantitative trait loci.

The course is aimed at professionals who are involved in plant breeding and germplasm improvement. For more information or to enroll, see http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Events/Breeding_with_Molecular_Markers_-_February_2006.htm.

Contact:
Sue Webster
Seed Biotechnology Center
(530) 754-7333
[email protected]

 

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California’s Immigrant Farmworkers; February 14, 2006

 

Luis Magana, with Project Voice for Immigrants, American Friends Service Committee, will present “California’s Immigrant Farmworkers: The Perspective from the Field” on Tuesday, February 14, 4:00 p.m., in Room 101, Bowley Science Center.

His presentation is part of the “Agriculture, Food, and Community Series,” sponsored by the plant sciences department, SAREP, the Student Farm, and several other organizations.

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

 

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Design as a Visual Functional Expression; February 15, 2006

 

Laurie Lewis, design manager for University Communications, will present “Design as a Visual Functional Expression” as part of the CA&ES Communications Series on Wednesday, February 15, 2006, 10 to 11 a.m., in Mrak Hall, Room 203.

This workshop will cover basic design elements – including specific colors, fonts, and logos – and how they are integrated into campus print and Web communications. Learn where to find these elements, how to use them, and how you can benefit from UC Davis branding. 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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Agustin Huneeus: Liquid Sugar Lecture; February 23, 2006

 

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics will hold its 2005–2006 Liquid Sugars Lecture on February 23, 2006, 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.

Contact:
Rachael Goodhue
Agricultural and Resource Economics
(530) 754-7812
[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 for the annual Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day on campus. 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.

Contact:
Stacie Hewitt
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
(530) 754-9083
[email protected]

 

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Genomics for Agriculture; March 15–16, 2006

 

The Plant Genomics Program (http://indica.ucdavis.edu/PGP/) is holding a symposium in honor of the late professor Charlie Rick on March 15–16, 2006, titled "Genomics for Agriculture." 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 ensures a seat. Registration also counts as your lunch ticket on March 16. Program and registration information are at: http://indica.ucdavis.edu/PGP/index.php?nav=events&link=rick.

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

 

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Terroir 2006; March 19–22, 2006

 

The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science is sponsoring an international conference, Terroir 2006, in March. 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 internationally recognized scholars and producers, and pre- and post-conference field trips. For a full program schedule, visit the Terroir page, http://terroir.ucdavis.edu/index.htm, at the RMI Web site.

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

 

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