June 01, 2006
Message from the Dean
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Commencement and Retirements
Richard Bohart: International Research Medal
Randy Dahlgren: Director of Kearney Foundation of Soil Science
Edwin Frankel: Award Receives His Name
Charles Hess: Lifetime Recognition Award
Kirk Klasing: National Academy of Sciences Board
Anita Oberbauer: Distinguished Teaching Award
Institute of Transportation Studies, Joan Ogden, Daniel Sperling: Robert M. Zweig Award
UC Discovery Grants
Human Impacts of Pesticide Use; June 5, 2006
Faculty Meeting; June 8, 2006
ANR and Conservation Biology Workshop; June 8, 2006
CA&ES Commencement; June 18, 2006
Postharvest Technology Short Course, June 19–30, 2006
Wireless Networks and Sensors in Agriculture: Symposium; June 20–21, 2006
Agricultural Health and Safety Conference, Sept. 20–22, 2006
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Commencement and Retirements
This is the time of the academic year when we celebrate with our seniors and graduate students the successful completion of their degree requirements. During our celebrations we often overlook the fact that this is also the time of year when a number of our faculty members choose to retire after long and successful careers as teachers, researchers, and Cooperative Extension specialists.
During our college’s commencement ceremonies we always invite retiring faculty members to join us so that we can recognize them. This year about 15 faculty members will be retiring, so I cannot mention each of them, but I personally thank them for all they have done for our college. They are the ones who are largely responsible for our outstanding international reputation and they certainly deserve recognition and our thanks.
I want to point out that two former interim deans of our college are retiring this year -- Robert Webster and Andre Lauchli. Please join me in personally thanking Bob, Andre, and the other retiring faculty members who have done so much to build the great sense of community that we have within our college. We look forward to their continued engagement with the college and the university as professors emeriti.
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
A professor emeritus of entomology and namesake of the R.M. Bohart Museum of Entomology, Richard Bohart, 92, received the International Society of Hymenopterists (ISH) Distinguished Research Medal, one of three ever awarded. During his career, Bohart identified more than one million mosquitoes and wasps, authored 230 publications, and wrote six books on mosquitoes and wasps. The coveted medal has been given only to Bohart, Charles Michener at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and Zdenek Boucek at the Natural History Museum, London.
Bohart and his first wife, Margaret (who died in January 1994), established the Richard and Margaret Bohart Endowment Fund to support the museum. Bohart retired in 1979 and lives in Hercules with his wife, Elizabeth Arias.
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Randy Dahlgren, a professor of soil science and biogeochemistry in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, has been named as the director of the Kearney Foundation of Soil Science for the next five years. The mission that he will direct is “The understanding and managing of soil-ecosystem functions across spatial and temporal scales.”
The M. Theo Kearney Foundation of Soil Science was created to encourage and support research in the fields of soils, plant nutrition, and water science within the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Its five-year missions are dedicated to issues of public concern. Martin Theodore Kearney, a nineteenth-century English immigrant to the United States, was a pioneer land developer who became one of the most powerful and prosperous agricultural leaders in California.
The Division of Lipid Oxidation and Quality of the American Oil Chemists Society has initiated an award to recognize the research achievements of Edwin Frankel, an adjunct professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology. The Frankel Award will be presented annually for the best research paper concerning lipid oxidation published in one of the society's journals.
UC Davis Dateline
Charles Hess, former dean of CA&ES, and first dean of Cook College at Rutgers University, was recently honored with the Lifetime Recognition of Distinguished Leadership Award by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. In addition to his leadership at these two universities, Hess also served as assistant secretary of science and education in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and has held many other national and international leadership roles in his career.
Hess, a professor of plant sciences (formerly in the Department of Environmental Horticulture), is retired from UC Davis but continues to work as a special assistant for the provost and chancellor.
A professor in the Department of Animal Science, Kirk Klasing was recently appointed to the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR). BANR addresses science and policy issues confronting the agricultural, food, and environmental systems. Created in 1983, the Board is one of the ten major units within the National Research Council. The Council was established by the National Academy of Sciences in 1916 to associate the broad community of science and technology with the Academy's purposes of furthering knowledge and of advising the federal government.
Anita Oberbauer, vice chair and professor in the Department of Animal Science, has been awarded the 2006 Distinguished Teaching Award by the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science. The award recognizes distinguished teaching accomplishments in animal science courses by dedicated faculty at member institutions. Former recipients from UC Davis include Chris Calvert (2005) and Thomas Famula (2000).
ITS-Davis won the prestigious Robert M. Zweig Public Education Award from the National Hydrogen Association for its "Extensive hydrogen program headed by world-known researchers and scientists; publishing of over 50 papers on hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles and presenting over 80 papers at major international conferences; its broad graduate program to train the next generation of engineers, policymakers, and business leaders in hydrogen technology and policy."
The two faculty leaders in this area for ITS are Joan Ogden and Dan Sperling, both professors in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Sperling is also director of the Institute of Transportation Studies.
Are you planning a conference, workshop, or outreach event that will promote dialogue between the University of California and industry communities? Does it communicate developments in the following research fields at the University of California and within California R&D firms?: Biotechnology, Communications and Networking, Digital Media, Electronics Manufacturing and New Materials, or Information Technology for Life Sciences.
Does it enhance faculty, student, and staff understanding of commercial technology research, technology transfer, and opportunities for cooperative research with private sponsors? UC Discovery Grants are available for up to $15,000 to support your upcoming event.
For more information on how to apply, see www.ucdiscoverygrant.org.
The guided tours listed below are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the arboretum Web site: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
“Arboretum All-Stars — Great Plants for Central Valley Gardens,” Saturday, June 3, 11:00 a.m., Gazebo
Are you baffled when you visit a nursery, unsure which plant to choose? Do your plants die because they were just not suited to your garden conditions? The horticultural staff of the UC Davis Arboretum have identified 50 Arboretum All-Stars — tough, reliable plants that have been tested in the Arboretum, are easy to grow, don’t need a lot of water, have few problems with pests or diseases, and have outstanding qualities in the garden. Many of them are California native plants and/or support native birds and insects. Docent Pam Kazmierczak will discuss some of these plants during this tour of the Storer Garden in the Arboretum.
“The World of the Coast Redwood,” Saturday, June 10, 11:00 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center
Learn about the complex and fascinating ecosystem of the redwood forest during a walk that will provide a brief introduction to the ecology and history of the coast redwood, the most common animals and plants found with the redwoods, and the small trees and other plants that grow high up in the redwoods themselves. Docent Bev Watros will lead the tour.
“Walk With Warren,” Wednesday, June 14, 12 noon, Gazebo
Join Superintendent Warren Roberts for the last lunchtime stroll of the season in the Arboretum. Enjoy the cool, green garden, learn about the Arboretum’s collections, and get a little exercise.
“Microclimates in Your Garden,” Saturday, June 17, 10:00 a.m., Arboretum Terrace Garden
Nearly every home landscape offers a range of microclimates with varying amounts of water and sunlight, soil conditions, and effects from neighboring plants and buildings. Different plants thrive in each microclimate zone. Learn how to find the right place for every plant during this tour, led by docent Taffy Bandman, who will show you how to do a microclimate audit of your garden. The Arboretum Terrace, a home demonstration garden for California’s Central Valley, is located next to Borders Books and Music on First Street in Davis.
Margaret Reeves, a senior scientist with Pesticide Action Network, will present a seminar, "Documenting the Human Impacts of Current Pesticide Use Practices," on Monday, June 5, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 3201, Hart Hall.
This 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.
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
The annual spring faculty meeting for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will be held on June 8, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the AGR Room, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Faculty should attend, if possible.
Agenda items include a report from the Executive Committee, the dean's State of the College Address, and reports from departments, followed by an opportunity for general discussion of college issues. Refreshments will be served.
CA&ES Dean’s Office
Members of the UC ANR Conservation Biology Workgroup and others interested in conservation biology are encouraged to attend the workshop on Thursday, June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Bowley Plant Science Teaching Center. The mission of the workgroup is to plan and offer opportunities in the multidisciplinary and applied fields of conservation biology, including research, education, and service-oriented activities.
For agenda and registration information, contact:
Genetic Resources Conservation Program
The CA&ES spring commencement ceremonies will be at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, in the UC Davis Pavilion at ARC. The afternoon ceremony will be for graduates in four majors: Community and Regional Development, Human Development, International Agricultural Development, and Managerial Economics. All other majors in the college will be celebrated during the morning ceremony.
The keynote speaker for both ceremonies will be U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson, who represents California’s First Congressional District. There will also be a student speaker at each ceremony. The morning student speaker will be Garrett Pedretti, an animal science management and individual major. The afternoon student speaker will be Brianna Clegg, a human development major. This is a noteworthy achievement for these two exemplary students.
Special awards will be given to:
Charles Hess Community Service Awards
Male: Kyle Roy Keene, Environmental Toxicology
Female: Samia Ghaffar, College of Biological Sciences
Mary Regan Meyer Awards
Julia Halverson, Environmental Biology and Management
Sarah Hayward, Landscape Architecture
Sarah Matthews, Animal Science
For more information:
CA&ES Dean’s Office
Celebrating its 28th annual presentation, the Postharvest Technology Short Course is a two-week intensive study of current technological procedures used for handling fruits, nuts, vegetables, and ornamentals in California. It is designed for research and extension workers, quality control personnel, and other professionals interested in current advances in the postharvest technology of horticultural crops.
The first week is spent on intensive lectures and discussions on campus, followed by a second week of field tours covering packinghouses, cooling and storage facilities, produce distribution centers, field harvest, packing, and transportation facilities in California.
For more information, see http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu/announce/shortcourse.shtml.
New ultra-low power transmitters and miniaturized sensors promise to take environmental monitoring beyond the researcher’s toolbox and onto California’s farms and fields. This symposium is intended to provide Cooperative Extension, AES faculty and students, and crop production professionals with an introduction to wireless and sensor technology and terminology and examples of agricultural applications.
Speakers will be from the departments of Land, Air and Water Resources, Viticulture and Enology, and Biological and Agricultural Engineering, along with speakers from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, AgLinx Solutions, Moteiv Corp., Campbell Scientific, Adcon Telemetry, Precision Agri-Lab, InTime, Inc, John Deere Agri-Services, and Decagon Devices.
The annual meeting of the Precision Agriculture Workgroup (open to all) will be held 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the University Club at UC Davis on June 20. The symposium will begin at 1:30 p.m. on June 20 and end at 4:00 p.m. on June 21. Pre-register for the symposium and the Precision Ag Workgroup meeting by e-mailing Stephanie Glitsch-Wu, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, [email protected]. The preregistration deadline is June 15. Travel funds are available for ANR faculty and staff.
For further information on the program and workgroup meeting, see the Web site, http://lawr.ucdavis.edu/news&events.htm, or contact Stu Pettygrove.
Land, Air and Water Resources
“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 conference is for researchers, educators, public health workers, advocacy groups, farm owners, and farmworker groups. Registration is required. For more information, see http://agcenter.ucdavis.edu/.
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety