June 15, 2006
Message from the Dean
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Significance of Staff
Gary Anderson: Distinguished Graduate, Professional Teaching Award
Kenneth Brown: Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award
Jerome Diaz: Food Chemistry Poster Finalist
Doug Gubler: Lifetime Achievement Award
Linda Harris: Associate Director of WIFSS
Alan Hastings: Robert H. MacArthur Award
Frank Mitloehner: Excellence in Research Award
Gerald Russell: Outstanding Educator in CA&ES
Robert Webster: Lifetime Achievement Award
Best Paper: Rebecca Milczarek, Young Jin Choi, Kathryn McCarthy, Michael McCarthy
Food Safety Music Web Site
Horse Production Sale; June 24, 2006
Balancing Water Scarcity and Growing Demands in Agriculture: MARD Symposium
International Strawberry Symposium
UC Discovery Grants
Nominations: Seaman A. Knapp Lecture
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
SAFS Field Day; June 22, 2006
Rural Economy Alternatives in Northern Ireland; June 23, 2006
Community Blood Drive; June 27–28, 2006
Swimming in the American; June 28, 2006
Weed Day; July 20, 2006
Agricultural Health and Safety Conference, Sept. 20–22, 2006
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Significance of Staff
During the past week I met with our college’s Management Service Officers (MSOs) during one of their regular meetings to share views, planning, and concerns. We discussed many issues, but one that has caused me to think about the challenges we face is the rapidly changing nature of the role that staff play in the college. For instance, a decade ago we all knew professors who were not computer literate and relied on staff to translate their handwritten papers, lectures, and projects into a digital format.
Our technological literacy has allowed most of us to work fairly independently of staff for this purpose, but as technology rapidly changes we have become much more dependent upon a well-trained, highly technical scientific, IT, accounting, personnel, communications, etc. staff. The educational gulf between faculty and staff has shrunk, and this past distinction will likely continue to blur.
Our challenge is that our traditions and reward systems have not kept pace with these changes. One of the biggest challenges faced by our college, and its departments, is how to assure that we attract and retain the type of highly skilled staff that will be increasingly needed in the future. Our future success is dependent on recruiting the very best faculty AND staff members.
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 in the Department of Animal Science, Gary Anderson won this year’s Academic Senate “Distinguished Graduate, Professional Teaching Award.” Anderson’s students have excelled both during and after his courses. One wrote, "He inspires his students to achieve academic performance levels far beyond their expectation." Part of Anderson’s success in shaping students' lives is reflected in one of his favorite sayings: "Think like a scientist, communicate like a layperson."
A professor of nutrition and the director of International and Community Nutrition, Kenneth Brown received this year’s Academic Senate “Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award.” One of Brown’s research areas is nutrition, zinc deficiency, and medicine in developing countries. As one of his former graduate students wrote, "What has left the most clear mark on me is his sincere devotion to the alleviation of human suffering associated with hunger and malnutrition, particularly when this affects the lives of infants and young children."
Jerome Diaz, a food chemistry doctoral student in the Department of Food Science and Technology, is one of five finalists in the IFT Food Chemistry Division student poster competition for his poster abstract. The posters of the five finalists will be judged at the IFT annual meeting on June 26.
A belated congratulations to Doug Gubler, specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Plant Pathology, who received the lifetime achievement award last year from the Pacific Division of the American Phytopathological Society. Gubler’s research on diseases of California fruit crops, including tree fruits, grapevines and winegrapes (young vine decline), strawberries, and other crops addresses the needs of fruit growers throughout California.
Linda Harris, a specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Food Science and Technology, has been named associate director of science and research at the UC Davis Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (WIFSS). Harris is a leader in research aimed at addressing issues related to foodborne pathogens. Her research on food safety issues of importance to the fruit, vegetable, and nut industries has been used to guide growers, consumers, and the food industry in safer handling and preparation methods for these products.
Alan Hastings, a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, is the 2006 winner of the Ecological Society of America’s prestigious “Robert H. MacArthur Award.” Hastings joins a list of the most influential international figures in ecology for the past 40 years. The Robert H. MacArthur Award is given biennially to an established ecologist in mid-career for meritorious contributions to ecology, in the expectation of continued outstanding ecological research.
This year’s Academic Federation “Excellence in Research Award” was presented to Frank Mitloehner, a specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Animal Science, for his work on "bovine bubbles," where cattle, feed, and waste emissions can be trapped and precisely measured in efforts to improve air quality. His "meticulous methodology has produced objective, reliable results useful to producers and regulators alike." His work represents "acute, skeptical analysis of accepted premises [and] innovative, rigorous scientific methods."
The Associated Students of UC Davis Excellence in Education Awards are presented annually to professors, lecturers, and teaching assistants for their outstanding undergraduate teaching. Receiving the “Outstanding Educator in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences” award was Gerald Russell, a senior lecturer in the Department of Food Science and Technology.
Russell teaches FST 10: Food Science, Folklore and Health. For almost ten years, Russell has been teaching more than 500 students per quarter, and teaches the course four times per year. This is the fourth year for this award competition, which honors outstanding teaching in each college. The competition is organized and run entirely by UC Davis students.
Robert Webster, a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, is receiving this year’s lifetime achievement award from the Pacific Division of the American Phytopathological Society. Webster’s research on cereal diseases, primarily rice diseases, has been extremely valuable to the California rice industry. He received the California Rice Industry Award in 1999.
Four members of the food science and technology department -- Rebecca Milczarek, Young Jin Choi, Kathryn McCarthy, and Michael McCarthy -- were collectively one of the two winners of the IFT Food Engineering division award competition for their paper, “In-line Prediction of Tomato Concentrate Bostwick Flow Using Ultrasonic Doppler Velocimetry.”
Rebecca Milczarek is a doctoral student, Young Jin Choi is a postdoctoral researcher, and Kathryn McCarthy and Michael McCarthy are professors -- all in the Department of Food Science and Technology.
Young Jin Choi
The Food Safety Music Web Site (http://foodsafe.ucdavis.edu), featuring Carl Winter's educational food safety music parodies, has been renovated. The major addition to the Web site is the inclusion of six animated food safety music "videos," which were developed by Winter and his colleagues at New Mexico State University as part of a six-state-USDA grant. The videos download rapidly and play in Flash format.
The Web site has 27 easy-to-download songs, lyrics, PowerPoint presentations, concert footage, media reviews, and Winter’s performance schedule. Songs address a wide variety of food safety topics and have been developed for diverse audiences including children, health professionals, food service workers, food regulators, and teachers. Winter is director of the FoodSafe Program and a specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Food Science and Technology.
A crowd of 100 potential buyers and horse enthusiasts are expected on Saturday, June 24, for the 14th annual Horse Production Sale, coordinated by the Animal Science Horse Barn. This year the public will have the opportunity to bid on seven yearlings, four weanlings about six months old, and three young mules. These are horses that the students have bred, birthed, and trained.
"One of the highlights of this year's sale will be a big flashy Selle Francais colt named Triscuit," said animal science professor Jan Roser, who coordinates the sale with horse barn manager Nicole Webster. The Selle Francais is a strong, elegant French sporting-horse breed that excels at show jumping and is often used in dressage and eventing competitions.
Proceeds from the sale, which traditionally brings in $20,000 to $30,000, support the animal science department's Equine Management Program. This program provides hands-on experience for students preparing for careers in the horse industry or for further studies in veterinary medicine or graduate school.
This year's event will begin with viewing of the horses from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by a barbecue from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. Detailed descriptions of the horses and the Equine Management Program are available online at http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/HorseBarn/ProductionSale/default.htm.
News Service press release
A symposium on water resources and its management for agriculture, “Balancing Water Scarcity and Growing Demands in Agriculture,” will be held in Amman, Jordan, on August 22–24, 2006. The symposium will bring scientists from the Middle East region and the United States together to discuss critical water issues and will provide a forum to encourage research collaboration. Titles and abstracts for oral and poster presentations are being accepted for the symposium until July 2, 2006.
The three main themes for the meeting are trans-boundary water resources, agricultural water management (water use efficiency and conservation), and wastewater treatment and its use in agriculture or agro-ecosystems. The symposium is sponsored by Multinational Agricultural Research and Development (MARD), the National Center for Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer (NCARTT), and Al Quds University. To submit abstracts or to receive registration information, send an e-mail to [email protected].
A small number of travel grants are available through the CA&ES Dean’s Office. For information, contact:
CA&ES Dean’s Office
The sixth North American Strawberry Symposium -- along with the North American Strawberry Growers Association (NASGA) 2007 Berry Conference -- will be held in Ventura Beach, Calif., February 9–12, 2007.
Members of the strawberry research community in North America and around the world are invited to attend the 2007 North American Strawberry Symposium. The symposium includes two days of research presentations, poster sessions, and special events, a one-day tour of the nearby 12,000-acre Oxnard strawberry district, and a special banquet to honor the strawberry breeding careers of Royce Bringhurst and Gene Galletta. Program details, abstract deadlines, and opportunities for sponsorship will be posted in July on the NASGA website: http://www.nasga.org/.
Department of Plant Sciences
Are you planning a conference, workshop, or outreach event that will promote dialogue between the University of California and industry communities? Will your event 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.
Will it enhance faculty, student, and staff understanding of commercial technology research, technology transfer, and opportunities for cooperative research with private sponsors? If so, 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 Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) is requesting nominations for the 2006 Seaman A. Knapp Lecture. This lecture will be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) in Houston, Texas, November 12–14, 2006.
You are invited to identify potential topics and presenters for this year’s lecture. An insightful topic and dynamic speaker are sought, one who can provoke discussion among meeting participants and prepare a formal lecture which will be read by those who do not attend the meeting. Recommendations are requested from those within the land-grant university system, and from stakeholders, foundations, public interest groups, or international organizations.
Recommendations must include the nominee’s name, title, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and topic that could be discussed. Please submit potential topics and/or presenters by June 30, 2006. Recommendations should be forwarded electronically to Jim Spurling, assistant administrator for public liaison, [email protected]. An ad hoc committee will select the speaker.
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 CA&ES 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. 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. 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
The Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems (SAFS) Project annual field day and open house is on Thursday, June 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the UC Davis Russell Ranch. The program includes a wagon field tour, an equipment show, lunch, and a keynote presentation by Rick Roush, director of the UC IPM Program and interim director of the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP).
Presentations will be given by Kent Brittan, Dennis Bryant, Howard Ferris, Will Horwath, Zahangir Kabir, Steve Kaffka, Cynthia Kallenbach, Sukhwinder Kaur, Karen Klonsky, Gene Miyao, Corin Pease, Sam Prentice, Aaron Ristow, and Joern Seigies.
Preregistration for the field day is requested by June 16. The $10 registration fee (free for growers and students) covers the cost of lunch and refreshments. PCA and CCA continuing education units will be offered. Registration and directions are on the Web at http://safs.ucdavis.edu.
For more information, contact:
John Gilliland, a research and development chairman for a waste management and renewable energy company in Northern Ireland, will present "A Quest for Alternatives for Brook Hall Estate and the Wider Rural Economy in Northern Ireland” on June 23, 2006.
Sponsored by the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, the seminar will be held in Room 2045, Bainer Hall, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Please consider donating blood during the ASUCD-Davis Community Blood Drive on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27–28, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. Every donor will receive a coupon for a pint of ice cream at any participating Northern California Baskin-Robbins store.
Departmental release time is appropriate for staff wishing to donate. 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.
(800) 995-4420 ext. 11007
Author, actor, and retired librarian Hiroshi Kashiwagi will read and converse about his California coming-of-age that was interrupted by internment at Tule Lake. As a teenager during WWII, Kashiwagi and his family were sent to a Tule Lake camp in Modoc County. Kashiwagi is author of the book, “Swimming in the American: A Memoir and Selected Writings."
This special presentation, sponsored by the Library Committee on Diversity and the Librarians Association of the University of California, Davis, Program Committee will occur on Wednesday, June 28, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the second floor instruction room of Shields Library.
The 50th (!) annual UC Davis Weed Day will be held on July 20, 2006, with morning tours of the weed science research plots and the USDA ARS Exotic and Invasive Weed Research Laboratory. The afternoon program in the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center includes presentations showing the scope of the weed science program. Participants will receive a special gift to commemorate the 50th annual Weed Day.
Weed control studies to be addressed include yellow starthistle, aquatic weeds, alfalfa, lettuce, fresh and processing tomatoes, melons, bamboo, roadside weeds, saltcedar, tarweed, horseweed, and weed identification. Lunch and PCA hours will be provided. For more information, see http://wric.ucdavis.edu.
VRIC and WeedRIC
“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