November 02, 2006
Message from the Dean
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Strategic Planning for the College
Mark Francis: Institute of Urban Design Fellow
Susan Handy: Transbay Transit Center
Cynthia Lin: Best Ph.D. Dissertation
Harvesting II: History Channel’s Modern Marvels
Agriculture at the Metropolitan Edge: Call for Presentations
Community Blood Drive: November 6–8, 2006
Open Enrollment: November 1–21, 2006
The Future of Biofuel: November 6, 2006
Ergonomics vs. Bionomics for Injury Prevention: November 6, 2006
Genetic Engineering and Organic Farming: November 7, 2006
RMI Fall Lectureship: November 9, 2006
Cal/EPA’s Plans to Achieve Environmental Justice: November 13, 2006
Michael Pollan: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: November 29, 2006
Food Security and Child-Parent Relationships Among Latinos: December 11, 2006
Western Alfalfa and Forage Conference: December 11–13, 2006
Strawberry Symposium: February 9–12, 2007
Technology Tools: February 22, 2007
Green Technology Academy: March 26–30, 2007
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Strategic Planning for the College
The college has been engaged during this past year in developing a new strategic plan. This effort is being led by Susan Harrison, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. I have charged this Academic and Strategic Planning Committee to present a compelling vision for the future of our college, particularly regarding our role at UC Davis and, because of our AES and CE responsibilities, our role in California.
The committee has prepared a draft of this plan which has been distributed to the faculty for comment. A number of important issues that the college must consider have been identified, along with some areas in which we need to build strength for the future. This planning process is very important for our college and it will guide our future allocation of resources. It is important that this report broadly reflects the vision for the future of our faculty, and not just the individuals who wrote the draft. It is therefore important for you to provide feedback on this draft to the committee.
I strongly encourage you to provide your opinion on this draft to the committee. Although the plan focuses primarily on issues related to our faculty, I also recognize that the future direction of our college affects our entire community, so comments from staff, postdoctoral students, or other members of our community are welcome. The report is available online at http://caes.ucdavis.edu/FacStaff/ASPC/Default.htm.
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
Mark Francis, professor of landscape architecture and environmental design, and director of the Center for Design Research, has been elected a fellow of the Institute for Urban Design in New York City. The institute recognizes Francis’s contributions to urban design and regional planning. Francis is past chair of landscape architecture at UC Davis and his work addresses the theory and design of urban and community landscapes. Francis is also a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Drawing on her expertise as a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and the Institute of Transportation Studies, Susan Handy has been appointed to the jury for the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco. This will be a major building for the South of Market area, and a major node in the region''s transportation system. Over the next year, the jury will select from proposals submitted as part of an international design competition.
Handy’s research focuses on the relationships between transportation and land use, and strategies for enhancing accessibility and reducing automobile dependence. Her related interests include the practice of transportation planning and the education of transportation professionals.
The International Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE) awarded its ISNIE prize for the best Ph.D. dissertation to Cynthia Lin, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Lin received her Ph.D. earlier in 2006 from Harvard University. Her fields of interest include environmental and natural resource economics, energy economics, industrial organization, and applied microeconomics.
The History Channel''s Modern Marvels series interviewed several members of CA&ES and the College of Engineering for the upcoming episode, "Harvesting II," a follow-up to "Harvesting" that featured UC Davis researchers (and is rebroadcast periodically).
The new episode, "Harvesting II," is scheduled to premiere during the evening of Wednesday, November 29, 2006 (time to be determined). Based on previous airings, the broadcast may be followed by repeats later that night and the following afternoon. A DVD will be available to the public after broadcast. More information about the series, including broadcast schedules (two weeks in advance), will be available at http://www.history.com/minisites/modernmarvels.
The final edit includes Adel Kader, plant sciences, and Jim Thompson and Victor Duraj, biological and agricultural engineering.
The New Ruralism Symposium, a project of the Agriculture at the Metropolitan Edge Program (AME), will bring together researchers, practitioners, producers, and policymakers involved in bridging sustainable agriculture and smart growth at a symposium, “Agriculture at the Metropolitan Edge: New Ruralism and Other Strategies for Sustainable Development,” to be held at UC Berkeley on April 5–6, 2007. The symposium will explore systems- and place-based issues affecting the urban-rural interface.
Proposals are being sought for presentations, papers, and sessions that relate to four themes: 1) Urban Edge Land Use Policy and Economics (role of regulations and incentives, value of interfacing with greenspace, approaches to planning agricultural edges); 2) Environmental Services and Impacts of Urban Edge Agriculture (appropriate technology, energetics, quantifying ecological services, water rights and reuse); 3) Vitality of Rural Communities in Metropolitan-influenced Areas (social mobilization issues, slow cities movement, socio-economics of agriculture on the edge); and 4) Emerging Urban-Rural Compact (local food systems, role of culture and tradition, and intersection with public health).
Proposals about best practices and innovative projects are encouraged. The call for presentation deadline (abstracts of contributed papers, presentations, and panel discussions) is December 1, 2006. Late proposals will be considered on a space-available basis. Notification about acceptance of proposals will be made by January 10, 2007.
For details on abstract submissions, please contact one of the following:
Alethea Marie Harper
Please consider donating blood during the blood drive on Monday, November 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday, November 7–8, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. All UC Davis 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.
Departmental release time is appropriate for staff wishing to donate blood. To help alleviate waiting times, there will be a special section for faculty and staff. Everyone who donates will receive a free T-shirt. To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in generally good health. Do not donate blood if you have had cold or flu symptoms within 48 hours prior to donating. Please take a picture identification for registration purposes.
(800) 995-4420 ext. 11007
Open Enrollment for active employees and retirees will be shorter than in past years, from November 1 to November 21, ending at midnight on Tuesday, November 21, 2006. Benefits information for UC Davis can be found at http://hr.ucdavis.edu/benefits/ and for the UC system at http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/.
For more information, visit the arboretum Web site: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
“Arboretum Overview via Bicycle,” Saturday, November 4, 11:00 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
Take a leisurely bicycle tour of discovery through the evolving landscape of the arboretum with docent Kend Linderholm and get an overview of the arboretum’s plant collections and gardens. Bring your bicycle.
“Family Wildlife Day,” Sunday, November 5, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Putah Creek Lodge; $5 per person or $15 per family, free for members of Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum.
Meet some local birds, mammals, fish, and insects during Family Wildlife Day at the UC Davis Arboretum. This afternoon event will provide an opportunity for children and their parents to learn about wildlife in our area and explore what UC Davis wildlife scientists are researching. Learn about animals, plants, bio-monitoring, and conservation through exhibits and hands-on activities. See for yourself how researchers use a remote sensor camera to detect nocturnal creatures. Find out what you can do to support local wildlife in your own backyard. Best for ages seven and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
“Walk with Warren,” Wednesday, November 8, noon, Gazebo.
Join arboretum superintendent Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the arboretum. Enjoy the crisp fall weather, learn about the arboretum’s collections, and get a little exercise. Meet at noon at the gazebo on Garrod Drive.
Daniel Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, will present “Is Yellow the New Green? The Future of Biofuel” on Monday, November 6, 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. in MU II. This discussion of the economic and environmental costs and benefits of creating ethanol from corn and other plants is part of the 2006 Campus Community Book Project.
Dennis Downing, CEO of Future Industrial Technologies, will present “Ergonomics vs. Bionomics for Injury Prevention” on Monday, November 6, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 3201, Hart Hall. The seminar is part of the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety monthly seminar series.
Elizabeth Noceti DiDio
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
“A Marriage of Genetic Engineering and Organic Farming” is the topic of a presentation by Raoul Adamchak, Student Experimental Farm, and Pamela Ronald, Plant Genomics Program, on Tuesday, November 7, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the East Conference Room, Memorial Union.
These academics approach genetically modified organisms with different perspectives, and are appearing at this presentation as part of the 2006 Campus Community Book Project.
The fall 2006 Lectureship Series, sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, will be held on Thursday, November 9, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Studio Theatre in the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
The speakers include Don Short, president of the Coca-Cola Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness, Tom Shipley, senior director of Global Industry Development for Anheuser-Bush Companies, and Clay Gregory, president of Jackson Family Wineries. Barry Klein, vice chancellor for research, will give the university greeting. A luncheon will follow the presentations.
For program and registration information, see http://rmi.ucdavis.edu. Please register as soon as possible.
Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
Shankar Prasad, deputy secretary for Science and Environmental Justice, California Environmental Protection Agency, will give the seminar, “Cal/EPA''s Vision and Plans to Achieve Environmental Justice,” on Monday, November 13, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 242, Asmundson Hall.
Michael Pollan’s book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals,” is the selection for the 2006 Campus Community Book Project. Pollan will speak at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at 8:00 p.m. on November 29. Tickets for the evening presentation can be purchased through the center, at http://www.mondaviarts.org/.
Earlier the same day, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., a panel discussion with Pollan will address topics related to food, agriculture, the environment, and his book. Panelists include Michael Pollan (journalism, UC Berkeley), Charlotte Biltekoff (food science and technology, UC Davis), Desmond Jolly (Small Farm Center, UC Davis), Karl Mogel (science journalist and UC Davis alumnus), moderator Pamela Ronald (Plant Genomics Program, UC Davis), Neal Van Alfen (dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis), and Mark Van Horn (Student Farm, UC Davis).
There is no cost to attend the panel discussion, which will be held in Jackson Hall in the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
Plant Genomics Program
Lucia Kaiser, CE specialist in the Department of Nutrition, will present “Effects of Acculturation and Food Security on the Child-Parent Feeding Relationship Among Latinos” on Monday, December 11, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 3201, Hart Hall. The seminar is part of the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety monthly seminar series.
Elizabeth Noceti DiDio
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
The 2006 Western Alfalfa and Forage Conference will be held December 11–13 in Reno, Nevada. The conference covers 11 states in the western area.
A bus tour will visit special features of Nevada agriculture (alfalfa, dairy, and specialty crops) and tourist sites. Session topics include emerging issues and market trends, economics and profitability, pest management, utilizing forage crops, irrigation and soils, future trends, harvesting, and risk management in forage production. The conference will feature a trade show and an auction of farming supplies and equipment.
General registration is $120 prior to November 21. Full program information and registration materials are available on the conference Web site, at http://alfalfa.ucdavis.edu/2006AlfalfaConference/.
The sixth North American Strawberry Symposium (NASS) will be held in Ventura Beach, Calif., on February 9–12, 2007. Strawberry scientists from throughout North America will converge with the North American Strawberry Growers Association – primarily growers and industry – for this symposium. More than 150 scientists and students are expected to attend.
Program information can be accessed at http://www.nasga.org. The early registration deadline is November 30, 2006. Online registration can be handled through the American Society for Horticultural Science, http://ashs.org/shop/home.php?cat=261. For more information, contact:
Department of Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University
Mark your calendars for an all-day workshop on “Technology Tools: Look, Listen, Try, and Use,” on Thursday, February 22, 2007. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, the workshop addresses technology such as the ANR portal, collaborative tools, remote coordination/planning meetings, interactive Web-based tools, podcasts, file and e-mail and digital photo management, field computers, and other tools for program delivery and collaboration.
The workshop is for UCCE advisors, specialists, and faculty, and AES faculty, and will be held at UC Davis. Watch for additional information in the near future.
The Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy will be held March 26–30, 2007, at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village, Nevada. The UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship is sponsoring this program, which is open to UC participants and others (sponsoring agencies, friends, etc.).
At the academy, science and engineering doctoral students, postdocs, and research faculty will spend five days learning to recognize, develop, and bring to market green businesses built on their research. The five-day immersive program provides participants with focused lectures, practical exercises, and hands-on experiences turning their science into viable business ventures. Participants will interact with academy faculty, investors, entrepreneurs, and industry executives to understand the path from laboratory to market, and the resources that are available along the way.
Schools are encouraged to nominate science and engineering students or teams working on the development and commercialization of a green technology in the areas of clean energy (efficiency and alternative fuels); clean air, water, and soil; sustainable agriculture; remediation; and sustainable materials. For additional information or to download an application, visit the Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy Web site at http://entrepreneurship.ucdavis.edu/green/.