November 16, 2006
Message from the Dean
Most of us in this college are keenly aware of the needs of people in our community and throughout the world. We work in areas of hunger and nutrition, agricultural advancement, employment, human and community development, and environmental stewardship. Many of us give of our time and money to worthy causes such as food banks, shelters, school programs, and other community education and service programs.
Regardless of background – whether we trace our heritage through a long lineage of Americans or whether we are new to this country – we all share concern about making this world a better place. As we enter this Thanksgiving and holiday season, we can reflect with gratitude on the abundance we have in this country. We can use this season to remember those in need and to extend a helping hand in whatever way we can.
Thanksgiving is a festive holiday, in which we also remember and celebrate our cultural histories. Together we can use our collective diversity and strength in the college to move forward and to continue to make the world a better place. I wish all of you a pleasant holiday season and a happy Thanksgiving.
Neal K. Van Alfen
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
The UC Davis chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta (honorary society of agriculture) is looking for members of our campus community who joined Gamma Sigma Delta at another university. The UC Davis chapter would like to invite these members to join the campus chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta and to attend the annual dinner on December 7.
If you are a member and are interested, please contact (before November 28):
CA&ES Dean’s Office
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
Open Enrollment for active employees and retirees ends 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/.
KQED/KQEI Public Radio is holding a live broadcast of "Forum with Michael Krasny" at the School of Veterinary Medicine on Wednesday, November 29. The two-hour program will present a wide-ranging conversation with the opening hour focused on the education of veterinarians and their evolving role in contemporary society. The second hour will focus on the scientific and environmental connections between veterinary medicine and human health.
This broadcast event is free and open to the public, and audience participation is encouraged. Due to limited seating, audience members must RSVP by phone or e-mail prior to the event. Audience members must arrive by 8:30 a.m.; the show broadcasts live from 9:00–11:00 a.m. It will be located at the Veterinary Medicine Laboratory Facility, Garrod Drive, Lecture Room 1102. Register by contacting (415) 553-2119 or [email protected]. More information and past shows can be found at http://www.kqed.org/forum.
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/. There is no cost to attend the panel discussion, which will be held in Jackson Hall in the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
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)
Pamela Ronald, moderator (Plant Genomics Program, UC Davis)
Neal Van Alfen (dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis)
Mark Van Horn (Student Farm, UC Davis)
The UC Davis Plant Genomics Program is co-sponsoring the panel discussion and the evening presentation, along with the Campus Community Book Project and 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/.
Don Villarejo, a farm labor policy consultant, will present “Housing Conditions and the Health of Mexican Migrant Farm Laborers in California” on Monday, January 8, 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 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/.