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October 19, 2006

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Message from the Dean
Gender Equity

Who
Gurdev Khush: Leadership Award in Agriculture
In Memoriam: Orville Thompson

What
RMI Fall Lectureship: November 9, 2006
Campus Community Book Project: “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”
Open Enrollment: November 1–21, 2006
Arboretum Events

When
Ted Bradshaw Memorial
Biogas Energy Plant Celebration: October 24, 2006
Farmers Market on MU Quad: October 25, 2006
UC Davis Campus Sustainability Day: October 25, 2006
Agricultural Water Reuse Conference: October 29–31, 2006
The Omnivore’s Expanding Options: October 31, 2006
Farmers Market on MU Quad: November 1, 2006
Aquatic Weed School: November 1–2, 2006
The Future of Food and Farming: November 2, 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
Cal/EPA’s Plans to Achieve Environmental Justice: November 13, 2006
Western Alfalfa and Forage Conference: December 11–13, 2006
Technology Tools: February 22, 2007
Green Technology Academy: March 26–30, 2007


Gender Equity

A recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), entitled “Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering,” addresses the challenges that women face in science, particularly those who are faculty members of universities. This report comes at a time when my office has been patting itself on the back on how well our college has been doing in recruiting new faculty members from underrepresented groups; recruitments of Senate faculty during my administration have resulted in 51 percent of our new faculty members being female.

Search committees in our college are recruiting a faculty that better represents the diversity of the citizens of our state, and our student body, than in the past. We should all feel good about the progress we are making. The report from the NAS, however, lets us know that our most significant challenge is still ahead: we must create an environment in which our new female faculty members can thrive.

We have had many discussions in my office regarding this issue and, in order to create this desired environment, we will soon appoint a committee to address this issue. Although the focus of the NAS report was on faculty members, I believe that the issue of creating a supportive environment extends to all members of the community that is our college. The committee will be charged to address this broader issue.

Since the charge and membership of the committee is still being discussed, I encourage anyone with interest in this committee to contact me regarding any issues you feel should be addressed. 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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Gurdev Khush: Leadership Award in Agriculture

 

Gurdev Singh Khush, an adjunct professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and a rice breeder with the International Rice Research Institute, has been awarded the Swaminathan Award for Leadership in Agriculture by the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, during the International Rice Congress 2006 in New Delhi. Khush has been the main force behind the development of more than 300 high-yielding rice varieties that played significant roles towards achieving the ‘Green Revolution.’

Gurdev Khush
(530) 754-5111
[email protected]

 

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In Memoriam: Orville Thompson

 

Professor emeritus Orville Thompson, Department of Human and Community Development, passed away from complications of a stroke on Friday, October 6. Orville was one of the founding faculty of what is now the Department of Human and Community Development. From 1954 until his retirement in 1988, Thompson was active in undergraduate education. He served as instructor, researcher, and chair of the department. He also devoted much of his time to the Work-Learn Career Planning and Placement Office (Internship and Career Center). In tribute to all that Thompson did for undergraduates at UC Davis, Orville E. Thompson Hall, one of the residence halls on the northwest section of campus was dedicated in 2003.

Beth Ober
Human and Community Development
(530) 752-6934
[email protected]

 

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RMI Fall Lectureship: November 9, 2006

 

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 by October 30.

Patricia Glass
Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
(530) 754-6349
[email protected]

 

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Campus Community Book Project: “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”

 

Michael Pollan’s book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals,” is the selection for the 2006 Campus Community Book Project. A large number of events relating to the project are scheduled for October and November, culminating in the author’s visit to UC Davis on November 29. For event information, visit the Campus Community Book Project Web site at http://occr.ucdavis.edu/ccbp2006/.

Cynthia Kintigh
UC ANR
(530) 297-4434
[email protected]

 

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Open Enrollment: November 1–21, 2006

 

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/.

 

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Arboretum Events

 

For more information, visit the arboretum Web site: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

“Folk Music Jam Session in the Arboretum,” Friday, October 20, noon to 1:00 p.m., Wyatt Deck (adjacent to the Arboretum Redwood Grove).
     Campus and community folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes, and other instruments, and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. Listeners are welcome!

“Native Plants and Wildfire,” Saturday, October 21, 2006, 11:00 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
     Is California's wilderness going up in flames? Wilderness fires are not always a bad thing. Wildfires help maintain grassland as well as redwood forests. Chaparral has evolved to live with fire. Walk with docent Bev Watros through the California native plant garden and the redwood grove and learn about fire ecology.

“Practicing Native Culture,” Sunday, October 22, 2006, 2:00–4:00 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
     Learn about Native Californian cultural practices at this special event in the arboretum. Maidu/Wintun/Hupa/Yurok cultural interpreter Diana Almendariz will explore traditional plant knowledge through stories and hands-on activities. Learn to make cord from cattail leaves and try your hand at grinding acorns. Enjoy informal tours focusing on plants important to Native Californians.

“The Oaks of the Arboretum,” Saturday, October 28, 2006, 11:00 a.m., Gazebo.
     The UC Davis Arboretum contains one of the nation’s largest collections of oak trees. This tour will highlight the astonishing variety of tree forms, leaves, and acorns. The oak grove is now the center of a biological dilemma — it is home to a large colony of nesting herons and egrets, whose presence is damaging the trees in this important scientific collection. Docents Edith Vermeij and David Adams will lead the tour from the Gazebo on Garrod Drive, at the west end of the arboretum.

“Arboretum Volunteer Training,” Fridays, October 20–December 15, 2006.
     The UC Davis Arboretum will conduct a training program for arboretum volunteers. For more information, contact Amy McGuire, (530) 754-9126, or [email protected].

“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.

 

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Ted Bradshaw Memorial

 

The Department of Human and Community Development will hold a memorial service for Ted Bradshaw on Friday, October 20, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Main Theatre on campus. A reception will be held immediately after the service at the University Club from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Bradshaw, who died August 5, was a professor of community development. He was a leader in the areas of rural and community development and energy policy. Most recently, Bradshaw chaired the effort to establish the new Center for the Study of Regional Change and was appointed last year as director of the Gifford Center for Population Studies.

Dinah Greenstreet
Human & Community Development
(530) 752-7204
[email protected]

 

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Biogas Energy Plant Celebration: October 24, 2006

 

The official start-up of the Biogas Energy Plant (anaerobic phased solids digester system) will occur at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 24. The plant will test and bring to market an advanced anaerobic digestion technology that focuses on organic waste recovery and conversion for the production of biogas fuels and bio-based products. Working on the project are Ruihong Zhang, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and Dave Konwinski, Onsite Power Systems, Inc.

If you would like to attend this event, or need additional information, please contact:

Jackie Archibald
[email protected]

 

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Farmers Market on MU Quad: October 25, 2006

 

See what’s growing in our region, meet the people who grow it, and sample their wares at the local farmers market on the MU Quad on Wednesdays, October 18–November 15, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Randii McNear (manager of the Davis Farmers Market), Students for Sustainable Agriculture, the ASUCD Coffee House, and the Student Experimental Farm.

 

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UC Davis Campus Sustainability Day: October 25, 2006

 

Campus Sustainability Day celebrates sustainability in higher education through events that draw participants for the exchange of ideas and knowledge among faculty, staff, and students. UC Davis celebrates its commitment to sustainability and environmentally preferable purchasing through a national Webcast and Vendor Fair on Wednesday, October 25. Activities begin in the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) at 9:30 a.m. with a national Webcast featuring case studies from four universities. For more information on the Webcast, see http://www.scup.org/csd/4/.

The Sustainable Products Vendor Fair takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the ARC. Exhibitors will showcase sustainable, environmentally preferable products including office and laboratory supplies. For more information on the vendor fair, see http://purchasing.ucdavis.edu/events/SDvendorfair06/.

 

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Agricultural Water Reuse Conference: October 29–31, 2006

 

The WateReuse Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Washington State University invite you to attend “Opportunities and Challenges in Agricultural Water Reuse,” a specialty conference to be held October 29–31, at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa, Calif. The conference will cover success stories in agricultural water reuse, the USDA’s role in water management, regulations and health aspects of using recycled water on edible and nonedible crops, economics, technology, and public perception.

For program and registration information, see http://www.watereuse.org/2006Symposium/index.html.

Christine French
UC Center for Water Resources
(951) 827-4327
[email protected]

 

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The Omnivore’s Expanding Options: October 31, 2006

 

Steve Vosti, adjunct professor in agricultural and resource economics, will lead a book discussion, “The Omnivore’s Expanding Options — Where’s the Dilemma?,” on Tuesday, October 31, 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 146, Memorial Union. The book discussion addresses the 2006 Campus Community Book Project selection, Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.”

Steve Vosti
(530) 752-8097
[email protected]

 

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Farmers Market on MU Quad: November 1, 2006

 

See what’s growing in our region, meet the people who grow it, and sample their wares at the local farmers market on the MU Quad on Wednesdays, October 18–November 15, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Randii McNear (manager of the Davis Farmers Market), Students for Sustainable Agriculture, the ASUCD Coffee House, and the Student Experimental Farm.

 

Aquatic Weed School: November 1–2, 2006
The Aquatic Weed School is a two-day course focusing on weed management strategies in a variety of aquatic ecosystems. The course covers ecological classification, biology and impacts of aquatic weeds, physical and chemical characteristics of aquatic ecosystems, weed management, and hands-on aquatic weed identification including potentially new invasives. The course will also focus on regulatory issues concerned with prevention strategies, the Aquatic Nuisance Species State Plan, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permitting Program, and endangered species.

The school is for those involved in consulting, research, and management of aquatic weed systems in the western United States. Lecture notes plus an identification diagnostic CD for grasses and broadleaf weeds will be provided. For more information, visit http://wric.ucdavis.edu and click on “Aquatic Weed School”

Gale Perez
Weed Research and Information Center
(530) 752-1748
[email protected]

 

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Aquatic Weed School: November 1–2, 2006

 

The Aquatic Weed School is a two-day course focusing on weed management strategies in a variety of aquatic ecosystems. The course covers ecological classification, biology and impacts of aquatic weeds, physical and chemical characteristics of aquatic ecosystems, weed management, and hands-on aquatic weed identification including potentially new invasives. The course will also focus on regulatory issues concerned with prevention strategies, the Aquatic Nuisance Species State Plan, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permitting Program, and endangered species.

The school is for those involved in consulting, research, and management of aquatic weed systems in the western United States. Lecture notes plus an identification diagnostic CD for grasses and broadleaf weeds will be provided. For more information, visit http://wric.ucdavis.edu and click on “Aquatic Weed School”

Gale Perez
Weed Research and Information Center
(530) 752-1748

[email protected]

 

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The Future of Food and Farming: November 2, 2006

 

A panel of innovators in new and sustainable food production will discuss future trends in food and agriculture on Thursday, November 2, 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. at the Rec Pool Lodge. The panel discussion, “The Future of Food and Farming: A California Perspective,” moderated by CE specialist Diane Barrett in the Department of Plant Sciences, includes panelists John Ashby of California Natural Products (produces a broad range of food ingredients from conventional and organic rice), Grant Lundberg of Lundberg Family Farms (produces organic and eco-farmed rice products), and Jim Rickert, ranch manager of Prather Ranch (a sustainable, 34,000-acre grass-fed cattle operation focused on a low-stress approach to animal handling).

Cynthia Kintigh
ANR Communication Services
(530) 297-4434
[email protected]

 

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The Future of Biofuel: November 6, 2006

 

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.

Daniel Sperling
(530) 752-7434
[email protected]

 

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Ergonomics vs. Bionomics for Injury Prevention: November 6, 2006

 

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
(530) 754-8678

 

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Genetic Engineering and Organic Farming: November 7, 2006

 

“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.

Pam Ronald
(530) 752-1654
[email protected]

 

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Cal/EPA’s Plans to Achieve Environmental Justice: November 13, 2006

 

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 Wednesday, November 13, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 242, Asmundson Hall.

Julie Sze
American Studies
(530) 752-3377
[email protected]

 

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Western Alfalfa and Forage Conference: December 11–13, 2006

 

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: http://alfalfa.ucdavis.edu/2006AlfalfaConference/.

Dan Putnam
(530) 752-8982
[email protected]

 

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Technology Tools: February 22, 2007

 

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.

Beth Mitcham
(530) 752-7512
[email protected]

 

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Green Technology Academy: March 26–30, 2007

 

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/.

 

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