April 12, 2007
Message from the Dean
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: CA&ES Award of Distinction Nominations
Frank Mitloehner: 2007 EPA Award
David Block: Chemical Engineering Excellence Award
Photography Exhibit: Clyde Elmore
4-H Exchange Students
New Sustainable Agriculture Organization
Policy Watch Seminar Series
Weed Science School 2007
UCRS Advisory Board Nominations
2007 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards
Youth Development Seminar Series
James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award
Call for Travel Grants
Sustainable Communities Lunchbag Lecture Series
Plant Biology Seminar Series
Picnic Day: April 14, 2007
E. coli Seminar: April 17, 2007
Soaring to New Heights: April 17, 2007
Malaria Awareness Day: April 25, 2007
Small Grains and Alfalfa Field Day: April 25, 2007
Community-Based Research among Hispanic Farmworkers: May 7, 2007
Food Safety Using Emerging Technologies: June 4, 2007
Communities and Sustainability Conference: June 4–6, 2007
Grain Legume Garbanzo Field Day: June 6, 2007
Castle Lake Reunion: July 20–22, 2007
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: CA&ES Award of Distinction Nominations
Our college is planning its eighteenth annual College Celebration to recognize the accomplishments of alumni, friends, faculty, and staff. We have scheduled this year’s celebration for Friday, October 12, 2007, in Freeborn Hall.
I am requesting your help in nominating outstanding individuals for the College’s Award of Distinction. We designed this award to recognize a small number of outstanding alumni, faculty, staff, and friends each year. With that in mind, we ask you to nominate one or more individuals who you feel meet the criteria listed on the nomination form.
Out of courtesy and respect for the nominees, please keep the nominations confidential. We will inform the recipients who made and supported their nominations.
To access the nomination form and past recipients list, visit: http://caes.ucdavis.edu/NewsEvents/Events/Celebration/Default.htm. Please photocopy extra forms, if necessary. Call Richard Engel at (530) 754-6249 for additional information.
The nomination deadline is Thursday, May 31, 2007.
Continuing to recognize outstanding and diverse individuals is important for our college, and we sincerely appreciate your efforts in assisting us with the nomination process. Thank you for your support and suggestions. If you have questions or comments, please e-mail me.
Neal K. Van Alfen
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Frank Mitloehner of the animal science department has been honored with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2007 Environmental Award for the Pacific Southwest. This distinguished award acknowledges individuals and groups outside of the EPA who are working to protect public health and the environment. The ninth annual Environmental Awards Ceremony will honor more than 25 recipients, and will be held in San Francisco later this month.
Mitloehner is an air quality extension specialist in animal science at UC Davis. His research is centered on air quality in relation to livestock production, as well as in the field of environmental physiology, focusing on the effects of air emissions on animal health and welfare.
Professor David Block has been awarded the 2006-2007 NorCal Chemical Engineering Excellence Award in the Academic Teaching category. This award is given annually to one professor in the department by the UC Davis American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Student Chapter.
Block, who holds a joint appointment in CA&ES and the College of Engineering, designed a new course in 1997 for chemical/biochemical engineering seniors called “Biotech Facility Design and Regulatory Compliance” that subsequently became a required class. He recently published a paper discussing this course as a way of improving and updating the traditional undergraduate curriculum in biochemical engineering.
Block, who has received very high ratings for his instruction since joining the UC Davis faculty in 1996, also teaches “Wine Technology and Winery Systems” and “Advances in the Science of Winemaking” in the viticulture and enology department.
Wildlife and landscape photographs taken by Clyde Elmore, cooperative extension specialist emeritus, will be displayed at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center in June and July. Elmore served as a weed scientist on campus until his retirement in 2002.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is seeking host families for Japanese exchange students who will visit Davis this summer from July 22 to August 18, 2007. The students are ages 12 to 15, and families are sought who have children of similar ages and interests. No special activities need to be planned, although many families enjoy the opportunity to take occasional sightseeing trips during the visit.
The 26-student delegation is part of a larger national 4-H exchange program, and students will be accompanied by two adult chaperones who also need placement. The adults can stay for two weeks with two different host families, with or without children. For more information, visit www.ca4h.org.
A new organization will form this summer to promote and support sustainable agriculture education. The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) will be launched at the second national conference on “Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture Education,” to be held July 11-14, 2007, at Cornell University.
The goal of SAEA will be to promote the development, application, and dissemination of best teaching and learning practices in post-secondary sustainable agriculture education. SAEA will be ready to receive members in July. To get on the mailing list, contact Katie Monsen at [email protected].
The Institute of Governmental Affairs is hosting two Policy Watch seminars to address contemporary issues over the lunch hour. The seminars will be held in the IGA Reading Room in 360 Shields Library from 12:10-1:00 p.m.
Dates and topics for the seminars are as follows:
- April 19: “The Realist’s Dilemma: Using the Most Sensible Tools for Sustainable Development”
- May 10: “Iraq’s Middle Class Refugees”
For more information contact:
Mark your calendars for a short-course offering in weed science to be held September 24-26, 2007, at UC Davis. The Weed Science School 2007 is an intensive course focusing on the mode and mechanism of herbicide activity in plants and the fate of herbicides in the environment. The course is designed for those involved in consulting, research, development, or sales of agricultural chemicals in either the private or public sector.
The course fee is $550 (if received by 9/10/07) and $575 (if received after 9/10/07), which includes all course materials and lunch each day. A comprehensive handbook of materials is included. Class size is limited to 60, so early enrollment is suggested.
For more information, visit http://wric.ucdavis.edu, or contact the UC Weed Research and Information Center.
Nominations are being accepted through May 4, 2007, for the selection of two members to the 2007 University of California Retirement System (UCRS) Advisory Board. The election, to be conducted May 29 to June 22, 2007, will replace the two individuals currently on the UCRS Advisory Board who are not members of the Academic Senate.
The UCRS Advisory Board develops ideas or new approaches to the provisions of UCRS benefits and communicates them to the Office of the President. The board consists of nine members: an officer of the university appointed by the UC president; three persons appointed by the UC president; the treasurer of the regents or the treasurer’s designee; two persons selected by the Academic Senate from the ten UC campuses; and two persons from different UC locations elected by active members of UCRS who are not members of the Academic Senate.
Both the nomination and voting processes will be conducted online. A special election Web site is now available through the At Your Service Web site at http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/ucrs_election.
Applications are being accepted for the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards until Friday, May 25, 2007. The award program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing California’s environment, and building public-private partnerships.
Categories for past award recipients include sustainable practices or facilities, children’s environmental education, ecosystem and watershed stewardship, and environmental and economic partnerships. This year a new award category, climate change, has been added. Awards are administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency.
Applications are available online at http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Awards/GEELA/.
Abstracts of research on sustainable viticulture are being accepted by California Agriculture until May 15, 2007. In a 2008 issue, the journal plans to publish a special collection of previously unpublished, significant original research or reviews of such research on sustainable viticulture.
Possible subject matter includes the history of exotic grapevine pests and diseases in California and their effect on viticulture, systems approaches to managing vineyards (integrated pest management, sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture), incorporating elements of sustainability in vineyard design, vineyard soil health, breeding grapevines for management of soil-borne pests and diseases, role of cover crops, precision viticulture, the efficient management of micro and macronutrients for vine performance, the role of clean plant programs in improving productivity of California vineyards, managing vineyard floors, and vineyard water management for efficiency and sustainability.
To contribute to this special issue, write a brief (100-word) description of the article to be considered. Abstracts should be submitted to Deborah Golino, Department of Plant Pathology, (530) 754-8102, [email protected].
UC Davis and the 4-H Center for Youth Development will host a spring Youth Development Seminar Series. Faculty, staff, students, and the public are invited to attend weekly seminars on a variety of contemporary youth development issues, with presentations from UC Davis experts and others as well. The course, available for 1 to 2 units of credit, will be held on Tuesdays in April and May from 11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Memorial Union.
Dates and topics for the seminars are as follows:
- April 17: “Citizenship and Empire: South Asian Muslim Immigrant Youth after 9/11”
- April 24: “Hip Hop and Youth Culture”
- May 1: “Youth Culture and Driving”
- May 8: “Latina Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Research”
- May 15: “Preventing Type II Diabetes”
- May 22: “Folk Roots of American Masculinities”
Nominations for the 35th annual James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award are being accepted by the Academic Federation until Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. The award will be presented in the fall and carries a stipend of $1,000. The award is based on a distinguished career in research, teaching, and/or public service. Nominees must be members of the Academic Federation.
Nominations must include a current CV, a brief statement outlining the achievements of the candidate, as well as the name of the person making the nomination. Submit nominations by e-mail to [email protected].
The Academic Senate Committee on Research is now accepting applications from members of the Academic Senate for expenses to participate in research meetings. Travel must be undertaken between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008. Recipients can be reimbursed for up to $800 for all meetings, domestic or international, although awards cannot exceed the cost of travel and allowable expenses. Funding will be awarded only for a faculty member’s personal presentation of her/his original work.
Academic Senate Office
Professor Stephen Wheeler of landscape architecture hosts the Spring 2007 Lunchbag Lecture Series to be held on Fridays from 12:10-1:00 p.m. in 119 Wellman Hall. The public is welcome to attend, and students are encouraged to take this class for credit by registering for LDA-190. Each week will feature a different lecturer discussing sustainable communities.
The remaining April lectures are as follows:
- April 13: “Climate Change: Some Background for Planners and Designers”
- April 20: “Infill Development and Urban Growth”
- April 27: "Davis, California: Moving Back to the Cutting Edge”
For the remainder of the quarter, a seminar series sponsored by the Plant Biology Graduate Group will meet Fridays from 12:10-1:00 p.m. in 1022 Life Sciences.
- April 13, 2007: "Asymmetric Cell Division and Stomatal Differentiation"
- April 20, 2007: “Adhesion and Guidance in Pollination"
- April 27, 2007: "Using Modern Organisms to Infer the Ecophysiological Traits and Carbon Cycle Impacts of Earliest Land Plants”
- May 4, 2007: "Genetic Mapping in the Wild: Ecotypes, Hybrids and Natural Selection in an Annual Grass"
For more information, visit the arboretum Web site: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
“Folk Music Jam Session”; Friday, April 20, noon to 1:00 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
Now that spring is here, the arboretum’s folk music jams will be held outside on the Wyatt Deck next to the redwood grove. Campus and community folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session. Bring your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, and squeezeboxes, and join fellow musicians for bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music. Listeners and musicians of all skill levels welcome.
“April in the White Flower Garden”; Sunday, April 15, 2:00 p.m., Gazebo.
A garden of white flowers is sometimes called a “moon garden.” Join docent Don Christiansen for a free tour of the arboretum’s White Flower Garden.
“Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale”; Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Arboretum Nursery.
Enhance your garden with beautiful spring plants at the third plant sale of the season. The event is for members only, but anyone may join at the door. New members receive a free plant and a 10 percent member discount on purchases. The sale will feature hundreds of different kinds of plants that have been grown in Davis and thrive in Central Valley conditions, including newly-introduced and unusual garden plants that are hard to find or unavailable in commercial nurseries.
“Spring Bloomers in the Storer Garden”; Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m., Gazebo.
Enjoy the spring bloom during a tour of the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden of drought-tolerant perennials. Docent Pam Kazmierczak will point out some great new plants for spring bloom in Central Valley gardens.
“Introduction to Botanical Watercolor”; Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Arboretum Headquarters Library.
A two-day workshop for beginners and others interested in botanical artwork will be taught by Catherine Buscaglia. The fee is $120 ($100 for members of Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum, Davis Botanical Society, and students), plus a $15 materials fee. Paints, paper, and tools will be provided by the instructor.
“Wildlife in Your Garden”; Saturday, April 28, 11:00 a.m., Arboretum Terrace Garden, Davis Commons retail center on First St.
Learn how to encourage wildlife in your garden on a tour of the UC Davis Arboretum Terrace Garden next to Borders Books and Music. Docent Shannon Murphy will discuss plant selection, garden design, and natural pest control.
“Family Program: In Search of Elusive Native Ants”; Sunday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Gazebo.
Entomology professor Phil Ward will lead a tour exploring the refuges of native ants in the arboretum. The first half of the tour will be on foot around the west end of the arboretum. During the second hour, he will lead a bicycle tour to explore some more remote sites. All ages are welcome; participants are encouraged to bring bicycles.
Picnic Day is almost here. Come celebrate UC Davis on Saturday, April 14. More than 150 events will be featured throughout campus, and 50,000 to 60,000 visitors are expected to attend. If you go to the parade, be sure to stop by the CA&ES Dean’s Office booth on the northeast corner of lawn by Wickson Hall. For more information, visit http://picnicday.ucdavis.edu.
Veterinary epidemiologist David Renter will present “Epidemiology of E. coli O157:H7 in Agroecosystems of the Midwest” from 11:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, April 17. Sponsored by the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, the special seminar will meet in 1006 Haring Hall.
Renter is from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. His work involves the application of epidemiologic principles and methods to the study of disease and infectious agents associated with livestock and related food products. Much of his food safety research has been on E. coli O157:H7 and other Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.
Those interested in scheduling a meeting with Prof. Renter between 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. on April 17 should contact Jill Woodard at the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security.
A celebration of diversity, the 15th annual Soaring to New Heights event will be held Tuesday, April 17, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. It will include multicultural entertainment and an international buffet, as well as table displays by campus constituent groups.
The UC Davis Center for Vectorborne Diseases (CVEC) will host a Malaria Awareness Day symposium on Wednesday, April 25, from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre, Wright Hall. The event, free and open to the public, is part of Malaria Awareness Day activities throughout the world.
Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef will deliver introductory remarks, focusing on the UC commitment to global health. The director of CVEC, Gregory Lanzaro, will be among the scheduled speakers, along with Robert Washino and Anthony Cornel of the entomology department. In addition, there will be presentations from experts from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the medical schools at UC Davis and UC San Francisco. For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.mrcg.ucdavis.edu/news/malariasymposium.html.
Kathy Keatley Garvey
The UC Davis Small Grains and Alfalfa/Forage Field Day will be held at the Agronomy Farm from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. The field day is designed primarily for grain and alfalfa growers, PCAs, seed companies, and handlers of certified seed. Campus-based faculty and students, farm advisors, and others interested in small grain and alfalfa production and research are also invited.
The event is sponsored by the California Crop Improvement Association and the Department of Plant Sciences.
Kathleen O’Connor of the UC Davis School of Public Health Sciences will present “New Approaches for Community-Based Participatory Research among Central Valley Hispanic Farm Workers” on Monday, May 7. Part of the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety monthly seminar series, the presentation will meet from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 3201, Hart Hall. There is no charge to attend, and refreshments will be served.
Gideon Zeidler of the animal science department will present “Elevating Food Safety Capabilities Using Wireless and Remote Emerging Technologies” on Monday, June 4. Part of the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety monthly seminar series, the presentation will meet from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 3201, Hart Hall. There is no charge to attend, and refreshments will be served.
A conference on “Building and Celebrating Connections for Sustainable, Healthy, and Just Communities” will be held June 4–6, 2007, at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Sponsored by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), the conference is open to all ANR faculty and extension personnel, including program representatives and SRAs, along with their community partners.
The conference will focus on successes, resources, and challenges in working for community sustainability. Co-sponsors include UC Cooperative Extension, the Human Resources Coordinating Conference, the Nutrition Coordinating Conference, the California Communities Program, the 4-H Center for Youth Development, and the Center for the Study of Regional Change. To access the online registration form, visit http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=1799.
Applications for the poster session to be held at the June conference are due April 20, 2007.
The Grain Legume Garbanzo Field Day will be held on Wednesday, June 6, at 9:00 a.m. on the field plots east of the ANR Building on Hopkins Road (south of Hutchison Road). Research on seed disease treatments will be discussed, and garbanzo herbicide studies will also be covered. Please park near the gate on the south side of the fields — opposite Bee Biology.
The Castle Lake Limnological Research Station is celebrating a new era of research at Castle Lake with a three-day reunion of everyone who has visited or worked at Castle Lake over the last five decades. Part of the environmental science and policy department, the Castle Lake Limnological Research Station has been in operation since 1959. It has produced about 50 graduate degrees and many postdoctoral associates. Approximately 1,800 people are alumni of the DES 151 limnology course.
Families are welcome to attend, and there will be a small tent city at the Methodist Camp about one mile below the lake lab. Check the Castle Lake Web site for details, suggested attire, places to stay, and RSVP information: http://castlelake.ucdavis.edu/.