February 08, 2007
Message from the Dean
Faculty FTE Allocations
Blaine Hanson: Irrigation Person of the Year
Eric Mussen: National Apicultural Excellence Award
Diversity and Principles of Community Achievement Awards
Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Research
Staff Advisor Designate to the Regents
CA&ES Executive Committee Election
Administrative Advisory Committees: Call for Membership
Joseph M. Ogawa Endowment
Strawberry Symposium: February 9–12, 2007
Seed Biology, Production, and Quality: February 21–22, 2007
Technology Tools: February 22, 2007
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day: March 3, 2007
Agricultural Impacts on Brain, Respiratory System: March 5, 2007
Western Nutrient Management Conference: March 8–9, 2007
Environmental Justice Policy and Advocacy in the Central Valley: March 13, 2007
Changing the Culture of the Academy: March 22, 2007
Green Technology Academy: March 26–30, 2007
California Nematology Workshop: March 27, 2007
Picnic Day: April 14, 2007
Faculty FTE Allocations
Provost Hinshaw recently announced that all Instruction and Research (I&R) FTE that are opened by retirement/resignation/death over the next two years will remain in the college for reallocation. It has been a number of years since we had such positions for reallocation so the college does not have a current plan for position allocations to departments.
The Dean’s Council, consisting of representatives from my office, department chairs, the Executive Committee, and the Specialist Advisory Committee, will develop recommendations for how these positions will be allocated. These recommendations will be presented to the chairs and the Executive Committee for advice before policies are established.
Several years ago Provost Hinshaw lent the college 15 FTE to be repaid in the future. The future has come, so we now need to start repaying these FTE; we will thus have fewer FTE to reallocate to departments than become available through retirements, etc.
The important message is that we will have FTE to refill in the next two years, and we can decide ourselves how these should be filled. 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
Blaine Hanson, irrigation and drainage specialist in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, has been honored as "Irrigation Person of the Year" by the California Irrigation Institute. Hanson received the award at the institute's recent annual meeting in Sacramento. The award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to irrigation technology, practices, and education.
Hanson received the award for major contributions in all three categories over the three decades of his career. His Cooperative Extension program has helped growers maximize crop production and irrigation efficiency through research and outreach on irrigation scheduling, soil moisture monitoring, and salinity management. Hanson’s recent research has focused on drip irrigation of vegetables along the west side of the San Joaquin Valley where saline and shallow groundwater conditions challenge growers.
Honey bee expert Eric Mussen, Cooperative Extension apiculturist in the Department of Entomology, has received a national honor for his bee industry leadership and research publications: the American Association of Professional Apiculturists’ Award for Apicultural Excellence.
Mussen received the award, presented only four times over the last two decades, at the AAPA's conference in Phoenix. He earlier received the California State Beekeepers Association's "2006 Beekeeper of the Year" award for his regional, state, and national contributions to the beekeeping industry. Mussen is known for his expertise on honey bees and Africanized honey bees, including colony management, pollination, mite control, and insecticide damage.
Nominations for the Diversity and Principles of Community Achievement Awards are being accepted until February 20, 2007. Awards are for campus employees who demonstrate diversity and principles of community efforts that exceed the expectations of their position. All members of both the Davis campus and UCDHS communities are encouraged to submit nominations for the following awards. (Recipients of 2006 Diversity and Principles of Community Achievement Recognition Awards are ineligible.)
Individual Awards -- Awards are intended to recognize staff members who, through their own personal efforts, have made significant contributions to affirmative action/equal employment opportunity, and/or heightened awareness and sensitivity to diversity. Nominations received for contributions made by faculty, executives, student employees, and/or community members will be considered for a special citation.
Deanna Falge Award -- While the criteria for this award are consistent with the criteria for the individual award, it is expanded to recognize the ongoing (5 years or more) demonstration of one's exemplary contributions toward the furthering of UC Davis's affirmative action/equal opportunity and/or diversity objectives.
Department/Unit/Team Award -- This award is intended to recognize the UC Davis unit or team whose members, through their own personal or group efforts, have made significant contributions to affirmative action/equal employment opportunity, and/or heightened awareness and sensitivity to diversity.
Criteria: Each nomination must include specific examples of contributions, such as: advances awareness of affirmative action and/or diversity issues and concerns; models behavior consistent with the Principles of Community; advances a positive work environment that is inclusive and bias-free; contributes substantially to achievement of affirmative action goals; participates productively in affirmative action and/or diversity programs; or demonstrates commitment to affirmative action and diversity through public service and community involvement. All nominations must address these same criteria.
Award recipients will be announced at the Principles of Community event, Soaring to New Heights, on April 17, 2007. A reception honoring the recipients will be held at a later date.
Please send your nominations, preferably by e-mail, to Vickie Gomez, program coordinator, Campus Community Relations, [email protected].
Campus Community Relations
The 8th annual call for nominations for the Academic Federation's Award for Excellence in Research can be found at www.mrak.ucdavis.edu/acadfed/awards_exc_research_call.pdf. The award is given in recognition of the contributions made to the research mission of the UC Davis campus by non-senate faculty members, and carries with it a stipend of $500 to the recipient.
Any member of the campus community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) can make nominations. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2007. For additional information, contact Kathy von Rummelhoff, (530) 752-3920, [email protected].
Academic Federation Committee on Research
All eligible UC staff and non-senate academic employees who are interested in serving as the 2007–08 Staff Advisor Designate to the Regents may apply during the period beginning Monday, January 29, 2007, and ending February 28, 2007, at 5:00 p.m.
In January, the UC Board of Regents approved a permanent Staff Advisor Program to improve direct communication between UC employees and the board and to help facilitate staff input to the board's deliberations and decisions. Under this program two staff or non-senate academic employees serve as non-voting advisors to designated regents' committees. The staff advisor designate for 2007–08 will be selected from eligible UC staff and non-senate academic employees by President Dynes in consultation with the chairman of the board of the regents.
The term of service will be two years, beginning July 1, 2007; the first year (2007–08) as staff advisor designate, and the second year (2008–09) as staff advisor.
Further information about the Staff Advisor Program, the application form, a complete explanation of eligibility and the application and selection processes, and information on the role and responsibilities of the staff advisor can be found under "How to Apply" at http://www.ucop.edu/staffadvisorpgm.
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor
Both Academic Senate –AND– Academic Federation representation is needed on the CA&ES Executive Committee for 2007–08. For the Academic Senate, there are four vacancies, representing the divisions of Agricultural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Human Sciences. For the Academic Federation, there are two vacancies, representing the divisions of Agricultural Sciences and Human Sciences.
Elected members serve a three-year term. At least two nominations are needed for each vacancy.
March 1: Pendency of election notice mailed to faculty
March 29: Last date nominations will be received
April 13: Ballots mailed to Academic Senate and Academic Federation members
May 2: Last date ballots will be received
May 7 or 8: Ballots will be counted by Rules and Jurisdiction Committee
Academic Federation (non-senate): Steve Kaffka and Christine Bruhn
Academic Senate: Douglas Conklin, Ken Giles, Greg Pasternack, and Jeffrey Williams
The nomination deadline is March 29, 2007. For copies of the election notice and nomination forms, contact Sharon Berg, CA&ES Dean’s Office, (530) 752-3483, [email protected].
All members of the UC Davis campus community can become involved in issues affecting the community by applying for membership on a UC Davis Administrative Advisory Committee for the 2007–08 year. The committees address topics such as arts, athletics, child care, student services, and research, and provide an opportunity for all constituencies — Academic Senate and Academic Federation members, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students — to participate in governance of the campus.
Application forms, a list of the committees with brief descriptions of their activities, and other information are available at http://chancellor.ucdavis.edu/aac/default.htm. Please submit your application by Monday, March 12, 2007.
Proposals are being accepted until February 16, 2007, for the Joseph M. Ogawa Research and Teaching Endowment. Proposals can be submitted by undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers for research projects addressing production problems of temperate-zone tree fruit and nut crops.
In addition, proposals for educational programs (such as course development, extension activities, and field short courses) benefiting UC students, the fields of plant pathology and pomology, and the California fruit and nut industries are eligible. These proposals may be submitted by UC students, staff, or faculty.
Awards must be expended in support of undergraduate or graduate students, postgraduate researchers, staff, and/or faculty within the UC system. Up to three $1,000 awards are available in 2007. Applications should include a letter of application, a research proposal (less than 1,500 words), and a letter of support from a UC faculty member or department chair.
Please address applications to The Ogawa Endowment Committee, c/o Donna Gutierrez, CA&ES Dean’s Office, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616-8571
For more information, visit the arboretum Web site: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
“Folk Music Jam Session”; Fridays, February 9 and 23, noon to 1:00 p.m., 105 Music Building.
The Arboretum's folk music jams are inside for the winter. 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.
“More Color in Your Garden”; Sunday, February 11, 2:00 p.m., Gazebo.
Learn how to extend your garden’s season during this tour of the UC Davis Arboretum demonstration gardens. Docent Pat Murray will point out garden plants that add interest to the garden in winter, either because they are winter bloomers or because their foliage has interesting color and texture.
“Walk with Warren”; Wednesday, February 14, noon, Gazebo.
Join arboretum superintendent Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the arboretum. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying the fresh winter weather, learning about the arboretum’s collections, and getting a little exercise.
“Variations on a Theme: Acacias Along the Creek”; Saturday, February 17, 11:00 a.m., Arboretum Headquarters.
Acacias, a group of trees and shrubs native mainly to Australia and Africa, are popular with gardeners for their masses of yellow or gold flowers and sweet scent. The acacias in the UC Davis Arboretum collection come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, textures, and hues, and will be seen during this tour led by docent Edith Vermeij.
“A Brisk Walk in the Arboretum”; Sunday, February 25, 2:00 p.m., Arboretum Headquarters.
Enjoy a brisk winter walk in the arboretum, following the banks of the old north fork of Putah Creek. Docent Kate Mawdsley will give participants an overview of the arboretum's layout and highlights of the plant collections, pointing out landmarks and key plants.
“Exploring Place, Space, Time, and Scale: The Arboretum Through the Eyes of a Geographer”; Sunday, February 25, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Room 146, Environmental Horticulture complex.
Explore place, space, time, and scale during this free special event at the arboretum. Join Alyssa Nelson and friends from the UC Davis Geography Graduate Group for an interactive, creative exploration of geographic concepts. The program will take place indoors and outdoors, weather permitting. Bring cameras, sound recorders, sketch pads, pens, and pencils if you like. All ages are invited; children must be accompanied by an adult.
The sixth North American Strawberry Symposium (NASS) will be held in Ventura Beach, Calif., on February 9–12. 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. 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
The Seed Biotechnology Center and UC Davis Extension will offer a unique two-day course on February 21–22 for professionals in the seed industry, crop consultants, and growers to expand and update their knowledge. Participants will learn the fundamentals and the most current research information on seed development, production, harvesting, conditioning, storage, enhancement, and quality assessment.
Instructors include Derek Bewley, University of Guelph, Hiro Nonogaki, Oregon State University, and Kent Bradford, Robert Gilbertson, and Allen Van Deynze, UC Davis. For more information and to register online, see http://sbc.ucdavis.edu.
Seed Biotechnology Center
An all-day workshop on “Technology Tools: Look, Listen, Try, and Use,” will be held at the ARC on the UC Davis campus on Thursday, February 22. 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.
There are still some spots open for UCCE advisors, specialists, and faculty, and AES faculty. There is no cost to attend. To register, go to http://ucanr.org/techtools.
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is sponsoring its annual UC Davis Agricultural and Environmental Science Field Day on Saturday, March 3. Nearly 3,000 FFA and 4-H students from California and Nevada will participate in 27 different agricultural and environmental science competitions.
This is a collegewide event and everyone is welcome to participate and help. If you would like more information on how to be part of this annual tradition, please contact Rebecca Nitcher, student coordinator, at [email protected].
CA&ES Dean's Office
Dr. Kent Pinkerton, director of the UC Davis Center for Health and the Environment, will present “Agricultural Impacts on Your Brain and Respiratory System” on Monday, March 5, 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. There is no charge to attend, and refreshments will be served.
Western Center for Agricultural Health & Safety
The Western Nutrient Management Conference will be held in Salt Lake City, March 8–9. Three symposia on the first day include “Nutrient Management in Direct Seed Systems,” “Precision Nutrient Management for Perennial Fruit Crops,” and “Nitrogen in Cropping Systems.” The second day includes research presentations from throughout the U.S. A poster session will be part of the conference.
The program and registration for the conference can be accessed at http://isnap.oregonstate.edu/WERA_103/index.htm.
Land, Air and Water Resources
"New Directions for Environmental Justice Policy and Advocacy in the Central Valley" is the topic of an interactive panel that will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., in Room 242, Asmundson Hall.
The panel includes the Honorable Dean Florez, Enrique Manzanilla (director, US EPA Region 9, Communities and Ecosystems Division), Debbie Davis (legislative analyst, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water), and Rey Leon (senior policy analyst, Latino Issues Forum). The program is sponsored by the Environmental Justice Project, John Muir Institute of the Environment.
John Muir Institute of the Environment
A UC systemwide conference on graduate education and the professoriate, “Changing the Culture of the Academy: Toward a More Inclusive Practice,” will be held on Thursday, March 22, on the UC Berkeley campus. The keynote speaker is Troy Duster, director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge at New York University.
Changing the Culture of the Academy explores ways that the academy might incorporate the challenge of diversity as it pertains to its core mission and practice. Participants will consider new paradigms that are inclusive of various cultural and disciplinary traditions, learning styles, and identities across all disciplines.
The primary goal of the conference is to create a working model for change within the University of California system, developing concrete steps which move beyond tolerance towards a self-reflexive and truly inclusive university system rooted in excellence. For more information, see http://cci.berkeley.edu/news/.
The Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy will be held March 26–30 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/.
The 39th California Nematology Workshop will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at the Kearney Agricultural Center. This workshop will provide a series of lecture presentations in the morning, and an afternoon field tour of 9 sites addressing the replacement of Nemacur and methyl bromide.
There is no registration fee to attend, but only the first 100 to register will get a free lunch. To register, contact:
Kearney Agricultural Center
Mark your calendars for Picnic Day, to be held on Saturday, April 14, 2007. Information will soon be available at http://picnicday.ucdavis.edu.