January 04, 2007
Message from the Dean
California Center for Urban Horticulture: New Director
Randy Dahlgren: Soil Science Society of America Fellow
R. Michael Davis: Outstanding Research Award
Robert Gilbertson, Pam Ronald, Chris van Kessel: AAAS Fellows
Calvin Qualset: Crop Science Society of America Award
Pete Richerson: Academy of Science of South Africa
Rosie Woodroffe: Chancellor’s Fellows Recipient
Farm Water Quality Team: Outstanding Teamwork Award
Plant Sciences Emeriti Faculty
Joseph M. Ogawa Endowment
CA&ES Student Prizes and Awards
“Laben Hall” Dormitory Named for Robert Laben
Short-term USAID Missions Available
Teaching, Learning, and Technology: Workshop Series
Housing and Health of Migrant Farm Laborers: January 8, 2007
Aggies on the Move: January 17, 2007
Strawberry Symposium: February 9–12, 2007
Technology Tools: February 22, 2007
Green Technology Academy: March 26–30, 2007
California Nematology Workshop: March 27, 2007
California Center for Urban Horticulture: New Director
We are pleased to welcome Dave Fujino as the new director of the California Center for Urban Horticulture. During the past year, a committee led by Loren Oki, a faculty member in the departments of Environmental Design and Plant Sciences, Kathleen Socolofsky, director of the UC Davis Arboretum, and Gary Hudson, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and an international leader in the horticulture industry, implemented the formation and startup of the center.
A nationwide search was held late last year for the first director of the center, and Dave Fujino was selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates. Dave has most recently been a horticultural consultant working with the nursery industry. He spent 18 years in leadership positions with Hines Horticulture, a leading national supplier of nursery plants. He has held many other leadership positions within the California horticulture industry, and is currently chair of the executive committee of the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers, and chair of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Nursery Pest Advisory Task Force.
Dave knows our campus well, having received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant physiology in the Department of Environmental Horticulture in the 1980s. In his role as director of the California Center for Urban Horticulture, Dave will work to serve the horticulture and landscape needs of the urban citizens of California. Ongoing establishment of connections to our urban citizens is an important mission of our college. Please welcome Dave Fujino (530-754-7739; [email protected]), who is housed in the Environmental Horticulture complex.
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
A professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, Randy Dahlgren has been named a 2006 Fellow by the Soil Science Society of America. It is the highest honor the society bestows on its members. Fellows are selected through an intense nomination and review process that analyzes nominees’ achievements in education, research, service, and leadership.
Dahlgren is a professor of soil science and biogeochemistry. He also serves as director of the Kearney Foundation of Soil Science and director of the TMDL Research and Technical Support Program. His research program examines hydrological, biological, and geochemical processes and their interactions in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The major goal of his research is to gain a mechanistic understanding of ecosystem-scale biogeochemical processes for the purpose of predicting how natural processes and management practices affect ecosystem sustainability and environmental quality.
The UC Cooperative Extension “Distinguished Service Award” for Outstanding Research for 2006 has been presented to Mike Davis, CE specialist in the Department of Plant Pathology. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments by UCCE academics for academic excellence, innovative methodology, and impact and incorporation of research into extension programs.
Davis specializes in fungal diseases of fields and vegetable crops, with a focus on the etiology, epidemiology, and management of agricultural diseases in California. With the award, Davis receives $5,000 and a plaque.
Three CA&ES faculty – Robert Gilbertson (plant pathology), Pam Ronald (plant pathology), and Chris van Kessel (chair, plant sciences) – are among 6 UC Davis and 56 UC researchers who have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. UC-affiliated fellows constitute more than 10 percent of the 449 new association fellows.
Association fellows are chosen by their peers, and recognized for their distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications in a wide variety of fields. Each fellow will be recognized during the AAAS annual meeting in San Francisco in February. (Article condensed from “ANR Report,” December 2006)
Cal Qualset, professor emeritus in the Department of Plant Sciences (formerly Agronomy) and with the Genetic Resources Conservation Program, received the 2006 Frank N. Meyer Medal for Plant Genetic Resources Award at the Crop Science Society of America annual meeting. He was the founding director of the UC Genetic Resources Conservation Program and his research on plant genetic resources, genetics of crop traits, and breeding new varieties of cereal crops spans the past 40 years.
The award was created in recognition of agricultural explorer Frank N. Meyer’s contribution to the economic horticulture of America and service in the field of foreign plant introduction. Qualset has served as president and editor-in-chief for the Crop Science Society of America, and as president of the American Society of Agronomy.
Pete Richerson, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, was the second Annual Lecturer for the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). The ASSAf has recently been working with the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and the Royal Society (UK) and is in the process of reinventing itself as a modern world-class academy with the assistance of these institutions. During his recent trip to South Africa, Richerson gave 15 talks in 20 days in Pretoria, Johannesberg, Cape Town, Grahamstown, Pietermaritzberg, and Durban.
Rosie Woodroffe, professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, is one of six campus Chancellor’s Fellows for 2006. The Chancellor’s Fellows Program is supported by funds from the Chancellor’s Club and the UC Davis annual fund. The goal of the program is to honor the achievements of outstanding faculty members early in their careers. Chancellor’s Fellows receive a one-time award of $25,000 for research, teaching, or service activities, and can use the title “Chancellor’s Fellow” for five years from the date of the award.
The UC Cooperative Extension “Distinguished Service Award” for Outstanding Teamwork was presented to the UC systemwide 29-member Farm Water Quality Team. The team is comprised of faculty and advisors who developed an educational program and short course on water quality for a large clientele base.
CA&ES members of the team include Richard Evans, Stephen Grattan, Thomas Harter, Timothy Hartz, Louise Jackson, Stuart Pettygrove, Terry Prichard, Larry Schwankl, Kenneth Tate, and Lisa Thompson.
The Department of Plant Sciences, established two years ago, held its first reception in December for its emeriti faculty members. As the combined years of service of the emeriti faculty members easily surpasses 1,000 years, the event is called the annual Emeriti Millennium Event. Twenty-two emeriti faculty attended the event; many retired in the early 1990s when the university downsized. One of the longest-serving members is Professor emeritus Kay Ryugo who arrived on the UC Davis campus in 1946 as a student and joined the Department of Pomology as a faculty member in the mid-1950s.
The department was pleased to sponsor the reception, which drew more than 70 attendees to celebrate with the emerti faculty.
Chris van Kessel
Chair, Plant Sciences
Proposals are being accepted until February 16, 2007, for the Joseph M. Ogawa Research & 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 University of California 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, Dean’s Office, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA 95616-8571
Nominations are being accepted until January 19, 2007, for the Charles Hess Community Service Awards and the Mary Regan Meyer Prize. Outstanding CA&ES graduating seniors on the September 2006, December 2006, March 2007, and June 2007 degree lists are eligible to receive the awards.
The Charles Hess Community Service Awards are intended to recognize and encourage more students to become involved in public/community service activities while in college and help them develop an attitude of wanting to share with others in need. Nomination criteria include 1) a graduating senior with the most noteworthy record of public/community service while at UC Davis, 2) demonstrated expertise and an interest in serving humanity, and 3) volunteering in the college and university and in their community. A plaque and $2,500 will be awarded to an outstanding male and female recipient.
The Mary Regan Meyer Prize goes to an outstanding graduate in the college who best meets the following criteria: 1) a graduating senior with an outstanding record, 2) demonstrated expertise and an interest in serving humanity, 3) interest and intention to embark on post-baccalaureate graduate or professional level education, and 4) broad intellectual interest as indicated in both course work and activities on-and off-campus. One to three awards of $1,000 to $1,500 will be presented.
To nominate an outstanding student for any of these awards, please send your nominee’s full name and name of major, along with a brief statement (one paragraph) noting some of his/her special qualities. Keep in mind that the awardee must be a truly outstanding College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences senior. Nominations will be judged by the Individual Majors and Student Actions Committee. All nominees will be contacted by the CA&ES Dean’s Office and asked to provide a biographical statement and two letters of recommendation.
Send your nominations by January 19 to Lorraine Bowlin, Dean’s Office, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 150 Mrak Hall, or to [email protected].
CA&ES Dean’s Office
The “Tercero Residence Halls Naming Ceremony” was held recently for the two new dormitory residences on Dairy Road. The late Professor emeritus Robert “Bob” Laben, Department of Animal Science, was honored with the naming of the south hall as “Laben Hall.” About 80 people attended the dual-honoree ceremony, including the Laben extended family. The other honoree is Pat Kearney (retired executive director of Student Housing and Financial Aid).
Laben joined the campus faculty in 1950 and retired in 1986, encompassing a 36-year career of dairy science research and education. He was the animal science major master advisor for almost two decades, and received the UC Davis Outstanding Undergraduate Adviser award in 1983. The Robert and Dorothy Laben Undergraduate Scholarship was established in 1993 by a donation from the late Chancellor emeritus Jim Meyer to honor the Labens for their role in the “Students First Campaign”. In 2000, the Labens created an endowment for animal science undergraduates to help students participate in programs or activities supplemental to their academic program. Robert and Dorothy Laben passed away in 2005.
Higher Education for Development (HED) is taking applications for the Development Specialists Program, which provides opportunities for short-term assignments with USAID missions. The Development Specialists Program was designed to allow U.S. higher education faculty and staff to work with USAID missions on short-term (two- to six-week) assignments to provide technical and advisory expertise. Opportunities are available to individuals who apply for inclusion on the Development Specialists roster. HED invites faculty and staff members of U.S. institutions of higher education to submit applications for the roster.
HED seeks expertise in fields that support USAID's many priority development sectors. For more information on the program, visit http://www.aascu.org/alo/devspecialist/devspecialist.htm.
Higher Education for Development
1331 H Street NW, Suite 200
Washington DC 20005
Dick Walters will offer a series of workshops for faculty on Teaching, Learning, and Technology. The sessions will be held on alternate Wednesdays beginning Jan. 10, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., with a social hour afterwards, in Room 1331, Kemper Hall. The dates are Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, and March 6. Topics will focus on the pedagogy of learning. The format will be discussions based on readings prior to each session. There will be numerous handouts sent before each session, and the participants are asked to purchase the book, The Courage to Teach, by Parker Palmer.
Enrollment will be limited to 15 participants. The sessions are designed for faculty (new and old), lecturers, and others interested in the instructional process. This is the last year that Walters will offer this workshop series. He will put the material on which the course is based, as well as guidelines for management of the discussion sessions, in a form that can be passed on to others interested in presenting this or similar sessions for faculty in the future.
This year’s workshops are supported by the Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professorship. To enroll or get more information, contact Dick Walters at [email protected].
Teaching Resources Center
For more information, visit the arboretum Web site: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
“Walk with Warren,” Wednesday, January 10, noon, Gazebo.
Join arboretum superintendent Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the arboretum. Enjoy the crisp winter weather, learn about the arboretum’s collections, and get a little exercise. Meet at noon at the gazebo on Garrod Drive.
“Folk Music Jam Sessions,” Fridays, January 12 and 26, noon to 1:00 p.m., 105 Music Bldg.
The Arboretum's folk music jams have moved inside for the winter. Campus and community folk musicians are invited to play together informally during acoustic jam sessions. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, and squeezeboxes and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music. Listeners and musicians of all skill levels are welcome.
Don Villarejo, founder and director emeritus of the California institute for Rural Studies, and 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. There is no charge to attend, and refreshments will be served.
Western Center for Agricultural Health & Safety
The campus “Aggies on the Move” program, to encourage walking and physical fitness, will have a program registration for new walkers on Wednesday, January 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pavilion main floor. Participants can enroll during that time period, and can attend orientations at 11:45 a.m., noon, 12:15 p.m., or 12:30 p.m. Dr. Karey Zufelt will give a motivational speech from noon to 12:30 p.m., and Provost Virginia Hinshaw will lead a group walk from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. Representatives from Clif Bar, Nike, Superfeet, New Balance, and others will also be present.
The cost for staff, faculty, and students to enroll is $5, which includes a pedometer to track walking distances. Participants already enrolled in the program are welcome to attend, too.
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. 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
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, 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 open to the first 150 UCCE advisors, specialists, and faculty, and AES faculty who register. There is no cost to attend. To register, go to http://ucanr.org/techtools.
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/.
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