June 07, 2007
Message from the Dean
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Building International Ties
Eric Bradford: Conference Room Dedication
David Neale: Outstanding Alumnus Award
Kathleen Socolofsky: Professional Citation Award
Mark Francis: Design Review in South Korea
Joseph DiTomaso and Evelyn Healy: Gold Award
J. Edward Taylor: “Primary Sources”
Road Trip with Huell Howser
Winners of Staff Citation for Excellence 2007
Walker Award: Lisa Brown
Memorial Garden at Virginia Tech: Contribution Opportunity
Shooting Incident Training
Senior Project Presentations: Landscape Architecture
Volunteers Sought to Help Host Junior Olympics
Seeking Reusable Inter-office Delivery Envelopes
Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology
Kearney Foundation of Soil Science: Call for Proposals
National AgrAbility Workshop
Mondavi Center Discount for Faculty and Staff
Call for Travel Grants
Robert Mondavi Institute Spring Lectureship: June 11, 2007
CIFAR Conference on Biorefinery Industry: June 12, 2007
Miniconference on Agricultural Geospatial Technologies: June 12 – 13, 2007
Sustainable Agriculture Field Day: June 22, 2007
Castle Lake Reunion: July 20–22, 2007
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Building International Ties
International engagement is a time-honored tradition in our college. The success of our international graduates has enabled our faculty and students to develop relationships throughout the world, and our college and UC Davis have become well known internationally because of these ties.
Only within the recent past, however, has our college developed strategies and created an infrastructure to support these international activities. Two years ago, Jim Hill was appointed as the first Associate Dean for International Programs in the college, and under his leadership significant new activities have developed, some in conjunction with the projects undertaken by Patrick Brown, former director of International Programs. Some of our efforts are important enough that they have received local and national news coverage, such as our work to help revitalize agriculture in war-torn Afghanistan and our role in strengthening agricultural extension and training at Iraqi universities.
Because our college is so highly regarded internationally, I personally receive many invitations to visit universities around the world, only a few of which I am able to accept. In April, I led a group of our college’s environmental science faculty to participate in a joint workshop with faculty of Sichuan University in China. In May, I traveled to Israel for the annual meeting of the board of directors of the United States-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD). While in the region, I also gave a talk at Palestinian universities in the West Bank Territory of the Palestinian Authority.
Although these international activities require time and resources, I feel it is important for our college to develop relationships with scholars throughout the world. These relationships are the foundation upon which we will build the global programs that are so important for the education of our students.
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
The Department of Animal Science has dedicated a conference room to honor Professor Emeritus Eric Bradford for his many contributions to the department. Bradford joined the UC Davis faculty in 1957, and his research focused on the genetics of reproduction and growth in livestock and laboratory animals, sheep breeding, animal genetic resources conservation, and international agriculture. He served as major professor for 11 Ph.D. and 14 M.S. students.
Throughout his career, Bradford was the recipient of numerous awards and honors and accepted responsibility for a number of administrative posts, including associate dean of the college and chair of the department. Following his retirement in 1993, he has remained active on campus in numerous collaborative efforts.
At a department reception on May 23, about 70 people attended the dedication of the Eric Bradford Conference Room.
Professor David Neale, plant sciences, received an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Oregon State University’s College of Forestry at a ceremony held in May. One of seven distinguished alumni honored at the annual “Fernhopper” awards ceremony, Neale was lauded as one of the top molecular forest geneticists in the world. Neale completed his Ph.D. at Oregon State University in 1984 and spent many years as a researcher with the Pacific Southwest Research Station of the Forest Service.
Neale has been a professor at UC Davis since 2005, and his lab focuses on the discovery and understanding of the function of genes in forest trees, especially the genes controlling complex traits, through genetic mapping and genomic science technologies. His lab is involved in the development of tree breeding technologies, not only to provide better wood and paper products, but also to reduce the need for harvesting natural forests.
Kathleen Socolofsky, Director of the UC Davis Arboretum, has been awarded the 2007 Professional Citation Award from the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) for her work in “transforming the arboretum into a major integrated center of learning and outreach.” The prestigious award recognizes an individual who has made significant achievements in public horticulture and has shown great skills, innovation, and potential. Socolofsky will be honored at a reception on June 29, 2007, during the annual AGPA meeting in Washington, D.C.
Mark Francis, professor of landscape architecture and environmental design, has been appointed chairman of the jury for the International Design Competition for Sejong, a new administrative city to open in 2012 in South Korea. The new city will relocate the prime minister’s office and more than half of the national government to a new city of 500,000 to be built in a rural area two hours south of Seoul. The city will include a series of urban villages clustered around a large park, twice the size of New York City’s Central Park.
At the first round of the jury meeting in late May, Professor Francis and other jurors reviewed 92 designs for the park and central open space submitted from around the world. They selected 10 to be further developed and reviewed in August, when the final winner will be chosen.
Joseph DiTomaso, director of the Weed Research and Information Center, and Evelyn Healy, a graduate student in the Department of Plant Sciences, earned the prestigious Gold Award for their two-volume book, Weeds of California and Other Western States. The award was presented by the Association for Communication Excellence to UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, which publishes and distributes the book. Lauded for its comprehensiveness, the work includes 1,800 pages of weed descriptions and accompanying data, 67 tables, as well as a 64-page index and a CD featuring more than 3,000 photographs.
DiTomaso, a Cooperative Extension weed specialist, studies the biological and ecological aspects of weed species that do not affect crop production, with the goal of developing more effective weed-control strategies. His research has focused on a variety of species, including yellow starthistle, the most important and widespread noncrop weed in California; as well as perennial pepperweed and pampas grass.
J. Edward Taylor, professor of agricultural and resource economics, was noted in the “Primary Sources” section of the May 2007 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. The magazine spotlights Taylor’s analysis of fair trade, in which he predicts that in most cases, the Central American Free Trade Agreement will actually improve the welfare of the rural poor in developing countries. (Working Paper 07-001: “Does Agricultural Liberalization Reduce Rural Welfare in Less Developed Countries? The Case of CAFTA,” by J. E. Taylor, A. Y. Naude, and N. Jesurun-Clements)
To access the article, visit http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200705/primarysources/2.
The July 12 episode of KVIE’s “Road Trip with Huell Howser” will focus on UC Davis, the first time the program has been dedicated solely to one of the state’s universities. Huell Howser originally planned to do one of his 60-minute shows about the city of Davis, but the shoot at UC Davis went so well that he devoted the entire hour to the university. CA&ES will get ample airtime, with a look at the Arboretum, the Bohart Museum of Entomology, the Horse Barn, and the Meat Lab. Other topics to be featured include “Bicycle Capital of the U.S.”, Segundo Dining Commons, Coffeehouse, C.N. Gorman Museum, Unitrans, and the California Raptor Center.
Road Trip also runs on public television stations in the Bay Area and Southern California. The KVIE debut will air at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2007.
Congratulations to staff members who were honored with a 2007 Citation for Excellence at a campus awards ceremony in May. The categories were divided into individual and team awards. Staff from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences were well represented among the nearly 120 winners.
Jamie Brannan; Food Science and Technology
Candy Castorena; CA&ES Dean’s Office
Deborah Dritz; Entomology
Nancy Dullum; Mosquito Research Program
Lori Fuller; Human and Community Development
Matthew Livingston; Animal Science
Kimberly Mahoney; Environmental Science and Policy
Diane Vandepuete; Nutrition
Alyssa Gartung Villicana; Environmental Science and Policy
Anthony Volkar; CA&ES Dean’s Office
Diana Wiggins; Nutrition
Mary Yandel; Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Academic Personnel Team—College of Agriculture;
Chris diMuro and Kim De Laughder
Shylia Silva and Sylvia Whitley
FSNEP Team—College of Agriculture;
Ginny Buckner, Jennifer Benke, Karl Schroeder, and Bill Benford
Environmental Science and Policy Business Team;
Alyssa Gartung, Shirley Holm, Nancy Louks, and Paula Nasater
Safety Coordinators Team—Biological and Agricultural Engineering;
Kameron Chun, Victor Duraj, Loan-anh Nguyen
Nutrition Business Operations Team;
Adriana Gonzales, Diane Vandepuete, Eric Thompson, Georgeanne Meggers-Smith, Marina Ramos, Marianne Goetz, Patricia Peacock, Penny Williams, Sylvia Whitley, and Vita Cooper
Office Staff Team—Biological and Agricultural Engineering;
Leigh Ann Empie, Kay Resler, Kathy Rodriguez, and Christine Tracy.
The eighteenth annual Walker Award for Outstanding Academic Staff Adviser in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will be presented at a reception in 203 Mrak Hall on Friday, June 8 from 1–3 p.m. The event will honor Lisa Brown of the Department of Plant Sciences for her exemplary service to students. The award was established in 1991 by Harry Walker, an emeritus lecturer and master adviser in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources. Candidates are nominated by students and selected by peer advisers, faculty advisers, and administrators. Faculty or staff wishing to attend the award ceremony should RSVP to [email protected].
Jerzy Nowak, chair of the Horticulture Department at Virginia Tech, lost his wife (Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, a French professor) in the April shooting. They have two daughters. The Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech is raising funds to establish a campus memorial garden in Jocelyne’s memory.
Several people from our arboretum and across campus are making personal and group contributions for this memorial garden at Virginia Tech. If you would like to contribute (small contributions are fine), please send a check made out to the APGA (American Public Gardens Association) along with a note about how you would like to be recognized on the list of contributors. Checks can be mailed to the American Public Gardens Association, 100 West 10th Street, Suite 614, Wilmington, DE 19801.
To make a credit card donation, please call Sarah Maietta at APGA Headquarters (302) 655-7100. All contributions received by June 13, 2007, will be presented to Jerzy Nowak and his family at the Hahn Horticultural Gala on June 16, 2007.
UC Davis Arboretum
The UC Davis Police Department will host training sessions to help members of the campus community prepare to react to a possible shooting incident on campus like the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech. A shooting incident is among the top five hazards identified for the UC Davis campus.
Attendees are warned that the training could be unsettling for some. It will include a recording of a 911 call made from the school library during the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado and security footage of the gunmen and some students in the cafeteria during the same event. It also shows video demonstrating a law enforcement team moving in to stop a shooter.
There is no need to pre-register for the event. The 90-minute sessions, including a question-and-answer period, are scheduled for:
- Monday, June 11, at noon in Freeborn Hall
- Monday, June 18, at noon in Sciences Lecture Hall
- Monday, June 18, at 5 p.m. in Sciences Lecture Hall
Chief of Police
Each year, graduating seniors from the landscape architecture program in the Department of Environmental Design create projects that serve as rites of passage out of college and into the community. The projects range from a community garden at El Dorado High School to a memorial center in Kigali, Rwanda.
The Senior Project presentations from more than 40 landscape architecture students will be held on June 15 in the Memorial Union. The talks begin at 8:15 a.m. and will last until approximately 4 p.m. Several students will present simultaneously in separate conference rooms, including the Smith, DeCarli, Mee, Garrison, and Fiedler rooms.
Landscape Architecture Program
UC Davis organizers are seeking volunteers to assist in welcoming out-of-town athletes and other guests to the second annual West Coast Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games. Several hundred community members are needed to stuff goody bags, help with sport competitions, work special events, and inform the out-of-town participants where to go and what to do during the 10-day event.
The Junior Olympics will be held June 22–July 1 and will feature boys/girls basketball, baseball, diving, jump rope, and wrestling. Online registration has begun as officials at UC Davis tend to the final details of planning a multisport youth Olympics throughout the campus and city. For information on how to sign up to volunteer or to participate in the competition, check the Web site at http://www.wcaaujrogames.org, or call the event phone at (530) 752-3846.
Campus Events and Visitor Services
If you have a surplus of large, inter-office delivery envelopes (brown, approximately 10” x 13” with red ties) the CA&ES Dean’s Office could use them. Please send them through inter-campus mail to Deb Fredrickson.
CA&ES Dean’s Office
The Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology (SITT) will be held July 16–20, 2007, to provide opportunities for campus faculty to share innovative and thoughtful approaches to effective teaching.
To find out more about SITT 2007 or to register, please visit http://trc.ucdavis.edu/trc/sitt/.
University Writing Program
In support of the Retirement Readiness Program, the UC Davis benefits office is offering several workshops presented by the campus representative from FITSCo (Fidelity Investments Tax-Exempt Services Company). The workshops are designed for all employees and will be offered at various times and dates until late June. Topics include:
- Enrolling in Your UC Retirement Savings Program
- Finding the Right Investment Strategy
- Achieving a Sound Retirement
If you wish to attend the workshops in a series, FITSCo recommends following the order listed above. Reservations are required for all workshops. The FITSCo Reservation Line is available Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at (800) 642-7131.
The Kearney Foundation of Soil Science is soliciting two-year proposals from faculty on understanding and managing soil-ecosystem functions across spatial and temporal scales. The Kearney Foundation of Soil Science is an endowment-supported program that funds research in the University of California system. The due date for proposals is August 31, 2007, at 10 p.m.
Funding is available to support two-year research projects beginning in January 2008. The scope of the mission is large, and because of its interdisciplinary nature, multi-investigator proposals are encouraged. Many traditional soil-ecosystem research topics are well suited for this mission, but funded research topics will be unique in that they will:
- Address multiple spatial and/or temporal scales
- Provide information that is clearly relevant to land management decisions and policies.
Standard proposals have a maximum funding limit of $45,000 per year. Multidisciplinary projects have a maximum funding limit of $120,000 per year for a minimum of 3 PIs.
Details are available at http://kearney.ucdavis.edu.
Mark your calendars for the annual National AgrAbility Workshop to be held in Sacramento from October 29 to November 1, 2007. This will be a three-day educational and training workshop intended to provide technical assistance and resources to professionals interacting with people who farm or ranch despite disabilities and permanent injuries.
The workshop should be of interest to extension educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, rural health care providers, students, medical professionals, as well as farmers, ranchers, and farm workers with disabilities. Find out more at http://www.agrabilityproject.org/events/workshop2007/#4.
For the first time, the Mondavi Center is offering faculty and staff a 10 percent discount on ticket purchases. For those who wish to order a series subscription, the faculty/staff discount is applied in addition to the subscription discount, so faculty/staff subscribers can receive up to 30 percent off the regular ticket price. Those who don’t want to subscribe may still take advantage of the discount and receive 10 percent off the regular price when single tickets go on sale on September 8.
Online ordering is available at www.MondaviArts.org., or call (530) 754-ARTS (2787). The ticket office is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, as well as Saturday noon to 6 p.m. You will be asked to provide your UC Davis e-mail address when you order.
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
For more information, visit the arboretum Web site: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
“Arboretum Tour: More Than Just a Pretty Face”; Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
Enjoy a free guided tour of the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants. Docent Lois Crowe will discuss the advantages of growing native plants adapted to Central Valley conditions and give tips for success.
“Arboretum Tour: Walk with Warren”; Wednesday, June 13, noon, Gazebo.
Join Arboretum Superintendent Warren Roberts for a free lunchtime stroll in the arboretum. Enjoy the early summer bloom, learn about the arboretum’s collections, and get a little exercise.
“Folk Music Jam Session”; Friday, June 15, noon to 1 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
The arboretum’s folk music jams are 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.
“Want More Color in your Garden?”;Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m., Gazebo.
Docent Pat Murray will lead a free guided tour of the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden at the arboretum and discuss the use of color to create a garden with year-round interest.
“Improve your Container Gardening”; Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m., Arboretum Terrace Garden at Davis Commons on First and D Streets.
Learn about container gardening during a free public tour of the newly-enhanced container plantings in the Arboretum Terrace Garden. Docent Mary Horton will discuss planting in multiple layers and grouping a variety of containers of different types and sizes to create depth and density.
Two industry leaders will be featured on June 11 at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science Spring 2007 Lectureship. Ken Grossman, president of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, will speak on “Sustainability Practices in the Brewing Industry.” Ted Hall, general partner of Long Meadow Ranch and former chairman of the Robert Mondavi Corporation, will speak on “Organic Wine and Food Production: Sound Economics, Not Partisan Politics.”
The lectures are free and open to the public, but attendees must register for space availability. The lectureship convenes at 8:15 a.m. for a continental breakfast in the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Studio Theatre.
“CIFAR Conference XXIV: A Global Eye of California’s Emerging Biorefinery Industry” will meet June 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Freeborn Hall. The conference is organized by the California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research (CIFAR), which works to disseminate information to industry and government about new technologies developed on campus. The all-day event will feature speakers from government, academia, agriculture, and industry. For a complete listing of the day’s program, visit http://www.cifar.ucdavis.edu/.
The UC Precision Agriculture Workgroup Meeting and Ag Geospatial Technologies Miniconference will meet June 12–13 in Room 3001 of the Plant and Environmental Sciences Building. The meeting will be an opportunity for Cooperative Extension, and other university, public agency, and industry personnel to exchange information about developments in agricultural geospatial technologies and site-specific farming.
Please pre-register by e-mail with Tiva Lasiter in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources ([email protected]).
The UC Davis Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Project will host a field day on June 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Muller and Sons Farm in Woodland. The keynote speaker will be Tom Tomich, director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute and the statewide UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP). The field day will also include a field tour, a grower panel, and lunch.
Students and growers can attend for free; general admission is $5. For information on registration and a map to the farm, visit http://safs.ucdavis.edu.
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/.