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March 08, 2007

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Message from the Dean
Agricultural Sustainability Institute Update

Who
Daniel Sperling: Air Resources Board
Joan Ogden: 2007 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award
Joy Mench: 2007 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award
Temple Grandin: Animal Science Video
Shang Fa Yang Memorial

What
Sparks of Humanity; U.N. Film Festival: March 18
College Gets Five “Best of Davis” Awards
Student Affairs Officers for the Future
Leadership Recognition for Outstanding Seniors: Call for Nominations
Business Officer Institute: Call for Nominations
Vintners Hall of Fame
CA&ES Executive Committee Election
Administrative Advisory Committees: Call for Membership
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Seminar Webcasts
Arboretum Events

When
Western Nutrient Management Conference: March 8–9, 2007
Environmental Justice Policy and Advocacy in the Central Valley: March 13, 2007
Agricultural Sustainability Meeting: March 13, 2007
Olive Oils Launch Party: March 14, 2007
Changing the Culture of the Academy: March 22, 2007
Green Technology Academy: March 26–30, 2007
California Nematology Workshop: March 27, 2007
Writing in the Disciplines Workshop: March 27, 2007
Picnic Day: April 14, 2007
Water Resources Coordinating Conference: April 19, 2007
Alfalfa Field Day: April 25, 2007
Communities and Sustainability Conference: June 4–6, 2007
Groundwater Conference: September 18–19, 2007


Agricultural Sustainability Institute Update

I am pleased to welcome Tom Tomich on board as director of our Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), as well as director of the statewide ANR Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP). These programs will be jointly administered through our college by Tom, who is the first professor to hold the new UC Davis W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems.

An international search was held last year for the director of ASI and SAREP, and Tom Tomich was selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates. Most recently, Tom served as global coordinator of the Alternatives to Slash-and-Burn Programme, hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. During his 12 years with the World Agroforestry Centre, Tom worked with collaborative partnerships in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia to raise the income of rural households without increasing deforestation. Prior to his work with the World Agroforestry Centre, Tom spent 10 years as an associate at the Harvard Institute for International Development and a lecturer at the J.F. Kennedy School of Government and the economics department at Harvard University.

Tom is a native of the Sacramento Valley and did his undergraduate work in economics here on campus. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford’s Food Research Institute in agricultural production economics, and food consumption economics and human nutrition.

In his role as the director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, Tom will provide leadership for research, teaching, outreach, and extension efforts in agricultural sustainability. He holds a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Human and Community Development and in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Please welcome Tom Tomich (530-752-2379; [email protected]), whose office is in Hart Hall.

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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Daniel Sperling: Air Resources Board

 

Transportation expert Daniel Sperling, a civil engineering professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, has been appointed to the Air Resources Board by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. A state regulatory agency, the Air Resources Board consists of 11 members appointed by the governor with consent of the Senate. ARB members include experts from the fields of engineering, law, medicine, and air pollution control. Among the goals of the ARB is to reduce air pollutants in the state based on the best scientific and economic information available.

Sperling is an international authority on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy. He is founder and director of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and a frequent advisor to policymakers, auto manufacturers, and the transportation fuel industry. ITS is the world’s leading academic program in clean vehicle fuels, technologies, and policy.

Daniel Sperling
(530) 752-743
[email protected]

 

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Joan Ogden: 2007 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award

 

Joan Ogden, professor of environmental science and policy, was one of two CA&ES faculty to receive the 2007 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award. The honor is awarded to four faculty members each year by the Academic Senate for voluntary service in the scholar’s field of expertise. It recognizes professors for unpaid dissemination of information from their discipline to the public and nonprofit sector. Faculty receive the award for service activities such as advising public or nonprofit commissions, educating business, community groups, or the media, and giving testimony before government bodies.

Ogden, co-director of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Program at the Institute of Transportation Studies, does research on new energy technologies, with a focus on alternative fuels, fuel cells, renewable energy and energy conservation. She served on the Blueprint Plan advisory panel for the California Hydrogen Highway Network in 2005.

Joan Ogden
(530) 754-6888
[email protected]

 

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Joy Mench: 2007 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award

 

Joy Mench, professor of animal science and director of the Center for Animal Welfare, was one of two CA&ES faculty to receive the 2007 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award. The honor is awarded to four faculty members each year by the Academic Senate for voluntary service in the scholar’s field of expertise. It recognizes professors for unpaid dissemination of information from their discipline to the public and nonprofit sector. Faculty receive the award for service activities such as advising public or nonprofit commissions, educating business, community groups, or the media, and giving testimony before government bodies.

Mench does research on the assessment and improvement of animal welfare. Part of her research focuses on improving the housing, handling, and management of poultry, and she has helped develop voluntary standards for agricultural animals used in food production. Mench has also served on the Council on Accreditation for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, which helps promote humane treatment of laboratory animals.

Joy Mench
(530) 752-7125
[email protected]

 

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Temple Grandin: Animal Science Video

 

Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, who has expertise on humane animal handling, recently visited the Department of Animal Science and the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute.

In the animal science department, she met with several groups of graduate students and faculty, provided a standing-room-only seminar, held a lecture/discussion with undergraduates at the Swine Center, and visited the animal facilities. She also gave two seminars on her experiences with autism for the M.I.N.D. Institute.

The animal science Web site has her seminar “Reducing Stress During Animal Handling” on video. The video can be viewed at http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu.

Mary Delany
Animal Science
(530) 752-1252
[email protected]

 

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Shang Fa Yang Memorial

 

A campus memorial service for Shang Fa Yang, who died on February 12, will be held on Thursday, March 22, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the International House, with a reception immediately following.

Yang was an internationally acclaimed professor emeritus in the Department of Plant Sciences (formerly vegetable crops), with expertise on the plant hormone ethylene, and how it impacts the postharvest biology of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Among his many achievements, Yang was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and received the distinguished Wolf Prize in Agriculture.

Per the family’s wishes, contributions may be made to a UC Davis plant sciences student research fund in Dr. Yang’s memory. Checks should be made payable to the UC Davis Foundation in memory of Shang Fa Yang and sent to UC Davis Foundation, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.

Allison Chilcott
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 752-7961
[email protected]

 

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Sparks of Humanity; U.N. Film Festival: March 18

 

Medical entomologist Gregory Lanzaro, director of the statewide UC Mosquito Research Program and the UC Davis Center for Vectorborne Diseases, will discuss malaria at the third annual United Nations Association Traveling Film Festival on Sunday night, March 18, in Davis. The film festival, “Sparks of Humanity,” is set from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second Street, Davis.

Lanzaro will speak following the 7:00 p.m. presentation of the film, “Malaria: No. 1 Killer,” produced in Ethiopia and Kenya by IRIN Films. The festival will feature seven documentary films, keying in on justice and dignity issues throughout the world. Tickets are $10 and can be pre-purchased at the International House on campus and in Davis at City Hall, the Avid Reader Bookstore, and the Varsity Theatre.

The film schedule includes

  • 5:15 p.m.: “The Blood of Yingzhou District”; filmed in China (2007 Oscar winner)
  • 6:00 p.m. : “True Whispers”; World War II Navajo code talkers in the United States
  • 7:00 p.m.: “Malaria: No. 1 Killer”; villages in Ethiopia decimated by malaria
  • 7:30 p.m.: “The Tsunami Generation”; the Indonesian Aceh province in the wake of the tsunami
  • 8:30 p.m.: “Rights on the Line: Vigilantes on the Border”;  the militarization and vigilante action on the Mexican and U.S. border
  • 9:00 p.m.: “Between Two Stones: Nepal’s Decade of Conflict”; the civil war in Nepal
  • 9:30 p.m.: “Rosita”; a young Nicaraguan girl goes from victim to unwitting victor

Kathy Keatley Garvey
(530) 754-6894
[email protected]

 

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College Gets Five “Best of Davis” Awards

 

In a special “Best of Davis” section in the California Aggie (Feb. 14, 2007), students chose their “Best GE Requirement Classes” on campus. Leading the list were 3 classes in our college:

  1. Food Science and Technology 10
  2. Human Development 12
  3. Nutrition 10

“Food Science and Technology 10: Food, Science, Folklore, and Health” is taught by Gerald Russell, a lecturer in the Department of Food Science and Technology. “Human Development 12: Human Sexuality” is taught by Judy Reitan, a lecturer in the Department of Human and Community Development. “Nutrition 10: Discoveries and Concepts in Nutrition” is taught by Liz Applegate, a lecturer in the Department of Nutrition.

Listed as “Most Picturesque” and “Best Place to Take a Date” was the UC Davis Arboretum. Congratulations to everyone who makes our CA&ES classes, programs, and locations so notable.

 

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Student Affairs Officers for the Future

 

There is a call for applications for the UC Davis development program, SAOs for the Future. This is a 10-month program (June 2007 to March 2008) for up to 30 participants. The program is intended to cultivate a diverse pool of highly talented and motivated staff interested in pursuing entry-level SAO positions and supports the campus commitment to develop and retain a distinguished and diverse staff.

The program is designed to develop and strengthen six competencies (student advising, interpersonal communication, service orientation, diversity commitment, program administration, and self management). There is a time commitment of approximately two days each month in which participants will experience assessments, individual development planning, experiential learning, mentoring, individual sessions career counseling, and workshops.

Four brown bag information sessions are scheduled from noon to 1:00 p.m. on March 5, 6, 12 (Cabernet Room/North Silo), and March 9 (Training Room, Ticon III, Ste. 2400, UCDHS). Additional program information and applications can be downloaded at http://sdps.ucdavis.edu/sao.htm. Applications are due by noon, Friday, March 23, 2007 at Staff Development & Professional Services, Tercero Trailer B.

If you have questions, contact participant coordinator, Paula Driver Shimada at [email protected] or 530-752-1255.

 

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Leadership Recognition for Outstanding Seniors: Call for Nominations

 

Nominations for the annual Outstanding Graduating Senior awards are being accepted from faculty, staff, and students until March 9, 2007. Since 1977, the campus has honored outstanding undergraduate student leaders to acknowledge their contributions to the university and to encourage their continued interest in the UC Davis campus. Award recipients will be honored for their contributions to campus and community at a reception with the chancellor in May.

Nominees for these awards should have contributed to the quality of campus life through their participation or leadership in campus administrative/academic activities or in community activities. Anyone nominating a graduating senior must notify the student nominee.

Nomination forms are available online at http://senior-recognition.ucdavis.edu. They are due to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in 476 Mrak Hall by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9.

Student Affairs
(530) 752-2416

 

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Business Officer Institute: Call for Nominations

 

The next session of the Business Officer Institute (BOI), sponsored by the UC Office of the President (UCOP), is scheduled from Monday, May 21 to Thursday, May 24, in Newport Beach. You are invited to identify and nominate individuals for participation.

UCOP is especially interested in individuals who are the lead business officers for their unit, with broad decision-making and/or supervisory responsibility in an academic or administrative department for budget, finance, internal control, human resources, or sponsored projects. Balanced representation between academic and administrative departments is sought; staff in both units will benefit from participation in the institute.

The Office of the President covers the cost of the institute, including room and most meals. Departments are expected to cover the cost of travel, incidentals, and two evening meals. Additional information can be found at http://sdps.ucdavis.edu/boi.htm (the site will be updated very soon).

The nomination deadline is April 9, 2007. To nominate an individual for participation in the BOI, please e-mail the following information to the UC Davis campus BOI coordinator, Chuck Yannacone, Staff Development & Professional Services ([email protected]):

  • Participant: name, title, title code, department, e-mail address, telephone number, whether nominee is from an academic or administrative unit.
  • Nominator: name, title, e-mail address, and telephone number.
  • Supervisor: name, title, e-mail address, and telephone number.
  • Rationale for your nomination.

 

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Vintners Hall of Fame

 

Two faculty members from the Department of Viticulture and Enology, the late Maynard Amerine and the late Harold Olmo, will be named “Icons in the Vintners Hall of Fame” by the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone at a gala on March 9, 2007. The honors recognize the two trailblazers’ contributions to the establishment and growth of the California wine industry. The honorees were determined by ballots sent to 70 top American wine journalists.

Andrew Waterhouse
(530) 752-0381
[email protected]

 

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CA&ES Executive Committee Election

 

Both Academic Senate –AND– Academic Federation representation is needed on the CA&ES Executive Committee for 2007–08. For the Division of Agricultural Sciences, there are two Academic Senate vacancies and one Academic Federation vacancy. For the Division of Environmental Sciences, there is one Academic Senate vacancy. For the Division of Human Sciences, there is one Academic Senate vacancy and one Academic Federation vacancy.

Elected members serve a three-year term. At least two nominations are needed for each vacancy.

Schedule
   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

Continuing Members
   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].

 

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Administrative Advisory Committees: Call for Membership

 

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.

Larry Vanderhoef
Chancellor
[email protected]

 

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Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Seminar Webcasts

 

Webcasts of the 2006–07 UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) monthly seminars are available at http://agcenter.ucdavis.edu/seminar/webcast.php. To date, the seminar series video webcast link includes "Immigration Reform and its Implications for Farmers and Workers;” "Ergonomics versus Bionomics for Injury Prevention;” "Effects of Acculturation and Food Security on the Child-Parent Feeding Relationship Among Latinos;” "Housing Conditions and the Health of Mexican Migrant Farm Laborers in California;” and "Ambient Pesticide Air Concentrations in Parlier; Environmental Justice Project.”

Sandra Freeland
WCAHS
(530) 752-5253
[email protected]

 

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Arboretum Events

 

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

Folk Music Jam Session”; Fridays, March 9 and March 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.

California Native Trees and Shrubs”; Saturday, March 10, 11:00 a.m., Alumni & Visitors Center.
Learn about the natural history and care of trees and shrubs that do well in local gardens. Docent Bev Watros will lead an arboretum tour that shows visitors a wide variety of garden options, ranging from the silk tassel tree and the California lilac to oaks and evergreens.

Walk with Warren”; Wednesday, March 14, noon, Arboretum Headquarters.
Join arboretum superintendent Warren Roberts for a lunchtime stroll in the arboretum. Enjoy the early spring blossoms, learn about the arboretum collection, and get a little exercise.

Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum Spring Plant Sale & Social”; Saturday, March 17, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Arboretum Nursery.
Get the first pick of spring garden plants at the annual plant sale and social. 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 event will include live music, refreshments, children’s activities, and expert garden advice.

Has Spring Sprung?”; Sunday, March 18, 2:00 p.m., Gazebo.
Enjoy the signs of spring on an informal walk in the arboretum. Docent Alice Gruenwedel will point out new growth, swelling buds and flowers, and discuss good plants for early spring bloom in Central Valley gardens.

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show”; Wednesday, March 21, 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Take a day trip to San Francisco to enjoy thousands of flowers and plants and seminars for all gardening levels. The fee for the trip is $55 ($45 for arboretum members) and includes transportation and admission. Advance registration is required.

“Living Under the Redwoods”;Saturday, March 24, 11:00 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
Learn about the coast redwood forest ecosystem during a free public tour of the arboretum redwood grove. Docent Lois Crowe will discuss the factors that shape today’s distribution of coast redwoods and point out the plants of the understory.

“Spring in the Native Plant Garden”; Saturday, March 31, 11:00 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
Three standouts in the native plant garden will be the focus of a spring tour: redbuds, dogwoods, and California wild lilacs. Docent Dean Wheeler will discuss these blooming favorites in their native habitat and in the garden.

 

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Western Nutrient Management Conference: March 8–9, 2007

 

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.

Stuart Pettygrove
Land, Air and Water Resources
(530) 752-2533
[email protected]

 

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Environmental Justice Policy and Advocacy in the Central Valley: March 13, 2007

 

"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
http://johnmuir.ucdavis.edu

 

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Agricultural Sustainability Meeting: March 13, 2007

 

A collaborative meeting toward achieving a sustainable food system in California within one generation will be held on Tuesday, March 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the AGR Room of the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. “Our Common Vision: A Bright Future for Healthy Communities, Farms, & Food in California” is one of seven meetings to be held in various California communities. The event is hosted by Roots of Change, along with the UC Davis Agriculture Sustainability Institute and the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

The goal is to begin an ongoing dialog with producers, NGOs, businesses, government agencies, foundations, and others interested in planning system-oriented efforts to enact sound agricultural and food policy. Organizers will use Web-based communication and networking tools, and recommend that those with laptops bring them to the meeting.

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Nicole Mason at [email protected] by March 6.

Gail Feenstra
UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
(530) 752-8408
[email protected]

 

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Olive Oils Launch Party: March 14, 2007

 

The launch of the 2007 vintage of UC Davis olive oils will be celebrated at the Silo Café & Pub on Wednesday, March 14, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Hosted by the Division of Buildings and Grounds, the event will feature gourmet appetizers, music, and a no-host bar. The launch party will be the only opportunity to make discount purchases of this year’s extra-virgin olive oils, which are pressed from the campus’s more than 2,000 olive trees.

Everyone is welcome to this campuswide event. For more information, please contact:
[email protected]

Sal Genito
(530) 752-1691
[email protected]

 

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Changing the Culture of the Academy: March 22, 2007

 

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/.

 

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Green Technology Academy: March 26–30, 2007

 

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/.

 

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California Nematology Workshop: March 27, 2007

 

The 39th California Nematology Workshop will be held Tuesday, March 27, 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:

Lois Strole
Kearney Agricultural Center
(559) 646-6593
[email protected]

 

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Writing in the Disciplines Workshop: March 27, 2007

 

Faculty are invited to join an interdisciplinary group to explore techniques of using writing to teach more effectively. The Writing in the Disciplines Workshop offers an opportunity to share ideas about how writing can improve your students’ comprehension of course materials, advance their analytic skills, and improve their writing. The Teaching Resources Center and the University Writing Program are co-sponsoring a full-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 27, in MUII, Memorial Union. Coffee and pastries (8:30 to 9:00 a.m.) and lunch will be provided.

Designed for faculty who plan to include substantial writing in their courses, this workshop will provide practical ways to design more effective writing assignments, to teach students to write better in your discipline, and to respond to student work more effectively and efficiently.

Techniques useful for both small discussion sections and large lecture courses will be discussed, such as using quick writing exercises during class, giving mini-lectures using writing samples, and arranging effective peer response groups.

Please register ASAP (preferably by March 16) at http://trc.ucdavis.edu/trc/events/writing/index.htm.

Gary Sue Goodman
University Writing Program
(530) 752-4947
[email protected]

 

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Picnic Day: April 14, 2007

 

Mark your calendars for Picnic Day, to be held on Saturday, April 14. Information will soon be available at http://picnicday.ucdavis.edu.

 

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Water Resources Coordinating Conference: April 19, 2007

 

For a “big picture” view of water issues facing California, attend the second UC ANR Water Resources Coordinating Conference on April 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland. The conference agenda and registration form are available online at http://lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/WRC/wrcc07.html. Topics include the impact of climate change on water availability for agriculture, water conservation, and water policy.

There will be a lunchtime poster session, and anyone wishing to present a poster on a conference topic is invited to submit the title to Rachael Long by March 30, 2007 [email protected]. (Poster board dimensions are 4 feet by 6 feet.)

For more information, contact the UC Center for Water Resources at [email protected] or (951) 827-4327.

 

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Alfalfa Field Day: April 25, 2007

 

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.

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

 

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Communities and Sustainability Conference: June 4–6, 2007

 

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 work for community sustainability.

Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr
(530) 752-3817
[email protected]

 

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Groundwater Conference: September 18–19, 2007

 

The 26th biennial conference, “California's Water Future: Expanding the Role of Groundwater,” will be held September 18–19, 2007 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The UC Center for Water Resources will sponsor the conference, along with the California Department of Water Resources, the California State Water Resources Control Board, the Groundwater Resources Association of California, the Water Education Foundation, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Topics to be covered include preparing for climate change, salt water intrusion, Delta issues, and groundwater quality. More details will be available on the UC Center for Water Resources Web site, www.waterresources.ucr.edu, as they develop.

 

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Jul 28, 2015 CA&ES students and Salinas Valley employers find common ground.

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