March 22, 2007
Message from the Dean
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Undergraduate Education
Michael Parrella: Emma Lausten Horticulture Award
Edwin Frankel: Supelco/Nicholas Pelic Award
Richard M. Bohart Memorial
Cream of the Crop
Youth Development Seminar Series
James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award
Call for Small Grants in Aid of Research
Call for Travel Grants
Call for Grants to Promote Extramural Funding and Interdisciplinary Research
Business Officer Institute: Call for Nominations
CA&ES Executive Committee Election
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Seminar Webcasts
Green Technology Academy: March 26–30, 2007
California Nematology Workshop: March 27, 2007
Working with Disabilities Among Farmers, Farm Workers, and Ranchers: April 2, 2007
Fashion Conference: April 3–5, 2007
Picnic Day: April 14, 2007
Soaring to New Heights: April 17, 2007
Water Resources Coordinating Conference: April 19, 2007
Small Grains and Alfalfa Field Day: April 25, 2007
Communities and Sustainability Conference: June 4–6, 2007
Castle Lake Reunion: July 20–22, 2007
Groundwater Conference: September 18–19, 2007
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Undergraduate Education
The report of the college’s Academic and Strategic Planning Committee has been distributed and includes a number of very important recommendations that will form the basis of discussions within the college over the next year or so. Important recommendations by the committee were made regarding our undergraduate programs. The committee feels that our college needs to remain a leading undergraduate college at UC Davis and to increase our number of undergraduate students.
Pertinent to this recommendation, Diane Ullman, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs, and Stacie Hewitt, Director of Student Activities and Outreach, have worked very hard over the past year to improve our student recruitment strategies. This has paid off in a big way.
Our college had a 63 percent increase in freshman applications this year. This created a deep and highly qualified pool of freshmen for the selection process that should result in a growth of new students into our college, and these students will be among the most qualified accepted to UC Davis. The admission letters were sent this past week, so Diane, the divisional associate deans, and our staff are now actively working to encourage students to accept our offers.
Diane, Stacie, and their staff are to be congratulated for an excellent job of creating such an outstanding pool of students interested in joining our college. 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
For extensive contributions to floriculture integrated pest management, entomologist Michael Parrella received the Emma Lausten Horticulture Award from Rutgers University. Associate dean for agricultural sciences, Parrella researches integrated pest management strategies on ornamental plants, with an emphasis on biological pest control. His work is aimed at reducing pesticide usage through safe and effective alternatives, which significantly helps growers of horticultural crops.
Parrella was nominated for the award by the executive director of the Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4), which is headquartered at Rutgers. The IR-4, a federal program established in 1963, seeks safe and effective pest management solutions for food and ornamental crops. Parrella is an alumnus of Cook College, Rutgers.
Edwin Frankel, an adjunct professor in the department of food science and technology, has been named the 2007 recipient of the Supelco/Nicholas Pelic Award by the American Oil Chemists Society. The prestigious award recognizes significant scientific contributions in the field of lipid chemistry.
Frankel will receive the award in Quebec City in May during the annual meeting of the society, which is composed of individuals with a professional interest in the science and technology of fats, oils, surfactants, and related materials. Frankel, a member of the UC Davis faculty since 1989, studies lipid oxidation and antioxidation in foods and biological systems.
A campus memorial service for Professor Richard M. Bohart, who died February 1, will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 in the clubroom at the University Club. The entomology department invites guests to bring memories, photographs, experiences, or anything else they would care to share about Bohart, or “Doc,” as he was known to former students.
Bohart was a world-renowned entomologist who identified more than a million mosquitoes and wasps, many displayed at the Bohart Museum of Entomology that he founded on campus in 1946. In 2006, he received the International Society of Hymenopterists Distinguished Research Medal, one of three ever awarded.
The UC Davis dairy received a coveted third place for milk quality at the annual “Cream of the Crop” competition sponsored by Hilmar Cheese. Competing against nearly 300 dairies, the campus dairy placed in the top 10 for the second year in a row at the cheese company’s annual producer/supplier meeting in Turlock. The quality awards are given to dairies on the last day of the meeting, and the milk is judged on protein, fat, cell count, and other variables.
Congratulations to dairy barn manager Doug Gisi, Sharlie Cunningham, and their crew of staff and students for their outstanding product.
Abstracts of research on sustainable viticulture are being accepted by California Agriculture until May 15, 2007. In a 2008 issue, the journal plans to publish a special collection of previously unpublished, significant original research or reviews of such research on sustainable viticulture.
Possible subject matter includes the history of exotic grapevine pests and diseases in California and their effect on viticulture, systems approaches to managing vineyards (integrated pest management, sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture), incorporating elements of sustainability in vineyard design, vineyard soil health, breeding grapevines for management of soil borne pests and diseases, role of cover crops, precision viticulture, the efficient management of micro and macronutrients for vine performance, the role of clean plant programs in improving productivity of California vineyards, managing vineyard floors, and vineyard water management for efficiency and sustainability.
If you would like to contribute to this special issue, write a brief (100-word) description of the article to be considered. Abstracts should be submitted to Deborah Golino, Department of Plant Pathology, (530) 754-8102, [email protected].
UC Davis and the 4-H Center for Youth Development will host a spring Youth Development Seminar Series. Faculty, staff, students, and the public are invited to attend weekly seminars on a variety of contemporary youth development issues, with presentations from UC Davis experts and others as well. The course, available for 1 to 2 units of credit, will be held on Tuesdays in April and May from 11:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Memorial Union.
Dates and topics for the April seminars are as follows:
April 3: “Resiliency in Youth Development”
April 10: “Youth and Foster Care”
April 17: “Citizenship and Empire: South Asian Muslim Immigrant Youth after 9/11”
April 24: “Hip Hop and Youth Culture”
Nominations for the 35th annual James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award are being accepted by the Academic Federation until Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. The award will be presented in the fall and carries a stipend of $1,000. The award is based on a distinguished career in research, teaching, and/or public service. Nominees must be members of the Academic Federation.
Nominations must include a current CV, a brief statement outlining the achievements of the candidate, as well as the name of the person making the nomination. Submit nominations electronically via e-mail to [email protected].
The Academic Senate Committee on Research is accepting applications from academic senate members for the Small Grant in Aid of Research until Friday, April 13, 2007. The grant amount is a fixed $2,000, and the funds can be expended over the two fiscal years 2007–2008 and 2008–2009. The committee expects sufficient funding for 125 awards.
Applications must be submitted online at the Committee on Research Web page and must include a 500-word summary of the research activities being conducted by the applicant. Complete the online Application for Small Grant in Aid of Research at http://academicsenate.ucdavis.edu/committee_cor_small_grant_form.htm.
Academic Senate Office
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 his/her original work.
Academic Senate Office
The Academic Senate Committee on Research is accepting applications from members of the Academic Senate for grants to promote extramural funding and interdisciplinary research ($10,000 to $40,000) until Friday, April 13, 2007.
There will be three types of grants, with the funding distribution dependent on the number of outstanding applications received in each category:
Insurance grants, up to $30,000, to faculty who have already made applications for funding to external grant programs for the 2007–2008 fiscal year. Priority will go to junior faculty.
Seed grants, up to $40,000, for start-up money aimed at major new initiatives, preferably by teams of faculty who are preparing to apply to a specific extramural funding opportunity. These are designed as seed funds that will lead to major outside grant applications.
Collaborative interdisciplinary research grants, up to $30,000, with the goal of advancing collaborative, interdisciplinary research that pairs natural and biological scientists with social scientists and/or with arts and humanities scholars. Applicant teams of no more than four to five members are encouraged to apply.
Academic Senate Office
A technology tools workshop held on campus on February 22, 2007, gave faculty and staff an overview of several technologies for program delivery, collaboration, and information management. Sponsored by CA&ES and ANR, the conference included information on remote meetings by Breeze and video conferencing, online, on-demand teaching tools, ANR tools (Portal, Site Builder, Collaborative Tools, Survey Tool), file/project management, digital photo management, e-mail management, and podcasting.
The handouts for each of these topics are available at http://ucanr.org/techtools. In the future, Powerpoint shows and video of speakers will also be available. There will be follow-up trainings on many of these topics through ANR.
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 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.
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.
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].
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.”
For more information, visit the arboretum Web site: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
“Folk Music Jam Session”; Fridays, April 6 and April 20, noon to 1:00 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
Now that spring is here, the Arboretum’s folk music jams will be held outside on the Wyatt Deck next to the redwood grove. Campus and community folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session. Bring your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, and squeezeboxes and join fellow musicians for bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music. Listeners and musicians of all skill levels welcome.
“Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale”; Saturday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Arboretum Nursery.
Enhance your garden with beautiful spring plants at the second plant sale of the season. The event is for members only, but anyone may join at the door. New members receive a free plant and a 10 percent member discount on purchases. The sale will feature hundreds of different kinds of plants that have been grown in Davis and will thrive in Central Valley conditions, including newly-introduced and unusual garden plants that are hard to find or unavailable in commercial nurseries.
“Native Plants in Bloom”; Sunday, April 8, 2:00 p.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
Plants native to California need less water and fertilizer and are less susceptible to disease than common garden plants. Docent Nancy Holding will point out some popular native plants and share tips for gardening with natives.
“Walk with Warren”; Wednesday, April 11, 12:00 p.m., Gazebo.
Warren Roberts, arboretum superintendent, will lead a lunchtime stroll to enjoy the spring flowers. Learn about the arboretum’s collections and get a little exercise.
“April in the White Flower Garden”; Sunday, April 15, 2:00 p.m., Gazebo.
A garden of white flowers is sometimes called a “moon garden.” Join docent Don Christiansen for a free tour of the arboretum’s White Flower Garden.
“Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale”; Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Arboretum Nursery.
Enhance your garden with beautiful spring plants at the third plant sale of the season. The event is for members only, but anyone may join at the door. New members receive a free plant and a 10 percent member discount on purchases. The sale will feature hundreds of different kinds of plants that have been grown in Davis and will thrive in Central Valley conditions, including newly-introduced and unusual garden plants that are hard to find or unavailable in commercial nurseries.
“Spring Bloomers in the Storer Garden”; Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m., Gazebo.
Enjoy the spring bloom during a tour of the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden of drought-tolerant perennials. Docent Pam Kazmierczak will point out some great new plants for spring bloom in Central Valley gardens.
“Introduction to Botanical Watercolor”; Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Arboretum Headquarters Library.
A two-day workshop for beginners and others interested in botanical artwork will be taught by Catherine Buscaglia. The fee is $120 ($100 for members of Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum, Davis Botanical Society, and students), plus a $15 materials fee. Paints, paper, and tools will be provided by the instructor.
“Wildlife in Your Garden”; Saturday, April 28, 11:00 a.m., Arboretum Terrace Garden, Davis Commons retail center on First St.
Learn how to encourage wildlife in your garden on a tour of the UC Davis Arboretum Terrace Garden next to Borders Books and Music. Docent Shannon Murphy will discuss plant selection, garden design, and natural pest control.
“Family Program: In Search of Elusive Native Ants”; Sunday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Gazebo.
Entomology professor Phil Ward will lead a tour exploring the refuges of native ants in the arboretum. The first half of the tour will be on foot around the west end of the arboretum. During the second hour, he will lead a bicycle tour to explore some more remote sites. All ages are welcome; participants are encouraged to bring bicycles.
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, 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
Martha Stiles, director of the UC Davis California AgrAbility Project, will present “Working with Disabilities among Farmers, Farm Workers, and Ranchers” on Monday, April 2, 2007, from 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
“Free Style: The Fashion Fusion of Producers, Consumers, and You” will be held April 3–5, 2007, at the Memorial Union. The fashion conference will feature a panel discussion on “Consumers and Producers” that focuses on issues including sweat shop labor, fair trade, garment workers’ lives, and the environmental impacts of the apparel industry. In addition, the conference will have panel discussions on “California Style,” “Fashion Identities,” and “Music and Style.”
Interactive activities for conference attendees will complement panel discussions. Design competition finalists will be showcased.
Hosted by the undergraduate research program in the Transnational Production and Consumption of Dress and Fashion, the conference is free except for the final dinner to be held on Thursday, April 5, at the University Club. Dinner will be $10 for students and $20 for others.
For more information and for dinner registration, visit the Web site at http://fashionresearch.ucdavis.edu/conference2007/.
Textiles and Clothing
Mark your calendars for Picnic Day, to be held on Saturday, April 14. Information is available at http://picnicday.ucdavis.edu.
A celebration of diversity, the 15th annual Soaring to New Heights event will be held Tuesday, April 17, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. It will include multicultural entertainment and an international buffet, as well as table displays by campus constituent groups.
Buffet tickets cost $5 and must be purchased by April 5. Tickets for the buffet will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, visit the Web site http://occr.ucdavis.edu/soaring.
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. The requested deadline for registration is April 10.
Topics to be covered 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, at [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.
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.
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.
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 students 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/.
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.