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May 03, 2007

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Message from the Dean
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Department Funding for Special Facilities/Courses

Who
Julian Alston and Daniel Sumner: Blackwell Prize
Alston, Sumner, Lee: Quality of Communication Award
Ruihong Zhang: 2007 EPA Award
Stephen Kaffka: Meritorious Service Award
R. Paul Singh: Kishida Award
Ogawa Award Recipients

What
Photography Exhibit: Terry Nathan
Two-volume Book on Trade Published by McCalla
Center for Produce Safety
Food Science
National AgrAbility Workshop
4-H Exchange Students
Mondavi Center Discount for Faculty and Staff
New Sustainable Agriculture Organization
Weed Science School 2007
UCRS Advisory Board Nominations
2007 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards
Sustainable Viticulture
Youth Development Seminar Series
Call for Travel Grants
Plant Biology Seminar Series
Arboretum Events

When
Community-Based Research among Hispanic Farmworkers: May 7, 2007
Fish Contamination Workshop: May 8, 2007
Food Safety Lesson: May 9, 2007
Policy Watch Seminar: May 10, 2007
UC Women’s Forum on Career Advancement: May 14, 2007
Olive Oil Conference: May 22-23, 2007
Unions in the California Food System: May 30, 2007
Food Safety Using Emerging Technologies: June 4, 2007
Communities and Sustainability Conference: June 4–6, 2007
Grain Legume Garbanzo Field Day: June 6, 2007
Castle Lake Reunion: July 20–22, 2007


A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Department Funding for Special Facilities/Courses

Each year, our college budgets more than $4 million for departments to use in funding special research/teaching/outreach facilities and special non-lecture courses. The current amounts that departments receive for these facilities/courses were determined more than a decade ago. We all recognize that budgets set so long ago may not be adequate or relevant today.

After a year-long consultative process, we have established guidelines for departments to apply for special facility/course budgets that reflect their current needs. These applications are being reviewed by the CA&ES Dean’s Council, which consists of representatives from my office, three department chairs, the chair and vice-chair of the college Executive Committee, as well as the chair of the CE Specialists Advisory Committee. After reviewing proposals over the next couple of months, the Dean’s Council will make recommendations for funding.

We all recognize that it is a major challenge to adjust department budgets. We hope that everyone involved understands that although it is easier to leave historical budgets alone, it is wiser to adjust budgets on a regular basis to meet current needs. In a recent report, the college Academic and Strategic Planning Committee recommended that this be done at least every five years.

The amount of funding that the college has for special facilities and courses will not change. Through this review process, however, we hope that our facilities/course budgets will be used to support current, prioritized needs rather than those of more than a decade ago.

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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Julian Alston and Daniel Sumner: Blackwell Prize

 

Two faculty from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics have been awarded the Blackwell Prize for the best article of 2006 in the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AJARE). Julian Alston and Daniel Sumner, along with co-authors J.V. Balagtas and Henrich Brunke, received the award from the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society for “Supply and Demand for Commodity Components: Implications of Free Trade versus the AUSFTA for the U.S. Dairy Industry.”

Professor Alston has research interests that fall into three broad areas: demand analysis, economics of agricultural research and technical change, and agricultural policy. Daniel Sumner is the Frank H. Buck, Jr. Professor, as well as director of the UC Agricultural Issues Center. His primary research interest is agricultural policy. Alston and Sumner were honored at the society’s annual conference in New Zealand in February.

Julie McNamara
(530) 752-5346
[email protected]

 

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Alston, Sumner, Lee: Quality of Communication Award

 

Three faculty from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics have been honored for their work on the book Agricultural R&D Policy in the Developing World: Too Little, Too Late? published in 2006. The Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society awarded the book its Quality of Communication prize at the annual conference in New Zealand.

Among several chapter authors honored by the society were UC Davis faculty Hyunok Lee, Julian Alston, and Daniel Sumner. Lee is a lecturer and academic researcher for agricultural and resource economics. Alston is a professor with the department. Sumner is the Frank H. Buck, Jr. Professor, as well as director of the UC Agricultural Issues Center.

Julie McNamara
(530) 752-5346
[email protected]

 

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Ruihong Zhang: 2007 EPA Award

 

Ruihong Zhang, professor of biological and agricultural engineering, was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2007 EPA Environmental Award. The award acknowledges individuals and groups who are working to preserve and protect the environment. Zhang and 37 others from the Pacific Southwest were honored at the ninth annual Environmental Awards Ceremony in San Francisco.

As part of the Biogas Energy Project, Zhang designed a system to process solid waste and turn it into biogas for energy production. The “anaerobic phased solids digester” she developed uses bacteria to convert food waste, crop residue, animal waste, and other biomass into hydrogen and methane gases, which can be burned to produce electricity or used as fuel for vehicles. The technology has been licensed from the university and adapted for commercial use by Onsite Power Systems Inc.

Ruihong Zhang
(530) 754-9530
[email protected]

 

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Stephen Kaffka: Meritorious Service Award

 

Stephen Kaffka, extension agronomist and director of the UC Davis Center for Integrated Farming Systems, received a Meritorious Service Award from the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists. This award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the beet sugar industry. Kaffka received the honor at the Society’s 34th biennial meeting in Salt Lake City on March 3, 2007.

Stephen Kaffka
(530) 752-8108
[email protected]  

 

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R. Paul Singh: Kishida Award

 

R. Paul Singh, a professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, has received the 2007 Kishida International Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The award recognizes Singh’s visionary leadership and outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and technology transfer in food science and engineering.

A global leader in food engineering research and education, Singh does research on energy conservation, post-harvest technology, freezing preservation, and heat and mass transfer in food processing.

R. Paul Singh
(530) 752-0811
[email protected]

 

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Ogawa Award Recipients

 

The four recipients of the Joseph M. Ogawa Research and Teaching Endowment for 2007 are Susanne Klose (plant sciences, UC Davis), Alistair McKay (plant pathology, UC Riverside), Shane Parker (plant pathology, UC Davis), and Lani Yakabe (plant pathology, UC Davis).

The endowments are for student and postdoctoral research on temperate zone tree fruit and nut crops, or for faculty/staff-developed educational programs on behalf of the fields of plant pathology and pomology or the California fruit and nut industries. The awards are administered by the Dean’s Office, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Joe Ogawa (1925–1996) earned his bachelor’s degree (plant science) and doctor’s degree (plant pathology) from UC Davis. He was on the faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology for 37 years, and worked with the California orchard industry on production problems related to plant diseases.

Donna Gutierrez
(530) 757-3566
[email protected]

 

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Photography Exhibit: Terry Nathan

 

A photography show titled “Bridging Art and Science” is on exhibit at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center through the end of May. The photographs were taken by atmospheric science professor and fine-art photographer Terry Nathan of the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources. Nathan’s 21 photographs explore the common ground between art and science.

Terry Nathan
(530) 752-1609
www.terrynathanphoto.com
[email protected]

 

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Two-volume Book on Trade Published by McCalla

 

Alex McCalla, professor emeritus from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, has published a two-volume book about trade between developed and developing nations. Along with co-author John Nash of the World Bank, McCalla wrote Reforming Agricultural Trade for Developing Countries primarily for policymakers and stakeholders. Volume 1 is Key Issues for a Pro-Development Outcome of the Doha Round. Volume 2 is Quantifying the Impact of Multilateral Trade Reform.

Alex McCalla
(530) 752-1529
[email protected]

 

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Center for Produce Safety

 

A new Center for Produce Safety has been established at UC Davis, to be located within the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security. Funded by leaders of the produce industry, as well as the state of California and the University of California, the center will serve as a clearinghouse for research on produce safety. In addition, it will fund new scientific studies aimed at reducing risks associated with the nation’s produce supply.

The new center was established in April with $2 million from the Produce Marketing Association and $2 million from Taylor Farms of Salinas. The California Department of Food and Agriculture is contributing $500,000 to the center, and $150,000 is being provided by the University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources division.

Rob Atwill
(530) 754-2154
[email protected]

 

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Food Science

 

A team of food science students won the fourth annual Little Bang Poster Competition for scientific findings and marketing in the “Foods for Health and Wellness” category. Led by seniors Jonathan Hutchison and Megumi Takahashi, the UC Davis Product Development Team was awarded a $3,000 prize.

The Little Bang Poster Competition, sponsored by the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, invites students to combine research and technologies originating in campus laboratories with entrepreneurial and business information. Posters illustrate how the technology would move into the marketplace and show possible sources of funding for a start-up company. Team members are required to present their poster and business idea to a panel of judges, who vote on the most compelling market opportunity.

Jamie Ruffolo
(530) 752-1465
[email protected]

 

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National AgrAbility Workshop

 

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.

Aileen Hsiao
(530) 752-1613
[email protected]

 

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4-H Exchange Students

 

The 4-H Youth Development Program is seeking host families for Japanese exchange students who will visit Davis this summer from July 22 to August 18, 2007. The students are ages 12 to 15, and families are sought who have children of similar ages and interests. No special activities need to be planned, although many families enjoy the opportunity to take occasional sightseeing trips during the visit.

The 26-student delegation is part of a larger national 4-H exchange program, and students will be accompanied by two adult chaperones who also need placement. The adults can stay for two weeks with two different host families, with or without children. For more information, visit www.ca4h.org.

Pat English
(530) 754-8520
[email protected]

 

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Mondavi Center Discount for Faculty and Staff

 

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.

Joe Martin
(530) 754-5428
[email protected]

 

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New Sustainable Agriculture Organization

 

A new organization will form this summer to promote and support sustainable agriculture education. The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) will be launched at the second national conference on “Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture Education,” to be held July 11-14, 2007, at Cornell University.

The goal of SAEA will be to promote the development, application, and dissemination of best teaching and learning practices in post-secondary sustainable agriculture education. SAEA will be ready to receive members in July. To get on the mailing list, contact Katie Monsen at [email protected].

 

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Weed Science School 2007

 

Mark your calendars for a short-course offering in weed science to be held September 24-26, 2007, at UC Davis. The Weed Science School 2007 is an intensive course focusing on the mode and mechanism of herbicide activity in plants and the fate of herbicides in the environment. The course is designed for those involved in consulting, research, development, or sales of agricultural chemicals in either the private or public sector.

The course fee is $550 (if received by 9/10/07) and $575 (if received after 9/10/07), which includes all course materials and lunch each day. A comprehensive handbook of materials is included. Class size is limited to 60, so early enrollment is suggested.

For more information, visit http://wric.ucdavis.edu, or contact the UC Weed Research and Information Center.

Gale Perez
(530) 752-1748
[email protected]

 

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UCRS Advisory Board Nominations

 

Nominations are being accepted through May 4, 2007, for the selection of two members to the 2007 University of California Retirement System (UCRS) Advisory Board. The election, to be conducted May 29 to June 22, 2007, will replace the two individuals currently on the UCRS Advisory Board who are not members of the Academic Senate.

The UCRS Advisory Board develops ideas or new approaches to the provisions of UCRS benefits and communicates them to the Office of the President. The board consists of nine members: an officer of the university appointed by the UC president; three persons appointed by the UC president; the treasurer of the regents or the treasurer’s designee; two persons selected by the Academic Senate from the ten UC campuses; and two persons from different UC locations elected by active members of UCRS who are not members of the Academic Senate.

Both the nomination and voting processes will be conducted online. A special election Web site is now available through the At Your Service Web site at http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/ucrs_election.

 

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2007 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards

 

Applications are being accepted for the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards until Friday, May 25, 2007. The award program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing California’s environment, and building public-private partnerships.

Categories for past award recipients include sustainable practices or facilities, children’s environmental education, ecosystem and watershed stewardship, and environmental and economic partnerships. This year a new award category, climate change, has been added. Awards are administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Applications are available online at http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Awards/GEELA/.

Cal EPA
(916) 322-2628

 

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Sustainable Viticulture

 

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.

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].

Janet White
California Agriculture
(510) 987-0045

 

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Youth Development Seminar Series

 

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 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Memorial Union.

Dates and topics for the seminars are as follows:

  • May 8: “Latina Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Research”
  • May 15: “Preventing Type II Diabetes”
  • May 22: “Folk Roots of American Masculinities”

Ramona Carlos
(530) 754-8435
[email protected]

 

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Call for Travel Grants

 

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.

Applications will be considered for a maximum of one travel award per fiscal year and must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

Kimberly Pulliam
Academic Senate Office
(530) 752-4918
[email protected]

 

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Plant Biology Seminar Series

 

For the remainder of the quarter, a seminar series sponsored by the Plant Biology Graduate Group will meet Fridays from 12:10-1 p.m. in 1022 Life Sciences.

  • May 4: "Genetic Mapping in the Wild: Ecotypes, Hybrids and Natural Selection in an Annual Grass"
  • May 11: “TBA”
  • May 18: “Molecular Dynamics of Plant Cell Organization and Morphogenesis”
  • May 25: “The Role of Induced and Suppressed Defenses in Resistance to Insects"
  • June 1: “Maize Anther Development: How Do Meiotic Cells Differentiate in the Absence of a Germ Line?”
  • June 5: "Guard Cell Signaling: From Electrophysiology to Boolean Network Analysis"

Kentaro Inoue
(530) 752-7931
[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, May 4 and May 18, 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.

Arboretum Tour: Improve Your Container Gardening”; Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m., Arboretum Terrace Garden.
            Learn some tips for successful container gardening during a free public tour at the Arboretum Terrace Garden, next to Borders Books and Music. 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.  

“Writers in the Garden: Eve West Bessier”; Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
            Fans of good writing and beautiful gardens are invited to a series of talks by prominent local writers. Poet Eve West Bessier will read from her work and talk about the importance of the natural world in her writing. In addition to writing, Bessier is a certified Life Coach and singing teacher.

Arboretum Tour: Walk with Warren”; Wednesday, May 9, noon, Mrak Hall south entrance.
            Join Warren Roberts, arboretum superintendent, for a lunchtime stroll. Enjoy the spring flowers, learn about the arboretum’s collections, and get a little exercise. Meet at the south entrance of Mrak Hall.

“Arboretum Tour: Choosing Spring Plants for your Valley-Wise Garden”; Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m., Gazebo.
            Join a free public tour of the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden of drought-tolerant perennials and learn how to transform your yard into a valley-wise garden. Docent Carol Knight will point out some tough, reliable arboretum all-star plants and discuss how to develop creative design ideas for home gardens. The tour will begin at the Gazebo.

“Writers in the Garden: Jay Feldman”; Tuesday, May 15, 7 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
            Fans of good writing and beautiful gardens are invited to a series of talks by prominent local writers. Historian and essayist Jay Feldman will read from his work and talk about the importance of the natural world in his writing. Feldman’s work has been published in Smithsonian, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Gourmet, and many other magazines. He is also the author of When the Mississippi Ran Backwards, as well as Suitcase Sefton and the American Dream.
 
Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale”; Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Arboretum Nursery.
Find hundreds of different kinds of plants at the end-of-season plant sale, the arboretum’s last until October. For one day only, there will be a 20 percent discount for members. Join at the door, and receive the 20 percent member discount on purchases and a free plant. The sale will feature hundreds of different kinds of plants that have been grown in Davis and thrive in Central Valley conditions, including newly-introduced and unusual garden plants that are hard to find or unavailable in commercial nurseries.

“Arboretum Tour: A May Walk Under the Redwoods”; Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
            Enjoy a free guided tour through the Redwood Grove and learn about the ecology and history of the coast redwood. Docent Bev Watros will discuss the long survival of these trees, how the understory functions, and other interesting topics.

“Arboretum Family Program: Turtle Talk and Tour”; Sunday, May 20, 2-3:30 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
            The arboretum waterway is home to the native western pond turtle (a declining species) as well as several kinds of non-native turtles, many of them former pets that have been released into the creek. Join Professor Brad Shaffer, evolution and ecology, and graduate student Bob Thomson for an engaging talk about their research on the interactions of native and introduced turtles, followed by a tour of favorite turtle basking spots. They will use binoculars and a spotting scope to see turtles. All ages are welcome at this free event.

“Writers in the Garden: Kim Stanley Robinson”; Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
            Fans of good writing and beautiful gardens are invited to a series of talks by prominent local writers. Science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson will read from his work and talk about the importance of the natural world in his writing. Robinson is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards. He is the author of the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Fifty Degrees Below, Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt, and Antarctica, for which he was sent to the Antarctic by the U.S. National Science Foundation. His latest book, Sixty Days and Counting, tackles the subject of global climate change.

“Arboretum Tour: Gardening with the Central Valley Environment”; Saturday, May 26, 11 a.m., Gazebo.
            Learn about gardening in the valley environment during a free tour of the arboretum demonstration gardens. Docent Kend Linderholm will point out recommended plants for Central Valley gardens, and discuss the herons and egrets that nest in the neighboring oak grove. The tour will begin at the Gazebo.

“Convivium: Participatory Theatre in the Arboretum”; Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, May 27-28,
6:45 p.m., where Garrod Drive meets Equestrian Lane, at the west end of the arboretum.
Join performance artist Ara Glenn-Johanson for participatory theater, “a fantasy drawn from the landscape itself.” The performance will feature revelers from the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance and from the community at large in "abstract adventures of art and eating." There is no charge for the performance, but space is limited, so reservations are required: e-mail Ara at [email protected]. Wear weather-appropriate attire and bring food to contribute to the potluck. Children are welcome.

 

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Community-Based Research among Hispanic Farmworkers: May 7, 2007

 

Kathleen O’Connor of the UC Davis School of Public Health Sciences will present “New Approaches for Community-Based Participatory Research among Central Valley Hispanic Farm Workers” on Monday, May 7. Part of the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety monthly seminar series, the presentation will meet from 4-5 p.m. in Room 3201, Hart Hall. There is no charge to attend, and refreshments will be served.
 
Sandra Freeland
WCAHS
(530) 752-5253
[email protected]

 

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Fish Contamination Workshop: May 8, 2007

 

Fraser Shilling of environmental science and policy will be the primary speaker at a workshop on Fish Contamination in the Delta to be held Tuesday, May 8, from 4-6 p.m. in 242 Asmundson Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and the John Muir Institute for the Environment. Also participating in the workshop will be LaDonna Williams from People for Children’s Health and Environmental Justice, and Laura Leonelli, of the Southeast Asian Assistance Center.

The workshop will examine key issues in environmental justice policy affecting communities in the Central Valley. It will also explore challenges and opportunities involved in community/academic partnerships. The speakers will address an innovative collaboration between community groups and researchers focused on fish contamination in the Delta and the risks that low-income and racial minority communities face from fish consumption.

Fraser Shilling
(530) 752-7859
[email protected]

 

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Food Safety Lesson: May 9, 2007

 

Students from the UC Davis Food Tech Club will host the last of four food safety events at the north end of the quad during lunchtime on Wednesday, May 9. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., students will perform a “cooking with leftovers” skit to illustrate the proper handling of leftover food.

The event is part of a research effort by Christine Bruhn, consumer food-marketing specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology, to examine college students’ understanding of safe food-handling practices and to see how education can improve their behaviors. In addition to a series of demonstrations on the quad, posters and tabletop advertisements are being placed around campus to spread key food-safety messages.

Christine Bruhn
(530) 752-2774
[email protected]

 

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Policy Watch Seminar: May 10, 2007

 

“Iraq’s Middle Class Refugees” will be the topic of a Policy Watch seminar hosted by The Institute of Governmental Affairs. The seminar will meet on May 10 in the IGA Reading Room in 360 Shields Library from 12:10-1 p.m.

Mary Davis
(530) 752-5570
[email protected]

 

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UC Women’s Forum on Career Advancement: May 14, 2007

 

The campus community is invited to a forum inviting feedback about the career advancement of women at the University of California. Three representatives from the UC Office of the President are visiting to solicit ideas and collect information on innovative local programs. The purpose of the visits is to gather information on current practices regarding professional career development for women employed by the University of California, to determine which practices can be replicated, and to assess whether a system-wide approach to these issues would be useful.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to share thoughts on what it takes to succeed at the university, what effective practices are already in place, and what more is needed. All forums will meet in 203 Mrak Hall on May 14. Dessert will be provided.

  • Student Forum: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Staff Forum: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Faculty Forum: 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Please RSVP by May 7 to Geraldine Castaneda stating which forum you will attend:
[email protected].

 

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Olive Oil Conference: May 22-23, 2007

 

“Beyond Extra Virgin: Italo-Californian Olive Oil Conference” will meet May 22-23 in Freeborn Hall. Hosted by the California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research, the two-day conference will bring together growers, producers, processors, and others to discuss the challenges in producing consistent, high quality olive oils. Talks, tastings, posters, and opportunities for networking will be offered in this first in a series of conferences.

The conference is open to the public. Registration is $125 for the general public and $25 for students. Please register at www.cifar.ucdavis.edu.

Sharon Shoemaker
[email protected]

 

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Unions in the California Food System: May 30, 2007

 

Union leader Pete Maturino will present “Unions in the California Food System: Past, Present, and Future” on Wednesday, May 30 from noon to 1 p.m. in room 360 of Shields Library. Maturino is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5, a newly created local based in San Jose that organizes food system workers from Yolo to Monterey counties.

This seminar is supported by the UC Miguel Contreras Labor Studies Development Fund and by the UC Davis Institute of Governmental Affairs.

Mary Davis
(530) 752-5570
[email protected]

 

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Food Safety Using Emerging Technologies: June 4, 2007

 

Gideon Zeidler of the animal science department will present “Elevating Food Safety Capabilities Using Wireless and Remote Emerging Technologies” on Monday, June 4. Part of the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety monthly seminar series, the presentation will meet from 4-5 p.m. in Room 3201, Hart Hall. There is no charge to attend, and refreshments will be served.

Sandra Freeland
WCAHS
(530) 752-5253
[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 working for community sustainability. Co-sponsors include UC Cooperative Extension, the Human Resources Coordinating Conference, the Nutrition Coordinating Conference, the California Communities Program, the 4-H Center for Youth Development, and the Center for the Study of Regional Change. To access the online registration form, visit http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=1799.

Connie Costello
(951) 827-5241
[email protected]

 

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Grain Legume Garbanzo Field Day: June 6, 2007

 

The Grain Legume Garbanzo Field Day will be held on Wednesday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the field plots east of the ANR Building on Hopkins Road (south of Hutchison Road). Research on seed disease treatments will be discussed, and garbanzo herbicide studies will also be covered. Please park near the gate on the south side of the fields — opposite Bee Biology.

Rachael Long
(530) 666-8143
[email protected]

 

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Castle Lake Reunion: July 20–22, 2007

 

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/.

 

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