May 17, 2007
Message from the Dean
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: New Director for the Center for the Study of Regional Change
Gregory Lanzaro: Academic Federation Award
Alison Van Eenennaam: Radio Interview
Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology
Farmers Market on Quad
Teaching with Technology Workshops
Photography Exhibit: Terry Nathan
Kearney Foundation of Soil Science: Call for Proposals
Local Broadcasts Feature Food Science
National AgrAbility Workshop
Mondavi Center Discount for Faculty and Staff
Weed Science School 2007
2007 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards
Youth Development Seminar Series
Call for Travel Grants
Plant Biology Seminar Series
UC Davis Food Olympics: May 19, 2007
Olive Oil Conference: May 22-23, 2007
Elephant Insights: May 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
CA&ES Annual Spring Faculty Meeting: June 7, 2007
Castle Lake Reunion: July 20–22, 2007
A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: New Director for the Center for the Study of Regional Change
We are pleased to welcome Jonathan London as the new director of the Center for the Study of Regional Change. Jonathan will lead the center in its mission to address the complex regional dynamics brought about by demographic and economic shifts in California’s Central Valley and Sierra Nevada regions.
The Center for the Study of Regional Change was originally conceived and championed by the late Ted Bradshaw, professor of human and community development, who envisioned collaborative partnerships between the university and community stakeholders to foster interdisciplinary research on sustainable regional change. Jonathan London assisted Bradshaw in developing the original center proposal. He was responsible for building relationships with key community supporters such as David Hosley, president and general manager of KVIE Public Television, who has been an ardent supporter of regional planning.
Jonathan London’s academic training and his professional leadership experiences make him an ideal choice to direct the new center. Jonathan attended graduate school at UC Berkeley, earning a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. From 1999–2005, he ran a nonprofit organization called “Youth In Focus” that trained young people doing action research on their Central Valley communities. Since 2006, Jonathan has taught in the Department of Human and Community Development and conducted research with the California Communities Program and the Environmental Justice Project of the John Muir Institute of the Environment.
Jonathan has long been interested in community participation as a way to make better public decisions about natural resources and the environment. In his role as the first director of the Center for the Study of Regional Change, Jonathan will work to foster interdisciplinary collaborations as well as campus-community partnerships. Establishing connections between our college and California’s inland residents is an important part of fulfilling our mandate as a land-grant university. Please welcome Jonathan London in his Hart Hall office (530-752-2733; [email protected]).
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
Medical entomologist Gregory Lanzaro has been awarded the 2007 Academic Federation Award for Excellence in Research at UC Davis for his work on both the mosquito that transmits malaria and the blood-sucking sand fly that transmits visceral leishmaniasis. The award recognizes the outstanding research efforts of an Academic Federation member. Lanzaro will be honored at a reception on May 17, 2007, at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
Lanzaro serves as director of the statewide UC Mosquito Research Program, part of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, and director of the statewide UC Malaria Research and Control Group. He is also director of the UC Davis Center for Vectorborne Diseases. A member of the faculty in the Department of Entomology since 2002, he was appointed to the faculty of the Comparative Pathology Graduate Group, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, in May.
Lanzaro researches the population genetics of the African malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, and the molecular and immunological interactions involved between the sand fly and its human hosts. His work is supported by multimillion-dollar federal grants.
Alison Van Eenennaam, animal genomics and biotechnology extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science, will discuss animal clones and the food supply on an upcoming National Public Radio broadcast in Santa Monica. The 7–8 minute interview with Van Eenennaam will air on Saturday, May 26, from 11 a.m. to noon on KCRW-FM, 89.9. The “Good Food” show is broadcast throughout Southern California every Saturday morning and nationally from the KCRW Web site at http://www.kcrw.com/.
In the radio interview, Van Eenennaam explains basic concepts about cloning cattle and responds to questions about the FDA’s recently released safety study, which concludes that there is no difference between the milk or meat of cloned animals and those of conventionally-produced animals.
Alison Van Eenennaam
The Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology (SITT) will be held July 16–20, 2007, to provide opportunities for campus faculty to share innovative and thoughtful approaches to effective teaching. In hopes of representing a wide variety of disciplines and instructional styles, SITT is inviting proposals from instructors for presentations, panels, and hands-on lab sessions. Although SITT presentations often focus on teaching with technology, the institute welcomes “thoughtful proposals from technological enthusiasts and Luddites alike.”
To get a sense of possible topics, visit the SITT 2006 Web site at http://trc.ucdavis.edu/trc/sitt/SITT06/.
To find out more about SITT 2007 or to register, please visit http://trc.ucdavis.edu/trc/sitt/.
In support of the Retirement Readiness Program, the UC Davis benefits office is offering several workshops presented by the campus representative from FITSCo (Fidelity Investments Tax-Exempt Services Company). The workshops are designed for all employees and will be offered at various times and dates between now and late June. Topics include:
- Enrolling in Your UC Retirement Savings Program
- Finding the Right Investment Strategy
- Achieving a Sound Retirement
If you wish to attend the workshops in a series, FITSCo recommends following the order listed above. Reservations are required for all workshops. The FITSCo Reservation Line is available Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at (800) 642-7131.
On Wednesdays through the end of the quarter, the campus community can purchase fresh produce at the East Quad Farmers Market from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Vendors will sell cherries, strawberries, apples and apple juice, organic vegetables, nuts, olive oil, and flowers.
The market is part of a larger pilot project of the Davis Farmers Market Foundation to expand sales of local produce, promote the use of farm-fresh foods in K-12 schools and on the campus, and educate consumers about nutrition and healthful eating. The pilot project could serve as a model for other universities and their local farmers markets.
Faculty who are teaching courses this summer or fall may want to attend a Mediaworks/TRC workshop to learn about some easy-to-use tools that can make teaching more efficient and effective.
- What can Facebook teach us about teaching students online?
Meets: Wednesday, May 16, 1–3 p.m. in 1131 Meyer Hall
Topic: In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to Facebook.com and learn how students communicate and interact online. We’ll take those principles and learn how to apply them to teaching with SmartSite.
- Grading student work in SmartSite
Meets: Friday, May 18, 9–11 a.m. in 27 Olson Hall
Topic: Learn how to manage your grading workflow using SmartSite’s assignment, quiz, message center, and gradebook tools.
- Teaching with Clickers
Meets: Friday, May 18, noon to 2 p.m. in 27 Olson Hall
Topic: This workshop covers both the technical aspects and pedagogical issues surrounding UC Davis’s new Personal Response System. You’ll receive hands-on instruction and get a chance to talk with other faculty interested in integrating clickers into their classes.
Register at http://trc.ucdavis.edu/trc/calendar/index.html.
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.
The Kearney Foundation of Soil Science is soliciting two-year proposals from faculty and Cooperative Extension specialists on understanding and managing soil-ecosystem functions across spatial and temporal scales. The Kearney Foundation of Soil Science is an endowment-supported program that funds research in the University of California system. The due date for proposals is August 31, 2007, at 10 p.m.
Funding is available to support two-year research projects beginning in January 2008. The scope of the mission is large, and because of its interdisciplinary nature, multi-investigator proposals are encouraged. Many traditional soil-ecosystem research topics are well suited for this mission, but funded research topics will be unique in that they will:
- Address multiple spatial and/or temporal scales
- Provide information that is clearly relevant to land management decisions and policies.
Standard proposals have a maximum funding limit of $45,000 per year. Multidisciplinary projects have a maximum funding limit of $120,000 per year for a minimum of 3 PIs.
Details are available at http://kearney.ucdavis.edu.
Entertaining stories from the Department of Food Science and Technology have been featured twice recently on local CBS affiliate Channel 13’s “Off the Beaten Path” broadcasts. You can view videos of the stories at the following site: http://cbs13.com/beatenpath. One is titled “Beer Goes from Micro to Nano Brews.” The other is called “Without This Ingredient, Wine Would Be Just Grape Juice.” To view, look on the right side of the Web site under “Video,” and highlight the photo icons to select the desired title.
Mark your calendars for the annual National AgrAbility Workshop to be held in Sacramento from October 29 to November 1, 2007. This will be a three-day educational and training workshop intended to provide technical assistance and resources to professionals interacting with people who farm or ranch despite disabilities and permanent injuries.
The workshop should be of interest to extension educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, rural health care providers, students, medical professionals, as well as farmers, ranchers, and farm workers with disabilities. Find out more at http://www.agrabilityproject.org/events/workshop2007/#4.
For the first time, the Mondavi Center is offering faculty and staff a 10 percent discount on ticket purchases. For those who wish to order a series subscription, the faculty/staff discount is applied in addition to the subscription discount, so faculty/staff subscribers can receive up to 30 percent off the regular ticket price. Those who don’t want to subscribe may still take advantage of the discount and receive 10 percent off the regular price when single tickets go on sale on September 8.
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. Participants will also tour the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity. 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 covers all course materials and lunch each day. A comprehensive handbook of materials is included. Accommodations are not included, but convenient lodging can be found at www.davisvisitor.com.
Class size is limited to 60, so early enrollment is suggested. An online agenda and registration form can be accessed through the Weed Research and Information Center Web site at http://wric.ucdavis.edu.
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/.
UC Davis and the 4-H Center for Youth Development continue to 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 is held on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Memorial Union Fielder Room.
Dates and topics for the remaining seminars are as follows:
- May 22: “Folk Roots of American Masculinities”
- May 29: “Academic Success and English Learners”
The Academic Senate Committee on Research is now accepting applications from members of the Academic Senate for expenses to participate in research meetings. Travel must be undertaken between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008. Recipients can be reimbursed for up to $800 for all meetings, domestic or international, although awards cannot exceed the cost of travel and allowable expenses. Funding will be awarded only for a faculty member’s personal presentation of her/his original work.
Academic Senate Office
For the remainder of the quarter, a seminar series sponsored by the Plant Biology Graduate Group will meet Fridays from 12:10–1:00 p.m. in 1022 Life Sciences.
- 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"
For more information, visit the arboretum Web site: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
“Folk Music Jam Session”; Friday, 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.
“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, 2:00–3:30 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.
The 6th annual UC Davis Food Olympics will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Cruess Hall Courtyard. The event is hosted by the Food Science Graduate Student Association and the Department of Food Science and Technology.
The popular event brings students, staff, faculty, and the community together for a fun-filled day of activities that celebrate food. Typically, eight teams compete in all of the events, which include culinary combat, food trivia, food engineering, and field events. The team that garners the highest total points in all of the four segments wins the Food Olympics.
In the Culinary Combat event, teams compete to create original food items in the experimental kitchen, using ingredients that were pre-selected and kept secret from the contestants. In previous years, the unique assortment of ingredients has ranged from canned quail eggs to baby food. Every year the Food Olympics features new field events, which previously have included a baguette-javelin throwing competition and food golf.
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.
UC Davis alumna Caitlin O’Connell, author of The Elephant’s Secret Sense, will deliver two lectures on elephant communication and conservation on Wednesday, May 23. The first talk will be a free research lecture intended for UC Davis students, faculty, and staff, to be held from 2:30–3:30 p.m. in 126 Wellman Hall. The second talk will be a public lecture at the Mondavi Center Studio Theatre from 7:30–8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $7 for students (www.mondaviarts.org). Proceeds will benefit the UC Davis Graduate Group in Ecology.
O’Connell completed her doctoral studies in ecology at UC Davis in 2000. Her memoir explains her ground-breaking theory of how elephants use seismic communication and recounts her 14 years of research on the complexities of elephant behavior. O’Connell’s discoveries have been reported by Science, Natural History, National Geographic, The Economist, and Discover. She has appeared on National Geographic, PBS/Nature, BBC, and the Discovery Channel.
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.
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.
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.
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). The tour will include 10 public and private varieties, including variety trials. Research on seed disease treatments and garbanzo herbicide studies will also be discussed. Please park near the gate on the south side of the fields – opposite Bee Biology.
Mark your calendars for Annual Spring Faculty Meeting of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, to be held June 7 from 4–6 p.m. in the AGR Room of the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Watch for the official meeting call to be sent electronically by June 1.
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/.