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October 11, 2007

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Message from the Dean





A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: College Celebration

Harvest time is here, and as the new academic year begins, we take the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our college and the people who make it possible. Please join us on Friday, October 12, in Freeborn Hall for the 19th annual College Celebration and Awards of Distinction ceremony.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will honor eight extraordinary individuals. The Award of Distinction will be given to seven faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters whose contributions and achievements enrich the college. In addition, Jorge Dubcovsky will receive a special “Discovery Award” from the USDA.

The Award of Distinction is the highest recognition given by our college. This year we honor Karen Ross, president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, and Jerome (Jerry) Lohr, the founder and president of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, as “Friends of the College.” Ross has collaborated with CA&ES on multiple projects, including efforts to educate California winegrape growers about sustainable agriculture practices. Lohr has been an active supporter of the Department of Viticulture and Enology for many years.

We also celebrate three special alumni. Kirvin Knox, a retired professor and college administrator, and Dennis Gonsalves, director of a USDA research center in Hawaii, will receive “Outstanding Alumnus” honors. Ecologist Caitlin O’Connell, known for groundbreaking research on elephant communication, will be honored as “Outstanding Young Alumna.” In addition, we acknowledge the dedication of two members of the CA&ES family – Kent Bradford, plant sciences professor and director of the Seed Biotechnology Center, as “Outstanding Faculty,” and Jerry Nishimoto, lead computer staff member in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics for 35 years, as “Outstanding Staff” member.

This year at College Celebration, a special 2007 National Research Initiative “Discovery Award” from the USDA will also be presented to plant sciences professor Jorge Dubcovsky for his genetic research on wheat. The NRI Discovery Award recognizes outstanding agricultural researchers who have supported the USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.

College Celebration is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with CA&ES colleagues and friends. Delicious food and beverages will be served in the reception that follows the award ceremony. I hope you will join us for what promises to a very special evening.

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
[email protected]

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Peter Moyle: Two National Fishery Awards

Professor Peter Moyle of the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, received two top national awards at the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society, held in San Francisco in September. Moyle received the Award of Excellence from the American Fisheries Society, which is one of the oldest scientific societies in North America. He also received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists. Both are the top national awards for each organization, and are given to just one person each year.

An expert on native freshwater fishes of California, Moyle has been studying the ecology and conservation of freshwater and estuarine fishes in California for over 30 years. He has documented the declining status of many native species in California, as well as the invasions of alien species.

Peter Moyle
(530) 752-6355
[email protected]

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Harry Kaya: Fellow of Entomological Society of America

Harry Kaya, professor of entomology and nematology, has been named a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) for his contributions to insect pathology and insect nematology. Kaya will receive the award at ESA’s annual meeting, to be held in San Diego in December. He is one of only nine entomologists selected as a 2007 Fellow.

Kaya is internationally known for his contributions to insect pathology and insect nematology, which include more than 220 peer-reviewed publications on insect nematode behavior and ecology, microbial control of soil insects, and interactions between insect pathogens and other natural enemies. He also co-authored an insect pathology book and co-edited five books on invertebrate pathology, insect nematology, and forestry.

Harry Kaya
(530) 752-1051
[email protected]

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C. –Y. Cynthia Lin: State Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors

Professor Cynthia Lin, who has a joint appointment in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, has been named to the California State Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors. She is one of seven economic experts chosen by State Controller John Chiang to advise him on emerging strengths and vulnerabilities in California’s economy, major issues and trends that may affect the state’s fiscal health, and how to make the best use of limited government revenues and resources.

A graduate of Harvard University, Lin is an economist with a background in both the natural sciences and the social sciences. She is interested in issues related to energy, the environment, and natural resources.

C. –Y. Cynthia Lin
(530) 752-0824
[email protected]

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Steven Nadler: President of the American Society of Parasitologists

Professor Steven Nadler, chair of the Department of Nematology, was named president of the American Society of Parasitologists. The international society has 800 members, primarily from North America. Nadler will serve as president until July, 2008.

Steven Nadler
(530) 752-2121
[email protected]

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Walter Leal: International Society of Chemical Ecology Award

Walter Leal, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology, received the International Society of Chemical Ecology’s 2007 Silverstein-Simeone Lecture Award. It was given to him for his innovative research on how insects detect smells and communicate within their species. Leal, a noted chemical ecologist, received the award at the scientific society’s annual conference in Germany.

Walter Leal
(530) 752-0492
[email protected]

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Kenneth Tanji Memorial

A campus memorial service will be held for Professor Kenneth Tanji, who died September 7, 2007. The Celebration of Life will convene on Thursday, October 18, 2007, at 4 p.m. in the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre.

One of the first hydrology faculty members in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, Tanji was an internationally recognized expert on hydrology who made long-lasting contributions in the areas of water quality and irrigation science. During his decades at UC Davis, Tanji taught numerous LAWR courses, served as department chair from 1981-84, served as assistant director of the Agricultural Experiment Station in Oakland, and served as director of the Kearney Foundation of Soil Science. He was the 1994-1995 recipient of the UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Public Service Award and also the CA&ES Award of Distinction.

Per the family’s wishes, contributions in Professor Tanji’s honor may be made to the LAWR Opportunity Fund in lieu of flowers. To donate in Professor Tanji’s name, please make checks payable to UC Regents and send to the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources; 1110 Plant and Environmental Sciences Building; University of California, Davis; Davis, CA 95616.

For more information, visit

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American Agricultural Economics Association Awards

Several faculty members in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics received awards at the annual meeting of the American Agricultural Economics Association held in July in Portland, Oregon.

  • Professor Julian Alston won the Quality of Communication Award for “Regulating Agricultural Biotechnology: Economics and Policy.”
  • Cooperative Extension specialist Steven Blank was awarded the Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award: Individual, 10 or more years experience.
  • Recently retired professor Hoy Carman was a finalist for the “Best Paper Contribution in Communication of an Agricultural and Food Management Business Theory Award.”
  • Three department members were awarded an Honorable Mention in the category “Outstanding American Journal of Agricultural Economics Article Award.” Postgraduate researcher George Dyer, Professor Stephen Boucher, and Professor J. Edward Taylor won the Honorable Mention for their paper, “Subsistence Response to Market Shocks.”
  • Professor James Wilen gave the 2007 AAEA Fellows Address. The AAEA Fellow is the highest award bestowed by the association. Wilen, who is already a Fellow, was given the honor of delivering this address for the new AAEA Fellows.
  • Also, the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics won best website for ARE Update, AAEA Extension Section. Members and associate members of the Giannini Foundation are UC faculty and Cooperative Extension specialists in agricultural and resource economics on the UC Berkeley, Davis, and Riverside campuses.

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

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Western Agricultural Economics Association Awards

Two faculty members in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics were awarded the 2007 Distinguished Scholar Award by the Western Agricultural Economics Association. Professor Richard Howitt, chair of the department, and Professor Steven Blank were both named Distinguished Scholars in recognition of “an enduring contribution over their career to agricultural, resource, and/or environmental economics in the Western states.”

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

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UC Davis on KVIE

Sacramento public television station KVIE will air the recent UC Davis episode of “Road Trip with Huell Howser” on Thursday, November 1 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 3 at 5 a.m. The show originally aired on July 12, 2007, and was the first time the program has been dedicated solely to one of the state’s universities. For background information about this broadcast, visit the Dateline UC Davis website at

Elizabeth Smith
(530) 752-0506
[email protected]

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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, November 26 to Thursday, November 29, 2007, in San Francisco. 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

The nomination deadline is Monday, October 22, 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:

  • 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.


Chuck Yannacone
(530) 754-8791
[email protected]

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Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

Young scientists and scholars can apply for the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award offers up to 1.65 million Euros ($2.26 million at current exchange rates) over five years to exceptionally distinguished young researchers to pursue a team-based project in Germany. A selection committee will identify eight winners among those who apply by January 4, 2008.

Highly acclaimed scholars from all fields, sub-disciplines, and nationalities are eligible to apply. They must have completed their doctoral degrees with distinction within the past six years and have published in prestigious international journals or scholarly presses. The funds enable recipients to conduct independent research and build a team at an institution of their choice in Germany. For more information, visit the Humboldt Foundation’s website at

Humboldt Foundation
Washington, D.C.
(202) 783-1907

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Retirement Readiness

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 in October. Topics include:

  • Enrolling in Your UC Retirement Savings Program
  • Finding the Right Investment Strategy
  • NetBenefits
  • 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.

Bill Brooks
Benefits Office
(530) 754-5875
[email protected]

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Request for Seed Grant Proposals

University Outreach and International Programs is seeking proposals for seed grants that will foster new programs and initiatives in outreach (continuing, distance, and lifelong learning, as well as academic engagement with the broader society) and international activities (international research, international education or outreach programs). UC Davis faculty and academic personnel are eligible to apply for funding, which ranges from $1,000 to $20,000 per proposal.

The deadline for proposals is Monday, October 15, 2007, at 5 p.m. The 2007 Call for Proposals guidelines are available at

William Lacy
(530) 754-8945
[email protected]

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Request for Water Resources Research Proposals

The UC Center for Water Resources invites submission of research proposals for consideration of funding. Three separate areas of interest will be considered: water resources, salinity/drainage, and irrigation management. Projects are awarded on the basis of technical merits, relevance to issues in California, and availability of funds. Submission deadline is December 3, 2007. The full request for proposals with submission and eligibility details can be found at

UC Center for Water Resources
(951) 827-4327

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Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

“Arboretum Adventures: Practicing Native Culture”;Sunday, October 14, 1–3 p.m., Wyatt Deck.

            Learn about Native Californian cultural practices at a special event in the arboretum. Maidu/Wintun/Hupa/Yurok cultural interpreter Diana Almendariz will share traditional plant knowledge through stories and hands-on activities. Learn to make a doll from cattail leaves, and try your hand at grinding acorns.

“Planning your Garden to Conserve Water”; Sunday, October 14, 2 p.m., Gazebo.

            Home gardeners can learn the best watering approaches and plant choices for local gardens during a free tour of the Ruth Storer Garden. Docent Carol Knight will discuss different sprinkler and drip irrigation options, and point out some Arboretum All-Star plants with low water requirements.

“Arboretum Volunteer Training”; Tuesdays, October 16–December 4 (no class November 20), 9 a.m. to noon.

This year’s arboretum volunteer training course begins Tuesday, October 16 and continues every Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to noon, through December 4. (No class on November 20.) There is a $55 materials fee for the course ($45 for members of Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum), and advance registration is required.

            All volunteers receive in-depth training and have many opportunities for continuing education, workshops, and field trips. All skill levels are welcome. The arboretum is particularly interested in education volunteers to lead tours and hands-on programs for children or adults. There are also some openings for volunteer gardeners and nursery assistants. Following the core training course, there will be specialized training for volunteers in each program.

Please call Amy McGuire for more information at (530) 754-9126, or e-mail her at [email protected].

“Folk Music Jam Session”; Friday, October 19, 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.

“Fall in the Native Plant Garden”; Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.

            Join docent Dean Wheeler for a guided tour of the native plant collection at the arboretum and learn about some great plants for Central Valley landscapes.  

“Arts in the Arboretum: Botanical Watercolor Workshop–Pomegranates”; Saturday–Sunday, October 20–21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Arboretum Headquarters Library.

            Anyone who enjoys botanical artwork can learn to paint with watercolors or refine their skills during a two-day painting workshop at the arboretum. Each student will create an original botanical watercolor of pomegranates, the quintessential fall fruit. The workshop will be taught by Catherine Buscaglia, a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo who has studied at the Filoli Estates Botanical Art Program.

The fee for the workshop is $120 ($100 for students or members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum), plus a $15 material fee for paints, paper, and tools. To register, contact Judy Hayes at (530) 752-4880, or e-mail [email protected]

“Gardening with the Local Environment”; Saturday, October 27, 11 a.m., Gazebo.

            Learn to save time and reduce your use of water and chemicals in the landscape during a free tour led by docent Kend Linderholm, who will discuss Central Valley-wise gardening techniques.

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CA&ES College Celebration: October 12, 2007

On Friday, October 12, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will hold the 19th annual College Celebration at 5:30 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. Tickets for the event are still available for $12.50 at the door. Following the Award of Distinction ceremony, there will be a “Taste of California Reception” with hors d’oeuvres and wines. The evening culminates with the Aggie Farmers Market, where attendees dismantle the "welcome display" and take home a bag packed full of California’s freshest produce and grains. For more information, see

Carolyn Cloud
(530) 752-2120
[email protected]

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Horse Day Symposium: October 13–14, 2007

The 22nd Annual Horse Day will be held in Freeborn Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 13. Pre-registration costs $25. Registration at the door, beginning at 7:15 a.m., will be $40.

Sponsored by the Department of Animal Science, first-day events will include lectures on nutrition, shoeing, EHV-1, equine ophthalmology, regulatory issues, trail riding, and horse camping. After the lecture program, the UC Davis intercollegiate polo team will present a polo demonstration at the Animal Science Horse Barn Arena. There is no attendance limit at these events.

Another alternative for symposium attendees after the lecture program is a tour of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. For the hospital tour, pre-registration is required, and space is limited to the first 50 people.

A Farrier Workshop will be presented on Sunday, October 14. Horse owners and professional horseshoers can learn about the anatomy and physiology of a horse’s hoof and how to recognize faults in shoeing. The cost is $150 for the lecture and wet lab, or $50 for the lecture only.

For more information, visit
Department of Animal Science
(530) 752-1250

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Staff Assembly Meeting: October 24, 2007


The UC Davis Staff Assembly will hold its annual fall assembly meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24 in the Memorial Union, room MU II. Karen Hull, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor Human Resources, will speak. Light refreshments will be served. For more details, visit

Alyssa Varela
(530) 752-0988
[email protected]

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Immigration Leadership Panel Discussion: October 25, 2007

A panel discussion titled “Immigrant and Refugee Leadership and Environmental Justice” will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 3:10 to 5 p.m. in the MU II, Memorial Union Building. In conjunction with the campus/community book project on The Devil’s Highway, the event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Justice Project of the John Muir Institute of the Environment and the Center for the Study of Regional Change.

Panelists include Raoul Liévanos of the Center for the Study of Regional Change, Susana de Anda, of the Community Water Center, and Torm Nompraseurt of the Laotian Organizing Project, Asian Pacific Environmental Network.

Juan Cervantes
(530) 752-5643
[email protected]

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National AgrAbility Conference: October 29–November 1, 2007

The 2007 National AgrAbility Conference will be held at the Sacramento Doubletree Hotel from October 29 to November 1, 2007. This four-day educational and training workshop is intended to provide technical assistance and resources to professionals providing services to farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers with disabilities.

The educational sessions should be of interest to extension educators, occupational and physical therapists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, rural health care providers, students, medical professionals, as well as farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers with disabilities. The conference will include off-site farm tours. Find out more at

Martha Stiles
(530) 752-2606
[email protected]

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Fruit and Vegetable Symposium: November 13, 2007

The Center for Fruit and Vegetable Quality, part of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, will host a strategic symposium called “Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: Is It a Matter of Taste?” on Tuesday, November 13. The event will be held in the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Room, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration details to be announced soon.

Zann Gates
(530) 752-5901
[email protected]

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RMI Fall Lectureship: November 19, 2007

The Fall 2007 Lectureship Series, sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, will be held on Monday, November 19 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Studio Theatre in the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

The health implications and history of beer, wine, and other fermented beverages will be discussed by two distinguished scientists. The first speaker will be Arthur Klatsky, a physician and senior consultant in cardiology, as well as an adjunct investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program. In addition, attendees will hear from Professor Solomon Katz of the anthropology department at the University of Pennsylvania, who is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. Dean Neal Van Alfen will give the university greeting. An afternoon reception will follow the presentations.

Registration is required by November 9, 2007, and limited to the first 200 attendees. The talks are free and open to the public. Contact Patricia Glass to register at [email protected]. For more information, visit

Patricia Glass
(530) 754-6349
[email protected]

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Alfalfa and Forage Symposium: December 17–19, 2007

Mark your calendars for the 37th annual Alfalfa and Forage Symposium to be held December 17–19 at the Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterey Bay. The trade show, haygrowers’ auction, and exhibitor social will be in the adjacent Monterey Convention Center. In conjunction with the theme, “Alfalfa – Back to the Basics,” the program will feature up-to-date information about alfalfa production and utilization.

For registration and more information, visit

Janice Corner
(530) 752-7091
[email protected]

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California Small Farm Conference: February 24–26, 2008

Mark your calendars for the next California Small Farm Conference, “Growing Opportunities,” to be held February 24–26 in Visalia, California. The three-day educational conference will cover new techniques for production, marketing, business management, farmers markets, and more. For more information, visit

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