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February 14, 2008

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Message from the Dean







A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: New Director of Center for Produce Safety

I am pleased to welcome Bonnie Fernandez as the new executive director of the Center for Produce Safety. The center was established last April, and serves as a clearinghouse for research related to produce safety. Bonnie will provide leadership in our efforts to develop science-based solutions to safeguard the food supply and strengthen California’s produce industry. Startup funding for the center has been provided by produce-industry leaders, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the University of California. I also want to thank Devon Zagory, who stepped up in October to serve as interim director for the center.

Bonnie comes to us from the California Wheat Commission, where she has served since 1984, including 15 years as the commission’s executive director. Bonnie has also served on various U.S. Department of Agriculture advisory committees. She is currently a member of the Agri-Business President's Council and chair of the U.S. Wheat Associates Food Aid Working Group. She was the first chair of U.S. Wheat Associates Phytosanitary Committee. Bonnie holds a master's degree in business administration from California State University, Sacramento, and a bachelor's degree in agricultural business management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Bonnie brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in California agriculture to this position. She will help establish the critical partnerships that are necessary to provide a safe food supply, from the farm to the consumer’s table. Please welcome her at the Center for Produce Safety when she comes aboard on March 1. The center is located on Cousteau Place, in the same building as the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security.

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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R. Paul Singh: National Academy of Engineering


Professor R. Paul Singh, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and the Department of Food Science and Technology, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

This is one of the highest professional distinctions for engineers in the United States. Singh, whose research has applications in areas ranging from food processing to space exploration, is one of 65 new members and nine foreign associates elected to the academy this year. Singh is the ninth current or retired faculty member from UC Davis to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Singh, a member of the faculty since 1975, has a distinguished portfolio of research discoveries in areas such as energy conservation, postharvest technology, freezing preservation, and mass transfer in food processing. His laboratory is currently working on the design and development of food processing equipment for NASA's manned mission to Mars. The research team also is conducting studies related to fluid flow and heat transfer during thawing and freezing and is designing packaging systems that will allow more efficient cooling of strawberries.

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

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Andrew Waterhouse: Keynote Address


Professor Andrew Waterhouse, interim chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology, delivered a keynote lecture titled “Polyphenols and Inflammatory Effects” for the joint session of two international conferences on polyphenols and health held in November in Kyoto, Japan. The session brought together participants from both the 3rd International Conference on Polyphenols and Health and the International Conference on Food Factors.

Waterhouse, a wine chemist who holds the John E. Kinsella Endowed Chair in Food, Nutrition and Health, conducts research on the effects of phenolic compounds on the quality and consumer health aspects of wine.

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

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Cecilia Chi-Ham: Leadership Program


Cecilia Chi-Ham, project scientist in the Department of Plant Sciences, has been selected to participate in the 2008–2009 California Agricultural Leadership Program. The California Agricultural Leadership Program is an intensive two-year fellowship that offers professional and personal leadership development experience to program participants. The program has been in operation since 1969 and has more than 1,000 alumni.

Chi-Ham is the director of biotechnology resources for PIPRA, the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture. A nonprofit association, PIPRA helps improve agriculture in emerging economies by increasing technology transfer and decreasing intellectual property barriers.

Also among those selected this year to participate in the California Agricultural Leadership Program were Garry Pearson, lead greenhouse manager for CA&ES, and alumna Maria de la Paz Carpio-Obeso, a scientist for the State Water Resources Control Board.

Cecilia Chi-Ham
(530) 754-6717
[email protected]

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Kate Scow: ASI Deputy Director


Soil microbiologist Kate Scow has been named deputy director of the University of California Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI). ASI collaborates with several sustainability programs, including the statewide UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, the Student Farm, the Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems project, and the Long Term Research on Agricultural Systems project.

Scow, a professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, will serve with Tom Tomich, director of ASI. She succeeds nematologist Howard Ferris, who is on sabbatical in Costa Rica. Scow is the former director of the Kearney Foundation of Soil Science. Her research focuses on the role of soil microorganisms in carbon and nitrogen cycling, decomposition of organic matter, and biodegradation of pesticides and organic pollutants.

Kate Scow
(530) 752-4632
[email protected]

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Landscape Conservation Lunchtime Lectures

The Landscape Architecture Program in the Department of Environmental Design will host a series of lunchtime seminars on landscape conservation. The winter quarter seminars are open to the public and meet on Fridays from 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. in 202 Wellman Hall.

Dates and topics for future seminars are as follows:

February 15: Restoring Stream Bank Edges and Riparian Function to Irrigation Canals and Drainages in California Agricultural Landscapes

February 22: Open Space and Sustainability Programs in the City of Davis

February 29: Yolo County Conservation Programs

March 7: Restoration of Mine Sites

March 14: Ex Situ Conservation: The UC Davis Arboretum GIS Data Model

Steve Greco
(530) 754-5983
[email protected]

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National Pork Board Visit

In January, the Department of Animal Science hosted guests from the National Pork Board. The board, which was holding a winter meeting in Sacramento, paid an afternoon visit to the campus that included a tour of the Animal Science Swine Research, Teaching and Outreach Center, as well as presentations from faculty on current swine-related research.

The Pork Board is made up of 15 members from throughout the United States representing all facets of the swine industry. The board oversees the National Pork Checkoff program, with an annual budget of more than $50 million.

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

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Landscape Architecture Hosts Norwegian Visitors

This month, faculty from landscape architecture are hosting a dozen students and two professors from Norway for two weeks. The exchange is part of an ongoing agreement between Davis and the urban design program at the University of Stavanger. The Norwegian visitors will work with students enrolled in Professor Mark Francis’ public open space class to redesign a block in downtown Davis. Teams will present their designs on Thursday, February 14 at 3 p.m. in TB 100. The Landscape Architecture Program has had a cooperative exchange with the University of Stavanger since 2001.

Mark Francis
(530) 752-6031
[email protected]

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Call for Nominations: Charles P. Nash Prize

Nominations are being accepted for the Charles P. Nash Prize, awarded annually to a member of the UC Davis Academic Senate, the Davis Faculty Association, or the Academic Federation, whose actions demonstrate an exceptional and extended commitment to shared governance and/or promoting faculty interests by ensuring equitable treatment of faculty. The prize honors Nash—a professor emeritus of chemistry, former chair of the Academic Senate, and a longtime faculty leader—who died in July from complications of pneumonia.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2008. All nomination letters/forms must be submitted electronically to [email protected] in the Academic Senate office. Information on the nomination procedure is available online here.

Marci Buell
(530) 752-2220
[email protected]

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Call for Applications: Staff Advisor Designate to UC Regents

Applications are being accepted from all eligible staff and non-Senate academic employees interested in serving as the 2008–2009 staff advisor designate to the Board of Regents. Under this program, two staff employees serve as non-voting advisors to designated regents' committees. The two-year term of service begins July 1, 2008. The first year will be spent as staff advisor designate, and the second year (2009–2010) as staff advisor.

The deadline for applications is February 29, 2008, at 5 p.m. Further information about the staff advisor program and application forms can be found under "How to Apply" at

Hard copies of the application form and all relevant information on the process can be obtained from the UC Davis Human Resources Office at (530)752-0530 or [email protected].

Bill Neff
(510) 987-9996

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Call for Nominations: Leadership Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 4th annual Calvin E. Handy Leadership Award, which honors police chief emeritus Calvin Handy. The award recognizes an individual community member, group, or organization that has made significant contributions in the area of public safety and security. The award recipient will be recognized at the "Soaring to New Heights" annual awards ceremony, to be held in April.

Criteria for the award: the nominee, through leadership actions, has established a sustainable program or has cultivated and/or enhanced relationships that encourage two or more groups to collaborate and create an identifiable impact on public safety and security for the campus or medical center community.

Please forward nominations to Phyllis Thomas ([email protected]), c/o the Office of Campus Community Relations by Thursday, February 28, 2008.

Karen Hull
(530) 752-3383
[email protected]

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Call for Applications: Administrative Advisory Committees

Applications are being accepted for membership on 2008–2009 UC Davis administrative advisory committees. The committees address topics such as arts, athletics, child care, student services, and research. An application form, a list of the committees with brief descriptions of their activities, and other information is available at

Applications are due Monday, March 10, 2008.

Mary McLaughlin
(530) 752-4964
[email protected]

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Call for Proposals: Faculty Scholars in Vietnam

The Vietnam Education Foundation invites proposals from faculty to teach technical subjects in English at a Vietnamese university, either in person or via real-time, interactive video conferencing. The 2008–2009 academic year will be the inaugural year of this project.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at the level of associate professor, professor, or emeritus. The fields specified include sciences, mathematics, medicine, engineering, and technology. Courses proposed may be at the undergraduate or graduate level. The deadline for proposals is March 3, 2008. Online applications are available at

Jim Hill
International Programs
(530) 754-9600
[email protected]

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Call for Nominations: Outstanding Seniors

The chancellor would like faculty to nominate graduating seniors they feel deserve to be included in the Leadership Recognition Program. Seniors chosen for the honor will be presented with a small memento at a chancellor’s reception, co-hosted by the Cal Aggie Alumni Association.

Nominees should be graduating seniors who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • have demonstrated outstanding leadership through participation in campus or community activities
  • have made significant contributions to the quality of campus life through participation in campus administrative/academic activities.

The form is available online at Nominated students will be recognized for the honor only if faculty let students know their name has been submitted for inclusion, and why. Forms are due to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 476 Mrak Hall, by March 7, 2008.

Kodi Campbell
(530) 752-2416
[email protected]

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Call for Applications: Borlaug LEAP Fellowship

Graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and are affiliated with a Collaborative Research Support Program are invited to apply for the Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP). The deadline for applications is March 14, 2008.

For more information and to download the application forms, please visit the Borlaug LEAP website at

Karen Curley
(530) 752-1351
[email protected]

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Call for Nominations: Graduate Student Teaching Award

Nominations are being accepted until Monday, February 18, 2008, for the 2008 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. The award is offered to recognize the contributions of graduate students to teaching and learning at UC Davis. This annual award is co-sponsored by the Graduate Council, the Office of Graduate Studies, and the Teaching Resources Center.

The Call for Nominations and Nomination Packet is available on the Graduate Studies website at Please note that the nomination process and required information have been modified from last year.

Cathy Jurado
(530) 752-9297
[email protected].

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Call for Applications: Student Regent

Applications for the 2009–10 student regent position are due no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2008. The student regent is a voting member of the Board of Regents of the university, and attends all board and committee meetings. The selected student will serve a two-year term. In the first year (July 2008–July 2009), s/he will hold the title of "student regent-designate" and will be invited to attend all meetings of the board and its committees, but without a vote. In the second year (July 2009–July 2010), s/he will serve as "student regent" and will have full voting privileges.

Students interested in current university issues and the decision-making process should be encouraged to apply. At the time of application, candidates must be an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student in good academic standing and must be enrolled as a student in good standing during his or her term as regent-designate and regent.

Applications are available at the Office of the Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs, 476 Mrak Hall; the MU Information Desk; The First Resort in South Hall; and online at

Tammy Hoyer
(530) 752-3000
[email protected]

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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 February and March. All sessions are in the Memorial Union, Garrison Room. 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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Climate Change Seminars in Sacramento

A lunchtime seminar series on climate change for non-specialists is meeting twice monthly in Sacramento. The coordinated series of talks began in January and covers aspects of climate change science relevant to state policy formation. The seminars are aimed at state agency representatives, legislative staffers, and other policy professionals. The lectures will be held in the Cal EPA Building at 1001 I St. every other Thursday at noon.

The lecture series is presented by the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, the John Muir Institute of the Environment, the Air Quality Research Center, and the UC Institute for Research on Climate Change and its Societal Impacts. Time will be allotted for discussion after each talk. Although the topics will be presented in a logical sequence, each lecture is independent. Missing some presentations will not detract from understanding others.

Reservations are not required. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided at a nominal cost.

Dates and topics for future seminars are as follows:

February 14: Climate Change Impacts on California: A Survey

February 28: Climate Change and the Future of the Delta

March 13: Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Flood Risk

March 27: TBD

April 10: Climate Change Impacts on Air Quality

April 24: Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture

May 8: Factors Causing Climate Change in California

May 22: We said WHAT? Assembly Bill 32

June 5: Short-Term Climate Change Mitigation Strategies for California

June 19: Long-Term (2050) Climate Change Mitigation Strategies for California

Prof. Terry Nathan
(530) 752-1609
[email protected]

Dr. Philip Duffy
[email protected]

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WCAHS Monthly Seminar Series

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety will host monthly seminars on topics related to agricultural health. The presentations will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in 3201 Hart Hall. Refreshments will be provided.

Dates and topics for future seminars are as follows:

  • March 3, 2008: “Pesticides in the Homes of Farmworkers: Latino Mothers’ Perceptions of Risk to their Children’s Health.”
  • April 7, 2008: “Immunoassay Methods for Pesticide Exposure Monitoring.”
  • May 5, 2008: “Agricultural Ergonomics Research at UC Davis: Past, Present and Future”

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Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

“Color in the Garden”; Saturday, February 16, 11 a.m., Gazebo.

Learn how to extend your flower garden’s season at a free tour of the arboretum demonstration gardens. Docent Roger Willmarth will point out garden plants that add interest to the garden in winter, either because they are winter bloomers or because their foliage has interesting color and texture.

“Folk Music Jam Session”; Friday, February 22, 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.

“Variations on a Theme: Acacias Along the Creek”; Saturday, February 23, 11 a.m., Arboretum Headquarters.

Acacias, a group of trees and shrubs native mainly to Australia and Africa, are popular with gardeners for their masses of yellow or gold flowers and sweet scent. Enjoy a free public tour of the arboretum acacia collection with docent Edith Vermeij.

“Native Californian Elderberry Flute-Making”; Sunday, February 24, 1 to 3 p.m., Room 146, Environmental Horticulture.

People of all ages are invited to learn how to make and play a Native Californian elderberry flute in a free two-hour workshop. East Bay Regional Parks docent Antonio Flores will talk about the culture of flute-making and also about the endangered elderberry beetle. All materials will be supplied. Please bring a sharpened pocket knife. Adults will need to supervise their young children.

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Global Warming Address: February 27, 2008

Controversial authors Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus will speak Wednesday, February 27 on “Breakthrough Politics for Global Warming.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 6:00 p.m. in PES Room 3001. Shellenberger and Nordhaus are the authors of The Death of Environmentalism and Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility.

Sponsored by the John Muir Institute of the Environment, the talk will include a book signing after the presentation. For more information, visit

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

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Plant Genomics Symposium: March 13–14, 2008

The Plant Genomics Program will host the 2008 Charley Rick Symposium, “Plant Responses to Biotic and Abiotic Stress,” on March 13–14 in the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. The keynote speaker will be Paul Schulze-Lefert, director of the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Köln.

The event is sponsored by CA&ES, the UCD Storer Life Sciences Endowment, and the departments of plant science and plant pathology. For program and registration information, visit

Jeleana Johnson
(530) 754-2252
[email protected]

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Alumni Career Advancement Conference: March 18, 2008

A one-day, all-alumni career advancement conference, organized by the nine alumni associations of the University of California, will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2008, at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco. The conference is aimed primarily at helping alumni and others advance their careers and make successful job changes within or beyond their current field. The events are designed to help professionals from a broad range of disciplines with three or more years of work experience.

The conferences are being co-produced by seasonedPRO, For pricing and registration, visit

James Stofan
(510) 987-9184
[email protected]

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Rose Day: April 25, 2008

The California Center for Urban Horticulture, in partnership with Foundation Plant Services, will host the CA&ES Rose Day on Friday, April 25, 2008. Join fellow rose enthusiasts in discussions of rose production, hybridization, marketing, and pest/disease issues with national and international industry leaders. The $150 conference registration fee includes a Flower Carpet ® Scarlet ground cover rose, campus parking, admission to the event, and a catered lunch.

The morning event will take place in the Mondavi Center’s Studio Theatre. After lunch, there will be a tour of eight acres of roses at Foundation Plant Services, west of the campus. In the afternoon, All-America Rose Selection winners and other roses will be available for sale on Foundation Plant Services grounds to the general public and conference attendees. Proceeds will benefit the programs of the California Center for Urban Horticulture at UC Davis.

Please register by Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at the following link:

Missy Borel
(530) 752-6642
[email protected] 

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Global Climate Change Conference: May 30–31, 2008

The California Center for Urban Horticulture will host the CA&ES Global Climate Change and Your Backyard Conference on Friday and Saturday, May 30–31, 2008.

Conference highlights include a panel discussion moderated by Ira Flatow, NPR’s science correspondent and host of Talk of the Nation. The keynote address will be given by Katy Moss Warner, President Emeritus of the American Horticultural Society. Conference topics will investigate the impacts of global climate change and its relationship to horticulture and the urban forest.

The $150 general admission conference registration fee includes admission to the event, parking, and lunch on both Friday and Saturday. Admission for UC Davis Arboretum members and master gardeners is $125.

Please register by Monday, May 19, 2008, at the following link:

Missy Borel
(530) 752-6642
[email protected]

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