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January 10, 2008

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Message from the Dean






A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: State Budget Repercussions


We are all aware that our state is facing another serious financial crisis that will probably result in significant cuts to the University of California budget. Within the next few weeks, we will have a better idea of how the governor and regents plan to handle the projected budget shortfall.

It will probably be well into the next budget year, however, before we know how much of a budget reduction we will need to absorb. From our experience with the budget cuts of 2003–2005, however, we know that we need to start planning now for these anticipated reductions.

I have therefore decided that we need to save much of the one-time funding that we recently made available to faculty through the RFP process. Rather than disperse all $2 million as originally planned, we will now award approximately $700,000, saving 25 percent of the 2007-08 IER/IUC funds and 75 percent of the one-time supplemental Hatch and Multistate funds. Note: these one-time supplemental Hatch and Multistate funds are separate from the temporary Hatch funds that are part of the RAC allocation formula and the regular allocation of Multistate funds that faculty are scheduled to receive in 2007-08.  The 2007-08 Hatch funds that are part of the RAC allocation and the regular 2007-08 Multistate funds will be allocated in January 2008.

This approach of saving approximately $1.3 million of funds that were available through our RFP process will help reduce the impact of potential budget cuts next year. We are doing this to help protect department RAC allocations and faculty recruitments. I hope you understand the importance of being conservative with our funds at this time. 

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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Bruce Eldridge: Medical Entomology Medal


Professor emeritus Bruce Eldridge, a medical entomologist, has been awarded the international Harry Hoogstraal Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Entomology. He is one of only 15 entomologists ever to receive the award, and the third at UC Davis. He received the award at the recent American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene conference in Philadelphia.

Eldridge retired from UC Davis in 2000 as professor of entomology and director of the statewide UC Mosquito Research Program. He continues to work on campus on vectorborne disease and surveillance projects.

Bruce Eldridge
(530) 754-8121
[email protected]

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Margaret Rucker: Distinguished Speaker


Professor Margaret Rucker was invited to give a talk on gift giving as part of the Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series sponsored by the UC Office of the President, Office of Research. Rucker is a consumer psychologist in the Division of Textiles and Clothing. She spoke in November, 2007, and was subsequently quoted in a December 11, 2007, New York Times article called “A Gift That Gives Right Back? The Giving Itself.”

Rucker’s research interests include exchange theory (especially as applied to the gift-giving process), consumer information processing and decision making, as well as marketing, and the health and safety factors related to clothing and textiles.

Margaret Rucker
(530) 752-2018
[email protected]

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Garry Pearson: Leadership Program

Garry Pearson, lead greenhouse manager for CA&ES, 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.

Pearson manages 150 research greenhouses for CA&ES and interacts with more than 80 campus researchers on issues regarding plants, insects, water, soil, and environmental conditions.

Alumna Maria de la Paz Carpio-Obeso, a State Water Resources Control Board scientist who earned her doctorate in agricultural and environmental chemistry at UC Davis, was also among those selected this year to participate in the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

Garry Pearson
(530) 752-2152
[email protected]

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Johan Six: Sacramento Magazine Notable


Johan Six, professor of plant sciences, was one of three UC Davis faculty named in a roundup of 40 notable locals under the age of 40 in the January issue of Sacramento Magazine. Six was noted for his research on sustainable agriculture in Africa.

Six’s agroecology lab, which includes members from nine nationalities from five continents, focuses on the feedbacks between ecosystem management options (e.g., tillage, cover cropping, green manuring, sustainable farming, and grazing), global change (e.g., elevated CO2 and climate change), and biogeochemical cycling.

Johan Six
(530) 752-1212
[email protected]

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Stephen Brush: KPFA Interview

Stephen Brush, Department of Human and Community Development, was interviewed about his work on crop genetic resources on December 10, 2007, on the KPFA radio program "Against the Grain."  His interview can be heard in the last third of the KPFA podcast, available at

Trained as an anthropologist, Brush is interested in the cultural ecology of farming systems, relating farmer decisions to management of biological resources, and conservation of genetic resources in crops.

Stephen Brush
(530) 752-4368
[email protected]

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Focus the Nation: Climate Change Solutions


UC Davis invites the greater campus community to join with thousands of other universities, schools, and civic organizations to participate in Focus the Nation, a daylong educational initiative to explore climate change solutions. Focus the Nation is scheduled for January 31, 2008. There is still time to endorse this event and volunteer to take part in some way. For more information on volunteering, visit this website ( focus/commit.html)

At UC Davis, events will include:

  • teach-in and poster session, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., ARC Ballrooms
  • idea fair, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Freeborn Hall
  • sustainable culture showcase, noon to 1:30 p.m., Freeborn Hall and Stage
  • tours of eco-friendly sites on campus, 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • world of ideas cafe, 5 to 7 p.m., Freeborn Hall

To pledge to use sustainable transportation (bike, bus, carpool, shuttle, etc.) to campus on January 31, visit

For details about UC Davis Focus the Nation activities, visit

Suanne Klahorst
John Muir Institute of the Environment
(530) 754-9167
[email protected]

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Update of UC Davis Directory Listings

Campus administrators request that faculty and staff update their individual UC Davis directory listings by January 22, 2008. To help ensure accuracy, please follow the steps below to verify/correct your individual directory information.

  • Visit
  • Use your UC Davis LoginID and Kerberos password to log in.
  • You will be presented with your directory listing.
  • If your directory information is correct, you do not need to do anything else.
  • If your information needs to be updated, make changes and click Submit. 

Faculty members and departmental approvers are encouraged to confirm that the faculty (FAC) publish-setting in the White Pages application is selected for all faculty listings. This will ensure the accuracy of the online and printed faculty directories. In order for these to be correct in the printed 2008 Campus Directory, the publish settings must be set and fully approved by January 22, 2008.

For help with LoginIDs, Kerberos passwords, accessing directory listings, etc., contact the campus computing help desk (IT Express) at (530) 754-HELP or [email protected].  

If you have questions about updating your directory information, contact your departmental approver. To find your approver(s), visit

The UC Davis online and print directory is available at

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Crop Documentary

ANR has recently published “Cornucopia’s Challenge,” by Alison Van Eenennaam and Peggy Lemaux, a 30-minute peer-reviewed documentary on DVD that follows the journey of three crops – corn, rice, and cotton – from seed to market. It looks at the variety of methods used by farmers to meet the challenges of growing, segregating, and marketing these crops to meet differing market requirements and consumer preferences.

The viewing schedule on UCTV for the video in January is as follows:

January 14: 3 p.m.

January 15: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

January 16: 5 a.m.

January 17: 11 a.m.

January 18: 2 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

January 19: 8 a.m.

January 20: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

This program can also be viewed via streaming video at Or it is available for $35 from the ANR catalog online at:

No complimentary desk copies will be distributed. Orders for copies can be placed by calling 1-800-994-8849.

Cynthia Kintigh
(530) 297-4434
[email protected]

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Climate Change Seminars in Sacramento

A lunchtime seminar series on climate change will be held for non-specialists in Sacramento starting this month. The coordinated series of talks covering aspects of climate change science relevant to state policy formation will be presented to state agency representatives, legislative staffers, and other policy professionals beginning January 17. 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:

January 17: Climate Change Overview

January 31: Past and Future Climate Change in California

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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Podcasting Webinar Series

“Podcasting Made Easy: How to Create an Engaging Voice for your Institution” is a webinar series that describes practical recruitment and communications applications for podcasts, offers production and publication tips, and provides insider tips on the adoption and optimization of iTunes U.

Pre-recorded, Web-based presentations from industry experts include:

  • Podcasting 101: How to record and produce your podcasts with ease
  • Give voice to your recruiting efforts: How to engage prospective students and their parents with podcasts
  • To be or not to be an iTunes U(niversity)?


For more information, visit:

Elliot Lopez
(530) 752-9612
[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:

  • February 4, 2008: “Regulatory Impacts on Southeast Asian Small Farms in Fresno: Pesticide, Labor, OSHA, and Water.”
  • 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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Visiting Vietnamese Scholar Program

Applications are being accepted for the Vietnam Education Foundation Visiting Scholar Program 2008. Eligible to apply are Vietnamese nationals proficient in English who already hold a doctorate in a field of science, technology, engineering, or math. This year, the foundation will fund 10 visiting scholars for periods of time ranging from five months to one year.

Online applications will be available at until 8 a.m., February 12, 2008 (Vietnamese time zone). The Vietnam Education Foundation is an independent federal agency created by the U.S. Congress and funded annually by the U.S. government. For details, visit

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

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Call for Applications: Management Skills

Applications are being accepted for the Management Skills Assessment Program – a University of California-sponsored program for staff. This program is designed for participants to gain personal knowledge and insight that can help them make prudent career decisions and identify areas for skill development. Participants will be given the opportunity to demonstrate and evaluate their management skills and receive feedback on their performance from university managers.

The program will take place at Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA, from April 28 –May 2, 2008. The departmental cost for this program is $850, plus transportation expenses.

More detailed information and downloadable application materials can be found at Submit applications to the Staff Development and Professional Services Office on campus by noon on Thursday, February 14, 2008.

Staff Development and Professional Services
(530) 752-1766
[email protected]

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Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

Folk Music Jam Session”; Friday, January 11, 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.

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Call for Nominations: Student Prizes and Awards

Nominations are being accepted until January 18, 2008, by the CA&ES Dean’s Office for the Charles Hess Community Service Awards and the Mary Regan Meyer Prize(s). Eligible to be nominated are outstanding graduating seniors from the September ’07, December ’07, March ’08, and June ’08 degree lists.

Faculty wishing to nominate a student should send the nominee’s full name, major, student ID number, expected date of graduation, and e-mail address to Lorraine Bowlin. Faculty may (but are not required to) include a brief (one-paragraph) statement noting some of the nominee’s special qualities.

Lorraine Bowlin
(530) 752-4491
[email protected]

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Rice Technical Working Group Meeting: February 18–21, 2008

Mark your calendars for the 32nd Rice Technical Working Group meeting, hosted by UC Davis, to be held February 18–21 at the Westin San Diego. The Rice Technical Working Group brings together those involved in rice production – scientists, extension personnel, government and industry representatives, and growers – to share information and coordinate research.

The meeting will feature a half-day symposium, six technical sessions, a poster session, and committee meetings. For registration and more information, visit

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

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California Small Farm Conference: February 2426, 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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Writing: Robin DeRieux, Neal Van Alfen

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