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October 9, 2008

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Message from the Dean





A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Centennial Fall Festival

In lieu of a dean’s message this month, we’d like to invite everyone to celebrate the university’s 100th birthday at the Centennial Fall Festival. The following is a partial listing of the events scheduled for October 10–15. For more information, visit

  • Grand opening of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science: Friday, October 10, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Robert Mondavi Institute.
  • CA&ES College Celebration: Friday, October 10, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Freeborn Hall.
  • Centennial Celebration at Wolfskill Ranch: Saturday, October 11, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Winters.
  • Homecoming Game vs. Southern Utah: Saturday, October 11, 6 to 9 p.m., Aggie Stadium.
  • Fun Run: Sunday, October 12, 8 a.m., Toomey Field.
  • Celebrate UC Davis!: Sunday, October 12, noon to 4 p.m., Third Street, downtown Davis.
  • Undergraduate Research Center Open House: Monday, October 13, 3 to 5 p.m., Surge IV, Suite 109.
  • Centennial Walk Dedication: Wednesday, October 15, noon to 1 p.m., The Quad.



Valerie Williamson: Nematode Genome Research

WilliamsonProfessor Valerie Williamson, Department of Nematology, is part of a team of scientists who recently completed the genome sequence and genetic map of a microscopic, soil-dwelling worm, one of the world’s most common and destructive plant parasites. The tiny worm, whose scientific name is Meloidogyne hapla, is more commonly known as the northern root-knot nematode. Together with related species, it annually causes an estimated $50 billion in plant damage, afflicting crops ranging from alfalfa to potatoes to grapes.

The findings of the research group, led by faculty at North Carolina State University, were recently published online in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” The research could help lead to a new generation of environmentally friendly tools to manage this species and other root-knot nematodes.

Valerie Williamson
(530) 752-1050
[email protected]

David Burger: International Plant Propagator Award

0810_burger.jpgProfessor David Burger of the Department of Plant Sciences was awarded the Curtis J. Alley Award of Merit at the September 2008 meeting of the Western Region International Plant Propagators’ Society. This is the highest award given by the region and was given to Burger in recognition of his contributions to IPPS. He has been an IPPS member since 1990 and has served as the region’s editor since 1992. Burger currently teaches plant propagation, turfgrass management, plant physiology and environmental horticulture. His areas of research include tree roots, turfgrass, and microcalorimetry.

David Burger
(530) 752-0398
[email protected]

Andrew Waterhouse: Honorary Doctorate

0810_Waterhouse.jpgProfessor Andrew Waterhouse, chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology, received an honorary doctorate from the Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2 in France. He was honored at a ceremony held in September in the famous wine-growing region of Bordeaux. 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]



UC ANR Animal Agriculture Conference

In September, more than 70 people attended an animal agriculture conference held at Putah Creek Lodge, sponsored by CA&ES and ANR. “Megatrends in Animal Agriculture: What Will Animal Agriculture Look Like in 2025?” featured speakers from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation, Bank of America, Raley’s, the Food Marketing Institute, along with faculty from the Department of Animal Science and others.

To view photos of the event and videos of the talks, visit

Mary Delany
Department of Animal Science
(530) 752-1250
[email protected]

Environmental Design Outreach

Landscape architecture professor Patsy Eubanks Owens and UC Davis alumna Daniela Tavares have posted a video on YouTube about an outreach project they did with an environmental design class at Grant High School in Sacramento. During spring quarter of 2008, Owens and Tavares brought together UC Davis landscape architecture students with Grant High School design students to develop a landscape architecture plan for the high school campus. Details about the project are available at
Patsy Eubanks Owens
(530) 752-9145
[email protected]

Landscape Architecture Lunchbag Lecture Series

The public is invited to attend the UC Davis Landscape Architecture program’s fall 2008 lunchbag lecture series on Fridays from 12:10–1 p.m. in 202 Wellman Hall. Each week will feature a different lecturer who will present on sustainable site design. The lectures will be held on Fridays through December 5, with the exception of November 28. Students can take the class for credit by registering for LDA–190.

Shannon Tanguay
Landscape Architecture
(530) 752-1127
[email protected]

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 include:

  • November 3, 2008: “Costs of Occupational Injuries and Illness Across Industries”
  • December 1, 2008: “Financial Impact of Safety”

Sandra Freeland
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
(530) 752-5253
[email protected]


Award Winning Dairy Goat Display

The Goat Show Team from the Department of Animal Science received multiple awards at the California State Fair this year for its well-crafted dairy goat display. Staff members Romeo Capell and Patricia Price, along with students Lauren Henderson, Casey Sanderson, and Jolene Berg, crafted and maintained the display, answering questions from the public during the fair. The team received two “Best Educational Display” awards, both for dairy goats and in the overall competition. The display also received two marketing rewards, including “Most Creative.”

Jan Carlson
UC Davis Goat Facility
[email protected]
(530) 752-6792

Seed Biotechnology Center Report

The Seed Biotechnology Center has released its 2006/2007 Report. The document highlights the center’s research, educational, and outreach activities, along with future projects. In collaboration with the seed industry, the SBC works to discover and commercialize new seed technologies to benefit agriculture and the consumer. The SBC report is available online at

Susan DiTomaso
Seed Biotechnology Center
(530) 754-7333
[email protected]

AgriSafe Network Webcasts

Webcasts on topics regarding agricultural health and safety are available through the AgriSafe Network, with the use of web conferencing software that allows participants to log in from any location. Speakers give their presentation through a microphone with the support of slides; participants hear the presentation through their computer speakers and can see the presenter’s slides on their own screens. All webcasts will be from 10–11 a.m. Continuing education credit is available.

Dates and topics include:

  • October 29, 2008: “Skin Diseases Affecting Agricultural Workers”
  • November 11, 2008: “Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Who Need Immunizations: Tetanus Protection Among Aging Farmers”
  • December 4, 2008: “Dental Health”

Sandra Freeland
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
(530) 752-5253
[email protected]

Media Training Workshops: 2008-2009 schedule

University Communications has announced its media training schedule for the 2008–09 academic year, with dates for both regular and advanced media training.

Media Training I
This workshop is recommended for any faculty, administrator, or staff member likely to be called upon to do media interviews. The provost often asks new administrators to attend, and some deans require new department chairs to attend the workshop. Faculty and staff with expertise on hot media topics, and even graduate students and undergraduate student leaders are welcome to enroll.

The full-day interactive session covers the benefits and risks of working with the news media, including strategies for accommodating the differing methods of print and broadcast journalists. Enrollment in Media Training I is limited to eight participants per session. All workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the University Club Conference Center Lounge, unless otherwise noted.

Dates offered include November 12, January 15, February 11, and May 14.

Advanced Media Training
This three-hour program is for those who have completed the primary media training workshop and are seeking more practice with media interviews and public speaking situations. Topics covered through on-camera exercises will include message development, speaking to a group, and aggressive interviews.

Dates offered include December 11, March 12, and April 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. For registration, contact Ada McAdow.

Ada McAdow
University Communications
(530) 752-3683
[email protected]

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, November, and December. All sessions are in the Memorial Union, Garrison Room. Topics include:

  • Enrolling in Your UC Retirement Savings Program
  • Determining Your Investment Strategy
  • Accessing Your Account Online
  • 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]

Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

  • “Reading by the Creative Writing Faculty”; Friday, October 10, 7 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
    Award-winning fiction writers and poets from the creative writing faculty will celebrate the UC Davis Centennial by reading from their work. The free evening program will include YiYun Li, Lucy Corin, Joshua Clover, Alan Williamson, Pam Houston, and Joe Wenderoth.
  • “California Native Plants and Fire”; Saturday, October 11, 11 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
    Learn about some of the ways plants survive and thrive in a fire-dependent ecosystem during a tour of the native plant collection.
  • “Arboretum Adventures: Practicing Native Culture”; Sunday, October 12, 1–3 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
    Learn about Native Californian cultural practices as Maidu/Wintun/Hupa/Yurok cultural interpreter Diana Almendariz shares traditional plant knowledge through stories and hands-on activities. Learn to make a doll from tule reeds, and try your hand at grinding acorns.
  • “Folk Music Jam Session”; Fridays, October 17 and 31, 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.
  • “Traditional Uses of California Native Plants”; Sunday, October 19, 2 p.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
    Native Californians are skilled in the use of plants for food, clothing, building materials, cleaning products, medicine, tools, as well as sports and games. Learn about traditional uses of California native plants on a free arboretum tour.
  • “The Oaks of the Arboretum”; Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m., Gazebo.
    The arboretum has one of the nation’s largest collections of oak trees, with 574 trees representing about 100 different species. A tour of Shields Oak Grove will highlight a variety of tree forms, leaves, and acorns. The grove is now home to one of the largest heron and egret colonies in northern California, and tour leaders will discuss the challenge of protecting both the trees and the birds.




Landscape Architecture Distinguished Speaker: October 10, 2008

The public is invited to a lecture on the UC Davis Landscape Heritage Plan by Rachel Evans Lloyd, who will speak Friday, October 10, from 3–4 p.m. at the Memorial Union’s MU II room. Lloyd is an associate for EDAW—one of the world’s leading design firms. The event is part of the UC Davis Centennial Celebration’s “Classes without Quizzes.”

Shannon Tanguay
Landscape Architecture
(530) 752-1127
[email protected]

Food Price Symposium: October 10, 2008

“Causes and Consequences of the Food Price Crisis,” will be held Friday, October 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bancroft Hotel at 268 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. The symposium is hosted by the UC Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics and the UC Agricultural Issues Center. Agricultural economists from UC Davis and UC Berkeley will summarize results of research on the food price crisis. In addition to causes of high commodity prices, symposium presenters will discuss the consequences.

Registration is free. For registration and additional information, visit

Pam Kan-Rice
Agriculture and Natural Resources
(510) 987-0043
[email protected]

Wolfskill Ranch Celebration: October 11, 2008

0810_wolfskillJoin the UC Davis Olive Center’s Centennial Celebration at the historic Wolfskill Ranch in Winters on Saturday, October 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The ranch tour, olive-oil sampling, and luncheon are presented by the UC Davis Olive Center, Yolo County Agricultural Marketing Initiative, and Slow Food Yolo. A four-course lunch will be served under the shade of 150-year-old olive trees on the ranch. The Department of Viticulture and Enology will be showcasing wine from the university's Oakville vineyard in the Napa Valley.

Tickets are $90 for members of Slow Food, and $100 for the general public. They can be purchased via, at the Davis Food Co-op, or at Steady Eddy’s in Winters. Part of the ticket price will go to raise funds for the Winters Joint Unified School District school lunch program for the purchase of local produce. Attendees will receive a complimentary bottle of the limited-edition release of UC Davis Centennial Blend Olive Oil.

Dan Flynn
UC Davis Olive Center
(530) 754-9301
[email protected]

Fun Run: October 12, 2008

As part of the Fall Festival, UC Davis Facilities Management is hosting the first annual “Run for Your Lives” 5 and 10K run/walk to benefit your health and the environment. The race begins at Toomey Field at 8 a.m. on Sunday, October 12. The Kid’s Run begins at 10 a.m. Registration costs $25 for adults, $18 for students and children, ages 12–17, and $10 for children, ages 11 and under. Beneficiaries include the UC Davis Vascular Center, the American Stroke Association, and the UC Davis 100-Year Tree Program.

Participation is limited. Additional information and registration available at

Katie Hetrick
Facilities Management
(530) 752-6741
[email protected]

Celebrate UC Davis! Community Festival: October 12, 2008

As part of Fall Festival activities, the city of Davis will host “Celebrate UC Davis!” on Sunday, October 12, from noon to 4 p.m. The Davis Chamber of Commerce is organizing the street fair along Third Street to honor the UC Davis Centennial. The Farmers Market Pavilion at Central Park will feature 100 birthday cakes.

Sumiko Hong
Government and Community Relations
(530) 752-9795
[email protected]



Delta Dialogue Panel: October 21, 2008

A lunchtime panel discussion of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will feature four scientists with expertise in delta sciences. The panel will meet from noon to 1:45 p.m. in Room MU II of the Memorial Union Building on Tuesday, October 21. The discussion is part of the John Muir Institute of the Environment’s Distinguished Speaker Series on “Environmental Solutions: Lenses on the Delta.” Three speakers are past and present CALFED lead scientists; the fourth is currently the chair of the CALFED Independent Science Board. The speakers will offer their perspectives on the delta, an ecosystem of critical importance to the state’s water supply, and on the role scientists play in future delta policy.

The discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Sharon Ruth
John Muir Institute of the Environment
(530) 752-9178
[email protected]

Pistachio Short Course: November 3–6, 2008

A pistachio short course will be held at the Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, California, on November 3–6. It is hosted by the Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center, Department of Plant Sciences. Registration by October 15 costs $825, and covers materials, manuals, field trip, all meals, and social events. Late registration from October 16–November 1 will cost $900. For registration and more information, visit

Penny Stockdale
Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center
(530) 754-8523
[email protected]

Sustainable Ag Expo: November 13–14, 2008

The fourth annual Sustainable Ag Expo will be held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California on November 13–14. The expo is designed to help farmers of all crops and commodities learn more about sustainable practices. Trade exhibits and educational programs will focus on equipping growers and ranchers to develop and maintain economically viable operations, while also protecting the environment and promoting healthy communities. For more information and registration, visit:

Pat Bailey
News Service
(530) 752-9843
[email protected]

Foods for Health Centennial Symposium: November 16–18, 2008

Save the date for “Foods for Health in the 21st Century: A Roadmap for the Future,” a centennial conference to be held November 16–18, 2008, at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. The UC Davis Foods for Health Institute is organizing the event, in collaboration with Innovation Center Denmark/Silicon Valley, the Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation, and scientists from the Centre for Advanced Food Studies, a Danish research consortium. The international conference will highlight research at the UC Davis campus and develop a scientific road map for the next decade and beyond, including an analysis of how the evolving global economy will affect the future directions of nutrition and human health.

Melanie Funes
Foods for Health Institute
(530) 752-9211
[email protected]

Local Food Systems Symposium: December 2–3, 2008

Save the date for a two-day symposium on local food systems sponsored by multiple campus affiliates. The symposium will meet at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 2, and conclude at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3. It is sponsored by the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute, and UC ANR North Coast and Mountain Region.

Cooperative Extension personnel, researchers, administrators, government agencies, nonprofits, farmers, and community participants are invited to learn about new county and regional food systems activities. A preliminary program and registration form will soon be available on the symposium website (

Gail Feenstra
(530) 752-8408
[email protected]

Organic Soil Fertility Management Symposium: January 15, 2009

Mark your calendars for the Organic Soil Fertility Management Symposium, sponsored by the UC Vegetable Research and Information Center, on Thursday, January 15, 2009. The program will combine the latest technical information on nutrient dynamics in organically managed soils with practical results of on-farm nutrient management research. The program is intended for growers, consultants, students, and government agency personnel who work with people in this fast-growing segment of agriculture. The symposium will be held in the Activities and Recreation Center at UC Davis. In coming weeks, more details will be available on the VRIC website (

Gale Perez
Vegetable Research and Information Center
(530) 752-1748 
[email protected]

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