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April 8, 2010

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Message from the Dean






A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Clustered Administrative Units

Earlier during the 2009–2010 academic year, a decision was made that the college would change our administrative services model from one in which each department serves as an administrative unit, to a model of clustered administrative units that serve groups of departments. A faculty/staff committee co-chaired by Tom Kaiser, executive assistant dean for administration, and Julie Fritz-Rubert, assistant dean for college personnel, recommended principles that should be followed in creating these clusters.

Since the college had a parallel academic process under way at the time, I decided to postpone the decision on the composition of the individual clusters until the College Planning Committee (CPC) had submitted its recommendations regarding academic reorganization. The CPC recommendations have been made, so we can proceed with our administrative clustering in ways that will not conflict with potential academic reorganization.

We will present some possible administrative clusters for discussion in consultation with college department chairs, department managers, and our Dean’s Council. We will ask our departments to comment on these cluster recommendations and also seek the advice of our College Executive Committee. It is our expectation that this process of consultation will be concluded within a month, and a decision will be made shortly thereafter regarding the composition of our administrative clusters. I encourage members of our college community to advise me on the various clustering options under consideration.

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] 



Mark Francis: Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Fellow

MarkFrancis.JPGMark Francis, professor of landscape architecture in the Department of Environmental Design, has been elected to the Academy of Fellows of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA). He was selected in recognition of his teaching, research, and creative work on spatial democracy “sustained over an extended period of time that is truly inspiring and significant.” The award will be presented in May at the annual CELA Conference in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Francis’ research and design work focus on urban and community landscapes.

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

Rachael Goodhue: Panel Participant

Goodhue.jpgProfessor Rachael Goodhue, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, recently participated in a joint workshop between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The joint public workshop was held to explore competition and regulatory issues in the agrofood chain.

Goodhue was invited to participate on a panel discussing trends in market power, coordination, contracts, and transparency in agricultural markets. More than 800 people attended the workshop, which was held in March. Additional information is available at

Rachael Goodhue
(530) 754-7812
[email protected]






Spring Quarter East Quad Farmers Market


The East Quad Farmers Market is back for spring quarter. Every Wednesday through June 2, the market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the East Quad. Support local farmers and enjoy easy access to a variety of fresh, local produce.

Starting this spring, students with UC Davis meal plans will be able to cash in meals for vouchers to use at the East Quad Farmers Market. With each meal card “swipe,” students will receive vouchers for $2.50 toward shopping at the market. Swipes can be exchanged for East Quad Farmers Market vouchers at all resident dining room cashier stations, all resident convenience stores, and at the East Quad Farmers Market. The voucher program is sponsored by University Dining Services.

For more information, visit

Bee Creative

Campus community members and their families are welcome to create ceramic tiles that are to be placed on a wall in the Honey Bee Haven garden on campus. The Art Science Fusion Labudio (lab-studio) will be open on Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 9 p.m. through the end of May. The lab studio is located in Environmental Horticulture room 12 (map details at Professional ceramic artist Donna Billick and others will be on hand to teach techniques and provide instruction. Participants are not required to attend every open studio night.

Missy Borel
California Center for Urban Horticulture
(530) 752-6642
[email protected]

UC ANR Support for Initiative Grant Program

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources wants to aid researchers who propose projects that are relevant to ANR strategic initiatives:

  • Sustainable food systems
  • Healthy families and communities
  • Sustainable natural ecosystem
  • Endemic and invasive plants and diseases

UC ANR will support grant applications for the USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) 2010 grant program. This year, the funding pool is larger, the grants are larger, and a significant part of the total grant pool will be reserved for integrated research, education, and extension projects.

ANR will support 2010 AFRI grant applications that relate to the ANR initiatives with both monetary (e.g., matching funds) and in-kind (e.g., grantwriting) support.

Researchers who are considering an AFRI application should contact the appropriate initiative leader:

Joe Di Tomaso for Sustainable Food Systems, [email protected]
Sharon Junge for Healthy Families and Communities, [email protected]
James Bartolome for Sustainable Natural Ecosystems, [email protected]
Ian Gardner for Endemic and Invasive Plants and Diseases, [email protected].

Or contact other members of ANR’s Program Council for assistance at

Barbara Allen-Diaz
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
(510) 987-9359
[email protected]

Interactive Online Arboretum Map

The arboretum recently pioneered an interactive mapping application that allows visitors, students, and researchers to explore more than 30,000 plants using a web browser. This new application for living botanical collections provides users with the ability to identify individual plants by location, search for plants by name, find plant images, print custom maps, and more.

The application is the culmination of a five-year project to create a geographic information system, or GIS, for the arboretum that contains information on every plant and landscape feature in the 100-acre garden.

This project is part of a larger body of work led by arboretum staff that is funded by grants from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the UC Davis Undergraduate Instructional Improvement Program. It is a collaboration of more than 75 zoos and botanical gardens worldwide. The mapping application, debuted at the arboretum, will be distributed to botanical gardens nationally and internationally to help improve access to living collections. This work will help to increase the use and value of botanical collections and their role in plant conservation and education worldwide.

To access the online collection maps, visit the arboretum’s website at and click on the “Plant Maps Online” button on the left side of the page.

Brian Morgan
UC Davis Arboretum
(530) 752-6821
[email protected]

New Giannini Foundation Book


A new book that documents the Giannini Foundation’s impact on California agriculture has been published by the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics. It will be distributed by ANR.

“A.P. Giannini and the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics” was edited by Warren Johnston and Alex McCalla, both emeritus professors in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. The Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics was established in 1928 by Amadeo Peter Giannini, founder of the Bank of Italy. Currently, the foundation’s programs support activities in agricultural, resource, and environmental economics that are housed at the UC Berkeley, Davis, and Riverside campuses. A major portion of the book presents the proceedings of the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics’ 75th Anniversary Symposium. The book also includes archival materials that document the history of agricultural economics at the University of California.

The book is available after April 15 from the ANR catalog:

Julie McNamara
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
(530) 752-5346
[email protected]

Youth Art Exhibition


Artwork produced by Sacramento youth, in collaboration with UC Davis scholars, is on display through June 20 at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. The “Youth Voices for Change Exhibition,” presented by the Art of Regional Change, features artwork created by the Sactown Heroes, a team of youth affiliated with the West Sacramento Youth Resource Coalition. The Sactown Heroes collaborated with UC Davis researchers and artists for four months to produce poetry, photos, comics, and an interactive web-map with videos. The work documents local conditions that impact the lives of the young artists, and it expresses their hopes for the future.

The exhibition is sponsored by the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, the Cross Cultural Center, and the Davis Humanities Institute.

jesikah maria ross
Art of Regional Change
(530) 754-6491
[email protected]

Animal Science Seminar Series

The public is invited to attend the Department of Animal Science Spring Seminar Series, which meets Mondays in the Weir Room, 2154 Meyer Hall, from 12:10 to 1 p.m.

Dates and topics for remaining seminars include:

  • April 12: Socially Sustainable Agriculture: Lessons from Egg Production
  • April 19: The Curious Case of the Male Oriented Ram
  • April 26: Diet as a Modulator of Beneficial Microbes in the Mammalian Gut
  • May 3: Mechanosensitivity of the Epithelial Na-channel (ENaC) – May the (Shear) Force Be with You
  • May 10: Diet Form and Welfare of Amazon Parrots
  • May 17: Graduate Student Poster Day
  • May 24: Conservation Genetics of California Redband Trout
  • May 31: Holiday

Elizabeth Maga
Department of Animal Science
(530) 752-5930
[email protected]

Entomology Seminar Series

The Department of Entomology hosts a series of noon seminars that meet every Wednesday through May 26 from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 122 Briggs Hall. Topics this spring range from ants to butterflies to walnut twig beetles.

Dates and topics for remaining seminars include:

  • April 14: Host Location by Plant-Feeding Scarabs
  • April 21: The Joint Dynamics of Populations, Life Histories and Heritable Characters in Free-Living Populations
  • April 28: Joint Parent-Offspring Control of Brood Size in a Polyembryonic Wasp
  • May 5: TBA
  • May 12: Systematics, Biogeography and Conservation of Ants in Australasia and the Pacific
  • May 19: Walnut Twig Beetle and Thousand Cankers Disease: Characterizing an Emergent Threat to Forest and Agroecosystems in North America
  • May 26: Butterflies and Moths in Central Europe: Natural History, Climate Change and Voltinism

Kathy Keatley Garvey
Department of Entomology
(530) 754-6894
[email protected]

Call for Nominations: James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award

Members of the university community are invited to nominate a member of the Academic Federation for the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes distinguished career-long achievement. A secondary, but important, consideration is voluntary service to the campus, the UC community, or beyond. Nominees must be a current member of the UC Davis Academic Federation and have been a member for at least five years. Past recipients are not eligible, but previous nominees are eligible.

The nominee’s activities as a member of the Academic Federation should be described in the nomination letter, although specific Academic Federation committee service is not required. The nomination must include the following:

  • A current CV, including complete lists of publications and contributions to university and public service
  • A brief statement, not more than three pages, outlining the achievements of the candidate
  • Nominator’s name and contact information

Nominations must be sent electronically to [email protected] in the Academic Senate Office by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2010.

Nancy Kilpatrick
Academic Senate Office
(530) 752-2220
[email protected]

WCAHS Monthly Seminar Series

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety hosts monthly seminars on topics related to agricultural health. Co-sponsors include the Center for Chicano/a Studies and the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security. The presentations will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in 3201 Hart Hall. Refreshments are provided by University Catering.

Dates and topics for upcoming seminars include:

  • May 3: Harvesting Aids for Reducing Ergonomics Risk Factors in Fruit Orchards
  • June 7: Agricultural Engineering Developments

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

Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:




Arboretum Plant Sale: Saturday, April 10, 2010


The Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum plant sale will be held Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive across from the School of Veterinary Medicine. The sale will feature hundreds of different kinds of water-wise plants, most of which have been grown in Davis and will thrive in Central Valley conditions, including newly-introduced and unusual garden plants that are not available in commercial nurseries.

Master gardeners and arboretum experts will be available to advise on the best plants for shoppers’ garden conditions. At the Plant Doctor booth, plant pathology graduate students will diagnose plant pests and diseases from plant samples brought by shoppers. The UC Davis Environmental Horticulture Club will sell annuals and starts for summer vegetable gardens.

Anyone can join the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum at the door and receive a 10 percent discount on purchases, as well as a free plant. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880, or visit

Diane Cary
UC Davis Arboretum
(530) 752-7822
[email protected]

Science and the Experience of Eating and Drinking: April 15, 2010


Join acclaimed food writer, Harold McGee, along with faculty speakers Melissa Caldwell, Jean-Xavier Guinard, and Susan Ebeler, for an afternoon discussing the Science and the Experience of Eating and Drinking. Sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, the event is free and meets from 3 to 7 p.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center, Ballrooms A–C. To reserve a seat, please register online at

Kimberly Bannister
Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
(530) 754-6349
[email protected]

Robert L. Thayer Distinguished Lecture: April 16, 2010

Peter Jay Zweig will speak on "The Landscape of the Mind," at the second annual Robert L. Thayer Distinguished Lecture. Presented by the Landscape Architecture Program, the lecture will be held Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Hunt Hall, Room 100. Zweig is an internationally renowned architect, educator, exhibition designer, and author. He has maintained a practice in Texas for more than 30 years in architecture, planning, and industrial design. Zweig is also a professor of architecture and director of the TexaStudio Program at the University of Houston.

Zweig’s lecture will be followed by a brief talk and book signing by landscape architecture professor Heath Schenker, who recently published “Melodramatic Landscapes: Urban Parks in the Nineteenth Century.”

Anyone planning to attend should RSVP to [email protected] by Monday, April 12.

Shannon Tanguay
Department of Environmental Design
(530) 752-1127
[email protected]

Picnic Day: April 17, 2010

Come celebrate UC Davis on Picnic Day, Saturday, April 17. Start with the pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in Freeborn Hall. Stay for the parade that begins at 9:30 in front of the grandstands near the Quad. Visit dozens of free events throughout the day at the university’s traditional open house.

Picnic Day is one of the largest student-run events in the nation and began in 1909 when the University Farm invited the surrounding community to view their new dairy barn. Two thousand people attended, bringing along picnic lunches. Nearly 100,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event, themed Carpe Davis: Seizing Opportunities.

For more information, visit

Arboretum Plant Sale: April 24, 2010

Perfect plants for pots is the theme of the arboretum’s April 24 plant sale, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive. The sale will feature hundreds of different kinds of plants, most of which have been grown in Davis and will thrive in Central Valley conditions.

Master gardeners and arboretum experts will be available to advise on the best plants for shoppers’ garden conditions. At the Plant Doctor booth, plant pathology graduate students will diagnose plant pests and diseases from plant samples brought by shoppers. The UC Davis Environmental Horticulture Club will sell annuals and starts for summer vegetable gardens.

Anyone can join the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum at the door and receive a 10 percent discount on purchases, as well as a free plant. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880, or visit

Diane Cary
UC Davis Arboretum
(530) 752-7822
[email protected]

Rose Day and Public Sale: April 30 and May 1, 2010


The third annual Rose Day will be held at UC Davis on April 30, with a rose sale open to the public on the afternoon of April 30 and again on May 1. Hosted by the California Center for Urban Horticulture, in partnership with Foundation Plant Services and the Garden Rose Council, the popular event for rose enthusiasts will include educational presentations from industry specialists. Topics to be covered include propagation, pruning, budding and grafting, and pest identification and management.


The $45 registration fee includes lunch and a tour of the university’s eight-acre rose garden and the new All-America Rose Selections (AARS) garden testing site. Both days of the event will be held at the university’s Foundation Plant Services (west of the main campus).

A complete agenda for the day is available at:

Missy Borel
California Center for Urban Horticulture
(530) 752-6642
[email protected]

Fresh Produce Marketing Strategies Short Course: May 5–7, 2010

Cooperative Extension will offer a marketing short course on fresh produce in San Francisco May 5–7. The Fresh Produce Marketing Strategies Short Course will give industry managers and executives an opportunity to focus on their strategic thinking and developing their fresh produce marketing approach within real-world budget constraints. The program is designed for people in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry, such as grower-shippers, food retailers, wholesalers, distributors, fresh-cut processors, and seed companies. Cooperative Extension specialist Roberta Cook is the course coordinator and will serve as one of the instructors.

Class size is limited to 65. Enroll online at

Roberta Cook
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
(530) 752-1531
[email protected]

Bee Inspired: May 8, 2010


The Bee's Second Annual Second Saturday will celebrate all things Bee as they promote the June opening of the UC Davis Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. “The Sacramento Bee” will open its courtyard at 2100 Q St. to the community from 3 to 8 p.m. on May 8. There will be music, honey tasting, a demonstration hive, and a community art show with bee-related work. Various companies will offer fun giveaways as well.

Pam Dinsmore
The Sacramento Bee
(916) 321-1024
[email protected]

The Future of Biodiversity: May 17, 2010

The public is invited to hear a panel discussion on “The Future of Biodiversity: Saving Biodiversity in a Changing World,” to be held May 17 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the AGR room of the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Panelists will include scientists from NatureServe, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the World Wildlife Fund.

The public event culminates a daylong forum on exploring new opportunities for educating conservation professionals, sponsored by the John Muir Institute of the Environment, along with the Davis Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the UC Davis Graduate Group in Ecology, and NSF.

For more information, visit

Mark Schwartz
John Muir Institute of the Environment
(530) 754-9135
[email protected]

Postharvest Technology Short Course: June 14–25, 2010

short-course-produce.jpgThe 32nd annual Postharvest Technology Short Course will be held June 14–25. The course is an intensive two-week study of current technologies and best practices associated with the postharvest handling of fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables, and ornamentals in California. Research and extension workers, quality control personnel, and other professionals interested in current advances in the postharvest technology of horticultural crops are invited to attend. The first week of the short course will meet on campus. The optional second week is a field tour that takes participants to visit a variety of postharvest handling operations in the Central Valley, Monterey Coast, and San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information and registration, visit

Penny Stockdale
Department of Plant Sciences
(530) 752-6941
[email protected]

Agricultural Groundwater Conference: June 15–17, 2010

Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture: An International Conference Linking Science and Policy will meet June 15–17 at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency in Burlingame. There will be additional groundwater workshops on June 14 and an agricultural groundwater tour on June 18. The conference is organized by UC Davis and the Water Education Foundation, sponsored by the Robert M. Hagan Endowed Chair.

The three-day conference will provide scientists, policymakers, and agricultural and environmental stakeholders with information about the latest advances for sustaining groundwater resources in agricultural regions around the world.

For program updates and additional information, visit To register for the conference, visit

Beth Stern
Water Education Foundation
(916) 444-6240
[email protected]


National Agricultural Biotechnology Council Conference: June 16–18, 2010

UC Davis will host the 22nd annual National Agricultural Biotechnology Council Conference to be held on campus from June 16–18. “Promoting Health by Linking Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition” will address the scientific links between these three related fields and how they impact human health.

The National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, a nonprofit consortium of leading agricultural research and teaching governmental agencies, institutions, and universities in the U.S. and Canada, has been hosting annual meetings about the safe and ethical development of agricultural biotechnology products since 1988. For more information on the program and registration, visit the conference website at

Alan Bennett
Department of Plant Sciences
(530) 752-1411
[email protected]

Produce Research Symposium: June 23, 2010

The UC Davis Center for Produce Safety will host a Produce Research Symposium on Wednesday, June 23 at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. The inaugural symposium will bring together scientists and produce industry leaders for forums that emphasize the practical implications of new research.

Results of 11 research projects funded by the Center for Produce Safety will be showcased throughout the day. Attendees will include members of the produce supply chain who have interest in ensuring the safety of fresh produce, including grower-shipper organizations, distributors, retailers, foodservice companies, and industry regulators. A $125 early bird registration fee ($150 after May 28, 2010) includes all sessions, breakfast, lunch, as well as an evening reception in the courtyard and gardens of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. Additional registration and event details are available at

Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli
Center for Produce Safety
(530) 757-5777
[email protected]

Table Grape Symposium: June 24–26, 2010

The sixth International Table Grape Symposium will meet June 24–26 on the UC Davis campus. The event is organized by UC Cooperative Extension. The conference will bring together researchers from California, South Africa, Australia, Chile, Italy, and other table grape producing countries to share production information. The meeting will be followed by a tour through the San Joaquin Valley with participants visiting grapevine nurseries, table grape vineyards, packing houses, and UC ANR research facilities.

For registration and more information, visit

Stephen Vasquez
Viticulture Advisor, Fresno County
(559) 456-7285
[email protected]

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