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August 19, 2010

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Message from the Dean




A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Global Challenges

In many of her speeches, Chancellor Katehi has emphasized the goal of having UC Davis become a globally engaged university. She also always acknowledges that our college has been engaged globally for many decades, and that we are well-known throughout the world for our strengths in food, agriculture, and the environment.

The challenges that the world faces in coming decades will not recognize national boundaries—they are global problems. Of course, there are many local issues that must continue to be addressed, but the big challenges of the future involve global food supply, water, energy, global climate, and the sustainability of ecosystem services that are important for the long-term health of life on our planet.

Based on our past successes, UC Davis is ideally poised to be the world leader in addressing these critical issues of the future. As we continue planning for the future of our college, we must make sure that we remain in a position of global leadership.

Neal K. Van Alfen
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected] 



Robert Gilbertson: American Phytopathological Society Fellow


Professor Robert Gilbertson, Department of Plant Pathology, has been named a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (APS). APS grants this recognition once a year to less than 0.25 percent of the active society membership. Gilbertson and eight other new fellows were recognized recently for their distinguished contributions to the science of plant pathology at the annual APS meeting in North Carolina.

Gilbertson’s area of specialization is virology and seed pathology, with an emphasis on applied and basic aspects, including ecology and epidemiology of viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens, molecular genetics, classification and detection of geminiviruses and potyviruses.

Robert Gilbertson
(530) 752-8321
[email protected]

Jean-Xavier Guinard: Executive Director of UC Education Abroad Program


Following a nationwide search, Professor Jean-Xavier Guinard has been appointed the new Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director for the UC Education Abroad Program, beginning in October. In this new position, Guinard will manage the systemwide study abroad program of the University of California based in Goleta, California, with responsibility for all UCEAP programming, operations, faculty, and staff in Goleta and overseas.

Guinard joined UC Davis in 1994 as a professor of sensory science in the Department of Food Science and Technology. For the past three years, he has served as Associate Vice Provost for International Programs at UC Davis.

During his tenure at UC Davis, Guinard served as the UC Davis representative on the University Committee on International Education (UCIE) and as interim director of the UC Davis Quarter Abroad Program. In 2005 and 2006, he served as director of the UC Education Abroad Program in Madrid, Spain.

Guinard will maintain a part-time faculty appointment at UC Davis and commute to Goleta.

Jean-Xavier Guinard
(530) 752-0860
[email protected]

Bruce Hammock: Entomological Society of America Fellow


Professor Bruce Hammock, a distinguished professor of entomology who also holds an appointment with the UC Davis Cancer Research Center, has been selected as a fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Each year the ESA selects up to 10 fellows from the 6000-member society for the honor, which acknowledges outstanding contributions in research, teaching, extension, or administration. Hammock and other recipients of the award will be honored at the ESA annual meeting in December.

Hammock’s research interests range from insect developmental biology to mammalian enzymology and analytical chemistry. Hammock directs the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Program on the UC Davis campus, as well as the National Institutes of Health Biotechnology Training Program and the NIEHS Combined Analytical Laboratory.

Bruce Hammock
(530) 752-7519
[email protected]

Linda Harris: Food Science Research Award


Linda Harris, a Cooperative Extension specialist in microbial food safety, recently received the inaugural Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award from the International Association for Food Protection. The award recognizes Harris’ 30-year career in food science research, including a study focused on the effects of the freezing process on salmonella in frozen poultry. Findings from that study were used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in developing guidelines for the poultry industry. Harris joined the faculty of the Department of Food Science and Technology in 1996.

Linda Harris
(530) 754-9485
[email protected]

David Mills: Dairy Science Award


Professor David Mills, Department of Viticulture and Enology, was named the 2010 recipient of the Cargill Flavor Systems Food Specialties Award at the annual American Dairy Science Association meeting in July. The Cargill Flavor Systems Award was created to recognize important research contributions to chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, engineering, or technology pertaining to the cheese and cultured dairy products industries.

Mills’ research focuses on the ecology and molecular biology of lactic acid bacteria found in foods and in the intestine. This has involved analyses of the microbial ecology of various food and intestine environments and the development of genomics for the lactic acid bacteria field in general. In the last decade, Mills led the Lactic Acid Bacteria Genomics Consortium Project, which resulted in a seminal comparative analysis and release of key genome sequences of food-grade lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria. More recently, Mills helped form the multidisciplinary UC Davis Functional Glycomics Program.

David Mills
(530) 754-7821
[email protected]

Thomas Scott: Entomological Society of America Fellow


Professor Thomas Scott, who joined the Department of Entomology in 1996 and is director of the UC Davis Mosquito Research Laboratory, has been selected as a fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Each year the ESA selects up to 10 fellows from the 6000-member society for the honor, which acknowledges outstanding contributions in research, teaching, extension, or administration. Scott and other recipients of the award will be honored at the ESA annual meeting in December.

Scott’s research focuses on mosquito ecology, evolution of mosquito-virus interactions, epidemiology of mosquito-borne disease, and evaluation of novel products and strategies for mosquito control and disease prevention.

Thomas Scott
(530) 752-0565
[email protected]

James Seiber: American Chemical Society Fellow


James Seiber, chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology and professor emeritus of environmental toxicology, has been named a fellow of the American Chemical Society. He will be honored, along with 192 new ACS fellows, at the society’s upcoming annual meeting in Boston. The ACS fellows program began in 2009 to recognize members for their outstanding achievements and contributions to science, the profession, and service to the society.

Seiber’s research area is chemical contaminant analysis, transport, and environmental fate. He has served as editor of the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” since 1999.

James Seiber
(530) 752-2490
[email protected]

Krishna Subbarao: American Phytopathological Society Fellow


Krishna Subbarao, a Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Pathology, has been named a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (APS). APS grants this recognition once a year to less than 0.25 percent of the active society membership. Subbarao and eight other new fellows were recognized recently for their distinguished contributions to the science of plant pathology at the annual APS meeting in North Carolina.

Subbarao specializes in ecology, epidemiology and integrated control of fungal diseases of vegetables.

Krishna Subbarao
831 755 2890
[email protected]

Wilen, Sanchirico, and Lybbert Honored at Agricultural Economists Meeting

Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics received four major awards for the quality of research and writing at the joint annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and the Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA), held in Denver, Colorado in July.


Professor James Wilen, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Professor James Sanchirico, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, along with Martin Smith of Duke University, were honored for their research by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). They received the AAEA Quality of Research Discovery Award for the article, "The Economics of Spatial-dynamic Processes: Application to Renewable Resources," published in the “Journal of Environmental Economics and Management” in January, 2009.  


Professor Travis Lybbert, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and David Just of Cornell University received the AAEA Outstanding “American Journal of Agricultural Economics” Article Award. Their article, "Risk Averters that Love Risk? Marginal Risk Aversion in Comparison to a Reference Gamble," was published in August, 2009.

In addition, the graduate students of professors Rachael Goodhue, Jeffrey Williams, and Steve Boucher received the AAEA’s outstanding doctoral dissertation and outstanding master’s thesis awards.

Julie McNamara
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
[email protected]



Award-winning Book on California Olive Pioneers


A new book that captures the heritage of the California olive industry is now available from the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. "California's Olive Pioneers: Early Essays on Olives and Olive Oil," brings together 13 early essays on olive culture in California. It has been selected as a finalist in the Benjamin Franklin Awards Program of the Independent Book Publishers Association, in the areas of gardening/agriculture and science.

The essays, written by a broad spectrum of authors ranging from professors to growers, were handpicked from dozens of late-19th-century newspapers, magazines, bulletins, journals, pamphlets, and books.

Axel Borg, wine and food science bibliographer at Shields Library, was instrumental in identifying and selecting materials included in the book.

Copies of "California's Olive Pioneers" can be purchased for $75 each at the UC Davis Bookstore or through the Robert Mondavi Institute website at Proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to support programs at the Robert Mondavi Institute.

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


Gold Award for Art of Regional Change


The Art of Regional Change was honored with the 2010 Gold Award for Mixed Media Materials from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals at a July presentation in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Art of Regional Change is a collaboration of the Center for Regional Change and the Davis Humanities Institute. ARC was honored for its “Passion for the Land” project, which is a collection of short videos from rural residents on agricultural viability, resource stewardship, and preserving a rural way of life.

The project was developed in collaboration with Holly George, a Cooperative Extension advisor for livestock and natural resources in Plumas-Sierra counties. It will be used in outreach efforts to policymakers. For more information, visit

jesikah maria ross
Art of Regional Change
(530) 752-2295
[email protected]

Davis Farmers Market: Vote for “America’s Favorite Farmers Market”

The Davis Farmers Market, named last year as “America’s Favorite Farmers Market,” is in the running again this year in a national contest hosted by the American Farmland Trust. The Davis Farmers Market is in the lead among California markets, but there’s some serious competition from Rochester, N.Y.

Our university community reaps value from the national recognition of the Davis Farmers Market, which spotlights Davis as an agricultural community with an interest in healthful and sustainable food. In addition, the market sponsors the East Quad Farmers Market on campus during part of the academic year.

The deadline for voting is midnight on Sunday, August 31.

To vote:

Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

“Folk Music Jam Session”
Fridays, August 20, September 3 and 17, 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.

“Plants from Down Under”
Saturday, September 11, 10 a.m., Wyatt Deck.
California and Western Australia have similar climate and environmental conditions, so many Australian plants are well suited for Central Valley gardens. Enjoy a free guided tour focusing on the arboretum's Australian collection.

Shade or Sun? Find the Perfect Spot for Your Plant”
Sunday, September 12, 10 a.m., Gazebo.
Every home landscape offers a range of garden locations with varying amounts of sunlight at different times of year. Gardeners can learn how to find the right place for every plant during a tour of the Storer Garden.

"Romeo and Juliet”
Thursday–Sunday, September 16–19 and September 23–26, 8 p.m., Gazebo.
The UC Davis Arboretum and the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble present Shakespeare’s classic tale of young love and family rivalry, “Romeo and Juliet,” performed in the round in a garden setting. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students; children 12 and under are free. To reserve tickets, or for more information, e-mail [email protected], or call (760) 310-0323.



Honey Bee Haven Grand Opening: September 11, 2010


The grand opening of the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven will be held on Saturday, September 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road. The half-acre bee-friendly garden, planted in the fall of 2009, was the award-winning design in a competition funded by Häagen-Dazs. The key goals of the garden are to provide bees with a year-round food source, to raise public awareness about the plight of honey bees, and to encourage visitors to plant bee-friendly gardens of their own.

The grand opening will include activities for kids, garden tours, hands-on demonstrations, and free ice cream, compliments of Häagen-Dazs. For more information and an up-to-date event schedule, please visit For more information on the garden design, visit

The event is free and open to the public.

Carrie Cloud
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530 752-2120
[email protected]

Fresh-cut Products Workshop: September 14–16, 2010

The 15th annual “Fresh-cut Products: Maintaining Quality and Safety” workshop will be held September 14–16 on campus. Presented by the Postharvest Technology Center, the three-day workshop is designed for food professionals. Fresh-cut products (cleaned, washed, cut, packaged, and refrigerated fruits and vegetables) are an important and rapidly expanding food category for the produce industry, food processors, retailers, and food service operators.

Specific workshop topics include: product biology, quality and preparation, temperature management, microbiology and sanitation, modified atmospheres, as well as marketing and consumer issues. There will also be product demonstrations and discussion of commodity-specific requirements. Instructors are from UC Davis, other institutions, and the fresh-cut industry and suppliers.

Cost for the course is $1,050 and includes all program handouts, lunch, along with morning and afternoon refreshments each day. For more information on the technical program, please contact the workshop coordinator Marita Cantwell, [email protected]. To register for the workshop, visit the Postharvest Technology Center’s website at Questions about registration can be answered by Penny Stockdale at (530) 752-6941, or [email protected].

Aquatic Weed School: September 21–22, 2010

The Aquatic Weed School 2010 will meet on campus at the Bowley Science Teaching Center on September 21-22. The intensive two-day course focuses on issues associated with developing weed management strategies in a variety of aquatic ecosystems. Organized by the UC Weed Research and Information Center, the course provides an opportunity for professionals to efficiently update their understanding of aquatic weeds and interact with experts in this field. The Aquatic Weed School is designed for those involved in consulting, research, and management of aquatic weed systems throughout the western United States.

Registration is $395 if received by September 1, and $475 after that date. The course fee includes a comprehensive notebook, lunch and light refreshments each day. Class size is limited, so early enrollment is suggested. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

For more information or to register, visit and click on “Aquatic Weed School.”

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

Arboretum Plant Sale: September 25, 2010

Get a jump on fall planting with the first fall plant sale sponsored by the UC Davis Arboretum. The Plant Faire and Sale will be held on Saturday, September 25, at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery, with an emphasis on California native plants. The sale will be open to members only from 9 until 11 a.m., then open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shoppers will enjoy live music, free children’s activities, and expert gardening advice. Anyone may join the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum at the door for early admission and a 10 percent member discount. New members get a free plant. For more information and directions, visit

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

Arboretum Plant Sale: October 16, 2010

The UC Davis Arboretum will host a plant sale on Saturday, October 16, at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery. The focus will be on fall planting, with experienced gardeners available to help shoppers choose the best plants for their garden design and conditions. The sale will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone who joins the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum at the door will receive a 10 percent member discount and a free plant.

For more information and directions, visit

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

Food Processing Technologies Short Course: October 26, 2010

A new short course that focuses on the ability to deliver fresh-like food quality and potential health benefits through advanced processing technologies such as Ohmic, High Pressure, Continuous and Batch Microwave Processing will meet on October 26 at the Buehler Alumni and Visitor Center. The course will feature presentations and demonstrations by graduate students from four leading universities working on advanced processing technologies.

The course is designed for B.S. level (or above) food scientists, engineers, biochemists, and microbiologists currently working in the food industry, and for representatives from management. In addition, it will be of interest to government officials, process authorities, and researchers who are trying to evaluate the benefits of these new technologies.

Enrollment costs $350 and includes all instruction, course materials, plus a continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks. For more information on the technical program, please contact the course coordinator, Diane Barrett at [email protected]. To register, please visit:

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

Atmospheric Chemical Mechanisms Conference: December 8–10, 2010

The third biennial International Conference on Atmospheric Chemical Mechanisms, “Tackling the Greatest Uncertainties,” will be held December 8–10 at UC Davis. It is sponsored by the UC Davis Air Quality Research Center, the California Air Resources Board, Atmospheric Aerosols & Health, and the San Joaquin Valleywide Air Pollution Study Agency.

The conference focuses on linking chemistry research, field studies, mechanism development and analysis in order to improve the chemistry that is used in air quality models. While the focus is largely gas-phase chemistry, an important component of this conference is improving interfaces and feedbacks between the gas, aqueous, and aerosol phase chemistry. This conference was established in 2006, and alternates years with the International Aerosol Modeling Algorithms conference.

For more information, visit

Donna Reid
Air Quality Research Center
(530) 754-8374
[email protected]

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