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January 21, 2010

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Message from the Dean




A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Administrative Clustering

As part of our budget planning process, I charged a committee to advise our college on the principles we should follow in developing administrative clusters that would be large enough to take advantage of efficiencies of scale. The Administrative Clustering Advisory Committee, consisting of representative department chairs and department managers, submitted their report to me and provided a number of very thoughtful recommendations. The committee sought information from clusters in other colleges, as well as from the departments of our college that have previously formed clusters. Their report has been distributed to our department chairs and department managers. It is available to anyone who would like an electronic copy.

Meanwhile, the campus is also involved in a similar study of how business operations can be streamlined. The campus has chosen to develop service centers that will eventually be available to serve both central administration units and academic units.

Based on recommendations from the Administrative Clustering Advisory Committee, our college will adopt a cluster model, but we will consider opportunities for these clusters to interface with specific campus-wide service centers as they become available. We have decided to postpone the establishment of the administrative clusters for a few months until we have a report in hand from the College Planning Committee.

A key recommendation of the Administrative Clustering Advisory Committee was that the administrative clusters should support our academic organizational structure. While the primary purpose for forming administrative clusters was to provide equitable service to all faculty members, regardless of the size of their department, we expect that a secondary benefit of the clusters will be to allow us to maintain critical business services as budgets are significantly reduced.

In a similar spirit of examining all activities of our college for potential budget savings, our Dean’s Council has begun a systematic examination of all operational categories of our budget (everything except faculty salaries). Budget reduction recommendations from the Dean’s Council will be presented to our Department Chairs Council, the College Executive Committee, and our Cooperative Extension Specialists Advisory Committee for discussion during the remainder of this academic year. Based on advice obtained using this consultative approach, I will assign the permanent budget reductions for the 2009–10 and 2010–11 academic years.

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]




Susan Cobey: Beekeepers Service Award


Susan Cobey, manager of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, has received the 2009 California State Beekeepers' Association's Distinguished Service Award for her service to the honey bee industry. Cobey was recognized for improving stock, teaching advanced beekeeping courses on queen bee rearing and instrument insemination, and pushing to develop import protocol to diversify the U.S. honey bee populations.

Cobey’s courses on queen bee rearing and instrument insemination draw students from throughout the world. She joined the Department of Entomology in 2007. In the photo, Susan Cobey shows California Secretary of Agriculture A. G. Kawamura her specialized honey bee stock.

Susan Cobey
(530) 754-9390
[email protected]





Donghua University Exchange Students

DSCN0554.JPGThe Division of Textiles and Clothing has established a new undergraduate student exchange program with Donghua University in Shanghai, China. In fall 2009, seven textile engineering students from Donghua joined UC Davis for one year, enrolled as part of the Global Study Program. The students were interested in UC Davis because of its reputation for research and because it offers an undergraduate program in fiber science and textiles that integrates the physical and social sciences.

All seniors, this first group of Chinese students will spend the remainder of the academic year on campus, obtain their B.S. degree from Donghua, and either return to China or enter graduate school in the United States. UC Davis textiles and clothing faculty will supervise senior thesis projects conducted by the Chinese students. A senior research thesis is required to obtain a B.S. in fiber and polymer science, as well as by the engineering program at Donghua.

Professor You-lo Hsieh, chair of textiles and clothing, began discussions with the dean of the College of Textiles at Donghua in fall 2008 about the possibility of an undergraduate exchange. After getting the exchange approved by the chancellors of both universities, Hsieh interviewed the applicants selected by Donghua University while she was attending a conference there last spring. Textiles and clothing faculty selected the seven Chinese exchange students.

You-lo Hsieh
Division of Textiles and Clothing
[email protected]



Brewing Up a Tasty Course on Beer

20050106_bamforth_02.jpgBeer aficionados can now enjoy a university-level brewing course, minus the final exams, presented by Charlie Bamforth, Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences in the Department of Food Science and Technology. One of the world's leading brewing scientists, Bamforth presents the new audio series "Brewmaster's Art: The History and Science of Beermaking." The fourteen 35-minute lectures examine modern brewing, including commentary on the complexity and balance of the flavors in the wide range of beer styles.

"This audio series is intended for everyone from the casual beer enthusiast to brewing professionals," said Bamforth. "It offers listeners the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the history and science of beer brewing at their own pace from their homes or offices." The audio lecture series, produced by Modern Scholar, is available on cassette or CD. It is accompanied by a detailed, full-color course guide, which includes Bamforth's outline and lecture notes, numerous reference resources, and options for further study.

The Modern Scholar is a new series of recorded college-level courses presented in lecture-style format by Recorded Books. The "Brewmaster's Art" series can be purchased online at:

Charlie Bamforth
(530) 752-9476
[email protected]



Animal Science Seminar Series

The public is invited to attend the Department of Animal Science Winter 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:

  • January 25: Development and Use of a Heat Balance Model to Improve Livestock Production
  • February 1: Riverscape Research for Migratory Fish Management in California
  • February 8: Generation of Mutant Medaka by Tilling
  • February 15: Holiday
  • February 22: TBA
  • March 1: Human-Animal Interactions: The Next Questions
  • March 8: TBA
  • March 15: Computer Simulation and Analytical Programs for Shellfish and How to Get State Agency Buy-in for Adoption of New Technology

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



Landscape Architecture Proseminar Series

The public is invited to attend the Landscape Architecture program’s seminar series on Fridays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 234 Wellman Hall. This quarter's focus is landscape conservation.

Dates and topics for remaining seminars include:

  • January 15: Landscape Connectivity Planning in the Central Valley
  • January 22: Conservation Land Programs in California
  • January 29: Restoration Projects in Solano County
  • February 5: Converting Concrete Channels in Urban Settings into Natural Creeks and Streams
  • February 12: Yolo County Natural Heritage Conservation Plan
  • February 19: Conservation Planning and Mitigation Banking
  • February 26: Trail Planning in the Putah Creek Vicinity
  • March 5: Improving Farm Landscapes for Wildlife
  • March 12: Conservation Easements in Yolo County

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



California Water Policy Seminar Series

lake_perris2.jpgThe California Water Policy Seminar Series will meet on Mondays during winter quarter from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in 216 Wellman Hall. “Topics in Water and Environmental Engineering” is available for credit to students and also open to the public. Seminar sponsors include The Center for Watershed Sciences – John Muir Institute of the Environment, the Institute for Governmental Affairs, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group, and the Geography Graduate Group.

Dates and topics for remaining seminars include:

  • January 25: Water and the California Legislature
  • February 1: Water Policy and the Environment
  • February 8: Moving Water from Extraction to Sustainability
  • February 15: Holiday
  • February 22: California Water Issues and Today’s Media
  • March 1: California Water and State Policy
  • March 8: Unreasonable Use and Public Trust
  • March 15: TBA

Sharon Ruth
John Muir Institute of the Environment
(530) 752-9178
[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:

  • February 1: WCAHS Graduate Student Presentations
  • March 1: Safety/Farmworkers, TBA
  • April 5: Vineyard Safety Training and the Agricultural Safety Research Alliance

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



Call for Nominations: Clarke Prize for Excellence in Water Research

The National Water Research Institute is accepting nominations for the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. NWRI established the Clarke Prize in 1993 to award outstanding individuals who are significantly contributing toward any of the following areas: the discovery, development, improvement, and/or understanding of the issues associated with water quality, quantity, technology, or public policy.

The prize, which includes a medallion and $50,000 award, is one of only a dozen prizes that awards scholarly and practical achievements in water research. Nominations are due by March 1, 2010. For more information, visit

Sharon Ruth
John Muir Institute of the Environment
[email protected]



Arboretum Volunteer Training

20080702_arboretum_039.jpgVolunteer training for the UC Davis Arboretum begins January 20. All skill levels are welcome, and various volunteer positions are available.

  • Gardeners work in groups on weekday mornings to help maintain and beautify the arboretum gardens.
  • Nursery caretakers work as a team to tend the nursery at the Arboretum Headquarters.
  • Curatorial volunteers verify plant taxonomy and catalog new plant acquisitions.
  • Planting records volunteers document new plantings, inventory the gardens, and update arboretum GIS maps.
  • Docents lead public tours of the gardens.
  • Naturalists lead environmental education programs for elementary school children in spring and fall.

To join one of these teams, volunteers must register and complete the four-week introductory training class, which starts Wednesday, January 20, and runs for four consecutive Wednesday mornings, 9 a.m. to noon, through February 10. The class will be followed by specialized training for each crew. Volunteers commit to working at least one three-hour shift per week.

Suzanne Ullensvang
UC Davis Arboretum
(530) 752-8324
[email protected]



Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

  • “Folk Music Jam Session”
    Fridays, January 22, February 5, 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. 
  • “Birds that Winter in the Arboretum”
    Saturday, February 6, 11 a.m., Arboretum Headquarters.
    Enjoy a slide show highlighting birds you might see during winter in the arboretum. Then, weather permitting, take a stroll with the docent to look for birds in the garden.
  • “Beauty in the Dead of Winter”
    Saturday, February 13, 11 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
    Enjoy our mild climate while experiencing beauty where you might not expect it. Hot cider and popcorn finish the morning.




Commercial Food Canning Short Course: February 9–12, 2010

Diane Barrett and Linda Harris, Cooperative Extension specialists in the Department of Food Science and Technology, are among the course instructors for a four-day short course designed for operating supervisors of commercial food canning operations. The UC Davis Better Process Control School will meet February 9–12 at the Activities and Recreation Center. The course is sponsored by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the California League of Food Processors, and the UC Laboratory for Research in Food Preservation.

For registration and more information, visit

Zane Gates
Department of Food Science and Technology
[email protected]



Plant Breeding with Molecular Marker Course: February 16–17, 2010

The Seed Biotechnology Center will offer its fourth Breeding with Molecular Marker course on February 16–17 at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. This course is designed for professional plant breeders who want to learn or expand their knowledge on incorporating molecular markers into their breeding programs. It is also appropriate for lab professionals who want to learn how their work may be applied.

The course focuses on current marker technologies, quantitative trait loci, marker-assisted selection, appropriate population structures and sizes and quality control. The second day will be a hands-on workshop on how to analyze marker data with phenotypic data in breeding programs. The course is taught by experienced academic and industry professionals.For more information and enrollment, visit UC Davis Extension here.

Jeannette Martins
Seed Biotechnology Center
[email protected]



Fruit Ripening Workshop: February 25–26, 2010

The 16th annual Fruit Ripening and Ethylene Management Workshop will be held February 25–26 at the UC Kearney Agricultural Center located in Parlier, California. The workshop is intended for shippers and destination (wholesale and retail) handlers who are involved in ripening fruits and fruit-vegetables. The workshop focuses on how to increase profits by delivering ready-to-eat, delicious fruits and fruit-vegetables to the consumer.

Registration is $700 and includes classroom instruction, lab activities, course materials, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, and lunches. Enrollment is requested by February 11, 2010. There is a limit of 50 for the workshop, and a waiting list will be available for additional registrations. For more information, visit

Pam Devine
Postharvest Technology Research and Information Center
[email protected]



California Small Farm Conference: February 28–March 2, 2010

The 2010 California Small Farm Conference will meet February 28 to March 2 in San Diego. The conference theme, Sustaining our Bounty, reflects the abundance of agricultural products grown and produced in California. The conference will provide California small farmers and farmers market managers with new ideas for success through short courses, farm tours, intensive classroom workshops, keynote addresses, and networking.

For registration and additional information, visit

Brenda Dawson
Small Farm Program
[email protected]



CA&ES Field Day: March 5–6, 2010

The 2010 CA&ES Field Day will be held March 5–6 on the UC Davis campus. Field Day is open to FFA and 4-H high school students from California and surrounding states. Students compete in a variety of contests, ranging from livestock judging to agriculture computer applications. UC Davis students coordinate the contests. CA&ES faculty and staff serve as volunteer advisers and judges.

For more information, visit the Field Day website at

Grace Cun
2010 Field Day Coordinator
[email protected]



Cheese Loves Beer II: March 6, 2010

cheese.jpgThe public is invited to “Cheese Loves Beer II: Mastering the Marriage” on March 6 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building. The afternoon event will cover the rich diversity of beer styles and flavors and the existence of more than 1,500 different cheese varieties and the evolution of their unique flavor and quality attributes.

The cost is $55, or $45 for UC Davis affiliates ($65 at the door). Please RSVP by February 26. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Kim Bannister
Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
[email protected]



Juice Processing Workshop: March 17–18, 2010

UC Cooperative Extension will offer a Juice Processing Workshop on March 17–18 in the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Co-sponsored by the California League of Food Processors, this course is designed for industry and government professionals working in the area of juice analysis, quality, research standards, and regulations. A background in chemistry, food science and technology, or food physics/food engineering is useful. Workshop speakers will include Cooperative Extension specialists Diane Barrett and Linda Harris, as well as food science and technology professors Jean-Xavier Guinard and Alyson Mitchell.

For registration and more information, visit

Zann Gates
Department of Food Science and Technology
[email protected]



International Drought Symposium: March 24–26, 2010

The International Drought Symposium will meet March 24–26 on the UC Riverside campus. The event is organized by the Water Science and Policy Center of UC Riverside. The conference will bring together multidisciplinary teams from California, South Africa, Australia, Mexico, and Spain to address the issue of water scarcity. Scientists, policymakers, and water managers will compare technological, economic, institutional, and policy measures used to combat drought conditions.

For registration and more information, visit

Carol O’Brien
Water Science and Policy Center
UC Riverside
[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, and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Enroll online at

Roberta Cook
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
[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
[email protected]



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