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June 10, 2010

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Message from the Dean








A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Commencement is June 13

In lieu of a dean’s message this month, we’d like to invite everyone to visit campus for CA&ES Commencement on Sunday, June 13. For details, see the calendar entry below

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 Schwartz: 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award


Mark Schwartz, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, was one of three faculty chosen to receive the 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award in the undergraduate category, along with two faculty who were honored in the graduate/professional category. The prestigious annual awards, presented by the Academic Senate, recognize consistent outstanding teaching and commitment to student success.

Schwartz teaches a range of undergraduate classes, from large basic biology and environmental studies courses to smaller field methods courses. He also manages a research program and serves as director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment. Schwartz is known for his accessibility and responsiveness to students, his superior knowledge of the material, and his ability to motivate individuals to learn and excel.

Mark Schwartz
(530) 752-0671
[email protected]

R. Paul Singh: Institute of Food Technologists Award


Distinguished Professor R. Paul Singh has been named winner of the 2010 Nicholas Appert Award by the Institute of Food Technologists, an international society with 22,000 members working in food science, technology, and related professions. The award is given annually to an IFT member for preeminence in and contributions to the field of food science and technology.

A food engineer, Singh has a joint appointment in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and the Department of Food Science and Technology. He will receive the IFT award and a $5,000 honorarium at the society’s annual meeting in Chicago in July. Singh joins other UC Davis recipients of the Nicholas Appert Award, including the very first recipient, William Cruess in 1942, and former chancellor Emil Mrak, who won the award in 1957.

Singh was noted for a lifetime of research in advancing the application of mathematical techniques for quantitative understanding of physical changes important in food processing. His research has led to various applications in the food industry, including the creation of computer software linked to industrial freezers for improving energy efficiency, and improved biosensors for use in monitoring quality in food distribution.

R. Paul Singh
(530) 752-0811
[email protected]

Ron Tjeerdema: Expert Advice on Oil Spill


Ron Tjeerdema, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Toxicology, is helping with cleanup efforts in the Gulf Coast oil spill disaster by offering his more than 20 years of research expertise on the application of chemical dispersants. Tjeerdema was part of a 50-member panel of scientific experts called to an emergency meeting in Louisiana in late May to advise the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and BP on the continued application of chemical dispersants. According to Tjeerdema, the current situation is unprecedented in both the means for chemical dispersant delivery (subsurface) and the massive quantities already used, more than 1 million gallons. Since his return from Louisiana, he has been interviewed by various print and broadcast media.

A video of Tjeerdema demonstrating how dispersants work and discussing the advantages and disadvantages to fish and wildlife is available on the UC Davis website at

Ron Tjeerdema
(530) 754-5192
[email protected]


Analytical Laboratory Services Available for Research Support


As part of budget restructuring, the UC Davis Analytical Laboratory in Hoagland Hall is now administered by the CA&ES Dean’s Office instead of the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Analytical Laboratory, which celebrated its 50th anniversary on the Davis campus last year, performs chemical analyses on soil, water, plant, and other materials in support of faculty and advisors throughout the UC system.

According to director Dirk Holstege, the Analytical Laboratory is planning to expand the services offered in the areas of agricultural and environmental sciences to meet the needs of the college. For example, the lab will soon offer a service to test water for low concentrations of pharmaceuticals and personal care products. The lab specializes in assistance with planning and implementing the testing component of new or existing projects.

The UC Davis Analytical Laboratory will continue to provide high quality and economical analyses on a recharge basis from its 224 Hoagland Hall location. Sample submission procedures will also remain unchanged. The lab’s sample submission information and rates are still available at Watch for future updates to the website.

Dirk Holstege
UC Davis Analytical Laboratory
(530) 752-0148
[email protected]

Art/Science Fusion Photography Exhibit


Fifty student photographs that explore the conceptual connections between art and science will be on display at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center through June 28.The final student exhibition for "Photography: Bridging Art and Science" (SAS-40) features photos were taken as part of an art/science fusion class taught by Professor Terry Nathan, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources.

Shown in the photo (from left) are students Valencia Baker, Julia-Rose Padilla, Hoa Truong, Prof. Nathan, and students Benjamin Vicente, Man Li.

Terry Nathan
(530) 752-1609
[email protected]

Joseph M. Ogawa Research and Teaching Award: Call for Proposals

The Joseph M. Ogawa Research and Teaching Endowment committee is accepting proposals from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, for research projects addressing production problems of temperate-zone tree fruit and nut crops.

In addition, proposals for educational programs in the fields of plant pathology and pomology and the California fruit and nut industries are requested. Examples of educational programs include course development, extension activities, and field short courses for UC students. These proposals may be submitted by students, staff, or faculty.

Budget proposals should range from $1,000 to $3,000. Applications should include a cover letter with contact information, a research proposal (of less than 1,500 words) which includes an introduction, objective, methods, budget and benefits to California agriculture, and a letter of support from a UC faculty member or department chair.

A final report with summary, research results, and discussion must be submitted to the CA&ES Dean’s Office one year following acceptance of the award.

The proposal deadline is June 30, 2010. Please address applications to The Ogawa Endowment Committee, c/o Allison Chilcott, Dean’s Office, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA 95616-8571.

Allison Chilcott
(530) 752-7961
[email protected]

Summer Computer Graphics Courses Open to Non-UC Davis Students

The Landscape Architecture Program is offering two computer graphics courses during Summer Session I (June 21 to July 30) that are open to non-UC Davis students, including alumni and community members.

  • LDA 61 – AutoCAD for Landscape Architects. This is an introduction to computer-aided drafting techniques and their application to landscape design. The course will cover drawing set-up, layer control, basic drawing and editing commands, dimensioning and text styles, 3-D modeling, symbol libraries, and display commands used in the creation of landscape architectural drawings using AutoCAD 2010.
  • LDA 120 – Advanced Computer Applications. This course explores in-depth, 3-D design and modeling using SketchUpPro. Students design a mixed-use, in-fill project that includes original architecture, urban open space, and streetscape, followed by animation, sequencing, and video production. The class prepares students to create sophisticated designs and simulations that explore what it will be like to pass through and interact with a proposed design.

To apply for summer session, visit:

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

Mentoring Future Environmental Scientists


Sacramento high school students mentored by UC Davis students earned national awards at the annual EnvironMentors Fair in Washington, D.C., held in May. EnvironMentors, hosted by the National Council for Science and the Environment, prepares high school students for college degree programs and careers in environmental and related scientific fields. Pia van Benthem, an outreach program coordinator in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, started the Davis area EnvironMentors program in 2009. Shown in the photo are high school students from Highlands Academy of Arts and Design (back row), along with their UC Davis student mentors.

Pia van Benthem
Land, Air and Water Resources
(530) 752-0857
[email protected]

Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

  • “Folk Music Jam Session”
    Fridays, June 11 and 25, 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.
  • “Roses of the Storer Garden”
    Saturday, June 26, 11 a.m., Gazebo.
    Learn about roses that thrive in our climate, the best ways to grow roses in this area, and how to combine them with other perennial garden plants for a beautiful effect during a tour of the arboretum’s rose collection.


Landscape Architecture Senior Projects: June 11, 2010

Graduating seniors majoring in landscape architecture will present 38 senior projects in five concurrent sessions to be held in Hunt Hall between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, June 11. The 2010 Senior Project Presentations are the results of two quarters of intensive effort for students, who are required to do a project prior to graduation. Senior projects typically include designs, maps, renderings, and a written report. Based on their findings, seniors present their original research or design in front of faculty, community clients, friends, and family. No RSVP is necessary to attend the talks.

This year, topics include:

  • “Walkable Streets: Analyzing Pedestrian-Friendly Street Design Strategies of Europe and Adapting them into Market Street, San Francisco”
  • “Holocaust Memorial Design for the Atlantic City Boardwalk, New Jersey”
  • “Incorporating Skateboarding into the Urban Landscape: Guideline for Urban Designers”
  • “‘America’s Finest’ Bike Network: A More Bicycle-friendly San Diego”

For a complete list of senior project presentations along with the time and location for each, please contact Shannon Tanguay.

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


CA&ES Commencement: June 13, 2010

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CA&ES Spring Commencement will be held Sunday, June 13 at 9 a.m. and at 2 p.m. in the Pavilion at the Activities and Recreation Center. The morning ceremony will confer degrees on students in the following majors: community and regional development, human development, international agricultural development, and managerial economics. All other CA&ES majors will be part of the afternoon ceremony.

Faculty members participating in the ceremony should report with their cap and gown to the Special Events Room on the main floor of the Pavilion at least 30 minutes before the event begins. Faculty will be directed by staff to their line-up.

For gowns, caps, tassels, and UC Ph.D. faculty hoods, visit For academic hoods from another university or any UC degree other than a Ph.D., visit

For more information, visit the commencement site at

Francesca Ross
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 754-0322
[email protected] 

Postharvest Technology Short Course: June 14–25, 2010

The 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 leading scientists at 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 conference is organized into five sessions that will address topics such as designing and producing healthy food, social and cultural dimensions of eating habits, and bringing nutrition science to regulations.

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. Today the organization consists of 36 leading agricultural research and teaching universities, governmental agencies and institutions in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on the conference agenda, program speakers, and registration, visit the website at

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

Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility Field Day: June 22, 2010


The 2010 Field Day at the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility will be held on Tuesday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ranch is part of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) at UC Davis.

The day will begin with an overview from Tom Tomich, director of ASI. Participants will go on a field tour and hear about current research projects on irrigation management, greenhouse gas emissions, weed management, tomato and legume cultivars, pollination ecology, and soil microbiology. The day will conclude with a grower panel discussion, traditionally a highlight of the event, and lunch.

Pre-registration is requested by Friday, June 18. Admission to the event is free for growers and students, with a nominal cost of $8 for all others. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. For directions and additional details, visit

Tom Tomich
(530) 574-2503
[email protected]

California Extreme Precipitation Symposium: June 23, 2010

“ARkStorm: Examining a Potential California Flood Disaster” will meet June 23 from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. The 2010 California Extreme Precipitation Symposium costs $75 to register after June 4 ($50 for students). The price includes parking, breakfast, lunch, and snacks, as well as proceedings. This year's sponsors include: American River Watershed Institute, Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, David Ford Consulting Engineers, Inc., Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, MBK Engineers, Sierra College Natural History Museum, and the USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project.

For more information, visit

Gary Estes
California Extreme Precipitation Symposium
(530) 889-9025
[email protected]

Nitrogen Speaker Series Talk: June 23, 2010

Kenneth Cassman, director of the Nebraska Center for Energy Science Research and Heuermann Professor of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln will speak about nitrogen on Wednesday, June 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Mee Room on the third floor of the Memorial Union. His talk is titled “Indigenous Soil Nitrogen Supply: The Foundation of Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Crop Agriculture.” This seminar is part of the Nitrogen Speaker Series of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute.

Karen Curley
Agricultural Sustainability Institute
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
(530) 752-7556


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]

Weed Day: July 15, 2010

Pest control advisors, chemical company cooperators, faculty, students, and regulatory officials will gather at UC Davis on Thursday, July 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the 54th annual Weed Day. The day will begin with a bus tour of various weed-science research plots and a visit to the USDA-ARS Exotic Invasive Weed Research Laboratory. After lunch, staff and students will present information on projects that are either not in-season or located too far off campus for viewing.

The cost is $55 for registration received by July 7, $80 for registration received after July 7, and $15 for students with a valid ID. For details and registration, visit

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

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