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May 13, 2010

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Message from the Dean






A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Construction Update

With construction of the second phase of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science nearing completion, I wanted to update everyone on the status of this latest addition to our college facilities. The new building is scheduled to be ready for faculty, students, and staff in August. The southeast portion of the facility will house the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory, and the northwest portion will house the Teaching and Research Winery. The 34,000-square-foot facility is designed to meet the highest environmental design and construction standards, known as “LEED Platinum” certification, granted by the U.S. Green Building Council. We are proud that this new building, financed completely by private, philanthropic donations, will house the world’s first LEED Platinum winery, first LEED Platinum brewery, and first LEED Platinum food processing pilot plant and milk processing laboratory.

The Department of Food Science and Technology plans to move existing brewery equipment from Cruess Hall into the new facility in August. The equipment for the California Processing Tomato Industry Pilot Plant will likely be moved after harvest season in November. The Department of Viticulture and Enology will also move their equipment from the existing winery after harvest into the J. Lohr Vineyards and Wine Fermentation Room. In addition, both departments are working on procuring a number of new pieces of equipment, such as thermal food processing equipment, freeze dryers, fermentation tanks, as well as systems for clean-in-place and winery controls management.

Phase three of the RMI complex, the Sustainable Systems Building, is in the planning stage. It will house various systems that enable the winery complex to operate on rainwater, generate hydrogen, and operate a fuel cell in order to provide its own water and energy from on-site sources.

It’s exciting to see progress being made in the construction of modern, sustainably designed buildings that will allow our faculty to continue making outstanding contributions to the brewing, wine, and food industries. Save the date to celebrate the official grand opening of the latest RMI addition on Friday, January 28, 2011.

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] 



Larry Godfrey: Entomological Society Distinguished Achievement Award


Larry Godfrey, Cooperative Extension specialist in entomology, received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America at the branch’s annual meeting in Boise, Idaho. Godfrey focuses on the integrated pest management of insect and mite pests of field crops and vegetable crops. His extension and research program includes sucking insects (cotton aphids and silverleaf whiteflies) on San Joaquin Valley cotton and pests of rice, including the rice water weevil.

Larry Godfrey
(530) 752-0473
[email protected]

Adel Kader: Honorary Doctorate

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Adel Kader, professor emeritus of postharvest physiology, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Spain, at a ceremony held in April. Kader was honored for “improving the lives of millions of people” throughout his career by his research efforts to increase food availability through the reduction of postharvest losses. He gave a talk on “Fifty Years of Learning and Teaching Postharvest Biology and Technology of Horticultural Crops.” Kader’s research focuses on preserving the flavor, aroma, appearance, nutritional quality, and safety of fresh produce.

Kader retired in 2007 from the Department of Plant Sciences after 35 years of service on campus, including 29 years with a split appointment as a UC Cooperative Extension specialist. Kader led the UC Postharvest Biology and Technology Program by coordinating teaching, research, and extension activities, including an annual two-week Postharvest Technology short course that has educated hundreds of professionals since its inception in 1979.

Shown in the photo is Adel Kader (center), who received a medal, a ring, and an academic hat during the presentation. Kader wore special clothing for the ceremony.

Adel Kader
(530) 752-0909
[email protected]


Walter Leal: Woodworth Award


Chemical ecologist Walter Leal received the Charles W. Woodworth Award from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America at the branch’s annual meeting in Boise, Idaho. Brian Holden (on left in photo), great-grandson of Woodworth and a 1981 UC Davis graduate in electrical engineering, presented the award. Leal, a professor in the Department of Entomology, was honored for his work over the last 10 years on insect communication and olfaction. The society recognized Leal’s research into the detailed neuronal responses in mosquitoes to the insect repellant DEET and to the mosquito attractant nonanal.

The Woodworth Award is the top honor given annually by PBSA. It was first presented in 1969 for outstanding accomplishments in entomology. Leal is the sixth UC Davis entomologist to receive the award.

Walter Leal
(530) 752-7755
[email protected]


Michael Parrella: Entomological Society Distinguished Achievement Award


Professor Michael Parrella, chair of the Department of Entomology, won the Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America at the branch’s annual meeting in Boise, Idaho. Parrella was noted for advancing integrated pest management and biological control in the floriculture and nursery industry, which used to be dominated by chemical control strategies.

Michael Parrella
(530) 752-0479
[email protected]


Alison Van Eenennaam: American Society of Animal Science Extension Award


Alison Van Eenennaam, a Cooperative Extension specialist in animal genomics and biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science, has been selected to receive the 2010 Western Section American Society of Animal Science Extension Award. Van Eenennaam will be honored for outstanding contributions in animal science extension at the society’s annual meeting in July, to be held in Denver.

As an extension specialist, Van Eenennaam develops educational resources on animal genomics and biotechnology for agricultural producers, farm advisors, regulatory agencies, government personnel, and the public. She was commended for bringing “an excellent, science-based approach to the complex (and emotional) issues surrounding animal biotechnology.”

Alison Van Eenennaam
(530) 752-7942
[email protected]


Frank Zalom: Entomological Society Distinguished Service Award


Professor Frank Zalom, Department of Entomology, won the Excellence in Integrated Pest Management Award from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America at the branch’s annual meeting in Boise, Idaho. Zalom, who is also a Cooperative Extension specialist and an entomologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station, was noted for an extraordinary record of achievement and service over three decades, and for the development and implementation of integrated pest management policy and practices throughout the world.

Frank Zalom
(530) 752-3687
[email protected]






Got Milk? Picnic Day at the Cole Facility


Chancellor Katehi and her husband, Spyros Tseregounis, paid a visit to animal science students on Picnic Day at the Cole D Facility. The undergraduates showed off a member of their small herd, a heifer named “LegenDairy.” They also displayed posters documenting lactation research conducted in their ANS 124 class, taught by Professor Russ Hovey. Part of the course is a quarter-long, student-directed research project in which the students use hormones to induce lactation in virgin cows and monitor the changes in udder development, lactation, and animal performance.

Visitors to the Cole D Facility on Picnic Day also had the chance to play cow patty bingo and watch a milking contest between students and professors Hovey and Ed DePeters. Shown in the photo (from left) are: Hatley McMicking, Cassandra Boers, Barbara Wang, Chancellor Linda Katehi, Theros Ng, Grace Dellolio, Spyros Tseregounis, Ashley Coleman, Halley Fobes, and Cathy Barich.

Russ Hovey
(530) 752-1682
[email protected]


University of California Food Blog

A new food blog that provides current information about the creation and consumption of food has been launched by the University of California at The blog is also available in Spanish at

The food blog is produced by writers who are employed in a wide range of departments and programs affiliated with the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Topics addressed in the blog include nutrition, gardening for food, food safety, obesity, pesticide-residue issues, local food, farmers markets, slow food, home food handling, organic food, food production, food policy and more.

All information in the food blog is archived and fully searchable. Readers may use the comment feature in the blog to post inquiries and provide input on food-related topics. In addition, "share" icons on each post make it easy for readers to share the information with friends in their online social networks.

Jeannette Warnert
(559) 241-7514
[email protected]

Spring Quarter East Quad Farmers Market

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

For more information, visit


Bee Creative

The ArtScience Fusion group is working on an educational art installation for the Honey Bee Haven garden on campus. At the entrance to the garden, there will be a giant bee sculpture on a pedestal.  The pedestal will be covered with ceramic bees, flowers, and pollen grains.

Tuesday, May 18 is the final night for volunteers to make flowers and pollen grains. The ArtScience Fusion studio in Environmental Horticulture room 128 will be open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Anyone is welcome to use the studio to create a piece of art for the Honey Bee Haven garden. Clay, tools, paints, and instruction are provided. Family members and children are welcome.

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

Landscape Architecture Seminar Series

The public is invited to attend the Landscape Architecture program’s spring seminar series on Fridays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 212 Veihmeyer Hall. This quarter's focus is the future of the landscape architecture profession.

Dates and topics for remaining seminars include:

  • May 14: Trends in Park Use and Design
  • May 21: What is a “Traditional” Landscape Architectural Practice?
  • May 28: Who, What and Where? A Changing Demographic
  • June 4: TBA

Shannon Tanguay
Landscape Architecture
(530) 752-1127
[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:

  • 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.

Dates and topics for remaining seminars include:

  • 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]

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.

The final seminar for the 2009–2010 academic year will be:

  • June 7: Agricultural Engineering Developments

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

Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

  • “Folk Music Jam Session”
    Fridays, May 14 and 28, 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.
  • “Oak Ecology and Diversity”
    Sunday, May 16, 2 p.m., Gazebo.
    Enjoy the variety of tree and leaf forms along the new Oak Discovery Trail in the arboretum’s extensive oak collection.
  • “The Matter of Taste”
    Saturday, May 19–22, 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 23, 2 p.m., Wyatt Pavilion Theatre and Wyatt Deck.
    Taste will be explored in a performance and food event. Part autobiography, part cooking demonstration, “The Matter of Taste” will address both the subjective and highly individual experience of taste and the social definition of “good”' and “bad” taste. Tickets may be purchased from the Mondavi Center box office. General admission is $16 ($18 at the door). Students/children/seniors pay $11 ($13 at the door). The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the arboretum.
  • “Guided Bicycle Tour”
    Saturday, May 22, 11:00 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
    Bring your bike and get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest developments in the arboretum gardens, and learn about exciting plans for the future. The leisurely bicycle ride will last about an hour and cover less than five miles.
  • “Writers in the Garden: David Robertson”
    Tuesday, May 25, 7 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
    Enjoy a reading and a talk by writer and photographer David Robertson, a UC Davis professor emeritus of English. Robertson is the author of many books, including “Black Holes,” “Yosemite as We Saw It: A Centennial Collection of Early Writings and Art,” and “On the Road Ecology.”




Arboretum Plant Sale Clearance: May 15, 2010

It’s not too late to get some beautiful plants and find some bargains at the arboretum end-of-season plant clearance to be held May 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 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, including newly-introduced and unusual garden plants that are hard to find or not available in commercial nurseries. Anyone can join the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum at the door and receive a 10 percent discount on purchases and a free plant.

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

The Future of Biodiversity: May 17, 2010

The public is invited to hear a panel discussion on “The Future of Biodiversity: What Should Be Saved, Why, and How?” 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 The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the World Wildlife Fund.

The evening event follows a morning forum in which leaders from major conservation organizations and resource agencies will discuss the skills that university graduates need in order to work as conservation professionals. It is 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]

Obesity Lecture: May 20, 2010

Author and nutrition professor Barry Popkin will speak on “The World is Fat: Global Dynamics, Causes, Policy Options” at the UC Davis Conference Center, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 20. Popkin is the Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition at the University of North Carolina, where he directs UNC’s Interdisciplinary Center for Obesity. He is the author of “The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products that are Fattening the Human Race.” He believes widespread obesity is less an effect of poor individual choices than the consequence of a high-tech, interconnected world in which governments and multinational corporations have extraordinary power to shape our lives.

Admission to the lecture is free, and no registration is required. The event is sponsored by the UC Agricultural Issues Center and the UC Davis Program in International and Community Nutrition.

Popkin will also discuss his research on eating behavior at the two-day workshop “Farm and Food Policy and Obesity” at the UC Davis Conference Center on May 21–22.

Julian Alston
Department of Agricultural and Research Economics
(530) 752-3283
[email protected]

Farm and Food Policy and Obesity Workshop: May 21–22, 2010

A two-day workshop on “Farm and Food Policy and Obesity” will be held at the UC Davis Conference Center on Friday and Saturday, May 21–22. The workshop will bring together researchers, policy analysts, and others employed in government, higher education, and the private sector to present research related to agricultural policy and obesity.

The workshop will highlight findings on the effects of agricultural and food policies on obesity from a four-year project conducted at UC Davis and Iowa State University with support from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture. More information about the workshop is at

Julian Alston
Department of Agricultural and Research Economics
(530) 752-3283
[email protected]

Landscape Architecture Professionals Dinner: May 27, 2010

The 2010 UC Davis American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) professionals dinner will be held on Thursday, May 27, at 6 p.m. in the newly renovated space in Hunt Hall. The evening will begin with appetizers and raffle ticket sales. Tickets cost $20 for students and $40 for professionals.

Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., to be followed by a presentation from guest speaker Pat Caughey, a fellow of ASLA. Caughey is president of Wimmer Yamada and Caughey, a landscape architectural firm in San Diego County.

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

Sustainable Textiles and Medical Protections Conference: June 1–2, 2010

An international conference on issues related to sustainable medical textiles and healthcare protection will be held June 1–2 on campus. The conference is organized by a team of researchers from UC Davis, UC Berkeley, North Carolina State University, and Donghua University in Shanghai, China.

Organizing team members will share research findings supported by National Science Foundation. Registration is $100. For registration and more information, visit and click on “STAMP 2010” in top left corner.

Gang Sun
Division of Textiles and Clothing
(530) 752-0840
[email protected]

CA&ES Commencement: June 13, 2010

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Mark your calendars for CA&ES Spring Commencement, to 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.

College and department staff are needed as volunteers at the event. Please complete the online form to sign up: will be a rehearsal on Wednesday, June 9 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the ARC Pavilion. 

Faculty participation is still needed. Please sign up online no later than May 18 at: 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 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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