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October 7, 2010

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Message from the Dean





A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: College Celebration

Once again it’s time for College Celebration, when we gather to acknowledge the accomplishments of our college and the people who make our success possible. Please join us on Friday, October 8, in Freeborn Hall for the 22nd annual CA&ES College Celebration and Award of Distinction ceremony.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will honor nine individuals whose contributions and achievements exemplify some of the many reasons why our college continues to thrive and prosper. The Award of Distinction is the highest recognition given by our college. Recipients include faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.

This year we honor Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke, the husband and wife proprietors of Jackson Family Wines, as “Friends of the College.” Together, Jackson and Banke have built a grape-growing and winery business that includes a group of premier estate wineries in California, France, Italy, Australia, and Chile.

M.R.C. Greenwood will also be honored as a “Friend of the College.” Greenwood, who became the first female president of the University of Hawaii in 2009, formerly served on the UC Davis faculty as a distinguished professor of nutrition and internal medicine.

We also celebrate four special alumni. Former Davis mayor Ruth Uy Asmundson, rice breeder David Mackill, and environmental conservationist Sarah Otterstrom will receive “Outstanding Alumni” awards. Claire Vallotton, a leading scholar on how preverbal children use symbolic gestures to communicate, will be honored as “Outstanding Young Alumna.”

In addition, the awards ceremony will acknowledge the dedication of two members of the CA&ES family: Roger Boulton, professor of viticulture and enology for more than 30 years, as “Outstanding Faculty,” and Mark Van Horn, director of the UC Davis Student Farm for 23 years, as “Outstanding Staff.”

College Celebration is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with CA&ES colleagues and friends. Delicious food and beverages will be served in the harvest reception that follows the award ceremony. I hope you will join us for what promises to a very special evening. For details on attending, see the calendar listing 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]



James Carey: California Academy of Sciences Fellow


Professor James Carey of the Department of Entomology has been named a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, joining a governing group of approximately 300 distinguished scientists who have been honored for their notable contributions to one or more of the natural sciences. Carey and 11 other new fellows, including Professor Peter Wainwright from the College of Biological Sciences, will be honored at an October gathering.

Carey specializes in invasion biology and insect biodemography. His research interests in aging and longevity include the use of medflies and other insect species to address questions concerning life span limits, effects of dietary and caloric restriction on longevity, male-female mortality differentials and the gender gap, aging in the wild, behavioral gerontology, dynamics of morbidity and mortality, and the biology and demography of disability.

James Carey
(530) 752-6217
[email protected] 

Alison Van Eenennaam: Communications Award


Alison Van Eenennaam, a Cooperative Extension specialist in biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science, received a bronze award from an international communications organization for an educational video that she produced, "Animal Biotechnology." Van Eenennaam received the award from the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences. The association comprises communicators, educators, and information technologists.

Van Eenennaam’s video addresses biotechnology's medical and agricultural applications, and some of the science-based and ethical concerns surrounding these applications. The target audience for the video, which has drawn more than 22,000 views on YouTube, is college and high school students, as well as members of the general public. To view, visit

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.

Alison Van Eenennaam
(530) 754-4856
[email protected] 

Department Chair Transitions

As the new academic year begins, here’s an update on department chair transitions. The Dean’s Office would like to thank the faculty who have completed their service as chairs. As college leaders, they are key contributors to our success.

Animal Science

  • Professor Anita Oberbauer began a five-year appointment as chair of the Department of Animal Science in January 2010. Oberbauer served as interim chair of the department since 2009, when Professor Mary Delany stepped down as chair to become a programmatic associate dean for the college.
  • Professor Jim Millam began a two-year term as vice chair of the Department of Animal Science in July.

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

  • Professor Raul Piedrahita began a three-year appointment as chair of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in September. He replaces Professor Michael Delwiche, who stepped down after serving a four-year term as department chair.

Land, Air and Water Resources

  • Professor Randy Dahlgren began a five-year appointment as Chair of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, effective in January 2010. He replaced Professor Emeritus Michael Singer, who came out of retirement to serve as interim chair while the department sought a replacement for former chair Jan Hopmans, who became a programmatic associate dean for the college in 2009.

Plant Sciences

  • Professor Alan Bennett has been reappointed to a three-year term as vice chair for teaching and curriculum development in the Department of Plant Sciences.
  • Professor Kevin Rice has been named to a three-year term as section chair of crops and ecosystems.

Plant Pathology

  • Professor Tom Gordon has been reappointed as chair of the Department of Plant Pathology, his second five-year appointment.


  • Professor Steve Nadler, chair of the Department of Nematology since 2005, has been named interim department chair.

Environmental Design

  • Professor Patsy Owens has been named interim program chair for Landscape Architecture in the Department of Environmental Design. She replaces Lecturer SOE Steve McNiel, who stepped down as chair this summer after a two-year term.


Chief Administrative Officers: CA&ES Department Clusters

Below is a listing of managers for CA&ES departments. The departments have been clustered into business units for budgetary efficiency.

Pat Conners

  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture
  • Human and Community Development

Shannon Tanguay

  • Animal Science
  • Nutrition

Mary Kitchen

  • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Viticulture and Enology
  • Textiles and Clothing (division)

Christel Cantlin

  • Environmental Toxiocology
  • Land, Air and Water Resources
  • Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

Janet Brown-Simmons

  • Entomology
  • Nematology
  • Plant Pathology

Dee Madderra

  • Plant Sciences





Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award: Call for Nominations


Nominations for the Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award are due November 1, 2010. The new award was established in memory of Eric Bradford, professor emeritus of animal science, and Charlie Rominger, a fifth-generation farmer and well-known advocate of farmland preservation and wildlife habitat restoration. The award seeks to recognize and honor individuals who exhibit the leadership, work ethic, and integrity epitomized by Bradford and Rominger.

Members of the UC Davis community are invited to nominate UC farm advisors and Cooperative Extension specialists, as well as UC Davis graduate students, faculty members, and in special cases, alumni, for their work toward agricultural sustainability. Nominees for the award should demonstrate leadership with a passion for service, as they aim to improve the world through their contributions to agriculture.

The recipient will receive a cash award of approximately $1,000, and may be invited to give a lecture sponsored by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis, which manages the award selection process. For nomination forms and more information about the award, visit

Melissa Haworth
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 979-1440
[email protected]

Animal Science Fall Seminar Series

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

Dates and topics for upcoming seminars include:

  • October 11: Challenges for Pastoral Dairy Farming in New Zealand
  • October 18: A New Heat Balance Model for Cattle
  • October 25: Deconstructing Craniofacial Development: Building a Basis for Understanding Disease
  • November 1: Somatic Cell Count and Udder Health in Dairy Goats
  • November 8: Lactational Programming of Infant Growth and Behavior in Rhesus Macaques
  • November 15: Taste Receptor Biology
  • November 22: Environmental Stress Changes Salmonella Host Association
  • November 29: Research in Hummingbird Health and Landscape Genetics

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

Entomology Fall Seminar Series

The Department of Entomology hosts a series of noon seminars that meet every Wednesday through December 1 (except Thanksgiving week) from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 122 Briggs Hall. Also, a special joint seminar will be held on Friday, December 3, at 12:10 in the UC Davis Genome Center Auditorium, “Development of a Mosquito-Derived, Attenuated Whole Parasite Vaccine against Malaria.”

Dates and topics for upcoming seminars include:

  • October 13: Movement in the Matrix: Population Genetics and Ecosystem Services Across Human-Dominated Landscapes
  • October 20: Expanding the Olfactory Code for Behavior Modification in Insects
  • October 27: Aromatherapy for Pest Management? Pesticides Based on Plant Essential Oils for Agriculture, Industry and as Consumer Products
  • November 3: Pollutant Soup: Effects of Toxic Mixtures on Fish and their Food
  • November 10: And the Beak Shall Inherit: Contemporary Local and Reverse Evolution in Morphology and Life History in American and Australian Soapberry Bugs
  • November 17: How Can Theoretical Ecology Guide Management of Plant and Insect Populations?
  • December 1: Shifts in Life History Influence Invasion Outcomes

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

Landscape Architecture Seminar Series

The public is invited to attend the fall seminar series sponsored by the Landscape Architecture Program, held weekly on Fridays at noon in Veihmeyer Hall, room 212 (except Thanksgiving week).

Dates and topics for upcoming seminars include:

  • October 8: Impacts of development on fish habitat and local solutions to mitigate and restore habitat
  • October 15: Future growth and land use change: What it means for California’s natural resources
  • October 22: A contractor’s perspective on sustainable landscape renovation: Water, case studies, and return on investment
  • October 29: Landscapes for a new California
  • November 5: Designing residential landscapes to conserve and protect water resources
  • November 12: Using ecological engineering solutions to manage and mitigate for urban runoff
  • November 19: Hitting the ground: Real world projects that respond to sustainable water practice
  • December 3: California Center for Urban Horticulture…partnerships for promoting eco-friendly landscapes

Sharla Cheney
Landscape Architecture Program
(530) 754-8628
[email protected] 

Media Training Workshops

University Communications has announced its media training schedule for the 2010–2011 academic year, with dates for both regular and advanced media training.

Media Training 1
This full-day interactive session is customized for UC Davis scientists, faculty, staff, and students who interact with the news media. It covers the benefits and risks of working with the news media, including strategies for accommodating the differing methods of print and broadcast journalists. Participants will learn what to do when a reporter calls, as well as their rights to obtain information from the news media before agreeing to an interview. A series of exercises will teach participants how to prepare for a successful interview and how to develop strategic media messages and talking points for public presentations.

The class meets in Mrak Hall, room 203, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and costs $50, which includes materials and a catered lunch. (Please note that cancellations made less than one week in advance of the scheduled class date will still be charged the entire class fee.) Enrollment is limited to eight participants per session.

Remaining dates include:

  • November 5
  • January 21
  • February 18
  • May 13

Advanced Media Training
This three-hour program is for those who have completed the primary media training workshop and are seeking more practice with media interviews and public speaking situations. Topics covered through on-camera exercises will include message development, speaking to a group, and aggressive interviews.

All workshops will be held in the UC Davis television studio at Academic Technology Services. Enrollment is limited to three participants per session. The class meets from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $50. (Please note that cancellations made less than one week in advance of the scheduled class date will still be charged the entire class fee.)

Dates offered are:

  • December 9
  • March 10
  • April 14

Ada McAdow
University Communications
(530) 752-3683
[email protected] 

Wine Tastings at Gunrock Pub


The Gunrock Pub on the south side of the Silo offers a special themed wine tasting on the first Wednesday of every month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event costs $10, with no reservations required. Each tasting will feature wines and food pairings that share a common theme.

For more information and a current schedule, visit    

Robin Clement
University Dining Services
(541) 383-8154
[email protected]


Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

  • “Plant Sale Preview”
    Saturday, October 9, 2 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery.
    A special tour of the Arboretum Teaching Nursery will feature plants that will be available at the October 16 plant sale.
  • “Readings by Creative Writing Faculty”
    Thursday, October 14, 7 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
    Award-winning fiction writers and poets from the UC Davis Creative Writing Program will read from their work in the arboretum. The free evening program includes Lucy Corin, Greg Glazner, Pam Houston, Joe Wenderoth, and Yiyun Li.
  • “Folk Music Jam Session”
    Fridays, October 15 and 29, 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”
    Sunday, October 17, 11 a.m. Arboretum Headquarters.
    Enjoy a slide show highlighting birds you might see in winter in the arboretum. Weather permitting, take a stroll with the docent to look for birds and learn about bird-friendly gardening.
  • “Fall in the Storer Garden”
    Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m., Gazebo.
    A free public tour will focus on fall colors in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, which features uncommon plants chosen for their ability to thrive with little maintenance in the dry Central Valley climate.



CA&ES College Celebration: October 8, 2010

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences hosts its 22nd annual College Celebration on Friday, October 8, at 5:30 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. Nine recipients will be given the Award of Distinction, which is the highest recognition presented by the college to individuals whose contributions and achievements enrich the image and reputation of the college and enhance its ability to provide public service.

After the awards ceremony, the evening includes tasty hors d'oeuvres and excellent wines. The celebration culminates with a farmers market, where attendees dismantle the "welcome display" and take home a bag packed full of California's freshest produce and grains.

For more information, visit Online registration is now open at Tickets are $15 per person.

Carrie Cloud
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 204-7500
[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]

Arboretum GATEways Arts Festival: October 23, 2010


The first Arboretum GATEways Arts Festival—presented in conjunction with the Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies—will showcase campus creative talent from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 23. Visual and performing arts will be featured for no charge at several locations in and around the arboretum.

Highlights include:

  • an outdoor art installation by Iranian guest artist Minoosh Zomorodinia
  • plein aire painting demonstrations by art students
  • student musical and dramatic performances
  • a group photography exhibit at the Nelson Gallery
  • scenes from Professor Bella Merlin’s new solo theatrical performance
  • a student film festival in the University Club

For more information and a schedule of events, visit

Katrina Wong
(530) 752-8500
[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
Department of Food Science and Technology
(530) 752-5901
[email protected] 

A Bacchanalian History of Wine Seen through 4,000 Years of Art: November 4, 2010

Jan Shrem, owner of Clos Pegase winery, will deliver a vibrant, humorous multimedia presentation on wine and art on Thursday, November 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. In homage to the age-old intertwining of wine and art, Shrem created this presentation as a survey of wine’s ancient sources and the art it has inspired.

Tickets for the lecture are $35 for the public and $20 for Friends of the RMI and UC Davis affiliates. (Please note that only a select number of discounted seats will be available, and once they are sold, only the public rate will be available.)

A private wine pairing dinner will follow the lecture, to be held at Seasons Restaurant from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $60, or the lecture and wine pairing dinner together are $80 (with a limit on discounted tickets).

Kim Bannister
Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science
(530) 752-5171
[email protected]

Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3: November 15–16, 2010

UC Davis will host the third annual Governors’ Global Climate Summit on November 15–16 at the Mondavi Center. “Building the Green Economy” is organized by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other regional leaders, in partnership with the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Environment Program.

The summit will bring together 600–700 leaders from around the world to further efforts toward collaborative actions to strengthen the environment and build green economies. The summit will take place at UC Davis to take advantage of the university’s long history of world-class research and development in environmental sustainability and green jobs.

The previous governors’ summits have helped provide a platform for states and provinces to partner to reduce emissions, grow their green economies, and influence their national governments toward the same goal. The past climate summits brought together international leaders committed to reducing greenhouse gases from deforestation, international offset projects, and global collaboration with nations such as China.

For more information, visit

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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