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September 16, 2010

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Message from the Dean




A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Maintaining Excellence in Scholarship

For the past two years, the college has been heavily engaged in a process of planning that focused largely on administrative and academic reorganization aimed at maintaining excellence with a smaller recurring budget. The implementation of this past year’s planning continues, but it is time to change the focus of our efforts from how to reduce our budget to how to achieve excellence in all of our programs.

During the next five years, we will experience a significant increase in faculty turnover in our college because of our demographics. Nearly every department in the college will be facing the challenge of maintaining a culture of excellence — developed over decades — while most of the faculty in the department are being replaced. In general terms, we know that our new faculty will be thrust into leadership roles sooner than normally desirable. We also know that if our excellence is to be maintained, these young faculty members must rapidly make the transition from “promising” to “accomplished” in their scholarship.

The transitions that we face will not be navigated successfully if we leave things on autopilot; we need to have a carefully crafted plan if our college is to maintain its distinction. We have another busy year of planning ahead of us.

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



Isao Fujimoto: Lecturer Emeritus Completes Doctorate


Isao Fujimoto, a senior lecturer emeritus in the Department of Human and Community Development and in the Asian American Studies program, recently completed his Ph.D. in developmental sociology at Cornell University. Fujimoto is 76.

Fujimoto started his doctoral studies decades before, but put his research on hold in 1967 when he was recruited by UC Davis. Together with Professor Orville Thompson, Fujimoto pioneered the study of “applied behavioral sciences” in our college during the 1960s. He worked to empower disenfranchised segments of rural California, helped launch ethnic studies at UC Davis, and inspired students to use their gifts for social change.

For the past decade, Fujimoto has worked with emerging immigrant organizations in California’s Central Valley, which provided the focus of his dissertation, “Dynamic Mosaic: California Central Valley Partnership’s Collaborative Multiethnic Approach to Organizing Immigrant Communities.”

Isao Fujimoto
(530) 752-4378
[email protected]

Carl Winter: FDA Food Advisory Committee


Carl Winter, a Cooperative Extension toxicologist and director of the FoodSafe Program in the Department of Food Science and Technology, has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Advisory Committee. The committee provides advice to the FDA on emerging food-safety, nutrition and other food- or cosmetic-related health issues.

Winter’s most recent research examines the relationship between crop production systems and naturally occurring toxins. He also has developed a repertoire of educational food-safety musical parodies, and he studies how to improve food-safety education by incorporating music into the curriculum.

Carl Winter
(530) 752-5448
[email protected]



New Agricultural Heritage Book

A heritage book about dairy and cheese making at the end of the 19th century was recently released by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. “Decker on Cheese and Dairying” is a modern compilation of work by former Ohio State University faculty member John Wright Decker that includes pictures and illustrations from the original texts, as well as newly discovered photographs and biographical information about the author. The new publication combines two of Decker's books: "Cheddar Cheese Making" and "The Elements of Dairying," both published more than a century ago.

In preparing the new book, every effort was made to remain true to the original texts, according to Axel Borg, the wine and food science bibliographer at UC Davis' Shields Library, who has played an instrumental role in developing the Robert Mondavi Institute's heritage book series.

“Decker on Cheese and Dairying” can be purchased for $60 at the UC Davis Bookstore or through the Robert Mondavi Institute website at

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

Call for Posters: Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3

Campus scholars are invited to apply to display posters for a lay audience describing the ways UC Davis is involved with climate change solutions for the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3, to be held on campus November 15–16. The posters will showcase UC Davis’ strengths and inform meeting attendees of the scientific accomplishments and innovative work here on our campus to build a green economy and solve problems related to climate change.

Posters should be image-driven with a simple message. This is not a call for the traditional academic posters for conferences with abstract, methods, conclusions, etc. The posters for the Governors' Global Climate Summit should be geared toward a non-specialist audience, and should tell the "story" through images and minimal text.

To ensure your poster is considered for inclusion among the displays, please submit a brief description to Sharon Ruth at [email protected] by September 20 for priority consideration. The poster description should be about 250 words (not including title, authors, institutional affiliations, and contact information) and may include relevant figures, photos, or other graphical representations. Poster acceptance will be announced on September 27.

Bryan Jenkins
Energy Institute
(530) 752-1422
[email protected]

Mark Schwartz
John Muir Institute of the Environment
(530) 752-0671
[email protected]

Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

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

“The Terrace Garden”
Saturday, September 18, 10 a.m., Arboretum Terrace Garden.
Find great ideas for combining plants in beds and containers at the Arboretum Terrace Garden next to Borders Books and Music at the Davis Commons retail center, on First Street. The Terrace Garden uses design elements to reduce water use and encourage year-round outdoor living.

“Folk Music Jam Session”
Friday, September 17, noon to 1 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
The arboretum's folk music jams are held outside on the Wyatt Deck next to the redwood grove. Campus and community folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session. Bring your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, and squeezeboxes, and join fellow musicians for bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music. Listeners and musicians of all skill levels welcome.

“Outstanding Oaks!”
Saturday, September 25, 10 a.m., Gazebo.
The arboretum contains one of the nation’s largest collections of oaks, and fall is the perfect time to take a tour and see the new Oak Discovery Trail.

“Perennials in the Garden”
Sunday, September 26, 10 a.m., Gazebo.
Learn how to plan and plant a perennial garden during a tour of the arboretum’s demonstration gardens. Gardeners will have a chance to see mature specimens of perennials (flowering plants that live for several years) they might want for their home landscapes.



Aquatic Weed School: September 21–22, 2010

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

Registration is $475. The course fee includes a comprehensive notebook, lunch and light refreshments each day. Class size is limited, so early enrollment is suggested. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

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

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


Science and Public Policy Communication Discussions: September 21 and 23, 2010

Community members are invited to join UC Davis researchers on September 21 and 23 for presentations designed to help scientists talk to policymakers about urgent environmental problems. The UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment is the workshop host, in partnership with the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. Highlights include:

  • Tuesday, September 21:
    Events run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a no-host lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. and an afternoon break from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Speakers and panelists will discuss the roles that science and scientists currently play in the policy making process. From 9 a.m. to 2:30, discussions will meet in the ARC Ballroom B. At 4 p.m., the session on science policy career paths will meet at 1002 Giedt Hall.
  • Thursday, September 23:
    Events run from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in ARC Ballrooms A and B. The morning begins with a panel presentation on the science of carbon sequestration. At 10:15 a.m., a panel of policymakers will speak directly to scientists and scholars to share their experiences and insights on science in policy.

Events are free and do not require advance registration. For a complete listing, visit and check under “calendar.”

Sharon Ruth
John Muir Institute of the Environment
(530) 752-9178
[email protected]

Water Management Symposium: September 22, 2010

Public agencies, water conservation coordinators, landscape contractors, and landscape planners are invited to join a conversation on optimizing the use of water in the landscape on Wednesday, September 22 at the ARC Ballroom. Sponsored by the California Center for Urban Horticulture, the one-day symposium will focus on managing water runoff, sustainable water systems, landscape ordinance, and effective design/plant palates.

Registration is $30 and includes parking, morning coffee, and lunch. For registration and more information, visit

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


Arboretum Plant Sale: September 25, 2010


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

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

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

Economic and Environmental Impacts of AB 32 Conference: October 4, 2010

The University of California Giannini Foundation and Agricultural Issues Center will host a conference on "California's Climate Change Policy: The Economic and Environmental Impacts of AB 32" on Monday, October 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference will be held at the California Museum on O Street in Sacramento. Registration is $35.00 and includes lunch.

The event will bring together leading economists, analysts, and executives from academia, state government, and industry to discuss the impacts of climate change and AB 32 on the California economy and the environment. The speakers will provide analyses of the likely impacts of AB 32.

They include Lawrence Goulder from Stanford, Matthew Kahn from UCLA, Mark Newton and James Nachbaur from the California Legislative Analyst Office, Robert Stavins from Harvard, Dan Sumner from UC Davis, David Victor from UC San Diego, and David Zilberman from UC Berkeley. The lineup of speakers includes researchers who have advised the California Air Resources Board's economic analysis of AB 32 impacts, as well as those who have offered independent reviews of that analysis or their own economic assessments.

For more information and registration, visit the Giannini Foundation website:

Julie McNamara
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
(530) 752-5346
[email protected]

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]

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]

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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