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August 25, 2011

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Message from the Dean







A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Campaign Update

As part of The Campaign for UC Davis— a universitywide initiative to inspire 100,000 donors to contribute $1 billion in philanthropic support — our college has set a goal to raise more donations than any other unit within the university except the UC Davis Health System. After years of cuts to state funding for the university, private fundraising is critical for maintaining the excellence of our programs, our faculty, and our students. In many ways, the success of our college depends on the strength of our partnerships with individuals, industry, and private foundations.

Due to the generosity of our supporters, CA&ES has made excellent progress, achieving more than 70 percent of the college’s overall goal as of the end of FY 2010–11. The nearly $154 million raised to date is due to the work of the college’s development staff and many faculty members who go above and beyond to participate in fundraising activities. Thanks to all of you.

I think the support we’ve received reflects the importance of our college’s work in tackling some of the most significant challenges of the 21st century—food, water, climate change, sustainable communities, transportation, the environment. Philanthropic investments made in our college, through gifts both large and small, amplify our impact through research, teaching, and outreach. We appreciate the support from people who believe in us and in the opportunities that our college provides. 

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] 



Charlie Bamforth: American Society of Brewing Chemists Award of Distinction


Charlie Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences in the Department of Food Science and Technology, has been selected to receive the 2011 Award of Distinction from the American Society of Brewing Chemists. He was honored in July during the society’s annual meeting in Florida.

The Award of Distinction acknowledges exceptional lifetime achievement, contribution, and service to brewing and the brewing industry. Bamforth began his work in the brewing industry in 1978. Before coming to UC Davis in 1999, he was the deputy director-general of Brewing Research International and research manager and quality assurance manager of Bass Brewers.

In addition to his faculty appointment in the Department of Food Science and Technology, Bamforth is also a brewing science instructor for the UC Davis Extension Professional Brewing Programs, and he serves as a special professor in the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham, England. Bamforth has written several books, including “Beer Is Proof God Loves Us” and “Beer: Tap into the Art and Science of Brewing,” now in its third edition.

Charlie Bamforth
(530) 752 9476
[email protected]




Missy Borel: Distinguished Citation for Excellence, Campus Service


Melissa (Missy) Borel, program manager of the California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH), received a Distinguished Citation for Excellence Award at a ceremony honoring staff held at the chancellor’s residence in August. The UC Davis Staff Assembly named Borel the most outstanding staff person in the category of campus service. Each year, the Staff Assembly honors staff employees and employee teams who have shown outstanding achievement in general contributions, campus service, or supervision. Within each category of nominees, a single staff member or team is recognized for special achievement.

Borel’s role at CCUH is to coordinate programs that help to enhance urban living and environmental awareness for the people of California.  In addition, she coordinated the design competition for the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, which held its official opening in September, 2010. She helped develop the garden through donations and an outreach program, recruited and coordinated additional campus programs to add educational and art content to the garden, and now, as a volunteer, helps maintain it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Missy Borel
(530) 752-6642
[email protected]




Janet Brown-Simmons: Distinguished Citation for Excellence, Supervision


Janet Brown-Simmons—chief administrative officer for the departments of entomology, plant pathology and nematology—received a Distinguished Citation for Excellence Award at a ceremony honoring staff held at the chancellor’s residence in August. The UC Davis Staff Assembly named Brown-Simmons the most outstanding staff person in the category of supervision. Each year, the Staff Assembly honors staff employees and employee teams who have shown outstanding achievement in general contributions, campus service, or supervision. Within each category of nominees, a single staff member or team is recognized for special achievement.

Brown-Simmons is a 17-year UC Davis employee. She was commended by nominators for her ability to build teams and to solve large and unusual problems. Over the last year, she led the way in the clustering of three departments to accommodate reorganization due to budget constraints. The photo shows Janet Brown-Simmons (right) with Chancellor Linda Katehi. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Janet Brown-Simmons
(530) 400-6579
[email protected]




Graham Fogg: O.E. Meinzer Award


Professor Graham Fogg of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, as well as the Department of Geology and the Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group, has been named winner of the O.E. Meinzer Award by the Geological Society of America (GSA), Hydrogeology Division. The award is presented annually to the author(s) of the research publication that has most significantly affected the course of the science of hydrogeology. Fogg will be honored in October at the annual GSA meeting in Minneapolis.

Fogg is a groundwater expert whose research interests include groundwater contamination from agricultural, urban, and industrial pollutants, mathematical modeling of groundwater phenomena, the effect of groundwater on stream flows, and new paradigms for subsurface storage of water under future climate change scenarios.

Graham Fogg
(530) 752-6810
[email protected]




Jeff Loux: American Planning Association Distinguished Leadership Award


The UC Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources Program recently received an award from the 2011 American Planning Association, California Chapter. The program was honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award for sustained and significant contributions to the planning profession and for the important role the program plays in the overall economic and social health of the region.

The extension program has been directed for many years by Jeff Loux, an adjunct professor of landscape architecture, and is now co-directed by Julia Johnston. Loux and other leaders who have helped shape the program will accept the award at the annual meeting of the California American Planning Association to be held in Santa Barbara in September.

Jeff Loux
(530) 752-3907
[email protected]




R. Sexton, Q. Paris, and J. Alston Honored at Agricultural Economists Meeting


Three faculty members from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics received honors at the annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) held in Pittsburg in July.

Professor Richard Sexton was voted president-elect of AAEA, to serve from 2011–2014. Sexton’s research interests include agricultural markets and trade, the economics of cooperatives, and industrial organization.

Professor Quirino Paris was named a fellow of AAEA, one of only six people selected in 2011 to receive the organization’s most prestigious honor.

Professor Julian Alston won two awards:

  • Alston (along with Phil Pardy and Bruce Babcock) won an Honorable Mention, Quality of Communication Award for “The Shifting Patterns of Agricultural Production and Productivity Worldwide,” published in May, 2010.
  • Alston (along with Matt Anderson, Jennifer James, and Phil Pardey) won a Quality of Research Discovery Award for “Persistence Pays: U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth and the Benefits from Public R&D Spending,” published in 2010.

Julie McNamara
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
[email protected]




Tom Tomich: Food and Agriculture Systems Research Committee


Professor Tom Tomich, director of the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute and the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP), was named in August to a research committee that will provide expert advice to AGree on research and analysis needed to better understand food and agriculture systems. AGree is a new initiative to transform food and agricultural policy funded by the Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and The Walton Family Foundation. Experts appointed to the committee will guide the commissioning of analytical studies and thought pieces on AGree’s issues, as well as participate in and facilitate informative panels that lead to a better understanding across academic and policy fields.

Tomich, who joined UC Davis in 2007, is the inaugural holder of W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems and a professor in both the Department of Human and Community Development and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy.

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





UC Davis Ranks in Top Ten Environmentally Conscious Colleges

UC Davis made the top 10 in the Sierra Club’s fifth annual ranking of “greenest colleges in the United States.” The schools featured in the September/October 2011 issue of Sierra magazine are noted for creative energy solutions, conservation of open space, and waste diversion efforts.

  • University of Washington
  • Green Mountain College
  • UC San Diego
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Stanford University
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • UC Davis
  • Evergreen State College
  • Middlebury College

View the article at




Plant Pathology YouTube Video


Laugh and learn from UC Davis plant pathologists by viewing their award-winning video “Central Concepts of Plant Pathology: The Role of Recognition in Host-Parasite Interaction” ( The video was produced and directed by graduate student Matt Pye and Professor Tom Gordon, chair of the Department of Plant Pathology, and narrated by Professor Rick Bostock.

The informative and amusing production won first prize in a recent plant life video contest. It also won the American Phytopathological Society’s 2011 Judges Choice award.

Tom Gordon
(530) 752-4269
[email protected]




Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

  • “Folk Music Jam Session”
    Fridays, September 2 and 16, 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.
  • “Native American Contemplative Garden”
    Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
    Join a guided tour of the Native American Contemplative Garden, which honors the Patwin people who lived at the arboretum site and the descendents who keep their traditions. Learn about traditional uses of California native plants.
  • “Abundance and Water Conservation”
    Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m., Gazebo.
    Learn how to create an abundant garden while conserving water on a guided tour of the Storer Garden, a demonstration garden of drought-tolerant flowering shrubs and perennials, with an emphasis on sustainable, low-maintenance gardening.
  • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare
    Thursdays–Sundays, September 15–October 2, 8 p.m. as well as 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Gazebo.
    Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble present William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy “A Midsummer’ Night’s Dream,” performed outdoors at the Gazebo. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for children 12 and under. To reserve tickets or for more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit
  • “Plant Faire Preview”
    Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery.
    Local gardeners will have an opportunity to learn about successful plants for Central Valley gardens and plan for the fall planting season. The tour will feature uncommon garden plants from California and other parts of the world chosen for their ability to thrive in the Central Valley climate. The featured plants will be available for sale at the annual Plant Faire on September 24.



Free E-Waste Recycling: August 27, 2011

Recycle old televisions, computer equipment, digital cameras, telephones, and other electronic equipment for free in the parking lot of Save Mart (1900 Anderson Rd.) on Saturday, August 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All waste will be properly disposed of: most of the computers will be recycled, none will be shipped overseas, and hard drives will be shredded.

This event is sponsored by CEAR, Inc., California Electronic Asset Recovery, a California state-approved electronic waste collector and recycler. All proceeds will go to Tzu Chi Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to community service and disaster relief.

Items not accepted include: household appliances (refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.), furniture, and hazardous household waste, such as batteries, paint, pesticides, used oil, cleaning supplies, fluorescent light bulbs, and tires.

Michelle Huey
(916) 704-2403
[email protected]

Jeff Lu
[email protected]




Weed Science School: August 30–September 1, 2011

A weed science short course will be held August 30–September 1 at the Bowley Plant Science Teaching Center. Weed Science School is an intensive course focusing on the mode and mechanism of herbicide activity in plants and the fate of herbicides in the environment. This course is designed for working professionals involved in consulting, research development, or sales of agricultural chemicals. Emphasis is on herbicides registered for use in California and important weeds within the state.

Registration is $750. For more information and registration, visit

Gale Perez
Department of Plant Sciences
(530) 752-1748
[email protected]




Agricultural Gene Flow Workshop: September 7–8, 2011

Experts from academia, government and the seed and plant industries will gather September 7–8 in Washington, D.C., to discuss gene flow in agriculture — and technologies for controlling it — during a workshop coordinated by the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center.

According to Allen Van Deynze, research director of the Seed Biotechnology Center, the workshop will focus on current and future strategies, both transgenic and nontransgenic, to minimize gene flow and maintain seed purity in all sectors of agriculture. The workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will feature speakers from the United States and Canada, including four UC Davis scientists.

More information and registration are available online at There is no fee to attend the workshop.

Sue DiTomaso
Seed Biotechnology Center
(530) 754-7333
[email protected]




Fresh-cut Products Workshop: September 13–15, 2011

The 16th annual Fresh-cut Products workshop, “Maintaining Quality and Safety Workshop,” will be held September 13–15 at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. The short course will provide an overview of many issues affecting the freshness, nutrition, and safety of fresh-cut products. 

In 2011, along with all the traditional topics, more emphasis will be placed on sensory evaluation of fresh-cut fruit and vegetable products, with sessions on the principles of sensory testing and practical sensory demonstrations. Enrollment costs $1,050, and includes instruction, course materials, lunches, and break refreshments.  For registration or more information, visit

Penny Stockdale
Postharvest Technology Center
[email protected]
(530) 752-7672




75th Anniversary Plant Faire and Sale: September 24, 2011


The September 24 Plant Faire and Sale will be a celebration of the UC Davis Arboretum’s 75th anniversary and will feature hundreds of varieties of plants for Central Valley gardens, including the Arboretum All-Stars, as well as houseplants and exotics from the Botanical Conservatory. The member sale is from 9–11 a.m. Anyone may join or renew at the door for early admission and a 10 percent member discount. The public sale is from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

The plant sale will take place at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive, across from the School of Veterinary Medicine on the UC Davis campus. Arboretum staff and volunteers will be available to provide expert advice on choosing the best plants for your garden conditions. For more information, directions, and a plant list, visit, or call (530) 752-4880.

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




Olive Curing Workshop: September 24, 2011

A workshop on home olive production presented by the California Center for Urban Horticulture will be held Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater in the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. Experts will walk attendees through a guided olive oil tasting, safe techniques for harvesting olives in your backyard, an olive curing demonstration, and more. The $45 registration includes lunch.

For more information, visit

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




Olive Oil Milling Short Courses: September 29–October 1, 2011

The UC Davis Olive Center hosts the third annual Master Miller Short Course on September 29–October 1 at the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater in the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. The class will be led by Boundary Bend's Leandro Ravetti. The short course will be offered as two separate classes, providing information for both beginners and more advanced millers.  Attendees are welcome to sign up for one or both classes. Registration is available online only through Campus Events and Visitor Services

  • Introduction to Olive Oil Milling meets September 29, and registration costs $255 through August 26 and $305 as of August 27. The class will cover olive oil mill layout, economics, and plant purchasing, as well as basic information regarding sanitation, fruit delivery, washing, crushing, malaxing, processing aids, extraction, polishing, storage, bottling, and transport.
  • Advanced Olive Oil Milling meets September 30–October 1, and registration costs $495 through August 26 and $545 as of August 27. This short course will help experienced millers, or those who have taken the introductory course, get the highest efficiency and quality from olive oil processing.

Nicole Sturzenberger
(530) 754-9301
[email protected]




College Celebration: October 14, 2011


Mark your calendars for the CA&ES College Celebration at Freeborn Hall on Friday, October 14. The event is held at harvest time each year to celebrate the accomplishments of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and to honor outstanding individuals with the Award of Distinction. After the awards ceremony, there will be a reception featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres, beer, and California wines. The evening culminates with attendees helping themselves to a bag of produce and grains from the farmers market display.

Carrie Cloud
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 752-2120
[email protected]




Honey Conference: October 21, 2011


Registration is open for a daylong conference on honey to be held Friday, October 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center. The event costs $75 for the public, $50 for UC Davis faculty, staff and Friends of the RMI, and $25 for UC Davis students.

Speakers include:

  • Cooperative Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen, “The Wonder of Honey Bees”
  • Entomology professor Brian Johnson, “How Bees Cooperate to Make Honey and What They Do With It When We Don’t”
  • Nutrition professor emeritus Lou Grivetti, “Historical Uses of Honey as Food”
  • Nutrition lecturer Liz Applegate, “Sweet Success: Honey for Better Health and Performance”

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available on the event webpage:

Kim Bannister
(530) 752-5171
[email protected]





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