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October 6, 2011

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Message from the Dean







A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: CA&ES College Celebration

In October we gather for College Celebration, our opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments of our college and the people who make our success possible. Please join us on Friday, October 14, in Freeborn Hall for the 23nd annual CA&ES College Celebration and Award of Distinction ceremony.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will honor ten individuals whose contributions and achievements help our college thrive and prosper. The Award of Distinction is the highest recognition given by our college. Recipients include friends, alumni, faculty, and staff.

This year we honor A.G. Kawamura—the former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and a third-generation fruit and vegetable grower from Orange County—as a “Friend of the College” for his leadership to ensure the sustainability of agriculture in California and throughout the world.

We also celebrate seven special alumni. Daniel Evans and Julia Tully, a husband-and-wife team who met in the Peace Corps, are being honored among “Outstanding Alumni” for their devotion to international development, conservation, and volunteerism.

Shawn Harrison, executive director of the Soil Born Farm Urban Agriculture Project, is being honored as “Outstanding Young Alumnus” for his pioneering work bringing sustainable agriculture and healthy food to urban Sacramento.

Margaret Lawson, Chief Science Officer for food ingredient provider D.D. Williamson, is being honored among “Outstanding Alumni” for her work as a food industry professional, a mentor to aspiring food science students, and a loyal ambassador for UC Davis.

Barbara Schneeman—former CA&ES dean, UC Davis professor emerita, and current director of the Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—is being honored among “Outstanding Alumni.” Schneeman skillfully guided our college from 1993 to 1999 and also has led the development of dietary guidelines and nutrition policy at the FDA.

Mahmoud El-Solh, Director General of the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas, which is based in Syria, is being honored among “Outstanding Alumni” for his work to increase food security, alleviate poverty, and promote sustainable agricultural systems in the developing countries of western Asia and northern Africa.

William (Bill) Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of Agilent Technologies, is being honored among “Outstanding Alumni” for leading breakthrough innovations in high technology for more than 35 years. Sullivan transformed Agilent, a spinoff of Hewlett-Packard Co., from historical electronic measurement leadership into analytical measurement leadership, with a focus on agriculture, petrochemical, environmental, and life sciences.

In addition, the awards ceremony will acknowledge the dedication of two members of the CA&ES family. We honor Larry Vanderhoef, UC Davis chancellor emeritus, as “Outstanding Faculty” for leading the growth and development of the campus for a quarter century. On Vanderhoef’s watch, the campus was invited to join the prestigious Association of American Universities. In addition, research funds—won competitively by faculty—increased from $169 million to $622 million annually.

We also recognize Dan Flynn, founder and executive director of the UC Davis Olive Center, as “Outstanding Staff.” The Olive Center is the only one of its kind in North America, and Flynn says its mission is “to do for olives what UC Davis did for California wine.”

College Celebration offers an opportunity to reconnect with CA&ES colleagues and friends. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served in the harvest reception that follows the award ceremony. I hope you will join us for what promises to a special evening. For details on attending, see the calendar listing below, College Celebration: October 14, 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] 


Travis Lybbert: Quality of Research Discovery Award


Professor Travis Lybbert of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics received a Quality of Research Discovery award from the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE). The award is given for a significant contribution to the field of knowledge in any of the areas of agricultural economics, for work that demonstrates excellence in research and may deal with conceptual as well as empirical analysis of a relevant issue.

Lybbert and co-author David Just received the award for their 2009 paper, “Risk Averters that Love Risk? Marginal Risk Aversion in Comparison to a Reference Gamble,” which appeared in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Both were honored in September at the annual meeting of EAAE, held in Zurich, Switzerland.

Travis Lybbert
(530) 554-1393
[email protected] 

In Memoriam: Hal Carter

Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, October 9, in Fairfield for Harold O. Carter, former chair and professor emeritus of agricultural and resource economics, who died September 22.

Carter joined the UC Davis faculty in 1958 and served two terms as chair of the department. As an economist, he was interested in the world’s food supply and demand balance. Carter founded the UC Agricultural Issues Center in 1985, an institution for analyzing policy issues affecting California's agriculture and natural resources. Carter served as director of the center until his retirement in 1996.

According to department colleague Colin Carter—director of the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics—Hal Carter and co-author Gerald Dean helped establish the Giannini Foundation’s strong research reputation with their award-winning empirical work on agricultural production economics. Hal Carter also served as a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors under President Nixon.

A celebration of Hal Carter’s life will be held 2–4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 9 in the Community Center at Paradise Valley Estates in Fairfield. For more information, contact Pat Conners in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, [email protected].



Animal Science Fall Seminar Series

The Department of Animal Science hosts a series of noon seminars to meet Mondays at 12:10 p.m. in 2154 Meyer Hall through November 28. Dates and topics for seminars include:

  • October 10: Transgenic Livestock: Risks, Technology and Outlook
  • October 17: Genomes to Knowledge—New Options at UC Davis
  • October 24: Transcriptome Analysis using RNA Sequencing of Zebrafish Muscle Tissue in Response to a Plant Protein Diet
  • October 31: Genetic Aspects of Equine Neuroaxonal Dystrophy
  • November 7: TBA
  • November 14: TBA
  • November 21: Adventures in Polyploidy: Genome Duplication and Gene Flow in the Octoploid White Sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus
  • November 28: The Effect of Phytoestrogens on Basal and GnRH-Induced Gonadotropin Secretion from Ovine Pituitary Cells in Culture

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 to meet on Wednesdays through December 7 in 122 Briggs Hall. Coordinating the seminars are professors Louie Yang and Joanna Chiu. Dates and topics for seminars include:

  • October 19: Pest Management from a Landscape Perspective: Understanding the Factors that Influence the Distribution of Lygus Hesperus
  • October 26: How to Take Better Insect Photographs
  • November 2: Drosophila Cryptochrome Mediates a Novel Non-Opsin Phototransduction Mechanism
  • November 9: Ants: the Invisible Majority
  • November 16: Lepidopteran Learning and Memory: Caterpillars, Butterflies, and the Mysterious In-Between
  • November 18 (Special seminar from 2 to 3 p.m. in 122 Briggs Hall): Colored Shading Nets Reduce Insect-Borne Viral Diseases in Vegetable Crops
  • November 23: No seminar
  • November 30: Fevers from the Forest: Dynamics of Sylvatic Dengue Virus and Chikungunya Virus in their Primate Hosts and Mosquito Vectors in Southeastern Senegal
  • December 7: The Roles of Demography and Genetics in the Founding of New Populations

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

Plant Sciences Fall Seminar Series

The Department of Plant Sciences hosts a series of noon seminars to meet on Wednesdays through November 30 from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 3001, Plant and Environmental Sciences Building. Dates and topics for seminars include:

  • October 12: Modifications of Source-sink Relationships Leads to Enhanced Crop Stress Tolerance
  • October 19: Causes and Consequences of Plant Spatial Patterns in Natural and Experimental Semi-arid Plant Communities
  • October 26: What X-rays Are Telling Us about Xylem Structure and Function
  • November 2: Fruit Quality from Several Perspectives
  • November 9: Gene Flow and Co-existence in Agriculture
  • November 16: A New Phytohormone and They Still Do It in the Dark
  • November 23: Endomembrane Trafficking and Polysaccharide Deposition
  • November 30: Genome Evolution in the Grass Family as Seen from the Perspective of the Large and Complex Genomes in the Tribe Triticeae

Diane Nelson
Department of Plant Sciences
(530) 752-1969
[email protected] 


WCAHS Monthly Seminar Series

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety hosts monthly seminars on topics related to agricultural health. The presentations will be held Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. in a new location, the Center for Health and the Environment on Old Davis Road.

Dates and topics for upcoming seminars include:

  • November 7: Life After In Vitro UC Statewide IPM Program Percuataneous Penetration: A 15-Step Ag Chemicals Complex Membrane
  • December 5: Recent Agricultural Ergonomic Research at UC Davis

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

Bohart Museum of Entomology Special Weekend Openings


The UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology offers special weekend programs throughout the year designed for families and other visitors who are unable to view the insect collection on weekdays. Located at 1124 Academic Surge on California Drive, the Bohart Museum houses a global collection of more than seven million insect specimens and also maintains a live “petting zoo” with such residents as Madagascar hissing cockroaches and walking sticks.

All the weekend openings will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Upcoming dates for weekend programs include:

  • Sunday, October 30
  • Saturday, November 19
  • Sunday, December 18
  • Saturday, January 14

The museum’s regular hours are from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Admission is free. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tabatha Yang
Bohart Museum of Entomology
(530) 752-0493
[email protected] 

Community Tile Making for Arboretum Installation

Anyone with an interest in science and art is invited to join Art/Science Fusion instructors in creating tiles for a permanent installation at the UC Davis Arboretum. Artist Donna Billick and entomology professor Diane Ullman, associate dean for undergraduate academic programs, will assist participants to carve, paint, and glaze a piece to contribute to the ceramic tile surface of a 50-foot curved, concrete bench at the entrance to Shields Oak Grove. The tile installation will highlight 43 steps in the life cycle of an 800-year-old English oak. Volunteers may select an image of a wildflower, mushroom, bird, mammal, or insect from the English oak woodland to depict. The finished ceramic bench will serve as an outdoor classroom and gathering area for tours of the arboretum’s nationally recognized oak collection.

Tile-making sessions are held Tuesday evenings, October 4–November 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Labudio rooms (Environmental Horticulture Building, Rooms 126/128). Materials are provided. Please RSVP to Emily Griswold.

Emily Griswold
UC Davis Arboretum
(530) 754-8038
[email protected]


Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

  • Folk Music Jam Session
    Fridays, October 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.
  • Knowing Our Native Plants
    Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m., Wyatt Deck.
    A free public tour will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the diversity, adaptability, and beauty of California native plants that support native birds and pollinators.
  • Halloween Walk with the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble
    Wednesday, October 26–Monday, October 31, 8 p.m., Shields Oak Grove.
    Join the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble in the Shields Oak Grove for an interactive theatrical journey through the scary side of Shakespeare, with ghosts, villains, and black magic. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $8 for students, and $5 for children age 12 and under. For more information or to reserve tickets, please e-mail [email protected], call (530) 802-0998, or visit



Sustainable Food Systems Conference: October 11–13, 2011

The Sustainable Food Systems Strategic Initiative Conference, to be held October 11–13 at Freeborn Hall, will feature Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, as keynote speaker. Hosted by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, the conference theme is “Strengthening Our Connections: People, Issues and Policy.”

ANR members from throughout the state will participate in panel discussions on a variety of topics, including the role of California in the global food system, water, local and regional food systems, public policy, climate change, food safety, controversial issues, and using social media for outreach. For conference agenda details, visit

Angela Oates
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
(530) 752-2442
[email protected] 

Medicines from Nature Talk: October 12, 2011


The public is invited to a talk on “Medicines from Nature: Drugs that Changed the World” that will take place on Wednesday, October 12, at 5:15 p.m. at the Wyatt Deck in the arboretum. The free event, part of the UC Davis Arboretum’s Science Café series, will feature Professor Ted Molinski of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Molinski will provide an overview of the development of medicines from plants and other natural sources. He will discuss the historical impact of this research and several recent breakthroughs that have helped lead to cures for diseases. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit

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

CA&ES College Celebration: October 14, 2011


You are invited to the 23rd annual CA&ES College Celebration, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in 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.

Tickets are $15, and October 7 is the last day to register online. For more information, visit To register, visit

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”

For more information, visit:

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

Horse Day: October 22, 2011


Horse Day 2011, to be held October 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the horse barn and arena on LaRue Road, will take on a new, interactive look this year as participants join in a variety of tours, demonstrations, and hands-on opportunities.

Horse Day is sponsored by the Department of Animal Science and is dedicated to continuing education for the horse owner and enthusiast. Activities will include a horse barn tour, draft-horse hitching instruction and wagon rides, and demonstrations of saddle fitting, horse and mule training, artificial insemination, horseshoeing, and equine-assisted learning. Presenters will include UC Davis and Stanford University instructors, as well as experts from the equine community.

Registration is $25 per person, discounted for groups of 10 or more to $20 per person. Children under 14 pay $10 each. The BBQ lunch is $8 per person. Those interested in attending may preregister or register at the door. A complete schedule for the day and mail-in registration forms are available at:

Valerie Ozella
Department of Animal Science
(530) 752-1250
[email protected] 

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