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June 14, 2012

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Message from the Dean







A Message from Dean Neal Van Alfen: Congratulations, Graduates!

Commencement is the traditional punctuation point of our academic year. This year, an exclamation point seems particularly fitting. The student protest events that occurred during the school year have evoked considerable internal discussion and international exposure, and ultimately they have served to educate the entire campus community, the state of California, and the nation about the very real impacts of reduced investments in education and the importance of peaceful public protest. While few of our students, staff, and faculty were present at the events that brought attention to our campus, we have all been touched by them.

In that respect, this year was no different from any other on campus. All graduates make an impact on those of us who worked with them while they were students. Each cohort leaves behind something that lasts beyond the moment of our shared experience.

We are expecting a larger class of graduates this year, as we have grown in undergraduate enrollment over the past few years.  Our largest single major remains managerial economics, with human development and animal science close behind in numbers of graduates. We have seen substantial growth in students who are interested in various environmental sciences majors in recent years. I hope this reflects increasing concern about the environmental challenges that our world faces because of global climate change and population growth.

Our college offers a wide array of majors that collectively reflect the common theme of what we do: applying knowledge to the needs of the world. Congratulations to our new graduates!

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] 


Rand Conger: American Psychological Association Award


Distinguished Professor Rand Conger of the Department of Human and Community Development has received the 2013 G. Stanley Hall Award for Distinguished Contribution to Developmental Psychology by the American Psychological Association. The award is given to an individual who has made distinguished contributions to developmental psychology, including contributions in research, student training, and other scholarly endeavors. Evaluations are based on the scientific merit of the individual's work, the importance of this work for opening up new empirical or theoretical areas of development psychology, and the importance of the individual's work in linking developmental psychology with issues confronting the larger society or with other disciplines.

Rand Conger
(530) 754-7357
[email protected]

Kathy Keatley Garvey: ACE Communication Awards


Communications specialist Kathy Keatley Garvey of the Department of Entomology won a gold award in the feature-photo category in a contest sponsored by the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE), a professional association of communicators, educators, and information technologists. The photo taken by Garvey is of Cooperative Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen being stung by a honey bee as the bee tried to pull away, tugging a trail of abdominal tissue. According to Mussen, “Usually, the break between the sting and abdomen is clean.  Occasionally, intestinal tissue remains attached (as it did this time).”

In addition to the feature-photo gold award, Garvey was given the overall Outstanding Professional Skill Award for Photography (for the bee sting photo) and the gold award for best news writing at ACE’s annual conference, held earlier this month.

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

Trevor Suslow: United Fresh Produce Association Award


UC Cooperative Extension specialist Trevor Suslow of the Department of Plant Sciences has been awarded the 2012 United Fresh Produce Association Technical Award for his commitment to food quality and safety. Suslow received the award in Dallas in May at a special presentation during the United Fresh Produce Association annual conference.

The Suslow program combines laboratory and on-farm research related primarily to E. coli and Salmonella, in conventional and organic production systems, for the purpose of identifying opportunities for preharvest and postharvest controls and delivery of safe food to the consumer.

In the photo, Suslow (left) was presented the award by David Gombas, senior vice president of food safety and technology for United Fresh. Gombas called Suslow a “go-to” guy in the industry who works closely with companies to provide timely guidance, and who is sought after for his insights on food safety standards.

Trevor Suslow
(530) 754-8313
[email protected]

Alison Van Eenennaam: ASAS Video Competition Winner


Cooperative Extension specialist Alison Van Eenennaam of the Department of Animal Science wrote and directed a video that received first prize in the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) inaugural video competition.

“Were Those the Days, My Friend?” looks at a livestock revolution that may stave off world hunger, examining the impact of production efficiency and biotechnology on animal food products. The video includes photos collected by UC Davis students Kristina Weber and Kevin Au. Vocals on a song cover were supplied by Ramona Swenson.

Overall, the contest videos that were featured on the ASAS YouTube channel received 11,357 views during the one-month voting period. Van Eenennaam’s video received the most votes in the competition. It will be shown at the awards ceremony at the ASAS annual meeting in Phoenix in July. To view the video, visit

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

James Wilen: Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Fellow


Professor James Wilen of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics was recently named a fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE). The association initiated a Fellows Program in 2005, and it recognizes up to three members of AERE each year for outstanding contributions to the field. Wilen was noted for his theoretical and empirical contributions to renewable resource economics, his influence on policy, and his impact on the profession through teaching and mentoring graduate students.

James Wilen
(530) 752-6093
[email protected]

Carl Winter: 2012 Borlaug CAST Communication Award


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) named Cooperative Extension specialist Carl Winter as winner of the 2012 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Winter is director of the FoodSafe Program and Extension Food Toxicologist in the Department of Food Science and Technology. He does research and outreach on pesticide residues and naturally occurring toxins in foods, food chemical and microbiological risk assessment, and food safety education using music.

Established in 1986 by CAST, the annual award goes to a specialist who communicates the importance of food and agricultural science to the public, policymakers, and the news media. Winter's noted ability to communicate credible scientific information has made him a respected expert in his field and a popular speaker at agriculture and science events. As an accomplished musician, Winter writes, records, produces, and performs musical parodies of contemporary popular music by modifying lyrics to make them appropriate to food safety issues such as bacterial contamination, irradiation, biotechnology, government regulation, and pesticides.

Winter will be honored at an award presentation during the World Food Prize Symposium, to be held in October in Des Moines, Iowa.

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



Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

  • William Shakespeare’s Henry V
    June 14–17, June 21–24, June 28–July 1
    Thursdays–Saturdays 8 p.m., and Sundays 6:30 p.m., Gazebo.
    The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble and Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum present Henry V, Shakespeare's triumphant historical play. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for students/seniors, and $10 for children age 12 and under. To reserve tickets, or for more information, e-mail [email protected] or call (530) 802-0998.
  • Folk Music Jam Session
    Fridays, June 22 and July 6, 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. Listeners and musicians of all skill levels welcome.
  • Cross-Pollination: Art/Nature Workshop
    Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m. to noon, Gazebo.
    The arboretum and the Davis Art Center present Cross-Pollination: Art/Nature Workshop, a hands-on, interactive free workshop where participants will explore the relationship between creativity and the natural world. All ages are welcome to visit the Shields Oak Grove, collect natural materials, and make art.
  • Camp Shakespeare
    Session One: July 16–27 (wait list only); Session Two: July 30–August 10, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
    Davis Shakespeare Ensemble and the arboretum invite campers ages 7–15 to participate in Camp Shakespeare, two weeks of theater games, camp activities, acting workshops, and a special camp production of one of Shakespeare’s most exciting plays, The Tempest. The fee for the camp is on a sliding scale. For more information, visit or e-mail [email protected].




Postharvest Technology Short Course: June 18–29, 2012

The 34th annual Postharvest Technology Short Course will be held June 18–29 at UC Davis. The course will present an overview of postharvest biology, as well as a variety of current technologies and best practices associated with horticultural crops. The course is designed for research and extension workers, quality control personnel, breeders, packers, shippers, transportation specialists, wholesale and retail handlers, and other professionals interested in current practices and advances in produce handling after harvest.

The first week of the short course (Monday through Friday) will meet on campus for intensive lectures and discussions, as well as hands-on laboratory sessions. The optional second week is a “postharvest operations” field tour, covering selected packinghouses, cooling and storage facilities, produce distribution centers, field harvest, packing, and transportation facilities in California. 

For more information and registration, visit
Penny Stockdale
Department of Plant Sciences
(530) 752-7672
[email protected]

Horse Auction: June 23, 2012

Animal science students will showcase 14 horses in the auction arena during the 2012 Horse Production Sale, scheduled for June 23 on campus. The sale is the culmination of a six-month internship for the students serving as either stallion or foal managers. During the internship, the foal managers learn how to handle and train weanlings and yearlings, as well as provide care for the mares and foals before and after birth. The stallion managers are responsible for breeding the mares in order to produce foals for future sales.


This year's sale will feature:

  • two mares, one with a foal
  • four weanlings
  • seven yearlings, including one mule
  • four geldings and two fillies
  • a two-year-old, green-broke filly

The young horses were bred, raised, and trained at the facility by students in the equine program. Proceeds from the sale, which traditionally brings in $20,000 to $30,000, will support the Equine Production Program. The public event will be held at the Cole Facility arena, adjacent to the horse barn, on La Rue Road. The 6 p.m. auction will be preceded by a 3:30 p.m. viewing of the sale horses and a 4:30 p.m. barbecue dinner. The horse production sale catalog is available online at

Joel Viloria
Department of Animal Science
(530) 754-4156
[email protected] 

California Extreme Precipitation Symposium: June 26, 2012

The UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and others host the California Extreme Precipitation Symposium, to be held from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 in Freeborn Hall. On the 150th anniversary of California’s historic floods of December 1861 and January 1862, water experts ask, what lessons from these past floods can be applied to decisions about flood risk today?

Registration is $90 after June 13, or $45 for students. For more information, visit

Gary Estes
[email protected]
(530) 889-9025

Produce Research Symposium: June 27, 2012

The third annual Produce Research Symposium will take place at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on June 27, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Center for Produce Safety hosts the symposium, which is focused on providing the produce industry and government with open access to research findings needed to continually enhance the safety of produce.

For more information, visit

Leslie Maulhardt
Center for Produce Safety
(530) 757-8311
[email protected]

Weed Day: July 19, 2012

Registration is open for Weed Day 2012, to be held on campus on Thursday, July 19. The 56th annual Weed Day provides an opportunity for pest control advisors, farm advisors, chemical company representatives, regulatory officials, faculty, and students to learn about current weed science research at UC Davis.

The event begins with a morning field tour of the UC Davis weed science research plots and a visit to the USDA-ARS Exotic and Invasive Weed Research Laboratory. Lunch and afternoon presentations will be held at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. The event check-in desk will be open from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Buses for the morning field tour depart promptly at 8:15 a.m.

Registration is $80 if received by July 6, and $110 if received after July 6. Student registration is $35. The registration fee includes refreshments, lunch, and handout materials. Class size is limited, so early enrollment is suggested. No refunds will be granted.

For more information visit

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

Olive Oil Sensory Evaluation Master Class: July 27–28, 2012


The UC Davis Olive Center, Pacific Sun Olive Oil, and the California Olive Oil Council present a Sensory Evaluation Master Class July 27–28 in the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theatre of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. This intensive course will be led by Italian olive oil experts Dr. Pierpaolo Migliorini and Dr. Marzia Arca. The two presenters have a wealth of experience as olive oil taste panel leaders, and they judge for various olive oil competitions around the world.

The two-day program costs $495 for those who register by June 27, and $550 after June 27. For registration and more information, visit

Dan Flynn
UC Davis Olive Center
(530) 752-5170
[email protected]

Aquatic Weed School: September 5–6, 2012

An aquatic weed science short course will be held September 5–6 at the Bowley Plant Science Teaching Center. Aquatic Weed School 2012 is an intensive two-day course focusing on issues associated with developing weed management strategies in a variety of aquatic ecosystems. The course provides an opportunity for professionals to 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.

The topics are presented in a lecture, laboratory, and demonstration formats. Registration is $425 if received by August 3, and $525 if received after August 3. The registration fee includes a comprehensive course notebook, lunch, and light refreshments each day. Class size is limited, so early enrollment is suggested.

For registration and more information, visit

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


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