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October 11, 2012

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Message from the Dean

  • New Interim Dean







A Message from Dean Mary Delany: New Interim Dean

I was named CA&ES interim dean on September 10 after the August 28 announcements of the resignation of Dean Neal Van Alfen and the retirement of Executive Associate Dean Jim MacDonald. Our college benefited enormously as a result of their leadership and advocacy over the last 13 years. In the past, Neal has shared news broadly about our rankings, ratings, and fundraising successes. Our college as a unit is a phenomenal entity, which of course is the result of the individual and collaborative efforts of staff, faculty, and students. I am committed to continuing the excellence of the college during my tenure as interim dean. 

Many of you know me well, some less so, and perhaps some not at all! I’d like to use this message to briefly introduce myself. I joined the UC Davis faculty 17 years ago. I served as chair of the Department of Animal Science from 2005 to 2009. In 2009, I joined the college leadership team as a programmatic associate dean, with responsibilities for the food and agriculture systems departments, while working closely with programmatic associate dean Jan Hopmans, who is responsible for the environmental and human sciences departments.

During the past three years, I’ve worked closely with Neal and Jim, as well as with the main consulting groups for the college: Policy Council (Jan Hopmans, Jim Hill, Diane Ullman, Tom Kaiser, DeeDee Kitterman, Christine Schmidt, Julie Fritz-Rubert) along with the Dean’s Council and Specialist Advisory Committee. I have served as a member or chair on many committees related to college planning, administrative clustering, and have represented the college on numerous campus committees.  I understand the college and its programs, and I will work tirelessly with all entities to promote college programs while the search is under way for a permanent dean.

The academic year is upon us and given the strength of our college due to its student, staff, and faculty base, we are off and running.

Please feel free to e-mail me with any thoughts, concerns, or questions.

Mary E. Delany
Interim Dean
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]





Richard Bostock: American Phytopathological Society Fellow


Professor Richard Bostock of the Department of Plant Pathology was honored by the American Phytopathological Society as a new fellow, one of nine members recognized in 2012 for distinguished contributions to plant pathology or the society. Bostock was honored in August at the society’s annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.

Bostock was recognized for seminal contributions to understanding the interaction between plant pathogens and environmental stress through fundamental studies of signaling in plant-oomycete interactions and through translational research on the etiology and management of fungal diseases of orchard crops. In his basic research efforts, Bostock has studied eicosapolyenoic acid signaling in plant immunity, cross-talk in defense signaling networks, and programmed cell death. Throughout his career, he has focused on disease predisposition, emphasizing Phytophthora root rots as classic examples of diseases aggravated by soil saturation, drought, and salinity.

Rick Bostock
(530) 752-8015
[email protected]


Randy Dahlgren: Yandang Friendship Award


Professor Randy Dahlgren, chair of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, received the Yandang Friendship Award from the city of Wenzhou, China for his contributions as a foreign expert in improving environmental quality. Wenzhou is a delta city of nine million people in eastern China with rivers and urban waterways that drain into the East China Sea. The Yandang Friendship Award honors foreign experts who have made great contributions to Wenzhou’s reform, development, and construction.

Dahlgren’s research is focused on the main stem of the Wen-Rui Tang River, which flows through a network of interconnecting urban waterways, where urban and agricultural pollutants have resulted in dead zones. Dahlgren’s work is pioneering new water quality research methods for studying spatial and temporal patterns in aquatic carbon and nitrogen cycling in these hypoxic waters. The research results have also provided several practical applications to inform future policy and water quality management and remediation decisions.

Dahlgren is a visiting professor at Wenzhou Medical College and has partnered with researchers since 2008 to improve the water quality in Wenzhou. The award will be presented to Dahlgren during his next visit to Wenzhou. In the photo, Dahlgren (right) prepares to collect water quality data with his Wenzhou Medical College research team.

Randy Dahlgren
(530) 752-2814
[email protected]




Michael Delwiche: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Fellow


Professor Mike Delwiche, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, was one of 10 people named as fellows of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) in July at the society’s annual meeting in Dallas. Only about two percent of the active members of ASABE have achieved the ranking of fellow.

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Delwiche was honored for his outstanding contributions to biological engineering as a teacher and researcher, especially in the development of sensors and the instrumentation for measurement and control.

Mike Delwiche
(530) 752-7023
[email protected]



Doug Gubler: American Phytopathological Society Pacific Division Distinguished Service Award


Doug Gubler, a Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Pathology, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Pacific Division of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) at a recent meeting held in Sacramento. New in 2011, this award is given to members of the APS Pacific Division who have shown exemplary commitment, leadership, and service to plant pathology and the society.

Gubler, who joined the UC Davis faculty in 1983, has research interests that include the biology, epidemiology, and control of foliar pathogens of fruit crops with emphasis on grapevine and strawberry diseases. He is an international authority on grape diseases and has visited countries around the world to lecture or provide advice on plant disease problems.

Doug Gubler
(530) 752-0304
[email protected]


Walter Leal: International Society of Chemical Ecology Award


Professor Walter Leal of the Department of Entomology has been awarded the Silver Medal, the highest award given by the International Society of Chemical Ecology (ISCE). The award was announced at the annual meeting of the International Society of Chemical Ecology in July in Lithuania. Leal is one of 23 scientists to receive the ISCE Silver Medal since its inception in 1986.

Leal, a chemical ecologist and pioneer in the field of insect olfaction, conducts research on how insects detect smells and communicate within their species.

Walter Leal
(530) 752-7755
[email protected]




David Reid: Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award


Professor Emeritus David Reid of the Department of Food Science and Technology was named the 2012 recipient of the Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award by the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). IAFP is an organization of food safety professionals committed to advancing food safety worldwide by providing members with a forum to exchange information on protecting the global food supply. Now in its third year, this IAFP award honors an individual, group, or organization for preeminence and outstanding contributions to research that impacts the food safety attributes of freezing.

Reid joined the UC Davis faculty in 1981, where he did studies in the role of water in foods. His primary focus was on the physical chemistry of the freezing process in tissues. Although Reid officially retired from UC Davis in 2008, he continues to do research in frozen systems.

David Reid
(530) 752-8448
[email protected]

William Reisen: Harry Hoogstraal Medal


William Reisen, a medical entomologist who serves as director of the UC Davis Center for Vector-borne Disease Research, is the recipient of the 2012 Harry Hoogstraal Medal. Reisen was recognized for four decades of outstanding achievements in the field of medical entomology; he is the fourth UC Davis entomologist to receive the award since it was first presented in 1987. Reisen will receive the award in Atlanta in November at the 61st annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Reisen’s current research targets the population ecology of Culex tarsalis and other mosquitoes and their vertebrate hosts in relation to the epidemiology, surveillance, and control of arboviruses in California.

Bill Reisen
(530) 752-0124
[email protected]

James Seiber: American Chemical Society Award


Professor Emeritus James Seiber of the Department of Environmental Toxicology received the Kenneth A. Spencer Award, as well as an honorarium, from the American Chemical Society. Administered by the Kansas City section of the American Chemical Society, the top award in agricultural chemistry recognizes meritorious contributions to the field.

Seiber will be presented with the award this month during a symposium held to highlight his contributions in agricultural and food chemistry, specifically in the area of environmental transport and fate of pesticides in the atmosphere. A particular area of interest for Seiber has been the role of the atmosphere in contaminant cycling in the environment.

Seiber joined the UC Davis Department of Environmental Toxicology in 1969 and has served as a department chair and CA&ES associate dean for research. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Jim Seiber

(530) 752-1141
[email protected]

Peter Moyle, Garry Pearson, and Kathleen Socolofsky among 2012 Award of Distinction Recipients

More than 500 people attended the annual College Celebration on Friday, October 5, where eight recipients were honored with the 2012 College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Award of Distinction. After the awards ceremony, guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer. Attendees were also invited to help dismantle the Farmers Market display by packing a bag of fresh produce to carry home. More than 50 growers and companies contributed to the Farmers Market display this year.

The recipients of the 2012 Award of Distinction included one faculty member, one staff member, two alumni, and four friends of the college.


  • Peter Moyle, a professor of fish biology at UC Davis for 40 years, is the leading authority on California freshwater fish and an educator held in the highest regard by students, faculty colleagues, and conservationists. With his vast knowledge of California fish and aquatic ecosystems, Moyle has been drawn into the very public arena of water management in California. He was responsible for first quantifying the decline of delta smelt, work that ultimately led to an endangered species listing for the fish and is at the foundation of its recovery efforts.


  • Garry Pearson, who earned a B.S. in plant sciences at UC Davis in 1980, is the lead greenhouse manager for CA&ES, supervising the greenhouse managers and nursery technicians who are responsible for about 150,000 square feet of greenhouses at various locations on campus. CA&ES greenhouses were managed by academic departments until 2004. The college then began centralizing greenhouse management to improve operations and cut costs. Some faculty members were skeptical about the change, but Pearson’s engaging management style, extensive greenhouse knowledge, and dedication to the research mission helped the transition go smoothly. 


  • Ann Evans, who earned a B.S. in consumer food science from UC Davis in 1975, is a leader in the sustainable food movement. She has helped bring organic food and healthy eating into the mainstream through her work with government, school districts, and nonprofit organizations. Locally, Evans helped found the Davis Food Co-op and the Davis Famers Market, one of the first four certified farmers markets in California. Evans’ government service includes time as chief of staff to California Assemblywoman Delaine Eastin, and eight years on the Davis City Council, including two as mayor.
  • Brian Pacheco, a fourth-generation dairyman from Kerman, California, earned his B.S. from UC Davis in agricultural and managerial economics in 1991. His Pacheco Dairy, Inc.—with 1,300 Holstein cows and an elite group of purebred Brown Swiss cows—is a model of environmental stewardship and has been recognized as a top-producing herd in Fresno County every year since 1998. Pacheco is chairman of the board of California Dairies, Inc., the largest dairy cooperative in California and the second largest in the United States.

Friends of the College:

  • Romeo Favreau, a pioneer in computer simulation, spent the last 16 years of his retirement volunteering at UC Davis to help advance computer models and devoting countless hours to numerous community service projects. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a World War II veteran, Favreau moved to Davis after his retirement to be closer to his five children, three of whom are UC Davis graduates. Favreau contacted the university about volunteering and found multiple opportunities, including assisting on a multi-year project refining plant growth models for fruit trees.
  • Bryan Silbermann, president and CEO of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), was the driving force behind the creation of the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) at UC Davis in the wake of a food safety crisis—the outbreak of E. coli in spinach in 2006. Silbermann, former CA&ES Dean Neal Van Alfen, and Secretary of Food and Agriculture A.G. Kawamura were the principal architects of the new center. CPS has since become a broadly respected resource that identifies research priorities, funds research, and coordinates forums to convey research information throughout the produce industry.
  • Kathleen Socolofsky, director of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden since 1998, is helping transform the campus landscape with innovative programs and broad-based support. She has built partnerships across the campus and in the community that have led to major infrastructure improvements, including new paths, plantings, benches, interpretive signs, and  computer-controlled irrigation systems. Socolofsky also oversaw development of the Arboretum Teaching Nursery and the UC Davis Public Garden, an initiative to transform the campus into a series of sustainable teaching landscapes, with links to academic programs.
  • Tedd Struckmeyer, vice president for engineering and business development at Hilmar Cheese Company, played an important role in designing the world’s largest cheese and whey manufacturing site in the San Joaquin Valley. Struckmeyer graduated from the UC Davis in 1977 with a B.S. in agricultural engineering. He was hired by Hilmar as a project manager in 1992, when the company was still relatively small. Through Stuckmeyer’s leadership, Hilmar has developed a close partnership with UC Davis that has proven beneficial both to the company and to the university.

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

Steve Heydon, Israel Herrera, and Victor Duraj Receive Staff Assembly Citations for Excellence

Three CA&ES staffers—Steve Heydon, Israel Herrera, and Victor Duraj—were among those recognized by Chancellor Linda Katehi with Citations for Excellence at an August reception held at the Chancellor’s Residence. The Staff Assembly’s Citations for Excellence program this year honored seven individual staff members and five teams. From among those nominees, Staff Assembly chose three individuals and two teams for Distinguished Citations for Excellence.



The “distinguished” individual in the category of general contributions was CA&ES senior museum scientist Steve Heydon, curator and collections manager of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. In addition to Heydon, Kathy Canevari—a program representative for UC Davis Extension—and Paul Cody, coordinator at the Center for Student Involvement—received Distinguished Citations for Excellence in the individual awards categories.

Four other nominees received individual Citations for Excellence:

  • Israel Herrera, facility manager, Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility
  • Victor Duraj, associate development engineer, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • David Irvine, assistant superintendent, Physical Plant, Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, Tulare
  • Katy Bill, manager, Services for International Students and Scholars


See additional information and photos in “Dateline” story at




Merger Creates Department of Human Ecology

Professor Patsy Owens will serve as chair of the newly formed Department of Human Ecology, created from a merger of the Department of Human and Community Development and the Department of Environmental Design. Professors Beth Ober and Adrienne Nishina will serve as vice chairs for the human development division within the Department of Human Ecology. Professor Martin Kenney will serve as vice chair for the community development division. Patsy Owens will chair the landscape architecture program within the former Department of Environmental Design. Pat Conners will serve as department manager for human ecology.

Patsy Owens
(530) 752-9145
[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 December 3. Dates and topics for seminars include:

  • October 15: TBA
  • October 22: The Value of Selecting a Deep Niche When Starting a New Ag Venture
  • October 29: Epigenetics and Reproduction
  • November 5: Habitat Use and Movement Patterns of Immature Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) in the San Francisco Estuary
  • November 12: No seminar
  • November 19: Good Welfare, Good Science: Refining the Use of Primates in Research
  • November 26: Using Animals to Address California’s Fire Risks
  • December 3: TBA

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 November 28 in room 1022 of the Life Sciences Building. Professors Joanna Chiu and Brian Johnson are coordinating the seminars. Dates and topics include:

  • October 17: Colony-Level Social Insect Gene Regulatory Networks
  • October 24: Community Ecology of a "Pest": Aphids Rule their World via Powerful Indirect Effects
  • October 31: Bacterial Toxins in Disease Mosquito Vector Control
  • November 7: Baculovirus Manipulation of the Host Actin Cytoskeleton: Roles in Entry and Egress
  • November 14: No seminar
  • November 21: No seminar
  • November 28: Hybridization, Mimicry and the Origin of Species in Heliconius Butterflies


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



Landscape Architecture Fall Seminar Series

Landscape architecture presents a fall lecture series, to be held Fridays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 184 Young Hall. Dates and topics include:

  • October 12: Participatory Design: Community Planning in Rural Indonesia
  • October 19: The Role of Community Participation in Landscape Design
  • October 26: Accessibility at UC Davis
  • November 2: Museum of the Phantom City
  • November 9: Plan. Seek. Action: Designing the Process of Wayfinding
  • November 16: Community Design: What’s Health Got to Do with It?
  • November 23: No seminar
  • November 30: Gender and Historic Preservation: Lessons from Syria
  • December 7: Inclusive and Regenerative Design—Real World Examples

Brad Wilcox
Department of Human Ecology
(530) 752-4115
[email protected]


Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:




Seed Central/Food Central Networking Event: October 11, 2012

Don Goodwin, president of Golden Sun Marketing, will give a talk titled “A Fresh Perspective on Changes to our Local Food Systems” at the monthly Seed Central/Food Central event, to be held Thursday, October 11, at 4:30 in ballrooms A and B at the ARC (Activities and Recreation Center).

Seed Central, the seed industry cluster surrounding UC Davis, has joined forces with Food Central, a similar initiative launched by UC Davis to energize the food sector around its world-class food research activities. The two groups host a joint networking and forum event on the second Thursday of each month to bring university scientists and industry together, facilitate the transfer of UC technology to industry, and attract new companies to the region.

The catered event begins at 4:30 p.m. with 90 minutes of networking, followed by the featured speaker at 6 p.m. There is no charge for the program, and anyone in food, plant, and seed is welcome. The event attracts a large contingent of students interested in talking to industry scientists and managers.

The event is free of charge, but please RSVP at The calendar of events is at

Upcoming speakers include:

  • November 8: Plant sciences professor Alan Bennett, “Linking Plant Genomes to Food Quality—Making a Better Tomato”
  • December 13: Food science and technology professor Bruce German, “Foods for Health: Bringing Health Benefits to Genetic Traits”

Kathleen Bess
Department of Plant Sciences
(530) 754-2162
[email protected]

UC Davis Horse Day: October 13, 2012


More than 350 horse enthusiasts will gather October 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Horse Day 2012, a campus tradition for three decades.

The event, which will offer participants many hands-on opportunities, begins with a welcome assembly in the main arena of the Cole Facility on LaRue Road. Participants will then depart to nearby venues for instructional sessions and demonstrations. Topics for the day include horse nutrition, emergency care, dentistry, shoeing, genetics, and body conditioning.

Some of the most interactive opportunities will include draft-horse harnessing and driving, dissection of the gastrointestinal tract, and scoring of horses' body condition. There will also be a mustang show, a demonstration of horse rescue and emergency care, and a therapeutic shoeing presentation.

A barbecue lunch will be available for $8 per person at noon near the arena.

The cost for Horse Day is $40 per person, $25 per person for groups of 10 or more, and $15 each for children under age 14.

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

Arboretum Plant Sale: October 14, 2012


The second and final plant sale of the fall season, sponsored by the UC Davis Arboretum, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 14 at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive. This public sale invites customers to utilize planting plans and ideas from the arboretum. Come ask experts how to address design opportunities and conditions in your yard, and find beautiful, easy-care, sustainable plants to enliven your home landscape.

For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit

Katie Hetrick
UC Davis Arboretum
(530) 754-4134
[email protected]


Bounty of Pollination: October 27, 2012

It’s more than just honey at the Bounty of Pollination event to be held Saturday, October 27. Come for an afternoon of lively discussions, unique tastings, and interesting displays on the science behind honey and the important (and surprising) non-honeybee pollinators. The Bounty of Pollination event will be held from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater in the Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building.

The event costs $60. A limited number of discounted tickets are available to Friends of the RMI and UC faculty, staff and students for $50. For registration and more information, visit

Tracy Dickinson
Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
(530) 752-5233
[email protected]


Outlook Speaker Series: November 8, 2012


The public is invited to the CA&ES Outlook Speaker Series, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier. The focus will be California’s Central Valley, and the contributions of UC Davis to the vitality of the valley’s agricultural economy. Learn more about research under way in our college—featured in the fall issue of CA&ES Outlook magazine—that addresses the challenges and opportunities in the region.

Speakers include:

  • Thomas Harter, a Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
  • Daniela Barile, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology
  • Two outstanding CA&ES undergraduates, both originally from the Central Valley

Lunch will be included. There is no charge for the event, but seating is limited. For registration and more information, visit

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


UC Soil Fertility Short Course: November 28, 2012

A UC Soil Fertility Short Course will be held Wednesday, November 28, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Sponsored by the UC Vegetable Research and Information Center, the short course will focus on the practical aspects of soil fertility management in an era of escalating fertilizer costs and increasing government regulation of nutrient inputs for environmental water quality protection.

Topics include:

  • getting the maximum value from soil testing
  • interpretation of laboratory soil test results
  • comparing fertilizer sources
  • developing crop nutrient management plans
  • fertilizer management and environmental protection

Although the focus will be on nutrient management in annual cropping systems, much of the material presented will be relevant to perennial crops as well. The program is intended for growers, CCAs, PCAs, government agency personnel, and others involved in fertility management planning.

Registration, which includes lunch, refreshments and study materials, is $75 for students and UC personnel. For others, registration is $125 if received by October 28, and $150 after. More information is available on the VRIC website (

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



Seed Business 101 Horticulture: December 3–7, 2012

Registration is open for “Seed Business 101–Horticulture,” a short course to be offered on campus December 3–7, presented by the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center. The course was created with input from industry executives to accelerate the careers of promising new employees and young managers. It also offers insights and perspective to seed dealers and companies offering products and services to the seed industry.

The cost is $3,300, although discounted early bird opportunities are available. Registration includes all course materials, lunches, breaks, and two course dinners. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants. For more information, visit

Jeannette Martins
(530) 752-4984
[email protected]



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