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August 15, 2013

Aug 15, 2013 Robin DeRieux

A Message from Dean Mary Delany: CA&ES Staff

I hope this note finds everyone immersed in summer campus activities while allowing for ‘rejuvenation’ through quality time spent with family and friends.

The focus for this message is our CA&ES staff, who epitomize the ‘can do, will do’ nature of our college. The college enjoys a great reputation and stellar program rankings. This would not be possible without incredibly hard-working staff members who are dedicated to our mission and to doing their personal best on behalf of their units, whether in the lab, office, facility, or field. Our premier staff, many of whom spend their entire working career with the college, are part of the greater capital resource of the college and the campus. 

There are about 800 career staff FTE (full-time equivalent) positions that are engaged in laboratory and program support, general administration, facilities and field support, along with student services. That number is a lower estimate of the true number of staff personnel, since some staff work part-time (so there are more individuals than FTE). We also have support from part-time student employees, almost 400 in number.

As we begin to gear up for the academic year, it is important to recognize that staff are partners in the faculty-staff-student triangle of research, teaching, and service efforts. I sincerely thank each and every one of you for your dedication and commitment to your job and to the college.

Mary E. Delany

Interim Dean

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]



Robert Kimsey: Outstanding Educator Award

kimseyForensic entomologist Robert Kimsey of the Department of Entomology and Nematology has been selected the outstanding educator of 2013 in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He received the honor at the annual Excellence in Education Awards in June, sponsored by the Associated Students of UC Davis and coordinated by the Academic Affairs Commission.

Faculty are nominated by students, and the Academic Affairs Commission selects three finalists to interview. The commission then selects an overall winner for each college.

Kimsey was noted not only for being an excellent teacher, but also for serving as an adviser to graduate and undergraduate students and helping organize the department’s Picnic Day during the campuswide Picnic Day celebration.

Robert Kimsey
(530) 752-1597
[email protected]

Edwin Lewis: New Editor of Biological Control

lewisEdwin Lewis, professor and vice chair of the Department of Entomology and Nematology, has been named editor-in-chief of the Biological Control journal. The multidisciplinary journal publishes original research articles and reviews about environmentally sound means of reducing pests through the use of natural enemies. The journal encompasses biological control of viral, microbial, nematode, insect, mite, weed, and vertebrate pests in agriculture, aquatic, forest, natural resource, stored product, and urban environments.

Lewis has been a member of the UC Davis faculty since 2004.

Edwin Lewis
(530) 752-2592
[email protected]

Carole Meredith: Wine Lifetime Achievement Award

meredithCarole Meredith, professor emerita in the Department of Viticulture and Enology, was chosen to receive the California State Fair’s Wine Lifetime Achievement Award by the California State Fair’s Wine Advisory Task Force. Meredith was among early researchers to develop DNA markers for grapes, and then used them to identify the genetic and geographic origins of numerous varieties.

Meredith joined UC Davis in 1980, where she oversaw research in grapevine genetics, including the creation of a genome map now used internationally to identify genes that control disease resistance and fruit quality in wine grapes. Today, she and her husband have a vineyard in the Mount Veeder district of Napa Valley, releasing their wines under the label Lagier Meredith.

Carole Meredith
(530) 752-0380
[email protected]

James Wolpert: American Society for Enology and Viticulture Merit Award

wolpertJames Wolpert, an emeritus Cooperative Extension specialist in viticulture, received the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) Merit Award at the society’s 64th annual national conference in June. The Merit Award is the society’s highest honor, presented annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to the advancement of enology and viticulture.

Wolpert joined the UC Davis faculty in 1983. He served as chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology for a decade during the planning and development of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.

Jim Wolpert
(530) 754-6245
[email protected]



NewsBeat CA&ES Blog

CA&ES has launched a new blog called NewsBeat, which features articles and news about recent college research discoveries, findings, and accomplishments. Topics span a wide range of college-focused issues, including biotechnology, climate change, nutrition, and food safety.

The blog is available at, or readers can find a link to it on the college webpage, Please contact Ann Filmer if you have news items that would appeal to a broad external audience.

Ann Filmer
Dean’s Office
(530) 754-6788
[email protected]

CA&ES Commencement Photos

Check out the CA&ES Spring Commencement photos from the two June 16 ceremonies held at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the ARC Pavilion. The photos were taken by GradImages and are posted on the CA&ES Facebook page.

Visit The photos are listed in two groupings, and

Francesca Ross
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 754-0322
[email protected]

Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

Folk Music Jam Session
Fridays, August 16 and 23, 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.

Delights from Down Under
Saturday, August 17, 9:30 a.m., Wyatt Deck.
Take a leisurely guided stroll through the Australian and New Zealand collections. See plants from Down Under that thrive in our Mediterranean climate and discover some of their fascinating adaptations.
Succulents, Nolinas, Agaves
Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m., Ruth Risdon Storer Garden.
Learn about the origins and cultivation of these beautiful and extremely drought-tolerant plants.



Citizen Science: August 26, 2013

The Commonwealth Club of California will discuss “citizen science” and The Great Sunflower Project on August 26 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Networking begins at 5:30, and the program begins at 6 p.m. Speakers include Professor Heidi Ballard of UC Davis, who does work on public participation in scientific research, also known as "citizen science." Also speaking will be Professor Gretchen LeBuhn of San Francisco State University, who directs the world's largest citizen science undertaking on pollinators, The Great Sunflower Project, which invites people to make observations of bees in their own backyards.

For more information, visit

Donna Justice
School of Education
(530) 754-4826
[email protected] 

Program Management for Plant Breeders: September 17–19, 2013

“Program Management for Plant Breeders,” to be held in MU II at UC Davis on September 17–19, is designed to enhance management skills of plant breeders and technical leads. Professionals directing these programs in agricultural research, in agribusiness development, and those from the public sector will benefit from attending this course.

Registration costs $850, and includes course materials and lunch. More information is available at

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

Seed Business 101–Field Crops: September 30–October 4, 2013

Seed Business 101–Field Crops, a short course to be offered in Guelph, Ontario (Canada) on September 30–October 4, is presented by the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center. The course was created to expose participants to the five functional areas of a seed company (R&D, production, operations, sales and marketing, and administration). By creating a virtual seed company and case studies for each functional area, the course content is delivered in a very interactive way. The program gives new employees a broad understanding of the major aspects of a seed company’s operations and cross-departmental knowledge of best practices for profitability. 

For more information, visit

Sally Mohr
Department of Plant Sciences
(530) 752-5775
[email protected]

Olive Oil Master Milling Short Course: October 3–5, 2013

The UC Davis Olive Center presents its annual Master Milling Short Course on October 3–5 at the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater in the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. The short course presents the best available information to boost quality and profit in olive oil milling operations.

Olive oil will be milled on site by Olive2Bottle Mobile Services so that attendees can experience the high oil quality and extraction efficiency achieved through the skills taught at the course. Fresh, local, and seasonal meals for the course will be provided by award-winning Magpie Catering.

Early registration is $750 by September 8. Regular registration costs $895 on and after September 9. For more information, see

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

The Palate Project: October 4, 2013

palateprojectThe Palate Project, a culinary experience for a local cause, will be held Friday, October 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Good Life Garden at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Center for Land-Based Learning and the Yolo Food Bank. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. Nugget Market signature dishes will be featured, along with local beers and more than 100 wines. Tickets are $40, plus $8 for parking.

For more information, see

Tracy Diesslin
Robert Mondavi Institute
(530) 752-5233
[email protected]

CA&ES College Celebration: October 11, 2013

cc25thThe 25th annual CA&ES College Celebration will be held on Friday, October 11, at 5:30 p.m. in Freeborn Hall. The event will honor seven people with Awards of Distinction, the highest recognition presented by the college. After the awards ceremony, guests will be served hors d’oeuvres, wines, and beer. The evening culminates with a farmers market where attendees dismantle the farmers market “welcome display” and take home a bagful of fresh California produce and grains.

The 2013 CA&ES Award of Distinction honorees include:

Alumni: Willison Crites and Glenda Humiston
Friend of the College: Robert Curtis
Staff: Janet Brown-Simmons
Faculty: Kathryn Dewey
College Leaders: Neal Van Alfen and James MacDonald

Tickets are $15. To register online and for more information, see
Carrie Cloud
(530) 752-2120
[email protected]

Food, Ag and Health Entrepreneurship Academy: October 22–24, 2013

The Food, Ag and Health Entrepreneurship Academy will help researchers move ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace. The UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host an academic program for commercializing ideas at the interface of agriculture, clean technology, and sustainability, to be held October 22–24 at UC Davis. It is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty, as well as upper division undergraduates.

The academy combines seminars and networking sessions in an innovative format to help researchers explore how their discoveries can make a broader impact in industry, the marketplace, and the world.

Applications are due by September 20. The cost is $150 to in-state university students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty, and $500 for those from out-of-state. See to apply and for further details.

Edward Silva
UC Davis Sustainable Ag Tech Innovation Center
[email protected]

Fermentation at its Finest: October 26, 2013

faitTickets are on sale for Fermentation at its Finest, A Journey into Pairings of Beer and Cheese, to be held on Saturday, October 26, at the UC Davis Conference Center. Cheese makers and brewers will talk about their products in a tasting spearheaded by Seana Doughty, president of the California Artisan Cheese Guild, and UC Davis’ Charlie Bamforth, Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Brewing Science. The event is sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. To register, visit

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Tracy Diesslin
Robert Mondavi Institute
(530) 752-5233

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Editor: Robin DeRieux
Writing: Robin DeRieux, Mary E. Delany
Editorial review: Ann Filmer, Thomas Kaiser

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