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March 7, 2013

Mar 07, 2013 Robin DeRieux

A Message from Dean Mary Delany: New Faculty Hires

The hiring of new faculty is among the most exciting activities under way in the college right now. New faculty reinvigorate our research, educational and outreach programs, and they help us establish new cutting-edge initiatives.

Since 2009, 45 faculty have joined the college. This includes:

  • 36 assistant professors
  • 1 associate professor
  • 3 full professors (I&R/AES appointees)
  • 3 assistant Cooperative Extension specialists
  • 2 associate Cooperative Extension specialists

Currently the college has 28 additional recruitments under way (I&R/AES and CE), with offers pending for seven candidates. We have single-department recruitments under way, as well as some joint appointments that involve partnerships with the College of Engineering, the School of Veterinary Medicine, a first-time partnership with the Energy Efficiency Center, and a first for the campus—a partnership with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 

As you may recall in 2011, Provost Hexter agreed to help us address the college’s demographic crisis (approximately 55 percent of our faculty are age 56 or older) with a commitment to an annual authorization of 12 new faculty hires per year for four years. During the month of March we will be working with departments to prepare our proposal for new faculty hires during the 2013–14 academic year, which will be the third year of the provost’s agreement. Decision-making for the allocation of new faculty hires is based on departmental demographics and FTE targets, instructional needs, and research priorities identified by the departments and the college.

We are truly in the midst of the restructuring and renewal of our college. It is great to see the process evolve and for the entire academic community to participate. We appreciate the involvement of faculty, staff, and students in searches and recruitments, and also in assisting our new faculty to become established in their new department homes.

Mary E. Delany

Interim Dean

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

[email protected]





Steven Nadler: Henry Baldwin Ward Medal

nadlerProfessor Steven Nadler of the Department of Entomology has been selected to receive the Henry Baldwin Ward Medal, presented by the American Society of Parasitologists, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of parasitology. Nadler will be honored in June at the society’s 88th annual meeting in Quebec. The award, established in 1959, is named for H.B. Ward, the society's first president and founder of the Journal of Parasitology.

Nadler studies the evolutionary biology and molecular phylogenetics of parasites, focusing mainly on nematodes. He joined the UC Davis faculty in 1996, serving as chair of the Department of Nematology from 2005–2011.

Steve Nadler
(530) 752-2121
[email protected]



R. Paul Singh: Massey-Ferguson Educational Gold Medal

singhR. Paul Singh, a distinguished professor of food engineering who holds a dual appointment in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and the Department of Food Science and Technology, will receive one of the highest awards given by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) at the society’s annual meeting in July. Singh will be awarded the Massey-Ferguson Educational Gold Medal, which honors dedication to learning and teaching in the field of agricultural engineering.

Singh joined the UC Davis faculty in 1975. He is recognized for a body of research in areas such as energy conservation, freezing preservation, postharvest technology, and mass transfer in food processing. His current research focuses on gastric wall motility and fluid flow in the human stomach, with applications to the next generation of foods for health.

Paul Singh
[email protected]



Shrinivasa Upadhyaya: John Deere Gold Medal

upadhayaShrinivasa Upadhyaya, a professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, will receive one of the highest awards given by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) at the society’s annual meeting in July. Upadhyaya will be awarded the John Deere Gold Medal, which honors achievement through engineering for improved manipulation, use, and conservation of soil-water resources, resulting in applications of a new concept or product that advanced the development of agriculture.

Upadhyaya is recognized for contributions to cutting-edge advances in soil dynamics. His current research activities are focused in the area of sensor and instrumentation development for precision agriculture, soil dynamics, mathematical modeling, and surface irrigation management.

Shrini Upadhyaya
(530) 752-8770
[email protected]



Wesley Wallender: ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award

WallenderHydrology and engineering professor Wesley Wallender, who holds a dual appointment in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, will receive one of the highest awards given by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) at the society’s annual meeting in July. Wallender will be awarded the ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award, which honors noteworthy contributions to the advancement of soil and water engineering in teaching, research, planning, design, construction, and development of materials.

Wallender, who joined the UC Davis faculty in 1982, conducts research on modeling and measurement of precipitation and irrigation-driven watersheds from meter scales to kilometer scales. His interests extend to water and energy conservation and to protection of the environment.

Wes Wallender
(530) 752-0688
[email protected]





Animal Science Meat Lab Awards

meatlabUC Davis earned multiple honors at the 2013 California Association of Meat Processors (CAMP) annual convention and cured meat show, held February 22–24 on campus. The UC Davis Meat Lab, part of the Department of Animal Science, took two of three top honors, and UC Davis won the title of Championship University.

Low sodium pork sausage was the category for this year’s annual cured meat and sausage competition, and there were more than 20 entries. The entries from UC Davis Meat Lab students were named grand champion and champion in the collegiate category, and had a combined score that earned them the Norman Eggen Championship Cup, awarded to the highest-achieving university. This is the fifth consecutive year that UC Davis students have entered a product that won grand champion at the competition.

The UC Davis students participating in this year’s competition included Kristina Rothery, Cindy Garcia, Antonio Beltran, and Kyle Anderson. Their adviser is Caleb Sehnert, manager of the Meat Lab, who has served on the CAMP board of directors for the past three years and who was elected vice president of the organization at this year’s convention.

Dan Sehnert
Department of Animal Science
(530) 752-1256
[email protected]



College Receives "Best of Davis" Awards

In a special “Best of Davis” section of “The California Aggie” (February 14, 2013), students voted for “Best General Education Course” on campus. Leading the list were three classes in our college:

  1. Food Science and Technology 3: Introduction to Brewing and Beer
  2. Human Development 12: Human Sexuality
  3. Nutrition 10: Discoveries and Concepts in Nutrition

Food Science and Technology 3 is taught by Professor Charlie Bamforth of the Department of Food Science and Technology. Nutrition 10 is taught by Liz Applegate, a senior lecturer in the Department of Nutrition. Human Development 12 was taught in fall 2012 by Lisa Rapalyea, a lecturer in the Department of Human Ecology.

In addition, the UC Davis Arboretum received two accolades. It was named “Best Place to Take a Date,” and took second in the category “Best Place to Exercise.”




Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day

On March 1–2, the annual Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day drew more than 3,000 FFA and 4-H high school students to UC Davis from California and surrounding states. Field Day gives secondary students the opportunity to compete in various agriculturally-based judging contests. Activities included livestock judging, public speaking, agricultural computer applications, and farm business management. The field day is one of the largest such competitions in the nation and the only one in California that is run primarily by university students.

Aggie Ambassadors, a student organization including students from a variety of majors within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, coordinates the contest, along with faculty and staff advisers. Activities took place in many locations and animal facilities on campus.

Korie (Robinson) Stubblefield
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 752-4369
[email protected]



CA&ES Award of Distinction: Call for Nominations

Nominations are due March 22 for the annual CA&ES Award of Distinction, to be awarded to outstanding alumni, friends, faculty, and staff at the College Celebration event that will be held on October 11, 2013 in Freeborn Hall. The nomination packet can be found at Nominations can be submitted online (same website), or by mail or fax.

The awards are extremely competitive. Out of courtesy and respect for the nominees, please keep the nominations confidential. Interim Dean Mary Delany will contact the recipients chosen by the selection committee.

Carrie Cloud
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 204-7500
[email protected] 



CA&ES Executive Committee: Call for Nominations

Nominations for seven new members of the 2013–14 CA&ES Executive Committee are open until March 25.

  • There are five Academic Senate member vacancies: two in the agricultural sciences division, one in the environmental sciences division, and two in the human sciences division.
  • There are two Academic Federation vacancies: one in the agricultural sciences division and one in the environmental sciences division.

At least two nominations are needed for each vacancy. Faculty may nominate themselves, but all nomination forms require five supporting faculty signatures. Elected members serve a three-year term.

For nomination forms, contact Brenda Nakamoto in the CA&ES Dean’s Office or your department chair. 

Brenda Nakamoto
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 752-1606
[email protected]



Animal Science Winter 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 March 18. Dates and topics for remaining seminars include:

  • March 11: Quantitative Molecular Phenotyping of Environmental Stress Responses by Proteomics
  • March 18: Genomic Prediction in Practice: Refining a New Selection Tool for Commercial Beef Cattle Producers

Elizabeth Maga
Department of Animal Science
(530) 752-5930
[email protected]



Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

Family Program: Story Time under the Persian Oak
Sunday, March 10, 1–3 pm, Gazebo (rain location: 146 Environmental Horticulture).
Children and families are invited to a free outdoor reading program exploring the natural and cultural world of the Middle East. Discover the diversity of oaks through hands-on activities. All ages are welcome. This program will include attention specifically for children with special learning needs. Presented by the Arboretum Ambassadors with a grant from Target stores.

Walk With Warren
Wednesday, March 13, noon, Arboretum Headquarters.
Discover beautiful redbuds and blooming California wildflowers with Warren Roberts, arboretum superintendent emeritus.

Folk Music Jam Session
Fridays, March 15, 29, 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.





Provost’s Forum on the Public University and the Social Good: March 7, 2013

A symposium titled “Contested Politics of Knowledge in the Public University” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the UC Davis Student Community Center, with a closing keynote address and reception to be held downtown from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Davis Odd Fellows Hall. A buffet luncheon will be held at noon.

One approach to the transformation of the public university is through engaged scholarship, which seeks to build and apply knowledge in ways that both inform social change and reflect critically on the politics of knowledge itself. This symposium invites leaders at the forefront of engaged scholarship to participate in a critical conversation about the prospects and pitfalls of this approach.

The forum is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California, the UC Davis Humanities Institute, the Center for Regional Change, and the Community and Regional Development program.

For more information see



Member Appreciation Arboretum Plant Sale: March 9, 2013

flowerThe UC Davis Arboretum hosts a spring plant sale for members only on Saturday, March 9, at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive. Anyone who is not currently a member of Friends of the Arboretum can join at the door. All members save 10 percent off purchases.

Featured will be an assortment of attractive, low-water, easy-care, region-appropriate plants, including the Arboretum All-Stars. Visitors will also enjoy live music, free refreshments, and activities for children.

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



Agribusiness Workshop: March 11–12, 2013

The inaugural UC Davis Agribusiness Workshop will be hosted on March 11–12 at the UC Davis Conference Center. The workshop is designed for decision-makers in small or large enterprises who would benefit from discussions of strategic issues affecting the agribusiness industry.

The academic foundation of the program is provided by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the University of California Agricultural Issues Center. The workshop will feature case study presentations and discussions, and a closing panel on the implications of consumer-side regulations.

For program details and registration, see The fee is $1,500. Sponsorships are available.

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



Seed Central/Food Central Networking Event: March 14, 2013

Seed Central/Food Central hosts an afternoon of speakers and networking once a month to bring together seed and food professionals, UC Davis faculty, scientists, and students. The next event will be held on Thursday, March 14, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Networking begins at 4:30 p.m., and speeches begin at 6 p.m. Speakers include Natalia Neerdaels of Driscolls Strawberry Associates, Inc., and Carolyn Slupsky of the UC Davis Department of Nutrition.

The catered event is free of charge, and anyone involved in the food, plant, or seed industry is welcome. The event attracts a large contingent of students interested in talking to industry scientists and managers. Attendees should RSVP; for more information, see

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



Emerging Postharvest Technologies Workshop: March 14–15, 2013

The Postharvest Technology Center will host a new workshop, “Emerging Postharvest Technologies for California Agriculture,” to be held on the UC Davis campus March 14–15. The course will cover cutting-edge research technologies and will be presented in a shortened, interactive, and more convenient time format to allow busy California agriculture professionals to attend. Topics related to nanotechnology, automation and robotics in horticultural, superfoods, food waste, environmental protection, and others will be discussed by academic and industry world experts. 

For more information, see

Carlos Crisosto
Postharvest Technology Center
(530) 752-6941
[email protected]



Fruit Ripening and Retail Handling Workshop: March 18–19, 2013

Carlos Crisosto, a UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences, will coordinate the March 18–19, 2013 “Fruit Ripening and Retail Handling” workshop to be held on the UC Davis campus. The course will focus on how to increase profits by reducing losses at the receiving end, and delivering ready-to-eat, delicious fruits and vegetables to the consumer.

The cost of the workshop is $775, and registration includes all instruction, breakout sessions, demonstrations, course materials, coffee break, lunches, and an evening networking reception. Sensory, quality measurements, and environmental equipment demonstrations will be held. Lectures will include topics such as maturity and quality relationships, retail temperature storage conditions, tools to control ripening and senescence, physiological disorders and other losses, and ripening facilities and equipment.

To learn more about this workshop, or to register, visit

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



Climate-Smart Agriculture Conference: March 20–22, 2013

Scientists and policymakers from around the world will gather March 20–22 at UC Davis in an effort to identify science-based actions that can be taken to transform land management and community action in ways that will strengthen food security, encourage conservation of biodiversity, and protect the resource base on which agriculture depends.

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference builds on a 2011 meeting on the same theme in the Netherlands, recognizing that climate change is occurring more rapidly than anticipated, and that the increase in extreme weather events threatens more disruptive effects to agriculture. Planned in coordination with the World Bank, the conference will address the need for new technologies and institutional structures to slow climate change while also meeting goals for food security, livelihood, and sustainability. A gala reception will precede the conference on Tuesday, March 19, in the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.

More information and registration are available online at:

Louise Uota
Ceremonies and Events
(530) 754-2007
[email protected]



Taste the World Wine Tasting: March 22, 2013

The second in a series of educational tastings of wines from around the world will be held at the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater in the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science on Friday, March 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Professor Andrew Waterhouse of the Department of Viticulture and Enology will lead the tasting of wines from Italy.

On April 26, Anita Oberholster, Cooperative Extension specialist in enology, will lead a tasting of South African wines as part of the same series. Each event will introduce participants to the distinctive local origins of interesting wines rarely seen elsewhere. Eight different wines will be offered for tasting at each event, as well as savory appetizers.

Most of the proceeds for these events will benefit “Broadening Horizons,” an initiative to increase the enrollment of underrepresented students in the Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Department of Food Science and Technology. Other proceeds benefit RMI outreach efforts.

Tickets for individual events are $75 general public, $60 UC faculty, staff, and Friends of the RMI. (E-mail [email protected] for your coupon code.)

Tickets and more information are available at

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



Arboretum Plant Sale: April 6, 2013

The UC Davis Arboretum hosts the first spring plant sale open to the general public on Saturday, April 6, at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Arboretum members save 10 percent off their purchases, and anyone can join at the door.

The sale will feature a large selection of valley-wise plants, and experienced gardeners will be on hand to help choose the best plants for your garden design and conditions. Visitors will also enjoy live music, free refreshments, and activities for children.

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



Annual Spring CA&ES Faculty Meeting: May 30, 2013

Faculty, save the date for the annual spring CA&ES faculty meeting, to be held Thursday, May 30, from 4–6 p.m. in the AGR Room of the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.

Brenda Nakamoto
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 752-1606
[email protected]



Postharvest Technology Short Course: June 17–28, 2013

The 35th annual Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course will meet June 17–28 at UC Davis. The two-week course provides an intensive study of the biology and current technologies used for handling fruits, nuts, vegetables, and ornamentals in California. It is designed for research and extension workers, quality control personnel in the produce industry, and business, government, or academic professionals interested in current advances in the postharvest technology of horticultural crops. 

The first week (Monday through Friday) is spent on intensive lectures and discussions, as well as hands-on laboratory sessions on campus. The optional second week is a field tour covering selected packinghouses, cooling and storage facilities, produce distribution centers, field harvest, packing, and transportation facilities in California.

Enrollment in the lecture-only option is limited to 25 participants. The lecture-plus-field-trip option is limited to 55 participants. 

For more information, see

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




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