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November 22, 2013

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A Message from Interim Dean Mary Delany: New Dean Announcement

By now you must have heard the news that a new college dean has been appointed!

Dr. Helene Dillard, whom many of you met during her interview, will be joining us as of January 27, 2014. Helene is a plant pathologist who is currently serving as associate dean and head of Cooperative Extension at Cornell University. A native Californian, Helene conducted her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and her graduate work at UC Davis. If you have a moment, consider viewing the video of introduction at

The newly appointed dean and I have already started working together via phone conversations, which we plan to continue over the next two months to ensure a smooth transition. And the entire CA&ES dean’s office is committed to paving the way for a great new beginning for Helene and our college.

I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving—safe travels for those who will be on the road, and I hope you enjoy the holiday.

Mary E. Delany
Interim Dean
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences



Roger Beachy: UC Davis World Food Center Director

Roger Beachy: UC Davis World Food Center DirectorPlant biologist Roger Beachy has been named founding director of the new UC Davis World Food Center. The center will address challenges and opportunities at the intersection of food, agriculture, and health. It is intended to increase the economic benefit from campus research and to influence national and international policy. The World Food Center will convene teams of scientists and innovators from industry, academia, government, and nongovernmental organizations to tackle food-related challenges in California and around the world.

Beachy is internationally known for his scientific leadership and groundbreaking research related to disease resistance in crops. He will assume the new directorship in January. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the 2001 recipient of the prestigious Wolf Prize in Agriculture, Beachy currently serves as the founding executive director and CEO of the Global Institute for Food Security in Saskatchewan, Canada. He also served as the first director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture under President Barack Obama. Read more at

Josette Lewis
World Food Center
(530) 752-9743


Bruce Hammock: William E. M. Lands Lectureship Award

Bruce Hammock, a distinguished professor of entomology with a joint appointment at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, was recently honored for his role in showing how fish oil benefits health. Hammock was named the recipient of the 2013 William E. M. Lands Lectureship Award in Nutritional Biochemistry at the Department of Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor. He lectured in October on “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Inhibitors of the Soluble Epoxide Hydrolase Block Angiogenesis, Tumor Metastasis and Tumor Growth.”

Hammock was selected because his laboratory has shown one of the biochemical mechanisms by which omega–3 lipids reduce blood pressure, inflammation, and pain. Hammock and postdoctoral researcher Guodong Zhang and their team made national news when they discovered a key mechanism by which dietary omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils) could reduce the tumor growth and spread of cancer, a disease that kills some 580,000 Americans a year.

Hammock is shown in the middle in the University of Michigan Medical School photo, with Professor Bill Smith on the left and William Lands on the right.

Bruce Hammock
(530) 752-7519


Jeff Loux: James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award

Jeff Loux, an adjunct professor of landscape architecture and a lead administrator at UC Davis Extension, received the Academic Federation’s 41st annual James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award. This is the highest honor given by the Academic Federation, which has 1,000 academic appointees that include lecturers and adjunct professors, researchers and scientists, librarians, Cooperative Extension specialists, academic administrators, and program coordinators.

Loux, an adjunct faculty member since 2002, teaches environmental design and water policy on campus. In the summers, he leads a Summer Abroad program called “Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe,” which involves bicycle touring with 26 undergraduate students. At UC Davis Extension, he is co-director of the Land Use and Natural Resources Program and chair of the Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, overseeing hundreds of courses, seminars, and conferences aimed at working professionals—with some 6,000 enrollments a year.

Loux was recognized for bridging the fields of planning, environmental science, water policy, and public engagement, as well as pioneering concepts of water-wise community design. He was honored by the Academic Federation at a campus dinner in early November.

Jeff Loux
(530) 757-8577



Animal Science Student Video

Opportunities for UC Davis students to get experience working in animal facilities around campus are featured in a student video on the college website The new video was 

produced by the Student Activities and Outreach group in the CA&ES Dean’s Office and led by project manager Katie Almand. It was filmed by Ken Zukin and Kristin Simoes, and features UC Davis animal science students discussing their hands-on experience at the feed mill, beef barn, horse barn, and other campus animal facilities. Some student caretakers actually live in dorm rooms located in the barns so they can be available for after-hours animal care.

Korie Robinson
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 752-4369


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 2. Dates and topics for remaining seminars include:

  • November 25: Lentiviral Transduction of Pig Mammary Epithelial Cells in vitro and in vivo
  • December 2: Consumption of Milk Containing Recombinant Lactoferrin and/or Lysozyme has Positive Effects on Intestinal and Systemic Health in Young Pigs

Elizabeth Maga
Department of Animal Science
(530) 752-5930


Landscape Architecture Fall Seminar Series

The Putah Creek watershed is the focus for a series of landscape architecture lunchtime seminars this fall, to be held Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. in 212 Veihmeyer. Putah Creek is one of the two largest and most important creeks in our local watershed. The public is welcome to hear speakers discuss the overuse of Putah Creek resources—water, gravel, and soils—and what can be done to restore vital processes. The work represented will be highly interdisciplinary, and invites collaboration with investigators from many fields.

Remaining seminar dates include: November 22, and December 6.

Sharla Cheney
Landscape Architecture
(530) 754-8628


Call for Applications: Milton D. and Mary M. Miller Plant Science Award

The deadline is November 22 for applications to seek a grant through the 2013-2014 Milton D. and Mary M. Miller Plant Science Award. The award was established in 1977 to provide grants to members of UC Cooperative Extension who are seeking advanced degrees, and to support CA&ES undergraduates interested in a career in Cooperative Extension, particularly in the Cooperative Extension plant science internship programs.

Those eligible to apply include Cooperative Extension staff pursuing related degrees, or graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in Cooperative Extension careers. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Theresa Costa
Department of Plant Sciences
(530) 752-1715


Call for Applications: Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program

The Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP) is seeking applications for fellowship grant opportunities for students from sub-Saharan Africa. The application deadline is December 3, and fellowships run April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.

Applications are requested from sub-Saharan African students conducting research on topics related to the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative—Feed the Future. The focus region is sub-Saharan Africa. For more information on eligibility criteria and to download the application, see

Darolyn Striley
CA&ES International Programs Office
(530) 304-6963


Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

  • Folk Music Jam Session
    Friday, November 22, 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 are welcome.
  • Community Planting Day
    Sunday, November 24, 10 a.m. to noon, California Native Plant GATEway Garden (behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center)
    Participants can be part of the transformation of a previously empty lot behind the Davis Commons Shopping Center to a vibrant green space filled with flora specific to the lower Putah Creek watershed region. The two-hour community planting event is free. Find out more and register to attend here:



Chip Sullivan Landscape Architecture Presentation: November 26, 2013

The UC Davis student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects hosts illustrator and author Chip Sullivan on Tuesday, November 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hunt Hall, Room 142. Sullivan, a professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning at UC Berkeley, will present “Cartooning the Landscape,” featuring comics from his forthcoming book.

Brad Wilcox
Landscape Architecture
(530) 752-4115


USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Speaker: December 2, 2013

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Phil Karsting will speak to students on Monday, December 2, from 1–2 p.m. at the Student Community Center, Meeting Room D. Karsting will be giving brief remarks on Foreign Agricultural Service, student and entry-level employment opportunities, and the importance of a diverse workforce. The event is organized by the Aggie Ambassadors, a student recruitment and outreach group for the college. The public is welcome to this free event.

Katie Almand
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 752-4978


Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Seminar: December 2, 2013

Animal science professor and Cooperative Extension specialist Frank Mitloehner will present a seminar for the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety on December 2 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Center for Health and the Environment on Old Davis Road, one mile south of campus. Mitloehner’s talk is titled, "Does the Growing Demand for Meat Globally Fuel Climate Change?" Mitloehner is an international authority on agricultural air quality, animal-environmental interactions, and environmental engineering.

Sandra Freeland
Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
(530) 752-5253


Soil and Crop Management Workshops: December 10–11, 2013

The Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation Center in Five Points hosts two workshops on innovative soil and crop management in December. The first, “Biotic Farming Systems,” will be held December 10 at UC Davis and will feature Colorado farmer Brendon Rockey. The second, featuring a talk entitled “It’s Not Just Dirt Anymore,” will be held on December 11 at the West Side Research and Extension Center in Five Points, California.

Jeff Mitchell
Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
(559) 646-6565


Western Alfalfa and Forage Conference: December 11–13, 2013

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) hosts the Western Alfalfa and Forage Conference, to be held December 11–13 in Reno, Nevada. Representatives from all 11 western states have joined together this year to plan a comprehensive meeting that focuses on critical issues related to alfalfa and forage crops—including global issues, economics, and crop production techniques. Special sessions on corn and sorghum silage, pest management, alternative forages, and economic trends are planned, as well as a large exhibit area representing the latest technologies. There will also be a pre-symposium workshop on family farm management and inheritance.

Those interested in attending may include farmers, pest control advisers, certified crop advisers, industry members, and agency representatives. Registration is at

Dan Putnam
Department of Plant Sciences
(530) 752-8982


Seed Central/Food Central Networking Event: December 12, 2013

Seed Central/Food Central hosts a monthly networking event to bring together seed and food professionals, UC Davis faculty, scientists, and students. The December 12 event will be held at the UC Davis Conference Center. Networking begins at 4:30 p.m., and the speaker at 6 p.m. This month the speaker will be Professor David Mills, who holds the Peter J. Shields Endowed Chair in Dairy Food Science. Mills has a joint appointment in the Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Department of Food Science and Technology. His talk is titled, “Defining the Microbial Terroir of
Wine.” The event is free, but an RSVP is requested. More information is available at

Kathleen Bess
Department of Plant Sciences
(530) 754-2162


ASI Distinguished Speaker William C. Clark: January 14, 2014

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis hosts Professor William C. Clark of Harvard University at the Distinguished Speakers Series to be held Tuesday, January 14, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Community Center. Clark, a professor of international science, public policy and human development, will speak on “Linking Knowledge with Action for Sustainability.” The event is free and open to the public.

Tom Tomich
Agricultural Sustainability Institute
(530) 752-3915  


Methods of Measuring Fruit and Vegetable Quality: January 22, 2014

A postharvest workshop on Methods of Measuring Fruit and Vegetable Quality will be held January 22, 2014, at the UC Davis Conference Center. The principles behind instrumental measurement of flavor, color, and texture will be discussed. The various instruments and methods used will be available in interactive demonstrations. Real-life examples of fresh and processed fruit and vegetable color and texture measurement will be demonstrated. Examples of applications where flavor, color, and texture were measured on a wide variety of vegetables and fruits will be given by workshop instructors.

The course is designed for those working in the fresh produce and processed fruit and vegetable industries. For registration and additional information, visit

Penny Stockdale
Postharvest Technology Center
(530) 752-7672


Current Issues in Invasive/Emerging Pests and Diseases: February 5, 2014

emerging pestsUniversity experts present a program on “Current Issues in Invasive/Emerging Pests and Diseases,” which will meet February 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center. The event is sponsored by UC Davis Foundation Plant Services, the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN), and the California Center for Urban Horticulture. The cost is $10, and those interested can register at Lunch will be included.

Anne Schellman
California Center for Urban Horticulture
(530) 752-6642


Mead Making Short Course: February 6–8, 2014

Save the date for the first of its kind Mead Making Short Course, to be held February 6–8 at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. Mead—a fermented beverage made of honey and water—is the oldest alcoholic beverage known to the world. Short course topics will include fermentation, filtration, sensory analysis, meadery design, and financing a meadery. Tickets are $425 until December 15, and $500 after that date.

Amina Harris
UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center
(530) 754-9301


Breeding with Genomics Workshop: February 11–13, 2014

The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center will hold a course on “Breeding with Genomics” on campus, February 11–13. The course is aimed at professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in plant breeding and germplasm improvement. It is taught by experts from both industry and academia.

For more information, see An early-bird discount will apply for those who register by December 9.

Sally Mohr
Plant Sciences
(530) 752 5775


Soil Science Ecosystem Services Conference: March 6–9, 2014

The abstract submission deadline is December 1, 2013 for the Soil Science Society of America meeting to be held March 6–9 in Sacramento, which will focus on “Soil's Role in Restoring Ecosystem Services.” Professional and research scientists, consultants, natural resource managers, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students are invited to the spring meeting.

More information is available at

Jan Hopmans
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
(530) 752-8473


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