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September 12, 2013

Sep 23, 2013 Robin DeRieux

A Message from Dean Mary Delany: 25th Annual CA&ES College Celebration

I invite the entire college community to our annual CA&ES College Celebration, which will be held Friday, October 11, in Freeborn Hall. (Tickets are $15 at College Celebration is always a festive occasion, and this will be the 25th year that we celebrate the accomplishments of our college. As always, we will honor several individuals with the CA&ES Award of Distinction—the highest recognition presented by our college to people whose outstanding contributions and achievements have helped enhance our mission. After the awards ceremony, we’ll enjoy great food, wine, and conversation. And everyone gets to take home a bagful of farm-fresh goods from our Farmers Market Display.

This year’s honorees include:

Willison “Will” Crites, an “Outstanding Alumnus,” is retired from a long career in the agricultural chemical industry. Crites graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in 1958 and an M.S. in 1961, both degrees in entomology. He spearheads reunions with fellow entomology graduates and is a committed philanthropic supporter of UC Davis.

Glenda Humiston, an “Outstanding Alumna,” is California director of the USDA’s Rural Development program. She graduated from UC Davis with an M.S. in international agricultural development in 1989. Humiston has devoted most of her professional life to advancing the principles of sustainability in policy development and program implementation.

Robert “Bob” Curtis, a “Friend of the College,” is associate manager for agricultural affairs at the Almond Board of California. Curtis is an industry leader who has been instrumental in bringing crucial support for research advances and extension programs to improve production practices, safety and quality, and environmental stewardship.

Janet Brown-Simmons, chief administrative officer for five academic departments in CA&ES, has earned the widespread respect of faculty and staff for her extraordinary leadership abilities. She is being honored as “Outstanding Staff.” Brown-Simmons became a UC Davis employee in 1993 and joined CA&ES in 2000 as the management services officer in the Department of Entomology.

Kathryn “Kay” Dewey, distinguished professor in the Department of Nutrition, is being honored as “Outstanding Faculty.” Dewey has conducted research and led international efforts that have changed global policies for infant feeding and nutrition and the assessment of child growth.

Neal Van Alfen is a professor of plant pathology who served as dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for 13 years during some of its most challenging times. He is being honored with a special “College Leaders” Award of Distinction for outstanding contributions to the college.

James “Jim” MacDonald is a professor emeritus of plant pathology who served as executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for 13 years. He will receive a special “College Leaders” Award of Distinction for outstanding contributions to the college. 

College Celebration is always a lot of fun, and I hope to see you all there. Photos from last year’s celebration can be viewed at

Mary E. Delany

Interim Dean

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
[email protected]



Randy Dahlgren: Chinese Environmental Award

dahlgrenProfessor Randy Dahlgren is to receive China's prestigious Westlake Friendship Award for his work on environmental quality with Wenzhou Medical University. Dahlgren, a professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, will receive the award from the governor of Zhejiang Province at an October ceremony held in Hangzhou, the capital city of the province. The award is granted by the local government in China to foreign experts who have made great contributions to the province.

Since 2008, Dahlgren has been an honorary faculty member at Wenzhou Medical University, located in the Zhejiang Province. Wenzhou is a delta city of nine million people in eastern China with rivers and urban waterways that drain into the East China Sea. At Wenzhou Medical University, Dahlgren contributes to research and education in public health and ecological aspects of water quality, and he serves as a science adviser to a recently created Water Institute.

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

R. Michael Davis: Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society

mikedavisMike Davis, a UC Cooperative Extension specialist and professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, has been named a fellow by the American Phytopathological Society for significant contributions to the science of plant pathology. Davis joined UC Davis in 1986. He has focused his research on diseases of citrus, vegetables, and field crops and practical applications of disease management measures. He has also conducted research on edible mushroom production and disease management of mushrooms. Davis is the primary author of the “Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America.”

Davis and 10 other new fellows were honored at the society’s annual meeting, held in August in Austin, Texas.

Mike Davis
(530) 752-0303
[email protected]

D. Ken Giles: Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

kengilesProfessor Ken Giles has been named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers for insightful research, teaching, and outreach related to engineering design and development for agricultural mechanization. Giles, who joined the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis in 1987, is considered a worldwide expert in agricultural chemical application. Among his research accomplishments is the development of new technology for mobile spraying systems. Giles has worked throughout his career to guide the results of research projects into commercial use.

Giles and 12 other new fellows were honored at the ASABE’s annual meeting held in July in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ken Giles
(530) 752-0687
[email protected]

Charles Hess: Horticulture Hall of Fame

hessProfessor Emeritus Charles Hess, former CA&ES dean, was inducted into the Horticulture Hall of Fame at the annual conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) in July. Hess joins a total of 35 horticultural luminaries who have received the highest honor given by the ASHS, a list that includes Gregor Mendel, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Luther Burbank, and Charles Rick.

Hess was dean of CA&ES from 1975 until1989, when he received a presidential appointment to serve as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Assistant Secretary for Science and Education. Upon his return to campus in 1991, he was director of International Programs and later a special assistant to the provost and chancellor. He also served as chair of the UC Davis Department of Nutrition from 2007 to 2009. In addition to his USDA appointment, Hess received two presidential appointments to the National Science Board, the governing board of the National Science Foundation. He was one of the first horticulturists to receive three presidential appointments.

Charley Hess
(530) 758-0671
[email protected]

Lovell (Tu) Jarvis: Chair of the Chile California Council

tuLovell (Tu) Jarvis, a professor of agricultural and resource economics and special assistant to the CA&ES dean, was named Chair of the Chile California Council (CCC). The CCC, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, was created three years ago by the Chilean government to advance joint ventures and cooperative relations between Chile and California.

Jarvis conducts research on agricultural and environmental issues in developing countries, and he is founding director of the UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies. Jarvis also has written extensively on the historical development of Chile's agricultural sector, including the effect of its land and economic reforms, technical change in the fruit sector, and the functioning of its agricultural labor markets. Jarvis formerly served as the CA&ES divisional associate dean for human sciences.

Tu Jarvis
(530) 752-0227
[email protected]   


Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center Call for Proposals

The Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center is soliciting proposals for new research and demonstration projects to be conducted from November 2013 through October 2014. As the University of California's largest off-campus agricultural research facility, Kearney has 330 acres suitable for many types of tree, vine, and row crops. It is located near Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley.

Kearney’s facilities are suitable for greenhouse, postharvest, sample handling (including cold storage and drying), sensory evaluation, lysimeters, and assorted laboratory research activities. Substantial plantings of grapes, stonefruit, almonds, kiwi, apples and alfalfa are becoming available.

Proposal forms can be obtained at
and should be submitted electronically by September 30. More information is available at

Janie Duran
Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
(559) 646-6010
[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]

Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

Late Summer in the Native Plant Garden
Saturday, September 14, 9:30 a.m., Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.
Tour the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants to see many examples of Arboretum All-Stars, our recommended plants for local gardens.

Folk Music Jam Session
Friday, September 27, 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.

Butterfly Ecology Talk and Tour
Sunday, September 29, 11 a.m., Wyatt Deck.
All ages are welcome to join naturalist Steve Daubert and explore the ecological relationship between flowering plants and butterflies. Learn how the arboretum functions as a butterfly preserve.



Grand Opening Confucius Institute: September 16, 2013

ciucdThe grand opening of the Confucius Institute at UC Davis will be held Monday, September 16, at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. A book-signing by chef and UC Davis alumnus Martin Yan will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby. The public ceremony and a Chinese song and dance performance begin at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall. The event is free. Parking is $8 in the South Entry Parking Structure.

The Confucius Institute at UC Davis is a partnership between UC Davis, Jiangnan University, and Hanban, an administrative arm of the Ministry of Education in China. The institute will combine the signature strengths of UC Davis and China's Jiangnan University as world leaders in food and beverage science and technology, with the goal of promoting understanding of Chinese food and beverage culture. In addition to fostering education and research, the institute will encourage conversation between the food and beverage industries of China and California.

More information is available at

Sheena Link
University Outreach and International Programs
(530) 752 6376
[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]

Fresh-Cut Products Workshop: September 24–26, 2013

The UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center presents a three-day workshop on fresh-cut fruits and vegetables at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center on September 24–26. The 18th annual workshop will include lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and research updates. These are targeted to food scientists, food engineers, quality assurance personnel, and new product development staff as well as for representatives from research institutions, the restaurant and institutional food industries, and equipment, packaging and ingredient suppliers.

Fresh-cut products (cleaned, washed, cut, packaged and refrigerated fruits and vegetables) are an important and ever-expanding food category. Consumers demand safe and high quality products that are packaged and distributed to maintain freshness and nutrition, and have extended shelf life, while ensuring good eating quality. These demands require that fresh-cut processors and handlers meet rigorous standards.

The enrollment fee is $1,150. For more information, visit

Penny Stockdale
Postharvest Technology Center
(530) 752-7672
[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.

Registration costs $895. For more information, see

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

The Palate Project: October 4, 2013

The 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 $7 for parking.

For more information, see

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

Seed Central/Food Central Networking Event: October 10, 2013

Seed Central/Food Central hosts a monthly networking event to bring together seed and food professionals, UC Davis faculty, scientists, and students. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. with networking. At 6 p.m., guests will hear speaker Bart Weimer of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, who will talk about microbial genomics in food and plant interactions. The event is free, but an RSVP is requested. More information is available at

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

CA&ES College Celebration: October 11, 2013

The 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 “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. Register online at 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

Tickets 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
[email protected]

Produce Safety Workshop: November 5–7, 2013

The UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center will host a new interactive workshop with a focus on microbial produce safety systems from preharvest to postharvest on November 5–7 on campus.

This workshop is one of the core required components for the Produce Professional Certificate program and will feature an integrated approach to building a foundation of awareness and improved understanding of the current scientific basis for produce microbial safety systems and preventive controls. 

The course delivery is largely interactive, with formal lectures, group assessment of case examples, and problem-solving challenges. The emphasis of the curriculum is the scientific-basis for audit standards, preparing for using audits, and targeted microbiological testing to improve performance. The enrollment fee is $950. Additional information is available at

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

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

Save the date for a postharvest workshop on methods of measuring fruit and vegetable quality, to be held January 22, 2014. 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.

Additional information will become available at

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


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.

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

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