April 10, 2014
Cooperative Extension is an integral part of our college, adding a unique dimension that exists only at land-grant universities in the U.S. In May, Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years of science and service. As you may know, I was the head of Cooperative Extension at Cornell University before I became the CA&ES dean, so the centennial celebration means a lot to me.
A century ago, Congress approved federal funding for a national extension system to help disseminate scientific knowledge from land-grant universities to communities. In California, this system of educational outreach became UC Cooperative Extension, a statewide network administered by the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), currently led by Barbara Allen-Diaz. Cooperative Extension specialists partner with county-based advisors and the people of California to provide research-based information that helps address challenges in food, agriculture, natural resources, family and community health.
Within the state, most Cooperative Extension specialists are based at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and UC Riverside—the three land-grant campuses originally established to teach agriculture and engineering. We have more than 60 CE specialists (some with partial appointments) housed in academic departments within our college. These CE specialists—members of both ANR and our college faculty—are experts in a wide range of fields that include nutrition, food science, plant pathology, weed science, water management, enology, and more. Since 2009, nine of the new Cooperative Extension specialists hired by ANR are faculty based in our college, with additional recruitments underway.
The mission of Cooperative Extension has evolved some over the course of a century, but the CE system of outreach continues to provide innovative solutions to Californians by sharing UC research discoveries through partnerships. I believe strongly in the value of Cooperative Extension. May it continue to improve the health and well-being of our state, our nation, and our world for the next 100 years.
Helene R. Dillard
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Professor James Carey, Department of Entomology and Nematology, is the 2014 recipient of the C.W. Woodworth Award from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America (PBESA) for his outstanding accomplishments in entomology spanning four decades. He received the award—the highest honor given by the association—and presented a lecture at the society’s annual meeting in April in Tucson, Arizona.
Carey is considered the world's preeminent authority on arthropod demography. His landmark paper on “slowing of mortality at older ages,” published in Science in 1992 and cited more than 350 times, keys in on his seminal discovery that mortality slows at advanced ages. Carey is also considered one of the world's authorities on the demography and invasion biology of tephritid fruit flies, particularly the Mediterranean fruit fly.
In the nomination package, colleagues praised him for carving "impressive milestones in biodemography, research, teaching, and outreach during his 40-year professional career, not only raising the profile of entomology nationally and internationally, but serving as an entomology ambassador to scientists in a wide range of disciplines, particularly demography and gerontology."
Kathryn (“Kay”) Dewey, a distinguished professor in the Department of Nutrition, will receive the 2014–15 E.V. McCollum International Lectureship in Nutrition Award from the American Society for Nutrition at the society’s annual meeting later this month. The award encourages advancements in nutritional science and their application for improving the health and well-being of people worldwide. Lecturers serve a two-year term and are invited to deliver at least two talks, one at a meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, and the second at an international venue.
Dewey conducts research on community and international nutrition, with an emphasis on maternal and child nutrition. She is the director of the Program in International and Community Nutrition and leads the International Lipid-based Nutrient Supplements Project (iLiNS), with partners in Ghana, Malawi, and Burkina Faso. One of her current topics of research is the use of lipid-based nutrient supplements as an intervention to prevent malnutrition in developing countries, particularly among children under two, and pregnant and lactating women.
Professor Carl Keen of the Department of Nutrition has been selected to receive the 2014 McCormick Science Institute Research Award in recognition of research contributions that have advanced the understanding of the potential health benefits of culinary herbs and spices. Keen will receive the award from the American Society for Nutrition at the society’s annual meeting later this month in San Diego. His research program includes studies of the influence of diet on age-related chronic disease, especially vascular disease. Keen and his lab colleagues are particularly interested in potential benefits for cardiovascular health of diets that are rich in plant foods.
Professor Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Award for Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity from the Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America (PBESA). She was honored at the April meeting of the society in Tucson, Arizona.
Kimsey’s nominators for the award noted that “There are not many entomologists who can match her expertise, general knowledge, curiosity, and enthusiasm about insects, discovered and undiscovered, or her specific knowledge about the aculeate wasp families, Chrysididae and Tiphiidae.” Kimsey's primary research focuses on resolving global patterns of evolution in the wasp family Tiphiidae. A second project is to understand the insect diversity of California and how it fits into local and global patterns of biodiversity.
Kimsey joined the UC Davis faculty in 1989 and helped build the campus Bohart Museum of Entomology into a world-class museum. In addition, Kimsey answers thousands of insect questions a year and is a valued source when members of the news media want to know about insects.
Professor Emeritus Barbara Schneeman, Department of Nutrition, has been named a fellow of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). It is the highest honor given by the society, for significant discoveries and distinguished careers in the field of nutrition. Schneeman is one of 10 ASN fellows named this year, and will be honored at the society’s annual meeting later this month in San Diego.
Schneeman is an internationally known leader in the development of dietary guidelines and nutrition policy. She joined the UC Davis faculty in 1976, and served in several administrative roles on campus, including chair of the Department of Nutrition, CA&ES dean (1993–1999), and associate vice provost for University Outreach (2001–2004). She also served at the FDA as the director of the Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements for more than eight years.
Schneeman is recognized for her work on dietary fiber, gastro-intestinal function, development and use of food-based dietary guidelines, and policy development in the area of food and nutrition.
Diane Ullman, CA&ES associate dean for undergraduate academic programs from 2005–2014, was honored with the 2014 Distinguished Award in Teaching from the Pacific Branch, Entomological Society of America (PBESA). Ullman, a professor of entomology, is also co-founder and co-director of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program. She received the PBESA teaching award at the society’s annual meeting this month in Tucson, Arizona.
Ullman’s nominators lauded many aspects of her teaching and mentorship, including her curriculum and program development and recruitment efforts as associate dean. She was also noted for developing new courses, programs, and teaching methods, and incorporating non-traditional approaches. The Art/Science Fusion Program, for example, has drawn national and international attention. Another curriculum innovation attributed to Ullman was co-founding the CA&ES Career Discovery Group to help freshmen explore career possibilities, select majors, and tailor their academic program to enhance success. Undergraduates participating in the program have a faster time to degree completion, higher GPAs, and are less likely to be in academic difficulty.
As the winner of the teaching award in the Pacific Branch of the ESA, Ullman will now have her nomination “passed forward” to compete among other branch winners for the society’s international Distinguished Teaching Award.
Rose enthusiasts who can’t wait for Rose Weekend can order roses ahead of time from a Rose Sale Catalog available from the California Center for Urban Horticulture. Roses are $25 each, and there is a quantity discount after purchasing four plants. The pickup date for presale is Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Foundation Plant Services. The catalog is available in PDF format at http://ccuh.ucdavis.edu/events/public/rose-day-2014. Contact Anne Schellman for information on how to purchase the roses.
California Center for Urban Horticulture
For more information, visit the arboretum website: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu.
Folk Music Jam Session
Fridays, April 11 and 25, 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.
Bicycle Tour of the Arboretum
Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m., Gazebo.
Take a free one-hour guided bike tour. Come prepared with your bike and water bottle; the pace will be leisurely to allow for exploration and questions.
Poetry in the Garden
Thursday, April 24, noon to 1 p.m., Wyatt Deck.
Heera Kulkarni and Kenya Mitchell will do poetry readings, followed by an open microphone available to other poets.
Sunday, April 27, noon to 2 p.m., Gazebo.
Bring a white item to tie-dye: T–shirt, socks, shorts, pillowcase, you name it! The UC Davis Arboretum Ambassadors will help participants tie-dye and explain how to make the plant- and food-based, eco-friendly dyes provided.
Wild Family Day
Sunday, May 4, 1 to 3 p.m., Gazebo.
Join Wild Campus, a student organization, for the third annual Wild Family Day. Enjoy games and activities, as well as educational displays and live animals. The event is free.
Wednesday, May 14, noon to 1 p.m., Gazebo.
Join Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for a noon walk to explore the arboretum’s west-end gardens.
Seed Central/Food Central hosts a monthly networking event and speech to bring together seed and food professionals, UC Davis faculty, scientists, and students. The April 10 event will begin with networking at 4:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Conference Center. The April speaker, Eric Mussen, is a Cooperative Extension apiculturist in the Department of Entomology and Nematology. His talk begins at 6 p.m.
The event is free, but an RSVP is requested. More information is available at http://www.seedcentral.org/calendarofevents.htm.
Department of Plant Sciences
The Department of Plant Sciences and DuPont Pioneer sponsors a UC Davis Plant Breeding Symposium on global food security to be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at the UC Davis Student Community Center Multipurpose Room. The event includes lunch and an evening mixer for networking. For details, see http://plantbreeding2014.ucdavis.edu. The event can be attended in person or by webinar, but guests are asked to register in advance at http://plantbreeding2014.ucdavis.edu/?page_id=66.
The World Food Center sponsors a free public seminar on Friday, April 11, on climate change and food production. "Technologies and Priorities for Adaptation to Climate Change: From California to Global Food Security" is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union's King Lounge (second floor).
Speakers will discuss two recently completed reports from their respective organizations — reports that have vital implications for agricultural productivity during the coming decades.
Mark Rosegrant, director of the Environment and Production Technologies Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute, will present findings that measure the impacts of agricultural innovation on farm productivity, prices, hunger, and trade flows as the world approaches the year 2050. The report also identifies practices that could significantly benefit developing nations.
Amrith Gunasekara, science adviser to Secretary Karen Ross of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, will present the state-commissioned Climate Change Consortium for Specialty Crops report, intended to identify known challenges and unpredictable changes that specialty-crop growers will increasingly confront due to climate change.
UC Davis News Service
The 100th annual UC Davis Picnic Day will be held Saturday, April 12. Student volunteers help organize more than 200 events throughout the campus, including exhibits, shows, competitions, demonstrations, the always-popular parade, and others. Plant sciences will offer tastes of exotic fruit samples and a Plant Give-Away outside of the Plant and Environmental Sciences Building. Visitors to entomology can see cockroach races and make maggot art at Briggs Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Bohart Museum of Entomology will feature a live “petting zoo,” and visitors can hold Madagascar hissing cockroaches, a rose-haired tarantula, and walking sticks.
View additional information at http://picnicday.ucdavis.edu/.
The Bradford Rominger Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Award Ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 15, at 5 p.m. at the Buehler Alumni Center. The annual event, hosted by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, recognizes a leader in California’s sustainable agriculture work and invites a national leader in sustainable agriculture to be keynote speaker. This year’s speaker is LaDonna Redmond, a food justice activist who works for a fairer food system in her Chicago community and in the nation. The award recipient will be announced at the ceremony.
The event is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to attend. For more information, see http://asi.ucdavis.edu/newsroom/events/bradford-rominger-agricultural-sustainability-leadership-award-ceremony.
Agricultural Sustainability Institute
Four northern California women who have made extraordinary contributions to agriculture and their communities have been selected as recipients of the 2014 Common Threads North Award. They will be honored April 24 during a special luncheon and award ceremony on campus. The award recipients are:
- Jennifer Ryder Fox (Butte County)
- Shelley Macdonald (Tehama County)
- Toni Scully (Lake County)
- Twyla Thompson (Yolo County)
All of the honorees have past or present roots in agriculture and have shown outstanding involvement in the agricultural industry for many years. Common Threads is co-sponsored by CA&ES, California State University, Chico, the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, California Women for Agriculture, the California Farm Bureau, and various county farm bureaus and resource conservation districts.
The event will be held at the ARC Ballroom. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon and award ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $49 each; $60 at the door.
Placer County Resource Conservation District
530-885-3046, ext. 118
The UC Drought Science, Policy, and Management Summit will be held on Friday, April 25, at the State Capitol in Sacramento. The Center for Watershed Sciences helped organize faculty from UC campuses and other California universities to share expertise in water sciences, water management, and policymaking for thoughtful discussion on how best to manage current and long-term water shortages.
Topics include agricultural production, employment, the California economy, energy production, fish and wildlife, water conservation, public health, and wildfires. The event will also review what university campuses are doing to conserve water and will provide water-saving advice for residents, farmers, and business owners.
The drought summit is free and open to the public, but registration is requested at drought.ucdavis.edu.
Center for Watershed Sciences
The arboretum hosts a plant sale open to the public on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arboretum Teaching Nursery on Garrod Drive. 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.
Members of Friends of the Arboretum save 10 percent off purchases; anyone who is not currently a member can join at the door.
UC Davis Arboretum
The Aggie Ambassadors, a CA&ES student outreach group, welcomes speaker Leonard Gianessi on Tuesday, April 29, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Student Community Center, in Meeting Room D. Gianessi is a consultant for the CropLife Foundation, a research organization committed to advancing sustainable agriculture and promoting the environmentally sound use of crop protection products. Gianessi is an expert on pesticide use and agricultural biotechnology for pest management and will be giving a special presentation on how herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides benefit our society and the ways in which they are vital to feeding our growing population.
The event is free and open to campus faculty, staff, and students.
CA&ES Dean’s Office
The California Center for Urban Horticulture presents Rose Weekend, two free days of tours and informational sessions, to be held May 3–4 at Foundation Plant Services on Hopkins Road. Roses will be sold both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours of the rose fields will be offered each day from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., as well as a Master Gardener information booth. On Saturday, there will be afternoon presentations by rose experts. No registration is required, and there will be one free miniature rose per guest, while supplies last.
For more information and a catalog of the roses for sale, see http://ccuh.ucdavis.edu/events/public/rose-day-2014.
California Center for Urban Horticulture
UC Cooperative Extension kicks off its centennial celebration on May 8 by inviting Californians to participate in a one-day science project. Visit beascientist.ucanr.edu to participate in data collection on pollinators, water conservation, or local food. Many UC Cooperative Extension county offices are holding special events on May 8 that allow the public to join in the celebration and to record their observations.
Marissa (Palin) Stein
UC Cooperative Extension
May 9 is National Public Gardens Day, and it will be observed at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Bee Biology Road from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A guided tour will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a sunflower plant giveaway, along with information about how to monitor the plants for bee activity.
Department of Entomology and Nematology
Learn about olive oil quality from some of the world's foremost authorities on May 9–10 in the Sensory Building at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. This two-day course is for producers, buyers, importers, and anyone wanting to know more about assessing the quality of extra virgin olive oil. The course will lead participants through the tasting of dozens of olive oils from around the world. Instructors will address the politics and science behind quality standards and grades, best practices for growing and processing, consumer attitudes toward olive oil, strategies for professional buyers to get better quality for the price, and best practices for consumers.
The course costs $550. For registration, see https://registration.ucdavis.edu/Item/Details/107.
UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center
A one-day forum on understanding the implications of climate change for agriculture in California will be held at the California Museum on “O” Street in Sacramento on Monday, May 19. “Climate Change: Challenges to California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources,” is sponsored by the UC Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics, a research foundation whose members focus on research in agriculture and rural development in California.
The conference will bring together leading economists, analysts, scientists, and policymakers from universities, state government, and the non-profit sector. Attendance is free. Registration is required at http://www.cevs.ucdavis.edu/confreg/index.cfm?confid=690&webid=3483. The final day to register is May 1. For more information, see http://giannini.ucop.edu/ClimateChangeConf_2014/ClimateChangeConf_2014.htm.
Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics
Faculty, save the date for the annual spring CA&ES faculty meeting, to be held Thursday, May 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the AGR Room of the Buehler Alumni Center.
CA&ES Dean’s Office
The 36th annual Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course will meet June 16–27 at UC Davis. This course is a one-week intensive study (plus optional one-week field tour) 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, as well as field harvest, packing, and transportation facilities in California.
For more information, see http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu/Education/PTShortCourse/.
UC Davis Postharvest Technology
The Ag Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy will be held on the UC Davis campus on June 24–26. The three-day program integrates lectures, exercises, and individual projects to help participants identify new business opportunities for their research. The academy is designed for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty working in agriculture-related fields to support commercialization of clean ag technologies. Sessions are taught by venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, and industry executives.
The academy is funded in part by a grant from the Economic Development Agency under the Sacramento Region Clean AgTech Innovation Center Development Project. For more information, see http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/ag-innovation-entrepreneurship-academy.
Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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