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February 13, 2014

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A Message from Dean Helene Dillard:
Getting to Know You

In my first message to the faculty and staff via this newsletter, I want to start by thanking you for your dedication, hard work, and service to the college. Because of your daily attention to the pursuit of excellence in every facet of your work, we are ranked the number one academic entity in agriculture and forestry in the world. I am humbled and honored to be serving as the new dean for the college, and I am eager to work with you to accomplish even more in our research, teaching, extension and outreach efforts.

In the coming weeks I will be meeting with the faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders in various venues. I am particularly interested in hearing about your successes and challenges, and ways that I can enable your continued success. I would also like to engage with you in discussions regarding the report from the College Visioning Committee (, so that we can establish priorities and make strategic investments toward realizing the vision.

Returning to California and the UC Davis campus is very special to me, and I plan to reacquaint myself with the CA&ES facilities on and off campus. Feel free to send me your thoughts, ideas, and concerns via email () or call to schedule an appointment (530-752-1605). I look forward to visiting with you and learning more about your activities. As your dean, I want to be your strongest advocate. To be an effective advocate, I need to know as much as I can about your departments and units.

I look forward to meeting everyone over the months ahead.

Helene R. Dillard
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences



Bruce Hammock: Brodie Award

hammock_febDistinguished Professor Bruce Hammock of the Department of Entomology and Nematology received the 2014 Bernard B. Brodie Award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). The award recognizes Hammock’s outstanding original research contributions to the understanding of human drug metabolism and transport and the continued impact of his research in the area of drug discovery and development.

Hammock, who directs a laboratory of more than 40 scientists and students, explores the biochemical basis of human and environment interactions and their implications for improving both human and environmental health. For more than 35 years, Hammock has worked on the mechanism of certain hydrolytic enzymes and their effect on human health. His work has helped identify new targets for the action of drugs and other compounds to improve health and predict risk from various environmental chemicals.

Hammock will be honored by ASPET at an April event in San Diego.

Bruce Hammock
(530) 752-7519


Elana Peach-Fine: USAID Award for Scientific Excellence

Peach_febElana Peach-Fine, who works as a project analyst in the CA&ES International Programs Office, was honored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for work she did as a graduate student with the Horticulture Collaborative Research Program (Horticulture CRSP) at UC Davis. The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, a USAID advisory board appointed by the president, selected Peach-Fine for its “Award for Scientific Excellence” at a meeting held in January in Washington, D.C.

Peach-Fine recently completed master’s degrees in international agricultural development and in plant pathology. Her work with the Horticulture CRSP included managing its Trellis Fund, which pairs U.S. graduate students with organizations in developing countries to work on fruit and vegetable projects. Horticulture CRSP has funded 37 Trellis projects in 14 countries through a process largely run by graduate students.

Currently Peach-Fine works on agricultural projects in Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, and Ecuador. In the photo, Peach-Fine is on the left, receiving an award from Raj Shah, chief administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Elana Peach-Fine
CA&ES International Programs Office



CA&ES Award of Distinction: Call for Nominations

Nominations are due Friday, March 14, for the CA&ES Award of Distinction, to be awarded to outstanding alumni, friends, faculty, and staff at the annual College Celebration event that will be held on October 10, 2014, at the UC Davis Pavilion. The nomination packet can be found at Nominations can be submitted online (same website) or by email.

The awards are extremely competitive. Out of courtesy and respect for the nominees, please keep the nominations confidential. The dean will contact the recipients chosen by the selection committee. Nominators and supporters will also be notified.

Carrie Cloud
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 204-7500


Kinsella Memorial Prize: Call for Nominations

Nominations are due Monday, March 17, for the Kinsella Memorial Prize, which goes to the CA&ES graduate student with the most outstanding Ph.D. dissertation submitted to Graduate Studies from March 9, 2013 through March 7, 2014. The major professor of the recipient must have a CA&ES appointment.

Each graduate group/program may submit one nomination. Nominations from the graduate group/program chair should include: the name and department of the major professor, a one-page abstract of the dissertation, and a letter (maximum of three pages) that elaborates on the following:

  • the quality and originality of the work
  • the multidisciplinary impact of the research
  • the importance of the research to the college’s mission to serve agriculture, the environment, and human health and development

The CA&ES Graduate Education Subcommittee will make the selection, and the winner will be announced during the Graduate Studies Commencement ceremony.

Please send nominations to Brenda Nakamoto in the CA&ES Dean’s Office.

Brenda Nakamoto
CA&ES Dean’s Office
(530) 752-1606


ANR Distinguished Service Awards: Call for Nominations

Online nominations are due February 21 by 5 p.m. for the ANR Distinguished Service Awards, which are sponsored by ANR and Academic Assembly Council. ANR academics and staff are invited to nominate their colleagues or themselves for outstanding achievement.

The ANR Distinguished Service Awards recognize service and academic excellence in UC Cooperative Extension over a significant period of time. The awards highlight the use of innovative methods and the integration of research, extension, and leadership.

These awards recognize and reward outstanding accomplishments in six areas:

  • Research
  • Extension
  • Team
  • Leader
  • Staff
  • New Academic

For award criteria and instructions for submission, see

Joe Grant
UC Cooperative Extension


Photo Gallery: Women Feeding the World

womenfeedingtheworld_febA photo gallery from a January event called "Women Feeding the World: Farmers, Mothers, and CEOs" is on display at the Memorial Union in the first-floor CoHo until the end of the quarter. The photos are part of this year's Campus Community Book Project on the book, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide."

The photos depict women in a variety of roles related to food—including bean farmers, beekeepers, and breastfeeding mothers—in California and around the world.

More than 80 photos were submitted by UC Davis students, faculty, staff, and community members based on personal and professional experiences. Though 12 selected photos are on display in the MU, many others are available for viewing online at

A number of campus and community organizations came together to sponsor the event and its gallery, including: the Blum Center, Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program, International Programs Office, and Program in International and Community Nutrition. Additional sponsors include the World Food Center, Office of Campus Community Relations, Women's Resources and Research Center, and the off-campus organization Freedom from Hunger.

Brenda Dawson
Horticulture CRSP
(530) 752-7992


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 17. Dates and topics for remaining seminars include:

  • February 24— Extracting Authentic Information Contents from Binary Network and Matrix Data: A Novel Way to Analyze Biological Data
  • March 3— Behavior and Welfare of Zoo Animals: Observations, Ideas and Experiments
  • March 10— Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle
  • March 17— Comparative Lipid Metabolism in a Piglet Model of Pediatric Nutrition and Intestinal Health

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


California Water Policy Seminar Series

The California Water Policy Seminar Series, “Reconciling Ecosystem and Economy,” is open to the public and meets Mondays from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. in 146 Olson Hall through March 17. The seminars are sponsored by the Center for Watershed Sciences (John Muir Institute of the Environment), the California Environmental Law and Policy Center (UC Davis School of Law), and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dates and topics for remaining seminars include:

  • February 24— Farms, floods, fowl and fish on the Yolo Bypass
  • March 3— Law perspective
  • March 10— Science and ecosystem reconciliation for the Delta
  • March 17— Prospects for ecosystem reconciliation

Chris Bowman
Center for Watershed Sciences
(530) 754-7250


Landscape Architecture Winter Seminar Series

The landscape architecture program hosts a series of lectures open to the public, to be held Fridays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 234 Wellman. The lecture series focuses on the role of landscapes and environmental design within the context of the city. Dates and topics for remaining seminars include:

  • February 21— Experiments in participatory urbanism in Barcelona
  • February 28— Hinterlands in the city: networked infrastructure
  • March 7— Urban rain design
  • March 14— Smarter sidewalks

Annabel Vera
Landscape Architecture
(530) 752-3907


Arboretum Events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

  • Folk Music Jam Session
    Fridays, February 14 and 28, 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.
  • Guided Tour: All Things Acacia
    Saturday, March 1, 2 p.m., Putah Creek Lodge.
    Enjoy an early spring display of yellow blossoms on this guided tour of the Eric E. Conn Acacia Grove. The grove features more than 50 different acacias from around the world.
  • Storytime through the Seasons: Expedition to Africa
    Sunday, March 2, 1–3 p.m., Arboretum Headquarters (rain location: 146 Environmental Horticulture).
    Take a safari to Africa with this free, outdoor reading program in the Acacia Grove for children and families. All ages are welcome. The event is sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors.
  • Walk with Warren
    Wednesday, March 12, noon to 1 p.m., Gazebo.
    Join Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for an always engaging noontime exploration of the arboretum’s redbud collection.




Water Management Best Practices Seminar: February 20, 2014

“Best Practices for Vine Water Management to Maximize Vine Health and Winegrape Quality” will be held Thursday, February 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Freeborn Hall. Hosted by the Department of Viticulture and Technology and VENSource, the event will feature experts to discuss better management of water, and how careful monitoring and delivery of water can be used to maximize yields and make better wine. There will also be a panel of vineyard managers who have practiced sustainable water management, and a panel of winemakers who have received the benefit of those practices.

The seminar is designed for wine professionals with some chemical and technical background. Registration is $200, including a continental breakfast, lunch, and all handouts. To register online, visit

Linda Bisson
Department of Viticulture and Enology
(530) 752-3835


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

The Soil Science Society of America meeting will be held March 6–9 in Sacramento, focusing 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


Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day: March 7–8, 2014

CA&ES will hold the annual Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Field Day on Friday and Saturday, March 7–8. Field Day gives secondary students the opportunity to compete in various agriculturally based judging contests. It is open to FFA and 4-H high school students from California and surrounding states. Approximately 3,000 students come to UC Davis to compete in the 24 contests. CA&ES students organize the event; CA&ES faculty and staff are invited to volunteer as judges for the following contests: job interview, agriscience fair, and creed recitation. No experience for judges required.

For more information about volunteering or the event, contact the 2014 Field Day coordinator at or call or (530) 752-0922.

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


Seed Central/Food Networking Event and Talk: March 13, 2014

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 March 13 event will begin with networking at 4:30 p.m. in the Buehler Alumni Center. The March speakers include Cooperative Extension specialist Diane Barrett, a fruit and vegetable products expert, and one of her doctoral students, Ali Bouzari, who is also a chef. The topic will be “Seed to Fork: A Scientific and Culinary Perspective on the Importance of Flavor.” Speakers begin at 6 p.m.

The event is free, but an RSVP is requested. More information is available at

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


Pollinator Gardening Workshop: March 15, 2014

Loken_Pollinator_febLearn about the pollinators that live in your backyard and about the plants used to attract them at a Pollinator Gardening Workshop, to be held March 15 in 1001 Giedt Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop is sponsored by the California Center for Urban Horticulture. The workshop costs $40, which includes parking, continental breakfast, and lunch. For an agenda and more information, visit

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


Science Communication Workshop: March 24, 2014

“From Science to Storytelling: Effective Communication for Policy Change” will be held Monday, March 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Big Hanna Room of Asmundson Hall. The workshop will help teach academic researchers working on climate change and agriculture how to convey the results of scientific research to legislators and government. Using discussion, role play, expert advice from media consultants, and individual exercises, presenters will explore the challenges of translating scientific findings to policymakers and advocates, and will offer some tools for improving communications skills. Presenters are from California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) and Resource Media. The free event is supported by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Contact Renata Brillinger at CalCAN to inquire about attending, listing your name, department, institution, and phone number.

Renata Brillinger
(707) 823-8278


Fruit Ripening and Retail Handling Workshop: March 25–26, 2014

The UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center presents the annual Fruit Ripening and Retail Handling Workshop, to be held on campus March 25–26. 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.

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

Penny Stockdale
UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center
(530) 752-7672


Sensory Evaluation of Olive Oil Certificate Course: May 9–10, 2014

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 $495 before March 9, and $550 after March 9. For registration, see

Penny Stockdale
UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center
(530) 752-7672


Postharvest Technology Short Course: June 16–27, 2014

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

Penny Stockdale
UC Davis Postharvest Technology
(530) 752-7672


Ag Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy June 24–26, 2014

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

Niki Peterson
Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
(530) 400-9531


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