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April 14, 2016

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A message from Associate Dean Ed Lewis:
Spring is a good time for a visit to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

04 deanThe biggest honey bee party in the world just ended for 2016. The California almonds are pollinated, and the bees that were invited from around the country (as the guests of California almond growers) have been taken home, or at least to other crops. This is an annual ritual that has been part of the California landscape for decades, but lately has grown considerably. 

At UC Davis, we have faculty, staff, students, special laboratory space (the Harry H. Laidlaw, Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility), and outreach that is all focused on the life and times of bees. Most of this work is located in our Department of Entomology and Nematology. We also have the Honey and Pollination Center, which is part of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. In other words, bees are important at UC Davis.

What is the fate of honey bees and other pollinators? How can people help them survive? How can we learn more about these creatures on which so much of our food depends? These questions and many others about pollinators are being addressed by UC Davis faculty and students. A large portion of the outreach program is conducted at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (, which is a public garden and an outdoor museum tailored for visitors to learn about bees and the plants that support them. 

Of course, not all crops are pollinated by honey bees, nor can honey bees pollinate all types of crops. How many species of bees are there? In California, there are 1,600 native species, and this excludes the familiar, but non-native European honey bee. In the honey bee haven, 85 species of bees have been seen visiting more than 250 different species of plants. 

In 2015, the garden had around 4,000 visitors, which included school groups, guided tours, special programs, and others with an interest in bees. Or perhaps their interest was in what they should plant in their backyards that has minimal watering requirements, pretty flowers, and will attract bees. All of this information and more is available on the garden’s website. But you can’t smell the flowers there. It’s spring: go visit the garden.

Ed Lewis, Associate Dean
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences




Bruce Hammock receives first McGiff award for pioneering research

04 hammockDistinguished professor of entomology Bruce Hammock is the first recipient of the John C. McGiff Memorial Award for his pioneering contributions to eicosanoid research.

Eicosanoids are a class of fats that are regulatory rather than being nutritional or structural. They regulate blood pressure, childbirth, pain, inflammation, tissue repair, and other phenomena. More than 75 percent of the world's medications work on the eicosanoid pathway. These include such familiar drugs as aspirin and ibuprofen.

Hammock, who holds a joint appointment with the Department of Entomology and Nematology and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, received the award during the International Winter Eicosanoid (WEC) Conference, held March 13–16 in Baltimore. Hammock delivered the McGiff Memorial Lecture on “Epoxide Hydrolase Inhibitors as Biochemical Probes and Drug Candidates.”

"Jack McGiff's generation told us how aspirin worked and provided humanity with a collection of new pharmaceuticals, which has greatly improved the health of man and his companion animals," Hammock told his fellow scientists. “Jack himself was an inspiring scientist explaining regulation of the renal and cardiovascular systems. He not only founded this international conference but for decades he has been its inspiration, encouraging collegiality and collaboration while demanding uncompromising science."

Read more in this blog post. 

Bruce Hammock
Department of Entomology and Nematology


Edwin Lewis wins award of excellence for work on integrated pest management

04 edlewisCA&ES Associate Dean Edwin Lewis, a professor in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, is the winner of the 2016 Award of Excellence in Integrated Pest Management from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America.

Lewis’ research seeks to understand why and how organisms find, recognize, assess, and exploit resources. His lab engages in studies of behavior, population ecology, community ecology, and evolutionary biology with several groups of insects, nematodes, and bacteria. Practical applications include biological control of crop pests, predicting the impact of crop management on pests and beneficial organisms, and restoration ecology. “I see no difference between what is traditionally called ‘basic’ and ‘applied' research,” Lewis says. “The links of nearly all of the work in my laboratory to agricultural or environmental concerns are explicit.”

Lewis was honored at the organization’s annual meeting April 3–6 in Honolulu.

Edwin Lewis, Associate Dean
Department of Entomology and Nematology


Alumnus Daniel Mountjoy to receive Bradford–Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award

04 mountjoyUC Davis alumnus Daniel Mountjoy, director of resource stewardship at the organization Sustainable Conservation, is the 2016 recipient of the Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award.

The annual award from the Agricultural Sustainability Institute will be presented to Mountjoy on April 27 at the UC Davis Conference Center during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony. Following the presentation, distinguished speaker Patrick Mulvaney, owner of Mulvaney’s B&L restaurant in Sacramento and a local farm-to-fork pioneer, will speak on leadership in sustainable food systems.

The Bradford–Rominger award honors individuals who exhibit the leadership, work ethic, and integrity epitomized by the late Eric Bradford, a livestock geneticist who gave 50 years of service to UC Davis, and the late Charlie Rominger, a fifth-generation Yolo County farmer and land preservationist.

Mountjoy has spent more than 20 years working to protect California’s natural resources for future generations. At the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, he led an award-winning conservation outreach program for farmers working marginal land surrounding Elkhorn Slough. Working with multiple government agencies, he helped create a first-of-its-kind, simple, and fast permit process that lets owners quickly start restoration projects on their land. Now, as director of resource stewardship at Sustainable Conservation, Mountjoy has been able to scale up his permit simplification efforts to the entire state of California.

Mountjoy (Ph.D., ’95, human ecology) conducted his doctoral research at UC Davis on strategies to improve cross-cultural communication for resource management with Hispanic farmers. His multidisciplinary approach involved work in agricultural economics, soil science, and applied behavioral science, leading to an analysis of erosion control by strawberry farmers on the Central Coast.

Aubrey White
Agricultural Sustainability Institute


Peter Moyle selected as a fellow of the Ecological Society of America

04 moylePeter Moyle, a distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, has been selected as a fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

Moyle is a leading authority on California freshwater fish and has been a UC Davis educator since 1972. He has a prolific record of publishing, with more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, 10 books, and close to 400 non peer-reviewed papers, presentations, op-ed pieces, and other publications. His textbook, “Fishes: An Introduction to Ichthyology” (co-authored with department colleague Joe Cech), is now in its fifth edition. Moyle also authored “Inland Fishes of California” and, with the sponsorship of California Trout, a book about the status of and solutions for restoring trout, steelhead, and salmon populations, “SOS: California’s Native Fish Crisis.”

With his vast knowledge of California fish and aquatic ecosystems, Moyle has been drawn into the public arena of water management in the state. He has championed the use of existing (but unenforced) laws to ensure adequate release of water from dams for fish, most prominently in litigation involving Putah Creek and the San Joaquin River. Moyle also was responsible for quantifying the decline of delta smelt, a key indicator species of Delta ecosystem health.

Moyle will be honored during the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Fort Lauderdale this August.

Peter Moyle
Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology




Arboretum and Public Garden events

For more information, visit the arboretum website:

Walking in the Woods with Chemistry
Now through June 30, Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, Mediterranean Collection, Conifer Collection, Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants
Explore this temporary exhibit to discover how a plant can cure cancer, what plant molecules create the smell in soap and perfume, and how a plant defends itself chemically. Spread across several collections in the arboretum, this exhibit shows some of the research of chemistry professor Dean Tantillo, plant biology professor Philipp Zerbe, and chemistry Ph.D. candidate Nhu Nguyen. Learn more about the exhibit.

Hummingbirds in Your Garden
Sunday, April 17, 1 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Nearly 15 percent of hummingbird species are considered vulnerable to extinction. Attend this free public program to learn more about creating a backyard habitat for hummingbirds. Professor Lisa Tell, a veterinarian and director of the Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program at the School of Veterinary Medicine, will discuss current research. Joining her will be Mary Patterson, a longtime arboretum volunteer and expert gardener. She will share tips for creating a backyard habitat for hummingbirds.

Folk Music Jam Session
Friday, April 22, May 6 and 20, June 3 and 17, noon to 1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour next to the redwood grove. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.

Arboretum Public Plant Sale
Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Find the right plants to replace your lawn. This plant sale features one of the area’s largest selections of attractive, drought-tolerant, easy-care plants, including many California natives and Arboretum All-Stars. Members of Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden save 10 percent on their plant purchases. New members will receive an additional $10 coupon.

Birdstrike! Improv Comedy Theatre
Saturday, April 23, 6 to 7 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Enjoy a 30-minute comedy show, followed by a brief workshop on improv basics. Come ready to laugh and participate. This event will contain mature content and lots of humor but is not appropriate for children. Sponsored by the Arboretum Ambassadors.

Arboretum Photo Scavenger Hunt
Monday, April 25–Monday, May 9, multiple arboretum locations
For two weeks, everyone is invited to explore features of the arboretum in a photo scavenger hunt. Ten spots will be revealed through the arboretum’s Facebook event page on April 25. Participants will have two weeks to upload their photos to the same Facebook event page with the hashtag #ArbPhotoHunt. Best photos will be selected, prizes awarded, and exhibited through other arboretum social media.

Stargazing in the White Flower Garden
Friday, May 6, 9 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Join the Arboretum Ambassadors and the UC Davis Astronomy Club for a free night of stargazing. Not only will this special night mark a new moon, it will also be the peak of the Eta Aquarids meteor shower, which can produce up to 30 meteors an hour. Bring a flashlight, blankets, warm clothes, and snacks. Warm beverages will be provided. Appropriate for the whole family.

An Untitled Project Involving Bodies, Dirt, and Space
Saturday, May 7–Sunday, May 8, various times and arboretum locations (see below)
In this project, performance artist, author, actress, and visiting theater and dance professor Margaret Laurena Kemp crafts a multidisciplinary experience among the arboretum’s gardens and collections. Three performances include:

  • Where Does the Blue Sky Start? — 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Shields Grove
  • Ghosting — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, travels west from the Arboretum GATEway Garden
  • Make, Take, Break — 2:45 to 5 p.m., Sunday, east of the Arboretum Gazebo

Walks with Warren
Wednesdays, May 11, June 8, noon to 1 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Join Warren Roberts, arboretum superintendent emeritus, for an engaging noontime exploration of spring in the arboretum’s gardens and collections.

Arboretum Plant Clearance Sale
Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Find the right plants to replace the lawn at great prices. Everything will be marked down during this final sale of the spring season. Choose from one of the area’s largest selections of attractive, low-water, easy-care, regionally appropriate plants, including California natives and Arboretum All-Stars. Members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum save an additional 10 percent off clearance prices.

Bugtopia: Discover the Wonders of Insects
Sunday, May 15, 1 to 3 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Learn about the hidden insect wonders of the arboretum from the UC Davis Entomology Club members and the GATEways outreach program volunteers. Find out more about the UC Davis Arboretum, insect names, trapping methods, and ecology.

Wild Family Day
Saturday, May 22, noon to 3 p.m., Arboretum GATEway Garden (adjacent to Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Join Wild Campus — a UC Davis student organization dedicated to the conservation of local flora and fauna — in partnership with the Arboretum and Public Garden for its annual Wild Family Day. Enjoy games and activities, as well as educational displays and live animals. For more details, email .

Reading of the Creative Writing Masters Program
Wednesday, June 8, Wyatt Deck
The UC Davis Creative Writing MA program and the arboretum present the fifth annual student reading. Graduating writers will read selections from their work.

Camp Shakespeare
The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble and the arboretum invite youth to participate in Camp Shakespeare.

Summer of Heroes (ages 8–12): session one is July 7–22, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; session two is July 25–August 5, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shields Oak Grove
Campers will take on some of the greatest heroes in Shakespeare and beyond: Henry V, Joan of Arc, Romeo, Juliet, Imogen, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Through theater games and acting workshops, campers will explore how these classic characters changed their worlds by fighting for what is right. In the final show, campers perform these heroic journeys accompanied by original music, fun dances, and dynamic sword fights.

Teen camp (ages 13-18): July 25–August 5, Monday–Friday, 9 a. m. to 3 p.m., Shields Oak Grove and TBA
This camp is designed for teenagers wanting to sharpen their acting skills. Campers will also explore heroism with the characters listed above. Camp content will include stage combat, acting workshops, movement techniques, improvisation training, and more.

For more details and online enrollment, visit




Seed Central networking event: April 14, 2016

Seed Central hosts speakers and networking events that bring together seed and food industry professionals, UC Davis faculty, scientists, and students. The April 14 event will be held in the UC Davis Buehler Alumni Center.

Networking takes place from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by featured speaker Michael Gumina, CEO of RiceTec AG. His topic is Hybrid Rice: A Global Perspective. Click here to register for this event.

Future speakers include:

  • April 28 (Salinas) — Steven Knapp, professor of plant sciences and director of the UC Davis Strawberry Breeding Program. He will discuss reformation and expansion of the UC Davis Strawberry Breeding Program.
  • May 12 — Diane Barrett, UC Davis Cooperative Extension specialist, Department of Food Science and Technology. She will discuss 20-plus years of processing tomato research in the Barret lab. This event will also include a special session showcasing cutting-edge technologies. Presenters include Heiner Lieth, professor and Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences; Julin Maloof, professor in the Department of Plant Biology; and Melanie Yelton, director of research with Lumigrow Inc.

Kathy Esparza
Department of Plant Sciences


102nd annual Picnic Day celebration: April 16, 2016

Celebrate UC Davis on April 16 at this family friendly extravaganza. It’s free for all to come and experience the diversity and achievement in research, teaching, public service, and campus life. To find out more about Picnic Day activities, including directions and parking, visit:


A breeder-friendly approach to intellectual property protection: April 18, 2016

Seed Central presents a USDA informational session, PVP — a breeder-friendly approach to intellectual property protection, at 10 a.m. April 18. (PVP stands for Plant Variety Protection.)

Location for the presentation is room 3001 of the Plant and Environmental Sciences Building. The speaker is Ruihong Guo, deputy administrator of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Science and Technology Program.

Kathy Esparza
Seed Central


Native Bee Day: April 23, 2016

The Davis Science Collective, a group of UC Davis graduate students who enjoy science outreach, will host a free "Native Bee Day" from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 23 at the Davis Public Library, 315 E. 14th St., Davis.

Graduate student Shahla Farzan says activities and live demonstrations include a pollen display, how pollination works, live mason bees and carpenter bees, bees of the world, and differences between bees, flies, and wasps. The interactive event is geared toward families and won’t include any formal talks. No reservations are required. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Kathy Garvey
Department of Entomology and Nematology


Ag Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy: April 25–27, 2016

Innovators working in the food and agriculture fields are invited to apply for the Ag Innovation Entrepreneurship Academy to be held April 25–27 at the Buehler Alumni Center.

The academy, designed for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty, was developed by the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (part of the Graduate School of Management). Participants will spend three days focused on building a business idea. Daily seminars and interactive sessions will be taught by leading innovators. Evening mentoring sessions will be held with industry executives and investors.

A keynote address will be delivered April 25 by Kat Taylor, founding director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation and co-founder/co-CEO of Beneficial Bank. Taylor’s foundation is dedicated to inspiring a sustainable food system through ranching, trainings, tours, research, and school food and garden programs. She will speak during the academy’s opening mixer, which is open to the public.

Registration is $250 for California university or college students and faculty; $500 for out-of-state students or faculty; and $1,500 for participants with no university affiliation. To learn more and to apply.

Amber Harris
Niki Peterson
Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Rose Weekend: April 30 and May 1, 2016

The California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) and Foundation Plant Services (FPS) will hold Rose Weekend 2016 on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event takes place at FPS, located west of the main campus at 455 Hopkins Road.

Bus tours held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. both days will showcase eight acres of FPS roses open to the public just for this event. An information booth staffed with UC Master Gardeners will be open both days with rosarians to answer rose and other gardening questions. On Saturday, FPS will demonstrate how tissue culture is used to eliminate viruses in roses. Guest speakers include Jacques Ferare of Star Roses and rose breeder Jim Sproul will present on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

There is no cost to attend and registration is not required. Just show up. Free mini roses will be offered while supplies last. A large assortment of roses will also be available for purchase. Proceeds support CCUH programs.

Kate Lincoln
California Center for Urban Horticulture


Agricultural health and safety from a farmer’s perspective: May 6, 2016

Patty Rominger of Rominger Brothers Farms will present a seminar May 6 from 4 to 5 p.m. for the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety. She will discuss agricultural health and safety from a farmer’s perspective.

Location of the seminar is the Center for Health and the Environment on Old Davis Road about one mile south of campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. No parking permit is required.

Suzette Smiley-Jewell

Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety



Second Annual UC Davis Bee Symposium: May 7, 2016

The second annual UC Davis Bee Symposium will be held May 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the UC Davis Conference Center.

The symposium — Keeping Bees Healthy — is sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Honey and Pollination Center and the Department of Entomology and Nematology. This educational program is designed for beekeepers of all experience levels, including gardeners, farmers, and anyone interested in the world of pollination and bees.

Keynote speakers include Yves Le Conte, director of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, Paris, and Dennis vanEnglesdorp, professor of entomology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Le Conte will speak about honey bees that survive varroa mite. VanEnglesdorp focuses his research on pollinator health and engages in large-scale monitoring of bee colonies. Additional speakers include Rachel Vannette and Brian Johnson, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, Quinn McFrederick, UC Riverside Department of Entomology, and Claire Kremen, UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Read more in this blog post.

Tickets are $80 ($20 for students), which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a post-event reception. To register and learn more.

Amina Harris
Liz Luu
Honey and Pollination Center


Mondavi lecture to address generational change in the wine industry: May 17, 2016

On May 17, the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science welcomes Michael Mondavi and son Rob Mondavi Jr. to the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater. They will address Generational Changes of the Wine Industry.

The event is part of the Walt Klenz Lectureship Series, which brings world-famous winemakers and wine industry professionals to UC Davis. Michael Mondavi’s career began in 1966, when he and his late father, Robert, cofounded the Robert Mondavi Winery. They are widely credited with helping build the Napa Valley wine industry. Michael Mondavi has received many wine industry accolades. Rob Mondavi Jr. joined the Robert Mondavi Corporation in 2000 and eventually became director of marketing. In 2004, he was appointed president of winemaking for Michael Mondavi Family Estate and today oversees all grape growing and winemaking for wines produced under the M, Animo, and Emblem brands.

The event is free to students and $10 for others. Registration is required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. A reception will follow in the lobby of the sensory building.

Stephanie Shimada
Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science


Postdoctoral Research Symposium: May 18, 2016

UC Davis postdoctoral researchers will give 10-minute talks and display posters at a research symposium to be held May 18 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center.

This year the symposium will include two concurrent panel discussions focusing on different aspects of postdoctoral research. Best speaker and poster awards will be announced at a ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. At the ceremony the president’s and chancellor’s fellows, as well as the winner of the award for excellence in postdoctoral research, will be announced.

More than 270 participants attended the inaugural symposium in May 2015. There were 54 oral presentations and 49 poster presentations from at least eight different schools or colleges at UC Davis. Some of the topics covered included agriculture, engineering, languages, medicine, physics, psychology, food science, plant biology, plant pathology, and veterinary science. Prizes were given to the best speaker in each session and for the top five posters.

The entire campus community is welcome to attend this free symposium. Lunch will be provided to all pre-registered attendees. To learn more, please visit the UC Davis Postdoctoral Research Symposium website. Visit the symposium’s Facebook page.

Nicky Creux
Department of Plant Biology


Honey Sensory Experience: May 20–21, 2016

The Robert Mondavi Institute’s Honey and Pollination Center will be holding a “Honey Sensory Experience” May 20–21 in the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater.

Participants will learn about sensory evaluation techniques, the history of honey, nutritional information, favorite recipes, pollen analysis, a flavor wheel, and Italian tasting techniques. There will be honeys from all over the world for tasting. Instructors include Darrell Corti, owner of Corti Brothers; Orietta Gianjorio, trained sommelier and EU certified olive oil taster; Amina Harris, director of the Honey and Pollination Center; Sue Langstaff, owner of Applied Sensory; and Gian Luigi Marcazzan, president of the Italian Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey.

Registration is $600 until April 18; $675 thereafter. To register and learn more.

Amina Harris
Liz Luu
Honey and Pollination Center



CA&ES annual spring faculty meeting: May 26, 2016

The annual spring faculty meeting for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will be held May 26 in the Student Community Center multipurpose room from 4 to 6 p.m. Mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Brenda Nakamoto
CA&ES Dean’s Office


Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course: June 13–24, 2016

Enrollment is open for the 38th annual Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course to be held June 13–24 at the UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and field locations.

This two-week course is an intensive study of the biology and current technologies used for handling fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals in California. The first week will be held at the ARC and features lectures and demonstrations on a broad spectrum of postharvest topics. The second (optional) week is a field tour visiting a variety of postharvest operations. The enrollment fee is $2,250 for the first week and $3,150 (plus additional lodging fees) for both weeks. To learn more please visit the course website.

Penny Stockdale
UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center


Sensory evaluation of olive oil: June 14–17, 2016

The UC Davis Olive Center will hold a certificate course, Sensory Evaluation of Olive Oil, June 14–17 at the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Silverado Sensory Theater.

This course is for the professional buyer, importer, category manager, producer, or anyone who wants to gain expertise in evaluating olive oil. The course will be taught by renowned sensory, chemistry, and policy experts. The lessons are suitable for tasters at any level of experience. Attendees will evaluate more than 60 oils, learn about positive attributes and common defects, receive sensory panel training, experiment with olive oil blending, and receive a master certificate upon course completion.

Registration for the four-day course is $1,025 before April 18 and $1,275 thereafter. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and beverages featuring local and seasonal ingredients. Participants will also receive a booklet and a flash drive with presentation slides and supplemental materials, a “defects wheel” for olive oil, a tasting kit with samples, and an official blue tasting glass. To register and learn more.

Shirley Li
UC Davis Olive Center


Licensing academy on intellectual property and technology transfer: June 20, 2016

The UC Davis School of Law and the UC Davis Public Intellectual Property Resource in Agriculture (PIPRA) program will be holding a training academy for lawyers, technology transfer officers, academics, and inventors on June 20 at the UC Davis School of Law. This is the sixth year for the academy.

Speakers include UC Davis professors and world-class intellectual property (IP) managers, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. The June program also features talks by intellectual property managers and technology transfer officers from Innovation Access, program managers from Corporate Relations and the Graduate School of Management, and leaders from other campus partners, as well as IP professionals from Silicon Valley and Sacramento. Cost is $3,140, and partial scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Contact Kate Asche in the School of Law to register.

A similar program was held March 1 in Mexico. To learn more about these academies.

Kate Asche
UC Davis School of Law


International agricultural groundwater conference in San Francisco: June 28–30, 2016

An international conference on agricultural groundwater, organized by UC Davis and the Water Education Foundation, will be held June 28–30 in the Hyatt Regency at the San Francisco Airport.

Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture 2016: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy will focus on the latest scientific, management, legal, and policy advances for sustaining groundwater resources in agricultural regions throughout the world. The conference will bring together agricultural water managers, regulatory agency personnel, policy and decision makers, scientists, NGOs, agricultural leaders, and consultants working at the nexus of groundwater and agriculture.

The conference addresses a wide range of topics:

  • Sustainable groundwater management
  • Groundwater quality protection
  • Groundwater and surface water interactions
  • Groundwater and energy nexus
  • Agricultural BMPs for groundwater management and protection
  • Monitoring, data collection/management/assessment, modeling tools
  • Agricultural groundwater management, regulation, and economics.

For more information on the 2016 conference and on the topics covered during the first conference in 2010.

Thomas Harter
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources


Fresh-Cut Products Workshop — Maintaining Quality and Safety: September 13–15, 2016

The UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center will hold the 20th annual Fresh-Cut Products Workshop September 13–15 at the Buehler Alumni Center.

This workshop provides an intensive overview of many aspects of fresh-cut production, processing, packaging, distribution, and quality assurance. Participants gain working knowledge of established and new procedures through topic-related sessions and demonstrations. The workshop will feature discussions on fresh-cut marketing, new packaging, product physiology, microbial control, and sensory evaluation. A practical demonstration on the impact of temperature on packaged product quality reinforces all the temperature-related discussions.

This workshop is designed for food scientists, food engineers, quality assurance personnel, and new product development staff, as well as representatives of research institutions, the restaurant and institutional food industries, and equipment, packaging, and ingredient suppliers. The enrollment fee is $1,150 and includes all instruction, course materials, lunches, and morning and afternoon snacks, in addition to an evening networking reception. For more information and to register.

Penny Stockdale

Postharvest Technology Center



Master Milling Certificate Course: September 20–23, 2016

The UC Davis Olive Center will hold its Master Milling Certificate Course September 20–23 at the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Silverado Sensory Theater.

The course will be led by Leandro Ravetti, among the world’s top experts in olive oil processing, growing, and standards. As executive director of Australia’s Boundary Bend Limited, he has helped guide the company to rapid growth, optimum efficiency, and top awards at international olive oil competitions.

The cost of the four-day course is $1,025. Last day to register online is September 14. A field trip to three Yolo County olive oil processors is included. To learn more and to register.

Dan Flynn

UC Davis Olive Center


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