A Message From the Dean: December 2019

Konnie the outreach duck from the Raveling Waterfowl Research Program in a wreath.
See Konnie the wood duck and more college animals in this year’s holiday video at caes.ucdavis.edu/holiday.

A year of accomplishment

As 2019 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to look back on the year captured in images. The efforts of our faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends really do make a difference in keeping the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the forefront of the issues facing our rapidly changing world. Please scroll down to enjoy some of the highlights from this past year. Wishing all the best for you and your families during the holidays and throughout the year ahead.

 

Five new strawberry varieties were released that will help growers manage diseases, control costs, use fewer inputs and produce plenty of tasty, robust berries for consumers.

Five new strawberry varieties were released that will help growers manage diseases, control costs, use fewer inputs and produce plenty of tasty, robust berries for consumers.

 

Each spring the college holds an event where scholarship recipients get a chance to meet with the donors who are helping make their dreams come true.

Each spring the college holds an event where scholarship recipients get a chance to meet with the donors who are helping make their dreams come true.

 

The college offered a new class—Introduction to Drone Flying. Students learn about the nuances of these unmanned aircraft systems and how to fly them safely.

The college offered a new class—Introduction to Drone Flying. Students learned about the nuances of these unmanned aircraft systems and how to fly them safely.

 

Clinical nutrition student Christina Roldan checks a blood pressure kit with global disease biology undergraduate Maria Hernandez at a Knights Landing clinic for medically underserved populations.

Clinical nutrition student Christina Roldan checks a blood pressure kit with global disease biology undergraduate Maria Hernandez at a Knights Landing clinic for medically underserved populations.

 

In June, 1,673 students symbolically embarked on the next phase of their lives at one of two commencement ceremonies for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

In June, 1,673 students symbolically embarked on the next phase of their lives at one of two commencement ceremonies for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 

 

Every fall we host an ice cream social to help our new students learn about programs, clubs and activities, and get a good start to the school year.

Every fall we host an ice cream social to help our new students learn about programs, clubs and activities, and get a good start to the school year. 

 

The discovery of a promising antifungal microbe in a state park led to new legislation that creates a way for researchers to commercialize scientific discoveries.

The discovery of a promising antifungal microbe in a state park by Johan Leveau, a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, led to new legislation that creates a way for researchers to commercialize scientific discoveries.

 

Animal Science Professor Anita Oberbauer won the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. Her “Companion Animal Biology” class is as popular as ever.

Animal Science Professor Anita Oberbauer won the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. Her “Companion Animal Biology” class is as popular as ever.

 

College Celebration never disappoints. For 31 years now CA&ES has acknowledged Award of Distinction recipients and each other in a festive fall gathering of good food, libation and camaraderie.

College Celebration never disappoints. For 31 years now CA&ES has acknowledged Award of Distinction recipients and each other in a festive fall gathering of good food, libation and camaraderie.

 

Staff in the dean’s office did a great job leading the transition to UC Path, a new information technology system that modernizes how we deliver payroll, benefits and personnel services.

Staff in the dean’s office did a great job leading the transition to UC Path, a new information technology system that modernizes how we deliver payroll, benefits and personnel services.

 

UC Davis scientists are working hard to beat a plant disease that threatens California’s $7 billion citrus industry. Citrus greening turns fruit bitter and has devastated groves throughout the world.

UC Davis scientists are working hard to beat a plant disease that threatens California’s $7 billion citrus industry. Citrus greening turns fruit bitter and has devastated groves throughout the world.

 

Construction is nearing completion on eight advanced greenhouses that will support breeding, teaching and research on an array of species including cacao, which is rarely studied at public institutions.

Construction is nearing completion on eight advanced greenhouses that will support breeding, teaching and research on an array of species including cacao, which is rarely studied at public institutions.

 

Making Connections is a program that connects new college faculty with external partners throughout California. Three immersive tours are planned for the 2019-20 academic year.

Making Connections is a program that connects new college faculty with external partners throughout California. Three immersive tours are planned for the 2019-20 academic year.

 

Student Farm Director Katharina Ullman (left) talked with visiting Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and UC Davis Professor Ned Spang about community supported agriculture and food recovery programs helping students.

Student Farm Director Katharina Ullman (left) talked with visiting Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and UC Davis Professor Ned Spang about community supported agriculture and food recovery programs helping students.

 

Animal scientist Frank Mitloehner is one of many UC Davis faculty members who were honored in 2019 for outstanding accomplishments.

Animal scientist Frank Mitloehner is one of many UC Davis faculty members who were honored in 2019 for outstanding accomplishments.

 

UC Davis continued its long tradition of extending its agricultural knowledge to other countries. Cooperative Extension Specialist Elizabeth Mitcham shares her expertise with visitors from Egypt.

UC Davis continued its long tradition of extending agricultural knowledge to other countries. Cooperative Extension Specialist Elizabeth Mitcham shares her expertise with visitors from Egypt.

 

Measuring up: we continue to lead college rankings in many fields, including agriculture, plant and animal sciences, agricultural economics and policy and research impact in wildlife, fish and conservation biology.

Measuring up: we continue to lead college rankings in many fields, including agriculture, plant and animal sciences, agricultural economics and policy, and research impact in wildlife, fish and conservation biology.

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