May 05, 2000

Dolph Gotelli Receives Faculty Service Award
Professor Dolph Gotelli, Department of Environmental Design, received one of three 2000 Distinguished Public Service Awards from UC Davis colleagues. The annual award was established in 1990 to recognize faculty members who have made distinguished public service contributions to the community, state, national and world throughout their professional careers. During the past 25 years, Gotelli has created more than 180 exhibitions or lectures for nonprofit organizations and 40+ exhibitions, lectures and event consultations for public organizations. His Christmas exhibition at the Filoli Mansion in Woodside was a fundraiser for maintenance of the mansion and Filoli Gardens. Gotelli filled the main ballroom of the mansion with vignettes from his personal collection of holiday memorabilia. According to Patricia Harrison, chair of the design program in the environmental design department, Gotelli has presented six exhibitions annually to more than 10,000 visitors in the Design Gallery located in Walker Hall. Typically, the exhibitions relate to some aspect of design, folk or ethnic arts. In 1989, Gotelli founded Design Alliance, a community-based organization that supports the Design Gallery. Gotelli participates in the Asia Pacific Applied Arts Forum, an international group of designers committed to sharing the arts and culture of their nations via the Web. He serves as U.S. coordinator/curator. "Dolph has expanded public awareness and appreciation of visual communication, cultural heritage and the creative spirits of people," Harrison said. Margaret Johns, law school senior lecturer, and Cornelia Schulz, art professor, also received the 2000 Distinguished Public Service Award.

Dolph E. Gotelli
Department of Environmental Design
(530) 752-2589

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Donald Bell Elected Poultry Science Association Fellow
Extension poultry specialist Donald Bell, Department of Animal Science, was elected Fellow of the Poultry Science Association in recognition of his internationally known research in cage layer management, flock recycling, beak trimming, egg quality and egg marketing, as well as for his service to the industry. The honorary title 'Fellow' was bestowed upon only two U.S. citizens this year by the association. According to department chair Gary Anderson, Bell has contributed to educational programs throughout the world. "Don also co-authored the fourth edition of 'Commercial Chicken Production Manual,'" Anderson said, "the most comprehensive reference text on the subject." Bell received his B.S. in poultry science from UC Davis in 1955. He has served as a UC poultry advisor and specialist for 41 years.

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Carl Winter Rocks on "California Heartland"
Sacramento's KVIE-Channel 6 presents a segment featuring Carl Winter, director of the UC Davis FoodSafe Program, on "California Heartland" at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2000, and 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 11. The segment was developed from footage taken at a performance Winter gave before his Science and Society 1 class, from an interview at his "spare bedroom studio" and from an interview in his kitchen where he shares "health tips." Winter, a Cooperative Extension food toxicologist in the Department of Food Science & Technology, writes lyrics to old songs and produces CD parodies to educate the public about risks posed from pesticide residues on food. He has performed at conferences and meetings throughout the country.

Check outCarl Winter's website

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Gail Feenstra Co-authors Regional Cookbook
Food systems analyst Gail Feenstra, UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, is an authority on the relationship between sustainable agriculture and rural community development. She is a contributing author to the recently published book "Cooking Fresh From the Bay Area." It is the newest in the Eating Fresh Guides regional cookbook series connecting consumers to local agriculture. Feenstra discusses community impacts of farmers markets.

Gail Feenstra
(530) 752-8408

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Annual Spring Faculty Meeting
The annual spring faculty meeting of Academic Senate and Academic Federation members of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will be held Wednesday, June 7, 2000, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Alpha Gamma Rho Hall of the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Participants are invited to arrive at 3:50 p.m. for refreshments.

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May in the Arboretum
May 5
"Every Paradise is a Lost Paradise: The Garden as Literary Image"
Gail Finney, professor, comparative literature, UC Davis

May 12
"Planting Sculpture, Sculpting Plants"
Marcia Donahue, artist, Berkeley

May 19 
"Native American Gardens" 
Sage La Pena

May 26 
"A Garden in Every School" 
Arden Bucklin, coordinator, San Francisco School Gardens

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Development News: Animal Science
Professor emeritus Robert Laben and his wife Dorothy contributed $10,000 to the Department of Animal Science to establish an undergraduate educational enhancement fund. Income from the fund will be used to help students participate in internships, special meetings, programs or activities supplemental to their regular academic programs. Proceeds from the fund will be available to all animal science students in good standing. "We're just concerned that good kids are missing out on opportunities for personal growth because they are short on resources," Laben said. "We'd hate to see a student miss an internship or employment opportunity because he or she could not afford to attend a meeting or make it to a job interview."

Rick A. Swantz
Director of Development
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
(530) 752-7961

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Satellite Broadcast: "Partners"
Episode 3 of the "Partners" video magazine will be broadcast via satellite on Tuesday, May 9, 2000. The episode focuses on the issue of food safety and features three stories: 1. Faculty and staff at the University of Maryland/Eastern Shore working with local seafood and poultry industries to ensure the quality of the products they sell; 2. Researchers at Oklahoma State University looking at different ways to eliminate food-borne pathogens from meats; 3. Extension specialists at Cornell University promoting fresh produce grown with minimal use of pesticides. Satellite information for this broadcast: Date: May 9, 2000 Time: 1:00-1:45 p.m., e.d.t. Test and Tone: 1:00-1:10 p.m., e.d.t. Program: 1:10-1:45 p.m., e.d.t. Program Length: 31:18 C-Band Satellite: Telstar 5 Transponder: 24 Channel: 24 Polarity: Horizontal Location: 97 degrees west Downlink Frequency: 4180 MHz Audio Channels: 6.2 and 6.8 Trouble Number: 202/720-8559 (day of broadcast only) You are encouraged to downlink and record this satellite broadcast. Feel free to make copies and share this program with interested colleagues. "Partners" is the video magazine that highlights the programs and accomplishments of the agricultural research, education, and Extension systems nationwide. The program is presented by Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tom Willis
(202) 720-2047

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ANR 2000-01 Catalog
The UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) published its 2000-01 catalog featuring extensive publications, posters, videos and slide sets. Included is a listing of crops and livestock with state-of-the-art information on environmentally sound pest control, irrigation management and scheduling and other production information. Other subject headings include aquaculture, beekeeping, forest management, marine resources, pasture and range management, small farms, soils and water and sustainable agriculture. Backyard gardeners will find a wealth of information on pest control, drip irrigation, tree hazards, vegetable gardening and related subjects. Home canners will find nearly two dozen leaflets on food preserving.

Order from theANR Catalog online

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Water Education Foundation

  1. Bay-Delta Tour, June 28-30, 2000
  2. 2000 Update on Water Law & Policy, July 13-14, 2000, San Diego
  3. Publication: "MTBE Risks and Issues"
  4. Publication: "Hydroexplorer"
  5. Publication: "Water & the Shaping of California"
  6. Slide Card: Introduction to the Colorado River
  7. Elementary School Program: Water is Our Future
  8. Water Awareness Materials Sale!





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Call for Applications: Plant Science Award


Applications for the Milton D. and Mary M. Miller Plant Science Award are available to active UC Cooperative Extension employees and graduate and undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens with an interest in Cooperative Extension careers. Deadline: June 1, 2000


Or, visit theAgronomy Department website




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RFP: Digital Media Innovation Program


Grants of up to $15,000 are available to support activities that: 1. Communicate novel and significant advances in digital technology and media research at UC through the creation and development of prototypes to be featured for industry and other collaborative partnership/research purposes in association with Digital Media Innovation (DiMI). Such prototypes enhance opportunities to generate DiMI proposal prospects. 2. Enhance faculty, student and staff understanding of commercial digital technology and media research, technology transfer and opportunities for cooperative research with private sponsors. 3. Assess and improve university approaches to technology transfer and administration of industry-sponsored research. Proposals may be submitted by UC faculty and staff whose professional responsibilities are substantially related to the conduct or administration of digital technology and media research at the university. Completed proposals may be submitted in letter form at any time, but no later than three months prior to the proposed activity. Proposals should be two pages to five pages in length.


Anne Deane

Associate Director

Digital Media Innovation Program

(805) 893-8661


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