May 26, 2000

Emmy Werner Wins UC-wide Award
Professor emerita Emmy Werner, Department of Human and Community Development, is the first UC Davis faculty member to win the UC-wide Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award. The award, given seven times over the past 16 years, recognizes UC emeritus faculty members, mainly in the humanities in social sciences, for scholarship or educational service "of outstanding character" in any year after retirement. Werner, an internationally recognized development psychologist, spent a lifetime studying how children cope when confronted with adversity. Since her retirement, she has published books on children of the westward migration, the Civil War and World War II. The UC Davis Emeriti Association focused on Werner's 1999 accomplishments in nominating her for the award. Last year, she published "Through the Eyes of Innocents: Children Witness World War II." Her book "Reluctant Witnesses: Children's Voices from the Civil War" was released in paperback, and she had six book chapters and one journal article published or accepted for publication. In 1999, Werner also presented six research papers at national or international conferences. Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef describes Werner as "a campus treasure." "She loves teaching, and she is a skillful scholar," he said.

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ANR Committee Service
The Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has three program planning advisory committees (PPAC) that review issues affecting the state and recommend adjustments to ANR's three-to-five-year program priorities, if needed. Committee members from the college are: Agricultural Resources Committee

  • Jim Thompson, chair, CE specialist 
    Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering
  • Hoy Carman, professor 
    Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics
  • James Oltjen, CE management systems specialist 
    Department of Animal Science
  • Larry Teuber, professor 
    Department of Agronomy & Range Science

Human Resource Committee

  • Carolyn Aldwin, professor 
    Department of Human & Community Development
  • Larry Harper, professor 
    Department of Human & Community Development
  • You-Lo Hsieh, professor 
    Division of Textiles & Clothing
  • Stephen Russell, CE specialist 
    Department of Human & Community Development
  • Trevor Suslow, CE specialist 
    Department of Vegetable Crops

Natural Resources Committee

  • John Carroll, professor 
    Department of Land, Air & Water Resources
  • Deanne Meyer, livestock waste specialist 
    Department of Animal Science
  • Terry Prichard, water management specialist 
    Department of Land, Air & Water Resources
  • Kate Scow, professor 
    Department of Land, Air & Water Resources
  • Kenneth Tate, CE rangeland specialist 
    Department of Agronomy & Range Science




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Two 2000 Commencement Ceremonies


The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will award almost 1,800 B.S. degrees in two ceremonies at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2000, in Recreation Hall. Astronaut Stephen K. Robinson of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Houston, Texas, will speak at both ceremonies. Robinson, an alumnus of the college and friend of the UC Davis campus, has logged over 1,400 hours in aircraft ranging from antique taildraggers to NASA jets and over 497 hours in space. He has been assigned as astronaut office representative for the Space Station Expedition 4 crew that is due to launch in early 2001.


Shirley Jordan

Commencement Coordinator

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

(530) 752-6972


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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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Landscape Structures Installed in Arboretum


"Exceptional!" That's how design professor Barbara Shawcroft, Department of Environmental Design, describes several of the 20 landscape structures recently installed in the UC Davis Arboretum. "They range from ephemeral - those that will stand for only a few days - to strongly supportive - those that will stay until deconstructed," Shawcroft explained. Thirty-one students of the Design 125, Structures in the Landscape class installed their landscape structures throughout the Arboretum this past week. They will be on view through June 5. When you step out the front door of Mrak Hall, turn to your left and step into the Arboretum. On your right in the redwood grove, you'll see a large-scale, geometric structure constructed from bamboo, rope and cellophane. It's colorful, creative and fun! The structure was designed by students Jessica Main and Karli Kane. In the same area, D'Arcy Stovall installed wood branches and ground leaves - swept into a circle. It's titled "Delicate Tracery." Other structures are found in Shield Oak Grove opposite the Medical Center and on the inner courtyard and on the outside façade wall of the Social Sciences Building. Take a look. They're exceptional!


Rhonda R. O'Brien

Program Representative

Department of Environmental Design

(530) 752-6223


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"Rare Blends 2000"


A music, food and wine festival benefitting the Department of Viticulture & Enology will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2000, at Richard's Grove and Saralee's Vineyard in Windsor, California. Tickets are $50 per person. The event features:

  • silent auction of barrel blends from 20 wineries
  • large, hard-to-find vintages
  • cooking demonstrations by graduates of the Culinary Institute of America
  • food
  • wine to taste
  • winemakers to meet
  • and more!



Check outRare Blends online




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Beef Cattle Symposium


Beef producers and others interested in the future of the nation's beef industry will meet on the UC Davis campus June 21, 2000, at a symposium titled "Visions for U.S. Beef Production." The symposium is being held in conjunction with the western sectional meeting of the American Society of Animal Science.


James W. Oltjen

Department of Animal Science

(530) 752-5650


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Development: Gifford Center for Population Studies


John and Mary Lou Gifford contributed $40,000 to support the position of director of the John P. Gifford Center for Population Studies.


Rick A. Swantz

Director of Development

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

(530) 752-7961


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Employment Study Available


Interested in a copy of a new employment study just published by the Office of Higher Education Programs at USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service that outlines five-year employment opportunity projections? ("Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in the Food and Agriculture Sciences, 2000-2005")


Check it outonline




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RFP: Bodega Marine Laboratory


Bodega Marine Laboratory is accepting applications for research and travel involving the Bodega Marine Laboratory and Reserve for 2000-2001. Special consideration will be given to new and collaborative projects utilizing the facilities of the laboratory and reserve. Applications from Academic Senate members, Academic Federation members with PI status and graduate students are eligible for consideration.


Applications are availableonline





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RFP: California Policy Research Center


The California Policy Research Center (CPRC) is requesting proposals from UC faculty to conduct research on significant policy issues facing California. Investigators who receive grants will report their findings to state government officials and others interested in California policy issues through written reports and public briefings. CPRC welcomes proposals on all topics that examine current and anticipated state policies, develop policy approaches and/or evaluate policy implementation. Collaborative and interdisciplinary projects are encouraged, including proposals submitted by researchers from more than one UC campus.


CPRC online




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