March 10, 2016

Dean Helene R. Dillard
Dean Helene R. Dillard

A message from Dean Helene Dillard: We are all part of the development team

I recently attended a workshop designed specifically for deans engaged in development. The workshop was hosted by CASE — Council for Advancement and Support of Education. There is no question that private funds add value to our college programs, and I was grateful to have the opportunity to learn how to better support the faculty, staff, and students.

One of the themes of the workshop was that, while the dean should play an important part in development, everyone is a member of the “development team.” Faculty interact with our students and our external stakeholders, frequently inspiring them to invest in UC Davis. Staff throughout the college also have opportunities for impact and inspiration — from welcoming visitors to campus to advising students toward academic success.

Thank you all for what you are already doing to position UC Davis as a welcoming institution and a place worthy of financial investment. We hope we may call on you to participate in the structuring of gifts when people you have inspired contact me or the development staff.

A second major theme was the importance of setting priorities. The first round of calls for “Big Ideas” has been completed. The Campaign Steering Committee received nearly 200 submissions from faculty, staff, and students. The ideas that best meet the criteria, including being transformational and building on our strengths or capacity for success, are being further refined. Our college faculty and staff authored or collaborated on many of the big ideas submitted. 

I am grateful I have your ideas so that I can share them with our donors, and I will keep you posted as the campaign progresses. Thank you for taking the time to be creative about the future of UC Davis, and keep up the great work that you do every day.

Helene R. Dillard, Dean

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences



Bruce German and Carl Winter honored by Institute of Food Technologists

Bruce German
Bruce German

Professor Bruce German of the Department of Food Science and Technology has been selected to receive the 2016 Institute of Food Technologists' Gilbert A. Leveille Award and Lectureship. Awarded in partnership with the American Society of Nutrition, the Gilbert A. Leveille Award recognizes outstanding research and/or public service at the interface between the disciplines of nutrition and food science, over a period of five years or more, that has contributed to improved health and well-being. German is director of the UC Davis Foods for Health Institute.

Carl Winter
Carl Winter

UC Cooperative Extension food toxicologist Carl Winter, also of the Department of Food Science and Technology, has been selected to receive the 2016 Institute of Food Technologists' Bernard L. Oser Food Ingredient Safety Award. This award honors an Institute of Food Technologists member for his or her contribution to the scientific knowledge of food ingredient safety or leadership in establishing principles for food ingredient safety evaluation or regulation. Winter is director of the FoodSafe program at UC Davis.

Both will receive their awards in a ceremony of the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting and Exposition in Chicago on July 16, 2016.

Bruce German
Department of Food Science and Technology

Carl Winter
Department of Food Science and Technology


Lynn Kimsey chosen for 2016 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award

Lynn Kimsey
Lynn Kimsey

Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology at UC Davis, is the 2016 recipient of the Academic Senate's Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award.

The award is presented annually to recognize a faculty member's significant public service contributions that benefit the local, regional, national, and/or international community. “Your public service contributions over the years have been truly outstanding, and we are delighted and honored to be able to recognize them publicly,” said Robin Erbacher, chair of the Committee on Public Service.

Kimsey will be honored at a combined Academic Senate/Academic Federation awards ceremony during the spring quarter. Read more in a blog post by entomology writer Kathy Garvey.

Lynn Kimsey
Department of Entomology and Nematology


William Reisen receives award from American Mosquito Control Association

William Reisen
William Reisen

UC Davis medical entomologist and emeritus professor William Reisen, internationally known for his mosquito research and public service, received the Meritorious Service Award from the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) at the 2016 annual meeting held in February in Savannah, Georgia.  

Founded in 1935, the AMCA is a scientific and educational public service organization that provides leadership, information, and education for the suppression of mosquitoes and other vector-transmitted diseases. A plaque in Reisen’s honor reads, “In recognition of outstanding service to the AMCA and for contributions to the science of mosquito ecology and bionomics and to the epidemiology and control of arboviruses."

Working closely with the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California and the California Department of Public Health, Reisen was instrumental in molding the California arbovirus surveillance diagnostics, data management, and reporting statewide into an effective decision support system for intervention. Read more in a blog post by entomology writer Kathy Garvey.

William Reisen
Department of Entomology and Nematology




UC Davis Meat Lab fares well in collegiate competition

Meat Lab
Meat Lab

For the eighth consecutive year, UC Davis earned top honors in the annual Cured and Processed Meats Championships, held at Chico State University in February. Held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the California Association of Meat Processors, the competition was open to processors of cured and smoked hams, bacons, jerky, and snack sticks, as well as various sausages.

Five universities from California competed in the collegiate division. Under the direction of animal science Meat Lab manager Caleb Sehnert, the Meat Lab crew accumulated enough points to win the Norm Eggen Award. This award is given to the high team overall in the collegiate division, which UC Davis has won four times out of the four years it has been presented. Individual UC Davis students won awards as well.

Caleb Sehnert
UC Davis Animal Science Meat Lab


CA&ES Award of Distinction nominations due by March 18, 2016

Nominations for outstanding individuals to be considered for the college's Award of Distinction are due by March 18. These annual awards recognize the accomplishments of a small number of outstanding alumni, young alumni, friends, faculty, and staff to be honored at College Celebration next October 14.

One or more individuals who meet the criteria can be nominated. The nomination packet can be found at Nominations should be kept confidential. CA&ES Dean Helene Dillard will personally contact the recipients chosen by the selection committee. Nominators and supporters will also be notified.

Award of Distinction recipients will be honored at the 28th annual College Celebration on Friday evening, October 14, at the UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center Pavilion.

Carrie Cloud

CA&ES Dean’s Office



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. See a map of the arboretum for location of exhibits.

Folk Music Jam Session
Friday, March 11, noon to 1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.

Member Appreciation Plant Sale
Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Support the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden at the Member Appreciation Plant Sale. All members receive 10 percent off their purchases and an additional $10 off as an appreciation gift. The plant sale will have a great selection of Arboretum All-Stars, California natives, and other drought-tolerant plants. Public plant sales will be held April 2, April 23, and May 14.




Seed Central networking event: March 10, 2016

Seed Central hosts speakers and networking events that bring together seed and food industry professionals, UC Davis faculty, scientists, and students. The March 10 event will be held in the UC Davis Conference Center.

Networking takes place from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by featured speaker Phyllis Himmel, director, Collaboration for Plant Pathogen Strain Identification (CPPSI). She will discuss CPPSI.

Future speakers include:

  • April 14 — Michael Gumina, global CEO, RiceTec AG
  • April 28 (Salinas) — Steven Knapp, professor of plant sciences and director of the UC Davis Strawberry Breeding Program
  • May 12 — Diane Barrett, UC Davis Cooperative Extension specialist, Department of Food Science and Technology (This event will also include a special session showcasing cutting-edge technologies. Michael Siminovitch, director of the California Lighting Technology Center, will moderate a panel of experts.)

Kathy Esparza
Department of Plant Sciences


Michael Tuohy presides at “Great Chef” event: April 2, 2016

As part of the Robert Mondavi Institute’s “Great Chef Series,” renowned chef Michael Tuohy will showcase his culinary skills on Saturday, April 2.

Tuohy began his career in his hometown of San Francisco, and launched the Italian-themed Caffe Quadro. Throughout his career Tuohy’s menu creations have brought critical acclaim, including at Sacramento restaurants such as the Grange, Lowbrau Bierhall, and the Block Butcher Bar. He joined Legends Hospitality in 2014 as executive chef for the new Golden 1 Center, where the Sacramento Kings basketball team will play starting next season.

Participants registering for the full-day April 2 program will join Tuohy with hands-on cooking and wine pairings. On the menu are roasted spring and fennel soup, roasted beet and carrot salad, roasted leg of lamb with polenta and salsa verde, and orange-almond olive oil cake. The afternoon session includes a discussion with Touhy and David Bos, the owner of Bos Wines in Napa, about local food and drink, and organic/biodynamic farming. It will also include food and beverage tastings, such as UC Davis olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, vegetables, and honey.

Full-day registration is $250; the afternoon session only is $50 ($25 for students). To learn more and to register.

Stephanie Shimada

Robert Mondavi Institute



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

Seed Central presents a USDA informational session, Plant Variety Protection (PVP) — a breeder-friendly approach to intellectual property protection, at 12:30 p.m. on April 18. Location for the presentation is the UC Davis Conference Center. The speaker is Ruihong Guo, deputy administrator of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Science and Technology Program.

Kathy Esparza
Seed Central


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. Deadline to submit an abstract is March 25.

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 and like the symposium’s Facebook page.

Nicky Creux
Department of Plant Biology


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 now 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, and 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