Dean's Message, February 2017: 

Faculty diversity is an important issue for our college that is receiving some welcome assistance from the State of California in the form of a $2 million budget appropriation to the University of California.
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Homegrown experts help clean and beautify Arboretum Waterway 

UC Davis has a secret weapon in its mission to clean and beautify the Arboretum Waterway: homegrown expertise. An expanding group of undergraduate students—led by Randy Dahlgren, a professor and world leader in water-quality biogeochemistry—will sample the water and provide important analysis throughout the university's multiyear effort to enhance the Arboretum Waterway. 
Hands-on water-quality experience

Three CA&ES faculty among new crop of Chancellor’s Fellows

Three of the 11 newly announced Chancellor’s Fellows are faculty members in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Daniela Barile, Department of Food Science and Technology; Nann Fangue, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology; and Tina Jeoh, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. 
Fine fellows from CA&ES

Honoring diversity achievements

Katherine Parpana, an academic counselor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is among the recipients of the 2017 Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community. The awards honor achievements by faculty, staff, students, and local citizens who contribute to the development and well-being of UC Davis’ diverse and evolving community.
Chancellor’s achievement award

Animal science students win mule packing competition 

Packing a mule requires skill. Doing it quickly, working with unfamiliar animals, competing in an arena against other collegians, and making sure no equipment falls off before your mule crosses the finish line—that challenge was met by four UC Davis animal science students who took a first-place win in the 2016 Intercollegiate Packing Competition. 
Students saddle up

UC Davis researchers sequence arabica coffee genome

The first public genome sequence for Coffee arabica, the species responsible for more than 70 percent of the world’s coffee production, has been released by UC Davis researchers. Sequencing of the C. Arabica genome is particularly meaningful for California, where coffee plants are being grown commercially for the first time in the continental United States.
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Virtual reality tool made more accessible to all researchers 

Virtual reality software used by UC Davis scientists to study everything from earthquakes to molecular biology in a 3-D “cave” can now run on some off-the-shelf gaming VR headsets. Now all researchers can download free software and applications to create their own virtual reality environments without the need for expensive projectors and screens. 
Rendering new realities
Students will have an opportunity to learn about careers in crop and plant health at an industry networking dinner February 22. Learn more about this and other public events on the CA&ES Calendar.
CA&ES Calendar
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