Dean's Message, January 2017: 

What a wild and wet start to 2017! After years of drought, all the rain and snow of recent weeks is certainly a welcome sight.
We recognize that in California we can quickly move from one extreme of weather to another. Helping our communities prepare for uncertain water availability underlies significant research here in the college. 

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Sierra Nevada Brewing owners establish endowment

Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and his wife, Katie Gosner, have presented UC Davis with a $2 million gift to support the campus’s renowned brewing science program. The gift establishes an endowment to provide ongoing funding for a full-time staff brewing position.
Tapped for excellence

Seed industry recognition for Allen Van Deynze

Allen Van Deynze, research director with the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis, has been
recognized with the Public Plant Breeding Award from the National Council of Commercial Plant
Breeders. His accomplishments in research and communication are acknowledged.
Outstanding in his field

Breeding hill-climbing cows could help rangeland

A team of researchers, including UC Davis animal science geneticist Juan Medrano, is working to develop an easy, inexpensive genetic test to help ranchers improve cattle distribution by breeding cows that prefer to graze on hillsides and away from sensitive riparian areas.
A home on the range

New machine simulates human digestion

A food engineering lab at UC Davis has developed a mechanical digestive system that is providing
information that ultimately could improve human nutrition. “Our goal is to quantitatively describe food breakdown, transport, and absorption to optimize food quality and functionality,” said food scientist and engineer Gail Bornhorst.
A question of digestion

Scientist wins UC President’s Award to study wildfire impacts

Research ecologist Rahel Sollmann, an assistant professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and
Conservation Biology, has received funding from UC President Janet Napolitano to study how megafires disrupt forest ecosystems and food web and pollination networks.
Fired up

Action Jackson, prolific and personable donkey, dead at 29

Action Jackson, the 29-year-old donkey who sired more than 500 donkeys and mules at UC Davis, has died. The talkative, light-colored stud with a rose tint entertained visitors to the Horse Barn since he was donated to the university in 1996 to become a resident member of the animal science department’s breeding herd. 
Happy trails old friend

UC Davis professors on the road at World Ag Expo

Sixteen CA&ES professors and specialists are scheduled to give presentations February 14 at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. Livestock production, vineyard mechanization, emerging diseases in tree crops, keeping pesticides out of water, coping with drought on rangelands, and promoting economic opportunity for young adults are some of the topics. Link here to see a detailed agenda of speakers, topics, and locations. World Ag Expo, celebrating its 50 th year, is “a marketplace and celebration of all things ag.”
Learn more here. 
 
Check out the CA&ES calendar to learn more about educational events in the college. Urban Food Production in the Digital Age, A Closer Look at Western Flower Thrips, and Introduction to Groundwater and Watershed Hydrology are all coming up in the next few weeks. Learn more on the CA&ES Calendar.
CA&ES Calendar
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