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Important

logo Facts on arsenic in wine
Facts on Arsenic in Food and Beverages Including Wine
 Arsenic (As) is naturally found in soil and ground water. As such it is taken up by
plants and can be found in plant tissues...

UC Davis Viticulture and Enology On-the-road in Salinas
The Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis is going "On the Road" to Salinas, CA, bringing some of the latest grape and wine research to other regions around California.
These programs are geared toward wine and winegrape industry professionals. The topics presented in Salinas are mainly viticulture-focused, with one enology-focused presentation titled "Understanding cap extraction in red wine fermentations". We will also introduce our newest faculty member.

UC Davis Viticulture and Enology On-the-road in Parlier
Please join us Tuesday, March 31, 2015
8:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. for
UC Davis Viticulture and Enology
Ontheroad in Parlier
Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
9240 South Riverbend Avenue, Parlier, CA

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Announcements

 New Online Monthly Leave Form for Faculty and PostDocs
A new automated form to submit Monthly Leave has been implemented on the BFTV website.

ASEV Best Enology Paper 2015
The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) has selected the 2015 Best Paper Awards, with the generous support of J. Lohr Vineyards. The selected authors will be recognized at the Societys 66th National Conference on June 15-19 in Portland, Oregon.
The best enology paper was awarded to University of California, Davis, researchers Nicholas L. Shrake, Rajeevan Amirtharajah, Charles Brenneman, Roger Boulton and André Knoesen for In-Line Measurement of Color and Total Phenolics During Red Wine Fermentations Using a Light-Emitting Diode Sensor.

UCD Buy: VWR is moving to punch-out! Happens Feb. 5
The VWR catalog is moving from hosted to punch-out on Thursday, February 5th! This means that you will have access to a more complete catalog with real time pricing. We know many of you have looked forward to this transition.

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Events

 FST-V&E research symposium April 11
This community-building event will have faculty presentations, group discussions, poster sessions, lunch and reception

Join us to share your research and learn what others are doing at the RMI!

 UC Davis GIS Symposium, April 1, 2015
Campus faculty, staff, and students will offer sessions showcasing the breadth of UC Daviss GIS applications and skills improvement workshops. UC Davis GIS community members will provide examples of using GIS for natural resource management, transportation, community design, and social equity analysis. See PDF for details.

Upcoming On-the-Road events
Another On-the-Road event is coming up, with more on the way. Keep checking back for more dates of when we'll bring our research to you!

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Making News

 Chinese wine tasting tour coming to UC Davis
Chinese wine tasting and a tour of the worlds most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly winery will be part of a UC Davis conference on the history and modern appreciation of Chinese alcoholic beverages, or "jiu."

 Aspen Times Weekly: Wine 101
"The Davis kids are very analytical with a good understanding of science. The Fresno kids seem to be a little more hands on and have a feel for the work and the vineyards. And the San Luis Obispo kids are always the nicest kids in the world."

 University of California hires four viticulture advisors
Four new viticulture farm advisors were hired in the past year by the University of California to serve in San Joaquin Valley Extension office positions. These farm advisors cover the vast wine, table and raisin grape growing region that includes the counties of Kern, Kings, Tulare, Fresno, Madera, Merced and Mariposa.

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More Job Opportunities

Civil Engineering Undergraduate RA Position by Apr. 1
Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking an undergraduate research assistant for a pastured poultry project. The deadline for resumes is April 1st.


Fellowships

 Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity - begins 6/1/15
The Data Incubator is an intensive 7 week fellowship that prepares masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for fellows and supported by sponsorships from dozens of employers across multiple industries.


Faculty

Important SISS Updates: Recharge Fees; Processing Times; Taxes; Scholar Travel; Staff Changes; Med Center Reminder
Important information regarding international visiting scholars.

 The Most Read Articles of 2014
An article published by Diane Barrett, Food Science and Technology, and Michael Delwiche, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, et. al., makes the Top 10 most read articles in E&EC Research.

 The Office of Research is pleased to announce our 3rd RISE Symposium - Mar. 30
The Office of Research is pleased to announce our 3rd RISE Symposium.

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Staff

 Fighting powdery mildew on grapes
UC Davis researchers have uncovered important genetic clues about the pathogen that causes grape powdery mildew, among the most destructive vineyard pests throughout California and the world.

 Latest equipment for new wine research center in Richland, WA
Cutting-edge fermentation system advances WSU winemaking research by leaps and bounds with potential for close collaboration with UC Davis.

 Is a Great Wine Palate God Given, Learned or Bought?
UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Professor Sue Ebeler was quoted in a recent article by Lettie Teague, in the Wall Street Journal, titled,"Is a Great Wine Palate God Given, Learned or Bought?"

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Students

The March Safety Spotlight is available
The safety topic is: Health, Wellness and Nutrition.

 Grad student unpestered by adversity
Congratulations to Cindy Preto, a graduate of V and E, and now a graduate student in entomology. Her story is currently featured on the UC Davis website.

 Commencement participants
Viticulture and Enology was represented at this fall's commencement by three students receiving their B.S. in V and E.

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Alumni

 Corks seal a wine's fate: aging under natural vs synthetic closures
Viticulture and Enology Professor Andrew Waterhouse recently published a short article titled,"Corks seal a wine's fate: aging under natural vs synthetic closures" in "The Conversation." "The Conversation" is an online publishing platform whose goal is a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary.

 How Professor Ann Noble Inspired a Generation of Female Winemakers
Great shout out to Professor Emerita Ann Noble in this month's issue of Food and Wine magazine (January 2015). Page 75 in the print copy or follow the link! Way to go Ann!

 Molecular genetics ready to launch a golden age of winegrape breeding
We think you will be very interested in this article regarding Dr Andy Walker's long-term research into breeding disease-resistant nursery stock for the winegrape industry, and its very practical implications for the entire industry.

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Computing

Department Computer Lab - VEN Computing Lab - Rules
All currently registered Department of Viticulture & Enology students are eligible to use the computer lab.


Purchasing

2015 Mileage Rates
The University's mileage reimbursement rates for expenses incurred in connection with the business use of a private automobile will be revised in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service standard mileage rates published in Announcement IR 2011-69. The new rates are effective for expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2015.


Cluster Resources

BFTV cluster embraces Green Workplace Initiative
UC Davis is promoting "Green Offices" and "Green Laboratories" in the Gateway neighborhood, and each lab group and administrative unit have an opportunity to join the program. The Departments of Food Science and Viticulture & Enology, and the Administrative Offices of the BFTV Cluster are working to become certified.


Research

 UC Davis Winery Not Immune To Drought Impacts
UC Davis students in the viticulture and enology program have been getting a first-hand look at how drought impacts wine grape growing.

Presidents 2016 Budget Proposes Historic Investment to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria to Protect Public Health
We now have a national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, to better protect our children and grandchildren from the reemergence of diseases and infections that the world conquered decades ago.
- President Barack Obamas remarks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit, regarding the Executive Order to Combat Antibiotic Resistance, September 26, 2014

 Is winemaking an art or science?
UC Davis V and E Professor David Mills is quoted quite a bit in the following on-line article, discussing terroir, published in Cosmos. Cosmos publishes the latest science news through digital articles, a bi-monthly print magazine, a blog, a podcast, and weekly science updates.

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