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Archived News

Save the Date: 140th Anniversary Alumni Celebration now scheduled for May 4, 2021

August 06, 2020

April 15, 2020 marked the 140th Anniversary of the founding of the Department of Viticulture and Enology.  Unfortunately, as many of you know, we were unable to celebrate in person on April 24, 2020 as originally planned. We had previously scheduled a new date of December 9, 2020, however the decision has been made to postpone the event to May 4th, 2021. Due to the current uncertainty around when it will be safe to gather again, we hope that this date will allow more people to attend.

On April 24th, 2020, we held a virtual toast to mark the occasion of the anniversary. 

White Paper: Successful management and mitigation of smoke exposed grapes: A needs assessment of the Pacific Coast grape and wine industry

August 04, 2020

In recent years, the grape and wine industry in the western United States has experienced repeated smoke exposures from wildfires. These have resulted in wines with characteristic off aromas and flavors that have come to be known as smoke taint. There are examples of smoke tainted wines from at least five of the past ten vintages from California, Oregon or Washington State; all three states produced affected wines in 2017 and 2018.

Course Profile: VEN 101C

August 04, 2020

During the Spring 2020 quarter, Drs. Megan Bartlett and Andy Walker had to transition from teaching VEN 101C – Viticultural Practices – in the vineyard to online via Zoom. The class typically focuses on field-oriented experiences in the principles and practices of grapevine production, including vineyard establishment, vine training, trellising, canopy management practices, irrigation and water management, and methods of crop adjustment for improvement of fruit quality. Normally a very hands-on course, Walker and Bartlett adapted to a new way of teaching.  

Viticulture and Enology Welcomes New Program Representative

August 04, 2020

The Department of Viticulture and Enology would like to welcome Caroline Firman as its new Program Representative. Caroline will manage program logistics and events for the extension portion of the Department’s mission and work closely with the chair to manage Executive Leadership Board responsibilities. Caroline is a UC Davis alumna (Music, 2006) and comes to the department with over twelve years of experience in the nonprofit and event planning fields.

Viticulture and Enology chair David Block elected fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers

August 04, 2020

Professor David Block, chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The honor affirms the high esteem with which his colleagues and peers view his distinctive professional achievements and accomplishments.

You can read more about David Block and the Fellowship in John Stumbos' article.

The UCD V&E Extension Team has been busy!

August 03, 2020

Since January 2020, we have run 16 programs and had a Booth and hosted a reception at the Unified Symposium. Our first On Campus program of 2020, organized by Kaan Kurtural (Cooperative Extension Specialist, Viticulture) was a UC Davis Winter Grape Day on January 21. Our second and last in-person program to date took place on March 4, and was titled, “Advanced grapevine irrigation scheduling and management.” Even though we could not gather in person due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it was important for us to continue to communicate with our stakeholders.

Associate Specialist - DiCaprio Lab

October 01, 2020
RECRUITMENT PERIOD

Open date: October 1st, 2020

Next review date: Friday, Oct 16, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, Oct 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Iron Brew Undergrad Winners Featured on UC Davis News/Dateline

July 28, 2020

Congratulations to Iron Brew Competition winners (and FST Brewing Science undergrads) Baoluo Gao, Charlie Thudium, Andres Rugama, and Eitan Newfield, who along with Anheuser-Busch Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences Dr. Glen Fox, made the UC Davis main News page and are featured in Dateline UC Davis.  The beer from the winning team is on sale now at supporting brewing partner Sudwerk, and in stores next week after August 3rd (details in article).

FST Team takes 2nd place in 30th Annual IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition

July 20, 2020

Congratulations to UC Davis Food Science and Technology's Faba Friends Product Development Team for winning second place in the 30th Annual IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition!   The competition was part of SHIFT20 (IFT’s virtual annual expo, held June 22-23rd).  The team consisted of recent graduates Kat Fernandez (team captain), Josh Bjurman, Jacqueline Yee, and Amanda Ting, and 4th year undergraduates Mirai Miura, Andy Leung, Myhan Nguyen, and Thomas Nguyen. 

FST Emeritus John Bruhn Celebrates 50-year IFT Member Anniversary

July 07, 2020

John C. Bruhn, FST Cooperative Extension Specialist Emeritus, is celebrating his 50-year anniversary as an IFT member.  As related by IFT's Margaret Malochleb in the June, 2020 issue of Food Technology magazine, "For John Bruhn, extension specialist emeritus at the University of California, Davis, IFT has been a part of his life since his university days. “IFT captured my attention first when I was awarded the IFT Gerber Scholarship as a junior (1957) and senior (1958) at Michigan State University,” he says.

Raw Milk May Do More Harm Than Good Zann Gates June 30, 2020
Not Properly Stored, It’s a Source of Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes

A team of University of California, Davis researchers, including co-author and FST's Peter J. Shields Chair of Dairy Food Science David Mills and postdoctoral researcher Jinxin Liu, found that raw or unpasteurized cows’ milk from U.S.

Study Finds 82 Percent of Avocado Oil Rancid or Mixed With Other Oils

June 19, 2020
FST's Selina Wang Says Standards Needed to Protect Consumers and Industry

Consumer demand is rising for all things avocado, including oil made from the fruit. Avocado oil is a great source of vitamins, minerals and the type of fats associated with reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But according to new research from food science experts at the University of California, Davis, the vast majority of avocado oil sold in the U.S. is of poor quality, mislabeled or adulterated with other oils.

Luxin Wang is PI on Major NIFA Food Safety Grant to Reduce Foodborne Illness

June 18, 2020

UC Davis received nearly $1 million (of $8 million awarded nationally) for two grants from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in the subject area Food Safety and Defense. The overall grant program is to develop tools to detect and eliminate allergens, infections, or other contaminants in foods. NIFA support enables scientists to develop new and innovative technologies for food processing, manufacturing, and packaging that ensure a safe and abundant food supply. The grants are part of NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

Kat Fernandez, finalist for the IFTSA Excellence in Leadership Award

June 10, 2020

Congratulations to recent 2020 Food Science & Technology graduate, Kat Fernandez, for being selected as one of three finalists for the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association's (IFTSA) Excellence in Leadership Award for the Undergraduate Category.  The award recognizes those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their execution of student activities that furthers the mission of IFT.  Great achievement, Kat!

Kat Fernandez: a finalist for the IFTSA Excellence in Leadership Award

June 10, 2020

Congratulations to recent 2020 Food Science & Technology graduate, Kat Fernandez, for being selected as one of three finalists for the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association's (IFTSA) Excellence in Leadership Award for the Undergraduate Category.  The award recognizes those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their execution of student activities that furthers the mission of IFT.  Great achievement, Kat!