Congratulations to the 2008 Recipients of the CNR Awards.
l-r: Louise Ozawa, Professor Carolyn Merchant, Professor Barbara Allen-Diaz (representing Mr. Russell Rustici, who was unable to attend), and Professor Sofia Villas-Boas
Russell Rustici, Civil Engineering '48, was honored with the CNR Citation. This is the College's highest award, honoring individuals, couples, groups or organizations such as donors, volunteers, alumni, advisory board members, or friends of the College who have made extraordinary contributions to the CNR community. Recipients are honored for their extraordinary commitment of time, sharing their expertise, advocacy and outreach, and/or private support to the College, its students, and its programs. The Citation recognizes those who have made a significant impact and have demonstrated an exceptional commitment the mission of the College.
The other 2008 CNR Award winners are:
Professor Carolyn Merchant
Career Achievement Award
Professor Sofia Villas-Boas
Young Faculty/CE Specialist Award
Dr. Maggi Kelly, geospatial imaging expert, honored for 'excellence in education'
Maggi Kelly, director of CNR's Geospatial Imaging & Informatics Facility, associate cooperative extension specialist, and adjunct associate professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, recently earned the "Excellence in Education" award from the California Geographic Information Association.
The award honors programs with an extraordinary approach, contribution, development or commitment to GIS education in California. Nominees are judged on the basis of the breadth of courses offered, accessibility of classes, population served, technical facilities, and post-graduation support.
Kelly's research and outreach program has several themes and is informed by the disciplines of GIS science, geography, and landscape ecology. She links ecological patterns with process in spatially heterogeneous and dynamic landscapes -- providing data and expertise needed to understand current and projected drivers of landscape change in California. Her approach also embraces the evaluation of new technologies and development of best practices for ecological monitoring and landscape quantification. She is particularly interested in integrating high spatial resolution remotely sensed imagery and output from new active sensors with innovative image processing and spatial modeling techniques.
Many of Kelly's workshops combine instructor led classes with Internet-based workbooks. Both introductory and advanced classes are available.
CNR Environmental Science Major Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
Senior Environmental Science major Daniel Song was watching the second round of the NCAA basketball tournament when he found the thick manila envelope addressed to him from the Fulbright Foundation.
“My heart skipped a beat,” he said. “I think it suffices to say I was ecstatic.”
Song, whose research has previously taken him to the Gump Station on Moorea, Cyprus, Turkey, and Washington D.C., will be spending a year as a Fulbright Scholar studying plants and bees on a Greek Island. The project is an extension of work he did last summer on the relationship between pollinators and a pesky species called the Yellow Star Thistle that has invaded California.
“Essentially I’ll be sitting outside in a thicket of thorny Yellow Star Thistle observing beetles, flies, bumble bees, solitary bees, and honeybees take sweet nectar from the flowers,” he said.
Want to play golf like Tiger Woods? The trick may be to play against him. A study conducted by Agriculture and Natural Resources Ph.D. candidate Jennifer Brown has shown that golfers may actually play better when pitted against a superstar like Woods. Brown analyzed over twenty thousand golf matches and factored in weather and course conditions to determine that golfers played an average of one stroke better when facing off against Woods.
Notice a rise in the cost of a loaf of bread at the supermarket? You’re not alone. Overall, retail food prices in the United States have increased 4.4 percent in the last year. Other parts of the world have been harder hit and extreme food shortages have lead to riots and civil unrest.
David Zilberman, professor of Agriculture and Resources Economics at CNR, has been studying food trends for thirty years. He thinks drought, biofuels, transportation costs as well as increased income and demand for food imports in Asia are responsible for the increase in food prices.
Sudden Oak Death pathogen is evolving, says new study that reconstructs the epidemic
BERKELEY – The pathogen responsible for Sudden Oak Death first got its grip in California's forests outside a nursery in Santa Cruz and at Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County before spreading out to eventually kill millions of oaks and tanoaks along the Pacific Coast, according to a new study led by researchers. It provides, for the first time, evidence of how the epidemic unfolded in this state.
"In this paper, we actually reconstruct the Sudden Oak Death epidemic," said Matteo Garbelotto, UC Berkeley associate extension specialist and adjunct professor, and principal investigator of the study. "We point to where the disease was introduced in the wild and where it spread from those introduction points."
New Madagascar conservation map protects maximum number of species in biodiversity hot spot
BERKELEY – An international team of researchers has developed a remarkable new roadmap for finding and protecting the best remaining holdouts for thousands of rare species that live only in Madagascar, considered one of the most significant biodiversity hot spots in the world.
In their conservation plan, the researchers not only included lemurs - those large-eyed, tree-hopping primates that have become poster children for conservation - but also species of ants, butterflies, frogs, geckos and plants.