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October 28, 2010

CAL Student Wins Prestigious Technology Prize

Iain Clark has won the prestigious 2010 International Huber Technology Prize in Munich, Germany, for his research on removing contaminants from groundwater. Clark, an Environmental Engineering Ph.D. student, competed in a contest entitled “Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment – New Solutions to Old Problems.” Iain works with Professor John D. Coates in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology and Professor Slav Hermanowicz in the Department of Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley.

Safe water is often taken for granted, but truly is a rare commodity in many parts of the world. Iain Clark’s third place prize, which came with an award of $2,000 Euro, presents an energy-efficient bioreactor for removing undesirable materials from groundwater, including perchlorate and nitrate. The reactor stimulates microbial reduction of these compounds using electricity.

Many students from Germany and throughout the world attended the conference in late September, entitled “The Huber Technology Prize 2010: Future Water”. Participants submitted their ideas, proposals and elaborate projects, all focusing on ways to create, deliver and maintain a fresh and safe water supply.

The award was presented by representatives of the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment in an official ceremony in Munich, Germany at an environmental technology trade fair. At the fair, Iain presented a poster, "Bio-electrically Stimulated Microbial Oxyanion Reduction," describing a method of electrochemically fueling microbial reduction of perchlorate, nitrate, and other oxyanions in groundwater.

First prize winner was Dr. Paritam Kumar Dutta of the University of Queensland, who won $5,000 Euro for a proposal on an energy-efficient method for the removal of sulfide from wastewater, and its recovery as a valuable material. Second prize went to Dr. Kilian Langenbach of the Technical University of Munich, who won $3,000 to research that provides the scientific basis to better understand the processes going on in slow sand filters, and improve their dimensioning in the future.

October 21, 2010

Morgan Hall Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The college recently completed renovation of lab spaces in the lower level of Morgan Hall. The project has been submitted for LEED certification. A private ribbon cutting ceremony and reception to honor project supporters was held Friday September 24.

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Oil Spill Aftermath

Environmental Science and Corporate Responsibility

Recovering from the explosion and spill that resulted in 4.9 million barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico — a wound in the earth that could not be staunched for nearly three months — requires our best minds. Discover Cal offers perspectives from Berkeley experts about the effects on the environment and efforts to make oil companies more careful, accountable, and socially responsible.

Speakers include:
Terry Hazen is head of the Ecology Department, Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Microbial Communities Department at the Joint BioEnergy Institute.

Kellie McElhaney is the Alexander Faculty Fellow and the founding faculty director of the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Thomas Azwell is a doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources.

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California Winegrowers Get $2.3 Million

Federal Farm Bill funds research and marketing programs

By: Kerry Kirkham, Wines & Vines
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California has the most recipients for the latest round of grant awards from the Agricultural Marketing Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Funded by the USDA and authorized by the Farm Bill, the program’s mandate is to enhance competitiveness of specialty crops, defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. Successful applicants from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories were awarded fiscal year 2010 grants to perform a total of 827 projects that benefit the specialty crop industry.

California topped the list of grantees, receiving $17,281,158.92 divided among 64 projects, both the highest monetary total and the largest number of awards. Six grants are specific to the wine and grapegrowing industries, totaling $2,301,852.

Florida was second, winning $4,797,413 for 27 projects, followed by Washington state, which got $3,744.666.16 for 28 projects.

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October 4, 2010

Matteo Garbelotto as Scientific Advisor to the EFSA

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Matteo Garbelotto has been appointed as a Scientific Advisor to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). He will be serving in the working group dealing with the Sudden Oak Death Pathogen.

Sudden oak death: Plotting trail, testing leaves

By: Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle

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A map plotting the path of destruction that the tree-strangling pathogen known as sudden oak death is taking through the Bay Area shows new infestations in and around neighborhoods throughout the region.

The effort to track the wily killer's movements is the result of a major effort to involve citizens in the battle against the mysterious pathogen, which has killed tens of thousands of oak trees from Big Sur to southern Oregon.

Scientists at the Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory at UC Berkeley used tree and plant samples collected by citizens over the past two years and documented infestations in, among other places, Atherton, Oakland, Hercules, Mill Valley and on the Berkeley campus itself.

"Last year we had about 240 participants and collected over 1,000 samples. These results were placed on a map so people can see where the positives are," said Matteo Garbelotto, a UC Berkeley forest pathologist and the nation's foremost expert on sudden oak death. "This is part of the solution. If we educate and involve individual property owners, we can make a really big difference."

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October 1, 2010

ESPM’s graduate program ranked among the best by National Research Council Study

The National Research Council (NRC) has just released detailed rankings of doctoral programs at research universities. The new study provides rankings of a core field for ESPM – ecology and evolutionary biology, that was not evaluated in prior NRC studies.

Programs were evaluated on the basis of twenty characteristics including the number and significance of research publications, financial support, graduate student qualifications and outcomes, diversity, etc. Programs were not assigned a single rank, but as falling somewhere within a range of ranks, such as between 1st and 6th, in recognition of the uncertainties that surround any attempt to rank programs by quality

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