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By John Holland
OAKDALE -- Bob Gilbert has logged untold miles traveling the state, showing dairy farmers how best to feed a cow. That work over seven decades with the A.L. Gilbert feed company, along with his advocacy for farmers in many venues, has earned him one of the state's top farming honors. Gilbert, 87, has been named Agriculturist of the Year by the California State Fair. He will be honored at a July 8 gala at Cal Expo in Sacramento.
"I feel very humbled by it," Gilbert said Friday outside the landmark feed mill on North Yosemite Avenue. "My wife (Beverly) and I like to play it low-key, but this — they say you have to stand up and be proud."
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By Ann Brody Guy
The College of Natural Resources held its annual CNR Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 18 in Morgan Hall, presenting the CNR Citation, the CNR Staff Award, the Career Achievement Award and the CNR Young Faculty/CE Specialist Award to honor four outstanding individuals who have had a meaningful impact on various aspects of the College community.
“These awards are an important way for the College to publicly acknowledge the outstanding contributions of our colleagues,“ said Dean Keith Gilless. “From up and coming faculty to lifelong contributors, and from external supporters to staff members, this is a moment for us to stop and say ‘thank you, your contributions make us who we are,’” said Gilless.
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By Ann Brody Guy
The Goldman Environmental Prize was awarded to Prigi Arisandi for his river restoration work in Indonesia, it was announced Monday, April 11 in San Francisco. Both Arisandi and his wife Daru Rini, who is the program manager of their conservation organization, are graduates of the College of Natural Resource’s Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP).
Arisandi won for the “Islands” region. He was one of only six people in continental regions worldwide to earn the annual prize.
Arisandi attended ELP in 2008, and Rini attended in 2009. His organization, called Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation, or Ecoton, has focused on community-based monitoring of the Surabaya River in eastern Java since 2000. The Surabaya River is a source of drinking water for millions of people in and around Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city.
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By Oakley Brooks
There’s a lot of hand-wringing these days about the mediocre American record on clean energy. No federal climate legislation. No federal mandates for clean electricity. And when Americans look to incentive-laden Europe or to the huge clean-tech investments being made in China and Korea, we feel like an aged, belching Geo Metro being passed on both sides by sleek bullet trains. President Obama calls it our “Sputnik moment,” referring to the 1957 Soviet launch of the first satellite into space, which kicked the U.S. space program into high gear and led to quick creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA. He’s hoping the nation will be similarly spurred into a new age of innovation — this time on energy.
But a recent report on state-level progress in clean energy shows the age has already begun: In the absence of clear federal leadership, a lively and varied innovation landscape has taken shape across the country. Beyond the usual suspects like California, Oregon, Massachusetts and Washington state, Midwestern states — blue, red and purple — have used state funds and incentives and recent federal stimulus money to build on local strengths and become leaders in things like electricity generation and cutting-edge research.
California is far and away at the top of December’s Clean Energy Leadership Index from industry consultants Clean Edge. The index charts 80 different measures, from pro-climate policies to the number of smart electricity meters to hybrid cars per capita to research institutions and green MBA programs in each state. California has a slew of things to recommend it — the nation’s most stringent climate law that will regulate greenhouse gases starting in 2012, incentives that make it the third largest solar energy market in the world, clean-tech-hungry venture capitalists, and hot companies like Tesla Motors in Silicon Valley.
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Department of Plant and Microbial Biology Assistant Professor Britt Glaunsinger recently received two prestigious awards recognizing her outstanding contributions in research, teaching and service.
Assistant Professor Glaunsinger was selected as the 2011 recipient of the Prytanean Faculty Award. The award, which comes with a financial grant of $25,000, goes to an outstanding woman junior-faculty member who “has demonstrated scholarly achievement, a record as a distinguished teacher, and success as a role model for students at UC Berkeley.
Assistant Professor Glaunsinger was also the 2011 recipient of the CNR Young Faculty/CE Specialist award honoring a young assistant professor or CE specialist for outstanding contributions in research, teaching and service/outreach.
Glaunsinger investigates the mechanisms by which γ-herpesviruses promote global decay of cellular mRNAs during lytic infection and is especially interested in possible interplay between the viral host shutoff factor(s) and cellular mRNA degradation machinery.
Plant & Microbial Biology graduate students continue to do well in securing National Science Foundation Grant Awards.
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The PMB Recipients are listed below:
By: Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer
Scientists have discovered an oak tree in the Presidio with the tree-killing disease known as sudden oak death, only the second time the fast-spreading pathogen has been found in San Francisco.
The coast live oak tree on the southeastern edge of the national park was believed to have been infected by an ornamental plant in the garden of one of several nearby homes, said Matteo Garbelotto, the head of UC Berkeley's Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory.
It is a troubling find, he said, because it means the microbe escaped and infected a wild tree despite an intensive nationwide effort to control the disease in nurseries.
"Normally it spreads a maximum of a few hundred yards, so I would say the likely source of this is not too far away," Garbelotto said.
The find is "a concern in California but also in all the other states," he said, "because it shows that, despite the regulations, lingering - even low-level - infection may still infect oaks in the wild."
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