Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 4:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 6:32 p.m.
UC Davis ranked #1 for ag, forestry education
UC Davis has been ranked No. 1 in the world for teaching and research in agriculture and forestry.
QS World University Rankings, a British firm, evaluated 2,858 universities and ranked 678 in 30 subject areas.
This is the first year the firm has produced rankings for agriculture and forestry, according to a university press release. UC Davis also placed 12th in environmental sciences and 25th in biological sciences.
The university’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has more than 5,800 undergraduate students in 27 majors and more than 1,000 graduate students. More than 3,000 acres of the university campus are devoted to agricultural research.
The QS rankings are prepared by Quacquarelli Symonds, previously the data provider for the annual Times Higher Education rankings.
Tapia-Thomsen, Higham appointed to Fair Board
Wanda Tapia-Thomsen and Bob Higham have been appointed to the 15-member Sonoma County Fair Board.
Tapia-Thomsen, a Sonoma County native, is a retiree from the University of California Cooperative Extension. She is a co-founder and director of Latino Service Providers Sonoma County and she coordinates the Latino Health Forum and Asian Health Forum.
She was appointed to the board by Supervisor Susan Gorin.
Higham is a retired elementary teacher and school administrator who spent 44 years in education. He has served on the Sonoma Land Trust board and the Agricultural and Open Space District advisory committee.
He was appointed by Supervisor Shirlee Zane.
The 2013 Sonoma County Fair will be held July 25 to Aug. 11.
Sudden Oak Death tests available
Farmers and other property owners can learn the symptoms of sudden oak death and test their trees in June with the help of the UC Cooperative Extension.
The agency will hold three informational meetings around the county on June 15. Each meeting will begin at 10 a.m.
The gatherings will be at Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa St., Sonoma; Veterans Memorial Hall, 282 High St., Sebastopol; and Spring Lake Park’s Environmental Discovery Center, 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa.
Once informed, property owners can collect California bay laurel and tanoak leaves and turn them in for testing for the sudden oak death pathogen at a UC Berkeley lab. The results will be mapped in Google Earth.
For more information, go to http://ucanr.edu//sonomasod.
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