Yolo County Master Gardeners were honored recently by the Yuba College board of trustees for their 10 years of assistance with the Woodland Community College Horticultural Program.
Board member Gary Sandy presented a resolution of thanks to Judy McClure, coordinator of the county’s Master Gardener program. They were thanked for their assistance in providing numerous workshops for the community and college on subjects that included drought-tolerant landscapes, fruit tree pruning, composting, drip irrigation installation and rain water recovery systems.
The spring plant sale, which features heirloom tomatoes, drew hundreds of people and all profits are funneled back into the college program.
The Master Gardeners have logged thousands of volunteer hours over the years providing these services to the college and community.
Alison Van Eenennaam, a geneticist and Cooperative Extension specialist in animal genomics and biotechnology at the UC Davis, received the 2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award.
Established in 1986 and named after Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug, the award is presented to a food or agricultural scientist who is actively engaged in research; has made significant contributions to science; and communicates the importance of food and agricultural science to the public, policymakers and the news media
Van Eenennaam’s research and extension program in UCD’s department of animal science is focused on developing science-based educational materials about the uses of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems.
She has served on advisory committees in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to provide expert counsel on animal biotechnology.
Van Eenennaam is a passionate advocate for science and frequently speaks about agricultural technology to the public and policymakers, both nationally and internationally. She frequently provides science-based commentary to the media on sometimes-controversial topics, including genetic engineering and cloning. She also works to increase public understanding of agricultural biotechnology, using a variety of media, including YouTube videos.
Randi Jenssen Hagerman, who has devoted her life to relieving the suffering of children and families affected by fragile X syndrome and related conditions worldwide through patient care, research and teaching, received a Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate.
The medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, Hagerman is one of the world’s leading investigators into the disorders that include fragile X syndrome, the most common heritable cause of intellectual disability and autism. She has lobbied the United States Congress to increase funding for fragile X research and is a founder of the National Fragile X Foundation.
Fragile X-related disorders include fragile X syndrome; fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS), an age-related movement disorder that affects older men; and fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency.
Hagerman treats patients with these conditions from throughout the country and the world, and is an active and vocal champion for greater funding for research and treatment. She has established clinics and mentored physicians and researchers on virtually every continent. Hagerman currently is establishing a treatment site at a fragile X hotspot in Colombia.
Davis outdoor writer Tom Martens has won three awards for his columns and feature stories in California Fly Fisher magazine.
At its annual dinner in Sonora, the Outdoor Writers Association of California presented Martens with a second-place award in the John Reginato Conservation Award category for stories on the removal of dams on the Klamath River and other conservation stories.
The award is part of association’s annual contest to acknowledge magazine and newspaper writing and photography, websites and stories published in online vehicles in 2013. Writers and photographers submitted more than 500 entries for the contest, which is judged by outdoor writers and editors from outside California.
Martens also won second place in the Best Outdoor Magazine Column category for a piece on California’s Wild Trout Program. The column was part of a series of stories Martens has been writing on “California Conservation Success Stories.”
Finally, Martens won third place in the Best Outdoor Feature Magazine category for a piece profiling the late Bob Biaocchi, a conservation activist for many years in California. A longtime resident of Greagle in Plumas County, Baiocchi founded several conservation organizations and was a relentless advocate on issues involving water rights, dam relicensing, river flows and fishery issues.
Martens is a freelance writer whose columns and features have appeared for many years in the Truckee-based California Fly Fisher. He has written more than 225 stories and columns, specializes on issues about fly fishing, conservation, the California Legislature and agencies and boating, outdoor travel and veterans’ topics.
He has written a column about Davis Aquatic Masters swimming and the outdoors in The Davis Enterprise.