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David Block, UC Davis, Joins Panel Discussion on University Enology Programs


Date: 02/27/13

David Block will join wine industry icon and staunch advocate of wine education Jerry Lohr in a panel discussion regarding the importance and relevance of university viticulture and enology programs at WiVi Central Coast 2013, held in Paso Robles, March 19-20. The panel discussion will mark the first time department chairs and professors gather to discuss the latest research and the benefits of the university system for the wine industry. James Kennedy, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology at California State University, Fresno; Jim Cooper, Ph.D., director of the Wine and Viticulture Program at Cal Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo; and David Block, professor for the Department of Viticulture and Enology at University of California, Davis will sit on the panel.

Along with his appointment to the Gallo Endowed Chair, David Block is vice chair and professor in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Since joining UC Davis, his research has spanned various topics, including development of fermentation datamining, modeling, and optimization methods, metabolic engineering of yeast and lactic acid bacteria for improved biofuel and recombinant protein production, and catalytic conversion of agricultural waste streams into fuels and value-added chemicals.

Block has received multiple awards for his teaching, including an award from the Northern California American Institute of Chemical Engineers for Excellence in Chemical Engineering Teaching and a Distinguished Teaching Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate. Prior to joining UC Davis, he worked for Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. in Nutley, New Jersey where he was in charge of fermentation process development groups, as well as designing and operating process control systems for new biopharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. David holds a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, both in chemical engineering.

About WiVi Central Coast 2013

California's Central Coast is quickly becoming one of the world's most popular and celebrated wine regions. Since December 2009, 95 new wineries popped up in the Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties. In 2012, nearly 7 million cases of wine were produced in the region. This burgeoning area faces many unique issues in its wine-growing and winemaking efforts, and WiVi Central Coast 2013, a new symposium and trade show hosted by Wine Business Monthly and Precision Ag Consulting, has been created to address those topics.

WiVi will be held March 19-20, 2013 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. It is the only trade show and symposium to address the issues facing the Central Coast wine industry, one of the fastest growing regions in the country. For more information, visit www.wivicentralcoast.com.

Region: Central Coast

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