Extension Distinction Award Presentation Dr. Anita Oberholster, University of
Keynote Presentation Dr. Gavin Sacks, Cornell University
Honorary Research Lecturer: From Canopy Systems to Water
Relations to Climate Change Research – An Unsteady Path in an
Ever Changing Environment Dr. Hans Schultz, Hochschule Geisenheim
Research Reports (submitted through Call for Abstracts)
ASEV has confirmed Dr. Anita Oberholster as the 2021
Extension Distinction Award recipient. Dr. Oberholster, an
Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension in Enology for
Agricultural Natural Resources (ANR) based at UC Davis, will be
presenting the Extension Distinction Award Presentation at the
2021 ASEV National Conference on June 21-24.
As an extension specialist, Dr. Oberholster conducts applied
research and extension programs for wine grapes and wine. Her
research focuses on two main parts: (1) the influence of both
viticulture practices and environmental factors on grape ripening
and composition, and related wine quality, and (2) investigations
to determine the influence of different vinification practices on
wine composition and quality. Dr. Oberholster was involved in the
development of the mouthfeel wheel for red wine during her
doctorate studies, as well as researching changes in
polymeric pigment structure and composition with wine aging. Her
newest research focus area is the impact of wildfire smoke on
grape and wine quality. You can read more about her
professional bio here.
She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biochemistry
and her honors degree in chemistry from Stellenbosch
University in South Africa and her doctorate in sciences
from the University of Adelaide in Australia.
Dr. Oberholster has been a member of ASEV since 2011 and served
as an ASEV board director from 2014-2017. She has also served on
the ASEV Best Paper Committee, as an AJEV reviewer, and
National Conference moderator and speaker, and she continues to
serve on the ASEV Technical Program Committee.
Oberholster is a member of other organizations, including the
American Chemical Society, Groupe Polyphenols, West Coast Smoke
Exposure Task Force, CA & ES Graduate Education Committee,
Chemical and Laboratory Safety Committee, Viticulture & Enology
and Food Science and Technology Graduate Group Executive
Committees, Robert Mondavi Institute Executive Committee and
chair of the University of California, Davis Viticulture &
Enology Extension Coordination Committee. She reviews for 25
peer-reviewed journals and different funding proposals. She was
previously a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee which
advises the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental
Sciences (CA & ES) on Cooperative Extension issues, South African
Society of Enology and Viticulture, and the Australian Society of
Viticulture and Enology.
Thanks to the members of the ASEV Best Paper Awards
Committee who volunteered their time to select the one paper
in the field of enology and one in the field of viticulture that
they deemed was outstanding in content and provided a substantial
contribution to the field. The committee completes an annual
evaluation of all research papers published in the AJEV for the
ASEV is seeking candidates for a Technical Program Director
(TPD). The TPD is a volunteer position appointed by the Board of
Directors for a three-year term and is responsible for shaping
and delivering relevant technical content that impacts many
sectors of the wine and grape industry, including winemakers,
viticulturists, university researchers, students and other
The TPD is tasked with guiding the ASEV’s Technical Program
Committee on the development of technical projects such as
symposia, workshops, seminars, and sessions for the National
Conference or other conferences or seminars, such as webinars.
Candidates must have a strong interest in fostering a technical
program platform that disseminates both fundamental and applied
research to the professional wine and grape industry. Qualified
candidates can submit a cover letter and CV or resume by May
For more information about this position, click here.
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