Recently hired academics are invited to join ANR leadership for the third Programmatic Orientation on Oct. 17-19 to discuss the mission of UC ANR and our varied roles in California and the university. Please hold the dates.
Take this opportunity to engage in discussions with colleagues about the resources and opportunities available through ANR as a division.
All UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists, academic coordinators, academic administrators and Agricultural Experiment Station faculty who have been hired in recent years and have not attended past ANR's Programmatic Orientation in the past are welcome.
The event will be held at a research and extension center yet to be determined.
For more information, contact UC ANR Program Support Unit at (530) 750-1256 or (530) 750-1260.
The 50th World Agricultural Expo was held Feb. 14-16 in Tulare. The three-day show was attended by 105,780 people representing 43 states and 71 countries, according to its website. UC ANR participated by hosting a newsmakers event for journalists and sponsoring four booths displaying information about the division's array of research and programs.
At the booths, 4-H members and UC ANR scientists greeted visitors and answered questions. Visitors were invited to take a picture with a UC ANR frame and post it to social media with the hashtag #UCWorldAg to be entered in a contest to win a FitBit.
On the first day of the show, reporters were invited to meet UC ANR scientists, who gave 3-minute descriptions of their research. Rose Hayden Smith, editor of the UC Food Observer blog, was the emcee. The speakers were as follows:
- Mary Lu Arpaia, UC Cooperative Extension horticulturist, UC Riverside, based at the Kearney REC in Parlier,avocadoes
- Khaled Bali, UCCE irrigation water management specialist, based at KREC, automated irrigation systems
- Peggy Lemaux, UCCE plant genetics specialist, UC Berkeley, and Jeff Dahlberg, KREC director and UCCE specialist, plant breeding and genetics, $12.3 million study on sorghum
- Lupita Fábregas, UCCE 4-H Youth Development advisor and assistant director for diversity and expansion, outreach to Latino communities
- Maggi Kelly, UCCE specialist and director of the UC Statewide Informatics and Geographic Information Systems program, UC Berkeley, research using drones
- Doug Parker, director, UC California Institute for Water Resources, drought
- Alireza Pourreza, UCCE agricultural engineering advisor, based at KREC, early detection of huanglongbing disease in citrus
- Leslie Roche, UCCE rangeland management specialist, UC Davis, drought management on rangeland
- Samuel Sandoval Solis, UCCE specialist in water resources, UC Davis, groundwater management
UC ANR and UC Food Observer live-streamed the talks on Facebook Live and on Twitter via Periscope. UC Food Observer's Facebook video of the event has been viewed nearly 5,000 times.
On the second day of the expo, a seminar on the changing role of women in agriculture was presented by VP Glenda Humiston, CDFA secretary Karen Ross and president of American AgriWomen Doris Mold. The speakers noted that women have always been involved in agriculture, but cultural bias often left them feeling that their role was inferior to the roles of male family members. The USDA's next census of agriculture will have questions designed to count women as industry workers even if they might consider their husbands or fathers to be the primary operators of the farm.
Humiston told the audience there are many career opportunities for women in agriculture, not just on the farm. She encouraged the young women and girls in the audience to look for opportunities in allied industries. For career advancement, women can join professional organizations and serve on committees, take advantage of training programs and run for leadership positions.
The panelists suggested that women also identify mentors — both men and women — who can help steer young professional women into successful agricultural careers.
Seeking to sharpen your skills to advance your career? You now have 24/7 access to on-demand training. UC ANR has upgraded its relationship with Lynda.com, which offers more than 6,000 video courses taught by professional instructors.
Lynda.com now provides ANR users a personalized learning dashboard and allows creation of personal training playlists. With a valid ucanr.edu email address, you now have a free subscription to Lynda.com, an online library that teaches the latest software tools, business skills and leadership development through high-quality instructional videos. To learn more, we suggest that you watch this introductory video about the service, and watch the course "How to use Lynda.com."
- Login with your ANR portal account https://ucanr.edu/portal/
- Click on the "Lynda.com Learning" link under "My Links" on the left
- From this page, you can either setup your Lynda.com account or go to the Lynda.com login page https://www.lynda.com to login to your account.
Only ANR users with an "@ucanr.edu" email account can sign up for a Lynda.com account.
Benefits to using Lynda.com include:
- Unlimited access to courses on a wide variety of technology and disciplines
- Up-to-date content to keep skills current and to learn new skills
- New courses added every week
- Access to instructors' exercise files to follow along as you learn
- Closed captioning and searchable, timecoded transcripts
- Beginner- to advanced-level courses
- The option to watch complete courses or individual videos as you need them
- Earn certificates to post to your LinkedIn profile
- Download courses to use offline
Join us for our first “Learn it with Lynda.com” lunch and learn on Wednesday, March 15, from noon to 1 pm. Fill out this survey to RSVP.
For more information, contact Jodi Azulai at (530) 750-1239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) is soliciting proposals for new and continuing research projects for the period July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.
Hopland REC encompasses more than 5,300 acres of oak woodland, grasslands and chaparral rangeland in southeastern Mendocino County. The facility provides research opportunities in animal science, range management, wildlife ecology, plant ecology, entomology and epidemiology, pest management, viticulture and natural resources management. Some unique features of interest include the capacity to study paired watershed effects, grazed and non-grazed vernal pools, diversity of species (including the discovery of a new species of wildflower) and more.
New projects are encouraged and there may be opportunities to use existing research designs for new research questions. HREC's resources include an array of habitat types, almost 700 species of vascular plants including 11 species of oaks, a resident sheep flock and an array of mammal species including black-tailed deer, wild feral pigs and coyotes. Facilities include 12 acres of irrigated pasture and vineyard, all-season road access, lab space, high-speed internet, a nationally acclaimed lysimeter, basic wet and dry lab facilities (currently being renovated), capacity to perform necropsies on site and a dormitory that can accommodate over 20 students.
Please refer to http://hrec.ucanr.edu for a complete description of center resources. For even more detailed descriptions of the natural resources and related features of interest, please look at our interactive storybook at HREC Story map.
Hopland REC provides outstanding staff with diverse skills to provide local labor, equipment, research facilities and technical and management support to UC academics and to personnel from cooperating non-UC organizations. Hopland REC expects to award hours of center-provided labor at minimal cost to support approved projects during this coming program year.
Hopland REC assesses an annual research project fee and a per hour labor rate for staff assistance on all active projects. Both rates are subsidized for UC affiliates. Non-UC affiliates are charged the full rate.
To submit a proposal, please submit forms electronically, via the “Universal Review System” accessed through the UC ANR Portal by April 21, 2017.
To submit a proposal, go to http://hrec.ucanr.edu. On the left hand side under RESEARCH you will see the tab "Submitting a proposal." You will be asked for your ANR Portal login. Once you are logged in, you will see a list of proposals for the PI or Co-PI. Only submit the proposals that you are the PI for unless the PI has asked you to submit the proposal as a Co-PI.
If you have any questions, contact Amber Shrum, administrative assistant, at 707-744-1424 Ext. 101, or Kimberly Rodrigues, HREC director (707) 744-1424, Ext 115.
Following an interview process and review of the feedback collected from the search committee and seminar attendees as well as the application materials, AVP Wendy Powers requested that the Vice Provost – Cooperative Extension search be extended so that we may solicit more candidates for consideration.
“Although we saw several strong applicants, we want to be certain that we have done our due diligence in finding the very best person for this critical job,” she said.
The Vice Provost – Cooperative Extension is a key position that provides oversight and coordination for the academic review process. In addition, the person in this position will provide leadership and vision for our network of county leaders and how we partner with counties, seeking to strengthen these partnerships going forward while providing support to UC ANR county leaders. Chris Greer will continue to fulfill the duties of the Vice Provost until June 30.
"I want to thank the search committee for the exceptional work they have done to date," Powers said. "I especially appreciate their continued willingness to search for that extraordinary leader who possesses the unique set of skills needed to build on UC ANR's current successes and direct our programs toward California's future needs."
The ideal candidate will be a leader who
- understands the complexity of our county partnerships and the county-by-county needs across California;
- can create, gain buy-in to and deploy a vision to support Cooperative Extension county leadership and facilitate their success;
- appreciates the breadth in program areas within UC Cooperative Extension;
- has extensive personnel experience with academic hiring and merit and promotion processes; and
- can quickly get up to speed, building on his or her past demonstrated expertise in Extension and academia.
The Vice Provost – Cooperative Extension position is an ongoing recruitment until the position is filled.