Recruitment is now underway for ANR associate editors in two subject areas:
- Food and Nutrition
- Animal, Avian and Veterinary Sciences
ANR associate editors manage the anonymous peer-review process for ANR educational publications and materials. In doing so, associate editors ensure that the content of ANR publications is as accurate as possible. Associate editors also encourage authorship of needed publications, and they serve as a link between ANR Communication Services and Information Technology (CSIT) and the Division's programs. With their efforts, associate editors significantly contribute to the quality of UC ANR extension and outreach programs statewide.
ANR associate editors are nominated by the Communications Advisory Board (CAB) and appointed by AVP Bill Frostto four-year terms, beginning Nov. 1, 2015. After appointment, new associate editors are fully trained in the ANR peer-review process and the online review system.
To nominate yourself or a colleague for associate editor in food and nutrition or animal, avian and veterinary sciences, please provide the following information by Aug. 14 to CAB recruitment subcommittee chair Dustin Blakey at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- candidate's name
- phone number
- email address
- areas of expertise
- length of service with ANR
- workgroup or continuing conferences to which candidate belongs
- description of candidate's prior involvement with both CSIT and ANR
- description of candidate's prior involvement other peer review processes
- a paragraph stating the candidate's interest and motivation for wanting to take on the associate editor role.
If you have questions about the responsibilities of ANR associate editors, contact associate editor chair Janet Hartin at (951) 313-2023 or email@example.com, or Ann Senuta, CSIT director of publishing and production, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The advisory board to ANR Communication Services and Information Technology (CSIT) is seeking to fill positions. Nominations for Communications Advisory Board membership can include, but are not limited to, specialists, advisors and faculty affiliated with UC ANR.
The board provides advice and support to CSIT leadership on Division program connection, resource allocation prioritization, major policy issues, budget and long-range planning. It also provides oversight of the peer review process for ANR educational materials.
Board members appointed by AVP Bill Frost,serve three-year, rotating terms. The board meets on a quarterly basis in Davis. The new appointments begin in November 2015. Existing board members whose terms are ending may reapply.
Nominations are due Aug. 14, 2015. You may nominate yourself or someone else. Send nominations, along with contact information, to Communications Advisory Board Subcommittee Chair Dustin Blakely at email@example.com.
If nominating yourself, please fill out the online application survey,
http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=15900 and attach a curriculum vitae.
Current members of the advisory board are Sheila Barry, UCCE livestock and natural resources advisor, Santa Clara County; Dustin Blakey, UCCE county director and farm advisor, Inyo/Mono Counties, Surendra Dara, UCCE strawberry, vegetable crops and IPM advisor, San Luis Obispo County; David Doll, UCCE pomology farm advisor, Merced County; Rachel Elkins, UCCE pomology farm advisor, Lake/Mendocino Counties and Master Gardener advisor, Lake County; Allan Fulton, UCCE irrigation and water resources advisor, Tehama County; Brad Hanson, UCCE weed specialist, UC Davis; John Harper, UCCE livestock and natural resources advisor, Mendocino County; John Karlik, UCCE horticulture advisor, Kern County; David Lewis, UCCE county director and watershed management advisor, Marin/Napa Counties; Fe Moncloa, UCCE 4-H youth development advisor, Santa Clara County; Shannon Mueller, UCCE farm advisor, Fresno County/Madera Counties; Dennis Pittenger, UCCE environmental horticulture advisor, Riverside; Martin Smith, UCCE youth curriculum specialist; Terri Spezzano, UCCE county director and nutrition, family, consumer science advisor; and Patti Wooten Swanson, UCCE nutrition, family, consumer science advisor, San Diego County.
- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
Following a national search, UC President Janet Napolitano named Humiston, currently the California state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, as her nominee for the post. Humiston has 25 years of experience working on agriculture, natural resources, sustainability and economic development in rural communities. President Obama appointed her to lead USDA Rural Development in California in 2009.
"I'm excited beyond belief," Humiston, a Sonoma County resident, told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. "This is such an opportunity to make a difference on many levels."
For ANR's Global Food Systems Forum held in Ontario in 2013, Humiston participated on the panel discussing implications and opportunities for California agriculture.
Humiston earned her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in environmental science, policy and management, her master's degree in international agricultural development from UC Davis and her bachelor's degree in animal science from Colorado State University.
UCOP news release: http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=18291.
- Author: Robin Sanchez
The University of California has revised three policies as follows:
- Technical revisions to the Child Abuse and Neglect (CANRA) were issued on 03/17/15. The term “sexual exploitation” was defined within the statute. This definition was authorized per AB 1775, which took effect January 1, 2015. http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000603/CANRA
- A revised Whistleblower Protection Policy with issued on 04/23/15 letter. Extensive revisions were made to ensure that complaints alleging whistleblower retaliation can be processed more expeditiously, improve administration of complaint process, and increase transparency.http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/1100563/WhistleblowerProtection
- Revised on June 17, 2015, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence policy was updated on an Interim basis effective until December 31, 2015. The interim issuance brings the policy into compliance with federal and state regulations, while the Policy undergoes full review and vetting. Once the review process is complete, the policy will be reissued at the start of 2016. http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000385/SHSV
The conference was hosted by UC ANR's Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI), California Department of Public Health, California Department of Education, the California Endowment and Kaiser Permanente.
NPI hosted a preconference workshop on June 29 to bridge the gap between research and policy regarding the federal nutrition assistance programs and the Dietary Guidelines, which reach more Americans than any other nutrition policy.
At the opening plenary, Chelsea Clinton, vice president of The Clinton Foundation, talked about projects her family's foundation is involved in to improve children's health and literacy.
Hecht moderated a conversation on policy between former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon. The two influential figures discussed the growth of the federal nutrition assistance programs over 40 years and reflected on obstacles overcome and successes achieved.
Hecht also moderated a panel discussion on local and national initiatives that are linking farm-fresh produce to food bank recipients. NPI researcher Elizabeth Campbell, who participated in the discussion with a local farmer, a food bank employee and a public health anti-hunger advocate, said food banks should have policies to guide the nutritional quality of their inventory.
During the closing plenary, First Lady Michelle Obama sent video greetings to the Childhood Obesity Conference attendees to praise them for their work and encourage them to continue to fight to protect and improve child health.
“It is public research universities like the University of California that can and will help lead the way as our nation grapples with this complex challenge of pediatric obesity,” Napolitano said. She then gave a few examples of UC projects that target social and environmental factors that contribute to overweight and obesity.
“Janet Napolitano is the first UC president to speak at the Childhood Obesity Conference,” said Ritchie. “I think it demonstrates her commitment to the Global Food Initiative and the work we do at UC ANR.”
Since the biennial conference's inception, Crawford and members of the Atkins Center for Weight and Health at UC Berkeley, and more recently members of NPI, have been involved in its planning. Crawford announced she is “passing the baton” to Ritchie to guide the conference moving forward.
PowerPoint presentations from the conference are online at http://www.childhoodobesity2015.com/bios.cfm?pid=902. Photos and postconference information can be seen on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #COC15.