We are pleased to announce Cheryl Wilen has agreed to lead the Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD) Strategic Initiative, effective today (July 1). In this role, Cheryl will provide direction for the initiative, including shepherding the ANR Competitive Grants process, planning and conducting strategic initiative conferences, and identifying and initiating EIPD efforts such as development of policy briefs and other special projects. As the EIPD initiative leader, Cheryl will also serve on the ANR Program Council.
As she has since 1995, Cheryl will continue as the area integrated pest management advisor for Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. She conducts applied research and...
I am pleased to announce that after a nationwide search we have selected Christopher Greer, Ph.D., to serve as the vice provost of UC Cooperative Extension effective July 1. Chris is currently UC Cooperative Extension director in Colusa, Sutter, Yuba and Glenn counties.
Since 2002, he has served as UCCE area rice advisor, first in Colusa, Glenn and Yolo counties, and most recently in Sutter, Yuba, Sacramento and Placer counties. His educational background includes a Ph.D. in plant pathology from UC Davis and B.S. in bioenvironmental sciences from Texas A&M University.
As those of you who viewed the presentations know, he was chosen from an excellent pool of experienced and highly qualified...
ANR is announcing a programmatic orientation for new academics who have joined ANR in the past five years – UCCE advisors, UCCE specialists and AES faculty. All new academics are strongly urged to participate.
Vice President Allen-Diaz and Associate Vice President Frost will participate in the entire orientation to get to know our new academics and offer their perspectives on the division and our work. To participate in this orientation, please sign up at 2014 UC ANR Programmatic Orientation for New Academics (http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=13224).
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I am pleased to announce the 2013-14 recipients of the ANR Distinguished Service Awards, which are given biennially for outstanding contributions to the teaching, research and public service mission of the Division.
Awards were given in six areas:
- Outstanding Extension – Eric Mussen, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at UC Davis for bees.
- Outstanding Research – Mark Battany, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara countiesfor viticulture.
- Outstanding New Academic – David Doll, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Merced County for nut crops
- Outstanding Team –...
I want to thank all of you for your hard work to make our May 8 UC Cooperative Extension centennial celebration a success statewide. I am so impressed with the way everyone in the Division pulled together and got our partners involved in publicizing the Be a Scientist project and the local events in the counties. We had a tremendous response.
Several news stories about UC Cooperative Extension appeared in newspapers, online, TV and radio outlets. You can see a summary at http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/?blogpost=13885&blogasset=544 and a list of stories at