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by Andrew Sutherland
on June 2, 2017 at 11:30 AM
For me, Pete continues to be a strong mentor, guiding by principle and leading by example. He taught me to 'tell it how it is' and to hold integrity, both scientific and personal in nature, above all else. I believe the US News & World Report got it right by naming him 'Indispensable'. I hope he'll accept joiners on his Muir Trail segments; I'd love to cover some miles with him, my healing Achilles tendon willing.
by Frank Zalom
on June 2, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Pete represents all that is good about Cooperative Extension. He is an excellent scientist in his own right, but has that unique quality that can make a scientist an effective extension educator as well. He is also an effective leader, and stepped up countless times to provide vision and guidance not only for the UCIPM project, but for the IPM community at large. He always managed to do this with his typically quiet and humble demeanor. It was my privilege to work with Pete and the dedicated members of the the UCIPM project from its inception. In many ways, UCIPM helped set the standard for how a 'square peg' with new and different ideas and structure could operate effectively within the changing universe and expectations of the University of California's agricultural programs during the last 3+ decades. This success would not have been possible without Pete's omnipresence on campus, in the counties, and in the community.
by Sonja Brodt
on July 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM
In addition to his excellence in entomology, Pete has long been one of those rare biological/natural scientists who not only understands the important value of social sciences in agricultural research and extension work, but has also actively promoted collaboration with social sciences in his own work. On numerous occasions over the last decades, he conceived of and hosted collaborative workshops with experts in learning and teaching methodologies and theories of adoption of practices, to the benefit of many colleagues at ANR. This is the kind of extension leader we need more of!
 
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