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Emergency support From UC’s benefit plans

Dear Colleagues,

As wildfires continue to burn in Southern California, I'd like to remind you of the support available from UC's benefit plans for those of you impacted by the fires: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2017/12/emergency-support-from-ucs-benefit-plans.html.

I hope you all have a safe weekend.

John Fox
Executive director, Human Resources

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Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 2:49 PM
  • Author: John Fox
Tags: benefits (8), Human Resources (12)

Presidential policy proposed for open access for theses and dissertations

UC Office of the President invites comments on a proposed Presidential Policy on Open Access for Theses and Dissertations. The policy is new and includes the following key issues: 

  • There is currently no systemwide uniformity or policy for ensuring open access to UC graduate students' theses and dissertations. This policy will provide systemwide consistency for these works.
  • Allowance for embargoes that delay the date theses or dissertations are made available in an open access repository.

You can access the proposed policy at http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/academic-personnel-policy/policies-under-review/pres-policy-openaccess-thesesanddiss.html

Comments should be submitted no later than Feb. 22, 2018, to rgsanchez@ucanr.edu.

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Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 12:54 PM
Tags: Policy (15)

Fire threat rises with high winds in Southern California

As you probably know, the Thomas Fire is still burning in Ventura County. The UCCE Ventura and UCCE Santa Barbara offices and Hansen Research & Extension Center are still closed today due to power outages and poor air quality. Some staff members are working offsite.

I've heard that many of our colleagues in Ventura County evacuated and some have returned to their homes. Unfortunately I also heard that two ANR members and several Master Gardener volunteers have lost their homes in the fire. ANR leadership is exploring ways we can help.

There are also three wildfires actively burning in Los Angeles County, one has caused the suspension of classes today at UCLA, but we have not yet heard of any impact to ANR offices or colleagues. 

ANR colleagues in southern California should be aware that high winds are forecast for Wednesday night and Thursday, resulting in an extreme fire threat level in parts of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties. See the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index at http://sawti.fs.fed.us. Make sure that your emergency preparedness kit is in order and closely monitor fire conditions. Go over your evacuation plan and meeting points with your family. Be prepared to move livestock, pets or family members with special needs.

If you haven't already, I encourage you to sign up for emergency alerts for your home and work locations. Communities use different systems for text, phone or e-mail alerts, such as Nixle, Everbridge, WarnMe, etc. The best way to find the alert service used in your area is to perform an internet search for “emergency alerts <insert your community>.” Most services will let you enter multiple locations to track, such as your home, work, school, etc.

Risk & Safety Services has assembled fire prevention and recovery resources at http://safety.ucanr.edu/Programs/emergency/EmrgResources that you may find helpful. The Nationwide Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) also has compiled resources from various state Cooperative Extension programs: https://eden.lsu.edu/educate/resources (Search for “wildfire”).

Brian Oatman
Director, Risk & Safety Services

 

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Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 4:08 PM
  • Author: Brian Oatman
Tags: wildfire (2)

Review UCANR Staff Engagement Survey results in Dec. 13 webinar

Last spring, a sampling of non-represented UC ANR staff were asked to complete the biennial Staff Engagement Survey to gauge their impressions about working for the University. All staff and academics are invited to take part in a Zoom webinar to review the Staff Engagement Survey results. The webinar will be co-hosted by ANR Staff Assembly and Human Resources.

For more information on the 2017 UC Staff Engagement Survey, see the UC ANR Staff Assembly website.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 12:20 PM
  • Author: John Fox

2017 UC ANR Competitive Grants Program/High Risk, High Rewards recipients announced

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce funding decisions for the 2017 UC ANR Competitive Grants Program/High Risk, High Rewards Program. As in past years, the number of requests received exceeds funding available. With 45 competitive grant proposals requesting over $7 million and six high-risk high-reward proposals requesting over another $500,000, we are pleased to be able to support around 25 percent overall.

I want to thank the Strategic Initiative Panels for their work in screening Letters of Intent and the Technical Review Panels for their efforts reviewing proposals for technical merit, feasibility and Extension prior to the review by Program Council. Program Council then reviewed proposals against all the criteria and had the difficult task of making recommendations to me how best to distribute the finite resources available. I commend the principal investigators and their teams for their submissions. While each submission represented important work, not all proposals could be funded.

I am particularly pleased to see that funded proposals represent each of the Strategic Initiatives and have as principal investigators advisors, specialists, academic administrators and Agricultural Experiment Station
(AES) faculty from each of the AES campuses, our county academics, and our UC ANR statewide programs. The partnering in each of the proposals illustrates one of the principles of our ANR Promise.

The Strategic Initiative Leaders will be sending review comments out to all applicants over the next few weeks.

Congratulations to all of the awardees. The list of funded proposals is below and also posted on the 2017 funding opportunities web page.

Title

PI

Award amount

Pathways to Your Future: Destination UC

 

S. Horrillo

$200,000

Massive tree mortality in the Sierra Nevada: Consequences for forest health

J. Axelson

$200,000

Reducing nitrate leaching to the groundwater by accounting for the soils' capacity to supply N through mineralization

D. Geisseler

$199,978

The California Master Beekeeper Program: Development of a continuous train-the-trainer education effort for CA beekeepers

E. Niño

$199,949

Silent straws: understanding water demands from woody encroachment in California's oak woodlands

L. Quinn-Davidson

$199,937

Impact of a warmer and drier future on rangeland ecosystems and ecosystem services

J. James

$199,831

Closing the adaptive management loop for sustainable working rangelands

L. Roche

$199,502

Developing a culturally relevant civic science approach to improving scientific literacy for Latino youth

S. Worker

$194,768

Advancing urban irrigation management to enhance water use efficiency

A. Haghverdi

$153,975

Creating cyst nematode suppressive soils by managing indigenous populations of the hyperparasitic fungus Dactylella oviparasitica*

J. Borneman

$100,000

Smart Farming: Monitoring the health of chickens*

M. Makagon

$81,293

Recruiting the next generation of extension professionals

J. Heguy

$11,030

*High-risk/High-reward

 

Glenda Humiston
Vice President

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Posted on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 1:52 PM

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