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Katie Panarella
Panarella joins Youth, Families and Communities

Katherine (Katie) Helwig Panarella joined the Youth, Families and Communities Statewide Program as associate director of the Nutrition and Family and Consumer Sciences Program and Policy on July 13. 

Panarella has more than 10 years of experience managing community-based programs in nutrition and food systems though outreach venues, grassroots organizations, community groups and state and federal initiatives. She developed and implemented evidence-based nutrition programs aimed to improve the health of racially diverse, low-income communities with over 500 non-profit agencies, child care providers, and social service agencies in six California counties over eight years.  She comes with experience in staff and volunteer hiring, training and supervision, contract management including USDA programs, and community and school garden development. She was also a professional landscaper for seven years. 

Prior to joining UC ANR, she was a consultant and a research-evaluation specialist for a children's cooking lab project to assess objective and short term outcomes in low-income Boston neighborhoods.

She completed a dual master's program at Tufts University, earning an MS in food policy and applied nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, plus a Master's of Public Health from the School of Medicine, with a concentration in nutrition. Panarella is fluent in Spanish.  

Panarella is based at the ANR building in Davis and can be reached at (530) 750-1393 and khpanarella@ucanr.edu.

Kearns named CIWR academic coordinator II

Faith Kearns
Faith Kearns is now an academic coordinator II for UC ANR's California Institute for Water Resources, effective July 1, 2015. Kearns joined ANR as a water policy analyst in 2013. She works with CIWR director Doug Parker to coordinate water-related research, extension and outreach efforts across the 10 UC campuses and ANR, with a focus on innovative approaches to science communication.

Prior to returning to UC, Kearns was an officer with the Ocean Science Division of the Pew Environment Group in Washington D.C, where she collaborated with policy and advocacy staff to integrate scientific information into campaigns using a variety of scientific, technical and communications approaches. From 2005 through 2009, she was the associate director of the Center for Fire Research and Outreach at UC Berkeley. She also developed science outreach projects at the Ecological Society of America, served as an AAAS Science and Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State and worked as a research and communications associate at UC Berkeley's Center for Forestry.

Kearns earned a bachelor's degree in environmental science, geology and political science from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. in environmental science, policy, and management from UC Berkeley. Her doctoral studies focused on urban freshwater ecosystems, landscape ecology and Web-based tools for natural resource management.

Kearns is based at UCOP and can be reached at (510) 987-9124 and Faith.Kearns@ucop.edu

Siavash Taravati
Taravati named area IPM advisor

Siavash Taravati joined UC ANR as an area IPM advisor based in Los Angeles County on July 6.

Prior to joining UCCE, Taravati was a research assistant at University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Fla., since 2011. There, he worked on the biology and management of rugose spiraling whitefly, an invasive species found for the first time in the U.S. in 2009. He also gained a lot of experience in growing and maintaining vegetables, ornamental plants and shade and fruit trees. Taravati reared several pestiferous and beneficial insects such as whiteflies, scales, lady beetles, lacewings and parasitoids. He conducted several efficacy trials using natural and synthetic insecticides and, as a part of his research, he evaluated the compatibility of systemic imidacloprid with the biological control of rugose spiraling whitefly.

Taravati is a beetle enthusiast and is a co-founder of www.tenebrionidae.net, which was established in 2005. This website is dedicated to the study of darkling beetles. Taravati holds a patent (U.S. Patent registration number: TX 7-301-658) for a computer program he developed during his master's studies at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. This program aids in conversion and visualization of geometric morphometrics outline data (http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/morph/soft-outlines.html). Taravati has experience in macro photography, auto-montage, computer programming and Web development.

He is fluent in Farsi and English and is familiar with taxonomic texts in German.

Taravati earned a Ph.D. in entomology at the University of Florida, M.Sc. in biology at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, and B.Sc. in biology, faculty of science, University of Tehran, Iran.

Taravati is based in Alhambra and can be reached at (626) 586-1981 and staravati@ucanr.edu.

Margaret Lloyd
Lloyd named small farms advisor

Margaret Lloyd joined UC Cooperative Extension as a small farms advisor with an emphasis on organic production for Yolo, Solano and Sacramento counties on July 6.

Lloyd brings expertise in organic production practices. Under Tom Gordon, UC Davis plant pathology professor, she studied non-chemical alternatives to methyl bromide, including the role of rotation crops and compost in management of soilborne diseases, and leguminous cover crops as cryptic hosts for Verticillium wilt.

As a farm apprentice in Willits in 2003, Lloyd grew 5 acres of organic, biointensive vegetables and grains, which she sold at a farmers market. In 2004 she because assistant garden manager for Ecology Action Mini-farm Demonstration and Research Garden, a non-profit founded by John Jeavons, also in Willits. In 2005, Lloyd founded Home Farming International, a small business in Berkeley that helped Bay Area clients develop sustainable home farms. She provided an in-home “apprenticeship” to grow food, build soil health and ecosystem diversity, and taught workshops and classes for three years. She created and managed the "Salad Bowl Garden," the edible garden at the entrance to the Plant Sciences building on the UC Davis campus, from 2008 to 2012.

She earned a Ph.D. and MS in plant pathology and an MS in international agricultural development, all from UC Davis. She also holds a BA in international relations and environmental science from Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

Lloyd is based in Woodland and can be reached at (530) 564-8642 and mglloyd@ucanr.edu 

Petr Kosina
Kosina and Won join IPM

Petr Kosina joined UC Integrated Pest Management Program as the new IPM content development supervisor on April 27. He manages the team of editors who develop the content for online and print integrated pest management information products.  

He has a Ph.D. in crop science from Czech University of Agriculture in Prague and 10 years of experience teaching horticulture and vegetable and fruit production. He has developed many outreach materials similar to what we produce at UC IPM, such as extension publications on a parasitic weed, stem borers in rice and wheat, and wheat stem rust.  He has developed communications products for both technical and non-technical audiences.  Kosina speaks Czech, English, Spanish and Russian, and is learning French. 

Prior to joining UC ANR, Kosina worked at CIMMYT, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, where he developed online tools such as Wheat Atlas and Wheat Doctor, organized and facilitated meetings and conferences, and developed training courses for extension workers in Mexico.

Danny Won
Kosina is located in office 140 of the ANR Building in Davis. He can be reached at (530) 750-1244 and pkosina@ucanr.edu.

Danny Won joined the UC IPM Program on June 8 as a program support assistant.  His primary responsibilities are to provide administrative support to the director and all aspects of the UC IPM Program.  His duties can range from coordinating meetings and events to processing travel claims. He may also be the first point of contact for people calling UC IPM with questions about pest problems.

Won can be reached at (530) 750-1353 and dwon@ucanr.edu.  

Rodrigues appointed to state forestry board

Kimberly Rodrigues, director of Hopland Research and Extension Center, has been appointed to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection by Governor Jerry Brown.

Kim Rodrigues
Rodrigues has held several positions since joining UC in 1991, including executive director of the Academic Personnel Unit, North Coast and Mountain Region director and UC Cooperative Extension forestry advisor from 1991 to 1999. She was a tree improvement specialist at Simpson Timber Company from 1985 to 1991 and chief forester at Applied Forest Genetics from 1984 to 1985. Rodrigues is a member of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals. She earned a Ph.D. in environmental science, policy and management from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in forest genetics from Colorado State University.

This position requires state Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.

WEDA honors SOD response team

Janice Alexander, shown with interim VP Bill Frost, accepted the WEDA award for the SOD team.
A group of UC academics and staff who came together to address sudden oak death disease in California were honored by the Western Extension Directors Association with an Award of Excellence.

The award-winning SOD team is composed of Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension personnel: UC Cooperative Extension advisors Yana Valachovic in Humboldt County, Steve Swain in Marin County, Steve Tjosvold in Santa Cruz County, and David Lewis and Ellie Rilla, both in Marin County; UCCE specialists Matteo Garbelotto, Maggi Kelly, Doug McCreary and Rick Standiford, all at UC Berkeley; UC Berkeley professor Richard Dodd; UC Davis professor Dave Rizzo; UC Davis professor Jim MacDonald; SOD program coordinator Lisa Bell; UCCE forest health educator Janice Alexander; public information officer Katie Palmieri; staff research associates Kerri Frangioso, Chris Lee, Brice McPherson, Doug Schmidt, Dan Stark and Brendan Twieg; and many graduate students. 

The award recognizes the team for understanding the issue and situation, working with stakeholders, having a research base and an extension focus, evidencing multidisciplinary and collaborative components, incorporating innovative approaches, achieving impacts and developing scholarly products. 

At the Western Region Joint Summer Meeting in Breckenridge, Colo., Alexander gave a presentation about the UC team's work addressing sudden oak death and accepted the award on the team's behalf on July 8.

 

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:12 PM

Salary increases for non-represented career staff

At the direction of President Janet Napolitano, the University is making plans to implement a systemwide salary increase program for policy-covered (non-represented) career staff employees for the 2015-16 fiscal year, interim Vice President Bill Frost announced on July 22.

Effective July 1, 2015, ANR non-represented career staff employees, excluding student employees and academic employees, will receive a three (3) percent across the board salary increase, subject to the exclusions noted in the attached Administrative Guidelines. Please review the Guidelines for further information. 

The effective date of the increase for exempt staff employees will be July 1, 2015, and for staff employees on a biweekly pay cycle the effective date of the increase will be June 21, 2015.

“ANR appreciates the many contributions and services provided by our staff in supporting the University's mission and goals,” said Frost. “The implementation of this salary increase plan will help to establish consistent and stable pay practices while also maintaining our competitiveness in attracting and retaining the best talent for the University.”

To read the ANR administrative guidelines for the 2015-16 salary program for non-represented staff, click on the attached file below.  

If you have questions about the salary plan for non-represented staff, please contact Linda Marie Manton, executive director, ANR Staff Personnel, at lmmanton@ucanr.edu.

Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 2:42 PM
Tags: compensation (2), policy (24)

Courtesy notice regarding annual systemwide payroll disclosure

As part of the university's commitment to being transparent and publicly accountable for its conduct, including the way it compensates its faculty and staff, UC is conducting its annual disclosure of systemwide employee compensation for calendar year 2014. This disclosure parallels last year's payroll disclosure and is consistent with similar practices at many other public institutions.

The 2014 payroll data, along with a summary analysis, is available online at http://compensation.universityofcalifornia.edu/payroll2014/ The data will also be available to news media upon request.

Because UC is a public institution, employee compensation is considered a public record under the California Public Records Act and is reflected in the staff personnel policy in Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM 80(C):

“Information which is public information and which should be released upon request includes name, date of hire, current position title, current salary, organizational unit assignment, date of separation, office address and office telephone number, current job description, full-time or part-time, and appointment type.”

Academic personnel policy, Academic Personnel Manual (APM) 160-20(b)(4) also states that any “non-personal” information “is public information and is available upon request to any person or entity without limitation.” It defines “non-personal” academic personnel information as including name, date of hire or separation, current position title, and current rate of pay.

Questions about access to the payroll data may be directed to local Information Practices/Public Records Offices.

Sincerely,

UCOP Office of Public Records
pra@ucop.edu

Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 10:09 AM
Tags: compensation (2), personnel (9), policy (24)

ANR associate editors needed

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 dwblakey@ucanr.edu:

  • candidate's name
  • address
  • 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 jshartin@ucanr.edu, or Ann Senuta, CSIT director of publishing and production, at aesenuta@ucanr.edu.

 

 

 

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Communications Advisory Board seeks nominations

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 dwblakey@ucanr.edu.

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.

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 11:52 AM

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