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In memoriam: Carl Rimbey

Carl Rimbey
Carl W. Rimbey, UC ANR Cooperative Extension advisor emeritus, died Sept. 3 at his home in Caldwell, Idaho. He was 94.

Rimbey earned his B.S. in plant science from UC Davis after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He joined the UCCE in Tehama County. Over the course of his 30-year career, he moved from Tehama County to serve in Modoc County and Plumas County, before retiring from UCCE in Lassen County.

Rimbey's work mainly focused on cattle research and education of livestock producers in Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties. 

“Carl's biggest achievement was helping identify the tick that caused foothill abortion in cattle,” said Glenn Nader, UCCE livestock and natural resources advisor emeritus. “That was a finding in this costly abortive disease for cattlemen.” 

“He had many projects on various methods of feeding cattle in the intermountain area,” said Nader. “He helped producers start several area feeder sales as a marketing option. His booming voice rarely needed a microphone.”

Nader joined UCCE in 1982, succeeding Rimbey as livestock and natural resources advisor in Lassen County.

“When he broke me in, he told me that a good advisor takes the knowledge of the university to build communities and people,” Nader said.  “Carl was a very straightforward person.  You never wondered where you stood with him, as he would always let you know. He came back after retirement and spent many a day making sure that I was not making too many mistakes. He made a big impact in my ability to make a difference for the communities that I worked in, and for that I'm greatly indebted.”

Rimbey is survived by sons Neil (Sue) and Glen (Barbie), four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Posted on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 12:16 PM
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Names in the News

John Fox
Fox named HR executive director                  

John Fox has been appointed as executive director – Human Resources, effective Oct. 1. He will assume the responsibilities of managing the Academic and Staff Personnel units, which have been consolidated into Human Resources, as Linda Marie Manton, executive director for Staff Personnel, transitions into her planned retirement in December.

Fox has over 20 years of progressive leadership and human resources experience with the University of California. The UC Berkeley graduate comes to UC ANR with extensive experience in working with UC Office of the President HR policies, issues management, benefits and training programs.

For the past five years, Fox has served as the executive director for UCOP Human Resources, where he led the development of a new model for HR service delivery, focused on strategic partnerships to drive organizational goals. He is the HR lead on the UCOP UCPath implementation Steering Committee and is an active member of the UCPath Center Advisory Committee.

Prior to serving as the chief HR officer for the Office of the President, Fox held a number of leadership and project management positions in universitywide Human Resources, including director of HR policy, chief of staff to the vice president – Human Resources, and trainer/writer in Benefits Communications.

Fox is based at the ANR Building in Davis and can be reached at (530) 750-1343 and

Jim Farrar
Farrar named UC IPM director

Jim Farrar has been named director of the UC ANR Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, effective Oct. 1.

Most recently, Farrar was director of the Western IPM Center, where he has served since 2013. Cheryl Wilen, area IPM advisor based in San Diego, has been acting UC IPM director since June. Kassim Al-Khatib, UC IPM director since 2009, has become a UC ANR Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis.

Prior to joining the Western IPM Center, Farrar was a professor of plant pathology in the Department of Plant Science at California State University, Fresno for 12 years.

The Wisconsin native completed his Ph.D. in botany and B.S. in plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his M.S. in plant pathology at UC Davis.

Farrar is based in the ANR Building in Davis and can be reached at (530) 750-1271 and

Leslie Roche
Roche named rangeland specialist

Leslie Roche became a UC ANR Cooperative Extension specialist in rangeland management in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis on Sept. 1. Before joining ANR, she was a USDA-NIFA postdoctoral fellow and project scientist.

Her research and extension program is at the intersection of agricultural, environmental, economic and social aspects of ranching and livestock production on California's rangelands and pastures. Roche works with a diversity of rangeland stakeholders to integrate management expertise and applied research to address key challenges, including managing for multiple agricultural and ecological outcomes and coping with and adapting to drought.

Her current projects include “California Ranch Stewardship Project: Adaptive Management for Profit and Rangeland Health,” “On-Ranch Impacts, Management and Planning Horizons Following Severe Drought” and “Wildfire and Grazing Management and Planning.”

She earned a Ph.D. in ecology, an M.S. in horticulture and agronomy and a B.S. in agricultural management and rangeland resources, all from UC Davis.

Roche can be reached at (530) 752-5583, and on Twitter @UCDRange.

Jhalendra Rijal
Rijal named area IPM advisor

Jhalendra Rijal joined UC ANR on July 1 as an area integrated pest management advisor in Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties.

Rijal's interest is in applying principles of pest monitoring, insect abundance and spatial distribution, insect behavior and chemical ecology in pest management to attain a sustainable production system. Rijal, who is fluent in Nepali and Hindi, focuses on pest problems on major agricultural crops, including tree nuts, tree fruits and other specialty crops in the area.

Prior to joining UC ANR, Rijal was a postdoc scholar in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at UC Davis. There, Rijal worked on two different collaborative research projects in peppermint and cool-season vegetable crops. The goals of these projects were to understand the behavior and biology of the target pests and find better pest management alternatives by evaluating environmentally benign biopesticides and reduced-risk pesticides.

Rijal earned a B.S. in agriculture and an M.S. in entomology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He completed a Ph.D. in entomology at Virginia Tech.

Rijal is based in Modesto and can be reached at (209) 525-6800 and

Lupita Fabregas
Fabregas to lead 4-H Diversity and Expansion

Maria Guadalupe (Lupita) Fabregas Janeiro is the new assistant director for 4-H Diversity and Expansion. Fabregas will provide leadership for increasing participation of Latino and other underrepresented populations in 4-H through strengthening current programming and developing new innovative programming that reflects the needs, interests and resources of California's diverse youth, families and communities.

Her interests in research and professional development areas are intercultural competency, diversity, multiculturalism and the development and integration of Hispanic communities in the United States.

Before joining UC ANR, Fabregas worked at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) in Mexico for 29 years. She has worked in the United States for 13 years, including two years at Oklahoma State University in the College of Human Sciences as a clinical assistant professor and multicultural and community engagement specialist.

Fabregas earned her doctorate in agricultural education at Oklahoma State University, her master's degree in education from UPAEP and her undergraduate degree in agriculture engineering and animal sciences from Monterrey Tech in Mexico.

Fabregas is based in the ANR Building in Davis and can be reached at (530) 750-1273 and

Faith Kearns
Kearns named CIWR academic coordinator

Faith Kearns began a new position on July 1 as an academic coordinator with the California Institute for Water Resources. She joined UC ANR in 2013 as a water analyst, coordinating research and outreach programs for the water institute. Her research interests lie at the intersection of science communication, community engagement and relationship-building, particularly as these topics relate to the environment and water resources.

Before joining ANR, Kearns served as an officer with the science division of the environment program at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she collaborated with policy and advocacy staff to develop research projects and integrate scientific information into campaigns. She has also managed a wildfire research and outreach center at UC Berkeley, served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science policy fellow at the U.S. Department of State and developed science communication projects at the Ecological Society of America.

Kearns received her Ph.D. in environmental science, policy and management with an emphasis on freshwater ecology from UC Berkeley and a B.S. in environmental science from Northern Arizona University.

She continues to be based at UC Office of the President in Oakland and can be reached at (510) 987-9124 and

Lauren Au
Au joins NPI as assistant researcher

Lauren Au joined UC ANR on Sept. 1 as an assistant researcher for the UC Nutrition Policy Institute.

Prior to joining ANR, Au was a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for Weight and Health, where she managed several research projects, conceptualized research designs and generated research funds. From 2013 to 2014, she served as a congressional fellow to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), developing nutrition and health legislation, including helping to introduce the bipartisan Summer Meals Bill, and preparing policy briefs on federal nutrition and health policies. From 2009 to 2013, Au was a USDA obesity graduate research fellow for Tufts University, Friedman School for Nutrition Science and Policy. During her time at Tufts, she served as a consultant for the HBO film “The Weight of the Nation” (2012). She also worked as a registered dietitian for the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City in 2009.

Au completed a Ph.D. in food policy and applied nutrition from Tufts University, an M.S. in nutrition and public health from Columbia University and a B.S. in nutritional aciences and dietetics from UC Berkeley.

Au is based in Berkeley and can be reached at (510) 642-1584 and

Katelyn Ogburn
Ogburn to lead Master Food Preservers

Katelyn Ogburn joined UC ANR on Sept. 8 as the new UC Master Food Preserver coordinator. As coordinator, she will support the development of a statewide framework for the growing UC Master Food Preserver Program. She will generate statewide tools and resources, coordinate and convene an advisory board, communicate program updates and information and facilitate program planning and evaluation. Ogburn will also offer support to UC Master Food Preserver program staff and volunteers.

Ogburn completed her bachelor's degree in biology with the Honors College at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. After spending time farming in Colorado, she made her way out to California, where she completed two AmeriCorps programs. After concluding her service-learning terms, Ogburn worked as a coordinator for Habitat for Humanity.

She discovered through farm work, community gardening, potlucks and other experiences that her real passion revolves around food — in particular, increasing food access and decreasing food waste.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Master Food Preserver Program, where I can follow my passion at my workplace and work to bring home-preservation practices to communities throughout California,” Ogburn said.

Ogburn is based at the ANR Building in Davis and can be reached at (530) 750-1387 and


Posted on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 11:47 AM

UC sexual violence and sexual harassment policy posted for review

After a concerted effort over the summer, the University of California's Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment is now ready for its final review and vetting.

To read the proposed revised Presidential Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, visit

If you have any questions or wish to comment on the policy, please contact Robin Sanchez at no later than Oct. 31, 2015.

Posted on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Water institute calls for proposals

The California Institute for Water Resources has announced its 2016 Request for Proposals. 

“This year, proposals are requested in the junior investigator category only,” said Doug Parker, CIWR director.

Funded projects will begin March 1, 2016. The funding period may fluctuate and is based on budget appropriations.  

The deadline for submission is Oct. 30, 2015. 

To download the full RFP, including budget templates, visit the CIWR website  at

Posted on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 9:51 AM

Crucial Conversations training offered Nov. 3–4

The UC ANR Training Coordination Committee is sponsoring “Crucial Conversations” training on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 3­–4, 2015, in Davis. The training will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 3 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Training is open to all UC ANR academics, ANR staff employees, and Cooperative Extension county-paid employees who have not taken the Crucial Conversations training in the past. All expenses related to the training (registration fee, travel, lodging, meals and training materials) will be reimbursed by ANR funds according to UC travel policy.

Twenty (20) participants will be accepted to the training. Individuals selected to participate in the training will need to participate for the full period of the training. Therefore, if you cannot commit to the full 14 hours of training, we ask that you not pre-register for the training. 

If you are interested in the training, please pre-register at: We also encourage you to inform your supervisor of your interest in participating in this training.

Individuals who have pre-registered will be notified on Oct. 15 as to whether they have been selected to participate in the two-day training. A waiting list will be established for those who are interested but are not selected to participate in the training and they will be contacted if space becomes available.

“Crucial Conversations” provides tools for talking when stakes are high, emotions are strong, and opinions differ. The objectives of the 14-hour training are to provide tools that will assist the participant in:

  • Building greater personal influence and power
  • Moving “stuck” work-related relationships and projects forward
  • Improving personal, team, and unit results
  • Reducing stress from team frustrations and blocked communication

Your program-certified trainers Jan Corlett and Linda Marie Manton thank you for considering participation in Crucial Conversations training.  If you have questions contact Jan Corlett at

Posted on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 9:47 AM

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