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UC seeks applications for 2015 information technology award

UC's Sautter Award program, honoring innovation in information technology, is accepting nominations through May 15 for technology projects that advance UC's teaching, research, health care and public service missions.

The program presents up to three Golden Awards, two Silver Awards and five honorable mentions. It is open to faculty and staff from all UC campuses and medical centers, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Office of the President and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on May 15. Award recipients will be announced at the UC Computing Services Conference, Aug. 16-18 at UC Riverside.

A webinar session at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on March 18 will provide an overview of the application process. Program coordinators will answer questions from faculty and staff online. To participate in the webinar:

  • Dial 1-866-740-1260 to hear the presentation. When prompted, enter passcode 9870638.
  • Log into using access code 9870638 to view the webinar.

For more details about the award and how to apply, visit the Sautter Award program website.

Named for UC Riverside's former associate vice chancellor for computing and communications, the award program is sponsored by the UC IT Leadership Council.


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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 10:54 AM

VP message to the ANR community

Barbara Allen-Diaz

As we near the end of February and look ahead to the spring, there continues to be a tremendous amount of activity and good work going on within ANR. Thank you, as always, for your efforts.

This month, I'd like to focus on an event that likely hasn't hit your radar just yet – the Strategic Initiatives Conference scheduled to take place Oct. 5-7. Our Strategic Initiatives (SI) are a vital component of ANR's overall vision, and I truly hope as many of you as possible can take part in the conference to gain an appreciation for what's already been accomplished with the SIs and to get inspired for what's to come.

The conference will offer a rare opportunity for the entire SI community to come together. The organizing team is planning individual SI meetings, in-service training, and meetings with program teams and workgroups, among other activities. The individual SI gatherings give us a chance to discuss the broader direction of SI programmatic activities within each topic area.

We'll kick the conference off with a welcome dinner on the 5th.  Hopefully, it will be an opportunity for all of you to meet the new VP of ANR.

One portion of the conference will be open to legislators and their aides. We'll focus that session on highlighting to our elected officials the progress made by each of the SIs, demonstrating to them our effective use of grant monies.

You'll soon see a save-the-date email, but it's not too early to get this important event on your calendars now.

Also, don't forget that the Work Environment workshops begin on Monday, March 2. Please attend the one in your region to engage in a lively discussion about the results of the Work Environment Assessment and how you can help the Division move forward.

I hope you'll enjoy this edition of ANR Report. As always, it's packed with news and features, including information on a bioeconomy conference coming up in April, new software and licenses available to UC ANR staff and academics, a poultry website offering answers about backyard chickens, the updated California Master Gardener Handbook, and other topics.

Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2:30 PM

ANR provides ESRI software and licenses to staff and academics

ANR is providing ESRI software and licenses to ANR staff and academics at no cost in the coming year. Agricultural Experiment Station faculty who are affiliated with ANR are also eligible for one ESRI license through ANR, but students and staff of AES faculty are not eligible for the software and licenses; they will need to go through to access these tools.

UC ANR staff and faculty can download the ArcGIS 10.3 software (released December 2014) and request a license by completing an online survey ( For details about ArcGIS 10.3, go to

If you have any questions about this offer, contact Shane Feirer at (707) 744-1424 x114 or

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 1:41 PM
Tags: Shane Feirer (1), software (2)

California Master Gardener Handbook updated

Since it was first published in 2002, the California Master Gardener Handbook has been the definitive guide to best practices and advice for gardeners throughout the West. Now the much-anticipated second edition is here—completely redesigned, with updated tables, graphics, and color photos throughout. For the first time, this incredible volume is also available as an e-book for Kindle and iOS devices.

Dennis Pittinger, UC Cooperative Extension specialist, and more than 30 Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists, plus other industry experts contributed to this classic compilation of gardening wisdom. Whether you're a beginner double digging your first garden bed or a certified UC Master Gardener, this handbook will be your go-to source for the practical, science-based information you need to sustainably maintain your landscape and garden and become an effective problem solver.

This publication is used as the training manual for the UC Master Gardener Program and is the top-selling ANR publication. While Master Gardeners account for an important part of the book's sales, 60 percent of all copies are bought by the general public.

Book chapters cover soil, fertilizer and water management, plant propagation, plant physiology, weeds and pests, home vegetable gardening and specific garden crops including grapes, berries, temperate-zone fruits and nuts, citrus and avocados. Also included is information on lawns, woody landscape plants, landscape design, invasive plants and principles of designing and maintaining landscapes for fire protection.

The 756-page print edition costs $37, the e-book edition is $30 and a bundle containing both goes for $50. Both formats of the California Master Gardener Handbook (print and electronic) are available through the ANR catalog

County offices have two ways to share in the revenue generated by the handbook sales: by selling the handbook through their office and/or by receiving 30 percent of online sales when customers use that county's promotion code at checkout. Counties that would like to start selling publications should contact Jon Mercy, warehouse and fulfillment manager, at County offices that would like to sign up for the online sales sharing program should contact Cynthia Kintigh at Counties that are already participating in the revenue-sharing don't need to renew the agreement.

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 1:14 PM

ANR Work Environment Assessment Workshops begin March 2

Are you wondering about the results of the Work Environment Assessment conducted in 2012?  Survey results have now been tabulated and analyzed, and they will be made available to you in a series of six workshops this spring. Workshops will be held around the state and location specific survey data will be presented at each one. Register for the workshop in your area at

The objectives of the workshops are to

  • share results of the 2012 Work Environment Assessment
  • engage in discussion about what it means to have a welcoming and inclusive work environment
  • conduct a participatory dialogue on ANR values and how they might translate into Principles of Community. Identify 2 or 3 academic/staff employees to serve on a committee that will direct the process for finalizing ANR's statewide Principles of Community
  • clarify the purpose and benefits of having a Staff Assembly for ANR. Identify 2 or 3 staff employees to serve on a committee that will develop a process for forming a statewide ANR Staff Assembly

All academics and staff (including county-paid staff) have been invited to participate in discussion of data from the Work Environment Assessment along with additional insights gleaned from prior listening sessions. Although the assessment data we have does not include campus-based CE specialists (they received the campus version of the survey), they have been invited to participate in our workshops along with the rest of their ANR colleagues.

Because we will be reviewing data specific to each regional grouping, attendance at each workshop is limited to those employees in that specific grouping. Please note that the administrative units in Oakland and Davis and at Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (BOC-K) have their own joint workshop on May 20

Dates and locations for each workshop are listed below. For more information, check the website at

  • South, San Diego – Monday, March 2
  • Central Valley, Kearney REC – Monday, March 9
  • Sacramento Valley, Davis – Tuesday, March 31
  • North, Redding – Wednesday, April 15
  • Administrative Units (UCOP, Davis, BOC-K), Davis – Wednesday, May 20
  • Coast, San Luis Obispo – Wednesday, May 27

Please plan to attend — a positive and welcoming work environment is important to all of us. Register today for the workshop in your area at

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 9:42 AM

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