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Carl Winter to join Program Council

Carl Winter
We are pleased to announce Carl Winter will be joining ANR Program Council, beginning with the June meeting. Winter is a Cooperative Extension specialist located in the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis. He is filling one of the two at-large seats, succeeding Steve Wright, CE advisor in Tulare and Kings County. Winter will bring a CE specialist perspective and provide food-safety expertise to the discussions. The ANR Program Council advises the Vice President on Divisionwide planning and delivery of programs and develops recommendations for allocation of Division resources.

Winter is a food toxicologist located at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science on the UC Davis campus. He is the director of the FoodSafe Program and is a member of the Food Safety Workgroup. Prior to coming to UC Davis in 1991, he was a Cooperative Extension toxicologist at UC Riverside from 1987 to 1991 and science writer for the Richmond-Times Dispatch newspaper in 1985.  He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and environmental chemistry and a B.S. in environmental toxicology, both from UC Davis.  His research and outreach work focus on pesticide residues and naturally occurring toxins in foods, food chemical and microbiological risk assessment, and food-safety education using music. We look forward to his many talents:  he is known as the “Elvis of E. coli” and the “Sinatra of Salmonella,” and has been providing entertaining, educational and humorous presentations for a wide variety of clients over the past two decades (

For more information about Carl Winter, see To see the Program Council roster, visit

Bill Frost
Associate Vice President
Program Council Chair

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Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 8:42 AM

UC launches medical plans satisfaction survey May 4

Dear UC ANR Colleagues,

UC is launching its annual medical plans satisfaction survey to learn more about what faculty, academics, and staff employees think about the University of California's medical plans.

Feedback from the survey helps UC Systemwide Human Resources plan for and shape future benefits offerings.

This year more than 32,000 randomly selected faculty, academic, staff, retirees and their spouses/domestic partners will be invited to complete the survey. DSS Research is conducting the survey on behalf of the university.

Beginning May 4, this randomly selected group will receive an email at their work email address from University of California Human Resources ( with a link to the survey. The email is not spam. Those without a work email address will receive a paper survey via US Mail.

I encourage you to complete the survey, if you should receive it. It is an opportunity to give direct feedback to UC about your medical plan.

The survey is completely confidential. Individual responses to the survey and personally identifying information will not be shared with UC.

Should you have questions about the survey, please contact DSS Research at 1-888-797-3605, ext. 4190.

Thank you,

Linda Marie Manton
UC ANR Human Resources--Staff Personnel Executive Director




Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 8:52 AM

ANR Competitive Grants Program invites 47 proposals

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the Letters of Intent (LOIs) that have been selected to move forward and submit full proposals to ANR's Competitive Grants Program. This year we received a total of 117 LOIs, inviting 47 of them to submit a full application. In 2014, ANR conducted a formative assessment of the grants program to evaluate whether the intended goals of the program were being met or if there were plans in place to achieve appropriate outcomes. As a result, applicants this year were required to address strategic initiative priority issue areas to better facilitate the identification and measurement of efforts and impacts.

To view the list of approved LOIs, please see the attached PDF.

2015 Competitive Grants Cycle:

  • Full proposals due: June 22, 2015
  • Technical peer review: late June – early September 2015
  • Strategic Initiative review and recommendations: September 2015
  • Program Council review and recommendations: October/November 2015
  • Announcement of funded grants: November/December 2015

While the funds available for the Competitive Grants Program will depend on a number of factors, ANR continues to be committed to providing as much support as feasible to address high-priority issues.


Bill Frost
Associate Vice President

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Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:11 PM

April 30 deadline for ANR staff award nominations

This is a friendly reminder that nominations for the ANR Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Program for fiscal year 2014-15 must be submitted to by Thursday, April 30, 2015.

The STAR program allows ANR unit directors, managers and supervisors the opportunity to nominate outstanding ANR staff employees and employee teams below the executive level. 

An appointed review team will review the nominations and select as many as 20 individuals and two teams to receive awards. To read the STAR award guidelines and restrictions and to download the nomination form, see the attachments or visit

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Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 11:24 AM

An important message from President Napolitano about state funding for UC

April 14, 2015

Dear Colleague:

I am writing to ask that you join me in our efforts to secure full State funding for UC.

As you know, we are engaged in a serious conversation with Gov. Brown and legislative leaders regarding full State support for UC, including discussions about what a modern UC should look like, how much it should cost, who should pay for it and who should be able to attend. This conversation is crucial to the future of UC and, thus, California.

As a UC employee, you know first-hand about the countless contributions that UC makes to the people of California every day, from educating students and treating patients to scientific and medical innovations that help address some of our most pressing challenges. And as a member of the UC community, you also know that we are doing our part and working hard to control costs, operate more efficiently and develop new sources of revenue. But UC cannot cut its way to continued excellence. The State must do its part, and reinvest in public higher education so UC can keep its promise to the people of California.

For almost 150 years, UC has played a central role in the economic and social vitality of this great state. Indeed, California would not be California if it weren't for UC. We cannot lose sight of that fact, nor can we take our success for granted. We must continually protect and invest in those things that will ensure a healthy and prosperous future for us all. Full investment in UC is ultimately a full investment in the California dream.

Today UC is funded by the State, in constant dollars, at the same level as we were in 1999, even though we educate 83,000 more students and have one more campus. That's like adding an additional UCLA and UC Berkeley — without receiving a dime more from the State.

The California economy is improving. The February 2015 state controller's report found that the revenue estimates underlying the governor's proposed 2015-16 budget actually have increased by more than $1 billion — 18.3 percent higher than the original projection. Given the increased revenues available, there is an opportunity for the governor and the Legislature to put the university budget on track to recover from the deep cuts that came amid the Great Recession, and set UC on a financial course that will allow it to serve future generations of Californians as well as it has those of the past.

We need to make sure our elected leaders fully understand the contributions UC has made to California and to its citizens, continues to make today, and must make to future generations.

To this end, I ask that you join me in this all-important effort and contact Gov. Brown and your legislative representatives to let them know that investing in UC must be a top priority for the State.

The stakes are high, and we need your energy to be felt and your voice to be heard.

Thank you.

Yours very truly,

Janet Napolitano


Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12:17 PM
Tags: budget (15), Janet Napolitano (4)

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