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GIS training for crops and mapping offered on Feb. 17 and 18

Dear Colleagues,

The UC ANR Informatics and GIS Statewide Program (IGIS) is pleased to announce that it will be offering workshops on GIS for Agriculture and Web Mapping, on Feb. 17 and 18, at the UC ANR building at 2801 Second Street in Davis.  Please visit to register and to read detailed descriptions of these workshops, and/or see the attached announcement fliers.

These will be the first two of a series of four-hour long GIS, Remote Sensing and GPS training workshops that IGIS will be offering across California this year.  Please stay tuned for a schedule of additional workshops, which will be posted soon.

For more information about IGIS, please visit


Maggie Kelly
Director of the Statewide IGIS Program


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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 2:24 PM
Tags: IGIS (4), Maggie Kelly (2)

Registration is now open for the Work Environment Assessment workshops

Dear Colleagues,

UC ANR has scheduled six workshops around the state to discuss the results of the Work Environment Assessment. In addition to sharing the assessment results and discussing their significance, we are taking this opportunity to move forward with the creation of an ANR Staff Assembly. 

Register for the workshop in your area at

Workshop Objectives:

  • Share results of the 2012 Work Environment Assessment, by regional grouping.
  • Engage in discussion about what it means to have a welcoming and inclusive work environment.
  • Take part in a dialogue on ANR values, and how they could translate into Principles of Community. Identify 2 or 3 academic/staff employees to serve on a committee to direct the process for finalizing statewide Principles of Community for ANR.
  • Clarify the purpose and benefits of a Staff Assembly for ANR. Identify 2 or 3 staff employees to serve on a committee to develop the process for forming a statewide ANR Staff Assembly.

Survey results have been analyzed by regional groupings, and we are looking forward to engaging in discussions with you.  Each regional grouping includes ANR employees located in county offices (including county-paid staff), at Research and Extension Centers and on the campuses. Administrative units from Davis, Kearney and Oakland will have their own workshop. 

As you know, California is a very large state, and some people will have to travel further than others to reach the workshop site. 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 refer to the map to find your regional grouping.

CE specialists are also encouraged to engage with their colleagues in the workshop in their area. Campus-based CE specialists received the campus version of the survey, and unfortunately, we were unable to extract their data for analysis.  Survey results for the Oakland-based staff, however, were extracted and have been merged with the statewide data.

Dates and locations of workshops by regional grouping:

  • South, San Diego – Monday, March 2
  • Central Valley, Kearney REC – Monday, March 9
  • Sacramento Valley, Davis – Tuesday, March 31 – note new date
  • North, Redding – Wednesday, April 15
  • Administrative Units, Davis – Wednesday, May 20
  • Coast, San Luis Obispo – Wednesday, May 27

Please register to attend – a positive and welcoming work environment is important to all of us. Travel expenses will be reimbursed according to ANR policy.

To register for the workshop, visit All workshops are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration starting at 9 a.m.

More information on the Work Environment Assessment is available on the website at For specific questions, please contact Jan Corlett at

Work Environment Committee


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Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 1:36 PM

UC facts available in two-page handout

UC Office of the President has produced a two-page handout of current facts about the university. “University of California At A Glance” shows campus locations on a map and includes statistics about funding, students, employees, economic impact and ANR. You may find these facts useful when talking about UC. To download the PDF of “University of California At A Glance,” visit

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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 4:56 PM
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VP announces 2015 competitive grants program RFP

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the request for proposals for ANR's 2015 competitive grants program is now released and can be found at

The purpose of this grants program is to address high-priority issues identified by at least one of the strategic initiatives: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD), Healthy Families and Communities (HFC), Sustainable Food Systems (SFS), Sustainable Natural Ecosystems (SNE), and Water Quality, Quantity and Security (Water).

2015 competitive grants cycle:

Call released: January 22

Application submission cycle

  • Letter of Intent (LOI) due March 16
  • LOI decisions April 24
  • Full proposals due June 22

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

Through the 2015 grant cycle, ANR will continue to invest in short-term, high-impact research, education and outreach projects that address priority issues consistent with the Strategic Vision; encourage collaboration among academics; strengthen the research-extension network; and demonstrate relevance and likelihood of impact on significant agricultural, economic, environmental, and social issues in California.

During the previous three competitive grant cycles, 52 projects have been approved for funding for a total investment of close to $12 million. These projects have yielded significant deliverables and outcomes. Examples are highlighted in the recent assessment summary at I continue to be excited by the high level of engagement across the ANR network, including many students, and with many of our external partners. The assessment summary also includes specific information about how the program is reaching collaboration goals.

While the funds available for the competitive grants program will depend on a number of factors, we anticipate funding to be roughly the same as in past cycles. We are committed to providing as much support as feasible to address high-priority issues.

Taking into consideration the findings from the 2014 grants program formative assessment, we have made a few small changes to this year's call. Most notably, grant applicants will now be asked to identify the specific priority issue area their proposals address. The priority issue areas are highlighted in the RFP and include links to the Strategic Initiative plans for further information. In this way, we will be better able to track and communicate efforts and impact.


Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President

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Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 9:36 AM

ANR not participating in Phased Retirement Program

You may have seen an announcement from UCOP regarding the implementation of the UC Phased Retirement Program for January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2019. The intent of the Phased Retirement Program is to help eligible employees who are 55 years or older transition into retirement and allow for longer-term planning for employees, their families and the unit they work in.

ANR has decided that it will not offer the program in 2015 to avoid adding to the workload of our already thin workforce. One of the primary guidelines in the program prohibits the department from adding capacity to offset a participating employee's reduction in time.

Linda Marie Manton, Executive Director
Human Resources—Staff Personnel Unit

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Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM

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