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Comments sought on proposed Presidential Policy on Export Controls

UC Office of the President is inviting employees to comment on a proposed new Presidential Policy on Export Controls.

The proposed policy seeks to provide a framework for all University locations to develop further local export-control compliance programs that satisfy federal legal requirements while allowing each location the flexibility to develop its own specific requirements and practices. Compliance with export controls requires the cooperation and is the responsibility of various offices and individuals across the University system. The proposed policy identifies some of those offices and individuals and describes some of their responsibilities to ensure that the University follows export-control laws and regulations.

If you have any questions or if you wish to comment, please contact Lourdes DeMattos, Research Policy Analysis and Coordination, at, no later than June 8, 2017. Please indicate "Export Controls Policy Comments" in the subject line.

The policy draft is posted at


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Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10:16 AM
Tags: export controls (1), policy (9)

Bell named Vice Provost–Statewide Programs/Strategic Initiatives

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Mark Bell has accepted the Vice Provost–Statewide Programs/Strategic Initiatives position. Mark, who has served as director of the UC Davis International Learning Center since 2007, will join UC ANR on May 1 in the offices at 2801 Second Street in Davis.

Mark Bell
In this newly created position, Mark will provide leadership for a unified UC ANR program with strong statewide, campus and local presences. He will oversee the California Institute for Water Resources, Nutrition Policy Institute, the five UC ANR Strategic Initiatives and the nine UC ANR Statewide Programs. In addition, he will coordinate the Division's participation in the UC Presidential Initiatives, including the Global Food, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UC-Mexico and Carbon Neutrality initiatives. Mark's record of success working with international extension systems in the combined roles of manager and field researcher makes him the ideal choice to serve as Vice Provost–Statewide Programs/Strategic Initiatives.

UC ANR can benefit from his skills and experience in leveraging research-extension linkages, adult education and information technology for agricultural development.Prior to joining UC Davis, Mark, who speaks Spanish, worked for nine years at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico and 11 years at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines.

At IRRI, he led development of the Rice Knowledge Bank – the world's major repository for rice-oriented training and extension materials aimed to help developing countries. He is currently leading development of Ag ExtensioneAfghan Ag and e-China Appleat UC Davis International Learning Center.

As vice provost, he will serve on the UC ANR Program Council and collaborate closely with the Vice Provost of Cooperative Extension and the Director of the Research and Extension Center System.

Mark has a Ph.D. in soil science and bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences from the University of Queensland in Australia and a master's degree in soil science from the University of Reading, U.K.

We must thank the search committee members for their unflagging efforts to find an extraordinary leader who possesses the unique set of skills needed to help us build on UC ANR's current successes and direct our programs toward the needs of California's future.

I know many of you have already met Mark Bell and collaborated on projects with him. Understanding the breadth of work that we do, the wide array of agencies and organizations that we partner with and the diverse clientele that we serve will help Mark quickly get up to speed.

Please join me in congratulating Mark on his new position and welcoming him to UC ANR.


Glenda Humiston
Vice President


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Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 12:22 PM

UC statement on President Trump’s new executive order

The University of California opposes limits on the free flow of students, faculty, scholars and researchers that are at the core of the University's education, research and public service missions. As such, the Trump Administration's new executive order banning citizens of six nations from entering the United States is anathema to advancing knowledge and international cooperation. While the new order appears less restrictive than the one it replaced, UC remains deeply concerned that the new order, once it goes into effect on March 16, will still have a very serious effect on those who seek to study, train, research and teach at UC and universities across the country, to the detriment of the UC community and the country as a whole.

To keep members of the UC community informed about the new executive order, UC Office of the President has issued preliminary guidance that can be found at


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Posted on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5:07 PM
Tags: executive orders (2), immigration (1), policy (9)

Supporting science on Earth Day and every day

Dear Colleagues,

A few of you in the ANR community have inquired about UC ANR participating in the March for Science events on Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day).

UC ANR will not have an official role in the March for Science and UC funds will not be used for the march, but I whole-heartedly support you promoting the value of scientific research to society on Earth Day and every day.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the March for Science, the organizers say they have two goals: to encourage the use of science to inform policy and to encourage scientists to reach out to people in their communities and discuss the research they do and explain why it is important. Events are being held in San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and other cities around the world.

Using science to inform policy and sharing research to advance our communities certainly align with our goals. In fact, we should be advocating for sound science every day.

This week, March 5-8, I am in Washington, D.C., to discuss the value of food and agriculture research with California's congressional representatives. I'm joined by a strong delegation that includes our five CARET members (Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching), three deans and several UC ANR academics. (You can follow the CARET visits on social media by looking for hashtags #CARET2017 or #UCinDC.) This is just one of the many ongoing opportunities we embrace to help advocate for the use of science and research to more effectively inform policy.



Glenda Humiston
Vice President 

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Posted on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 8:30 AM
Tags: CARET (1), Glenda Humiston (15)

Annual Performance Review Process Launches on March 1, 2017

Dear ANR Colleagues,

The annual performance review season for all ANR staff employees has begun. Performance reviews are an opportunity for staff and supervisors to step back from the day-to-day tasks to review past accomplishments and set clear goals for the future. People are at the core of ANR, and to be successful, people need to know how they're doing and how they can improve. It's also an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments and think about how we can develop professionally.

The process starts with each staff member preparing a Summary of Accomplishments. As you write your summary, I encourage you to identify potential trainings and development opportunities to share with your supervisor in the performance discussion.

The Summary of Accomplishments form and other performance management resources are available on the ANR Human Resources website

This year ANR is transitioning to a new performance review cycle. The 2016-17 review cycle runs from July 1, 2016-March 31, 2017. Going forward, all ANR staff employees, represented and non-represented, will follow an April 1 – March 31 performance review cycle. SX represented employees at our Research and Extension Centers have historically followed a calendar year cycle. These employees will transition to the new cycle as well, starting in April 2017.  

Following is a recommended timeline for the performance review process. May 12 is a hard deadline for ANR Human Resources to receive preliminary performance ratings for all staff. (ANR employees based at the Office of the President should refer to the OP process and timeline.)


March 1 -March 15

Each employee prepares a Summary of Accomplishment (SOA) for the supervisor.

March 15 -April 30

Supervisor reviews SOA with employee and drafts a Performance Appraisal, including proposed overall rating.

May 1-11

Supervisor reviews draft Performance Appraisal with second-level supervisor for approval.

May 12

Preliminary ratings and draft appraisals for those rated “Exceptional”, “Partially Meets” and “Does Not Meet” are due to HR. The second-level supervisor must sign-off on the proposed overall rating before submitting.

May 15-June 9

Calibration review. HR communicates review results to supervisors by June 9.

June 12-July 31

Supervisors meet with employee to discuss and finalize performance appraisals.

All written performance appraisals are due to Human Resources by July 31, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding the appraisal process, please contact me at or Mary Roberts at

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Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 8:22 AM

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