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January 2021

PAC discusses forest management

President Drake, top left, listens to Kathryn Uhrich, outlined in yellow, deliver an overview of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

The UC President's Advisory Commission met Dec. 14 via Zoom as coronavirus precautions continued to discourage travel. “It's the beginning of a new phase,” said President Drake, announcing that the first coronavirus vaccines would be...

Strategic Initiative Brief: Strategic themes

Building California's urban community is among the strategic themes to promote health and wellness.

Unify-Communicate-Advocate The Strategic Initiatives offer a home for strategic thought - drawing on members of the wider UC ANR community and beyond to identify and address issues of current and emerging importance.  1. Strategic Themes With...

Recent Strategic Plan accomplishments posted

UC ANR is collaborating with UC Davis and others to create a new artificial intelligence institute for next-generation food systems. Ilias Tagkopoulos, right, professor in the UC Davis Department of Computer Science and Genome Center, is director of the new AI institute.

The ANR Strategic Plan accomplishments for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 have been posted at The 2016 ANR Strategic Plan, which was refreshed in December 2020,...

Names in the News

Apurba Barman

Barman named UCCE IPM advisor in Imperial County Apurba Barman joined UC Cooperative Extension as low desert integrated pest management advisor on Jan. 11, 2021. He will be headquartered at the UCCE Imperial County office, which adjoins the UC Desert...

ANR’s virtual tour now online

Scrolling through the self-guided tour, visitors are introduced to UC ANR beginning with our mission, history and maps of our locations.

In November and December, President Drake, UC regents and state legislators were treated to virtual tours of UC ANR for an overview of statewide programs, partnerships and other activities. Now you can take that same...

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council appointed

VP Glenda Humiston has appointed 11 ANR people to an initial two-year term as founding members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Council for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. This appointment is effective retroactively from Nov....

Blakey and Lee big winners of photo contest

HFC: Spending a summer evening with my daughter along the Owens River in Bishop. Photo by Dustin Blakey

Dustin Blakey and Dani Lee showed off their photography skills by winning the ANR photo contest. Photos were solicited for five categories based on UC ANR's Strategic Initiatives: Endemic and invasive pests and diseases (EIPD) Healthy families and...

Make every day a healthy snack day

Eldon Bueno shares his healthy pita snack recipe.

The Make Every Day Healthy Snack Day initiative is a statewide movement to inspire Californians to make healthier snack choices. Coraima Linares, Melissa Mabuchi and Vanity Campbell of the UC ANR Staff Assembly Wellness Committee Planning...

Intermountain REC seeks research proposals

Rob Wilson discusses research on onion white rot at a 2018 field day.

The Intermountain Research and Extension Center is soliciting proposals from researchers for new and continuing research projects in 2021-22.  IREC is a 140-acre research facility located at 4,000 feet elevation near the Oregon border. The Center...

Sonia Lewis to speak Feb. 3 for UC ANR Black History Month

UC ANR's Black History Month celebrations begin Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.  Celebrate with ANR colleagues on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. in February. UC ANR Black and Allied...

Learning & Development: Community engagement; working with CA 4-H Foundation; foreign influence, career resilience


Learning & Development OpportunitiesANR Learning & Development | Webinar Recordings COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Introducing SEED: An evidence-based method for engaging communitiesFeb. 10, 2021 11 a.m. – Noon PST Register here The SEED...

Complete survey on Native American partnerships by Feb. 6

California is home to more than 100 federally recognized tribes and with 720,000 tribal members has the highest Native American population of any state. Klamath tribe members shown. Photo by Jennifer Sowerwine

The Native American Community Partnerships Workgroup is requesting everyone affiliated with ANR – including staff, academics and administrators – to please complete their needs assessment/research survey by Feb. 6. The goal of this...

Employee comments sought on adding small businesses to purchasing policy

The University of California Office of the President invites comments on a proposed revision to Presidential Policy UC-PS-20-0489-BUS-43 Purchases of Goods and Services; Supply Chain Management.  The proposed revision is to include...

UC’s economic impact on California hits $82B annually

In 2019, ANR offered more than 40,000 educational events across California on topics such as drought, climate change and invasive species. UCCE specialist Sam Sandoval, left, gave soil and water management training for field workers in Spanish in 2019. Photo by Evett Kilmartin

The University of California is an essential economic engine for the state, contributing roughly $82 billion annually to California's economic output. Over a half-million jobs in California — or one in every 45 — are supported by the...

UC Network to strengthen honey bee health and crop pollination

Honey bee colony. Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

A $900,000 grant from UC Office of the President will establish a four-campus network of bee researchers and engineers to strengthen honey bee health and crop pollination.  The three-year grant, titled "Strengthening Honey Bee Health and Crop...

In memoriam: Richard Rominger

Richard Rominger at Ag Day at the Capitol. Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

Richard Rominger, former UC President's Advisory Commission member, passed away Dec. 20 in Winters. He was 93. “In addition to his outstanding leadership at CDFA and USDA, Rich was always a great supporter and advisor to UC ANR. He exemplified...

Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program now serving UC ANR

A new partnership between UC ANR and the UC Davis Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program (HDAPP) was announced by John Fox, executive director of ANR Human Resources.  HDAPP supports the University's commitment to a...

In memoriam: Lynn Gallagher

Lynn Gallagher

Lynn W. Gallagher, retired project scientist and barley breeder at UC Davis, died on Dec. 15, 2020. He was 77. Gallagher was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County. He earned a B.A. in political science at UC Davis with his sights set on a law...

Video reviews how UC ANR served California in 2020

A video highlighting many of UC ANR's innovative approaches to achieve its mission in 2020 is now live on YouTube.

UC ANR Strategic Communications' Linda Forbes and Ricardo Vela made a video highlighting many of UCANR's 2020 accomplishments. The video is posted on YouTube at 

In memoriam: Seymour Van Gundy

Seymour Van Gundy  Photo from UCR Today

  Seymour Dean Van Gundy, UC Riverside professor emeritus of nematology and plant pathology,  passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 27, 2020. He was born on Feb. 24, 1931, in Toledo, Ohio. Known to family, friends and colleagues as...


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