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March 2021

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Calvin Her

Her named SRA in Los Angeles County Calvin Her joined UC Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles County as a staff research assistant in February.  Her graduated with a BS in biology from Metropolitan State University in Minnesota and one day hopes...

PAC discusses rural-urban interface

The UC President's Advisory Commission (PAC) met via Zoom on March 22. Vice President Humiston provided updates on COVID-19 operations, the UC ANR budget, recently completed strategic plans for the division and the research and extension center system,...

Humiston addresses CUCSA

VP Humiston fielded questions about ANR from CUCSA delegates. Screenshot by Dohee Kim

  Vice President Glenda Humiston spoke to the Council of UC Staff Assemblies delegation at their quarterly meeting on March 4. To give the CUCSA delegates an overview of UC ANR, she presented "Bringing the power of UC directly to all...

Water Talk podcast begins April 2

The weekly Water Talk podcast can be heard on Fridays.

The second season of Water Talk podcast begins Friday, April 2. The weekly podcast will feature discussions of agriculture, water policy, environmental and social justice, climate change and other issues related to California water.  This year's...

L&D - Communicating science, diversity, Big Dig Day, giving and receiving feedback


Image by Pixabay ANR Learning & Development WebpagePast webinar recordings EXTENSION DELIVERY Hard Times, Hard Questions: Communicating science with difficult people Thursday, April 15, 2021 Noon - 12:30 pm With Peggy G. Lemaux, Ph.D. Department...

In memoriam: Earl Holtz

Earl Holtz

Earl Holtz, former UC Cooperative Extension dairy advisor in Sonoma County, died on March 25, 2021, at the age of 87.  “Earl made a huge impact on young people's lives as well as on the profitability of dairying in the North Coast,”...

Work group appointed to speed California’s shift to safer pest management

Jim Farrar

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation and California Department of Food and Agriculture launched a new work group to accelerate the systemwide adoption of safer, sustainable pest control practices. Three UC ANR academics have been appointed...

Academic partnership created successful video series

UCCE specialist Jeff Mitchell shoots footage for one of the videos in the

Ten of the top 20 videos on the UC ANR YouTube channel were developed by a team of California professors and researchers assembled by UCCE specialist Jeff Mitchell to encourage young people to pursue careers in agriculture. Views of those 10 videos...

Strategic Initiative Brief: Program teams, IWP

Wondering what ANR's new web interface will look like? A preview is available for feedback.

Unify-Communicate-Advocate The Strategic Initiatives offer a home for strategic thought - drawing on members of the wider UC ANR community and beyond to 1) help people connect and 2) to help them identify and address issues of current...

Leff retires from SAREP agritourism education

Penny Leff

After 11 years as UC ANR's statewide agritourism coordinator, Penny Leff will be retiring on April 11. Bringing a creative approach Leff has spent her time at UC ANR championing all things that blend agriculture and tourism – agritourism. Leff...

Krkich retires from 30-year fundraising career

Lorna Krkich

Lorna Krkich, executive director of Development Services, will retire April 2, after more than three years of service to UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. Krkich joined ANR as executive director for Development Services in 2017 after building a...

Fox retires from 30-year UC HR career

John Fox

John Fox, executive director of Human Resources, plans to retire April 1 after more than 30 years of service to the University of California, the last five years serving UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. Fox joined ANR as executive director...

All UC ANR authors eligible for funds to cover open-access publishing fees

In the past year, UC has announced several agreements with major publishers of scholarly journals, including Elsevier and Springer Nature. These agreements include provisions for funding to cover the article processing charges (APCs) for open-access...

Memories of Doris Howes Calloway sought for book

Doris H. Calloway

Doris Howes Calloway was a pioneer in the early development of human nutritional science. Several of Calloway's former students are working on a book chronicling her role in establishing the research base for addressing nutrition and health problems...

New policies proposed for absence from work and end-of-life options

The University of California Office of the President seeks employee comments on the two policy changes proposed below. PPSM-2.210 Absence from Work – Pay for Family Care & Bonding Employee Consultation Period The University of California is...

Video: A year of living with COVID-19

One year later

In March 2020, when California issued a shelter-in-place order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we...

In memoriam: Richard Ponzio

Richard Ponzio

Richard Carl Ponzio, UC Cooperative Extension youth development specialist emeritus at UC Davis, died after a long illness peacefully at home in Mill Valley on Jan. 5, 2021, with his partner Carol and son Frank by his side. He was 80. He was born in San...

In memoriam: Fred S. Conte

Fred Conte

Fred S. Conte, UC Cooperative Extension aquaculture specialist emeritus at UC Davis, passed away Feb. 19, 2021. Conte was born March 10, 1940, in Houston, Texas, to Raphael and Etta Conte. He has one older brother, Frank. He met his wife, Elisabeth...

UC part of nationwide cyber attack

UC has learned that it, along with other universities, government agencies, and private companies throughout the country, was recently subject to a cybersecurity attack. The attack involves the use of Accellion, a vendor used by many organizations for...

ANR@Work survey closes April 9

The ANR@Work Survey – which will be open through April 9 – gives all academics and staff an opportunity to provide feedback about their experience working at UC ANR.  The UC ANR community is founded on principles strengthened by common...


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