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March 2020

ANR’s rapid response to COVID-19

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Dear Colleagues, The world has changed profoundly in the past few weeks, compelling us to change the way we live and work to slow the new coronavirus pandemic. Your ability to adapt and to innovate on the fly is nothing short of amazing. These are...

UC CARET delegates visit Congress in March

From left, Dan Sanchez, Mike Mellano, Wendy Powers and Marcel Horowitz visited the offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris, Congressman Scott Peters and Congressman Mike Levin.

UC ANR Vice President Glenda Humiston led a delegation representing California to the annual joint meeting of the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET) and the Administrative Heads Section (AHS) of the Association of Public...

Names in the News

Carolyn Whitesell

Whitesell joins UCCE as human wildlife conflict advisor Carolyn Whitesell joined UC Cooperative Extension as an assistant human-wildlife interactions advisor for San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and Sonoma...

First 20 ANR@Work raffle winners chosen, complete survey by April 3

Berry happy work survey

On March 17, each academic and staff member should have received an email from “Glenda Humiston <>” containing a unique link to the survey. Please do not delete the emailed invitation as it is the only way to...

Discuss COVID-19 driven changes in community-based programming April 1

A national action dialogue on community-based programming in the digital networked COVID-19 age will be hosted by eXtension April 1, 2020. Top issues identified in a March 26 discussion will be explored more deeply by breakout groups to share strategies...

Learning & Development: Working online, racial understanding, Connect Extension, Big Dig Day and more

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Find ANR webinar announcements and archived recordings here. Call for WebANRDo you have a WebANR Cafe Thursday topic and presenter to recommend for our Third Thursday Cafe' WebANRs? Or do you have a topic that you would like to present? WebANR topics...

We're in this together - wellness through times of change


Our mission supports all Californians. That includes all of us at UC ANR. The current health crisis calls us to be intentional about self-care even as we also care for others, such children and extended family. All the while, we are balancing a new way...

Working from home gives us furry officemates

Lorna Krkich's Kitty Bubka demonstrates social distancing from neighbor Brewer.

As we shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us find ourselves sharing workspace with our pets. Some ANR colleagues have posted photos of their four-legged coworkers on social media. We could all use some softer news with images of...

Speaker Rendon gets update on UCCE in his district

From left, Keith Nathaniel and Dohee Kim briefed Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on how LA County residents benefit from UCCE programs.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon met with UCCE Los Angeles director Keith Nathaniel and communicator Dohee Kim on March 13. Rendon represents the 63rd Assembly District in Southern California, which includes nine cities southeast of Los...

PSU can help with setting up and managing Zoom workshops

UC IPM hosts

Are you planning on hosting a Zoom workshop? ANR's Program Support Unit (PSU) staff are ready to help you with registration, management, recording and posting of your online events. Email your event details to or...

Employee comments invited for protection of human subjects in research

The University of California invites comments on proposed revisions to Presidential Policy on Protection of Human Subjects in Research.  This policy describes the responsibilities of the university, its campuses and researchers in protecting...

‘Paid Leave (COVID19)’ added to TRS dropdown menu

When an employee is unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19, there is a new menu item for time reporting.

UC ANR has added a new Time Reporting System (TRS) dropdown menu item, “Paid Leave (COVID19)”, to report paid administrative leave in order to cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please only use this dropdown only for the...

Nominate UCCE academics for service awards by April 17

Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 ANR Distinguished Service Awards, which are sponsored by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and Academic Assembly Council. The awards recognize and reward outstanding accomplishments in UC Cooperative...

ANR Policy and Procedure Manual updated

Three sections of the UC ANR Policy and Procedure Manual were recently updated as follows. Section 206, Gifts to UC ANR ( was expanded to include additional information, revised for clarity,...

Master Gardeners team with HomeFirst to serve homeless

Gov. Newsom met Katherine Uhde while touring a UC Master Gardener project to help the homeless in Santa Clara County.

Gov. Gavin Newsom was in San Jose, the Bay Area's largest city, Feb. 27 to tour tiny houses that are designed as transitional living communities. Newsom said it is an innovative project that could help combat the homeless crisis across the state. UC...

STAR nominations accepted until April 6

Nominations are being accepted for the annual UC ANR Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Awards until Monday, April 6, 2020. ANR is going ahead with the annual program despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The STAR...

Employee comments invited for Gender Recognition and Lived Name policy

The University of California invites comments on a proposed Presidential Policy: Gender Recognition and Lived Name. It is proposed that the policy be fully implemented by UC campuses and locations by July 1, 2021, and it includes the following...

UCCE advisor and Victory Garden historian Hayden-Smith retires

Rose Hayden-Smith. Photo by Isabel Lawrence

UC Cooperative Extension advisor Rose Hayden-Smith has taught schoolchildren at 4-H summer camps about food, inspired Master Gardener volunteers to plant school gardens, led the UC Cooperative Extension office in Ventura County as its first female...

Call for 5-minute 'Wellness Spot' leaders


"Wellness Spot" Leaders Are you interested in leading a 5-minute "Wellness Spot" for your colleagues in the coming months?  What is a wellness spot? It is a presentation/activity that you provide that shares how you incorporate wellness into your...

CalNat celebrates virtual class graduates

This is an usual graduation photo for the outdoorsy UC California Naturalist Program, but one that says so much about adapting to the shelter-in-place restrictions to slow the spread of novel coronavirus.

Extra special congratulations are in order for the 2020 Tuleyome graduating class of certified California Naturalists. On Friday, March 20, via Zoom, the California Naturalist Program certified its latest class of California Naturalists...


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