The California Institute for Water Resources is pleased to announce its 2023-25 Request for Proposals for junior investigators.
Funded projects are slated to begin Sept. 1. Please note that the funding period may fluctuate and is based on budget appropriations.
The deadline for submission is Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.
Western SARE Sabbatical Grants provide an opportunity for faculty around the world to partner with farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, and researchers of the Western U.S. region for conducting research, education, and Extension activities. Projects focused on unexplored topics in underserved communities and understudied geographic locations are of special interest. Grants are $75,000 limit/one year in scope.
Proposals are due Nov. 21, 2023
Download the Call for Proposal and watch video to learn more.
Workshops include “Introduction to ArcGIS Pro” (Feb. 17, 1-4 p.m.), and “Introduction to Jupytr Notebooks in ArcGIS Pro” (April 7, 1-4 p.m.). Registration will also be opening soon for DroneCamp 2023 (June 26-30) – your one-stop-shop for training on using drones for research and data collection. For complete details, see the IGIS website.
Registration is also open for nearly two dozen workshops being held as part of UC Love Data Week (Feb. 13-17). Hosted by all 10 campuses as well as UC ANR, LDW workshops cover a range of data-related topics including access, analysis, visualization, management, security, sharing and preservation. Whether you work with qualitative or quantitative data, you'll definitely find something of interest! Sign up soon as many of the workshops are likely to reach capacity.
With more than 100 new employees joining UC ANR in the past year, there is an extremely high demand for mentors in the fifth annual ANR Mentorship Program.
ANR Learning & Development is seeking volunteers – both staff and academics – for the nine-month program, which begins in late February and runs through November. Volunteers will help foster personal and professional growth by mentoring a new staff or academic employee.
While mentors listen to and share knowledge and insights with their mentees, they also report that they learn a lot about themselves during the process, said Jodi Azulai, Learning & Development coordinator. Learn more about what it means to be a mentor.
Mentors are asked to commit to an online orientation, monthly phone/video call check-ins with mentees, and three in-person group sessions.
Note that employees who have previously served as a mentor, and who would like to volunteer again, do not need to fill out the survey. Email Azulai at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest for the coming year.
If selected as a mentor in the 2023 program, you will be contacted by Learning & Development on next steps. Please reach out to Azulai at email@example.com if you have questions.
- Author: Robert Beede, UCCE Farm Advisor Emeritus, Kings County
Most of his illustrious 35-year career was spent serving agriculturists in Tulare County. His acquired expertise in walnuts, olives and prunes was recognized statewide by his UC colleagues and growers. Steve was also well known internationally for his sound horticultural advice in these crops, which resulted in many exchanges of knowledge and experiences that benefited California producers.
Steve ushered in a relatively new era of county-based production problem solving using detailed experiments established in the orchards of cooperating growers. These experiments subscribed to the rigorous scientific standards of UC and included the on-farm participation of campus-based professors and Extension specialists of many disciplines. Leading UC scientists traveled from Davis, Berkeley and Riverside to cooperate with Steve because of the great respect they had for his critical thinking, capacity to secure grower cooperators willing to be inconvenienced by the special requirements of the experiment, and diligent follow-through and oversight of the experiment to ensure its integrity was not compromised.
These local research efforts yielded many major advancements in our understanding of complex production problems. Examples include elucidating the role that excessive pollen played in causing major walnut crop loss from female flowers abscising shortly after bloom; development of pruning, thinning, bee management and harvest guidelines to increase the yield and size of dried prunes; and cooperating with Blain Farming to establish pecans as a viable statewide crop; determining optimal harvest guidelines for olive growers to maximize production and value.
In the 1970s, Steve participated with a statewide team to study the effects of walnut harvest timing and ethephon, then a new plant growth regulator, on kernel quality. He also cooperated with Lory Bennetts in evaluating the major walnut varieties under high planting density for their long-term yield performance.
Steve was admired for his tremendous writing skills. In addition to a monthly grower newsletter, he authored or coauthored 124 scientific papers and chapters for peer-reviewed UC publications. He also wrote hundreds of articles for trade publications and books. Steve also served as the UC representative for founding the World Ag Expo.
Steve was instrumental in developing the concept of short courses for growers; walnuts was the first in 1976. Scores of UC short courses for scores of commodities and subjects have been offered since. Additionally, Steve was instrumental in creating a county/campus-based group to increase collaboration. This became known as PECC (Pomology Extension Continuing Conference), which was so successful that it became the model for all other Extension groups. Steve was also a mentor to dozens of budding farm advisors, myself included. Each of us, as well as every grower he visited or had coffee with, has their own rendition of Steve, and stories to tell!
Steve officially retired from UC in 2001. He remained active in consulting and advising current UC staff. Many enjoyed participating with Steve in his love for fishing and hunting. His wit, stories, wisdom and bravado will be missed. We will continue to pursue excellence as his legacy!
Graveside services were held at the family cemetery in Mankato, Minnesota. Steve was laid to rest next to Ruth, his wife of 55 years, who passed away in October 2021, according to his daughter Stephanie Brutocao. A memorial service for Steve will be held in Visalia in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to The Creative Center, 606 N. Bridge Street, Visalia CA 93291.
Read more about Sibbett's life at https://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/obituaries/vtd042723.