- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
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Katherine Webb-Martinez, director of Program Planning and Evaluation, received an award on Oct. 13 from the Extension Education Evaluation Topical Interest Group at the American Evaluation Association's conference held in Indianapolis.
The Mary Nell Greenwood Extension Evaluation award was given to Webb-Martinez in recognition of her administrative leadership toward outstanding organizational, policy and resource contributions to extension evaluation.
The following are excerpts from letters supporting her award nomination:
“Today, ANR is a national leader in outcomes assessment and reporting. The single person most responsible for the dramatic turnaround is Katherine. When others despaired of finding solutions, she dug into the problem and slowly began to change the organization's culture, practices, and capacity.”
“For extension professionals such as myself who aren't classically trained in extension program evaluation, her efforts in building the evaluation capacity of UC ANR academics and program staff have helped us tell our stories and successfully meet the merit and promotion criteria.”
“You often hear about Extension being the best kept secret. At UC ANR, Katherine's leadership has helped change this narrative both at the state and local county level.”
“Her work in evaluation, reporting and program planning is highly sought after by Extension directors in other Western Region states. Her work in leading a team to produce high-quality public- and stakeholder-facing reports of UCCE's successes demonstrates far more than the ability to gather and synthesize information.”
UC ANR 4-H's Vera M. Bullard, Brenda Vales and Gemma Miner received awards at the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Oct. 12.
Bullard, regional 4-H program coordinator for the Central Sierra, was presented the National Distinguished Service Award for California. The award recognizes the achievements of members who have served more than seven years in Extension 4-H Youth Development programs. She is passionate about civic engagement, public speaking, inclusion, accessibility and volunteer development. She currently chairs the Statewide Public Speaking and Communications Advisory Committee and serves on the Civic Engagement Advisory Committee.
“She's an amazing staff member, very dedicated to the 4-H program,” said Sue Mosbacher, UC Master Food Preserver Program coordinator. “In addition to her role in 4-H, Vera is also a Master Food Preserver volunteer and coordinates the online basics classes for the Amador/Calaveras program.”
Brenda Vales, 4-H community education specialist for Contra Costa County, received the Achievement in Service Award, which recognizes the achievements of members who have served between three and seven years. Vales has supported the local and statewide 4-H program for six years, specializing in finance, record keeping and presentations. She uses her experience to foster life skills in 4-H youth.
Gemma Miner, 4-H academic coordinator for volunteer engagement, was part of a Western Region team that received both a state and national award in the Excellence in Peer Professional Development Specialty Award Division.
Each year, the California 4-H Association selects members to receive awards at the national conference hosted by the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals.
The Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 Awards honor 40 outstanding individuals making their marks in the industry. George Zhuang, UC Cooperative Extension viticulture farm advisor in Fresno County has been selected for the class of 2023. Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News annually choose 40 individuals working in the fruit and vegetable industry who they deem to be the next generation of leaders.
Zhuang started working as a UCCE viticulture farm advisor for Fresno County in January 2015. As a viticulture advisor, he conducts applied research on rootstock selection, vineyard water management, mechanization and disease management, as well as updates growers on university research results and current vineyard management issues. He holds a master's degree in horticulture science from Michigan State University and a bachelor s degree in viticulture and enology from China Agricultural University.
See the other 39 people chosen at https://fruitgrowersnews.com/40under40/?oly_enc_id=.
TIME lists Luna UCR avocado among top 'groundbreaking' inventions
Luna UCR avocado is one of TIME's "200 'groundbreaking' inventions. The list, which debuted this year, includes inventions that “are changing how we live, work, play and think about what's possible,” TIME wrote.
The variety is the result of a University of California avocado tree breeding program that started at UCLA just over 80 years ago, was transferred to UCR in the 1950s, and continues today. The patent will credit as inventors Mary Lu Arpaia, a UC Cooperative Extension horticulturist based at UC Riverside, and her colleague Eric Focht, a UCR staff research associate in the Botany and Plant Sciences Department in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Other credited co-inventors are former UCR scientists Gray Martin, the late David Stottlemyer, and the late B.O. “Bob” Bergh, according to a story by UCR's David Danelski.
Read more about Luna UCR avocado's development at New avocado proves tasty, safer to harvest at UC ANR Research and Extension Centers.
Brinkley wins California American Planning Association Award of Excellence
Catherine Brinkley, UC Davis professor and Center for Regional Change director, and her team received the California American Planning Association award for academic excellence for Plansearch.caes.ucdavis.edu: A Search Engine for California's General Plans.
Want to know what the 482 cities and 58 counties in California are planning to build? Check out the award-winning search engine to find general plans for California cities and counties.
- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
UCCE advisors, UCCE specialists and academics coordinators are invited to attend a training workshop on conducting a needs assessment.
Vikram Koundinya, UCCE evaluation specialist in the Department of Human Ecology (Community and Regional Development) at UC Davis; Chris Greer, IPM area advisor in UCCE San Luis Obispo County; and Katherine Webb-Martinez, associate director of UC ANR Program Planning and Evaluation are hosting training workshops in two locations – Davis and Parlier.
Friday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UC ANR Building, 2801 Second Street, Davis
Featuring roundtable discussion sharing UCCE examples with
- Betsy Karle, area dairy advisor & county director, Glenn County
- Susie Kocher, forestry/natural resources advisor, Central Sierra and El Dorado counties
- Steven Worker, 4-H youth development advisor, Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties
Friday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 9240 South Riverbend Ave., Parlier
Featuring roundtable discussion sharing UCCE examples with
- Ramiro Lobo, small farms and agricultural economics advisor, San Diego County
- Fadzayi Mashiri, livestock and natural resources advisor, Mariposa and Merced counties
- Deepa Srivastava, nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor, Tulare and Kings counties
The interactive training will help answer questions such as: What exactly is expected for a needs assessment? What is the benefit? When should I do this? How often should I do this? How do I use the information to design my program?
It will include basic, practical how-to steps, approaches, methods and how to write clear and concise questions.
Participants will engage in a roundtable discussion with UCCE advisors, who will share their needs assessment experiences and lessons learned.
Participants will gain...
- understanding of position description needs-assessment expectation
- understanding of the what, how, when of needs assessments
- understanding of and practice writing good questions
- awareness of UC ANR needs assessment examples and resources
- a draft needs assessment plan
For more information, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez, Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org, (510) 987-0029.