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There are direct lines from her resume to major policy advances in nutrition education and public health. Crawford's research and outreach have influenced nutrition policies and trends to improve the food environment at child care centers and schools, promote more nutritious food in programs serving low-income families and advance education and communication.
Since earning her master's degree in public health nutrition and her registered dietician credential at UC Berkeley in 1972, Crawford has been a force of unceasing productivity as a researcher, evaluator, educator and leader. Early in her career, she managed the nation's largest biracial study of girls' health, the National Growth and Health Study. During the course of this long-term study, she went back to school to obtain her doctorate in public health nutrition.
She soon was hired as the first UC Cooperative Extension nutrition and obesity prevention specialist and she co-founded and directed UC Berkeley's Atkins Center for Weight and Health. The center focused largely on food and nutrition policy to improve the health of children, and shared research results with community health workers. Local and state health professionals found an extension partner eager to conduct research that would answer important questions and provide real-world solutions, productively linking research, policy and practice.
The Center for Weight and Health, which in 2015 merged with the UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI), became known for rigorous research that is aligned with UC ANR's core values of addressing food security, obesity, socioeconomically based health disparities, and access to healthy foods. After the merger, Crawford became NPI's senior director of research, working with her long-time collaborator, NPI Director Lorrene Ritchie.
Ritchie stated that in addition to Crawford's academic achievements, she is the consummate mentor — a “career godmother” for Ritchie and many others.
“Pat has an uncanny ability of knowing what you are good at — even before you yourself do — and mentoring you to build on that strength,” Ritchie said. “Likewise, she has an uncanny ability to know your weaknesses, and help you to overcome those by developing new skills or pairing you with others who have those skills.”
Although Crawford would be quick to tell you that her work is collaborative, she has been a researcher or important influence on nearly every population-based nutrition policy success in the past four decades. She has served as president of the California Nutrition Council and on countless state and national committees and task forces focused on improving health and addressing obesity, including being an advisor to California's Let's Get Healthy Task Force. Most recently, she co-authored a seminal Healthy People 2020 report for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, on model policies to increase fruit and vegetable intake in the population.
To honor the work that Crawford does and to continue this kind of work, NPI has established a student fellowship fund to train the next generation of students on nutrition research and its policy impacts.
Read more about Crawford's accomplishments.
- Author: Jodi Azulai
Accessing UC library resources and services from your location - We're here for you!
August 8, 2019
Time: 11:30 am
After attending this session, participants will feel like library VIPs, and will know how to access resources owned or licensed by the UC Library system by mail or electronically. They will also know how to connect to research help, and suggest titles for the library to acquire.
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Webinar ID: 751 701 428
Learning Circle - Ethical OS Toolkit (Register here)
Aug. 8, 2019
Generated by the eXtension Foundation, Engage & Empower Online is an online co-learning community connecting local and regional Impact Collaborative projects across the U.S. for collective impact. Through public and private cross-sector partnerships with the Cooperative Extension System's (CES) eXtension Foundation, Engage & Empower Online is a new resource designed to collectively drive innovation and action forward toward real and meaningful impacts. Register here.
Focus on your strengths with Strengthsfinder 2.0
Aug. 12, Oct. 2, Dec. 10, 2019, UC Davis/UC Davis Health, Register here
During this session you will hear about the Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment which introduces 34 dominate themes, and identifies tops strengths and how to leverage them. Learn about research on talent-based productivity and engagement, and areas where you have the greatest potential to develop your strengths and apply them on the job.
To help you identify and build upon your talents, you are required to complete the Strengthsfinder 2.0 assessment and review your Strengths Insight and Action-Planning Guide prior to attending this session. Register here. If a class is full, sign up for the wait-list so you can participate when the course repeats.
Improve your understanding of ANR's condition changes and use of relevant indicators
August 15, 2019
- How you can start tracking and connecting to condition change indicators
- Data sources you can use to make "Safe inferences" to change in conditions
- UC ANR examples using condition change indicators
With Wendy Powers, Mark Bell, Katherine Webb-Martinez, Kit Alviz
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Building Movement Project
Check out The Building Movement Project website. Learn how this organization develops research, tools, training materials and opportunities for partnerships that bolster nonprofit organizations' ability to support the voice and power of the people they serve. Learn their tools for developing the capacity of organizations to engage constituents in changing the systems that impact their lives.
Leadership - Analyzing how organizations can do their best work and encourage leaders at every level by promoting the most effective and inclusive practices.
Nonprofits and Social Change - Developing the capacity of organizations to engage constituents in changing the systems that impact them.
Movement Building - Acknowledging and building on the distinct role of nonprofit organizations in advancing movements for social change
In 2016, the Building Movement Project conducted a national survey on race and leadership in nonprofits. The data from that survey led to the development of the popular Race to Lead report series. This summer, the Race to Lead survey is back! By participating, survey respondents will contribute to one of the largest existing data sets on race and leadership in the nonprofit sector and will help inform the next round of Race to Lead reports. The confidential survey is open to anyone working for pay in the U.S. nonprofit sector and takes about 25 minutes to fill out. Just go to: bit.ly/RacetoLeadSurvey!
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time
There is an unspoken perception within the scientific community: if you aren't working at least 60 hours a week, then you are less productive and passionate about your research. This has led to a culture in which scientists often become competitive and brag about their excessive time spent in lab and display their exhaustion like a badge of honor. This webinar will explore how long hours in the lab became the norm and the effects that it has on scientists. This webinar will also provide tips on how to maximize productivity in lab and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Register here.
With Julie Overbaugh, Ph.D. faculty member, Human Biology and Public Health Sciences Division, endowed chair for Graduate Education, director, Office of Education and Training, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; and Lesley Weaver, Ph.D. postdoctoral fellow, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
One of the most important and influential relationships you have at work is with your manager. Along with being an example you can learn from (for better or worse), your manager has great influence over your responsibilities and your ability to develop as an employee.
In the LinkedIn Learning course Building Business Relationships, Instructor Simon Bailey encouraged employees to ask their manager these seven questions. These seven questions will help you form a better relationship with your boss, which will both make your day-to-day life better as well as improve the prospect of your career.
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SAVE THE DATE: Agents of Change, Creating Extension Connections. NAEPSDP National Conference
Savannah, Georgia, Dec. 3-5, 2019.
Submit proposals by Aug. 13, 2019: Round tables, posters, workshops, oral presentations, ignite sessions.
Post conference tour: University of Georgia Marine Extension Center and Aquarium Tour on Skidaway Island.
Everyone can learn something new.
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Jones provided UC with budget and financial expertise for more than 30 years, most recently serving as assistant vice chancellor of finance for UC Merced, overseeing operations in the Campus Budget Office and Capital Finance.
She got her start at UC Santa Barbara in 1981, where she earned a degree in business economics, then joined ANR in 1996.
In 2011, UC Executive Vice President Nathan Brostrom appointed Jones interim director of UCOP budget, providing overall leadership for the Office of the President budget, when Michael Rancer retired. Jones, who was ANR budget director, continued to perform budget-related duties for ANR during her one-year appointment, then left to become the permanent UCOP budget director. In 2014, she was appointed to UC Merced.
Outside of UC, Jones dedicated her life to serving various ministries, including pastoring for several years in Santa Barbara under the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. She also taught New Testament Survey at Aenon Bible College.
Jones is survived by daughters Nicole Jeanne' Eskridge (William), Danielle Jeanine Jones and Alycia Jeanelle Jones, grandsons Wiliam Milton Eskridge IV and Branden Mercellous Eskridge, and siblings Arthur Gillespie Jr. (Shani), Sandra Gillespie (Michael) Karen Riley (Bruce) and Michael Gillespie.
Lynn earned a bachelor's degree at Fresno State. In 1953, Lynn was drafted into the Army and stationed in Verdun, France for two years. Following his service in the Army, he earned a master's degree in viticulture at UC Davis.
Lynn, who grew up on his family's 10-acre farm in Selma, served as director for UC Cooperative Extension in Tulare County for many years and was involved with California's water issues. He also served as an ambassador for the World Bank during the Cold War era and traveled to Eastern Europe to provide agricultural aid and assistance. He loved his work and loved being able to help farmers and people in need.
Susan Laughlin, former UCCE director in Contra Costa County who worked with Lynn, wrote to Lynn's children, “Tulare County was the pinnacle of agricultural activity in the entire state so the fact that your father was County Director there automatically made a statement. But Curt made more of a statement than any other Director of his era – and that's saying a lot because the power of the counties in our system was never greater than when he served. As a result, he is known within my generation as the most effective, politically influential and innovative of all Directors. We were all awed by him!”
Lynn was politically savvy, according to Laughlin. “The good part, of course, is that he had powerful political allies who spoke for the Division in the legislature and with the Governor,” Laughlin wrote. “The ‘bad' part is that he scared the pants off the Division's high-level administrators because he could darned well say what he wanted, get it most of the time, and never suffer any consequences. I doubt there was another Director with more influence in the state at that time.”
Laughlin said she is grateful for Lynn's career advice.
“I was a young, social scientist in an organization dominated by hard-science men. When I took over as Program Director for the Food, Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences program, which included ALL the women in the organization at that time (except for the 4-H advisors), I was the only woman in a leadership position. He approached me with an idea to get Home Advisors involved in learning about California agriculture and contributing to it in innovative ways. He helped me set up a conference to introduce them to field operations, packing houses, food processing plants, and farm equipment. They had more fun at that conference than they had had in a very long time.”
In 1997, after retiring, Lynn and his wife Genada moved to North Bend, Wash. to be closer to sons Curtis Day Lynn Jr., and John Noland Lynn and granddaughters Kali and Hallie.
The Colorado native graduated from Colorado State University in 1953, with a degree in agronomy, then served in the U.S. Army until 1955.
In 1956, Sailsbery joined UC Cooperative Extension as a farm advisor for Glenn County. He took a break to earn a master's degree from UC Davis in 1963.
Outstanding both as a field consultant and researcher, Sailsbery made a number of breakthroughs in rice yield and production in the 1960s. He was also instrumental in advancing fertilizer practices for sugar beets, safflower, sorghum and other row crops in the 1970s and 80s.
After 36 years of serving with UC Cooperative Extension in Glenn County, he retired in 1992.
“More important than Bob's research successes was his ability to get out in the field with the farmers of northern California and offer practical, wise consultation to increase their success,” reads Sailsbery's obituary.
Sailsbery is survived by his wife of 63 years, Laura, sister Phyllis (Wayne) Gueswell of Albuquerque, NM, brother Richard Sailsbery of Fort Morgan, CO, sons Stephen (Nancy) Sailsbery of Willows and Timothy (Tracy) Sailsbery of Orland, grandchildren Jud Sailsbery, Tessa Sailsbery and Charisse Stava, and great-grandchild Matthew Buren.
In lieu of flowers, the Sailsbery family requests that memorial contributions be made in his honor to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries or Salvation Army, c/o Newton Bracewell, 680 Camellia Way, Chico, CA 95926.