- Author: Jennifer Caron-Sale
Would you like to be a mentor for a UC Berkeley graduate student interested in gaining experience in Cooperative Extension?
The Graduate Students in Extension (GSE) Pilot at UC Berkeley has been extended for one year. The Request for Applications for 2018-2019 fellows at UC Berkeley is open, and student applications are due on March 30, 2018.
One of the goals of the GSE pilot is to facilitate greater interaction between graduate students and Cooperative Extension employees. As such, applicants must identify Cooperative Extension mentors who will assist in advising their project and introduce them to Extension work. Prospective students have been encouraged to identify possible mentors through the ANR Directory, so students might reach out to ANR academics directly in the coming month to inquire about their interest in being a mentor.
Students have an option of completing a fellowship during the summer (Summer 2018), an academic semester (Fall 2018 or Spring 2019), an academic year (Fall 2018–Spring 2019), or a calendar year (June 2018–June 2019). Mentorship teams are required to cover 25 percent of the costs for the fellow. More information about this pilot and requirements for students and mentors can be found at http://ucanr.edu/sites/GGCE/.
Academics who are interested in being a mentor, whether you have a project in mind or are open to working to develop a new project with a fellow, please contact Jennifer Caron-Sale in ANR's Program Planning and Evaluation Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 987-0214 to be connected with prospective applicants.
- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
To show how ANR is making a difference for Californians, ANR collects impact stories from UC Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station work in UC Delivers. Please help us keep the collection updated by contributing your success stories that include documented or potential impacts.
Once a story is posted to the website, it is converted to a one-page PDF that is shared with ANR senior leaders and posted to the federal impacts website for land grant universities at https://landgrantimpacts.tamu.edu. At the end of January, the national land-grant impact writing team will be gathering stories from this database to share with members of Congress.
Stories or portions of stories may also be included in the annual federal report that is submitted to our funding partner, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The 2016 Federal Report Snapshot can be viewed at http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Divisionwide_Planning to see a sample of research and extension that was included in the report. One-pagers on UC Delivers may also be used to educate county supervisors, legislators, funders and reporters about the impact of ANR activities.
You may find other ways to share your work using UC Delivers.
To submit an article to UC Delivers, go to your ANR Portal page and click on “Add a New Story” under UC Delivers. or if you are AES faculty without access to the portal, you can contact Jennifer Caron-Sale directly for assistance posting a story. Program Planning and Evaluation's editing process is designed to post stories within four weeks after submission.
Caron-Sale, Program Planning and Evaluation policy analyst, reviews content and works with authors to ensure articles are written in lay language, have strong payoffs and conform to ANR's writing style and the UC Delivers template. For academics who have completed an ANR Competitive Grant Final Report in 2017, she will reach out to initiate the editing process for a summary written for the general public.
If you have questions about UC Delivers, please contact Caron-Sale at email@example.com or (510) 987-0214.
UC Delivers, a collection of stories showing how ANR is making a difference for Californians, is a great option to consider when relaying the impact of your work. Once a story is posted to the website it is converted to a one-page PDF, shared with ANR senior management and posted to the federal impacts website for land-grant universities at https://landgrantimpacts.tamu.edu.
Stories or portions of stories may also be included in the annual federal report that is submitted to our funding partner, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. You can view the 2015 Federal Report Snapshot at http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/253625.pdf for a glimpse of research and extension that was included in the report. One-pagers on UC Delivers may also be used to educate county supervisors, legislators, funders and reporters about the impact of ANR activities.
You may consider additional creative ways to share your work using UC Delivers. For example, Andra Nicoli from the UC CalFresh state office brought UC Delivers stories to the California SNAP-Ed Local Implementing Agency Forum to distribute as handouts, and included payoffs from the stories on a display board to show off her unit's work.
“I love UC Delivers because it is a quick way for policymakers and stakeholders to understand the context of an issue and the expertise the UC can leverage as problem-solvers and collaborators,” said Nicoli.
To submit an article to UC Delivers, go to your ANR Portal page and click on “Add a New Story” under UC Delivers. Program Planning and Evaluation (PP&E) has streamlined the editing process with the goal of posting stories two to four weeks after you submit them.
Jennifer Caron-Sale will review content and work with authors to ensure articles are written in lay language, have strong payoffs and conform to ANR's writing style and the UC Delivers template. Additionally, if you completed an ANR Competitive Grant Final Report in 2016 or 2017, she will reach out to you to initiate the editing process for a public-oriented version of the summary that you include in your report.
If you have questions about UC Delivers, please contact Caron-Sale at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 987-0214. She looks forward to receiving and posting stories in 2017 that represent all five Strategic Initiatives.
Amanda Crump, former associate director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis, rejoined ANR on May 2 as director of the Western Integrated Pest Management Center.
From June 2008 to December 2009, she was a UCCE environmental horticulture advisor in Fresno County.
She left ANR to take a position at the Horticulture Innovation Lab, which builds international partnerships for fruit and vegetable research that improves livelihoods in developing countries. There, she provided programmatic leadership, managed international horticulture research projects, and worked with stakeholders, federal donors and an advisory board to identify the most pertinent horticultural research needs worldwide and to disseminate the results of this research to farmers in 19 countries.
Crump completed a B.S. in agricultural education from University of Idaho and a M.S. in plant pathology and weed science from Colorado State University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in agricultural education at UC Davis.
Crump is based at the ANR building in Davis and can be reached at (530) 750-1271 and email@example.com.
Vinchesi named vegetable advisor
Amber Vinchesi joined UCCE on April 11 as an area vegetable crops advisor for Colusa, Sutter and Yuba counties.
Prior to joining UCCE, Vinchesi was a postdoctoral research associate at Washington State University, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, where she implemented Lygus management strategies in alfalfa seed production. She developed methods to analyze gut contents of beneficial predators to determine what predators ate when candidate insecticides reduced preferred prey numbers in alfalfa fields.
From 2014 to 2015, Vinchesi was a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University's Hermiston Agriculture Research and Extension Center, where her research focused on using thiamine (vitamin B1) as an alternative control method for insect-vectored potato diseases like Potato Virus Y and Zebra Chip. She also conducted pesticide trials in the greenhouse and surveyed wireworm species in the area.
As a graduate research assistant from 2009 to 2014, Vinchesi conducted research on the alkali bee, a native, solitary, soil-nesting bee used for alfalfa seed pollination in southeastern Washington. Her work included conducting environmental mitigation studies for the Department of Transportation to determine how rerouting a four-lane highway would affect populations of commercially managed native alkali bees.
Vinchesi completed a B.S. in entomology from Purdue University and both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in entomology from Washington State University.
Based in Colusa, Vinchesi can be reached at (530) 458-0575 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Douhan joined ANR on March 1 as a UC Cooperative Extension area citrus advisor for Tulare, Fresno and Madera counties.
Prior to joining UCCE, Douhan had been a staff research scientist in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at UC Riverside since 2013. At UC Riverside, he was involved in virus and viroid diagnostics of citrus, studying the interaction between citrus tristeza virus and Fusarium solani (citrus quick decline disease), and conducting research on the postharvest pathogen Penicillium digitatum. At the same time, he also served as the coordinator of the National Clean Plant Network for Citrus, which has centers in California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Maryland, Florida and Puerto Rico. From 2005 to 2013, Douhan held a faculty position as assistant professor in the department.
He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in plant pathology from Washington State University and completed a B.S. in botany/biology from Humboldt State University.
Douhan is based in Tulare and can be reached at (559) 684-3312 and email@example.com.
Tolgay Kizilelma joined ANR as the IT infrastructure and support manager on Feb. 29.
He is in charge of modernizing how ANR provides IT support services, overseeing the redesign of our technology infrastructure, and serving as a key lead in upgrading and running ANR's network infrastructure across the state.
“Tolgay has extensive experience in key technology areas such as cyber-security and technical project management,” said Gabriel Youtsey, chief information officer. “He comes to us with many years of experience running IT in both private companies and higher education.”
Kizilelma has 20-plus years of professional IT experience in the business sector, healthcare and higher education. Prior to joining ANR, Kizilelma was the IT manager at Shields Harper & Co based in Martinez, leading companywide IT initiatives for multiple locations in three states. He managed his company's U.S. operations remotely from Turkey from 2007 to 2012. During this time, he also lectured undergrad IT courses and led IT projects within the computer engineering department of Pamukkale University in Turkey.
“I am an advocate of lifelong learning, and I really would like to emphasize the effective and efficient use of resources and tools available for all ANR clients, such as Lynda.com and LMS (learning management systems) for most of our training needs,” Kizilelma said.
He earned a Ph.D. in business management at Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey, an MBA at Saint Mary's College of California and a BSc in computer engineering at Ege University in Turkey.
Kizilelma is located in the ANR building in Davis and can be reached at (530) 750-1233 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Caron-Sale joined ANR's Office of Program Planning and Evaluation as a policy analyst on May 9. She will be assisting Katherine Webb-Martinez and Vanessa Murua with ANR strategic planning efforts and program evaluation.
Caron-Sale has been a regulatory analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco for the last eight years. At the CPUC, she focused on overseeing the planning, implementation and evaluation of demand response and energy efficiency programs. Prior to joining the CPUC, she taught environmental science at various non-profits in the Northeast and Midwest.
She earned a B.A. in environmental studies from Mount Holyoke College, a M.S in natural resource policy and management from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a M.P.A. (public administration) from Syracuse University.
Caron-Sale is based at UCOP and can be reached at (510) 987-0214 and Jennifer.Caron-Sale@ucop.edu.
Mark Takata joined the UC Integrated Pest Management Program on Feb. 29 as a web production coordinator.
Takata has over 10 years of experience in programming, web production workflow, and user interaction/user experience design. Last year, he spent two days a week working with UC IPM as a contractor from UC Davis Information and Education Technology (IET) to help design and code the user interface for the Urban Plant Diagnostic Tool, mobile Pest Management Guideline framework and other infrastructure projects.
In the private sector, Takata consulted for UC Davis, UC Merced, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Avanade, HDMI, VISA and Accenture among others. In 2015, he returned to UC Davis where he provided technical solutions for the Office of the Chancellor and Provost, Mondavi Center and other campus units as an employee with IET.
For UC IPM, Takata will coordinate and ensure that IPM content is clearly laid out and efficiently published to the UC IPM website. He will also work with the rest of the IT and production staff to transition the current web pages, as well as any new projects, to a more mobile-friendly look and feel.
Takata is located at the ANR building in Davis and can be reached at (530) 750-1386 and email@example.com.
Lucia Varela, UCCE area IPM advisor in the North Coast, was honored with the 2016 Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America's Distinguished Achievement in Extension Award.
Varela, who serves high-value wine vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties, was nominated by Pete Goodell, UCCE area IPM advisor based at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
In his nomination letter, Goodell wrote: “The impacts from her extension program and team efforts have resulted in a reduction of insecticide use in several crops. Her work with invasive species task forces has mitigated the spread of several invasive species.”
As a specific example, he wrote, “She has taken on a major leadership role in turning back the European grapevine moth (Lobesia) infestation in the North Coast wine region by coordinating with county, state and local agencies.”
Varela received the award at the branch's annual meeting in Honolulu on April 5.
Steven Lindow, professor in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley, has been selected to receive the Award of Distinction, the highest award made by the American Phytopathological Society in honor of his significant contributions to the science of plant pathology.
Lindow, who is also executive associate dean for the College of Natural Resources, will receive the award at the APS annual meeting in Tampa, Fla., which will be held July 30-Aug. 3.