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David Bunn. Photo by Hector Amezcua

Bunn named vice provost of research and extension

David Bunn joined UC ANR as Vice Provost of Research and Extension on Aug. 16. He will oversee the Research and Extension Center System and county-based UC Cooperative Extension.

Bunn served as director of the California Department of Conservation, managing a staff of more than 600 scientists and professionals to promote the judicious use and conservation of energy, land and mineral resources. Previously, he served as deputy director of the California Department of Fish and Game and as a natural resources policy consultant for the California State Senate and Assembly. 

For the last 18 months, Bunn directed the development of the UC Davis Graduate Program of Environmental Policy and Management, a unique professional program designed to train the next generation of environmental leaders and natural resources managers. 

Bunn also served in previous positions at UC Davis, including associate director of the International Programs Office (now Global Engagement) in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. As an international project manager at the One Health Institute in the School of Veterinary Medicine, he managed research, training and capacity-building activities in East and West Africa and in Nepal over a nine-year period.

"I am thrilled to be appointed Vice Provost for Research and Extension," Bunn said. "I am passionate about translating science to action and the critical role of extension for improving the lives of people in urban and rural communities.”

"I look forward to working with all of the terrific researchers and educators in UC Cooperative Extension and throughout the UC System, and with the many external collaborators. In particular, I am eager to support the County and REC Directors in their important work," he added.

Bunn earned a Ph.D. in ecology, an M.S. in international agricultural development, and a B.S. in wildlife biology, all from UC Davis.

Bunn is based at the ANR building in Davis and can be reached at (530) 750-1369 and

ASHS honors Culumber with Early Career award 

Mae Culumber. Photo by Luke Milliron

Mae Culumber, UC Cooperative Extension nut crops advisor for Fresno and Kings counties, was chosen by the American Society of Horticultural Science to receive its 2021 ASHS Early Career Extension and Outreach Award.

Culumber, who joined UC ANR in 2016, is the first to receive this ASHS award. Established in 2020, the ASHS Professional Early Career Award recognizes ASHS members for outstanding contributions to horticultural science through their professional activities within 7 years of completing their final degrees (BS, MS, PhD, etc.) prior to their employment. 

“Despite being an Assistant Advisor, Dr. Culumber has led University of California professors, specialists, advisors, and USDA researchers in large-scale research projects as PI or Co-PI,” Luke Milliron, UC Cooperative Extension orchard systems advisor for Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties, wrote in his nomination letter. “Her leadership on studying the soil physical, biochemical, and greenhouse impacts of almond whole orchard recycling is a prerequisite to orchardists receiving cap and trade carbon credits for recycling their orchards, a sustainable alternative to removing and burning the trees at the end of the orchard's life. She also serves as Co-PI on studies of pistachio tree training techniques that increase yield, and variable rate irrigation in almond that enhances productivity, while preserving water and nutrient resources. Dr. Culumber's early research program is already delivering contributions to horticultural science with the potential to enhance orchard productivity and resource use efficiency across hundreds of thousands of acres.”

Since 2017, Culumber, who works with almonds, pistachios and walnuts, has published nine articles in peer-reviewed publications and helped secure over $1.25 million in grant and funding support. Her work as an advisor also earned her UC ANR's “Outstanding New Academic Distinguished Service Award” for 2019-2020.

She and other career award recipients received their awards at a ceremony on Aug. 6 at the 118thASHS Annual Conference in Denver. 

Perring wins ESA award for IPM excellence

Tom Perring

Thomas Perring, a professor in the Department of Entomology at UC Riverside, will receive the Entomological Society of America's 2021 Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions that have a direct relation to integrated pest management (IPM). 

Perring's research has developed management options for growers of 20 cropping systems involving 17 pests and five pathosystems. His lab has provided information on three predatory insects, four predatory mites, 12 parasitoids, and two entomopathogenic fungi in support of biological control. This research has resulted in 154 reviewed articles and chapters and five edited books. 

His work includes creating a multistate partnership to develop IPM strategies for the stink bug, Bagrada hilaris; spearheading a classical biological control program against the mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus and describing a new parasitoid, Anagyrus callidus (Triapitsyn, Andreason and Perring); conducting studies that launched a worldwide investigation into whether Bemisia tabaci consists of biotypes or species (currently at least 40 species are recognized); and implementing biocontrol of date mite and mating disruption of carob moth in dates.

Perring will receive the award during Entomology 2021, ESA's Annual Meeting, taking place in-person and online, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, in Denver.

Posted on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 9:14 PM

New UCCE positions process and timeline announced

Because of the state's acknowledgement that growing the UC ANR academic footprint is of great benefit to the state, recruitment of UCCE Advisor and UCCE Specialist positions will resume. Earlier this year, the Program Council recommended release of 20 positions (15 UCCE Advisor plus 5 UCCE Specialist positions). Ten of these positions have been released for recruitment; the remaining positions will be released soon. Program Council will review other currently identified needs in September and advance additional recommendations to Vice President Humiston. Up to 75 additional UCCE Advisor and 18 additional UCCE Specialist positions are expected to be released in the next 12 months.

The currently identified needs reflect a position call process conducted in 2018, plus vacancies since that time. With new support from the state, we must carefully examine our needs for the future. To this end, UC ANR will be conducting a position call for UCCE Advisor and UCCE Specialist position proposals. This process will be expedited as follows, with a goal to identify priority positions early next year. A timeline, below, is followed by greater detail of the process.

Please note that the processes and timelines below are for UCCE Specialist and UCCE Advisor positions. Identification of all other positions – academic and staff – to be filled as a result of new state funding will use different processes.

UCCE Specialist positions



Program Teams*

Program Council

Vice President

5 positions

Identified 2018 -2021


Prioritized spring 2021

Recommended May 2021

Released July through fall 2021

12 to 20 additional positions

Proposals developed, due Dec 10, 2021


Prioritize proposals Dec 17 – Feb 15 2022

Recommend March 2022

Select and release beginning spring 2022

UCCE Advisor positions



Program Teams*

Program Council

Vice President

15 positions


Identified since 2018; prioritized spring 2021

Identified since 2018; prioritized spring 2021

Recommended May 2021

Released July through fall 2021

15 to 25 additional positions


Identified since 2018; prioritized spring 2021

Identified since 2018; prioritized spring 2021

Recommend September 2021

To be released winter 2021/2022

Up to 50 additional positions


Proposals developed, Aug 23 – Dec 10 2021

Proposals developed, Aug 23 – Dec 10 202

Recommend January 2022

Select and release beginning February 2022

*Stakeholder input considered in process of position identification. Campus members are part of Program Teams.

**Directors include county, REC, statewide program and institute directors.


2021 Call for CE Positions Process

Please see the 2021 position call webpage for more information including important documents. This is where submitted proposals will be available for review.

UCCE Advisor positions

County Directors, REC Directors, Statewide Program/Institute Directors, and Program Teams can submit a limited number of UCCE Advisor positions until December 10, 2021. Position number limitations are as follows for individuals or teams: County Director (1) for every county they direct, but positions do not need to be headquartered in the CD's counties), REC Director (1) per REC Director, but positions need not be headquartered at the REC), Statewide Program/Institute Director (1), Program Team (1).

Individuals, teams and units are expected to seek stakeholder input and work collaboratively across ANR units to make the best use of submission restrictions. Units are also encouraged to review thematic cluster areas for hires. UC ANR thematic cluster areas include Fire Advisor NetworkFood System Resilience NetworkHealth Resilience Network; and Urban Community Development Network. Building capacity in each thematic cluster area is of high priority to UC ANR.

UCCE Specialist positions

Working closely with Program Teams, campuses are invited to propose UCCE Specialist positions, paying particular attention to thematic cluster areas. The UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC Riverside campus submissions are restricted and must be submitted by a single Dean or Provost on behalf of the campus; 4 proposals each from UCR and UCB, plus 6 proposals from UCD. All other campuses are restricted to no more than 2 submissions per campus, to be submitted by the Provost or Chancellor. More information regarding how appointments will be handled between UC ANR and UC campuses other than UCB, UCD, and UCR is available on the 2021 position call webpage.

Stakeholder input

Units are expected to seek stakeholder input and work collaboratively to make the best use of submission restrictions. Program Teams, Directors and Work Groups are encouraged to work with campus units to co-develop specialist positions, particularly around cluster hire opportunities. Following campus submissions, due December 10, 2021, each Program Teams is invited to review UCCE Specialist proposals and identify their top two priorities, no later than February 15, 2022. Program Teams may propose amendments to proposals and are encouraged to solicit consent from campus leadership, in particular, the Executive Associate Deans who are members of Program Council.


Posted on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 11:53 AM
Tags: August 2021 (8), Positions (12)

Borrow from any UC library with systemwide library search

A new, more robust and more efficient library search experience has arrived. UC Library Search connects the libraries on all 10 University of California campuses through a unified discovery and borrowing system.

UC Library Search features the following enhancements:

  • Search your home campus library collection as well as the collections of all 10 UC libraries in the same system
  • Locate the full text of millions of print and online books, journal articles, and other content
  • Borrow and renew materials from any library in the UC system without retyping your library card number

The enhanced features of UC Library Search will replace Melvyl as the UC-wide library catalog search tool. As a single, unified system, UC Library Search offers powerful tools to help the UC Libraries make data-informed decisions around collections development and new services for library users.

See it on each campus:

Posted on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 9:40 PM
Tags: August 2021 (8), UC Library (1)

Strategic Initiative Brief: Nutrition and Health Vision


The UCANR Strategic Initiatives offer a home for strategic thought - drawing on members of the wider UC ANR community and beyond to 1) help people connect and 2) to help them identify and address issues of current and emerging importance. 

Nutrition and health vision takes shape 

Want to provide input on creating our UC ANR vision for health? Contact Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty, who is facilitating the effort, at  

Why are we looking at our health vision now?  

1.    There are resources to do this now

  • “People like to fund winners.” The increase in state funds means others are interested in supporting our work - that includes building on our current health efforts. It's an opportunity to leverage that state funding.
  • Due to COVID, there is more awareness of physical and emotional health needs. The increased awareness will lead to more resources available to address health needs (federal, state, NGO, donor resources).

2.     There is a need

  • The health needs across California are immense, and growing
  • Health spans the lifecycle and is a component of all of our program areas (social, emotional, physical health)
  • Farmer stress, positive youth development, diabetes prevention, aging demographics

3.     We are the right partner to contribute to meeting needs

  • We already do a lot in the area of health. We just haven't tended to use “health” to describe our work, even though we talk about “Healthy Californians” and we have a public-value statement related to health: “Promoting healthy people and communities.”
  • We already play a role. So we want people to imagine how new capacity in UC ANR could make a difference in addressing unmet needs. What more might we do with expanded capacity?
  • These efforts would utilize new capacity without reducing capacity in existing areas. It would build on existing areas.

4.     It's a window that won't stay open forever and will increase overall awareness of UC ANR

  • There is increased national dialogue on workforce development and health in the world of Extension. That means a window of opportunity. We should be ready with ideas and capacity to leap at opportunities before the funding is distributed elsewhere.
  • Activity in non-traditional health areas for UC ANR will increase awareness of all of our program areas. Such awareness has spillover effects thereby “lifting all boats.”

For more on the SIs and their activities, contact

Jim Farrar: Pests (EIPD)

OPEN: Natural Ecosystems (SNE) (Let us know if you are interested in making sure SNE has a voice)

David Lewis: (Water)

Deanne Meyer: Food Systems (SFS)

Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty: Families and Communities (HFC)

Mark Bell: Vice Provost (Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs)


Posted on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 9:28 PM
  • Author: Mark Bell

Learning & Development - Community engagement, social media, leadership, designing presentations

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ANR Learning & Development Webpage
Webinar Recordings

Be a part of the ANR Learning Culture. Find upcoming and ICYMI (in case you missed it) webinars and resources in these following sections:

Extension Deliver
Diversity Equity, and Inclusion
Office, Team, and Personal Management
Building Support

Do you have a learning topic you would like to present to our ANR colleagues that covers the ANR Strategic Plan 20-25 or one of these four strategic learning goals? Submit your webinar idea here.


ICYMI - The Power of Stories in Extension and Behavior Change: Insights of a Professional StoryTeller (Video) Douglas Gayeton, Founder of Lexicon (August 24, 2021).

Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator Training (Q3, Part I) (Connect Extension)
Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Click here to register.

Become an innovation facilitator!

Are you someone who is always looking for new ways to improve? Do you like adopting innovative ideas and helping others along the way? Would you like to be a leader who helps teams design cutting edge programs/projects that make real impact? If so, please consider joining our innovation facilitator team! Click here to read more.

Our innovation facilitator training provides you with a new way of looking at innovation. Once trained, you are an invaluable asset in helping teams develop projects or programs more quickly and connect them with national resources. You will use our innovation incubator process to bring fresh ideas aligned with institutional goals to every team you work with.

Today, there are 151 Innovation Facilitators across Cooperative Extension working to synergize innovative efforts in their own states, institutions, and supporting regional & national teams.

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Social Media - How to Increase Engagement
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021
12 - 12:30 pm

Join Doralica Garay, our new social media expert to learn how social media best practices can help increase online engagement.

Zoom link:
Password: 4Learning | +1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Save the Date: Annual Conference – National Association of Extension Programs and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) Moving Forward in a New World
Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2021

This will be the association's second virtual conference. As we were able to demonstrate in 2020, due to the expertise and flexibility of our membership, the association can conduct an excellent and productive virtual conference.To see a tentative agenda for the conference, go to: 2021 NAEPSDP Conference Tentative Schedule.
We are looking forward to getting together virtually to again interact with colleagues and share ideas and successes!

Rev-up Your Virtual Leadership Series: Rev-up the Focus!
Sept. 22, 2021

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. PDT
Click here to register.

This four-part series is part of our Impact Collaborative program and is for Extension Directors and Administrators, and Extension Program Leaders from Extension Foundation Member Institutions. Rev-up Your Virtual Leadership includes discussions on how to lead when we've lost the ability to put a hand on a shoulder.

Part III: Rev-Up the Focus!
Deciding what not to do is just as important as deciding what to do. Being “busy” is the easy choice. Learn the secret to doing the right things!

The SEED Method: An Evidence-Based Method for Engaging Communities (Connect Extension)
SEED Method Technical Office Hour
Upcoming office hours:

  • Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021, Noon PDT
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, 10 a.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, Noon PDT

What are the office hours?  One-hour sessions offered from August through October 2021,  to provide a forum for you and your team to bring your questions on applying the SEED method and/or SEED method tools to your research or action planning project.
Who are these office hours for?

  • Anyone, any institution or any team that has attended a previous webinar and is interested in using the SEED Method or any of the SEED Method tools for their project!
  • All subgroup members interested in using the SEED Method or any of the SEED Method tools.
  • Anyone or any institution that has heard about the SEED Method and is thinking of using it for your research, program implementation, or action planning, but still has questions.

Zoom link for all sessions:

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Annual Project & Program Summit - Impact Collaborative
Oct. 5 - 7, 2021
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. PDT

Click here to register

Location: Virtual
Registration Deadline: Sept. 17, 2021

The Extension Foundation invites teams of Cooperative Extension faculty, staff and their community partners from member institutions to its annual Impact Collaborative Project & Program Summit.

The Impact Collaborative Summit helps increase Cooperative Extension's organizational readiness and capacity for innovation and change by connecting teams with skills, tools, resources, and partners that can expand and deepen their impact. Participating teams will receive one-on-one support from coaches to help identify gaps in their project and program planning and have access to our network of expert Key Informants to help fill those gaps.     

Registration Information: The Impact Collaborative Summit is a team event. All participants must be part of a team to participate. Community partners are encouraged to participate on teams. We highly recommend sending teams that include three to eight individuals focused on a project or program aligned with state/institutional strategic priorities and/or community issues.

Extension Foundation Update
By Aaron Weibe

Created by Extension directors and administrators starting in 2001, the Extension Foundation facilitates and supports the success of Extension professionals and systems. The bylaws state the foundation's purpose is "Helping Cooperative Extension professionals make a visible and measurable impact on local issues." The Extension Foundation mid-year update details funding, impacts and progress towards helping Cooperative Extension professionals advance their work. A timeline of the history, including the logo change from eXtension to the Extension Foundation is available here. The Foundation Board of Directors, who are also members of the Cooperative Extension Section, are listed here.

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Is it Bullying? Awareness, Understanding & Strategies in Dealing with Abrasive Behaviors in the Workplace
Sept. 8, 2021 (virtual)
8:30 a.m. –12 p.m.
Virtual instructor-led Ttaining

Nov. 18, 2021 (in person and more dates)
1–4:30 p.m.
Click here for more information.
Click here to register.

Participants will learn skills for responding to abrasive behaviors in the workplace, examine one's own behavior (self-reflection) that impacts interaction with colleagues and workplace climate, and explore strategies for empowering ourselves and others in cultivating inclusive work environments. Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to discuss hypothetical workplace case studies and apply various proactive and response strategies to these cases. NOTE: Class is subject to a minimum enrollment of 15 to proceed. If the class is filled, request to be added to the wait-list.

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Land-Grab Universities: Owning the truth and sharing the path to making amends
Oct. 6, 2021, 9-11 a.m. PDT

Additional info and registration:

As an aside, if you're curious to see where the Morrill Act land grants in California were located, there's an interactive map at An interesting fact is only 8.5% of the 1.7 million acres transferred in California under the Morrill Act went to support UC. The rest went to fund the endowments of land grant institutions in other states (click here to see which state got the most land in California).

Connecting DEI and Employee Experience Initiatives (Gartner)
Published May 19, 2021 - ID G00750845 - 6 min. read
By Human Resources Research Team


To create a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all employees, HR professionals must integratediversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy into organizational employee experience practices. Many organizations focus on DEI as a set of initiatives with outcomes that are different and separate from those of employee experience initiatives. However, to realize a fully diverse and inclusive workforce, DEI must be integrated into employee experience.

HR professionals are investing heavily in employee experience improvements to increase employees' satisfaction, including onboarding updates, flexible work policies, parental leave and L&D programs. HR professionals are even adding DEI-related investments into their employee experience improvements, including DEI training and diversity recruiting. Despite these efforts, only 13% of employees indicate they are currently fully satisfied with their experience.

To be fully satisfied with their experience, employees need to be able to bring their full selves to work without negative repercussions. Eighty-two percent of employees say it's important for their organizations to see them as a person, not just an employee; however, only 45% of employees believe their organizations actually see them this way. When organizations see employees as people, they invest in creating an environm­­ent that is inclusive, where employees feel like they are safe and belong. By integrating DEI into the employee experience rather than adding on DEI investments, employees can more comfortably bring their full selves to work. Click here to read more. All ANR employees have free access to Gartner. To register enter your name and ANR email address here.

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Customer Service Essentials (UC Learning Center course)
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021
1 – 4:30 p.m.
Click here to register.

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021
1:30 – 5 p.m.
Click here to register.

This course focuses on customer service essentials that elevate service levels, whether interacting with internal or external customers.

Everyone has experienced superb customer service as well as difficult interactions both as a customer receiving service and as an employee dealing with unhappy customers. In addition to fun and informative learning activities, through this course you will gain insights, tips and skills for dealing with difficult customer situations. You will then apply those skills to specific workplace scenarios. This interactive course is for anyone interested in maximizing the essentials of customer service in their organization. This course's individual and team activities will stimulate interest and reinforce key concepts that participants can apply immediately to their work. 

Upon completion of this course, participants will be better prepared to:

  • Understand what customer service skills are essential to any job
  • Anticipate and meet customer expectations

Apply appropriate strategies for dealing with customers in a variety of situations.

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Moving Your Training Online (part of the Train-the-Trainer series – UC Davis)
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 
9 a.m. - Noon
Click here to register.

Are you tasked with moving your training online? Are Google searches leaving you overwhelmed with too much information? In this interactive course, you will decipher the language and the best practices for virtual training. See the options you have for engagement, practice and learner involvement through your own involvement in practical, repeatable activities. You'll leave class with templates, resources and experience.

If this class is filled, express your interest on the wait-list in the UC Learning Center portal.

Designing a Presentation (LinkedIn Learning)
Click here for course.

Perhaps the most essential skill for all knowledge workers is the ability to design compelling presentations. Whether you're reporting performance metrics, delivering a training or pitching a big idea, you need a presentation to support you and illuminate your speech. In this course, designer Tony Harmer takes you through the essentials of presentation design to give you the tools you'll find most useful in thinking about, designing and building successful presentations. Tony covers a variety of key topics, including moodboards, outlines, layout, type and text, color considerations, graphics, video, charts, transitions and animations. He concludes with some useful advice on finishing touches and follow-ups for your presentation.

This course was created by the American Negotiation Institute. We are pleased to offer this training in our library. To request your LinkedIn Learning account email ANR IT at

How to Be Both Assertive and Likeable (LinkedIn Learning)
Click here for course.

Managing the inherent tension between the friendliness that encourages rapport and the assertiveness that is required to be effective can be tricky. In this course, adapted from the American Negotiation Institute podcast Negotiate Anything, Kwame Christian discusses with Hamilton Chan how to build rapport, stand your ground, and manage the flow of information. Hamilton is the head of executive education and visiting professor of business and technology at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and CEO of Coaching for Startups LLC. He explains why rapport is so powerful and provides tips to stay strong at the negotiation table. Plus, learn why it's so important to understand your options before you start difficult conversations.

This course was created by the American Negotiation Institute. We are pleased to offer this training in our library. To request your LinkedIn Learning account email ANR IT at

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ICYMI Suggested recordings

Cost Sharing Basics (video) Slide deck, Kathy Nolan, Kimberly Lamar
Workflow Automation Application (Activiti & 800 Form), Kathy Nolan
Building Relationships with Reporters (video) - Slide Deck (PDF) Pam Kan-Rice

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