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Stetter named Dean of Veterinary Medicine

Mark Stetter

Mark Stetter, dean and professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University, has been chosen as the new dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. He will officially take the position on Oct. 18.

Prior to joining Colorado State, Stetter served as director of animal operations, director of animal health, and clinical veterinarian at Walt Disney World from 1997 to 2012. 

“The School of Veterinary Medicine, a widely recognized world leader in its field, exemplifies veterinary education, research, and care—and UC Davis—at their best,” said Mary Croughan, provost and executive vice chancellor. “It was critical for us to find a new dean who could carry on and advance the school's stellar legacy. We are very fortunate that Dr. Stetter has agreed to serve in this critical leadership position.”

Stetter earned both his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
Stetter will replace John Pascoe, who has served as interim dean since July 1, when Michael Lairmore stepped down after nearly 10 years as dean. Croughan has expressed her deep gratitude for Pascoe's skilled interim service and Lairmore's decade of distinguished leadership at SVM.

Read more about Stetter in the UC Davis news release.

Westlake joins Project Learning Tree

Emmy Westlake

Emmy Westlake has joined UC ANR as a Project Learning Tree community education specialist in Northern California. 

Born in Redding, Westlake enjoyed growing up, working and spending time in the Shasta Trinity and Modoc Forest. Getting folks outside and into natural resources continues to be her passion.

Before joining Project Learning Tree, she worked with the Resource Conservation District of Tehama County for four years as a project manager. She graduated from California State University, Chico in business administration with an option in management.

Westlake is based at the UCCE office in Tehama County in Red Bluff. She can be reached at (530) 527-3101 and

Palmer joins Human Resources

Rachel Palmer

Rachel Palmer joined Human Resources as a HR Generalist 2 addressing staff issues on Oct. 5. For the past 5 years, she served UC ANR as a program and event specialist with the Program Support Unit.

Before joining UC ANR in 2016, Palmer was an events manager at UC Riverside for four years and a campus events coordinators and campus resources coordinator at University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law for nearly five years. She earned a BS in business at University of Redlands.

Palmer is still based at the UC ANR building in Davis and can be reached at

Karle chosen for ag leadership program

Betsy Karle

Betsy Karle, UC Cooperative Extension director in Glenn County and dairy advisor in Glenn, Butte, Tehama, Shasta, Sutter and Yuba counties, is one of the 24 individuals selected for the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation's Class 51. 

The California Agricultural Leadership Foundation program will immerse fellows in topics including leadership theory, strategic agility, effective communication, motivation, critical thinking, change management, emotional intelligence and other skills relating to personal performance and complex social and cultural issues.

Over 17 months, Karle will dedicate 55 seminar days to intensive training through the program's 50-year alliance with California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California State University, Fresno, and UC Davis.

She will be joined by individuals with various educational backgrounds, experiences, and skills within the agriculture industry. CALF invests more than $50,000 per fellow to participate in the program, which is underwritten by individual and industry donations.

Vice President Glenda Humiston, UCCE advisors Sheila Barry, Tracy Schohr and Eta Takele, Maxwell Norton, emeritus UCCE advisor, and other UC ANR members are among alumni of the prestigious leadership program.

Schohr honored for ag leadership

Tracy Schohr

Tracy Schohr, UC Cooperative Extension Livestock & Natural Resource Advisor serving Plumas, Sierra and Butte counties, is one of three people selected by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) and the Ag Leadership Alumni Council to receive a 2021 Profiles in Leadership Award.

The award recognizes California Agricultural Leadership Program alumni for leadership actions that result in the betterment of industry, community, business, government, education and/or the environment.

Schohr, Class 39, is being recognized for her community service during wildfires in her area—the 2018 Camp Fire, 2020 North Complex Fire and the 2021 Dixie Fire. Her work has included coordinating with emergency personnel and ranchers to contain, transport and secure a safe place for loose herds and displaced livestock.

“Tracy supports the agricultural industry through education and understanding of the science around natural working lands with the public,” said her nominators. “She is the first to step up to make a difference. California will continue to have natural disasters and Tracy will be there on the front lines and we can count on the fact that her crisis leadership will benefit everyone.”

The award ceremony will be held in Clovis on Oct. 14.


Posted on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 4:14 PM

New Disaster Preparedness and Response Workgroup forms

From pandemics to droughts, floods and wildfires, UC ANR is well-positioned to help Calfiornians cope with disasters.

Disasters are increasingly common in California, ranging from droughts, floods and wildfires to human health (e.g. COVID-19). Given the frequency of disasters in California, it is important that UC ANR is prepared to engage before, during, and after emergencies across the state.  

The new UC ANR Workgroup on Disaster Preparedness and Response will create a forum to bring together colleagues across multiple disciplines to support our communities through trainings, grants, research and extension projects.  

If you are interested in joining the workgroup, please contact co-chairs Sabrina Drill at or Tracy Schohr at

Posted on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 1:52 PM

IGIS sets data workshops schedule

Drone flies over sorghum at Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

The Informatics and GIS program has scheduled its 2021 fall lineup of GIS and data workshops. All workshops (with one exception) are online and free, with required registration and additional information that can be found on the IGIS Training page. Additionally, all UC ANR employees and workshop alumni are eligible to sign up for IGIS Office Hours for a wide range of consultations on geospatial and data topics.

Introduction to ArcGIS Story Maps (IGIS, Virtual)
Friday, Oct. 8
1 - 4 p.m.

Story Maps for ArcGIS is a powerful and popular platform for creating websites that convey compelling narratives through text, media and maps. Story Maps are increasingly used for online extension, program reporting and presentations. This workshop will get you started and give you the tools to create your own Story Map.

Requirements: Participants must have an ArcGIS Online account set up prior to the workshop (free for all UC ANR employees, temporary accounts available for others). The Intro to AGOL workshop, or equivalent background, is a prerequisite for this workshop. Details and registration.

DroneCamp 2021 – (IGIS, In-person Flight Instruction)
Saturday, Oct. 16
Marina, CA
Cost $50

For participants of DroneCamp 2021, this half-day, in-person training will cover flight instruction at the Fort Ord Natural Reserve near Monterey. Morning and afternoon sessions available. Camping is available. 

Requirements: No experience necessary. Drones will be provided. Documentation  of COVID vaccination required. Details and registration.  

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (IGIS, Virtual)
Friday, Oct. 22
1 - 4 p.m.

ArcGIS Pro is ESRI's powerhouse desktop application for all things GIS. It can do everything from basic cartography to advanced geospatial modelling. This introduction will get you started creating maps with local and online GIS data.

Requirements: Participants must have ArcGIS Pro installed on their personal computer prior to the workshop. ArcGIS Pro is for Windows only. Licenses are free for all UC ANR employees, and temporary accounts available for others. No experience needed, but the ArcGIS Online workshop or equivalent experience is strongly encouraged. Details and registration.

Introduction ArcGIS Field Maps (IGIS, Virtual)
Friday, Nov. 5
1 - 4 p.m.

ArcGIS Field Maps is ESRI's most recent and most powerful platform for mobile data collection. It is the successor to ArcGIS Collector, which is being phased out. This hands-on workshop will explain how the platform works and guide participants through creating a mobile data collection app.

Requirements: Participants must have an ArcGIS Online account set up prior to the workshop (free for all UC ANR employees, temporary accounts available for others). The Intro to AGOL workshop, or equivalent background, is a prerequisite for this workshop. Details and registration.

Introduction to Jupyter Notebooks in ArcGIS (IGIS, Virtual)
Friday, Nov. 19
1 - 4 p.m. free online

Jupyter Notebooks are a user-friendly and interactive way to write Python code. ArcGIS Pro supports Juptyer notebooks natively, opening the door to a wide range of options for automation and extensibility. This workshop will get you started using Jupyter Notebooks in ArcGIS Pro to automate processes, tweak analyses and access online data.

Requirements: Basic familiarity with ArcGIS Pro is expected. Licenses for ArcGIS Pro are free for all UC ANR employees, and temporary accounts available for others. Experience with Python is helpful but not required. Details and registration

Introduction to Cartography in ArcGIS Pro (IGIS, Virtual)
Friday, Dec. 10
1 - 4 p.m. free online

ArcGIS Pro is ESRI's premier desktop GIS application and is commonly used to produce maps ranging from clean and simple for publications and permits, to coffee-table book quality. This workshop will review the principles of sound cartography, and cover a range of tips and tricks for making functional and beautiful maps with ArcGIS Pro.

Requirements: Participants must have ArcGIS Pro installed on their personal computer prior to the workshop. Basic familiarity with ArcGIS Pro is expected. Licenses for ArcGIS Pro are free for all UC ANR employees, and temporary accounts available for others. Details and registration.


Posted on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 11:09 AM
  • Author: Sean Hogan
Tags: Drone Camp (1), IGIS (14), September 2021 (11)

L&D - Planning & evaluation, advocacy, Giving Tuesday, foreign disclosures

Be a part of the ANR Learning Culture. Find upcoming learning opportunities below.






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ANR Learning & Development
Webinar Recordings

Extension Methods & Delivery
Building Support

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Office, Team and Personal Management

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.


2021 Planning and Evaluation Capacity Building Trainings
Every Tuesday in October & November
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; except the last session is 2-4 p.m.
Click here to register.

These online interactive trainings are designed to help with planning your projects/programs, engaging diverse audiences, civil rights compliance/affirmative action, and evaluating your projects/programs. Many UCCE examples are highlighted. This is a nine-part series being offered a la carte, select whichever interests you!

Trainings are hosted by Katherine Webb-Martinez and Kit Alviz from UC ANR Program Planning and Evaluation; Vikram Koundinya, UCCE evaluation specialist, UC Davis; Roshan Nayak, UC ANR 4-H evaluation coordinator; and David White, UC ANR Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

FORMAT: Flipped classroom approach, where participants review presentation recordings and materials BEFORE the training. During the training there is a short recap, and the focus of the live Zoom meeting is to practice hands-on activities and ask questions.

PRE-WORK: Please plan to complete 15 to 60+ minutes of pre-work for each training; this will be emailed 1 to 2 weeks before each training.

Who should attend? UCCE academics, community educator specialists and other program staff. New employees are highly encouraged; taking the entire series can build overall program development competencies.

The presentations will be recorded and posted on Learning & Development and UCCE Program Evaluation.
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GIS Data Workshops - Fall Line Up Link to Courses

The Informatics and GIS (IGIS) program is pleased to announce our 2021 fall lineup of GIS and data workshops. All workshops (with one exception) are online and free, with required registration and additional information that can be found on the IGIS Training page. Additionally, all UC ANR employees and workshop alumni are eligible to sign up for IGIS Office Hours for a wide range of consultations on geospatial and data topics. Hope to see you there!

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Best practices for building relationships with elected officials and developing support for your program.
Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021
12 -12:30 p.m.

Building support within your community is key to the success of your programs, and that community includes local elected officials. This WebANR will focus on best practices for building and maintaining relationships with elected officials and their staff. It will also help you understand how to best communicate your impacts in a manner that government officials understand and can easily digest. Sneak-peek: one-pagers are your friend and regular contact is crucial. Join Anne Megaro for this 30-minute WebANR.

Note - This session will not be recorded. Video on is highly recommended. Participation expected!

Password: 4Learning | +1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428
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Foreign Engagement: Disclosures to UC ANR and Research Sponsors
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Information and guidance on how to comply with UC, ANR, and federal grant policies in areas related to foreign engagement. With Kathy Nolan.

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

Giving Tuesday: Strategies for Success
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
12 - 12:45 p.m.

This webinar is inspired by the global giving movement known as #GivingTuesday, following Thanksgiving and kicking off the year-end giving season. Learn how UC ANR can capitalize on this day of giving and raise funds for our local programs using resources available from the statewide office. 2020 marked UC ANR's most successful #GivingTuesday yet with dozens of groups raising funds for county-based use. UC ANR Director of Annual Giving and Donor Stewardship, Emily Delk and Social Media Strategist, Dora Garay will present social media toolkits, timelines, and recommended campaign strategies for success. Presented by Emily Delk, director of Annual Giving and Donor Stewardship and Dora Garay, social media strategist.

Meeting ID: 976 6436 0999 
+1 669 900 6833 US | One tap mobile +16699006833,,97664360999# US 

Open Forum/Questions for Office of Contracts and Grants
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

The world of contracts and grants can sometimes seem complicated. Let us help you alleviate your concerns. Please join Kathy Nolan, Kim Lamar and the Office of Contracts and Grants team for an open forum to answer your most compelling questions.  If possible, please send us questions in advance (not required) for an informative discussion. Email questions to

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

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UC SAREP Racial Equity in Extension Webinar Series #3 and #4

Part 2: Leadership and perspectives of farmers of color in sustainable agriculture
Friday, Oct.15, 2021
1:30 - 3 p.m. PDT

Click here for more information and to register.
This session will explore how farmers of color have led the way in farming a sustainable landscape, and how their worldviews and cultures contribute to the way they tend the land.


  • Genesis Martinez, Soul Fire Farm Speakers Collective
  • Samuel Sandoval-Solis, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis

Contacts for More Information
Registration and Logistics: UC ANR Program Support, (530) 750-1361 (messages only)
Program Content: Stephanie Parreira or Sonja Brodt

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Making the Unconscious Conscious: Understanding and Mitigating Bias (UC Learning Center Course)

Oct. 27, 2021 
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hamilton Room, Heitman Staff Learning Center

March 8, 2022 
1 – 4 p.m.
Virtual Instructor-led Training

May 26, 2022 
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Virtual Instructor-led Training

Click to register and for more information.

Participants will be introduced to theory and language in understanding implicit and explicit bias. Using personal reflection, experiential exercises and case studies, participants will gain greater awareness when they engage in bias and gain essential knowledge and skills (tools) in how they recognize and mitigate biases in both personal and professional domains. This session includes an exploration of how the pandemic has impacted this area of diversity, equity and inclusion. NOTE: Class is subject to a minimum enrollment of 15 to proceed. Register with the waitlist if the class is full.

Registration now open for Othering and Belonging Conference (UC Berkeley)
Oct. 18-19, 2021
Click here to register.
Click here for information on fees, which are tiered.

“Risk and the Courage to Bridge" is the theme of UC Berkeley's Othering & Belonging Conference. Strong on vision and hope, scholarship and strategy, it includes poets and well-known book authors.

In the introduction video, john a. powell, director of the Othering and Belonging Institute, says, "There are two competing visions, or stories, that are emerging in the world today, and one story is a story about a smaller and smaller we that's hierarchical, that's based in fear. And the other vision is an expanding we, where we share with each other—we share the Earth, we share our dreams, and we learn to care and love each other, in our similarities and our difference. And those visions are competing with each other across the globe. We're great because of the future we are building together. So it's not who were we, it's who will we be, who are we becoming. And all of you become a bridge, become an author, of that future."

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Analytical Skills Development Series (UC Learning Center Course)
Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1 and more offerings.
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Virtual Instructor-led Training
Click to register and for more information.

Develop core analytical abilities and learn how to manage analytical work assignments using the techniques covered in the Analytical Skills Development series. Note: Participants are expected to attend all five sessions in the series.

  • Session 1-2: Essential Analytical Skills
  • Session 3: Critical Thinking Tools
  • Session 4: Analytical Writing Skills
  • Session 5: Problem Solving Tools 

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Writing for and Presenting to Executives - 2-day training (UC Learning Center Course)

Oct. 25 & 27, 2021 and other dates.
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Virtual Instructor-led Training

Click to register and for more information.

Writing and presenting are unique skill-sets, each requiring competence in communication—and confidence. However, even people experienced in both can feel some dread knowing they'll eventually be evaluated and questioned by an executive team.

During the course we'll review business writing basics, like plain language and active/passive voice, and you will learn a process to give you consistent results every time. We'll explore how to transform your writing into a concise, coherent, and clear presentation. We'll also discuss best practices for presenting to executives, including knowing your audience, having a clear call to action, and avoiding annoying habits.

Everyone will draft an executive-ready document (Day 1) and present it to the class, receiving feedback (Day 2).

Accomplishing More with Less (UC Learning Center Course)
Oct. 28, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Virtual Instructor-led Training

Click to register and for more information.

This workshop is designed for business professionals who are responsible for important projects and initiatives and who want to get outstanding results accomplished. The workshop covers topics relating to managing time, managing priorities, managing to-do lists, organizing e-mail, electronic documents, papers, and most importantly being invigorated and re-energized in the workplace and elsewhere.

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 at UC Davis.

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

Growing as a Community: Healing our Trauma and Managing our Toxic Stress - Part I (Virtual - UC Davis)

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Click here to register and for more information.

Join us in this Growing as a Community series: Healing our Trauma and Managing our Toxic Stress. Many of us experience individual and collective trauma, the secondary traumas of our professions, and are managing toxic levels of stress. There are days when it can feel overwhelming and the versions of “self-care” we see on social media feel expensive, out of reach, and unrealistic. The good news is neuroscience can help! We have it within ourselves.

Leadership in the City - Urban Extension Leadership (online course)
January – May 2022
Click here to register and for more information.

Urban Extension Leadership (online course) Focused on Extension in large cities? Ready to improve your knowledge, skills and results? Participate in this professional development program with your urban Extension peers from across the country. A complete course schedule is posted at

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Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 4:03 PM

Western IPM Center grants program opens

A study of dairy cows bunching to avoid stable flies was funded by Western IPM Center. Photo by Wagdy ElAshmawy, UC Davis

The Western Integrated Pest Management Center's annual grants program is now open with the release of its Request for Applications.

The RFA was announced in the October 6 issue of the Western IPM Center's newsletter and is at Complete application packets will be due Dec. 3.

The funding categories in the annual grants program are for Project Initiation research projects, Outreach and Implementation projects and Work Groups. They are all one-year grants with maximum funding of $50,000. About $400,000 is available.

As a regional program, Western IPM Center grants encourage multistate collaborations. Project directors for Western IPM Center proposals must be located in the 17 states or territories that make up the region, and proposals must address one or more identified regional priorities (see below).

The Western IPM Center will hold a webinar on Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. Pacific to go through the RFA and proposal management system. The grants webinar link is

Regional priorities

This list is not ranked. Explanations are for clarity and are not all-encompassing or exclusionary.

  • Invasive Species: Creating IPM responses to invasive pests and resurgent native pests disrupting IPM programs.
  • Biological Control of Pests: For insects, weeds, diseases and vertebrate pests.
  • IPM and Ecosystem Services: Using IPM to protect and promote ecosystem services in managed and natural landscapes.
  • Soil-borne Pest Management: Developing IPM tactics to manage soil-borne pests.
  • Urban Pest Management: Promoting IPM for homes, schools and communities, including the safe use of pesticides in homes and gardens.
  • IPM for Indigenous, Insular and Isolated People: Promoting IPM for underserved communities and audiences.
  • IPM for Pest-Resistance Management: Developing IPM tools and techniques to reduce pest development of resistance.
  • New Technologies to Manage Pests: Developing novel and non-traditional approaches to managing insects, weeds, diseases and vertebrate pests.
  • IPM in New Places: Promoting IPM to new, challenging and changing industries, such as animal agriculture, aquaculture, chemically intensive cropping systems, urban farming, indoor production, etc.  
  • IPM in Changing Landscapes: Creating IPM tools and tactics for landscapes changed by natural forces, including climate and fire. 
  • IPM Culture and Capacity: Enhancing the acceptance of IPM, strengthening the networks, structures and institutions that promote it, and developing new scientists to lead it.

To learn more about Western IPM Center grants, visit

Posted on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 1:55 PM
  • Author: Steve Elliott

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