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North Bay Science Discovery Day sparks youth curiosity in STEM

Participants view a fish autopsy. Photo by Kerry Wininger

UC ANR hosted the 11th annual North Bay Science Discovery Day on March 11. The science festival was designed to spark young people's curiosity and wonder for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The event was free for the public and held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

“We had an estimated attendance of between 8,000 to 10,000 attendees (even with rain!) participating in 100 hands-on STEM activities offered by 70 organizations,” said Steven Worker, UC Cooperative Extension 4-Hadvisor forSonoma,Napa and Marin counties, who organized North Bay Science Discovery Day.

Physics. Photo by Diego Mariscal
4-H bees. Photo by Diego Mariscal
State Parks wildlife. Photo by Diego Mariscal
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2023 at 11:15 AM

L&D: People management, research compliance, citizen science, Qualtrics, Google Earth

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UC People Management Training for all ANR Employees
You don't need to be a people manager to complete the UC People Management Certificate Series. In fact, it's for anyone who aspires to lead and manage people – or for anyone who wants to enhance their people and collaboration skills.

Topics include: Performance Management, Administration & Operations, Change Management Communications, Managing Implicit Bias

This training is for you if you seek a greater appreciation for any of the following:

Caring about people and helping them develop
Setting & communicating clear expectations
Being respectful and considerate of everyone
Team building
Employee engagement
Time and priority management

By deepening these skills, you can become a better team member, and you can prepare yourself for leadership opportunities. Find all the courses here. Once you complete the series, contact to receive your certificate of completion!

Video Ventures - Let's Talk Lighting - Indoors and Outside (eXtension)
Wednesday June 3, 2020
8 a.m.-9 a.m.

Let's talk about lighting for those of us who are using the tools we have at home to make videos. Learn about different ways to improvise by creating your own light or finding it when your outside. This will focus on those who need advice getting started in the area of making videos and do not have fancy equipment. Register here. Questions contact Amy Rhodes at

Social Media Learning Circle w/Rose Hayden-Smith (eXtension)
June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Register here.

In this Learning Circle experience - convened via weekly interactive Zoom meetings - participants will learn about a range of social media platforms that have the potential to advance their work.

How Organizations Can Support Parents Working at Home Alongside Children (Gartner – register with your ANR email address for your free account here)

Demonstrate empathy, establish a sense of community, enable flexibility, share the virtual hub tips for working parents. Link to article.

From "Me" to "We" Discussion on Values, Trust & Teamwork (eXtension)
June 11, 18 and 25
11 a.m.-Noon
Register Here

We are professionals at what we do, amateurs at who we want to become.” – Marshall Goldsmith. Join Karl Bradley, eXtension Foundation Leadership Development Fellow, as we discuss leaning into the best version of yourself, how we build trust & the effects they have on a team! This three-part series will be offered in 1-hour sessions in consecutive weeks beginning on June 11.

Research Compliance
Wednesday June 24, 2020
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Research compliance can be complicated, but it is important for researchers to understand the regulations that govern their work. Kathy Nolan and BrianOatman will provide an overview of conflict of interests, environmental health & safety, human subjects and animal subjects requirements and procedures. 

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

Citizen Science
June 18, 2020
Noon-12:30 p.m.

Join Greg Ira and Sarah Angulo to learn about how they use citizen science to strengthen the California Naturalist Program.

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

Setting up surveys through Qualtrics
2 Part Series –
11 a.m., Wednesday, June 10
11 a.m., Wednesday, June 24 

Join Roshan Kumar Nayak, who will offer learning opportunities on how to use Qualtrics to create surveys for data collection. Participants will learn key features associated with the online survey platform. The first webinar of this series will provide information on how to build surveys. The second webinar will focus on survey distribution, tracking, analysis of responses, and generation of reports.

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

Getting Results from Formal Feedback (Gartner) Free to anyone with an ANR email address. Register here
June 23, 2020
10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Last year, 100% of participating managers said they planned on taking action based on what they learned in this workshop. Join us to learn how to drive the performance you need from your team!

This workshop helps managers:

  • Clearly explain performance expectations
  • Create effective development plans
  • Deliver effective performance feedback

Key exercises include:

  • Focusing performance conversations on the future
  • Developing an individual development plan
  • Providing an effective formal review

Intro to Google Earth Engine: Tracking a Forest through Time
Thursday, July 9, 2020
10 a.m.-12 noon

(Register for workshop here; Register for Earth Engine account here)

This workshop will introduce participants to Earth Engine, a cloud/browser-based platform that enables large analyses in very little time. It's most relevant for people who are interested in using satellite and aerial imagery to study large areas, long time periods, or both. Earth Engine is home to hundreds of public remote sensing/geospatial datasets totaling more than 30 petabytes and growing by thousands of images daily (it is continuously updated as images are captured).

Using a case study of drought mortality in an island forest, we will explore a new tool for time series analysis in Earth Engine: LandTrendr. Using this algorithm, we will track the heartbeat of a forest over many years. This workshop is intended for two broad groups – people with some initial geospatial or GIS knowledge who are interested in learning to use Earth Engine, and people with some Earth Engine experience who are interested in applying LandTrendr to time series analyses. This workshop will hopefully serve both groups by empowering those in the more experienced group to jump ahead within the detailed workshop handout and in the Earth Engine repository as they see fit.

You must preregister for an Earth Engine account here with a Gmail account. Allow about one week for account approval. Register for the workshop here

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Posted on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 2:54 PM

Sustainability webinars on May 31, June 13

Neil McRoberts, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis, will present the webinar “Sustainability: Linking Theory to Practice” from 10 a.m. to noon on May 31. 

McRoberts will discuss

  • Using formal models for strategic planning of extension and outreach efforts
  • Cross-linking of interdisciplinary scientists
  • Sustainability theory Web resources

Online registration for the free webinar is required at

On June 13, Ermias Kebreab, professor in the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis and Sesnon Endowed Chair in Sustainable Agriculture, will discuss "Environmental Sustainability of Animal Agriculture." The Kebreab webinar will also run from 10 a.m. to noon.

Kebreab will discuss

  • Sustainability as a “wicked problem”
  • Water quality and livestock production
  • Mitigation of air emissions from livestock operation

Register for Kebreab’s free webinar at

The webinar series is sponsored by the UC ANR Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, UC ANR Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program, and Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.

Tom Tomich, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems and director ASI and SAREP, kicked off the series with sustainability science. If you missed Tomich’s webinar, a recording can be viewed at


Beef cattle in Siskiyou County. Ermias Kebreab will discuss
Beef cattle in Siskiyou County. Ermias Kebreab will discuss "Environmental Sustainability of Animal Agriculture."

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

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