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UC opts out of payroll tax deferral

On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump signed an executive order for U.S. employers to have the option to defer the collection of employee payroll taxes through Dec. 31, 2020.

Two weeks ago, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance on this optional program. This program would call for the OASDI Social Security taxes deferred from the employees' wages through Dec. 31, 2020, to be repaid by the employees during the January through April pay period of 2021 in addition to their regular OASDI Social Security withholdings for that period. 

After this guidance from the IRS and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and in consultation with the controllers at every UC location, UCOP has decided that the University of California system should not participate in this optional program at this time.

 

Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 6:35 PM
Tags: Payroll (4), September 2020 (3)

Electronic Records Management webinar Oct. 1

Are you concerned about all of the things you are using to create and receive records while you are working from home? Do you know what you need to manage and how?

The UC Records Management Committee is celebrating Electronic Records Day by hosting the event “Electronic Records Management – Now, More Than Ever!”

The hour-long event will take place Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. Panelists will include experts in archives, records management, privacy and information security. There will be tools to help people with management of their electronic records. After the presentations, speakers will address questions from the audience.

The experts will focus on their areas of expertise in electronic records management. Each area will provide a 10-minute presentation.

You are making history today!

Beyond newsletters, minutes and reports, it's recorded in your email, texts, webpages, chats, and much more. The University Archives strives to collect and preserve this information for tomorrow's researchers and historians. Marlayna Christensen will share tips and strategies for managing and preparing your records for the archives. 

  • Marlayna Christensen has been with UC since 1999 and the university archivist at UC San Diego since 2016. As university archivist, she coordinates with offices and organizations across the campus to collect analog and digital records documenting the achievements, challenges, events, and people at UC San Diego, ranging from top administrators to student organizations.

What is Electronic Records Management and what is in it for you?

Members of the UC Records Management Committee will provide some thoughts and tools to help you.

  • Kelley Walker is information practices coordinator and campus records manager, UC Davis Office of the Campus Counsel and concurrently serves as interim chief administrative officer for the Vice Chancellor's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion since September 2019.
  • Carolyn Tuft is the assistant director for business intelligence, UC San Francisco Real Estate. She promotes good information governance practices to better manage one of UCSF's most valuable assets, information. Prior to this role, she was the senior digital project manager. As a PM, she facilitated moving to paper lite work processes in preparation for moving to open plan workspaces. 
  • Laurie Sletten is the UCOP records manager. She convenes the UC Records Management Committee, which by policy coordinates the ongoing systemwide development and management of policies and procedures that promote sound, efficient, and economical records management in alignment with current laws and industry best practices for the university.

Privacy issues of the day

The rapid development of large-scale programs to address the pandemic and attendant alterations to daily life and work prompts the need for careful consideration of the use and protection of personal data along the way. Join us to discuss the privacy issues of the day and learn about the practices that should guide program design. 

  • Pegah K. Parsi, is the campus privacy officer for UC San Diego, where she manages a portfolio of privacy initiatives related to employees, students, applicants, alumni and research participants.

Protecting our digital resources

Protection of records is fundamental to supporting the UC mission. With growing threats from cyber-espionage, cyber-crime, hacktivism and insider threats, it's important the UC community is vigilant in the protection of our data assets.

  • David Rusting is the chief information security officer at UC Office of the President, where he leads the collaboration, development and implementation of information security strategy and initiatives across the UC system.

Register in advance for this meeting at https://UCOP.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYld--oqzgjGNGkd4pwjGBLYsLZuQFDmoAp.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Posted on Monday, September 14, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Water institute calls for research proposals

The California Institute for Water Resources invites submission of proposals to be considered for funding that will begin March 1, 2021.

This year, proposals are requested in the Junior Investigator category only. Funding is for up to two years. One-year proposals may request up to a total of $15,000, and two-year proposals may request up to $25,000 with a maximum of $15,000 in a given year.

Please note that the funding period may fluctuate and is contingent on state and federal budget appropriations. 

The 2020-21 water resources research proposals are due Oct. 30, 2020, at 5 p.m.

Download the full RFP and budget worksheets (Word or PDF).

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 10:27 AM

Names in the News

Carvalho named UCCE feedlot management specialist

Pedro Carvalho

Pedro Carvalho joined UC ANR as a UC Cooperative Extension feedlot management specialist in the UC Davis Department of Animal Science, located in Imperial County, on Aug. 1, 2020. 

Carvalho grew up on his family's cattle and crop farm in the state of Goias in Brazil. In 2012, while an undergraduate, he came to the United States to work as an intern in the beef cattle reproduction and nutrition labs at The Ohio State University. After earning a bachelor's degree in animal science at Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil, he completed a master's degree at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

He recently earned his Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University, where he conducted research projects to enhance the efficiency of Holstein steers in the feedlot. 

“My plan as an extensionist and researcher at the Desert Research and Extension Center is to first understand what the needs are from our feedlot operations in Imperial County,” Carvalho told Stacey Amparano, Farm Smart manager, who wrote a Q&A with him. “After that, I plan to implement and conduct actions (research projects and on-farm training) to help our beef producers and farmworkers. I really hope that I can bring value to our stakeholders by providing information on nutrition and management, as well as helping to train and improve the lives of the workers in feed yards of our state.”

Read the full text of Carvalho's Q&A with Stacey Amparano at https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=43442.

Carvalho is based at UC Desert Research and Extension Center and can be reached at pcarvalho@ucdavis.edu and (217) 418-0202. 

Sorooshian honored by American Meteorological Society

Soroosh Sorooshian

Soroosh Sorooshian, distinguished professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine and Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing, will receive an award from the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

AMS named Sorooshian, who is the director of UC ANR's International Rosenberg Forum on Water Policy, the recipient of its 2021 Hydrological Sciences Medal “For ingenious, groundbreaking work on surface hydrology and the remote sensing of precipitation that has profoundly impacted the field of hydrometeorology.”

The award will be presented during the AMS annual meeting scheduled to be in New Orleans Jan. 10-14, 2021.

Sacramento Valley Orchards newsletter wins award

A group of UCCE farm advisors won an award for the educational contributions of their Sacramento Valley Orchard newsletter. The Extension Division of the American Society of Horticultural Science presented an Education Materials award in the Newsletter Category for the “2019 Quarterly Publication of Almond, Walnut and Prune Sacramento Valley Newsletters.”

Coauthors of the newsletters are UCCE advisors Franz Niederholzer, Katherine Jarvis-Shean, Luke Milliron, Allan Fulton, Janine Hasey, Joe Connell, Rick Buchner, Dani Lightle and Emily Symmes, and UC Davis graduate student Drew Wolter.

Amid increasing orchard acreage, and reduced University of California Cooperative Extension orchard advisor appointments, advisors in the eight counties of the Sacramento Valley formed collaborative newsletters to increase their impact.

Quarterly newsletters for almonds, walnuts, and prunes provide a compelling model to better serve the approximately 1 million acres of tree nuts and fruit crops in the valley.

The team has created a sustained connection with more than 5,000 newsletter recipients and together published over 50 articles in 2019 alone. These articles made an even greater impact through publication on their own SacValleyOrchards.com website and frequent reprints by agricultural news media. 

NOW team wins ESA IPM Team Award

The Navel Orangeworm Mating Disruption Adoption Team also won an IPM award from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation in February.

The Navel Orangeworm Mating Disruption Adoption Team will receive the 2020 IPM Team Award from the Plant-Insect Ecology Section of the Entomology Society of America. 

The Navel Orangeworm Mating Disruption Adoption Team is composed of

  • David Haviland, UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program 
  • Bradley Higbee, Trécé, Inc. 
  • Charles Burks, USDS-ARS Commodity Protection and Quality Research Unit, Parlier  
  • Jhalendra Rijal, UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program 
  • Emily Symmes, Suterra, LLC. 
  • Robert Curtis, former associate director of agricultural affairs for the Almond Board of California 
  • Stephanie Rill, UC Cooperative Extension, Kern County

Normally the award is given in person at the ESA Annual Meeting in November, but there will be a virtual ceremony this year. 

Diaz honored by state Sen. Morrell

Claudia Diaz

Claudia Diaz, 4-H youth development advisor for Riverside and San Bernardino counties, recently received a prestigious award from state Senator Mike Morrell recognizing her work engaging underserved urban youth in environmental stewardship.  

“She has also been instrumental in helping the Urban Conservation Corps develop greater capacity to engage youth of color in environmental education and stewardship, especially as it relates to resource development,” said Sandy Bonilla, founder of Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire. “Her work engaging diverse children (Latinos, African-Americans, Native Americans) into the environmental movement is to be applauded.” 

Aguiar honored by Riverside County Supervisors

Jose Luis Aguiar
Jose Aguiar, who retired in July as a UCCE vegetable crops small farm advisor in Riverside County, was honored recently by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors for his 28 years of service to the community.

In a ceremony held online due to COVID-19 constraints, Supervisor Manuel Perez presented Aguiar with a proclamation on behalf of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, saying, “It is signed by all the supervisors and it is in gratitude for all you have done, Jose. We appreciate you, Jose. We appreciate what you have done for the agricultural industry.”

See an excerpt of Perez's remarks at https://youtu.be/SyafbarGJNU.

 

 

                                 

Share ideas on how to strengthen UC ANR's 2020-2025 strategic plan by Sept. 9

I'd like to thank those of you were able to join one or more of the four strategic plan input sessions to share your ideas on how to strengthen UC ANR.  We hosted four weekly sessions throughout the month of August, each covering a particular focus area. 

  • Session #1 - Increasing Program Resources
  • Session #2 - Strengthening Partnerships
  • Session #3 - Fostering a Positive Work Environment
  • Session #4 - Expanding Virtual Reach

With up to 200 participants at each session, we received many thoughtful comments.  Goal owners are reviewing all of the comments from these sessions and will use them to inform the UC ANR strategic plan goals for the next five years.  These goals operationalize organizational priorities for realizing and supporting our mission; they provide a roadmap for future focus and resource allocation.

If you were not able to attend these input sessions and are interested in hearing more about the challenges we face, our accomplishments to date, and the draft strategies for the future – the session recordings and slides are now posted on the UC ANR Strategic Plan web page.

After listening to the recordings, if you would like to provide input, there is still time. Links to surveys for each topical area are available on the web page listed above. The surveys will be closed at 5 p.m. on Sept. 9 to ensure that the goal owners will have time to review additional comments before completing their draft goal summaries.

We received positive feedback on the format of the input sessions, and so will definitely consider this approach again in the future.

Thank you again for your ongoing commitment to creating the best possible future for UC ANR.

Glenda Humiston
Vice President

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 1:42 PM
Tags: August 2020 (16), strategic plan (7)

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