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Webinar: Helping communities recover from wildfire Sept. 29

Discuss with UC ANR colleagues programming they have done to help their local communities recover from wildfire and talk about the kinds of fire recovery outreach you'd like to do.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 11:00 a.m. to noon

Registration Link:

UCCE experts will give short presentations, leaving time for Q & A.

Brought to you by the UC ANR Fire Work Group.

Hear about postfire programs including:

  • Wildlands and forests: Forestry Advisor Ryan Tompkins
  • Fire Resilient Homes & Landscaping: Environmental Horticulture Advisor Steven Swain
  • Livestock and Natural Resources: Natural Resources Advisor Tracy Schohr
  • Fire Resources Website: Forestry Advisor and UCANR Fire website god Rick Satomi
Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 4:20 PM
Tags: September 2020 (6)

McHughen to discuss DNA Oct. 6 on eXtension virtual chat


Alan McHughen, UC Cooperative Extension specialist at UC Riverside, will answer questions about DNA in an eXtension virtual chat Oct. 6.

The eXtension Foundation will host a virtual chat with UC Cooperative Extension specialist Alan McHughen, author of DNA Demystified: Unravelling the Double Helix, on Connect Extension, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. It is open to all Cooperative Extension professionals.


DNA has moved from research labs into applications in our daily lives, through – among other things – personal genetic testing kits and GMO foods. The technology is not well understood by the general public, and the topic is often surrounded by confusion and controversy. Research indicates that Americans are closely divided over the perceived health risks of food additives and genetically modified foods.

DNA Demystified book jacket

In this virtual chat featuring McHughen, who is a UC Riverside molecular geneticist with an interest in crop improvement and environmental sustainability, participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the basics of DNA and genetics, along with newsworthy topics, including genetic engineering in the food system. McHughen will also weigh in on the ethical and privacy issues arising from DNA and genetic technologies.


UCCE emeritus advisor Rose Hayden-Smith will host the chat, which will include discussing the role of Cooperative Extension professionals in communicating complex science concepts to clientele.


Join this chat for an engaging discussion with colleagues about one of the most important issues of our time.


To participate, Cooperative Extension professionals will need to have a Connect Extension account. Register your free Connect Extension account at  

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 3:13 PM

UC ANR invests in new ideas to support program delivery

Do you have a creative idea that reflects UC ANR's mission and public values and will generate sustainable revenue to support your program delivery and reach? Does that idea just need a little help to get it off the ground? If an investment into the idea will help its launch and ensure its success, UC ANR leadership wants to hear about it! 

The intent is to use a small portion of reserve funding to secure UC ANR's ability to meet the needs of all Californians. These investments are for the implementation of new ideas and approaches to funding our programs, and not intended to provide bridge funding or grant support. This “venture capital” will be used to launch novel approaches to cost-recovery or income-generation related to program delivery.

Here are a few examples:

  • Establish a new partnership model
  • Build a fee-based online curriculum or micro-accreditation offering
  • Invest in a platform that has novel delivery or subscription use
  • Establish a fee-for-service lab or services
  • Develop a fee-based speaker series

All UC ANR personnel located throughout the state – academics and staff, field-based and campus-based – are eligible.

Expected outputs 

  • A new revenue stream that contributes to financial security of the program, while increasing or maintaining program reach that is consistent with the UC ANR mission
  • Capital repayment – payments must begin within 12 months of award with complete repayment targeted within a 24-month period

Submissions will be received and reviewed on an ongoing basis until the allocated reserve funds ($300,000) are depleted. Any funds not used will remain in the reserve pool.

Read more about the submission and selection process at

Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 3:25 PM
Tags: grants (19), September 2020 (6)

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 (6)

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

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

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

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