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Learning and Development: LinkedIn, water diversion reporting, staff mentorship


Check out the continuing learning opportunities provided through ANR Learning & Development. ANR Webinars are recorded and archived here.

Communicating Your Story: LinkedIn
October 9, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Rose Hayden-Smith explains that many of us think of LinkedIn as a professional networking tool. But with a powerful publishing platform and an ability to post links, it's also an ideal place to share your ANR story and grow a network of people who are interested in your work. In this fast-paced webinar, we'll cover the basics of building a great LinkedIn profile, publishing posts. Read more here.

https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/751701428 
1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Social Cafe' Drop-in
October 10, 2019 (also Nov. 14 and Dec. 11)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join Rose Hayden-Smith for drop-in conversations and questions about the effective use of social media and communications in Extension work. The Cafe' opens with a 5-10 minute "tutorial" of a new tool or feature on commonly used social media platforms, or a brief showcase of the effective and innovative use of digital communications within ANR. The remainder of time will be devoted to sharing best practices and Q&A.

https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/751701428
1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Spotlight Webinar: Helping Water Rights Owners Comply with CA Water Diversion Reporting Requirements
Oct. 15, 2019
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Join Khaled Bali and Larry Forero to learn about their training courses for water rights holders to address water storage and diversion as it relates to California Senate Bill 88.

https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/751701428
1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Call for Mentee Applicants: ANR Staff Mentorship Program
ANR Learning & Development is delighted to announce a call for mentee applicants to ANR's second annual staff mentorship program!

This program will pair staff mentees who seek professional development with mentors from across UC ANR. The program will provide a supportive structure in which mentees can cultivate contacts, better understand ANR, gather information, explore challenges and enhance effectiveness as they design their personal growth and career paths.

The 9-month Mentorship Program (January-October 2020) will consist of

  • Regular monthly meetings (conference video/calls) with your mentor,
  • CliftonGallop Strengthfinder survey for both mentors and mentees
  • Three in-person group sessions (Mentee orientation, CliftonGallop Strengthfinder ® workshop, Completion & Debrief Day).

ANR Learning & Development will cover the cost of travel for the in-person sessions. The program will be limited to 15 staff. If you are interested, fill out the survey by Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, to be considered.

In selecting mentees for the pilot program, and ANR Staff Assembly Subcommittee will consider each applicant's survey responses, length of time with ANR, unit/location, and role. Our goal is to include a broad range of participants from across the division. For more information on mentoring relationships read more here.

Nominations due Oct. 4: UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI(Video)
Nominate your direct reports, ANR colleagues, or yourself for the 2020 UC Women's Initiative for Professional Development. Get more information and learn how to apply.

LGBTQIA Inclusion in the Workplace
Oct. 3, 2019 and April 1, 2020 @ UC Davis

UC Davis training: Among the course objectives include broadening our understanding of the experiences of LGBTQIA people on our campus by exploring the culture, language and terminology related to sexual orientation and gender identity.  Using case studies, participants will gain awareness and knowledge of the issues that impact members of the LGBTQIA community in the workplace, and will engage in developing strategies the work towards creating a welcoming work environment. Register here.

WebANR - Wellness in the Workplace
Join Satinder Gill, Psyc.D. UC Davis for the following topics and more:

Overview of ASAP (Academic and Staff Assistance Program)
Identify signs and symptoms of stress
How gratitude and self-compassion can help us cope with stress

https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/751701428 
1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Communicating Your Story: For Blogs and More
October 23, 2019
11:30am-12:30pm

Join Rose Hayden-Smith for this fast-paced webinar, in which we'll cover the basics of communicating your story through blogging, with a particular focus on creating content for ANR sites. Read more here.

https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/751701428
1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 751 701 428


Practical Methods to Measuring Outcomes
November 7, ANR Building, Davis
December 10, Kearney REC, Parlier

 Workshop desired outcomes: Participants will gain. . . 

  • understanding of and experience in defining outcomes and identifying measurable indicators for your programs
  • understanding of evaluation data collection approaches and methods used by UCCE
  • progress on your outcomes evaluation plans/efforts

Led by Katherine Webb-Martinez, Associate Director of UC ANR Program Planning and Evaluation Office; Vikram Koundinya, UCCE evaluation specialist; and UCCE advisor co-presenters TBA. Please register here and request travel funds provided by ANR Learning & Development budget.

Writing Strong Impact Statements
Nov. 8, ANR Building, Davis
Dec. 11, Kearney REC, Parlier

 Workshop desired outcomes: Participants will gain understanding and practice. . . 

  • organizing your program activities into themes for the merit and promotion process
  • using basic logic model techniques to connect program outcomes to UC ANR condition changes and public value
  • identifying condition change indicators to strengthen impact writing
  • writing impact statements for your programs -- for your merit and promotion efforts, for UC Delivers, and other communications

Led by Katherine Webb-Martinez, associate director of UC ANR Program Planning and Evaluation Office, and Mark Lagrimini, vice provost of research and extension. Please register here and request travel funds provided by ANR Learning & Development budget.

New Employee Administrative Orientation
Nov. 13, 2019
ANR Building, Davis

Who should attend: All UC ANR Employees (academics, staff and affiliated staff on campuses, counties and RECs) who have not participated in an administrative orientation in the past. Priority will be given to those hired by ANR within the past year. Register here.

People Managers - Join the 2020 UC People Networking Cohort!
Enroll now to participate in 11, 1-hour ANR-facilitated discussions for supervisor development and upskilling! Share challenges and successes with peers. Join discussions based on the UC People Management Series Certificate on how to be an effective people manager. Register by December 20, 2019. For more information email jlazulai@ucanr.edu.

5 Ways to Keep Your Star Employees (LinkedIn Learning)
Q: Yes or No, Managing Star Employees is easy. For the answer, read more here.

Posted on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 2:53 PM

Congressman Carbajal tours UCCE projects in SLO and Santa Barbara

Congressman Carbajal and Andrea Keisler discuss UC Master Food Preserver home food preservation lessons for CalFresh participants in San Luis Obispo County.

The UCCE team in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties met with Congressman Salud Carbajal and his team twice in the past few weeks. On Aug. 20, Jeremy Tittle, the congressman's chief of staff, and Erin Sandler, the congressman's scheduler, visited. The congressional staff met with UCCE advisors, office manager, and director to learn more about UCCE research and programming.

UCCE advisor Ben Faber led a tour of research and education collaborations at Cal Poly, sharing research occurring on pomegranates, blueberries and other crops. In the afternoon, UCCE advisor Mark Battany led a tour at Wolff Vineyard, discussing research on how climate conditions relate to frost and water management.

Carbajal’s staff toured UCCE research collaborations with Cal Poly SLO. From left, Laura Garner, Ben Faber, Chris Greer, Jeremy Tittle, Erin Sandler, Jerry Harris and Mark Battany.

The following week, Katherine Soule, UCCE director, met with Congressman Carbajal and project collaborators to discuss the outcomes and success of a USDA Community Food Project grant. On Sept. 5, the congressman visited with the project partners at the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. 

Community partners described their contributions to the project, including UCCE's efforts to reduce food waste, increase awareness of local food systems, and maximize limited food resources through the UC Master Food Preserver Program. For this project, UC Master Food Preservers teach low-cost, safe, home food preservation methods to clientele receiving food at food bank distribution sites. During this meeting, the partners also discussed the San Luis Obispo County CalFresh Alliance's objective to increase CalFresh participation in the county. 

San Luis Obispo County currently has one of the lowest CalFresh participation rates in the state so the partners have been working together to identify and address barriers to participation. Carbajal shared his concerns about the low rates of participation and his commitment to working to address food insecurity in the region.

These successful visits led Carbajal's team to schedule a meeting with 4-H youth, families and volunteers in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties in the next few months.

Posted on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 2:50 PM
  • Author: Katherine Soule

Nansen calls for articles on remote sensing

Christian Nansen
UC Davis agricultural entomologist Christian Nansen, the newly selected guest editor of a special issue of the journal Remote Sensing, has issued a call for contributions.

Nansen, associate professor in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, is serving as the guest editor of the issue "Remote Sensing to Detect and Diagnose Organismal Responses." The journal (impact factor 4.118) is a leading outlet for research articles and reviews on all aspects related to remote sensing.

"I'm inviting authors to submit studies that go beyond the detection of an optical reflectance response and tie a thorough analysis of remote sensing data to other types of data (physiological, molecular, genetic, biochemical)," Nansen said. "In other words, the special issue will embrace a phenomics approach, in which the overall goal is to, at least partially, explain why and how organisms exhibit an optical reflectance response to stressors and/or treatments."

As the guest editor, Nansen said he is seeking articles describing "exciting applications of remote sensing technologies to detect and diagnose differences and/or stress across all kingdoms."

Contributions are due by March 2020. For more information, visit https://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/special_issues/rs4organismal_response.

Nansen may be reached at chrnansen@ucdavis.edu.

Posted on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 1:56 PM
  • Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey

In memoriam: John Labavitch

John Labavitch
UC Davis professor emeritus John Labavitch, who taught countless students about plant development, fruit ripening and cell walls, and who was well-known and respected for his research, passed away on Sept. 24, 2019.

After earning a Ph.D. from Stanford University, Labavitch began his faculty position in the Department of Pomology (now part of the Department of Plant Sciences) at UC Davis in 1976, working on cell walls and postharvest biology. He retired in 2014 as a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences. His main subject areas were cell wall metabolism in relationship to aspects of fruit development and ripening, plant-pathogen interactions and biofuel production.

His lab group introduced the use of specific polysaccharide structural information to describe and understand changes in plant cell walls that occur as fruits ripen and/or are infected by pathogens. These studies led to the description of plant proteins that inhibit pathogen and insect cell wall-digesting enzymes and, thus, contribute to plant resistance to these crop "enemies."

In 2015, Labavitch received the Academic Senate's “Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching.” Over the course of his career, he developed and taught, with colleagues, several undergraduate and graduate courses, and the core courses of the Plant Biology, and the Horticulture and Agronomy graduate groups.

John Labavitch is survived by his wife, Frances Tennant, who earned a Ph.D. in genetics at UC Davis. Information is pending about a memorial service. In his retirement, Labavitch continued to work, traveled with his wife, and regularly challenged his dog to see who could walk farther. He will be missed by his many friends, colleagues and former students. 

Read more about Labavitch at https://www.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/news/john-labavitch-plant-sciences-professor-emeritus-uc-davis-passes-away.

Posted on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 11:45 AM
  • Author: Ann Filmer

Oct. 8 is 4-H Spirit Day

During National 4-H Week 2019, Oct. 8 is 4-H Spirit Day. Nationwide, everyone is encouraged to wear their 4-H shirt, a clover or green to show support for 4-H youth.

UC ANR employees showed their 4-H spirit in 2018.
You can show how UC ANR supports 4-H on 4-H Spirit Day, Tuesday, Oct. 8, by sharing your county or program team's picture on social media and post: “Name of your program/county supports 4-H! #4HSpirit #InspireKidsToDo @ucanr @California4H.”

If you are a California Tractor Supply customer, you can also participate in the 2019 Fall Paper Clover campaign by purchasing paper clovers for $1 or more at checkout Oct. 9–20.

"We are excited to partner with Tractor Supply on this annual fundraising campaign," said Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty 
Statewide 4-H Youth Development Program director. "The paper clover campaign raises approximately $140,000 annually to support California 4-H leadership and camp activities. The funds raised will benefit California 4-H members who wish to attend 4-H camps and leadership conferences across the country." 

Since it began in 2010, the partnership between Tractor Supply and 4-H has generated more than $11 million in essential funding nationwide.

 

 

Posted on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 11:37 AM
Tags: 4-H (5), September 2019 (19)

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