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May 2020

UC ANR stands firmly by values of diversity and inclusivity

Dear Colleagues, I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge the wave of emotions we are all feeling. Our nation has been shaken by the tragic death of yet another unarmed Black man, George Floyd. This brutal event, followed by protests by those who are...

Show your UC ANR pride on Big Dig Day, June 5

Happy McGivins

Greetings! I'm reaching out to you in preparation for our UC ANR divisionwide, online fundraising event: Big Dig Day on June 5. In times of crisis, and beyond, it's important to share that the work of UC ANR is critical; Big Dig Day is an...

In memoriam: Travis Bean

Travis Bean

Dear Colleagues,  I am sorry to share with you the sad news that Travis Bean passed away a few days ago. Travis joined UC ANR and the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside as a UC Cooperative Extension weed science specialist on...

Celebrate STAR Award winners and retirees June 18

STAR awards logo

All UC ANR colleagues are invited to a special staff meeting and recognition event at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. We will be celebrating the careers of UC ANR colleagues who are retiring July 1, 2020, and also recognizing the 2019-2020 winners of the...

Names in the News

Giulia Marino

Marino named UCCE orchard specialist Giulia Marino joined UC ANR as a UCCE orchard systems specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis on Jan. 22, 2020. Her research investigates tree physiology and its application to enhance...

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

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ANR Learning & Development Find webinar announcements and recordings here. UC People Management Training for all ANR EmployeesYou don't need to be a people manager to complete the UC People Management Certificate Series. In fact, it's for anyone who...

Safety standards set for resuming in-person activities

During Stage 2 of reopening, UC ANR guidelines call for wearing face coverings (cloth or paper masks, cloth bandanas, etc.) when six feet of separation between people cannot be maintained.

Some county health authorities have begun to modify local shelter-at-home orders for COVID-19 and relax restrictions on low-risk activities. To ensure that we continue to protect the health and safety of our people and our communities, UC ANR has...

Strategic Initiative Brief: Spotlight on Urban IPM and enhancing our virtual skills

Karey Windbiel-Rojas shared ideas on how we can all help protect the environment through careful management of urban pest management.

Unify-Communicate-Advocate May Spotlight Webinar  For the May Spotlight webinar, hosted by Jim Farrar of EIPD, Karey Windbiel-Rojas shared ideas on how we can all help protect our rivers and waterways through more careful management of urban...

Making UC ANR the healthiest place to work, learn and live

4-Hers take a walk along the shore during a mindfulness retreat.

The University Of California's goal to make “UC the healthiest place to work, learn and live” acknowledges that in order to fundamentally change our health environment, campus communities must invest in a host of small changes that add up...

UC ANR annual report shows impacts that benefit every Californian

UC ANR's 2019 annual report is now available online.

By helping low-income families save money on healthy food, teaching farmers how to maintain abundant crops even as the climate changes, introducing young people to new technologies and protecting the state's forests from threats to their future, UC...

ANR celebrates Pride Month with virtual film fest

Pride Film Fest Poster

In June, we celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and raise awareness of issues facing the community. Every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in June, you are invited to join UC ANR colleagues to view films about LGBTQ+ communities and...

Finances hurt by COVID-19? UC Regents allow access to retirement savings

The UC Board of Regents voted on May 21, 2020, to implement provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)  to make it easier for participants to access funds from their retirement savings plans. These optional...

Help NFCS advisor understand family food resiliency during COVID-19 pandemic


UC Cooperative Extension nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor Deepa Srivastava asks for her colleagues' help in a virtual project that she initiated to understand family food resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic....

See the winning UC Walks 2020 photos

Best Fashion photo by Emily Melton Casado.

This May, UC ANR staff and faculty opted outside for a Virtual UC Walks 2020. More than 100 ANR staff and academics chose to walk together while apart for a total of 90 hours! Several participants chose to submit photos of their walks to the photo...

Hansen REC donates fruits and vegetables to Food Forward and Ventura schools

Fresh produce harvested at Hansen REC in Santa Paula was donated to Food Forward and Ventura County schools.

Nearly two tons of fruit and vegetables grown at UC's Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC) in Santa Paula have been donated to Food Forward and the Ventura Unified School District, destined for children and...

Master Gardeners get a shout out in UCnetwork

Haley Kerr, left, and Yolanda Silva of CalFresh Healthy Living, UC, gave away tomato plants donated by UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County to families of schoolchildren in Alameda County. The joint project is mentioned in the May UCnetwork.

If you are a staff employee, you should be receiving UCnetwork — a monthly e-newsletter for UC staff systemwide. Under Campus Buzz, the May edition features UC Master Gardener Program for offering useful resources online for home...

UC ANR partners with Citrus Research Board to hire citrus IPM advisor

Asian citrus psyllid

UC ANR and the Citrus Research Board are co-funding a new citrus IPM advisor position to be headquartered at the UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center. The CRB has pledged $750,000 to cover half the cost of the advisor's salary and benefits for 10...

Governor proposes UC budget cuts in May revise

As expected, California's response to the coronavirus pandemic and loss of tax revenues resulting from the disruption in business have dramatically changed the state's economic outlook. Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised budget proposal for...

In memoriam: William Liebhardt

Bill Liebhardt

William Liebhardt, founding director of UC ANR's sustainable agriculture program and UC Cooperative Extension specialist emeritus, died May 5 of complications of Q fever at his home in Davis. He was 84. Liebhardt was the director of the UC...


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