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Free passes to San Diego Food Tank Summit offered to ANR students

The inaugural San Diego Food Tank Summit will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food Tank is extending a special invitation to students associated with UC ANR to attend the Summit for free!

Please share this message with your students to spread the word about this opportunity. The code "UCANR" on Eventbrite will allow for free registration.

The theme is “Growing the Food Movement.” The summit will bring together more than 30 experts, including business executives, government officials, policymakers, non-profit leaders, farmers, union leaders, chefs, and others dedicated to building a better food system. Expert journalists and food advocates will moderate each panel.

Summit speakers include ANR's own Rachel Surls, UCCE sustainable food systems advisor in Los Angeles County, and Gabe Youtsey, chief innovation officer.

Students will be among a curated audience of diverse and engaged food advocates. Panels are moderated by major food journalists, some past examples include journalists from National Public Radio, The New York Times, Vice, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, Fast Company, National Geographic, The Washington Post, and dozens more.

The summit will be held at Illumina Theater, The Alexandria at Torrey Pines, 10996 Torreyana Rd., San Diego, Calif.

The event is sponsored by Food Tank, the Berry Good Food Foundation, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival. For more information, visit


Posted on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:52 AM
  • Author: Rose Hayden-Smith
Focus Area Tags: Food

Two UC graduate students chosen to assist UC ANR Global Food efforts

2018 UC Global Food Initiative fellows Melanie Colvin, left, and Maci Mueller.

Two University of California graduate students have been selected by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources as UC Global Food Initiative (GFI) fellows for 2018-19. Graduate students Melanie Colvin at UC Berkeley and Maci Mueller at UC Davis will work with ANR academics and staff to conduct and communicate about UC research for improved food security and agricultural sustainability. 

Melanie Colvin, a graduate student at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, focuses on addressing nutrition-related diseases through preventative measures. As a GFI fellow, Colvin will work with Nutrition Policy Institute researchers to conduct a secondary analysis of the Healthy Communities Study, a six-year observational study that included more than 5,000 children and their families from 130 communities in the United States. The native of Chapel Hill, N.C., will analyze the relationship between household food insecurity and physical activity. Colvin plans to pursue a Ph.D. with a goal of a career in public health research.

"The GFI fellowship allows me to experience many facets of developing meaningful research questions that I will address on my own one day as a principal investigator," Colvin said.

Maci Mueller, a doctoral student in animal biology at UC Davis, is interested in a career at the interface of agricultural science and policy, particularly related to the problems that might be solved using innovative breeding tools, such as gene editing. Using a variety of communication tools, the Princeton, Neb., native will work with UC ANR's Strategic Communications team to inform the public about UC ANR's contributions to agricultural, food and nutrition research and related policies.

“I am excited to learn from UC ANR's Strategic Communications team and for the opportunity as a GFI fellow to gain hands-on agricultural research communication experience,” Mueller said.

In addition to their individual projects, the 2018-19 GFI fellows are invited to participate in systemwide activities designed to enhance their leadership skills and enrich their understanding of the food system in California.

The UC Global Food Initiative was launched by UC President Janet Napolitano in 2014 with the aim of putting UC, California and the world on a pathway to sustainability. The GFI fellows are part of a group of approximately 50 UC graduate and undergraduate students working on food-related projects at all 10 UC campuses, UC Office of the President, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC ANR. Each participant receives a $4,000 award to help fund student-generated research, projects or internships that support the initiative's efforts to address the issue of how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach 8 billion by 2025.

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM
  • Author: Maci Mueller
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Food
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