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UC CARET delegates visit Congress in March

From left, Dan Sanchez, Mike Mellano, Wendy Powers and Marcel Horowitz visited the offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris, Congressman Scott Peters and Congressman Mike Levin.

UC ANR Vice President Glenda Humiston led a delegation representing California to the annual joint meeting of the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET) and the Administrative Heads Section (AHS) of the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities in Washington, D.C., March 1-4.

While they were in Washington, CARET delegates met with CaliforniaCongress members to discuss the specific impacts of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources in their districts and the importance of strong federal funding to support the programs, including Cooperative Extension, 4-H Youth Development, nutrition education, and the research and extension centers. 

From left, Anne Megaro, Mike Mellano, Congressman Jim Costa, Glenda Humiston, Jhalendra Rijal and Kathy Eftekhari discussed the importance of research funding to California.

“CARET delegates provided first-hand testimony of UC ANR's impact on their own lives and businesses while UC ANR academics gave a boots-on-the-ground perspective of working in and among community members to build partnerships and deliver content and programming,” said Anne Megaro, UC ANR director of government and community relations.

Collectively, the group visited 36 congressional offices, including TJ Cox, Jim Costa, Jimmy Panetta and Mike Thompson.

From left, Kathy Eftekhari, Marcel Horowitz, Congressman and 4-H alumnus TJ Cox, Glenda Humiston, Dina Moore and Anne Megaro.

CARET delegates – San Diego County nurseryman Mike Mellano, Humboldt County rancher Dina Moore, and Environmental Solutions Group managing partner Jean-Mari Peltier,  – explained how their businesses and industries have benefited from UC ANR research and extension. Bill Frost, former UC ANR associate vice president and UCCE advisor emeritus, also served as a CARET delegate.

UCCE advisors Jhalendra Rijal and Marcel Horowitz, UCCE specialist Dan Sanchez and CalFresh Healthy Living, UC director Kamal Khaira were the academics who described their work. Associate Vice President Wendy Powers and Kathy Eftekhari, chief of staff to the VP, also participated. 

From left, CARET members Jean-Mari Peltier, Kamal Khaira, Marcel Horowitz, Dan Sanchez and Glenda Humiston met with Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s staff to discuss UC ANR research priorities.

CARET delegates arrived back in California while the national response to COVID-19 was just developing. They have since reached out to the congressional delegation to share what UC ANR is doing to help communities under the changing circumstances. Specifically, UC ANR is converting educational materials into online formats so they are accessible for families and individuals sheltering in place. UC ANR is also looking to extend internet connectivity to UCCE county office parking lots in rural areas where broadband access is not available.

“All of the California congressmen and staff members were supportive of UC ANR, however given the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, funding priorities are changing rapidly,” Megaro said.

Posted on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10:05 PM
Tags: CARET (6), March 2020 (20)

Names in the News

Carolyn Whitesell

Whitesell joins UCCE as human wildlife conflict advisor

Carolyn Whitesell joined UC Cooperative Extension as an assistant human-wildlife interactions advisor for San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and Sonoma counties on Feb. 18, 2020.

Whitesell, who grew up in the Bay Area and then lived for years in rural farming communities in southern Africa, brings extensive field experience along with an understanding of conflict from a variety of perspectives. For her dissertation research, she led a project studying human-carnivore conflict in a cattle ranching region in Botswana. She has worked on various other ecology research projects, including running a wildlife survey in Angola, and was an ecology research assistant at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. There, as part of her work, she bred livestock guarding dogs that were placed with local farmers to protect their livestock from carnivores. 

She plans to immediately target current wildlife conflict issues in the Bay Area. To foster knowledge and tolerance for local wildlife, she plans to implement educational programs aimed at various audiences, from school kids to adults.

Whitesell earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in ecology at UC Davis and B.S. in ecology, behavior and evolution at UC San Diego.

Whitesell is headquartered at the UCCE San Mateo County office in Half Moon Bay and can be reached at


Nayak joins 4-H as evaluation coordinator

Roshan Nayak

Roshan Nayak joined UC ANR 4-H Youth Development Program as an evaluation coordinator on Feb. 18, 2020.

Prior to his current position, Nayak was a BUILD program evaluator at Xavier University of Louisiana. From 2017 to 2018, he was an extension produce safety specialist at Colorado State University Extension.

Nayak's strengths include integrating evaluation theories into evaluation design, instrument development and validation, data analysis, and reporting to relevant stakeholders. As a member of the Penn State Extension Food Safety team, he evaluated the effectiveness of statewide on-farm food safety programs and identified deficiencies and barriers in the adoption of food safety standards on produce farms for his doctoral thesis. 

Nayak earned a Ph.D. in agricultural and extension education at Pennsylvania State University, a masters in agricultural and consumer resources at Tarleton State University in Texas, and a B.S. in agriculture at Banaras Hindu University in India. 

Nayak is based at the ANR building in Davis and can be reached at

Eltarabily joins UC ANR for alfalfa irrigation management

Mohamed Eltarabily

Mohamed Eltarabily joined UC ANR as an assistant project scientist for alfalfa irrigation management on Feb. 3, 2020.

Prior to joining UC ANR, he was a Fulbright postdoctoral visiting scholar working with UC Cooperative Extension specialist Dan Putnam on a salinity management research project in alfalfa at the UC West Side Research and Extension Center.. At Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, he worked with UC Cooperative Extension specialist Khaled Bali on an alfalfa groundwater recharge project. He has also been involved in sunflower, olive and alfalfa projects at the UC Desert Research and Extension Center. 

Before coming to California, he was an assistant professor of water resources engineering in the civil engineering department of Port Said University in Egypt.

Eltarabily earned a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at Egypt–Japan University of Science and Technology in Alexandria, Egypt. He earned an M.S. in civil engineering at Port Said University in Egypt and a B.S. in civil engineering at Suez Canal University in Port Said, Egypt. 

Eltarabily is based at Kearney and can be reached at and (559) 646-6539.

SRM honors Huntsinger with research award

From left, Society for Range Management President Clayton Marlow, Lynn Huntsinger and Maria Fernandez-Gimenez

Lynn Huntsinger, professor and Russell Rustici Chair in Rangeland Management at UC Berkeley, received the W.R. Chapline Research Award at the Society for Range Management's (SRM) 72nd Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Trade Show in Denver, Colo., Feb. 16-20, 2020. 

The Chapline Research Award gives special recognition to members of the society for exceptional and sustained research accomplishments in rangeland science and associated disciplines, including the biology and ecology of plants, wildlife and domestic livestock and characteristics of the ecosystems they inhabit.

She is the first woman to receive the award, according to Mel George, UCCE specialist emeritus.

Huntsinger has made exceptional contributions to rangeland science and management through her path-breaking research on rangeland social-ecological systems, her international engagement, public communication and innovative teaching, according to Maria Fernandez-Gimenez, professor of rangeland ecology and management at Colorado State University, who nominated Huntsinger for the award.

Huntsinger pioneered the field of human dimensions of rangeland management and focused the attention of rangeland science on rangelands as integrated social-ecological systems. By the 1990s, it was clear that ecological science and technical solutions alone would not solve fundamental rangeland management challenges. Rangeland science is needed to address social and cultural values, landowner behavior, public policies and communal institutions.

Huntsinger's early work on private rangeland landowners' and public land managers' attitudes, values and management behavior was the first rangeland social science in North America to focus on social and cultural aspects of range management. Another of her papers laid the foundation for studying rangelands as linked social and ecological systems. Further work identified the interdependent fates of public and private rangelands and theorized a potential threshold in ranchers' perceptions of ranch viability in the face of urbanization, beyond which ranch sale and land conversion become inevitable. 

The term “working landscape,” now widely used to express the understanding that landscapes used for grazing produce multiple benefits for people and nature, was co-introduced by Huntsinger. Her recent research advances the concept of social-ecological ecosystem services in rangelands and demonstrates how cultural landscapes and their benefits are produced and maintained by the interaction of natural processes and human management.

Huntsinger's international collaborations in China and Spain have produced influential articles, a special issue of SRM's scientific journal Rangeland Ecology and Management on Integrated Social-ecological Approaches to Sylvopastoralism, and a book on Mediterranean Oak Woodland Working Landscapes. Her mentorship of young international scholars has helped launch multiple careers, and through them, the trajectory of rangeland social-ecological research globally. She led the USDA International Delegation on Rangeland Ecology and Management to China and has addressed the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Spain, Italy and Argentina, among other examples.

To translate science into management and policy, she helped lead the public engagement process for the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Plan, and has served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee to Review the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program, the BLM and Minerals Management Science Advisory Board, the NW Great Basin Resource Advisory Council (BLM), the Malpai Borderlands Group Science Advisory Board, and the Central Coast Rangelands Advisory Board. 


Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6:05 PM

First 20 ANR@Work raffle winners chosen, complete survey by April 3

On March 17, each academic and staff member should have received an email from “Glenda Humiston <>” containing a unique link to the survey. Please do not delete the emailed invitation as it is the only way to access the survey and cannot be replaced. 

The ANR@Work Survey has the subject line “ANR@Work Survey - INVITATION - DO NOT DELETE.” The ANR@Work Survey will be open through April 3. It is an opportunity for all academics and staff to provide feedback about their experience working at UC ANR. 

To thank you for your time and to encourage participation, everyone who completes the survey will have the option to participate in a raffle for a $75 gift card. We will award 40 gift cards through random drawings during the survey period. 

ANR HR will reach out to each of the raffle winners to arrange for delivery of the gift cards to their home address.

The following are the first 20 raffle winners: 

  • Stacey Amparano
  • Jackie Barahona
  • Greg Douhan
  • Eli Figueroa
  • Marie Hernandez-Vega
  • Larissa Leavens
  • Danielle Lee
  • Peggy Lemaux
  • David Lile
  • Luzanne Martin
  • Sandra Osterman
  • Erin Paradis
  • Matthew Shapero
  • Shulamit Shroder
  • Alison Smith
  • Duane Soares
  • Bill Stewart
  • Amber Viveros
  • Clara Wilshire
  • Christopher Wong

The remaining 20 gift cards will be split between raffle drawings on Tuesday, March 31, and Monday, April 6. 

The UC ANR community is founded on principles strengthened by common goals, shared interests, camaraderie and a passion for improving the quality of life in all communities. We all have the right to work in an environment that promotes fairness, trust, respect, and physical and emotional safety and security. Your anonymous survey responses will contribute to our efforts to create the best possible work environment for all of us.

The 2020 survey results will establish a baseline for continually assessing UC ANR's work environment.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact us at



Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 12:58 PM
Tags: Human Resources (33), March 2020 (20)

Discuss COVID-19 driven changes in community-based programming April 1

A national action dialogue on community-based programming in the digital networked COVID-19 age will be hosted by eXtension April 1, 2020. Top issues identified in a March 26 discussion will be explored more deeply by breakout groups to share strategies for addressing these issues and potential needs to address the issues.

12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Open to all Cooperative Extension professionals regardless of eXtension Foundation, Inc. membership.
Register at 

The purpose of this National Action Dialogue is to position universities to rapidly respond to community-based programming in the digital networked COVID-19 age by delving in, capturing collective wisdom, inspiring innovative thinking, and focusing on new opportunities, partnerships, solutions, tangible actions and collaborations on issues for farms, families, businesses and communities that will exist long beyond this public health crisis.

In partnership with ECOP, eXtension has been mobilized to support the Cooperative Extension System during this tough time of social distancing. They have started a webinar series to address working virtually and connecting with your audiences through digital technology. More information is available at and in the Connect ExtensionGroup “Extension Response & Resources for Extension Professionals Working Online.”

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 5:46 PM
Tags: COVID-19 (2), March 2020 (20)

Learning & Development: Working online, racial understanding, Connect Extension, Big Dig Day and more

Find ANR webinar announcements and archived recordings here.

Call for WebANR

Do you have a WebANR Cafe Thursday topic and presenter to recommend for our Third Thursday Cafe' WebANRs? Or do you have a topic that you would like to present? WebANR topics are based on the areas of Extension Delivery, Building Support, and Office & Team Management. Our targeted audience members are ANR advisors, community educators and others. Your feedback will be reviewed by leadership and we will let you know at a future date if added to the WebANR planning process. Please share your recommendations here.

IGIS expands online office hours

Informatics and GIS is expanding its online office hours from 1 hour a week to 4 hours. The IGIS  team offers advice for a range of technical and data analysis topics. They are also introducing consultations on statistical programming language R. For details, see the announcement on their blog.

Extension Response to COVID-19 & Resources for Extension Professionals Working Online

The purpose of this website is to provide a means through which Extension educators and administrators can share with their Cooperative Extension colleagues various resources and guides about teaching and working virtually, and provide a listing of current institutional responses to COVID-19. The current list of resources is just a beginning; it needs your additional contributions and expertise. As indicated by the note just below the search box on the right, you are encouraged to share other resources with us by sending an email to

Registration or SAVE THE DATES:
Coming Together for Racial Understanding Workshop

This workshop is scheduled to take place TBD in July 2020.
Apply to attend by April 3, 2020.

Here is an opportunity to engage in democratic dialogues that address racism and inequities and learn how to engage your community in those dialogues. This workshop is not meant to be an end to your thoughts and feelings about historical or present-day racism and inequities nor is it meant to be a single experience of addressing internalized, interpersonal, institutional, structural and systematic racism and inequities. Rather, the workshop aims to serve as part of your process in addressing the power of language, our commitment to inclusion, our understanding of past and present policies and practices of inequality and how to begin the work of dismantling racism and inequities within UC ANR and within our communities. The workshop will be capped at 20 people.

Connect Extension:
A Hub For Learning, Professional Development and Collaboration
Register here for your free account.

The eXtension Foundation is pleased to announce a new platform for all Cooperative Extension professionals, Connect Extension. Connect Extension provides an interactive social space designed for this specific community of educators and professionals.

All Cooperative Extension professionals can access our national calendar to share webinars and events systemwide and with the public. eXtension members can access their member benefits in Connect Extension made possible through our Impact Collaborative program. Register here for your free account.

eXtension Social Café
Every Thursday from March 26 - April 30
10 a.m.–11 a.m. 

Available to all Cooperative Extension professionals

The eXtension Social Café will provide a weekly opportunity for informal, drop-in conversations and questions about the effective use of social media and communications in Extension work. Each Social Café will open with a 5-15 minute “tutorial” of a tool or feature on commonly used social platforms, or a brief showcase of a Cooperative Extension employee who is using digital communications in innovative and effective ways. The remainder of the time will be devoted to sharing, discussion and Q&A. Hosted by Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., Technology in Extension Education Fellow and UC ANR advisor emeritus. To participate, please create your Connect Extension account. This event is listed on the main calendar.

April 2020 Virtual Impact Collaborative Summit
April 28 - 29
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Online
Who can attend? eXtension member institutions
Deadline to register: April 15, 2020 Register Here

As you know, COVID-19 has created challenges across Cooperative Extension and across the nation. As a result of a survey conducted across the system last week, eXtension is currently focused on serving Cooperative Extension in two primary areas in response to COVID-19:

1. Providing resources, professional development, and learning opportunities around working virtually. Using our technology platforms and tools, we've launched a resource site at available to the entire Land-Grant University system with new content being added every day from all across Cooperative Extension. Additionally, we have launched a new platform, Connect Extension, available to the entire system. Within the platform, eXtension members have exclusive access to professional development, learning opportunities, and opportunities for collaboration.

2. Co-creating solutions for delivering Extension programs virtually.

Our network of key informants from in and out of Cooperative Extension will be ready to help accelerate finding solutions to the challenges of delivering Extension programs virtually.

April ANR Webinars

SiteBuilder 201: Functionality, Navigation, and Basic Web Design
Monday, April 6, 2020
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Join Ricky Satomi for an informal webinar on SiteBuilder. He will be using examples from the ANR Forestry web pages. Topics likely to be covered: Page hierarchy, asset management, page Management, calendar sharing, color wheel use, content management, adding a table, permalink set-up website readability Zoom access: | 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656| Web ID: 751 701 428

Shooting videos with your iPhone
April 8, 2020
11:30 a.m.-noon

Ricardo Vela will lead us in this presentation where we will learn about basic composition, and lighting and best practices on how to use the iPhone as a video recording device. Zoom access: | 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656| Web ID: 751 701 428

Big Dig Day: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Campaign
April 14, 2020
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

#DigDeep and learn how to use the campaign materials to create a successful 24 hour social media fundraising campaign to support your program! Presentation host is Emily Delk. Zoom access: | 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656| Web ID: 751 701 428

Budget Basics and Calculator
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Noon - 12:30 p.m.

Learn how to develop a proposal budget. Topics covered include: cost components that make up a budget, applicable cost principles, budgeting techniques and practices, calculating F&A costs, and budgeting tools and resources. | +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Finding Happiness
April 20, 2020
10:00-10:45 a.m.

Join Surendra Dara in how to find happiness inside and around us. Zoom access: | 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656| Web ID: 751 701 428

Cost Sharing
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Cost sharing or matching funds is the portion of project expenses provided by UC and not paid by the sponsoring agency. Tune in to learn more about when its acceptable to commit cost share on a proposal, required approvals, and tracking cost share after the award has been made. With Kathy Nolan, ANR Office of Contracts and Grants Zoom access: | +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Zoom Training
Find live Zoom training and tutorials

3 Keys to Culture Continuity in the Workplace during COVID-19 TerryBerry

Does it feel like the world is changing every hour? More than ever, we are looking for hope, reassurance and as much stability as possible. 

As we all adjust to this uncertain environment, focusing on communication, community and commitment will help us get through it together, and be stronger on the other side.

Check out Terryberry's blog post to

  • Maintain your workplace community
  • Demonstrate commitment to your people
  • Keep the lines of communication open

Let's all focus on communication, community and commitment to help us get through it together, and be more connected the other side.

Maximize Efficiency and Productivity of Remote Work (LinkedIn Learning)
New to working from home? These courses provide work/life hacks that can help you create a productive remote work environment, optimize your schedule for peak productivity (including meaningful breaks to help you avoid burnout), and show up the way you want to on video conference calls: 

  1. Working Remotely – 1 hr
  2. Time Management: Working From Home – 1 hr 25 min
  3. Productivity Tips: Finding Your Productive Mindset – 59 min
  4. Executive Presence on Video Conference Calls –  34 min


Everyone can learn something new.

ANR Learning & Development
Office: 530.750.1239




Posted on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6:31 PM

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