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PAC discusses rural-urban interface

The UC President's Advisory Commission (PAC) met via Zoom on March 22.

Vice President Humiston provided updates on COVID-19 operations, the UC ANR budget, recently completed strategic plans for the division and the research and extension center system, and the status of land sales in Davis, at Hansen REC and at South Coast REC.

PAC members had a lively discussion on ways to effectively capture input from the full commission on both emerging issues and longer-term topics of interest. VP Humiston suggested that UC ANR could host monthly “special topics meetings” to be led by each of our statewide program and initiative leaders so that the PAC may communicate directly with UC ANR personnel regarding needed research, programs and opportunities. This new initiative is scheduled to launch by early May with the first topic being integrated pest management.

In the afternoon, President Drake joined the group for presentations and discussion on the rural-urban interface.

Darren Haver, assistant vice provost and director of South Coast REC and Orange County UCCE, kicked-off this section of the agenda with a presentation outlining the concept for a new UC ANR “Hub for Urban Living.” The vision is to establish a network of researchers from multiple institutions, government and community agencies, and the private sector who are interested in engaging in a physical and virtual, interdisciplinary space that connects the power of research to address short and long-term issues impacting the sustainability of urban life.  A systemwide hub design workshop is scheduled for May 18 to further develop the concept.

Three PAC members also presented on related topics.  Paula Daniels, co-founder and chair of the Center for Good Food Purchasing, talked about regional food systems; Connie Stewart, executive director of initiatives at Humboldt State University, gave a presentation on UC-CSU partnerships; and Lucas Frerichs, associate director of state policy at The Nature Conservancy, talked about private-public research partnerships.

Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 8:18 PM
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Humiston addresses CUCSA

VP Humiston fielded questions about ANR from CUCSA delegates. Screenshot by Dohee Kim

Vice President Glenda Humiston spoke to the Council of UC Staff Assemblies delegation at their quarterly meeting on March 4. To give the CUCSA delegates an overview of UC ANR, she presented "Bringing the power of UC directly to all Californians."

Starting with UC's establishment as a land grant institution in 1868, Humiston described how ANR serves Californians through campuses, county offices, statewide programs and institutes, and research and extension centers. She also explained how ANR partners with all 10 UC campuses, the national labs and medical centers on projects.

Turning to external partnerships, Humiston provided several examples of ANR's collaborative projects, including the new AI Institute for Food Systems, bringing ultra-fast broadband capability to Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the surrounding area, and South Coast REC's new HUB for Urban Living.

“Her presentation was great, and it was well received,” said Dohee Kim, ANR's senior delegate. “She answered questions after her presentation regarding organization fiscal matters (budget stuff) and how ANR is getting through the pandemic.”

Humiston explained how ANR brings together the expertise of Agricultural Experiment Station faculty, Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, volunteers and others for research and outreach. The citrus industry has benefited from this collaborative approach.

CUCSA delegates represent Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Office of the President and UC ANR. Each site sends a senior and junior delegate. LeChé McGill is currently ANR's junior delegate. 

The delegates meet quarterly with the locations taking turns to host. The March meeting was hosted by UC ANR.

Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 4:09 PM

Water Talk podcast begins April 2

The weekly Water Talk podcast can be heard on Fridays.

The second season of Water Talk podcast begins Friday, April 2. The weekly podcast will feature discussions of agriculture, water policy, environmental and social justice, climate change and other issues related to California water. 

This year's podcast will definitely include drought, says co-host Faith Kearns, California Institute for Water Resources academic coordinator, “In California, drought is not if, it's when.” The organizers plan to invite guests from every corner of the state, from border to border.

“The Water Talk team has new members!” the Water Talk team tweeted. “We were thrilled to welcome ultra-talented Claire Bjork and Victoria Roberts as production support for Season 2, thanks in part to an ANR Renewable Resources Extension Act grant.” 

A sneak preview of Season 2 is posted on Twitter at

In addition to listening to the podcast, you can follow @podcast_water on Twitter for water-related news.        

To catch up on Season 1 of Water Talk, visit

The Water Talk podcast is hosted by UC Cooperative Extension specialists Mallika Nocco and Samuel Sandoval Solis, both based in UC Davis Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, and Kearns.

Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:09 AM

L&D - Communicating science, diversity, Big Dig Day, giving and receiving feedback

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Past webinar recordings


Hard Times, Hard Questions: Communicating science with difficult people
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Noon - 12:30 pm

With Peggy G. Lemaux, Ph.D.
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley

Learn tools that will 

  • Engage the science-skeptic members of your audience
  • Make you relatable to them
  • Have your message resonate

Some simple suggestions  

  • Know your audience
  • Listen to their concerns and stay calm
  • Make it relevant
  • Keep it simple; use analogies and avoid jargon
  • Encourage questions; answer factually

Zoom access:
Password: 4Learning | +1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Innovation Skill-Building Experience (Q2, Session 1)
April 20, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

For Extension Foundation Members Only.
Members can register here.

April 20, 2021
April 27, 2021
May 4, 2021
May 11, 2021

Do you have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation and ways to get to implementation and impact faster? Are you looking to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension's best practices for solving important community issues? Are you interested in becoming an Innovation Facilitator/Coach for future Impact Collaborative events and to support your institution's teams and teams across the nation? Read more here.

Learning to Teach Online (LinkedIn Learning)
Staff author Oliver Schinkten draws the connections between high-quality instruction and online education. He provides a framework for creating a digital classroom and guidance to get students interacting with the course material, the instructor, and each other. Collaboration is the key to making the learning experience more dynamic. Course link.

For your free Linkedin Learning account, contact

Diversity - Equity - Inclusion

Understanding Unconscious Bias: Awareness, knowledge and competency development
Various dates – see below.
Register for a session now! - Register early because each session is limited to 35 participants!

Bias, in its most simplistic definition, is having a preference for one thing over another. Also, biases come into play in our impressions and judgment of people, especially those whose identities and experiences are different from our own.

Workshop leaders are Mikael Villalobos, associate chief diversity officer in the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UC Davis, and Eric Sanchez, diversity and inclusion educator, UC Davis.

Who should attend: Those who have not participated in this type of learning are encouraged to register. Priority will be given to people who have not had previous access to this learning topic. There will be a waiting list for those who are interested but regularly engage with bias-related topics.

Objectives: We will explore how we make snap judgments about people by understanding our socialization that informs our biases.

Participants will be introduced to theory and language in understanding implicit and explicit bias.

Using personal reflection, experiential exercises and case studies, participants will gain greater awareness when they engage in bias and gain essential knowledge and skills (tools) in how they recognize and mitigate biases in both personal and professional domains.

By participating in one of these workshops, you have the opportunity to support the ANR Strategic Plan 2020-2025 goal to develop an inclusive and equitable workplace, and employ a workforce that reflects the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of California.

Choose one session
Each of the following two-hour workshops will be tailored to job roles as indicated below but you are welcome to sign up for the session that fits best with your schedule.

People who deliver programs to clientele - Including but not limited to academic coordinators, UCCE advisors, UCCE specialists, community educators, CE field workers, REC and staff research associates.
Wednesday, April 7, 9-11 a.m.
Tuesday, June 1, 9-11 a.m.
Monday, June 7, 10 a.m.-noon

People who work with volunteers - Including but not limited to volunteer coordinators and managers
Monday, May 10, 10 a.m.-noon

People who support to others in ANR - Including but not limited to administrative and support staff
Thursday, May 20, 10 a.m.-Noon

Cancellation: Participants must notify us of cancellations in writing to ANR Program Support at least one week prior to the session for which they're registered.

Registration & Logistics: ANR Program Support or call (530) 750-1361

Asian Pacific Heritage Month
May 2021 – Every Tuesday, 3-4 p.m.

Register here.

May 4– The Asian Pacific Identity: Experiences and Stories
May 11 – Asian Pacific Farmers in California: Past and Present
May 18 – Violence in Asian Pacific Communities: Exclusion, Internment, and Hate Crimes
May 25 – Supporting Our Friends and Colleagues: Bystander Intervention Training

Thank you to the Planning Team
Sibani Bose, Surendra Dara, Charles Go, Pam Kan-Rice, Janice Kao, Dohee Kim, Vikram Koundinya
Elaine Lander, Tunyalee Martin, Yu Meng, Stephanie Parreira, Devii Rao, Marisa Tsai, Sua Vang

Racial Equity Capacity Building Workshops
Read more here.

The Wallace Center's Food Systems Leadership Network is excited to partner with the Interaction Institute for Social Change's Curtis Ogden and Aba Taylor to design and deliver two capacity building workshops and customized coaching for network members to operationalize racial equity and anti-racism in their organizations and their program work.

These trainings are part of the FSLN's CORE Project to embed racial equity into its framework for systems change; learn more on the CORE webpage here.The FFRJW Training is a four-part, virtual workshop for 12 food systems leaders who are actively engaged in facilitating discussions around racial equity that lead to impactful action.
Applications are due April 12 and participants will be notified by April 16. Space is limited to 12 FSLN members. Click to read more.

Building support

Big Dig Day & Social Media: Strategies for success
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
10 - 10:45 a.m.

Join Emily Delk, director of annual giving, and Dora Garay, social media strategist, as they share how to make the most of UC ANR's Big Dig Day (June 4, 2021) giving campaign to raise money for your program. You will learn how to plan your campaign, including themes, tools and timelines. Together we will learn the ins and outs of using social media to promote your campaign—from the basics of each platform to more advanced strategies to expand your reach. Zoom access:
Password: 4Learning | +1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Proposal Development and Proposal Process
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
3 – 4 p.m.

Learn about the steps involved in the proposal submissions process from developing your idea to submission.Vanity Campbell and Kendra Rose will go over identifying funding opportunities, developing the project concept, building collaborative teams, drafting the proposal, submitting to Office of Contracts and Grants for review, and submission to the sponsor. Zoom access:
Password: 4Learning | +1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Office, team and personal management

Giving and Receiving Feedback - Let's lighten the load
Thursday, April 8, 2021
3:30-4 p.m.

Join Mark Bell and Jodi Azulai to discuss key takeaways from three short videos that feature giving and receiving feedback. The objective is to help lighten this sometimes difficult process. Come ready to change your mind and lighten the load! Join Zoom meeting: | Meeting ID: 949 0042 2680 | Passcode: 2Lighten | One tap mobile+16699006833,,94900422680# US (San Jose) or +12532158782,,94900422680# US (Tacoma)

Collaborative Facilitation Advanced Workshop Series - Advanced
Apply here.

Dates: Tuesdays - April 27- May 11, 2021
2 hours/session (virtual)

Limited to 24 participants. Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified about your participation. Preference will be given to participants who have previous learning or experience in meeting facilitation.

This course is designed for people who have already learned basic meeting facilitation. It is open to all UC ANR academic and staff employees, including statewide program volunteers.

Collaborations and group processes are complex, dynamic and unpredictable. Successful processes are based on shared understanding and learning, and work towards common goals. However, we know that this doesn't always happen. Then what?

Collaborative facilitation and group process tools support success, allowing everyone to feel heard and to contribute. Whether you have a lead facilitator role or are a group participant, join us in learning appropriate and applicable facilitation tools to use before, during and after your meetings.

This course will cover the following topics:

Session I - review and include building teams to “compete” for the correct responses to challenges with meetings.
Session II - prevention and intervention tools.
Session III - dealing with difficult people, including ourselves.
Session IV - tools to manage conflicts combining all the tools you have learned and experienced.
Apply here.

The Six Morning Habits of High Performers Course Link (LinkedIn Learning)
Learn the six habits of the most successful people in history. Hal Elrod describes how they changed his life—and how they can change yours, too—in this course adapted from the podcast How to Be Awesome at Your Job. Elrod is one of the highest rated keynote speakers in America, creator of one of the fastest growing and most engaged online communities in existence, and author of one of the bestselling books in the world, The Miracle Morning. For your free Linkedin Learning account, contact

Critical Thinking Course Link (LinkedIn Learning)
By focusing on root-cause issues critical thinking helps you avoid future problems that can result from your actions. In this course, leadership trainer and expert Mike Figliuolo outlines a series of techniques to help you develop your critical thinking skills. He reveals how to define the problem you're trying to solve and then provides a number of critical thinking tools such as blowing up the business, asking the 5 whys and the 7 so whats. Read more here.

Career Management Toolkit (UC Davis)
Whether you are on a specific career path or considering new options, perhaps the UC Davis Career Management Toolkit will inspire you to develop your talents and engage them. The best person to manage your career is you!

Learning about yourself and understanding your interests, personality, skills and values are fundamental to engaging your work in meaningful ways.

Effective strategies for career exploration can help you identify a satisfying career and accelerate … Read more here.


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Posted on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 5:03 PM

In memoriam: Earl Holtz

Earl Holtz, former UC Cooperative Extension dairy advisor in Sonoma County, died on March 25, 2021, at the age of 87. 

Earl Holtz
“Earl made a huge impact on young people's lives as well as on the profitability of dairying in the North Coast,” said Deanne Meyer, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis. “Even after he ‘retired,' he provided guidance to producers through the Animal Resource Management Committee and served as the individual doing surface water monitoring for years.”

Born and raised in Pleasantville, Penn., Holtz moved to Ceres, Calif., where he graduated from high school. After a short college stint at San Jose State, he enlisted in the Army for two years. Upon his return, he married Dot (Jean) McBride and they moved to Fresno, where he earned a degree in dairy science from Fresno State in 1955. Holtz earned a master's degree from Washington State University before joining UCCE in Sonoma County in 1964.

During his 10 years as a UCCE dairy advisor, his relationships with dairy producers flourished. All three of his children participated in 4-H in Sonoma County, where Holtz was a tireless volunteer and 4-H leader across a wide spectrum of projects. 

Following his job with UCCE, Holtz and his wife became partners with two local dairymen in NorCal Sires. Holtz retired from the dairy industry as a fieldman for Western United Dairymen with a focus on environmental issues and regulations and their impact on dairy producers. 

In 2017, Holtz and his wife were inducted into the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Hall of Fame for their decades of support for Sonoma County agriculture.

Holtz is survived by his children Corwin (Deborah) Holtz of Dryden, NY, and Kathlyn Millon and Kirvin Holtz both of Santa Rosa.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Earl Holtz be sent to FISH of Santa Rosa, 1710 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95407. A date and location for a memorial service for both Earl and Dot Holtz will be announced in the future.

Posted on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:53 PM

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