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Proposals for rice chair due July 8

UC Cooperative Extension specialist and advisors working on California-grown rice research are invited to apply for the UCCE Presidential Chair for California Grown Rice. The deadline to apply is July 8.

I.        Overview

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) established a $1 million UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE)Presidential Chair for California Grown Rice.The endowed chair will provide a UCCE scientist a dedicated source of funds to support scholarly activities focused on improvement of California rice production and quality. Half of the funds for the endowed chair were provided through a generous donation by the California Rice Research Board, the other half were provided by then UC President Janet Napolitano as matching funds.

II.       Purpose and use of chair

The chair will support research to improve California rice production and quality. The chair will be awarded by UC ANR to a distinguished UC Cooperative Extension specialist or advisor currently working in the area of California-grown rice research.The annual payout from the endowment shall be used to provide salary, graduate student and/or program support for the chair holder's work in California-grown rice. The annual payout will provide the appointed chair holder a scholarly allowance to support research on California-grown rice and extension of that research to California rice growers.

III.      Eligibility

Chairholder applicants must be a UC Cooperative Extension advisor or specialist currently working in the area of California-grown rice research.

IV.      Submission process

Chairholder applicants will submit a five-year proposed scope of work including:

o   A statement of relevance of the proposed scope of work to the improvement of California rice production and quality, as stipulated by the California Rice Research Board.

o   A work plan outlining anticipated outcomes and anticipated impacts.

o   A budget outlining how funds from the endowment payout will be utilized. The estimated annual payout is approximately $42,000.

o   Information regarding potential internal and/or external collaborators involved with the proposed work.

o   Other pertinent information that will support the proposal, including three letters of support, C.V., relevance to other work in this area, why this work is groundbreaking, etc. 

V.       Selection of the chairholder

Selection of the chair holder will be made in accordance with university and ANR policies and procedures and will follow a competitive selection process to ensure access to all eligible UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists systemwide. The interim Associate Vice President will appoint a review panel to evaluate Chair holder proposals and recommend an award recipient to the Vice President–UCANR. The review panel will consist of three to five members, including at least one representative selected by the California Rice Research Board. A review panel chair will be appointed to oversee the process. The committee recommendation will be given to the interim Associate Vice President who will present to the Vice President – UC ANR for final approval.

VI.      Notification process

Once selected, the chairholder recipient will receive an award letter outlining the expectations and requirements of the appointment. The Presidential Chair for California Grown Rice will be awarded for a five-year term. A competitive chair holder selection process will take place every five years. A current chair holder will be eligible to apply for a renewed five-year appointment at that time.

VII.    Program priorities and goals

For the purpose of identifying relevant issues and establishing program goals in alignment with industry needs, the chair holder shall seek the recommendations of an advisory committee (consisting of representatives from the rice industry, UC Cooperative Extension advisors, a UC Cooperative Extension specialist, and a minimum of one member of the California Rice Research Board). In the absence of an advisory committee, the chairholder shall meet with representatives of the California Rice Research Board at least annually, as well as with other stakeholders. 

VIII.   Chairholder reporting requirements

UC ANR has defined expectations for all chairholders:

  • An annual report will be submitted to the Associate Vice President to outline the work carried out and the outcomes and impacts achieved because of this work. The report should include:
  • Any significant accomplishments, challenges or revisions to the original scope of work.
  • Examples of how information was extended, and example impacts and condition changes that resulted from the work.
  • A financial report indicating how endowed payout funds were expended, demonstrating that the funds have been used in keeping with the terms of the endowed fund. If funds remain at the end of the program year, the report will include an explanation for the carryover and a plan for how those funds will be used in the new program year.
  • The report will be shared with the California Rice Research Board and UC ANR Leadership.

IX.      Timeline

  • June 1, 2023 – RFP released
  • July 8, 2023 – Proposals due to Deanne Meyer, UC ANR interim Associate Vice President, via email by 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 8, 2023 – Chairholder selection announced
  • Funding will be available shortly thereafter
Posted on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 8:59 AM

L&D - Conversations with stressed farmers, science communication, audio editing, advancing health equity, closed captioning


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Confident Conversations: Useful tools to address farmer stress and difficult topics
June 7, 2023
10-11 a.m.

Details & Registration
This four-part webinar series will provide an overview and model the Confident Conversations Curriculum developed by University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and colleagues in the Northeast. 

Multitrack Audio Editing for Beginners, Extension Skills
June 8, 2023
11 a.m.-Noon

Details & Registration
In response to your feedback from our Podcasting for Beginners Extension Skills Session led by Aaron Weibe, June's Extension Skills will focus on multitrack audio editing. In this interactive session, we'll cover the basics of what multitrack audio editing is and walk you through a basic editing session in real time using Adobe Audition!

Climate Change and Science Communication Part 2: Putting it into Practice, Dynamic Discussions
June 22, 2023
11 a.m.-Noon

Details & Registration
As Extension professionals, we communicate science to the public. In our hyperconnected world of web pages, social media, and 30-second video reels, connecting with our audiences, especially on science, can seem like a never-ending uphill battle. Science communication experts are learning how to break through barriers to have meaningful conversations across audiences and identities, in part thanks to advances in communication science. With Sarah Mae Nelson of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Environmental Climate Stewards.

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Food Recovery for Rhode Island: Cultivating Community-Led Solutions to Food Access and Food Waste, Program Center Stage
June 26, 2023
11 a.m.-Noon

Details & Registration
The Program Center Stage will highlight programs from across the system including current and past New Technologies from Ag Extension projects, Impact Collaborative projects, National programs like EXCITE, and more on the fourth Monday of each month. Each month, we will update the information below for which program we will be putting center stage! This series is open to anyone that would like to attend. Membership in the Extension Foundation is not required to participate.

Resources for Free Stock & Wonderful tutorials on Multimedia Production (Extension Foundation)

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Advancing Health Equity in California: Third of three-part series 

June 7, 2023
2-3:30 p.m. 

Register Session 3 
Are you concerned about increasing health inequities across California? Have you wondered how UC ANR can make a difference?  UC ANR's Community Nutrition and Health unit is proud to host a three-part training series on “Advancing Health Equity” in collaboration with UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and Center for Child and Community Health. UC ANR educators, supervisors, advisors and specialists from across our Statewide Programs and Initiatives are invited to attend.    

This will be an interactive learning opportunity to come together and visualize how UC ANR can address critical health disparities we face and put into practice the opportunities outlined in our Strategic Initiatives Health Equity Concept Note (found here on the UC ANR website).   

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How to Add Closed Captioning in YouTube
June 15, 2023
Noon-12:30 p.m.

Many people at UC ANR are working to making our products and communications much more accessible. If you are one of these people, please join ANR IT Training and Development Specialist Stephen Dampier to learn how to add closed captioning to YouTube.

Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 530 750 1239 Phone +1 669 900 6833 US
Password: 4Collab

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Business Operations Center Q&A Office Hours
Second & fourth Thursdays
10-11 a.m.

Are you a CD with questions about budget and financial analysis? 
Are you a PI with questions about post-award grant management?
Are you staff with questions about payroll and fiscal close? 

Drop in with your questions. We're here to help!

(530) 212-3950

UC ANR New Employee Welcome – Virtual
June 20, 2023
9-11:20 a.m.

Participate in a concise welcome to ANR! Meet our Leadership team, get to know your colleagues, and learn a bit about ANR and how your role connects to the larger ANR mission. Learn about: UC Davis Health Benefits, UC Davis Fidelity Retirement, UC Davis Ombuds, Staff Assembly, Academic Assembly, Employee Resource Groups

Presenting Technical Information with Stories, LinkedIn Learning

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Storytelling can transform technical talks into dynamic and energizing presentations. In this course, you can learn the top reasons why audiences tune out and discover techniques to make your complex material more memorable and engaging. Instructors Poornima Vijayashanker and Karen Catlin share how to improve your public speaking skills and use storytelling to increase engagement and retention. Get your LinkedIn Learning account today! Contact our ANR IT team at

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The Eight Dimensions of Wellness
June 21, 2023
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Details & Registration
Well-being is an important part of living a healthy and fulfilled life. There are eight components of wellness defined by SAMSHA and this presentation will discuss intellectual wellness.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 9:50 AM

Building UC ANR Statistics Resources

UC ANR is working to bring you statistics resources, informed by internal needs assessments and by identifying statistics experts who are open to opportunities for consulting and collaboration within the UC ANR network. If this is you, please sign-up in this Google sheet.

We have a new section on the Learning & Development webpages focused on Statistics and Experimental Design Resources. The subpages are linked below.

Statistics Software Programs
Statistics Training & Educational Resources
Statistics Technical Support and Consulting

On the training web page you can find recordings, presentations, and exercises from our spring 2022 stats workshop series Applied Statistics for Farm Advisorswhich provided a refresh and update on statistical skills for UCCE Advisors and other UC ANR researchers. Topics include:

  • The theory and application of basic statistical tests, including ANOVA, GLMs, mixed models, and regression 
  • What to do when the normal assumptions for statistical tests have not been met 
  • Newer methods like mixed models and bootstrapping that take advantage of modern computing power (which may not have been available if you took undergraduate statistics class 25 years ago) 
  • What you need to know when designing experiments and planning data collection 
  • How to use the extremely popular and powerful statistical programming language R

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Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 5:39 PM

Recordings of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month webinars

Many thanks to Saoi and Hardeep for sharing their heritage and culture!

In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, two of our colleagues generously shared their stories and cultures with the UC ANR community during lunchtime webinars.

On May 25, Saoimanu “Saoi” Sope, UC ANR digital communications specialist, introduced us to her family's village in American Samoa, talked about her “island-born but mainland-raised” upbringing, and shared what she loves most about her culture. Watch Saoi's presentation.

On May 30, Hardeep Singh, local food systems advisor at UCCE Central Sierra, discussed the history and culture of the people of Punjab, India, where he grew up. He also shared the brief history and ideology of his religion, Sikhism. Watch Hardeep's presentation.

Thank you to all who attended and participated in the webinars – and special thanks to Hardeep and Saoi!

Join UC Black Staff & Faculty, BAE for Juneteenth events

UC ANR employees are invited to join the UCOP Black Staff & Faculty Organization for a Juneteenth week of events!

More information and an event flyer (PDF) can be found on the UCOP page

The UC ANR Black and Allied Employees are also hosting a "Celebrating Juneteenth" event on June 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, featuring Dr. Mary Blackburn and Dr. Keith Nathaniel (see Zoom information in event listings below).

What's Juneteenth

Monday, June 12
Noon-1 p.m.

Come learn about the significance of Juneteenth.

David H. Anthony III, professor emeritus of African History at UC Santa Cruz, will delve into the significance and history of Juneteenth, exploring its roots and its importance in American culture.

Join via Zoom

936 3441 7310

Reparations Speaker

Tuesday, June 13
1-2 p.m.

Join Cheryl Grills, Ph.D., as she discusses the meaning and importance of reparations, including the history of reparations in America. She will also provide information on how to support tangible reparations for American Descendants of Slavery.

Join via Zoom
962 5244 6327

Celebrating Juneteenth

Wednesday, June 14
10:30 a.m.-Noon

Join UC ANR Black and Allied Employees as we learn about the lives of Dr. Keith Nathaniel and Dr. Mary Blackburn — including their journeys in agriculture and extension, how their experiences shape their work, and how their lives connect to present patterns of inequity that are commonly believed to be a thing of the past. 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 990 2448 4120
Passcode: 092774
iPhone one-tap: +1669444917, 99024484120#, or +16699006833, 99024484120# US (San Jose)
Telephone (US): +1 669 900 6833

Voting Rights

Wednesday, June 14
Noon-1 p.m.

Kristin Nimmers from the California Black Power Network will speak about the importance of voting and voting rights.

Join via Zoom:
980 8905 5733

"Ferguson Rises" Film Screening

Thursday, June 15
3-5 p.m.

Join UC colleagues for a special movie screening of "Ferguson Rises," followed by a thought-provoking discussion with esteemed speakers who will explore the themes and issues presented in the film.

In-person at Broadway Conference Center in Oakland or join via Zoom:
912 1559 5154

Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2023 at 1:51 AM

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