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Worldwide, less than 30% of scientific and technological researchers are women.At #UCANR we are committed to ending bias...
02/11/2021

Worldwide, less than 30% of scientific and technological researchers are women.

At #UCANR we are committed to ending biases and stereotypes against women and girls in #STEM fields.

Get to know some of the extraordinary UC ANR women in STEM.
#WomenInScienceDay

https://ucanr.edu/News/Trending/UC_ANR_Women_in_Stem/

On Feb. 18, the Perseverance rover will land on Mars. As part of a science lesson, sixth-grade students at Avery Middle ...
02/11/2021

On Feb. 18, the Perseverance rover will land on Mars. As part of a science lesson, sixth-grade students at Avery Middle School in Calaveras County explored Mars recently.

A generous donation to Calaveras County 4-H made it possible to buy 450 of the Mars Base Camp 4-H STEM Challenge family kits for local school children.

Learn how #4H is helping students engaged in hands-on learning.

https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=45861

Each week during #BlackHistoryMonth, we’re sharing highlights from our University of California community.This week meet...
02/09/2021

Each week during #BlackHistoryMonth, we’re sharing highlights from our University of California community.

This week meet UCSF School of Medicine MD candidate Dereck Paul.

"I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong."

- an excerpt from "I, Too" by Langston Hughes

UCSF School of Medicine MD candidate Dereck Paul, pictured here, submitted Hughes’ “I, Too” as a piece of writing, from a Black author, that inspires, moves or comforts him. We asked Paul to share a few words on what this poem means to him and why he finds himself turning to Hughes' words during tumultuous times:

"The words of Black writers have been a refuge for me through my life, even more so in the past few years. These last weeks, with the insurrection at the Capitol and with graduation approaching, it is the lyrical poetry of Langston Hughes that has returned to mind. His poems capture the essence of what it is to be in a space, a nation, or even an institution, that was not made for you. To rise above with love and compassion despite rejection and harm, to labor and better the world around you for the next generation, this is the legacy and gift that Black writers, leaders, and communities have given to our country over and over again. We follow in their footsteps."

Read the full poem by Langston Hughes: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47558/i-too

- Join in! Week One: Written Works -
Each week during #BlackHistoryMonth, we’re sharing a favorite work by a Black artist as submitted by members of our UCSF community. This week, we ask you to comment with some of your favorite written works by Black authors.

02/05/2021
For You, California

UC ANR brings the power of UC research and education to local communities across the entire state. Why do we do it? To improve the life of every Californian. Our statewide network of UC researchers and educators create, develop and extend knowledge on agricultural and natural resource management, youth development, family and consumer sciences, community and economic development, STEM and more.

Get to know more about #UCANR: https://ucanr.edu/

Calling high school students!Registration is open for the 4-H Youth Summit on Agri-Science! This virtual experience will...
02/04/2021

Calling high school students!

Registration is open for the 4-H Youth Summit on Agri-Science! This virtual experience will take place March 5-7 and will help students develop skills and knowledge to manage challenges in agriculture, food security and sustainability. California 4-H

Register here: https://bit.ly/3ta06rN.
#Opportunity4All #4HAgriScience #ScienceMatters

Registration is open for the 4-H Youth Summit on Agri-Science! This virtual experience will take place the weekend of March 5-7 and will allow high school students to develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security and sustainability. Register by 2/19/21 at https://bit.ly/3ta06rN. #Opportunity4All #4HAgriScience #ScienceMatters

Thanks to sponsors Bayer Crop Science, Brightmark, Nationwide, and Nutrien.

We invite you to join the Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Farmer Showcase. The showcase features cotton producers w...
02/03/2021

We invite you to join the Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Farmer Showcase. The showcase features cotton producers who will discuss the challenges and successes they have encountered on their journey to improve soil health on their farms.

The free webinar is part of an eight-episode series in which U.S. cotton farmers and soil health experts are livestreamed at 11 a.m. (PST) every Tuesday through March 23. #cotton

Register here:
https://ucanr.edu/News/?routeName=newsstory&postnum=45804

02/02/2021
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University of California President Michael V. Drake reflects on the Black workers, scholars, artists and activists who have propelled the University of California—and the world—forward and the work that remains to achieve our ideals of equality, inclusion and justice. #blackhistorymonth

This Black History Month, UC President Michael V. Drake reflects on the Black workers, scholars, artists and activists who have propelled the University of California—and the world—forward and the work that remains to achieve our ideals of equality, inclusion and justice.

Get to know us better! Take UC ANR's Virtual Tour and see how we bring the power of the University of California to all ...
02/01/2021
UC ANR Virtual Tour

Get to know us better! Take UC ANR's Virtual Tour and see how we bring the power of the University of California to all 58 California counties. Through research and Cooperative Extension in agriculture, natural resources, nutrition, economic and youth development, our mission is to improve the lives of all Californians.

#agriculture #CooperativeExtension #4H #gardening #nutrition #HealthyCommunities #UCANR

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/7d31cde407b84331806d813559f09420

Scroll down to begin this self-guided tour highlighting UC ANR's impact across California

The threat of #wildfire home damage in California is real, but there are things you can do to decrease the risk.A team o...
01/28/2021

The threat of #wildfire home damage in California is real, but there are things you can do to decrease the risk.

A team of California and Nevada fire scientists, including
Susie Kocher of University of California Cooperative Extension and CAL FIRE have produced a booklet with step-by-step guidance on retrofitting an existing home to be more resilient to fire.

The guide includes recommendations for 12 vulnerable components of homes in wildfire-prone areas, including roofs, gutters, vents, siding, windows, decks and fences.
#firesafety #californiafires

https://ucanr.edu/News/?routeName=newsstory&postnum=45743

California schools test water for lead and find that 3% exceed state limit.  Christina Hecht of the UC Nutrition Policy ...
01/27/2021

California schools test water for lead and find that 3% exceed state limit.

Christina Hecht of the UC Nutrition Policy Institute, one of the study's co-authors - “Because we strongly encourage people to drink water rather than sugary beverages, we need to have confidence that tap water is safe,” she said.

#health #healthyliving
https://ucanr.edu/News/?routeName=newsstory&postnum=45725

Join us today at 12 p.m. for the weekly lunch time organic seminar series.  This week:  Evaluating Biochar for use in Ca...
01/26/2021

Join us today at 12 p.m. for the weekly lunch time organic seminar series.

This week: Evaluating Biochar for use in California Agriculture.

In this 30-minute talk, Dani Gelardi will cover the basics of biochar: What is it? How is it made? What can it do?

#organic #growers

https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=45712

Forest owners: UCCE produced four new videos to demonstrate techniques and tools to survey forestland trees. Accurate da...
01/21/2021

Forest owners: UCCE produced four new videos to demonstrate techniques and tools to survey forestland trees. Accurate data will help you make management decisions to achieve your goals, such as reducing wildfire, controlling invasive species, protecting the natural beauty or maximizing timber harvest.

https://ucanr.edu/News/?routeName=newsstory&postnum=45682

JoLynn Miller, Calaveras County 4-H advisor, worked with Calaveras County Office of Education to donate 4-H Mars #STEM k...
01/21/2021
Calaveras County Office of Education

JoLynn Miller, Calaveras County 4-H advisor, worked with Calaveras County Office of Education to donate 4-H Mars #STEM kits to 6th graders in Calaveras County.

“The activities show kids how STEM skills can be applied to the world around them," says Miller.

KCRA 3 was there to see Avery Middle School sixth-grade teacher and her students assemble their Mars rovers to explore a map of Mars.

California 4-H 🍀

A big shout out to 4-H for the Mars projects to all 6th graders in Calaveras County! Thank you KCRA 3 for the story :-)

“The California walnut industry needs earlier harvesting walnut varieties to provide efficient use of harvesting, drying...
01/21/2021

“The California walnut industry needs earlier harvesting walnut varieties to provide efficient use of harvesting, drying and processing equipment,” said breeder Chuck Leslie, UC Davis Walnut Improvement Program. “UC Wolfskill can be harvested 12 to 14 days earlier than Chandler and provides consistently light to extra light color.”

https://ucanr.edu/News/?routeName=newsstory&postnum=45681
Photo by Janine Hasey

Join a free webinar tomorrow 11 a.m. to noon (PST) to learn about wildlife responses to climate change in California fir...
01/20/2021

Join a free webinar tomorrow 11 a.m. to noon (PST) to learn about wildlife responses to climate change in California fire regimes, UC Berkeley research conducted at our UC Hopland Research and Extension Center in Mendocino County. Get more details and register here: https://bit.ly/hrecwildfire

“UC’s economic ripple effect is so large that it touches every region in the state, including those without a campus or ...
01/20/2021
What’s The State Economic Impact Of The University Of California? How About $82 Billion A Year.

“UC’s economic ripple effect is so large that it touches every region in the state, including those without a campus or medical center,” said UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “Beyond economic impact, the University’s contributions in health, innovation and social equity are even more important to the lives of Californians.”

"Since its founding in 1868 as a land grant university, UC has contributed to the health and success of California’s rural regions. Through its Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Division, which has offices in every county, the University provides research and education in agriculture, natural resources and nutrition."

A report released today documents that the ten campuses of the University of California (UC) generate $82 billion annually in economic impact for the state of California.

UC ANR is closed Jan. 18 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.
01/18/2021

UC ANR is closed Jan. 18 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

01/16/2021

The difficulties of 2020 made our work to improve the lives of Californians all the more important. We found innovative ways to carry out our mission - virtual programming, vital resources, continuing critical research following safety protocols, disaster assistance and much more. Our staff and volunteers never wavered in their commitment to serve our state.

Nine new academics have joined UC Agriculture and Natural Resources in recent months. They are filling positions across ...
01/12/2021

Nine new academics have joined UC Agriculture and Natural Resources in recent months. They are filling positions across California to conduct research and education programs that improve the lives of everyone in the state. https://ucanr.edu/News/?routeName=newsstory&postnum=45607

#UCCE in Tulare County offered families virtual cooking classes to teach about food planning, budgeting and shopping, he...
01/08/2021

#UCCE in Tulare County offered families virtual cooking classes to teach about food planning, budgeting and shopping, healthy foods, food safety practices and physical activity. The program is part of the federally funded Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, nutrition education for low-income populations. https://ucanr.edu/News/?routeName=newsstory&postnum=45585

Avocado production is declining in San Diego County.“This is mainly because of the expansion of urban development that h...
01/05/2021

Avocado production is declining in San Diego County.

“This is mainly because of the expansion of urban development that has increased the cost of producing the crop and especially the cost of water, reaching to up to $2,000 per acre feet in 2020,” said Etaferahu Takele, UC Cooperative Extension farm management advisor for Southern California. She has co-authored a cost study of high-density planting of avocados showing increased profitability per acre.

https://bit.ly/359cBct

To prepare for wildfires, "We haven't created as much integration as we can," Yana Valachovic, forestry advisor for UC C...
01/01/2021
True Cost of Wildfires: Thousands Dead, and $150 Billion in Economic Losses | KQED

To prepare for wildfires, "We haven't created as much integration as we can," Yana Valachovic, forestry advisor for UC Cooperative Extension - Humboldt/Del Norte Counties tells KQED. She sees opportunities in integrating wildfire preparation with public health planning.

https://www.kqed.org/news/11853218/true-cost-of-wildfires-thousands-dead-and-150-billion-in-economic-losses

How Can California Be Better Prepared for Wildfires? This year California saw some of the most destructive wildfires in state history, blazes that when combined scorched more than three million acres. Fires also destroyed or damaged thousands of structures and killed dozens of people. Guest: Yana Va...

Even without a pandemic, senior members of our communities face food insecurity and isolation, says Mary Blackburn. "Cal...
12/24/2020

Even without a pandemic, senior members of our communities face food insecurity and isolation, says Mary Blackburn.

"Call elders living alone to ask about their well-being. Having a conversation with them in person – while standing outside their door, distanced and wearing your mask – helps keep them connected. Offer to assist them, using all COVID-19 precautions," the UC Cooperative Extension nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor for Alameda County writes.

http://bit.ly/2WHY1o0

We will be closed for the winter holiday season from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1. Looking forward to seeing you in 2021.
12/23/2020

We will be closed for the winter holiday season from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1. Looking forward to seeing you in 2021.

Ag Pass is a program developed in Ventura County to identify ranchers to firefighters, law enforcement and other emergen...
12/21/2020

Ag Pass is a program developed in Ventura County to identify ranchers to firefighters, law enforcement and other emergency personnel so they can allow them onto their property to rescue animals and identify access roads and water sources.

UC Cooperative Extension's Matthew Shapero and Max Moritz have written a publication to guide people who would like to create an Ag Pass Program for wildfire preparedness in their own locale.

"The last few fire seasons have made a program like the Ag Pass more urgent than ever, especially as awareness of wildfire’s impacts to agriculture has grown," Shapero said. "We hope that this publication provides localities with a workable blueprint that will expedite the adoption of this or similar programs."

http://bit.ly/2JaxIDH Photo by Dave Daley

Put mistletoe to good use during the holidays. It's harmful to trees. Cutting it out annually is better than leaving it ...
12/21/2020

Put mistletoe to good use during the holidays. It's harmful to trees. Cutting it out annually is better than leaving it to grow and spread. Learn more about mistletoe control from UC's Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program. http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7437.html

"On my last day in Salinas, I met a grower named Mark Mason just off Highway 101, which cuts the valley in two, and foll...
12/21/2020

"On my last day in Salinas, I met a grower named Mark Mason just off Highway 101, which cuts the valley in two, and followed him to a nine-acre block of celery featuring a tidy tower of meteorological equipment in the center. The equipment is owned by NASA, part of a joint project with the University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources cooperative extension office, or UCANR."

...Mason and a handful of other growers are working with UCANR on a software platform called Crop Manage, designed to ingest weather and soil data and deliver customized recommendations on irrigation and fertilizer use for each crop.

Photo by Lucas Foglia
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Don't miss the science-based, family-friendly videos posted on the #ucdavis Biodiversity Museum Month website. Learn about #nematodes, #butterflies, moths, #millipedes and #arachnids and more! Faculty, staff, and doctoral students are fantastic! #BugSquad https://bit.ly/3acjQDy
#Ants! Here's why they're amazing. The Phil Ward lab at #ucdavis is planning two virtual programs on ants for #ucdavis Biodiversity Museum Month; one from 11 a.m. to noon on Feb. 13 and the other from 11 a.m. to noon on Feb. 20. Family friendly programs! Don't miss these. Says doctoral candidate Jill Oberski: “Ants are amazing because they're way more diverse than most people realize. Some are huge, some are tiny, some are blue or green, and a lot of them have crazy spines. There are ants that run farms with crops and livestock, and ants that can build bridges and survive floods, and ants that live in the highest treetops and never touch the ground.” Presenters: Professor Phil Ward and doctoral students Jill Oberski, Zach Griebenow and Ziv Lieberman. @bioDivDay #BugSquad https://bit.ly/371Y9Uy
Learn about those incredible #orchid bees at family-friendly #ucdavis Biodiversity Museum program on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2 to 3 p.m. Postdoctoral researcher Nick Saleh of Santiago Ramirez lab, to discuss social behavior of bees, especially orchids. Five fascinating facts about bees? Saleh says: 1. There are around 200 species of orchid bees. 2. Orchid bee males make species-specific perfumes from fragrances collected from a variety of sources (including, but not limited to orchids). 3. Orchid bees are hugely important pollinators in the neotropical region. 4. Orchid bees are corbiculate bees, the group which also contains honey bees, bumblebees, and stingless bees. Orchid bees have typically been considered solitary bees, but we now know they can have a diversity of simple social behaviors, @BioDivDay See Zoom link info and more info on #BugSquad blog https://bit.ly/2MGLboB
All aboard! Don't miss these science-based talks and demonstrations offered during the #ucdavis Biodiversity Museum Month program in February. Free and family friendly. Learn about bees, ants, cacao tree or chocolate tree, raptors, and more! It's been UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day for nine years. This year, due to COVID-19 pandemic, it's going virtual and it will be month-long. @BioDivDay https://bit.ly/3jxqgAe
An amazing sculpture of a #tardigrade, aka water bear, installed at Bohart Museum of Entomology, #ucdavis. The work of Solomon Basshoff, the concrete sculpture weighs 2,112 pounds and is 6 feet long and nearly 3 feet high. A cuddly campus landmark! “I'm not aware of any other statue of a water bear anywhere,” said Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum and a UC Davis professor of entomology. https://bit.ly/2Oj83uK
UC Davis postdoctoral researcher Kathy Darragh will discuss “All About Heliconius Butterflies” at noon today (Feb. 8) as part of the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Month. Link to https://bit.ly/3q0KiWf for Zoom access. She will discuss and answer questions about Heliconius tropical butterflies, found from Mexico through Central and South America. She will cover her work in the tropics, tropical butterflies, and their life cycle. A pre-recorded version of her talk is in Spanish at https://bit.ly/3q0KIvN. A YouTube link will be provided soon. Darragh is the lead author of a Jan. 19, 2021 study published in PLOS Biology that examines how butterflies produce a strongly scented chemical in their genitals that they leave behind after sex to deter other males from mating with the female. See more at https://bit.ly/3tD8KiD
How complex is that cup of #Joe? UC Santa Cruz agroecologist Estelí Jiménez-Soto to present #ucdavis virtual seminar at 4:10 p.m. Feb. 10 on "A Complex Cup of Joe: Biodiversity, Pest Control, Political Ecologies in Mexican Coffee Agroforests." #BugSquad https://bit.ly/3pYgeuu
#ucdavis medical entomologist/geneticist Geoffrey Attardo: targeting the reproductive cycle of the tsetse fly. Fascinating work and so crucial. #BugSquad https://bit.ly/3tmJtZQ
Don't miss the #ucdavis virtual seminar on insect/plant interactions by conservation biologist Shalene Jha of the University of Texas at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3. Topic: "Plant-Insect Interactions and Ecosystem Services in the Context of Global Change." Think bees and why they matter. Can you identify these bees? See #BugSquad https://bit.ly/3oK3F4v
It's all about the birds and the bees and the flowers and the...#ucdavis Crowdfunding underway this month for Biodiversity Museum Day (Month), Bee Garden and California Master Beekeeper Program. Let's help them out! #BugSquad https://bit.ly/3cJZGmf
The almonds are starting to bloom in California. First the blossoms, then the bees, then the orchards in full bloom. Almonds blooming in Benicia. Ready for the almond pollination season? #BugSquad https://bit.ly/3taHYOb
What makes a fungus turn an ant into a zombie? Researcher Charissa de Bekker of the University of Central Florida to present virtual seminar at #ucdavis at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 : "What Makes a Zombie Ant Tick?” #BugSquad blog https://bit.ly/39gw7pT