February 13, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. TODAY @ 1:30 -- Q&A with Dr. Silvertooth
  3. Welcome Russ Engel
  4. Garden Kitchen Cook Book Signing
  5. 4-H Coconino National Youth Science Day
  6. 2018 Promotion Workshops
  7. CEAC Seminar
  8. Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series
  9. WRRC Announcements
  10. Joint Council on Extension Professionals
  11. County Agent Peer Review Q & A
  12. New Publication
  13. Range Livestock Nutrition Workshops
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

All of our program areas in the Cooperative Extension System (CES) have their own unique challenges.  However, I often think that the CES professionals working in 4-H Youth Development have some of the greatest obstacles and challenges. 

One can find the 4-H definition on the national website: “In 4‑H, we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We are America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime.”

Our 4-H professionals are teaching the values of honesty, self-discipline, teamwork, civic responsibility, and leadership.  Therefore, the 4-H professionals have the obligation and the challenge of teaching skills that have a fundamental morality at their core.  In teaching and advocating these skills, it is incumbent on 4-H professionals to demonstrate those skills by their own actions.  The youth in the 4-H programs and the adults in the communities hold our Extension professionals accountable for these same values and skills.

As we search for a new 4-H Program Director in the CES, it is important that we are mindful of these expectations and demands placed on our 4-H professionals.  The successful candidate to this position must demonstrate the values and skills that 4-H programs serve to teach. 

Welcome Russ Engel

Our new Yuma County Extension Director started this week. We are glad to have Russ aboard.  You can reach Russ at russengel@email.arizona.edu

Mark you calendar -TODAY

It’s *YOUR* chance to ask the Director of Cooperative Extension, *YOUR* questions.

Another “Quarterly Live Q&A Webinar” is coming up.. February 13, 2018 from 1:30-2:30
Register here for the event 

Submit your question(s), here
**Putting your name in, is optional*** 

The Garden Kitchen Cook Book Signing

March 6, 2018, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join us for the release of our cookbook and an evening of tastes, wine, and a food demonstration featuring Janos Wilder and Jenn Parlin, Director of The Garden Kitchen!  There will be an opportunity to buy The Garden Kitchen cookbook ($25) and have it signed.  Tickets are $20 and include wine and tastes throughout the evening. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets early!

All the proceeds from your purchase of the cookbook support The Garden Kitchen’s free programming for low income audience.  Thank you for helping us to continue to educate and empower families.

For more information please visit our website at: http://thegardenkitchen.org/event/garden-kitchen-cook-book-signing-carriage-house-featuring-janos-wilder/

2017 4-H Coconino County Cooperative Extension National Youth Science Day

4-H National Youth Science Day – took place on November 2nd at the Coconino Cooperative Extension County office in Flagstaff AZ.  Kim Horn, 4-H Program Coordinator, hosted the 2017 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) “Incredible Wearables” challenge in partnership with Dr. Gerardo “Jerry” Lopez – U of Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist 4-H STEM with the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. Twelve youth, ranging from 4th to 9th grades, participated in small teams to learn about “Incredible Wearables” and successfully design, build, test and refine their wearable health monitor devices.

The 4-H NYSD connects young people from around the world in an exciting, interactive learning experience in the form of a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) challenge.  This year’s 4-H NYSD challenge focused on “Incredible Wearables”, where youth were led to work together in small engineering teams to build a functioning health monitor using a small computer and low-cost sensors.  Once the health monitors were built, the youth collected and analyzed body temperature, heart rate, and step data that was wirelessly transmitted to iPads.  Health monitoring is just one area of wearable technologies.  By studying 4-H STEM subjects, youth obtain knowledge that can lead to future careers as adults in science, technology, engineering, and math. Please contact Jerry at lopezg3@email.arizona.edu if you would like to offer this fantastic NYSD activity to your 4-H members.

2018 Promotion Workshops

The Spring 2018 Workshops for promotion schedule has been released.  The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs initiates the mandatory promotion process by conducting the following workshops each Spring.  

Going Up for Full

Friday, February 23, 8:30-10:00 am, Biological Sciences West Building, Room 301, RSVP here.

This workshop will include panel and table discussions of how to document your programs of work.  We will discuss how to document your leadership of administrative and service initiatives to demonstrate impact.  The discussion will take note of The Modern Language Association’s Standing Still survey of the career patterns of associate professors, including female faculty.  Female faculty sometimes face disproportionate service demands that can delay advancement to full professor, as discussed in The Ivory Ceiling of Service Work and in broader accounts of the challenges facing mid-career faculty such as “Why are associate professors so unhappy?” 
Making a Statement

Wednesday, February 28, 8:00-9:30 am, Old Main Building, Silver and Sage Room, RSVP here.

To get started on preparing the Candidate Statements that introduce Promotion Dossiers, participants in this workshop will work in small groups to discuss sample Candidate Statements. Candidate Statements are vital to outlining the impact of candidates’ service, teaching, and research.  They play an especially important role in documenting the sorts of community-based scholarship, partnerships, and outreach that are highlighted in our Inclusive View of Scholarship. Candidate Statements provide an opportunity for associate professors to discuss their institutional leadership and impact.
Preparing the Promotion Dossier

Thursday, April 12, 8:00-9:15 am, Old Main Building, Silver and Sage Room, no RSVP required.

The Annual Workshop on Promotion, Tenure, and Continuing Status provides an overview of the review process for candidates, committee members, staff, and administrators.  We will review the parts of the dossier and the ways they can be used to document and assess the quality and impact of candidates.  To get the most out of the workshop, participants should review our Guide to the Promotion Process and the Promotion Dossier template.

Using Teaching and Outreach Portfolios to Document Impact

Monday, April 23, 3:00-4:30 pm, Old Main Building, Silver and Sage Room, RSVP here.

The University’s Inclusive View of Scholarship recognizes the integral relations among research, teaching, service, and outreach.  To enable candidates to document their broader contributions, promotion dossiers include teaching portfolios, protocols for classroom observations, and an optional service and outreach portfolio (required for P&CS) which candidates can use to document their broader leadership.  In this workshop, we will also note our support for preparing teaching portfolios.

Promotion Opportunities for Faculty not on the Tenure Track

Wednesday, April 25, 2:00-3:30 pm, Old Main Building, Silver and Sage Room, RSVP here.

UHAP Chapter 3 was recently updated to clarify promotion processes and possible timelines for faculty not on the tenure track. This workshop provides a hands-on opportunity to learn about resources and strategies for engaging in conversations with supervisors about promotion. The Faculty Senate’s Nontenure Track workgroup will discuss some of the issues that have been raised by faculty across campus, and go over the kinds of materials you may want or need to prepare for a promotion review. Additionally, experienced heads will offer advice on how to use the promotion review process to document your contributions and effectiveness.

Controlled Environment Ag Center Seminar – This Friday!

The next installment of CEAC’s “Covering Environments” seminar series will be held Friday Feb 16th from 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM in the CEAC Lecture Room.  We will host Sindhuja Sankaran, PhD (Asst Prof; Dept of Biological Systems Engineering Washington State University) for her presentation is titled “Applying Advanced Sensing Technologies & Data Mining for High-Throughput In-Field & Postharvest Crop Phenotyping”.  A networking, get acquainted session, with light refreshments, will take place between 3:45 to 4:15 pm at the CEAC lecture room (1951 E Roger Rd, Tucson). A Q&A period will follow the talk.  If you are unable to attend in person, the seminar series will be available via the web.  Register here

Join us for the CALS Spring Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series

Mark your calendar for the next presentation by Dr. Teresa Brett - ‘Creating More Inclusive Environments for Students: Countering Micro-aggressions’

In this session, she will discuss the concept of microaggressions, how they contribute to a larger campus climate for students, and ways to counter and create a more inclusive environment that supports student success. Participants will explore types, examples, and impacts of microaggressions, as well as resources and support for navigating the environment.

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 21 from noon – 1 pm

Location: Forbes Building, Room 124A (basement) OR via webinar: https://tinyurl.com/springcalsperspectives

WRRC Announcements


Friday, February 16, 2018  3:30 – 5:00pm

WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 n. Campbell Ave.)

WRRC Brown Bag Seminar - Binational Studies of the Transboundary San Pedro and Santa Cruz Aquifers

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:00pm-1:15pm


Jacob Petersen-Perlman, Research Analyst, University of Arizona WRRC

James Callegary, Hydrologist, USGS Arizona Water Sciences Center

Elia Tapia, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arizona WRRC

Link to attend remotely https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8286039861952661505
WRRC Brown Bag Seminar - How myths and misinformation stand in the way of solving our water problems

Thursday, February 22, 2018

4:00 -5:00pm ENR2 S 107 (1064 E. Lowell St.)

Please note special time and location

Speaker:  John Fleck, Director, University of New Mexico Water Resources Program

Video will be posted after seminar.

JCEP Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Registration is open for the JCEP 2018 Leadership Conference Virtual Town Hall Meeting which will be broadcast on Wednesday, February 14th from 1:00-2:30 PM EST.
Registration is required for participation in the Virtual Town Hall Meeting.
The link to register is:  http://bit.ly/2018JCEPVTHM 

County Agent Peer Review Q & A Session
On Thursday, February 15, from 2:00 to 3:00, the Extension Peer Review Guidance Committee will hold a Q & A session for county agents to clarify any ambiguities in the review criteria. This will be especially helpful for newer agents conducting peer reviews. The committee recommends that agents start their reviews and note any items that need clarification. Questions may be sent in advance to any of the committee members (please respect the confidentiality of the review process and refrain from providing identifiable information when posing questions). Committee members will provide responses during the session.


Committee members: Dan McDonald (mcdonald@email.arizona.edu), Mike Hauser (mhauser@ag.arizona.edu), Amy Parrott (aparrott@ag.arizona.edu), Ayman Mostafa (ayman@email.arizona.edu), Traci Armstrong Florian (tarmstro@email.arizona.edu)

New Publication

Stripe Rust of Small Grains

Jiahaui Hu, Michael J. Ottman

Stripe rust was reported for the first time on barley in Arizona in 1993. Stripe rust could develop into a serious disease in Arizona if it becomes established on native grasses and weather conditions allow the fungus to proliferate. The disease is caused by the basidiomycete fungus Puccinia striiformis. Stripe rust appears as yellow orange stripes between the veins of the leaf blades. The disease increases water use, shrivels the grain, and decreases yield. The fungus is an obligate parasite because it can survive and reproduce only on live hosts. Mild winters and cooler wet weather in the spring favor development of the disease. Host plant resistance is the most effective means to manage the disease. However, the fungus evolves rapidly and different races can occur from one year to the next and might overcome resistance. A number of fungicides are labeled to control the disease but scouting and early detection are crucial for timely applications of fungicides to achieve effective control. Publication Number: AZ1755-2018

Range Livestock Nutrition Workshops

Registration for the 2018 Range Livestock Nutrition Workshop series is now open. This one-day workshop includes presentations focused on Arizona beef cattle production. Presentations will be included on beef cow nutrition, record management, herd health and feed management. Presenters will comprise University of Arizona Extension Specialists in beef and range, as well as industry representatives. We have three locations and will also be including a BQA certification course at each location.

March 6, 2018 in Holbrook, AZ

March 7, 2018 in Prescott, AZ

March 8, 2018 in Sierra Vista, AZ

For more information go to https://acbs.cals.arizona.edu/bqa/

Registration Fee: $25 including lunch

Registration closes February 26, 2018
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