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May 17, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Congratulations - Natalie Brassill and Elise Gornish
  3. SAVE THE DATE for the 18th RISE SYMPOSIUM on November 5, 2022 
  4. Free Crucial Conversations Workshop
  5. Rangeland Monitoring 101 Workshop
  6. Relying on Rural Resilience Webinar
  7. Director, Maricopa Ag Center Experiment Station Opening
  8. New Extension Publication

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

Last Friday, I had the honor of participating in some of the graduation ceremonies and events on campus. I saw the shining smiles of graduates and proud faces and tears of families and friends as each CALS graduate’s name was announced. It was all very heartwarming. One graduate who received an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness, was Louva Dahozy. A former Extension nutritionist, Louva was honored for her work with the Navajo people, teaching nutrition and passing down traditional Navajo recipes. She authored the first Diné food cookbook and was the host of the first Navajo homemakers’ radio program that aired for ten years and covered subjects from culinary medicine to healthy living. At the age of 95, Louva reminded me that we need to keep working hard to get the word out about Extension and our outstanding programs in 4-H and nutrition. She said these programs are needed now more than ever. She certainly made me proud to be working in Extension. Congratulations, Dr. Dahozy – thank you for your contributions to Arizona Extension and for helping so many people for so many years.

Congratulations Extension Award Winners

Dr. Elise Gornish,Cooperative Extension Specialist in Ecological Restoration, School of Natural Resources and the Environment was the winner of the Cooperative Extension Faculty of the Year Award!  Dr. Gornish started at the UA in 2017 and has developed a remarkably active and impactful Extension education and research program in that time. Moreover, Dr. Garnish has built a program that completely integrates Extension, Research and Service in an inclusive manner that embodies the spirit and promise of Cooperative Extension. 

Natalie Brassill, Assistant in Extension, Water Quality, Environmental Science Department, was the winner of the  Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award.  Natalie has worked her way through an MS degree in the Department of Soil Water and Environmental Science to project manager, to research technician, and now Assistant in Extension. It is in this role that Natalie has found her passion.  She not only manages numerous research and extension projects for the Water Quality Program, but also is a constant positive face of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension across the State and Nation.


SAVE THE DATE for the 18th RISE SYMPOSIUM on November 5, 2022 

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the 18th Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems (RISE) Symposium this 05 November 2022 on the University of Arizona campus. We are in the process of inviting speakers and finalizing the program. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months, including a call for poster submissions and the student poster contest  

The Symposium features invited speakers and submitted posters describing recent and on-going research on the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed, the Santa Rita Experimental Range, and other outdoor laboratories in the region. Questions and conversations among presenters and attendees are strongly supported.  

To understand what to expect, visit the web site archive of the Symposium over the past 17 years: http://www.tucson.ars.ag.gov/rise/index.htm. There, you will find pdf files of the talks and posters presented each year.  

Free Crucial Conversations Workshop

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Immunization Conversation.
June 15th at 4:00 PM

Navigating Crucial Conversations Around Immunizations. This workshop is 30 minutes, and the material is relevant to all crucial conversations, not just vaccines

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Rangeland Monitoring 101 Workshop

Please join us on Thursday, May 26, 2022, for a Rangeland Monitoring 101 Workshop at Deep Well Ranch, near Prescott, AZ (8400 N State Rte 89 S). The Workshop is free and lunch will be provided thanks to the generous sponsorship from Triangle and Chino Winds NRCDs. Registration will begin at 9:00 am. 

Public Land Management Agency Professionals and Ranchers are highly encouraged to attend this workshop.

This workshop will cover the fundamental concepts and basics for monitoring rangelands. Topics to be covered include:

     Goals of Monitoring/Key Area Concept
     Ground Rules of Monitoring
   •  Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs) & Terrestrial Ecological System (TES)
     Production & Utilization
     Interpreting Trend Data
     3rd Party Monitoring Programs

Please RSVP to kkudukis@arizona.edu for an accurate lunch count. For additional information or questions, please contact Andrew Brischke at brischke@cals.arizona.edu

An additional workshop is in the planning process for additional information about specific methods, techniques, and field practice for the fall.

Relying on Rural Resilience Webinar:

It Takes Three: Multigenerational Support in Rural Families
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
1pm PST/ 2pm MST/ 3pm CST/ 4pm EST

Click here to check out our webpage and REGISTER today!

If you register, you will receive a reminder email with a link to join prior to the event.

Many rural families, especially those experiencing economic adversity, rely on their extended families for critical support related to financial, health, elder and child care needs.  Multigenerational support is both a potential source of resilience and risk as families balance the needs of multiple generations. Together, participants and presenters will brainstorm strategies to incorporate the roles of multigenerational support in programs that serve rural family members of all ages.

This quarterly webinar series, Relying on Rural Resilience, highlights findings based on 20+ years of research with low-income, rural families across the United States. These results yield powerful information about actions that family outreach professionals can take to promote rural health and resilience. Presenters share key findings from the NC1011/NC1171 HATCH projects that spark facilitated breakout discussion among Extension and other family outreach professionals regarding how the findings can impact YOUR work and families in YOUR rural community.

Participants in this webinar will:
1. Learn about research on multigenerational support networks from the perspectives of rural families.
2. Identify ways to apply these findings to their specific programming and community outreach.
3. Brainstorm strategies to develop resilience in rural families with other outreach professionals.

Featured Presenter: Melissa Barnett, PhD
Associate Professor of Family Studies & Human Development
University of Arizona

Director, Maricopa Ag Center Experiment Station  

The Director is a professional position within the Arizona Experiment Station (AES).  Experiment station units are university-owned assets located across the State whose purpose is to support research, education and public outreach.  This position will lead Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC), which is a 2,100 acre Unit located just outside the town of Maricopa, AZ.   Current research includes crop variety trials, integrated pest management, soil health, water conservation, and large-scale plant phenotyping with LiDAR (https://news.arizona.edu/story/world-s-largest-robotic-field-scanner-now-place). 

The detailed position description and application procedure can be found at

New Extension Publication

Elise S. Gornish, Hannah Farrell, Darin Law and Jennifer Funk

Integrating active restoration into an invasive species treatment plan by seeding or planting with native species that can competitively suppress an invader may help improve weed management outcomes. This occurs because native plants can have traits (methods of accessing resources) that overlap with invasives, restricting invasives from taking up resources such as light and space. How well this approach works, however, is often modified by water availability. This is because plants may respond to changes in water availability by modifying traits-such as root density and size (biomass)-subsequently affecting the magnitude to which they can compete with invasives (Potts et al. 2019). Identifying traits of native species that are competitive against invasive species in dryland systems with varying water availability may help improve weed control outcomes.

TEN Submittal Process

Please submit your news by 4:00pm Monday to TMN [tmn@cals.arizona.edu].

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