Edition Topics

November 22, 2022

  1. Message from the Interim Director of Extension
  2. Ed Talk - December 13th @ 1:30
  3. Cooperative Extension program aims to prevent Type 2 diabetes
  4. Cooperative Extension Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Associate Director Candidate Seminar
  5. Cochise County Cooperative Extension Director Position, Wilcox, Arizona
  6. Workshop Wednesdays: Managing complicated research workflows in R with {targets}
  7. CALS/CES Faculty Council
  8. WRRC Special Event: Water and Agriculture: Chile-Arizona Experience 
  9. Online On-Demand Extension Course
  10. Volunteers needed for a research study of grapes

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

I was honored to be at the donor celebration at the TVF on Saturday. Both Liz and Leza can be very proud of what they created, and many thanks to all our donors who support them and their incredible staff! I also was in Yuma at a YCEDA conference last Wednesday. It was great to hear about all the work being done by Extension. Finally, I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving, and I hope everyone takes some time to enjoy the holiday with friends and family. 

Ed Talk - December 13th @ 1:00


Cooperative Extension program aims to prevent Type 2 diabetes

The Diabetes Prevention Program helps Arizonans lower their risk through classes offered in person and online. "One in 3 adults is estimated to have prediabetes, and most do not know it, which is why it's so important to raise awareness about this disease because it can be prevented," says Vanessa da Silva, state director of the program. 

Cooperative Extension Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Associate Director Seminar

After conducting a nationwide search for a new FCHS Associate Director in Cooperative Extension, we now have a finalist: Dr. Michele Walsh.  On Thursday, November 17th, 2022, she presented her seminar  - My Vision for the Future of Family Consumer and Health Sciences in Arizona.

If you could not attend her seminar, please find it at the Zoom link below.   
   •  Seminar recording

   •  Please respond to the survey.  The survey takes just a few minutes and is due 11/23/2022.
      The search committee values your candid and anonymous input.

   •  Contact Kristie Gallardo for Dr. Walsh's CV

Thank you for your consideration and interest.  The committee looks forward to the survey results.

Cochise County Cooperative Extension Director Position, Wilcox, Arizona

Cochise County Cooperative Extension is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as the County Extension Director (CED), Assistant/Associate/Full Agent within the University of Arizona Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE). This will be a director position with the underlying agent responsibilities. This continuing/continuing eligible position must possess a set of key skills and abilities that ensure a high level of systemwide achievement and a demonstrated experience in leading a multidisciplinary organization. In addition to providing oversite and supervision for all Cochise County Extension programs and operations, the director will interface with stakeholders and be responsible for Cochise County Advisory Board. The job posting may be accessed at Director, Cochise County on the University of Arizona Talent page.  Please contact PCCE Director Claire Zucker at clzucker@arizona.edu or 520-869-8553 if you have any questions. 

Workshop Wednesdays: Managing complicated research workflows in R with {targets}

December 7, 2022 11am - 1pm

As data analysis projects grow, they can get complicated to update and time consuming to re-run. Learn how to save time and reduce confusion by using the targets package to manage your analysis workflow in R.  This workshop will be especially useful to you if 1) you have or plan on writing analysis code that has many long-running (maybe independent) steps and you want to avoid re-running everything whenever you update your data or code, 2) you want your research to be reproducible, but you're struggling as your project gains more data wrangling, analysis, and reporting steps.


CALS/CES Faculty Council

The CALS/CES Faculty Council is tasked to formulate recommendations on how we can more efficiently manage and utilize resources to achieve greater effectiveness in carrying out our three-fold mission of teaching, research and extension. Minutes for all meetings can be found here and major topics discussed in the last monthly meeting include:
   •   Imposition of data storage limits and increased cost for storing research
   •   Centralization of IT support at UITS
   •   Need for transparency in criteria for pay raises
   •   Campus safety

Please contact Extension faculty representatives Debbie Curley and Traci Armstrong Florian if you have any matters that you feel should be brought to the attention of the Council.

WRRC Special Event: "Water and Agriculture: Chile-Arizona Experience"

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
11 am – 1 pm AZ time

The Agricultural Office of the Embassy of Chile in the US and the WRRC are co-hosting the webinar, “Water and Agriculture: Chile-Arizona Experience,” on November 29. Registration is now open for this webinar, which will bring together key stakeholders, decision-makers, scientists, water experts, and others to discuss the developing projects to advance sustainable water resources and agriculture management. The discussion panel will feature a distinguished group of commentators from Chile and Arizona, including the Chilean Embassy’s Agricultural Attaché in the US Andres Rodrigues and CNR – Chile Head of Water Policies Javiera Herrera, along with the Yuma County Water Users Association General Manager Tom Davis, WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal, and other knowledgeable UArizona specialists and researchers. Live translation of the webinar will be provided in both English and Spanish.

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Online On-Demand Extension Courses

Yuma County Cooperative Extension is offering nine online on-demand agricultural education classes. The courses range in content from regenerative agriculture, water status of the Colorado River, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and food safety. Classes count towards satisfying continuing education unit (CEU) requirements of pest control license holders (AZDA, CA-DPR, and CCA). Most of the classes were live lectures from workshops that were recorded and converted to an accredited format requiring in-video questions, no fast-forward option, and a comprehensive quiz. 

There are two ‘educational movies’, also worth CEUs. ‘Compost Handling for Leafy Greens industry’ is a 22 min English/Spanish bilingual movie designed to train farm employees how to make good compost and handle it with food safety in mind. Another movie is called ‘A Day in the Life of a PCA’, and follows around real pest control advisors (PCAs) as they inspect fields for insects. The movie stars Extension Specialist Dr. John Palumbo, helicopter pilot Sirus Keith, and PCAs Macey Keith, Alex Paez, and Gordon Goodwin. The video features ‘choose your own adventure’ technology, where viewers are asked to make choices that result in different video responses (think Black Mirror Bandersnatch or Bear Grylls ‘You vs. Wild).

Courses are open to the public and can be found at www.YumaExtension.com        

Volunteers needed for a research study of grapes

√  Are you 30-65 years of age?
√  Are you in good health?
√  Are you interested in how grapes support
    physiological function?

Interested?  For more information, please call 520-621-5382 or email fbhlab@email.arizona.edu, mention the Grape Study, and leave your name and number

TEN Submittal Process

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

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