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April 19, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Congratulations Ashley Dixon
  3. CYFAR Grant Awarded
  4. WRRC Special Event
  5. CCT Workshop Wednesdays: Dates and times in R
  6. Discovery Fridays - Developing Regional Partnerships: Science, Conservation and Culture
  7. New Extension Publications
  8. Are you Preparing a Dossier for Promotion in 2022?

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

Last week, Extension administration met with Extension Specialists on campus and via Zoom. My targeted outcome for the meeting was to connect with our departmental Extension faculty as Extension concludes our economic impact assessment and moves toward developing a statewide needs assessment and strategic plan. I believe our connection with academic departments within UArizona is an essential part of Arizona Extension. As an Extension Specialist myself with the Biosystems Engineering Department, I am well aware that we need to work to ensure our campus academic departments are kept updated and engaged in our statewide Extension mission. This collaboration and cooperation with departments allows Arizona Extension to take full advantage of our institutional expertise and knowledge base.


Ashley Dixon, Assistant Area Agent in Gila County was nominated and selected for the Early Career Scholar Award!! Five winners were selected campus-wide, so Ashley is among an elite group of University faculty. This award recognizes early career faculty who are at the forefront of their disciplines and make highly valued contributions to the teaching, creative activity, and service priorities set out in the University’s Strategic Plan’s Five Pillars. Recipients receive a one-time allocation of $5,000 in University funds to facilitate further work within their discipline. Please join us in congratulating our colleague for this prestigious recognition of excellence.

2022 Faculty Award Winners

CYFAR Grant Awarded

Dan McDonald and team have been awarded a NIFA Children, Youth, and Families at Risk Sustainable Community Projects (CYFAR-SCP) five-year, $640,000 grant for their project, Reducing Family Stress. This project aims to address family stressors associated with parenting of teens and financial socialization. Ashley Dixon (Gila County) and Debbie Curley (Pima County) will work with Noel Wilkinson (TCAI Program Coordinator) and the evaluation team from Community Research, Evaluation & Development (CRED): Michele Walsh, Madeleine de Blois, and Violeta Dominguez, to develop, deliver, and evaluate programming in the communities of Miami and South Tucson, Arizona.

WRRC Upcoming Special Event

Special Event: Counter Mapping Articulates What is Between

Jim Enote, CEO, Colorado Plateau Foundation

05/02/2022 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm Arizona Time

Register for the webinar

As a lifelong farmer, land and water practitioner, natural resources manager, and museum director, Jim Enote has thought hard about maps and mapping by challenging how we think about, use, and view maps.

Coming to us virtually from his home in Zuni, New Mexico, Jim will talk about his experiences with maps and new approaches to map-making. But first, we would like to share a short film featuring Jim to introduce the idea of counter-mapping.

Counter maps appear from neglected spaces, forgotten peoples, intervals of crisis and rapture, and in the pattern languages of our lives.

CCT Workshop Wednesdays: Dates and times in R

Instructor: Jessica Guo
Date and time: April 27, 11am - 1pm, virtual

Objective: Understand and utilize date and time objects in R

Ever get stuck when reading in or converting dates and times in R? April's workshop will introduce how dates and times are represented in R. We will also explore time zone conversions and date-time components with the 'lubridate' package. Please bring any challenges with dates and times that have stymied you in the past, as the workshop will end with a help session. 

Software: R/RStudio, 'dplyr', 'readr', and 'lubridate'  

Register here

Discovery Fridays

Developing Regional Partnerships: Science, Conservation and Culture

University of Arizona
Santa Rita Experimental Range 
April 29th 2022, 10:00-11:00AM

Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance

Please join us as we explore the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area (SCVNHA). A newly designated National Heritage Area.The Santa Cruz Valley has been congressionally recognized for its natural and cultural beauties and wonders. The SCVNHA honors and celebrates the natural environment, cultural traditions, historic places, and working landscapes of the watershed of the Santa Cruz River in Pima and Santa Cruz counties in southern Arizona. One of the most unique regions of the world, the SCVNHA is filled with captivating landscapes from the sky islands to the desert seas and unique features such as birding sites and cultural focuses. Join our lecture to learn all about the SCVNHA and the things that make our region so special.

Please use this link to register for the free webinar:

New Extension Publications

This paper outlines a method for producing early season cantaloupes that has been used commercially in the desert southwest since the early 1900s. Yuma beds are sloped, south-facing, raised beds that capture solar radiation and heat the soil more effectively than traditional flat beds. The added heat increases germination vigor and provides frost protection for melons started in the cold months of late winter.       

What You Should Know About Kissing Bugs
Shujuan (Lucy) Li,  Dawn H. Gouge,  Irene Ruberto, Shaku Nair, Al Fournier and W. Eugene Hall

Kissing bugs are large, dark brown or black true bugs, belonging in the insect Order Hemiptera. Some species have patterns and markings on their abdomen, which vary by species. As adults they range in size from 0.5 to over 1 inch (13.0 to 33.0 mm) in length. Kissing bugs get their name because these insects often bite people while they are sleeping, and often bite around the mouth or on the face. They are also known as triatomine bugs, conenose bugs, and Hualapai (or Wallapai) tigers. Although kissing bugs are in the same insect order as bed bugs and both feed on blood, they have different life histories.

Are you Preparing a Dossier for Promotion in 2022?

Beginning on Monday, March 28th, Asst. Dean for Faculty Advancement Jean McLain will be offering “Dossier Preparation Office Hours,” open to everyone preparing a dossier for promotion or retention, their supervisors, and support staff.

When: Weekly on Mondays, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM

Where: Zoom,  https://arizona.zoom.us/j/2279458173

These office hours will address procedural questions, such as organizing materials appropriately so reviewers can find them, what information goes where, and how to upload the sections into the online template.

If you are NOT available during that time period on Mondays but you would like to meet with the Asst. Dean, please reach out to her at mclainj@arizona.edu to find a time that works.

TEN Submittal Process

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

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