May 25, 2021
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. International Conference Addressing the Environmental Challenges of Arid Lands
  3. Water Research Grant Proposals Solicited
  4. Spring 2021 UArizona Campus Frontline Worker Wellbeing Survey
  5. Nutritional Sciences Department Full-time Lecturer Job Opening
  6. International Watersheds Coping with Climate Hazards; Twin-City Solutions at Ambos Nogales and San Diego–Tijuana - WRRC Brown Bag Webinar
  7. Program Manager - Arizona Meteorological Network
  8. Arizona 4-H Presents
  9. Clover Ball
  10. Arizona Project WET Director
  11. Diabetes and Heart Health: Lower Your Risk!

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

The mission of the Cooperative Extension System (CES) is central to the development and delivery of any program.

The primary consideration should include: “How does this help us accomplish the CES mission?”  The Arizona CES mission is stated very directly as:

To engage with people through applied research and education to improve lives, families, communities, the environment, and economies in Arizona and beyond.

In very simple terms, our mission is:

To bring the university to the people and bring science to bear on practical problems.

The practical problems and points of delivery change consistently over time, but our mission remains the same.  The program objectives we pursue should be in line with the issues and problems that exist in the communities where we work and should be identified in close cooperation with local stakeholders.

In the CES, the driving force in developing and delivering programs should not be what is academically interesting or currently popular.  It is critical to maintain an orientation on what is needed in the counties and communities where we work and deliver solid, science-based Extension programs. 

The CES is moving in a good direction when we are working collaboratively with local stakeholders and striving to accomplish the fundamental CES mission.

For reference to the status of the Cooperative Extension Phased Operational Plan and brief phase management descriptions, please refer to the following link:

Three-day International Conference    

Addressing the Environmental Challenges of Arid Lands
24-26 May 2021

Daily schedule: 
8:00-11:00 PDT, 11:00-14:00 EDT, 18:00-21:00 Israel/Jordan 

Day 1:
Water and Agriculture

Day 2: Land and Natural Environment 

Day 3:  Forests and Fire

Agenda              Conference Website               Flyer

Water Research Grant Proposals Solicited

The US Geological Survey has issued its annual call for National Competitive Grants Program 104(g) proposals to support research on water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature, beyond those of concern only to a single state. The maximum grant request is $250,000 per project for projects of one to three years in duration. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources.

Any investigator at an institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended. The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) is the designated Water Research Institute for the State of Arizona.

Arizona applications are due to the WRRC by 5:00 PM MST, June 14, 2021.

View the RFP

Please submit proposals by email to: 
Michael Seronde, WRRC Program Manager 
For information please email.

Spring 2021 UArizona Campus Frontline Worker Wellbeing Survey

Thanks to the hard work of you and hundreds of other UArizona employees, we have wrapped up one of the most difficult academic years and are set to be fully in-person in Fall 2021. We are a team of researchers seeking to understand the long-term health and wellbeing impacts of the COVID pandemic on frontline workers in the academic setting.

We are currently recruiting for a study focusing on the concerns, needs, and experiences of UArizona employees who have been working on the frontlines during the pandemic. We are recruiting individuals who are: 
·  Working any part of their job on-site at UArizona facilities AND
·  In personal contact with students, visitors, or colleagues on a routine basis.

If you decide to participate, you will complete the 5-10-minute, anonymous, online survey which is linked below in this email. You will also be asked to provide your email address if you are interested in participating in future studies. The survey can be completed via computer or mobile device. After completion of the survey, you will have the opportunity to be included in a random drawing of 80 winners for $50 Target gift cards.

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and your answers are confidential.

Your vital input will be used to understand our Wildcat community’s concerns and ultimately inform campus re-entry strategies and employee support services.

Click HERE to participate in the Spring 2021 Worker Wellbeing Study by May 27th, 2021.

Please contact us at for more information. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our campus community.

Nutritional Sciences Department Full-time Lecturer Job Opening

The Department of Nutritional Sciences at The University of Arizona is seeking a Full-time (Benefits eligible) Lecturer for the 2021-2022 academic year beginning Fall 2021. Applicants should have a broad knowledge of nutrition and dietetics.  

This is a career-track faculty position and is not tenure-eligible; however, career-track faculty at UArizona have a defined pathway for advancement, which you can learn more about, here: Career-Track Faculty | UA Faculty Affairs ( 

Minimum Qualifications: MS in Nutritional Sciences, Food Systems or related field. 

Preferred Qualifications: RDN credential, college-level teaching experience including in-person and online, experience with course management systems such as Desire2Learn. 

To access the complete job posting, please visit:  

International Watersheds Coping with Climate Hazards; Twin-City Solutions at Ambos Nogales and San Diego–Tijuana - WRRC Brown Bag Webinar

Thursday, June 17, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm MST

Speaker: Laura M. Norman, PhD, Supervisory Research Physical Scientist, US Geological Survey, Western Geographic Science Center

Current climate scenario predictions identify the US-Mexico border as a "hot spot" of climate change, both in relation to increased rainfall intensity and increased temperatures. Twin city areas in the transboundary setting have long histories of management that rely on mutual dependency. Appropriate land use, watershed management, and flood-attenuation plans are critical, yet challenging, especially in cross-border urban areas. Collaboration is imperative for binational sustainable development. This talk summarizes methodologies for predicting watershed response associated with land use and climate change, within a spatial and temporal context. Hydrological modeling will be presented to assess flood vulnerability, simulate the impact of land-use change, and evaluate the impact of potential flood-control interventions. Cross-border geospatial data acquisition and input to models will be described. Results from this research are being used to promote mutualist solutions in Ambos Nogales and San Diego-Tijuana.

Registration Information:
Register for and join this webinar:
The WRRC hosts its Brown Bag Webinars using Zoom. Attendees will be able to ask questions using the Zoom chat function.

To request an alternate format of this webinar for disability-related access, please contact us at

Program Manager – Arizona Meteorological Network

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension invites applicants for an Associate in Extension/Program Manager position to direct the Arizona Meteorological Network (AZMET). AZMET is a real-time network of meteorological stations and is the basis for numerous agricultural and biometorological information products that support agricultural, turfgrass, and general irrigation and water use planning across the region. The AZMET program manager will direct the program and help oversee the installation and maintenance of meteorological stations, data collection and stewardship, and development of information products. In addition, this position supervises program employees and is responsible for fundraising and finding support for the program.

Minimum qualifications for the position include Bachelor’s degree, preferably a Master’s degree in atmospheric or earth sciences or related scientific discipline. Additional qualifications include skills in data management and stewardship, information product development, strong communication skills, and experience with procuring program support. 

Find the posting online at

Arizona 4-H Presents 

June 9 | 1:00 PM

Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation proudly presents an afternoon with National 4-H Council board member Lazarus Lynch, a stellar 4-H alum who discovered his passion for cooking at a young age. His fun, charming, down-to-earth approach to cooking has connected him with thousands across the globe and continues to inspire the next generation of soulful cooks. Lazarus will speak about how being a part of 4-H helped him turn his spark into mastery on his journey to become a young entrepreneur, author, influencer, musician, and multimedia host. 

Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation invites you to join us virtually at the conclusion of Arizona 4-H Summit for the celebratory showcase known as Arizona 4-H Presents. All 4-H members who participate in this year’s AZ 4-H Summit will partake in a problem-solving challenge to make their communities better. During the AZ 4-H Summit, small groups of participants will work collectively to identify an issue affecting their local community. They will then create a sustainable action plan to address the subject. On the last day of the Summit, selected participants will share their action plans to a broader audience via livestream.

This event will be open to those attending Arizona 4-H Summit and will be livestreamed online for those who wish to join virtually from the comfort of their homes.

Register for your free tickets:

Clover Ball

June 5 | 6:00 PM

The Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation proudly presents Arizona 4-H Clover Ball, an uplifting event of recognition and celebration in which we recognize our outstanding 4-H youth, volunteers, staff, and alumni. Each project, program, event, and positive youth experience is a culmination of the dedication and support of so many people in the 4-H community. This is a closed audience event and will be livestreamed for those who wish to attend from the comfort of their homes.

Register for your free tickets:

Arizona Project WET Director

The Extension Manager II position is responsible for the management of the Arizona Project WET (APW) Program within University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. In this role the incumbent leads outreach, extension, and engagement efforts with external communities to extend and apply the water education knowledge, expertise, and resource capabilities to improve local, state, and regional economic interests related to Cooperative Extension. Specifically, APW develops water stewardship and STEM literacy by providing teacher professional development that evolves instructional practice and deepens content knowledge, direct student outreach that delivers or extends classroom learning, and community engagement. The incumbent will supervise UA staff located across the state of Arizona as well as UA students and UA Wildcat Corps Americorps members. The Extension Manager will also liaise with senior level city and state leaders in water resource management to sustain and grow the program and funding. 

Minimum qualifications for the position include Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study and 5 years of related work experience, including 2 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience. 

Diabetes and Heart Health: Lower Your Risk!

The Your Diabetes, Your Heart course aims to help people with diabetes stay healthier. This 1.5 hour course will be offered over Zoom (statewide) or in person (select counties).

After the lesson, you will: 
      Understand what diabetes is.
    •  Know about its link to heart disease and stroke.
    •  Understand how to take charge of your health to reduce your risk.

Statewide over Zoom.
In person: Graham, Pinal, Navajo Nation, White Mountain Apache, Yuma

Register here:

Dates: TBD – offered multiple times, May through August 2021
            Zoom: May 27th at 12pm
                       June 30th at 12pm

Contact: Vanessa da Silva or 520-621-1584

Cost: FREE

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