September 29, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Live Q&A with Dr. Silvertooth
  3. FCHS/SNAP-Ed Associate Director Candidate Zoom Presentation
  4. New Extension Publication
  5. Climate and Arizona’s Future
  6. Bark Beetles in Arizona Webinar
  7. WRRC Student Research Support Opportunity

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

In the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) we have several forums coming up in the next few weeks that will provide opportunities for engagement and exchange for all members of the organization. 

A Q&A webinar session will be held this afternoon, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  We conduct these Q&A webinars several times each year to provide CES personnel an opportunity to submit questions, suggestions and start conversations on subjects that are important across the CES.  It has been more than two months since our last Q&A webinar session and we certainly have a lot going on in this organization and many things to discuss.  I welcome your participation and questions. Register for the event here and submit any questions you may have.

We are conducting the 2020 Extension Conference virtually beginning Monday, 5 October and will continue through Thursday, 8 October followed by association meetings scheduled for Friday, 9 October.  The conference allows for engagement, learning, and sharing.  I encourage everyone to attend as much as possible during this first full week of October.

We are continuing the transition of the organization to levels of greater group and inter-personal operations in a stepwise fashion with five phases.  An update on our current organizational status can be found at:

Your continued cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Q&A with Dr.  Silvertooth


September 29, 1:30pm

FCHS/SNAP-Ed Associate Director Candidate Presentation Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, September 30
8:00 – 9:15am
Laura E. Balis, PhD

Join Zoom Meeting:
Password: 370117

Evaluation survey for Dr. Balis can be found here.
Dr. Balis CV

If you attended the Zoom presentation of Kay Orzech, the evaluation survey for Dr. Orzech can be found here
Dr. Orzech CV

All the candidate presentations will be available to watch and evaluate after the final candidate presents.

New Extension Publication

Glenn C. Wright

Sweet oranges (Citrus x sinensis)  are the most popular citrus variety in the world and are mainly commercially harvested for juice – 75% − rather than for fresh eating − 25%. There is nothing quite like peeling and eating a fruit from one’s own orange tree on a cool winter morning in the desert or enjoying a fresh squeezed glass of orange juice that is far better than anything one can purchase at the supermarket. Sour oranges (Citrus x aurantium) and their subspecies are most often used as ornamental trees since their fruit are not often eaten fresh due to extreme bitterness. Sour orange oil is found in perfume and its peel is the preferred ingredient in marmalade. Whether you prefer sweet oranges or sour ones, choosing the proper variety is the most important first step.

Climate and Arizona’s Future: A Conversation About the Nexus Between Environment, Economy, and Innovation

The Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) is pleased to announce our participation in the webinar Climate and Arizona’s Future: A Conversation About the Nexus Between Environment, Economy, and Innovation on Thursday, October 1, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., MST. A lively panel discussion will focus on the ways changing climate conditions in Arizona impact the state’s water supplies, environment, economic outlook, and quality of life. Panelists are Sharon B. Megdal, Director, UArizona WRRC, Ted Maxwell, President and CEO, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and Joaquin Ruiz, Vice President, UArizona Global Environmental Futures and Director, Biosphere 2.

Speakers will highlight how adaptation and innovation efforts contribute to maintaining water security and ensuring Arizona remains a thriving place to live and work and key opportunities for decision-makers to prioritize and support these efforts. Doran Arik Miller, a public policy consultant specializing in water, energy, and natural resources, will moderate the discussion and following audience questions.

This event is sponsored by UArizona WRRC, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and UArizona Biosphere 2 and is free and open to the public. Sign-up is required.

Bark Beetles in Arizona Webinar

Event Date October 01, 2020 11:00am to 12:00pm 

Bark Beetles in Arizona: Signs, Symptoms, and Identification of Native and Non-native Bark Beetles

 Aly McAlexander is originally from Oregon. Aly attended Southern Oregon University where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Ecology and Conservation. She received her Master’s degree in Botany in June of 2017 from Colorado State University. A majority of Aly’s coursework was focused on Forest Pathology; her thesis research was A survey of foliar fungal endophyte communities of Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine populations in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. After graduating Aly worked as the arborist for Manitou Springs Public Works. Then in the February of 2020 she was offered the position of Forest Health Specialist with Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

Webinar Overview: This presentation is a general overview of the bark beetles found in Arizona. We will discuss both native and nonnative bark beetles found in Arizona; as well as go over the signs and symptoms associated with these beetles. By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to more accurately identify bark beetle infestations and determine which beetle is the culprit. We will also review management options and discuss the new Healthy Forests Cost Share Program the Department of Forestry and Fire Management is offering to private landowners.

Webinar Facilitator: Chris Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative

Extension Zoom Link:
Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.

Cost: Free 
Registration: Not required 

WRRC Student Research Support Opportunity

The University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center invites proposals from students for research grants that address water-related issues of importance to Arizona and the Southwest. Grant funds are provided by the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b) program through the U.S. Geological Survey. The program provides support for research projects that explore new ideas to address water problems in Arizona and expand understanding of water and related phenomena. The entry of new research scientists, engineers, and technicians in the water resources field and education of students through significant involvement in water research are primary program goals.
This year WRRC expects to award two (2) to four (4) grants of up to $10,000 to support student projects. Projects requesting less than $10,000 are encouraged.

Proposals must show a faculty member at one of the three Arizona state universities as the Principal Investigator (PI). The student investigator should be listed as a Co-PI and his or her resume must be included in the proposal package. Proposal guidelines are available on the WRRC website.

Funded projects will start March 1, 2021, contingent on federal budget approval. Project duration is 12 months.

The deadline for proposals is 5:00 pm, Thursday, November 5, 2020.  

For questions contact:
Michael Seronde
Program Coordinator Senior, WRRC
Phone: 520-621-3795 

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