November 24, 2020
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Tribal Climate Adaptation Research Project Funding Opportunity
  3. Creating Pollinator Habitats and Conservation Partnerships Webinar
  4. Balancing Water for People and Nature: The Upper San Pedro River- WRRC Brown Bag Webinar
  5. Worker Wellbeing Study
  6. Nominations: 2020/2021 Leadership Fellows Program 

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

If there is ever a time when we all need to take a break, step away from the day to day business and our work, the Thanksgiving holiday for 2020 is certainly a good time to do so.

I encourage everyone in the Cooperative Extension System to take advantage of the official break this week and step away for some peace and quiet.  Be careful and take care of yourselves.

Many thanks for all that you have done in this past year and continue to do.

                                                   Happy Thanksgiving!

Tribal Climate Adaptation Research Project Funding Opportunity

The Northwest and Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Centers (NW CASC, SW CASC) invite statements of interest for tribal climate adaptation research projects to be initiated in Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. The SW CASC is requesting statements of interest that specifically draw upon the application of traditional methods of ecosystem restoration and natural resource management, with special emphasis on fire in the context of climate change and adaptation. These projects can be used as seed funding in preparation for subsequent calls for proposals or focus on developing a process for implementing traditional practices and/or building bridges between western (conventional) and indigenous practices. Statements of interest are due December 17, 2020. More information about the funding opportunity can be found here.

Join us for an informational webinar on Monday November 30th at 3:00 pm MST. Representatives from the SW CASC will be available to answer your questions regarding this funding opportunity

Register in advance for this meeting at the link below:

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

Creating Pollinator Habitats and Conservation Partnerships Webinar

December 03, 2020 11:00am to 12:00pm

Featured Speaker: Ann George is a conservation ecologist with over 13 years of experience working with domestic and international industry leaders and conservation experts on biodiversity management. Ms. George has provided guidance on emerging tools and technologies for natural resource management, as well as assisted active and discontinued operations with managing their property in an ecologically-sustainable manner. Ms. George conceives of, coordinates and helps implement voluntary biodiversity projects for Freeport-McMoRan, while leveraging those opportunities to for STEM and environmental education. In her role as Senior Biodiversity Scientist, Ms. George helps develop and facilitate productive relationships between Freeport-McMoRan and numerous non-profit and community partners to promote the longevity and  sustainability of conservation projects.

Webinar Overview: Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, bats and numerous other insect species are vital to the functioning of natural and agricultural ecosystems. It is estimated that managed and wild pollinators help pollinate over 75% of both our flowering plants and cultivated crops. Freeport-McMoRan maintains a commitment to conserving these critical pollinators through the company’s corporate Pollinator Conservation Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to increase habitat for pollinators, while providing learners of all ages with opportunities to engage in STEM education. Building diverse partnerships with conservation experts and community stakeholders have been key to the success of this initiative, ensuring that pollinator conservation/education projects achieve greater longevity and sustainability. This presentation will touch on the basic elements required to create a successful pollinator habitat, drawing from our ~10 years of experience creating gardens of various types and sizes in the arid Southwest. We will also explore several case studies of how Freeport has leveraged our conservation efforts with partners to promote pollinator-focused education and outreach activities, such as Earth Day celebrations, pollinator workshops and hands-on planting events in the field.

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

Balancing Water for People and Nature: The Upper San Pedro River - WRRC Brown Bag Webinar

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Scott Deeny, Water Program Lead, Arizona Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
Holly Richter, Arizona Water Projects Director, The Nature Conservancy

Flowing from Mexico into Arizona, the San Pedro is one of the last large, undammed rivers in the Southwest that flows year-round in many of its reaches. Just north of the border, it winds its way for 43 miles through the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, which provides critical habitat for millions of migrating birds and a wide variety of other wildlife. These lush streamside forests and the wildlife they sustain in turn rely on the same limited water resources as local communities in the region, large copper mines, irrigated agriculture, and the US Army’s Fort Huachuca. This presentation will provide an overview of the science, projects, and policies collaboratively developed over the past 20 years in the region to meet the water needs of both the river and local communities.

Webinar Attendance Information:
The WRRC hosts its Brown Bag Webinars using Zoom. To register for and join this webinar, visit

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

Worker Wellbeing Study

We are well into the Fall 2020 semester and have just entered Stage 2 of the campus re-entry, thanks to the hard work of you and hundreds of other UArizona employees. We are a team of researchers seeking to inform the re-entry process as it evolves using frontline worker feedback, while highlighting the services that can best protect and support our colleagues.

We are currently recruiting for a study focusing on the concerns, needs, and experiences of UArizona employees who are at the frontlines during this Fall 2020 semester. 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 15-20-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.


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

Dr. Mona Arora, Principal Investigator, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; Dr. Brian Mayer, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Sabrina Helm, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Dr. Melissa Barnett, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Lisa Balland, MPH Student, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects’ research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

Now Accepting Nominations: 2020/2021 Leadership Fellows Program for Staff and Appointed Professionals

The Vice President for Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the fourth annual distinguished leadership development program for exceptional university staff and classified staff.  Given that two-thirds of the employees in CALS are non-faculty, it is conspicuous that, until its induction in 2017, there had been no formal program to support the transformational leadership and professional development of rising star staff.  
This program requires a significant commitment from both the nominee and the mentor to develop future higher education leaders through stretch experiences, transformational professional development, and tailored mentoring.
Eligibility and submission packet materials can be found here.  Completed applications are due December 18, 2020.  Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.  Nominees and mentors will be notified in writing in early February 2021.
Example Scenario: Wilma Wildcat desires to be a vital student advisor and leader in CALS and at the UA.  She identifies a mentor in Nancy Rodriguez-Lorta.  Together, they develop a detailed development plan including stretch projects where Wilma leads change efforts in advising within CALS.  The plan also identifies the need for Wilma to become a certified advisor, which requires $2,000 in course work and testing.  Nancy actively mentors Wilma in the achievement of her goal.  As an alumna of this program, Wilma will be expected to continue to give back to CALS through service on future Fellowship selection committees, leading future initiatives, consultation with senior leaders of the division, etc.

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