Edition Topics

November 30, 2021

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Applications being reviewed now for new AmeriCorps Service Sites
  3. Toys for Tots
  4. Arizona 4-H honored at the 2021 NAE4-HYDP National Conference 
  5. Bark Beetles: Management and Control in Arizona Webinar
  6. ALVSCE Data Science Team Workshop Survey
  7. Native Voices in STEM 
  8. The Evolution of the Water Sector in Israel: The Role of Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel 
  9. New Extension Publication
  10. Politics, Food, Football: Helping Rural Families Navigate Family Conflict Over the Holidays
  11. Turbeville Speaker Series Event with Dr. Ted Futris

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

During the last few weeks, I have been visiting with departments and department heads here on campus to discuss their plans for Extension staffing and program support.  I must admit, I have been extremely pleased with each department's dedication to Extension work and the land grant mission.  Faculty and staff have been meeting to propose new Extension programming thrusts and, of course, making recommendations for new staffing to ensure we have the capacity to deliver these programs. It is exciting to visit and see each department's vision.  I believe we all agree that there are some real challenges for Extension, but we also agree that our staff and faculty are up to the challenge. I want to thank all the departments for their continued support of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Applications being reviewed now for new AmeriCorps Service Sites

Would you like an AmeriCorps Member to assist with addressing your community programming and outreach needs?  UA Wildcat Corps is now reviewing potential new service sites wanting AmeriCorps members to serve in the first half of 2022.   

To learn more or request an
AmeriCorps UA Wildcat Corps Service Site application packet, contact Christina Lipin at clipin@arizona.edu.   

Do not delay. There are a very limited number of
AmeriCorps slots available to new programs.   

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots - Delivering hope to less fortunate children

The Cooperative Extension office, Forbes 301, will be hosting a drop-off box for the Toys for Tots program.  Please drop off your new, unwrapped toys by December 13.  Stop by Mon, Tues, Wed or Friday.
Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.

Arizona 4-H honored at the 2021 NAE4-HYDP National Conference 

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension faculty and staff were recently honored at the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals 2021 Annual Conference in Memphis, TN October 15-19, 2021. 

Natalie Shepp and Elizabeth Sparks: Greg Yost Memorial Youth in Leadership Award, Western Region Winner for Youth Participatory Action Youth Project

Mike Hauser, Amy Parrott and Josh Farella: Educational Package Team, Western Region Winner for Focused Excellence Presentation 

Natalie Shepp, Elizabeth Sparks and the Tucson Village Farms Team: Educational Technology Award, National Award Winner and Western Region Winner for 4-H Healthy Habits Virtual Fieldtrip

Jeremy Elliott-Engel, Schuyler Germann, Peter Hooper and Caroline Werkhoven: Search for Excellence in Teen Programming Award, Western Region Winner for Arizona 4-H State Ambassador Launch  

Deb Lester: Published Photo Award, Western Region Winner for Cover Photo on Annual Foundation Report

Jeremy Elliott-Engel, Nick Morris, Peter Hooper, Josh Farella, Caroline Werkhoven, Josh Moore, Ashley Patricia Para, Dominic Rodriguez and Kelly Arizmendi: Excellence in 4-H Volunteerism Award, Western Region Winner for COVID-19 Pivot to Support Volunteers

Mike Hauser, Amy Parrott, Liz Sparks and Jeremy Elliott-Engel: Excellence in Peer Professional Development Award, Western Region Winner for Arizona 4-H Onboarding Training and Publications

Bark Beetles: Management and Control in Arizona Webinar

December 2, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm Arizona Time

Featured Speaker: Christopher Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Gila County. Chris Jones is a Cooperative Extension Agent at the University of Arizona. He is responsible for Agriculture and Natural Resources programs in Gila County. He conducts Extension programming in forest health, watershed, and horticulture education. Chris' mission at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension is to Improve lives, families, communities, the environment and economies through applied research and education in Arizona and beyond. https://extension.arizona.edu/gila

Webinar Overview: Best prevention practices for protecting conifer trees from bark beetle attack are thinning, irrigating, slash and firewood management and insecticide treatments. Lower stand densities and thinning can improve tree growth and vigor and promote greater plant diversity. Supplemental irrigation can reduce drought stress when practical for high value landscape trees. Fresh forest slash and firewood should be managed to minimize bark beetle habitat that may lead to increased localized beetle populations. Registered insecticides can be sprayed onto to trunks to prevent beetle entry. Injection of systemic insecticides and anti-aggregating pheromones are being researched and may have targeted applicability.

Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.
Cost: Free 
Registration: Not required 

ALVSCE Data Science Team Workshop Survey

Hello! We are the ALVSCE Data Science Team at the University of Arizona. We offer monthly workshops (https://datascience.cals.arizona.edu/services-overview/workshops) on a variety of intermediate topics that span a range across data management, reproducibility, computational skills, and statistics.  

We are looking to gather more information on what types of workshop content would be most valuable to researchers in ALVSCE. If you are a researcher in ALVSCE, which includes CALS, Cooperative Extension, and the Arizona Experiment Station, please fill out this survey to help us shape our workshops to best fulfill your research needs!


If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to contact us here! https://datascience.cals.arizona.edu/contact

Native Voices in STEM

December  6th
3-4   PM  MST
Zoom: https:/ / arizona.zoom.us/j/ 667862706

Joshua  Moore   (Diné)
Indigenous Peoplehood Model for UArizona Cooperative Extension

Joshua Moore (Diné) is General Manager of the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Farms. A member of CRIT, Mr. Moore grew up on the reservation and throughout his professional career he has been passionate about creating pathways for Indigenous young peoples to enter the field of Agriculture. He served as an Agricultural Science teacher at Patagonia Union High School and then as an Assistant Agent for Pima County Cooperative Extension Service. In that position, Mr. Moore worked with agents Joshua Farella and Juan Arias to adapt the Peoplehood Model for positive youth development to Extension work. Mr. Moore earned his B.S. in Agricultural Technology Management and an M.S. in Agricultural Research from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


The Evolution of the Water Sector in Israel: The Role of Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel 

Date: Monday, December 6, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Arizona Time

Speaker: Diego Berger, Ph.D., Coordinator of International Projects, Mekorot-The National Water
Company of Israel

The severe scarcity of "natural" water resources has forced Israel to implement forward-thinking policies, create advanced technologies, and make decisions that were not always economically supported. Much labor and investment were required to address Israel’s lack of "natural" water resources.

Key pillars of the Israeli Water Sector are (1) all water supplied/consumed must be measured, (2) all water resources belong to the Public and must be administered by the State for the well-being of all the inhabitants, (3) centralized management by the Israel Water Authority, and (4) the water sector is self-financing through water bills. Israel’s Integrative Water Resources Management (IWRM) includes reliancr on surface water, groundwater, sewage use, brackish water, and desalinated seawater. Israel’s management structure and master planning enables Israel to be prepared to face the consequences of year-to-year rainfall variability and climate change.

This presentation will explain the role of Mekorot, the national water company of Israel, in implementation of Israel’s policies and IWRM strategies and will include discussion of supply system efficiencies, pricing policies, and use of effluent and desalinated seawater.

New Extension Publication

Ursula K. Schuch

Gardens have multiple health benefits and have been a component of healthcare facilities through the ages. In the last 30 years, the benefits of nature, gardens, and garden views have been studied to document physical and mental health benefits of patients, staff, and visitors. Healing or therapeutic gardens are designed specifically to evoke positive effects on physical, mental, and spiritual health and to address the needs of those visiting the space. In this article, some concepts applicable to gardens in health care settings in the arid Southwest are discussed.

Politics, Food, Football: Helping Rural Families Navigate Family Conflict Over the Holidays

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
(12 PST, 1 MST, 2 CST, 3 EST)

Registration Link

Family gatherings can be a joyful time for connection -- but it they can also be stressful due to a variety of differences of opinion among family members. Research and theory give us valuable ideas for coping with differences in opinion, ideology, and behaviors. This webinar will cover some specific and hypothetical examples of navigating challenging family situations. Together, participants and presenters will brainstorm strategies for positive communication to cope with those differences.

This quarterly webinar series, Relying on Rural Resilience, highlights findings based on 20+ years of research with low-income, rural families across the United States. These results yield powerful information about actions that family outreach professionals can take to promote rural health and resilience. Presenters share key findings from the NC1011/NC1171 HATCH projects that spark facilitated breakout discussion among Extension and other family outreach professionals regarding how the findings can impact YOUR work and families in YOUR rural community.

Participants in this webinar will:
     1. Learn how family stress theories can help professionals benefit from research findings
         grounded in the experiences and perspectives of low-income rural families.
     2. Identify ways to apply these findings to their specific educational programming and community
     3. Brainstorm strategies to develop resilience in rural families with other outreach professionals.

Featured Presenter: Lori Yancura, PhD
Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Hawaii at Mānoa

This series is sponsored by the Multistate Research Project NC-1171: Individual, family, and community factors associated with resilience in diverse, rural, low-income families (2019-2024), and funded in part by the Multistate Research Fund through USDA-NIFA and by grants to project members at participating institutions.

Turbeville Speaker Series Event with Dr. Ted Futris

Join us on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM as Dr. Ted Futris, Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at University of Georgia, presents his research titled "Elevating Relationships Through Couples Relationship Education."

Abstract: Couple relationship education (CRE) shares information and skills that can help couples develop and maintain a satisfying, healthy, and stable relationship. Since 2006, federal funding for couple-focused intervention services has supported both the formative evaluation (e.g., implementation studies) of CRE as well as summative investigations of program impact and outcomes. Research evaluating the growing number of evidence-based CRE programs has offered a strong foundation for best-practices and shown that these educational interventions can be effective, albeit many gaps still remain in understanding who benefits most from CRE and the mechanisms of change. Dr. Futris will share an overview of this body of work and describe the development and evaluation of a CRE program supported by this initiative, ELEVATE: Taking Your Relationship to the Next Level.

To register for the event click here: https://bit.ly/3BhAxYT

TEN Submittal Process

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

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