May 8, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Next Q&A with Dr. Silvertooth
  3. 4-H Director Candidate Presentations
  4. Results-based Accountability Training
  5. Incredible Wearables in Gila County
  6. New Publication 
  7. Maricopa County Newsletter
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Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 All faculty at the University of Arizona, including faculty serving the Cooperative Extension System (CES), are required to document appropriate forms and levels of scholarly productivity.  It is easy to be very active and busy but it is often a challenge to direct time and energy to scholarly productivity.  Thus, it is important for us to be able to balance our “productivity” versus “activity”.  I have often thought that John Wooden stated this challenge very well “Never mistake activity for achievement.”

Effective CES programs generate a balanced portfolio of scholar productivity, avoiding over reliance on any one category. We recognize a broad spectrum of scholarly productivity in the CES: publications (refereed journal articles, bulletins, newspapers, magazines, newsletters), websites, classes or courses, demonstrations, seminars, conferences, workshops, videos, social networking tools, and the use of media such as radio and television. Documentation of our programs remains essential and effective CES programs should produce a good balance among publication types as well.

I fully understand the challenges associated with balancing activities and productivity.  Nevertheless, the vast majority of CES programs display an impressive level of scholarly productivity that greatly enhances our ability to deliver on our mission.

Save-the-Date: Live Q & A Webinar with Dr. Jeff Silvertooth

Tune into the next Live Q & A webinar – where you can submit your questions *live* via ‘Go To Meeting’.

What: Dr. Jeff Silvertooth addresses Extension issues & answers questions

When: Tuesday, May 22nd, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Where: Your computer

Register for the event by clicking: HERE

Pre-submit your questions:

4-H Director Candidates

Presentation: “What is your vision for managing issues, challenges and opportunities facing Arizona 4-H through 2030?” 

May 17, 1:30 – 2:30, Forbes 124 -  David Brian Calhoun

David will be in Phoenix at the Maricopa Extension Office for a meet and greet on May 18th from 1:00-3:00pm. 

May 22, 11:00am-12:00pm, Forbes 124 -  Jeremy Elliot-Engel

Jeremy will also be in Phoenix at the Maricopa Extension Office for a meet and greet on May 23rd from 1:00-3:00pm.

If you cannot attend in person, please view the presentations using the following information:

Please register for 4H Director Candidates Presentations at:

You will then be registered for both sessions and will receive a reminder email with the connection information an hour before each presentation.

We encourage all County Agents, Specialists, County Directors, 4-H Staff to invite and bring volunteers and youth members to the meet and greet in Phoenix.  This is a great opportunity to provide input in the selection process.  

Results-based Accountability Training

Results-based Accountability Training with Mark Friedman: May 29-30, 2018

     * Tuesday May 29; 8:15am - 4:00pm: 

Renown author Mark Friedman will conduct an all-day training exclusively for UA Cooperative
Extension  at the Maricopa County Extension Office in Phoenix. For more information:

     * Wednesday May 30; 8:30am - 3:30pm:

Hands-on RBA application exercise to put the training into practice. 
Please register here

ATTENDEES WILL NEED TO PAY FOR THEIR OWN LODGING AND TRAVEL EXPENSES. If you would like to attend and have limited funds for travel, please contact Chris Jones to discuss options.

Registration Fee: $30. To be paid via Transfer of Funds to cover lunch and snacks during the workshop. Please provide your business officer's name and email  for us to make the transfer.

Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe, 2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85282
May 28 and 29: $99 + 14.07% tax = $112.93 per night (includes breakfast).
Please make your individual reservation at 800-528-6481 by 05/21/2018.
The group code is:  BAT

Incredible Wearables

Gila County offered two Incredible Wearable workshops in San Carlos, with Juan Arias, FRTEP agent, in collaboration with Nalwoodi Denzhone non-profit, and at Globe with Renee Carstens 4-H program coordinator.  Fifty-one youth and fourteen adults participated in the 2018 National Science Challenge by exploring the design process of building a wearable technology prototype.  Participants were amazed as they designed and created a wearable that gathered data of their steps and pulse.  These workshops provided participants not only an opportunity for experiential, hands-on learning of a STEM activity, but also built confidence in their ability to dive deeper in to STEM learning.  It was exciting to hear youth state they are excited that they can do STEM, and want to become a scientist!  A special thanks to Dr. Gerardo “Jerry” Lopez, who traveled to Gila County to lead these amazing workshops. 

New Publication

Mosquito and Tick Repellents
Dawn H.Gouge, Shujuan Li, Shaku Nair,  Kathleen Walker, Christopher S.  Bibbs

Personal repellents (often referred to as “bug sprays”) are substances applied to skin, clothing, or other surfaces to repel or discourage insects and other arthropods, such as ticks, from feeding on humans. Repellents help people avoid bites from mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting arthropods that may transmit disease-causing pathogens, and allow them to engage freely in outdoor activities. Publication Number: AZ1761-2018 

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