Edition Topics

September 20, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. The 2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey is LIVE!  
  3. Arizona Project WET's Groundwater Videos in the Making 
  4. The EFNEP Bite - Sept-Oct 2022
  5. CCT Data Science Workshop: Demystifying APIs for researchers
  6. Turbeville Speaker Series: The Burden of the Pandemic: How Covid-19 Pushed Inequity Over the Edge
  7. The Water Recycling Revolution: History and Lessons from Four Western States - WRRC Brown Bag Series
  8. Septic Smart Week Webinar Series: September 19-23 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (AZ time)
  9. Nominate an ALVSCE Difference Maker
  10. How to get your message out: An online communication roadmap
  11. Nominations are open for ALVSCE Administrator of the Year

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

The nights are getting cooler, and the days are getting shorter. Yes, indeed, Fall has finally come to Arizona. I know for those in the higher elevations, you probably have seen the change earlier. But for those in the valley and where the daytime highs are still breaking the century mark, lows in the 70s start to feel really good. We can start enjoying a cup of coffee or morning tea outside. When I worked in the field, this was such a welcomed time of year, as the cotton matured and we began harvesting. Waiting for the last bolls to open and getting the large burlap bags lined up and tagged, ready for the plot harvester. For many in Extension, this is Fair season, culminating with the State Fair, September 23-October 30. Back in Michigan, Fall was always my favorite season – I guess I can say the same about Arizona. I hope everyone takes some time to enjoy this special time of year.

The 2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey is LIVE!  

The highly anticipated 2022 Statewide Needs Assessment Survey for Cooperative Extension is live! Responses gathered from this survey will be instrumental in shaping the strategic priorities and activities of Extension for years to come. So that planning draws on the best possible data, the survey needs to reach a broad audience. Each county (via the CED) has received specific goals for gathering data from current Extension users, subject-matter experts, and members of the general public. Faculty and staff not directly affiliated with a particular county are also asked to share the survey widely with their networks.  

The survey will remain open until October 31st.

The CRED website has been updated to include resources for distributing the survey, including the live survey link (https://norton.arizona.edu/uace-needs-assessment-2022).  If you would like to see the survey, you can view copies in English and Spanish.

Look for further information from your CED or from CRED directly on how to share and promote the survey in your area.

Please reach out to CRED (cred@arizona.edu) with questions.   

Arizona Project WET's Groundwater Videos in the Making - WRRC Brown Bag Series

Thursday, September 22, 2022 
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Arizona Time 

Holly Thomas-Hilburn, Director, Arizona Project WET
Kevin Sirois, Design Director, Esser Design 
Arizona Project WET has been teaching about the groundwater system for over two decades using everything from two-dimensional drawings to tubs of earth materials and the ever-popular sand tank groundwater model. Helping students to understand this critical unseen system is no easy task. With the support of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, APW partnered with Esser Design to develop a series of nine videos about the groundwater system. In the process, we encountered a variety of challenges and interesting questions on the best way to communicate about the groundwater system. In this brown bag, we'll share some of those questions, hear stories from the field, and show some of the groundwater videos. 

The EFNEP Bite

Catch up on Back-to-School tips, recipes, and more

CCT Data Science Workshop: Demystifying APIs for researchers

Instructor: David LeBauer

Date and time: September 28, 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The CCT Data Science Team at the University of Arizona is offering monthly workshops on topics that focus on ways to accelerate and improve the research.

You may have heard of APIs, but they are mostly used by and described for programmers.

This workshop will demystify APIs for researchers, skipping the theoretical foundations to explain what they can do for you. Specifically, we will be talking about 'RESTful web APIs' that are typically used to share scientific data because they can help you access a wide range of data sources and automate your analysis pipelines. The workshop will primarily focus on finding and accessing data using APIs, but will also briefly cover how and why you might want to create your own.

Register here: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqcuGgqjspGNPXScuXjAFr8bw2wQ9kfqq7

If you have questions, feel free to email me at cct-datascience@arizona.edu. Also reach out if there is a topic of particular interest you’d like to see taught in the near future!

Turbeville Speaker Series: The Burden of the Pandemic: How Covid-19 Pushed Inequity Over the Edge

Join us for our first hybrid Turbeville event of the fall semester on Friday, September 23, 2022 , as Karen Armknecht and Victoria Iwinski present, "The Burden of the Pandemic: How Covid-19 Pushed Inequity Over the Edge".

Friday, September 23, 2022 from 1:00 - 2:15 PM

Join us in-person in McClelland Park Room 402 (650 N Park Ave) or on Zoom by registering at the link below!

Link: https://bit.ly/3eL1nCT

The Water Recycling Revolution: History and Lessons from Four Western States - WRRC Brown Bag Series
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022 
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Arizona Time 

Speaker: William M. Alley, Director, Science and Technology, National Ground Water Association 

This presentation reviews the history of potable reuse and lessons learned by examining the key roles of Arizona, California, Colorado, and Texas. Case studies illustrate varying conditions that motivate potable reuse, challenges in implementation, and its potential future as urban population growth, environmental needs, and climate change pressure drinking water supplies of cities across the country. 

Dr. William (Bill) Alley is Director of Science and Technology for the National Ground Water Association. Previously, he served as Chief, Office of Groundwater for the US Geological Survey for almost two decades. Dr. Alley and his wife, Rosemarie, have co-authored four general interest environmental science books; most recently, "The Water Recycling Revolution: Tapping into the Future." Rosemarie Alley is a freelance writer with extensive writing and public speaking experience. As a writing team, Bill provides the scientific expertise and Rosemarie makes it interesting and understandable for the general reader. 

Septic Smart Week Webinar Series: September 19-23 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (AZ time)

Link to access webinars: https://extension.arizona.edu/events/2022-09-19/septic-smart-week-webinar-series

Septic Smart Week Webinar Series
September 19-23, 2022

Each year, EPA holds Septic Smart Week with outreach activities to encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems.

Septic Smart Week, seeks to inform homeowners on proper septic system care and maintenance, assist local agencies in promoting homeowner education and awareness, and educate local decision makers about infrastructure options to improve and sustain their communities. We are therefore pleased to provide this webinar series to address these objectives. The series is hosted by the Arizona Onsite Water Reclamation Association (AzOWRA) and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. Please join us at noon this week, Monday through Friday, for a 30-minute presentation featuring AzOWRA Septic Professionals, followed by a Q&A session.

The Arizona Onsite Water Reclamation Association's mission is to provide value to our membership, rural and suburban property owners, those engaged in the onsite trades, and Arizona residents in general, through education, training, promotion of quality services and advocacy regarding onsite wastewater treatment, reuse and management.
Monday Sept 19: Jake Garrett, Professional Engineer (PE), Gila County Environmental Engineering Manager
Title: Why Septics?
Tuesday Sept 20: Alex Kendrick, Engineer in Training (EIT) Gila County Environmental Engineering Specialist
Title: What is a septic system? 

Wednesday Sept 21: Doug Disbrow, Owner, Arizona Wastewater Services, LLC
Title: Care and feeding of a septic system.

Thursday Sept 22: Kathy Mills, MS, PE; Owner, Mills Engineering
Title: In-Home Businesses.

Friday Sept 23: Joelle Wirth, RS, Owner, Summit Environmental, LLC, AZOWRA President
Title: Onsite Role in AZ Water Future.

Cost: Free 
Registration: Not required 

Nominate an ALVSCE Difference Maker

Do you know an ALVSCE colleague, or team, whose work deserves recognition for being innovative, exemplary, or inspiring? Be sure they are recognized as a Difference Maker. It's easy! Fill out this short form: https://compass.arizona.edu/difference-makers-nomination and we'll celebrate the person, or group, and their accomplishments with the division.

How to get your message out: An online communication roadmap

The Rangelands Partnership will be hosting a 3-part professional development webinar series with communications expert Kivi Leroux Miller to ensure that your information gets to your audience in a systematic and effective way. The webinars are designed to stand alone and provide a road map to creating a successful online communication plan. This series will outline strategies to help you better understand your target audience, aid in creating relevant and engaging messages, and share best practices for communication channels and writing styles. A successful communication plan ensures that you are getting your message into the right hands at the right time, all while saving you time and energy.

Imagine improving your online communication skills. Now, make it a reality. Register for the webinars today!

All are welcome to join.

September 22 - Who are you talking to?
October 20 - What are you saying to them and what should they do?
November 17 - How will you deliver your message to the right people?

Learn more about online communication, including registration.

Nominations are open for ALVSCE Administrator of the Year!

The Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension (ALVSCE) Administrator of the Year Award was created to recognize and honor outstanding achievements and contributions by an administrator in ALVSCE.  This annual award consists of a plaque for the recipient and a monetary award of $1,000 to be made to the winner’s administrative unit in honor of the recipient.

Nominations of candidates for this award may be made by faculty, staff, alumni, students or other administrators in ALVSCE. Nominations for administrators who are not selected will be retained for future consideration by the committee for a total of three years.

Deadline for nominations: October 17, 2022

For more information, including award criteria: https://compass.arizona.edu/awards/administrator

Please forward any questions regarding the nomination process to CALS Asst. Dean Jean McLain, mclainj@arizona.edu

TEN Submittal Process

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

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