Edition Topics

February 1, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Arizona’s Early Childhood Opportunities Report
  3. Fifth National Climate Assessment 
  4. MCCE January/February 2022 Newsletter
  5. WRRC Invites Research Proposals
  6. WRRC Brown Bag Webinar
  7. Arizona Water Factsheet: Maricopa County
  8. Call for Nominations

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

This past week I heard a quote on one of the many audible books that I get to enjoy on the road.  It was from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey – yes, I’m still playing catch up on my library.  The quote was from Albert Einstein and it was “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” I thought this was interesting because it is almost a mantra of Extension. We are all too aware that addressing the complex issues of today takes not only new technologies but also new thinking, and new thinking is what we do in Extension. New ways to engage, new ways to better understand, and new ways to solve problems. This new way of thinking drives change, creates innovative networks and collaborations, and in the end keeps Extension relevant and helps us solve the issues that impact our clientele. If you’re not sure what I mean by this, ask an Extension professional. Extension has been doing this for years – about 118 years, to be exact.

Arizona’s Early Childhood Opportunities Report

Dr. Michele Walsh, Associate Evaluation Specialist, and others from the Norton School’s Community Research, Evaluation, & Development team, partnered with First Things First to help produce 2021 Building Bright Futures:  Arizona’s Early Childhood Opportunities Report. This biennial statewide needs and assets report on the status of Arizona’s young children is widely used by Arizona Extension FCHS agents and staff, and other early childhood stakeholders across the state, to provide data for programming and policy decision-making.


Fifth National Climate Assessment

Southwest Chapter
Public Engagement Workshop

February 04, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM PT

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-climate-assessment-southwest-chapter-engagement-workshop-registration-209888310587

Please join the authors of the Southwest chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment for a virtual workshop to share your thoughts on the climate change related issues that are most important to you and the Southwest region.

This workshop is free and open to the public. The information gathered will help authors decide which topics to cover in their chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment, a major U.S. Government report on how climate change affect people and places in the United States.

For the full list of public engagement workshops or to learn more about the Fifth National Climate Assessment, please visit: www.globalchange.gov/nca5

MCCE January/February 2022 Newsletter

Read about what is going on in Maricopa County in the MCCE Jan/Feb Newsletter:  Ag Literacy and STEM Education, Namaste from SNAP-Ed, Project CENTRL, Field Crops IPM and more.

WRRC Invites Research Proposals

Faculty and research personnel at any of Arizona's three public universities are invited to submit research proposals to the WRRC for grants of up to $10,000. Proposals should feature student work and explore new ideas to address water problems in AZ and the Southwest and expand understanding of water and related phenomena. Proposals from a broad range of academic disciplines and professional programs will be considered. Additionally, proposals that increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and address issues in historically marginalized or underserved communities are highly encouraged. Last year, the WRRC funded two projects: one that investigated groundwater age distribution and another that looked at the diversity of voices in water resources. These research grants are funded through the 104(b) grants program of the U.S. Geological Survey under the federal Water Resources Research Act. This year’s Request for Proposals includes a significant change from previous grant cycles: the cost-sharing requirement was decreased by half from 2:1 to 1:1 local-to-federal match! Proposals are due by 5:00 pm MST on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

Proposal Instructions https://wrrc.arizona.edu/grant-proposal-guidelines

WRRC Brown Bag Webinar

All In: Confronting Southern Nevada's New Water Reality
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Arizona Time

Colby Pellegrino, Deputy General Manager, Resources, Southern Nevada Water Authority

Due to prolonged drought, overall snowfall and runoff into the Colorado River Basin are at all-time lows, resulting in the combined water storage in the river's two primary reservoirs—Lakes Powell and Mead—dropping to just 32 percent of capacity. The Secretary of the Interior recently announced the first-ever shortage declaration, reducing the availability of Colorado River supplies to Nevada in 2022. Projections indicate that Lake Mead water levels will continue to decline, and the likelihood of shortage remains high in future years.

Given current hydrologic conditions, water conservation remains a critical component of the Southern Nevada's water resource portfolio. While the community has significantly reduced per capita water demands, additional work is required to reduce consumptive use to meet current and future water demands in Southern Nevada.

Registration Information:
Register for and join this webinar: https://tinyurl.com/NevadaWater

Arizona Water Factsheet: Maricopa County

The WRRC is pleased to share the first in a series of Arizona Water Factsheets. The Maricopa County Factsheet packages concise water information and builds on previous collaborative water education efforts with the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension. The Arizona Water Factsheets aim to answer common questions about water resources at the county level. Tailoring information for a local audience within the broader context of the state, these snapshot resources address basic water supply and demand, regionally relevant challenges, and sustainability issues for the future. Additional factsheets are well underway for Cochise, Graham, Mohave, and Greenlee Counties as part of the WRRC’s goal to engage and connect with communities throughout Arizona in water resource planning, conservation, and outreach.  

Call for Nominations

Each year we recognize our faculty, staff and strong contributors to Cooperative Extension with the Extension Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award, and the Extensionist of the Year Award. 

The Cooperative Extension Faculty of the Year award recipient will receive $1,000 and an award.  Click here for Extension Faculty of the Year Award criteria and nomination instructions. Submission deadline – February 16, 2022

The Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension award recipient will receive $500 and an award.  Click here for award nomination criteria
Submission deadline – February 16, 2022

The Extensionist of the Year award recognizes and honors a resident of the State of Arizona who has demonstrated extraordinary contributions, through UACE, to improving the lives of people in their community and state.  The award will be presented at an appropriate division-wide event.  Letters of nomination from UACE or non-UACE faculty and staff and/or peers should focus on the following criteria:  1) the nature and extent of the contribution provided by the individual (35%), 2) how this contribution has benefitted people in the community (15%) and the state (15%), 3) leadership qualities (25%), and 4) support for UACE (10%).
Submission deadline – February 16, 2022

All awards will be presented at an appropriate Extension or ALVSCE event.  Please read the criteria carefully, submitting only the materials noted.  Submit your nominations and support letters to gallardk@arizona.edu.  If you have any questions, contact Kristie (520-621-7145).

TEN Submittal Process

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

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