Edition Topics

November 23, 2021

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Spots available in Diabetes Prevention Program class starting Nov 30th
  3. Agricultural Literacy and STEM Education Newsletter
  4. The PCCE Round-Up: November-December 2021
  5. Freeze-dried Grape Powder Study
  6. New Publication
  7. Spring 2022 Workshop Series: Reproducibility and Data Science Skills
  8. New NIFA Award
  9. Master Gardener Program Manager in New Mexico
  10. UACE Youth Reporting Training
  11. UA-CEAC Upcoming Courses
  12. Politics, Food, Football: Helping Rural Families Navigate Family Conflict Over the Holidays
  13. The WRRC Gives Thanks

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

Last Tuesday I had the privilege to attend the Strengthening Families graduation ceremony at Pinal County Cooperative Extension.  The timing couldn’t have been more perfect with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  All too often, we get too busy to truly appreciate our family and friends.  The graduation was full of appreciation for the instructors, the supporters, and, most importantly, the families who took time to learn how to become closer and stronger.  There were some tears, and the positive impact of the program was very evident, as the graduates talked about what they learned and the relationships that they have formed over the 12-week course.  I hope everyone will take some time in the upcoming holidays to reach out to your family and friends and remind them how important they are in your life. Once again, I was reminded of the positive impact Extension has on peoples lives.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Spots available in Diabetes Prevention Program class starting Nov 30th

We are starting a new Diabetes Prevention Program class on Nov 30th at noon, and will meet entirely over Zoom. Our lifestyle change program has helped hundreds of Arizonans adopt healthy habits and lower their risk for diabetes. This program is intended for overweight people with prediabetes or at high risk for diabetes.

Sign up here: https://redcap.uahs.arizona.edu/surveys/?s=Y339TNLRC7ATPEJ8

Agricultural Literacy and STEM Education Newsletter

The PCCE Round-Up e-newsletter

The Nov-Dec, 2021 Pima County Cooperative Extension e-newsletter is out! Each newsletter contains a collection of articles about our programs as well as news about our faculty, staff, and facility. This month we have articles on our Community Nutrition program, the new mural at The Garden Kitchen, renovations in our conference room, tips on positive discipline, and more. You can sign up for the bi-monthly Round-Up or for other PCCE mailing lists Here.

Freeze-dried Grape Powder Study

Healthy, non-smoking men and women are needed for a research study examining the effects of a freeze-dried grape powder on markers of metabolic and vascular health, including blood pressure and cholesterol. We are seeking participants 30 - 65 years of age with a BMI of 25-36 kg/m2.  Subjects must be healthy and not taking medications for high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, or inflammatory conditions.  Participants will be provided with freeze dried grape powder and a placebo powder for 6-8 weeks each, with a 4-week break between test periods (total time for study is 16-20 weeks).  At the completion of the study participants will receive lab results and compensation of $100. If you are interested in learning more about the study, please call 520-621-5382 or email FBHlab@email.arizona.edu, mention the Grape Study and leave your name and a contact number. This study is being conducted by Dr. Ann Skulas-Ray, Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona and has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the University of Arizona. 

New Publication

Hannah L. Farrell, Jennifer Funk, Darin Law, and  Elise S. Gornish

Spring 2022 Workshop Series: Reproducibility and Data Science Skills

The CCT Data Science Team is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a Spring 2022 workshop series on Reproducibility and Data Science skills. This 10 session virtual series is ideal for graduate students, post docs, and researchers who are analyzing their own data. If you are looking for a community that will help you implement git/GitHub, intermediate R coding, and better documentation for your own research projects, this workshop is for you!

Please find more information and the application here: https://datascience.cals.arizona.edu/spring-2022-workshop-series-reproducibility-and-data-science-skills.

New NIFA Award

Award title: Assessing Soil and Plant Health Response to Composted and Solarized Grape Pomace with manure in Semi-arid Soil

Project summary: Wine production in Arizona significantly increased from 65,413 gallons (2007) to 297,145 gallons (2017), with an estimated 354% increase in grape pomace (GP) production, which unfortunately ends up in landfills. The GP has low pH (3.2 to 3.9), with 2% N, 0.5% P, 2% K, and 2% Ca per ton, making it an excellent alternative for alkaline soils. The project would assess the field application of GP on soil fertility, soil health, plant health, and economic profitability compared to poultry and horse manure through farmer participatory research and extension programs.

Sponsoring Institution: USDA_NIFA
Project timeline and duration: September 2021 to August 2024 (3 years)

Project amount: $575,000

Project location: Yavapai Cooperative Extension
Extension program: Commercial Horticulture and Small Acreage
Project Team
Isaac Mpanga (Director) 
Judith Brown (Co-Director) 
Russell Tronstad (Co-Director)
Joseph Blankinship (Co-Director)


Master Gardener Program Manager in New Mexico

New Mexico State University - Extension Plant Sciences Department is seeking a MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM MANAGER to oversee the administration and management of the statewide program. Full position description: https://jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/43720  

UACE Youth Reporting Training

For Arizona Cooperative Extension employees who provide youth development and educational opportunities through direct teaching or curriculum it is important to be consistent in reporting. This recording provides guidance on how to report youth participants and impacts.  https://arizona.zoom.us/rec/share/1Q4lFVv5bwRG1Cj8ckWGQ6UQXvyDcYz7xtLKgHXtV7C6TGhm6UvGnuKEXdVoMNz5.aGAdTlj6K4XnfU1K

Youth Participation Reporting Guide

UA-CEAC Upcoming Courses

UA-CEAC Hydroponic Tomato Intensive Workshop:
Are you interested in growing tomatoes hydroponically? The University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center will be hosting Hydroponic Tomato Intensive Workshop- January 7th-9th (Friday-Sunday) both in-person and online. This workshop, taught by Dr. Triston Hooks, is perfect for novice growers and will be packed with tons of critical information and research discoveries that UA-CEAC has assembled into their courses and programs for over 20 years. You will get access to numerous lecture materials, personal question follow-ups, hands-on applications, a certificate of completion, and tons of knowledge!    Click here to register
View the 2022 UA-CEAC Hydroponic Tomato Intensive Schedule.

Limited seats are available for both in-person and online attendance. For more information visit ceac.arizona.edu/events or email us at arizona.ceac@gmail.com

UA-CEAC's 21st Annual Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Course:
Join the University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center for the 21st Annual Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Course- March 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2022. This three-day event will be hosted both online and on-site at the center and will cover a variety of topics from academia experts and industry leaders. Limited seats are available.    Click here to register

View the 2022 Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Couse schedule.

For more information about attending this course, visit ceac.arizona.edu/events or email arizona.ceac@gmail.com

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

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


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.

The WRRC Gives Thanks

This week there will be no Weekly Wave due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Instead, we would like to share a few of the many things we are thankful for. 

We are thankful for the speakers, panelists, attendees, and sponsors that helped make our 2021 Annual Conference, Tribal Water Resilience in a Changing Environment, a captivating, informative, and moving experience.

We are thankful for the presenters who shared their knowledge at our Brown Bag Webinars, and the many participants who asked thoughtful questions and made the webinars some of the most well-attended to date.

  We are thankful for the students (and former students) that provided their insights on the “Imagine a Day Without Water” Emerging Leaders Panel.

  We are thankful for the urban and rural communities that worked with the WRRC to engage in meaningful dialogue and participate in informative workshops.

  We are thankful for our partners and collaborators who expanded and enriched our joint efforts to engage, inform, and educate.

  We are thankful for all who participated in our programs and the many individuals who worked with us.

  We are thankful for all who pulled together quickly to adapt to the changes and difficulties brought by the last year and a half.

We are thankful for those who counseled us throughout the year, which includes our External Advisory Committee and our Indigenous Water Dialogues Advisors.

  We are thankful to be part of an incredible community of water professionals in Arizona and beyond.

  We are thankful for all the wonderful submissions to our 2020 Photo Contest. And we encourage you to submit photos to this year's contest if you haven't yet.

  We are thankful for our health and for the health of those around us, and we wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

This is just a small sampling of the many things the Water Resources Research Center is thankful for. We will continue to expand our programs, events, and outreach in the years to come.

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