May 4, 2021
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Welcome David Shafer
  3. Congratulations Tamara Floyd and Jerry Lopez
  4. Open position at MCCE:  Associate Agent, 4-H Youth Development
  5. FAS Scientific Exchanges Program
  6. AmeriCorps 2021-2022
  7. Congratulations Karletta Chief
  8. Stinknet: a Weed Advancing in Arizona Webinar
  9. New Extension Publications
  10. ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

It has been my privilege to serve alongside the great men and women of the University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension System (CES).  I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past 10 years and the key goals that have been completed.  I believe the CES is on sound footing in terms of overall administrative management, budgetary management, integration of programs, and mission delivery. 

The faculty and staff of the CES provide an outstanding connection to communities across the entire state of Arizona for the UA, bringing the university to the people and science to bear on practical problems.  I have tremendous respect for everyone in the CES and I am continually impressed and humbled by the great commitment and productivity that you demonstrate.

I am now serving in my tenth year as the Associate Dean and Director for the CES.  Following serious consideration, I have determined that it is now right for me to step aside from my current position.  The end date for my service in this capacity as the Director of Extension is 11 June 2021. 

I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve the UA and the CES as the Associate Dean and Director of Cooperative Extension.

Welcome David Shafer

Hi everyone! My name is David Shafer and I’m excited to be joining the State 4-H team as Program Coordinator for Educational Events and Programs. I was born and raised in Texas, but I’ve lived in Tucson for the last 15 years. My background is in science education, and I most recently taught IB Environmental Systems at Cholla High School. I also served as Program Coordinator for the Creativity, Activity, and Service portion of the IB Diploma Programme at Cholla. In my free time, I love to explore the beauty of Arizona by camping and hiking. I also enjoy tending to my garden and relaxing with my two cats. I’m eager to learn more about 4-H and Extension, and I’m looking forward to working with you all!

Congratulations Jerry Lopez and Tamara Floyd

Outstanding Staff in Cooperative Extension Award - Tamara Floyd (Maricopa County Cooperative Extension)

Cooperative Extension Faculty of the Year Award - Jerry Lopez (4-H Youth Development-STEM)

Thank you for all you do for Arizona Cooperative Extension!

Open position at MCCE:  Associate Agent, 4-H Youth Development

Brief Description:  The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension seeks an exceptional individual to join our Maricopa County team to lead our 4-H Youth Development program.  This position is part of a dynamic team of professionals developing and delivering community outreach programs that provide research-based objective informal education. The incumbent will be required to create and implement positive youth development programming and is 100% responsible for 4-H program management. This position will provide leadership to grow a large, multi-layer, and complex volunteer organization that delivers high-quality youth development programming through a wide variety of content areas. This is a non-continuing Associate Agent position.  This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Development or a related area and eight years of experience.  A Master’s degree is preferred. View Full Position Announcement.

FAS Scientific Exchanges Program

The FY21 Scientific Exchanges Program opportunities are now advertised, see attached.  We encourage all who are interested to apply and look forward to reviewing proposals.  FAS recommends institutions of higher education, specifically, the U.S. Land Grant Colleges and Universities collaborate on these limited opportunities.  The Land Grant College/University system is comprised of students, alumni, professors, agriculture specialists and deans that offer a wealth of agriculture knowledge and expertise.  Working together across the U.S. Land Grant College and University system can produce more comprehensive and robust proposals. 

When applying, please upload the required documents into EZFed Grants as well as send an email to the point of contact in the NOFO.  The due date for proposals is June 11, 2021.

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding this announcement, please contact Adam Carruthers (, International Program Specialist, Fellowship

Programs, Global Programs at 202-690-4310.

AmeriCorps 2021-2022

Now Accepting- 2021-2022 AmeriCorps Service Site Applications: Would you like an AmeriCorps Member to assist with addressing your community programming and outreach needs?  Wildcat Corps is now accepting service site 2021-2022 grant year member requests for review.  Application deadline is May 28, 2021. 

An information session is scheduled for May 11th at 1:30 to answer questions about this process. 

To request an AmeriCorps UA Wildcat Corps Service Site application packet, contact Christina Lipin at   

Congratulations Karletta Chief

Congratulations to Dr. Karletta Chief on being selected as a University of Arizona Distinguished Outreach Professor. 

This award recognizes outstanding faculty whose scholarship-based outreach to the state, nation and the world has demonstrated sustained excellence in the University’s outreach mission. 

Stinknet: a Weed Advancing in Arizona Webinar

Event Date: May 06, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm Arizona/Pacific

This new weed poses a wildfire, rangeland and possible health concern in Arizona. 

Featured Speaker: Michael Chamberland, Assistant Agent, University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension. Michael serves as the Assistant Agent for Urban Horticulture with the University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension. He works with Urban Horticulture, which includes overseeing the Maricopa County Master Gardener Program and plant problem diagnostic work, especially for the commercial horticulture industry. Agent Chamberland has considerable experience with curation and management of living collections at botanical gardens, including the Desert Botanical Garden, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington DC. His prior work with University herbaria has engaged Michael with many aspects of native and introduced plants in Arizona.

Webinar Overview: Stinknet, also known as globe chamomile (Oncosiphon pilulifer), is a relatively new weed in Arizona that has quickly spread. The first herbarium collection for Arizona was made in 1997, and by 2019 the plant had risen to public attention due to its conspicuous presence. It is spreading along the I-10 corridor, becoming well established in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima Counties. The movement of people and vehicles through seed-laden stinknet infested areas has potential to dislodge seeds and may be a significant factor in its spread. Stinknet is a nonnative cool-season annual member of the sunflower family (Asteraceae). It may degrade rangeland as it crowds out other desirable cool-season plants. Stinknet is reported to be unpalatable to livestock, and shows little sign of damage by herbivory. It has been implicated in cases of respiratory distress, and there have been reports of contact dermatitis from skin exposure. Stinknet forms thick drifts of plants that are a particular problem for wildfire in Sonoran Desert vegetation. It dries and dies as Arizona enters its hot dry early summer, which is also wildfire season. It can then catch and spread fire from an initial ignition source and carry flames from shrub to shrub and tree to tree. Combatting stinknet, especially larger infestations, and those in wildland situations, will require a long-term integrated weed management plan. Early detection of spot infestations and rapid response to pull and bag weeds before a seed reserve can build is key to preventing the spread of stinknet into new areas like Gila County. Agent Chamberland authored the following Extension bulletin on the subject:

Zoom Link:
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Cost: Free 
Registration: Not required

New  Publications

As groundwater becomes harder to access in many areas of Arizona, risks and costs associated with groundwater wells have become an important economic consideration for property owners.

Preparing Rainwater for Potable Use
Mary Ann Capehart, Janick Artiola  & Susanna Eden

Rainwater harvesting can provide a realistic source of water for homeowners living in remote areas or those who for one reason or another prefer not to use their groundwater inside the house.

Corn: A Fruit, Vegetable, Grain, or All Three?
Traci L. Florian Armstrong, Joshua Sherman & Hope Wilson

Depending on the type of corn grown, when in its lifecycle it is harvested, and how corn is consumed or utilized, it can be classified either as a fruit, vegetable, or grain.

Monitoring Drought in Arizona
Andrew Brischke, Michael Crimmins, Josh Grace, Ashley L. Hall  & Mitchel McClaran 

Drought is a normal part of climate variability. It is a slow-moving phenomenon moving across space and time which is often difficult to define or identify. The definition of drought is often related to how drought affects someone or something.

Protegiendo sus bandadas de aves de corral de los parásitos externos – ácaros y piojos
Jennifer Weber & Shujuan (Lucy) Li

External parasites, such as mites and lice, are common pests of birds, especially backyard poultry. This article provides basic information on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an infestation and how to effectively treat infested birds.

Ursula K. Schuch
Drought and heat conditions are becoming more common in the southwestern United States with below average annual rainfall, highly variable local and regional rainfall patterns, and warmer than normal temperatures.

Sharing knowledge to improve ecological restoration outcomes
Elise S. Gornish, Molly McCormick, Marquel Begay &  Mlungele M. Nsikani

Ecological restoration efforts are likely to be more successful when project components are informed by relevant stakeholders. However, key stakeholders are often not included in restoration design and deployment.

Please Join us for the ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

Talkin’ Bout my Generation
Thursday, May 6th and May 13th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | ZOOM Only

This presentation will help you understand the diversity and benefits between the generations, develop an understanding of how to be inclusive with generations, and develop strategies for generational inclusivity in the workplace. Join us to learn how to harness the power of the generations.

Presenters: Evelyn Whitmer, Josh Sherman, Peter Hooper, Jan Groth, Rosie Stewart, Liza Quiñonez, Karla De La Cruz, and Martha Salcedo- University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Cochise & Santa Cruz Counties

Register for this Special Zoom Series:

Implicit Bias: What It Is & How to Address It
Wednesday, May 12th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | ZOOM Only

This presentation will cover bias, in general, and different types of biases that may influence interactions. We will also discuss why disrupting bias is important for an organization. Finally, we review proven strategies to mitigate the effects of biases.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Michelle Ortiz is the Director for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. She received her PhD in Communication from The University of Arizona. In her current role, she develops and oversees trainings aimed at reducing the influence of implicit biases and promoting an inclusive climate.

Register for the Zoom Webinar for April and May’s speakers during Spring 2020: 

Brought to you by: the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion Council


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