Weekly Updates


August 17, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 29          

Hello Friends,

This week we were able to strategize around our connections to other institutions and organizations working on issues of regional change. Additionally, we are now more effectively utilizing social media in order to connect and share information with our friends and those friends we have yet to meet.

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As always, you will find relevant: news, resources, opportunities, and events in the regions we serve and beyond.

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The Center for Regional Change

In This Issue
CRC Activities
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Jobs & Employment Opportunities
Upcoming Events
Regional Change in the News

CRC Activities

Oakland Skyline. Photo: dangerbrain.wordpress.com
Michael Johnson, Graduate Associate at the CRC, posted a blog entry on Oakland's City I.D. Card Ordinance. The Oakland program is modeled after similar programs in New Haven, Connecticut and San Francisco, California. The program hopes to provide valid identification and increased financial security to: immigrants, the homeless, the socioeconomically disadvantaged, and transgender communities. To learn more about this program and similar local initiatives on our Wordpress blog, click here.


CA Capitol. Photo: atr.org 

Today, the CRC's Director, Jonathan London presented the findings of the recently completed Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions Research to state political leaders at the California State Assembly Select Committee Hearing on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in Sacramento. Click here to learn about or refresh your understanding of this important and groundbreaking research. 

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
School Improvement. Photo: sps.k12.mo.us
Lowe's Toolbox for Education
Invites Applications for K-12 Public School Improvement Projects   Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to U.S. public K-12 schools or affiliated parent groups working to improve their schools through facility enhancement, cleanup programs, and projects to encourage parent involvement and community spirit. Click here for more details. 


African women. Photo: omniscopic.com 

Earthwatch Institute is accepting concept notes for future research proposals covering the areas of : ecosystem services, climate change, oceans, and cultural heritage. Earthwatch supports doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, or researchers with equivalent scholarship or commensurate life experience and welcomes proposals from advanced scholars and professionals of any nationality, covering any geographic region. Up to $51,000 is available per full field season.Click here for the full description.    


Extreme Makeover. Photo: davidtercero.com 

Apply by September 30th, 2011 for Global Green USA's Green School Makeover Competition. Global Green wants to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn in a healthier, greener school. The Competition, as presented by Pureology, gives you the chance to help a school in your area by nominating it for a Green School Makeover worth $65,000. For more information about this opportunity, Click here .  

Jobs & Employment Opportunities 

World Energy. Photo: newscientist.com 

The Call for Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship: The Humanities Research Center at Rice University seeks a one-year postdoctoral fellow to take part in a Mellon-Sawyer seminar on "Cultures of Energy: Global Economies and Local Communities" during the academic year 2012-13. The seminar will incubate multi-disciplinary humanistic collaboration and scholarly inquiry on issues of energy and energy transition. A key goal of the seminar is to establish humanistic scholarship in energy and environment-related questions as a dynamic and integral part of ongoing intellectual debate and discussion of energy choices and energy futures. Get more information by clicking here. 


agriculture research. Photo: research-europe.com
The Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher
to design and lead stakeholder engagement activities for targeting and prioritizing potential economic, social, and environmental impacts related to agricultural production and commodity sourcing choices and to evaluate specific indicators that may be used as proxies to represent target economic, social, and environmental issues.  For more information, click here.   


UNF. Photo: palais.mc 

The United Nations Foundation is offering a Solutions from the Land paid internship for for Fall, 2011. The intern will be responsible for assisting the initiative in producing an action plan for policy and programmatic recommendations to advance integrated solutions to food security, biodiversity conservation and climate change in the US and globally. Click here for the full announcement.  

Upcoming Events
Midsummer Nights Dream. Photo: visionsfineart.com
The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble
, presents A Midsummer Night's Dream from September 15th to October 2nd. Fairies, Mechanicals, and Lovers unite to start season 2 with a bang. A Midsummer Night's Dream will be a celebration of the Arboretum and what makes the city of Davis one-of-a-kind. 
For more event information, click here.


Free Webinar: Brought to you by the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP), the webinar is a training program in community based participatory research on disparities in breast cancer linked to the environment.  The dates are Friday, August 26th; Tuesday, August 30th; and Thursday, September 1st  For more information about this event, click  here


San Joaquin Valley. Photo: california-blog.com 

You are invited to ELEVATE, the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley's 2011 summit. This event takes place on October 7th, 2011 and focuses on regional solutions to regional problems. Key topics include: the streamlining of governance, job creation, infrastructure development, and smart planning. Click  here.  

Regional Change in the News

Seeds of Change. Photo: merchantcircle.com 

By sowing "seeds of change" within the San Joaquin Valley, we can improve the lives of all Californians. Learn about some of the exciting work being done in the SJV by local organizers and this work's potential to make positive change in the region. Get to the article by clicking here.  


Uncle Sam. Photo: jimrenshaw.com
A coalition of California advocates for improved health, welfare and social services is calling for a boycott of Amazon.com Inc. until the giant Internet retailer drops a referendum aimed at overturning a new law requiring it to collect sales taxes on goods purchased by Californians. Get the full story here.      


Money Toilet Paper. Photo: http://trendsupdates.com

San Jose's technology incubator program now faces increased scrutiny. Two years ago, consultants told San Jose Redevelopment Agency officials that a highly celebrated program aimed at spawning technology startups was falling far short of its goals. Among their findings: The longtime program was producing few new jobs and the vast majority of the new companies didn't stay in town. Click here for the full story.  


Birth Defect. Photo: birthdefects.in.gov
In a nod to public pressure, the regional water board has delayed its vote on renewing Chemical Waste Management's permit to run its experimental liquid-infused landfill near Kettleman City. Chem Waste's toxic-waste facility near Kettleman City is at the heart of the controversy surrounding a spike in birth defects in the impoverished farmworker community that spurred a state investigation last year. Click here for the article.
Special Reports on Regional Change
Dropout Cartoon. Photo: ibabuzz.com
California's high school dropout rate stands at nearly 20 percent.
Nearly one out of every five students in California's projected class of 2010 - 18.2 percent - dropped out of high school before graduation day, meaning 94,000 teenagers hit the streets without a diploma, according to data from the State Department of Education. Read more by clicking here.
 See all of this information and more on our website: regionalchange.ucdavis.edu. We invite any input on or contributions to these announcements.  Also, if you are interested in providing a post for our blog, please let us know.  To unsubscribe, click the "unsubscribe" button below. Thanks for your time!


Michael Johnson 

UC Davis Center for Regional Change