Weekly Updates


October 5,  2011   Vol. 1. Issue 36              


Hello Friends,


You will find this week's newsletter a bit lengthier with a variety of employment opportunities and news stories making up the bulk of the publication.


There are many upcoming events and conferences this fall that will enable the CRC to increase its capacity as well as share the research and best-practices that we have developed. In addition, we are also in the first phases of reengaging dozens of individuals who have contributed to our knowledge base as part of the "Community of Practice" Convenings we held last year.  


We look forward to managing a variety of commitments this quarter and receiving feedback as we continually strive for excellence.

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


The Center for Regional Change

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

CRC Activities

CRC Director, Jonathan London, has just returned from the National Outreach Scholarship Conference (NOSC) in Lansing, Michigan. NOSC is a non-profit educational organization composed of higher education member institutions whose goal is to work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity. This networking and training opportunity can only help to strengthen the Center's capacity to conduct community-engaged research.

CRC Affiliated Organizations:

The Center for Strategic Economic Research, a center affiliated with the Center for Regional Change through Ryan Sharp, Regional Advisory Committee Member, is looking for a Research Analyst. Look in the " Fellwships and Employment Opportunities" section for more.
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco is participating in a webinar to help communities understand the credit impacts of foreclosure. The CRC is affiliated with this institution through another Regional Advisory Committee Member, Darryl Rutherford. Look in the "Upcoming Events" section for more on this.
Special Reports on Regional Change


More than 2 million people die each year from breathing in tiny particles present in air pollution, according to data from nearly 1,100 cities across 91 countries released today by the World Health Organization.


The WHO, calling its compilation of public air quality data "unprecedented," said these tiny particles -- known as PM10 because they're 10 millimeters or less -- can penetrate the lungs, enter the bloodstream and cause heart disease, lung cancer, asthma and acute lower respiratory infections. Click

here to read more about this important issue. 
Regional Change in the News

Healthcare practitioners joined financial services providers and community groups last week to discuss how best to implement the Affordable Care Act and strategies for keeping Californians from acquiring medical debt. At the community forums held in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Fresno, attendees highlighted the needs of their communities and options for those plagued by medical debt. Click here to learn more.


 poverty cartoon: madmikesamerica.com

A family of four in California would need an average of more than $63,000 a year - nearly triple the federal poverty level - to cover its basic needs, according to an analysis of the state's cost of living, released yesterday. Read the rest of this story here.


In an environmental case that is expected to have implications across California, the U.S. Supreme Court, on Monday, refused to take up a lawsuit from the National Association of Home Builders that challenged whether air pollution officials in California can charge developers fees to offset the smog that is caused from new subdivisions and other housing developments. Click here to learn more.


Rural Valley residents in California, in an area half the size of Maryland, live day-to-day wondering if the next drink of water will make their children sick. The water is often laced with nitrates, a chemical linked to a potentially lethal infant illness as well as cancer and residents must continually buy the water that they depend upon for survival. Get the full article by clicking here.

Expanding the Circle on Regionalism

News Cartoon: totaltele.com

The University of Colorado, Denver's College of Architecture and Planning now has a free news service. The service is called Children Youth and Environments (CYE) and is managed by Dr. Sudeshna Chatterjee. The service brings news on programs, policies, legislation, and innovative initiatives from around the world right to your desktop, without crowding your inbox. check it out by clicking here.

Upcoming Events
The Sacramento Safe Routes to School Conference will be held on October 21st, 2011. At this event, you can learn: where to find and how to collect the data that are asked for in the SRTS grant application, how to build support for the project at your school and in your community, and about funding for both engineering and programs. This will be a hands-on opportunity to look at real Safe Routes grant applications and discover why they were successful. For more conference details, please click here.


You are invited to the Eighth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability January 10-12, 2012 in Vancouver, Canada. The Conference will work in a multidisciplinary way across the various fields and perspectives through which participants can address the fundamental and related questions of sustainabilityGet more event information by clicking here.       


three credit reporting agencies: myfreecreditreportx.com

Free webinar! The topic of the webinar will be "Addressing the Credit Impacts of Foreclosure". This 75-minute webinar session will provide participants with an overview of the range of issues households and communities may face after foreclosure with an emphasis on tools for rebuilding credit. A panel of subject matter experts will provide an overview of the multifaceted process of foreclosure recovery; discuss the impact of foreclosure and other credit disruptions on one's credit score; and provide insight into the credit counseling industry and tools available to address credit rebuilding.  For more information about this event, click here.    

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

Sierra Nevada: idrsinc.org

The Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is pleased to request applications for the Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant. The program will award grants of up to $1000 each. The purpose of these grants is to promote research and projects that increase understanding and appreciation of the native flora and ecosystems of the Eastern Sierra region. 

Click here for more details about this opportunity. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for 45 different sustainability projects totaling $1.05 million as part of the P3-People, Prosperity and the Planet Award Program. They are seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. Click here for the full description.   

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

The Center for Strategic Economic Research has an opening for a Research Analyst. The analyst will participate in CSER research projects, conduct secondary and original research and develop content for reports and presentations of research results. For more information about this position, click here


The City of Davis is looking to hire a Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator. The position entails: coordinating the development and implementation of a City-wide pedestrian and bicycle program; promoting bicycle/pedestrian mobility and safety, reviewing projects for compliance with City plans for non-motorized transportation and more. To get further details about this position, click here. 


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is offering Science & Technology Policy Fellowships.Placement opportunities are available in congressional offices and 15 executive branch agencies. The five fellowship areas being offered from September 2012 through August 2013 are: Congressional; Diplomacy, Security& Development; Energy, Environment & Agriculture; Health, Education & Human Services; and

Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship. Click here for the full announcement.


 UC Davis Sustainability: www.facebook.com

The University of California, Davis is hosting the 10th Annual CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference and is looking for motivated students to help organize, market, and fundraise for this event.  This year they expect approximately 1,000 attendees. Conference topics include best practices in the area of energy, food systems, green building, building and operating green healthcare facilities, institutionalizing sustainability and climate action planning, social equity, student affairs, transportation, waste reduction and recycling, water and more. 

Get more position information
by clicking here.