Weekly Updates


June 7th, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 22                            

Hello Friends!
Make sure you check out the study that goes along with the interactive map that we have featured in our "Special Reports on Regional Change" section.  

The report details the geography behind California's politics.  Although California votes strongly demographic, large portions of the state still consider themselves moderates or conservatives.  The study breaks down just how Californian's vote and the extent to which our geography may affect campaigning in the 2012 presidential election.

Hope you find this report as interesting as we do!

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In This Issue
CRC Activities
Regional Change in the News
Special Reports on Regional Change
Upcoming Events
Requests for Proposals
Jobs & Employment Opportunities
CRC Activities


This Tuesday, Prof. Stephen Wheeler presented his new book,Climate Change and Social Ecology: A New Perspective on the Climate Challenge. Prof. Wheeler did a short reading, talked about what got him interested in writing the book, and answered a few questions from the audience.   Copies are now available in the UC Davis book store.  


The CRC will be holding it's Spring Regional Advisory Committee Meeting, Wednesday June 27th, from 10:00a - 2:30p, at the Alumni Center, Founder's Board Room.   We look forward to these meetings as it give us a chance to update our RAC members on all our current projects and receive helpful input on our work and future collaboration prospects!   If you're interested in participating or joining the RAC, contact the CRC .

 Regional Change in the News

The city of Richmond has passed a proposal that aims to solve environmental issues and raise the overall health of the low-income city.  Community members debated whether the new plans are worth hurting some local businesses, but the environmental justice movement won out.  To read all about the debate and the future plans of Richmond click here

Modesto native and former agriculture secretary, Ann Veneman is still working to spread the word about obesity and healthy eating.  Now back in Washington, Veneman and three other former Cabinet secretaries recently published a 105-page report, entitled "Lots to Lose," which identifies obesity as the most urgent public health problem in America today.  Read more about Veneman here.  


Roughly 80,000 children with special needs live in rural California and are forced to travel to bigger cities in order to get the treatment they need.  For many families, moving to more populated, urban areas is simply not feasible and are forced to travel hours every week to see specialists.  Read more about this issue here.  



Fire officials announced the beginning of the California fire season this past Monday, June 4th. In May California fire crews responded to several small fires, notably in Amador and El dorado counties. In response to the increased risk, the Nevada-Yuba-Placer fire unit increased staffing levels. For more information on fire season preparation, click here



Special Reports on Regional Change

The Public Policy Institute of California has a new interactive map on their website that measures the liberalism of each California County. Simply scroll-over a county on the map, and find out what percentage of citizens in that county agree with each issue.  The page breaks down the issues into four categories: fiscal issues, social issues, environmental issues, immigration issues.  Find out the numbers behind your county and others here. Also, check out the entire report on the bottom of the page. 



Upcoming Events
California Adolescent Health Collaborative is hosting a Minor Consent and Confidentially Training event in Merced and Visalia. These workshops will review practice standards and guidelines, policy issues, and other information on minor consent/confidentiality, including an overview of FERPA and HIPAA. Case scenarios for a variety of youth-serving settings will be presented for discussion and questions. Click here for more.  
A commemoration will take place at Woodland Community College on Friday, June 8, to celebrate the completion of the mural called "Our Hope Our Journey Our Dream." The WCC Diversity Committee invited the students of the UC Davis Chicano Studies Spring Mural Workshop Course, led by UC Davis Professor Malaquias Montoya, to paint the mural this spring. Click here to learn more.  
 On June 18-22 UC Davis will host the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. The conference highlights cutting-edge research, as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs, and community partnerships. Learn all about the event on their website.
 On Wednesday, June 13th Professor of Water and Environmental Engineering, Nigel Wright will give a talk entitled "Flood Resilience in Cities: Implications for Modelers and Decision-Makers."  The event will take place in Sacramento as part of the Delta Science Program Brown Bag Series.  Learn more by downloading the flier here.  
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers


As  a part of the recognition of its 40th anniversary, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will honor up to 10 leaders age 40 and under who offer great promise for leading the way to improved health and health care for all Americans. The Young Leader Awards will be given to individuals who have demonstrated innovative leadership in health and health care. For more click here.  
Earthwatch supports doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, or researchers with equivalent scholarship or commensurate life experience. Earthwatch welcomes proposals from advanced scholars and professionals of any nationality, covering any geographic region. For more information click here.  

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments is looking for a Junior Planner.  The position is a limited term, 2 year position and will have technical and planning responsibilities.  Visit here for more info. 

The Applied Research Center is looking for an Intern for their Oakland office.  The intern would work three times per year on different projects with the support of a senior researcher.  For more info click here

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute is seeking student representatives. Two representative positions are available: one on the Internal Steering Committee (ISC) and one on the External Advisory Board. Download the flier here

The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District is hiring a paid Intern.  The deadline to apply is June 15th.  Click here to learn more.