Weekly Updates

 

June 14th, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 23                            

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Hello Friends!
 
Check out the great work being done on our campus in our "Special Reports on Regional Change" section.

A collaboration between academics, graduate students and undergrads, including CRC faculty affiliate, Beth Rose Middleton, The Restore/Restory project illustrates key themes and patterns in California history through the microcosm of the Cache Creek region.   

The Resore/Restory project is a model of the type of engaged education advocated in the UC Davis Vision Plan by Chancellor Katehi.

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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

 

On Tuesday, June 12th, our staff and families gathered for our Year End Celebration at the Winters Community Center in Winters.  This gave us a chance to spend time with our colleagues outside of the office, meet family members, and recognize the few staff members that are, sadly, leaving the CRC.  

 

Congratulations Ana Quiroz and Jannette Ramirez!  Ana will be graduating with a major in International Relations and will be attending UCSD's Masters program in Pacific International Affairs in the fall.  Jannette will be graduating with a double major:  Comparitive Literature and Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning.  We'd also like to recognize our staff member, Rachel Goldstein.  We cannot say enough about her hard work and dedication to the center. She's has also been a great mentor to all of our student staff.  Rachel will be attending Duke's Masters of Public Policy in the fall.  We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors and are so proud of them all! 

 Regional Change in the News

A majority of Californians want to move forward with environmental regulation, despite a tough economy, with the strongest support coming from those with the highest joblessness rates.  Sixty-nine percent of blacks and Latinos and 53 percent of Asians want the state to act now to reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming, compared to 51 percent of whites. Read the article and watch a video here

 

A coalition of environmental groups is alleging that California's Cap and Trade program violates the 1964 Civil Rights act. The complaint alleges that African-Americans, Latinos and Asians are more likely to live in the low-income neighborhoods near refineries and power plants and will not receive the benefit of emission reductions intended under Cap and Trade. Read more here

 

According to a group of business and civic leaders, California colleges and universities need to step up degree completion dramatically for the state's economy to flourish. The state will need 2.3 million more college degrees and certificates than it is likely to produce by 2025.  Read more here.  

 
Adult education in California is nearly as old as the state itself. Today, the program that has helped millions of people learn English, earn a GED, and receive job training for 156 years is facing extinction.  Titled, "At Risk: Adult Schools in California," one survey looked into the state's 30 largest school districts and found that 23 had made significant cuts to their adult education programs. In many cases, they lost at least half their funding. Read more here.  

 

Special Reports on Regional Change

Restore/Restory is a community media project through UC Davis Art of Regional Change with the help of CRC faculty affiliate, Beth Rose Middleton, that documents the changing cultural, economic,  and physical landscape of Cache Creek Preserve in rural Yolo County, California.  While the  ecological transformation of the Preserve is well-documented in county reports; its historical,  political, and cultural stories remain unrepresented. Restore/Restory fills this gap by working  with diverse stakeholders to tell the public history of the site. Download a report of the entire project here.  

 

 

 

Upcoming Events
California Extreme Precipitation Symposium 2012 will look back on the 1861 floods to help inform our decision 150 years later.  The 150th anniversary of California's historic floods of December 1861 and January 1862 is an opportunity to look back and examine these floods from today's perspective. What lessons from these past floods can be applied to decisions about flood risk today? Sign up to attend on June 26th here.  

 

 What must be done to reduce emissions and begin to pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere in order to avoid dangerous climate change and to return the Earth to a safe-climate future? How can the public and decision-makers cut through the spin and denial in order to do what is necessary?Join presenter Peter Joseph, M.D. for a presentation on July 10 at 6 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College, to titled, "The Climate Crisis Science vs. Denial."  Find out more here
 
 The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies presents "BP Statistical Review of World Energy, 2012" on June 18th. The Statistical Review is the first publication to provide an authoritative, objective picture of global energy supply/demand/trade developments from the previous year - by fuel and by country. Find out more here
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

 

The Environmental Laboratory (EL) announces research opportunities involving natural resources stewardship. There are three main focus areas in this solicitation: integrated natural resources management, riparian zone management, and tools for natural and cultural resources at multiple scales. Find out more here
 

 

The National Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Center is pleased to announce a call for a policy study on natural gas extraction. This is a single  or multiple investigator literature review and policy synthesis, with the first draft to be completed by September 15, 2012. First preference is given to individuals with demonstrated expertise in agriculture or rural policy. Download the full RFP here

 

 

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities

The Stewardship Council is hiring a Youth Investment Program officer for their San Mateo office.   This position  play a key role in establishing grantmaking efforts for the Foundation for Youth Investment. Find out more here

The University of California Cooperative Extension is seeking a Healthy Living Academic Coordinator. Find out more here

The Capital Region Organizing Project, a Sacramento-based community organizing and regional equity organization is seeking interns in its downtown offices. Download the flier here

Housing California seeks applicants for our Office Manager / Program Associate position. This position provides administrative assistance and manages the internal functioning of the office including office equipment and systems, human resources and board relations. Download the flier here.