Weekly Updates

 

June 28th, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 25                             

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Dear Community,

Yesterday, the Center held it's Spring Regional Advisory Committee Meeting at the Alumni Center here in Davis. We appreciate everyone who took part in this event for taking the time to come together and discuss the ongoing and future activities of the CRC. Thank you for all your comments and contributions, and a special thanks to our presenters Este Geraghty, Nancy Erbstein, Teri Greenfield, and Trish Kelly
 
 


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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

 

 

 

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter is issuing a call for proposed speakers to be a part of a new speaker series, "The Provost's Public Forums on the Public University and the Social Good." The series will be overseen by the Office of the Provost in cooperation with the Center for Regional Change, and will bring nine public presentations by expert speakers for the 2012-2013 academic year to discuss some of the issues facing the University of California system including the difficulties of diminished state funding. The series aims to further awareness and expand the dialogue within and beyond the university community through workshops and classroom visits. For more information about this exciting series, click here

 Regional Change in the News

Friends of the CRC Art for Regional Change (ARC) and the Cooperative Extension recently released a new toolkit entitled "Toolkit for Change: Using Personal Stories to Sustain Working Landscapes and Rural Communities". The toolkit comes as a result from another ARC project, Passion for the Land, a digital storytelling project designed to help residents in the California Sierra Nevada engage with policymakers, local leaders, and educators about the challenges of sustaining working landscapes, wildlife habitat, and the rural way of life. The toolkit is comprised of facilitation and training guides, as well as a discussion guide to help generate dialogues among communities seeking to preserve rural culture and natural resources for future generations. To read more about this toolkit, please click  here.  

 

Questions remain unanswered for many Kettleman City residents battling with alarmingly high levels of birth-defects in their infant populations. Officials from the the California Department of Public Health recently released a study, an update of a February 2010 report, asserting that the rate in defects had recently decreased. However, residents feel the report remains incomplete due to the fact that no resident had been interviewed over an 18 month prior to the report's release date. In the report, officials report a birth-defect rate was 1.79 per 100 live births in 2010-11 in comparison to an 8.51 rate in 2008. For more on this story, click here

 

Due to recent California budget cuts, as many as 900,000 low-income children statewide will be making the move from the state's eliminated Healthy Families insurance plan to Medi-Cal. The move is set to begin in January 2013 and will be done in phases to ensure children continue to receive vital health services. Overall, the change is estimate to save California about $13 million in 2012-2013. Some areas will be more affected by the end of Healthy Families than others. At least 4,500 children in Fresno County are expected to make the change. For more, click here.  

Special Reports on Regional Change


Aspiring Americans: Undocumented Youth Leaders in California
is a recent study by USC's Veronica Terriquez and UCLA's Caitlin Patler which looks at data collected from young adults in California, including 410 undocumented youth who reported participation in an immigrant youth organization. The authors found that a significant portion of these "undocumented leaders" have a inclination towards civic leadership and are active participants in their communities despite experiencing disproportionate levels of economic hardship. Currently, California is home to 1.1 million undocumented children and young adults, 24% of the national undocumented population in the same age range. This research brief concludes with 3 policy recommendations aimed at helping young leaders overcome these blocked opportunities and further their contributions. To read more about this report, click here.




Upcoming Events
Please join the Cornerstone Theater Company and the California Endowment on Saturday, June 30th for a performance of ZERO, a play based on real stories from Sacramento students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders dealing with school discipline. The play is a part of new program, Talk it Out: A Community Conversation to Fix School Discipline which aims to build bridges between legislators and a community of students and educational advocates. A reception will be held at 1PM and the performance begins at 2PM at The Guild Theater in Sacramento. For more about this event, click here.

The Lower Yuba River Management Team will be hosting their 4th annual Lower Yuba River Symposium on Monday, July 9th. The symposium brings together several groups and organizations to discuss the current Yuba Accord Monitoring and Evaluation Program which seeks to maintain fish in good condition and achieving viable salmonid population. The symposium will be held from 8:30AM-1:00PM, at the Federal Office Building in Sacramento. For more information, click here.  

From June to October, the University of California's small farm program and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Division of Fairs and Expositions are organizing agritourism workshops and tours for farmers and agricultural leaders seeking to entertain and educate visitors and to market their crops. Workshops will bring together several speakers to share their insights and hold interactive discussions on potential collaborations between specialty crop growers, agritourism operators and fairs, and guided tours of the fair facilities. For a list of event dates and locations, click here.
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
The Plug-in and Electric Vehicle Research Center (PH&EV Research Center) is soliciting proposals to measure, model and compare Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) systems and battery-to-grid (B2G) systems such as a Home Energy Storage Appliance (HESA) or other 2nd-life battery storage devices. This task will evaluate the grid requirements for ancillary services, and compare the ability of both vehicles and stationary battery storage devices to provide those services. Applications are due Friday, July 13th. For more information, click here.

Community Stories (previously the California Story Fund)
is a competitive grants
program to support story-based public humanities projects that collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories of California communities. Application eligibility is limited to California-based nonprofit organizations and local/state public agencies or institutions. Grant awards range up to $10,000. Applications are due Wednesday, August 1st. For application guidelines and to look at past applicants, click here.  

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities

The Climate Corps Bay Area's AmeriCorps National Service Program is accepting rolling applications to participate in their 2012-2013 program which begins early September 2012 and runs through July 2013. Applicants should be passionate about climate change and committed to making a difference at the community level. The program places volunteers with a local government or nonprofit community partner to help implement emission reduction projects. For the application, click here.  

Area West Environmental, Inc., an environmental consulting firm in the Sacramento area, is seeking to fill a Project Coordinator/Environmental Analyst internship position. This internship is an excellent opportunity to learn about all aspects of the environmental consulting business from project start to finish. For more information about the position, click here.

Peer Health Exchange is taking applications for a full-year, paid internship in San Francisco, CA. Peer Health Exchange is a national non-profit organization that gives teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. To apply, click here