Weekly Updates


July 12th, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 26                              

Dear Community,

This week's newsletter is filled with exciting information on recent developments in our Davis community as well the state. Make sure to explore the California Watch article which maps some of California's unincorporated communities featured in our Regional Change in the News section.
The Center is currently working in one of the communities featured in this article, and our work was even higlighted by the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC). To learn more about our work in the Eastern Coachella Valley, please click here

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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
Dear Colleagues and Friends of the Center for Regional Change,

I am writing to let you know that Katrina Stanley has accepted a new position as a Contracts and Grants Analyst for University Extension, Financial Services Dept. Her last day working with the Center for Regional Change will be Tuesday, July 17. I know you will all want to join me in congratulating Katrina on this new position, which represents a significant advancement in her career at UC Davis.

Katrina has been an invaluable resource for the Center during a period of rapid growth. Her administrative skills have solidified our basic operations and her infectious enthusiasm and team spirit has touched all of us. We are a much better Center as a result of her devoted efforts. So it is sad to see her go, but we wish her the best in her new opportunity.

For the near term future, Jen Marchese, (identified through UCDavis TES) will be taking over Katrina's duties. She began working with us last Monday so that Katrina could orient her to the position before she leaves.

On behalf of Jonathan London and all of us associated with the Center, thank you Katrina for all you've done, and continued success.

Dave Campbell
Acting Director, Center for Regional Change
 Regional Change in the News

The Center for American Progress and National Journal recently released news of a new collaboration between both groups entitled The Next America, an initiative that seeks to explore the political, economic and social impacts of racial and cultural change. From this initiative both groups hope to produce polls, feature national and local events, publish magazine supplements, and a create a website. Already up and working, their website has published several articles on topics ranging from current political news to opinion pieces from guest voices. To explore The Next America and read the articles, click here.    


California Watch is featuring a series of maps looking at 4 unincorporated communities throughout the state of California, including Parklawn, Lanare, Matheny Tract, and Thermal. These communities are largely inhabited by Latinos and often lack the public services incorporated cities often take for granted, such as clean drinking water and streetlights. The maps outline unincorporated areas, and compare the communities' median household income to their respective counties. To see the maps and see the surprising income gaps, click here.    


The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics found in a study that large numbers of young people are becoming more engaged in politics but seek help in navigating the multitude of sources available online. The study draws base from a national survey that questioned 3,000 people ages 15 to 25 from in early 2011 on how they use the Internet and social media and how they engage in politics. What they found was that a significant portion of the nation's youth population is taking part in "participatory politics" which can include activities like starting a political group online or forwarding political videos to friends. What was most surprising was that 84 percent of those surveyed believe they and their friends would benefit from learning more about how to tell if online information was trustworthy. To read more about the study and its implications, click here.


Spare the Air Alert has been in effect as of Wednesday, July 11th for the Bay Area. During the summer months, the Air District issues Spare the Air alerts for days on which air quality reaches unhealthy levels.  During this time, residents are asked to cut back on any activities that cause pollution, and people who are sensitive to unhealthy air should limit their time outside. For the Bay Area, Spare the Air season generally runs from May through mid-October when several conditions combine to create a smoggy environment. To learn more about this alert and how to take action, click here 

Special Reports on Regional Change

The Foundation for Youth Investment (FYI) recently shared a report on their 2011 Statewide Discussion Series which brought organizations together to discuss how the outdoor youth provider community can become more relevant to California's diverse youth population. The series was a part of FYI's cultural relevancy initiative which seeks to develop the best practices for the field and to increase engagement with minority communities and other under-represented youth groups. These discussions were held throughout the state in cities like San Francisco and Fresno, and were hosted by a wide array of groups, including the Sierra Health Foundation, the Central California Consortium, and REI, among others. The report contains the content of discussions as well as next steps for the initiative. To read this report in-full, click here.
Upcoming Events
Please join the UC Davis Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences as they feature Dr. Kimber Stanhope, an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Molecular Biosciences here in UC Davis, during their monthly lecture on Thursday, July 26 at 6PM. Dr. Stanhope will present a study on the metabolic effects of sugar consumption and how high sugar diets are contributing to the U.S. epidemics of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This same study was recently featured in the CBS News 60 Minutes investigative report with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. To learn more about this event, click here.

From June 18th to August 31st the UC Davis Design Museum is presenting IGNITE! The Art of Sustainability, an exhibit that looks at the natural and human forces that have shaped the California landscape from a historical and contemporary perspective. The exhibition grew out of Ignite! Museums as Catalysts for Sustainability, a project of the California Association of Museums and its Green Museums Initiative, which also sponsors the Green Museums Accord. The exhibit features original pieces by several Californian contemporary artists, including two UC Davis faculty members who have long focused their work on issues of the environment and sustainability. To learn more about this UC Davis art exhibit, click here.  
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is issuing a call for proposals looking at the organization, financing, delivery, and quality of public health services within communities and the resulting impact on population health. This call for proposals is designed to increase the Public Health Services and Systems Research evidence base and strengthen the pool of researchers available to conduct this type of research. Up to eight grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded for a maximum of twenty-four months. For more information about the application process, click here.


The United States Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Refuge System, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, along with its partners, is requesting creative and innovative grant proposals that aim to increase the number and effectiveness of organizations interested in assisting the refuge system nationwide. Both start-up grants and capacity-building grants are available, ranging from $1,500 to $5,000. For more information, click here.  

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities

The Blue Ridge Berryessa Natural Area (BRBNA) Conservation Partnership is accepting applications for their Program Director part-time position. Responsibilities include: facilitating communication, coordination, and collaboration of BRBNA partners and supporting project planning and delivery for key Partnership priorities. Applications are due Wednesday, July 18th. For more information, click here.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is looking for an Associate Environmental Planner to work out of their Oakland office. The position will require the employee to research and develop reports to inventory, identify, and analyze vegetation and wildlife and assist in the design, development, and recommendation of mitigation measures. For more information about the application process, click here.

Fresh Producers is looking for an intern to support their Youth Coordinator within the Sacramento City Unified School District in an after-school setting. The intern will work in the classroom with students, help plan community events, and help to engage the students' families in learning about health and nutrition. The desired start date is early September. To learn more, click here.