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   December 14th, 2012  Vol. 3. Issue 12                            

Holiday beach Greetings Community,

 Today is the official end to Fall Quarter  on campus and, thus, Region  Matters will be on hiatus for the holiday  break.  

 Whether you are traveling far from  home (to some place warm!) or staying  near, we hope everyone has a                                                                            wonderful season with loved ones. 

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In This Issue
CRC Research Innovations
CRC Impact
Regional Change in the News
Upcoming Events
CRC Research Innovations

climatechange The Center for Regional Change hosted a convening of scholars on campus this week to develop a new global initiative on youth and climate change vulnerability. Bringing together faculty from Human Ecology, Plant Sciences, Design, Chicano/a Studies, Cooperative Extension, as well as colleagues from Royal Roads University in British Columbia and San Francisco State University, the meeting resulted in an exciting strategy for collaborative and multi-disciplinary research.

CRC Impact

Healthy Youth/Healthy Environments* has been hosting a speaker series,including a recent talk by Dr. Philip Cook-- Generation Waking Up: Local to global examples of youth engagement in governance, social justice and sustainable development--  available at


Dr. Cook is founder and Executive Director of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD), based in Victoria, BC, Canada (  Since 1994, IICRD has worked at the intersection of child rights, child development, community development and participatory governance across a range of cultures and contexts. IICRD collaborates with local organizations (including youth-serving and youth-led organizations), governments, intergovernmental organizations and universities. Their partnerships have resulted in a range of projects with and on behalf of particularly underserved, under-represented children, youth and their communities that build on young people's insights, creativity and energy, and he describes some of this work in his talk. Questions? Please contact Dr. Nancy Erbstein at


*an initiative of the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, the Department of Human Ecology and the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Regional Change in the News

The Chancellor's Fellowship program honorees for 2012 include CRC Executive Committee Member and Faculty Affiliate, Mary Cadenasso, plant sciences. "We are extremely fortunate at UC Davis to have a multitude of distinguished faculty members," Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said in announcing the newest class of fellows. "The Chancellor's Fellowship program gives us a nice way to recognize some of the truly extraordinary accomplishments of our younger faculty who have done exceptional work early in their careers and are already contributing so much to our students and to our university."  Each fellow receives a $25,000 prize and retains the chancellor's fellow title for five years.


Mary Cadenasso, associate professor, plant sciences - She leads one of the nation's top urban ecology research groups and has developed a novel urban landscape classification known as HERCULES. The system, which relies on land cover rather than land use, has established a new scientific framework for ecological analysis and policy formation for urban ecosystems. One of her research projects has examined the relationship between impervious surface cover, building density and nitrate concentrations in streams. Another project has focused on heat dissipation and land surface temperature, proving that increasing woody vegetation will alleviate urban heat. In 2009, she received a prestigious Early Career Development Program Award from the National Science Foundation. Cadenasso earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Santa Clara University, and a doctorate in ecology and evolution from Rutgers University, then served for two years as a visiting scholar at Yale University before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2006. Click here to learn more.


"25 Stories from the Central Valley" has been updated, expanded and relaunched as "Voices from the Valley!" Take a look at their beautiful new website at to learn more about the environmental issues facing low income communities of color in California's San Joaquin Valley.

It will include deeper stories and more ways to share them: In addition to the original photo exhibit and teaching aides, check out the new features!


Forbes Magazine recently designated Fresno, California the nation's dirtiest city. Click here to read the article.  

Upcoming Events

New Course on Campus: Environmental Epidemiology - EPI 251

This course will cover study design, exposure assessment and a variety of environmental hazards such as water pollution, air pollution, climate change, and radiation.  Other topics include environmental justice and use of Geographic Information Systems for mapping hazards and exposures.  Class will include lectures from a variety of experts in the field of environmental epidemiology. Click here for the flyer. 


California Water Policy Seminar Series: Winter 2013

Mondays, 4:10-5:30 pm, 176 Chemistry

Speakers will include Lois Wolk (State Senator), Phil Isenberg (Chair, Delta Stewardship Council), and other eloquent leading luminaries on California water. A more specific schedule and talk titles will be forthcoming. The series is co-sponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Center for Watershed Sciences - John Muir Institute of the Environment, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, California Environmental Law and Policy Center (CELPC), Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group, and Geography Graduate Group.