Region Matters


  April 29th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 28                        

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

The CRC's series of briefs on the topic of chronic absence in the Sacramento City Unified

nancyerbstein School District (SCUSD) was featured in Sunday's Sacramento Bee. Click here to read this great article! 


The series includes an overview of chronic absence and its financial and learning costs, characteristics of SCUSD's chronically absent students, populations and places that may benefit from additional support, and recommendations. The series can be accessed on the CRC website:


The research was led by Nancy Erbstein (Department of Human Ecology) with the support of Teri Greenfield (UC Davis Center for Regional Change) and conducted in collaboration with SCUSD and Community Link. The work was funded with the generous support of The California Endowment and Sierra Health Foundation.

Regional Change in the News

AAG Smart Brief


Sprawl may inhibit social interaction There tend to be fewer opportunities to engage in social interactions in cities that are more spread out, according to a study by researchers Steven Farber and Xiao Li. In particular, the study found that decentralization, fragmentation and lengthy commutes can all take a toll on social interaction. "Decentralization has roughly 10 times the negative impact of fragmentation and about 20 times that of longer commute times," said Farber, a geography professor at the University of Utah. Read a recent news article on this work here



Upcoming Events

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter and Vice Provost, University Outreach and International Programs William B. Lacy and the Community and Regional Development Program and the Center for Regional Change cordially invite you to a lecture in the series.


The Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good: "From Mandalay to Memorial Union: How Public Universities Keep Dreams Alive"



Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and Chief Executive Officer,

Institute of International Education (IIE)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Walter A. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

(Parking $7; Campus Map)

Lecture: 4-5 p.m., AGR Room

Reception: 5-6 p.m., Moss Patio

Click here to RSVP By Wednesday, May 1, 2013


The Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good, established at UC Davis in fall 2012, is a distinguished speaker series intended to foster informed and focused dialogue on what public universities should and can be in the 21st century. It was designed in large part to respond to the persistent and deepening fiscal crisis facing our state governments, which provide the core support for public universities. Because of this crisis, which has meant sharply diminishing state support in recent years, public universities are facing severe budget challenges of their own-and find some of their core functions, such as providing accessible and affordable high-quality education, threatened. Given that fiscal crises are also affecting other regions of the world, including Europe and Latin America, it is useful to ask: How are public university systems in other nations fulfilling their public mission in a time of tighter budgets? And how do their ways of coping affect students, faculty, and administrators?



Subject: Risk Ranking - Part II (rescheduled from April 23)

Summary: This Risk Ranking webinar will allow participants to share and learn from the experience of past CARE Level 1 efforts in identifying environmental concerns, gathering data, ranking risks, and setting priorities. Participants will come away with an understanding of the key actions and critical elements for achieving success needed to build local capacity which contributes to sustainability. Part II of this webinar will include an overview on the risk ranking process provided by Davis Zhen (EPA R10) and Paul Wagner (EPA R4) and a community perspective from Leslie Kahihikolo and Pake Salmon of Pacific American Foundation (Hawaii CARE community).

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Time: 3 pm - 5 pm (Eastern Time)


nference Number: 1-866-299-3188 and code 202-564-1668 (Note: Please log into this webinar using the URL above and call via this conference number.)

Location: Room 5530 ARN (For EPA HQ Staff Only)

Environmental Justice Project Annual Book Lecture

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Student Community Center, Room D, UC Davis

Featured Author: Dr. Alison Alkon, Prof. of Sociology, University of the Pacific

Featured Books:

- Black, White and Green: Race, Farmers Markets and the Green Economy. UGA Press 2012.


- Cultivating Food Justice; Race, Class and Sustainability. MIT Press. 2011. (co-edited with Julian Agyeman)


*       4:00-5:30 p.m. - Presentation and Q & A

*       5:30-6:00 p.m. - Book Signing (copies of will be on sale)

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment's Environmental Justice Project, American Studies Program, Dept. of Sociology, Critical Studies in Food and Culture Research Group, Center for Regional Change, and the Davis Humanities Institute.


Crop insurance expert John Finston and Western United Dairymen CEO Michael Marsh are featured speakers at The Farm Bill and Western Agriculture conference.

May 14, 2013,  

8:00 a.m.   

Conference Center, UC Davis

Agricultural leaders and economists will discuss the new Farm Bill and its impacts on agriculture in the West May 14 at an all-day conference at the UC Davis Conference Center.

Karen Ross, secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture and former U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture chief of staff, and Katy Coba, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, will share their insights on what the Farm Bill is likely to mean for agriculture in the western states.The conference is sponsored by OreCal, an Agricultural and Resource Policy Research collaboration between the Center for Agricultural & Environmental Policy at Oregon State University and the University of California Agricultural Issues Center.