Region Matters


  May 20th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 31                     

Dear Community, 

Thank you for joining us this week! We value your continued support and partnership. Please read on to learn about some of the exciting work that is happening with the CRC!

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In This Issue
CRC Impact
CRC Innovations
CRC Spotlight
Regional Change in the News
CRC Impact

Unicef UNICEF's Chief of Child Protection, Dr. Susan Bissell, gave a series of lectures and workshops last week as part of the Healthy Youth/ Healthy Environments, a joint initiative of the Center for Regional Change, Department of Human Ecology, and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.


bissell Dr. Bissell's talk was entitled, The Protection of Children in our Globalizing World: Change, Challenge and Champions. The pod cast can be accessed here:


Dr. Bissell leads a global team dedicated to improving the well-being of young people in the face of violence, armed conflict, trafficking, and other threats:



UC Davis and UNICEF are now in dialogue about prospects for long-term and institutional collaboration. Dr. Nancy Erbstein and Human Ecology Chair Patsy Eubanks-Owens led the planning team for the event.

CRC Innovations

mr This Thursday, the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project invites you to attend an upcoming talk held at the UC Sacramento Center.


The Growth and Uneven Impact of Latino Voter Turnout in California: 2002-2012


Mindy Romero, Project Director of the California Civic Engagement Project, UC Davis Center for Regional Change


May 23, 2013

12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

1130 K Street, Room LL3

UC Sacramento Center


This presentation examines the growth of Latino voter turnout for the state of California from 2002-2012, examining geographic disparities in representation across the state and overtime. How has the Latino vote changed in California in the last decade? What impact have these changes had on the state's general electorate? Geographic opportunities for future growth will be examined with a focus on how might the state's future demographic changes affect the Latino share of California's electorate and, thus the state's general electorate, as a whole. Additionally, institutional factors affecting Latino voter participation will be examined including those that might help to reduce the barriers to participation for Latinos.


This talk presents findings from an innovative new CCEP policy brief on the 2012 California Latino vote scheduled to be officially released the same day: Changing Political Tides: Demographics and the Impact of the Rising California Latino Vote. For more information, see the flyer here. Register at:

CRC Spotlight 

CafeThe all-new, improved Café Impact website is now operational, featuring eight newly-edited social entrepreneurship how-to videos.  Have a look hereMore videos to come in the weeks ahead.  


Regional Change in the News

There is a new timelapse tool released this month from Google that can aid efforts toward promoting compact growth. Click here to read an article highlighting how this tool is aiding Fresno residents with a stark reminder of just how quickly much of the city's nearby agriculture land has been replaced by homes, shopping centers and freeways.


With its contract up in 2014, Mayor Bloomberg challenged the technology and design community to rethink the ubiquitous, but outdated piece of city infrastructure: the lowly payphone. A submission by CRC faculty affiliates Claire Napawan in the Dept of Human Ecology and Brett Snyder in the Department of Design was one of six selected entries from over 120 submissions. Smart Sidewalks, addressed the widest range of issues, from a changing climate to lowering the digital divide. The design is driven by two competing aims: to pack as much function into a single device as possible and to reduce the phonebooth's footprint. Click here to see a video on this innovative project. Read more here.


Map: Income Disparities Along Bay Area Public Transit Routes

Software developers, Dan Grover and Mike Belfrage, have designed an interactive map that allows users to view how neighborhood incomes rise and fall along the Bay Area's public transportation routes. The data is available for all BART, Muni and Caltrain routes. Click here to read a KQED article about this exciting work.