Region Matters


  October 7, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 50                  

CRC friends and colleagues: We hope you can join us for several upcoming CRC sponsored events in October. 

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CRC Events in October
CRC Community Partners in the News
CRC Faculty Affiliates
CRC Events in October
Please join us for these upcoming CRC sponsored events:

CRC book launch event with author and journalist Sasha Abramsky

"The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives

Tuesday, October 8, 4:00 p.m., UC Davis Memorial Union's Griffin Lounge

Sasha Abramsky, author, journalist and UC Davis' writing program lecturer will discuss and sign copies of his latest book.

Light refreshments will be served.


UC Community Engaged Research Survey Presentation

October 9, from 10am-12pm, UC Davis Buehler Alumni Center (Founders' Room)

The UC Office of the President funded researchers at UC Merced to conduct a system-wide survey of community engaged research. The discussion will include findings across the system and for UC Davis. Your recommendations for how to support community engaged research will contribute to a system-wide report to enhance support for community engaged research.

To rsvp, please click here.

For more information on any of these CRC sponsored events in October, please contact Beth Bourne at 530-752-3007 or  

 CRC Community Partners in the News

Valley LEAP's director Rey Leon featured in Zócalo Public Square

California's Coast Doesn't Have a Sustainability Monopoly: How A Brown, Dusty San Joaquin Valley Town Is Going Green

CRC's community partner, Rey Leon is founder and director of Valley LEAP (Latino Environmental Advancement Policy Project), a non-profit that works with communities to create healthier environments, sustainable communities, and green jobs. His work on sustainability and environmental justice in the city of Huron (50 miles west of Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley) includes a 2011 Caltrans' environmental justice grant to the City of Huron and Valley LEAP to "identify low-cost, easy-to-implement solutions and long-term strategies to improve safety, access, and mobility for all users". After community discussions, Huron asked Caltrans to put in traffic circles at both ends of town to slow the trucks down on Route 269 and improve crosswalks. The article below notes that what Leon is most excited about is the idea of building "pocket plazita." This tiny plaza will occupy a strip of land created by fixing a dangerous intersection between two city streets and Rt. 269.


 CRC Faculty Affiliates

New book: Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health

Charlotte Biltekoff, UC Davis Associate Professor with the Department of Food Science and Technology, new book (Duke University Press, October 2013), offers a powerful critique of dietary reform in the United States from the late nineteenth-century emergence of nutritional science through the contemporary alternative food movement and campaign against obesity. Eating Right in America argues that while the primary aim may be to improve health, the process of teaching people to "eat right" inevitably involves shaping certain kinds of subjects and citizens, and shoring up the identity and social boundaries of the ever-threatened American middle class.

Read the introduction here.
Community Events

Davis Reads is a community book project based in the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library of the Yolo County Library. This year's Davis Reads pick is Enrique's Journey - The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario. A national best-seller, Enrique's Journey recounts the true story of a Central American boy who travels to the U.S. alone in search of his mother. 

Film Screening of Under the Same Moon- Monday, October 7th 6-8 p.m (Davis library) and Thursday, October 24th 7-9 p.m. at the International House

Sunday, October 20, 3-5 pm. Forum/Discussion of Enrique's Journey & Under the Same Moon/La misma luna. Davis Branch Library


Jason McClennan, founder and CEO of the Living Building Institute which e will present on Living Building Challenge and Net Zero Certification programs and his vision on how the Central Valley can reach its highest potential as part of a "living future". 

Saturday, October 19th , Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA


Request for Seed Grant Proposals - University Outreach & International Programs
University Outreach and International Programs (UOIP) requests proposals that will foster new programs and initiatives related to:
*  International research, educational and academic outreach activities and programs
*  Continuing, distance and lifelong learning and academic engagement with the broader society
Funding amounts will range from $5,000 to $15,000 per proposal. Successful proposals will receive funding beginning in February 2014.
Proposals are due Thursday, October 31, 2013 by 5pm.
Further information regarding the 2013 proposal requirements and frequently asked questions can be found here.
Training on negotiating effective environmental agreements
November 13 & 14 at UC Berkeley
A two-day workshop is offered by CONCUR for professionals who negotiate environmental agreements. Course One covers the process of face-to-face negotiation to augment traditional policy making with creative agreements. Participants learn the elements of mutual gains bargaining, apply them in a series of simulated disputes, and reflect on the application of these tools to everyday work situations. The workshop's lessons draw from CONCUR's experience facilitating and mediating agreements in land use and water use efficiency, watersheds and fisheries, infrastructure planning, air quality, renewable energy, and climate change adaptation. 
For more information, click here.