Region Matters


October 14, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 50                   

CRC community:
Autumn is in the air, and with the new season brings new gatherings and events, innovative projects and collaborations, and the opportunity to reconnect with many of our friends and colleagues in the regions. We hope you enjoy this week's newsletter!

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In This Issue
CRC Announcements
Upcoming Events
Request for Proposals
Employment Opportunities
CRC Announcements
CRC hosts delegation from Tajikistan

On October 11th, a group of young leaders interested in youth development and health and social issues met with CRC staff to learn about CRC initiatives and processes. Professor Riad Bahhur, Coordinator of the International Studies Program, Sacramento City College, led the group of delegates from the Open World Program. The program was set up by Congress after the fall of the Soviet Union to encourage people-to-people exchanged between former Soviet Union citizens and US citizens with the goal of assisting young leaders in the post-Soviet states make the transition from Communism to the various post-Communist systems in the new republics.  


UC Davis Academic Federation to recognize Jeff Loux

The UC Davis Academic Federation has chosen CRC Regional Advisory Committee member Jeff Loux to receive its highest honor: the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award. Jeff Loux divides his time between managing the Land Use and Natural Resources Program for UC Davis Extension, serving as an Adjunct Faculty in Landscape Architecture and serving as a mediator for numerous environmental and natural resource issues. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter and the Academic Federation are hosting the award dinner, at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in Ballroom B at the UC Davis Conference Center. The RSVP deadline is October 25. Tickets are $35 per person, and can be purchased by calling Ceremonies and Special Events at 530-754-2262.


CCEP project to examine California's Vote-By-Mail Ballots

CRC's California Civic Engagement Project director Mindy Romero will be launching a new project, Examining California's Vote-By-Mail Ballots, which recently received generous funding from the James Irvine Foundation.

 Upcoming Events


Social Justice Initiative Mellon Project event to feature Professor Andrea Smith


October 18, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm, Art Annex, UC Davis


The event features Professor Andrea Smith, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside and co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, the Boarding School Healing Coalition, and the Critical Ethnic Studies Association. Smith recently authored "Without the Right to Exist: Rethinking Security" . The event includes a

roundtable discussion on the future and Social Justice Work at UC Davis. This event is sponsored by Hart Hall Social Justice Initiative Mellon Group. For more information, contact Susy Zepeda,




The Global Market of Unskilled Labor, A Research Conference

October 25-26, UC Davis Buehler Alumni & Visitor Center

Keynote Speaker: Professor Alejandro Portes, Princeton University

This conference explores the formation, dynamics, and consequences of the participation of migrants in the emerging global informal economy; as well as the economic, political, and social implications that such participation presents for migrant receiving and sending societies. A diverse group of international scholars will address a variety of issues including: global trends in migration and the informal economy, socioeconomic integration, and sectoral panels focused on migrants engaged in informal employment in the construction, agriculture, and service industries.

Conference sponsors include: UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Community and Regional Development, a division of Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and Arts Program, "Managing Temporary Migrations: California, the U.S., and the World" Cluster, Gifford Center for Population Studies, UC Davis Cooperative Extension, Center for Poverty Studies, and Center for Regional Change.

Click here to view the conference website. Registration is free and required to attend.   


Charlotte Biltekoff - Book Launch " Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health"

October 29, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Student Community Center Room D, UC Davis

Charlotte Biltekoff, UC Davis Associate Professor with the Department of Food Science and Technology and CRC Faculty Affiliate, has a new book, that 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. Sponsored by American Studies, Food Science and Technology, and the Agricultural Sustainability Institute.



Emerging Leaders in Policy & Public Service Workshop


November 7, 12:00pm to 1:30pm, King Lounge, Memorial Union, UC Davis

Identifying leaders across multiple graduate disciplines, communities and industry sectors, the Emerging Leaders in Policy & Public Service (ELIPPS), a 4-tier workshop series starts off with its first workshop that will allow participants an opportunity to interact with the elected officials, and learn how to apply your academic, technical and research skills for jobs in federal and state government. Speakers to include Congressman John Garamendi, Representative of 3rd Congressional District, Amber Mace, Assistant Director, UC Davis Policy Institute of Energy, Environment & Economy and Andrew Kim, District Project Director, Office of Congressman John Garamendi. 

 For registration details, click here.
 Request for Proposals

The California Institute for Water Resources announced its 2014 Request for Proposals with three separate programs of different emphasis offered: topical, junior investigator and irrigation management. Funded projects will begin March 1, 2014. The deadline for submission is Nov. 15, 2013.

To download the RFP, click here.

Employment Opportunities 

Internship Opportunity at Yolo County Housing

Yolo County Housing is recruiting for an Administrative Assistant Internship. Working directly with the Chief Executive Officer, the successful candidate will provide administrative support in the management of grant funds including CDBG. Current or graduated students with an interest in housing and community development industry are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants are required to submit a letter of interest and completed YCH application to Janis Holt, Resource Administrator at

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental History / STS / Political Ecology, University of Oregon

Applications are sought for a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) funded postdoctoral fellowship at the intersection of environmental history, the history of science, and political ecology at the University of Oregon. The postdoctoral fellowship is part of Professor Mark Carey's NSF CAREER grant on "Glaciers and Glaciology: How Nature, Field Research, and Societal Forces Shape the Earth Sciences" (see links below for more information). Applicants should have a research agenda that intersects with this NSF-funded project by examining historical glacier-society interactions, the history of glaciology, the history of the earth sciences, climate-society dynamics, the role of dynamic environmental change in the evolution of scientific knowledge, or the history of field-based sciences. Applications must be submitted by email to Mark Carey at