Region Matters


October 21, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 51                

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In This Issue
CRC Affliates in the News
Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities
Employment Opportunities
CRC Impact

CRC Director Jonathan London provided a keynote presentation on community-engaged scholarship at the annual Superfund Research Program conference in Baton Rouge on October 15th. The Superfund Research Program is an initiative of the National Institutes for Environmental Health Science to fund multidisciplinary research that addresses the broad, complex human and environmental health issues surrounding hazardous waste sites.

The CRC has recently launched collaboration with the  UC Davis Superfund Research Program to enhance community engagement throughout the research design, implementation and application phases.


 CRC Affiliates in the News

Domus Development's innovative rural infill housing project to receive Super Hero award

The U.S. Green Building Council's Northern California chapter recently announced the Super Heroes award for sustainable neighborhood development is the King's Beach Housing Now , an innovative rural infill project located within the Tahoe National Forest and developed by Domus Development, LLC. (CRC RAC member Meea Kang is President and co-founding partner of Domus Development, an affordable housing development company.) As the first workforce housing ever constructed in the Lake Tahoe Basin, this project provides LEED Silver sustainable housing to low-income workers and families. This 77-unit scattered sites project replaces dilapidated, substandard housing with green, energy-efficient apartments in close proximity to transit, jobs, goods, and services.

For more information about the award and project, click here.



Checkup time for San Joaquin: Nonprofit hospitals unveil county's health needs assessment

Chronic disease is defined as a long-lasting condition that can be controlled but not cured. Just like diabetes or asthma, San Joaquin County can't seem to shake its chronic history of poor health outcomes. But that doesn't mean those whose business it is to treat, prevent, educate, improve or even eradicate those chronically poor health conditions don't want to see change - to move the needle toward better long-term outcomes. Recently 50 stakeholders from the county's health care community and political leaders gathered for the unveiling of the San Joaquin County Community Health Needs Assessment 2013. Following 18 months of research, Sacramento-based non-profit association Valley Vision (RAC member Bill Mueller is Director of Valley Vision,) produced the assessment - available at - using socio-demographic data, interviews with 45 people working on the front lines of community health, and focus groups involving 137 community members, among other sources. To read the full article, click here.



CRC's Dave Campbell presented with Mosher Award

Davie Campbell, CRC Executive Committee member and UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Human Ecology, recently received the William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award from the American Society for Public Administration. The award recognizes the best Public Administration Review article written by an academician in the past year. Campbell won for his article "Public Managers in Integrated Services Collaboratives: What Works is Workarounds." The award was presented during the annual meeting of the American Society for Public Administration in New Orleans. Campbell is a political scientist whose work seeks to deepen the practice of democratic citizenship in California communities.


 Upcoming Events


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, the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, and the Center for Regional Change.   

 Relevant Publications


First issue of "Public: A Journal of Imagining America" launched


The first issue of Public: A Journal of Imagining America, foregrounding the arts, humanities, and design in public life, launched October 5th with a double-issue focusing on the linked fates and futures of universities and their surrounding communities. Public breaks new ground as a hybrid online multimedia journal and archive, with innovative web interfaces to peer-reviewed multi-modal scholarship and creative work. Public is a program of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, a national consortium of more than 100 colleges and universities, currently hosted by Syracuse University, that catalyzes change in campus practices, structures, and policies. It seeks to enable publicly engaged artists, designers, and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization. 

For read the first issue of Public, click here.

 Funding Opportunities

UCHRI calls for proposals: apply by November 13, 2013

The UC Humanities Research Institute invites proposals for research seminars for small groups of UC faculty and advanced graduate students to engage in intensive study of topics chosen by the participants. Seminars may be from a variety of fields in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Proposed seminars should draw participants from across humanistic disciplines around a clearly defined topic or from a discrete discipline to explore interdisciplinary approaches to a defined topic. Proposals for short-term collaborative research residences and conferences are also being sought.
For more information, visit the UCHRI website.
Employment Opportunities 

Executive Director position with Up Valley Family Resource Centers

Up Valley Family Resource Centers is a new non profit organization resulting from the merger of two northern Napa Valley family resource centers-Calistoga Family Center and St. Helena Family Center-that voted in August 2013 to combine operations. The board of directors seeks a skilled social service professional to lead the organization. The successful candidate will have worked in and developed social and educational services for low income individuals and families, will be culturally competent. Applicants should send their resumes and cover letters describing their qualifications and interest in the position to Application deadline is November 1, 2013

Regional Director position opening with WSARE

This position serves as the Regional Director of the Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, a regional program that is part of the national Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The WSARE program encourages sustainable farming and ranching practices that are productive, economically successful, environmentally sound and socially rewarding. The Regional Director holds a key leadership position that is responsible for jointly coordinating a mission-oriented program with an annual budget of approximately $4 million and a staff of approximately 8 people.

Review date is November 11, 2013. For more information, visit the WSARE website.