Region Matters


January 21, 2014  Vol. 4, Issue 8      

CRC Community,
We hope that everyone's week started off with a bang. We have lot's of news that we are excited to share with you this week, so please read on!  
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In This Issue
CRC News and Announcements
Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities
Job Opportunities
CRC News and Announcements

jklCRC Director Jonathan London to Present on Community-Engaged Research at Superfund Research Program at Northeastern University


On Monday, January 27th, CRC Director Jonathan London will present his talk titled, "Spinning Community - University Partnerships" at Northeastern University. This presentation is being held in Room 431 of the Stearns Center and is also available via WebEx.


 If you are interested in attending, please contact Kristin Hicks at to RSVP and receive a WebEx invitation.



CRC's CCEP Released a New Policy Brief about the Changing Electorate


Last week, the CRC's Mindy Romero, Director of the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP), released a new policy brief at the UC Center, Sacramento entitled "Is Demography Political Destiny? Population Change and California's Future Electorate."


Click here for more information and to read the brief.



Mindy Romero was also interviewed on Capital Public Radio's Insight Program about the new policy brief's findings.


Click here to listen to the interview.





CRC Director Jonathan London Featured in The Desert Sun

Last Tuesday, CRC director, Jonathan London was featured in The Desert Sun's article on poverty in the Coachella Valley. The article is entitled "The Economic Divide: Highway 111 Links Poverty, Prosperity."

Click here to read the article.


 Upcoming Events

"Access and Affordability: A Student and Faculty Perspective"


Presented by UC Davis Professor Ann Stevens, Chair of the Study Group on Accessibility and Affordability, Professor and Chair of Economics and Director of the Center for Poverty Research.


Date: January 22, 2014

Time: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Place: MU II, Memorial Union


Professor Stevens will be joined by a panel including the Provost and UC Davis students. This event is part of Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good series and is co-sponsored by The Center for Regional Change. It is free and open to the public.


Click here for more information.


"The Changing Face of Occupational Health: Immigrant Workers"


Presented by Marc Schenker, MD, MPH, Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement, Director of Center for Occupational and Environmental Health with the Department of Public Health Sciences


Date: January 22, 2014

Time: 12:00 to 1:00pm

Place: Medical Education Room 2205, 4610 X Street, Sacramento, CA



Advancing Prevention in the 21st Century: Commitment to Action 2014


Date: February 13 and 14, 2014

Place: Holiday Inn - Capitol Plaza, Sacramento, CA


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in partnership with California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO), the County Health Executives Association (CHEAC), and the CCLHO/CHEAC Chronic Disease Prevention Leadership Project invites you to register for this meeting. The meeting will bring together statewide partners from public and private sector organizations to advance shared policy, health system, and health information strategies outlined in the California Wellness Plan (Plan). The goals of the Plan are to reduce the number of Californians living with chronic disease, prevent new cases of chronic disease, and eliminate chronic disease disparities.

Click here for more information and to register for the event.


Spring 2014 CITRUS Mobile App Challenge


To promote innovation, community service, and career development among UC Berkeley students, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), the Social Apps Lab, and Berkeley Center for New Media are sponsoring a semester-long competition for the best mobile apps that address identified needs in Healthcare, Energy & Climate, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Civic Engagement or Education.


This challenge encourages teams of UC Berkeley students to develop innovative mobile applications for today's most pressing societal needs. Through a rigorous 3-month process, students will design, prototype and pitch their ideas. The challenge will culminate in a public Demo Day at the end of the semester where teams will give short presentations and prizes will be awarded in various categories. Teams may win up to $1,000 in scholarship funds and preferred consideration for application to Berkeley startup incubator programs. An Info Session + Ideation Summit will be held on January 22 from 4-8 pm in Room 141, Sutardja Dai Hall at UC Berkeley.


Click here for more information and to register.


 Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunity (Intent to Publish) - Centers for Children's Environmental Health


The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Environmental Protection Agency intend to publish a joint Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers. The purpose of this program is to support a multidisciplinary program of applied and basic research along with an active community outreach translation effort to examine and translate the effects of early exposure to environmental hazards on children's health and wellbeing.


The FOA is expected to be published in Spring 2014 with an expected application due date in Summer 2014.


Click here for more information.

Job Opportunities

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources' 2014 New Call for Positions


The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is soliciting proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions. This call aims to identify positions for strengthening and rebuilding the ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. The online submittal process will be open from January 14 - May 19, 2014


Submissions will be accepted from the following groups:

*Strategic Initiative Leaders

*Program Team Leaders

*County and Multicounty Partnership Directors List

*Executive Associate Deans


Click here for more information.


Junior Specialist, UC Davis Center for Regional Change


Jonathan London, Department of Human Ecology, seeks a junior specialist to assist with an interdisciplinary project focused on ecosystem services in urban systems, home gardening, and lead exposure in Sacramento. The applicant will be responsible for assisting in the social science component of this project. This will require: analyzing surveys with home garden program participants, conducting interviews with home garden program participants, transcribing interviews, entering surveys, transcripts, and related research data into a qualitative analysis program, and developing coding framework for the data analysis. This position will also assist in the sampling of soil lead in residential yards as part of the bio-physical research team. The applicant will be expected to engage with study participants (many of whom are part of low income communities and communities of color) and be able to articulate the goals of the research project to a wide range of audiences, including academic and local community groups. The applicant will be an active member of a collaborative and interdisciplinary research project (including social and bio-physical scientists) and must possess the flexibility to work both as a team member and independently.


Requirements: Bachelor's degree in social science major or related field required. Experience with qualitative research methods, including computer-based qualitative research data entry and analysis is required. Knowledge and experience working closely with Sacramento non-profit organizations focused on issues surrounding environmental justice and urban agriculture is desired but not required. This is a half time (50% time) position: the applicant is expected to work 20 hours per week. Applicant must have access to reliable transportation in order to travel to research sites in Sacramento, CA. The position is based on the UC Davis campus.


Salary: $ 17,688-$18,864 annually; commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package.

Application: Submit a letter of interest, CV, and contact information for 3 references to

Dr. Jonathan London at


Position closes on January 31, 2013 or until position is filled.