Region Matters


February 4, 2014  Vol. 4, Issue 10     

CRC Community,


We hope that your week got off to a great start! We have some exciting news that we are delighted to share with you this week. Please read on to learn what's happening at the CRC and around the region. And as always, thank you for joining us this week.


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In This Issue
CRC News and Announcements
New Regional Research and News
CRC-Sponsored Events
Other Regional Events
Grant Opportunities
Call for Submissions
Job Opportunities
CRC News and Announcements

New Healthy Youth/Healthy Environments Database


Healthy Youth/Healthy Environments (HY/HE) aims to better link UC Davis and UC Cooperative Extension researchers fostering healthy and equitable youth environments. To help us connect with each other, students with related interests and the public, we're pleased to share a new searchable database of researcher interests and contact information.


Please click here to view the database.


Over the next year, Regjon Matters will include a monthly researcher "spotlight" to introduce just a few of the many people listed.  The database and spotlights were developed with support from UC ANR's Youth, Families and Communities Program and the UC Davis Center for Regional Change.


Please contact Dr. Nancy Erbstein with any questions at



CCEP Research Making its Way Across the State


Last week, CRC's Mindy Romero, Director of California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP), presented findings from the CCEP policy brief: Changing Political Tides: Demographics and the Impact of the Rising California Latino Vote to El Concilio of Stockton.


To learn more about this research, click here.


For the latest on the CCEP's research, follow Mindy Romero on Twitter @MindySRomero!


New Regional Research and News

Valley Edition NPR Reports on Children's Health and Air Pollution Study


Last week, Valley Edition NPR reported on the Children's Health and Air Pollution Study-San Joaquin Valley (CHAPS) and discussed how Valley air quality may affect our cells and genes. The coverage included interviews with numerous CHAPS researchers.


To listen to this report, click here


CRC-Sponsored Events

"Open Access, Cooperation, and Commons: The (Uncertain) Retreat of Possessive Individualism in Networked Society"

Presented by Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School, and Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM

Place: Alpha Gamma Rho Room, UC Davis Alumni Center


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. Reception to follow at Tower Lobby, UC Davis Alumni Center.


Click here for more information.


Other Regional Events

UC Berkeley Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) Spring 2014 Series: Transit & Cities: Creating Sustainable Urban Futures



Lecture and Discussion: "Places for People & Transit"

Date: February 10, 2014

Time: 6-8pm

Lecture is free and open to the public.



Lecture and Discussion: "Railtown: Los Angeles"

Date: March 11, 2014

Time: 6-8pm

Lecture is free and open to the public



Two-Day Conference: "Transit & Cities: Past, Present, Future"

Date: March 20-21, 2014

Keynote Speakers: Jaime Lerner (Former Mayor, Curitiba, Brazil), Peter Calthorpe (The Next American Metropolis and Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change), Therese McMillan (Deputy Administrator, Federal Transit Administration)


Click here for more information and to register.



Grant Opportunities

UC Davis Blum Center Grant Opportunities


The UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies links world-class faculty, inspiring new curriculum, innovative technologies and services and business models to create real-world solutions for developing economies.


The Blum Center's grant programs are annually administered and a total of $70,000 is available and allocated via two grant programs:


Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA) is an undergraduate student travel grant for fieldwork completed during the summer. Highly motivated students with a passion for working to reduce poverty and inequality are selected. Deadline: February 15, 2014


Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Solutions (PASS) is a graduate student small project grants program that supports research and project implementation in the field. Successful grants focus on innovative approaches to alleviating poverty. Deadline: March 15, 2014


Click here for more information.


 Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions for 2014 Annual Meeting of the Community Development Society


The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Community Development Society will focus on effective community development strategies, programs, and policies --- fostered by CD practitioners, academics, elected officials, development organizations, organized citizens and motivated individuals --- meant to inspire a Renaissance in communities around the world. The Community Development Society invites presentations, workshops and discussions of successful and innovative approaches to solving development issues in communities, large and small, in the US or internationally to share with colleagues, new and emerging scholars, students and others in Dubuque.


Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2014.


Click here for more information and to submit an abstract.


Job Opportunities

Area Youth, Families and Communities Advisor for the University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources (Serving Placer and Nevada Counties)


The advisor will promote healthy families and communities by designing, delivering and evaluating strategies for sustained behavior changes in youth and their families. The advisor will have the opportunity to work with 4-H members and their families in all communities of Placer and Nevada counties along with the after school setting where 4-H YD Program delivery also occurs. The advisor will provide leadership, support, research and extension to nutrition programs in Cal Fresh and Nutrition Best. Outreach methods will include individual consultations, field days, tours, meetings, web conferences, ANR publications, peer-reviewed journals, and an appropriate mix of contemporary and emerging electronic tools such as online learning, web content systems and repositories, social media, impact and evaluation tools, along with specialized and public media outlets.


Position Closes on February 14, 2014.


Click here to view the entire job listing and to apply.


Sustainable Communities Coordinator for Housing California


Housing California seeks a dynamic, talented professional to serve as the Sustainable Communities Coordinator. This position focuses on our work around the intersection of housing, transportation, and land use planning. The coordinator reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with the entire Housing California staff. Housing California is a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to end homelessness and increase the supply of affordable homes in California.


To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to:


Applications are due on February 17, 2014


For more information on the position, please contact Felicity Lyons at