Region Matters


February 11, 2014  Vol. 4, Issue 11     

CRC Friends and Colleagues,

Thank you for joining us this week!  This issue is packed with lots of great information on events and opportunities surrounding regional change. As a reminder, please be sure to send us any news or developments you would like to be included in our Region Matters newsletter. From all of us at the CRC, we hope you have a great week!


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In This Issue
Publications by CRC Faculty Affiliates
CRC Co-Sponsored Events
Regionally Relevant Publications
Upcoming Events
Call for Proposals
Internship Opportunities
Regional Courses
Job Opportunities
 Publications by CRC Faculty Affiliates

Recent Article on Urban Growth and GHG Emissions Model for Yolo County


In the Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, Stephen M. Wheeler, Mihaela Tomuta, Van Ryan Haden & Louise E. Jackson examine how different patterns of urban development may have widely varying long-term effects on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The article is entitled "The Impacts of Alternative Patterns of Urbanization on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in an Agricultural County."


Click here to view the article.



CRC Co-Sponsored Events

Healthy Youth/Healthy Environments Graduate Student Dialogue


Date: February 13, 2014

Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Place: 142 Hunt Hall 
Healthy Youth/Healthy Environments (HY/HE)
is hosting a mixer for graduate students across campus whose research interests relate to fostering healthier, more equitable youth environments. HY/HE aims to offer a trans-disciplinary networking opportunity and facilitate discussion about potential ongoing student-oriented activity. This is a casual event and food and drink will be provided.


Please RSVP by today to


"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.


"The University and the Public Good: What Should We Be Doing on Climate Change?"


Presented by Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science, and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University


Date: Friday, February 21, 2014

Time: 3:00-4:30pm

Place: UC Davis Student Community 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 the Student Community Center.


Click here for more information


 Regionally Relevant Publications

Fresno Bee References CHAPS Study in Editorial


Last week, the Fresno Bee addressed the Fresno City Council's 4-3 vote to scrap a Bus Rapid Transit lines project, citing recent Children's Health and Air Pollution Study/San Joaquin Valley (CHAPS) research.


  Click here to view the article.





Upcoming Events

Pan-Optics: Emerging Perspectives on Visual Privacy Surveillance


Date: March 6, 2014

Time: 10:30am-4:30pm

Place: Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley


Presented by CITRIS, CITRIS Data Democracy Initiative, UC Davis Mellon Research Initiative in Digital Cultures, this event will bring together scholars practitioners from a range of disciplines to discuss privacy protections, surveillance methods, and modes of resistance in a digital age. The program will feature two keynote addresses and two panel discussions that will explore emerging surveillance technologies and applications across a range of contexts, and then turn to resistant strategies employed by individuals and organizations in response.


For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.



Confronting Child Labor in Global Agricultural Supply Chains


Date: Friday, April 4, 2014

Place: UC Davis School of Law

Featuring Ms. Constance Thomas, Director of the International Labour Organization's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (Geneva, Switzerland)


This conference will identify contemporary practices to confront the worst forms of child labor in agriculture-from bolstering community education, to combating poverty and implementing practical and sustainable monitoring systems. Seeking to correct the dearth of legal and policy scholarship on this major international human rights issue, this symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of global experts-from academia, governments, NGOs, inter-governmental organizations and businesses-to identify current challenges and chart a more innovative path forward in the global undertaking to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in agriculture.



Ubuntu Green Spring Forward! 2014


Join Ubuntu Green as they celebrate 5 years of building healthy, sustainable and equitable communities.


Date: April 26, 2014

Time: 5:30-9:00pm

Place: Revolution Wines, 2831 S Street, Sacramento


Tickets are now available for $60 per person.


Click here to learn more and to reserve your spot.




Call for Proposals

Environmental Humanities Project Call for Proposals


The Environmental Humanities Project at Stanford is hosting a symposium on Friday, May 2, 2014, to examine the relationship between environmental studies and animal studies. They invite short proposals (approximately 200 words) from current graduate students for contributions to the roundtable discussion. These proposals should address some of the following (or related) questions: What is the relationship between animal studies and environmental studies in general, and/or in literary studies? Can (or should) animal studies and environmental studies / zoocriticism and ecocritism be seen as separate fields of study? Where do they come into conflict, and to what effect? Where are they in agreement? How do the aesthetics and discourses of environmentalism and animal ethics differ? How do the genealogies of each differ, and how/when do they converge?


Submission deadline is February 28, 2014.


For more information or to submit a proposal, please contact Sophie Moore at



Internship Opportunities

Labor Summer Internship Program 2014


The UC Berkeley Labor Center and the UC Davis Center for Regional Change are co-sponsoring the 13th Annual Labor Summer Internship Program, a full-time PAID internship program for UC graduate and undergraduate students. This is an opportunity for you to spend eight weeks in Northern and possibly Central California developing leadership, political analysis, research, and organizing skills while working with unions and community based organizations striving for justice for California's working people. If you are passionate about social and economic justice, apply for the Labor Summer Internship Program and be a part of building a better California!


Program Dates: June 23-August 15, 2014

Application Deadline: March 10, 2014, 8:00 am (PST)


For more information and to apply, click here.


Pacific Institute's Diversity for Sustainability Internship


The Pacific Institute in Oakland, California is accepting applications from undergraduates for its Diversity for Sustainability Internship Program for Summer 2014. This is a paid summer internship in Oakland, California, and the Institute is particularly interested in community and state college undergraduate students. The program is part of the Institute's commitment to furthering diverse perspectives both in their own work and in the critical fields of environmental sustainability and social justice. Interns will develop a deeper understanding of and hands-on experience with fundamental skills for environmental research and outreach and have the opportunity to make connections for their future success.


Application Deadline: March 14, 2014


For more information, please click here.


Regional Courses

Decolonizing the Mind (NAS 191)


Spring 2014, 4 units, CRN 43006

When: Tuesday / Thursday, 12:10-2:00 pm

Kerr Hall 293, UC Davis Campus

With Professor Liza Grandia, cultural anthropologist & Associate Professor in Native American Studies


Course Description: This course will critically examine the price of progress for native peoples....and the rest of us. Over the quarter, we will explore key tenets of consumer modernity from an indigenous perspective and discuss how the tools and techniques of social and cultural control utilized in the forced assimilation of native peoples - for example, through boarding schools - continue today through more subtle, self-disciplinary processes of neoliberalism. While crossing many academic boundaries, the syllabus is inspired by anthropological theories about controlling processes and corporate power.


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



Postdoctoral Scholar for UC Santa Cruz Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California


The Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California at the University of Santa Cruz invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar for a Spencer Foundation funded project on ethical issues in community-based research, under the direction of Ronald D. Glass, CCREC PI/Director and Professor of Philosophy of Education. The Postdoctoral Scholar will assist in the development of a casebook on the ethical issues in collaborative community-based research, in the preparation of policy briefs in relation to the codes of ethics of professional associations of researchers, in the organization of an invitational conference on the ethical issues in collaborative community-based research, and participate in CCREC seminars, colloquia, and training projects as related to the Spencer Foundation funded work.


Applications are due by March 17, 2014.


To view the entire posting or to apply, please click here.