Region Matters


May 22, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 24  

Hello CRC Community,

Jonathan London

CRC Director


We hope you enjoy this week's edition of Region Matters before you relish your Memorial Day weekend.  As always, we appreciate your feedback and contributions.

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In This Issue
CRC in the Spotlight
CRC Co-Sponsored Events
Recent Reports of Interest
Regionally-Relevant Events
Employment/Internship Opportunities
About Us: The UC Davis Center for Regional Change
CRC in the Spotlight

The Regional Opportunity Index Presented at the SACOG Forum   

On May 16, Chris Benner, faculty director for the Regional Opportunity Index (ROI) initiative presented the ROI at a forum on "Regional Impacts of the First Round of the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities Regional Planning."  The forum, hosted by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and the Urban Land Institute, served to reflect on the development of SACOG's Sustainable Communities Strategy, which included several social equity tools provided by the CRC.  The forum was attended by top officials with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

CRC Co-Sponsored Events

Student Perspectives on the Public University and the Social Good

The final event of the 2013-2014 Provost's Forums on The Public University and the Social Good will be held on June 2. Students in the UC Davis Honors Challenge (DHC) will discuss UC Davis student views on "the public university and the social good," gleaned from an online survey, focus groups, and one-on-one interviews. Adela de la Torre, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and Ann Huff Stevens, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, will join the DHC Students after their presentation to discuss the implications of their findings and respond to audience questions.


Date: Monday - June 2

Time: 4pm Forum, 5:15pm Reception (light refreshments will be served)

Place: UCD Student Community Center - Multipurpose Room

This event is free and open to the public. 


Recent Reports of Interest

Public Health Report on Agricultural Pesticide
The California Department of Public Health (DPH) released its long-awaited report on pesticide use near public schools.  Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Public Schools in California quantitatively shows that difficult-to-control pesticides known to harm children's health and learning are widely used near public schools in the 15 California counties with the highest agricultural pesticide use.  DPH refrained from making specific policy recommendations, but the report underscores what public health advocates have long known: schoolchildren in the state's agricultural areas, particularly Latino children, are at risk of pesticide poisoning at schools nearby agricultural operations. To read the article, click here.

Regionally-Relevant Events

Decolonizing Communities and Geographies at UC Davis and Beyond: Spoken Word, Performance and Activism

Date: Wednesday - May 28

Time: 6-8pm

Place: UCD Art Annex

A social justice centered evening of art, performance, spoken word, testimony and organizing. Please contact the  Social Justice Initiative or Alberto Valdivia for more information.


 Employment/Internship Opportunities

Paid Internships with CA Governor's Office of Planning and Research

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) is collaborating with both the CA Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and the CA Government Operations Agency (Gov Ops) to recruit interns to work on an open data project in Sacramento this summer. If interested, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Baca with OPR for details - deadline May 23.


EPA Jobs in San Francisco for Recent Graduates

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently has several job opportunities available including one as an Environmental Protection Specialist - perfect for a recent college graduate. Please utilize their website for details - deadline June 2.


About Us: The UC Davis Center for Regional Change

The UC Davis Center for Regional Change (CRC) produces innovative research to create healthy, sustainable, prosperous, and equitable regions in California and beyond.  For media inquiries and other questions, please contact us at (530) 752-3007.  For general questions, please email crcinfo@ucdavis.eduClick here to read more about the CRC.