Region Matters


July 1, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 30  

Hello CRC Community,

Jonathan London

CRC Director

We hope you enjoy this week's edition of Region Matters.  Please send your requests for inclusion in our newsletter to CRC Info.     

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CRC Spotlight
CRC Colleagues in Print
HY/HE Spotlight
Environmental Achievement Award Nominations
Regionally-Relevant Events
Employment/Internship Opportunities
About The UC Davis Center for Regional Change
CRC Spotlight
The CRC welcomes Diane Godard as our new Programs Manager!
Diane Godard, currently a CRC Data Analyst, has been hired into the newly created position of CRC Programs Manager.  Diane will lead in the design and implementation of project management systems to increase the efficiency and impact of CRC programs.  She comes to us with over 20 years of research and program management experience in the academic and for-profit sectors, including leadership roles at the Public Research Institute at San Francisco State, and more recently as a research and evaluation consultant.  CRC Director Jonathan London welcomed Diane stating, "Diane's expertise in managing large research programs in fast-paced dynamic settings is an ideal fit for the CRC.  We are thrilled to have her join our leadership team."   Diane shared that she is "delighted to take on this challenging role at such an exciting and formative point in CRC's evolution.   I am very much looking forward to extending my contribution to and relationship with CRC staff, affiliates and partners."


 CRC Colleagues in Print

UC Davis MIND Institute Study Links Autism to Pesticides

A new study by the UC Davis MIND Institute published in Environmental Health Perspectives has found that pregnant women who lived in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides were applied experienced a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delay.  The associations were stronger when the exposures occurred during the second and third trimesters of the women's pregnancies.  The majority of study participants live in the Sacramento Valley, Central Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.  Click here to read media coverage.

The study is
led by principal investigator Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, a MIND Institute researcher and professor/vice chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis.  Since 2002 she has led the  CHARGE Study, the first large, comprehensive population-based study of environmental factors contributing to autism.


 HY/HE Spotlight

Healthy Youth/Healthy Environments (HY/HE) Colleague Spotlight 

HY/HE focuses on how to create healthy, equitable environments with and for young people.  This year, they are highlighting the work of one person each month.  HY/HE is a collaboration between UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Department of Human Ecology and the Center for Regional Change.


Erik Fernandez y Garcia, M.D., M.P.H

UC Davis Health System

Dr. Fernandez y Garcia's research focuses on racial and ethnic healthcare disparities; parental depression identification and reduction in pediatrics; and cultural humility-based resident/medical student education. It is his goal to address pediatric healthcare and health maintenance through the lens of family dynamics.  He strives to form cooperative relationships with the parents of patients and their communities to ensure that his patient (the child) reaches their fullest potential.   He hopes to propagate this philosophy by teaching pediatric residents at the UCD General Pediatric Clinic, the Wellspace Oak Park Clinic, and UCD medical students in the Transforming Education and Community Health for Medical Students (TEACH-MS) program.   He also brings this philosophy of care to his research in pediatric-based intergenerational mental healthcare.  Click here for more information on Dr. Fernandez y Garcia's work.


Environmental Achievement Award Nominations

Call for Nominations: U.S. EPA's National Smart Growth Awards
The  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for the prestigious 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, that recognizes communities using innovative planning, design and revitalization strategies to strengthen their economies, provide housing and transportation choices, and protect the environment. Does your community have a smart growth success story?   Click  here to apply. Deadline: September 5

Regionally-Relevant Events

Call for Session Speaker Proposals

In anticipation of the 14th annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference, organizers are looking for a multidisciplinary panel of strong speakers that represent various sectors, perspectives and ethnic/gender diversity.   Speakers should provide high quality content focused on the implementation of practical tools and innovative strategies designed to attract a multi-disciplinary audience.  Deadline: July 11

Date: January 29-31, 2015

Place: Hilton Baltimore Hotel - Baltimore, MD

Click here to submit a proposal.


Call for Abstracts: LUCID Young Researchers Conference

The Lund University Centre for Excellence for Integration of the Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability (LUCID) invites you to submit abstracts for their early career researchers conference on Integrating the Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability.

Date: October 8-10, 2014

Place: Center for Sustainability Studies - Lund, Sweden

Conference registration is free of charge.  For submission directions, please email LUCID.  Deadline: July 15


Sacramento Regional Affordable Housing Forum

Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Sacramento Housing Alliance

This forum will highlight the importance of neighborhood conditions in improving health outcomes in the built environment focused on how affordable housing is one of the foundations to healthy communities.

Date: Wednesday - July 23

Time: 9am-Noon

Place: 720 Seventh Street - Sacramento

Email Leilani Barnett for more information or click here to register (Cost $5/$10 incl. lunch).


Imagining America 2014 National Conference
Imagining America is hosting a consortium of universities and organizations dedicated to advancing the public and civic purposes of humanities, arts and design.

Date: October 9-11

Place: Atlanta, GA

Apply to participate in each seminar. To ensure robust and inclusive conversation, participation is capped for each session. Click here to register.


 Employment/Internship Opportunities

UC Davis Seeking a Community Food Systems Analyst

This analytical position resides in the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) under the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  ASI is directly responsible for statewide UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP).  This position is part of SAREP's Food & Society program.  On the UCD career opportunities website, use REQ #03012418 to apply.  Deadline: July 3


About The UC Davis Center for Regional Change

Launched in 2007, the CRC is a catalyst for innovative, collaborative, and action-oriented research. It brings together faculty and students from different disciplines, and builds bridges between university, policy, advocacy, business, philanthropy and other sectors.  The CRC's goal is to support the building of healthy, equitable, prosperous, and sustainable regions in California and beyond.  


Learn more! Visit the CRC website. To contact us directly, email or  call us at (530) 752-3007.