Region Matters


July 8, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 31  

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
HY/HE Spotlight
Environmentally-Focused Opportunities
Regionally-Relevant Events
Employment/Internship Opportunities
About The UC Davis Center for Regional Change
CRC Spotlight

CRC Post-Doc: Media Coverage

Alex Karner, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University and CRC collaborator, was featured in the Fresno Bee and Zocalo Public Square for his op-ed titled "Can California's San Joaquin Valley Conquer Urban Sprawl?" His article, focusing on regional planning in the San Joaquin Valley, can be found here.


CCEP at the Capitol

Last week, the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) Director Mindy Romero gave invited testimony to the California State Senate Committee on Elections and Redistricting.  Romero discussed how the research on youth civic participation can inform the committee's discussion on Assembly Bill 1817.  Additionally, the National Commission on Voting Rights released a report on its California hearing, Protecting Equal Access in a Diverse Democracy: Voting Rights in the Golden State.  Romero's invited testimony was cited in the report where she discussed how voter participation is effected by language access issues not being fully addressed in our state's voting system.  Download the full report here


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

 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.


Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty
UC Cooperative Extension County Director and
4-H Youth Development Advisor in San Benito County

Ms. Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty serves Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties with youth development programming in non-formal science subjects. She is focused on developing multidisciplinary and integrated approaches to addressing the decline in youth science performance and achievement in California and nationwide.   She conducts applied research, education and programs with educators outside of formal classroom settings and builds professional development models, curricula, and deliveries, to engage youth in self-directed learning and discovery. For more information on Ms. Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty's work, visit her website.


Environmentally-Focused Opportunities

The 2014 Eric Wolf Prize

The Political Ecology Society (PESO) announces the 2014 Eric Wolf Prize for the best article-length paper.  They seek papers based in substantive field research that make an innovative contribution to Political Ecology.  Scholars must be all but dissertation (ABD) or have received their Ph.D. within three years prior to publication of this announcement.  A cash prize of $500 accompanies the award, which will be presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology.  Please use the style guidelines provided on the Journal of Political Ecology webpage.  Electronic copies should be sent to Dr. Betsy Taylor.  Deadline: August 1


Cal Humanities Community Stories Grant

Cal Humanities has opened applications for the next round of Community Stories. The purpose of this ongoing, competitive grants program is to capture and share compelling stories from and about California's diverse communities.  Grant awards range up to $10,000.  Guidelines, work samples and an application webinar video can be found here.  Deadline: August 1


Community Development Research Conference

The Community Affairs Officers of the Federal Reserve System invite paper submissions for the Ninth Biennial Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference.  This conference is a unique event that aims to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice on key issues facing the community practitioners who can utilize the lessons gleaned from research.  For more information on submitting an abstract, please click here.  Deadline: September 8


CalEPA Invites Applications for EJ Grants

CalEPA is accepting applications for the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program.  At least $250,000 will be available during this grant cycle for eligible community-based nonprofit groups and federally recognized tribal governments to support environmental justice-related projects across California.  Projects selected will address a variety of environmental and public health objectives, and participation in environmental decision-making processes at the state and local levels.   Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and have generally been in the range of $15,000 to $20,000.  To obtain an application package, click here.  Deadline: September 30

Regionally-Relevant Events

Anna Deavere Smith Performs in Berkeley

Breakthrough Communities invites you to a performance and town hall meeting with award-winning actress and playwright, Anna Deavere Smith. The performance, "Field Notes: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter" is part of the Alameda County Office of Education's Juvenile Justice in Education Summit. 

Date: Sunday - July 13

Time: 7pm (Optional: Pre-theater gathering at 5pm)

Place: Berkeley Repertory Theater - Berkeley, CA

Click here for complete details and registration.


 Employment/Internship Opportunities

Social Scientist Position Available in Scotland

The James Hutton Institute is seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to join their Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group (SEGS) to conduct research on the role of community-based initiatives in societal transitions to a low-carbon economy and other, related topics. The main focus of the post is to undertake data collection and analysis within the EU FP7-funded project "Towards European Societal Sustainability" (TESS). The candidate must have a PhD (or be nearing completion) in a relevant discipline. This post is located on our Aberdeen site, with occasional requirements to travel within Scotland and throughout Europe.  For application instructions, click here.  Deadline: July 25


4-H Youth Development Advisor Needed

The UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking a Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Advisor for its Hanford, CA location. The academic advisor will conduct a multi-county-based extension, education and applied research program to build the capacity of youth and adults to ensure successful growth of youth development programs in Kings, Fresno and Tulare counties. For more information, click here.  Deadline: August 15

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.