Cooperative Extension is Key to Unlocking Public Engagement with Science

Summary: The need for scientists — and ecologists, in particular — to engage with the public is well known. This article addresses how the U.S. land-grant mission and the Cooperative Extension system have initiated, developed, and implemented models of public engagement for the past 100 years. Cooperative Extension engages through trusted and established relationships, and…

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New Apricot Research Can Help Farmers and Reduce Poverty in Tajikistan

Apricots offer farmers in southern Tajikistan a profitable opportunity — particularly when dried for export to foreign markets. The Horticulture Innovation Lab, led by the University of California, Davis, is supporting a new research project that focuses on improving postharvest practices for dried apricots. In a region where 10 percent of the population lives on…

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Beth Mitcham, Alan Bennett, and Kurt Kornbluth: Chancellor’s International Engagement Achievement Awards

Elizabeth Mitcham (Plant Sciences) and Kurt Kornbluth (Biological and Agricultural Engineering) are the recipients of UC Davis’ inaugural Chancellor’s International Engagement Achievement Awards, while Alan Bennett (Plant Sciences) received an honorable mention. Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter, who presented the awards, said, “Our tendency to form strong global connections and think beyond borders is one of…

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