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Be a scientist May 8: Celebrate UC Cooperative Extension’s centennial

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UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) will host several events on May 8, both local and systemwide, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), the university’s statewide network of campus- and county-based researchers and educators.

President Napolitano is encouraging every Californian to participate, so invite your friends and family to join the effort.

At UCOP, you can participate in the crowd-sourced Be a Scientist project by visiting the website — either on your own or on laptops in the Franklin lobby with your UCOP colleagues — and answering any of these three questions:

  • How many pollinators do you see?
  • How do you conserve water?
  • Where is food grown in your community?

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be ANR representatives throughout the Franklin building, encouraging people to join in the project and sharing information on a range of ANR projects. Here’s what you’ll find and where:

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Franklin lobby and room 5318

Laptops will be set up and ANR staff will be on hand to encourage and help you participate in the Be a Scientist project. Participants will receive raffle tickets for special prizes.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Franklin rooftop garden

ANR representatives will share information and answer questions about these programs:

  • UCCE Alameda County Master Gardener Program
  • California Statewide Master Gardener Program
  • UCCE Alameda County 4-H
  • UCCE Alameda County Integrated Pest Management
  • California Institute for Water Resources
  • Nutrition Policy Institute

You’ll find 4-H volunteers, youth members and even a few small animals, as well as gelato stations, smoothie bikes (you’ll have to show up if you don’t know what that is!) and raffle prizes. (Note: To obtain a raffle ticket, you must participate in the Be a Scientist project.)

>>Download the event to my calendar.

Everyone is a scientist on May 8. For more information, contact JoAnne Yonemura at or Cindy Barber at




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