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Changing passwords to avoid Heartbleed bug

In response to my April 15 email about the Heartbleed bug, I have received some feedback. Although I noted that the threat is not as bad as first thought, I advised changing your password/passphrase as a precaution. Some of you have asked, “How do I change my Kerberos password?”

To change your Kerberos password, go to and click on “Change your passphrase.”

You should also consider changing passwords for other websites you log in to, after they pass the vulnerability test. The following are tools to check a website for Heartbleed vulnerability:

Thank you for your feedback

David Underwood
IT specialist


Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Tags: David Underwood (1), Heartbleed (1), IT (1)

President Napolitano does Hangout with staff

If you missed the president's webchat with staff, a recap and video are posted at Below is the original announcement.

Join University of California President Janet Napolitano and staff employees from across the UC system on Wednesday, April 16, at 2 p.m. for a one-hour online conversation. Topics will include campus climate survey results, compensation and benefits and investments in technology and infrastructure.

President Napolitano will share with employees her views on these issues, discuss her priorities for the university, and speak with staff about their concerns, hopes and challenges.

This is the second in a series of Google Hangouts between President Napolitano and various groups within the UC community to help foster open and ongoing dialogue concerning university issues.  The president held a webchat with students in January [], and a Hangout with faculty is being planned for later this year.

Kathy Barton, Staff Advisor to the Regents and executive director of strategic initiatives for the UC Riverside School of Medicine, will moderate the discussion. 

The panelists for this Hangout will be:

  • Donna Coyne, Staff Advisor-designate and UC Santa Barbara associate director of admissions
  • Susan Forstat, UC San Francisco health care facilitator
  • Rob Kerner, IT manager for the UC Davis Plant Sciences department and incoming chair of the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA)
  • Mia Watson, UCLA community programs office advisor
  • Sarah Woodside, associate college administrative officer at UC Santa Cruz

President Napolitano will be taking questions from the online staff audience as well as the panelists.

Sign up for the webchat at You can post your questions in the comments section prior to the Hangout, or during the session. Just sign in with your Google account.

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 9:01 PM

On May 1, Career Tracks goes live for ANR staff

Last year UC introduced the Career Tracks job structure initiative for all non-represented staff employees. Career Tracks will eliminate our outdated job structure and replace it with a more transparent classification system that will support career planning within ANR and across all UC locations, and align with the external labor market. Career Tracks has already been implemented at Berkeley, Merced and the Office of the President. Davis, Riverside and others are also in the process of implementing Career Tracks.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that Career Tracks will not affect job duties, working titles or current base pay. While other changes (e.g., personnel policy assignments) may occur in limited situations, employees affected by these changes will be “grandfathered in” to their current benefit levels and will not see a change in their leave or salary.

We made the decision to delay our implementation slightly to ensure all job function development and other infrastructure issues were completed and in place. We are now ready to move forward and are pleased to announce that new Career Tracks job titles will be effective for ANR on May 1.  

Below is a schedule of webinars for discussing the upcoming changes and how they will affect employees. Please attend one that fits your schedule.

ANR Career Tracks
Employee Implementation Webina
Call in (866) 740-1260, access code: 9870969

Monday, April 21

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Tuesday, April 22

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, April 23

9:30 - 10:30 am

Thursday, April 24

10:00 - 11:00 am

Friday, April 25

9:00 - 10:00 am

Monday, April 28

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Wednesday, April 30

10:30 - 11:30 am

Wednesday, April 30

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Thursday, May 1

10:00 - 11:00 am



















Bethanie Brown, MSED, PHR
HR Analyst - Supervisor
Staff Personnel Unit

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 6:07 PM

2014 Bradford Rominger winner to be honored April 15

Each year the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis recognizes one of our UC colleagues with the Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership award.  Established in 2008 through gifts from family and friends, the award seeks to provide a lasting legacy of the unique contributions Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger made through uniquely inspiring leadership in the field of agricultural sustainability. The intent of the award is to recognize and honor individuals exhibiting the leadership, work ethic, and integrity epitomized by Eric and Charlie. Awardees demonstrate leadership with a passion for service as they aim to improve the world through their contributions to agriculture.

This year, we are pleased to give the award to our Cooperative Extension colleague, Mary Bianchi, San Luis Obispo County director and horticulture farm advisor. Mary's nomination letter described her as “the ‘ultimate' farm advisor who does not hesitate to address the critical needs of her clientele, even if they require extending herself into new subject areas … She does so in the best sense of collaborative problem-solving, melding an easy-going, interpersonal style with astute professionalism that includes scientific rigor.” We couldn't agree more, and are delighted to present her with the award.

We will make the formal media announcement of the award just prior to the award ceremony. However, we want to invite Mary's colleagues and collaborators to extend their congratulations to her, both personally and through joining us in honoring Mary at our award ceremony. We would appreciate your help in spreading the word to the ANR family.  Details are below.

  • Bradford Rominger Award Ceremony
  • Tuesday, April 15, 5 p.m.
  • Beuhler Alumni and Visitor Center, UC Davis
  • Keynote speaker: food activist LaDonna Redmond

More information on the event can be found here.

Thomas P. Tomich
W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems
Director, UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI)
Director, UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP)
Host, Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS) 
Professor of Community Development, Environmental Science & Policy

Reminder: April 10 Intellectual Property &Tech Transfer Workshop

The ANR Office of Contracts & Grants and the UC Davis Innovation Access Office will present an Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer workshop on Thursday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

ANR Contracts & Grants and UC Davis Innovation Access work together to support the continuum of innovation at ANR – from developing a new research project with a sponsor to protecting new inventions and transferring technologies to industry partners for commercializing in the marketplace.

This workshop will explain your rights, as a UC employee, under UC Patent Policy, and will detail the technology transfer process for new inventions. It will also explain why Intellectual Property language in research agreements is important and how it can have implications lasting after the research project is concluded.

Presenters include:

  • Kathleen P. Nolan, J.D. Director, ANR Office of Contracts & Grants
  • Randi Jenkins, J.D., Associate Director, UCD Sponsored Programs Office (and former UCD Innovation Access Licensing Officer)
  • Nancy Rashid, Ph.D., Licensing officer, UCD Innovation Access Office.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the workshop.

UC Cooperative Extension county directors, advisors, specialists and other interested ANR faculty and staff should attend. Specialists based at UC Berkeley or UC Riverside are encouraged to participate and will find this workshop very helpful even though they use the Technology Transfer Offices on their respective campuses for invention reporting.

The workshop will be held in the San Joaquin Valley Conference Room of the ANR Building at 2801 Second Street in Davis.                           

For those unable to attend in person, or if space is no longer available, the workshop will be available via AdobeConnect. To participate in person or by AdobeConnect webinar, register at Webinar participants will receive the AdobeConnect link after they register. If you attend via AdobeConnect, please mute the built-in microphone on your computer.


Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:18 AM

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