Rebecca Harrington, Extension educator in volunteer and partnership development, Trisha Sheehan, Extension educator in regional 4-H youth development programs, and Dale Blyth, associate dean for youth development, published an article in the summer issue of Journal of Youth Development titled Examining the Reasons and Relationships Between Why Youth Join, Stay in, and Leave 4-H.
The First Detector Team, won a national teamwork award from the National Plant Diagnostic Network at their national conference in November. Read the NPDN newsletter (Nov. 2011) for more information about the award. Extension team members include: Jeffrey Hahn, Extension entomologist, Dean Herzfeld, coordinator in pesticide safety and environmental education, and Extension educators in natural resource management and utilization, Angela Gupta, Gary Johnson, and Gary Wyatt.
Tom Bartholomay, evaluation specialist, and Whitney Meredith, evaluation coordinator, were recently awarded the Water Equals grant. The grant is a $2.7 million Federal USDA-NIFA grant aimed at changing the way youth connect (or relate) to water across the country by injecting messages about water into popular youth culture. Tom and Whitney will be evaluating the effectiveness of the program that includes mass media, leveraging of traditional and nontraditional outreach networks, and electronic media.
Marla Spivak, Extension entomologist, and her work with honeybees were the subject of an hour-long radio program called The Promised Land from American Public Media.