Awards Arena: UCANR welcomes new leadership

The new faces of UCANR are clockwise from top left: Safeeq Khan; Cindy Kron; Kim Ingram; Karmjot Randhawa; Mallika Nocco; and Qi Zhou.

Five new academics and a county director have joined the University of California Cooperative Extension (UC CE) in UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR).

Kim Ingram will serve as the forest stewardship education academic coordinator for UC CE Central Sierra.

Ingram was previously a community education specialist for the UC Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project and Sierra Nevada Watershed Ecosystem Enhancement Project.

Safeeq Khan will be filling the role of UCCE water and watershed sciences specialist for UC Merced.

Prior to his new role, Khan was a professional researcher and adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Merced for five years.

Cindy Kron joined as an area integrated pest management advisor for Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties.

Previously, Kron studied the three-cornered alfalfa hopper as a research entomologist for USDA in their Crop Disease, Pests and Genetics research unit.

Mallika Nocco will be joining UCANR as a specialist in soil-plant-water relations based at UC Davis.

Nocco completed a master’s degree in soil science and a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Qi Zhou joins the team as an assistant specialist for small farms in Santa Clara County.

Prior to her new role, Zhou conducted research on peach fruit production at Clemson University.

Finally, Karmjot Randhawa filled the role of director for Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties. Previously, Randhawa was the research translation operations manager at George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication.

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