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Celebrating with Farm Bureau as they begin their Centennial year by receiving a proclamation from the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.
Welcome Mandeep Virk-Baker to UCCE!
Dr. Mandeep Virk Baker is the Area Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences advisor for Fresno and Madera Counties. She received her Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012. She also received her MPH degree and a Global Health Graduate Certificate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2013.
She received her Registered Dietitian certification from the Commission on Dietetic Registration in 2014. Prior joining UCCE, Dr. Virk-Baker completed a post-doctoral Cancer Prevention training at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health. At NCI, Dr. Virk-Baker’s research was focused in the areas of dietary carcinogens, tobacco, nutrition, and global health. Dr. Virk-Baker has expertise in basic lab science, epidemiology, community nutrition, public health & policy.
She is excited to join our Fresno team and is looking forward to building collaborations for extension and research in Fresno and Madera. She is passionate about utilizing her scientific skills for improving health and wellbeing of our local communities.
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4-H Youth Develop Important Communication Skills
Public speaking skills are ranked number one among the skill sets of professionals. Other guiding factors for developing public speaking skills include:
Discovering an important component of leadership development
Increasing self-esteem, self confidence, and ability to accept feedback
Expanding skills for planning, preparation and performance
The Fresno County 4-H Program encourages youth to develop and improve communication skills through the annual 4-H Presentation Day; a competition, which allows youth to share their knowledge and skills with others through public speaking and performance. Melanie Curtis encourages members to participate in any way that gets them in front of an audience, practicing their communication skills. The 2009 Presentation Day was attended by 114 youth from 16 Fresno County 4-H Clubs. Presentations ranged from informative public speeches and demonstrations to moving musical performances and entertaining plays written and performed by 4-H club members.
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