Fresno State will host the Drought Summit from noon-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, convening regional faculty, researchers and administrators to develop an action plan for managing water, drought and climate variability in the San Joaquin Valley. The 20 participants will meet in the Smittcamp Alumni House at Fresno State (2625 E. Matoian Way). Dr. Gil Harootunian, director of University Initiatives at Fresno State, said this is the first regional collective of its kind. Representatives of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California State University, Bakersfield, and University of California, Merced will also attend. A United Nations Development Program scholar and a sociologist from Durham University in England will participate remotely. Fresno State Provost Lynnette Zelezny, who has expertise in environmental psychology, convened the summit. She said the drought presents challenges so complex for the Valley that individual institutions and scholars must work together to take action. INFO: Harootunian at 559.278.4850 or