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4-H Critter Campus

4-H Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:36am
Saturday, January 24, 2015 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

4-H Critter Campus

Saturday, January 24th, 2015   10am - 2pm

Polk County Fairgrounds, Rickreall, OR

See details and registration here!

Deadline to apply for Winter Term graduation

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:36am
Friday, January 16, 2015 (all day event)

Applications for graduation must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. They may be filed up to three terms before the expected graduation term so progress can be monitored each term. However, applications must be submitted no later than the end of the second week of the term in which the student plans to complete degree requirements.

See Apply for graduation and application deadlines

Last day to drop a class

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:36am
Friday, January 16, 2015 (all day event)
Schedule Changes After Classes Begin. All Web transactions are done on the "Register/Add/Drop Classes" page of the OSU Web registration system. Login to MyOSU at https://myosu.oregonstate.edu, select Student, then under Registration Tools, click on Add/Drop Classes. Web registration generally is available 24 hours a day, except from 11:55 p.m. Friday evening to 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

All paper transactions are done at the Registrar’s Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Last day to add a class by web

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:36am
Sunday, January 11, 2015 (all day event)

Winter Term 2014 begins

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:36am
Monday, January 5, 2015 (all day event)
Welcome back!

Small-Scale & Urban Farming Series

Small Farms Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:35am
Thursday, January 29, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

 For more information, contact the OSU Lane County Extension office at (541)344-5859, or stop by the office at 996 Jefferson Street in Eugene, to pick up an application.

Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm.

Cost of session is $25.00.  Pre-registration is required.

For payment with a credit card see the website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/gardens

 

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Small-Scale & Urban Farming Series

Small Farms Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:35am
Thursday, January 29, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

 For more information, contact the OSU Lane County Extension office at (541)344-5859, or stop by the office at 996 Jefferson Street in Eugene, to pick up an application.

Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm.

Cost of session is $25.00.  Pre-registration is required.

For payment with a credit card see the website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/gardens

 

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Growing Farms - Southern Oregon

Small Farms Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:35am
Monday, January 26, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management

A hybrid course for beginning farmers that teaches those new to farming how to plan and manage a farm, while giving them tools to produce and market farmed and raised goods. The course also encourages interaction and community building among participants, helping build a professional network among small farmers and ranchers.

While developing a whole-farm plan, participants will learn about sustainable practices and land stewardship. The course encourages farmers to see how small farms and ranches fit into our community’s economic and environmental success.

Class meets:
6 - 8:30pm, Monday, January 26th
6 - 8:30pm, Monday, February 9th
Full Day, Saturday, February 21st
6 - 8:30pm, Monday, March 9th

REGISTER HERE:  https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/growing-farms-hybrid-course-beginning-farmers#introduction-section  

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Growing Farms - South Willamette Valley

Small Farms Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:35am
Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management

A hybrid course for beginning farmers that teaches those new to farming how to plan and manage a farm, while giving them tools to produce and market farmed and raised goods. The course also encourages interaction and community building among participants, helping build a professional network among small farmers and ranchers.

While developing a whole-farm plan, participants will learn about sustainable practices and land stewardship. The course encourages farmers to see how small farms and ranches fit into our community’s economic and environmental success.

Class meets:
6 - 8:30pm, Thursday, January 22
6 - 8:30pm, Thursday, February 5th
Full Day, Saturday, February 21st
6 - 8:30pm, Thursday, March 5th

REGISTER HERE:  https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/growing-farms-hybrid-course-beginning-farmers#introduction-section  

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2015 EcoFarm Conference

Small Farms Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:35am
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - Saturday, January 24, 2015 (all day event)

The Ecological Farming Association presents the 35th annual EcoFarm Conference at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, January 21-24, 2015

As the largest and oldest ecological agricultural gathering in the West, the EcoFarm Conference offers more than 70 workshops featuring an array of educational and technical workshops for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, consumers, students, and educators, along with notable keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, live entertainment, discussion groups, mixers, delicious organic meals and libations.

Visit www.eco-farm.org for more info and to register.

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Growing Farms - North Willamette Valley

Small Farms Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:35am
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management

A hybrid course for beginning farmers that teaches those new to farming how to plan and manage a farm, while giving them tools to produce and market farmed and raised goods. The course also encourages interaction and community building among participants, helping build a professional network among small farmers and ranchers.

While developing a whole-farm plan, participants will learn about sustainable practices and land stewardship. The course encourages farmers to see how small farms and ranches fit into our community’s economic and environmental success.

Class meets:
6 - 8pm, Wednesday, January 21st
6 - 8:30pm, Wednesday, February 4th
Full Day, Saturday, February 21st
6 - 8:30pm, Wednesday, March 4th

REGISTER HERE:  https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/growing-farms-hybrid-course-beginning-farmers#introduction-section  

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Growing Farms - North Coast

Small Farms Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:35am
Thursday, January 8, 2015 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farm Management

A hybrid course for beginning farmers that teaches those new to farming how to plan and manage a farm, while giving them tools to produce and market farmed and raised goods. The course also encourages interaction and community building among participants, helping build a professional network among small farmers and ranchers.

While developing a whole-farm plan, participants will learn about sustainable practices and land stewardship. The course encourages farmers to see how small farms and ranches fit into our community’s economic and environmental success.

Class meets:
5 - 8pm, Thursday, January 8
5 - 8pm, Thursday, January 22
9am - 4pm, Saturday, January 31
5 - 8pm, Thursday, February 12 

REGISTER HERE:  https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/growing-farms-hybrid-course-beginning-farmers#introduction-section  

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Lane County Livestock Association Breakfast Educational Program

Small Farms Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:35am
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

 

For more information contact Shelby Filley (541) 672-4461  shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu

 

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Linn-Benton Livestock & Forages Breakfast Educational Program

Small Farms Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:35am
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

 

For more information contact:

Shelby Filley (541)672-4461   shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu

 

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Sustainable Landscape Training - Lane County

Gardening Events - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:34am
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:00 AM - Thursday, December 11, 2014 5:00 PM

Learn practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Participants will learn to utilize landscape practices that can be applied to their own yards and will benefit by improving their soil biology and reducing erosion.

Class will meet both days, December 10-11, 2014 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration form and credit card payment option is available on the website: extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/gardens

Quality Control in Wood Products Manufacturing

Forestry Events - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:37am
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:00 AM - Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:00 PM

Course Description

This workshop will introduce participants to many of the key tools of quality control – brainstorming, Pareto charts, checksheets, flowcharts, cause-and-effect diagrams, design of experiments and statistical process control (SPC). Particular emphasis will be given to SPC. Participants will work 'hands on' to gain first-hand experience using the tools introduced in the course.

 Program Highlights

  1. Participants will use numerous tools of quality to solve a specific wood products industry case example
  2. Participants will work 'hands-on' in a computer lab to use the tools introduced in the course
See the course website for more details and to register

Graduate fellowship deadlines approach

Sea Grant - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:59am

Oregon Sea Grant is seeking qualified applicants for four graduate and postgraduate fellowships in marine science and policy.

The NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship (deadline Friday, January 23, 2015) provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students while assisting state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. Any student who will complete a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree program in natural resource management or environmental-related studies at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015, is eligible.

The National Marine Fisheries Service/Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics (deadline Thursday, January 29, 2015) expects to award at least two new PhD Fellowships starting Aug. 1, 2015 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics. The Fellowships can provide support for up to three years for highly qualified graduate students working toward a PhD in quantitative ecology, ecosystem ecology, population dynamics or related fields of study. Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS under the guidance of National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Offices. Applicants must be United States citizens, and at the time they apply must be admitted to a PhD program in a relevant field of study at a US institution.

The NMFS/Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics (deadline  Thursday, January 29, 2015) generally awards two new PhD Fellowships each year to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Offices. The Fellowship can provide support for up to two years for highly qualified graduate students working towards a Ph.D. in in marine resource economics, natural resource economics, or environmental economics. Applicants admitted to a PhD degree program in resource or environmental economics at a US institution.

Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships (deadline Friday, February 13, 2015)  provides a unique educational experience to students enrolled in graduate programs in fields related to marine or Great Lakes studies. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative branch, the executive branch, or appropriate associations and institutions located in the Washington, D.C. area. Recipients spend one year working on substantive national policy issues related to marine issues; a stipend is provided. The Fellowship is open to any student, regardless of citizenship, who is enrolled toward a degree in a graduate or professional program at an accredited US institution.

For all four opportunities, completed applications must be delivered to the Oregon Sea Grant program office in Suite 350 of the University Plaza Building, 15th and Western in Corvallis,  by 5 pm on the deadline date.

Learn more:

 

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Shellfish larvae more vulnerable to “saturation state” than acidification, study finds

Breaking Waves - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:20pm

The mortality of larval Pacific oysters in Northwest hatcheries has been linked to ocean acidification, yet the rate of increase in anthropogenic carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the decrease of pH in near-shore waters have been questioned as being severe enough to cause the die-offs.

However, a new study of Pacific oyster and Mediterranean mussel larvae found that the earliest larval stages are directly sensitive to saturation state, not carbon dioxide (CO2) or pH. Saturation state is a measure of how corrosive seawater is to the calcium carbonate shells made by bivalve larvae, and how easy it is for larvae to produce their shells.

It is important to note that increasing CO2 lowers saturation state, the researchers say, and saturation state is very sensitive to CO2; the challenge interpreting previous studies is that saturation state and pH typically vary together with increasing CO2. The scientists utilized unique chemical manipulations of seawater to identify the direct sensitivity of larval bivalves to saturation state.

Results of the study, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, are being reported this week in the journal Nature Climate Change.

“Bivalves have been around for a long time and have survived different geologic periods of high carbon dioxide levels in marine environments,” said George Waldbusser , an Oregon State University marine ecologist and biogeochemist and lead author on the study, “The difference is that in the past, alkalinity levels buffered increases in CO2, which kept the saturation state higher relative to pH.”

“The difference in the present ocean is that the processes that contribute buffering to the ocean cannot keep pace with the rate of anthropogenic CO2 increase,” added Waldbusser, who is in Oregon State’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.  “As long as the saturation state is high, the oysters and mussels we tested could tolerate CO2 concentrations almost 10 times what they are today.”

The idea that early bivalve development and growth is not as physiologically linked to CO2 or pH levels as previously thought initially seems positive. However, the reverse is actually true, Waldbusser noted. Larval oysters and mussels are so sensitive to the saturation state (which is lowered by increasing CO2) that the threshold for danger will be crossed “decades to centuries” ahead of when CO2   increases (and pH decreases) alone would pose a threat to these bivalve larvae.

Learn more

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New study finds “saturation state” directly harmful to bivalve larvae

Sea Grant - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:20pm

The mortality of larval Pacific oysters in Northwest hatcheries has been linked to ocean acidification, yet the rate of increase in anthropogenic carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the decrease of pH in near-shore waters have been questioned as being severe enough to cause the die-offs.

However, a new study of Pacific oyster and Mediterranean mussel larvae found that the earliest larval stages are directly sensitive to saturation state, not carbon dioxide (CO2) or pH. Saturation state is a measure of how corrosive seawater is to the calcium carbonate shells made by bivalve larvae, and how easy it is for larvae to produce their shells.

It is important to note that increasing CO2 lowers saturation state, the researchers say, and saturation state is very sensitive to CO2; the challenge interpreting previous studies is that saturation state and pH typically vary together with increasing CO2. The scientists utilized unique chemical manipulations of seawater to identify the direct sensitivity of larval bivalves to saturation state.

Results of the study, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, are being reported this week in the journal Nature Climate Change.

“Bivalves have been around for a long time and have survived different geologic periods of high carbon dioxide levels in marine environments,” said George Waldbusser , an Oregon State University marine ecologist and biogeochemist and lead author on the study, “The difference is that in the past, alkalinity levels buffered increases in CO2, which kept the saturation state higher relative to pH.”

“The difference in the present ocean is that the processes that contribute buffering to the ocean cannot keep pace with the rate of anthropogenic CO2 increase,” added Waldbusser, who is in Oregon State’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.  “As long as the saturation state is high, the oysters and mussels we tested could tolerate CO2 concentrations almost 10 times what they are today.”

The idea that early bivalve development and growth is not as physiologically linked to CO2 or pH levels as previously thought initially seems positive. However, the reverse is actually true, Waldbusser noted. Larval oysters and mussels are so sensitive to the saturation state (which is lowered by increasing CO2) that the threshold for danger will be crossed “decades to centuries” ahead of when CO2   increases (and pH decreases) alone would pose a threat to these bivalve larvae.

Learn more

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Research Seminar

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 6:36am
Friday, December 12, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

"Cachexia in Chronic Kidney Disease: Hunger Games for Survival" Robert Mak, MD PhD Professor and Chief Division of Pediatric Nephrology University of California at San Diego

Robert H Mak MD PhD is Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program at the University of California, San Diego and Chief of the Division of Nephrology at Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego. He was the co-founder and past president of the Western Society of Pediatric Nephrology. He is on the Editorial Board of Nature Reviews Nephrology and World Journal of Pediatrics. He has served as Education Editor of Pediatric Nephrology, Consulting Editor of Pediatric Research and as member of the editorial board of the Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology. He was a Councilor of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association and chairman of their education committee. His research interests include molecular pathophysiology for cachexia, bone disease and cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease as well as biomarker discovery for kidney disease progression.