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STARTING A FARM STAND

Small Farms Events - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 6:48am
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

FLYER

Considering opening a farm stand? This class will cover county regulations and fees, tips for making your stand a success and other considerations.  Producers with success ful farm stands from Easy Valley Farm and Whistling Duck will share their experiences. Also instructing: Maud Powell, OSU Extension Small Farms faculty and Kely Madding, Jackson County Planner.

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Central Oregon Citizen Fire Academy

Forestry Events - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:51am
Thursday, September 25, 2014 5:30 PM - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 5:30 PM

The Citizen Fire Academy (CFA) volunteer education program represents a joint effort of many statewide and local agencies. The goals of this program are to develop your skills and knowledge so that you may help reduce the risk of catastrophic effects of wildfire for your home, your neighborhood, and your community.

Topics we will cover:
  • Fire Science and Ecology
  • Living in a Fire Environment
  • Home Protection Strategies
  • Fire-Resistant Landscapes
  • Evacuation Planning
  • Fuels Reduction Strategies

Skills you will gain:

  • Conduct home assessments
  • Assess fuels and fire risk
  • Communicate effectively with a wide array of people
  • Work with local partners (e.g. Project Wildfire, homeowner associations) to create neighborhood fire plans.

CLASS FORMAT: The Central Oregon CFA program will be offered with a mix of online modules and experiential field tours. Each online module includes reading and video tutorials, a self-quiz (not graded), discussion board, and “office hour” session that you can either attend in person at the OSU Extension office in Redmond or as a phone call. In addition, you will work on your own fire preparedness plan throughout the course and present your final plan at the graduation session.

 VOLUNTEER: It is hoped that after taking the course, you will contribute to wildfire preparedness in some capacity. This might look like helping your neighbors assess their properties, to staffing a booth at an outreach event, to writing articles. How you serve will depend on your personal strengths, interests, and abilities.

 For more info:              http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/

 Agenda:

Introductory Session and Dinner, October 8th, 5:30pm -8:00 P.M.

Online Module 1: Fire Science, October 9th – October 15th

Office Hour: Oct. 15th, noon – 1pm

Online Module 2: Living in a Fire Environment, October 16th – 25th

Office Hour: Oct. 24th noon – 1pm

OPTIONAL FIRE ECOLOGY FIELD TOUR, October 22nd, 8:30am – 4:30 pm

Field Tour: Fire Science, Living in a Fire Adapted Ecosystem and the Wildland-Urban Interface. October 25th, 8:30am – 4:30 pm

 Online Module 3: Home Protection Strategies, October 27th – November 5th. Office Hour: Nov. 5th, noon-1:00pm

Online Module 4: Fuels Reduction Strategies. November 6th – November 12th. Office Hour: Nov. 12th, noon – 1:00pm

Field Tour: Evaluating Fire Risk around homes and neighborhoods, fuels reduction treatments, volunteerism. November 15th, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Final Session November 19th, 5:30pm – 8:00 pm

HORSES AND MUD

Small Farms Events - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:48am
Saturday, October 18, 2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

FLYER
Protect the health of your horses and other livestock by learning how to manage winter mud and manure. Also covered will be all-weather surface construciton, horse health issues, pasture and grazing management, grant programs and much more. Instructors: Angie Boudro and Paul DiMaggio

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Youth 12-18 may attend for $12.50. YOUTH REGISTRATION

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PWLA Innovation Summit

Forestry Events - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:50am
Friday, October 17, 2014 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Please join us for a morning of learning with professors from the Oregon State University Department of Wood Science and Engineering. We’ll get to learn about exciting new fields of study in our industry, and connect with the instructors at the forefront of forestry innovation. We’ll get to hear about multi-story wooden structures, related code issues and what to expect in the future. After the lectures, we will tour the lab facilities.  A more detailed schedule will be provided upon RSVP.

Coffee and light snacks will be available in the morning, followed by lunch at Woodstock’s Pizza. Pizza and soda are included with your registration fee.

Agenda and registration information on the PWLA website.

CPHHS Research Seminar

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:50am
Friday, October 17, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"Understanding the Genetic Basis of Complex Polygenic Traits" Harold Bae, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, College of Public Health & Human Sciences

Dr. Bae’s research is focused on statistical genetics and Bayesian statistics aimed at developing advanced modeling to understand the genetic basis of complex polygenic traits.

His current research focuses on detection of genetic variants with different inheritance patterns formulated as a Bayesian model selection problem, integrating genetic data and sub-phenotypes of the trait of interest to dissect the genotype-phenotype associations using network models. Although his work is primarily with genetic data, his research is also applicable to non-genetic data.

He is currently engaged in collaborative research settings in studies of sickle cell anemia with Dr. Martin Steinberg (Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease Boston Medical Center) and aging and longevity with Dr. Thomas Perls (New England Centenarian Study and Long Life Family Study).

Oktoberfest

Food Events - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:50am
Friday, October 17, 2014 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Come celebrate the start of fall with the club.

 Tickets (Tickets are to recieve a grilled item.):

Students: $3

Faculty/Staff: $5

At the event: $5 

Tickets will be sold the week of the event in Wiegand Hall, Room 107. Tickets can also be purchased at the event. Tickets are also an entry to a raffle to win club shirts and other fun prizes.

2014 Land Stewards Program

Forestry Events - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:50am
Thursday, October 16, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program.

This is an 11-week training course - weekly classes will meet at the OSU Extension auditorium, on Thursday afternoon, September 11 - December 4 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.. (With a break for the Thanksgiving holiday).

Land Steward training will help local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property through classroom sessions, field trips and the creation of a personalized management plan for their property, the course is targeting owners who want to learn how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyle.

Land Stewards will be equipped to design and implement programs to help people:

  • Live safely in wildfire-prone areas
  • Identify and eradicate noxious weeds
  • Promote and develop wildlife habitat
  • Conserve water and reduce runoff
  • Reduce yard waste and wood biomass
  • Make their own mulch and compost
  • Maintain healthy trees and forest

Applications received before August 28th save $25 ($150 per person, or $20 for couples).

Applications received on/after August 29th, subject to standard fee ($175 per person, or $225 for couples).

For application please go to:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/ls_application_course_info_2014.pdf

Campbell Lecture

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 5:33pm
Friday, October 10, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"Studying Lives in Changing Times: A Life Course Journey" Glen H. Elder Jr. Howard W. Odum Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, research professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Glen H. Elder Jr., author of “Children of the Great Depression,” will share the story of his career and how his work has contributed to the flourishing field of life course studies. For more information about Prof. Elder view Glen H. Elder Jr.'s website

The Cynthia and Duncan Campbell Lecture on Childhood Relationships, Risk and Resilience is presented annually and made possible by Cindy and Duncan Campbell

FREE and open to the public

See Campbell Lecture website

2014 Land Stewards Program

Forestry Events - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:21pm
Thursday, October 9, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program.

This is an 11-week training course - weekly classes will meet at the OSU Extension auditorium, on Thursday afternoon, September 11 - December 4 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.. (With a break for the Thanksgiving holiday).

Land Steward training will help local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property through classroom sessions, field trips and the creation of a personalized management plan for their property, the course is targeting owners who want to learn how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyle.

Land Stewards will be equipped to design and implement programs to help people:

  • Live safely in wildfire-prone areas
  • Identify and eradicate noxious weeds
  • Promote and develop wildlife habitat
  • Conserve water and reduce runoff
  • Reduce yard waste and wood biomass
  • Make their own mulch and compost
  • Maintain healthy trees and forest

Applications received before August 28th save $25 ($150 per person, or $20 for couples).

Applications received on/after August 29th, subject to standard fee ($175 per person, or $225 for couples).

For application please go to:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/ls_application_course_info_2014.pdf

Why Accreditation Matters

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:21pm
Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Dean Tammy Bray presents "Why Accreditation Matters" at the October 9, 2014 meeting of the OSU TRIAD Club in MU 211. For 88 years, the TRIAD Club at OSU has provided faculty and now staff with an opportunity to gather over a meal to share fellowship, discuss the challenges of the day, celebrate success and learn something new.

Attendance is free of charge, but we think you'll enjoy the delicious optional lunch for that is offered for $11.

RSVP to rsvp@oregonstate.edu

Last day to submit GridIron Chef recipes

Health & Wellness Events - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 5:24pm
Monday, October 6, 2014 (all day event)

Calling all foodies! Do you think what you have what it takes to be Oregon State’s GridIron Chef? The Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health and the College of Public Health and Human Sciences are hosting a healthy tailgate recipe contest, and we want your entries!

Obesity is on the rise, but you can help do your part by helping your family eat healthy – even during football games! Submit your favorite healthy snack, appetizer or tailgate food recipe for a chance to win great prizes – and bragging rights.

The finalists’ recipes will have a nutrition analysis performed by the Moore Family Center and will be included on the Moore Family Center and CPHHS college websites.

All finalists will receive prizes that include items such as Bob’s Red Mill product gift baskets, Bob’s Red Mill gift certificates, and college and Moore Family Center swag.

See CPHHS Homecoming 2014 for details

Forest of Arts

Forestry Events - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 5:12pm
Saturday, October 4, 2014 10:00 AM - Sunday, October 5, 2014 5:00 PM

Hopkins Demonstration Forest and Three Rivers Artist Guild present the Second Annual Forest of Arts.

So much to discover in 140 acres of native forest...

  • Free Admission
  • Meet the artists selling sculpture, paintings, jewelry, woodwork and more
  • Family friendly, hands-on crafts and demonstrations
  • Performances, interactive displays, plein air painting and music
  • Local food and wine
  • Free Parking and shuttle to the event
  • Free Forest tours

CPHHS Research Seminar

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 5:35pm
Friday, October 3, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

LIFE Scholars. Student researchers and their faculty mentors present on research conducted over the Summer of 2014 as part of the Center of Health Aging Research's LIFE Scholars Summer Research Program. The program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to work with a Center for Healthy Aging Research faculty member to develop research skills and an understanding of opportunities in science and research.

Presenters

  • Nandita Kumar & Jadwiga Giebultowicz -  The Role of Circadian Rhythms in Age-related Inflammation
  • Brian Ceballos & Tory Hagen - The Declining Age-Related Stress Response
  • Lynda Bradley, Vivana Perez, Zhen Yu, Bharath Sunchu &  Rong Wang - Comparing 26S Proteasome Activity Between Long-living and Short-  living Species
  • Mai Anh Nguyen & Carolyn Aldwin - Does High Spirituality Compensate for Low Mastery

 View the LIFE Scholars Summer Research Program website.

 

2014 Land Stewards Program

Forestry Events - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 5:30pm
Thursday, October 2, 2014 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program.

This is an 11-week training course - weekly classes will meet at the OSU Extension auditorium, on Thursday afternoon, September 11 - December 4 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.. (With a break for the Thanksgiving holiday).

Land Steward training will help local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property through classroom sessions, field trips and the creation of a personalized management plan for their property, the course is targeting owners who want to learn how to balance sustainability with their rural lifestyle.

Land Stewards will be equipped to design and implement programs to help people:

  • Live safely in wildfire-prone areas
  • Identify and eradicate noxious weeds
  • Promote and develop wildlife habitat
  • Conserve water and reduce runoff
  • Reduce yard waste and wood biomass
  • Make their own mulch and compost
  • Maintain healthy trees and forest

Applications received before August 28th save $25 ($150 per person, or $20 for couples).

Applications received on/after August 29th, subject to standard fee ($175 per person, or $225 for couples).

For application please go to:  http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/ls_application_course_info_2014.pdf

Gerontology Student Association Meeting

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 5:30pm
Thursday, October 2, 2014 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Free Pizza! (Now that we have your attention) Join the Gerontology Student Association for their first meeting of Fall term. Thursday, October 2, 4:30 - 6 p.m. in Waldo 400. The OSU Gerontology Student Association works to share and build upon our knowledge through intellectual discussion, exploring issues related to aging, and community involvement. (And yes, free pizza.)

http://health.oregonstate.edu/students/groups/gerontology-student-association

Health Care of the Future

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 5:30pm
Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Health care is in chaos. We’re going to deliver a little clarity. Join us as national and regional leaders from across the health care spectrum discuss the current state of Health Care transformation in Oregon and debate the path forward. OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences is sponsoring this Portland Business Journal event.

Included will be:

  • a panel discussion with leaders on the forefront of Oregon health care transformation;
  • a panel on transformative innovation in health care with visionaries in different segments of the industry who are focused on changing the course of health care through innovations in research, the use of technology and big data, and a new generation of health care products and services
  • a conversation on the ongoing evolution of the ACA at the federal level and how it looks to play out.

This event will set the stage for strategic planning for employers and health care industry professionals alike. Don’t miss it!

When: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 | 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Where: The Hilton Hotel | 921 SW 6th Ave. | Portland | Pavilion Room
Single ticket - $55
Table of 10 - $600
Discounts for Portland Business Journal subscribers.

Details and registration available at the Oregon State University Alumni Association website

State of the Coast conference coming Oct. 25

Breaking Waves - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:16am

Students in the marine sciences and related fields have until Oct. 10 to submit posters for the 2014 State of the Coast conference, taking place Oct. 25 at the Florence Events Center in Florence, on the southern Oregon coast.

State of the Coast – formerly known as the Heceta Head Coastal Conference – invites everyone from scientists to students to industry to citizens to learn, network, and engage in the current and future state of Oregon’s marine environment. The one day conference, organized by Oregon Sea Grant, includes informative talks on current marine science and policy: El Niño, Sea Star Wasting Syndrome, Coastal Energy, Local Food on the Coast, Hazards, and more.

Join us for seafood cooking demos, hands-on learning, and fun.

The student poster session is a dedicated time when conference participants can view posters and interact with student scientists as they explain their marine-related research and results. This is a chance for students to showcase their research, gain professional experience, and network.

Oregon Sea Grant invites posters from advanced undergraduates (juniors or seniors), recent graduates and graduate students. Poster submissions are welcomed in any discipline related to issues and opportunities facing the marine environment: biology, anthropology, law, engineering, policy, chemistry, business, ecology, environmental science, management, and more!

Posters will be judged by conference participants on their effectiveness in communicating research, accessibility of the information presented, and overall design for reaching a general and diverse audience. Prizes will be awarded to the top posters.

For more information on poster submissions: http://www.stateofthecoast.com/student-posters/

Registration is $35, $25 for students and includes lunch. For more information and registration visit http://www.stateofthecoast.com/

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State of the Coast conference coming Oct. 25

Sea Grant - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:16am

Students in the marine sciences and related fields have until Oct. 10 to submit posters for the 2014 State of the Coast conference, taking place Oct. 25 at the Florence Events Center in Florence, on the southern Oregon coast.

State of the Coast – formerly known as the Heceta Head Coastal Conference – invites everyone from scientists to students to industry to citizens to learn, network, and engage in the current and future state of Oregon’s marine environment. The one day conference, organized by Oregon Sea Grant, includes informative talks on current marine science and policy: El Niño, Sea Star Wasting Syndrome, Coastal Energy, Local Food on the Coast, Hazards, and more.

Join us for seafood cooking demos, hands-on learning, and fun.

The student poster session is a dedicated time when conference participants can view posters and interact with student scientists as they explain their marine-related research and results. This is a chance for students to showcase their research, gain professional experience, and network.

Oregon Sea Grant invites posters from advanced undergraduates (juniors or seniors), recent graduates and graduate students. Poster submissions are welcomed in any discipline related to issues and opportunities facing the marine environment: biology, anthropology, law, engineering, policy, chemistry, business, ecology, environmental science, management, and more!

Posters will be judged by conference participants on their effectiveness in communicating research, accessibility of the information presented, and overall design for reaching a general and diverse audience. Prizes will be awarded to the top posters.

For more information on poster submissions: http://www.stateofthecoast.com/student-posters/

Registration is $35, $25 for students and includes lunch. For more information and registration visit http://www.stateofthecoast.com/

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Capacity building and competencies

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 1:12pm

Recently, I drafted a paper about a capacity building; I’ll be presenting it at the 2014 AEA conference. The example on which I was reporting was regional and voluntary; it took a dedication, a commitment from participants. During the drafting of that paper, I had think about the parts of the program; what would be necessary for individuals who were interested in evaluation and had did not have a degree. I went back to the competencies listed in the AJE article (March 2005) that I cited in a previous post. I found it interesting to see that the choices I made (after consulting with evaluation colleagues) were listed in the competencies identified by Stevahn et al., yet they list so much more. So the question occurs to me is: To be competent, to build institutional evaluation capacity are all those needed? Or can an nascent evaluator function competently having reviewed only two categories of competencies listed by Stavahn et al? The two categories on which this capacity building program was based included Systematic Inquiry (2.0) and Situational Analysis (3.0). And even then, I only addressed 2.2, 2.3, 2. 13, 2.14, 2.16, 3.1, 3.2, 3.8. Yet these do not list logic modeling as one of the competencies, unless it is housed under 3.2 (Determines program evaluability).

 

So my question is to you, reader, is what I offered in the capacity building program (Logic Modeling, Implementation, Qualitative Data Analysis and Management,  Quantitative Data Analysis and Management, Evaluation Use) essential? Is it enough? I’d really like to hear from you on this, because I really do not know. And although a summative evaluation was conducted after the program ended, I do not know what difference the program made in the lives of the participants. Whether the program had value, merit, worth? PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Those of you who participated in the program, how has it helped you now that it has been almost two years since it ended (January 2013).

A new topic:

I will not be blogging until the week of October 20. I will be attending the Engagement Scholarship Consortium conference and AEA. I hope to see some of you at either or both.

my.

molly.

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Woodland management in the Blue Mountains

Amy Grotta's Tree Topics - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 8:47am

By Amy Grotta, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension – Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties

Our tour hosts (left) with local Extension forestry agent Paul Oester

Last week I traveled to sunny Eastern Oregon for the OSU Extension Forestry team’s annual planning meeting. To kick things off, our group spent an afternoon with Tom and Cindy Beechinor, who are active forest landowners, Master Woodland Managers, and dedicated Extension supporters in the Blue Mountains above the town of Milton-Freewater. We toured the family’s 640-acre property and learned much about how they care for their land and some of the challenges they face. Some observations:

  • The Beechinors envy those of us here in northwest Oregon for the high productivity of our forest soils. On their site, 18-24 inch annual leader growth is “good”.
  • They also envy our access to markets. They mentioned Douglas-fir prices in the $300/MBF range. That’s about half of what it is on the west side! Log hauling costs are also a challenge, as the nearest mill is about 100 miles away.

    High elevation mixed conifer forest

  • On their land, situated about 4500 feet in elevation, grand fir is the most common species, followed by Engelmann spruce, although this is partly a result of early logging practices which removed the higher-value Douglas-fir and western larch. Today, through selective logging and replanting the Beechinors are attempting to convert the forest to a more diverse tree mix.
  • Anyone in our neck of the woods who has attempted to plant western redcedar in an area where deer and elk live can relate to the Beechinors’ situation with trying to grow western larch. They have planted thousands of seedlings, but most have not made it due to elk rubbing.
  • Speaking of elk, our hike through the woods was punctuated by the sounds of elk bugling all around us. For those of you who have not experienced this before, it is really something!
  • Maintaining the land’s value for elk and other wildlife is an important management objective, although this comes with a big challenge: wolves. So far, they have not experienced any livestock predation, but the Walla Walla wolf pack is known to come on to their land and they have seen evidence of elk kills. They have a good relationship with fish & wildlife officials, who can alert them as soon as a radio-collared wolf is tracked on their property. That way, they can move their cattle if needed. One challenge they’ve come across is that they no longer can use dogs to manage their livestock, because their cows are now so skittish from wolves that they don’t respond to domesticated dogs either.

All in all, it was an enlightening tour and a great introduction to this part of the state. There are opportunities for woodland owners to visit tree farms in other regions too, such as through OSWA’s annual meeting. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to travel and learn about the diversity of issues, and commonalities, faced by small woodland owners across Oregon.

It’s 30 minutes to pavement through this country to the Beechinors’ property.

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