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The Power of Plants: The Roles of Plants in Watershed Restoration

Gardening Events - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 6:16am
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

Guest speaker: April Olbrich from the Tualatin River Watershed Council 

April Olbrich has been the Coordinator of the Tualatin River Watershed Council since 2003. The Watershed Council plans, develops and implements projects to maintain and restore the biological and physical process in watersheds for the sustainability of the communities.   

*Qualifies for one hour of education/recertification credit 

Winter Dreams/Summer Gardens

Gardening Events - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 6:16am
Saturday, November 5, 2016 (all day event)

This is a Gardening Symposium open to the public. Includes lunch.

To Register & Pay by Credit Card Online, Go To:

www.jacksoncountymga.org

 

Fall rose pruning

Gardening Events - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 6:16am
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

We will prune the 32 roses at the demonstration garden.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own pruning tools and gloves.  Pruning tools will be sharpened for you.

Clackamas County Chapter Meeting: Cataclysms on the Columbia: the Great Missoula Floods - Scott Burns

Gardening Events - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 6:16am
Monday, November 14, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Between 15,000 and 18,000 years ago, a series of momentous floods crashed through the Pacific Northwest, reaching heights of up to 400 feet where Portland lies today and carving the landscape of the Columbia Gorge and Willamette Valley.

Geologist and gifted speaker Scott Burns will focus on the incredible story of J Harlen Bretz’s discovery of the Ice Age floods and the pioneering research that Bretz used to prove his discovery to the world. Burns will also discuss the floods’ effect on the formation of 16,000 square miles of Pacific Northwest terrain, from eastern Washington to Astoria and the Willamette Valley.  Whether or not you’re a geology buff, you’ll be glad you joined us for this fascinating and humorous presentation about our region’s natural history.

Scott Burns is a Professor Emeritus of Geology and Past-Chair of the Dept. of Geology at Portland State University. He has been teaching for 44 years, with past positions in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana.  Scott specializes in environmental and engineering geology, geomorphology, soils, terroir and Quaternary geology.

  *Qualifies for education/recertification credit.

http://clackamascountymastergardeners.org/Lectures.html 

Mason bee cocoon cleaning workshop

Gardening Events - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 6:16am
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

This workshop starts at 9:30am and lasts about 90 minutes.  There will be a presentation of the sand cleaning process.  Participants are encouraged to bring their mason bee nests and/or cocoons to be cleaned.  Additionally participants will be able to clean and keep cocoons provided by the Master Gardeners. 

  *Qualifies for 1 hour of education/recertification credit.

Trees & Taxes

Forestry Events - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 2:40pm
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This class is a must for anyone with forest
management expenses, recent forest income,
or planning for future income from
their forestland. Many landowners are unaware
of the special provisions in the Internal
Revenue Code that pertain to forestland and
income generated from their land. This session
will help you improve the records you
keep on your forestland as well as minimize
the taxes that you pay for income generated
by your forest.


Topics Include:
-Allocation of basis (and what basis is)
-Taxation of Income
-Forestry Incentives
-Treatment of expenses
-Recordkeeping
-Info. on Oregon forest products harvest
and severance taxes.


Instructor: Dr. Tammy Cushing, OSU Forestry
& Natural Resources Extension Specialist
in Forest Economics, Management and
Policy, and Starker Chair in Family and
Private Forestry.

Register online at:
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/douglas/

Scroll down to “Upcoming Events” and
select the class.

Plant Propagation Class

Forestry Events - Thu, 11/24/2016 - 2:36pm
Thursday, November 24, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Would you like to learn how to propagate native plants for your forest or landscape? Native plants support the local wildlife habitat, and are low maintenance when planted in the proper place. If you have a natural area that needs to be restored, or are just interested in putting more natives into your home garden, farm or woodlot, then propagating your own can be very rewarding and save you money to boot!

Clackamas Community College’s fall term Plant Propagation class will emphasize native plants this year, and is designed to give you hands-on experience reproducing a variety of plants from seeds and cuttings. There is also an online component where you will get more of the background on how and why plants are propagated the way that they are.

The class is offered by the Horticulture Department at Clackamas Community College on the Oregon City campus Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm, September 29 - December 8, 2016, taught by Jen Gorski.

Annual Meeting, Workshop and Recognition Luncheon

Forestry Events - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 2:35pm
Monday, November 21, 2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
See flyer for details and agenda, http://www.otfs.org/_pdf/16_OTFS_Flyer.pdf

Field to Market Workshop Series -Douglas County

Small Farms Events - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 2:34pm
Sunday, November 20, 2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Field to Market Workshop Series - Fall 2016

Lacto-Fermented Foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, etc.)
Nov. 6th 1-4:30 pm
Douglas County OSU Extension kitchen
Topics covered: Types of lacto-fermented foods, where to find recipes, food safety and critical canning steps, labeling and recordkeeping requirements, hands-on sauerkraut making, taste test pickles and sauerkraut and made with cucumbers and cabbages grown in Small Farms variety trials.

Acidic Foods (jams, jellies, fruit syrups, etc.)
Nov. 20th 1-4:30 pm
Douglas County OSU Extension kitchen
Topics covered: Types of acidic foods, where to find recipes, critical canning steps, labeling and recordkeeping requirements, hands-on jam making, taste test acidic foods.


Registration details Field to Market Essentials*
$15 for one individual; $25 for two farm business partners.
* This workshop is required if you want to take any of the hands-on workshops.
Hands-on Value-Added Products Workshops (Acidified, Dehydrated, Lacto-fermented & Acidic) are $30 each ($25 each if you take more than one hands-on workshop)
Space is limited in the hands-on workshops. Sign-up early!
Fees includes worksheets and handouts, materials for hands-on activities, hours of detailed instruction led by Extension Faculty and successful local farmers, and refreshments at each session.
To register go to: extension.oregonstate.edu/douglas/
or contact Coleen Keedah at 541-672-4461
Questions? Contact Sara Runkel at 541-236-3049 sara.runkel@oregonstate.edu Douglas County OSU Extension Office, 1134 SE Douglas Ave. Roseburg, OR 97470

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GridIron Chef and 5k Fun Run

Health & Wellness Events - Sat, 11/19/2016 - 2:34pm
Saturday, November 19, 2016 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

What goes together like peas and carrots?

Football and food, of course!

Oregon State University's College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health invite you to the fourth annual GridIron Chef Contest and 5k Fun Run. 

Our football-themed obstacle course begins at the Women's Building on OSU's campus and ends with a touchdown back at the Women's Building for the College Tailgate. Enjoy food, drinks, adult beverages and samples of the GridIron Chef finalists' recipes, and then vote for your favorite!

Before the Oregon State vs. University of Arizona game, join us outside Reser Stadium to taste the winning recipe.

Kids' Challenge – 9:30 a.m.

5k Challenge – 9:45 a.m. 

College Tailgate – 10:15 a.m. 

Find more information and register here. 

Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Food Events - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 2:37pm
Friday, November 18, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Public talk by Dr. Peter Kopp, Assistant Professor of History at New Mexico State University and author of his new book Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon's Willamette Valley.   The contents of your pint glass have a much richer history than you could have imagined. Through the story of the hop, Hoptopia connects twenty-first century beer drinkers to lands and histories that have been forgotten in an era of industrial food production. The craft beer revolution of the late twentieth century is a remarkable global history that converged in the agricultural landscapes of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The common hop, a plant native to Eurasia, arrived to the Pacific Northwest only in the nineteenth century, but has thrived within the region’s environmental conditions so much that by the first half of the twentieth century, the Willamette Valley claimed the title “Hop Center of the World.” Hoptopia integrates an interdisciplinary history of environment, culture, economy, labor, and science through the story of the most indispensable ingredient in beer.   Friday, November 18th 1:00-3:00 at the OSU library in Corvallis. Dr. Kopp will be talking about his book, as well as the rich history of hops/beer research and the impact of the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives at OSU.https://www.facebook.com/events/882746235160283/   Questions? Please contact Tiah Edmunson-Morton, Director of OSU’s Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives, edmunsot@oregonstate.edu.

CPHHS Research Seminar

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 2:37pm
Friday, November 18, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Kaiser Permanente (KP) Research Bank is a nationwide research bank that facilitates studies related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. KP makes this resource—including samples and data—available to scientists who apply to use the information for genetic, epidemiological, and other scientific research. This long-term research program is designed to help scientists understand how people’s health is affected by their genes, behaviors, and the environment.

Dr. Sheila Weinmann is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on cancer etiology, screening, and progression, with particular emphasis on molecular epidemiology. Her interests also include pharmacoepidemiology and infectious disease epidemiology. She has over 20 years’ experience leading cohort and case-control epidemiologic studies and is presently the principal investigator of a grant to study molecular factors in relation to breast cancer recurrence in women on tamoxifen therapy. Dr. Weinmann has also been the principal investigator on epidemiologic studies of prostate cancer screening efficacy, molecular and other factors in relation to prostate cancer mortality after prostatectomy, statin use in relation to breast and prostate cancer recurrence, renal cell cancer risk factors, the molecular biology of renal cell cancer progression, and pregnancy outcomes after surgical treatment for cervical dysplasia.

Meredith Vandermeer is Research Associate in the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente NW. She serves as Project Director for the CERTs Scientific Forum, a science forum supporting the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics, a national program funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that conducts and disseminates research on drug and biologic effectiveness and safety.

This research seminar is Co-Sponsored by the College Research Office; the Hallie Ford Center; the Center for Healthy Aging; the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods Nutrition and Preventive Health; and the Center for Global Health. The seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences and other researcher to present and discuss current research in public health and human sciences in an environment conducive to stimulating research collaboration and fostering student learning. Faculty and students from the Division of Health Sciences and other colleges, research centers and institutions are encouraged to participate

Ripples Upon Ripples

Terra - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:12am

By Rachel Robertson

Out on the ocean, a wave-energy converter heaves, rocks and pitches to the motion of the waves. How the converter interacts with the water to generate power is at the core of creating devices that can be commercially viable. And it has been a missing piece of information for wave-energy simulation tools — until now.

Researchers in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University recently completed a year-long experimental testing project at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Laboratory to do just that. The research was part of a $4.5 million effort initiated by the U.S. Department of Energy for Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to create a simulation software tool to advance wave energy research.

“Wave energy is a nascent technology — there’s a long way to go before we have utility-scale deployments of wave farms like you see with wind and solar,” said Kelley Ruehl, co-principal investigator from Sandia National Laboratories and an Oregon State alumnus in mechanical engineering. She was co-advised by Professor Bob Paasch (mechanical engineering) and Ted Brekken (electrical and computer engineering).

“Using simulations is an inexpensive way of evaluating the performance of different devices in comparison to one another or in testing out design changes. So having a good simulation tool is a critical step in design optimization,” she said.

Although other simulation tools exist, they are proprietary and not designed specifically for wave energy converters. The open-source code that the team developed is called WEC-Sim (for wave energy converter simulator).

“The intent of having an open-source code project was to have a tool that users can add features to themselves,” Ruehl said.

And so they have. The code was initially released in 2014, and in the first year there were only a handful of users. But Ruehl said over the last year there has been widespread adoption of the code. Programmers have been actively incorporating user modifications.

Last year the project moved to the experimental testing phase, which is when Oregon State entered the picture. “When we were looking at different test facilities, Oregon State, with its expertise in wave energy and the facilities at Hinsdale, was the obvious choice,” said Ruehl, who headed up the testing.

The Oregon State team involved with tank testing and data collection of the scale model (1/33 size of a full wave energy converter) included Asher Simmons and Ratanak So, graduate students in electrical and computer engineering. They were advised by Professor Ted Broken. Another collaborator, Bret Bosma, was a post-doc at the time and is now a faculty research associate.

Testing with an actual wave-energy converter was critical. Its structure is more complicated than that of other ocean vessels. Data from boats interacting with water are available, but the information is insufficient because wave-energy converters have two or more rigid bodies that interact in close proximity. In turn, that leads to more complicated interactions with the water.

“If you are standing in a lake, and you throw a rock as far out as you can, by the time the ripples get to your legs they’re hardly anything. But if you drop a rock right next to you, the ripples hit your leg and cause more ripples. It is the interaction causing more ripples that we don’t understand,” Simmons said.

Sensors on the body of the device and in the tank contributed to 62 total data signals, including measurements of force, position and the height of the waves. The system included a new use of a sensor — a pressure mat — located on the flaps of the device. It generates a field of pressure measurements that engineers could use to create a map of the wave impact on the flap.

Because the device was so highly instrumented, Simmons used the opportunity for a side project to determine the most efficient use of sensors. Some of the sensors have price tags that are out of reach for developers of wave-energy devices in the early stages of testing. So his research will help inform researchers about which sensors are critical to collecting good data, where the sensors would be best placed and how to correct the data if they are using non-optimal sensors.

“We really need this,” said Simmons, explaining that developers often don’t have the funds to properly test power take-off until far too late in the process, creating products that are not commercially viable. “My hope is that developers can use this information much earlier to get a better feel for how much power they will be able to extract,” he said.

The data from the testing phase will be publicly available through the WEC-Sim website and it will also be used to validate the WEC-Sim software.

For the researchers at Oregon State, the project was a great opportunity to be part of a collaborative effort to advance wave-energy technology. In addition to the two national labs and Oregon State, a local engineering firm (Andrews-Cooper) and a Spanish company (+D), collaborated on the project.

“I like physical modeling and working on real engineering problems, and wave energy is an extremely challenging one,” Bret Bosma said. “This was a very complicated system with a lot of sensors and a lot of data, and so it was a really nice platform to work on.”

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Center for Global Health Seminar

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:39pm
Thursday, November 17, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences' Center for Global Health is pleased to have Dr. Stephanie Grutzmacher discuss her ongoing collaboration with Debre Berhan University in Ethiopia, working on projects related to food security and nutrition. Her talk will describe opportunities for field work and internships, while sharing insight into the development of long-term global partnerships for improved community wellbeing.

 

Please RSVP to cfgh@oregonstate.edu 

Master Woodland Manager Course

Forestry Events - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:39pm
Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Do you want to make sure your forest is resilient to fire, pests or diseases?  Are you interested in how your land can better suit wildlife, timber production, or recreation? Would you like to make sure your roads are well-built, and know that you filed your taxes correctly? The Master Woodland Manager (MWM) program shows you how to “read” your woodland by understanding local ecological factors as well as how to conduct assessments to determine where your woodland is heading as it grows and matures. You will learn how various management activities can help you meet your long term vision for the property.   This is the flagship course of the OSU Extension Forestry program.  MWM volunteers represent a 20 year legacy, and include a wide array of people and woodlands throughout Oregon. Whether you own 5 or 1,000 acres, the MWM program will help you gain skills for tending your woodland and provide opportunities to share your passion for stewardship.  View the Master Woodland Manager application/registration brochure.

Your Legacy, Your Land

Forestry Events - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:39pm
Thursday, November 17, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for our monthly Your Legacy, Your Land Webinars.  We are partnering with OSU and their Ties to the Land program to connect you with experts as you work through your plans.  On the fourth Thursday of every month at 11 pm (PST), we will discuss a different topic associated with your legacy plan, from setting goals to communicating with your family to understanding the different estate planning tools.   Register for each webinar: http://mylandplan.org/content/your-legacy-your-land-monthly-webinar-series

Plant Propagation Class

Forestry Events - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:39pm
Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Would you like to learn how to propagate native plants for your forest or landscape? Native plants support the local wildlife habitat, and are low maintenance when planted in the proper place. If you have a natural area that needs to be restored, or are just interested in putting more natives into your home garden, farm or woodlot, then propagating your own can be very rewarding and save you money to boot!

Clackamas Community College’s fall term Plant Propagation class will emphasize native plants this year, and is designed to give you hands-on experience reproducing a variety of plants from seeds and cuttings. There is also an online component where you will get more of the background on how and why plants are propagated the way that they are.

The class is offered by the Horticulture Department at Clackamas Community College on the Oregon City campus Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm, September 29 - December 8, 2016, taught by Jen Gorski.

CANCELED | Cultivating OSU Connections

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:39pm
Thursday, November 17, 2016 12:00 AM

This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Make meaningful connections from the comfort of your computer, smart phone or tablet. Chat with fellow College of Public Health and Human Sciences alumni and current students using our innovative online networking platform. Never used a virtual platform to network before? Here's a demo to show you how it works.

Save the Date
Thursday, Nov. 17
Time TBD

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Free

Details and registration information will be available here in late October.

Center for Global Health Seminar

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 6:10am
Thursday, November 17, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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The College of Public Health and Human Sciences' Center for Global Health is pleased to have Dr. Stephanie Grutzmacher discuss her ongoing collaboration with Debre Berhan University in Ethiopia, working on projects related to food security and nutrition. Her talk will describe opportunities for field work and internships, while sharing insight into the development of long-term global partnerships for improved community wellbeing.

 

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Please RSVP to cfgh@oregonstate.edu

2016 OSU Extension Land Steward Training

Forestry Events - Wed, 11/16/2016 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Visit our website for details and registration here.

·        -Have land but not sure how to take care of it? 

·        -Need a plan for your property? 

·        -New to the area?

·        -Thinking of purchasing land?

The award winning Land Stewards training helps local small-acreage landowners learn about ways to create a healthy environment on their property.  The program incorporates weekly field classes, presentations from natural resource professionals, and the creation of a personalized management plan. This program is great for land owners who want to learn or enhance or develop land management skills as a part of their rural lifestyles. 

The 11-week training covers topics such as wildfire risk reduction, woodland and forest management, natural vegetation and wildlife, rivers and stream ecosystems, pasture management, soils and organic waste, small acreage systems and infrastructure, economics and enterprise on your land, stewardship planning and much more!

Weekly classes will meet at OSU Extension at 569 Hanley Road, Central Point

Wednesday afternoons, September 7th – November 16; 12:00-5:00pm