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Webinar - #FactsOverFear: Ebola Preparedness for the Americas

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration required. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, currently the largest in history, has sparked an international public health response.  We invite you to join the American Public Health Association and the Pan American Health Organization for a webinar panel discussion on this topic featuring opening remarks by Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of APHA, and Dr. Francisco Becerra, assistant director of PAHO/WHO. Other invited speakers will be announced.

Register

Webinar Objectives:

  •     Describe the history of Ebola and the current outbreak in West Africa.
  •     Evaluate the experiences in disease response from Africa.
  •     Evaluate the experience in handling a suspected case in Brazil.
  •     Discuss the U.S. experience in preparedness and response to imported Ebola.
  •     Describe PAHO/WHO’s strategic approach to preparedness and response for LAC countries.

Twitter Chat
PAHO and APHA will also co-host a Twitter chat during the webinar. Join us as we engage the public in a live conversation and Q&A.  Make sure you are following us on Twitter, @publichealth and @pahowho and using the hashtags #FactsOverFear and #Ebola to participate.

Earn CE Credits
APHA is providing free continuing education credits in conjunction with the webinar.  To obtain continuing education credits, participants must attend the webinar and complete an evaluation online.

President's Winter Coffee

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break before finals for holiday treats and gourmet coffee. Join President Ray in celebration and conversation at the Memorial Union Lounge.

We will be taking non-perishable food items or monetary donations to benefit OSU’s Food Pantry. Your donation is appreciated.

Small-Scale & Urban Farming Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 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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November Ice Storm hits Coast Range

Amy Grotta's Tree Topics - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:39am
West of Philomath. Image: Liz Cole

By Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension, Benton, Linn and Polk Counties

While most residents of the Willamette Valley and Cascades foothills experienced unseasonably cold temperature in mid November, residents and landowners in the central Coast Range endured a serious ice storm. This was not a region-wide storm, but sure packed a punch in certain areas, with some people saying the damage caused may be as bad as or worse than that caused by the infamous Columbus Day Storm. I have not heard of any additional damage from a freezing rain event on December 1.

The main area affected is centered around Blodgett and Burnt Woods, stretching north through Kings Valley into Polk County and south to the flanks of Marys Peak. The McDonald Forest was shut down for nearly a week due to falling ice, limbs and whole trees, closing roads throughout the research forest and creating hazards to workers and recreationists. Crews and equipment are working to reopen forest roads throughout the area.

Ouch.
Image: Liz Cole

Ice ½ to ¾ inch thick brought down branches, broke out tops and uprooted whole trees in rural residential as well as forested areas. Although damage was irregular and uneven, stands of all types and age classes were affected. An aerial survey by the Oregon Department of Forestry indicated that roughly 6,600 acres of significant damage (less the 10% of trees damaged to over 30% of trees damaged), although I have seen some stands where over half the trees were damaged.   Damage seemed worse in draws dominated by hardwoods. Here is a map of the storm damage distribution.

Of course, we have been here before, at least to some degree. Wind and snow storms come through from time to time knocking things down and making a mess. This creates hazards for people and ruins or reduces the value of damaged trees and stands, and may cause forest health issues such as rot or beetle outbreaks down the road. Downed wood can serve as a nursery for beetles if abundant and large enough which may then lead to damage to healthy trees, and broken tops and other wounds may lead to heart rots. The ODF has just released a good discussion of possible effects on forest health following the November 2014 storm, including some guidelines on actions.

Near Burnt Woods

But right now, many people will focus their efforts on cleanup. The Oregon Department of Forestry also developed a webpage a couple years back about dealing with storm damage  that is aimed mostly at residential situations, but it may be worth a look. It includes links to other articles such as “tree first aid after a storm”

Be sure to be extra vigilant whenever you are doing anything in the woods after a storm since it can create an abundance of hazards including loose tops or branches hung up overhead, kick back-inducing tangles of branches, or spring-loaded limbs and trunks on the ground. If cleaning up, please review saw safety, wear all recommended safety gear and use all caution. Caution should include prudent assessment of the situation and of your own skills and ability. And as we say in the advice business, “be sure to seek professional help” when needed. Although I doubt Ann Landers was ever referring to loggers, it is nonetheless sound advice.

Image: Liz Cole

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Nano-cellulose Based InnofreshTM Coatings for Preserving Pre- and Post-harvest Fruit Quality

Food Events - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 2:38pm
Monday, December 1, 2014 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Fall 2014 Faculty Seminar Schedule, Dept. of Food Science & Technology

Presenter: Yanyun Zhao, Professor

Nano-cellulose Based InnofreshTM Coatings for Preserving Pre- and Post-harvest Fruit Quality

Small Farms Events - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 2:38pm
Monday, December 1, 2014 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Fall 2014 Faculty Seminar Schedule, Dept. of Food Science & Technology

Presenter: Yanyun Zhao, Professor

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New class of mid-Valley Master Woodland Managers graduating

Amy Grotta's Tree Topics - Sun, 11/30/2014 - 11:00pm

By Brad Withrow-Robinson, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension, Benton, Linn & Polk Counties

Please help welcome a new class of Master Woodland Managers. The Master Woodland Manager Class of 2014, which  has 17 members from communities throughout Benton, Linn and Polk Counties, graduated in November, joining several dozen volunteers from earlier trainings, ready to put their forestland management expertise to work as volunteers in their communities along with the OSU Extension Service.

 

Mid Valley MWM Class of 2014

Master Woodland Managers are qualified local family woodland owners who receive specialized training from OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension to improve their abilities as land managers and as community leaders. The purpose of the Master Woodland Manager program is to provide a core of trained volunteers that help OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension serve local communities and be a resource to help inform other woodland owners on ways to take care of their land.

The Master Woodland Manager training is about 80 hours of classroom and field instruction spread over most of a year. A broad variety of topics are covered, including forest management planning, woodland ecology, resource inventory methods, thinning stands, road maintenance, insect and disease management, fire risk prevention, sustainable forestry practices and more. In return, the trainees agree to give the OSU Extension a similar amount of time in volunteer service in helping other small woodland owners.

Master Woodland Manager volunteer activities may include hosting tours and workshops on woodland management practices (including planting, harvesting or habitat development), taking leadership positions in local landowner and conservation organizations, contributing to newsletters, and developing educational materials and youth programming.

Among the most popular and important services of Master Woodland Manager volunteers are site visits to local properties. A visit with a Master Woodland Manager can help you see your property in a new way. Their experience can help you recognize what you have on your property, identify opportunities you have overlooked, or limits you may not have seen, develop goals and strategies to address needs and point you to additional local sources of assistance.

Want another perspective on your property? Schedule a visit with a Benton, Linn, or Polk County Master Woodland Manager by calling the Benton County OSU Extension office at (541) 766-6750, or email me with at brad.w-r@oregonstate.edu.

The mid Valley Master Woodland Managers of 2014:

Marc Baldwin – Corvallis

William Bowling – Albany

Wylda Cafferata – Dexter

Mary  Chamness – West Salem

Bonnie Marshall -Sublimity

Ed Merzenich – Brownsville

Jim Merzenich- Salem

Bruce  Morris- Alsea

Elizabeth Mottner – Monroe

Tyler Mottner – Monroe

Doug Newell – Corvallis

Sherri  Newell – Corvallis

Janice Thompson – Corvallis

Christy Tye – Lebanon

Jennifer Weikel – Monmouth

Timbre White – Scio

Roger  Workman – Albany

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Thanksgiving Holiday

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 2:36pm
Friday, November 28, 2014 (all day event)
Campus closed. Drive safe. Eat safe. Find a Turkey Trot near you. And remember to give thanks for health. Know someone who isn't heading home for the holiday? Invite them along to yours.

Thanksgiving Holiday

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 2:35pm
Thursday, November 27, 2014 (all day event)
Campus closed. Drive safe. Eat safe. Find a Turkey Trot near you. And remember to give thanks for health. Know someone who isn't heading home for the holiday? Invite them along to yours.

That time of year…

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:33pm

Thanksgiving.

A uniquely American holiday (although it is celebrated in other countries as well-Canada, Liberia, The Netherlands, Norfolk Islands),

filled with too much food (pie any one?) ,

too much football (what is your favorite rivalry?),

and too much shopping (black Friday?).

 

For me it is an opportunity to to be grateful–and I am, more than words can express. I am especially grateful for my daughters, bright, articulate, and caring children (who are also adults).

What makes this holiday unique? That is an evaluative question.

What will make this holiday a good holiday for you?  That, too, is an evaluative question.

This holiday will be good for me in many ways.

For me, it is an opportunity to think deeply about the various roles I fill: mother, sister, friend, evaluator, volunteer, among others.

It is an opportunity to think about what kind of guest I will be when I visit for the holiday.

It is an opportunity to think about the privilege that comes to me as an accident of my birth and those not so privileged.

It is an opportunity to count my blessings, of which there are many.

Happy Thanksgiving.

my.

molly.

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Ebola: The reality of an epidemic

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 6:37am
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Co-sponsored by the CPHHS's Center for Global Health. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:30pm. Speakers include:

Featured Speaker: Dr. Patricia Omidian
Co-founder, Focusing International
Dr. Omidian, a medical anthropologist, will discuss her work for the World Health Organization in Liberian communities impacted by Ebola.
 
Omidian’s research, conducted as the epidemic spun out of control, highlights community desires for greater control over the official response to the Ebola crisis. Local people want to have a say in managing quarantine and isolation practices in particular, and they want better primary health care. Community members also want access to better information that can help them deal with real problems.
 
Sudy Storm, MPH, Midwife
Sudy Storm, a midwife and anthropology graduate student, and a graduate of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences" MPH-International Health (2011 Cohort), will discuss the current Ebola epidemic in light of her work as a midwife and researcher with village populations in Sierra Leone.
 
Dr. Connie Hume-Rodman, MD
Dr. Hume-Rodman chairs the OSU Infectious Disease Response Team and is Associate Director of OSU Student Health Services. She will discuss OSU’s response to the Ebola epidemic and how the OSU community can respond to infectious diseases in general.

Center for Global Health website

Food Science Camp 2013 and Erik Fooladi

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Fri, 07/19/2013 - 12:44pm

We participate in the Oregon State U Food Science Camp for middle school students.

Part of the STEM [science technology engineering math] Academies@OSU Camps.

We teach about bread fermentations, yeast converting sugars to CO2 and ethanol, lactobacillus converting sugar to lactic and acetic acids, how the gluten in wheat can form films to trap the gas and  allow the dough to rise. On the way we teach about flour composition, bread ingredients and their chemical functionalities, hydration, the relationships between enzymes and substrates [amylases on starch to produce maltose for the fermentation organisms]; gluten development, the gas laws and CO2′s declining solubility in the aqueous phase during baking which expands the gas bubbles and leads to the oven spring at the beginning of baking; and the effect of pH on Maillard browning using soft pretzels that they get to shape themselves..

All this is illustrated by hands on [in] activities: they experience the hydration and the increasing cohesiveness of the dough as they mix it with their own hands, they see their own hand mixed dough taken through to well-risen bread. They get to experience dough/gluten development in a different context with the pasta extruder, and more and more.

A great way to introduce kids to the relevance of science to their day to day lives: in our case chemistry physics biochemistry and biology in cereal food processing.

We were also fortunate to have Erik Fooladi from Volda University College in Norway to observe the fun: http://www.fooducation.org/

If you have not read his blog and you like what we do here: you should!

 

endless pasta

 

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Good Cheese, Bad Cheese

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Wed, 07/10/2013 - 12:25pm

pH, colloidal calcium phosphate, aging, proteolysis, emulsification or its loss and their interactions lead to optimum melting qualities for cheeses. A module in this year’s food systems chemistry class.

This module was informed by this beautiful article “The beauty of milk at high magnification“ by Miloslav Kalab, which is available on the Royal Microscopical Society website.

http://www.rms.org.uk/Resources/Royal%20Microscopical%20Society/infocus/Images/TheBeautyOfMilk.pdf

Of course accompanied by real sourdough wholegrain bread baked in out own research bakery.

Inspired by…

“The Science of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich.”

by: Jennifer Kimmel

in: The Kitchen as Laboratory: Reflections on the Science of Food and Cooking

Edited by Cesar Vega, Job Ubbink, and Erik van der Linden

 

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February 2011- Nutrition Education Volunteers taking “vacation”

Family Food Educators of Central Oregon - Tue, 02/01/2011 - 8:24am

I’m back from maternity leave and getting resettled into some new responsibilities.  We had a staff member leave us, so Glenda and I are having to pick up the work load until we find someone new, or our responsibilites change.  Being a new mom is lots of work too, so I’ve gone part time (24 hours aweek) but am still trying to get everything done… that being said, we’ve decided to put our nutrition education volunteering on hold, until I have a managable workload.

We look forward to being able to start things back up in the summer or fall of 2011.  Thanks so much and since a few of you have been asking, here’s a photo of our boy.  He is 5 months old today!

Bundled out in the cold!

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