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OSU to host Marine Science Day this Saturday, April 8

Sea Grant - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:00am

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will hold its annual Marine Science Day on Saturday, April 8, giving visitors an opportunity to see laboratories behind the scenes, interact with student scientists and learn more about current marine research.

The event is free and open to the public, and takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center, located in Newport southeast of the Highway 101 bridge over Yaquina Bay. It will feature interactive, hands-on exhibits and opportunities to talk with researchers from OSU and other federal and state agencies.

The theme is “Celebrating Student Research,” and student scientists will be among the researchers presenting exhibits on marine mammals, oyster aquaculture, ocean acidification, ocean noise, seagrass ecology, fisheries, deep-sea vents and more. Visitors can learn about research diving with the OSU Dive Team, observe microscopic plankton, tour a genetics lab and hear about the NOAA Corps’ 100th year as a commissioned service.

Special activities for children will be offered by Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The Oregon Coast STEM Hub and representatives from OSU and Oregon Coast Community College will also be available to engage K-12 students interested in pursuing marine studies.

Special events include:

  • A lecture at 2:30 p.m. by José R. Marín Jarrín, Charles Darwin Foundation, Galápagos, Ecuador, on “From Hatfield to the Charles Darwin Foundation: The importance of student research experiences”
  • Opening celebration at 10:30 a.m. for the Experimental Seawater Facility, funded by the National Science Foundation
  • A public feeding of Opal the octopus at 1 p.m. in the Visitors Center

Visitors may also learn about the progress of OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative, which seeks to host 500 students-in-residence in Newport by 2025.

“With a new teaching and research facility in the fundraising and design phase, Marine Science Day offers a great opportunity to understand why we are so excited about OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative,” said Bob Cowen, director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

“It is also a chance to learn about our scientists – who we are, what we do, and how we, as university, state and federal partners, work together and with communities to better understand and solve our marine and coastal challenges.”

More information about the event is available here.

(From a news release provided by Maryann Bozza, HMSC)

Photo caption: An octopus will be among the many exhibits and activities during Marine Science Day at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center. (Photo courtesy of Oregon State University)


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Forestry Events - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 6:07am
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (all day event)

Save the Date!

Landowners and partners involved in collaborative private forestland projects in eastern Oregon are invited to a one-day workshop. Topics will include how landowners can work together on market access, restoration projects, and fuels reducNon. We will learn from the efforts of the Ritter Land Management Team, East Face of the Elkhorns, and Blue Mountain Forest Cooperative.

Financial aid for travel available.

Coastal Forest Roads Workshop

Forestry Events - Sat, 04/01/2017 - 2:39pm
Saturday, April 1, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Use your road maintenance dollars effectively. Learn to assess your existing road for potential problems and prioritize repairs. Workshop covers maintenance and im-provement techniques, water quality and aquatic habitat concerns, regulations, con-tracts, technical and financial assistance available to small woodland owners. Bring a photo of your road trouble spot for discussion. Morning classroom and afternoon field session with hands-on exercises to evaluate an existing road, and discuss option for maintenance and improvement. For the field session we will carpool/drive to a site near the Myrtle Point Office.

Steve Bowers – Timber Harvesting Extension Specialist Francisca Belart - Timber Harvesting Extension Specialist Jon Souder- Forest Watershed Extension Specialist Greg Erb – ODF Stewardship forester Norma Kline – Coos and Curry Extension Extension Forester

Pre-Registration Required:

Online (credit/debit) at:
Or in person or by mail (check or cash)
*must be received by 03/25/2017 by 5:00 PM.
Call to confirm space. No walk –ins
Make checks payable to: OSU Extension Service
Mail along with this form to: OSU Extension
631 Alder St. Myrtle Point, OR 97458

Questions? Call Shawna at 541-572-5263 ext 25292

Tree School Umpqua

Forestry Events - Fri, 03/31/2017 - 2:39pm
Friday, March 31, 2017 (all day event)

This one-day mini-college offers a variety of topics of interest for family forestland owners, foresters, loggers, arborists, teachers, and the general public. This class will be offered at Phoenix Charter School in Roseburg, OR. To be notified of the schedule and registration information, and for more information, call Holly at (541) 672-4461. Also, visit the Douglas County Forestry program website for more information: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/douglas/forestry

The cost for the event is $55 per person before March 1st, and $75 per person for late registration between March 2nd and 19th. Walk in registration is not offered.

Class catalogs will be available the first week of February. Contact the Douglas County Extension office to ensure you receive a copy.


CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Fri, 03/31/2017 - 6:06am
Thursday, March 2, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - Fri, 03/31/2017 - 6:06am
Monday, March 6, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

International Mass Timber Conference

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 2:38pm
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - Thursday, March 30, 2017 (all day event)
For more information, http://ow.ly/6Czi304OKuJ

Cruise, Fall, Buck, & Scale

Forestry Events - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 6:07am
Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
In this field event we will take you through the process required to prepare a tree(s) for market. Including measuring volume, safely cutting, bucking to generate revenue, and scaling.


Small Farms Events - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 2:37pm
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday evenings March 29;  April 5 and 12
This three-session course provides an excellent framework to help new farmers assess their skills and interests, learn the realities of farm business ownership, and become connected to local resources. The aim is to help those thinking about small-scale commercial farming learn what it will take to start and manage a farm business, and decide whether that is something they really want to pursue.
Register on line: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarmDream
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Food Science Camp 2013 and Erik Fooladi

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Fri, 07/19/2013 - 1:44pm

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 - 1:25pm

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.


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 - 9:24am

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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