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The CO Maker Fair

Gardening Events - 14 hours 49 min ago
Friday, April 14, 2017 - Saturday, April 15, 2017 (all day event)

3-30-17

OSU to host events celebrating hands-on learning and maker culture April 14-15

 

By Michelle Klampe, 541-737-0784, Michelle.klampe@oregonstate.edu

Contact: Charles Robinson, 541-737-6535, charles.robinson@oregonstate.edu

 

This article is available online: http://bit.ly/2mTy4lH

 

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host The Co., a two-day event celebrating hands-on learning and maker culture, April 14-15 on the Corvallis campus.

 

“SEA Through the Eyes of an Artist” will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 14 at Furman Hall. The fourth-annual Corvallis Maker Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15 in the Memorial Union Ballroom and the Student Experience Center Plaza. Both events are free and open to the public.

 

“Maker” culture is a popular movement honoring craftsmanship and technology and the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources. The CO. event offers the OSU community and the public an opportunity to collaborate, innovate and create. The event also provides a forum for teaching the value of hands-on learning in classrooms from kindergarten through college.

 

“SEA Through the Eyes of an Artist” is a new event this year, hosted by the College of Education in conjunction with The CO. and SPARK, OSU’s year-long celebration of the arts and science. All events are free and open to the public. The schedule is:

•   9:30 a.m. to noon: Activities for K-12 students including a Muddy Creek project demonstration; SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences);StreamWebs; Art at Sea; and Storytime with Judy Li. Furman Hall.

•   1-2 p.m.: Keynote speaker, Brownwyn Bevan of the University of Washington College of Education, who will deliver an interactive keynote presentation on makerspace research in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 100.

•   2-5 p.m.: Activities for the OSU community, including an earthquake/tsunami activity station; an “interpret your research” competition for graduate students to demonstrate their dissertation or capstone projects through music, dance, painting or other art forms; and happy hour with Bevan. Furman Hall.

•   5-9 p.m.: Activities for families and the community, including a COSIA activity station. Furman Hall.

 

Other activities include an arts and science geocaching quest throughout the OSU campus; panels to inspire women and girls to enter STEM fields, presented by the campus groups Women in Science and Women in Engineering; and a show focused on arts and science presented by the Corvallis Public Library. A full schedule of events is available online: http://www.corvallismakerfair.org/the-co-2017/sea-through-the-eyes-of-an-artist/.

 

At Saturday’s Maker Fair, attendees can talk to experts in the arts, crafts, technology, and sciences and leave with unique souvenirs such as Michael Boonstra’s laser-etched cedar selfies. Visitors can also tie flies with OSU Fly Fishing, experience virtual reality gaming with Solid Fuel Studios, help build a Mars lander based on the actual Viking design plans with the Viking Mars Mission Preservation and Education Team, learn basic programming concepts with the OSU Open Source Lab, find out about the process of creating pigments with the Mobile Color Lab and more

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The CO. is organized by a team of OSU faculty, staff, and students and professionals from the Corvallis area. Sponsors and partners for the 2017 event include HP, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, OSU College of Education, OSU College of Forestry, OSU Division of Outreach and Engagement, OSU College of Liberal Arts, OSU Libraries and Press, and SPARK.

 

Registration information, a complete schedule, exhibitor list and additional details about the events are available on the event website, www.corvallismakerfair.org.

 

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About Oregon State University: OSU is one of only two U.S. universities designated a land-, sea-, space- and sun-grant institution. OSU is also Oregon’s only university to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. Its approximately 27,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 90 nations. OSU programs touch every county within Oregon, and its faculty teach and conduct research on issues of national and global importance.

BCMGA Board Meeting

Gardening Events - 14 hours 49 min ago
Monday, April 3, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Benton County Master Gardener board meeting

CC Master Gardener Board Meeting

Gardening Events - 14 hours 49 min ago
Thursday, April 6, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

25th Annual Yamhill County Plant Sale

Gardening Events - 14 hours 49 min ago
Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:00 AM - Sunday, April 30, 2017 2:00 PM

The Yamhill County Master Gardeners Association and the Yamhill County OSU Extension Service are pleased to announce that our 25th Annual Plant Sale will be held on Saturday April 29th from 9am to 3pm and Sunday April 30th from 11am to 2pm.           

The event will be held at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds located at 2070 NE Lafayette Avenue, McMinnville, OR 97128.

Thousands of ornamental and vegetable plants on-sale including perennials home grown by Yamhill County Master Gardeners

  • FREE Soil pH testing
  • Plant Help Clinic
  • Plant Selection Assistance
  • Plant information
  • 20+ Specialty Vendor Booths
  • Garden Art

Proceeds support YCMGA Educational Horticultural Programs in Yamhill

Presented to you by OSU Extension Service and the Yamhill County Master Gardener’s Association. Profits will fund continuing education for Yamhill County residents and college scholarships for Yamhill County high school seniors.

For more information contact the Yamhill County OSU Extension Office by calling 503-434-7517 or online at http://ycmga.org/2017PlantSale.php

(Outreach and) Engagement.

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 5:01pm
Engagement

Engagement is about evaluation.

I read a lot of blogs.

One blog said: “Development programs have to prove that they have had a strong and positive impact.”

Sounds like engagement to me.

(And you can’t have engagement without outreach.)

And outreach and engagement often takes place beyond the walls of the academy. In community.

What is community?

So I went looking.

Not a definition in Scriven’s book.

Did find a book called Methods for Community-based Participatory Research for Health edited by Barbara Isreal, Eugenia Eng, Amy J. Schulz, and Edith A. Parker.

The book can be a resource for students, practitioners, researchers, and community members who use CBPR. Probably is.

You would think that CBPR would have a definition of community.

 

Community.

The community is a unit of identity, or so says the book. And units of identity are “…entities in which people have membership…” Could be a “…family, social network , or geographical neighborhood…”. Since identity is socially created, it applies to community. “Community…is defined by a sense of identification with and emotional connection to others through common symbol systems, values, and norms…may be geographically bounded…or geographically dispersed…”

I decided to look further. Found a web site on community engagement

This site said what I found to be true. “‘Engagement’ is used as a generic, inclusive term to describe the broad range of interactions between people.” “‘Community’ is also a very broad term used to define groups of people”. These groups of people could be “…stakeholders, interest groups, (or) citizen groups…A community may be a geographic location (community of place), a community of similar interest (community of practice), or a community of affiliation or identity (such as industry or sporting club).”

So then the question is, “What is impact?”

Impact

I go back to my sources. Scriven says that there is an “impact evaluation” (“…an evaluation focused on outcomes or payoff rather than process, delivery or implementation evaluation.”) A start. Will go look at “…outcomes or payoff…”

Scriven also talks about outcome (“…immediate outcomes, end of treatment outcomes, and long-term outcomes to be discovered in follow-ups.”) as well as outcome (evaluation).  He also talks about payoff (evaluation). Parentheses, mine.

Both (outcome evaluation and payoff evaluation) focus on results, not process.

To me, it sounds like impacts is another word for outcomes.  Perhaps a long-term outcome (to be discovered in follow-up)?

(Although the health and medical fields use impact to mean short-term outcomes [Green & Lewis, 1986]. The term outcome is generally used to mean changes in health status.)

The terminology is confusing (at least) and obfuscating (at most). What does that say about outreach? About engagement?

So be upfront about what you mean when you say it. Make it clear at the outset of an evaluation. At the very beginning!

 

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Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative

Forestry Events - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:35pm
Monday, April 24, 2017 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Pleave RSVP: Gabriela Ritokova:  gabriela.ritokova@oregonstate.edu

Bring lunch and hard hat, good shoes.  (rain gear)

Call Dave Shaw if problems, cell:  541-908-1680

7:30AM Leave Corvallis

We will have two vans leaving from Richardson Hall (West Side).

930/1000AM.  Meet at Tillamook County Extension Office, 4506 3rd Street, Tillamook, OR 97141.  Phone 503-842-3433

Bathrooms, meeting area, coffee/snacks

Introductions, and field day plans.  Current status of SNC.

10:30 AM leave to Tillamook Ridge, 11-1PM, including lunch, visit to Tillamook Upper

What is going on with this tree decline?  

1PM Leave to visit Stimson Lumber sites

Stagnated 25 yr old Douglas-fir site           

Will have felled trees to examine  

3PM Visit SNCC Research and Monitoring Plot

1/5 acre plots  

4PM.  Head home

6PM Arrive in Corvallis

Background info:  www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/7/8/155/pdf

 

College of Public Health Speakers' Series: “Sleep and Health" - in Portland

Health & Wellness Events - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:35pm
Monday, April 24, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:50 PM

This 10-week long speaker series will highlight 10 public health issues important for all Oregonians taught by experts from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University.

Click for more information about this special research-driven speakers' series in Portland featuring OSU experts.

The following speakers with tentative topics for their lectures are listed below. Refreshments provided. 

April 3, 2017: Jeff Bethel – “Getting Ready for the Big One"

April 10, 2017: Carolyn Aldwin – "Biopsychosocial Aging: How Stress Gets Under the Skin"


April 17, 2017: Kate MacTavish – "Health trajectories: Why zipcodes matter more than genetic codes"

April 24, 2017: Javier Nieto – “Sleep and Health”

May 1, 2017: Sunil Khanna – “You Just Don’t Understand: Cultural Humility, Communication and Health”

May 8, 2017: Rick Settersten – “Journey to Adulthood: The long and winding road"


May 15, 2017: Stephanie Grutzmacher – “Local Food, Good Nutrition”

May 22, 2017: Dave Dallas – “Human Milk and Your Baby’s Health”

June 5, 2017: Carolyn Mendez-Luck – "Caregiving in Cultural Context”

June 12, 2017: Jeff Luck – “Health Care System, What's next for Obamacare?”

Passing it on: Farm and Forest Succession Workshop

Forestry Events - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:35pm
Monday, April 24, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Two-thirds of Oregon's agricultural land will be changing hands in the next 20 years, but the vast majority of Oregon's farmers and ranchers don't have succession plans.

·  Want to hear about the trends in farm/ranch succession, access to land, and land use in Oregon?

·  Want to learn the steps for preparing a succession plan for your property?

·  Want to hear the stories of local farmers who have gone through the process?

RSVP: Heather.Stoven@oregonstate.edu or 503-434-7517  

Cruise, Fall, Buck, & Scale

Forestry Events - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 2:34pm
Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cruise, Fall, Buck, & Scake - April 22  

This field will take you through the steps required to prepare a tree(s) for market. Learn to use the Woodland Stick and tariff system to measure, Cruise, merchantable log volume. We will also discuss the steps involved in evaluating a tree to be safely and properly cut down, Fall. Once the tree is on the ground we will observe some sample purchase orders and discuss cutting techniques, Buck, that generate the greatest revenue from the tree. After the logs have been bucked and limbed, we will observe the steps involved in conducting westside grading and scaling to determine individual log grade and volume, Scale.             

Presenters:
Steve Bowers and Francisca Belart, OSU Forestry and Natural Resources Extension - Timber Harvesting Specialists      

See the Flyer!  

Information and Registration

Living on Your Land - Tree School Rogue

Forestry Events - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 2:34pm
Saturday, April 22, 2017 (all day event)

27 classes to choose from...

Details and Registration Information Coming Soon!

Living on Your Land – Tree School Rogue presents a one-day conference for small farmers, small woodland owners, land owners/managers, wildlife enthusiasts, backyard gardeners, and those invested in our region's natural resources. Expand your knowledge and leave with a renewed enthusiasm and enhanced vision for your land.

The registration brochure is now available at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/sites/default/files/treeschoolrogue2017finalweb.pdf

Please note that call-in registration opens March 8.

 

Oregon Woodland Cooperative Annual Meeting

Forestry Events - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 2:34pm
Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

It’s Earth Day and let’s celebrate by visiting a productive small woodland tree farm.

Our hosts for the day are Pat and Karen Karger on their tree farm near Gaston Oregon.

Terry Lamers has traveled the world gathering information about chain saws. He will share his extensive knowledge with us. Bring your chain saw and Terry guarantees he will show you something you did not know and maybe your saw will cut better and safer as a result.

Taylor Larson has been learning how to tap our local Big Leaf Maple for the making of maple syrup. A way for you to create a great Christmas gift or maybe even makes some money from a new secondary product. Terry will demonstrate how to tap a maple and the equipment you will need to do it yourself.

Jim Merzenich will show us how to make a small oak log produce Shitake mushrooms. If you ever wanted to create your own mushroom crop, this may be for you. Jim will share what you need to start your own crop.

  Co-op members will demonstrate how to split and bundle firewood for the OWC firewood program. This may be a way for you to make money from young stands, logging debris and hardwoods.

  A tour of the Karger Tree farm will also be included in the day’s activities.

Make this Earth Day a rewarding experience. After all, for a tree farmer every day is Earth Day

From Gaston, travel South on Hwy 47 3.8 miles to the junction of Cove Orchard Road, travel .7 mile to the tree farm entrance on the left.

From Yamhill, travel north on Hwy 47 3.9 miles to the junction of Cove Orchard Road, travel .2 miles to the tree farm entrance.

Watch for OWC tree Farm signs (22700 Cove Orchard Road). Stay on the driveway up the hill 1/4 mile to the meeting location.

Bring a side dish of dessert, salad or casserole you want to share. The Co-op will provide the main dish.

Earth Day of Service

4-H Events - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 2:34pm
Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Earth Day of Service 

Earth Day is an internationally recognized annual celebration and event in which millions of volunteers from across the globe take action to improve the health of the environment. Earth Day began in 1970, and by 1990 over 140 nations were participating annually in the day of service. Now, 47 years later, 192 countries take part in the celebration, which has expanded in many communities to include Earth Week, an entire week of service projects, environmental activism and activities that focus on environmental betterment and change.

This year, the Center for Civic Engagement invites you to join us on Saturday, April 22rd, 2017 for our annual Earth Day of Service. Oregon State students, staff, faculty, and their children/dependents are invited to participate in this event and celebration.

There are 5+ projects available to choose from. Pre-registration is required! Please visit: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/cce/earthday for more information and to register!

Special reception with CPHHS alumna Charlene McGee, OSUAA Young Alumni Award recipient

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 2:36pm
Friday, April 21, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Charlene McGee ‘04, deputy refugee health coordinator and program specialist with the Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD), will talk about her work experience, particularly her current role ensuring health care access to Portland’s refugee population, and how her education at OSU helped prepare her for her career.

Charlene joined the MCHD after graduating in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health/Health Promotion and Health Behavior. At the department, she served as the African American Sexual Health Equity Program and HIV/HEP C Health Educator from 2006-2010. She also served as a commissioner for the City of Portland Human Rights Commission and president of the Portland NAACP Branch.

At 24, when she took that position, she was the youngest ever president of an NAACP Branch. She’s also worked for the government of Liberia.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
 
Please come out and support Charlene who will be receiving the Young Alumni Award later that evening at the OSU Alumni Association’s Spring Awards Ceremony.

Students to compete in underwater robot contest in Lincoln City

Breaking Waves - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 9:32am

Oregon students from elementary school through community college will compete in Lincoln City on April 29 in an underwater robotics contest that tests their engineering and problem-solving skills.

The students, who hail from 20 schools largely along the coast, will be showing off devices they built for the annual Oregon Regional MATE ROV competition, which is coordinated by Oregon Sea Grant and aims to prepare students for technical careers.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the swimming pool at the Lincoln City Community Center at 2150 N.E. Oar Place.

The event is one of about 30 regional contests around the world that are coordinated by the California-based Marine Advanced Technology Center (MATE). Top teams from Oregon qualify to compete in the International MATE ROV Competition, which will be held June 23-25 in Long Beach, Calif.

Each year a new theme is chosen. This year’s contest highlights the role of remotely operated vehicles — or ROVs — in securing the health and safety of seaports and helping lay the groundwork for “port cities of the future.” Like port managers, the students will guide their ROVs through tasks that simulate finding cargo containers that fell overboard, constructing an underwater tunnel, and cleaning up contaminated sediment. Students will also present posters or marketing displays they created and give engineering presentations.

Students are also tasked with creating mock companies, thinking like entrepreneurs and working together to “manufacture, market, and sell” their ROVs. The students gain project management and communication skills as they manage a budget, work as a team, brainstorm solutions and deliver presentations, all skills transferable to other careers.

Local marine technology professionals, engineers, and scientists from Oregon State University, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency volunteer as judges. Volunteer divers from the Oregon Coast Aquarium and OSU’s Scientific Dive Team also support the competition.

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Students to compete in underwater robot contest in Lincoln City

Sea Grant - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 9:32am

Oregon students from elementary school through community college will compete in Lincoln City on April 29 in an underwater robotics contest that tests their engineering and problem-solving skills.

The students, who hail from 20 schools largely along the coast, will be showing off devices they built for the annual Oregon Regional MATE ROV competition, which is coordinated by Oregon Sea Grant and aims to prepare students for technical careers.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the swimming pool at the Lincoln City Community Center at 2150 N.E. Oar Place.

The event is one of about 30 regional contests around the world that are coordinated by the California-based Marine Advanced Technology Center (MATE). Top teams from Oregon qualify to compete in the International MATE ROV Competition, which will be held June 23-25 in Long Beach, Calif.

Each year a new theme is chosen. This year’s contest highlights the role of remotely operated vehicles — or ROVs — in securing the health and safety of seaports and helping lay the groundwork for “port cities of the future.” Like port managers, the students will guide their ROVs through tasks that simulate finding cargo containers that fell overboard, constructing an underwater tunnel, and cleaning up contaminated sediment. Students will also present posters or marketing displays they created and give engineering presentations.

Students are also tasked with creating mock companies, thinking like entrepreneurs and working together to “manufacture, market, and sell” their ROVs. The students gain project management and communication skills as they manage a budget, work as a team, brainstorm solutions and deliver presentations, all skills transferable to other careers.

Local marine technology professionals, engineers, and scientists from Oregon State University, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency volunteer as judges. Volunteer divers from the Oregon Coast Aquarium and OSU’s Scientific Dive Team also support the competition.

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Woodland Discovery Plan Workshops

Forestry Events - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:34pm
Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This two-evening OSU Extension workshop helps families discover the potential of their property and explore their relationship with their land. See flyer for more details. Offered in two locations:

Dallas: Thursdays April 6 & 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Polk County Extension Office

Corvallis: Thursdays April 13 & 27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Benton County Extension Office

Cost: $20 per family sharing materials

Register online  

For more information call the Benton Extension office 541-766-6750 or email Jody

Master Woodland Manager Course

Forestry Events - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:34pm
Thursday, April 20, 2017 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.

Feeding and Marketing Pigs

Small Farms Events - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:34pm
Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

If you are new to raising market pigs, this may be the class for you. OSU Extension Service faculty, Gene Pirelli and Melissa Fery will be teaching about feeding and nutrition for raising market pigs, basic health topics and information about processing and marketing pork. 

The class will be held Thursday, April 20 at the Linn County Extension Service office at 33630 McFarland Rd in Tangent from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person. scholarships may be available.  Register online or by contacting Chrissy Lucas at (541) 766-3556.

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OSU Forage Management Series

Small Farms Events - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:34pm
Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Each part consists of an evening classroom presentation at the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility on the OSU campus, followed by a morning field practical at a local outdoor location.

Class meets Wednesdays (6 – 8:30 pm) and Thursdays (10 – noon). Topics for each month are:
April 19 & 20 – Farm and Forage Assessment
May 24 & 25 – Harvest Management
June 28 & 29 – Irrigation
August 16 and 17 – Fertility
September 20 and 21 – Renovation Techniques

Speakers will be Shelby Filley, David Hannaway, Serkan Ates, Gene Pirelli, and Troy Downing, plus other OSU faculty and local experts.

This series will focus on a “project ranch” that we work on together, including site visits and on-line document sharing and blog. The project ranch will be the Wilson Farm, the OSU sheep facility with sheep and cattle grazing the pastures. You can also work on your own ranch as a side project if desired. The objective of the series is to improve knowledge about managing forage on properties in the Willamette Valley.
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Woodland Management – Basic Forestry Shortcourse

Forestry Events - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property.

Topics covered:
-Getting Started: Assessing your property and your site.
-What’s Going on in Your Woods? Understanding tree biology and forest ecology.
-Taking Care of Your Woods: Tree planting, care for an established forest,weed control.
-Getting it Done: Safety, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.
-Saturday Field Trip to see first hand examples of what you've learned.

Register: R.S.V.P by April 5th call 503-325-8573
or email valerie.grant@oregonstate.edu