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Public Health Surveillance and the Research Continuum

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:40pm
Friday, May 19, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology and his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin.

After completing an internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, he trained at the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer (assigned to the Michigan health department); as a Preventive Medicine Resident in the Division of Nutrition at the CDC, and as part of the CDC Career Development Program, when he obtained his MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota.

He was the Chief Medical Officer for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention in the Wisconsin Division of Health for almost a decade, and joined the Department of Population Health Sciences in 1997.

Since that time he has led the development and was the first Director of the UW MPH Program, the UW Population Health Institute, and the UW Preventive Medicine Residency Program; was the first Associate Director for Population Health Science in the Carbone Cancer Center, and was the inaugural Associate Dean for Public Health in the renamed, School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Remington’s current research examines ways to improve public health surveillance methods and outcomes.

He led the development of the Wisconsin County Health Rankings, now a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

An Optron Concert & Presentation with Chet Udell - At the Intersection of Music and Electrical Engineering”

Environment Events - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

It's a cross between a guitar and light saber, and it helped win Best Performance at a prestigious worldwide competition. Meet faculty member Chet Udell's innovative musical instrument, Optron, and learn more about the intersections of music and electrical engineering. A performance and discussion for the general public.      


OR Forest Practice Act: Wider Stream Buffers Required

Forestry Events - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn about the new protection rules for medium and small salmon, steelhead, or bull trout streams.

Continuing Education Credits for both SAF and OPL.

Wildland fire prevention in a wet year in a dry climate

Forestry Events - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

OSU Extension Auditorium, 569 Hanley Rd, Central Point, OR

Please RSVP to (541) 776-7371

Cost: $10/person, $15 couples, JJSWA members free

See flyer for details

Silviculture, Harvesting and Marketing Workshop

Forestry Events - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

OSU Extension Silviculture Specialist Steve Fitzgerald and Extension harvesting expert Steve Bowers will lead a one-day workshop on writing practical, goal-oriented forest management prescriptions and how to fall, buck and skid logs to maximize efficiency and profitability.

Watch for more information. Call the OSU Extension Service Union County office at 541-963-1010 to RSVP.

New Riparian Rules

Forestry Events - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Department of Forestry is holding a training on the proposed new riparian rules (SSBT, or salmon, steelhead and bull trout) on May 18th, 9 am – noon at the Columbia River PUD community room. Space is limited. Please direct your RSVP and any questions to John Krause, contact info below.


Master Woodland Manager Course

Forestry Events - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, May 18, 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.

Cover crops and soil health workshop

Forestry Events - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:00 PM
Location and details TBA. Contact jean.bremer@oregonstate.edu to get on the list for more information.

Wood Design Workshop

Forestry Events - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - Thursday, May 18, 2017 (all day event)

Registration is now open for the Wood Design Workshop! Participants will be exposed to two days of wood design specifications and building codes and standards. There will also be sessions on wind and seismic design provisions and in-depth information on cross-laminated timber in both Europe and the US. For more information, or to register, visit: http://cpe.forestry.oregonstate.edu/WoodDesign Be sure to pass this on to others who may be interested in attending!

The Arts Saved My Life

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The last event for Mental Health Month is "The Arts Saved My Life". 1 in 4 college students suffer from diagnosable mental health disorder. Many find hope, meaning, or simply an outlet through creativity. Students will be sharing personal music, artwork, and photography and speaking about how the arts helped them deal with their personal struggles with mental health.



Soil and Cover Crop Sampling

Small Farms Events - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Javier Fernandez-Salvador &
Nick Andrews, 
OSU Small Farms Program

We'll discuss best practices for soil and cover crop sampling, how to interpret soil test results, and how to develop an organic fertility program using soil test results. Our case study will be broccoli on a diverse vegetable farm.

Register here: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms-events/register/147 
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Food Safety Trainings

Small Farms Events - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is for everyone responsible for training harvest workers,
berry processing workers, or anyone interested in reviewing food safety practices.

Two Sessions:

In English: 9am – 12pm
In Spanish: 1pm – 4pm

For more details and how to register please see informational flyer.

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Food Safety Trainings

Small Farms Events - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:35pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This class is for everyone responsible for training harvest workers,
berry processing workers, or anyone interested in reviewing food safety practices.

Two Sessions:

In English: 9am – 12pm
In Spanish: 1pm – 4pm

For more details and how to register please see informational flyer.

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Can We Use Thermodynamics to Predict Adhesion?

Environment Events - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

It is widely recognized that the mechanical properties of particle-filled polymeric composites depend critically on the strength of adhesion between the particle surfaces and the matrix polymer. What is less widely agreed upon is the prospect for quantitatively predicting or ranking practical adhesion in terms of the energetics of the adhesive and adherend surfaces and the presence of possible acid-base interactions across the interface. This talk deals with these issues.

Silica particle surfaces are systematically modified using silane coupling agents, and their surface energy and acid- base properties are determined using inverse gas chromatography. Adhesion properties are determined directly by a method in which a single spherical filler particle is embedded in the matrix. The single particle composite specimen is subjected to uni-axial tension until interfacial failure occurs at one of the poles, detected both optically and acoustically, and yielding the stress at failure, without edge effects.

From such measurements, interfacial strengths associated with the different coupling agents are determined analytically. They are found to correlate on the one hand with the yield stress for highly filled composites and on the other hand with a new thermodynamic parameter computed using UNIFAC (a group contribution method) or COSMO-SAC (a DFT method) for the interaction between the polymer and the silane coupling agent. The database developed thus far suggests the prospect of ab initio prediction of the relative effectiveness of coupling agents for promoting adhesion.

John C. Berg is Rehnberg Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. He is author or co-author of 215 refereed articles and book chapters in a wide variety of problems in the area of interfacial and colloid science. His bestselling 2010 textbook, An Introduction to Interfaces and Colloids: The Bridge to Nanoscience, has been adopted at more than 50 colleges and universities worldwide. 

Start Smart

Environment Events - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Leadership Academy Pillar: Member Choice: PURPOSEFUL or PROFESSIONAL

This workshop is for women students in Engineering and Business. It will teach you how to determine what employers are paying for the job you want when you graduate and how to negotiate to be paid what you are worth doing that job. 
Participants will learn about salary resources they can use and will have the opportunity to discuss negotiation dynamics in roundtables with professional women from industry and 
academia at the conclusion of the session. Dinner will be provided!

This event is offered in partnership through the COE’s Program for Women & Minorities, the COE Leadership Academy, and the COB Career Success Center.

Register here for this session.

Leadership Academy members DO NOT register through the Leadership Academy Portal for this event, instead register here. The attendance will be recorded via the Leadership Academy Portal and follow up surveys will become available in your account.

Winter Storm Cleanup and Risk Assessment

Forestry Events - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Experts will be on hand to provide advice on assessing forest and tree health risks from winter storms, tips for cleaning up your property, and minimizing future storm damage. We’ll discuss storm damage to trees both in forests and around homes. Cosponsored by West Multnomah SWCD and OSU Extension.

Starker Lecture Series

Forestry Events - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 2:36pm
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See website for details  



Thurs., January 19, Film. "Pedal Driven" at the Whiteside

Wed. Feb. 15. Dr. Nina Roberts, "The Big Picture"

Wed. Mar. 8. John Allen, "Managing Impacts of Recreation"

Wed. Apr. 12. Paul Jakus, "Economics"

Wed. May 17 Capstone Tour. "Local Perspectives"


Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 5:11pm


You know the old saying about when you assume.

I’ve talked about assumptions here and here. (AEA365 talks about them here.)

Each of those times I was talking about assumptions, though not necessarily from the perspective of today’s post.

I still find that making assumptions is a mistake as well as a cognitive bias. And it does… .

Today, though, I want to talk about assumptions that evaluators can make, and in today’s climate, that is dangerous.

So, let me start with an example.


Once upon a time, investigators received funds to provide women who used and abused cocaine safe, stable, and secure housing. The investigators planned to provide for women’s young children. By providing stable and secure housing, cocaine use would/could be reduced and could/would be measured by urine and blood samples (assumption #1). The investigators arranged for the children’s needs (assumption #2). And facilities were contracted to provide shelter for the women (assumption #3).

Would any of this work? Theoretically, it should (assumption #4).

As planning proceeded, the question was asked: “What do the women say?”

As it turned out, the women had not been asked. No one talked to the women about their needs.

The science was well documented.

Best practice was being employed.

A key stakeholder was, unfortunately, NOT “at the table”.

Planning stopped. The investigators invited the women. They came and offered much.

Was it another assumption to not include the children? Probably. The investigators made arrangements for the children.

What if those arrangements didn’t/wouldn’t/couldn’t work?


How often do we follow the assumptions?

What if (as in this case) those assumptions were faulty?

How do you over come those assumptions?

Where does culture fit into the discussion? Or does it?

Are the values we hold dear blinding us to the picture in front of us?

I think that clarifying, up front, when the planning begins, what assumptions are underlying the values you bring to the table. This is so important, this clarifying. Assumptions are only a place to start…not the answer.

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5 Under 5 – Alumni Panel and Networking

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 2:38pm
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Connect with five College of Public Health and Human Sciences alumni who are all within five years of graduation and learn about their life after graduation. Participate in an interactive panel discussion and have the opportunity to network over light appetizers.

Event is free, but we appriciate if you register so that we order enough food without wasting any from ordering too much.



Allyson Satter, '15 B.S. Public Health
Allyson works for Kaiser Permanente as a Community Health Navigator. She supports patients who are experiencing socioeconomic barriers to care in the Northwest Region. This includes identifying goals with patients and family members and achieving them through local community resources. Allyson participated in IE3 Global Internships in Maharashtra, India working at the Center for Social Medicine. She currently lives in Salem, Oregon. 

Ellen Yin, '16 B.S. Exercise and Sport Science
Ellen recently joined Samaritan Health Plans as a Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator. Prior to joining Samaritan, she worked in the fitness industry with a focus on social media management, influencer marketing and digital content creation. Ellen has worked with global brands like Bodybuilding.com, the Miss Universe organization, as well as garnered features in Glamour magazine, SELF.com, Shape.com, The Penny Hoarder, and Her Campus. Outside of her regular job, she enjoys blogging and freelance consulting. 

Cassidy Radloff, '16 B.S. Public Health
As the farm to school coordinator for the Corvallis Environmental Center, Cassidy works to get more local food into the Corvallis School District, educates students on healthy eating choices, and supports regional farmers. She is passionate about exploring the relationship between sustainability and health, building community, and educating people of all ages.

Bridget Jamieson, '14 B.S. Public Health, Health Promotion and Health Behavior, Minors in Business and Spanish
Bridget works as the community programs manager at Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington. Her primary focus is to administer community grants and manage health education programs among vulnerable populations across the region. She currently lives in Portland, OR. 

Alejandra Sanchez, '15 B.S. HumanDevelopment and Family Sciences
Alejandra works for Albany InReach Services as a Bilingual/Bicultural Clinic Health Navigator. She works directly with providers to ensure access to Medical, Mental Health, and Dental treatments for the uninsured and underinsured population. She engages patients in their care plan and helps patients navigate the health care system. She is passionate about eliminating health care disparities and building healthier communities.


Game Face Is Not The Only Face

Health & Wellness Events - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 2:38pm
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The second event for Mental Health Month is "Game Face Is Not The Only Face" presented by Aaron Taylor. Aaron Taylor, a former professional American football player in the NFL, will be speaking on his personal experiences with mental health challenges as a black male athlete and how he learned to overcome them.