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Get rid of unused drugs the safe way this Saturday

Sea Grant - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:00pm

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day across the US, when law enforcement teams up with community groups to help consumers safely dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs.

While the campaign was originally launched more than six years ago to address public health and safety due to prescription drug abuse, theft and accidental poisonings, it’s  turning out to be important for the environment.

Recent studies funded by Oregon Sea Grant and others have discovered that improperly disposing of unused medicines – by flushing them down toilets or sending them to landfills – can release these drugs into the environment via waterways, where they can accumulate in the tissues of fish and other wildlife with as-yet unknown consequences.

And it’s not just narcotics that are the problem; scientists have found traces of birth control hormones, antibacterial soaps and even caffeine accumulating in fish tissues.

Even discarded pet care products and medications can contribute to the problem – and for this Drug Take-Back Day, selected drop-off spots – including the Benton County, OR. Sheriff’s Department – are accepting those products, too. Contact your closest collection spot (see below) to find out what they accept.

NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Lab and the US Environmental Protection Agency recently worked with students at the Pacific Northwest College of Art to create a set of posters using a salmon-inspired theme to encourage safer disposal of unused pharmaceuticals in Oregon, Washington and California.

During the most recent Take-Back Day, last Septembers, Americans turned in more than 350 tons of prescription drugs at more than 8,000 drop-off sites set up by the DEA and local law enforcement partners. In addition, local law enforcement agencies in many Oregon cities and counties offer year-round collection sites.

Find collection sites near you: Learn more:

 

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Methodology

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 11:17am

NOTE: This was written last week. I didn’t have time to post. Enjoy.

 

Methodology, aka implementation, monitoring, and deliveryis important. What good is it if you just gather the first findings that come to mind. Being rigorous here is just as important as when you are planning and modeling the program. So I’ve searched the last six years of blogs posts and gathered some of them for you. They are all about Survey, a form of methodology. Survey is a methodology that is often used by Extension, as it is easy to use. However, organizing the survey, getting the survey’s back, and dealing with non-response are problematic (another post, another time).

The previous posts are organized by date from the oldest to the most recent:

 

2010/02/10

2010/02/23

2010/04/09

2010/08/25

2012/08/09

2012/10/12

2013/03/13

2014/03/25

2014/04/15

2014/05/19

2015/06/29

2015/07/24

2015/12/07

2016/04/15

2016/04/21 (today’s post isn’t hyperlinked)

Just a few words on surveys today: A colleague asked about an evaluation survey for a recent conference. It will be an online survey probably using the University system, Qualtrics. My colleague jotted down a few ideas. The thought occurred to me that this book (by Ellen Taylor-Powell and Marcus Renner) would be useful. On page ten of this book, it asks for the type of information that is needed and wanted. It lists five types of possible information:

  1. Participant reaction (some measure of satisfaction);
  2. Teaching and facilitation (strengths and weaknesses of the presenter, who may (or may not) change the next time);
  3. Outcomes (what difference/benefits/intentions did the participant experience);
  4. Future programming (other educational needs/desires); and
  5. Participant background (who is attending and who isn’t can be answered here).

Thinking through these five categories made all the difference for my colleague. (Evaluation was a new area.) I had forgotten about how useful this booklet is for people being exposed to evaluation for the first time and to surveys, as well. I recommend it.

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Terra + Spring 2016

Terra - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 3:31pm

Mother Whales Meet Seafloor Drilling
Pygmy blues face industrial hazards in a New Zealand gulf

In New Zealand there shines a gulf the color of indigo where whales live. Geographically, it glistens at the nexus of two islands and two seas. Politically, it sits at a different nexus, the classic clash of nature and commerce. Read More

Exclusive video
Aerial drone may show blue whale calf nursing.

Gorgeous new footage may shed light on one of the mysteries of the largest animal that ever lived: How do blue whales nurse? Read More

The Internet of Things
OSU is part of a coalition of more than 200 companies and technical supporters that develop standard interfaces for “Internet of Things” projects. Read More

A West Coast Wake-Up Call
The West Coast is a hotspot for acidification because of coastal upwelling, which brings nutrient-rich, low-oxygen and high carbon dioxide water from deep in the water column to the surface near the coast. Read More

Writing Instructor Wins Oregon Book Award
David Biespiel, an OSU instructor of English and creative writing, won an Oregon Book Award for a collection of essays from his long-running poetry column in The Oregonian. Read More

  Pulled from the Headlines

Every day, breaking news from OSU researchers makes headlines around the world. Here’s a handful of recent examples:

Picking grapes for perfect pinot means hitting the sweet spot for aroma. Biochemists Michael Qian and Fang Yuan of OSU found four aromatic compounds that hold the key to great pinot noir. Read about it in The Economist.

Hatchery and wild steelhead have stark genetic differences, a new study by Michael Blouin of OSU confirms. Get the details in Newsweek.

Fear of large predators keeps smaller animals in check. OSU forest ecologist Bill Ripple is cited in a story in The Washington Post.

 

Visit the Terra Website

Watch for the next issue of Terra magazine, which will give you a sweeping look inside the university’s extensive marine research program. You’ll visit a Corvallis lab where massive ocean-sensing equipment is designed and built. You’ll journey with us to the Pibilof Islands in the Bering Sea where vast colonies of seabirds and fur seals raise their young. You’ll learn about research underway in Oregon’s five marine reserves and hear from the fishermen who are impacted. Another story takes you to the iciest places on the planet, where scientists are collecting clues about climate change. You’ll read about the “blue economy” in Oregon and beyond and get an introduction to OSU’s fledgling Marine Studies Initiative. All of this is packaged with stunning photos and creative design to enhance your reading experience.

If you’re not yet receiving the print version of Terra magazine, email us at terra.magazine@oregonstate.edu to request a free subscription. These stories also will be available online at www.blogs.oregonstate.edu/terra in late-May.

New Research Enterprises

Oregon State University is Oregon’s leading public research university, receiving $308.9 million in research funding for fiscal year 2015. Here we highlight a few of our most recent grant-funded projects:

Dunes and Coastal Ecosystems
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: PETER RUGGIERO, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS, COLLEGE OF EARTH, OCEAN, AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES
The National Science Foundation has awarded $385,000 to Oregon State University for a study on the influence of intertidal sandbar welding on dune growth. Coastal dunes play an important role in coastal communities and ecosystems by helping to conserve native species, defend against flooding and boost local economies by attracting tourists.

Ambitious Math and Science
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: THOMAS DICK, PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS AND DEPARTMENT CHAIR, COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
The National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $1.4 million for a project called Ambitious Math and Science Teaching Fellows. The goal of the project is to support every student across racial, ethnic, gender and linguistic boundary to learn key ideas within a discipline that will in turn enable authentic problem solving.

Metals Manufacturing
PRINCIPAL INVETIGATOR: JULIE TUCKER, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, MATERIALS SCIENCE PROGRAM, COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
The Oregon Metals Initiative has awarded $27,500 to Oregon State University for a study on corrosion and strength optimization of multi-tool alloys.

 

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What to do about Forest Pests - Plus Matteson Forest Update

Forestry Events - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Our featured speaker at the Washington County Small Woodlands April meeting will be Brandy Saffell, OSU Forestry Extension. She will discuss high-priority invasive forest pests, how we can detect them early for eradication, and the Oregon Forest Pest Detector program offered by OSU Extension.

She will also share planning updates about the new Matteson College Forest near Hagg Lake.

Weed Watcher Trainings

Forestry Events - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:36pm
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Worried about invasive plants and other weeds? Our FREE Weed Watcher workshops will train you to identify the species of most concern now and report them. Meet these plants up close and personal in our Speed Dating round, and take home a free weed id guide. All workshops run from 6-8pm and include a light snack. Please RSVP at www.swcd.net/workshops-education/weed-watchers/ or via Facebook.

Development of Value-Added Food Products Using Fruit and Wine Grape Pomace

Food Events - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:36pm
Monday, April 25, 2016 8:00 AM - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 12:00 PM
 

This workshop is designed to provide knowledge and hands-on
experience to develop value-added food applications using pomace
from fruit juice processing and winemaking. Fruit and wine grape
pomace are good sources of bioactive compounds (polyphenolics
as antioxidant and dietary fiber), and can be used as a functional
food ingredient in a wide range of food products.


In this one and half-day short course, participants will develop a lear understanding of:
• Chemical compositions and the benefits of incorporating
pomace into food products
• Technologies for drying wet pomace for long-term storage
• Concepts and technology for developing pomace fortified
products
• Method of conducting sensory evaluation of new products
In addition, participants will work at the pilot plant to make a series
of pomace fortified food items and conduct sensory evaluation.

Use this link for registration details

 

STEM Week Oregon celebrates, encourages STEM learning

Breaking Waves - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:00pm

May 1-8 is  STEM Week Oregon, a state-wide movement to raise awareness, celebrate and engage in activities involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Oregon Sea Grant’s marine education team and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub say that STEM learning is crucial to students, academic and professional success. Engaging students, families, and community members in STEM related activities will help promote the importance — and fun — of STEM!

How can you participate?

The STEM Oregon website offers these suggestions:

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STEM Week Oregon celebrates, encourages STEM learning

Sea Grant - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:00pm

May 1-8 is  STEM Week Oregon, a state-wide movement to raise awareness, celebrate and engage in activities involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Oregon Sea Grant’s marine education team and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub say that STEM learning is crucial to students, academic and professional success. Engaging students, families, and community members in STEM related activities will help promote the importance — and fun — of STEM!

How can you participate?

The STEM Oregon website offers these suggestions:

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Out of the Mud

Terra - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 6:35am
Artist’s rendering of how the Newport Ship might have appeared under sail. (Image courtesy of Toby Jones)

In 2002, the Welsh city of Newport was rocked by the discovery of a wooden ship buried in more than 20 feet of mud along the river Usk. Contractors had been digging a foundation for a new arts center when they struck solid oak timbers. A plan to dispose of the wood and get on with the construction project met with public protests and vigils, says Oregon State University alumnus Toby Jones.

So progress on the arts center slowed for a few months while archaeologists worked to retrieve what is now recognized as the most important 15th century ship in Europe. Jones, who grew up in Corvallis and received his bachelors in history from Oregon State in 2001, has become the curator of the project to document and analyze the Newport Ship.

“The ship is an amazingly well-preserved merchant vessel and is absolutely unique,” he says.

He will describe what he and his research team have learned about Medieval ship construction, trade and even 15th century forest management in the 2016 George and Dorothy Carson Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in Milam Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The Newport Ship before removal of timbers from a construction project along the Usk River. (Image courtesy of Toby Jones)

As an undergrad, Jones was considering a career teaching ancient history when a trip to Europe caused him to change plans. He was spending the summer in a language school in Germany. During a break, a backpacking trip through Greece and Turkey led him unexpectedly to the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. “It was incredible. People were diving on these ancient shipwrecks in the eastern Mediterranean in this blue water,” he says, “and I decided that’s what I wanted to do. I could already dive. My parents had a marine biology business, so I grew up around that.”

After graduating from OSU, Jones attended the graduate Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University. In 2004, he had just received his master’s when he was hired to conduct a one-year pilot study cataloging and documenting the remains of the Newport Ship. Now, 12 years later, he is deep into the ship’s history through research on the more than 1,000 artifacts — seeds, pottery, coins, fish bones, leather shoes, wine casks, pollen, insects, plants — as well as the timbers themselves. He and his team have worked with specialists at universities across Europe to identify the origins of these materials.

The ship is as long as three double-decker buses and almost 20 feet tall. “The archaeologists were actually walking on the timbers when they found it. In most other ship projects,” he says, “the wood is like wet cardboard. Here it was like knocking on an old door.

“It’s such a massive amount of material and huge timbers, it takes time,” he adds. “You can’t rush the conservation work. You have one chance to do it right. Then it’s all gone. The payoff will come when we get it on display. Hundreds of thousands of people a year will come and see it.”

On a model of the Newport Ship, Toby Jones adjusts ribbands by eye.

The ship may hold particular interest for woodworkers. The timbers show lines made with awls and axes where shipbuilders made cuts. The iron nails have long since rusted away, but the depressions made by the shipwrights’ hammers are still clearly visible.

The researchers have determined that the ship was built in the Basque country of northern Spain and spent much of its time on trade routes between the Iberian Peninsula and Britain. Almonds and millet and pomegranate seeds were abundant in the ship’s bilges.

The oak timbers also tell a story about how the forests were managed. The trees from which they were cut were grown and pruned in a dense forest to produce long, straight logs for construction purposes. “This is happening a hundred years before the ships are built, two or three generations before the wood is harvested, by people who won’t see any benefit from it,” Jones says.

Archaeologists discovered a silver French coin embedded in the keel of the Newport Ship.

While the timbers show evidence of highly skilled joinery, the builders also took pains to put luck on their side. Embedded in the beech keel, Jones and his team discovered a couple of years ago, was a silver French coin emblazoned with a cross. The coin was produced over a two-month period in 1447. Archaeologists found it when they were painstakingly cleaning the wood.

“The attention to detail is amazing,” Jones says. “They took so much pride in their work.”

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Development of Value-Added Food Products Using Fruit & Wine Grape Pomace

Small Farms Events - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 2:37pm
Monday, April 25, 2016 (all day event)

This workshop is designed to provide knowledge and hands-on experience to develop value-added food applications using pomace from fruit juice processing and winemaking. Fruit and wine grape pomace are good sources of bioactive compounds (polyphenolics as antioxidant and dietary fiber), and can be used as a functional food ingredient in a wide range of food products.  

In this one and half-day short course, participants will develop a clear understanding of:

  • Chemical compositions and the benefits of incorporating pomace into food products
  • Technologies for drying wet pomace for long-term storage
  • Concepts and technology for developing pomace fortified product
  • Method of conducting sensory evaluation of new products
In addition, participants will work at the pilot plant to make a series of pomace fortified food items and conduct sensory evaluation.


Registration Fee $100 per person. This fee includes handouts, refreshments, and supplies for pilot plant exercises.

REGISTER EARLY! Limited to 30 participants Registration information and link to register: oregonstate.edu/foodsci/value-added-prod-develop-pomace  

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Knauss Fellow from OSU brings ocean expertise to Senate

Breaking Waves - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 9:55am

Melissa Errend is a catalyst in the ongoing reaction between science and policy. The self-described problem-solver is tasked with integrating fisheries and ocean science into the value-laden world of Congressional politics to support her boss, Sen. Maria Cantwell, and the people of Washington State.

Errend is one of four Knauss Fellows from Oregon Sea Grant’s 2016–17 cohort. Run by the National Sea Grant office, the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship places graduate students focused on ocean and Great Lakes issues in legislative or executive offices in Washington, D.C., for a year. About 1,100 graduate students have participated in the program since its inception in 1979. This year, Errend is one of only 12 students serving in a legislative office, where she is a resident scientific expert informing political decisions, crafting questions for hearings, and assisting with writing novel policy to solve national problems.

Read more on our Website

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Knauss Fellow from OSU brings ocean expertise to Senate

Sea Grant - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 9:55am

Melissa Errend is a catalyst in the ongoing reaction between science and policy. The self-described problem-solver is tasked with integrating fisheries and ocean science into the value-laden world of Congressional politics to support her boss, Sen. Maria Cantwell, and the people of Washington State.

Errend is one of four Knauss Fellows from Oregon Sea Grant’s 2016–17 cohort. Run by the National Sea Grant office, the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship places graduate students focused on ocean and Great Lakes issues in legislative or executive offices in Washington, D.C., for a year. About 1,100 graduate students have participated in the program since its inception in 1979. This year, Errend is one of only 12 students serving in a legislative office, where she is a resident scientific expert informing political decisions, crafting questions for hearings, and assisting with writing novel policy to solve national problems.

Read more on our Website

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OWC Annual Meeting at Zena Forest

Forestry Events - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 2:38pm
Saturday, April 23, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mark your calendars for April 23!  The Oregon Woodland Cooperative Annual Meeting will be one of the best since our inception in 1981! The meeting will be at Zena Forest, the Sarah, Ben and Emily Deumling tree farm near Salem and Rickreall.

This will be a most educational day with good food and conversation added. Ben Deumling has been operating a specialty sawmill for several years producing Oregon White Oak flooring and lumber, plus specialty lumber and flooring products from Doug Fir and Maple.  He will lead a tour of the mill and discuss the small sawmill business. Since the sawmill area is usually muddy, be sure to bring boots and throw in a raincoat in case of rain.

Tours of the tree farm will also be part of the day with emphasis on Oak management and conversion of marginal Doug Fir to other species. To complement this tour, Amie Loop-Frison from NRCS will discuss White Oak Management cost-share opportunities. We will top off the tours with a talk about Valley Ponderosa Pine management.

Plan to bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share for the potluck lunch and arrive between 9 and 9:30 a.m. for coffee and introductions. Table service and beverages will be provided.

Tree School East

Forestry Events - Sat, 04/23/2016 - 2:38pm
Saturday, April 23, 2016 (all day event)

A one-day mini-college for family forestland owners, foresters, farmers, contractors,loggers, arborists, teachers, and the general public.

For more information and to register, http://extension.oregonstate.edu/baker/

The Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium

Forestry Events - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 2:36pm
Friday, April 22, 2016 12:00 PM

The Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium (WFGRS) is hosted annually by Oregon State University’s College of Forestry (CoF), and is coming up next Friday, April 22nd!

The purpose of this symposium is to showcase current graduate student research and challenge students to present their work and receive feedback from their academic and professional peers. You can join WFGRS as a presenter, volunteer judge, or just to see the keynote speaker and learn more about students’ work at CoF.

The event is free, and open to everyone. You can see a schedule for the day attached, but can also learn more about WFGRS at http://gradsymp.forestry.oregonstate.edu.

CPHHS Research Seminar

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 2:36pm
Friday, April 22, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"A Clinical and Health Education Collaborative for Cancer Screening" Cynthia Mojica, PhD, MPH is anAssistant Professor in the Health Promotion & Health Behavior program in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

She received her PhD in Health Services (now Health Policy and Management) and her MPH in Community Health Sciences from the Fielding School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She completed a post-doctoral fellowship (NIH R25 Career Development Program in Population-Based Cancer Prevention and Control) at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA and is an alumna of the W.K. Kellogg Fellowship in Health Policy Research and the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Research Award (National Cancer Institute).  Prior to joining the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, she was Assistant Professor/Research in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Mojica conducts health services research and program evaluation in cancer prevention and control among ethnic minority and underserved populations, particularly Latinos. Her research engages community-based organizations, health centers, and community members in the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions designed to decrease cancer health disparities and increase access to health care.

Faculty webpage

This college-wide research seminar, is Co-Sponsored by the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs; the Center for Healthy Aging; the Hallie Ford Center; 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. Please join us on Friday, April 22.

 

Trip to Appalachia

Forestry Events - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, April 21, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

You don’t have to travel far in our huge country to find completely different ecosystems, forest management styles, and objectives. But if you do go far, you’ll find a whole new world of forestry waiting for you.

This is what Ed Reilly did twice in 2015.  Leaving the frequent wildfire‐prone southwest Oregon for more humid, muggy climes, he travelled from the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, to the swamp‐like forests of low‐lying Florida. The trip took him from pine plantations to wilderness and he encountered forest land managers everywhere between willing to tell their stories about their lands.

Ed will discuss what he found out in the southeast, from the varied ecosystems to the history of forestry. Learn about the legacy of turn of the century forestry and lumber mills, and what is being done now to restore habitat and iconic tree species. We’ll discuss what forest utilization in the southeast United States looks like today and how land managers deal with the challenges present in these diverse ecosystems.

Ed Reilly is a Jackson/ Josephine Small Woodland Association member, retired Planner/ Analyst with the Bureau of Land Management, and dedicated Applegate forest landowner with an interest in forest management around the country and world. He and his wife can often be found working on their forest property and have been hosts and educators for numerous forestry educational events.

Trip to Appalachia Southeastern Forests in the US

Oregon Forest Pest Detector (OFPD) Program

Forestry Events - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, April 21, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Oregon Forest Pest Detector (OFPD) training program is designed to help with early identification of exotic forest pests in Oregon, including the emerald ash borer (EAB) and Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). Oregon Forest Pest Detectors are the front line of defense against these potentially high-risk forest pest invasions. We need people who are skilled in recognizing the signs and symptoms of EAB and ALB so that we can quickly respond before they become established in Oregon. The training will teach participants how to identify these insects, their hosts, and their signs and symptoms; and what to do if they find an infested tree.

This free course is great for anyone who is involved with tree care in urban or natural areas. The training has two parts: a self-paced, online prerequisite course followed by a field workshop. CEUs are available for ODA/WSDA pesticide applicators, ISA, SAF, and Master Gardeners/ Naturalists. OFPD has four upcoming workshops in April 2016, in Portland, Hillsboro, Salem, and Eugene. For a full course schedule and registration visit our website: http://pestdetector.forestry.oregonstate.edu/