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Beginning Farmer Needs Assessment Focus Group

Small Farms Events - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 2:37pm
Thursday, February 8, 2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Beginning Farmer Needs Assessment Focus Group
Hosted by OSU Small Farms, Rogue Farm Corps, and Willamette Farm and Food Coalition.

If you are a new and beginning farmer who has been at it for less than 10 years, or exploring farming as a career path, please join us for a focus group. The evening will include surveys, group discussions, networking, and food. Information gathered will be used to improve programming offered to new and beginning farmers across the state. We need your input! Come learn, share, and meet other new and aspiring farmers. Chance to win a free entry to the OSU Small Farms Conference. Light dinner will be provided.

When: Thursday February 8th 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Stellaria Building Community Room 150 Shelton-McMurphey Blvd. Suite #104 Eugene, OR
Please RSVP to katy@roguefarmcorps.org

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Potential drawbacks of Young Stand Thinning

Tree Topics - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 3:21pm

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

We have been dedicating a fair amount of screen space and class time lately to the idea that many family forest landowners would benefit from thinning their young stands. We explored the reasons to consider young stand thinning (YST) as well as some approaches in a series of posts on YST .  YST is consistent with the situation and goals of many family forest landowners, which often include growing older and more diverse forests.

That said, like many other well-grounded activities, YST is not without some potential drawbacks.

Few of them are significant enough to justify not thinning at all, but each requires some thought and consideration to avoid unintended consequences. We present some of those potential drawbacks that you need to consider when planning a YST, along with some links to other information, below.

Weeds. Yes, blackberries and other weeds can make YST difficult, and may slow the growth of your trees, but do not change the need for YST if you find that you have more trees per acre (tpa) than your desired target.  YST is  probably a better justification for keeping ahead the weeds, than weeds are a justification for delaying or not doing YST.

Sunscald, yes your trees can be burned if young tender bark is abruptly exposed to the sun and gets too hot.  We see it particularly on warm, dry, south facing sites, and it is more commonly seen because of pruning than thinning.  If your site meets that description, it might be wise to thin and prune separately.  Consider modifying the pruning operation (do smaller lifts, leave a SW facing branch or two in exposed places like south facing road sides, don’t prune those areas in late summer).

Insects and diseases are the most significant concerns related to YST.  There is the potential to create a bug problem while trying to avoid a density related stress problems.  The outcome depends on the amount, timing and handling of the slash produced.  The cause for concern varies by tree species.

Valley ponderosa pine.  We have written about problems with slash and the ips beetle before and also directed people or one or another excellent ODF bulletin about ips and also about slash management. These destructive bark beetles thrive on stress and also disturbances that produce debris they use to multiply.  Creating lots of slash in a thinning operation can easily lead to an ips outbreak, and certainly represents the biggest single challenge to managing pine.

Douglas-fir. Black stain root rot is an increasing problem in some areas in western Oregon.  It is caused by a fungus, but it is carried

Black stain signs at root crown.  Photo by William Jacobi, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org

by insects that are keyed-in on stress and disturbance (just like the ips).  Local outbreaks in young plantations may be associated with nearby disturbances such as harvests, road construction or brushing.  It can also be associated with YST.  Where other local disturbances or presence of disease cause concern, the most significant management recommendation is to avoid attracting and feeding the insect vectors by thinning in summer, after the insects’ breeding season.  Look for more about this disease in future blogs/articles.

Swiss Needle Cast is present throughout western Oregon, but it is most significant along the coast where it must be considered as part of every management decision. Potential implications of SNC to young stand thinning include retaining alternate species, and selecting among Douglas-fir based on needle retention.

Young stand thinning is an important woodland management practice that can help you keep your woodland vigorous and resilient to drought and other stress. A little caution can help it deliver on that promise.

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Enabling the Next Industrial Revolution

Environment Events - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sterling Chaffins, HP senior scientist, will present "Multijet Fusion 3D printing technology: enabling the next industrial revolution," hosted by the OSU student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). HP's technology enables designers to print high-resolution, finished parts at a fraction of traditional manufacturing cost. This interactive talk will cover the basics of Multijet Fusion and value proposition, fusing science, part design for additive manufacturing, and the amazing designing  capabilities with voxel control. Refreshments will be served. Free.

Douglas County Weed Day

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Program includes pest control and other weed-related info in the form of oral presentations and booths, weed identification/display, educational materials, and more. Cost is $5 per person, or bring in a weed specimen! Continuing education credits available. Questions? Contact Shelby: shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu or (541) 672-4461.

Ornamental Nursery and Christmas Tree Production Webinar Series

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

This series will enable you to more effectively manage insects, diseases, nematodes and other issues found in field-grown nursery crops and Christmas trees.

Certification credits: Pesticide recertification credits will be offered for participants from Michigan.

For more information and to register, click on the link below: https://events.anr.msu.edu/2018SustainableChristmasTreeWebinars/

Woodland Mini Series - Clatsop

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 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, or a woodland owner wanting to write a forest management plan.

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.

Property site visit with instructor or other mentor.

Registration is required.

Free Webinar: Distilled Spirits Overview and Business Opportunities

Food Events - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Gain Industry Insights on Distilling Spirits

In this webinar, you will hear essential distilling insights from Oregon State University professor Paul Hughes. As one of the world's leading experts on distilled spirits, Paul leads Oregon State's distilling program and will host two upcoming workshops focused on distilled spirits and related business opportunities.

This webinar is great for aspiring distillery entrepreneurs, distillery employees, restaurant professionals, or anyone interested in fine bourbons, whiskeys, vodkas, tequilas and more.

About This Webinar on Distilled Spirits:

In this exclusive webinar on distilled spirits, you will:

  • Gain a new understanding of various distilled spirits including whiskeys, bourbons, tequilas, mezcals, vodkas, gins, fruit-based spirits and liqueurs.
  • Hear about opportunities that exist for current craft brewers to move into the rapidly growing craft distilling market.
  • Have a chance to ask Paul questions and benefit from his 10+ years of industry experience.

You will also see a sneak peek into Paul's upcoming professional courses:

If you have interest in distilled spirits, as a hobby or a profession, we encourage you to join us.

Webinar Details:
  • Date: Wednesday, February 7
  • Time: 12 to 1 p.m. PST
  Secure your seat and register here.

Pesticide Chemistry, Toxicology, and Policy Short Course

Small Farms Events - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 2:38pm
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

If you need pesticide applicator re-certification credits, Lane County Extension will be hosting the Pesticide Chemistry, Toxicology, & Policy Short Course at Lane Community College on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 6th (full day) & 7th (morning only).

We are anticipating 12 re-certification credits for both Oregon and Washington.  Cost is $110 if paid by January 19th, or $130 after January 19th.  Lunch is included on the first day.  Follow this link to register…



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Stories from 60 Years of Ocean Science

Terra - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 9:16am

We used to think that the oceans are unchanging and inexhaustible. After all, they are vast, covering 70 percent of the Earth, and the forces that drive them dwarf human endeavor. But today, in the course of a single human lifetime, our view has fundamentally changed, thanks largely to scientists who have explored extreme realms.

Researchers at Oregon State University have documented life forms, invented new ways to the see below the surface of the sea and endeavored to protect ocean ecosystems and to serve human well-being. OSU scientists are using this knowledge to fashion a new relationship to the ocean, one that values its bounty and beauty.

On February 24, hear from some of those who led the way and others who are still on the front lines of this urgent work. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held from 10 am to 12 noon in room 100 of the Learning Innovation Center at Oregon State University.

Speakers include:

  • Bob Collier, professor emeritus and former project manager of the Ocean Observatories Endurance Array.
  • Burke Hales, professor of ocean ecology and biogeochemistry, director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center
  • Bob Jacobson, the first marine Extension agent in the country, working with fishermen and seafood processors
  • Laurie Juranek, assistant professor of ocean ecology and biogeochemistry
  • Alejandra Sanchez-Rios, graduate student in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Bob Smith, OSU professor in physical oceanography, mentored by June Pattullo in the 1960s
  • John Byrne, former director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, dean of oceanography, NOAA administrator and president of Oregon State University

The event is part of the OSU150 Sea Grant Festival, OSU’s year-long celebration of 150 years as Oregon’s land grant university. See a full schedule of events February 12-24 and learn how our dedicated faculty are discovering new frontiers, educating current and future generations and working with communities to solve today’s most pressing issues.

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Introduction to Woodland Management (Lane)

Forestry Events - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This shortcourse is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. Classes are designed to provide woodland owners with a broad and thorough overview of many topics of importance when managing a woodland.

Topics covered include:

·        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 regulation

Classes will be held Tuesdays, January 16 - February 6 ~ 2:00pm - 5:00 pm at the OSU Lane Extension office with a Field Tour on Saturday February 10  ~ 9:00am - 3:00pm Location to be announced.

  Information and Registration


Introduction to Woodland Management: A Basic Forestry Shortcourse

Forestry Events - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This shortcourse is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property. Classes are designed to provide woodland owners with a broad and thorough overview of many topics of importance when managing a woodland.

To register online, visit:
Or call (541) 672-4461

Pesticide Chemistry, Toxicology, and Policy Short Course

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 (all day event)

If you need pesticide applicator re-certification credits, Lane County Extension will be hosting the Pesticide Chemistry, Toxicology, & Policy Short Course at Lane Community College on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 6th (full day) & 7th (morning only).

We are anticipating 12 re-certification credits for both Oregon and Washington.  Cost is $110 if paid by January 19th, or $130 after January 19th.  Lunch is included on the first day.  Follow this link to register…



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Exploring the Small Farm Dream Workshop Series

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 2:37pm
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start? Whether you are dreaming of raising sheep, growing berries, or selling heirloom vegetables, this class series will give you the tools to start making choices to determine if farming is right for you. In this four-session course you will learn about current opportunities in small-scale agriculture, explore objectives, assess personal and financial resources, conduct preliminary market research, and learn about farm business finances which will all feed into an action plan and guide your next steps.

If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

What to expect:

  • Creative exercises, research, and class discussions that will help you assess your skills and resources.
  • Interview with local farm-business owner that will assist you in deciding how to carry your dream forward.
  • Learn about farm business finances to help form and fund your dream.
  • An opportunity to make connections with others interested in starting new farm enterprises.

Who should attend?
If you are exploring the idea of starting a farm business, this course is designed for you. This
includes people thinking about full-time farming, farming part-time while continuing other
employment, changing careers to start a farm, and/or developing an existing but informal
farming pastime into a more serious business activity.

Dates, times and locations:

Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27th, 2018

6:00-8:30 pm          

Marys River Grange (24707 Grange Hall Rd, Philomath, OR 97370)

Fee: $60 for one individual; $75 for two farm business partners.
Fee includes worksheets and handouts, 10 hours of detailed instruction and class exercises
led by Extension Faculty and successful local farmers, and refreshments at each session.

To register:
To register for the visit hereor contact Amy Garrett @ amy.garrett@oregonstate.edu or 541-766-3551

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Bringing nature to the city

Tree Topics - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 2:28pm

By Amy Grotta, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension – Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties

Taking a walk through my NE Portland neighborhood recently, I came across something new in our local park. Portland Parks and Recreation is renovating an underutilized section of Alberta Park as a “Nature Patch”.

Alberta Park was part of a Homestead Act land claim over 150 years ago, and became a park in 1917. (Check out a local historian’s writeup for the details.) So over 150 years of human use, the land is far from the forest that once grew there. The Nature Patch could be thought of as a re-engineering project.

Alberta Park in 1929 and 2018. If you look closely, you’ll see the lamp posts are still there. 1929 Photo courtesy City of Portland archives.

Like many of Portland’s parks, Alberta Park is dominated by towering Douglas-fir trees which cast shade on the playgrounds, lawns, off-leash areas, and other park amenities. But walking on the new gravel path through the one-acre Nature Patch, I saw how elements of a functioning, diverse forest are being reintroduced. Dead trees have been felled and left in place as downed wood, or cut to a safe height to remain as a snag. Understory planting is in progress, with pollinator-friendly plants like Oregon-grape, ninebark, and snowberry, as well as ferns and even herbaceous forest plants like oxalis. When the understory fills in, I think it will be quite lovely and a vast improvement over the muddy, sparse grass that had a hard time growing under the Douglas-firs’ shade.


A dead or declining tree was turned into a snag, safely away from the pedestrian path.


Oregon-grape is one of the earliest blooming woodland plants. It needs some sun to produce flowers.

Why am I writing about an urban park on a blog for small woodland owners? Well, I think there are some parallel lessons that woodland owners can draw from the Alberta Nature Patch.

  1. The designers did an excellent job of working with their existing urban forest landscape to introduce structural and biological diversity. Indeed, many of the elements we wrote about in previous blog posts are on display here: snags, downed woody debris, and understory shrubs and forbs.
  2. It also demonstrates a concept we discussed in a previous case study: that not all acres of your woodland (or park) need to serve all of your management objectives at the same time. You can compartmentalize if you need to. An off-leash area, a playground, and a ball field – all areas that are critical to the recreation mission of the site – border the Nature Patch at Alberta Park. You can have some areas that you manage more intensively for timber, and others, maybe those that are inherently less productive, for habitat.

    The Nature Patch in the foreground with the playground behind it

  3. This project illustrates that no area is too small or too urban for wildlife to benefit. Particularly, pollinators such as bees, who need our help. We’re still learning about how bees and other pollinators use forests. But they frequent open, sunny areas where flowering plants flourish. These might be along your roadsides, forest edges, or in a recently logged area. A new publication from OFRI outlines some steps woodland owners can take to make forests pollinator-friendly.
  4. Perhaps the greatest value of the Nature Patch lies in public exposure. Living on a small woodland, it can be easy to forget that many people in cities, especially those who don’t have a car, don’t have easy access to nature. For some people who have always lived in an urban environment, forests might even feel unfamiliar or intimidating. Bringing a bit of native forest to the city park exposes park users to a setting that woodland owners take for granted. I like to think that exposure gives way to appreciation. We in the forest sector need ALL Oregonians to appreciate forests.
  5. Like Alberta Park, the land that many small woodland owners care for often has seen many previous uses. If your woodland was once a farm, pasture, or even an industrially managed forest, many elements of a native forest are missing. Reintroducing diversity to a forest requires intention. But if it can be done in an urban park, surely it can be done on a small woodland. Where is the “Nature Patch” on your place?

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Creating Your Own Food Business Series

Small Farms Events - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 2:36pm
Saturday, February 3, 2018 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM


The aim of this Southern Oregon four-part series is to help you transform your passion for food into an artisan and value-added food business. You will learn critical, useful and time saving information needed to launch a successful food business. Location:  Except for the ‘Kick Off’ onJan. 10, all other classes will be held at OSU Extension, Auditorium (SOREC-569 Hanley Rd. Central Point)

 Read more: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/recipe-to-market-series 

Part 1,  Jan. 10”Kick Off” at The Café at Medford Food Co-op, 945 S. Riverside Av. Medford
A panel of local business owners who are successfully producing, processing and selling a food product will share their experiences. Taste local artisan foods and network with others. (5:30 to 7:30 pm; FREE)

Part 2, Jan. 29: Launch a Successful Food Business. Location: Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center Auditorium. Instructor: Sarah Masoni, Product and Process Development Manager at the OSU Food Innovation Center. Sarah has a passion for assisting food entrepreneurs. Product Development, Laws, Labeling, Licensing and more. (9:00 am to 3:00 pm; $45- includes lunch)  Register for this class only HERE

Part 3, Feb. 03: Building Your Food Brand. Location: Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center Auditorium 
Discuss the pros and cons of various marketing and distribution channels, branding, logo development and using social media to create a buzz about your product. (1:00 to 3:30 pm; $20)  Register for this class only HERE 

Part 4, Feb. 12: Developing Your Business Plan and Financing.  Location: Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center Auditorium    
The Rogue Community College Small Business Development Center along with other local business advisors will answer important questions, including, 1)What type of business structure is best for me? 2) How should I approach budgeting and recordkeeping?  3) What different types of financing are available to me? Bring your own questions, too. (5:30 to 8 pm; $20Register for this class only HERE 

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Solar Storms

Terra - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 3:43pm
Adam Schultz

With a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and the College of Engineering aim to develop an early-warning system to protect the electrical grid from currents generated in the ground by extreme solar storms. They are collaborating with leading electric utilities, a big-data company and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Such storms are known as “Carrington Events” after British astronomer Richard Carrington, who documented the connection between these solar activities and impacts on Earth. In 1859, an extreme solar storm generated brilliant displays of northern and southern lights. Telegraph systems failed and in some cases gave shocks to operators.

If such an event were to occur in the United States today, the risk to the economy from the widespread and sustained failure of the electrical grid has been estimated at $1 trillion.

The methods being developed can also help protect the power grid against damage from electromagnetic pulses from the detonation of nuclear devices above the atmosphere, an area of growing concern.

Led by Adam Schultz, professor in CEOAS, the project aims to enable utilities to take protective actions and to minimize damage to critical infrastructure. The project builds on 3-D variations in the electrical conductivity of the Earth’s crust and mantle obtained from the OSU-managed, NSF-funded EarthScope Magnetotelluric Program. It also uses algorithms developed at OSU that assimilate real-time data from magnetic observatories and data from a system of high-speed power sensors installed at specific locations to monitor current, voltage and frequency. These sensors provide a near real-time picture of what is happening in the electrical system.

Schultz manages the National Geoelectromagnetic Facility at Oregon State with funding from the National Science Foundation. He also leads the Magnetotelluric Program for Earthscope, an NSF initiative to explore the structure of the North American continent.

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Puget Sound Vital Signs

Terra - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 3:31pm
Kelly Biedenweg

Taking stock of an ecosystem can mean monitoring the environment: air, water, soil, plants and animals. To Kelly Biedenweg, it also means asking people about how nature affects their quality of life.

Over the last five years in Washington state, she has worked with the Puget Sound Partnership, a state agency that leads restoration activities for the sound, to identify metrics of environmental quality that are associated with well-being. She has conducted surveys, asking questions such as: How many people in the watershed earn their living from natural resources? How do outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming contribute to a sense of well-being? How much trust do people have in the officials and scientists who help manage natural resources?

Now, with a $400,000 Early Career Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the assistant professor in Fisheries and Wildlife is taking the next step to determine if and how resource managers use information about ecological and human health when they develop strategic plans. She and her colleagues will consider how social and ecological data are being integrated into resource management planning processes.

Biedenweg directs the Human Dimensions Lab at OSU and is a lead social scientist with the Puget Sound Institute at the University of Washington, Tacoma. In previous work, she studied the social factors affecting community forest management in Bolivia and environmental leadership in Honduras.

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Planning for Resilience

Terra - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 3:16pm
Meghan Babbar- Sebens

In a warmer, uncertain future, local officials may face tough decisions over water, energy and agriculture. To help program managers, agencies and local communities coordinate decision-making efforts, a research project led by Meghna Babbar-Sebens, associate professor in the College of Engineering, aims to establish clear pathways for adapting to natural resource limitations, such as shortages of water, reductions in energy and changes in land-use policies.

She and her OSU collaborators — Ganti Murthy, Jenna Tilt and Jeffrey Reimer — and Snehasis Mukhopadhyay and Arjan Durresi at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, have received support through a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture via an interagency partnership with the National Science Foundation.

“The grant is about building the next generation of decision-support systems for enabling adaptation in interconnected food-energy-water systems,” says Babbar-Sebens. The research team is working with communities in Hermiston and neighboring communities in Umatilla and Morrow counties. They will focus on developing long-term water management plans that are resilient to declining groundwater and changing socioeconomic conditions.

Babbar-Sebens specializes in hydroinformatics, the use of information technologies and artificial intelligence to improve watershed management in a changing climate.

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Diabetes and the Built Environment

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 2:36pm
Friday, February 2, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Carlos Crespo, Ph.D.'s research involves epidemiology of physical activity in the prevention of chronic diseases and research on minority health issues.

He has numerous publications in the areas of exercise, minority health, obesity, and nutrition, is co-author of five textbooks on minority health and sports medicine, and more than 10 government publications, including the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. 

He is Professor and Vice Provost, Undergraduate Training in Biomedical Research at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. He graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, has a Master of Science in Sports Health from Texas Tech University, and a Doctor of Public Health in Preventive Care from Loma Linda University 

In 2014, the NIH selected Portland State University to receive a $24 million grant, “Enhancing Cross-disciplinary Infrastructure Training at Oregon,” the largest grant in PSU history.

The program, designed and directed by Carlos, will help grow the number of biomedical and health researchers who are Latino, Pacific Islander, Alaska native, African-American, Native American, low-income, raised in foster care, or have a disability and prepare them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce.

Carlos received the 1997 U.S. Secretary of Health Award for Distinguished Service as part of the Salud para su Corazon campaign and in 2003 became a Minority Health Scholar from the National Institutes of Health.

He is an emeritus board member of American Council for Exercise and past President of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Currently he serves as a member of the National Advisory Council of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Urban and Health Sustainability, and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.



The college-wide research seminar is Co-Sponsored by:

The seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences and other researchers to present and discuss current research topics 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.

Art & Science!

We also encourage you to attend this Friday’s Music A La Carte to enjoy a Friday with both Art & Science!

This free, lunch-hour concert series has been a tradition at Oregon State University since 1969 and features a variety of OSU music ensembles, faculty and student musicians, as well as regional, national and international guest artists.

The concerts take place in the beautiful Memorial Union Lounge, beginning at 12 pm and lasting for approximately 45 minutes.

A Modern Champion for the Newport Hydrographic Line

Terra - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 9:55am

By Nancy Steinberg

At the helm of sampling along the Newport Line for more than two decades was its ultimate champion: Bill Peterson. Peterson’s enthusiasm and dedication to the line drove him to work until only a few weeks before his death last summer. Colleagues recall his unbridled fascination with the ocean, his creative, system-level thinking and his dogged determination to take “just one more sample.”

One of the most valuable aspects of the data collected for the past two decades on the Newport Line is that all of the zooplankton samples were examined by the same pair of eyes: Peterson’s. Even once he became ill, “He would meet the boat at the end of every cruise,” Jennifer Fisher marvels. “Even if we came in at 2 am, we’d call him from the jetty, and he’d get out of bed and come meet us every time, because he’d want to look at the samples and stay connected that way.”

Bill Peterson was fondly remembered as a bagpiper as well as a scientist. He is shown here with fellow piper Kym Jacobson. (Photo: Dave Jacobson)

Peterson’s memorial service was held in the fall of 2017 appropriately at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Hundreds of colleagues, lab members and students paid their respects, in addition to friends and family.

“Bill reminded me of my high school track coach, who taught us to ‘run through the tape,’” says OSU oceanographer Ted Strub, one of Peterson’s collaborators. “He meant that you do not run to the finish line. You look way beyond the finish line and run to some point beyond it. You’re still going full bore when you pass the finish line. I watched Bill run through the tape.”

Others noted his playfulness. “He was really just a big kid with a planet to explore and all of us got to come along for the fun,” says OSU oceanographer Jack Barth.

Peterson’s ashes were scattered on his beloved Newport Line, at sentinel station NH-5.


Read “Towing the Line” to learn more about the history of sampling along the Newport Line.

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