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Implementation, monitoring, and delivery

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 3:36pm

The WECT program arbitrarily divided the WECT program into four parts. Those “modules” are:

  • Program Planning and Logic Modeling;
  • Program Implementation, Monitoring, and Delivery;
  • Data Management and Analysis (divided into Qualitative data and Quantitative data); and
  • Program Evaluation Utilization

I’ve talked about Program Planning and Logic Modeling. So now what? What does the evaluator do next?  I think that the evaluator needs to think about and plan for program implementation, monitoring and delivery of the intervention. In other words, “HOW” are you going to do the program that you have planned and modeled?

 

When dividing the study of evaluation into parts, the next part   is program implementation, monitoring and delivery. Mary Arnold, 4H Extension  Specialist did a wonderful job of discussing this topic. Having developed a logic model that identifies who, what, and why, now is the time to see if the program works, or the “how”. This part, the “how” reminds me of the simple evaluation model I used when I first started in the field. That model had three parts: process, progress, and product. The “how” covers the process and progress or the implementation, the monitoring , and the delivery. It is the methods (methodology) of the program.

Before I give you the list of blogs that relate to methods (you know, survey, focus groups, demographics, etc), I thought I’d  go back to my favorite thesaurus for clarity. (Thank you, Michael Scriven, for providing such a valuable resource.)

So what does the Evaluation Thesaurus say about these topics?

Implementation: The degree to which a program (or treatment) has been instantiated in a particular situation, typically in a field trial of the treatment or an evaluation of it. Ralph Tyler (1934) and Lou Smith (????) had important contributions to make to implementation. There is more. (page 190-191)

Monitoring: Usually a representative of the funding agency who watches for the proper use of funds, observes progress, provides information to the agency about the project and vice versa. There is more. (page 235)

Delivery (system): The link between a product or service and the immediate consumer (the recipient population)–which may or may not consist of those that need or want it. There is more. (page 120)

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about implementation, monitoring, and delivery. I have realized that  I do not have tags for these topics. And in talking with my supervisor, yesterday, I also realized that I conceptualize the “implementation, monitoring, and delivery” phase under the category of “methodology”. So I will add the tags and talk about methodology/methods in my next post.

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The International Fifth Fire Behavior + Fuels Conference

Forestry Events - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 2:36pm
Monday, April 11, 2016 - Friday, April 15, 2016 (all day event)
Check out the conference website for more details, http://portland.firebehaviorandfuelsconference.com/

Renewable energy challenge brings kids to Hatfield Center

Breaking Waves - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 6:29am
NEWPORT – More than 200 third- through 12th-graders will demonstrate their knowledge of wind-, wave- and solar energy on April 19 in the third annual Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. The event takes place from 10 am to 2 pm. Students from Warrenton, Seaside, Tillamook, Toledo and Waldport will bring their student built renewable energy devices to compete for top honors at this year’s competition. In addition to testing their devices in wave tanks, solar tracks and in a wind tunnel, teams will interact with a panel of engineering judges who will further rate teams on knowledge and design innovation. Students will also have the opportunity to hear about current research on potential impacts of offshore wind energy devices, and participate in HMSC’s Sustainability Quest, an educational clue-directed hunt. This year’s Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge is made possible by support from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, Georgia-Pacific Foundation, Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon State University, and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub. Teams with top wind energy devices will be invited to participate in the National KidWind Challenge  in New Orleans at the end of May.

 

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Renewable energy challenge brings kids to Hatfield Center

Sea Grant - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 6:29am
NEWPORT – More than 200 third- through 12th-graders will demonstrate their knowledge of wind-, wave- and solar energy on April 19 in the third annual Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. The event takes place from 10 am to 2 pm. Students from Warrenton, Seaside, Tillamook, Toledo and Waldport will bring their student built renewable energy devices to compete for top honors at this year’s competition. In addition to testing their devices in wave tanks, solar tracks and in a wind tunnel, teams will interact with a panel of engineering judges who will further rate teams on knowledge and design innovation. Students will also have the opportunity to hear about current research on potential impacts of offshore wind energy devices, and participate in HMSC’s Sustainability Quest, an educational clue-directed hunt. This year’s Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge is made possible by support from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, Georgia-Pacific Foundation, Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon State University, and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub. Teams with top wind energy devices will be invited to participate in the National KidWind Challenge  in New Orleans at the end of May.

 

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Oregon Forest Pest Detector (OFPD) Program

Forestry Events - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 2:37pm
Thursday, April 14, 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/

Clackamas Farm Forestry Association Annual Meeting

Forestry Events - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 2:37pm
Thursday, April 14, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The CCFFA Annual Meeting includes the official business for the organization, a good meal, excellent fellowship, and a vital education program.

Mike Bondi, OSU Extension Regional Administrator (Extension Forester for Clackamas County 1985-2011) will lead the presentation and storytelling about the history of the Clackamas County Farm Forestry Association (CCFFA). CCFFA was the first landowner association in Oregon. It has the largest membership and is one of the most active chapters, playing a key role in providing education to help woodland owners learn from each other and promoting the interests of woodland owners in Oregon and beyond. Mike will also be calling upon the knowledge of others in attendance who have provided leadership for CCFFA over the years.

Everyone is welcome, but registration is required by April 7. Dinner and dessert is $25 per person.

Nursing school information session

Health & Wellness Events - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 2:37pm
Thursday, April 14, 2016 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

If you would like more information on how to prepare for nursing school during your undergraduate degree, this workshop is for you. For all PHHS students, ALL majors.

Recipe to Market: Business Planning, Legality and Finanacing

Food Events - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 6:09am
Monday, April 11, 2016 12:00 AM - Sunday, May 1, 2016 12:00 PM

Negotiating the many phases of a food start-up business can be a daunting task. Learn the steps of applying for a business license, financing networks for food businesses and discover the food safety and sanitation regulations you’ll need to know to run a successful small food company. As part of the Recipe to Market certificate, you’ll review case studies from food start-up businesses located in Portland, Ore., that will provide critical industry insights and the 'dos and 'don'ts' of small business entrepreneurship.

After this course, you’ll understand food-labeling requirements, packaging and trademarks for micro- and small food businesses. Leave with a developed food business plan for your own industry guidance or use it to secure investors. Sift through the clumpy parts of owning a food business and stir up the market with your successful food start-up business.

This course will build on the knowledge provided in Recipe to Market: Brand and Market Planning as well as the Recipe to Market: Development and Production course. Enroll in theRecipe to Market Certificate to build your small food start-up plan in this online and collaborative series of small food entrepreneur courses.

Proceed here for information and to join us!

Whole Farm Planning to Manage Pests and Minimize Pesticide Use

Forestry Events - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

By the end of this workshop you will have gained experience in planning for the implementation of on-farm habitat to support beneficial insects. Participants will plan an 18-month process that prepares sites for insectary plantings and select appropriate plants. Participants will also learn from fellow growers, large and small, about their experiences in trying to minimize pesticide uses.

You will also use a new Extension publication about Christmas Tree IPM, to assess your current IPM program, and learn how to select pesticides using newly-available data on efficacy, and risks to wildlife, natural enemies and pollinators.

This is a direct response to a planning process that included a group of Christmas tree growers and Extension specialists, and it recognizes interest in the industry in using both biological and chemical methods of pest management.

Register online at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/969 or at Clackamas County OSU Extension office by April 8, 2016. The cost is $10 for breaks and lunch. ODA pesticide recertification credits requested.

Managing Visual Quality and Operational Considerations for Harvesting in the Doug-fir Region

Forestry Events - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (all day event)
See the website for more information, http://ow.ly/YISDS

Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest

Forestry Events - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:35pm
Monday, April 11, 2016 4:30 PM - Wednesday, April 13, 2016 4:30 PM
See the website for more information, http://ow.ly/YISVW

Medical school information session

Health & Wellness Events - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

If you would like more information on how to prepare for medical school during your undergraduate degree, this workshop is for you.

The workshop is designed for students in their first or second year who are just deciding on this path.

Doubling Down on Marine Studies

Terra - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:07pm

LEADERS AND SCIENTISTS from across Oregon State University are tackling key problems facing the ocean, coastal communities and people who depend on a healthy, thriving marine environment.

Our researchers are innovating multi-disciplinary approaches to conservation of threatened species from whales to seabirds to tropical fish. They are investigating the technical, environmental, and social dimensions of marine renewable energy; delving into the complex molecular to global processes underlying ocean acidification; developing next-generation pharmaceuticals from marine and terrestrial ecosystems; implementing creative strategies to manage invasive lionfish; working to mitigate beach erosion and helping coastal communities adapt to a changing climate.

Together with our partners in local, state and federal agencies, as well as with local and regional industry, OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative will coordinate and strengthen our commitment to enhancing the coast and broader Oregon economy and environment.

In this issue of Terra+, OSU’s research e-newsletter, you’ll read about the exciting blue whale research of assistant professor Leigh Torres in our Marine Mammal Institute. You’ll get the latest news about the risks of ocean acidification and the recommendations of a West Coast scientific panel co-chaired by OSU marine ecologist Francis Chan.

Then in mid-May, be sure to watch for the spring issue of Terra magazine, which will give you a rich and colorful overview of Oregon State’s stellar record in marine research.

BOB COWEN, DIRECTOR, HATFIELD MARINE SCIENCE CENTER JACK BARTH, PROFESSOR AND ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR RESEARCH

 

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A West Coast Wake-Up Call

Terra - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:24am
Cascade Head, Oregon coast (Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

 

THE OCEAN CHEMISTRY ALONG THE WEST COAST of North America is changing rapidly because of global carbon dioxide emissions, and the governments of Oregon, California, Washington and British Columbia can take actions now to offset and mitigate the effects of these changes.

That is the conclusion of a 20-member panel of leading West Coast ocean scientists, who presented a comprehensive report on Monday outlining a series of recommendations to address the increase in ocean acidification and hypoxia, or extremely low oxygen levels.

“Ocean acidification is a global problem that is having a disproportionate impact on productive West Coast ecosystems,” said Francis Chan, an Oregon State University marine ecologist and co-chair of the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel. “There has been an attitude that there is not much we can do about this locally, but that just isn’t true. A lot of the solutions will come locally and through coordinated regional efforts.”

Ocean acidification and hypoxia are distinct phenomena that trigger a wide range of effects on marine ecosystems. They frequently occur together and represent two important facets of global ocean changes that have important implications for Oregon’s coastal oceans.

Among the panel’s recommendations:

  • Develop new benchmarks for near-shore water quality as existing criteria were not developed to protect marine organisms from acidification;
  • Improve methods of removing carbon dioxide from seawater through the use of kelp beds, eel grass and other plants;
  • Enhance coastal ecosystems’ ability to adapt to changing ocean chemistry through better resource management, including marine reserves, adaptive breeding techniques for shellfish, and other methods.

“Communities around the country are increasingly vulnerable to ocean acidification and long-term environmental changes,” said Richard Spinrad, chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and former OSU vice president for research. “It is crucial that we comprehend how ocean chemistry is changing in different places, so we applaud the steps the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel has put forward in understanding and addressing this issue. We continue to look to the West Coast as a leader on understanding ocean acidification.”

At Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, researchers study Pacific oysters, which are sensitive to increasing acidity in the ocean. (Photo: University Extension)

Chan said regional awareness of the impact of changing ocean chemistry started in Oregon. Some of the first impacts were seen about 15 years ago when the state began experiencing seasonal hypoxia, or low-oxygen water, leading to some marine organism die-offs. Then the oyster industry was confronted with high mortality rates of juvenile oysters because of increasingly acidified water. It turns out that Oregon was on the leading edge of a much larger problem.

“It was a wakeup call for the region, which since has spread up and down the coast,” says Chan, an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology in OSU’s College of Science.

California responded to this call, and in partnership with Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, convened a panel of scientific experts to provide advice on the issue. The panel worked with federal and state agencies, local organizations and higher education institutions to identify concerns about ocean acidification and hypoxia, then developed a series of recommendations and actions that can be taken today.

“One of the things all of the scientists agree on is the need for better ocean monitoring or ‘listening posts,’ up and down the West Coast,” says Jack Barth, a professor and associate dean in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and a member of the panel. “It is a unifying issue that will require participation from state and federal agencies, as well as universities, ports, local governments and NGOs.”

Barth said one such “listening post” has been the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery in Netarts Bay, Oregon, which was able to solve the die-off of juvenile oysters with the help of OSU scientists George Waldbusser and Burke Hales, who both served on the 20-member panel. Together, they determined that the ocean chemistry changed throughout the day and by taking in seawater in the afternoon, when photosynthesis peaked and CO2 levels were lower, juvenile oysters could survive.

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. These nutrients fertilize the water column, trigger phytoplankton blooms that die and sink to the bottom, producing even more carbon dioxide and lowering oxygen further.

“We’re just starting to see the impacts now, and we need to accelerate what we know about how increasingly acidified water will impact our ecosystems,” says panel member Waldo Wakefield, a research fisheries biologist with NOAA Fisheries in Newport and courtesy associate professor in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

“There’s a lot at stake. West Coast fisheries are economic drivers of many coastal communities, and the seafood we enjoy depends on a food web that is likely to be affected by more corrosive water.”

Last year, OSU researchers completed the deployment of moorings, buoys and gliders as part of the Endurance Array – a component of the $386 million National Science Foundation-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative, created to address ocean issues including acidification.

These and other ocean-monitoring efforts will be important to inform policymakers about where to best focus their adaptation and mitigation strategies.

“The panel’s findings provide a road map to help us prepare for the changes ahead,” says Gabriela Goldfarb, natural resource policy adviser to Oregon Governor Kate Brown. “How Oregon and the West Coast address ocean acidification will inform those confronting this issue around the country and world.”

“With the best scientific recommendations in hand from the science panel, we now have the information on which to base our future management decisions,” adds Caren Braby, marine resource manager at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “These are practical recommendations natural resource managers and communities can use to ensure we continue to have the rich and productive ecosystem Oregonians depend on for healthy fisheries, our coastal culture and economy.”

Mark Floyd is a news writer for Oregon State University

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The Internet of Things

Terra - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:23am

 

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY HAS JOINED THE WORLD’S technology leaders — including LG, Microsoft, and Qualcomm — to advance the collaborative development of the “Internet of Things.”

The “Internet of Things” (nicknamed IoT) is a network of devices that exchange information — anything from sensors in public and private buildings to full-scale “smart cities.”

“Simply put,” writes Jacob Morgan in Forbes magazine, “this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig.”

In sum, Morgan says, “If it has an on and off switch, then chances are it can be a part of the IoT.”

The number of connected devices is predicted to increase by another 30 percent in 2016, according to Gartner, an information technology research and advisory company.

For all these devices to connect and communicate seamlessly, there needs to be a common underlying technology. Toward that end, OSU is part of the AllSeen Alliance, a coalition of more than 200 companies and technical supporters that develop standard interfaces for “Internet of Things” projects.

Officials at the OSU College of Engineering’s Center for Applied Systems and Software (CASS) became interested in the “Internet of Things” as a key technology for student employees to master. The center’s expertise in open-source technologies — source code that is open to the public to improve and change — was the basis for the collaboration with the AllSeen Alliance. That group’s primary software is an open-source framework called AllJoyn that allows devices and apps to communicate with one another.

CASS will run tests for AllJoyn, verify that all functions run correctly before each quarterly release cycle, and practice to adjust to new tools and requirements. This project will provide student employees an opportunity to work with cutting-edge software that will be deployed to millions of devices.

Rachel Robertson is strategic communications coordinator for the Oregon State University College of Engineering.

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Writing Instructor Wins Oregon Book Award

Terra - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:22am

DAVID BIESPIEL, AN INSTRUCTOR OF ENGLISH and creative writing at Oregon State University, won an Oregon Book Award for  A Long High Whistle, a collection of essays from his now-discontinued poetry column in The Oregonian, believed to be the longest running poetry column in any newspaper. This is the second Oregon Book Award for the poet and critic, who won previously for The Book of Men and Women in 2011.

Oregon novelist and essayist Brian Doyle, who won for his young adult novel Martin Marten (St. Martin’s Press), was also a finalist this year for Children and Other Wild Animals, published by the Oregon State University Press.

Two other books published by OSU Press also were finalists for this year’s Oregon Book Awards, which were announced in April. They were Field Guide to Oregon Rivers by Tim Palmer of Port Orford (general nonfiction); and Morning Light: Wild Flowers, Night Skies and Other Ordinary Joys of Oregon Country Life by Barbara Drake of Yamhill (creative nonfiction).

“The amazing slate of finalists this year is a testament to Oregon’s rich and vibrant literary community,” said Tom Booth, associate director of the OSU Press.

The Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships honor the state’s finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of fiction, drama, literary nonfiction, poetry, graphic literature and literature for young readers.

 

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Mother Whales Meet Seafloor Drilling

Terra - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:00am
A pygmy blue whale surfaces in front of an oil rig in the South Taranaki Bight. (Photo: Deanna Elvines, Cawthron Institute, New Zealand)

 

IN NEW ZEALAND THERE SHINES A MILES-WIDE 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. All across New Zealand, a longstanding conflict rages between greens (conservationists, marine biologists, environmental activists) and industrial interests over the impact of seafloor drilling and mining on wildlife in the gulf.

Alarmed by the ecological risks posed by drilling and mining in the indigo gulf, whale researcher Leigh Torres is collecting data at warp speed hoping to head off harm to the giant marine mammals she studies.

“These human activities have the potential to impact whales through habitat degradation, habitat displacement, acoustic interference and ship strikes,” says Torres, an assistant professor at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute.

Torres’ latest research expedition in January and February (see slide show), funded in part by National Geographic Explorer, went viral when her team’s rare footage of a mother-calf pair showing nursing behavior hit social media (see video at right). “Remarkable” is Torres’ term for the density of mother-calf pairs she observed during the expedition. Her findings so far suggest that the gulf is “an important area for mothers to raise their calves during the critical seven-month lactation period before weaning.”

A Mother’s Milk

The gulf — or “bight” as the Kiwis call it — separates the north and south islands of New Zealand and, through Cook Strait, links the South Pacific Ocean with the Tasman Sea. Once upon a time, it bore the sweet name “Mothering Bay” for the southern right whales that, by the hundreds or even thousands, birthed and suckled their young in its summer waters. But in the era when blubber was coveted for lantern oil and baleen for buggy whips, southern right whales were hunted to near oblivion.

Leigh Torres assists with the deployment of a Marine Autonomous Recording Unit (MARU), developed by the Cornell Bioacoustics Research Program. This hydrophone, and four others, will remain in the South Taranaki Bight for two years recording blue whale vocalizations. (Photo: Callum Lilley, New Zealand Department of Conservation)

Now called South Taranaki Bight, the gulf is named for snowcapped Mount Taranaki (“shining peak” in the Maori language), a Mount Hood lookalike rising from the northern shore. Whaling is gone in these waters. Yet human extraction goes on. And another once-hunted species — the blue whale — faces new threats in the bight, which Business Day recently described as the “jewel in the crown” of New Zealand’s petrochemical industry. Instead of seeking whale oil, companies like Origin Energy and OMV NZ Limited are exploring the seafloor for crude oil and natural gas. Others are scouring the fragile seabed for minerals like iron sands.

“The South Taranaki Bight is New Zealand’s most industrially active marine region, with seven active oil and gas platforms, significant seismic exploration for new petroleum deposits, drilling of new oil rigs, seabed pipeline, potential seabed mining for iron sands, and vessel traffic,” Torres says. “These human activities must be carefully managed to avoid direct, indirect and cumulative impacts on blue whales. Good management depends on robust science.”

Jet Propelled

Robust science is Torres’ mission in New Zealand’s indigo gulf. Just a few years ago, scientists didn’t know much about blue whales in the bight. The general view was that they were transients, just passing through. But after poring over decades of old whaling records, Torres found evidence of an historically high density of blues in the region.

So in 2014, she and her team made an exploratory study. The blue whales they found — a subspecies called pygmy blues — were indeed lingering long in the prey-filled bight, devouring enormous quantities of krill. Here, then, was preliminary evidence that blues use the gulf as a seasonal foraging ground, not just as a highway to somewhere else.

But how extensive was their presence? How many blues were there? Was this truly a nursery where calves were born and suckled? No one knew. So this past winter (which is summer in New Zealand), she and her team went back.

Aboard the research vessel RV Ikatere — a 45-foot jet-propelled catamaran with a “flying bridge” for whale spotting — they gathered extensive biological, behavioral and photographic data. They took 4,000 photos to ID individual blues. They collected tissue biopsies and fecal samples for genetic and hormonal analysis. And, by launching a drone equipped with a camera, they captured stunning video of a mother and calf swimming together, the calf drifting again and again beneath its mother, suggesting suckling. The video flew around the world on social media.

Leigh Torres at sunset off the northwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island after a long day working with blue whales. (Photo: Kristin Hodge, Cornell University)

Torres and her team also deployed five bright-yellow underwater hydrophones called “MARUs” (marine autonomous recording units) anchored to the floor of the gulf, where they will stay for two years. Designed and built by Cornell University’s Bioacoustics Research Lab — one of the partners on Torres’ research team — the hydrophones already are recording whale calls and songs around the clock.

There’s little doubt now that pygmy blues not only forage for krill in South Taranaki Bight but also raise their young in the indigo waters, Torres says. Anecdotally, fishermen and pilots have insisted that they’re seeing blues in the gulf all year-round.

Still, many questions remain to be answered. Planning is underway for another expedition in 2017.

“It’s urgent that we fill these knowledge gaps,” Torres says. “Protecting these whales and their habitat depends on collecting solid data, as quickly as possible, to inform environmental managers and other stakeholders about blue whale ecology in the region.”

For firsthand accounts from the field, check out Torres’ blog at the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Lab at OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute.

Lee Sherman Gellatly is associate editor of Terra magazine and editor of Terra+.

 

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Health and Human Services Virtual Career Fair

Health & Wellness Events - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 6:09am
Thursday, April 21, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join us for one of our first Virtual Career Fairs, meeting with companies throughout the industry to talk about opportunities they have in Computer Science. The event is free and open for you to check out at your leisure on April 21, 2016.

 

To register go to https://www.myinterfase.com/oregonstate/event_view.aspx?token=0JttZ2KPjDbk2nnr5r5uXQ%3d%3d. 

Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila Webinar

Small Farms Events - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 2:34pm
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
A Webinar with Dr. Amy J. Dreves, Education Entomologist Free! April 12, 2016
10am - 11:30am (Pacific time)
Attend online from anywhere! Register now! Soft fruit growers: Attend to add monitoring, prevention, and cultural methods to your management plan!  The webinar will be organized by each of the four seasons, demonstrating what’s happening in the life cycle of SWD, and effective techniques to monitor and reduce populations.

Dr. Amy Dreves (Oregon State University, Assistant Professor & Sr. Researcher, IPM Research, Extension and Education Entomologist) will be presenting.

A Spanish translation of the webinar will be available online by early summer.  
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The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) Project

Forestry Events - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 2:34pm
Monday, April 11, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) Project:  What have we learned, what’s next, and how can you get involved?

The NARA project began in 2011 as a 5-year effort funded by the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  The project has explored development of the supply chain for producing jet fuel and co-products from woody biomass, with an emphasis on softwood logging residues in the 4-state Northwest region.  The project is now nearing completion and will conclude with production of 1000-gallons of bio-jet fuel that can be blended with currently used jet fuel. An historic flight from Seattle to Washington, D.C. using bio-based renewable jet fuel has been proposed.

We invite you to attend a forum in the David Douglas room of the World Forestry Center (4033 SW Canyon Road) in Portland on April 11th from 10 am to 2 pm.  NARA leaders will briefly present an overview of the project, key outcomes, and implications for community development, economic impacts, and renewable energy infrastructure in the Northwest.   Our primary objective for these presentations is to ‘set the stage’ to engage participants in a dialogue about the project – what’s next?  What will be the impacts of this project in the near- and long-term future?  What questions or suggestions do you have?  How can you get involved anywhere along the supply chain?   

The target audience for this forum includes resource management professionals, forest landowners, community leaders, economic development professionals, professionals with non-governmental organizations, and people with interest in general in bioenergy. 

Lunch will be provided.  RSVPs are required so that we can ensure we have enough seating and food.  We encourage you to reply early as seating is limited.  

RSVP to Scott Leavengood – Scott.Leavengood@oregonstate.edu  Please also let us know if you have any food restrictions.