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Woodland Management

Forestry Events - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 6:51am
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 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.  It serves as preparation for the OSU Master Woodland Manager Training.  Topics covered include:

  • Getting Started: Assessing your property and your site
  • What's Going on in Your Woods? Understanding tree biology and forest ecology
  • Take Care of Your Woods: Tree planting, care for an established forest, weed control
  • Getting it Done: Safety, tools and techniques, timber sale logistics, and laws and regulations.
Instructors are Glenn Ahrens, OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Agent, and Julie Woodward, Forest Education Program Manager, Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

Please pre-register no later than February 3.


Linn-Benton Livestock & Forages Breakfast Educational Program

Small Farms Events - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 6:51am
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM


For more information contact:

Shelby Filley (541)672-4461   shelby.filley@oregonstate.edu


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Winter Webinar Series: Fire in Riparian and Aquatic Systems

Forestry Events - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 6:37am
Monday, February 9, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Winter Webinar Series



Woodland Management

Forestry Events - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 6:37am
Monday, February 9, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
This five-session course is ideal for anyone who is just starting out taking care of a woodland property.  Topics covered 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 logisitics, and laws and regulations

Instructor is Amy Grotta, OSU Forest & Natural Resources Extension Agent - Columbia, Washington & Yamhill Counties

To attend you must pre-register no later than January 26th.  The form can me accessed at:



Plant your trees right!

Forestry Events - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:38am
Saturday, February 7, 2015 (all day event)

This reforestation workshop includes an informal classroom session covering the basic steps in: tree planting, site preparation, seed sources, nursery availability, tree seedling types, seedling care, and maintenance. The workshop continues in the field where participants will learn about different kinds of planting tools, proper seedling handling and storage, planting techniques, and protection from animal damage.

Register HERE

CPHHS Research Seminar

Health & Wellness Events - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 6:37am
Friday, February 6, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"Making Mentoring More Effective: Youth, College Students, and Adults in the Workplace" Tom Keller, PhD, MPA, Associate Dean for Research & Sponsored Projects and Duncan & Cindy Campbell Professor for Children, Youth and Families with an Emphasis on Mentoring, School of Social Work, Portland State University

Dr. Keller''s research interests include youth mentoring, relationship development, child and adolescent development, attachment theory and research, community-based youth programs, child welfare, child mental health services, youth aging out of care.

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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 their 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.

Forest Taxation

Forestry Events - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 2:35pm
Thursday, February 5, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Free webinar for: Foresters (1 hour CFE), Landowners, Land Managers, Accountants, CPA's and Financial Advisors

The webinar provides tax tips on timber and latest tax law changes for filing the 2014 tax returns

Presenter:  Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, U.S. Forest Service


Objectives-Driven Silviculture

Forestry Events - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 2:35pm
Thursday, February 5, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This workshop will define and explore the “silviculture continuum” in western Oregon forests. Speakers from academia and various private and public forest managers will speak on the span of silviculture treatments and approaches they use from short rotation silviculture to treatments that create middle-aged and older forests comprised of a mix of values. A primary emphasis of this workshop is to discuss the options and outcomes that various silvicultural strategies provide.

For more information or to register: http://www.forestry.org/oregon/Workshops/Silviculture2015/

Ready, Set, Go! Train the Trainer Session

Forestry Events - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:35pm
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join us Wednesday, February 4 in Salem, OR to learn tips on how to promote the wildland fire preparedness message with a free Ready, Set, Go! Train-the-Trainer.  This session is designed to guide fire service agencies and supporting organizations through the implementation of the RSG! Program and identify program benefits in becoming a fire-adapted community.  The RSG! Program aims to enhance your educational outreach to residents who live in WUI areas how to better prepare themselves and their properties agains fire threats.

Register Now!


Logic models-a good tool?

Evaluation is an Everyday Activity - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 9:51am

There has been a somewhat lengthy discussion regarding logic models on EvalTalk, an evaluation listserv sponsored by the American Evaluation Association. (Check out the listserv archives.)  This discussion has been called in the subject line, “Logic model for the world?” The discussion started on January 26, 2015. The most telling (at least to me) was a statement that appeared January 30, 2015:

“The problem is not the instrument. All instruments can be mastered as a matter of technique. The problem is that logic models mistake the nature of evaluative knowledge – which is neither linear nor rational.” (Saville Kushner, EvalTalk, January 30, 2015).

The follow-up of this discussion talks about tools, specifically hammers (Bill Fear, EvalTalk, January 30, 2015). Fear says, “Logic is only a tool. It does not exist outside of the construction of the mind.”

Since Fear opened the discussion of social constructions,  it seems to me that humon is just trying to make sense out of many illogical approaches to solutions through the use of whatever tool (model, social construction) s/he can grasp. Evaluators are only humon; social constructions help them to make sense of the world.

Are logic models passe? Since they have been around a long time (see the EvalTalk discussion), probably not, especially in light of the fact that they are used by humons who are trying (desperately) to make sense out of the world through any way possible (hence, social constructions). Just keep in mind, the tool is only as good as the crafts(wo)man who uses it.


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Food Science Camp 2013 and Erik Fooladi

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Fri, 07/19/2013 - 12:44pm

We participate in the Oregon State U Food Science Camp for middle school students.

Part of the STEM [science technology engineering math] Academies@OSU Camps.

We teach about bread fermentations, yeast converting sugars to CO2 and ethanol, lactobacillus converting sugar to lactic and acetic acids, how the gluten in wheat can form films to trap the gas and  allow the dough to rise. On the way we teach about flour composition, bread ingredients and their chemical functionalities, hydration, the relationships between enzymes and substrates [amylases on starch to produce maltose for the fermentation organisms]; gluten development, the gas laws and CO2′s declining solubility in the aqueous phase during baking which expands the gas bubbles and leads to the oven spring at the beginning of baking; and the effect of pH on Maillard browning using soft pretzels that they get to shape themselves..

All this is illustrated by hands on [in] activities: they experience the hydration and the increasing cohesiveness of the dough as they mix it with their own hands, they see their own hand mixed dough taken through to well-risen bread. They get to experience dough/gluten development in a different context with the pasta extruder, and more and more.

A great way to introduce kids to the relevance of science to their day to day lives: in our case chemistry physics biochemistry and biology in cereal food processing.

We were also fortunate to have Erik Fooladi from Volda University College in Norway to observe the fun: http://www.fooducation.org/

If you have not read his blog and you like what we do here: you should!


endless pasta


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Good Cheese, Bad Cheese

Bringing Food Chemistry to Life - Wed, 07/10/2013 - 12:25pm

pH, colloidal calcium phosphate, aging, proteolysis, emulsification or its loss and their interactions lead to optimum melting qualities for cheeses. A module in this year’s food systems chemistry class.

This module was informed by this beautiful article “The beauty of milk at high magnification“ by Miloslav Kalab, which is available on the Royal Microscopical Society website.


Of course accompanied by real sourdough wholegrain bread baked in out own research bakery.

Inspired by…

“The Science of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich.”

by: Jennifer Kimmel

in: The Kitchen as Laboratory: Reflections on the Science of Food and Cooking

Edited by Cesar Vega, Job Ubbink, and Erik van der Linden


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February 2011- Nutrition Education Volunteers taking “vacation”

Family Food Educators of Central Oregon - Tue, 02/01/2011 - 8:24am

I’m back from maternity leave and getting resettled into some new responsibilities.  We had a staff member leave us, so Glenda and I are having to pick up the work load until we find someone new, or our responsibilites change.  Being a new mom is lots of work too, so I’ve gone part time (24 hours aweek) but am still trying to get everything done… that being said, we’ve decided to put our nutrition education volunteering on hold, until I have a managable workload.

We look forward to being able to start things back up in the summer or fall of 2011.  Thanks so much and since a few of you have been asking, here’s a photo of our boy.  He is 5 months old today!

Bundled out in the cold!

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