March 2008

March 20th

Sowbugs and pillbugs inhabit garden soil, dank basements and shady areas of the yard. They feast on decaying plant material and play a role in decomposing organic matter in the garden and compost pile. They also feed on tender seedlings, young roots, flowers and fruits and vegetables laying directly on damp soil.

March 19th

The 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program of the Oregon State University Extension Service has been selected to receive the inaugural 2008 Fish and Wildlife Service—4H Natural Resources Conservation Award.

March 13th

Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Science presents its 26th annual Art About Agriculture (2008) touring exhibition, to open in Corvallis at Giustina Art Gallery in the OSU LaSells Stewart Center from March 17 through April 27, 2008. This year's theme comes from a phrase coined by Henry David Thoreau in Walden —"The Nick of Time." After the Corvallis show, the 2008 Art about Agriculture exhibition will tour Oregon as follows: Madras, Art Adventure Gallery, May 2-30; Baker City, Crossroads Art Center, June 6 to July 17; and Roseburg, the Umpqua Valley Arts Association, July 25 through September 6, 2008. Art and cutlines provided.

March 6th

Oregon State University is taking applications for 48 Oregon middle school students to attend the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp this summer at OSU. All campers will be funded by scholarship.
Combining the tools of engineering design with an understanding of how complex natural systems interact, the new Ecological Engineering program is part of both the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Engineering.

March 3rd

Thayne Dutson, dean of the nationally top-ranked College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station at Oregon State University, plans to retire on June 30. Dutson has overseen significant expansion of the College's education and research roles, including expansion of the OSU Seafood Laboratory in Astoria and establishment of the Food Innovation Center in Portland, in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Also during his tenure, the college has won designation as the home of a new Marine Mammal Institute, and as western regional headquarters for the national Sun Grant program.
Research at Oregon State University to find efficient methods to process bio-diesel fuel and ethanol from algae could lead to breakthroughs in reducing the world's dependency on petroleum.
A weed science professor at Oregon State University has received the Weed Science Society of America's (WSSA) highest honor for her contributions to the profession. Carol Mallory-Smith, an associate department head at OSU's Department of Crop and Soil Science, was named a WSSA Fellow on Feb. 4. She is known for her work on herbicide resistance and the flow of genes between crops and weeds.