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eXtension, an Internet-based educational partnership of the 74 institutions of the U.S. land-grant university system, has been awarded the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary's Honor Award. Dave King, interim associate provost for outreach and engagement at Oregon State University, took a leadership role in establishing eXtension.
A new noncredit online course, developed as a partnership between the Childhood Hunger Initiative (CHI) of Oregon and Oregon State University Ecampus, teaches health care professionals to identify families who are experiencing hunger. The course is a result of a survey of physicians and nurses in the Portland metro area.
Four Oregon universities will sponsor a conference in Salem on Nov. 14 that will aim to strengthen links between the state’s rural and urban areas. Oregon State University, Portland State University, the University of Oregon and Eastern Oregon University will sponsor the event. The conference, called Toward One Oregon: Rural-Urban Interdependence is targeted to an audience of researchers, policymakers, journalists and community leaders.
Peter Shearer is the new superintendent of Oregon State University's Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River. He was previously a tree fruit entomologist for Rutgers Cooperative Extension in New Jersey. Before that, he was a research technician at the center in Hood River. He holds a master’s degree in entomology from OSU and a doctorate in entomology from the University of Hawaii.
The Oregon State University Extension Service's hands-on Master Gardener training will return to Portland in January for the first time in six years. The 66-hour course, which costs $345, will be held on Thursdays between Jan. 8 and March 19 at the Central Lutheran Church.
Oregon State University has created a Web site that compiles statistics, maps and scholarly works to help people shape the future of Oregon's rural communities. Called the Rural Communities Explorer, the site is intended as a source of information for policymakers, nonprofits, local leaders and concerned citizens. It combines data from sources that include the 2000 U.S. census, the OSU Extension Service, OSU's Rural Studies Program and state agencies.
A wealth of information on eating well on a budget is available online from the Oregon State University Extension Family and Community Development program.
The Oregon State University Extension Service in Linn County will hold an open house on Oct. 18 that will feature prizes, short workshops, a plant diagnostic booth and a composting demonstration using worms. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 104 Fourth Ave. S.W. in Albany. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and describe how the office has been helping residents of Linn County for the past 97 years.
Community gardens in six Oregon counties have received grants totaling more than $20,000 to begin or improve efforts to grow produce for their neighborhoods.
In honor of October being American Archives Month, Oregon State University's Valley Library will host on Oct. 17 a sampling of dishes made from recipes published mainly during World War I. The recipes were originally published by the Oregon Agricultural College (now OSU) Extension Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture largely for homemakers and youth clubs. The archives staff will prepare some of the dishes for the event, but they are also seeking volunteers to join in. Anyone interested in doing so can stop by the archives reference desk at the library and peruse a folder containing more than 300 recipes.