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November 2009, Volume 1, Number 1
|The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is Oregon's principal source of knowledge relating to agricultural and food systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide. The College provides undergraduate and graduate education leading to baccalaureate and graduate degrees, and extended education programs throughout Oregon and beyond. Its research programs create knowledge to solve problems and to build a knowledge base for the future. It is a source of information and expertise in integrating and applying knowledge with benefits that are felt in domestic and international settings.|
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to a new venture - an every other monthly, online newsletter, which gives you a sense of what the College of Agricultural Sciences is about.
The newsletter will bring together stories and items of interest to our alumni, well-wishers, partners, stakeholders, friends, donors, colleagues, and students.
Fall is upon us. The foliage on campus, in Corvallis, and throughout Oregon is turning all hues of the mid- to long-wavelengths of the visible spectrum, including the intense Yellows, Oranges, and Reds. The best part is that many of the trees resplendent in their bright orange foliage appear to be screaming: "Powered by Orange"! (Read more...)
OSU President Offers View of Future
Oregon State University President Ed Ray outlined a new vision for OSU’s future on October 8th, describing a university that in 2025 will be as much as 60 percent larger. (Read more...)
Oregon's Agricultural Progress Magazine
Food is complicated--culturally, politically, and economically...
In this issue, we explore Food in Oregon as a necessary--and delightful--part of life.
We begin with a menu of Oregon's finest foods--from appetizers to dessert--and uncover the research behind the quintessential Dinner in Oregon. After dinner, we explore Food for Thought, ideas that go beyond the food we see on our plates. (Read more...)
Decline in big predators wreaking havoc on ecosystems, OSU researchers say
The decline of top predators such as North American wolves and African lions is driving increases in smaller predators such as coyotes and baboons, disrupting ecosystems and economies worldwide, a study concludes.
The report, whose authors included two Oregon State University professors, found that the range of all the largest terrestrial predators in North America -- including wolves, cougars and bears -- has declined in the past 200 years. (Read more...)
Spotted Wing Drosophila identified in wine grapes (Oregon Natural Resources Report)
A newly recognized pest in Oregon continues to concern fruit growers and researchers with the recent discovery of a Spotted Wing Drosophila fly in a sample of Willamette Valley wine grapes. Since the tiny fly, Drosophila suzukii, was first confirmed in Oregon less than two months ago, there have been an increasing number of reports of its occurrence in a variety of fresh fruits, and now grapes, according to Amy Dreves, a research entomologist at Oregon State University. (Read more...)
Oregon's organic sector brought in more than $88 million in 2007, according to the USDA. Recent news stories note that for the first time in a decade, the recession is taking a bite out of organic food sales. Nevertheless, as our cover story notes, organic farming has gone from being the commitment of a few to a mainstream business strategy. (Read more...)
Anneke Tucker blogs her view of the world as an undergraduate major in Bioresource Research who studied abroad at Universidad de Cantabria in Santander, Spain and is currently on an exchange program at Texas A&M University. (Read blog...)
Fall 2009 Enrollment
Our undergraduate enrollment is 1288 students, up 10.6%.
The OSU Agriculture Program at Eastern Oregon University has 138 students, up 16.9%.
Graduate enrollment is 264 students, down 3.3%.
Overall, we have 1552 students, up a total of 7.9%.
Teaching and Learning Initiative
In order to create and deliver compelling learning options for today's students, The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is embarking on a comprehensive renovation of its offerings in academic programs and student experiences; the renovation is entitled the "Teaching and Learning Initiative" (TLI). In the context of current and future budget constraints, the TLI will address critical needs of providing a quality educational experience with extremely scarce and diminishing resources in the near future. (Read More...)
|Faculty and Staff|
Dr. Larry Lev
OSU economist debuts in film about local food movement
An agricultural economist at Oregon State University has hit the silver screen in a new documentary that examines and promotes the local food movement. (Read more...)
Provided by: Optic Nerve Productions, LLC
This clip of the recently released documentary film "Ingredients" features OSU agricultural economist Larry Lev. © 2009 Optic Nerve Productions, LLC - shown here with permission.
A Habitat for Locavores
It's Saturday morning at the farmer's market. Buyers and sellers from local farms and neighborhoods gather among open-air tents displaying the freshest tomatoes, berries and vegetables of every color, jams and jellies, cut flowers, and bread, still warm from the oven. (Read more...)
|Alumni and Friends|
The College of Agricultural Sciences recognizes the accomplishments of its outstanding alumni. The recipients of the 2009 College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Awards are:
Agricultural Hall of Fame Awards
Recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions through at least one or more of the broad areas covered by the College of Agricultural Sciences, this year's recipients are:
Capital Campaign Update from Todd Bastian
Through the support of generous alumni and friends, “The Campaign for OSU” is having a tremendous impact on our students and faculty; the people and industry of Oregon; and the global community. Over the course of the Campaign these friends and alumni have decided to invest over $41 million, in the College of Agricultural Sciences. (Read more...)
|Awards and Honors|
Four CAS Faculty received OSU Awards during University Day
Diamond Pioneer Awards
2009 recipients of the College of Agricultural Sciences Diamond Pioneer awards were honored at a luncheon on October 28. (Read more...)
Faculty and Staff Awards
Outstanding CAS Faculty and Staff were honored at a luncheon on October 22. (Read more...)
Dr. Desiree Tullos recipient of NSF Early Career Award
Desiree Tullos, assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering, was awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. She is examining the potential impacts of climate change on river ecosystems and identifying opportunities to mitigate those impacts.
A year-long photographic exhibit, featuring the works of Lynn Ketchum from Oregon's Agricultural Progress magazine, is making its way across Oregon with stops near you!
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