December 2019 we held a College-wide faculty meeting to engage in developing our four strategic themes. Our 2020 spring follow-up events were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions but faculty working groups continued over the summer developing a draft white paper for each theme. During Fall of 2020, the College held Town Halls to further discuss and finalize White papers surrounding each theme. In early March, 2021 the College announced a new opportunity for faculty teams to initiate projects advancing the College’s strategic advantage vision. A call for pre-proposals, due April 16, 2021, was placed and four proposals/teams were selected to participate in mini symposiums this spring. The following Ignite Sessions will be hosted by faculty in our units in May and June. Next in this strategic process, these teams are invited to submit a proposal for seed funding (call to be announced in the future).
Please register for any of the following virtual sessions.
Innovation Hub for Sustainable Food Manufacturing
May 11th 2-3:30
The Innovation Hub for Sustainable Food Manufacturing is envisioned to be an OSU collective that drives sustainable innovations throughout the entire food manufacturing value chain. The HUB will leverage existing OSU resources and catalyze innovations for solving important challenges such as reducing food loss and waste, conserving natural resources, ensuring food safety and quality, promoting human health and wellbeing, and minimizing and valorizing waste and food byproducts in food manufacturing.
A Trans-disciplinary Big Data Extension and Research Center
May 27th 9:30-11:00 am
Contact: Jeff Chang, Botany and Plant Pathology
The OSU Plant Clinic will be transformed into a trans-disciplinary big data center that enables us of whole genome sequencing for diagnosing pathogens in real time to advance current missions, add new missions in research and teaching, and expand to different systems (pollinators) and stakeholder groups across Oregon. This center will be the first to leverage whole genome sequencing for managing diseases in plants and their pollinators.
Microbiome-Mediated Genetic Resistance to Plant Biotic and Abiotic Stresses
June 2nd 1:30-3:00
Our hypothesis is that multiple biotic and abiotic plant stresses can be ameliorated simultaneously through deployment of microbiome-mediated plant genetic resistance. This transformative approach would contribute to increased productivity, as well as sustainability, of production through protection against biotic and abiotic stresses associated with climate change, invasions of new pests, and other cataclysmic events.
Socio-economic Resilience in Concert with Biological Innovation
June 3rd: 9:00-10:30 am
Contact: Michael Banks, COMES -Newport
The pace of climate change poses new challenges to marine organisms, ocean ecosystems, dependent coastal communities and social and political institutions that structure our collective socio-economic resilience. Yet biological innovation represents both the greatest source of resilience and greatest source of uncertainty in how natural and managed systems will respond to rapid climate change. Our project will develop and test long read RNA sequencing methods that retain phase and epi-genetic signals and apply machine learning analytical approaches to identify key innovations that reflect response to change. Our goals are to 1) advance the science of identifying biological innovations through capture of information from transcription to movement to ecological and evolutionary trajectories, and 2) integrate how findings in biological and socio-economic innovation may foster resilience of the Anthropocene.