July 2011, Volume 2, Number 3

Sonny's Observations

Sonny's Observations

Mazel Tov: Budgetarily Speaking

Budgetarily, the last several months have been an intensely frenetic and stressful time, characterized by the expression of passionate support by President Ed Ray, our students, stakeholders from practically every walk of life, newspaper editorials, and key legislators. (Read more...)

OSU and the 2011 Legislative Session

Message from Edward Ray, OSU President

To the OSU Community:
With the conclusion of the 2011 legislative session this week, I would like to report on several significant accomplishments for the Oregon University System and Oregon State University. We were successful on a number of initiatives that will serve students, faculty and staff and our constituents well in the future. We also face some issues that will require continued attention over the next six to eight months in anticipation of the 2012 legislative session. (Read more...)

OSU Update
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Multi Animal Teaching Facility Under Construction

(Gazette-Times) The new 10,000-square-foot Animal Sciences Research and Education Pavilion eventually will house classroom and laboratory space, a conference room and barns and provide a central location for animal sciences students who used to travel among various off-campus farms to different animal species. This is a major step, because animal sciences is the most popular major at the College of Agricultural Sciences, with 431 undergraduate students as of fall 2010. (Read more...)


OSU Receives Wealth of Records on Oregon Century Farm Program

(Western Farm Press) Oregon State University has been selected to host the records and database of the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program, which contains century and sesquicentennial farm and ranch applications.

The collection will be made available to the public, something that meshes well with OSU’s land grant mission and University Archives’ efforts to digitize important Oregon documents and photographs. (Read more...)

About the Department of Food Science and Technology

OSU Food Science and Technology

Located within the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Department of Food Science and Technology (FST) offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study supported by 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty, a number of adjunct faculty, and 35 graduate students. Most faculty are housed in Wiegand Hall. Off campus facilities include the Food Innovation Center in Portland, Oregon and the Seafood Laboratory in Astoria, Oregon.

Teaching and Research

The Department's learning outcomes are integrated with its mission and long-range goals. Food Science and Technology has active research programs supported by more than $1.9 million in funding and offers M.S. and Ph. D. programs with specializations in:

  • Food Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Food Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Flavor Chemistry and Sensory Evaluation
  • Food Processing and Engineering
  • Enology (Winemaking)
  • Brewing Science
  • Dairy Processing
  • Seafood Science and Surimi
  • Value-Added Foods
Research Advisors/Major Professors

FIC:  An Incubator for Northwest Food Innovations

(OPB)  Scientists at the Food Innovation Center work mostly with small companies and entrepreneurs to develop concepts and test new products – with longer shelf life, lean, sleek packaging, more natural ingredients, or a competitive edge.

“Entrepreneurs have their nose to the ground. They’re watching consumer trends because it’s their livelihood,” said Michael Morrisey, Superintendent of FIC. “They have the know-how but maybe not the technical expertise they need to develop a new product.” (Read more...)


Alumni Career Profiles

Careers in food and fermentation science are booming!  Browse through this section and you will recognize some of the well known companies who employ graduates of OSU's Food Science and Technology department.

(Read more...)


CAS April Student of the Month - Undergraduate Research

Callan Vaccaro, Food Science and Technology
April 2011 - Undergraduate Research

Callan's research experience focused on sensory analysis of both wine at Gallo Research Winery and beer at OSU. (Read more...)


CAS May Student of the Month - Study Abroad

Jennifer Fideler, Food Science and Technology
May 2011 - Study Abroad

Jennifer completed a four month study abroad internship in Quito, Ecuador, during Fall Term 2009. (Read more...)


Emily Del Bel

Undergraduate Winner IFT 2011 Excellence in Leadership

The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association awarded the 2011 Excellence in Leadership Award to Emily Del Bel of Oregon State University.  This national award recognizes one undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and outstanding contributions to student activities at the chapter, regional and national levels of IFT. 

Emily was recognized during the IFT Awards Annual Meeting in New Orleans on June 11.


Casale's Sponsor Cheese Label Design Contest for Students

Kim and Carl Casale, Oregon State University alumni and enduring supporters of the College of Agricultural Sciences, are providing $2,500 tuition as prize money for a student winner of the cheese label design, as well as significant support to get the cheese program underway.

(Barometer) The Department of Food Science and Technology will be hosting a cheese label design and naming competition throughout the summer. The top design, which will be selected by alumni, students and friends of OSU, will be awarded $2,500 toward tuition.

(Read more...)

Barley Malter

Oregon State Student Engineers Design a Barley Malter

(Oregon Live.com) A group of Oregon State University engineering students didn't wait to graduate before endowing their alma mater: For their senior project, they designed and built an innovative barley malter that allows OSU to now teach every step of brewing, from the barley field and hop yard to the bottling line.

The new malter allows easy testing of the malting quality of experimental varieties of barley, and it gives students in OSU's fermentation science program -- one of two in the country focusing on brewing -- the chance for a hands-on education in the entire brewing process. (Read more...)

Our Best

Greg Thompson Elected President of AAAE

Dr. Greg Thompson, head of the Department of Agricultural Education and General Agriculture, was elected 2012 President of the American Association of Agricultural Education at it's national meeting in May, in Asheville, NC.

The image has nothing to do with the story, although it does demonstrate spontaneity, versatility and coordination, good attributes for an elected officer.


Misty Lambert Named Outstanding New Professor of the Year by Students

Dr. Misty Lambert, Assistant Professor in Agricultural Education and General Agriculture, was honored by students as the Outstanding New Professor of the Year at the Celebrating Student Excellence banquet on May 19.  Dr. Lambert  served as the co-advisor for Collegiate FFA.  In this position she surpassed the expectations of an advisor's duty.  She had new ideas to increase membership or to involve the chapter in community and campus life. Her overall professionalism and kind demeanor makes Oregon State University very lucky to have her as a professor, said the students who nominated her.

A North Carolina native, Dr. Lambert completed her Ph.D. at University of Missouri and was hired in 2010.

Mike Bondi Award

Mike Bondi Named Outstanding Forester of the Year

Mike Bondi was named the Outstanding Forester of the Year Award by the Forest Landowners Association.  Mike received an all-expenses paid trip to the FLA national convention in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Mike is currently serving as the superintendent of the North Willamette Research and Extension Center.

Dan Edge

Dan Edge is new Chair of Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission

(Democrat Herald) Dan Edge, head of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University in Corvallis, has been named chairman of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. This seven-member commission sets policy for the state on fish and wildlife resources, including the territorial sea. (Read more...)


Jeff Stone is recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award

Dr. Jeff Stone of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology is the recipient of this year's Distinguished Professor Award from the Agricultural Executive (Ag Exec) Council.  The Ag Exec Council is a student run organization that serves as a governing body for students and clubs within the College of Agricultural Sciences.  It is always very special when our faculty are recognized by our students. The award was presented during the College of Agricultural Sciences "Celebrating Student Excellence" on May 19th.

Dr. Stone was recognized as an "outstanding professor for both the undergraduate and graduate programs".  Read more in the New Fields blog: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/newfields/


Scott Baker named Pew Marine Fellow

Scott Baker, an Oregon State University conservation geneticist and cetacean specialist with the Marine Mammal Institute, whose work was featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary, “The Cove,” has been named one of four 2011 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation. (Read more...)


Association for Communication Excellence 2011 Awards

Folks in Extension and Experiment Station Communications and E-Campus have returned from the recent Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) and National Extension Technology Conference joint meetings in Denver.  Take a look at the list of national awards and professional presentations from Oregon State. Congratulations on these proud achievements!

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Scroll down further in The Source to learn more about the award winning OSU Tree Tour iPhone App. 


Hiro Nonogaki receives Mortar Board Top Prof Award for 2011

Dr. Hiro Nonogaki of the Department of Horticulture received the 2011 Mortar Board Top Professor Award.  His research is on seed biology.  He was nominated by his student, Theresa Nguyen, a double major Honors Biology and International degree student.

Each year the students in Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society nominate professors whom they feel have made a substantial contribution to their lives and education. A spring dessert honors these professors among their peers.


New Ag Exec Officers

Here are the 2011/12 Agricultural Executive Council officers:
 President: Thomas Griffin
 Vice President: John Calhoun
 Director of Correspondence: Dominique Sabedra
 Director of Finance: Randie Falleur
 Director of Public Relations: Christina Lorenz
 Director of Ag Day: Ashley Florence
 Director of New Fields: Danielle Lorenz


New Fields Blog dedicated to the College of Agricultural Sciences' Student Body

This past academic year, Ag Exec began using a blog to tell the stories of student activities and involvement.  Have a look through the archives to see how blog uses words and photos to describe activities of the vibrant student body of the College. (Read New Fields)

ag day

Ag Day 2011

The high traffic campus of Oregon State University had an eerie feeling at 6:30 in the morning without a student in sight. Annually at the beginning of May, the Agricultural Executive Council hosts “Ag Day” in the Memorial Union Quad at the heart of the campus in conjunction with the FFA Career Development Event Days. The purpose of Ag Day is to enable current students, as well as prospective FFA students to see what the 30+ clubs and organizations of the College of Agricultural Sciences have to offer. Diversity is widespread within Ag Day; everything from Greek row representatives, to the organic growers club. (Read more...)


Oregon State University Multicultural Scholars in Bioresource Research Receives Additional Funding

A grant proposal submitted to the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Multicultural Scholars Program has been funded for an additional five year period in the sum of $180,000.  Larry Curtis is lead PI, along with Dave Stone, Jonathan Velez, Cary Green, Wanda Crannell, and Kate Field as co-PIs. (Read more...)

student excellence

Celebrating Student Excellence

Students, family, faculty, alumni, donors and friends from the College of Agricultural Sciences gathered for an evening in the MU Ballroom on May 19 to recognize student accomplishments throughout the year.  The highest student awards were presented:

 - Savery Outstanding Doctoral Student: Patricia Aron
 - Savery Outstanding Master’s Student: Rachel Crowhurst
 - Capital Press Outstanding Senior in Agriculture: AnnaRose Adams
 - Burlingham Undergraduate Student of Excellence: Thomas Griffin


Land Grant Colleges Sow Organic Seeds

(Capital Press) The line between urban and rural is getting blurry, (James) Cassidy said. He sees students from both backgrounds come into his classes out of curiosity and then change their majors, some going into research, some planning their own farms.

"They're an ambitious, young, creative group," he said. "They don't have enough experience to be jaded about agriculture.  "Urban kids are searching for authenticity, for something honest, and they want to identify with it. ... Soil and ag is the ultimate in authentic experience. It's always going to be the linchpin of our culture."  (Read more...)


Ag Exec Spring Industry Tour Slideshow

You're invited to enjoy the Spring Ag Exec Industry Tour too, thanks to Tiffany Woods, who put together a great slide show and posted it on YouTube.  You will see what a great experience the students had in southern Oregon. (Watch slideshow...)

Equestrian Team


OSU Equestrian Team Takes Second at Nationals

The team, led by team coach Dawn Ross, worked hard getting ready for the International Horse Show Association Nationals.  See the video of the team preparations.

During May 5 through 8, the Equestrian Team was in Lexington, Kentucky.  The Beavers took a big step in the right direction, taking second place as a team. (Read more...)

Laura Magana/Doug Severs

Laura Magaña receives Grace Wu Mamorial Award

Laura Magaña is shown receiving the Grace Wu Memorial Award from Doug Severs, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships during the University Student Recognition Awards Reception. Laura Cristal Magaña received the award for outstanding contributions to the campus and community while showing unbiased leadership.  
Magaña is a BioResource Research Interdisciplinary BS major with research Option specialization in Toxicology and Biotechnology, Chemistry and Ethnic Studies minors.  Ms. Magaña’s achievement and excellence in high school has followed her throughout her college experience. (Read more...)

Responding to Emerging Problems


Farmers Declare Air War on Wheat Rust

(Capitol Press) A week of 75- to 80-degree weather would do much to help control the outbreak with most varieties, excluding Tubbs 06 and Xerpha, said Mike Flowers, extension cereals specialist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The fungus is widespread in wheat on both sides of Oregon and may result in an average crop loss of 10 percent, Flowers said. There are 950,000 acres of wheat in Oregon with 750,000 of that on the east side of the Cascade Mountains. (Read more...)

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OSU Research Aims for Help from Growers

(East Oregonian) Oregon wheat growers plan to increase their funding to Oregon State University to help offset declining state funds. But growers want results for their money, many said at an Oregon Wheat Growers League meeting Thursday. (Read more...)

tomato late blight

Oregon State University Shares $9 Million Grant to Manage Late Blight Disease

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is part of a 17-institution consortium that will share a grant of $9 million to study late blight, one of the world’s most significant diseases, which affects potatoes and tomatoes. The institutions are in the United States, Mexico and Scotland.  As part of the study, OSU will receive $789,542 over the next five years.

"Late blight is a significant disease of potatoes, which is the world's largest non-cereal crop, and a tomato pest," said Niklaus Grunwald, a U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist who has a courtesy appointment in OSU’s Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. "The plan is to reduce fungicide use and costs for growers and to find long-term controls of late blight." (Read more...)


Clover Seed Brings Income to Oregon Farmers, Nitrogen to Soil

Crimson clover, a common cover crop, has nitrogen-producing qualities that make it a potential boon to both the environment and farmers. The crop, which turns Oregon fields a striking red in springtime, is now being promoted nationally for its functionality.  Oregon State University field crops extension faculty Nicole Anderson has been working with the Oregon Clover Commission to develop a market for crimson clover seed. (Read more...)

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iPhone App

2011 Association for Communication Excellence Gold Award Winner:  OSU Tree Tour iPhone App

Congratulations to Chris LaBelle, Aaron Senecal and Nick Platt who were recognized at the ACE meeting in Denver for the "Best Innovative Use of Communication Technology" in their creation of the Tree Tour iPhone App.

(Electronic Papyrus) The OSU Campus Tree Tour iPhone/iPad application is the first official iPhone application released by Oregon State University. The application uses photos, GPS, maps, and research-based tree information to learn about the different trees on and around campus while “on the go.” The iPhone application provides information about tree leaf type, tree bloom, whether a tree is native to Oregon, and a page number reference to the OSU Extension Trees to Know handbook.If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you can download it at iTunes.


Index of back issues


Blog:  Smith & Lever

The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension Service.  Is it relevant today?  Here's a blog that quite literally puts OSU Extension to the test from raising chickens and making jam, to encountering poison oak. http://smithandlever.wordpress.com/


Blog:  Seed Production

Dr. Tom Chastain of the Crop and Soil Sciences department has taken to blogging about seed production matters lately.  See what he has to say. (Read more...)


Blog:  Diseases in Vegetable Seed Crops

Dr. Bo Ming Wu, a plant pathologist who is stationed at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Madras, has started blogging about his work in plant diseases. (Read more...)

Reaching Out

Google Map of Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens and Plant Clinics

Gail Langellotto has put together a wonderful map of Master Gardener program demonstration gardens and plant clinics throughout the state.  Check out this great resource! (Read more...)

art show

Art About Agriculture - Ways into the Region

  • Exhibit at Rogue Gallery, Medford:  June 20-July 29, 2011
  • In the Uno E. Richter Atrium, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR: July 30– October 1, 2011

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) has selected works from the Art About Agriculture permanent collection to celebrate Oregon agriculture.


OPB Art Beat features Art About Agriculture

(Oregon Public Broadcasting) It is probably one of the best art collections you'll never see in its entirety.  Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences has amassed an amazing collection of art that all relates to where our food comes from. (Watch Art Beat video)

NPIC home page

National Pesticide Information Launches New Website

The National Pesticide Information Center at Oregon State University has launched a comprehensive new website (http://npic.orst.edu/) that includes 125 original pages on pesticides and integrated pest management. The new site introduces new information on:

•    Steps to reduce pesticide risk, safe use practices and low-risk pesticides;
•    Integrated Pest Management at home, in the garden and in the lawn;
•    Protecting wildlife, air, soil and water from pesticide exposure

NPIC also has a Spanish website that mirrors that content.


Oregon's Agricultural Progress Magazine

Hatching Dreams for a Better Life

For more than 20 years, Hillary Egna, a resource geographer at Oregon State University, has led an international program that connects U.S. scientists with researchers in developing countries around the world. The goal? To help impoverished parts of the world develop small-scale aquaculture and sustainable fisheries. AquaFish is one of nine Collaborative Research Support Programs within USAID, the federal agency for international development. (Read OAP story...)


Optimizing Energy

(Terra Magazine) For researchers at Oregon State and Portland State, this black box is a microbial fuel cell, a renewable energy source that uses bacteria to convert biodegradable materials, like wastewater, into electricity. And the knobs in this scenario are connected to nanostructures, such as carbon nanotubes. Frank Chaplen and Hong Liu of OSU’s Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering and Jun Jiao of Portland State’s Department of Physics are using nanotubes to boost the power output of microbial fuel cells. (Read more...)


The Spin on Research

Researchers and others interested can keep up with news from Rick Spinrad, VP for Research on his blog.  Subscribe and it will come directly to your emailbox. (Read more...)


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NSF Workshop at OSU Recorded

 The OSU Research Office hosted presentations and workshops on April 13, 2011, for faculty and staff to learn about the National Science Foundation.  NSF representatives shared information that is specific about NSF, yet much of it is applicable in seeking sponsorship from other organizations.

Edited recordings of much of the event are available here.

Alumni, Donors and Friends

OSU names Duke University Leader, OSU Alumnus as Director of Alumni Association

(Gazette Times)  Scott Greenwood, a Duke University administrator with extensive ties to the Pacific Northwest, has been named associate vice president and executive director of the Oregon State University Alumni Association. He also will direct the university's Department of Alumni Relations. (Read more...)


2011 Graduates are now Alumni

Congratulations to students who graduated this Spring from the College of Agricultural Sciences on June 11.  We'd like for you to stay in touch!  Updates on what you're doing may be sent to Betsy Hartley.


CAS Ag Ed Ph.D. Alum Brian Warnick Wins National Award

Utah State University professor Brian Warnick was named the 2011 Outstanding Early Career Member of the American Association for Agricultural Education. 

On an annual basis, AAAE recognizes one outstanding young member who has made significant contributions to agricultural education. The selection committee chose Warnick based on excellence in teaching both undergraduate and graduate students, significant research in the field of agricultural education, scholarly writing pertaining to education and service to agricultural education. (Read more...)

CAS Calendar

College of Agricultural Sciences Calendar

Agricultural Experiment Station Calendar


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.

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.