Dr. Alan Sams will join us as Oregon State University’s new Reub Long Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, effective Oct. 31.
Dr. Sams has been serving as Executive Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, where he oversees daily operations of the nation’s largest college of agriculture and life sciences, with approximately 350 faculty and 7,800 students. His college also accounts for well over half of the $180 million in annual agricultural research expenditures at the university.
During Alan’s tenure, Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has established significant new domestic and international research and academic partnerships, grown in enrollment, become more diverse, and greatly expanded its programs and participation in study abroad courses, internships, field experiences, honors programs and online education. Alan has led major college- and campus-wide efforts in strategic planning, international programs and grand challenges. A noted scholar of poultry science and food science, he has received several national and international awards for his research and takes particular interest in global issues in agriculture.
Dr. Sams succeeds Dr. Dan Arp, who retired on Aug. 31. Dr. Bill Boggess, executive associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, is serving as interim dean from Sept. 1 to Oct. 30.
Brian Charlton began serving as Interim Director of the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (KBREC), effective July 1.
Brian started his professional career at KBREC as a student employee and has since held several different positions at the station over his 24-year OSU career. Since 2014, he has served as the Klamath Basin Potato Faculty Scholar, developing and delivering educational programs and conducting research focused on potato variety development. A Klamath Falls native, Brian brings a unique understanding of branch station operation and is well-known and respected by producers in the region.
He succeeds Willie Riggs, who has been appointed regional director for OSU Extension’s southern region (Klamath, Lake, Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties) after serving as KBREC director since 2007.
Stuart Reitz will serve as Director of the Malheur Experiment Station in Ontario, effective November 1. Stuart is a Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, assigned to provide cropping systems research and extension in Malheur County. He joined OSU’s Extension Service faculty in Ontario in 2012, after 13 years as a Research Entomologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Florida.
Stuart is well-known and respected by producers in Malheur County and brings a wealth of expertise to the station on cropping systems of the region. He views the director position as an opportunity to apply his expertise in crop production and integrated pest management directly to solving problems facing growers across the Treasure Valley. In Stuart’s words, “Because agriculture is the backbone of Malheur County’s economy, the research conducted at the Malheur Experiment Station is critically important not just to farmers but to the overall economic success of the county.”
Stuart earned a Ph.D. in entomology from Clemson University and was a postdoctoral researcher in entomology at the University of California at Riverside.
Stuart succeeds Clint Shock, who is retiring after 34 years as Director of the Malheur Experiment Station. The College of Agricultural Sciences is tremendously grateful to Clint for more than three decades of superb leadership and scholarship. Through partnership with growers, growers’ organizations, agricultural businesses, and public agencies, the Malheur Experiment station has performed groundbreaking and innovative research that advances agriculture in the Treasure Valley and beyond.
(Good Fruit Grower) Katie Murray, of Oregon State University’s Integrated Plant Protection Center, has been appointed statewide integrated pest management coordinator for Oregon, according to a statement from OSU.
Murray, who leads IPM strategic planning for OSU’s IPPC and is an assistant professor of practice in the university’s Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, succeeds Paul Jepson, who served as statewide coordinator for 16 years.
According to OSU, Murray’s work addresses critical research and regulatory needs in partnership with industry stakeholders. She is also the northwest regional IPM network coordinator for the Western IPM Center, which responds to critical pest issues and regulatory requests for information.
OSU says Jepson will continue working in the College of Agricultural Sciences as well as focus on his international research and OSU’s Extension IPM program. (Read the full story)
Heidi Happonen is the new Director of Communications for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Executive Editor of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress, effective August 1, 2018. New to OSU and Corvallis, Heidi brings more than 20 years of diverse communications experience to the team, working with a wide variety of stakeholders and industries in both corporate settings and creative agency settings, most recently as principal of her own PR firm.
She has worked extensively in communications and public affairs related to the fishery and has experience working with wheat growers and ranchers in Montana and apple growers in Washington, when she led the PR agency team in charge of regional public relations for McDonald’s. She sees agricultural sciences at the center of some of the world’s most pressing challenges and is inspired by the opportunity to shape and share those stories with the state and the world.
Heidi joins the College from Seattle but is an Oregon native and happy to return home.
Christina Walsh is the new Student Engagement Coordinator for the College of Agricultural Sciences, effective August 1, 2018. Christina started her professional career in higher education working with college students in 2005 at New York University where she served in a variety of roles within Residential Education emphasizing student leadership development and co-curricular learning opportunities. Christina received her PhD in Higher & Post-secondary Education from NYU in 2014.
Christina is a West Coast native with East Coast roots. She and her family moved to Oregon in 2014. She most recently served as the Dean of Student Engagement at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR. Christina is committed to supporting students through their educational journey, and works to encourage students’ recognition and application of their learning as they design their futures.
Kelvin Koong has returned to the Dean’s leadership team as associate dean. He is serving as a liaison between the College and our stakeholders and Oregon’s legislators. Kelvin will meet with stakeholders to help raise support for our legislative ask in the upcoming session. As we get closer to and into the session, he will also meet with many legislators to share the impacts of work done by the College and to help build the case for enhanced funding.
This position is not a new, permanent position for the College, rather this is a transitional position with our new dean coming on board at a critical time in the legislative cycle, Kelvin will help maintain and enhance the relationships with our stakeholders during this gap between permanent deans and in the absence of a Director of External Relations and Marketing. Kelvin is already at work reaching out to check on the status of various partnerships with stakeholder groups, needs and challenges, and opportunities around the upcoming legislative session.
Kelvin has held a variety of leadership roles both within the College and across the University, including Associate Dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Interim Director of Extension, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Executive Director of the Agricultural Research Foundation. He is well known across the state, has a deep understanding of the work of the College, and has experience with the legislative process.
Message from Heidi Happonen, Executive Editor
A lot can change in 150 years. New discoveries have transformed our world—from the horseless carriage to space travel to the internet.
A lot has changed at Oregon State University over those years, as well. From graduating our first class—two men and one woman—to fully embracing the challenge of how to feed and care for a world population that is expected to exceed 9 billion before we turn 200.
Our land grant legacy continues to thrive as we celebrate pioneering research, economic vitality, stewardship of our resources, and a rich history of contributing to our state, our nation, and the world.
In honor of that 150-year legacy of change and invention, we present a special digital issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress with compelling photography, new multimedia content, and more opportunities to engage with readers and share emerging research and discoveries. (Read more...)
(by Ian Vorster) Oregon State University announced that it recorded its second-best year ever in competitive grants and contracts for research that benefits every corner of the state and provides students with opportunities for hands-on experience.
As Oregon’s largest comprehensive public research university, OSU earned a total of $382 million in the fiscal year ending June 30. A National Science Foundation grant of $88 million for the construction of a second coastal research vessel buoyed the university’s total, which dropped from 2017’s record of $441 million – a year that the university received a $121.9 million NSF grant to build the first of the latest generation of ocean-going research vessels. (Read the full story)
Oregon State University’s Melanie Link-Pérez has been awarded the highest honor for excellence in teaching by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists.
Link-Pérez is the recipient of the society’s 2018 Engagement and Excellence in Plant Systematics Education Award, which recognizes educators who have implemented and developed innovative methods for engaging students in the study of plant systematics in the classroom or laboratory, or during outreach activities. (Read the full story)
Dr. Si Hong Park of the department of Food Science and Technology, is a recipient of the 2018 Young Investigator Grant Award of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA). Si Hong was presented his award at the US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York City, August 1-4, 2018. This highly competitive $10,000 award is KSEA’s recognition of young professionals who earned a doctoral degree in science or engineering, and are working in academia, industry, or government within six years after receiving the PhD degree.
Dr. Park’s food safety program is focused on the applications of genomics, metagenomics (microbiome and whole genome sequencing) and transcriptomics based on next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics. His research is directed toward developing rapid molecular-based methods to monitor foodborne pathogens and indicator bacteria during food processing and storage. With the KSEA Young Investigator Grant, Si Hong will apply the multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for simultaneous detection of multiple foodborne pathogens in poultry products, and monitor microbial population changes and indicator organisms during poultry storage using next-generation sequencing.
Prof. Michael Qian is the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division (AGFD) of the American Chemical Society. Michael was presented his award last week at the 256th National ACS Meeting in Boston, MA, August 19-23, 2018.
The AGFD Distinguished Service Award recognizes Michael’s extensive service to the ACS Division of Agricultural and Food Chemistry over the past 18 years, including his serving as past-Chair of the Division, organizing over ten flavor chemistry symposia, co-editing four ACS Symposium Series books on flavor chemistry, and most recently his key role in organizing of two highly-successful International Flavor and Fragrance Symposia in Cartagena, Colombia and Wuxi, China with more than 350 researchers from 17 countries attending over 4 days. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a member of the ACS AGFD Division who has made outstanding service contributions to the field of agricultural and food chemistry to improve the safety, supply, or quality of food. Michael was previously elected a Fellow of the ACS Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division in 2014.
Welcome to our Palau Ridges-to-Reefs blog, which will follow our Oregon State University group in Palau for two weeks! This class is designed to explore natural resources on small islands and how both communities and ecosystems can be resilient with appropriate management approaches. In addition to the students from OSU, we have a number of Palauan students joining us, including five students from Palau Community College. This mixing of students provides great opportunities for peer-to-peer student learning, and the incorporation of the PCC students -who have a great wealth of cultural and ecological knowledge about the nation that they can share- will contribute greatly to the richness of the class. This is hopefully a first step in creating a joint OSU-PCC class in the future! (Read the blog!)
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program also aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries and world regions. We are pleased to announce that six College of Agricultural Sciences students are recipients in 2018:
Are you looking to make an impact in the life of a student? We invite you to join others in building the Global Experience Endowment Fund.
We are pleased to share that we have exceeded the $50,000 endowment for which we have a commitment; more students can benefit from expendable funds that will be generated from the endowment. We invite you to consider adding your contributions to the Global Experiences Fund. On-line gifts can be made with a note added to specify the endowment. Gifts can be made in honor or memory of your colleagues and friends which is a thoughtful way to honor someone with an interest in international experiences. A description of our efforts.
The lead gift for this endowment was Dr. Hiram Larew (MS 1977, PhD 1981) with additional support from E.R. Jackman Friends and Alumni and the Deans’ office. We are grateful to all who have been helping us grow the endowment.
Contact: Stella Coakley, 541-737-5264
(by Julie Cooper) Chris Holt was well-settled into his career in the automotive industry that was stable and provided for his family. Staying put would have been the easy thing to do. But when the long hours kept him away from home too often, Chris realized it was time to make a change and pursue the career he really wanted – one that would allow him more time with his wife and two young kids.
The hands-on experience Chris gained in the Oregon State Ecampus horticulture program helped him change careers and land his dream job as a middle school agriculture teacher. (Read the full story)
Congrats to AgSci student Tessa Barker for winning a national award at the American Society for Horticultural Science conference! Tessa is a senior studying soil science, and her research focuses on organic farming.
"I hope to make an impact on society by researching methods for all farmers, whether organic, transitional, or conventional, to use soil conservation techniques to improve the overall resiliency of their farm, and the health of their crops." - Tessa Barker
We are very pleased to welcome our Fall 2018 and newest MSP cohort to OSU, CAS and BRR.
Nine new Multicultural Scholars Program awardees to receive 2-4 years each of scholarship support from 2018 USDA NIFA Multicultural Scholars Program in Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences’ BioResource Research Interdisciplinary Sciences BS degree major.
“As a previous USDA NIFA MSP participant from the 2009 cohort, I know first-hand the importance of student involvement in professional development, leadership and research opportunities. Program support from USDA NIFA MSP was helpful to me in graduating, gaining employment, and obtaining placement in the OSU Food Science and Technology Master’s Program. The skills obtained in doing undergraduate research as part of the MSP prepared me for the rigorous work that comes with being a graduate student. Furthermore, the MSP plugged me into student organizations, assisting me in developing essential professional skills. Being an MSP scholar also allowed me to be exposed to great mentors, which were extremely encouraging and very important throughout my time at OSU.”
“It was through this opportunity that the MSP allowed me to take, that I learned how to have difficult conversations about race, gender, and other identities with people who may not have ever thought about social justice before….. Through my involvement with the MSP, I was not just able to survive, but thrive at OSU. I didn’t just graduate; I graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate thesis and honors baccalaureate degree. Much of the work I did connected me directly with the faculty and staff of the College of Agricultural Sciences. The MSP allowed me to become so much more than a face in the crowd. Each opportunity that I found and seized as a result of the MSP led to another. In 2016, I accompanied the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, Penelope Diebel to a conference of tribal colleges and land grant universities, where I served on a panel to talk about my experience as a Native student. In 2016 and 2018, I earned the CAS Burlingham and Outstanding Senior Awards in recognition of the work I had done for the college. And on June 16th, 2018, when I walked up on the stage at Reser to receive my diploma, the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences knew my name without reading it off the card.”
(by Ben Davis) When you think of scientists, what comes to mind? Lab coats and microscopes? Beakers and goggles? These images are how science is often portrayed through media, but for many youth—especially in underserved communities—it might be the only impression they have.
Which is why Guillermo Giannico and Ivan Arismendi, both professors in AgSci's Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, created the Environmental Leadership for Youth camp, which offers teens an opportunity to better understand science, and more importantly, how it connects to the world around them.
Funded by the Meyer Memorial Trust, the goal of the camp is to show kids from underserved communities the possibilities that exist for careers in natural resources and conservation. This includes making them aware of opportunities in NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that are major employers in the Oregon economy, such as the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB), which receives funding from the Oregon Lottery to restore watersheds and natural habitats. Watershed Councils have recognized a lack of diversity in their ranks, and Ana Lu Fonseca in OSU’s Outreach and Engagement has been working with them on issues related to equity and inclusion.
(Katie Herzog, KLCC) A scientist at Oregon State University is developing edible food packaging as well as edible coating for fruits and vegetables. Her goals: reduce plastic waste and keep food fresher longer. Katie Herzog visits Yanyun Zhao in her lab for a taste test. (Read the full story)
(by Rachael Wharton, The New York Times) From a lab at Oregon State, Sarah Masoni works with companies big and small to create flavors, develop products and market them.
Most makers of fancy food like to supply a romantic story behind the birth of their triple-berry jam or new ice cream flavor. Maybe it was Grandma’s recipe, or a life-changing trip to Vietnam.
Here in Oregon, there is a fair chance that the inspiration was Sarah Masoni, a university laboratory manager with a title that is less than lyrical: director of the product development and process program at the Food Innovation Center of Oregon State University. (Continue for story and video)
(by Chris Branam) Fire is not all bad news in healthy sagebrush steppe ecosystems, according to an Oregon State University study.The study, published in the journal Ecosystems, shows there is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution to fire in sagebrush steppe habitats across the western United States, said corresponding author Lisa Ellsworth, a range ecologist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The OSU research team sampled eight research plots more than a mile high in the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in southeastern Oregon, 17 years after prescribed fire. The fuel loads – the burnable material – in the four unburned control plots were seven times greater than in the four burned plots. (Read the full story)
(by Chris Branam) Rocky Mountain National Park provides habitat for not one, but two subspecies of the American pika, a species thought to be closely connected with climate change, according to a new study.
The study, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, also concludes that the subspecies are interbreeding. Researchers at Oregon State University, University of California San Diego and University of Colorado-Boulder collaborated on the study. (Read the full story)
(By Chris Branam) Oregon State University researchers have developed a blood test to identify dairy cows that are susceptible to bovine clinical mastitis.
The interdisciplinary research team published its findings in the Journal of Dairy Science.
Bovine clinical mastitis, a bacterial infection of the udder, is the most prevalent and costly disease in the dairy industry. Diagnosed shortly after calving, the disease strikes about 16.5 percent of U.S. dairy cows in the first 30 days of lactation. Clinical mastitis costs the dairy industry millions of dollars of lost milk income and loss of cows due to the disease. (Read the full story)
(By Mark Floyd) As much as 90 percent of the milk that goes into a cheese-making facility comes out as whey, which can be expensive to dispose of in landfills and potentially harmful to the environment.
Large companies can turn a nice profit by turning some of that whey into protein powders and other nutrition-enhancing products – but the equipment is too expensive for most artisanal creameries, researchers say. However, a new movement is emerging as some of these smaller companies are exploring whey-based “spirits” – namely, vodka. (Read the full story)
(by Chris Branam) New research shows that honeybees prioritize the nutritional status of larvae when selecting for a new emergency queen.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study is published in the journal Scientific Reports and is the result of a research collaboration between entomologists at Oregon State University and North Carolina State University. (Read the full story)
(Science News. Photo credit naypong/Fotoalia) New research shows that a big earthquake cannot only cause other quakes, but large ones, and on the opposite side of the Earth. The findings, published Aug. 2 in Nature Scientific Reports, are an important step toward improved short-term earthquake forecasting and risk assessment.
Scientists at Oregon State University looked at 44 years of seismic data and found clear evidence that temblors of magnitude 6.5 or larger trigger other quakes of magnitude 5.0 or larger. (Read the full story)
(by Chris Branam) New research shows that paying communities in Mexico to conserve and manage their jointly-owned property doesn’t just benefit the environment—it strengthens social relationships and a sense of community within those areas as well.
The study is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The findings provide new evidence that payments for environmental services can provide broader social benefits, according to the study’s co-lead authors, Oregon State University’s Jennifer Alix-Garcia and Amherst College’s Katharine Sims. (Read the full story)
Portland artist, Kathryn Cotnoir, creates drawings and paintings en plein air style, working outdoors with natural sun light of the Willamette Valley, the Oregon coast, and the Haida Gwaii, Canada, archipelago off the Pacific coast of British Columbia. Cotnoir writes, “I respond to dramatic spaces created by interactions of earth, plants, topography, and water. My work is an extended and interpretive response to my surroundings. I use various media - especially drawing, watercolor or acrylic—sometimes in combination—to address the landscape of the Pacific Northwest.”
June 25 — November 30, 2018 in Strand Gallery, 440 Strand Agriculture Hall (Gallery open open by appointment via 541-737-2331.)
2018 Art About Agriculture Permanent Collection Purchases and Awards
Jon Jay Cruson, Eugene, Oregon
Acrylic on canvas, 30” x 30”
Eric Jacobsen, Prineville, Oregon
Oil on panel, 8” x 10”
Eric Jacobsen was born and raised near New England’s historic harbors. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Gordon College in Wenham, MA, and studied fine art at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT. Eric travels through the Pacific Northwest with his oil paints, and paints on site in plein aire style. He writes, “It is most important to me that my paintings convey a certain mood. I want them to be felt by the viewer without his or her having to analyze or think about them.” Eric is distinguished with many national solo and group exhibitions, awards, and honors. He is represented by galleries throughout the United States, and his works are held nationally in private and public collections.
Helen Liu, Eugene, Oregon
Recycled Starbucks coffee bags and mixed media, 16” x 16”
Helen Liu was born in Pingtung, Taiwan and since leaving the country in 1972 with her parents, she lived in Jakarta and Bangkok and eventually settled in Oregon in 1977. After graduating from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Helen worked in advertising and design firms in Portland and Eugene. When her daughter was born in 1994, Helen worked from home, and over time changed from working in advertising and graphic design to working on her own art. Helen’s mixed media piece “The Great Pacific Gyres”, which was made with plastic bags sewn together in juxtaposition with fragments of Chinese ink paintings and calligraphy, permanently graces the entrance to Oregon State University’s Asian & Pacific Cultural Center.
Connie Mueller, Eugene, Oregon
Linocut reduction print, 18” x 12”
Connie Mueller of Eugene, Oregon, is a printmaker known for her multi-colored reduction linocut relief prints. Mueller writes, “I love the process, the surprises that come with the overlay of many colors, and the depth that is possible.” She achieves the rich color palette in her print editions by making a series of reduction cuts, with each cut followed by a unique color inking and over-printing, and writes, “So, to finish an edition of prints may require 210 to 360 separate inking and printing steps.” Much like Pablo Picasso’s and Ivan Vasilevich Batechko’s use of this medium, Mueller’s compositions of botanical Still Life studies, and of natural and managed Pacific Northwest landscapes underscore her colorist competences.
E.R. Jackman Friends and Alumni is the College membership organization for our alumni and friends. This group of dedicated volunteers actively plans, participates in, and supports student programs, alumni relations, and friend building on behalf of the College with an annual gift of $1000 or more to any of the College’s programs. Our board, elected from the membership, works year-round with our members on a variety of committees to support students. All of our efforts are aimed at enabling opportunities for students and supporting learning experiences beyond the walls of a classroom. Consider joining us today! In July 2018, we are over 300 individual/couples strong!
The Annual ER Jackman Meeting and Reception will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the new location of the OSU Foundation (4238 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97331). Current members should have received a postcard invitation in August and we hope that many will join us from 2-5 p.m.:
Business Meeting: At 2 p.m. we’ll hear updates from the college, review our budget, and learn about the various programs and projects we have funded. At 3 p.m., we will hear students report on the funding they have received; these will include the Spring Puerto Rico Service Learning, Internships, Beginning Researcher, scholarships and the 2017-2018 Club of the Year.
Our 2018-2019 E. R. Jackman Friends and Alumni Board members (in alphabetical order by first name):
Denver Pugh, President
Kim Bellingar, Scribe
LouAnn Wolfe, Past-President
E. R. Jackman Friends and Alumni questions or comments can be sent to Stella Coakley.
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.