Welcome to the latest issue of The Source, highlighting of our most recent news and accomplishments from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Experiment Stations. Having just completed my tour of the all of the stations and in-depth meetings with all of the units on campus, I’m more excited than ever about our future.
The diversity, collaboration, and focus on purpose here is nothing short of inspiring. The real impacts our work has in research, teaching, and outreach are meaningful.
As I’ve shared with all that I’ve had the opportunity to meet, I see my role as advancing the college in three core functions.
The first is resources – ensuring we have the tools, talent and operational support we need to continue delivering the best scientific discovery, innovation and outreach programs communities and industries rely on.
The second is process – creating an environment where faculty and staff can focus on their work, and not be overly burdened by bureaucratic paperwork or administration.
The third is telling our story – making sure that the people hear about our great work, know how to engage with us and, hopefully, value what we do.
Beavers everywhere will join together on April 30 to celebrate Dam Proud Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event.
On Dam Proud Day, you have the opportunity to help students enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences to gain international experience by donating to the Global Experience Fund, and the impact of your gift will be doubled thanks to the generous support of the endowment’s founder, Dr. Hiram Larew, who will match every donation made up to $25,000. The Global Experience Fund provides resources for students and faculty engaged in global experiences related to the work and research at the College.
The College of Agricultural Sciences knows that international experiences are not only lifechanging for students, but the knowledge they bring home can have a deeper impact on issues that matter to all Oregonians. From food production and climate change to water and soil quality, from education and community resilience to the health of our oceans and wildlife conservation – international experiences equip our students with the global perspective to make tomorrow better across Oregon and the world. Learn more...
(Gazette-Times) Oregon State University President Ed Ray on Friday announced plans to step down from his position in 15 months. Ray has served as OSU's president since July 31, 2003. His tenure is the longest of any currently serving president at any Oregon public university. (see also OPB, KPTV, KMTR)
Dr. Scott Reed, Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and Director of OSU Extension Service, announced that he will retire from the University at the end of July 2019.
Scott joined OSU in 1990 and served in various College of Forestry roles, including professor, executive associate dean, and extension program leader. In 2005, he was appointed Dean and Director of OSU Extension Service. Two years later, he became the University’s first Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, a division that brought together OSU Extension Service, Extended Campus and other programs.
(by Annie Athon Heck) Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray announced the launch of OSU’s fourth phase of two decades of strategic planning to guide the university’s service to Oregon, the nation and the world for the next five years.
“The university’s strategic plan – “Transformation, Excellence and Impact” – provides a blueprint for OSU to fulfill its mission of education, research and engagement from 2019 to 2023,” Ray said. “This plan serves as a North Star in achieving Oregon State’s mission. It is this university’s commitment to the ideal that higher education is a public good. And that the education OSU provides, as a research-intensive land grant university, is uniquely important and will be accessible to all learners.”
Strategic Plan 4.0 establishes four strategic goals:
The four winners of the CAS Student Awards to be recognized at the May 21st Celebrating Excellence event are as follows:
Each award recipient will be presented with a plaque and $1,000.
In March Ben Rietmann headed to the Dominican Republic to begin his journey in the Peace Corps. He had been thinking about Peace Corps service ever since he first attended an information session on it during his freshman year at Oregon State University. During his sophomore year, he studied abroad in Chile for 3 months, and this cemented his desire to live abroad, and also to become fluent in Spanish. At OSU he became really involved in the International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences (IAAS). This group encouraged him to find ways to engage in agriculture with an international focus. He has a blog that he will be using to document his service over the next 27 months. (Read the blog)
An endowment fund, the Global Experience Fund, has been established for the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University to provide resources in support of students and faculty gaining global experiences related to food and agriculture.
Hiram Larew, who earned a masters degree in botany and plant pathology and a doctorate in entomology at Oregon State University, was the lead donor for the endowment and his gift was matched by the ER Jackman Friends and Alumni Board and the Dean of Agricultural Sciences. Several other donors have also contributed to the endowment. Dr. Larew said he seeks to increase international opportunities for students and faculty.
The endowment established through the OSU Foundation, provides funds to support students who wish to enrich their studies with life-changing international experiences. Since June 2013, twenty-nine awards, ranging from $ 200-$2000 and averaging $ 932 each have been awarded to students doing International Internships; often these funds were augmented by awards directly from the ER Jackman Fund. An additional $ 3,516 has been used to support students doing an Exploring World Agricultural trip in France, a work-study trip to Puerto Rico and to participate in the IAAS (International Association of Agriculture and related Sciences) National Summit. In total, the fund has provided $30,549 of support since its inception in 2013.
Support to students from the Global Experience Fund is making a difference. “With the ever-increasing importance of international engagement to Oregon’s agriculture, it’s critical that faculty and students build awareness of and involvement in global agriculture, “My intent has been pretty simple: I hope that other alums and donors will join me in building the Global Experience Fund endowment as a way of ensuring that the College is able to support Oregon agriculture and natural resources which increasingly depends on international engagement,” says Larew.
Alumni and others who wish to build the Global Experience Fund endowment through additional donations may do so through the website.
(by Debbie Farris, iMPACT) Microbiology graduate student Quinn Washburn developed a board game called Oligotrophic designed to help students understand the microbial ecology of the oceans and movement of biomass. Marine microbes live extraordinary lives of their own, albeit ones fraught with danger and opportunity. Driven to help educate children and others about the essential marine microbes that form the basis of life in the ocean and that perform 50 percent of the Earth’s photosynthesis, Washburn created the game, Oligotrophic. (Read the full story)
Inspiration Dissemination is a radio show on KBVR-FM every Sunday night at 7:00 PM 88.7 FM. Live stream The program was started on Sunday, January 29th, 2012 by Joey Hulbert and Zhian Kamvar. Both in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, they realized that they knew close to nothing about the research of their friends outside of the department. With their combined eight years of college radio experience, they created Inspiration Dissemination and soon brought to the airwaves the lives and research of Oregon State University graduate student workers. A visit to the website yields a rich body of graduate student research that continues today and includes blogs, podcasts and GRADX. Check these blogs and podcasts out:
Environmental planning in an age of human-animal interactions
Jackie Delie, Master's student, Fisheries and Wildlife
Zebrafish sentinels: studying the effects of cadmium on biology and behavior
Delia Shelton, NSF Post-doctoral Fellow, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
(by Wanda Crannell) For the eighth consecutive year, the OSU MANRRS Chapter received the Region VI Outstanding Chapter Award, and 2nd place overall. OSU MANRRS has won 13 regional Outstanding Chapter and 2 National Chapter of the Year Awards. These are highly coveted recognitions and OSU MANRRS is a perennial contender. Top three Chapters receiving recognition this year were University of Kentucky, Oregon State University, followed by Purdue University. (Read the full story)
Providing students with scholarships to attend professional experiences has the power to fuel their passion to continue pursuing a career in agriculture. In addition to participating in weekly leadership seminars and receiving one-on-one faculty mentorship, fellows in the Leadership Academy are also provided with scholarships to attend professional development opportunities and conferences around the States. So far this year, generous donations have provided twenty professional development scholarships to our current cohort. These experiences offer our students opportunities to put into practice many leadership lessons that they have been learning throughout the year from the Academy. Upon returning from these experiences, our students have all expressed significant ways in which their leadership and professional skills were developed by the opportunities they received with Leadership Academy scholarships. Melissa Wong, Jessica Croxson, and Morgan Lyman are three current fellows who have maximized their time in the Leadership Academy by attending conferences where they have put their leadership in action. (Read the full text)
(By Ben Davis) Faces of AgSci is a digital magazine that features students and alumni from the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU. We aim to celebrate the diversity of our research and our community, showcasing not only the science, but the humanity behind it as well. (Visit the website)
From L to R: Tyler Kammeyer, Mary Graham, Ruben Lopez, Camryn Flint, Liberty Greenlund (Student Director), Melanie Hanlon, Metzin Rodriguez, Gloria Ruiz-Orozco, Emily George
The new Ambassador Team had their first retreat at Cape Perpetua in April, where they bonded and learned about the activities they will be representing the College at.
(by Jessica Croxson) There is a wealth of club activities available to students in the College. Here is a sampling of the activities of 10 clubs. Click the title link to see what's been going on, including photos!
(by Jessica Croxson) Classy, professional, and very much educational. To say the least, the Etiquette Dinner was a huge success with participants from a wide variety of student organizations. We started off the evening with our keynote speaker, Calli Davis, who brought a twist to dinner table etiquette. As she went over the basics of place settings and how to serve food around the table, people in attendance were able to practice when food was served at our table. A few notes that were mentioned by Callie included passing food from left to right, never separate the salt and pepper, and never intercept a pass when food is going around the table. By the time dessert came around- tiramisu and strawberry shortcake, Calli moved on to her next topic, which was how to dress professional and business casual. To end the evening, our very own advisor of the Agricultural Executive Council, Christina Walsh, spoke so eloquently in regards to how to work a room when speaking toward an audience. She mentioned how to properly use a microphone, how to use the space you are given to speak in, and how to captivate the attention of your audience. Christina captivated us with her warm personality to better prepare us for getting over the fear of public speaking in which seventy four percent of people suffer from. We ended the night with an activity in each table where each person was given two words to come up with a story and give a speech by using some of the concepts Christina shared. Overall, the evening was full of good food, good company, and a unique experience.
(by Jessica Croxson) Be bold. Be persistent. Be challenged enough to rise to any occasion. These three main takeaways from this year’s Sigma Alpha Professional Symposium in partnership with the Agricultural Executive Council motivated and inspired the students who were in attendance. This year’s theme was “Women in Agriculture: Rising to the Challenge.” The panelists included AshlyAnn Lemhouse with Veterinary Services, Inc.; Rachel Palmer with Phibro Animal Health; Kathy Ferge with USDA-NRCS; Elizabeth Sell with FarmHouse Marketing and Communications; and Kellie Claflin who is a graduate teaching assistant completing her PhD in Education with an emphasis in Agricultural Education. These women touched on topics such as how to balance work with your personal life and why being a woman in the agriculture industry should push us more. They also discussed some of the biggest challenges they have each had to overcome. It was an evening of reassurance and guidance from strong individuals thriving in the field of agriculture.
(by Jessica Croxson) From Newport to Coos Bay, students within the College of Agricultural Sciences will be traveling the Southern Coast. There’s no doubt why this is the coast with the most to offer. During the weekend of April 26th, the Ag Exec Council and students from throughout the college will be driving out to Newport to tour Pacific Seafood and commercial fishing boats in the area. We will then head on over to the Coos Bay History Museum and move on down to Bandon for a Lavender Farm tour as well as a cranberry operation, and then jump over to Charleston check out their marine center. There are many more stops along the way, and we are excited to find out more about the agriculture that makes up this region of Oregon. What an awesome opportunity for student organization to not only represent their membership, but also Oregon State University.
Save the date for May 22nd! This Spring term the FarmHouse Fraternity has invited the Agriculture Executive Council to help host the College of Agricultural Science Western Dance. Look forward to a night of dancing, games, and mingling with other student organizations. Details to come, so stay posted on Ag Exec’s social media on Facebook and Instagram.
The Agricultural Research Foundation (ARF) generates operational funds through investment of the monies it holds for OSU researchers. Typical annual earnings are near $1 million. Approximately $500,000 of these funds are spent on office staff and operational expenses. Remaining funds are used to fund ARF’s competitive grants program. This program has been in operation for 40 years. It began in 1978 with the funding of six proposals for a total of $18,600. In the 2019-21 round of funding, $556,415 was allocated to 45 proposals. Eighty two proposals had been submitted, so the funding rate was nearly 55%! Since inception, the program has infused over $9 million into the OSU research enterprise. In addition, beginning in 2017, $12,000 in funding is provided each year to fund undergraduate research projects in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.
The Competitive Grants Program is designed to encourage and fund research studies at OSU that will enhance Oregon’s agricultural productivity, the quality of its produce and products, and the wise management and use of its natural resources – air, water, watershed, forest, fisheries, and wildlife. The goal is to make small catalytic grants that help young scientists launch their research and to help established scientists embark on new research directions or approaches.
Our Competitive Grants Committee is comprised of 14 ARF board members with a range of professional experience. Some are retired university scientists or administrators. Others represent the broad range of Oregon agriculture and natural resource industries. All have been leaders in their profession. View a list of board members .
The committee is pondering changes in the competitive grants program. The maximum award is currently $12,500. It has been at that level since 2007. The group is gathering data to explore the option of raising the level to $15,000 or higher. Faculty are currently allowed to submit two proposals. The group is pondering limiting submissions to a single proposal.
Additional details on the Competitive Grant Program can be found on the website. Dates for the 2020-22 program have not yet been set, but are likely to mirror past years. A listing of past-funded projects and project reports can also be found at this site.
The web site also provides a history of the Competitive Grants program.
(Seed Today) Crop breeders continue to improve familiar crops. The February 7th Sustainable, Secure Food blog describes crop breeders’ progress towards the future of barley, wheat, and potato varieties.“Global warming and changes in the amount–and location–of water are key factors in the need to continue crop breeding programs,” write crop breeders Patrick Hayes, Bob Zemetra, and Sagar Sathuvalli of Oregon State University. “In addition, there are many diseases that affect crop yield and quality. We need to continue breeding new disease-resistant crop varieties to ensure a healthy, adequate food supply.” (Read the full story)
(Good Producer) Another aspect of a robust certification program is roguing, or removing infected plants, says Brian A. Charlton, interim director, Klamath Basin Potato Faculty Scholar, Oregon State University. Some programs encourage roguing not only the infected plant, but any plant coming from the same nuclear plant. Disease can express at different times, after all. (Read the full story)
(by Chris Branam) By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ecosystems, according to a new study. Researchers from Oregon State University and the U.S. Geological Survey determined red alder, through its symbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing bacteria, taps nutrients that are locked in bedrock, such as calcium and phosphorus. This process accelerates rock dissolution, releasing more mineral nutrients that allow plants and trees to grow. (Read the full story)
(by Chris Branam) Warmer water temperatures, combined with low-level exposure to chemicals already known to be harmful to aquatic life, influence the expression of genes in the offspring of an abundant North American fish species – and threaten organisms whose sex determination is sensitive to water temperature. (Read the full story)
(by Kenny Walter, R&D Magazine) A new study suggests that how insecticides are packaged could have an impact on how toxic they are.
Researchers from Oregon State University recently discovered that encasing insecticides in microscopic plastic capsules is significantly more toxic—and more likely to kill the insect—than when the same amount of the active ingredient is delivered straight up in water.
“We want active ingredients to be relatively immobile, so they stay where they are applied,” doctoral student Matthew Slattery said in a statement. “This particular active ingredient is designed to be hydrophobic, so it won't be carried away with water. But if you encapsulate it, its hydrophobic nature is masked. The shell becomes a carrier device.” (Read the full story)
(by Karin Brulliard, The Washington Post) Dogs may have stolen the Internet from cats, but cat memes endure — and many center on one theme: Cats are aloof jerks.
The primary ambassador of this notion, naturally, is Grumpy Cat. But cats of all sorts, these memes tell us, desire to be left alone with their coffee, or demand darkness, or prefer ankle attacks to head scratches.
Okay, maybe you know cats that fit the bill. But it is not the case that “cats skew toward independency,” in the words of a new study on cat social behavior. In fact, researchers at Oregon State University found, many pet and shelter cats are pretty eager to interact with humans — particularly people who seek out kitty caresses. (Read the full story)
(by Brad Carlson, Capital Press) Farmer Greg Willison and his son grew hemp for the first time last year near Coos Bay, Ore., and made money despite the many risks of raising a new crop.
“People need to keep in mind this is something you want to approach on small acreage, maybe 5 to 10,” said Willison, who is retired and lives in New Plymouth, Idaho.
Current and prospective growers of industrial hemp face many challenges in raising and marketing the controversial and high-priced new crop, which the 2018 Farm Bill authorized with the condition that states develop plans for managing it.
Even producers and researchers in states such as Oregon that studied the crop under pilot programs allowed under the previous Farm Bill say there are plenty of lessons yet to be learned. (Read the full story)
(by Chris Branam) After they analyzed the wristbands that were returned, they found that no two wristbands had identical chemical detections. But the same 14 chemicals were detected in more than 50 percent of the wristbands returned from the United States, Africa and South America.
Even producers and researchers in states such as Oregon that studied the crop under pilot programs allowed under the previous Farm Bill say there are plenty of lessons yet to be learned. (Read the full story)
(by Heidi Happonen) “Parallels: Making the Avenue of Elms,” an exhibition of paintings by artist Erik Sandgren, is on display in the Strand Gallery through June 15.
The exhibition, presented by Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences’ “Art About Agriculture” program, is open to the public on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by appointment. The exhibition is the first time an artist’s process for creating a commissioned piece has been shown in the Strand Gallery, and the first time Sandgren has shared his artistic evolution of a project with the public. (Read the full story)
(by Heidi Happonen) Touring the Oregon Food Bank in Portland, one of the first things that stands out is the wealth of volunteers working feverishly throughout the facility. My guide for the day, Food Resource Developer Sharon McFadden, tells me that 40,000 people volunteer at Oregon Food Bank in a single year. As we walk through the space, I see a group of 30 volunteers sorting soup donated by Pacific Foods. Unlike the recognizable Pacific Soup cartons I’m used to seeing at the grocery store, these are plain white. Sharon explains the packing is intentionally unmarked because soup in those white boxes is custom blended by Pacific and made from ingredients donated to the food bank and excess ingredients at Pacific... Read more...
(OSU Extension Service) James Sterns, an applied economist and core faculty member in the Oregon Wine Research Institute, Oregon State University, focuses on the economic side of the Oregon wine industry, particularly the ways wineries connect to the consumers of their wine. (View the Full Video)
(NPR) Ramesh Sagili, a bee expert with Oregon State University, predicted these big bee losses because of mites earlier last year. "It's a very lethal parasite on honey bees," Sagili says. "It causes significant damage not only to the bee, but to the entire colony. A colony might be decimated in months if this varroa mite isn't taken care of."
ER Jackman Friends and Alumni is the College membership organization for our alumni and friends. Anyone donating an annual gift of $1000 or more to any of the College’s programs is automatically listed as an ER Jackman member. There are, however, ER Jackman endowments totally about $ 2.5 Million which were established by generous donors specifically to benefit all students within the college regardless of major. The primary focus of the ER Jackman Endowment, Scholarship, and Enhancement Funds is to provide enabling opportunities for students and to support learning experiences beyond the walls of a classroom. In May 2019, the Board will help select the students to be supported for Internships in summer and fall, and oversee the interviews for funding the various college Clubs, Ambassadors, and Agricultural Executive Council. Approximately $ 60,000 will be distributed to these functions in 2019. We have also been a major contributor to the establishment of the Global Experience Fund in the College. At present, that fund is being used primarily to augment support for international student internships.
The next Annual ER Jackman Meeting and Reception will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at the new location of the OSU Foundation (4238 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97331). Current members should receive a Postcard Invitation in August and we hope that many will join us from 2-5 p.m. This opportunity will include a chance to meet and visit with other ER Jackman members, hear an update from Dean Alan Sams, and to enjoy hearing a sampling of students report on the funding they have received from our funds.
Our 2018-2019 ER Jackman Friends and Alumni Board members, Operating Guidelines and the summary from the October 19, 2018 annual meeting can be found at:
James (Jim) Allan Moore, 79, from Corvallis, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Jim moved to Corvallis in 1979, becoming a full professor in 1981 during his 23-year tenure at Oregon State University. At OSU he also served as associate professor, extension agricultural engineer, and visiting scientist at both the New Zealand Agricultural Engineering Institute and the University of New South Wales in Australia. Jim ended his professional career as the Department Head of Bioresource Engineering and became Professor Emeritus in 2002. During his career he was also blessed with travel and invited to work around the world, from the Philippines to Yemen.
By Russ Karow, OSU Professor Emeritus, Crop and Soil Science
Arnold Appleby, Oregon State University (OSU) Professor Emeritus of Weed Science, died in December 2018 at age 83. Arnold was a “fixture” at OSU and in his profession. While he retired in 1992 after nearly thirty years of work at OSU, he continued to contribute to the OSU Department of Crop and Soil Science and to his profession until his death. He held leadership positions in the Weed Science Society of America and Western Society of Weed Science. He was elected as a fellow in the Weed Science Society as well as the American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America. Above all else, he was dedicated to teaching and supporting new generations of weed scientists. He estimated that he taught over 2000 students in his introductory weed control and herbicide science course at OSU. He directed 44 MS programs and 30 PhD programs for students from around the world. He was named Teacher of the Year in Crop Science three times, received the R.M. Wade Award as Outstanding Teacher in the College of Agriculture, won three Distinguished Professor awards, and won several Distinguished Service awards from commodity groups and other organizations. Weed science was Arnold’s life and he always held the hope that any impact of his on that profession was beneficial.
One of the ways in which Arnold planned to have a permanent impact on his profession was through establishment of the Arnold Appleby Weed Science Education Fund. This fund was established at the time of his retirement and has provided support of many types for graduate student training in weed science at OSU – equipment and supplies; supplementation of student stipends; travel to professional meetings; special training for weed scientists associated with the program at OSU; bringing visiting scientists to OSU to enrich the weed science program.
Prior to his death, in an obituary that Arnold wrote for himself, he asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to his education fund. If you were one of the two thousand students who took his weed science class or in some other fashion see yourself as part of the Appleby weed science corps, we invite you to contribute to this fund. This can be done by going to the OSU Foundation webpage and clicking on the “How to Give” link at the top of the page to make an electronic contribution. A check payable to "OSU Foundation" with “Appleby Weed Science Educational Fund” in the memo line can be sent to: OSU Foundation, 4238 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333-1068.
Thanks for your support of this on-going weed scientist training at OSU.
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.