Volume X - Issue 1
From the Dean
In my first 100 days serving as Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences I have been struck by the role we play as a trusted research institution to drive vital scientific discoveries and meaningful economic opportunities for the state and beyond. As I have toured the state to meet with stakeholders, our branch experiment station faculty, donors, elected officials, and other partners, the collaborative and innovative spirit of OSU gives me great pride.
The impact of our work is rightfully gaining the attention of major media outlets – from the New York Times to the BBC. I am especially proud of the fact that three of our faculty made this year’s prestigious Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list, which recognizes world-class researchers ranking in the top 1% by number of citations. To put that in context, there were only 12 researchers across all fields and disciplines in the entire state of Oregon who were selected for this list, and only four at OSU. Congratulations to Markus Kleber, Joseph Spatafora, and Brett Tyler for their outstanding impact on the scientific community.
As I look back on our accomplishments, it inspires me to look forward to what is yet to come and what we can still achieve together in our never-ending mission to make tomorrow better. Thank you for being a part of that journey.
Reub Long Professor and Dean
College of Agricultural Sciences
Director, Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station
Owen Premore has joined the College as Directing Curator of the Art About Agriculture Program, succeeding Shelley Curtis, who has retired after 19 years in the position.
Owen comes from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) where he managed, curated, toured, and repaired OMSI’s traveling exhibitions for ten years. He also held the position of OMSI’s Exhibits Shops Operations Manager where he developed and implemented LEAN manufacturing and safety strategies. Owen co-founded the statewide arts nonprofit Art in Oregon (AiO) in 2017. He earned a BA in Art from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Spatial Art from San Jose State University.
Art About Agriculture encourages artists to investigate the visual resources of the science and practice that sustains human life: agriculture. It strives to develop an understanding and appreciation of food and fiber production, especially among people not traditionally acquainted with agriculture. Art About Agriculture was established in 1983 as the first annual arts competition and tour exhibit with an agricultural theme. It recognizes professional and emerging Pacific Northwest artists, creates a growing, dynamic, permanent collection of fine art based on, stimulated by, and portraying agriculture, and presents the permanent collection and tour exhibit to rural and urban audiences. The collection is exhibited by loan agreement throughout Oregon and other parts of the Pacific Northwest. Read more...
(The New York Times, by Rachel Wharton) PORTLAND, Ore. — 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. Ms. Masoni is not a trained chef, a food scientist or even a typical food fanatic, though she can master most recipes and identify rancid ingredients with a single sniff. Read more...
AgSci researchers among most-cited in the world
Not just one, but three AgSci faculty made this year’s prestigious Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list, which recognizes world-class researchers for having publications that rank in the top 1% by number of citations. Congratulations to Markus Kleber, Joseph Spatafora, and Brett Tyler for their outstanding impact on the scientific community.
Our Impact. Our Future.
The Statewide Public Service Programs — OSU Extension Service, Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory — partner with communities across the state to tackle complex problems that require Oregon State University's world-leading expertise. With an established and trusted presence in every county, we are the only mechanism for statewide community-centric engagement that provides access to research, expertise, and relationships essential for Oregon’s social, economic, and environmental needs.
There is no other network of community-based statewide leaders in Oregon that can meet the needs that the Statewides are able to address. Because of that, we are continually being tapped as a resource for reaching diverse communities with critical needs, without the additional infrastructure, resources or support to meet those growing demands. The fact is, we are the best investment for the broadest reach to the most diverse populations in the state. We have always been invested in Oregon’s people and our collective future.
How are the Statewides funded?
The three statewide public service programs are each mandated by separate, long-standing federal legislation. The Oregon legislature provides funding for the Statewides in three distinct line items in the state budget. State appropriations enable the Statewides to receive and compete for federal, local, and external sources that fund research, innovation, and other activities across the state.
2019-21 funding request
The Statewides are seeking an increase of $30M in operational funding for the 2019-21 biennium under SB 257. This funding will fill a budget deficit created during the current biennium and ensure that current programs will continue in the next biennium at a level that is sufficient to meet inflationary cost increases. In addition, working with a broad range of constituents, the Statewides are proposing new investments to collaboratively address critical needs facing our state. More details...
(by Sean Nealon) The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on October 26th approved a new university strategic plan that will guide OSU’s teaching, research, and outreach and engagement efforts through 2023.
The plan builds on the university’s past strategic plans that date back to 2004, and identifies four goals that will drive the university during the next five years:
Preeminence in research, scholarship and innovation;
Transformative education that is accessible to all learners;
Significant and visible impact in Oregon and beyond; and
A culture of belonging, collaboration and innovation.
“As a result of adopting this plan, we expect to see progress over time in advancing the mission of the university and the things that we value at the university,” OSU President Ed Ray said. Read more...
The College of Agricultural Sciences acknowledged the accomplishments of three outstanding alums at the Dean's Dinner held in the Memorial Union Ballroom on October 18th. Honored were:
Andy Hammond, Former Director, ARS Pacific West Region, Legacy Alumni Award
Will Wise, CEO, Oregon Beef Council, Leader Alumni Award
David Takush, Head Cidermaker, Co-Owner, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Luminary Alumni Award
Agricultural Hall of fame Award
Y. Sherry Sheng and Dr. Spike Wadsworth are the recipients of the 2018 Agricultural Hall of Fame Award. This is the highest honor the College bestows, recognizing men and women who have had an enduring influence on the welfare of Oregon's agriculture, natural resources, related industries and communities. Such achievement is the result of commitment, vision, selflessness and leadership. Registry of Award Winners
diamond pioneer awards
The College of Agricultural Sciences wishes to honor people whose lifetime contributions to agriculture, natural resources, and the people of Oregon and/or Oregon State University have been significant. The Diamond Pioneer Registry was established in March 1983 when the College of Agricultural Sciences observed its 75th anniversity. Recipients are 74 years of age or older, and still living. The Diamond Pioneer Luncheon was held on October 3rd at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center; 23 were added to the Diamond Pioneer Registry.
faculty and staff awards
The College honored outstanding faculty and staff during it's annual CAS Faculty and Staff Awards luncheon. The well-attended luncheon was in the Memorial Union Horizon Room on November 6th. Cash awards are made possible through the generosity of friends of the College. List of awards recipients
Global experience fund
A new 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. Read below how Dominee Cagle spent the summer of 2018 at the Dan Girang Field Centre in Borneo and states “Overall, this was an incredibly valuable experience.” And, read about Kevin Keys’ International Internship at the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust in South Africa.
“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 at https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/main/main/global-experiences-fund.
By Kevin Keys, July 9th to September 30th
Cape Town Environmental Education Trust, Gantouw Project
Upon arrival to the Cape Town airport I logged onto wifi as quickly as I could to make contact with the person picking me up, Loyiso. As soon as I got on I had an email from Loyiso stating that he was there and in the arrivals area. This was a relief and set the first impression of my host organization, Volunteer Adventure Corps (VAC). However, it was not all smooth sailing in my first week with VAC. They are helpful and a great service, but it seems that with so many interns to help, little details that could make the transition for someone in a foreign place feel so much better are often missed. I had issues with getting a South African phone set up. I had been assured that upon my arrival, I would be able to purchase a phone from VAC to use during my time in South Africa so that I could avoid using my US phone, which was at risk of being stolen. However, that phone did not work, and it then took me the full first week to get my US phone set up to just use Uber, which is needed to get to work from the train station, and WhatsApp. I also did not get a walking tour of my neighborhood which is supposed to be conducted very shortly after I had landed. The person who was going to do it was too busy and had to be somewhere else and then canceled the next day because they forgot about a meeting. It is important with this organization to be vocal and firm in what you ask for, as there have been other issues that I have voiced that were addressed quite efficiently. Despite the issues with my onboarding, overall, they have been very friendly and the activities they organize are fun. Read more...
By Dominee Cagle, Summer 2018
Danau Girang Field Centre
Overall, this was an incredibly valuable experience. It was valuable for teaching me about what kind of future work I would like to pursue as well as what I can rule out. It was valuable for helping me understand about myself and how I operate under certain conditions and how I can improve. I didn’t find it difficult to adjust to the culture, but this is probably reflective of being at a field station that is operated by a UK university. I am appreciative of the opportunity to work with and learn more about Muslim individuals, especially considering that much of the United States tends to have a negative perception of Muslims. I experienced nothing but absolute kindness and welcoming from all individuals I encountered and the people that I enjoyed working with the most during my internship were the Muslim Research Assistants (RA’s) at Danau Girang.
I don’t feel that I’ve changed necessarily, but I have solidified some of my “ideas” about myself. For example, I thought that I would like to work in a tropical setting but had never put that to the test. I now know that this is something that I will pursue. I felt surprisingly comfortable being uncomfortable, which sounds strange, but is the best way to describe it. The heat, humidity, bugs, cold showers, etc. were all a fun challenge that I acclimated (surprisingly) well to. The beauty of the natural environment and unique species of wildlife and plants made the discomfort totally worthwhile. Read more...
With an increasingly competitive job market, the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to set themselves apart from their peers.
Partners in the agriculture industry have indicated CAS students leave OSU with remarkable technical skills but in many cases need some additional development in the soft skills also critical for career success. The College of Agricultural Sciences responded by creating the Leadership Academy. Read more...
(By Rachel Lertora) Experience is a valuable resource that the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU is rich in. Even with many faculty members willing to share their experiences with up and coming leaders, it can be challenging for students to tap into this resource. In an effort to close the loop between experienced professionals and interested students, the CAS Leadership Academy has made mentorship a key component of the year-long leadership development program for the last eight years. During this time, more than 50 faculty members have volunteered to be mentors to the 125 graduates of the Leadership Academy. (Pictured Ruben Lopez-Carrillo with his mentor, Dr. Dan Edge) Read more...
faces of agsci
(by Ben Davis) We have created a new feature on the College website! Learn more about hands-on learning, internships, scholarships, study abroad, and other opportunities from students who have experienced them. From training wolves to tackling global food insecurity, AgSci students are Out There…and Faces of AgSci is capturing it all.
Since 1981, exceptional students in the College of Agricultural Sciences have been selected to participate in a professional development and service program. Students selected as Ambassadors serve as student representatives for CAS at OSU.
Ambassadors represent CAS at a variety of events and programs that support the college’s recruitment, marketing, student services, advising, international programs, experiential education,and alumni, donor and industry relations. Ambassadors assist with on- and off-campus functions, participate in professional conferences, attend alumni and industry events, and give agricultural sciences-related presentations and campus tours.
Meet the 2018-2019 Ambassadors
(By Mateo Garcia) In 2018, twenty-five OSU students—many of whom were AgSci majors—attended the 45th annual SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) National Diversity in STEM Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Of the 155+ recognized SACNAS chapters, there are opportunities for six to be nationally recognized--the OSU chapter was honored with a seventh category created specifically to celebrate their work with Native American communities. Read more...
This funding will support research opportunities for undergraduates who are engaging in formal research for the first time. While open to all undergraduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who are engaging in research for the first time, freshmen, sophomores, and first-year transfer students are especially encouraged to apply for this support. The objective of the Beginning Researchers Support Program is to enable undergraduates to explore research experiences under the guidance of a faculty researcher.
(By Jessica Croxson) Winter greetings from Monica, Dakota, Katelyn S., Jolie, Katelyn W., Ashleigh, and Jessica (Your Elected Ag Exec Team)!
We hope the New Year brings you good food, good company, and good grades. We also look forward to seeing our 32 student organizations at our first meeting of Winter term on January 16th at 7:30 PM in Weniger 153 for our all club Ag Council Meeting.
The Agricultural Executive team and student organizations have many events planned this term to you in order to better equip you all professionally, and as we continue to network at Oregon State University.
We started this year with a day long retreat in Newport, OR where we set our sights on creating a memorable year for students and clubs at CAS. Winter & Spring term will show you what we’re all about including the CAS Etiquette Dinner, Food Drive and Dance, Ag Days, State Ag Industry Tour and so much more!
Meet the 2018-2019 Ag Exec Team
Winter Term student Events
Annual CAS Etiquette Dinner: A Fun Fine Dining Experience Sponsored by Ag Exec, January 24, 5:00- 9:00 PM
Annual CAS Canned Food Drive Dance with Ag Exec and the Country Western Dance Club March 8th, 8:00-11:00 PM
Calendar of Events
CAS Clubs: A quarterly Spotlight
(By Jessica Croxson) The College of Agricultural Sciences has dozens of clubs and activities to help students to find like-minded communities, make contacts to find internships and jobs after graduation, and have a ton of fun along the way. Here is a spotlight on some of our clubs... Botany & Plant Pathology Club, Goat Club, Fisheries and Wildlife Club, Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Club, Country Western Dance Club, Farmhouse Fraternity.
Did you see Ag Exec at the Football Game on November 3rd? We had such a blast talking to alumni and Beaver fans about Oregon Ag Trivia and all our student clubs at CAS.
Stay in the loop with our social media to see what Ag Exec is up to, and stay in the know about the amazing events CAS student organizations put on each term.
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The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) has selected Dr. Hillary Egna, Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Aquaculture & Fisheries at Oregon State University, and a team of her research collaborators as recipients of the 2018 BIFAD Award for Scientific Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab. Read more
Tom Chastain honored by Linn Soil & water
(by Alex Paul, Albany Democrat-Herald) Tom Chastain, associate professor in the crop and soil science department at Oregon State University, received the Educator of the Year Award December 4 from the Linn Soil & Water Conservation District during the group’s annual meeting at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.
Chastain was honored for his decades of classroom service — he has taught more than 1,700 students — as well as for his research efforts and collaborative work with OSU Extension agents and mid-valley farmers. He has spent 30 years at OSU and is an associate department head in addition to his teaching and research duties. He said he is especially proud of the students Read more...
(By Chris Branam) Scientists have published a novel method for counting Pacific salmon – analyzing DNA from the slime the fish leave behind in their spawning streams.
The study, funded by The National Geographic Society, is published in the journal Molecular Ecology Resources.
“When we analyzed the environmental DNA sloughed into water from salmon tissues including mucus and skin cells, we got very accurate counts,” said Taal Levi, an ecologist at Oregon State University and lead author on the study. “This is a major first step for more informed salmon management decisions because it opens up the possibility to affordably monitor many more streams than the few that are currently monitored.” Full Story
See also AAAS EurekAlert
osu study finds link between dogs' gut microbes, aggressiveness
(by KTVZ.com news sources) A groundbreaking study by Oregon State University researchers of more than two dozen rescued dogs, some aggressive and some not, showed a clear link between aggressive behavior and the microbes that live in the dogs’ guts. The findings, published today in PeerJ, stop short of saying the composition of a dog’s gut microbiome causes aggressiveness, or vice-versa – only that there are statistical associations between how an animal acts and the microbes it hosts.
Still, the researchers said their work represents an important step toward more effectively dealing with a canine behavioral disorder that daily puts both animals and people at risk of injury or even death. Read more...
(Science Daily) Oregon State University professor Bruce Mate, director of OSU's Marine Mammal Institute and co-author on the study, tagged 11 whales that year and was able to record the movements of nine of them for up to a year... Read more
(By Chris Branam) Oregon State University scientists have found a resource to increase agricultural production on dry, unirrigated farmland—solar panels.
In a study published Thursday in the journal PLOS One, a research team in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences found that grasses favored by sheep and cattle thrive in the shade of a solar array installed in a pasture on the OSU campus.
The results of the OSU study indicate that locating solar panels on pasture or agricultural fields could increase crop yields, said corresponding author Chad Higgins, an associate professor in the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering. (Read more...)
(By Chris Branam) Economists have found that in the United States, watershed groups have had a positive impact on their local water quality.
The study is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This is the first empirical evidence that nonprofit organizations can provide public goods, said Christian Langpap, an Oregon State University economist and study co-author with Laura Grant, an assistant professor of economics at Claremont McKenna College.
In economics, a public good is a commodity or service that individuals cannot be effectively excluded from using, and where use by one individual does not reduce availability to others. For these reasons, public goods can’t be provided for profit and nonprofits can play an important role. (Read more...)
Art About Agriculture
Art About Agriculture presents Kristie Potwora, Gallus gallus domesticus (The domestic chicken) Reduction Screen prints showing in Strand Gallery, 440 Strand Agriculture Hall during January 7 - March 22, 2019. Artists' Reception: February 21, 2019, 3:30 - 5:30 PM. Remarks at 4:00 PM, Gallery hours: Wednesdays from 11:30 to 1:00 PM. By appointment: 541-737-5534. Signature art: Gabrielle, 2018, 11" x 18", Reduction Screen print.
Kristie Potwora’s life-long interest in Environmental Biology towards creative exploration has inspired intricate and compassionate imagery of our earthly cohabitants. Whether through drawing, painting, encaustics or printmaking, she draws on the wisdom and character of the individual being, while celebrating the patterns, habits and other structures that define necessities of species. In this exhibition, Potwora works with her own illustrations of her chickens to create graphic depictions using hand-generated contemporary, experimental, and traditional reduction screen printing and photo emulsion techniques. She writes, "Gallus gallus domesticus focuses on presenting chickens as unique individuals. My hope is that the affectionate nature of these remarkable beings is as evident to the viewer as it is to me."
Oregon small farm news, Winter 2019
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(by Mateusz Perkowski, Capital Press) Essential oils from thyme and spearmint are proving lethal to crop-damaging slugs without the toxicity to humans, animals or the environment that chemical solutions can present. An added advantage of these oils is the rapid mortality they cause in slugs, whereas one of the most common chemical molluscicides used by Oregon farmers, iron phosphate, simply causes them to stop feeding, said Rory McDonnell, Oregon State University’s slug specialist. (Read more...)
(By Alex Paul, Albany Democrat-Herald) Meeting mid-valley grass seed farmers and developing an understanding of living in a state with more than 250 different crops has been a priority since May for OSU Extension Service seed specialist Will Jessie.
Jessie, 32, moved to the mid-valley in December 2017, from Oklahoma, when his wife, Casi, was accepted for postdoctoral work at Oregon State University. She is studying slugs.
Will Jessie has been the OSU Extension Service seed crop specialist since May. The Oklahoma native says he is enjoying meeting growers in Linn, Benton and Lane counties. (Read more...)
Alumni & Friends
ER Jackman friends and alumni
(by Stella Coakley) On Friday, October 19, 2018, the E.R. Jackman Friends and Alumni Board hosted its annual meeting at the new location of the OSU Foundation at 4238 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333. In addition to the Board, over 18 other ER Jackman members joined to hear about recent happenings in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Executive Associate Dean Bill Boggess provided an update for the college and introduced incoming Dean Alan Sams. Assistant Dean Penny Diebel provided a summary of the college’s academic programs funded by ER Jackman and at the Board’s request, a wish-list summary of additional needs. Through the earning of the various E.R. Jackman Endowment Funds and current use gifts, $110,000 is approved for the FY 2018-2019 Academic years. This is made possible due to donor generosity and the details are available. Dr. Dale Weber described the Internship Program that the Board funds; there were 28 students supported across 8 majors for Winter, Spring/Summer and Fall term 2018. International internships also receive support from the College’s Global Experience Fund that our Board partnered with to create.
We were pleased to have presentations from students who have benefitted from our support. These included the Puerto Rico Community Service Trip, Beginning Researcher, Club of the Year, Internship Support, Scholarship, Ambassadors, and Ag Executive Council. A reception followed the presentations and we enjoyed the opportunity to learn more from our student guests and fellow E.R. Jackman members.
More information on our work on behalf of the college can be found at https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/er-jackman-friends-and-alumni . We welcome all donors to the College’s programs to become involved in our work to support our students.
The Ford Family Foundation announced today that it has hired Rozalyn Mock to be an associate program officer for Community Economic Development, a new position. At the Foundation, she will assist in developing and implementing strategic grantmaking programs for economic development in rural communities. (Read more...)
William (bill) Sandine
Many at OSU have fond memories of William (Bill) Sandine, who died November 28, 2018 at the age of 90 in Allen,Texas, with his wife Susan at his side. Bill received his Doctorate degree in Food Microbiology from OSU in 1958, studying the physiology and taxonomy of lactic acid bacteria. He joined the Microbiology faculty in 1959 and served the department for 35 years, becoming a distinguished professor before retiring in 1996. Among his many honors, in 2007, Bill was honored as an Alumnus Fellow by the OSU Alumni Foundation for outstanding achievements and contributions to society. He supervised 40 Masters, 38 Ph.D. degree students, and authored over 200 publications. In addition, he garnered 22 patents important for dairy science that have provided support for young faculty in the department. During retirement, Bill played a lot of golf, enjoyed his family, was active in church, drove his Model A, hunted for antiques, traveled, and was an active member in Rotary serving humanitarian efforts. Bill was a true gentleman and we will remember his laughter and smile. Full obituary
Arnold Pierce Appleby of Corvallis died peacefully at home on December 6, 2018. He was 83 years old.
He, Gerry, and Brian moved to Corvallis, where he joined the Crop Science (then Farm Crops) Department at Oregon State University in a state-supported position and began studies toward the PhD degree. In 1961 a second son, Brent was born. He received the Phi Sigma Award as the Outstanding Graduate Student in the Biological Sciences, which included 12 departments. He received the PhD degree in 1962. During 1962-63, the family lived in Pendleton, Oregon, where he conducted research in weed control at the Pendleton experiment station. They moved back to Corvallis in 1963 where he began teaching, conducting research and advising graduate students... Full obituary