In this week’s issue:
- Extension Annual Conference Registration to go live SOON
- OSU Extension web upgrade project: Strategy and next steps
- OSU’s Joyce Loper named to Ag Research Service’s Hall of Fame
- Social Justice Education Initiative launches at OSU
- WALKTOBER EVENTS – Get in on the fun, O&E!
- Monthly County Leader/Regional Administrator Webinar Recordings
Extension Annual Conference Registration to go live SOON
The registration site for the 2016 Extension Annual Conference will go live SOON! Check your email frequently for the link, or visit ConnEXTions for more updates.
OSU Extension web upgrade project: Strategy and next steps
The Extension web upgrade project is entering the development phase!
For an update on what’s happened recently, what’s next, and how you can learn more, see the new project blog. Going forward, this blog will be the best place get more detailed information and ongoing updates. It includes:
• Strategies at a glance
• A way to sign up to get notified of updates via email
• And more…
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the project team. We want to hear from you. Your feedback will help us improve our communication plan and the project blog, especially the FAQs.
OSU’s Joyce Loper named to Ag Research Service’s Hall of Fame
By Gail Wells
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Joyce Loper, Oregon State University professor of plant pathology, was inducted into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Science Hall of Fame this month.
The prize is a significant honor conferred on ARS scientists who have made major impacts on agricultural research, are recognized by peers for their significant accomplishments and serve as exemplary role models for younger scientists.
Loper has been a research plant pathologist at the USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory in Corvallis and joined OSU as a courtesy assistant professor in 1987. She became associate dean of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences this year.
Her work, which focuses on plant-associated bacteria in agricultural soils, has led to breakthrough discoveries on the biological control of plant diseases. Loper uses a combination of genomics, chemistry and molecular approaches to identify new antibiotics produced by certain soil-dwelling bacteria. She was among the first to probe the molecular ecology of bacteria in the genus Pseudomonas, which are common in agricultural soils and which lend themselves to biological control of a host of disease-causing microorganisms.
“Dr. Loper’s status as a world scientific leader is evidenced by her impressive number of peer-reviewed publications, invited book chapters and review articles, the visiting scientists she’s hosted in her lab, and many, many other accomplishments,” said Lynda Ciuffetti, head of OSU’s botany and plant pathology department, Loper’s academic home. “The word ‘impressive’ doesn’t begin to describe Joyce’s efforts and achievements.”
“I am very honored to join the outstanding scientists in the USDA-ARS Science Hall of Fame,” Loper said. “I have been so lucky to work with exceptional people in the ARS and at OSU who have mentored me, inspired me, swapped ideas, worked side-by-side on projects and supported the research in a myriad of ways, from maintaining facilities to making sure the bills get paid. It is a great time in history to be a scientist, and I’ve loved being a plant pathologist.”
Loper is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Phytopathological Society. She has received numerous honors and awards.
She joins 100 other Hall of Fame inductees and is one of only nine women. Three other ARS scientists were also inducted this year: hydrologist Thomas J. Jackson, microbiologist Cletus P. Kurtzman, and hydrologist M. Susan Moran.
USDA-ARS is one of the world’s premier agricultural scientific organizations, with nearly 2,000 scientists located across the nation.
Social Justice Education Initiative launches at OSU
The Social Justice Education Initiative (SJEI) for faculty and staff has launched! The SJEI is a professional development program for all Oregon State faculty and staff aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies.
SJEI consists of an interactive, workshop-based curriculum that invites all OSU faculty and staff members (including GTAs and GRAs) to begin, or continue, their social justice and equity journey. This program is an important component of Oregon State’s ongoing institutional mission to infuse equity and inclusion into every aspect of the university’s work.
The SJEI curriculum is organized into two four-hour live workshops:
- Session One addresses the historical and current social context, connecting the two, and why social justice matters. This session focuses on locating each of our individual identities within this broader social context.
- Session Two is aimed at developing awareness and building skills. Topics covered include zones of safety, implicit bias, micro-aggressions, and cross-cultural communication.
Sessions One and Two are sequential but should not be taken on the same day. Both sessions will be offered several times a week at no cost and include breakfast or lunch. Currently September workshops are open for registration, with many more opening soon.
Registration for SJEI workshops is now open and available via the Oregon State professional Development registration system: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46
Faculty and staff who complete the SJEI program will receive a certificate of participation. Additionally, SJEI meets the continuing education requirement for active Search Advocates.
College, Department, Unit and other work group leaders may also arrange for custom delivery of the SJEI curriculum to all or some staff. These sessions can be customized and modified for added relevancy and to fit specific needs and schedules of the participants.
In the near future there will be additional workshops beyond the two-session SJEI curriculum that will offer participants a deeper exploration of specific equity and social justice topics.
For more information or to arrange for custom delivery of the SJEI curriculum, please contact Jane Waite directly.
WALKTOBER EVENTS – Get in on the fun, O&E!
Plan a one-time or recurring walking group in your county to celebrate Walktober! Publicize your event through OregonWalks Walktober site: http://walktoberpdx.org Let’s represent the ENTIRE state of Oregon (we don’t want Portland to have all the fun!) by hosting walks in the month of October. Nothing fancy, no theme, just add a date, time and location to the walktober calendar and get the word out in your community.
On-campus in Corvallis? Get excited for Mondays – because we’ll be walking from Ballard to the Bridge and Back every Monday in October at 12:15pm. Join us!
Monthly County Leader/Regional Administrator Webinar Recordings
Scott Reed has asked to share the County Leader/Regional Administrator monthly webinar recordings statewide.
The Friday, September 23rd recording is available.
All County Leader/Regional Administrator webinar recordings are available online.