In this week’s issue:

Leadership Team Update and Q & A

On Friday, October 13, 2017 from 9:30-10:30 AM, you are invited to join the Outreach and Engagement leadership team for an update and Q & A session. Join us in Kidder 202, or join via and ask your questions online.  The meeting and conversation will be recorded.  Over the next year, our organization will be implementing and initiating several strategic initiatives.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide you with clarity and context surrounding the changes that will be occurring.  The strategic initiatives that we will be sharing with you will contribute to us being proactive about our future.

If you wish to submit questions in advance, or as a follow-up, I encourage you to do so using this online form. Please refer to the October 9 email from Lindsey Shirley for more details.

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources

Charlene Alexander Welcome Reception: A reception welcoming Charlene Alexander, new Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer with the Office of Institutional Diversity, will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10 in the Student Experience Center (SEC 112). All members of OSU and the broader community are invited to enjoy desserts, beverages, and to meet Charlene. For more information or questions, please contact University Events or 541-737-4717.

Microagressions Against LGBTQ & Disabled People Workshop: Join Barbara Diamond, Diamond Law Trainings, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Linn Benton Lincoln ESD, 905 4th Avenue SE, Albany, OR. Register here by Wednesday Nov 1st, 2017.

The History of Mexicans in Oregon: Join Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry on October 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Church of the Good Samaritan. No registration is required.

PCUN’s Annual Celebration: This year’s celebration falls on the famous Mexican holiday “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) and on PCUN President, Ramon Ramirez’s, birthday. Thursday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. at SEIU 6401 SE Foster Rd. Portland, OR 97206. Purchase tickets here!

Queer, Trans and Disabled: Join in on a social gathering to build community with folks in the LGBTQ+ community with shared identities and experiences. This social space will be held for disabled identifying folks and friends. Join us Oct. 10, noon – 2 p.m., at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center for some snacks and a chance to make new friends in the community! View the Facebook event page. To request accommodations related to a disability, please email or call (541) 737-9161.

In the News

OSU research: Gene therapy for the deaf(Corvallis Advocate)
Researchers at Oregon State University have been working on what could lead to the development of gene therapies for those born deaf. Mutations in a protein called otoferlin, which binds to calcium receptors in the sensory hair cells of the inner ear, can be directly linked to hearing loss.

Julie Green at Texas State University (Glasstire)
Julie Green,an Oregon State University-based artist, combines our familiarity with food and our fascination with prison life in her exhibition The Last Supper: 700 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates at Texas State University’s Galleries in San Marcos.

NIFA wants to hear from you

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting input from stakeholders regarding research, extension, and education priorities in food and agriculture. A series of four in-person listening sessions hosted in different regions across the country and submission of written comments will offer two ways to share your thoughts and ideas. Stakeholder input received from both methods will be treated equally.

This listening opportunity allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the following questions:
• What is your top priority in food and agricultural research, extension, or education that NIFA should address?
• What are the most promising science opportunities for advancement of food and agricultural sciences?

Follow this link to give NIFA your input.

Award nominations and grant application all due this week

Please send in your nominations for OSUEA Awards, as well as applications for a Hoecker Grant by October 16, 2017. Information is available at this web link:

Extension Administration seeks nominations for two Alberta Johnston awards. These nominations are also due October 16, 2017, submission is by email to

Extension in the News

Growing concern over the health of Oregon’s bee population
KPTV Fox 12 news, October 4, 2017
Features Antony Melathopoulos, Extension Entomologist

Fuels management can be a big help in dealing with wildfires
Herald and News, October 8, 2017
Features Daniel Leavell, Extension Forester

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