In this week’s issue:

Reminder: Designation One
Extension Web Update
Communications channels update
Professional Development Opportunity: Science Talk 2018
Diversity Highlights
What are you reading?
Extension in the News

Reminder: Designation One

OSU Extension is partnering with eXtension to host one of 10 Designathon One events in Portland, Feb. 5-7, 2018. Registration is open!

Eight $250 registration scholarships are available. Apply by February 2. Scholarships will be reimbursed to an OSU account.

Extension Web Update

See the project website for the latest blog posts and new FAQs. Reminder: We there will be an informational webinar for county leaders and office managers on Thursday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. (WebEx link).

Communications channels update

Over the past few months, we piloted two new communication channels: A weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team and an online form for questions and comments. Both saw minimal engagement—less than a dozen participants/comments between the two—but the resulting dialogue was productive. We will continue both through the end of March 2018, and then evaluate whether to continue.

Reminder: Ways to connect

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Cancellations will be announced in ConnEXTions or with an email to OES State.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Professional Development Opportunity: Science Talk 2018

Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to a non-scientist?

Science Talk 2018, to be held March 1-2 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland,​​ will unite scientists, science communicators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others for two exciting days of sharing best practices for communicating science to non-scientists or those outside your discipline. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and more. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and more.

Jenny East, boating outreach coordinator for OSU Extension and Oregon Sea Grant, was one of two dozen OSU faculty, students and professional faculty who attended the inaugural Science Talk in 2017.

She said, “Science Talk is an engaging conference where you can learn new and creative strategies of sharing science content with different audiences, especially in our online world. I appreciated hearing how I could connect more effectively with policymakers and journalists and demonstrate the impact of my work in Extension.”

Learn more and register on the Science Talk website. Early registration ends Jan. 31.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

Deadline Extended! NASPA Student Summit on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response: Conference on Saturday, Jan. 20 (including lunch and transportation to/from Portland) to learn about innovative, student involved efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence. For more information and to register by Wednesday, Jan. 17: StudentSummit. For transportation, please visit SARC’s website:

Deadline extended for the Radical Imagination Conference: Anarres Project, along with various labor and social justice groups in Corvallis, are hosting a conference this spring (April 6-8, 2018) on the possibilities for the radical imagination.  Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31. This conference explores formats to address, fabricate and discuss social transformation that challenge the standard model of an academic conference. For a list of topics see: Submit your proposal using the following form.

Difference, Power, and Discrimination (DPD) Academy Applications:  Faculty applications are currently being accepted for the DPD Academy scheduled to be held the weeks of June 18 – 22 and June 25 -29.  The DPD Academy facilitates focused and productive engagement with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power, and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation.  Both individual and team applications are welcome.  For more information and to apply, visit the DPD Academy    webpage.  Deadline: Feb. 9

6th Annual Healthy Masculinities Conference: Join the OSU Men’s Development & Engagement (MDE) program on Saturday, Feb. 17 in the MU Horizon Room from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for our 6th annual Healthy Masculinities Conference. This year’s theme is Examining Masculinities Conference: Through the Looking Glass. Everyone is invited to attend. Conference registration is FREE. Registration will remain open until Feb. 10.  Light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Click here to register. For questions,

Dreams of Cuba: The Little Gallery (Kidder 210) presents “Dreams of Cuba,” an exhibition of photography by Greg Bal. On view Jan. 8-Feb. 28, with an opening reception Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m. The artist is displaying photos captured in Cuba in 2013 during a study abroad class led by OSU professor Nana Osei-Kofi.

In the News

Mexicanos in Oregon: New to the Northwest? Read this (Corvallis Advocate)
Nearly a decade after it was written, Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives remains a key text to understanding Mexican migration in Oregon. Written by Oregon State University professor and local activist, Dr. Erlinda Gonzales Berry and her colleague, Dr. Marcela Mendoza, the book ensures that individual stories won’t get lost in the debate over illegal immigration due to partisanship or outright xenophobia.

A triumph of truth (ESPN)

Brenda Tracy carried the football helmet in her left hand. It had a red S for Stanford, the white outline of a tree and a purple and teal ribbon commemorating Tracy’s “Set The Expectation” campaign to end sexual violence. She was given the helmet during halftime of the Stanford-Arizona State game on Sept. 30 — a game dedicated to Tracy and her efforts.

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the News

Think Too Much: Study casts new light on state economy
Democrat Herald
The authors of the paper, Nick Beleiciks of the Employment Department and Mallory Rahe, an Extension community economist and instructor at Oregon State University, paint a more detailed picture of how Oregon’s counties fared during the Great Recession.

Tree virus discovered in TD
The Dalles Chronicle
“I think if we get on top of the situation we can minimize the spread of the problems,” said Dr. Jay W. Pscheidt, an OSU professor and a plant pathology specialist.

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