In this week’s issue:

 

Webinar tomorrow: Be Ready, Be Set, Go!

On April 28th at noon, we will host our fourth webinar on “Be Ready, Be Set, Go.” I hope you will help spread the word for that webinar too! Here are the details…

Title: Wildfire Wednesdays: Be Ready, Be Set, Go!

Date: April 28

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Description: Wildfire evacuations are becoming a reality that individuals and communities throughout Oregon are face each fire season. Want to learn how you can prepare for evacuation from a wildfire? Join us as we hear from fire and emergency managers in Oregon about what you and your community can do to be the most prepared to evacuation from a wildfire. We will talk about where to get updates and information on wildfire evacuation, how to create a 72-hour bag, and what to consider when creating an evacuation plan including contingencies for children, the elderly, pets, and livestock.

Registration: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vlJQw4n1Rgq3l38Ipdyy1g Register once for one or ALL webinars!

MailChimp flyer: https://mailchi.mp/oregonstate/bereadybesetgo

Professional Development Fund Application Deadline: May 1, 2021

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is May 1. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity. For more information, visit the fund webpage.

Nos gustaría saber si a usted le interesaría, y tiene disponibilidad de participar en una sesión de escucha en español

Nos gustaría saber si a usted le interesaría, y tiene disponibilidad de participar en una sesión de escucha en español con Ana Lucia Fonseca. Esta sesión es para todos los hispanos hablantes del sistema de Extension de OSU! Queremos saber su opinion acerca de que puede hacer la Administración para mejorar en tres temas: Gente, Ambiente de Trabajo y Acceso a programas. Esta sesión será el miércoles 28 de abril de 10 a 11 de la mañana. ¡Su opinión cuenta mucho! Por favor llene la encuesta antes del 30 de abril del 2021. Zoom: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/93904164275?pwd=NXlBRXVqTjk2MWpZelhSSTJGMFJpUT09

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for the next two weeks are:

Friday, May 7, 2021 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

WEED, 2021 PNW Weed Management Handbook
Ed Peachey
Revised. This comprehensive guide to weed management in the Pacific Northwest covers biological weed control agents; pesticide safety and disposal; agrichemicals and their properties; and control of problem weeds. Sections include subjects such as weed control in cereal grain crops; grass seed crops; forage and seed crops; legumes; oils and fiber; corn; hops; potatoes; sugar beets; aquatics; forestry; orchards and vineyards; small fruits; vegetable crops; vegetable seed crops; Christmas trees; nursery, greenhouse, and bulb crops; professional landscape maintenance; turfgrass; home landscapes and gardens; pasture and rangeland; and noncropland and right-of-way.

FS 304, Cover Crops for Home Gardens has been removed from the catalog. Please refer clients to WSU publications:

  1. Cover Crops for Home Gardens West of the Cascades
  2. Cover Crops for Home Gardens East of the Cascades
  3. Successful Cover Crop Management in Your Home Garden

Extension News and Impact Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. This story was published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of this story across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section and Our Impact site as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, Extension Communications’ news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Communications to broaden your reach

Do you have a local initiative, new publication or program priority that could have statewide interest? This past quarter Extension Communications teamed up with others to coordinate such campaigns with good results.

Zebra mussels invasive species arrive in Oregon

    • Sea Grant wrote a web article, Master Gardeners did website and Instagram announcements, Extension Communications posted on Facebook and PACE shared in the gardening e-newsletter.
    • This helped to quickly get the word out with over 1000 website pageviews and 130 Facebook clicks and other engagements.

Livestream of chicks hatching over one week

    • Clatsop county worked with OSU IT and Extension Communications to get the webcam on YouTube and the campaign webpage set up, then did social media posts, news releases and other outreach statewide.
    • Over 5,400 pageviews with 44 minutes average watch time and 1000 clicks to explore other related resources.

Trees to Know in Oregon and Washington book launch

    • Extension Communications collaborated with PACE, ECTU, OSU University Press, the author and others across Extension to promote the new version of this book in newsletters, Facebook ads and a book launch webinar.
    • Over 15,000 pageviews of the campaign and catalog pages, more than 900 people registered for the book launch webinar, asked more than 400 questions upon registering and close to 1500 books sold so far. (Book sales raise funds for OSU Extension.)

Thank you to those who helped to get the word out in your communities by featuring these campaigns on your county web pages, on your social media or in your newsletters.

We also are hearing about successes led by programs in online webinar series from gardening to forestry. Please share these successes and other shout outs in Teams.

Do you have other ideas for statewide campaigns? Let’s talk.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact inclusive.outreach@oregonstate.edu with any questions, or suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Cabildos Speaker Series presents: A ‘Common Spectacle of the Race’: Garveyism’s Visual Politics of Founding, a talk by Adom Getachew, Neubauer Family assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago. She is a political theorist with research interests in the history of political thought, theories of race and empire, and postcolonial political theory. In July 1920, just a month before the first annual convention of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the association’s co-founder, Marcus Garvey, announced, “We are a new people, born out of a new day and new circumstance.” The convention, he argued, was a moment of political founding on the model of the Philadelphia Convention in 1787. This talk will examine the UNIA’s conception of political founding, with particular attention to central role of images, theatricality and performance. Wednesday, April 28 at 4 p.m. Register.

Trans Story Circles: Hosted by the HRWGC and the Pride Center. Happening Monday, May 3 from 5-7 p.m., for folx who identify within the trans umbrella to gather in a safe and brave space to share their stories and create connections. There is a mandatory Qualtrics form to participate: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ZGJFrP1Ckjq3cO.

OSU ADA30 Celebratory Symposium: Registration is open! The symposium is the culmination of a year-long celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at Oregon State University. This symposium combines poster and paper sessions with community-oriented workshops and facilitated discussions to create opportunities for dialogue across spheres of experience. This is a digital event that will be held on Zoom May 4-27. This symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit the OSU ADA30 Blog for more information about symposium accessibility, registration and sessions.

DEI In the News

OSU to recognize Juneteenth as a university holiday (KTVZ)
Oregon State University said Friday it will recognize Juneteenth as a university holiday on June 18, underscoring the university’s commitment to leading change and dismantling systemic racism. (see also The Skanner)

Report: Faculty Diversity Falling Behind Student Diversity (Diverse Edu)
Rates of underrepresented faculty in higher education have not been keeping up with the increasingly diversifying student demographics, according to a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

Extension in the News

Gale Gingrich, longtime ag researcher and extension agent, dies at 77
Capital Press
Gale Gingrich, a retired Oregon State University Extension agent who spent the last 15 years with Marion Ag Service, has died. He was 77.

LeCocq: OSU Extension Services is educating Oregonians about COVID-19 vaccine access, listen to them
The Daily Barometer
One group working to clarify information about COVID-19 and vaccines for Oregonians is the Oregon State University Extension Services.

Burning to protect and restore forest
The Nugget
While it makes citizens nervous to see the Forest Service burning on days with wind, the fires are fully staffed with wildland firefighting crews. And wind is actually essential to doing the work effectively, according to Oregon State University Extension Service Regional Fire Specialist Ariel Cowan.

Blue Mountain Land Trust sets virtual film dates
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Panel conversation will be moderated by Oregon State University Extension Forester John Punches.

Getting started with digital mapping tools
The News-Review
A column by Alicia Christiansen.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

We Want to Hear From You

Be on the lookout for a request to complete a Qualtrics Survey of 10 short questions related to what you are hearing in your counties related to gaps/barriers to fuller vaccination, what you might be doing, and additional resources you may need to do that work more successfully.

Update of Vaccine Lower Among Older Adults in Seven Counties

With the state’s average vaccination rate at 70% for those over 65, seven counties have less than 50% uptake for older adults: Douglas, Gillam, Grant, Lake, Malheur, Morrow and Umatilla. The Oregon Health Authority thinks this is due to vaccine hesitancy, not access, and suggests we have more work to do to help people over the hump of vaccine hesitancy.

These counties are performing better than the average: Benton, Deschutes, Hood River, Lane, Lincoln, Multnomah, Polk and Tillamook.

Vaccine Eligibility

All individuals 16 and older in Phase 2 are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in Oregon, joining individuals in Phases 1A and 1B, groups 1-7. The Oregon Health Authority has a Get Vaccinated Oregon tool that helps you create an account and find a vaccination provider when you are eligible to receive a vaccine.

What’s Different for 16- and 17-Year-Olds

  • Pfizer is the only vaccine that is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use by people under the age of 18.
  • Sixteen and 17-year-olds should look for appointments in locations that have access to the Pfizer vaccine.
  • VaccineFinder.org allows you to search for locations that provide the Pfizer vaccine. Not all vaccine websites tell you what kind of vaccine is available. OHA is working to increase information about the type of vaccine that’s available.
  • There are some areas of the state where the Pfizer vaccine isn’t readily available. OHA is working to expand the availability of Pfizer throughout the state.
  • Under Oregon law, minors 15 and older may give consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or others operating under the license of these providers, without the consent of a parent or guardian.
  • Most locations where COVID-19 vaccinations are provided have oversight by a medical provider who would meet the definition of the provider types listed above, and therefore consent of a parent or guardian shouldn’t be required for a 16- or 17-year-old who wishes to get the Pfizer vaccine. Providers administering COVID-19 vaccinations to 16- or 17-year-old people should make it clear at the time a vaccine appointment is made whether consent from a parent or guardian will be required.
  • The vaccine is free. You don’t need to have insurance to use it. If you do have insurance, you may be asked for an insurance card so that an administration fee can be billed to the insurance company.
  • You don’t need to bring proof of eligibility, identification, social security number or health insurance. Vaccine providers may ask if you live in Oregon or what kind of work you do.

For more information on vaccination for 16 and 17-year-old people, see the FAQ on OHA’s webpage.

About the Get Vaccinated Oregon (GVO) Tool

  • The GVO no longer accepts landline phone numbers as a method of contact. Using these automated calls as a response for the GVO was confusing to landline users who have been warned by the Oregon Department of Justice to be careful of automated calls. (For more on COVID-19 fraud schemes, consult this guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General).
  • Anyone who registered for the GVO tool with a landline will be contacted for support with vaccine access. Many of those who registered in the GVO with a landline registered through 211. Anyone whose preferred method of contact is a landline can continue to call 211 for support in accessing vaccine (or toll free, 1-866-698-6155 or TTY dial 711 and 1-866-698-6155).

No Documentation Needed

It’s important to share these facts with your communities:

We’ve learned that some providers are asking for documentation at the time of vaccination. This isn’t allowed. While a request for your insurance provider is permissible, you don’t have to share that information nor need to be insured to receive the free vaccine. If you have insurance, the insurance company can be charged for the visit fee. For those who have insurance you may be asked to provide the name of the insurance company so they can be billed for that visit.

If you need support or information on resources for help you can call the Safe + Strong Helpline: 1-800-923-HELP (4357).

Information on documentation and cost of the vaccine has been added in English and Spanish on the OSU Extension COVID-19 topic page.

Pause in Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Continues

The Oregon Health Authority has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, per the announcement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Federal Drug Administration. This is out of an abundance of caution as they review a handful of cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in women ages 18-48 after vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

Another resource added to the COVID-19 topic page describes CDC guidelines on when disinfectant cleaning is needed and when soap/detergent and water will suffice.

Case Counts Rise Across the State

In the latest Oregon COVID-19 update on April 16, it was shared that daily cases of COVID-19 have more than doubled in just over a month.

  • Over the previous two days, OHA reported 1,576 new cases, the highest two-day total since early February.
  • The largest increased illnesses in Oregon are in people in their 20s.
  • The second biggest increase is in people in their 30s.
  • According to the CDC, hospitals around the U.S. are seeing more people in their 30s and 40s who have been admitted with severe cases as the virus continues to mutate.
  • Much of the spread we’re seeing in Oregon has been caused by large social gatherings where people aren’t physically distanced and aren’t wearing masks.
    • A multi-night karaoke event led to 36 cases, three hospitalizations and one death.
    • An indoor concert at a small music venue resulted in 15 cases.
    • All 10 people who attended a backyard gathering fell ill.

Please encourage those whom you speak with to stay safe.

In Memoriam

Gale Gingrich passed away Saturday night. He was the Marion County Field Crops Specialist until 2004.

Upcoming Wildfire Webinars

Jacob Powell, General Ag Extension Agent for Wasco / Sherman Counties is putting on a series of wildfire webinars for Ag communities coming up during May, which is National Wildfire Awareness Month. The first webinar is April 27th from noon to 1 pm on Wildfire Defensible Space for the Farm and Ranch, you can register here: https://beav.es/J9w

Additional webinars, also from noon to 1 pm include:

Livestock Evacuation during Wildfires – May 11, register here: https://beav.es/34E

Beat the “cheat”: dealing with cheatgrass – May 18, register here: https://beav.es/34a

Mitigating Wildfire Risk through Grazing and Taking an Inventory – May 25, register here: https://beav.es/34R

Branded Extension Zoom backgrounds are now available

Branded OSU Extension Zoom backgrounds – mostly land, garden and seascapes – are now available for downloading in the “Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration/Ready-to-Use” Box folder (you will need to be logged in). Several of the backgrounds also include the 4-H emblem or Sea Grant logo. If you have suggestions for additional designs, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
There are currently no sessions planned for the next two weeks.

Digital marketing series – Going live on Instagram

Jen Rouse from University Housing and Dining Services will host a conversation on April 23 at 2 p.m. about going live on Instagram. Jen will share examples of what UHDS has done over the last few years and some of the tricks they have picked up along the way. The monthly sessions in the digital marketing series are intended to be low stress and opportunities for us to learn from each other. You don’t need to register in advance and can find the link to the Zoom session, at any time, on the series page.

Extension News and Impact Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. This story was published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of this story across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section and Our Impact site as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, Extension Communications’ news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Thank you so much to the Extension faculty and staff who updated your web images to include the necessary photo credits. By the April 15 deadline your efforts led to 1200+ updated images!

Did you know that you can reuse images on the website or mark images not for reuse?

To reuse an existing image – search by keyword, title or filename – instead of uploading a new one.

When you find it, click the checkbox next to it. Then click the “Select” button at the bottom of the window.

Next, check if the image you want to reuse has a photo credit or if the caption it has works for your content.

 

If not, “remove” and select another image to reuse. When all set, save the page for the selection to take effect.

The web team will be cleaning up duplicate uploaded images for those who didn’t know about this “reuse” feature in the past. This will make it easier when browsing all the images in the future.

Finally, if you decide to upload a new image, you can select the don’t allow reuse checkbox before saving. This prevents others from using the image in other places. Use this if there are limited permissions to use the image.

Learn more about using images on the website.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact inclusive.outreach@oregonstate.edu with any questions, or suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Combating bullying and anti-LGBTQ attitudes in sports: April 21 Webcast
Former Beaver, NFL defensive tackle and LGBTQ advocate Esera Tuaolo believes in a more inclusive and diverse world of sports — from pro football to youth athletics programs. Hear about his personal challenges during a successful nine-season NFL career and about his anti-bullying work and education delivered through his nonprofit, Hate is Wrong. Join College of Liberal Arts Professor Susan Shaw in conversation with Tuaolo on April 21 at 5 p.m. PT. Register at osualum.com/Changemakers.

Show Me Your Colors: Sexual Violence & Its Impacts On LGBTQ+ Men: April 22 at 6 p.m. This event will focus on the lived experiences of men and men-adjacent people who are LGBTQ+ and survivors of sexual assault. We will be discussing the impacts of sexual violence on men and men-adjacent folks, as well as the sexualization of people across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Register here.

Demonstrating a Culture of Care: Join us as we explain the meaning of a Culture of Care and share the resources at OSU that are available to employees and supervisors to demonstrate a culture of caring and support. This session is geared toward university employees and supervisors. Part of the Spring 2021 FYI Friday series: Friday April 23, 10-10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.

DEI In the News

OSU study: Rural-urban divide compounds racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths (KTVZ)
While Black, Hispanic, Latino, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander people are more likely to die of COVID-19 than white people nationwide, a recent study from Oregon State University found the risk was even greater for racial and ethnic minority groups living in rural areas, compared with urban areas.

Working to bring equity, understanding to vaccination process (Unsung Heroes)
Oregon pharmacies are better equipped to bring empathy, equity, and effectiveness to the COVID-19 vaccination process and Latinx patients thanks to Oregon State University third-year pharmacy student Daniela Olivas Shaw.

Extension in the News

Starlings in Oregon are an invasive pest to some, a fascinating species facing ‘bio bigotry’ to others
The Register-Guard
On farms, starlings are most noticeable among the pest birds, said Jenifer Cruikshank, who works for the Oregon State University Extension Service focusing on dairy farms.

Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail
Corvallis Gazette-Times
Proximity to Corvallis was a must because of the cooperative work Mason does with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Biological control of invasive weeds in pastures: A primer
Western Farmer-Stockman
Shelby Filley, Professor, PhD, PAS (Oregon State University Extension, Douglas County Regional Livestock & Forages Specialist) says some of the “bugs” that feed on a certain weed may already be there but we don’t notice them.

Prevention: Reaping the healthy benefits of gardening
The Register-Guard
You can also find lots of resources online, in books or by contacting Oregon State University Extension Service master gardeners.

Growing a garden correctly
Curry Coastal Pilot
Growing your own vegetable garden might seem like a daunting task, but with these tips and tricks from Oregon State University Extension Service, your homegrown carrots and tomatoes will be the talk of the neighborhood.

Interview: Author ‘Eileen Garvin’ Talks Her Debut Novel The Music Of Bees

Red Carpet Crash
I’m currently enrolled in the Master Beekeeper Apprentice Program with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Douglas County School Garden Hub
The News=Review
This role is housed at Douglas County OSU Extension Service and serves any school or organization in the county who is interested in a school garden.

Warnock: Proper livestock handling a powerful tool
Capital Press
A team of experienced educators, led by Chris Schachtschneider, Oregon State University Extension range and livestock specialist, conducted the workshop.

Associate professor studies historical landscapes to prepare for future
Nevada Today
She is hoping to start a project in collaboration with her colleagues in Extension and Oregon State University to gather and distribute information to ranch owners to ensure they are prepared for rangeland fires.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension vaccination outreach and education updates

Starting April 19, all individuals 16 and older in Phase 2 are eligible to be vaccinated in Oregon. Individuals in Phases 1A and 1B, groups 1-7 are currently eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The Oregon Health Authority has a Get Vaccinted Oregon tool that helps you create an account and find a vaccination provider when you are eligible to receive a vaccine.

Pause in Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

This morning, the Oregon Health Authority has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, per the announcement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Federal Drug Administration. This is out of an abundance of caution as they review six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in women ages 18-48 after vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

About the Get Vaccinated Oregon (GVO) Tool

  • The GVO no longer accepts landline phone numbers as a method of contact. Using these automated calls as a response for the GVO was confusing to landline users who have been warned by the Oregon Department of Justice to be careful of automated calls. (For more on COVID-19 fraud schemes, consult this guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General).
  • Anyone who registered for the GVO tool with a landline will be contacted for support with vaccine access. Many of those who registered in the GVO with a landline registered through 211. Anyone whose preferred method of contact is a landline can continue to call 211 for support in accessing vaccine (or toll free, 1-866-698-6155 or TTY dial 711 and 1-866-698-6155).

No Documentation Needed

  • All eligible individuals in Oregon can get the vaccine.
  • You don’t need to have identification.
  • You don’t need to be a U.S. citizen.
  • Getting the vaccine will not affect your immigration status or count as a public charge.
  • You don’t need to have or provide a Social Security number.
  • If you need support or information on resources for help you can call the Safe + Strong Helpline: 1-800-923-HELP(4357).

Vaccines Are Free

The vaccine will be given to everyone for free. The dose is paid for by the federal government and you cannot be charged a visit fee. However, if you have insurance, the insurance company can be charged for the visit fee.  Therefore, for those who have insurance you may be asked to provide the name of the insurance company so they can be billed for that visit.

County Risk Levels

As vaccinations increase, case counts and percent positivity won’t be adequate indicators on their own for measuring the threat COVID-19 poses to public health. Oregon is adding a statewide hospitalization metric for Extreme Riisk counties.

Beginning this week, for counties to move to – or remain in – Extreme Risk, they must meet the county metrics for case rates and percent positivity, plus COVID-19 positive patients occupying 300 hospital beds or more, and a 15% increase in the seven-day average of hospitalizations over the past week.

Counties that meet the criteria for Extreme Risk but not for the statewide trigger will be assigned to High Risk. This week there are three counties that qualify for Extreme Risk based on their county metrics, but are assigned High Risk because the statewide trigger has not been met: Josephine, Klamath, and Tillamook.

The first week’s data will provide a “warning week” to prepare counties for potential risk level changes. The next assignment of risk levels will be announced April 20 and take effect April 23.

Updates to Warning Week data and county risk levels will be posted to coronavirus.oregon.gov.

Disinfectant Cleaning Not As Important As Originally Thought

The CDC has issued new guidelines that suggest cleaning with soap or detergent and water will suffice in killing the virus. Disinfectant cleaning isn’t needed.  Soap/detergent and water suffice. According to a recent article in The New York Times, money for COVID-19 prevention in shared facilities, excluding health care, is better spent on securing air filtration systems.

“This should be the end of deep cleaning,” said Dr. Joseph Allen, a building safety expert at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, noting that the misplaced focus on surfaces has had real costs. “It has led to closed playgrounds, it has led to taking nets off basketball courts, it has led to quarantining books in the library. It has led to entire missed school days for deep cleaning. It has led to not being able to share a pencil. So that’s all that hygiene theater, and it’s a direct result of not properly classifying surface transmission as low risk.”

Breakthrough Cases

There has been a very low rate of “breakthrough” cases – instances in which an individual received a positive COVID-19 test result at least 14 days after the final dose of their respective COVID-19 vaccine. At best the vaccines are only 95% effective so wearing face coverings, social distancing and handwashing still matter. On April 8, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced that it had identified 168 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon through April 2, including three deaths.

First Monday Update

In case you missed it! First Monday Up is about statewide mental health first aid initiative. Check it out here.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for the next two weeks are:

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 10:00 am: Extension communications, informational technology and noncredit education: Orientation and refresher

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9155, How to Control Slugs in Your Garden/Cómo Controlar a las Babosas en su Jardín
Neil Bell, Amy J. Dreves
Revised (Replaces EC 1536-S). Practical tips on how to deal with slugs in your garden, given in both English and Spanish.

Consejos prácticos sobre como tratar las babosas en su jardín, dados en inglés y español.

Extension News and Impact Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These stories were published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section and Our Impact site as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, Extension Communications’ news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Effective writing for easier reading

Plain language for me has been one of the most humbling and aspiring components of my career in recent years,” says Weston Miller, Community Horticulturist for Extension in the Portland metro area. “It’s been about stepping aside from my own beliefs in how content should be written – looking at it from the eyes of the reader and adapting the content.”

The average American reads at the 7th or 8th grade reading levels. So, it’s best we write in the clearest, simplest way possible to reach all people. “If people hit a wall of text, it’s probably not going to go very well. They are probably not going to get the information they need,” says Weston. Also, adding icons or photos can help show and reinforce your message.

In this recording, Weston (12:22-20:45) and Janet Donnelly (6:30-12:20) from Extension Communications show how to quickly break up a densely written paragraph to make it plain language. And they share tools you can use to check final reading level.

Start your plain language editing by taking 5 minutes to focus on:

  • Shorter words
  • Shorter sentences
  • Shorter paragraphs

Then learn more plain language tips on the Virtual Extension employee intranet.

Diversity Highlights

TONIGHT! BIPOC in STEM Career Conversation: The College of Science BIPOC student group is hosting a discussion with BIPOC STEM professionals on Tuesday, April 13 at 5 p.m. Kim Tran from Integrity Bio, Dawn Wright from Esri, Jacob Benson III from Innovator Semiconductor Solutions and Shaznin Daruwalla from CAPS join us for a 30-minute student Q&A followed by breakout sessions.

Provost’s Lecture Featuring Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award Winner, Historian and Leading Anti-Racist Voice in America
Oregon State University invites you to join a virtual event on Wednesday, April 14, featuring Ibram X. Kendi – National Book Award Winner (2019), Guggenheim Fellow, historian, three-time NY Times best selling author and journalist. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research for a conversation about How To Be an Anti-Racist. Register here.

Registration now open for the OSU ADA 30th Anniversary Symposium
The ADA30 Celebratory Symposium is the culmination of Oregon State University’s year-long celebration of the 30thanniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This symposium combines poster and paper sessions with community-oriented workshops and facilitated discussions to create opportunities for dialogue across spheres of experience. Rather than holding a conventional conference in a shorter (1- or 2-day) timeframe, the symposium aims to increase accessibility and reduce “Zoom burnout” by spreading out sessions over the entire month of May.

Call for Applications – Inclusive Excellence@OSU 2021 Cohort: Each year IE@OSU welcomes STEM faculty from OSU, Linn-Benton and Lane Community Colleges to participate in a yearlong fellowship. Inclusive Excellence@OSU seeks to transform STEM education by creating a thriving community of peers who are invested in inclusive excellence in STEM, challenging fellows to develop equity and justice-oriented mindsets and exploring pedagogical practices that fellows can implement in their own classrooms. Click here for application and more info. Deadline to apply is May 3.

DEI In the News

Why we need new benchmarks for AI (Wall Street Journal)
“The focus of all AI development was all on accuracy, especially when it came to benchmarks,” says Youjin Kong, an associate visiting professor of philosophy at Oregon State University who works on ethics and social philosophy in AI. “But what’s the purpose of competition to increase accuracy if the data set itself is biased?” (OSU faculty, staff and students can access the WSJ for free from the OSU Libraries website)

Chief Diversity Officers Play Critical Role in Effecting Lasting Change on Campus (Diverse Edu)
“In many places, the conversation starts with reexamining the role of the chief diversity officer, who is often charged with helping institutions develop “cultural competency and expand the social bandwidth of their respective institutions,” says Elizabeth Moore, interim chief diversity officer at Gallaudet University.”

Extension in the News

Everyday People: An avid gardener helps others grow
The Astorian
Wentzel is the new master gardener and small-farms program coordinator on the coast for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Fact check: Bell peppers do not have a gender; false claim based on number of lobes is a myth
USA Today
“The bumps or lack thereof are primarily related to the variety and growing conditions,” according to the Oregon State University Extension Service. 

Garden Plots
The Chronicle
A column by Chip Bubl.

Through the Eyes of an Elder: Staying strong — and connected
Hood River News
Locally, a national program called Strong Women/Strong People (developed by Tufts University, designed for people middle-aged and older, and supported by Oregon State University Extension) has been the answer for many older adults seeking a way to exercise safely in a non-competitive setting.

Oregon State University looks to help address mental health in farming, ranching
RFD-TV
“I think there is a perception that if you’re struggling with those sorts of problems, it’s maybe a character flaw,” OSU’s Cassie Bouska states. “I would encourage people to take a step back and realize that mental health problems like chronic depression, anxiety, things like that can actually be, I would consider them like an illness. I just think of it as having the flu basically, you’re not feeling well.”

In this week’s issue:

Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — May 1, 2021

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is May 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

  • “Growing the Endowment Fund”

Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.
  • Exciting Update related to the amount currently in the endowment!

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation at: http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=4353
  • Contributions may be made to the endowment as you complete the on-line process. Be sure to note the following information when completing the on-line process section called Gift Information (where it asks which program you would like your gift to support—please enter the following number and fund name): 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

New Employees and New Positions

Teagan Moran, Benton, Ag Small Farms Coordinator (Promotion)

Maria Zamora Re, Campus, Biological & Ecological Engineering Extension, Assistant Professor-Water Irrigation

In Memoriam

In 1967, Lloyd Wayne Martin began working in Corvallis, Oregon as Extension Specialist for Oregon State University.  In 1970, Lloyd moved to Canby, Oregon and worked as Superintendent of North Willamette Experiment Station in Aurora until 1992. Obituary is here.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for the next two weeks are:

Thursday, April 8 2021 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network

Friday, April 9 2021 @ 10:00 am: Child Abuse Prevention in Youth Programs Webinar

Thursday, April 15 2021 @ 10:00 am: Extension communications, informational technology and noncredit education: Orientation and refresher

Extension News and Impact Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. These stories were published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section and Our Impact site as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, Extension Communications’ news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Creating buzz with content marketing

All of us produce content for the Extension website and other outlets, but we don’t always promote that content. This six-minute recording shows you how to build interest in your work.

Enhancing Urban and Suburban Landscapes to Protect Pollinators (EM9281) came out in June 2020, and recently earned a silver award from the national Association of Communication Excellence. How did we make sure this excellent information got noticed?

By dividing this 41-page publication into easier to read chunks, we could create infographics or short videos to promote and share with partners and during National Pollinator Week.

Here’s a pretty simple idea. Take a snapshot of just a portion of beautiful two-page table spread and post on Facebook. This reached 31,000 people and 4,065 liked or shared that content.

Another bee graphic faculty developed for the publication turned into a short “5 common bees in Oregon” video to share on the web and social media. The video provides educational content, but also is entertaining. It reached 17,000 people and had 5,800 views (and you all helped share that further).

Our takeaways – promote your work. Don’t quit once you have that PDF in your hands. Reach out to other people to help share it. And repurpose that content online by using key pieces to engage audiences. Learn more in this six-minute professional development webinar.

Want to explore your ideas directly with Extension Communications, ECTU and PACE? Join us on April 15 at 10 am for an orientation and refresher conversation.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact inclusive.outreach@oregonstate.edu with any questions, or suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

WorldOregon Speaker Series: The Office of Global affairs has announced the last of the lineup for the 21st Annual International Speaker Series, streaming live online. This year’s theme: Changing Course. Tom Colicchio, acclaimed restauranteur and Top Chef lead judge, is featured on Wednesday, April 7 with “Hunger, Food, & Human Rights.” To attend one of these events, or for questions, email the Office of Global Affairs.

OMSI-OSU Virtual Workshop: “How to communicate about controversial issues”: Thursday, April 8, 3-4:30 p.m., “Controversial Subjects: Don’t avoid tackling controversial issues anymore.” Participants will learn and practice strategies for writing and talking about controversial topics in a productive and hopeful way. Subjects include: framing, the power of metaphor, explanatory chains and solutions. Registration closes April 6. Register/learn more at: https://omsi.edu/science-communication-services.

Kognito: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Training for Staff, Faculty and Student Assistants: Students today face increasing pressures that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and even thoughts of suicide. This is never more true than now with the additional stressors of police brutality, racism and a global pandemic. Visit beav.es/Zzp to access the faculty/staff online training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. Student assistants should visit: beav.es/ZD3. For questions contact Tessie Webster-Henry: tess.websterhenry@oregonstate.edu

DEI In the News

Portland residents create Black Resilience Fund to meet local need (OPB)
“the organization is committed to a minimal screening process, without requiring extensive paperwork or proof of income in the form of paystubs, eviction papers or bank statements. Black Portlanders, Whitten says, have long been in crisis.”

Making Higher Education A Possibility For All – An Interview with Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley (Divere Edu)
“Growing up in Southeast Los Angeles, Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley never thought that the struggles he had faced and overcome in his youth would bring him on a path to leading the largest college system in the country. As the 2021 recipient of the Diverse Champions Award, Oakley joins us in this episode to talk about his approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in higher education.”

Extension in the News

OSU’s FRSAN Looking To Address Growing Problem Of Mental Health In Farming Community
Pacific Northwest Ag Network
OSU Extension’s Cassie Bouska said currently there’s a stigma associated with mental health in the farming community that needs to be overcome.

States Are Growing Fewer Trees. Forest Owners Say That’s a Problem.
Pew Charitable Trusts
“We’re scratching our heads over this trying to address the need from the fire,” said Glenn Ahrens, a forester with the Oregon State University extension service.

Lane County garden resources: A primer and a planner for planting season
The Register-Guard
“It’s definitely good to do a little research as to timing, bed prep, when and how to fertilize,” OSU Commercial and Community Horticulture specialist Erica Chernoh said. “There’s a lot of information available.”

Clackamas County Fairgrounds hosts drive-thru inoculations
Volunteers from the Oregon State University Extension Service helped guide a steady stream of cars and pedestrians through the process.

OSU Extension Offers Regular Fire Season Preps
Jefferson Public Radio
Oregon State University’s Extension Service is getting a head start, offering “Fire Aware. Fire Prepared” webinars on alternate Wednesdays through the spring.

Why More Gardeners are Starting to Grow Native Plants
Greenhouse Grower sat down with Gail Langellotto, professor of horticulture at Oregon State University, to see why native plants and pollinators have begun to trend with gardeners.

If You’re New Here: Gardening In The High Desert 
The Source Weekly
Oregon State University Extension Service in Deschutes County has a host of resources designed to help people grow and preserve food, including its “Growing Vegetables in Central Oregon” video class, a one-hour tutorial.

Gardening trivia returns at the Klamath County Library
Herald and News
Nicole Sanchez – an assistant professor in horticulture at the extension center and a favorite recurring guest speaker at the library – will test trivia skills in a variety of topics on Thursday, April 15, with a focus on cold season vegetables; and Thursday, April 29, with a focus on warm season vegetables; both at 7 p.m.