COF News & Events
The amazing diversity of colors produced by molds and other fungi can vary regionally, says Sara Robinson, a researcher at Oregon State University. Blues and greens are prevalent in the Pacific Northwest, whereas oranges are more common in the Amazon. But the raison d’être of this rainbow of melanins, carotenoids, and other pigments isn’t always clear.
Catalina Segura is an assistant professor in the FERM department. She grew up in Bogotá, Columbia and came to OSU in 2013. She says "the forest sector is very male dominated and still is. I’m one of the few females in the department. But it’s so much more inclusive than where I came from."
“We’re excited about another top global ranking that recognizes the breadth and depth of our research and teaching, and our great partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences,” said Thomas Maness, dean of OSU’s College of Forestry. “It’s very satisfying to see the excellence of our faculty and students recognized internationally.”
The late Dr. Hal Salwasser has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). The posthumous award was given to his wife Janine and daughter Kaija on April 30 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Eugene. Dr. Salwasser received the award for his lifetime contribution to the Society of American Foresters and lifetime achievement in the forestry profession.
Lech Muszynski coordinates a team of Oregon State researchers in the colleges of Forestry and Engineering that, with funding from Oregon BEST and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is working with the forest products industry to turn cross-laminated timber (CLT) into a boost for rural economies.
Jessica Kessinger has received the OSU Outstanding Student Award and the 2015 OSAF Foundation Scholarship from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Kessinger received the award on April 30 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Eugene. Kessinger is pursuing a BS degree in Forest Engineering and BA degree in International Studies at OSU, expecting to graduate in June 2016. Photo Caption: Jessica Kessinger receives the OSU Student of the Year award. Bob Alverts, SAF President; Jessica Kessinger.
Michael Wing heads OSU’s Aerial Information Systems Laboratory, which plans to test the HoneyComb AgDrone for forestry and agricultural purposes later this year through a grant from Oregon BEST, a nonprofit that supports clean technology innovation. The team recently received FAA approval to use the AgDrone, and Wing said the team plans to do flights for grass seed analysis in July.
Certification may open more uses for juniper wood products, which in turn could make logging and milling it more attractive. About five times a year, architects call Scott Leavengood at Oregon State University to ask about juniper. Usually they have a client who wants to use the beautifully gnarly wood as an architectural detail such as exposed beams.
Clark W. Seely is a 1977 graduate of the OSU College of Forestry with a BS in Forest Management. He is president of Seely Management Consulting in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and SAF certified forester (CF), formerly an executive of the Oregon Department of Forestry, has been elected vice-president of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Seely began serving in the position on January 1 of this year and will go on to serve as SAF President in 2016 and Immediate Past-‐President in 2017.
Collateral damage: Backers say M2-89 would only ban GMO crops, but OSU researchers fear it would hurt them too
In his third-floor laboratory in Richardson Hall, Oregon State University forestry professor Steven Strauss shows off his latest creation: genetically engineered poplar trees that can be propagated in a Petri dish but are incapable of reproducing in the field.