Strategic Advantage Ignite Sessions

December 2019 we held a College-wide faculty meeting to engage in developing our four strategic themes.  Our 2020 spring follow-up events were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions but faculty working groups continued over the summer developing a draft white paper for each theme. During Fall of 2020, the College held Town Halls to further discuss and finalize White papers surrounding each theme. In early March, 2021 the College announced a new opportunity for faculty teams to initiate projects advancing the College’s strategic advantage vision. A call for pre-proposals, due April 16, 2021, was placed and four proposals/teams were selected to participate in mini symposiums this spring. The following Ignite Sessions were hosted by faculty in our units in May and June. Next in this strategic process, these teams are invited to submit a proposal for seed funding (call to be announced in the future).

Please view any of the following recorded sessions.

Innovation Hub for Sustainable Food Manufacturing

May 11th 2-3:30 pm

Contacts: Sheri Cole and Yanyun Zhao, Food Science and Technology

The Innovation Hub for Sustainable Food Manufacturing is envisioned to be an OSU collective that drives sustainable innovations throughout the entire food manufacturing value chain.  The HUB will leverage existing OSU resources and catalyze innovations for solving important challenges such as reducing food loss and waste, conserving natural resources, ensuring food safety and quality, promoting human health and wellbeing, and minimizing and valorizing waste and food byproducts in food manufacturing.

Recorded Session

A Trans-disciplinary Big Data Extension and Research Center

May 27th 9:30-11:00 am

Contact: Jeff Chang, Botany and Plant Pathology

The OSU Plant Clinic will be transformed into a trans-disciplinary big data center that enables use of whole genome sequencing for diagnosing pathogens in real time to advance current missions, add new missions in research and teaching, and expand to different systems (pollinators) and stakeholder groups across Oregon.  This center will be the first to leverage whole genome sequencing for managing diseases in plants and their pollinators.

Recorded Session

Microbiome-Mediated Genetic Resistance to Plant Biotic and Abiotic Stresses

June 2nd 1:30-3:00 pm

Contacts: Chris Mundt and Posy Busby, Botany and Plant Pathology

Our hypothesis is that multiple biotic and abiotic plant stresses can be ameliorated simultaneously through deployment of microbiome-mediated plant genetic resistance.  This transformative approach would contribute to increased productivity, as well as sustainability, of production through protection against biotic and abiotic stresses associated with climate change, invasions of new pests, and other cataclysmic events.

Recorded Session

Socio-economic Resilience in Concert with Biological Innovation

June 3rd: 9:00-10:30 am

Contact: Michael Banks, COMES -Newport

The pace of climate change poses new challenges to marine organisms, ocean ecosystems, dependent coastal communities and social and political institutions that structure our collective socio-economic resilience.  Yet biological innovation represents both the greatest source of resilience and greatest source of uncertainty in how natural and managed systems will respond to rapid climate change.  Our project will develop and test long read RNA sequencing methods that retain phase and epi-genetic signals and apply machine learning analytical approaches to identify key innovations that reflect response to change.  Our goals are to 1) advance the science of identifying biological innovations through capture of information from transcription to movement to ecological and evolutionary trajectories, and 2) integrate how findings in biological and socio-economic innovation may foster resilience of the Anthropocene.

Recorded Session

2020 Four Themes Virtual Town Hall Sessions

Coastal Food Systems and Conservation

November 16th 3:30-5:00 pm

Recorded Session White Paper Comments

Food Innovation for Health, Markets and Access

December 7th 9:00-10:30 am

Recorded Session White Paper Comments

Working and Natural Landscapes

December 16th 1:30-3:00 pm

Recorded Session White Paper Comments

Agricultural Competitiveness and Resilience

December 17th 2:00-3:30 pm

Recorded Session White Paper Comments