OSU-Cascades Researcher Receives White House Appointment

Elizabeth Marino, an assistant professor of anthropology in the social science program at Oregon State University–Cascades was appointed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a delegate to the Second Arctic Science Ministerial, an international meeting in Berlin held this fall.  As one of ten scientists, and the only social scientist from the United States, Marino focused on the role of risk distribution and risk perception in strategic planning for sea level rise in cooperation with science ministers from 24 governments, European Union representatives and delegates from Arctic indigenous peoples’ organizations. Marino has worked with the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security on migration and humanitarian crises and has consulted with the U.S. State Department on environmental migration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response in climate change scenarios. Her book, Fierce Climate, Sacred Ground: An Ethnography of Climate Change was published in 2015 and her work on climate change and disaster have been featured in The Atlantic and on Al Jazeera North America. OSUCascades.edu

January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, a large-scale mentoring campaign launched in 2014 by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Research shows one in three young people grow up without a mentor outside their family and MENTOR studies show that mentoring relationships are powerful tools for connection. Local participants in Mentoring Month include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon (BBBSCO). Serving the community since 1994, Big Brothers Big Sisters helps youth stay on track in school and reduce risky behavior. Mentors focus on activities that promote positive school experiences for the child such as good attendance, positive peer and adult relationships, and a positive attitude. BBBSCO believes mentoring is a critical component in young people’s lives and helps them make the decisions and connections that lead to opportunity. “I cannot say enough about how much of a difference it makes in a Little’s life to be a mentor,” says Big Brother of the Year Matt Odman. “Mentoring changes lives.” he says. BBBSCO.org



Sustainability Award Winners Announced

The 2018 Sustainability Awards were announced by The Environmental Center on November 15 at an event held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon. “Sustainability is a big, complex topic,” says Mike Riley, executive director of The Environmental Center. “Achieving it requires patience and perseverance in the face of often daunting obstacles. Our Sustainability Awards celebrate the citizens, businesses, and organizations in our community that are dedicated to overcoming these challenges and making sustainability real in Central Oregon.” The Environmental Center presented six awards to Local Food Catalyst Nicolle Timm-Branch and Central Oregon Locavore; Local Food Innovator to Volcano Veggies; Business—Wanderlust Tours; Creative Re-Cycling to Bend Velo; Organization—Bend Science Station and Exemplar—Bethlehem Inn. The winners were selected on the basis of their leadership, innovation, and operating practices with regards to sustainability, as well as their community involvement and promotion of social equity. EnviroCenter.org

Latino Community Association Responds to Need for Dental Care

The Latino Community Association (LCA) has paired with Medical Teams International to help fill the need for emergency dental care in Central Oregon. A volunteer dentist and assistant work from a mobile office where they provide care such as filling cavities. Patients pay $55 and typically, the dental team performs more than $5,000 worth of services at each clinic, which are held in Bend, Redmond and Madras.The LCA publicizes the clinic on its Facebook page. To support LCA’s dental program or volunteer professional dental skills, call 541.382.4366 or visit LatinoCommunityAssociation.org