Year 19 • Issue 26 25 March 2013 1. A Grape Idea: OSU Researchers Find New Uses For Pulp 2. Portland's Micro Brews Get Their Funding Hops From the Small Business Administration 3. Oregon Company to Sell Drone Defense Technology to Public 4. Understanding the Egg Carton Label 5. Bicycle Revolution or Urban Fad? 6. The 10 Most Overlooked Women in Architecture History 7. Data Gets Grants Webinar 8. Tourism Drives Economy 9. Oregon's Outdoor Recreation a $13B Industry, Study Says 10. Funding Opportunities Galore 1. A Grape Idea: OSU Researchers Find New Uses For Pulp Oregon State University researchers have uncovered ways to convert pulp and other materials from crushed wine grapes, which would otherwise be disposed of, into several usable products. The school’s extension service said the pomace, which consists of stems, skins and seeds, can provide substances for natural food preservatives, biodegradable packaging materials and a nutritional enhancement for baked goods. The discovery could help defray the 4 million pounds of waste that the U.S. wine industry creates during processing each year. The bulk of the country’s wine production takes place in Oregon and California. To access the full story, click here. Quote of the Week: “We build the road and the road builds us.” ~a Sri Lankan Saying Oregon Fast Fact #99: The Oregon Legislature designated the Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) as the Oregon state flower by resolution in 1899.
2. Portland's Micro Brews Get Their Funding Hops From the Small Business Administration Maybe they should change the name to Small Brewery Administration. Over the past three years, the Portland district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration has helped 17 breweries obtain start-up or expansion loans totalling more than $14 million. The financial assistance has been key to the rise of micro breweries in Oregon and southwest Washington. The SBA's involvement with beer makers dates to 1995, when the agency assisted Full Sail Brewing Co. of Hood River obtain a $1 million loan. To access the full story, click here. 3. Oregon Company to Sell Drone Defense Technology to Public Do you want to keep drones out of your backyard? An Oregon company says that it has developed and will soon start selling technology that disables unmanned aircraft. Page 1 of 5
The company, called Domestic Drone Countermeasures, was founded in late February because some of its engineers see unmanned aerial vehicles—which are already being flown by law enforcement in some areas and could see wider commercial integration into American airspace by 2015—as unwanted eyes in the sky. "I was personally concerned and I think there's a lot of other people worried about this," says Timothy Faucett, a lead engineer on the project. "We've already had many inquiries, a lot of people saying 'Hey, I don't want these drones looking at me.'" Domestic Drones Countermeasures was formed as a spin-off company from Aplus Mobile, which sells rugged computer processors to defense contractors—though the company won't discuss its specific technology because it is still applying for several patents. Faucett says that work has helped inform its anti-drone technology. To access the full story, click here. 4. Understanding the Egg Carton Label With so many different labels imprinted on egg cartons, it’s not only confusing, but also leaves consumers wondering which eggs to purchase. Certified organic, free-range or cage-free eggs are just a few of the labels that can be found on egg cartons in the dairy section of grocery stores. While an egg is no longer just an egg, navigating through each label to find the healthiest choice is a consumer’s ultimate goal. In 2011, more than 79 billion table eggs were produced by egg farmers in the U.S., with concentration in the Midwest and additional production in Pennsylvania, California and Texas, according to the Congressional Research Service Report for Congress (CSR). The CSR report also determined that 95 percent of egg production is by conventional cage systems whose concept originated in the 1950s. In this form of production, hens are housed in wire cages, which hold up to 10 egg-laying hens and have “automated feeding, watering and egg collection systems.” To access the full story, click here. 5.
Bicycle Revolution or Urban Fad? The rise of the car in the 50s and 60s completely transformed cities – first across the USA, and then the world. Once centred around walkable shopping districts and train lines, cities began to spread into vast suburbs and homogenous landscapes. Cars didn’t only change our cities, but they also changed our way of thinking. The car became a symbol of freedom, a symbol of maturity and a form of identity in the western world. Today, we are seeing cities across the globe turn to alternative forms of mobility, and trains, trams and buses are back on the planning agenda in a big way. 60 years ago, one of the world’s most extensive tram networks (180 miles) was destroyed in Sydney, Australia, to make way for the private car. Today, the city is once again investing billions into a new light rail system that it hopes will relieve some of the city’s severe congestion. We’re also seeing (re) investment into bicycle infrastructure in downtown districts across the globe. Over the last few years, cities like New York have constructed hundreds of miles of bike paths and bike share schemes are popping up in every corner of the globe – from Hangzhou’s ‘Public Bicycle’, to Paris’ Vélib’, to Montreal’s ‘Bixi’. To access the full story, click here. Page 2 of 5
6. The 10 Most Overlooked Women in Architecture History Looking back on architectural history, you could be forgiven for thinking that women were an invention of the 1950’s, alongside spandex and power steering – but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Big names like Le Corbusier, Mies, Wright and Kahn often had equally inspired female peers, but the rigid structure of society meant that their contributions tended to be overlooked. In honor of International Woman’s Day 2013, we take a look at the 10 greatest overlooked women in architectural history. To access the full story, click here. 7. Data Gets Grants Webinar March 27, 2013 at Noon To receive grant funding, it is necessary to submit a proposal that identifies and successfully documents a dire need. The need has to be compelling enough to pull at the heartstrings and substantial enough to satisfy the intellect. It is also crucial to measure the need (yes, it isn’t just important to measure outcomes!) so that the problem is articulately described and so that realistic, quantifiable objectives are created. Takeaways: How to determine which data to gather Simple processes to follow to locate data Where to start when seeking data online What to do if numbers terrify you or put you to sleep How to measure local need To register for this free webinar, click here. 8. Tourism Drives Economy Jobs — the topic on everyone’s mind. At a time when business leaders and elected officials are seeking ways to stimulate economic recovery and job creation, one industry has been creating jobs at a faster pace than the rest of the economy, is creating solid career opportunities and has become America’s largest service export: the travel and tourism industry. Travel jobs can mean a first foothold on the career ladder or a flexible job for those seeking degrees. One-third of the 5.6 million Americans who work part time to support themselves while they further their education work in leisure and hospitality. And travel jobs are helping unemployed Americans hit hardest by the recession — younger workers and those without or seeking higher education. What’s more, the jobs created through international and domestic travel are promising jobs that can lead to successful careers. A recent study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which included more than 30 years of data analyzed by Oxford Economics and the U.S. Travel Association, found that workers in the travel and tourism industry “have greater access to educational opportunities and enjoy better career progression.” To access the full story, click here.
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9. Oregon's Outdoor Recreation a $13B Industry, Study Says A new study released by the Outdoor Industry Association found that visitors spend around $12.8 billion a year in Oregon. This money benefits hotels and restaurants as well as Oregon’s many outdoor clothing companies, including Nike, Adidas and Columbia Sportswear, which outfit the visitors before they venture outside. “Outdoor activities are the number one reason that people come to Oregon or that Oregonians themselves get outside,” said Ron Parham with Columbia Sportswear. Outdoor tourism creates 141,000 jobs in Oregon, with an annual payroll of $4 billion. To access the full story, click here. 10. Funding Opportunities South Arts Invites Applications for Literary Arts Touring Program <http://e.foundationcenter.org/a/hBRQ4mGB8ixfdB8xbmbAACSSkmp/rfpb25> Grants of up to $2,500 will support programs that engage writers from outside the applicant's state to give readings and conduct educational workshops or similar events.... Deadline: May 1, 2013 Active Schools Acceleration Project Invites Applications From K-12 Schools <http://e.foundationcenter.org/a/hBRQ4mGB8ixfdB8xbmbAACSSkmp/rfpb24> - The ASAP Acceleration Grant program will provide $1,000 in seed money to elementary schools nationwide to implement one of three signature ASAP physical activity programs.... Deadline: April 22, 2013 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Invites Letters of Inquiry for Environmental Grants Program <http://e.foundationcenter.org/a/hBRQ4mGB8ixfdB8xbmbAACSSkmp/rfpb18> - Grants of between $2,000 and $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofits conducting environmental, economic, and social sustainability initiatives in the United States....Deadline: Open (Letters of Inquiry) Food Assistance and Nutrition Challenges of Rural Residents and Communities (Application due April 15) As in past years, the SRDC RIDGE Center is seeking to invest in innovative social sciences-based research that explores the dimensions of the food and nutrition assistance challenges impacting residents (or communities) in rural America, including key populations such as Native Americans, immigrants, other racial/ethnic minorities, single parents, youth, the persistently poor, and others. For more information on this year's research priorities and details of the application process, please check out the document Download RFP <http://srdc.msstate.edu/ridge/archive/files/ridge_2013_grant_rfp.pdf> Innovative Approaches to Improve Community Health <http://www.raconline.org/funding/details.php?funding_id=2997&utm_source=health&utm_medi um=email&utm_campaign=update031113> - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Supports promising new practices that serve vulnerable populations by advancing prevention, improving access, and integrating primary community and clinical care. Rural Transit Assistance Programs (RTAP) <http://www.raconline.org/funding/details.php?funding_id=457&utm_source=health&utm_mediu m=email&utm_campaign=update031113> - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Funding for training, technical assistance, and other support services for rural transit operators. Page 4 of 5
USDA Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program <http://www.raconline.org/funding/details.php?funding_id=91&utm_source=health&utm_mediu m=email&utm_campaign=update031113> - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Funding to construct, enlarge, or improve essential community facilities for health care, public safety, and public services in rural areas. Dog Fence DIY Invites Applications for Veterinary and Pre-Veterinary Academic Scholarships <http://e.foundationcenter.org/a/hBROlvsB8ixfdB8xSmSAACSSkuk/rfpb15> Scholarships will provide $2,000, distributed in increments of $500 per semester, to qualified applicants enrolled in a doctor of veterinary medicine program, an undergraduate biology or preveterinary studies program, or the equivalent.... Deadline: June 1, 2013 Harpo Foundation Invites Letters of Inquiry from Visual Arts and Nonprofit Arts Organization s<http://e.foundationcenter.org/a/hBROlvsB8ixfdB8xSmSAACSSkuk/rfpb17> - Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to visual artists whose work promises to advance and cross the boundaries of visual media and artistic disciplines.... Deadline: April 5, 2013 (Letters of Inquiry) Langeloth Foundation Invites Health Organizations to Register for Physical and Emotional Healing Grants <http://e.foundationcenter.org/a/hBROlvsB8ixfdB8xSmSAACSSkuk/rfpb22> - Grants will be awarded to healthcare nonprofits working to promote healing from illness, accident, physical, social, or emotional trauma, as well as for projects designed to reduce recidivism among former offenders.... Deadline: April 8, 2013 (Registration) Looking@Democrazy Competition Seeks Provocative Media Pieces that Address American Democracy <http://e.foundationcenter.org/a/hBROlvsB8ixfdB8xSmSAACSSkuk/rfpb23> - The competition offers a total of $100,000 in prizes to individuals who have developed creative ways to engage Americans in the democratic process and refocus the discussion of democracy in America.... Deadline: April 30, 2013 (Extended) Mutual of America Foundation Accepting Applications for 2013 Community Partnership Awards <http://e.foundationcenter.org/a/hBROlvsB8ixfdB8xSmSAACSSkuk/rfpb14> - Ten publicprivate partnerships will receive awards, including a top prize of $25,000, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to society.... Deadline: April 1, 2013 Positive Exposures Invites Applications from Nonprofit Organizations to Create Compelling Media Campaigns <http://e.foundationcenter.org/a/hBROlvsB8ixfdB8xSmSAACSSkuk/rfpb12> Positive Exposures works with nonprofit organizations to create compelling media projects that help them expand their reach, educate the public, and increase their funding.... Deadline: April 30, 2013
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