Summer Break is close by and many people are beginning to pack their summer vacation suitcases. If you are going to be traveling to our Nations Capital this summer or live near the area, OSU will be participating in the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival June 27th-July 8th. This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the great research that goes on at Oregon State University.
Folklife Festival Exhibitions on the Mall
Happening daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
June 27 through July 1
July 4 through July 8
Displayed under tents every day on the dates listed above. We will be in the “Sustainable Solutions” sections.
- Surimi School (located in the main exhibit area) Internationally recognized surimi expert Dr. Jae Park and his OSU Seafood Laboratory team will present the historic origins of the versatile fish paste and how surimi products have created a $2.1 billion industry in the United State over the past 30 years with major growth ahead. Within that, they’ll note OSU’s singular role in the “Americanization of surimi.” (Learn more about Surimi School)
- Tech Wizards (located in the USDA 4H area) Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas and others with the nationally recognized 4H program will be leading Folklife participants through the process of building robots. A bilingual after-school program that teaches technological skills to low-income, marginalized youth ages 8 through 18, Tech Wizards is now active at more than 100 sites around the U.S.
- Making Waves (located in the main exhibit area) The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory will show how scientists and engineers are learning how wave action affects our coastal areas, helping us better prepare for tsunamis and hurricane waves. They’ll be working with one of Hinsdale’s mini-flumes, crashing waves over models of coastal structures created by Folklife attendees.
Other OSU Presenters
Happening on the Mini-University/Discussions Stage
- The OSU Folklife Committee has put forward a list of OSU and OSU Extension faculty members as potential presenters in the Smithsonian “Mini-University” area. Faculty in this area will be making 15-minute presentations on a wide range of topics throughout the Festival. We’ll provide additional detail on who the Smithsonian curatorial staff has selected as soon as that information is available.
Happy Traveling this Summer!