CORVALLIS - For the third time in four years, faculty in Oregon State University's Department of Extension and Experiment Station Communications have garnered top honors in competition sponsored by an international professional organization.

Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE), with 700 members in the U.S. and 10 other countries, presented the awards recently at their annual meeting in Washington D.C.

The OSU contingent received 13 awards, more than any other state or organization. Two of the seven top honors for communication skills (the Outstanding Professional Skill Award) went to OSU faculty. Lynn Ketchum won for a series of color photographs on coastal research, and a team of writers (Tom Gentle, Andrea Dailey, Andy Duncan, Theresa Novak, Bob Rost and Carol Savonen) won for a 24-page tabloid newspaper about poverty in Oregon.

Other winners were:

  • Gold


    • Lynn Ketchum, series of color photos on coastal research
    • Lynn Ketchum, color transparency of a drop of histamine in the lab
    • Team (from above), writing within a specialized publication ("A Portrait of Poverty in Oregon")
    • Tom Weeks, poster ("Art About Forestry")
    • Steve Dodrill, promotional video production ("The State is Our Campus")


  • Silver


    • Lynn Ketchum, script writing for visual media ("Live on the Edge: Improving Riparian Function")
    • Team (Tom Gentle, Lynn Ketchum, Bob Rost, and Tom Weeks), black and white photo series ("A Portrait of Poverty in Oregon")
    • Lynn Ketchum, color photo series on Willamette River research
    • Lynn Ketchum, non-credit educational video ("Life on the Edge: Improving Riparian Function")


  • Bronze


    • Carol Savonen, promotional writing ("Lawn and Garden Notes")
    • Tom Weeks, graphic design print (cover design of "A Portrait of Poverty in Oregon")

Two OSU faculty in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Dan Edge and John Loegering, received a silver award from ACE for their interactive web site used to increase student participation and learning.

Several of the award-winning products are available on the Extension and Experiment Station Communications Web site.

Copies of "A Portrait of Poverty in Oregon" are available at no charge via e-mail ( or by writing to Publication Orders, Extension and Station Communications, OSU, 422 Kerr Administration, Corvallis, OR 97331-2119.

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Ken Kingsley, 541-737-0804