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July 29-Aug. 2, 2013

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Baby oysters in ‘death race’ with acidifying oceans (Forbes)

The dispatch is from the Oregon coast, where some of the most delectable oysters grow — or are supposed to. Scientists at Oregon State University have pinpointed a reason for the mysterious die-offs of young oysters in the Pacific Northwest, a phenomenon that threatens the survival of one of America’s prime seafood delicacies.

Oregon State University students get a hefty return on their tuition dollars (Oregonian)

Oregon State University offers the best “return on investment” of any Oregon university with yearly tuition below $10,000 — and ranks in the top 50 universities nationally for ROI — in part because its graduates earn such high salaries, a new ranking says.

The value of a liberal arts education in today’s global marketplace (Huffington Post)

A piece by OSU President Ed Ray.

Oregon State kicks of $125 million in construction (Portland Business Journal)

With summer in full swing, students at Oregon State University have been replaced by construction workers. The university has $125 million in construction projects underway and another $145 million in projects planned.

Lifting up startups (OPB)

That money, at least some of which will come from bonds sold by the state, will be matched with local contributions, said Kimberly Espy, vice president of research at the University of Oregon and Ron Adams, executive associate vice president for research at Oregon State University. (Register-Guard, TCM)

OSU research helps farmers grow native plant seed (Capital Press)

Oregon State University researchers have discovered that using row covers in the fall and winter is the best way to help native plants and grasses establish a stand.

What 3.6 degrees means for snowpack in the Western Cascades (OPB)

Rising temperatures will reduce the peak snowpack in the Cascades slopes east of Eugene, Ore. by more than fifty percent, according to a climate study Oregon State University researchers published Thursday. (see also Nature World NewsKTVZPhys.org)

Study explains Pacific equatorial cold water region (Phys Org)

Using a new measurement of mixing, Jim Moum and Jonathan Nash of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University have obtained the first multi-year records of mixing that permit assessment of seasonal changes. (see also Science Daily, Space Daily)

Social video offers new avenue for students, colleges to connect (US News & World Report)

“We thought it’s something we should jump on,” says Colin Huber, a writer and social media coordinator for Oregon State University. The school posted its first Vine video in February. ”When new platforms come out with social media, if it’s something that you think could be of use, it’s important to be one of the first ones on there,” Huber says.

Powered by the sun, but off to a slow start (NPR)

“We’ve calculated that it could go 80, maybe 88?” says Anne Hildebrand of Oregon State University as she straps on a helmet while getting ready to drive her team’s car for a shift. “But we can’t do that, because it’s not legal on any roads. So, we’re kinda bound by the speed limits,” she says with a chuckle.

Oregon State University expands cheese-making operation (Oregonian)

Four students in Oregon State University’s creamery are hard at work. Nick Hergert carefully scrapes the curds from the sides of a 240-gallon vat while Kyle Lackey diligently scoops them into molds for Julia Cresto to weigh. She makes sure each mold tips the scale at 13 pounds. Hundreds of gallons of whey vanish down the drain.

6 bad excuses for overeating (CNN)

And when only a super sugary treat will do, “have your special food — just don’t buy a whole box of it,” says Melinda Manore, professor of nutrition and exercise at Oregon State University. “Get one cookie and eat just that.”

Amid organ shortage, altruistic kidney donations increase, but bring forth ethical debate (Oregonian)

Donors get no compensation, though their medical costs are covered. They typically don’t even find out whom their organs save. “It’s a different kind of moral framework that physicians have been running up against,” said Courtney Campbell, a philosophy professor at Oregon State University.

Harvest lags in the extreme (OPB)

Don Wysocki, extension soil scientist with Oregon State University’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center in Pendleton, said the crop is coming up short primarily due to an unusually dry spring and winter.

Youth leader builds strength in gay community (Oregonian)

A graduate student at Oregon State University, Whitlow invests countless hours of her time in helping LGBTQ youth and community. Whitlow and her partner, Tristen Shay, have had a huge impact on the Corvallis community, according to Tom Johnston, a Corvallis/Albany facilitator for the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Fermentation education (Bend Bulletin)

OSU hopes to use money to operate a still, add to fermentation program.

Dilemma for hospice workers: physician-assisted suicide (Oregonian)

Oregon State University researchers analyzed 33 hospice programs in Washington and found that reaction to physician-assisted death varies among hospice organizations, agencies and workers. (see also OPB, Health Canal)

In athletes, low-fat foods are still the way to maintain muscle mass (Science 2.0)

A review of studies by Oregon State University researcher Melinda Manore published in the Nestle Nutrition Institution Workshop Series advocates what she calls a low-energy-dense diet, or high-fiber, high-water, but lower-fat foods. She said too many athletes are pushed into fad diets or try to restrict calorie intake too much in a way that is unhealthy and unsustainable. (see also Portland Business JournalThe Daily MealRunnersweb)

Rogue biotech wheat: Lack of answers concerns Northwest farmers (NBC News)

The mystery surrounding the winter wheat plants in Oregon has only deepened since an unidentified farmer found them in what was supposed to be a fallow field. Testing by Oregon State University determined the plants were resistant to glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup and many other “wide-spectrum” herbicides.

Nighttime heatwaves quadruple in Pacific Northwest (Innovations Report)

The two ran the numbers with the help of Oregon State University’s Kathie Dello at the Oregon Climate Service. They studied temperature readings west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington and Oregon from 1901 to 2009, looking for instances where the daytime high or nighttime low temperature hit the top 1 percent of readings for at least three consecutive days. (see also KMTRSummit County Citizens Voice)

Glacial meltdown (The Irish Examiner)

“The Antarctic computer simulations were able to simulate the past 5m years of ice history, and the other two ice models were directly calibrated against observational data — which in combination makes the scientists confident that these models are correctly estimating the future evolution of long-term sea level rise,” says Peter Clark, a paleo-climatologist at Oregon State University and co-author on the study.

New Oregon State University band director Dana Biggs marches himself into a new career (Oregonian)

Biggs recently accepted a position as the director of athletic bands at Oregon State University, which has the oldest band in the Pac-12 Conference. The 42-year-old is responsible for picking music and designing drills for the marching band to perform at football and basketball games.

Oregon agricultural production sets record (Oregonian)

Oregon’s agricultural production was worth a record $5.4 billion in 2012, according to preliminary figures compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s statistics service and Oregon State University. (see also Union-Bulletin)

Native American longhouse home away from home for Oregon State students (Oregonian)

For Oregon State University student Nadia Alradhi, the new Native American longhouse on campus means a lot. Eena Haws, which translates to “Beaver House” from Chinook, is not just a social place, but also a place for learning.

Two ways to explore OSU forest (Statesman Journal)

The Oregon State University forest is a breeding ground for research on the management of trees and ecosystems and home to all types of forest across the West Coast.

4-H makes county fair comeback (Register-Guard)

Three years ago, Lane County residents voted down a tax levy that would have continued funding for 4-H — one of the county’s largest youth development organizations — and other Oregon State University Extension Service programs. The levy’s defeat left the 4-H group without the funds to put on its annual “Youth Fair,” a venue for nearly 500 kids to bring their livestock for auction and competition at the Lane County Fair.

Antarctic permafrost melt spurred by solar radiation boost (Science Now)

“We think what we’re seeing here is sort of a crystal ball of what coastal Antarctica is going to experience,” said geologist Joseph Levy, of the University of Texas, lead author of the study. The team included Levy, then at Oregon State University, and researchers from Portland State University, Brown University, Boston University and UNAVCO, a multiuniversity geoscience consortium.

Equine influenza breaks out at OSU vet hospital (Gazette-Times)

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Oregon State University will not accept horses for anything but emergency services until at least Tuesday, July 30, due to an outbreak of equine influenza virus at the hospital. (see also San Francisco Gate, The Horse, Equus)

OSU-Cascades names Health and Wellness dean (KTVZ)

Oregon State University – Cascades has a new associate dean on board to lead the academic programs in its Human Health and Wellness division.  Julie Gess-Newsome, a professor of science education, was most recently dean of the Graduate School of Education at Willamette University in Salem.

OSU/City workgroup looks at rezoning neighborhoods (Gazette-Times)

“It is in the scope of work (of the collaboration) for us to consider whether rezoning within the (area surrounding Oregon State University) is appropriate given concerns within the community about infill development,” said Eric Adams, the collaboration’s project manager.

West could lose ponderosa pine forests (Payson Roundup)

Moisture stress in the struggling saplings apparently plays the key role concluded the researchers from Oregon State University after a stand-replacing wildfire in both ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, which grows at higher elevations than the ponderosa.

Tales of outdoors come from ‘Oregon Field Guide’ host (Gazette-Times)

The speaker series, which took place across the street from da Vinci Days outdoors festivities in Oregon State University’s Kearny Hall, was new this year, and attendance surpassed expectations, organizer Nick Houtman said after Amen’s talk. Houtman, who is assistant director of research communications at OSU, said he anticipates the lecture series returning next year.

Berry benefits: Fruit snacks ripe with healthy properties (Statesman Journal)

Coined the “Cabernet of blackberries,” the Marionberry was developed in response to a desire for a larger, sweeter blackberry in the 1940s by George Waldo through the USDA Agricultural Research Service breeding program at Oregon State University by crossing the ‘Chehalem’ and ‘Olallie’ blackberries.

John Turner, co-director, OSU Venture Accelerator (Comcast Newsmakers)

A video interview with John Turner.

Chemicals that break down water contaminants pass safety test (R&D Magazine)

In the current study, the research groups of Carnegie Mellon’s Collins and Oregon State University’s Robert L. Tanguay tested several TAML activators to determine whether they exhibit any endocrine disrupting ability. (see also Science Codex, Science 2.0)

The Indigo Rose tomato is tasty and hearty and packs twice the antioxidant punch (Oregonian)

Indigo Rose was developed as a new variety at Oregon State University. This local breeding should help assure that the fruit will ripen within our short growing season, and hopefully it will be resistant to local pests and disease.

Executions inspire artist to embark on project (Oregonian)

“Someone could be executed at 12 at night, and I could be painting their plate at 7 the next day,” Green said. The other six months, the Oregon State University art professor said she paints “bright” subjects, such as sunflowers.

Falls City benefiting from student research (Polk County Observer)

What natural resources come to mind when you think of Falls City? Forestland and the falls on the Little Luckiamute River are likely answers, both valuable for their recreational opportunities. A class of Oregon State University Rural Studies Program students saw potential for something else in two of the city’s most prominent features: energy.

Emily Ho, professor, Moore Family Center Endowed Director, OSU (Comcast Newsmakers)

A video interview with Emily Ho.

Truth and lies of the anti-aging business (Charlotte Observer)

Elsewhere, she sorts the wheat from the chaff about vitamins, examining information from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University (yep, that’s the vitamin-C guy’s namesake) and their researchers who spill the real deal on supplements such as resveratrol, omega oils and daily pills you may be taking.

Earthquakes burp up methane bubbles (NBC)

“This is the strongest circumstantial evidence we’ve seen so far on earthquakes perturbing the gas hydrate system,” said Anne Trehu, a geophysicist at Oregon State University who was not involved in the study. “It’s a difficult phenomenon to verify and I wouldn’t say that this is a direct observation, but it’s a nice study that shows quite a plausible correlation in time and space.”

Before it was famous: File video shows tsunami deck afloat (KCBY)

Oregon State University graduate student Cheryl Horton was meticulously scanning year-old video of a bird colony off Yaquina Head near Newport, Ore., last month when she noticed a strange object drifting by in the background.

Here’s why Mozilla picked Portland to open its first offices outside of Silicon Valley (GeekWire)

Some of Mozilla’s first employees came from Portland’s large open source ecosystem — many from Oregon State University’s Open Source lab — and the city has been an integral part of the company’s success from the very first days.

Lauren Kessler fights aging (Think Out Loud)

The author lauds the work of OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute.

OSU veterinary college offers summer program for fifth and sixth graders (Oregonian)

The students, all enrolled in school talented and gifted programs, were participating inAdventures in Learning, an annual summer program at Oregon State University’sCollege of Veterinary Medicine.

Bug warfare (AgInfo)

What if we could find a natural enemy of the bug we want to eliminate and let it loose? This is the approach being used by Dr. Peter Shearer,  entomologist at Oregon State University.

At county fair ‘It’s a full barn now’ (Hood River News)

“The biggest difference this year is we have a lot more animals than last year. All the project areas are kind of booming, so the barns are very, very full,” said Dani Annala, 4-H coordinator with Oregon State University.

Interview with solar car team elicits excitement (Oregonian)

Over these last few days I have been thrown into some pretty interesting situations. On my second of camp, I went straight to da Vinci Days, where my partner, Andreea, and I were to interview the Solar Vehicle Team here at Oregon State University.

Potato pest bugs official (Argus Observer)

Tuberworm moths that threaten potatoes have been spotted at the Malheur Experiment Station, leading researchers to put down pheromone traps. “It’s at a really low level right now,” said Stuart Reitz, cropping systems agent at the Oregon State University extension office. “It’s something that’s potentially a threat but right now, based on the numbers we’re seeing, it’s not at a significant level right now.”

Birdbooker Report (Guardian)

D’Elia, Jesse and Susan M. Haig. California Condors in the Pacific Northwest. 2013. Oregon State University Press.

OSU hotline opens for preservation questions (News-Register)

As interest grows in preserving produce, the Oregon State University Extension Service is offering its summer food preservation and safety hotline for queries on testing pressure canner gauges, ensuring jam sets properly and preparing tomato salsa. (see also Register-Guard)

2013 legislative session wasn’t a total loss for product safety advocates (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Under the law, state policies will be guided by the State IPM Coordinator at Oregon State University’s Integrated Plant Protection Center. OSU ranks at the top of U.S. universities in advancing a rigorous scientific program to help agriculture and forest operations reduce the need for pesticides.

Fire blight concerns ease in Medford (Good Fruit Grower)

The Bosc variety, which represents 40 percent of the pear acreage in the area, has not been hit hard, says David Sugar, a plant pathologist at the Oregon State University Southern Oregon Experiment Station.

OSU-Cascades course explores digital painting (KTVZ)

Students of fine art at Oregon State University – Cascades now have an opportunity to study painting as a digital art form.

Unicorns, slugs, Bohemians and Greywalkers (Seattle-Times)

“Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest” by Thomas E. Burke and William P. Leonard (Oregon State University Press, $35). Burke, a retired U.S. Forest Service biologist, and Leonard, an experienced wildlife photographer and biologist, present a definitive and comprehensive guide to snails and slugs of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Western Montana.

OSU football players make ‘Reversing the Male Gaze’ project (Fansided)

The five-minute film is shot by Oregon State University quarterback Sean Mannion and features lineman Josh Mitchell. (For some context, here’s Mulvey’s “Visual Pleasures in Narrative Cinema” from 1975. It’s light reading, trust me.)

Deadly amphibian fungus that bullfrogs help spread also killing them (Statesman Journal)

The findings, made by researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Pittsburgh, show that bullfrogs are not the sole culprit in the spread of this deadly fungus and add further complexity to the question of why amphibians are in jeopardy. The study was published in the journal EcoHealth.

Benton unemployment second-lowest in state (KEZI)

According to the Oregon Employment Department, Oregon State University is the largest organization in the Benton County. Economists say with a university in a small town, there’s more of a need for employment in other industries, such as restaurants.

Clinics at Carson City Library help youths discover love of art (Nevada Appeal)

Julianne Perkins, a 2010 Carson High School graduate who is studying art at Oregon State University, returned to her hometown this summer and is sharing her passion with area young people.

The Monsanto Menace (Village Voice)

Morton recalls how a landscaper bought potting soil from a nearby GM beet farm, then sold it to homeowners throughout the area. A scientist from Oregon State University discovered the error. Morton claims the landscaper was forced to retrieve the soil—lest nearby farms become contaminated—paying his customers $100 each to not say anything.

Consider cover crops (Bend Bulletin)

Gardeners can also make use of these inexpensive soil protectors, according to Daniel McGrath, a vegetable crops specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Clarke appointed dean of vet school at Tech (Roanoke Times)

Clarke currently serves as professor and dean of Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He will succeed Gerhardt Schurig, who announced his plans to return to the faculty after 10 years as both interim dean and dean of the veterinary college.

US concerns grow over fire blight treatment options (Fresh Fruit Portal)

One facet of research includes work by Dr. Ken Johnson of Oregon State University, scheduled to be complete in 2015. The findings, however, will not come in time for the October 2014 regulation change.

CATalyst Council to connect veterinarians with cat-adopting clients (DVM 360)

OHS prides itself on the utilization of foster care volunteers and volunteer trainers; its Second Chance program that aids regional shelters; and a medical care partnership with the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine to maintain high adoption rates.

Editorial: OSU decision looms on governing board (Gazette-Times)

An editorial piece.

OSU Extension Service hosts July community open house (Wilsonville Spokesman)

Oregon State University Extension Service’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) is offering a number of free events open to the public this summer.

Tuesday

Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at Oregon State University: Defining the Path Forward: OSU engaged in a comprehensive self-study of equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts university-wide during the 2011-2012 year. The result is a set of recommendations that will make OSU a model equitable, inclusive, and diverse university. Tuesday, July 30, 2-3:30 p.m., MU Joyce Powell Journey Room. Contact 541-737-3556 for accommodations.

Wednesday

OSUsed Store Reopening: After a two-week closure, the OSUsed Store will be open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Come check out our rearranged store and fresh look! Personal purchases must be made during public sales, but departments may shop on most weekdays; learn more on our website.

#beBEAVERBOLD Block Party: The Student Events & Activities Center and OSU Summer Session are partnering to provide community gatherings weekly through Aug 14 on Wednesday nights in Snell Hall International Forum. This event starts at 8:30 p.m. with 30 minutes of fun-music, performers, games, food, etc. followed by the showing of a feature MUvie. July 31, “The Hobbit.”

Upcoming events

NEW! Benton County Extension Food Preservation Classes will be held Tuesday nights in Corvallis 6 to 9 p.m.  July 30 pickles & relishes, Aug. 6 – vegetables, Aug. 27 – meat & Fish, and Sept. 3- tomatoes & salsa.  Classes are held at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe Ave.  $10 per class – Pre-registration required.  Call 541-967-3871

NEW! Benton County Extension Beginner’s Canning Classes.  For first-time canners only.  Classes  will be held on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Benton County Sunset building. July 31 – Cucumber/Pickles, Aug. 21 – Tomatoes, Aug. 28 – Apples.  $15 per class – Call 541-766-6750 to register.

NEW! Retirement Reception for Rich Turnbull:  Please join UHDS at the retirement reception for Rich Turnbull, Director of Dining Services, as we celebrate his 22+ years of service and wish him well on his retirement journey!  Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2 to 4 p.m., Marketplace West in the NW corner room.

NEW! Benton County Extension Pressure Canner Checkup!  Bring your pressure canner into the Benton County Sunset Building and Master Food Preservers will check your pressure canner to be sure it is ready for the canning season.  They will check the integrity of the canner, the gauge and gaskets. Parts will NOT be provided, but you will be notified if parts need to be replaced.  Aug. 15 and Aug. 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bard in the Quad: The Bard in the Quad series is back for its eighth summer of Shakespearean fare, with this year’s production showcasing the popular farce of mistaken identity and coincidence, “Comedy of Errors.” Set in a wild, contemporary city inspired by the outlandish worlds depicted in “The Jersey Shore,” “The Sopranos,” and “The Godfather,” performances of “Comedy of Errors” run Aug. 8-11 and 15-18 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Quad. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for OSU students. Tickets are available at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre or call the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784. This is an outdoor performance and no seating is provided. Patrons are encouraged to bring low lawn chairs and/or blankets. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.

Retirement Reception for Jack Rogers: Open House, Aug. 6, 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the MU Lounge. Jack Rogers, OSU Director of Public Safety, announced he will retire as of Aug. 15, after more than 13 years as Director of Public Safety at OSU. Jack’s 42 years of public safety service includes five years on campus as the University Area Commander for the Oregon State Police, prior to joining OSU.

Beaver Community Fair 2013. Register your organization now for the Beaver Community Fair.  This year’s event will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, in the MU Quad.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to show off your organization and connect with new and returning OSU students. Registration is open and free for the OSU community. Register online at http://oregonstate.edu/seac/initiatives/bcf/.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Webinar: The Director of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program will hold a webinar to discuss the application process for qualified participants (see link for eligibility). This webinar will be broadcast on July 31 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Gilbert 224 at OSU and LISB 417 at U of O.

Training Opportunity:  Preventing and Addressing Workplace Bullying.  Conflicts involving workplace bullying are some of the most challenging to address and manage effectively. Session participants will learn the process of bullying, its far-reaching effects and multiple dimensions, and options for effective intervention, assistance, and support. Session includes an introduction to OSU’s new policy on bullying.  This “brown-bag” session will be offered twice, and is open to all OSU Faculty and Staff.  Sessions will be held Aug. 7 and Aug. 14, from noon-1:30 p.m. in GILB 324.

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty opportunities to meet with Pres. Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a summer term small group conversation with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please access the registration form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/ to register for the Aug. 13 session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first served basis.

NEW! The Source: The Summer edition of The Source, e-news of the College of Agricultural Sciences is now available: http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2013/july This edition provides a view of the interesting variety of teaching, research and engagement work that our faculty, staff and students experience here in the College and the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.

NEW! Stories from the Edge of Science: OSU scientists took da Vinci Days audiences on journeys to the Oregon coast, Antarctica, Africa and even Mars. They told of voracious bullfrogs, painting wood with fungi, the Golden Ratio in our DNA and Jell-O-like beads that can deliver medicine or clean polluted groundwater. If you missed their presentations, you can see them online on Terra, Oregon State’s research magazine.

NEW! Bing’s is open!: Bing’s Café in Weatherford Hall has reopened for the rest of summer term with regular hours from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Bing’s serves Starbucks blend coffee, pastries, made-to-order calzinis and deli sandwiches and more. See the menu.

NEW! New Student Picnic: Register your organization to be at the New Student Picnic on Sept. 26, 5 to 7 p.m. in the MU Quad. Be at the picnic to welcome new students to campus! Registration is available for the OSU community. Register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XNUuzXX4cDIYyhEAKMuHyAmemKYzNPpEJnKljULmPWI/viewform

NEW! LPI blog post: Some recently publicized, sensationalist articles in the media about dietary supplements ain’t necessarily true. In response, the Linus Pauling Institute offers a balanced discussion,  based on the totality of scientifically-sound evidence. Please see  and share LPI’s newest blog posts: Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Good for You  and Keep Taking Your Vitamins.

NEW! Funding Opportunity – OSU Venture Development Fund: The OSU Venture Development Fund Advisory Council is accepting proposals to facilitate the further development of applied innovations and commercialization. This is a competitive process open to OSU faculty eligible for principal investigator (PI) status and ideas/concepts accepted into the OSU Venture Accelerator. Students who wish to apply for a grant must identify an OSU faculty member who will serve as the PI for the student proposal. For more information and to apply: http://oregonstate.edu/research/occd/sites/default/files/osuvdf_rfp_2013_final.pdf. Deadline for submission: Sept. 2.

Synergies newsletter: Learn what’s going on in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences by reading its latest edition of the monthly Synergies e-newsletter. This month’s features include a video of our college’s recent grads offering advice to incoming students, a story highlighting three Athletic Training students who provided real-life emergency care, an MPH student who teaches youth how to be safe on the job, and features on Public Health Instructor Shelley Su and Exercise and Sport Science Associate Professor Kathy Gunter. http://bit.ly/13e4Fka

Recreational Sports Half Term Membership: Purchase your Half-Term Recreational Sports membership today. Memberships are valid through Sept. 27. A Half-Term Membership costs only $41 for Faculty, Staff, Domestic Partners, Spouses and Dependents and $34 for Student Affiliates/Dependents. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information.

Cancer Prevention Study-3:  Fight back against cancer by joining the American Cancer Society’s historic research study called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).   You can help researchers from OSU and around the country better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will ultimately save lives.  The study takes place Sept 17-20, and is open to anyone who is willing to make a long term commitment to the study (20-30 years of periodic follow up surveys), is between 30-65 years of age, and has never been diagnosed with cancer.  Go to www.cps3corvallis.org or the above video link for information on how to participate.

XPress Stop – Mailing Services: The Post Office substation in the Bookstore will close on July 31. However, Printing and Mailing Services (P&M) will open an XPress Stop in MU Room 109 during the first part of August. The XPress Stop will provide an array of mailing and quick copy services to the OSU community in a centralized, convenient location. In the interim (between July 31 and the opening of the XPress Stop), please utilize P&M’s mailing services at 100 Cascade Hall. For more information, contact Lindsay.middleton@oregonstate.edu.

Search Advocate Workshop: Learn how to work with OSU search committees to enhance the quality of search and selection efforts. Participants who complete Sessions I and II will be eligible to serve as advocates on OSU search committees. Session I will be held on July 30 and Session II on Aug 1, each from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Visit the Professional Development website, http://oregonstate.edu/training, for more details and to register.

Beaver Community Fair 2013. Register your organization now for the Beaver Community Fair.  This year’s event will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, in the MU Quad.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to show off your organization and connect with new and returning OSU students!  Registration is open and free for the OSU community.  Register online at http://oregonstate.edu/seac/initiatives/bcf/.

Traffic and Maintenance

Radiation Center: Due to parking lot maintenance the parking lot located next to the Radiation Center will be closed for painting, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 31.

26th Street: The City of Corvallis will be reconstructing a portion of 26th Street from Orchard Ave to Monroe Ave.  Work will include the removal of the existing asphalt and rock base, rebasing, paving of the new asphalt surface and striping.  This section of the street will remain closed for the duration of this project, Aug. 12 – 14.

Jefferson Street: Due to asphalt sealing the eastbound lane on Jefferson Street from 30th – 35th  will be temporarily closed July 29 from 7 a.m. to noon.

Plageman lot: Due to construction associated with the new ADA entrance to Plageman Student Health Center the SE portion of parking lot #3233 will be temporarily closed July 24-Aug. 30.  The driveway between Plageman and the parking lot will also be closed.

Sackett Place Road: Due to the installation of steam, telecom and electrical underground for Austin Hall, Sackett Place Road will be closed through Sept. 6, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Withycombe Hall driveway and north parking lot: Due to the construction of  accessible parking, ramps, raised crossing across the driveway, landscaping, and upgraded entrance to the north side of Withycombe, the south bay of the west portion of the parking lot north of the building will be closed. July 2-Aug. 20, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jobs

To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

Assistant to the School Director in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film.  Posting # 0011010. For full consideration, apply by July 19.  Closes July 31.

The office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS) is accepting applications for a full-time Administrative Program Specialist. This is a classified position. Posting #0011029. Closes July 31.

Academic Advisor- The College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor position.. Posting # 0010945. For full consideration apply by July 12. Closes July 31.

Academic Advisor- The College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor position. Posting # 0010948. For full consideration apply by July 12. Closes July 31.

The Extension Family and Community Health is accepting applications to fill one part-time (approximately 30 hours per week) appointment as an Education Program Assistant 1 for Extension Family and Community Health (FCH), affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences located in the Clackamas County Extension office in Oregon City. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 1 year from the appointment begin date. This position is located in Oregon City. Posting #0011112. Closes Aug. 1.

The Extension Family and Community Health is accepting applications to fill one part-time (approximately 30 hours per week) appointment as an Education Program Assistant 1 for Extension Family and Community Health (FCH), affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences located in the Clackamas County Extension office in Oregon City. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 1 year from the appointment begin date. This position is located in Oregon City. Posting #0011113. Closes Aug. 1.

Oregon State University, Campus Operations, is seeking an Associate Director of Facilities and Maintenance. This is a full-time, 12-month position ranging from $95,000-$110,000/year + benefits. Posting #0011055. Closes Aug. 2.

Cook 1 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for one full-time, 10 month, Cook 1 position.  Posting # 0011097.  Closes Aug. 5.

Food Service Worker 2 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for three full-time, 10 month, Food Service Worker 2 positions.  Posting # 0011050.  Closes Aug. 5.

The Josephine County Extension Office invites applications for a part-time (0.40 FTE), 12-month, Master Gardener Coordinator position. Posting #0011107. Closes Aug. 6.

Advisor-The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences  invites applications for Academic Advisors, full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position.  Provide advising support for Earth and Environmental Sciences students. Posting #0011067. For full consideration apply by Aug. 12.

Editorial, Design, and Production Manager at OSU Press – The University Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Editorial, Design, and Production Manager position. Posting #0011035, Closes Aug. 12.

Associate Director- EOCCR – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Associate Director- EOCCR position. Posting #0011116. Closes Aug. 24.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, Associate/Full Professor (Tenure/Tenure-Track) in Forest Operations.  Posting #0010905.  For full consideration, apply by July 31. Closes Aug. 31.

INTO University Partnerships is currently recruiting for a Facilities Development Manager.  This will be responsible for managing the design, planning, construction, and maintenance of equipment, buildings and other facilities. The Facilities Development Manager will report to the Executive Director Operations Support, with close working relationships with INTO university partner facilities organizations and INTO U.K. facilities team. For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=7865492

AmeriCorps Financial Literacy Educator (St. Helens) – The Columbia County OSU Extension Service Office invites applications for a full-time 11-month AmeriCorps Position.  This fun, community service position will provide education and information to youth and adults on basic money management, goal setting, and other important life skills.  For more information and instructions on applying please see our local website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/columbia/  Open until filled.

The OSU Foundation has a job opportunity for a Receptionist at the Corvallis Office.  This position will serve as first contact between Foundation employees and their callers and visitors and will provide excellent customer service to donors, visitors, special guests, and Foundation staff.

Weather

Corvallis: August arrives this week, with milder temperatures than we’ve seen in awhile. Highs will be in the low 80s to high 70s, with overnight lows in the 50s. We’ll see cloudier skies as well.

Central Oregon: Sunny with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s, with the chance of thunderstorms by week’s end.

Newport: Cloudy this week with highs staying around 61 all week, and lows in the 50s.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/

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