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Aug. 12-16, 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.

Farmers Market boom is leveling off (US News & World Report)

“That says that something that grows really rapidly can’t continue to do that forever,” says Larry Lev, a professor and extension economist at Oregon State University who studies farmers markets.

OSU promotes promising green technologies (Portland Tribune)

More promising green energy and related technologies could get commercialized under Oregon State University’s new Venture Accelerator program. (see also OPBRegister-Guard, KVAL)

Building on Eugene’s foundation for startups (Register-Guard)

An editorial by Nathan Lillegard, program manager of the University of Oregon’s Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship.

Simple table salt could help new high-tech industries using silicon nanostructures (Science World Report)

Chemists at Oregon State University have identified a compound that could significantly reduce the cost and potentially enable the mass commercial production of silicon nanostructures — materials that have huge potential in everything from electronics to biomedicine and energy storage. (see also Science BlogNanowerk, Environmental News Network)

Cognitive decline with age is normal, but not inevitable (Huffington Post)

“These are biological processes, and once we fully understand what is going on, we may be able to slow or prevent it,” said Kathy Magnusson, a neuroscientist at Oregon State University and a professor in the Linus Pauling Institute, in a press release. “There may be ways to influence it with diet, health habits, continued mental activity or even drugs.” (see also Science BlogThird Age)

In Corvallis, Native Americans put art in the Longhouse (Register-Guard)

Thanks to a gift from the family of the late John and Betty Gray — John Gray was a 1940 graduate of Oregon State University who became a Portland developer and philanthropist — two of Houser’s stunning bronze sculptures now reside at OSU’s new Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. It’s built of massive Douglas fir log columns and beams and sided with cedar planks

Student loan interest rate deal does little to help low-income students (Huffington Post)

One such organization is the Human Services Resource Center at Oregon State University. Program coordinator Clare Cady explained that the student-proposed initiative has served since 2010 as a way to unite and mobilize a number of programs for low-income students on campus. (see also University Herald)

OSU tests Superfund site (Natural Resource Report)

Oregon State University aims to test new technologies for measuring the toxicity of environmental chemicals to determine their health risk and see if cleaning up hazardous waste sites generates even worse chemicals.

What do you hear in these dog sounds? (Scientific American)

While we are learning about the noises coming from dogs’ mouths, we still have a way to go. I recently spoke with Monique Udell, an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University and a canine researcher, for an article on dog vocalizations for The Bark magazine. As Udell pointed out, “Vocal behavior in other species has received a lot of detailed attention. In birds, we’ve looked down to the note sequence and explored tiny variations. Vocalizations are such a prominent feature of dogs, and there is a lot to learn.”

WSU trial finds no GM wheat among NW varieties (Capital Press)

A special test of wheat varieties from around the region showed none were genetically modified for herbicide resistance, Washington State University researchers say. The test included 50 commercially grown varieties from WSU, the University of Idaho and Oregon State University, including new WSU varieties, and 24 varieties from WestBred/Monsanto and Limagrain Cereal Seeds. (see also Northwest Cable NewsEquities, Farming UK)

OSU President calls for increased cooperation statewide (The Dalles Chronicle)

Dr. Edward Ray, president of Oregon State University, visited The Dalles and Hood River Thursday to talk about developing partnerships that will create more educational opportunities in rural areas of the state.

OSU celebrates 100 years of ag service at Hood River (Good Fruit Grower)

Oregon State University’s Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center celebrated its 100-year anniversary, August 8, in Hood River, Oregon. The celebration included a tour of the research plots and a dinner with Dr. Edward Ray, OSU President, state legislators, and other faculty and staff.

OSU president visits, promises education ties (The Dalles Chronicle)

Dr. Edward Ray, president of Oregon State University, visited The Dalles and Hood River Thursday to talk about developing partnerships that will create more educational opportunities in rural areas of the state.

Race is personal for two white dads with two black kids (Oregonian)

A guest opinion by OSU’s Rick Settersten.

5 ways drones are being used in our everyday lives (CTV News)

Researchers at Oregon State University have come up with a fresh way to monitor how potato crops are doing, using a pair of battery-powered drones that weigh only a couple of pounds, to detect unhealthy plants.

NASA interns see industry growing, not dying (All Alabama)

Jonathan Bonebrake, a mechanical engineering senior at Oregon State University, worked on the second stage engine for the Space Launch System. Bonebrake was given the task of replicating the failure conditions of an earlier engine test to determine what went wrong.

OSU archaeology team digs for answers to questions about life at Fort Yamhill (Statesman Journal)

Zentgraf, 56, is a post-baccalaureate archaeology student participating in Oregon State University’s field study program this summer — an eight-week, hands-on course designed to provide students with the practical experience of working and managing an excavation site.

City backs new parking-permit districts around OSU campus (Gazette-Times)

A Corvallis City Council committee has endorsed the expansion of parking districts surrounding the Oregon State University campus.

OSU faculty selected for “Early Career Development” award (Albany Tribune)

Three researchers in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University have received a Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation.

Oregon ag products show signs of renewed growth (Western Farmer-Stockman)

Total income for farming in the state was valued at $5.4 billion, based on figures from NASS and Oregon State University data banks.  Overall, trends show that ag has bounced back from the recession,   besting 2011 figures of $5.3 billion.

OSU Climate Center receives USDA grant (Woodworking Network)

Oregon State University has received a five-year, $4 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to investigate increasing impacts of drought, insect attacks and fires on forests in the western U.S., and to project how the influence of climate change may affect forest die-offs in the future. Researchers will also enhance an earth system model to help them predict a forests vulnerability to physiological stress and create strategies to minimize the impact of climate, insects and fire.

Tapping private resources for public university good: Guest opinion (Oregonian)

A piece by Jim Francesconi, a member of the State Board of Higher Education.

Wine waste finds sweet afterlife in baked goods (Boise Public Radio)

Researchers are also exploring pomace’s properties as a food preservative — studies have shown that compounds called polyphenols found in grapes and in pomace kill bacteria that can cause food to spoil. One Oregon State University professor, Yanyun Zhao, has even toyed with turning pomace into a biodegradable material to make flower pots. (see also NPR)

Ashland backers seek agricultural district funds (Medford Mail Tribune)

District tax revenues would support 4-H, Master Gardeners and the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center in the wake of Jackson County funding cuts this year.

USDA awards grant to OSU to study forest mortality (KTVZ)

Oregon State University announced Tuesday it has received a five-year, $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate increasing impacts of drought, insect attacks and fires on forests in the West, and to project how the influence of climate change may affect forest die-offs in the future.

OSU Veterinary Hospital re-opens after influenza outbreak (The Horse)

The Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Oregon State University (OSU) has resumed normal operations following an outbreak of equine influenza, which for the past two weeks kept it from accepting horses for anything but emergency services. (see also Horse Talk)

Bard on the Boardwalk (Gazette-Times)

Summer belongs to Shakespeare. Festivals all over the valley bring various of the playwrights comedies and tragedies into the clear outdoor air, including OSU Theatre’s annual Bard in the Quad, presenting Shakespeare’s short satire, “The Comedy of Errors.”

Gray wolf population in Yellowstone boosting diet of Grizzly bears (KPCC)

Oregon State Professor Bill Ripple, who just published a study on this in the Journal of Animal Ecology, talks about how improving conditions for wolves impacts bears.

Know and grow Portland natives (Portland Magazine)

Oregon State University’s Oregon Flora Project, providing a definitive reference to all Oregon vascular plants, as well as information on endangered Oregon natives.

Oregon childcare costs third highest in country (Corvallis Advocate)

A report by Oregon State University researcher Bonnie Weber documented that child care costs increased 13% from 2004 to 2012 while household incomes declined 9%.

Why Bob of Bob’s Red Mill is cheering the FDA (Portland Business Journal)

The owner of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods has been evangelizing the benefits of natural foods for decades and has donated millions to promote healthy living. Since 2011, he and wife Charlee have contributed $25 million to fund a nutrition program at Oregon Health & Science University and $5 million to establish the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health at Oregon State University.

It’s gotta be the helmets (ESPN)

Drew Gereb was just a 37-year-old Oregon State grad with a colorful softball mask and a crazy dream when he pointed his Dodge Ram pickup south from Portland — alone, uninvited and unannounced — toward Corvallis and the OSU athletic offices on a Friday afternoon in March 2008.

The strange pleasures of narrative trickery (Huffington Post)

OSU’s Evan Gottlieb discusses why readers sometimes like to be lied to.

Oregon nurseries explore using ‘smart sprayer’ to reduce pesticide use (Oregonian)

The sprayer was developed by a team of researchers from Oregon State University, Ohio State University, the University of Tennessee and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Application Technology Research Unit.

Keys to quicker compost (Register-Guard)

“The more time you spend with the compost pile, the better it will be,” allows Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service — Lane County office in Eugene

OSU gets money to fight shellfish acidification (Oregon Business)

Oregon State University landed $250,000 through House Bill 5008 to help Oregon’s shellfish companies combat ocean acidification.

Nighttime heatwaves growing in frequency (Register-Guard)

Researchers at the Oregon Climate Service based at OSU documented 15 examples of nighttime heat waves between 1901 and 2009. Of these, 10 have occurred since 1990. Another such nighttime heat wave began this year at the end of June and lasted into early July.

Moth attack hits Valley firs and oaks again (Statesman Journal)

OSU Extension Forest Health Specialist David Shaw said in his “Tree Topics” blog that the western oak looper is a type of inchworm.

Hearing on controversial Corvallis project is postponed (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Neighbors steaming about a proposed housing development near Oregon State University will have to wait until Sept 4. to vent.

RI native’s dreams chased into space (Quad Cities Online)

“I explored medical specialties, but OSU had research ties to NASA in the area of human systems engineering,” said Stebel, who drives 90 minutes daily from his home in Littleton, Colo., to Louisville, Colo., just to work for SNC.

Letter: OSU President made right choice in forming board (Gazette-Times)

I would like to applaud Oregon State University President Ed Ray for his thoughtful leadership in relation to the recently adopted legislation creating new institutional board capacity at Oregon’s public universities. (see also Statesman Journal)

Doctor-assisted suicide laws pose hospice care dilemmas (American Medical News)

While the lethal prescription must come from the patient’s attending doctor, not a hospice physician, hospices still are affected by these laws, said Courtney S. Campbell, PhD, lead author of the study. He also chairs the ethics committee at Benton Hospice Service and is professor of religion and culture at Oregon State University, both in Corvallis, Ore.

Cows fed flaxseed produce more nutritious dairy products (Tri-State Neighbor)

Dairy cows that are fed flaxseed produce more nutritious milk, according to a new study by Oregon State University. (see also Farm & Ranch Guide, Magic Valley)

The time seems right for a fresh look at nuclear power (Democrat-Herald)

NuScale, the Corvallis company that’s trying to develop smaller, modular nuclear reactors, got caught in a national crossfire last week. It’s all part of a fascinating national debate about the future of nuclear power – and, frankly, it only was a matter of time before NuScale, which is working to commercialize technology developed at Oregon State University, got drawn into the debate.

Oregon diet (AgInfo)

Oregon State University has received a grant of nearly $5 million to develop an obesity prevention and healthy lifestyle program for teenagers. Unlike many programs that focus on treatment of children already at risk of obesity, this new program will aim at active high school-age teens involved in 4-H soccer programs in Oregon.

OSU-Cascades offers free counseling (Madras Pioneer)

Oregon State University – Cascades is offering free counseling to community members through the university’s graduate counseling program.

Public hearing set on sign at baseball stadium (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is hoping to add three words to the sign on the facade outside of its baseball facility, Goss Stadium. The sign currently reads “Goss Stadium.” The university wants to add the words “At Coleman Field.”

Battle in the blades (Lawn and Landscape)

For pests like crane flies and billbugs, Kowalewski says following good IPM practices, scouting early and making applications at the first sign of problems. As far as diseases, the main problem won’t be disease through the summer, says Alec Kowalewski, turfgrass specialist at Oregon State University.

When smoke gets in your garden, it can be a benefit (Mail-Tribune)

For example, Gabriel Balint, Oregon State University viticulturist, commented that many wine grapes may have a smoky flavor this year. Actually, that sounds good to me! On the other hand, David Sugar, OSU plant pathologist, doesn’t think the smoke will affect the flavor

 

Monday

TAC Webinar:  PowerPoint Polling for Mac.  Introducing TurningPoint 5.2.1! This webinar, conducted by Turning Technologies training staff, will get you up and running using the basics of this polling environment. The ultimate goal of the training is for users to feel confident to immediately use the Mac PowerPoint Polling application for basic polling.   Monday, Aug. 12, 8 a.m. Register Here: http://bit.ly/1bHgaqc

Professional faculty info session: Professional Faculty Job Groupings and Compensation Project information session on the Job Category Framework Communication Process for Managers/Supervisors. Monday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to noon at the Hallie Ford Center, Room 115.  Pre-registration is not required; both sessions will be live streamed, recorded and available on the project website http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/job_category/

TAC Webinar: Explore the new features within TurningPoint 5 (clickers), with Yousef Qassim.  We are upgrading to Turning Point 5 for Fall Term 2013. We are excited for it and we are sure you will be too. Join us for an hour introduction to the new features packed into Turning Point 5. Learn about the new combined receiver/flash drive, self-based examination, and a lot of other things.  Mon., Aug. 12, noon to 12:50 p.m.  Register here: http://bit.ly/14SNYJu

TAC Webinar: PowerPoint Polling for PC.  Introducing TurningPoint 5.2.1! This webinar, conducted by Turning Technologies training staff, will get you up and running using the basics of the PC PowerPoint polling environment. The ultimate goal of the training is for users to feel confident to immediately use the PowerPoint Polling application for basic polling.  Monday, Aug. 12, noon Register Here: http://bit.ly/1bHgpSa

“My Heritage, My Design” – Cross-Cultural Design Issues in Hmong Dress: Anthea Vang, a 2013 graduate of SDHE, will speak on the meaning and visceral features of traditional Hmong dress and present her 2013 apparel collection titled, “Modern Hmong.” She will speak on Aug. 12 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Milam 333. For more information visit this link:  http://gennareeves.wix.com/professional-portfolio/announcements

Tuesday

TAC Webinar: Anywhere Polling.  Introducing TurningPoint 5.2.1! This webinar, conducted by Turning Technologies training staff, will get you up and running using the basics of the Anywhere polling environment. The ultimate goal of the training is for users to feel confident to immediately use the PowerPoint Polling application for basic polling.  Tuesday, Aug. 13, 7 a.m. Register Here: http://bit.ly/1bHgNjP

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.

Wednesday

TAC Webinar: PowerPoint Polling for PC.  Introducing TurningPoint 5.2.1! This webinar, conducted by Turning Technologies training staff, will get you up and running using the basics of the PC PowerPoint polling environment. The ultimate goal of the training is for users to feel confident to immediately use the PowerPoint Polling application for basic polling.  Wednesday, Aug. 14, 7 a.m. Register Here: http://bit.ly/1bHgu8u

TAC Webinar:  PowerPoint Polling for Mac.  Introducing TurningPoint 5.2.1! This webinar, conducted by Turning Technologies training staff, will get you up and running using the basics of this polling environment. The ultimate goal of the training is for users to feel confident to immediately use the Mac PowerPoint Polling application for basic polling.   Wednesday, Aug. 14, noon. Register Here: http://bit.ly/1bHgfdv

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 is open to all OSU Faculty and Staff.  Sessions will be held Aug. 14, from noon-1:30 p.m. in GILB 324.

#beBEAVERBOLD Block Party: The Student Events & Activities Center and OSU Summer Session are partnering to provide community gatherings weekly starting June 26 through Aug 14 on Wednesday nights in Snell Hall International Forum. This event starts at 8:30 p.m. with 30 minutes of fun including music, performers, games, food, etc. followed by the showing of a feature MUvie. Aug. 14, “Skyfall.”

Thursday

NEW! Sentimental Recycling Exhibit: The students of DHE 399 present their final museum exhibit project to the public for viewing. The exhibit illustrates the sentimental recycling of dress from the lives of OSU students and their mothers. The exhibit will be open for viewing from Aug. 15 to Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. in Milam Hall in the display case directly across from Milam 236/224.

TAC Webinar: Self-Paced Polling.  Introducing TurningPoint 5.2.1! This Self-Paced Polling training webinar presented by Turning Technologies training staff is designed to comprehensively teach all users how to build answer keys, as well as facilitate a self-paced polling test. By the end of the training, users can expect to fully understand the self-paced polling application and begin using it immediately.   Thursday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m. Register Here: http://bit.ly/1bHh2vf

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.

NEW! SEIU meeting: The monthly SEIU Classified Workers meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, in the Memorial Union (MU 206) from 11:45  a.m. to 1 p.m.   We will be updating those who attend on CAPE nominations, and current bargaining news.  A light lunch will be provided.  All classified workers are invited to attend.  Bring a friend and wear purple.

TAC Webinar: Anywhere Polling.  Introducing TurningPoint 5.2.1! This webinar, conducted by Turning Technologies training staff, will get you up and running using the basics of the Anywhere polling environment. The ultimate goal of the training is for users to feel confident to immediately use the PowerPoint Polling application for basic polling.  Thursday, Aug. 15, 1 p.m. Register Here: http://bit.ly/1bHgTI6

SHS Executive Director candidate: The Search Committee would like to provide you the opportunity to meet the candidates for the Student Health Services Executive Director position. An open forum has been scheduled for the campus community which will include a 30-minute presentation followed by conversation.  Jenny Haubenreiser will be available Aug. 15, 2 to 3 p.m. in Plageman 322

TAC Webinar: Improving PowerPoint Slide Design, with Kimmy Hescock (TAC).  This webinar is intended to help instructors improve and beautify the visual look of their slide design in order to better support teaching and learning.  Thurs., Aug 15, 3 to 3:50 p.m.  Register here: http://bit.ly/14SNZx2

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. 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. 

Friday

TAC Webinar: PowerPoint Polling for PC.  Introducing TurningPoint 5.2.1! This webinar, conducted by Turning Technologies training staff, will get you up and running using the basics of the PC PowerPoint polling environment. The ultimate goal of the training is for users to feel confident to immediately use the PowerPoint Polling application for basic polling.  Friday, Aug. 16, 6 a.m. Register Here: http://bit.ly/1bHgwxg

TAC Webinar:  PowerPoint Polling for Mac.  Introducing TurningPoint 5.2.1! This webinar, conducted by Turning Technologies training staff, will get you up and running using the basics of this polling environment. The ultimate goal of the training is for users to feel confident to immediately use the Mac PowerPoint Polling application for basic polling.   Friday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. Register Here: http://bit.ly/1bHgjdn

TAC Webinar: Self-Paced Polling.  Introducing TurningPoint 5.2.1! This Self-Paced Polling training webinar presented by Turning Technologies training staff is designed to comprehensively teach all users how to build answer keys, as well as facilitate a self-paced polling test. By the end of the training, users can expect to fully understand the self-paced polling application and begin using it immediately.  Friday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m. Register Here: http://bit.ly/1bHh06q

TAC Webinar: Anywhere Polling.  Introducing TurningPoint 5.2.1! This webinar, conducted by Turning Technologies training staff, will get you up and running using the basics of the Anywhere polling environment. The ultimate goal of the training is for users to feel confident to immediately use the PowerPoint Polling application for basic polling.  Friday, Aug. 16, noon. Register Here: http://bit.ly/1bHgW6H

Upcoming events

NEW! Open Forums for Coordinator, Community Outreach: The campus community is invited to attend candidates’ presentations focusing on their philosophy of OSU and surrounding community relationships and their vision for the new Community Outreach program. Open Forums are Aug. 20, 21, and 22 from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. in MU 211. For accommodations related to disability please contact Debby.Widony@oregonstate.edu , 541-737-8748.

NEW! Student Engagement & Community Outreach Librarian Candidates:  The search committee invites you to attend the 45-minute presentation and Q&A, and 30-minute reception for this new position with responsibilities for building cross-campus relationships and supporting student retention and success initiatives.  Teri Talpe – Monday, Aug. 19; Laura Edmonston – Wednesday, Aug. 21; Patrick Nunez Rauber, Monday, Aug.26, all 2-3:15 p.m. in the Willamette Rooms in the Valley Library.

NEW! Weight Watchers Information:  Another 13 week session of WW begins Aug. 27. Open House meetings will be held on Aug. 20, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Student Health Services room 322.  The meetings are not limited to OSU employees.  Complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website.  This is required.  If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized.  Next, call the WW/PEBB number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code. Present the code at the first meeting. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

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. Aug. 21 – Tomatoes, Aug. 28 – Apples.  $15 per class – Call 541-766-6750 to register.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Land Grant talk: Chris McQuilkin, a Resident Scholar who is visiting us from the University of Oregon, will discuss his research in a talk titled “Land Grant Colleges, Agricultural Extension and the Institute of Inter-American Affairs in the Early Cold War, 1949-1964.” The talk will take place at 2 p.m., Aug. 16, in the Willamette West conference room on the third floor of the Valley Library.

Training Opportunity:  Alcohol Use Policy and Ethical Conduct in Academia.  This session will introduce you to both the current OSU Alcohol use Policy as well as the practical ethical issues concerning social alcohol use in Academia. This “brown-bag” session will be offered twice for your convenience, and is open to all OSU Faculty and Staff.  Sessions will be held Aug. 21  and 28 from noon-1:30  p.m. in GILB 324.

MBA Information Session: Advisors – Find out what is new in the MBA Program for your students to further their education. Staff – Find out more about obtaining an MBA on campus or in an online/hybrid format. OSU Faculty and Staff focused presentation and discussion.  Learn about the new tracks (Online/Hybrid, Global Operations, Marketing and Wealth Management) along with Clean Technology, commercialization and an A-MBA. Held at the Memorial Union Journey Room, noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21. Lunch included. RSVP to osumba@oregonstate.edu by Friday, Aug. 16 at Noon.

News for Employees

NEW! University ID Center changing business hours:  Effective Sept. 3, the University ID Center will be changing their staffed hours to 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This change in hours will help us stay consistent with the other departments within Business Affairs. The change also allows for our employees to have the ID Center ready to do business as soon as the doors are open. Also, it will allow us to finalize our business at the end of the day without compromise to our equipment and an extended waiting period for our customers.

NEW! Recreational Sports – Summer Shutdown & Improvements: Take a sneak peek of the many improvements we will be making to Recreational Sports facilities during August’s Summer Shutdown. Steven’s Natatorium Pool will be closed beginning Aug. 12 through Sept. 2 and Dixon Recreation Center will close Aug. 19 through Sept. 2. There are many ways to stay active at McAlexander Fieldhouse, Langton Pool and throughout Corvallis. Dixon Recreation Center will reopen Sept. 3. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.

NEW! Open Access Textbook Proposal:  OSU faculty are invited to submit a proposal to create an OSU Open Access textbook as part of a pilot initiative.  Sponsored by OSU Press and OSU Extended Campus, this initiative’s goal is to promote the creation and adoption of open educational resources on the OSU campus.  The initiative will assist OSU faculty in the development of an OA textbook with digital assets that enhance learning and teaching.  Because of concerns related to the rising costs of textbooks, we also seek to explore less expensive alternatives to high cost textbooks for undergraduate courses with high enrollment.   Proposals are due by Sept. 15.  For more information: Faye Chadwell, faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Computer help desk: The OSU Computer Help Desk is a free on-campus resource for students, faculty, and staff. We assist with diagnosing and repairing personal laptops, general software support, and resolving issues with Blackboard and ONID accounts. Our knowledgeable staff helps customers over the phone or in person at our walkup location on the main floor of The Valley Library. No appointment necessary.

NEW! Career Services newsletter: This month’s news letter has just gone live:  http://oregonstate.edu/career/sites/default/files/august_2013_newsletter.pdf

Save the date for University Day, Sept. 19:  Registration is open for the expo, should your unit wish to participate, and spaces are filling up fast!  We also look forward to our speaker joining us; Caryn McTigue Musil is Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives for the Association of American Colleges and Universities.  Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/events/universityday/

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

A Dream is the Start: Undergraduate Matt Kaiser shares his enthusiasm for research, in the Linus Pauling Institute’s blog.

Global learning: The OSU Global Learning listserv is intended to enhance and sustain the globalization effort at Oregon State through a discussion forum among like-minded colleagues about global learning, international initiatives at OSU, and internationalizing the curriculum. To subscribe: http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/globallearning

Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Fall 2013-14 Solicitation (Winter or Spring 2014 Release). The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Aug. 13.

Spin on Research: New blog post: Cayuse SP is One Year Old at OSU

Comprehensive Accessibility Plan for the Built Environment: The Accessible University Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Office of Equity and Inclusion, has publicized a Comprehensive Accessibility Plan for the Built Environment. This plan prioritizes how to improve access for people with disabilities on the Corvallis campus by setting objectives for the university to strive to achieve within the next five years. If you are interested, please read the plan and visit the website to offer comments.

UABC is moving: The University Administrative Business Center will be relocating their offices from Finley Hall to the University Plaza on Wednesday, Aug. 14 and Thursday, Aug.15.  UABC team members  will have limited access to email and phones during this time  but plan to be ready for business on Friday, Aug. 16.  Thank-you in advance for your patience and understanding during this relocation.

OSU Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) – Azumano Travel Campus Outreach: Azumano Travel will be facilitating a campus-wide outreach to provide an opportunity for those who are actively supporting the campus community’s travel needs or traveling on behalf of OSU for business purposes.  This will be an opportunity to hear about Azumano’s value proposition,  Azumano’s reach within state-wide systems and contracts, future opportunities to increase efficiency and lower costs and participate in a face to face question and answer session.  Azumano’s presentation is scheduled for Aug. 2o, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the MU Journey Room.  For more information, Donna Cain, donna.cain2@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-3423.

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.

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

26th Street: The City of Corvallis will be reconstructing sidewalks and ramps on 26th street from Monroe Ave to Orchard Ave., Aug. 12-14.  Work will include the removal of the existing sidewalk and curb, forming, pouring of the new sidewalk and landscaping.  Sidewalks will be closed on both sides of the street during this project.

Fire alarms: Simplex will be testing the horn/stobes on the Fire System at the following buildings Monday and Tuesday:
·         Ballard Hall
·         Batcheller Hall
·         Covell Hall
·         Bates Hall
·         Bexell Hall
·         Crop Science Building
·         Hovland Hall
·         Oak Creek Building
·         Shepard Hall
·         Wilkinson Hall/Gilfillan Auditorium

Fairbanks: Due to tree pruning and removal of dead limbs adjacent to the east entrance of Fairbanks Hall, the east entrance and sidewalk will be closed on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Waldo Place: Due to work related with the Student Experience Center project, Waldo Place will be closed, Aug. 12-16, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Signs will be in place directing deliveries to the Valley Library loading dock.

Campus wide: Generator service and load testing will take place Aug. 5-18 across campus. There will be no power disruption.

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.

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.

Furman Hall tree removal: The University’s arborists have identified two Birch trees in perpetual declining health due to beetle infestation south of Furman Hall.  The posted trees have developed dead branches near the top of their canopies and are beginning to create a health and property risk.  Landscaping staff will be removing the western most tree Aug. 20, from approx. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The removal will require staff to close two ADA parking spaces (see attached work zone sketch) and adjacent sidewalks to ensure a safe work zone.  The eastern most tree will be removed the following day, Aug. 21, approx. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The west sidewalk along 14th/15th will be partially closed, along with part of the south bound lane to ensure a safe work zone.  Flaggers, traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. Both trees will be replaced with an alternate species.

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:

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.

Professional and Noncredit Education (PNE) is seeking a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Business Development Manager. Posting #0011135 Closes Aug. 14.

Human Resources Business Analyst – The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, HR Business Analyst  position. Posting #0011157. Closes Aug. 15.

Temporary Chemistry Instructor Position.  The Department of Chemistry seeks to hire a temporary, term by term (non-tenured) Instructor to teach general and/or organic chemistry. Position may be full-time or part-time depending on qualifications. Posting #0010589. For full consideration, apply by Aug. 16.

The Department of Physics will fill a temporary position through the University’s Office Specialist 2 Pool.  We will begin reviewing of applications Aug. 19. Posting #0010926. Apply no later than Aug. 18.

Lead Receptionist-INTO OSU is now accepting applications for a Lead Receptionist.  This is a full time position responsible for the oversight of the Welcome Desk and student employee team. For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=8037352. Closes Aug. 19.

Administrative Program Assistant – OUS Study Abroad invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, APA position. Posting #0011086. Closes Aug. 20.

IE3 Global Internships Regional Director – OUS Study Abroad Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, IE3 Global Internships Regional Director position. Posting #0011141. Closes Aug. 20.

Assistant Risk Officer:  Enterprise Risk Management invites applicants to apply for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Risk Officer position. This position reports directly to the Chief Risk Officer and will assist in the oversight of the insurance, claims handling, and risk management operations throughout the University by planning, designing, and implementing new programs and/or changing existing programs.  Posting # 0011185. Closes  Aug. 21.

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering invites applications for a full-time Public Information Representative 1 position. Posting #0011158. Closes Aug. 21.

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.

Extended campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Marketing Project Manager position. Posting # 11186 . Closes Aug. 25.

The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011165.  Closes Aug. 26.

Accounting Technician – The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accounting Technician position. Posting #0011193. Closes Aug. 26.

Marketing and Communications Manager – OUS Study Abroad invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Marketing and Communications Manager position. Posting #0011198. Closes Aug.28.

Administrative Support Coordinator – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Support Coordinator position. Posting #0011188. Closes Aug. 28.

Administrative Support Coordinator – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Support Coordinator position. Posting #0011188. Closes Aug. 28.

Division of Outreach and Engagement is recruiting for a full time, fixed-term, Education Coordinator for the Oregon Open Campus to provide local leadership, coordination, and foster partnerships needed to advance and sustain the OOC goals and purpose. This position will be located at the Columbia Gorge Community College and will serve the Hood River and Wasco Counties. Posting # 0011199. Closes Aug. 29.

Disability Access Services (DAS) at Oregon State University invites applications for a Manager of Adaptive Technology. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #0011161. Closes Aug. 30.

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.

Patient Services Coordinator – Veterinary Teaching Hospital – Oregon State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, has an immediate opening for a 12-month, full-time (1 FTE), fixed term position as a Patient Services Coordinator. Reappointment is at the discretion of the VTH Director. Salary is commensurate with experience. Posting # 0011026. Closes Sept. 3.

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.

Weather

Corvallis:Despite cool and cloudy mornings, we’ve been enjoying the late summer light that comes with our sunny afternoons. The clouds will disappear for midweek before a return Thursday, but the afternoon sun will remain. Highs ranging from 80 to 86, lows around 55.

Central Oregon: Thunderstorms will begin and end our week, with sunshine in between. Highs could reach 91 by Wednesday, with lows hovering in the upper 50s.

Newport: Cloudy most of the week with highs in the lower 60s and lowers in the lower 50s.

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

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