For safety in reactors, companies think small (New York Times)
“The goal was simplicity,” said Mr. Reyes, a co-founder and chief technology officer of NuScale Power, located here on the edge of the campus of Oregon State University, where the company operates a simulator to try out some of its key concepts.
As oceans rise, scientists work toward consensus (Chronicle of Higher Education)
(Subscription only) As a glaciologist, Peter U. Clark has seen his fair share of icy cliffs plunging into the abyss. But four years ago, Mr. Clark, a geoscience professor at Oregon State University, went over a ledge like he’d never seen before: He agreed to help lead the next report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
A new pest in Central Oregon (Central Oregonian)
“It looks a lot like what we call vinegar fruit flies — the ones you get in your kitchen when your fruit is starting to go bad or soft,” said Amy Jo Detweiler, associate professor horticulture faculty with the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Brookings schools trail state averages (Curry Coastal Pilot)
Larry Flick, dean of the College of Education at Oregon State University, said that one of the main reasons Brookings-Harbor schools underperform could be that around half of its students are economically disadvantaged.
OSU: Forests unable to grow after forest fire (Natural Resource Report)
Researchers from Oregon State University concluded that moisture stress is a key limitation for conifer regeneration following stand-replacing wildfire, which will likely increase with climate change. This will make post-fire recovery on dry sites slow and uncertain. If forests are desired in these locations, more aggressive attempts at reforestation may be needed, they said.
Zinc harder to absorb in old age, animal study shows (Medicine Net)
The researchers, from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., conducted tests with mice and found that, although their diet contained adequate amounts of zinc, older mice showed signs of zinc deficiency and had a heightened inflammatory response
Mass is not a chemical oceanographer, but he is a scientist with some familiarity with these issues. So, to be absolutely certain we did not make a mistake, The Seattle Times asked another of the region’s leaders in chemical oceanography, Burke Hales, at Oregon State University, to review his critique and our story. Hales’ pioneering research in ocean carbon chemistry underlies much of what we know about the role carbon dioxide from fossil fuel emissions plays in changing the chemistry of Northwest seas. After reading Mass’ critique, here is Hales’ response: “The Seattle Times got the oyster story right.”
On Sept. 6, 2013, Oregon State students lost a tireless advocate when Liz lost her battle with cancer at age 62. And her colleagues lost a valued mentor and friend.
OSU steps in to help research during shutdown (Mail Tribune)
Funding from Oregon State University is allowing a geology professor to use a ship and continue his research during the federal government shutdown.
Waldport’s seeds of the sixties (Register-Guard)
“That’s the most fascinating part of this story, this connection of the camp to the ’60s,” says McQuiddy, a Lane Community College writing instructor. His just-released book, “Here on the Edge” (Oregon State University Press), brings to light the story of a government-sponsored camp born of religious opposition to war.
UM professor, Nobel laureate, lives life of solitude (Montana Kaiman News)
That same year, Running took a tennis class and ended up playing against a graduate student in forestry who was working under the man Running now considers his intellectual godfather: forest ecologist Richard Waring, now professor emeritus at OSU.
New book by Columbia City researcher offers salmon solutions (South County Spotlight)
Jim Lichatowich’s “Salmon, People, and Place: A Biologist’s Search for Salmon Recovery,” his second published book on salmon in the Pacific Northwest, was released Tuesday, Oct. 1. The book was published by the Oregon State University Press.
Scholar of U.S. isolationism, Lindbergh biographer (U.T. San Diego)
“Treating Lindbergh sympathetically was something new,” said Christopher Nichols, an assistant professor of history at Oregon State University and an authority on the isolationist movement.
That cheese could be older than you think (Boise Public Radio)
Tami Parr’s new book, “Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History,” (OSU Press) chronicles the origins of cheese making in our region’s grassy, damp, and moldy terroir (or for some of us, the arid, sagebrush grazing lands east of the mountains). (See also OPB)
Children with autism and their socialising (British Psychological Society)
The investigation included 233 children aged 14 to 49 months who had been diagnosed with autism – and the researchers, led by Megan MacDonald, Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, said the results add to existing evidence connecting autism and motor skill deficits.
Pendleton seeks to attract drone industry (KIMA TV Spokane)
An Oregon State University study is also using drones to monitor potato crops in Hermiston, about 30 miles northwest of Pendleton.
25 most amazing university student union buildings (KHQ- Idaho)
Best College Reviews has released a ranked list of the 25 most amazing university student unions in America. Oregon State University’s Memorial Union came in at #20. (see also KPTV)
Mental health matters (Gazette-Times)
A new analysis by Oregon State University researchers of California’s mental health system finds that comprehensive, community-based mental health programs are helping people with serious mental illness make the transition to independent living.
Stinkbug emerges as new invasive in Columbia County (South County Spotlight)
“They are showing some definite, severe problems on some apples, pears and quite a few other fruits,” said Chip Bubl, Oregon State University’s Agricultural Extension agent based in St. Helens. “This is probably our first year of visible, significant injury. It’s going to be a problem.”
OSU Open Source Lab hosts info event (Gazette-Times)
The 12th semiannual Beaver BarCamp, an informal conference where participants can explore anything from science to art, technology, food, art, culture or other topics, is scheduled from 9 a.m to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Oregon State University.
Shutdown affects Idaho potato trials (Herald & News)
While officials from Oregon State University, Washington State University, representatives from the potato industry and visitors from China and New Zealand were able to sort through the crop in Klamath County, they weren’t able to do so a week before in Aberdeen, Idaho.
Fall colors start to peak next week (Oregonian)
Gingko trees in full regalia near the Oregon State University Campus in Corvallis, and fall colors in the Gilchrist State Forest. Whether it’s the city, the coast or the Cascades, fall colors will be popping in the next several weeks.
“There are even microclimates within a garden within the length of a season,” said Albright, who was trained by Oregon State University Extension Services. “My garden has four to five microclimates.”
International Films: The fifth International Film Festival is Oct. 14-20 at the Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis. Sponsored by OSU’s School of Language, Culture, and Society, admission is free but tickets are required. The full schedule is at: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/slcs/sites/default/files/iffprogram3.pdf
Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings: Chris Jordan, NOAA Fisheries, will speak on “Recovering salmon populations – is stream habitat restoration a viable strategy?,” at 10 a.m., Oct. 14, in Nash Hall Room 32. Open to the OSU community.
OSU Libraries Fall Workshop Series starts with Data Management, EndNote, EndNote Web, Mendeley, & Zotero sessions: The Fall 2013 OSU Libraries Graduate Student and Faculty Workshop Series kicks off with citation manager and data management sessions in Week 3: Zotero (Oct. 14), Intro to Data Management (Oct. 15), EndNote Web (Oct. 15), Mendeley (Oct. 17), and EndNote (Oct. 17). For workshop registration and more session information, visit http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops
NEW! Zoology seminar: J. Leighton Reid, OSU Forestry, postdoc, will speak on “Restoring birds, bats, and dispersal mutualisms in a tropical agricultural landscape,” Oct. 14, 3:30 p.m, ALS 4001.
Science Pub: “Finding Our Way Through the Controversy over Genetic Engineering in Agriculture: The good, the bad, and the righteous.” The Science Pub platform is an informal and interactive setting open to any members of the public where there are no silly questions. No scientific background is required – just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! Oct 14, 6-8 pm, Majestic Theatre http://oregonstate.edu/terra/science-pub-corvallis/
NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.
NEW! Parent support group: A Student Parent Support Group takes place Oct. 16, 3-4 p.m. in MU Journey Room. For more information visit: oregonstate.edu/childcare
NEW! Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives Brewery Crawl: Oregon has a rich beer history and recently OSU Libraries created the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives to help capture and preserve it. To celebrate Oregon Archives Month, OHBA has organized a downtown brewery crawl and talks on local brewing history on Oct. 19. Visit the Oregon Archives Month page (http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/archivesmonth.html) for your crawl guide, event details, and information about registration. Contact Tiah Edmunson-Morton at 541-737-7387 or email@example.com with questions.
NEW! Homecoming Week Oct. 21-26: Join the Homecoming tradition all week and be part of Beaver Nation. Games in the MU Quad, Pepsi Pong Tourney, a concert prior to the football game on Saturday and much more! You won’t want to miss the parade and bonfire/pep rally (located behind the Hilton Garden Inn) on Thurs. Oct. 24. www.osualum.com/homecoming
Halloween with Harry: Corvallis-OSU Symphony, Rob Birdwell, guest conductor. The orchestra performs music by John Williams from the Harry Potter films. Those with tickets to the concert may arrive at 1 pm for a special, interactive “Diagon Alley” community business fair in the lobby of LaSells, featuring refreshments and activities. Costumes encouraged. Sunday, Oct. 27 , 3 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Tickets and Information: cosusymphony.org
Training Days (Oct. 29 and 30): This no-cost, two-day program features focused learning sessions that range from learning more about functions pertaining to human resources, finance and administration, grants, and other business activities to personal finance, budgeting for retirement, and developing a personal fitness routine. Details, schedule and registration (http://oregonstate.edu/training-days)
Lectures and webinars
NEW! Workplace Safety Training: Register now for free Safety In Motion® (SIM4®) training Oct. 15 at Oak Creek Building Room 201. Four 30-minute sessions, starting at 10 a.m. Training is open to all OSU employees. Techniques taught help you rethink the way you reach, lift, carry, push and pull and are proven to reduce physical stress and strain, boost balance and strength, and improve productivity. http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=6.
NEW! Get organized: Queen B Organizing will give a presentation as part of National Work & Family Month, Oct. 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in MU 208. For more information visit: oregonstate.edu/childcare
NEW! Faculty forum on OSU Divestment out of fossil fuel companies: This one hour (brown bag) noon-time forum will examine the upcoming proposed resolution to the faculty related to the OSU Foundation divestment out of fossil fuel investments. Meetings take place at noon Oct 16, Gilkey 109; Oct 21, Strand 111; Oct 24, Womens Building 210; Oct 31, Kidder 128. The proposed (draft) resolution that will be the subject of discussion and vote by the Faculty Senate later in the quarter.
NEW! TAC Webinar: Google Apps for Instructors Basics: with Victor Yee (Ecampus); Lynn Greenough (TAC). Want to know what Google Apps for Education are all about? Join our 50 minute webinar to learn the basics about using and sharing information in Google, and find out how you can get started. Questions welcome. Oct 16; 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/13ZH5KZ
NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar: Joel Baker, University of Washington, Tacoma, will be presenting a seminar – “Marine Microplastic Pollution: Navigating the Waters of a Rapidly-Emerging Environmental Issue with Alfred E. Neuman and Chicken Little,” Oct. 16, 2 p.m., in Ag Life Sciences 4001 .
NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: Robert K. Cowen, director, Hatfield Marine Science Center; Professor, CEOS, OSU, will speak on “ISIIS: A new window to assess the predator/prey environment for larval stages of fish” Oct. 16, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.
NEW! Climate-Change Technologies and the Volatilizing of American Literary Regionalism: In this talk, Ray Malewitz explores the ways that climate change and climate-change infrastructural technologies such as wind turbines, solar farms, and underground water pipelines alter these relationships in contemporary regional fiction. Oct 16, 4 p.m., MU 206.
NEW! Winter Blues: Conquering the Winter Blues, a presentation as part of National Work & Family Month, Oct. 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in MU 213. For more information visit: oregonstate.edu/admin/hr
NEW! Constantine and God: An Imperial Agent for the Christian Divinity: Charles Odahl will survey the reign of Constantine I, the first Christian emperor, and examine how he developed and became the model for Byzantine emperors in the Greek east and for European kings in the Latin west over the next millennium. Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Milam Auditorium.
NEW! Getting to the root of the cleanup: Using plant-based “phyto” to polish your waste and stormwater: Louis Licht, President and Founder of Ecolotree, will be giving a seminar on phytoremediation, which is the use of plants to remove contaminants in polluted soil or water. Come hear about why OSU is especially poised to address plant treated wastewater. Oct. 17, 4 – 5 p.m. in ALS 4000.
NEW! Wellness Workshop: Refuel-Nutrition Basics for Active People: Learn to eat right to increase productivity and enjoyment of workouts. Get the facts and myths around nutrition and physical activity. Sample healthy recipes. Free to OSU community. Tuesday Oct. 22; 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dixon lower classroom. Register at: oregonstate.edu/recsports/wellnessworkshop
NEW! Women in technology workshop: From College to Careers - Workshop for Women in Technology. Featuring a panel of dynamic women in technology. They will share their insights on technology careers and reveal how to go after the job of your dreams and get it. Network with peers, professionals and panelists. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m. registration, 2:30 p.m. event. CH2M HILL Alumni Center Ballroom. Register here: http://www.netappsled.com/OSU/osuReg.php
NEW! NASA Student Symposium: The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium will host the 2013 NASA Student Symposium on Friday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Ag Science Room. The Symposium features posters and presentations by student interns, scholars, and research teams. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/student-symposium.
Science Communicators brown bag seminar: “To Advocate or Not To Advocate.” Are there circumstances in which OSU science writers and other communicators should frame scientists as policy advocates? Or should we avoid advocacy at all costs? Hosted by Nick Houtman, featuring Bob Lackey and Michael Nelson. Oct. 15, noon to 1 p.m., Marketplace West Dining Large East Room. For more information: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/sciencecommunicators/2013/10/01/third-tuesday-brown-bag-series/
Horticulture Seminar Series: Alec Kowalewski, Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at OSU will present a seminar on “Cultural Practices.” He will speak on Oct. 15 from 4 to 5 p.m., in ALS 4000.
Imagination and Social Change: The Creativity of Occupy – Oct. 15, 7 p.m., MU:208 (La Raza) – Social movements generate art, music, and innovative social forms. They open up possibilities for a different future. Andrea Marks, Bill Ritchey, and activists from Occupy Corvallis will speak about the creative activist imagination generated by Occupy movement, and how that movement has continued to inspire on-going social justice projects.
“Exploring Oregon’s History of Slavery”: A presentation with R. Gregory Nokes, the author of Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, published by OSU Press. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. , Valley Library Rotunda.
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. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 3-4:30 p.m., MU 208. Contact 541-737-3556 for accommodations.
Research Office New Faculty Orientation: New faculty are invited to come Oct. 17, to hear an overview of services that support faculty success in research such as navigating rules and regulations, successes in funding and more. Includes a panel discussion on working with Federal agencies. Lunch and late afternoon reception included. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=22. For more information: 541-737-3467.
So You Think You Can Interview? Want to feel more prepared? Learn how to polish your interviewing skills and ace your interview! Miriam Lea from Rentrak will present on Oct. 21 in the OSU Valley Library: Willamette East & West from 11 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by Oregon State University Career Services.
Negotiating Pay Benefits and Weighing Job Offers: Discover tips on how to negotiate the best job offer! Doug Rice, Talent Acquisition Manager will present on Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to noon in Kidder Hall, Room 202. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.
Speed Mock Interviews: Sign up on Beaver JobNet (http://oregonstate.edu/career/seminars-and-events) for a one-of-a–kind opportunity to practice interviewing with Employers and Career Specialist and receive valuable feedback to prepare you for the real thing! Bring resume. This event will take place on Oct. 22, 2 to 4 p.m., in MU 206. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.
News for Employees
NEW! Getting around on Campus: There are many exciting construction projects underway across campus, and OSU’s Capital Planning and Development team has created a web page with construction traffic information to help everyone get around campus during this construction. Your safety is our number one concern; please check out the information, which includes a construction traffic route map and safety tips, at http://campusops.oregonstate.edu/construction.
Child Care subsidy: Applications for the Faculty/Staff Friend-Raisers Child Care Subsidy, are due on Friday, Oct. 18. Forms are available in the Office Of Childcare and Family Resources, 151 Snell, or online at: http://oregonstate.edu/childcare/paying-child-care
Traffic and Maintenance
Jefferson Way: Jefferson Way from 15th St to 26th St will experience delays Monday – Friday during class change times. Traffic will be stopped hourly from 15 til to 5 after the hour. These delays are a safety measure to protect the students and staff (pedestrians) during construction of the Student Experience Center. We are asking all people who drive this area as a short cut through campus to use an alternate route. Also, any people scheduling deliveries be aware of these delay times and try to schedule deliveries at the bottom of the hour.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.
College of Business is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011434. Closes Oct. 14.
Extension Family and Community Health is accepting applications for one part-time, (approximately 26 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position. This position will be located in Grants Pass, Oregon. Posting # 0011430. Closes Oct. 14.
The Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) program is accepting applications for one part-time (approximately 26 hours per week), Education Program Assistant 1. This postion will be located in Central Point. Posting # 0011428. Closes Oct. 14.
The Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant to the Registrar position. Posting # 0011441. Closes Oct. 16.
Accountant 2 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 2 position (internal to OSU employees only). Posting # 0011443. Closes Oct 16.
Coordinator, Community Outreach – The Office of the Dean of Student Life invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Coordinator, Community Outreach position. Posting # 0011384. Closes Oct 17.
Associate Director-Transportation Solutions: OSU Campus Operations is accepting applications for a full-time Professional Faculty position. The individual in this position will be responsible for developing and maintaining a dynamic, sustainable, data-driven long-range plan and comprehensive mission to meet the growing and evolving transportation and parking needs of OSU. This position will direct and coordinate the efforts of the Motor Pool and Transit and Parking Services (TaPS) managers for planning, organization, direction, budget, capital assets, contractual obligations and administration of transportation for the OSU campus. Posting #0011431 Closes Oct. 18.
Advisor-The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for an Academic Advisor, full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Provide advising support for undergraduate Environmental Sciences majors who are enrolled either on campus or through Oregon State University’s Ecampus. Posting #0011416. For full consideration apply by Oct. 20.
Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator – The Environmental Health Science Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator position. Posting #0011309. Closes Oct. 20.
Douglas County Extension Office is seeking an Office Manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # 0011319.
Grants/Contracts Coordinator– The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants/Contracts Coordinator position. Posting # 0011435. Closes Oct. 21.
Closes Oct. 21. Director – The Center for Lifelong STEM Learning invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Director position. Posting #0011233, closes for full consideration on Oct. 21.
Office Specialist 2– The OSU Libraries and Press invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011449. Closes Oct. 22.
The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011419. Closes Oct. 22.
Tillamook County Extension Office is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. This position will be located in Tillamook, Oregon. Posting #0011412. Closes Oct. 25.
The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University is seeking an Assistant Professor. This is a full-time, 12-month, professorial faculty position. This position will serve Malheur County. This position is 0.75 FTE tenure-track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed-term funding. To apply, visit Posting #0011413. Posting closes Oct. 30.
The School of Civil and Construction Engineering is currently recruiting for a 1.00 FTE fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant, Posting # 0011200. Closes Oct. 31.
Research Coordinator. OSU Zoology Department invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position PISCO-ODFW Marine Science Integration Researcher for a two-year project. This is a new position that will serve as a formal bridge between Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserves Program and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans. Posting #0011408. For full consideration: apply by Oct. 31.
Information Technology Manager – The Office of Enrollment Management invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term Information Technology Manager position. Posting # 0011421. Closes Oct 31.
The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University seeking an Assistant Professor of Practice. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term faculty position in the in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Horticulture. This position will serve Benton, Lane and Linn Counties, with primary responsibility for community horticulture. The primary work station will be either Benton or Linn County Extension office and will be determined in consultation with the West Central Regional Administrator. Posting # 0011448. Closes Nov. 3.
The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University seeking an Assistant Professor of Practice. This position is located in McMinnville. This is a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term faculty position in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Horticulture. This position will serve Yamhill County with primary responsibility for community horticulture. Posting # 0011447. Closes Nov. 3.
The College of Forestry is recruiting for a Professor and Department Head, in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society (FES). The College of Forestry seeks an established and broad thinking scholar, an effective and inspiring leader, and a highly competent administrator for this position. FES is an energized and interdisciplinary department containing leading scholars whose expertise ranges from the biophysical to the social sciences, from policy to ethics. Posting #0011321. Closes Nov. 15.
Regional Network Director – OSU Alumni Association invites applications for a full-time, alumni relations professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks and alumni programs in Oregon (other than Portland) and Boise, ID. Position description and application info at: www.osualum.com/jobs
Corvallis: “There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir, We must rise and follow her; When from every hill of flame, She calls and calls each vagabond by name” ~ William Bliss Carman. Areas of dense fog this morning, followed by cloudy skies and gradual clearing. High today of 64 with a low tonight of 35. Sunny days expected the rest of the week.
Central Oregon: Sunny and clear today with a high of 55 and a low of 29. More of the same for the rest of the week.
Newport: Sunny after some morning fog, high of 64, low of 45. Sunny the rest of the week with some morning fog.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/Email version