The new science of living longer (MORE Magazine)
“Your DNA is wound really tightly around one of these protein switches,” explains Emily Ho, PhD, a principal investigator at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. The epigenome tags physically mark your DNA in a way that affects how your genes operate. For instance, cells in your skin, eyes, teeth and hair contain exactly the same DNA. But they produce different features because, under the influence of these tags, some genes are “expressed” and others are “silent.”
Sarina Saturn, assistant professor at the School of Psychological Science at Oregon State University, says it is in our brains to consider poor treatment of the earth as being “unethical”. But in order to tap into these “neural structures”, we need to access our care-giving system, which largely relies on witnessing suffering of beings.
Beaver State: OSU attracts more Oregonians than UO (Democrat-Herald)
As it turns out there’s no real controversy, as OSU, with about 17,500 Oregonians enrolled at its Corvallis campus, has nearly 4,500 more in-state students than UO, according to data from the Oregon University System.
Cows, sheep, goats and buffalo produce “copious amounts” of methane in their digestive systems, Oregon State University wrote in an online press release, citing analysis published in the journal Nature Climate Change today. One of the most effective ways to cut the gas would be to reduce the global population of ruminant livestock, the university said. (see also Wired, Capital Press)
5 surprising things we feed cows (Mother Jones)
“There’s a lot of stuff which the general public might not think of as feeds which are actually quite common,” says Cory Parsons, a livestock nutrition expert at Oregon State University.
But bacteria and archaea have been found in sediments in hydrothermal vents, subglacial lakes, mud volcanoes, underwater mountains and many other environments, said Rick Colwell, a microbiologist at Oregon State University, who presented results from a new census of such organisms earlier this month at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. (see also Live Science)
When I got back to the United States, I called Kenneth Maes. He’s an anthropologist at Oregon State University who studies community health volunteers in Ethiopia. “It’s easy to say we can’t afford [community health workers],” he said, “but it really takes a change in ideology, a change in values, a commitment to raising the money and convincing various players in international health that this is something worth putting money into.”
Demand rises, parking spaces drop on OSU campus (Gazette-Times)
There are fewer parking spaces available on the Oregon State University campus, and a greater percentage of those that remain are being used, according to the university’s annual study of the subject.
Deschutes stakes claim to brewery world’s first GRI report (Sustainable Business Oregon)
The report tracks nearly 50 economic, environmental and social performance measures. Deschutes worked with students in the Oregon State University-Cascades’ sustainability program to conduct audits and gather other data.
Despite the rhetoric, research undertaken by Prof. Aaron Wolf of Oregon State University has established that the shared nature of international cross border waterways overwhelmingly leads to differing levels of cooperation rather than military conflict.
OSU asks: Do Americans give a frack about drilling issues? (Sustainable Business Oregon)
Researchers at Oregon State University and two other scholarly institutions reported Monday that half of all Americans know little or nothing about hydraulic fracking. (see also Portland Tribune)
Scientists demonstrate strengths and shortcomings of method for determining ancient earthquake size (Earth Magazine)
Despite this unfortunate finding, Chris Goldfinger, a seismologist at Oregon State University who has studied the Cascadia Subduction Zone in depth, says he is impressed by the team’s research.
Rorrer to lead new NSF program (LIFE@OSU)
Gregory Rorrer, a College of Engineering professor and head of the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) will begin service with the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a rotating program director of the Energy for Sustainability Program within the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) Division of the Engineering Directorate, beginning Feb. 3.
A look at where NuScale makes the power happen (Sustainable Business Oregon)
NuScale, of course, made headlines last week when it snagged a big-time award (up to $226 million) from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Oregon State University spinoff will use the money to help develop its small modular nuclear reactors.
Software and engineering enrollment spikes at Oregon universities (Universities News)
“Most of these smaller companies want to hire experienced people,” said Terri Fiez, director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. “But if we don’t have a source of these people, they won’t have enough down the road.” (see also Portland Business Journal)
New attitudes, ordinances appear to be calming the neighborhoods (Gazette-Times)
OSU climate change research is involved in several top stories for CNN this year.
Rail council OKs two alternatives for Portland-Eugene high speed routes (Democrat-Herald)
Neither route goes through Corvallis, however. State Rep. Sara Gelser of Corvallis said she would continue to work to improve transportation possibilities connections between Albany and Corvallis, including a spur rail line between the cities.
Forest geneticists at Oregon State University have created genetically modified poplar trees that grow faster, have resistance to insect pests and are able to retain expression of the inserted genes for at least 14 years, a report in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research just announced. (see also Sustainable Business Oregon, Biomedicine)
Oregon State researchers model spatially spreading processes like wildfires caused by lightening (NSF)
Researchers from Oregon State University are developing new algorithms that will work with ecosystem simulators and address the risk of catastrophic outcomes such as species extinction or catastrophic wildfires. (see also Phys.Org)
They can be quickly and easily tailored to target specific genes in particular bugs. “That’s the beauty of it – you can turn around in a week and create a new drug,” says Bruce Geller, a professor of microbiology at Oregon State University.
Here are foods you should really eat for health (San Francisco Chronicle)
One is certainly emerging from scores of scientific studies, according to Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute. Named for the sometimes controversial scientist, the late Linus Pauling, this respected organization is now dedicated to understanding the role of specific nutrients and other components in food that can enhance health and prevent disease.
Oregon universities split from state system (University Business)
In a climate of declining state funding, Oregon higher ed policy leaders needed to bring in more resources while taking some of the burden off students. That’s why three of the state’s universities are breaking off from the Oregon University System. Effective July 1, Oregon State University, Portland State University and the University of Oregon will have their own boards.
USDA, DOE give $8 million for energy crop research (Biomass Magazine)
“Structural Polymorphisms as Causes of Heterosis in Populus” at Oregon State University, which received $1 million. The project’s goal is to characterize the extent of structural polymorphisms (SPs) between and within species of populus that are used to produce wood and bioenergy, and examine their relationship to growth, stress tolerance, and breeding efficiency. This project will study wild black cottonwoods and interspecies hybrids important in plantations in the Pacific Northwest U.S. and other parts of the world, with a focus on the extent to which assay of SPs could improve hybrid breeding compared to alternative approaches. (see also Ethanol Producer Magazine)
Andrew Meigs named GSA fellow (LIFE@OSU)
Andrew Meigs was recently named 2013 Fellow of the Geological Society of America.
The high cost of nuclear power (Eugene Weekly)
Meanwhile an OSU-spinoff company called NuScale Power thinks it can make money from nuclear power plants built on a small scale. Up to $226 million in funding was given to NuScale by the U.S. Department of Energy for its power module that can generate 45 megawatts of power. The modules are designed to be factory-built and transported to the site for use.
OSU awarded $300,000 to improve minority student success (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University has been awarded a $300,000 grant to expand services at its four cultural centers in an effort to improve minority student success. (see also Oregonian)
Patrick Emerson, an Oregon State University economist, said the data showed the sustained strength of Oregon’s recovery. “Oregon is in a particularly good place right now,” he said. “It certainly makes me optimistic about the coming year or two.”
Tech firms seek a place in economy’s spotlight (Portland Tribune)
The study was commission by the Oregon Business Council, the Technology Association of Oregon and Oregon State University. Other findings reveal that the average wages of ICT workers are twice the state average. The study also found the industry is growing rapidly in the state, with 40 percent of ICT jobs in firms that are new to Oregon since 2001.
Video questions OSU diversity (Gazette-Times)
A group of African-American students is questioning Oregon State University’s commitment to diversity with a hard-hitting Internet video titled “The Black Beavers.”
Oregon State and Portland State universities closely followed UO at the top, but the four smaller universities lagged farther back. Across the state’s seven public universities, the average salary and benefit was $106,605.
OSU should keep tech school head (Guest opinion) (Oregonian)
Dismissing Dr. Fiez will not only damage OSU’s relationships with Oregon industry, it will make it very difficult to recruit anyone with similar creativity, initiative and leadership skills. (see also Oregonian, Portland Business Journal)
Consumers don’t mind bread with less salt (Counsel & Heal)
For this study, the researchers from Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center located in Portland recruited around 200 people to be taste testers. The participants were given four samples of whole-wheat sandwich bread. The slices were made with normal amounts of salt, 10 percent less salt, 20 percent less salt and 30 percent less salt. The researchers found that the consumers could tell the difference between bread made with normal levels of salt and bread slices made with 20 percent or 30 percent less salt.
Easy ways to move more at work (Latest Health Fitness)
“There’s a major decline in physical activity from 18 to 19 years old,” says Bradley Cardinal, PhD, a professor of social psychology of physical activity at Oregon State University, who says there can be another when you enter the workplace—particularly if you have a job that requires you to sit at a desk all day long. Plus, as you move up the ranks, you typically run around doing errands for the company less frequently, says Cardinal—so you’ll likely spend more time parked at your desk as you climb the corporate ladder.
Emergency drill for vulnerable groups (KEZI)
The agencies set up an evacuation shelter in a dining hall at OSU, where actors arrived during the simulation. If there was an actual emergency situation, other agencies from surrounding counties could respond, as they did on Wednesday.
American cities work to make transit attractive (Cecil Daily)
What makes Portland’s system so effective is its seamlessness and accessibility, says Katherine Hunter-Zaworski, a civil and construction engineering professor at Oregon State University. “It’s just so easy. Things interface so nicely,” says Hunter-Zaworski, who has worked with TriMet on technology development. “The other thing about Portland transit is that, if you happen to be a wheelchair user or somebody with a disability, it is really quite easy to get around.”
The Oregon State Beavers will travel once again to the Hawaiian Islands for a post-season gridiron battle, the fourth time in the university’s history that the team has made the trip for a bowl game.
Obesity prevention program reaches communities (Deming Headlight)
The program was developed by Oregon State University and is now being conducted in Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. GROW Healthy Kids and Community is funded by a $4.87 million grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Smoke-free policy at OSU has moved problem to campus boundaries (Gazette-Times)
The Oregon State University campus has been smoke free for a little more than a year, and the Faculty Senate heard a report Thursday on the progress of the policy.
2013 top gardening stories (Oregonian)
Gardening experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service doled out free advice in 2013, from planting cover crops to aerating a lawn.
Second career teachers (Bend Bulletin)
Suenaga, 42, is an example of what Carolyn Platt calls a mid-career changer. Platt, who is program lead of teacher education at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, estimates that one-third to one-half of her secondary education students each year fit into the mid-career changer category.
A study by Oregon State University researchers has found that adding selenium to fields planted with alfalfa will allow the perennial forage crop to “take up” the important mineral in its tissues, providing better feed for calves and other livestock. Many areas throughout the Pacific Northwest is deficit in the mineral selenium.
Over the course of the next decade, lowered incidence of these diseases would save over half a billion dollars in medical costs, concluded the research team, which includes members from Oregon State University and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Outdoor Life honors those working to improve outdoor access (Outdoor Life)
Katie McCrae (senior in Natural Resources at OSU) has helped make her Eugene, Oregon chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation one of the most active grassroots chapters in the nation. Under her leadership the chapter has nearly a dozen projects scheduled in 2013, ranging from native plant restoration to road repair and access enhancement projects in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management.
Battle of the Robots (Spiegel)
Team ViGIR, a collaborative effort between TORC Robotics of Christiansburg, Virginia, the Technical University of Darmstadt, Virginia Tech University and Oregon State University, plans to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge on Dec. 20 and 21.
Residents honored for helping distressed swimmers (The Garden Island)
Kapaa resident Shigeta-Koizumi, a senior public health and women studies major at Oregon State University, is credited for saving a visitor from County Cork, Ireland on Aug. 7 while he was swimming at Moloaa Bay. The man, according to Shigeta-Koizumi’s certificate, “became exhausted and felt his life was over, when out of nowhere, a yellow foam rescue tube was pushed into his arms by Kiah.”
The United States drought monitor listed 100 percent of the state as at least abnormally dry in 2013, according to Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. (see also Democrat-Herald)
Wyden aide Keith Chu said forest experts such as Prof. Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington and Prof. Norman Johnson of Oregon State University firmly support the bill, and think it incorporates the latest science on protecting clean water and forest health. (see also Oregonian, OPB)
Holiday with Vivaldi (Gazette-Times)
Steven Zielke, the founder of the Corvallis Repertory Singers and the director of choral studies at Oregon State University, has a new line to add to his CV: He’s been appointed the first Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music at OSU.
Douglas Johnson, a professor emeritus at Oregon State University, disagreed with the report’s claim that people’s attitudes toward wolves “are largely based on a perceived threat to personal safety or livelihood.”
OSU student media adviser says university tried to quash her quest for public records (Gazette-Times)
OSU’s chief spokesman says Willson’s job is safe and the university was not trying to muzzle her. But he also says Willson was out of line when she tried to obtain public records from the institution she works for and that all such requests should be filed by student journalists, not their adviser.
The University of Cincinnati and Oregon State University study will record samples from the nearly 100 producing wells in Carroll County, as of October. It is set to last a year, and is funded by a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences grant.
One Oregon State University student who got into a car crash on the first day of snow, Nick Srstka, is from South Dakota. He says he is frustrated with the lack of city snow removal.
Campus construction: Austin Hall going up (Gazette-Times)
Construction is continuing on the newest building on the Oregon State University campus, Austin Hall.
Engaging in energy efficiency (Woodburn Independent)
“This project is part of a bigger effort by Oregon State University to incorporate alternative energy into our locations around the state,” Bondi said. “And that’s actually part of a larger effort by the Oregon University System. Some other public institutions have signed on to explore ways to use alternative energy.”
Planning commission: City should prepare for off-campus issues (Bend Bulletin)
The Bend Planning Commission is calling for the city to start its own planning process for the growth and changes that will result from the expansion of Oregon State University-Cascades in southwest Bend.
Oregon hazelnut acreage continues to grow (Capital Press)
Once threatened by eastern filbert blight that arrived in the 1970s, the industry’s been on the rise since Oregon State University’s breeding program began producing a series of varieties that resist the deadly fungus. (see also Register-Guard)
Oregon Farm Bureau hands out awards (Capital Press)
Distinguished Service – To sheep rancher Lynne Barnes and his late wife, Ethelma; forestry researcher Mike Newton of Oregon State University; grass and vegetable seed researcher Mike Weber of OSU; and rangeland researcher Doug Johnson of OSU.
Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia attended the Oregon State-Akron game Sunday at the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Honolulu.
OSU botany instructor Rich Halse says English yew is a non-native plant and not something elk would normally encounter or recognize as poisonous.
OSU seeks eco-art projects for climate change symposium (Gazette-Times)
The Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at Oregon State University is seeking proposals for interactive art projects that demonstrate how people can live happily and healthily on an altered planet — without “exhausting the Earth.”
NEW! TAC Webinar: Blackboard Basics, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). This session covers the most frequently-used features in Blackboard. We’ll review Announcements; working with courses; adding and managing course content (assignments, syllabus, etc.), grade center; testing; communicating with students. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to Blackboard, or would like a refresher. Mon. Dec. 30. 10-10:50 a.m.. Register here: http://bit.ly/19YGIxu
NEW! TAC Webinar: New Educator Organization (NEO), with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Are you new to teaching at OSU? Wondering where to find what you need, and who to ask? This webinar addresses commonly-asked questions and gives an overview of support available to instructors of all stripes (experienced faculty, GTA’s, researchers, etc.). We’ll cover the basics of Blackboard, classroom technologies, and OSU’s teaching and learning resources. Questions welcome! Tues. Dec. 31. 11-11:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/19YGPck
News for Employees
NEW! Staff Art Show: Currently on display in the LaSells Stewart Center Galleria, and up through Jan. 27, this exhibit showcases the creativity of your co-workers! For more information about the show, or to be made aware of next year’s call for artists, contact University Events. The 4th annual Staff Art Show is co-sponsored by the Association of Office Professionals and the Professional Faculty Leadership Association.
NEW! Employees attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Dec. 31. to submit the application for employees attending other OUS institutions during Winter 2014. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee
NEW! General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2014: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the GRF Spring 2014 solicitation. The intent of the GRF program is to enable faculty to carry out scholarly, creative work that should lead to the pursuit of other funding sources, or promote the development of scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf. Information: Debbie Delmore at email@example.com. Deadline for submission: Feb. 3.
XPress Stop Holiday & Winter Break Hours: Beginning Dec. 16, the XPress Stop (which offers printing and mailing/shipping services) will be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Union room 109. Normal hours of operation, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., will resume on Jan. 6, 2014. In addition, the XPress Stop will be closed Dec. 24-25, and Jan. 1. Please email Ari Grossman-Naples at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
RecSports Fall Term Memberships & Lockers EXPIRE: Fall Term memberships and lockers expire on Friday, Jan. 3. Renew your membership and locker today! Winter Term memberships are available for purchase for $83, valid until March 28, 2014. Please note, if we clean out your locker for you, it will cost $5 to get your items back. Please contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.
Memorial Union food service hours: MURFS locations are here to provide warm good food to get you through the week. For a schedule of Memorial Union Retail Food Service winter hours: MU.oregonstate.edu/murfs
Honors College course proposals: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members are invited to submit University Honors College course proposals for the 2014-2015 academic year. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course, and proposals for new courses are welcomed. Courses that include substantial experiential learning opportunities are sought. Proposals should be submitted at http://honors.oregonstate.edu/course-proposals. For more information: email@example.com or 541-737-6412. Deadline is Jan. 27, 2014.
Print, Mail, and More in Memorial Union Room 109 (first floor) – An extension of OSU Printing and Mailing Services, the XPress Stop provides an array of mailing services, including FedEx, UPS, and USPS. Quick print/copy services are also offered, giving customers the option of waiting while their job is produced or dropping it off and picking it up later that day. Additional services include notary, passport photos, faxing, and a Kodak Kiosk. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traffic and Maintenance
Parking lot closures: Due to lot sweeping, the Crop Science, North Orchard and May Way lot will be closed Jan. 2-3, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sackett Place: Due to continued work at the new Classroom Building site, Sackett Place will be closed through Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.
Assistant Professor (Practice) – Grant County Extension office invites applications for a full-time 1.0 FTE, Assistant Professor (Practice) position located in John Day. Posting # 0011670. Closes Jan. 1.
Executive Assistant – The College of Science Dean’s Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Executive Assistant to the Dean position. Posting # 0011689. Closes Jan. 2.
Grants/Contracts Coordinator – The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month grants/contracts coordinator position. Posting #0011476. Closes Jan. 3.
INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for an Analyst Programmer. This position will be the lead development resource on reporting projects within INTO OSU. To review the full position description and qualifications please see the link listed. https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=9930382 Closes Jan. 5.
Assistant Professor (Practice) – Coos County Extension office invites applications for a full-time 1.0 FTE, Assistant Professor (Practice) position located in Myrtle Point. Posting # 0011693. Closes Jan. 5.
Office Coordinator – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Office Coordinator position. Posting # 0011677. Closes for full consideration apply by Jan 5.
Medical Aide – Veterinary Teaching Hospital – Oregon State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, has 3 immediate openings for Medical Aide in the large and small animal reception areas. Experience working with large or small animals preferred. Posting 0011650. Closes Jan. 6.
Core Lab Technician– The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Core Lab Technician position. Posting #0011765. Closes Jan. 6.
Bioinformatics Trainer Analyst– The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing invites applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month, Bioinformatics Trainer Analyst position. Posting #0011766. Closes Jan. 6.
Assistant Director of Operations and Communications – Admissions Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Assistant Director of Operations and Communications position. Posting #0011691. Closes Jan. 7.
Science Storekeeper, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Science Storekeeper position. Posting # 0011778. Closes Jan. 9.
Office Specialist 2 – Division of International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011716. Closes Jan. 12.
Fiscal Coordinator 1– The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0011760, closes on Jan. 14.
Manager of Access Services – Disability Access Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Manager of Access Services position. Posting #0011712. Closes Jan. 16.
Sponsored Student Programs Manager – International Student Advising and Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Sponsored Student Programs Manager position. Posting #0011735. Closes Jan. 17 (full consideration), Jan. 31.
Assistant Director – The Office of Institutional Research is recruiting for a full-time, 12 month, fixed term Assistant Director of Institutional Research. Requires at least 4 years of experience as a senior analyst in an institutional research office. Posting # 0011576. Closes Jan. 31.
Director of the School of Arts & Communications – College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Director of the School of Arts & Communications. Posting #0011676. For full consideration, apply by Feb. 7.
Corvallis: The year’s not getting any younger but the last days of 2013 should be above freezing, if a little damp. Chance of rain throughout most of the week, with cloudy skies for New Year’s Eve and Day. Highs in the upper 40s, lows in the upper 30s.
Central Oregon: Clouds and sunshine for most of the week with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Slight chance of rain by the weekend.
Newport: Cloudy with a chance of rain most of the week. Highs in the low 50s, lows around 40.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/Email version