Experimental efforts to harvest the ocean’s power face cost setbacks (New York Times)
“The question of which technology is best is still wide open,” said Belinda Batten, a professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. Ocean Power’s buoy in Oregon relies on what Ms. Batten said was now older, first-generation technology. The device absorbs energy created from the up-and-down movement of the ocean, while some devices that use newer technology also gather energy from the waves’ various other movements.
Fungus-chomping micropredators could protect amphibians from deadly skin disease (Scientific American)
Andrew Blaustein, a professor of integrative biology at Oregon State University who has also studied micro predators’ effect on Bd and their possible use as a biocontrol agent (and was not involved in this study), agreed that the paper study was both well conducted and groundbreaking in its probing of complex, real-world lake communities.
An agreement in the works in Bend could give the emerging four-year Oregon State University’s Cascades Campus room to expand on a site that stored industrial waste and construction material. (see also Bend Bulletin)
Natural Resources Leadership Academy offers unique summer program for professionals, graduate students (LIFE@OSU)
A unique summer opportunity at Oregon State University is entering its third year, and is being held up as a model for creative programming.
Heroin on campus (Inside Higher Ed)
But national surveys aren’t always a helpful gauge for the heroin problems that face individual campuses because “the numbers are too small,” said Robert Reff, chair of alcohol and other drugs division NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the substance abuse prevention coordinator at Oregon State University.
Ode to the sonnet (Huffington Post)
A piece by OSU’s Evan Gottlieb.
Now, Baker and Smith – the two men work at Oregon State University – have a finished 80-minute film to show, whittled down from 100 hours of footage. (Baker is the movie’s director; Smith, Kegan Sims, another OSU employee, and Truen Pence of Portland served as producers and cinematographers.)
Though the atmosphere was certainly impassioned and joyous enough to take place in a church, participants gathered Friday afternoon in the Memorial Union lounge for a different reason: to celebrate Oregon State University’s recent partnership with the Los Angeles GRAMMY Museum.
Pencils for Promise CEO to speak on Tuesday (Gazette-Times)
The founder of a nonprofit that builds schools in Third World countries will talk about his work in a free public lecture in Corvallis next week. Adam Braun, the CEO of Pencils for Promise, will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., as part of OSU’s Discovery Lecture Series.
Why wave power has lagged far behind as an energy source (Yale Science 360)
“I wouldn’t be surprised if what we eventually find is there will be a device that we use in deeper water, and a device that we use nearer the shore,” said Belinda Batten, a professor at Oregon State University and the director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center.
California rethinking groundwater (Desert Sun)
“I don’t think anything radical is going to come out of this,” said Michael Campana, a professor of hydrogeology and water resources at Oregon State University. “There doesn’t seem to be a change in the political will.”
Holocaust survivor, historian to speak at OSU (Democrat-Herald)
Tom Segev, an Israeli historian and journalist, and Laureen Nussbaum, a childhood friend of Anne Frank, will appear at Oregon State University as part of Holocaust Memorial Week, which is today through May 2.
27th OSU Pet Day is May 3 (Gazette-Times)
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University is hosting the 27th annual Pet Day on Saturday, May 3, when it opens its doors for tours, booths and displays. The family-oriented event includes pets, which are welcome if they are on a leash or in a secure cage.
Oregon State University has hired a veteran educator and vineyard manager to head its wine research program.
“It’s an exciting idea for us,” said Oregon State University professor of fisheries David Noakes. “Depending on what the answer is, we might be changing a lot of things about raising hatchery fish and stocking hatchery fish.” Noakes is also a senior scientist of the Oregon Hatchery Research Center. (see also ABC News)
Pumpkins need space to grow to be monsters (Oregonian)
The world record monster pumpkin of 2013 weighed in at 2,032 pounds, according to the New York Botanical Garden. Maybe you won’t achieve quite that size of a pumpkin, but choose the variety ‘Dill’s Atlantic Giant’ and you, too, can grow the great pumpkin of Charlie Brown’s dreams, said Jim Myers, a vegetable breeder for Oregon State University.
Watch the birdies? Oregon 2020 wants you (Statesman Journal)
Guest speaker W. Douglas Robinson, the Mace Professor of Watchable Wildlife at Oregon State University is enlisting groups of birders in each Oregon county to collect data about birds in their area as part of Oregon 2020.
Culver School District receives $500K (Bend Bulletin)
This grant isn’t designed only to help Culver, as researchers from Oregon State University-Cascades Campus will be studying the transformation to better understand how other rural districts can embrace a similar curriculum.
Ceremonial ROTC review, parade open to public (Gazette-Times)
Members of Oregon State University’s ROTC programs will march in uniform, salute and perform drill movements as part of an annual ceremonial presentation Friday that dates back nearly 100 years.
Fire blight (Ag Info)
Oregon State University researchers have proven the effectiveness of two organic alternatives for controlling a disease that can wipe out entire apple and pear orchards. There is a probable ban coming on two antibiotics previously allowed by the National Organics Standards Board. At the end of this year’s growing season, oxytetracycline and potentially streptomycin will no longer be permitted in organic orchards for fire blight, a serious bacterial disease that can kill trees. Scientists found that spraying a yeast-based product and new water-soluble copper products at the beginning of the growing season provided protection from the bacterial disease.
Mindfulness Meditation Mondays: The Mental Health Initiative is co-sponsoring Mindfulness Meditation Mondays through June 2 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. (Memorial Union Room 213). Guest facilitators will be John Edwards, Chair, School of Psychological Sciences; Dee Denver, Professor of Zoology, Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing; Jim Gouveia, Emmy Woessner and Michele Ribeiro from Counseling and Psychological Services. This meditation time is part of the flourishing series that also hopes to create a contemplative community.
Study Abroad: Come ask a representative from AHA Study Abroad about how you can earn OSU resident credit towards your major or baccore and study in a country you have always dreamed about going to. West Dining Hall, Monday, April 28, noon to 3 p.m.
TAC Webinar: Finding and Using Media: Learning Strategies. Steve Roberts (TAC) and Jon Dorbolo (TAC). Audio, visual and interactive media are widely available and may enhance many educational experiences. In this session Steve and Jon explore the principles of instructional uses of media as well as methods of finding, assessing, and deploying such assets in your courses. Mon. April 28, 3-3:50 pm. Register here: http://bit.ly/1i90VUf
The Holocaust and the Shaping of Israel: Celebrated Israeli historian and journalist Tom Segev will speak about the history of an evolving Israeli identity, with implications not only for Israel but for its allies, for the Middle East, and for the world. April 28, 7:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center.
NEW! April Repair Fair: Bring your broken belongings for free repairs and attend drop-in demonstrations at the Repair Fair Tuesday, April 29 between 6 and 8 p.m. at the OSUsed Store (644 SW 13th Street). Demonstrations are on green cleaning, D.I.Y. shirt bags and fixing flat bicycle tires. See the schedule and a list of repair skills being offered at http://tiny.cc/repair-fair.
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 Street. 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! Music software/hardware producers visit OSU: Ableton (maker of Live, a unique music creation and performance software, and Push, a hardware instrument for playing and composing with Live) is partnering with OSU for the Ableton University Tour on Wednesday, April 30. A free evening presentation, open to the public, featuring performances, tips and tricks, and unique approaches for music-making from artist/trainers Jeremy Highhouse and Nate Asman, takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Benton 303.
Play about Armenian genocide: A preview of selected scenes from the play, “Forty,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. The play, being written by OSU’s Leonora Rianda, is about the Armenian genocide in 1915-16. A discussion of the play and the genocide will follow the performance.
In Quest of Conscience- Staged Reading- Part of the Holocaust Memorial Week of OSU, Charlotte Headrick directs Robert David Macdonald’s adaption of Gitta Sereny’s Into That Darkness which is based on her seventy hours of interviews with Franz Stangl, the commandant of Treblinka. Performers include Rick Wallace, Elizabeth Helman, Leonora Rianda, and Michael Beaton. Construction and Engineering Hall at LaSells Stewart Center May 2, 7:30 p.m.; Majestic Theatre, April 30, 7:30 p.m. Free.
Talent show: The 11th Annual The Other Side Talent Show and Silent Auction will be held April 30 at the LaSells Stewart Center across from Reser Stadium. The Talent Show begins at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. as does the Silent Auction. Suggested donations of $5 for the general public and $2 for OSU students will be accepted at the door with proceeds benefitting the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a yet to be named non-profit organization.
Lectures and Webinars
NEW! Women of Color Coalition: Brown bag lunch, Wednesday, April 30, noon-1 p.m., Large East Conference Room, Marketplace West Dining.
NEW! TAC Webinar: Create Your Own iBook, with Carmel Finley, Michael Jager, Jon Dorbolo. Apple iBook Author is a powerful, useable, and no-cost platform for creating digital books. This webinar is intended for anyone who wants to learn about digital book production. You can do this! Wed. April 30, 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/1iiXgHI
NEW! Fulbright US Student Program Information Meeting: Join OSU Fulbright program advisor LeAnn Adam to learn about the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and recent graduates to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. April 30, 2-3 p.m., Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez . For more information: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/
NEW! Fisheries and wildlife seminar: Patricia L. Kennedy, Professor, Eastern Oregon Agriculture & Natural Resource Program and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Union Experiment Station, will speak on “Novel Ecosystems: Management Opportunity or Cop-Out?” April 30, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Nash 206.
NEW! Spring 2014 Water Resources Seminar Series: Alba Argerich (Assistant Professor, OSU, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management) will speak on ”Aquatic contribution of a small headwater stream to the carbon cycle,” Wednesday, April 30, 4-5 p.m., KEC 1001.
NEW! Holocaust talk: Northeastern University Professor William F.S. Miles will speak on “Shared Suffering and Empathy: Incorporating the Holocaust into Sub-Saharan Africa Thought and Commemoration,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the C&E Auditorium in LaSells Stewart Center.
NEW! Healthy Masculinities Conference: A conference on Healthy Masculinities will take place May 1-2 at Oregon State University in the Memorial Union. This year’s theme is “Genuine Masculinities: What is it to you?” The event includes panel discussion from university leaders, presentations by students, faculty and staff, and a free lunch on Friday for registered participants. The event is free for OSU campus members, $40 for those unaffiliated with OSU. To register and for more information: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/mensdev.
Zotero and Google Non-Core Apps workshops at The Valley Library: Go beyond the core Google Apps for Learning (Drive, Mail, Calendar, Groups, and Sites) and learn to use a few of the many non-core Google Apps (April 29) for productivity. Also, learn to capture, manage and cite your research sources with the free citation manger, Zotero (April 30). Register to save your seat and review the remaining series offerings at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu
Department of Mathematics – Department Head Candidate: Ami Radunskaya will give a talk on Tuesday, April 29 from 9 – 10 a.m. in Kidder 350. This talk will be her vision for Department of Mathematics.
Cayuse Admin User Training: This training is designed for regular users of the system such as Research faculty, Support personnel and Grant Coordinators. The training addresses more advanced proposal considerations and encourages sharing of tips, tricks and proven best-practices. April 29, from 10:30-11:30 a.m in MU 211. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “Sibilng Rivalry.” Bring your lunch and join a discussion on your child’s development and your family’s healthy and well-being. RSVP to email@example.com. April 29, noon, MU 208.
Department of Mathematics – Department Head Candidate: Ami Radunskaya will give a talk on her mathematics research on Tuesday, April 29 from 2 – 3 p.m. in Kidder 350. The title of her talk is “DDEs, DCs and Doses: Mathematical approaches to designing cancer vaccines.”
Ordinary Person, Extraordinary Change: How to Affect the Masses April 29, 7 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center join us in hearing from Adam Braun whose organization has been able to build over 200 schools in just over 5 years. Adam is the founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise and was named to Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2012. He has been featured at Clinton Global Initiative, Google Zeitgeist and Wired Magazine’s 2012 Smart List of 50 People Changing the World. Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/discovery
Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar: Michael Skinner, School of Biological Science, Washington State University, will be presenting a seminar – “Impacts of Environmentally Induced Transgenerational Inheritance on Disease and Evolution: Ancestral Ghosts in your Genome”- at noon on Wednesday, April 30, in ALS 4001.
Recipe to Market, Brand and Market Planning Course: Victor Willis and Oregon State’s Professional and Continuing Education team up to teach students in this month-long online course the ins and outs of successfully marketing and branding a product. The course will begin May 1 and run through the month. Please click here to register.
Open Textbook Workshop for OSU faculty: OSU Libraries and Press invite OSU faculty members to learn how open textbooks can benefit their students in the classroom and in the pocketbook. This two-hour workshop on May 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. will introduce the concept of open textbooks and how to find and incorporate them into courses. Participants will write a brief review of one open textbook after the workshop for a $200 stipend. For more details and registration information, see: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/open-textbook-workshop
News for Employees
NEW! Learning Management System Evaluation: The all-OSU hands-on evaluation of Blackboard and Canvas is going strong. Students, instructors and staff are encouraged to log into sample Canvas and Blackboard 14 sites and check out the features of each system. We have many hands-on labs scheduled so you can drop in, ask questions, and submit surveys. Snacks are provided. Find out more about the Learning Management System Evaluation on our blog Questions? Lynn.firstname.lastname@example.org
World Language and Culture Day 2014: A day bursting with performances, informational kiosks, and presentations for university and high school students, faculty, staff, and community, May 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., OSU MU Ballroom. This event is free and open to everybody. Come celebrate the languages and cultures of the world with us.
Access to Printing and Mailing Services: There have been a growing number of concerns about accessing Cascade Hall in order to review proofs or pick up projects. Driving or walking is more difficult due to all of the construction; however, you can still access Cascade Hall from May Ave., A Ave., or 16th St. Remember that your proofs or orders can also be delivered out to your building or picked up from the XPress Stop at MU 109. Please let us know if you would like these services when you place your order. You can contact us at email@example.com.
Field EcoHydrology and Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing: Open to both Undergrad and Grad students. Attendees will be in the field for the entire course. There are 5 different sections, which can be taken individually or as a 3-part course (2 session are repeated). Space is limited! Email Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org for an override.
Performing Arts Exhibit and Archival Collections: The Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view an exhibit showcasing the Obo Addy Legacy Project, an African dance and music group, and Milagro, a Latino based theatre company. The exhibit can be found on the fifth floor of Valley Library, and will be up through September. Find out more about the collections and links to photos on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives.
AOP scholarships: AOP is soliciting applications for their 2014-2015 $500 scholarship. Applicants must be in good standing, have at least one full year of undergraduate studies remaining, and be declared with a major or minor in the College of Business OR have a parent/legal guardian who is an AOP member in good standing. Applications packets are available by contacting Elizabeth Thomas at email@example.com. Deadline May 2.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.
Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistants, Student Health Services is hiring two (2) full time, nine-month positions. Posting #0012232. Closes April 28.
The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin review of applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool on April 30. Interested parties should apply to posting #0011033 no later than April 29. Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.
Training Associate – The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Training Associate position. Posting #0012240. Closes April 30.
The College of Engineering is seeking a full-time Machinist / Development Engineer to manage the operations of the Engineering Services Shop (ESS) and execute the design and fabrication of research and instructional equipment to meet the needs of the College of Engineering. The Development Engineer is a master machinist and welder at the journeyman level, and a specialized resource person and advisor to other technicians, researchers and students. Posting number # 0012302. Closes April 30.
Administrative Manager (Internal Employment Opportunity)–Animal and Rangeland Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Manager position. Posting #0012198. Closes April 30.
OSU Alumni Association is seeking a Director of Alumni Career Services. Position description and application information at: www.osualum.com/jobs Apply by April 30.
Employee and Labor Relations Manager – Office of Human Resources (OHR) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Employee and Labor Relations Manager position. Posting #0012199. Closes April 30.
Education Project Assistant – Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a part-time, (.30 FTE), EPA position located in Newport. Posting # 0012252. Closes April 30.
Outreach Program Coordinator – Klamath County Extension invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Outreach Program Coordinator position located in Klamath Falls. Posting # 0012269. Closes April 30.
Administrative and Diversity Manager–Office of Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management in Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative and Diversity Manager position. Posting # 0012282. Closes May 1.
Infrastructure Construction Manager (Internal Employment Opportunity)– Capital Planning and Development invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Infrastructure Construction Manager position. Posting #0012290. Closes May 1.
The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Ecohydrology. Posting #0012123. Closes May 1.
Education Program Assistant 2 – Wasco County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.00 FTE), EPA 2 position located in The Dalles. Posting # 0012265. Closes May 2.
Research Associate (Post Doc) – The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) invites applications for 1-2 part/full-time (0.50 – 1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Research Associate (Post Doc) position(s). Posting #0012083. Closes May 3.
Human Resources Consultant–The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant position. Posting #0012295. Closes May 4.
The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Forest Economics. Posting #0012071. Closes May 4.
The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Forest Management. Posting #0012069. Closes May 4.
Temporary-Analyst Programmer – Competency Level 1 – OSU part-time This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time, .50 FTE (approximately 20 hours per week), temporary (approximately 8 months) appointment as an Analyst Programmer – Competency Level 1 in the OSU Library. Posting #0012309. Closes May 5.
The Department of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University seeks candidates for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed-term, 12-month instructor position. This position specializes in cadaver-based, vertebrate anatomy, and physiology. A master’s degree in Biological Sciences or a related field is required. Posting #0012257. For full consideration, apply by May 8.
Human Resource Manager (Internal Employment Opportunity) – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resource Manager position. Posting # 0012312. Closes May 9.
Assistant Director of Operations and Communications–Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Assistant Director of Operations and Communications position. Posting #0012283. Closes May 9.
Accountant 1 – The Agricultural and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as Accountant 1. Posting #0012184. Closes May 9.
The College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking an Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Posting #0012243. Closes May 11.
Executive Assistant (Internal Employment Opportunity) – OSU Office of Audit Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Executive Assistant position. Posting # 0012248. Closes for full consideration May 12.
The Intercultural Student Services Department and the Department of Student Leadership & Involvement are currently recruiting a full time, twelve-month, Social Change Leadership Programs (SCLP) Coordinator. Posting #0012313. Closes May 12.
Fiscal Coordinator 1–Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0012293. Closes May 12.
Health Educator- Student Health Services invites applications for a full time, 12 month Health Educator-Coordinator position. Posting #0012256. Closes May 13.
Manager of Intake, Retention, & Transition–Disability Access Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Manager of Intake, Retention, & Transition position. Posting #0012251. Closes May 13.
Program Technician 2 – The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Technician 2 position. Posting #0012008. For full consideration, apply by April 30. Closes May 15.
FRA/Lab Technician – The Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing invites applications for a part-time (.60 FTE), 12-month, Lab Technician/Faculty Research Assistant position. Posting #0012303. Closes May 23.
Agronomy Instructor- The Department of Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month agronomy instructor. Posting #0012271. Closes May 23.
Traffic and maintenance
15th Street closure:15th street will be closed at Washington Way beginning May 5, through August. Local access to OSU, businesses, and residential will be available at times from 15th Street, up to the point where construction on the street temporarily eliminates access. Alternate routes to OSU, businesses and residential will be required as described below. (map). OSU Kerr Administrative Parking and OSU Facilities will find access via Benton Place. OSU Parking lots east of 15th Street will find access via 11th Street to Washington Avenue. Businesses south of the railroad crossing will find access via 15th Street from the south only as well as from side streets. Residential and Apartments south of the railroad crossing will find access via 15th Street from the south only, as well as from side streets.
Fairbanks parking lot: The parking lot on the west side of Fairbanks Hall will be closed May 5 through Aug. 31. Starting May 5 at 7 a.m., the lot will be closed for the Asian Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) groundbreaking ceremony. After this event, the lot will remain closed until August 31, for the complete reconstruction of this parking lot, including ADA improvements, as part of the Austin Hall and APCC projects.
Washington Way closure: The Washington Way closure will be extended west to 26th Street, April 15 – May 2, (previously expected to occur April 15 – 29). For this time period, access to Washington Way from Benton Place, the adjacent parking lot, and 17th Street will be restricted. Additional information at Campus Closure, Shutdown, and Detour Notices.
Corvallis: Last week we watched the rains weep o’er our halls, but now we’re in for some much anticipated sunshine. We’ll have some clouds today with a high of 66, and a low of 46, but the warm weather is coming fast. Tomorrow will be sunny with a high of 78.
Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 57, low of 34. Mostly sunny tomorrow.
Newport: Mostly cloudy today, high of 57, low of 47. Mostly sunny tomorrow.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/Email version