Simon Says Don’t Use Flashcards (New York Times)
“Play is one of the most cognitively stimulating things a child can do,” says Megan McClelland, an early-childhood-development researcher at Oregon State University who has led much of the research. (see also Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, ABC)
Belinda Batten, director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Facility and a professor of mechanical energy at Oregon State University, said the Ocean Power facility is small by European standards but presents a big step forward in development of alternative energy from the ocean in the U.S. (see also Register-Guard, Science Business, IBTimes.uk)
Spinrad to chair federal advisory committee (LIFE@OSU)
Rick Spinrad, vice president for research at Oregon State University, has been named chair of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Federal Advisory Committee. (see also Safety4Sea)
No smoking on campus starting Sept. 1 (LIFE@OSU)
On Sept. 1, smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus. For more than two years, university staff members have been preparing to implement the smoke-free policy on campus, including a university-wide education and outreach campaign, as well as a community forum held earlier this month.
OSU makes best-buy list (Register Guard)
The University of Oregon and Oregon State University are trading places on the annual Fiske Guide to the best buys of U.S. colleges and universities. The UO used to be untouchable. (see also The Daily News, News Tribune)
An Oregon State University study last year pegged the state’s average annual cost at $10,392 for a year of toddler care.
Scourge of the lionfish (New York Times)
We’ve come to the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas, where Professor Mark Hixon of Oregon State University is studying the effects that lionfish have on native reef fishes. On our first dive, on a patch of reef a mere 50-feet across, we counted 21 lionfish — and very few of the fish that lionfish eat.
Postdoctoral researchers at Oregon State form group (Gazette-Times)
OSU’s recently established Postdoc Association, a supplementary group in OSU’s Graduate School, has about 300 doctoral degree or advanced degree holders who are not in professional research positions.
A legal battle is on over canola (Statesman Journal)
Oregon State University Extension agent Tom Silberstein, at the Marion County Extension Service office in Salem, said the issue is controversial.
Scientists have known for a while that microbes produce electricity, but no one has managed to get them to produce enough of it to matter. That just changed. Researchers at the Oregon State University have developed a new kind of microbial fuel cell that produces electricity as it cleans water.
Matilde Rodriguez Ortiz, a nutrition education assistant with Oregon State University Extension Service, is the lead instructor and cook for the series. She gave participants tips on how to plan and execute a well-budgeted shopping trip.
Ranchers teach cow to eat weeds (Capital Press)
While some weeds, such as tansy and leafy sturge, are toxic to cattle, James Males, a professor of animal and rangeland sciences at Oregon State University, said ranchers who have these weeds already keep them cut back from cattle grazing areas.
OSU residence hall plans evolve to meet new requirement (Gazette-Times)
When Oregon State University officials originally started drawing up plans for the campus’ newest dormitory, the idea was to create a building that would attract a community of upperclassmen. But those plans for the new dormitory, scheduled to open in fall 2014, evolved as OSU moved ahead with its goal of having true freshmen live on campus beginning next academic year. (see also KEZI)
“Until we come up with a reasonable guest worker program, we’re going to see those mid-size farms very distressed in terms of their labor costs,” said Bruce Sorte, an agricultural economist with Oregon State University.
Steam kills California plant disease (Western Farm Press)
Scientists from a variety of organizations including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Oregon State University demonstrated what appears to be an effective steam-sterilization technique Tuesday on a research plot of ornamental plants at Dominican.
GTA training helps new teachers get grounded (LIFE@OSU)
Tim Pusack is putting all that to work as he teaches other Oregon State University graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) the ins and outs of being an instructor.
Researchers muster defense against new pest (Capital Press)
Entomologists are developing a natural defense against an insect that could endanger numerous crops. “We’re very worried about the impact this bug may have on hazelnuts,” said Oregon State University associate professor Vaughn Walton, an Extension horticultural entomologist who specializes in integrated pest control and biocontrol crop protection.
Three meetings set on OSU/city collaboration (Gazette-Times)
The collaboration process involving the city of Corvallis and Oregon State University heats up next week with three meetings scheduled.
Klamath Horse tests positive for West Nile (Capital Press)
Oregon State Veterinarian Brad LeaMaster said the Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed Aug. 22 that the Klamath County horse was infected with the virus.
Bargain hunters flock to OSU store (Gazette-Times)
One hundred dollars worth of textbooks for $2.25. That was the deal Teresa Harmsworth of Jefferson scored Wednesday, the first day of a three-day clearance sale at the OSUsed Store.
Advocate brings ag to the classroom (Capital Press)
“People ask if I’m employed full time and I always kind of laugh,” Kerr said in her office on the Oregon State University campus. “It’s more than a 40-hour-a-week job.” In addition to her executive director duties, Kerr kept a tight schedule of conference calls, travel and meetings during her time as 2011-12 NAITC president, a volunteer position.
Hundreds of Oregon students with the grits and brains for college, but not the money, get it from the Ford Foundation (Oregon Live)
They must attend college in Oregon. Thirty-nine of this year’s winners will attend Oregon State University. Lewis & Clark, Linfield and Willamette also made the list.
Forests dense, overgrown and growing (Herald and News)
“The forest is growing and the mortality rate is increasing,” said Stephen Fitzgerald, a professor of forestry working at the Oregon State University extension in Redmond. “And the amount we’re removing is only a fraction of what’s dying.”
On the importance of web editing access and content creation (Inside Higher Ed)
A great example of this type of shared governance are the web standards at Oregon State University (OSU). At OSU, the community is invested in creating frequently updated quality content that stays within the overall brand identity guidelines of the institution. It’s a win-win for everyone.
‘Common ground’ reached on praised BLM timber project (Mail Tribune)
The sale incorporates many of the ecological concepts that forest ecology professor Jerry Franklin at the University of Washington and Norm Johnson, his counterpart at Oregon State University, have included in their pilot timber projects already under way in southwestern Oregon, explained Robyn Wicks, a natural resource specialist with the BLM’s Butte Falls Resource Area.
Variety trials show promising new wheats (Capital Press)
Mike Flowers, Oregon State University Extension cereals specialist, is harvesting soft and hard winter wheat in 11 locations, with five spring wheat trials and three barley trials.
Oregon’s solar highway project open to visitors (Sustainable Business Oregon)
Visitors will learn about solar power and solar installations along Oregon’s highways. The exhibits border a sustainable community garden put in by Oregon State University Master Gardeners. (see also Statesman Journal, Energy Central)
Insectary plants draw native pollinators (Capital Press)
“They kind of assess having this habitat as having money in the bank,” Gwendolyn Ellen, a senior faculty research assistant at Oregon State University, said of farmers. As part of Oregon State University’s Integrated Plant Protection Program, Ellen leads a program called “Farmscaping for Beneficials,” which focuses on conserving pollinators and other beneficial invertebrates.
Fuel cells turn waste into electricity (Discovery News)
Waste treatment plants may soon have a new way to treat wastewater that will also generate electricity. Oregon State University has developed a method using microbial fuel cells that can generate 10 to 50 times more electricity from waste treatment plants than methods that use similar cells.
A study published last year by researchers at Oregon State University adds metaphorical fuel to the fire. Researchers Joshua Clark, John Sessions, Olga Krankina, and Thomas Maness measured the amount of carbon sequestered by forest ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. They found that forests that had been thinned for biomass energy lost more carbon to the atmosphere than was saved by replacing fossil fuels with the theoretically carbon-neutral biomass.
Large predators and ecological health (Inside Higher Ed)
In today’s Academic Minute, Bill Ripple of Oregon State University explains the important role large predators play in the health of any ecosystem.
A parade of spinning dolphins (New York Times)
A continuation of the blog by OSU’s Scott Baker. (see also Samoa)
Fermentation sensation (Register-Guard)
“Fermentation doesn’t have to be hard,” says Laura Hinrichs, an active volunteer in the Oregon State University Master Food Preserver program. “It’s a great thing to do. It’s something people can easily do with their families.”
Islands in the stream (Gazette-Times)
Oxbow lakes and remnant side channels, for instance, provide year-round habitat for frogs, turtles, salamanders and other aquatic creatures, according to Stan Gregory, an Oregon State University river ecologist who has worked extensively in the Willamette floodplain. They also serve as slackwater resting places for fish during high winter flows and protected rearing areas for migratory species such as salmon and steelhead during the low-flow days of summer.
Take proactive approach to zebra chip (The Grower)
This year, potato growers appear more aware of the problem and are taking steps to prevent similar occurrences, said Phil Hamm, an Oregon State University Extension plant pathologist and director of the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
Pac-12 Preview (OSU Beavers)
The Beavers open the 2012 season Sept. 1 at Reser Stadium against the Nicholls State Colonels in a game being televised live by the Pac-12 Networks at Noon.
OSU-Cascades seeking mascot (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon State University-Cascades Campus is looking for an energetic student who’s willing to don its Benny the Beaver mascot costume at local events and fulfill the mission of promoting positive energy on the campus and in the community as a whole.
Century Farm flavor (Register-Guard)
The Buchanans had been producing home wine for several years after those first plantings in 1974, when they sought input on making wine from Barney Watson, an enologist at Oregon State University. The Buchanans and Watson formed a partnership, and Watson became Tyee’s winemaker for the next 20 years.
At Our Best (Gazette-Times)
On the Smithsonian University Stage, three OSU faculty members (Robin Rosetta, Sam Chan and Jae Park) gave repeated 15-minute presentations on integrated pest management, aquatic invasive species and seafood.
NEW! Clicker webinar: The Win-Win of Teaching with Clickers: Active engagement, Frequent Assessment and “Fun”, Efficient Test-Taking – Javier E. Horta of the University of Massachusetts Lowell will cover using clickers for self-paced testing. Emphasis will be on using clickers to make testing more “fun” for students and efficient for instructors. The Webinar will be Wednesday Aug. 29, 11 a.m. Visit the TAC homepage at http://oregonstate.edu/tac to register for this and other upcoming TurningPoint Webinars.
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. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website.
NEW! PROMISE gathering: Now in its 20th year, the PROMISE Program provides interns with real world experience, supportive mentoring and a robust schedule of professional development.This year’s cohort of 27 interns will be hosting a Poster Galleria showing off their projects and what they have learned on Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. Learn more about the program at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2012/promise-interns-work-hard-on-building-skills-giving-back/. Questions: email@example.com
NEW! PFLA networking: PFLA (Professional Faculty Leadership Association) invites Professional Faculty to join us Thursday, Aug. 30 for our latest networking event. Membership not required. 5 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Lounge. Call 541-737-0724 if you have questions or need more information. http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/
NEW! University Day: Save-the-date! Sept. 18, University Day; where you can get a free BBQ lunch, learn what’s new at the Expo, start off the day at 10:30 a.m. by celebrating this year’s University Day award winners and wrap it up with the grand opening of the Student Success Center at 2:30. Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/events/universityday/
NEW! Clicker webinar: Best Practices for a Successful Clicker Implementation – Joseph P. Calhoun, Lecturer of Economics, Florida State University will be giving a webinar on best practices for clickers in the classroom. The focus will be on integrating clicker technology into your current teaching methods effectively and efficiently. The Webinar will be Tuesday Setp. 4, 11 a.m. Register here http://bit.ly/U0e9Jt
OWN meeting: OSU Women’s Network (OWN) meeting on Sept. 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. will be held in Snell 120, the Student Media conference room instead of at the Women’s Center. We’re looking for new members interested in joining the OWN board to support women on campus and to help organize and provide feedback on training sessions, interest groups, and other events for the upcoming year. We meet Mondays the 2nd week of each month 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., usually in the Pangea board room. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
New Registrar: Rebecca Mathern, new OSU Registrar, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2 to 4 p.m. Please plan to stop by the MU Living Room to welcome Rebecca to OSU.
Library closure: The Valley Library will be closed for an annual in-service day for faculty and staff during intersession, Wednesday, Sept. 12. Although the library will not be open the main entrance on first and second floors will be unlocked for access to the outer lobby, ATM, phones and Java II. For more information please contact Kerrie.Cook@oregonstate.edu, or 541-737-4633.
New employee breakfast: The fourth annual New Employee Welcome Breakfast will be held on University Day, Sept. 18, at 830 a.m. in the Club Level of Reser Stadium. All employees who have joined or will join us between September 2011 and September 2012 will be welcome for breakfast and conversation. New employees must register for this event. Please visit http://oregonstate.edu/events/universityday/schedule to register.
Kids Day for Conservation: The tenth annual Kids Day for Conservation will be held Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds Arena building. It is a natural resource event organized by more than 40 organizations, agencies, and businesses. There are a variety of activities suitable for children and young adults. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/KDC or to volunteer call 541-766-6750.
News for Employees
NEW! Salem to Corvallis Vanpool: OSU employees commuting from Salem on a daily basis are invited to contact email@example.com in order to voice their support for the formation of a Salem to Corvallis vanpool. The vanpool is anticipated to depart from south Salem at 7 a.m. in order to accommodate a regular 8 to 5 p.m. work schedule. For the return trip, the vanpool would leave OSU at 5:15 p.m. and return to Salem by 6 p.m.
NEW! Pachyderm Multimedia Learning Module Workshop: Create dynamic interactive web presentations and mobile learning modules that combine video, audio, photos, images and text using OSU’s Pachyderm authoring tool. Faculty, staff and students are invited to this free, two-day hands-on training Sept. 19-20 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lunch provided. Limited enrollment. RSVP by 9/12. Competitive mini-grants ($1,500) are available to support module development. Find out more about Pachyderm . Click here to register. For more info contact Jeff Hino.
NEW! 500 MB of free Zotero storage space: OSU Zotero users now automatically receive an additional 500 MB of Zotero storage space. All you need is an OSU email address associated with your Zotero account. If you use Zotero with a non-OSU email address, you can add an OSU email address to your Zotero account. Just follow these directions: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/tutorials/lesson/631–Advanced-Zotero?mid=26750&type=MiscellaneousResource&uid=1276. If you have questions about this project, email Hannah Rempel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW! Recreational Sports Fall Memberships: Sales will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Recreation Services Desk, (541) 737-3736. More information on membership prices and types can be found on our website. Summer memberships, annual memberships, and summer locker rentals will expire on Friday, Sept. 28.
NEW! Recreational Sports Dixon Reduced Hours: On Sept. 10-12, Dixon Recreation Center will be training new staff. The recreation center will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on these dates.
NEW! NSF – Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – Transformation Program: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent. The program intends to support strategic alliances of institutions and organizations to develop, implement, and study innovative evidence-based models and standards for STEM graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic STEM career preparation that eliminate or mitigate negative factors and promote positive practices for URMs. Letter of intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/AGEP-Transformation . Information: Debbie Delmore email@example.com. Deadline to Research Office, Incentive Programs: Sept. 4.
NEW! NSF – Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) Program: The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent. This program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States. Letters of intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/advancing-digitization-biodiversity-collections-adbc. Information: Debbie Delmore firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to Research Office, Incentive Programs: Sept. 10.
Recreational Sports Alternate Hours During Facility Maintenance: Dixon Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance Aug 20 – Sept. 3. During these dates, McAlexander Fieldhouse will be available as an alternative. The Adventure Leadership Institute will be open in Dixon on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. for outdoor gear rental. In addition, Dixon Pool will be closed for maintenance from Aug 13-Sept. 3. Langton Pool will be available as an alternative until Au.g 31. All RecSports facilities will be closed for Labor Day. For more information on closures, see our hours page.
Grants webinar: The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry presents its 4th Innovation Webinar: “Government Grants for Translating Research to Innovations”, Sept. 20, noon. Securing government funding is often an instrumental part of translating academic research into large-scale innovations and independent business ventures. Learn where and how to write an impactful proposal. The event is free, but registration is required. http://goo.gl/AkFdg
Forestry in Lane County: OSU Extension Service, with the assistance of the Lane County Small Woodlands Association and Forests Today and Forever, will host three hands-on classes on a variety of forest-related topics in Lane County this fall. Each class will be held outdoors and will include hands-on activities. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. For registration information, times, locations and driving directions, please visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/forestry
Supervisors training: Registration is open for the no cost, 2-Day “OSU Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors program,” scheduled for Oct. 2 and 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Memorial Union. This training program is sponsored by Training & Organizational Effectiveness and developed for employees who currently supervise/manage at OSU. Deadline for registration is Sept. 14. http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=274?.
Move-In volunteers needed: University Housing & Dining Services invites you to participate in welcoming the Class of 2016 to their new OSU home. Move-In is over two weekdays this year: Sept. 18 and 19. Sign up at http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/volunteer. The shifts are three hours each, including a short volunteer orientation session. You will receive an OSU t-shirt, water bottle, and a meal card to use at any UHDS dining facility.
COSTCO on-line sign up process: All current and future Costco Authorized Purchasers will need to fill out the new Authorized Purchaser Request form on the PaCS Costco web page. Please review the New Online Sign-Up Process for more details. Also see the new Costco Purchase Order Form and updated Program Summary on the PaCS Costco web page. Deadline is Aug. 31. (Costco will not use the old list after this date)! Contact Debbie Lauer with questions.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – The Gates Vaccine Innovation Award: The Gates Foundation invites nominations of individuals or groups of individuals who have achieved significant improvements in the prevention, control, or elimination of vaccine preventable diseases through immunization. Deadline: Aug. 31. Full description: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/gates-vaccine-innovation-award. Questions: contact Martha Coleman, Director of Principal Gifts for Foundation Relations at OSU Foundation at Martha.email@example.com
Posters for residence halls: University Housing and Dining Services is pleased to provide a free promotional opportunity for OSU affiliated offices, clubs or student groups again this fall. UHDS will accept posters and fliers for placement in UHDS residence halls and cooperative houses just prior to student resident arrival this fall. To participate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, (541) 737-5622 for details. We will accept materials Sept. 3 to Sept. 13.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:
Student Health Services is currently seeking applicants for the position of Medical Aide. This position is a 9 month academic year appointment, full time, posting 0009551. Closes Aug. 29.
The College of Business invites applicants for one full-time (1.0 FTE) classified Information Technology Consultant – Level 2. Posting #0009562. For full consideration, apply by Aug. 29.
Library Technician 3 – OSU Libraries invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Library Technician 3 position. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. Posting #0009576. Closes Aug. 31.
Advisor-Bioenergy/PSM Internship Coordinator full-time, 12 month position. Apply to posting # 0009375. Closes Aug. 31.
OSU Libraries and Press invites applications for Circulation Services Unit Supervisor. This is a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, professional faculty position. Posting # 0009501. Closes Sept. 1.
Accountant 1, Business & Engineering Business Center. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month position with a starting salary of $3004/monthly + benefits. Posting #0009577. For full consideration Sept. 4. Closes Sept. 14.
AmeriCorps position: OSU Extension Service, Columbia County (St. Helens) is recruiting for a year-long AmeriCorps Financial Literacy Educator position. Find out today how you can share your passion for personal finance with rural Oregon youth. The full position announcement and instructions for how to apply are located on our webpage: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/columbia/announcements/americorps-financial-literacy-educator-position-now-open
INTO OSU has an immediate need for an IT Manager. This technical position is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU. The IT Manager is required to pro-actively manage and take ownership of assigned systems issues and development projects involving the student information system and related systems. For a complete job description and additional details, please email Rhonda Maillard at email@example.com.
Traffic and Maintenance
Jefferson Way: Due to the Power Grid Upgrade Project – Phase 001, Jefferson Way will be temporarily closed to all traffic but essential Memorial Union service deliveries and emergency vehicles from 15th Street to 30th Street. Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Aug. 28 and we anticipate reopening this roadway by 5 p.m. Aug. 30.
Key Shop: Oregon State University’s Facilities Services Key Shop, would like to announce new hours of operation. The Key Shops hours of operation will change to 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday, beginning Sept. 4; with these new hours the Key Shop will be open to the public from noon to 3 p.m.
17th St: Due to the installation of the new steam line, parking along west side of 17th street from May Way to the south one block will be temporarily closed. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. Aug. 20 and should end by 5 p.m., Aug. 31.
Wilson Hall: Due to construction, the parking spaces south of Wilson Hall facing the building will be closed through Aug. 31.
Swimming Pool: Due to mechanical system upgrades the swimming pool at the Women’s Building will be closed through Aug. 31.
Finley Hall parking lot: Due to new construction, parking spaces east of the parking structure located in the Finley Hall parking lot will be temporarily closed. It is necessary for construction of the new OSU Bookstore. The lot should reopen by 5 p.m., Sept. 2.
Jefferson: Due to the installation of new underground utilities, Jefferson St. from 35th to 26th St. will experience intermittent congestion and delays up to 20 minutes. Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. The shutdown will end by 4 p.m. Sept. 28.
Parking permits: Transit and Parking Services (TAPS) has updated their guest permits. Currently the only valid guest permits are lavender or peach colored. If your department has guest permits that are any color they are no longer valid. Through Aug. 31 TAPS will replace any unused residual permits for $2 each.
Corvallis: It felt like it was a long time waiting for summer to get here, and now it’s almost over. On this last week of August we’ll see a repeat of last week’s weather, sunny but it will be only moderately warm, with highs in the 70s. There’s a chance of showers Tuesday night.
Central Oregon: A mix of sun and thunderstorms will mix things up a bit, with highs hovering in the low 80s most of the week. Clouds will disappear by the end of the week.