Project aims to harness wave energy off Oregon Coast (New York Times)
Here in Oregon, the momentum of research appears to be increasing. Last month, the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center — financed by the United States Department of Energy in collaboration with Oregon State University and the University of Washington — deployed one of the first public wave energy testing systems in the nation, called Ocean Sentinel, about two and a half hours from Portland, in Newport. The first device tested was a half-scale prototype from a New Zealand company. (see also Boston Globe, Oregon Live, Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
Prof Adrian Gombart, of Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute, who worked on the research, said: “This is potentially very significant, although we still need to do human studies.” (see also Telegraph, The Sun, CBS)
Linus Pauling Institute – It’s all about science (Huffington Post)
For credibility in scientific scientific analysis of nutrition in crops, you can’t get much better than the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.
Dr. Ed Ray is a perfect fit at OSU (Statesman Journal)
President. Doctor of Philosophy. One of the most influential thought leaders in Oregon and, for that matter, the nation. But he prefers to be called Ed. Meet Dr. Edward J. Ray, president of Oregon State University, and you’ll have an instant like. He’s one of those down-to-earth guys who impresses you without trying.
A new partnership between Lebanon High School, Linn Benton Community College and Oregon State University is aiming to take a new spin on high school education, giving students a brighter pathway to higher-ed, one which could be a model for the entire state. (see also Democrat-Herald)
Corvallis a top-10 college town (Portland Business Journal)
Of Corvallis, home to Oregon State University, Livability noted its “artistic vibe and natural feel;” abundance of local food, outdoor activities and live music; and its proximity to the coast. Francescos Gelato, Squirrel’s Tavern and the Corvallis Farmers Market were named as “Don’t Miss” locations. (see also KATU)
The NuScale design was originally developed with a Department of Energy grant in 2000, before it was refined with backing from Oregon State University in Corvallis. The firm secured the patents by giving OSU an equity stake.
Land grant schools help feed the world (Capital Press)
When Congress passed the Morrill Act, it granted the states 30,000 acres of federal land to be sold. The proceeds were used to help establish the colleges. Succeeding laws helped fund later land-grant universities. At the time, there was very little scientific agriculture in the United States, said Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University, itself a land-grant institution.
Website to gather information on dolphin and whale strandings (Radio Australia)
The project is being set up by Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program, SPREP and Professor Scott Baker, the associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University in the United States.
OSU lands $89k federal grant to study methane hydrates (Sustainable Business Oregon)
The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday said Oregon State University will receive $89,000 to lead one of 14 research projects investigating the potential of methane hydrates as a future energy supply. (see also USA Today)
First Palestinian woman appointed as vice president to Bethlehem University (Palestine News Network)
Dr. Hazou has had the opportunity to know Bethlehem University through a variety of roles. She is a 1977 graduate of Bethlehem University who went on to earn her Master of Science (’80) and PhD (’86) in Mathematics from Oregon State University.
Pariah’s Progress: On Isolationism (The Nation)
A review of OSU history professor Christopher McKnight Nichol’s new book, “America at the Dawn of a Global Age.”
Lena Etuk,a social demographer at Oregon State University, says in general the population of the United States is aging. “But what’s interesting,” she says, “is that in rural area, that increase in age is actually at a larger rate than in urban areas, so rural areas are just aging faster.”
Legal battle is on over canola in the Mid Valley (Statesman Journal)
Oregon State University Extension agent Tom Silberstein, at the Marion County Extension Service office in Salem, said the issue is controversial.
Stink bug appears in Oregon (Capital Press)
An Oregon State University entomologist last week found the brown marmorated stink bug on two farms in the north Willamette Valley, marking the first time the pest has been found on an Oregon farm.
Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) have published a paper [abstract] in the peer-reviewed journal Physica Status Solidi A detailing a production method for Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) cells. (see also Knovel, Clean Technica)
Google ups the ante in wallet wars (Rocket News)
Even when it comes to just making purchases, experts say Google Wallet has key advantages over most traditional plastic credit cards. For a start, Google Wallet can carry multiple credit, debit and store cards from different issuers, says Michelle Barnhart, assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University College of Business. (see also Yahoo)
A team of Oregon State University scientists and engineers is planning daily experiments for the Mars rover Curiosity. OSU marine geologist Martin Fisk said the goal is to investigate whether the planet may be conducive to harboring life. (see also Robotics Wire, KIMA, KPTV)
Volunteers await waves of tsunami debris (The World)
Agate Beach, off Newport, is easily accessible by foot or with machinery. It also is near Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, which houses marine scientists who could help the state study the dock. Removing the first dock cost the state $85,000.
M3Wave lands Oregon BEST grant to develop submerged technology (Sustainable Business Oregon)
M3 is working to commercialize technology developed initially at Oregon State University. Its devices sit on the ocean floor at depths of between 50 and 100 feet and generate electricity by taking the energy from wave movements to inflate and deflate airbags that power a turbine.
Implementation of smoking ban: Education over enforcement (Gazette-Times)
For the first time, smokers who attend a Beavers football game will not be permitted to light up. Saturday is the first official day of Oregon State University’s campus-wide smoking ban. (see also KMTR, Democrat-Herald, KVAL)
Oregon State University- Fuel cells on waste (Hydrogen Journal)
Engineers at Oregon State University, USA, are developing fuel cells which use microbes on waste water, and generate power at the same time.
Laura Berg named new head softball coach (OSU Beavers)
Oregon State University Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Monday the hiring of Laura Berg as the new head softball coach. She becomes the eighth head coach in the program’s history. In addition, assistant coach Geoff Hirai has been promoted to associate head coach. Both served as assistants on last year’s staff. (see also KVAL)
Oregon universities a bright spot when it comes to hiring (Statesman Journal)
Portland State University, the University of Oregon and Oregon State University have hired the most, about two thirds of the total.
Potato psyllid populations growing dramatically (Capital Press)
Despite the increasing psyllid pressure during the past couple of weeks, Phil Hamm, an Oregon State University plant pathologist, believes the disease shouldn’t cause major problems for growers who stick with insecticide programs.
Back into the woods (Mail Tribune)
The techniques involved in this forest restoration thinning project were developed by professors Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington and Norm Johnson of Oregon State University. They, along with timber industry representatives and environmental groups, persuaded Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to try their “ecological forestry” approach two years ago.
Tuberworm reappears in Basin potato fields (Capital Press)
Oregon State University Extension entomologist Silvia Rondon is advising growers to keep an eye out for tuberworm.
New campus gateway ready for first game (Gazette-Times)
Beavers football fans will notice some changes when they approach Reser Stadium on Saturday for the team’s season-opening game against Nicholls State University.
To encourage families to save for college and offer positive exposure to Oregon university campuses, the Oregon College Savings Plan is hosting a series of random drawings that will result in the selection of 20 winners – 10 Oregon State University Beaver fans and 10 University of Oregon Duck fans – who will each receive two tickets to a 2012 OSU or UO home football game, plus a pair of tickets to Oregon’s biggest college football rivalry, the Civil War game on Nov. 24 at OSU’s Reser Stadium in Corvallis.
Rewriting the journal (Campus Technology)
“I see the boycott as a great example of author advocacy resulting in changing publisher practice,” says Michael Boock, head of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services at Oregon State University Libraries.
Oregon FFA takes students beyond soil and steers (Statesman Journal)
Sadie Tempel of the Scio chapter was one of the showmen. She had won the dairy cow championship, although ultimately didn’t win first or second for master showman. Sadie is a rising junior at Oregon State University; she loved FFA enough to continue on beyond her high school years.
Inactivity is growing issue in children’s health (Lansing State Journal)
Two recent studies from Oregon State University determined that parents play a major role in whether their young children are active or become “couch potatoes.”
PROMISE concludes with poster gallery (Gazette-TImes)
Oregon State University interns capped off their 10-week PROMISE programs on Thursday with a bit of show and tell at the LaSells Stewart Center.
As a new dad and a graduate of Oregon State University’s Brewing Sciences program, Jason celebrates his inner college student and his new station in life with Big Daddy J. Big Daddy J is a malt liquor that is perfectly balanced so that it’s clean and drinkable smoothness makes that 8% alcohol go down so easily.
You have questions, OSU Hotline has answers (East Oregonian)
When Roberta Lavadour, executive director at Pendleton Center for the Arts, wanted to can the fresh tomatoes she bought from the local farmer’s market, she called up OSU Extension’s free hotline for food safety and preservation.
Area shelters embrace growing field of shelter medicine (Oregon Live)
Three other organizations offer residencies, including Oregon Humane Society (which also offers an internship program), in conjunction with Oregon State University.
Help owners of small forests help you (Forest Grove News-Times)
Passing forestland on to the next generation is a process with financial, legal and emotional dimensions. A “Ties to the Land” succession planning education program for family forest landowners is available through Oregon State University to help prepare family forest owners for intergenerational transfer.
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 Sept. 4, 11 a.m. Register here http://bit.ly/U0e9Jt
Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings; personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website.
NEW! Gallery show: The Guistina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center is presenting the Albany Juried Exhibition of Fine Art, sponsored by Albany Painting Enthusiasts and Friends, in partnership with the Albany Arts Commission. The show runs Sept. 4-28. A reception will be held Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m.
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 8:30 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.
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/
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! Parking permit sales: Take advantage of the ON-LINE 2012-2013 permit sales. Apply at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/aims/ . You must login with your ONID username and password. Verify your work address and vehicle information by marking the appropriate box(es). You may pay by credit card or payroll deduction. The permit will be mailed to you or you may pick it up at the TAPS office by showing your OSU ID card. If you prefer to print out and mail in your forms, the information is located at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/taps/faculty/staffpermit .
NEW! Bike Commute Challenge kicks off: Now through Sept. 30, you can ride your bicycle to work and reap some sweet rewards. Everyone who rides at least seven days during the month is eligible to receive 10 percent discounts on bike gear and parts from participating bike dealers, three of them in Corvallis. Prize drawings will be held weekly for anyone who logs at least one trip during the week. Go to http://www.bikecommutechallenge.com to register. Press “I’m new this year” or “I rode last year,” select Oregon State University as your team, and enter your information. The Captain for OSU is Rainier Farmer, 541-737-7080, email@example.com.
NEW! Antarctica blog: Rory Welsh (OSU Microbiology) and Andrew Thurber (CEOAS post-doc) are keeping a blog on their Antarctica research adventure. The wind chill there is -39, so no complaining about the chilly summer weather in Corvallis. Check it out here: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/colddarkbenthos/
NEW! Webinar, Clickers and Teacher Education: Roxanne Sorrick, Ed.D. Chair, Associate Professor & Head of Teacher Education, Hiram College will be giving a webinar on becoming more adept at basic technology skills and applications to gauge student learning with technology. She will also discuss the use of clickers in her early childhood methods coursework as both a testing too for content knowledge and will provide a demonstration of best practices in assessment. Sept. 12, 11 a.m. Register for free here: bit.ly/QKDCYN
NEW! Vet med update: Check out the latest issue of Animal Connection from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. In this issue: A canine freestyle champion whose talents came in handy in the hospital; a badass llama named Mr. T; a win-win program for veterinary students at the Oregon Humane Society; and a little calf who beat the odds to survive.
NEW! Vice Provost Awards for Excellence: The Division of University Outreach and Engagement invites nominations of individuals or teams of individuals who have significantly advanced the mission of outreach and engagement. Award categories include: service, strategic impact, program support, innovation and diversity. Award winners receive $1,000 provided as OSU funds in a services and supplies index and a commemorative plaque. Deadline: Sept. 24. More information: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/initiatives/vice-provost-awards Questions: contact Jackie Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-737-1382.
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.
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.
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.
Recreational Sports Fall Memberships: Sales will begin on 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.
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. McAlexander Fieldhouse will be open from 6 a.m. to noon as an alternative.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com, (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:
Information Services – Telecommunications/Network Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, fixed-term Assistant to the Director position. Posting #0009559. Closes Sept. 9.
OSU-Cascades in Bend is recruiting for a part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) Office Specialist 2 position. This position works within the Teacher and Counselor Education and the HDFS (Human Development & Family Science) programs at OSU-Cascades. Posting # 0009629 Closes Sept. 11.
The Extended Campus invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position in Oregon State University’s Division of Outreach and Engagement and reports to the Office Manager. Posting # 0009610. Closes Sept. 12.
Systems Analyst. F/T position in OSU’s Business Affairs/ID Center. Posting #0009618. Closes Sept. 13.
The Linus Pauling Institute invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Communications Officer position. Posting # 0009633. Closes Sept. 14.
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.
The Department of Environmental Health Sciences Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month fixed term Program Coordinator. The OSU Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC), is an administrative unit under the Research Office. Posting # 0009630. Closes Sept. 14.
The department of Outreach and Engagement invites applications for a for a full-time, fixed-term, Oregon Open Campus Education Coordinator. This position will also include a County Leader assignment at 0.20 FTE in Tillamook County. The Education Coordinator will be a team member of the Division of University Outreach and Engagement’s Oregon Open Campus and will have regional responsibilities. Posting # 0009606. Closes Sept. 15.
The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed term, Benefits Consultant position. Posting #0009622. Closes Sept. 19.
The Department of Extension & Experiment Station Communications invites applications for a Publishing Leader. This is a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, professional faculty position. Posting # 0009623. Closes Sept. 26.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traffic and Maintenance
Jefferson Way: Due to the Power Grid Upgrade Project – Phase 2, Jefferson Way at Waldo Place will experience congestion, delays & one way traffic. Exceptions will be made for essential Memorial Union service deliveries, emergency vehicles & limited public traffic. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on Sept. 4 and should end by 5 p.m. Sept. 6.
Benton Hall: Please be advised two dying trees on the west side of Benton Hall will be removed before fall classes begin. The parking areas and walkways South and West of Benton Hall will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic for the duration of the removal. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m., Sept. 10 and should end by 5 p.m., Sept. 14.
East Radiation Center: Due to the scheduled tree removal of declining maple trees and equipment access, the south half of the East Radiation Center parking lot will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic for the duration of the tree removal. Also affected is the entrance from Jefferson Street that will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrian traffic for the duration of the tree removal. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Sept. 13 and should reopen by 5 p.m., Sept. 14.
Fairbanks: Due to contractor staging associated with the Women’s Pool upgrade the west bay of the Fairbanks Hall West Lot is temporarily closed. The area should be reopened by 5 p.m. Sept. 14.
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.
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 other color they are no longer valid. Through Aug. 31 TAPS will replace any unused residual permits for $2 each.
Corvallis: With Labor Day behind us and the younger kids back in school, our brains may be telling us it’s already Fall, but sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s all week say Summer isn’t ready to leave just yet, and campus is still a ghost town. Lows overnight will be in the 50s.
Central Oregon: Highs in the 80s and lows in the 40s mean Autumn is reluctant to arrive, so enjoy it while it lasts.