OSU chooses path to independence (Register-Guard)
Oregon State University will be the third public university in Oregon to impanel an independent governing board, OSU President Ed Ray announced Tuesday — even as the governor’s office released a list of trustee candidates suggested by each university president to serve on their respective boards. (see also Gazette-Times, Portland Business Journal, Statesman Journal)
University of Oregon, Oregon State, and Portland State are currently awaiting Senate confirmation of their proposed board members. The Legislature recently approved a bill to free the schools from the State Board, allowing them to appoint their own, independent ones. Communications Director for the Governor Tim Raphael explains that the individual boards will allow for a more personal connection with the area. (see also Oregonian, Gazette-Times, Mail-Tribune)
OSU president was right to establish governing board (Gazette-Times)
Agent of change (Democrat-Herald)
In his 10 years at the helm, Ed Ray has ushered in a new era at Oregon State University.
“The grizzly bear uses some of the same plants that the prey of the wolf uses,” said William Ripple, an Oregon State University professor of forest ecosystems and lead author of the study. “The reintroduction of one top predator is potentially affecting another top predator through this food web.” (see also BBC, Christian Science Monitor, Scientific American)
Sea-level rise threatens 1,400 US cities (USA Today)
“This is probably the most unique and novel way I’ve seen of talking about a longer time frame,” says Peter Ruggiero, a coastal engineering scientist at Oregon State University. He says it’s “useful,” because most analyses look only at this century, and “the world doesn’t end in 2100.” (see also The Tennessean, Science Recorder, The Inquisitr)
Japan’s agricultural ministry announced Tuesday that it will resume buying western white wheat from the Pacific Northwest — a crop valued at up to $500 million a year to Oregon farmers. (see also CNBC, NWCable News, Yahoo)
Preventing obesity among athletes (Think Out Loud)
According to research done by Melinda Manore, a nutrition professor at OSU, too many athletes are pressured into fad diets that are unhealthy and unsustainable. As an alternative, Manore looked into the benefits of high fiber, high water and low fat eating regimens. (see also Daily RX)
E. Oregon wheat stunted by lack of rain (Miami Herald)
Now, after more than four decades of service in law enforcement, Rogers is retiring from OSU as their first Director of Public Safety. His career was long and varied, but he said his best years were spent serving OSU.
Ramadan enters its last week (Think Out Loud)
During her evening lectures at Oregon State University, during the month of Ramadan, Mehra Shirazi will make her way to the lectern, pick up a bottle of water and join in a ritual with thousands of other Muslims in Oregon. Shirazi opens the bottle and drinks a bit of water and with that breaks her daily fast. She then keeps lecturing to a room of students who probably don’t know they just watched an iftar.
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Local oysters ok with acid (The World)
10 smart ways to quit your job (Yahoo South Africa)
Anthony C. Klotz, an assistant professor at Oregon State University’s College of Business, said that employees who have developed a close relationship with their supervisor should let him or her know first, before giving the company official notice.
Genetically modified wheat: Feds say evidence so far indicates it’s limited to one field on one eastern Oregon farm (Oregonian)
In the agency’s first statement about the genetically-modified wheat investigation in nearly two months, the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said all the evidence collected so far indicates the “Roundup Ready” plants are limited to one field on one Oregon farm. (see also St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
In the spirit of education (Oregon Wine Press)
On July 8, in the final hours of 77th Oregon State Legislative Session, House Bill 5008 was passed, giving Oregon State University $1.2 million from the general fund to supplement the expansion of its Fermentation Sciences program, one of just a handful in the nation. (see also Great Northwest Wine, Albany Tribune, Portland Business Journal)
Lifting up startups (OPB)
The people behind the Regional Accelerator Innovation Network, or RAIN, hit the gas after the Oregon Legislature recently allocated $3.75 million to get the project off the ground. That money, at least some of which will come from bonds sold by the state, will be matched with local contributions, said Kimberly Espy, vice president of research at the University of Oregon and Ron Adams, executive associate vice president for research at Oregon State University.
OSU, Whiskey Creek get money to combat shellfish acidification (Sustainable Business Oregon)
OSU names Susan Tournquist interim Dean of Veterinary Medicine (Albany Tribune)
Susan Tornquist, associate dean in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, has been named interim dean of the college.
Social video offers new avenue for students, colleges to connect (Huffington Post)
“We thought it’s something we should jump on,” says Colin Huber, a writer and social media coordinator for Oregon State University. The school posted its first Vine video in February.
Atlantis probes depths to find earthquake epicenter (Daily Astorian)
One of those vessels, the research vessel Atlantis operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, departed Astoria Wednesday for a month-long cruise carrying mostly researchers from the University of Washington and three from Oregon State University. (see also Register-Guard, North Jersey, Statesman Journal)
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NEW! TAC Webinar: Finding and Using Media: Simple Editing, with 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 will review some principles of instructional uses of media and demonstrate tools for editing media that’s already online. Aug. 5, 1 to 1:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/15Iybze
Benton County Extension Food Preservation Classes: Classes will be held Tuesday nights in Corvallis 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 6 – vegetables, Aug. 27 – meat & Fish, and Sept. 3- tomatoes & salsa. Classes are held at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe Ave. $10 per class – Pre-registration required. Call 541-967-3871.
Retirement Reception for Rich Turnbull: Please join UHDS at the retirement reception for Rich Turnbull, Director of Dining Services, as we celebrate his 22+ years of service and wish him well on his retirement journey! Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2 to 4 p.m., Marketplace West in the NW corner room.
Retirement Reception for Jack Rogers: Open House, Aug. 6, 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the MU Lounge. Jack Rogers, OSU Director of Public Safety, announced he will retire as of Aug. 15, after more than 13 years as Director of Public Safety at OSU. Jack’s 42 years of public safety service includes five years on campus as the University Area Commander for the Oregon State Police, prior to joining OSU.
Training Opportunity: Preventing and Addressing Workplace Bullying. Conflicts involving workplace bullying are some of the most challenging to address and manage effectively. Session participants will learn the process of bullying, its far-reaching effects and multiple dimensions, and options for effective intervention, assistance, and support. Session includes an introduction to OSU’s new policy on bullying. This “brown-bag” session will be offered twice, and is open to all OSU Faculty and Staff. Sessions will be held Aug. 7 and Aug. 14, from noon-1:30 p.m. in GILB 324.
SHS Executive Director candidate: The Search Committee would like to provide you the opportunity to meet the candidates for the Student Health Services Executive Director position. An open forum has been scheduled for the campus community which will include a 30-minute presentation followed by conversation. James Boyle – Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2 to 3 p.m., Plageman 322
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. 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. More information on our website.
#beBEAVERBOLD Block Party: The Student Events & Activities Center and OSU Summer Session are partnering to provide community gatherings weekly starting June 26 through Aug 14 on Wednesday nights in Snell Hall International Forum. This event starts at 8:30 p.m. with 30 minutes of fun includingmusic, performers, games, food, etc. followed by the showing of a feature MUvie. Aug. 7, “Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar: Rhian B. Cope, Principal Toxicologist, Toxscon Toxicology Consultants, will be presenting a seminar –“Cyclopamine: a Human Health Assessment” at noon on Thursday, Aug. 8, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences .
Bard in the Quad: The Bard in the Quad series is back for its eighth summer of Shakespearean fare, with this year’s production showcasing the popular farce of mistaken identity and coincidence, “Comedy of Errors.” Set in a wild, contemporary city inspired by the outlandish worlds depicted in “The Jersey Shore,” “The Sopranos,” and “The Godfather,” performances of “Comedy of Errors” run Aug. 8-11 and 15-18 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Quad. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for OSU students. Tickets are available at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre or call the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784. This is an outdoor performance and no seating is provided. Patrons are encouraged to bring low lawn chairs and/or blankets. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.
NEW! Professional faculty info session: Professional Faculty Job Groupings and Compensation Project information session on the Job Category Framework Communication Process for Managers/Supervisors. Friday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to noon at the Hallie Ford Center, Room 115 OR Monday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to noon at the Hallie Ford Center, Room 115. Pre-registration is not required; both sessions will be live streamed, recorded and available on the project website http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/job_category/
NEW! Crater Lake Experience: The Crater Lake Experience International Art Show runs now through Aug. 30 at the Giustina Gallery in the LaSell Stewart Center on campus. An opening reception will be held Aug. 10, 4 to 7 p.m.
NEW! “My Heritage, My Design” – Cross-Cultural Design Issues in Hmong Dress: Anthea Vang, a 2013 graduate of SDHE, will speak on the meaning and visceral features of traditional Hmong dress and present her 2013 apparel collection titled, “Modern Hmong.” She will speak on Aug. 12 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Milam 333. For more information visit this link: http://gennareeves.wix.com/professional-portfolio/announcements
Benton County Extension Pressure Canner Checkup! Bring your pressure canner into the Benton County Sunset Building and Master Food Preservers will check your pressure canner to be sure it is ready for the canning season. They will check the integrity of the canner, the gauge and gaskets. Parts will NOT be provided, but you will be notified if parts need to be replaced. Aug. 15 and Aug. 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Benton County Extension Beginner’s Canning Classes. For first-time canners only. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Benton County Sunset building. Aug. 21 – Tomatoes, Aug. 28 – Apples. $15 per class – Call 541-766-6750 to register.
Lectures and webinars
NEW! TAC Webinar: Blackboard Grade Center, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. We’ll work with organizing the grade center; smart views; uploading and downloading grades; reports; grading schemas and grade weighting. Mon., Aug. 5, 2 to 2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/12rGiMp
NEW! TAC Webinar: Explore the new features within TurningPoint 5 (clickers), with Yousef Qassim. We are upgrading to Turning Point 5 for Fall Term 2013. We are excited for it and we are sure you will be too. Join us for an hour introduction to the new features packed into Turning Point 5. Learn about the new combined receiver/flash drive, self-based examination, and a lot of other things. Tues., Aug. 6, 2 to 2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/14SNXFu
NEW! Training Opportunity: Alcohol Use Policy and Ethical Conduct in Academia. This session will introduce you to both the current OSU Alcohol use Policy as well as the practical ethical issues concerning social alcohol use in Academia. This “brown-bag” session will be offered twice for your convenience, and is open to all OSU Faculty and Staff. Sessions will be held Aug. 21 and 28 from noon-1:30 p.m. in GILB 324.
NEW! MBA Information Session: Advisors – Find out what is new in the MBA Program for your students to further their education. Staff – Find out more about obtaining an MBA on campus or in an online/hybrid format. OSU Faculty and Staff focused presentation and discussion. Learn about the new tracks (Online/Hybrid, Global Operations, Marketing and Wealth Management) along with Clean Technology, commercialization and an A-MBA. Held at the Memorial Union Journey Room, noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21. Lunch included. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Aug. 16 at Noon.
News for Employees
NEW! Save the date for University Day, Sept. 19: Registration is open for the expo, should your unit wish to participate, and spaces are filling up fast! We also look forward to our speaker joining us; Caryn McTigue Musil is Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives for the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/events/universityday/
NEW! New Student Picnic: Register your organization to be at the New Student Picnic on Sept. 26, 5 to 7 p.m. in the MU Quad. Be at the picnic to welcome new students to campus! Registration is available for the OSU community. Register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XNUuzXX4cDIYyhEAKMuHyAmemKYzNPpEJnKljULmPWI/viewform
NEW! A Dream is the Start: Undergraduate Matt Kaiser shares his enthusiasm for research, in the Linus Pauling Institute’s blog.
NEW! Global learning: The OSU Global Learning listserv is intended to enhance and sustain the globalization effort at Oregon State through a discussion forum among like-minded colleagues about global learning, international initiatives at OSU, and internationalizing the curriculum. To subscribe: http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/globallearning
NEW! Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Fall 2013-14 Solicitation (Winter or Spring 2014 Release). The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt. Information: Debbie Delmore at email@example.com. Deadline: Aug. 13.
NEW! Spin on Research: New blog post: Cayuse SP is One Year Old at OSU
NEW! Comprehensive Accessibility Plan for the Built Environment: The Accessible University Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Office of Equity and Inclusion, has publicized a Comprehensive Accessibility Plan for the Built Environment. This plan prioritizes how to improve access for people with disabilities on the Corvallis campus by setting objectives for the university to strive to achieve within the next five years. If you are interested, please read the plan and visit the website to offer comments.
NEW! UABC is moving: The University Administrative Business Center will be relocating their offices from Finley Hall to the University Plaza on Wednesday, Aug. 14 and Thursday, Aug.15. UABC team members will have limited access to email and phones during this time but plan to be ready for business on Friday, Aug. 16. Thank-you in advance for your patience and understanding during this relocation.
NEW! OSU Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) – Azumano Travel Campus Outreach: Azumano Travel will be facilitating a campus-wide outreach to provide an opportunity for those who are actively supporting the campus community’s travel needs or traveling on behalf of OSU for business purposes. This will be an opportunity to hear about Azumano’s value proposition, Azumano’s reach within state-wide systems and contracts, future opportunities to increase efficiency and lower costs and participate in a face to face question and answer session. Azumano’s presentation is scheduled for Aug. 2o, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the MU Journey Room. For more information, Donna Cain, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-737-3423.
Faculty opportunities to meet with Pres. Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a summer term small group conversation with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please access the registration form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/ to register for the Aug. 13 session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first served basis.
The Source: The Summer edition of The Source, e-news of the College of Agricultural Sciences is now available: http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2013/july This edition provides a view of the interesting variety of teaching, research and engagement work that our faculty, staff and students experience here in the College and the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.
Stories from the Edge of Science: OSU scientists took da Vinci Days audiences on journeys to the Oregon coast, Antarctica, Africa and even Mars. They told of voracious bullfrogs, painting wood with fungi, the Golden Ratio in our DNA and Jell-O-like beads that can deliver medicine or clean polluted groundwater. If you missed their presentations, you can see them online on Terra, Oregon State’s research magazine.
Bing’s is open!: Bing’s Café in Weatherford Hall has reopened for the rest of summer term with regular hours from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Bing’s serves Starbucks blend coffee, pastries, made-to-order calzinis and deli sandwiches and more. See the menu.
New Student Picnic: Register your organization to be at the New Student Picnic on Sept. 26, 5 to 7 p.m. in the MU Quad. Be at the picnic to welcome new students to campus! Registration is available for the OSU community. Register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XNUuzXX4cDIYyhEAKMuHyAmemKYzNPpEJnKljULmPWI/viewform
LPI blog post: Some recently publicized, sensationalist articles in the media about dietary supplements ain’t necessarily true. In response, the Linus Pauling Institute offers a balanced discussion, based on the totality of scientifically-sound evidence. Please see and share LPI’s newest blog posts: Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Good for You and Keep Taking Your Vitamins.
Funding Opportunity – OSU Venture Development Fund: The OSU Venture Development Fund Advisory Council is accepting proposals to facilitate the further development of applied innovations and commercialization. This is a competitive process open to OSU faculty eligible for principal investigator (PI) status and ideas/concepts accepted into the OSU Venture Accelerator. Students who wish to apply for a grant must identify an OSU faculty member who will serve as the PI for the student proposal. For more information and to apply: http://oregonstate.edu/research/occd/sites/default/files/osuvdf_rfp_2013_final.pdf. Deadline for submission: Sept. 2.
Recreational Sports Half Term Membership: Purchase your Half-Term Recreational Sports membership today. Memberships are valid through Sept. 27. A Half-Term Membership costs only $41 for Faculty, Staff, Domestic Partners, Spouses and Dependents and $34 for Student Affiliates/Dependents. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information.
Beaver Community Fair 2013. Register your organization now for the Beaver Community Fair. This year’s event will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, in the MU Quad. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to show off your organization and connect with new and returning OSU students! Registration is open and free for the OSU community. Register online at http://oregonstate.edu/seac/initiatives/bcf/.
Traffic and Maintenance
Campus wide: Generator service and load testing will take place Aug. 5-18 across campus. There will be no power disruption.
Benton Place: Benton Place east of Milne Computer Center will be closed Aug. 10, 6 a.m. to noon, for generator testing.
26th Street: The City of Corvallis will be reconstructing a portion of 26th Street from Orchard Ave to Monroe Ave. Work will include the removal of the existing asphalt and rock base, rebasing, paving of the new asphalt surface and striping. This section of the street will remain closed for the duration of this project, Aug. 12 – 14.
Plageman lot: Due to construction associated with the new ADA entrance to Plageman Student Health Center the SE portion of parking lot #3233 will be temporarily closed July 24-Aug. 30. The driveway between Plageman and the parking lot will also be closed.
Sackett Place Road: Due to the installation of steam, telecom and electrical underground for Austin Hall, Sackett Place Road will be closed through Sept. 6, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Withycombe Hall driveway and north parking lot: Due to the construction of accessible parking, ramps, raised crossing across the driveway, landscaping, and upgraded entrance to the north side of Withycombe, the south bay of the west portion of the parking lot north of the building will be closed. July 2-Aug. 20, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:
Cook 1 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for one full-time, 10 month, Cook 1 position. Posting # 0011097. Closes Aug. 5.
Food Service Worker 2 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for three full-time, 10 month, Food Service Worker 2 positions. Posting # 0011050. Closes Aug. 5.
The Josephine County Extension Office invites applications for a part-time (0.40 FTE), 12-month, Master Gardener Coordinator position. Posting #0011107. Closes Aug. 6.
Extended Campus is accepting applications for one full-time Analyst Programmer Competency Level 1. Posting #0011130. Closes Aug. 9.
Advisor-The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for Academic Advisors, full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Provide advising support for Earth and Environmental Sciences students. Posting #0011067. For full consideration apply by Aug. 12.
Editorial, Design, and Production Manager at OSU Press – The University Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Editorial, Design, and Production Manager position. Posting #0011035, Closes Aug. 12.
Professional and Noncredit Education (PNE) is seeking a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Business Development Manager. Posting #0011135 Closes Aug. 14.
Human Resources Business Analyst – The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, HR Business Analyst position. Posting #0011157. Closes Aug. 15.
IE3 Global Internships Regional Director – OUS Study Abroad Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, IE3 Global Internships Regional Director position. Posting #0011141. Closes Aug. 20.
The School of Civil and Construction Engineering invites applications for a full-time Public Information Representative 1 position. Posting #0011158. Closes Aug. 21.
Associate Director- EOCCR – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Associate Director- EOCCR position. Posting #0011116. Closes Aug. 24.
The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011165. Closes Aug. 26.
The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time, 9-month, Associate/Full Professor (Tenure/Tenure-Track) in Forest Operations. Posting #0010905. For full consideration, apply by July 31. Closes Aug. 31.
INTO University Partnerships is currently recruiting for a Facilities Development Manager. This will be responsible for managing the design, planning, construction, and maintenance of equipment, buildings and other facilities. The Facilities Development Manager will report to the Executive Director Operations Support, with close working relationships with INTO university partner facilities organizations and INTO U.K. facilities team. For more information or to apply, please visit https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=7865492
AmeriCorps Financial Literacy Educator (St. Helens) – The Columbia County OSU Extension Service Office invites applications for a full-time 11-month AmeriCorps Position. This fun, community service position will provide education and information to youth and adults on basic money management, goal setting, and other important life skills. For more information and instructions on applying please see our local website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/columbia/ Open until filled.
Corvallis: After a brief cool and cloudy spell that was more suited for sipping tea and watching Jane Austen DVDs, it’s back to blazing hot summer weather once again. Highs will peak at 90 on Tuesday but will hover in the mid to high 80s all week, with lows in the upper 50s.
Central Oregon: Highs in the upper 80s this week with lows in the upper 50s to 60. Thunderstorms possible toward the end of the week.
Newport: Partly sunny this week after morning fog. Highs in the mid 60s, lows in the mid 50s.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/