Kitzhaber announces his nominees for higher education boards (Statesman Journal)
Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his lists of nominees for four new higher education boards this afternoon. Among them are some high-profile names: journalist Ann Curry, former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz and Pat Reser, chairman of the board for Reser Foods. (see also Register-Guard, KGW, Democrat-Herald, OPB)
Contaminated water leaks from Fukushima Dalichi Nuclear Power Plant (Wall Street Journal)
The leakage water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has been declared a level 3 “serious incident” by regulators. The WSJ’s Deborah Kan speaks with Kathryn Higley, Head of Nuclear Engineering at Oregon State University. (see also Business Week)
Your iPhone has a favorite college football team (USA Today)
And it’s Oregon State. (see also Geekwire)
Could the recovery of the bald eagle mean the demise of a federally protected Oregon seabird? That’s what scientists at Oregon State University are trying to figure out. (see also KREM Spokane, KEX, KVAL)
War and Roses: The 1942 Rose Bowl rallied a rattled country (Sports Illustrated)
Oregon State started the 1941 season 2-2, and hopes for its first Rose Bowl berth seemed as remote as its campus in Corvallis. But coach Lon Stiner’s team got hot, winning four straight games without surrendering a single point. The Beavers upset the Stanford Indians, and their other Pacific Coast Conference foes faltered down the stretch. To the team’s surprise and delight, a final win over rival Oregon in late November clinched a spot in the 28th Rose Bowl. As the PCC champion, Oregon State had its choice of opponent, and all eyes turned east.
Oregon State University’s Climate Center received a four-million-dollar grant to continue research on dying forests, a study that scientists say is important not only for the eco-system, but also for the economy.
To make a toddler listen, a hug is more powerful than words (South China News)
Oregon State University’s two-decade study on attention span and persistence levels is worth reading. It found that toddlers who were better at concentrating, taking directions and persisting with a game even after encountering difficulties had a 50 per cent greater chance of ending up with a university degree. The study tracked 430 children from preschool to 21.
In the closing days of the 2013 legislative session, Oregon lawmakers approved $1.2 million for Oregon State University to enhance the Agricultural Experiment Station’s fermentation sciences program.
For more than a year, scientists at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center deployed a hydrophone in 50 meters of water just off the coast of Newport, Ore., so they could listen to the natural and human-induced sounds emanating from the Pacific Ocean environment.
Just as children with autism often struggle with social and communication skills, new research conducted in part by an Oregon State University professor suggests that they also often have a lack of motor skills, including throwing and catching.
The best cities for entrepreneurs (Entrepreneur.com)
Corvallis is home to Oregon State University, whose Austin Entrepreneurship Program attracts innovators from around the globe for a mixture of fellowships and seminars. Off-campus, events like the Willamette Angel Conference have been showcasing early-stage and seed businesses since 2009, pairing investors with ventures in fields ranging from engineering to pharmaceuticals.
OSU starting program to help students in recovery (Gazette-Times)
“Say you know a kid who goes into recovery in high school,” said Rob Reff, substance abuse prevention coordinator at Oregon State University. “He has been sober for six months and he comes to the campus, and what does he see? A bunch of people drinking at parties. How do you talk about that? What does that mean? How do you navigate the college system?”
Turning Discovery into Health (NIH Podcast)
Just in time for back to school, it turns out that there’s a big value in making sure more kids and young adults get their flu shots. I’m talking with Dr. Jan Medlock, an NIH-funded researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Oregon State University. We’ll be talking about an article published in the journalVaccine about breaking the cycle of flu transmission.
How Indian forests sustain the economy and environment (Seattle Times)
A guest editorial co-written by OSU College of Forestry’s John Sessions.
LEED certification vs Oregon wood industry (Oregonian)
“Substantively, there isn’t a huge difference” between the two programs’ requirements here, says Kevin Boston, a professor at Oregon State University’s college of forestry. But small differences can matter, and one, he points out, involves maximum clear-cut size. SFI, echoing state rules, targets 120 acres. That’s roughly twice the area of FSC’s regional maximum. While clear-cuts may not be popular, they’re appropriate in forests dominated by Douglas fir, a species that needs full sunlight to regenerate.
Walter Scott and Contemporary Theory (PS News Australia)
A review of a book by OSU’s Evan Gottlieb.
Craft beer’s next horizon: Malt (Seattle Weekly)
“Their processing is directed at not introducing flavors into things,” Pat Hayes, barley breeder at Oregon State University, said of mainstream brewers. “If you’re making Bud Light you want it to be Bud Light. You don’t want it to taste like wasabi.” (Wasabi is just an arbitrary flavor note picked to highlight what drives the curiosities of brewers.)
SRG designs $40M building at OSU (Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce)
Construction is expected to start in 2015 on the 60,000-square-foot Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Building at Oregon State University’s campus in Corvallis, Ore.
The city of Corvallis is considering a recommendation to ban Oregon State freshmen from bringing cars to campus.
The Collaboration Corvallis panel will meet Tuesday to discuss the idea of the ban, which is in effect at other universities around the country. (see also Gazette-Times)
“Hatchling sea turtles are too small for transmitters and electronic tags, and their mortality rate is sufficiently high to make it cost-prohibitive anyway,” said Nathan F. Putman, a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University and lead author on the study. (see also KCBY North Bend)
Dana Reason shares her ‘Angle of Vision‘ (Gazette-Times)
Dana Reason has reason to be grateful for her first piano teacher, Florence O’Hagen. As Reason tells the story, O’Hagen never discouraged her young student — Reason started taking piano at age 3 — from making her own music.
Oregon BEST taps Mundorff for big research job (Sustainable Business Oregon)
He’s also worked with the National Energy Technology Lab in Albany, helped Oregon State University commercialize a unique energy storage technology and helped Portland State University create and run its first annual Cleantech Challenge, a Wells Fargo-funded prototype design competition.
Siuslaw National Forest, OSU Libraries bring historic forest photo collection to public (Tillamook County Pioneer)
Nearly 5,000 digital images of the Siuslaw National Forest, which extends from Tillamook to Coos Bay, are being made available to the public through Oregon State University Libraries. The images are part of the Siuslaw National Forest Digital Collection and include pictures dating back to the beginnings of the Siuslaw in 1908 to the present. (see also Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University – Cascades recently hired Todd Montgomery as an instructor and an executive in residence in hospitality management. (see also Bend Bulletin)
Foods that prevent colon cancer (Men’s Health)
Antioxidants in the tea could keep cancer cells from growing. Research from Oregon State University suggests that white tea is especially powerful at blocking colon-polyp growth—even more effective than green tea.
16 things Buzzfeed doesn’t know about the ocean (Discovery Magazine)
As NOAA and Oregon State University seismologist Robert Dziak explained to Wired: “Ice breaking up and cracking is a dominant source of natural sound in the southern ocean. Each year there are tens of thousands of what we call ‘icequakes’ created by the cracking and melting of sea ice and ice calving off glaciers into the ocean.”
Building for the future (University Business)
Half a block from the student union in the heart of the Oregon State University campus, the new home of the College of Business is steadily taking shape.
Susan Tornquist, associate dean in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University (OSU), has been named interim dean of the college.
America’s most gay-friendly colleges (KJCT Colorad0)
CampusPrideIndex.org has put out its index to the colleges friendliest to lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender students. Take a look at the 20 largest schools in the country to earn the site’s top rating. OSU comes in at #19.
Non-native stink bugs could hurt agriculture (Medford Mail-Tribune)
“I was blown away by this,” said Nik Wiman, an Oregon State University researcher working on stink bugs to find a way to control them. “I walked all of these neighborhoods and didn’t find anything last year. Then all of a sudden this year, they’re everywhere. It’s pretty impressive. (see also Ashland Daily Tidings, Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Organic Valley searches for new niche (Capital Press)
Larry Lev, an agricultural economist at Oregon State University, said organic dairy companies are trying to differentiate themselves as the market has grown more competitive. “All of these companies are trying to stay one step ahead,” he said.
For more headlines: http://oregonstate.edu/osutoday/?p=21327
NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar: David Halla, University of North Texas, will be presenting a seminar – “A Computational Model of Steroidogenesis: Towards a Predictive Toxicology Paradigm” – at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 26, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences.
NEW! TAC Webinar: Google Apps Advanced, with Victor Yee (Ecampus) and Lynn Greenough (TAC). Already know a bit about Google Apps for Education? If you are interested in some ideas on how to incorporate them in your teaching, check out our webinar. We’ll also cover using Google Apps in Blackboard. Mon., Aug. 26, 1 to 1:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/18hslp4
NEW! TAC Webinar: What’s coming up in Blackboard? Join TAC and Blackboard solutions engineer David Gibson to find out about what we’ll see in the upgrade to Service Pack 9 this September. You can also get a preview of more functionality on tap in the next Bb upgrade (late December 2013) – a big leap forward from where we are now. David can also answer any questions you have about Blackboard. Tues., Aug. 27, 11 to 11:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/14A5Urn
NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar: Lyle Burgoon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be presenting a seminar – “Computational Toxicology: Advancing the Next Generation of Risk Assessment” – at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences .
NEW! Lab Hazard Awareness Training is being offered to OSU employees on Au. 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon in Oak Creek, Room 201. This safety training is required for all OSU employees who are not lab employees but may need to enter a lab in the course of their work. Examples would be trade workers, IT workers, or administrative personnel. The course assists personnel to become familiar with lab hazards, lab warning signs and labels, and general and specific protective measures. Refresher training is required every three years. Pre-registration required. To register, submit name and OSU ID# to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Seminar: Susan Tilton, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will be presenting a seminar – “iMechanism-based approaches in systems toxicology and relevance for risk assessment” – at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, in 4001 Ag Life Sciences
NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. 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! Cayuse Administrative Support Training: Aug. 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m., MU 211. For more information, please contact 541-737-4933 or email email@example.com
Sentimental Recycling Exhibit: The students of DHE 399 present their final museum exhibit project to the public for viewing. The exhibit illustrates the sentimental recycling of dress from the lives of OSU students and their mothers. The exhibit will be open for viewing through Sept. 15 in Milam Hall in the display case directly across from Milam 236/224.
Lectures and webinars
Training Opportunity – Graduate Student Mentoring: Participants will learn various approaches and pedagogy related to the mentoring of graduate students. Expectations of graduate students by mentors, and of mentors by graduate students, will be discussed as well as distinctions among advisor, supervisor, and mentor roles. This “brown-bag” session will be offered twice for your convenience, and is open to all OSU Faculty and Staff. Sessions will be held Sept. 4 and 11, noon-1:30 p.m. in GILB 324.
News for Employees
NEW! Holiday reminder: Next Monday is Labor Day, so OSU Today will be appearing on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
NEW! Coming soon! Purchase Your Recreational Sports Membership Tuesday, Sept. 3: Annual, 9-Month and Fall Term memberships will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3. Purchase using Payroll Deduction or in person at the Recreation Services Desk in Dixon’s West Entry. Please contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.
NEW! Blackboard offline: Blackboard will be taken offline Sept. 13-15 (Friday through Sunday) to perform an upgrade to Service Pack 9. Beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday through Sunday 11:59 p.m., Blackboard will be unavailable while the upgrade is completed and the system is tested. Blackboard will be back online Monday 12:01 a.m. Sept. 16. Find out more about Service Pack 9 here. More questions? Please contact Technology Across the Curriculum.
NEW! Fall 2013 On-campus Housing Move-In: This coming Fall 2013 move-in for the residence halls and co-operative houses will take place on Tuesday Sept. 24 and Wednesday Sept. 25. Much of campus will experience some impact including limited parking, street closures, and other delays. A taskforce is meeting monthly to evaluate these impacts and help reduce disruption to campus activities at those times.To see the Housing Move In schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/move-in-guide. For more information, contact Brian.Stroup@oregonstate.edu
NEW! Seeking Fulbright Campus Committee Members: OSU is currently identifying qualified individuals to review Fulbright applications and interview candidates for the upcoming 2014-15 competition. Eligible committee members include individuals with international area and language expertise, expertise in a range of disciplines and with a variety of international experiences, experienced ESL/TESOL instructors (to review for the English Teaching Assistantships), a good understanding of the Fulbright program and an interest in the success of OSU students and alumni in applying for a grant The commitment to serve on a Fulbright Campus Committee includes reviewing 1-3 student applications, interviewing candidates and providing campus endorsement. For more information about the Fulbright US Student Program, please see: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/ And, to volunteer please contact LeAnn Adam, OSU Fulbright Program Adviser: firstname.lastname@example.org
Synergies newsletter: Learn what’s going on in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences by reading the latest edition of its monthly Synergies e-newsletter. This month’s features include Athletic Training alum Gabe Fife’s experience teaching in Korea, Alyssa Hersh being named PHHS Undergraduate Researcher of the Year, 4-H teens learning to cook healthy meals at the Moore Family Center and more. http://bit.ly/16lUMUu
NSF – Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity: The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF-PFI:BIC program. The program supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team with at least one industry partner, to collaborate in building technological and human innovation capacity. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/NSF_PFI_BIC. Information: Debbie Delmore at email@example.com. Research Office Deadline: Sept. 16.
LPI blog: Read how Linus Pauling Institute’s Healthy Youth Program and Community Outreach provide nutritious meals to homeless families. LPI blog: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/linuspaulinginstitute/.
University ID Center changing business hours: Effective Sept. 3, the University ID Center will be changing their staffed hours to 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This change in hours will help us stay consistent with the other departments within Business Affairs. The change also allows for our employees to have the ID Center ready to do business as soon as the doors are open. Also, it will allow us to finalize our business at the end of the day without compromise to our equipment and an extended waiting period for our customers.
Recreational Sports – Summer Shutdown & Improvements: Take a sneak peek of the many improvements we will be making to Recreational Sports facilities during August’s Summer Shutdown. Dixon Recreation Center is closed through Sept. 2. There are many ways to stay active at McAlexander Fieldhouse, Langton Pool and throughout Corvallis. Dixon Recreation Center & Steven’s Natatorium will reopen Sept. 3. Make sure to connect with us on our social media sites (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) to see daily photos of the improvements/repairs we are making Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.
Traffic and Maintenance
NEW! Parking permits: The 2013-2014 annual permits will be available for purchase online Sept. 3. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/taps/
Free parking: Aug. 19 – Oct. 11, student lots open (green signs) no permit required.
“A” Avenue: Due to the installation of utilities for the new Cesar Chavez Cultural Center, the west portion of “A” avenue will be closed Aug. 27, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. During this closure partial access to CH2M Hill north entrance will only be accessible from the east.
Washington Way: Due to road and drainage work, the intersection at Washington Way & 26th Street will be closed through Aug. 29. Flaggers will be in place to assist with traffic.
Washington Street: Due to the installation of a new sewer system and street repair for the new resident hall, Washington Street at 11th and 13th streets will be closed intermittently. The intersection of Washington & 11th will be closed Aug. 26-30. Washington Street from 11th to 15th will be closed Sept. 3-6. Access to parking lots from Adams Ave & 11th Street will also be closed. 13th Street from Washington Street to Adams Ave will be closed Sept. 9-20 for installation of a new sewer line. The west exit for the Child Care Center will also be closed.
Jefferson Way: Due to Sanitary Sewer work, Jefferson Way will be closed in front of Memorial Union through Aug. 30.
Dryden Hall: Due to an ADA improvement project the west side of Dryden Hall parking lot will be closed through Sept. 11.
Washington Way: A contractor will be replacing the NE corner of 26th Street & Washington Way to provide a wider sidewalk and curb radius. This work is in preparation for road work that will provide an accessible crossing across Washington Way for foot traffic heading to the new OSU Bookstore. The northeast sidewalk and east crosswalk will be closed during this work. Vehicle and foot traffic should exercise caution around this site during construction. Sidewalk closure will end at 5 p.m., Aug. 26.
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.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:
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.
Accounting Technician – The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accounting Technician position. Posting #0011193. Closes Aug. 26.
Accounting Technician- Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accounting Technician position. Posting #0011221. Closes Aug. 28.
Marketing and Communications Manager – OUS Study Abroad invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Marketing and Communications Manager position. Posting #0011198. Closes Aug.28.
Administrative Support Coordinator – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Support Coordinator position. Posting #0011188. Closes Aug. 28.
Division of Outreach and Engagement is recruiting for a full time, fixed-term, Education Coordinator for the Oregon Open Campus to provide local leadership, coordination, and foster partnerships needed to advance and sustain the OOC goals and purpose. This position will be located at the Columbia Gorge Community College and will serve the Hood River and Wasco Counties. Posting # 0011199. Closes Aug. 29.
The Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) program in the Jackson Extension is accepting applications for one part-time (.34 FTE) (approximately 14 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position. Posting # 0011231. Closes Aug. 30.
The Oregon State University Foundation has two openings for the position of Administrative Assistant. These positions provide support to an assigned team of fundraisers, assisting them in achieving their fundraising goals. For a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to www.osu.foundation.org. This posting closes Aug. 30.
Accounting Technician, Arts and Sciences Business Center at Oregon State University. F/T, starting at $2,202/monthly + benefits. Posting # 0010958. Closes Aug. 30.
Disability Access Services (DAS) at Oregon State University invites applications for a Manager of Adaptive Technology. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #0011161. Closes Aug. 30.
The School of Civil and Construction Engineering invites applications for a full-time Assistant to School Head. Posting # 0011178. Closes Aug. 31.
The School of Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE) is currently recruiting for a full-time Faculty Research Assistant. Posting # 0011200. Closes Aug. 31.
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.
The Office of Admissions is currently recruiting for two full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011232. Posting closes Sept. 2.
Administrative Program Assistant – Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, APA position. Posting #0011204. Closes Sept 2.
Extension and Experiment Station Communications invites applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0011040. Closes Sept. 2.
Executive Assistant to the Dean – The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Executive Assistant to the Dean position. Apply to posting # 0011217. Closes Sept. 3.
Administrative Assistant to the Associate Deans – The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Administrative Assistant to the Associate Deans position. Apply to posting # 0011219. Closes Sept. 3.
Patient Services Coordinator – Veterinary Teaching Hospital – Oregon State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, has an immediate opening for a 12-month, full-time, fixed term position as a Patient Services Coordinator. Reappointment is at the discretion of the VTH Director. Salary is commensurate with experience. Posting # 0011026. Closes Sept. 3.
Extended Campus invites applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0011105. Closes Sept. 4.
The Office of Admissions is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011238. Closes Sept. 5.
Recreational Sports New Media Coordinator – The Department of Recreational Sports seeks creative initiative with a passion for wellness. Inviting applications for a full-time, 12-month, New Media Coordinator position. Posting #0011212. Closes Sept. 6.
Program Representative 2 – The Office of VP for Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Representative 2 position. Posting #0011257. Closes Sept. 7.
The Research Office is recruiting for a FT Oregon Sea Grant Director. Oregon Sea Grant supports research, education and public engagement to help people understand, responsibly interact with and conserve ocean and coastal resources and communities. The Director is knowledgeable about current coastal and marine issues important to the state and the nation and will broadly oversee inclusive planning processes that identify diverse and innovative approaches to set program priorities. Posting #0011152. For full consideration, apply by Sept. 15.
Executive Assistant to VP for Research – The Office of VP for Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Executive Assistant to VP for Research position. Posting #0011236. Closes Sept. 20.
The Oregon State University Foundation has an opening for a Telefund Manager, responsible for the OSU Foundation’s student telephone call center. Please complete the Foundation’s job application, and send it with your cover letter and resume to Fran Judy, Sr. HR Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: “When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson. We’re already getting a taste of autumnal chill this week with cloudy skies and lows in the mid 50s. There’s a chance of rain today with a high of 77, and partly sunny skies the rest of the week, with highs in the low 80s.
Central Oregon: Sunny this week with highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 50s.
Newport: Slight chance of rain or showers all this week with highs in the mid 60s and lows in the mid 50s.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/