Red wine, blueberries could boost immune system (Daily Telegraph, UK)
One of the compounds, resveratrol, which is found in red grapes, is thought to have various healthy effects on the body such as fighting cancer and lowering the risk of heart disease. But the new study, by researchers from Oregon State University, was the first to clearly show the way in which the compound works with vitamin D to produce this effect. (see also MSN, Daily Mirror, KGW)
Can Spanish survive in the USA? (USA Today)
That includes parents like Rivera-Mills, a professor of Spanish at Oregon State University who holds a master’s degree in Spanish linguistics and a doctorate in romance languages. She is considered an expert on Spanish language usage and its effect on society.
Typhoon Man-yi complicates Fukushima cleanup (Christian Science Monitor)
“In the USA we have standards which allow for the discharge of low level amounts of radioactive materials to sanitary sewers and drains,” Kathryn Higley, head of the department of nuclear engineering and radiation health physics at Oregon State University, wrote in an e-mail. ”Dilution, although not the preferred method for dealing with contamination, is effective.”
Like many states not normally thought of as Latino hubs, Oregon is now home to a growing Hispanic community – at least a half million. But what is intriguing about the state’s Latinos, a new report found, is that young people are retaining Spanish at a markedly higher rate than earlier waves of Latinos. Many also are learning it, according to research at Oregon State University. (see also Hispanic Trending, Huffington Post, KTTV Los Angeles, Latina)
Chronic inflammation linked to such ills as heart disease, cancer and diabetes may stem from a breakdown in communication between the microbes in our guts and cells involved in the immune and metabolic processes, according to an Oregon State University researcher. (see also KCBY, Red Orbit, Science Daily)
A warrior for the blind (Scientific American)
But at Oregon State she met Margaret Burnett, a computer science professor who specializes in human-computer interaction and who also has a strong interest in the connection between gender and technology. Burnett was her adviser for a project on the differences between the ways that males and females use Microsoft Excel. Gradually Rector began to warm up to computer science.
List leaders: University spinoffs, bioscience and health care (Portland Business Journal)
Oregon State University comes in next with eight spinoffs in the category of bioscience and health care.
Grassbugs plague northeast Oregon community (ABC News)
The Oregon State University Extension Office gets calls about grass bugs every year, but nothing like this summer. Extension agronomist Darrin Walenta said this year’s population — in Cricket Flat and the region — has reached “plague-like numbers.” (see also Minneapolis Star-Tribune, KGW)
Study: Past wildfire speeds snow melt (Oregonian)
Lead author Kelly Gleason, a doctoral candidate at Oregon State University, says they found more snow fell in burned forests than in green ones. But the snow melted off twice as fast in burned forests, and was gone 23 days earlier. The reason was the black bits sloughing off the charred trees onto the snow intensified the heat from the sun. (see also Gazette-Times, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, KCBY-North Bend)
“With the volume of data that ISIIS generates, it is impossible for us to individually classify every image by hand, which is why we are exploring different options for image analysis, from automatic image recognition software to crowd-sourcing to citizen scientists,” said Robert Cowen, Director of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Centre. (see also Christian Science Monitor, Statesman Journal, Crowdsourcing.org)
Oregon State University’s Center for Latino and Latina Studies in Engagement has a new director. Ron Mize says he’s excited to join the year-old program.
Oregon State’s proposed Bend campus is now a pumice mine (Portland Business Journal)
Classified university employees postpone strike date one week (Gazette-Times)
The union representing classified workers at Oregon State University and the state’s other public universities has postponed its strike date one week, according to bargaining team chair Marc Nisenfeld. (see also KEZI)
Lead author Ali Olyaei, a professor of pharmacotherapy in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University, said the review of multiple studies, raised serious questions about the value of the statins in kidney disease.
Ocean of change (Register-Guard)
Scientists — including many at Oregon State University — are beginning to define the cause of these events. They call it ocean acidification and hypoxia.
Fading beauty: Trees slowly invading Jefferson Park’s iconic meadows (Statesman Journal)
Research conducted by Oregon State University and published in the journal Landscape Ecology says Jefferson Park’s iconic meadows are being invaded by an increasing number of trees.
Stony Brook campus opens food pantry (Long Island Newsday)
The organizers at Stony Brook reached out to other campuses through the network and modeled their food pantry after one at Oregon State University. The OSU Emergency Food Pantry, which is open to the public, primarily serves students. Last year, it gave out 38,824 pounds of food to 2,583 people — nearly 95 percent of whom were students, said Clare Cady, who manages the office where the pantry is located. In 2012-13, the office spent $4,200 on food, a relatively low cost for the help needed, Cady said.
DeFazio says plan offers sustainable harvests (Register-Guard)
DeFazio, on the other hand, maintains that new work by Gordy Reeves, an Oregon State University scientist who wrote the Acquatic Conservation Strategy, calls for a different approach to stream buffers. Not all streams need huge buffers, but headwaters may need more protection, the report suggests.
Approval of board nominees delayed (Register-Guard)
After Republic lawmakers returned to the issue of whether newly established university governing boards should allow faculty representatives to vote, the Oregon Senate on Wednesday tabled a confirmation vote until November.
Ocean acidification ‘refugees’ move to Hawaii (Middletown Journal)
It wasn’t until 2012 that Feely and a team from Oregon State University finally showed with certainty that acidification had caused the problem. Early this summer OSU professor George Waldbusser demonstrated precisely how. (see also Merced Sun-Star, Macon Telegraph)
Solar tea bag takes garbage out of water (Portland Tribune)
The state-funded consortium of academic researchers, known as Oregon BEST, aims to develop and nurture clean tech industries. The money is helping Puralytics work with Oregon State University’s Institute for Water and Watersheds to see if the Lily Pad is feasible. The first phase ends this month.
Quench your thirst for beer, Oregon history (Portland Tribune)
The Oregon Encyclopedia’s next history night will feature William Robbins, an Oregon State University professor and OE editorial board member, who will talk about forest fires in the state in “Season of Smoke and Fire,” Sept. 24, at Edgefield’s Power Station Theater, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale.
Run for your life (Democrat-Herald)
Corvallis resident and Oregon State University employee Rachel Robertson organized the race, which benefits OSU’s Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program, on behalf of her sister, Andrea Weiser. Weiser, 45, grew up in Corvallis and was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.
“It’s one of the earliest harvests we’ve seen in a while,” said Steve Renquist, horticulture agent with the Oregon State University Extension Service of Douglas County. “And the quality of the wine grapes is really outstanding.” (see also Yahoo Canada, KMTR, Miami Herald)
OSU officials brief council on changes for fall term (Gazette-Times)
With classes set to start Sept. 30 at Oregon State University, university officials went before the Corvallis City Council on Monday to advise councilors of some of the changes that they have planned for the 2013-14 school year.
The sports injury women are more likely to get (Women’s Health)
However, women were much more likely—3.6 times as likely—to land with their knees pointing in, with the force moving in that direction. Why might that be? You can probably blame the hips: The researchers didn’t measure the participants’ hip widths, but, “anatomically, women tend to have wider hips than men,” says lead study author Marc Norcross, PhD, a certified athletic trainer and an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. “And that tends to give women more of that knock-knee just in standing.”
For more headlines: http://oregonstate.edu/osutoday/?p=21791
NEW! TAC Webinar: Blackboard Basics, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). This session covers the most frequently-used features in Blackboard. We’ll review Announcements; working with courses; adding and managing course content (assignments, syllabus, etc.), grade center; testing; communicating with students. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to Blackboard, or would like a refresher. Mon. Sept 23; 11-11:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/12ZCzcP
Presentation and Open Forum for Office of Equity and Inclusion Associate Director position: OEI invites you to attend candidate presentation and open forum sessions for its Associate Director, Equal Opportunity, Compliance, and Conflict Resolution position. Sept. 23, 1:15-2:45 p.m., MU 206.
OSU Undergraduate Symposium: The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the 2013 OSU Undergraduate Symposium will be held over three days – Sept. 24, 25, and Oct. 9. At this event, OSU undergraduates give 15 minute talks describing work they performed in research and creativity under the guidance of OSU professors. For more information http://oregonstate.edu/dept/biochem/ahern/Schedule2013.html, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.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! TAC Webinar: Plagiarism Prevention and SafeAssign at OSU, TAC. Technology Across the Curriculum and the Office of Student Conduct have partnered on a plagiarism prevention training and support initiative for instructors and students. This webinar reviews the resources that are available, and demonstrates how SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism prevention service, can be used by instructors as one way to help students identify unoriginal content in their writing. Tues. Sept 24; 1-1:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/13ZGY2a
Presentation and Open Forum for Office of Equity and Inclusion Associate Director position: OEI invites you to attend candidate presentation and open forum sessions for its Associate Director, Equal Opportunity, Compliance, and Conflict Resolution position. Sept. 24, 1:15-2:45p.m., MU 211.
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. Wed., Sept., 25, 11 to 11:50 a.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/14SOtTU
Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.
Cayuse Administrative User Training: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2-3 p.m. in MU 211. For more information, 541-737-4933 or email email@example.com
NEW! TAC Webinar: Beyond the Basics with Blackboard, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). This session covers several useful features in Blackboard that instructors may not know about, or would like more details on. We’ll review Adaptive release; Mark as reviewed; Performance dashboards; Notifications; Course reports; Grade reports; Sharing content with other instructors, Adding and formatting images, and some assorted productivity tips. Weds. Sept 25; 2-2:50 p.m. Register here: http://bit.ly/12ZDhH0
NEW! CONNECT 2013: CONNECT is four days of events, workshops and activities to assist new students in their transition to OSU. This year CONNECT is Sept. 26-29. Events include: New Student Scholar Symposium, New Student Walk, Convocation, New Student Picnic and much more. Complete listing of events can be found at connect.oregonstate.edu.
Presentation and Open Forum for Office of Equity and Inclusion Associate Director position: OEI invites you to attend candidate presentation and open forum sessions for its Associate Director, Equal Opportunity, Compliance, and Conflict Resolution position. Sept. 26, 1:15-2:45 p.m., MU 211.
NEW! TAC Webinar: What’s New in the Blackboard Upgrade, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). As of Sept. 15 Blackboard will be upgraded to version 9.1 service pack 9. Check out our webinar to see the new features and get a jump start on preparing your course site for Fall term. Changes include a more streamlined look and feel, support for Chrome, interactive rubrics, improved navigation between course sites, and much more. Thurs. Sept 26; 2-2:50 pm. Register here: http://bit.ly/13ZHi0L
Reception for Dean Clarke: Please join the College of Veterinary Medicine at a goodbye reception for Dean Cyril Clarke on Sept. 26, at 3:30 p.m. in the Magruder Hall atrium. Refreshments will be served.
New Student Picnic: Reserve your ticket for the New Student Picnic on Sept. 26, 5 to 7 p.m., in the MU Quad. The tickets are $7. Get your ticket at: http://connect.oregonstate.edu/new-student-picnic-reservations
Racial profiling workshop: Sociology Professor Emily Drew of Willamette University and Joshua Bilbrew, Program Director of Willamette Academy, will be presenting “Beyond Trayvon: Expanding the Conversation About Racial Profiling.” The workshop is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will take place at the Adair Village Clubhouse in Corvallis. The Employers Partnership for Diversity workshops are free to OSU faculty and staff. Please preregister by contacting Rashad Brown at Benton County HR (Rashad.Brown@co.benton.or.us).
NEW! American Winter (link to www.americanwinterfilm.com): Community Services Consortium sponsors a free screening of the award-winning documentary about eight Oregon families struggling in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The film shows the human impact of decreased social services funding and the shrinking middle class. Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m., at the LaSells Stewart Center.
NEW! Bob’s Red Mill founder speaks at OSU: Bob Moore, founding CEO of Bob’s Red Mill, will speak from noon-1:30 p.m., Oct. 9, in the LaSells Stewart Center. From 1-1:30 p.m., he and Lori Sobelson of Bob’s Red Mill will conduct a food and cooking demonstration titled “Cooking With Ancient Grains.” Recipes and food samples available. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be Well 5k Walk & Run: Enjoy the start to fall with your friends, colleagues, and Corvallis community members and participate in the free 2013 Be Well 5K Walk & Run (and 1 Mile Walk). Register early for a free t-shirt. Interested in volunteering? We could use your help! Learn more here.
Lectures and webinars
NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: John Wiens, Winthrop Research Professor, University of Western Australia; Chief Scientist, Point Blue Conservation Science, will speak on,“A river runs through it: Wildlife and water in the California Delta.” Oct, 2, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.
NEW! Neighborhood Sustainability Stewards Training: Learn to live more sustainable, reduce your carbon footprint, and share that knowledge with others. Benton County Extension training runs for eight consecutive Monday evening sessions. Begins Oct. 7, 6:30 to 8:50 p.m. Includes two Saturday half day field trips. Registration required by Oct. 1. Topics include: climate change science, water issues, and more. $50, bring a friend, share materials, and split the cost. Contact Jody Einerson to register 541-766-6311 or email@example.com
Research Office New Faculty Orientation: New faculty are invited to come Oct. 17, to hear an overview of services that support faculty success in research such as navigating rules and regulations, successes in funding and more. Includes a panel discussion on working with Federal agencies. Lunch and late afternoon reception included. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=22. For more information: 541-737-3467.
News for Employees
NEW! Dad’s Weekend: As the school year is quickly approaching, that means that Dads and Family Weekend is right around the corner on Nov. 1-3. The Memorial Union Program Coordinators are in the process of planning the program for the weekend, and would love to include any activities that you have going on. Send the date, time, and brief description of any activities you have planned to Caitie Karcher or Jessica Hammock no later than Friday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m.
NEW! Animal Connection newsletter: Recent stories in the Animal Connection newsletter from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine: Dogs Helping Kids in Canine Cancer Study, Beloved Alpaca Gets New Knees, What’s In Your Intestines?
NEW! “Google Apps for OSU: The Essentials” – new sessions: Google Apps for OSU has been enabled for the entire OSU community. To learn more about why OSU adopted Google Apps and how it will foster collaboration with our colleagues and communities, please register for one of our 60 minute in-person sessions in Milam Hall and the Valley Library. More info is at http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/google-apps-for-osu/training-help-support/session-schedule. The presentation will include demos of Google Drive and Google Calendar.
Now Accepting Applications for Linn/Benton Master Gardener Program: The 2014 program runs through Jan. 9 – March 20, every Thursday. Trainings are held in Tangent. The Master Gardener program is a volunteer program; however, there is a $120 fee for instruction and materials. To apply, please download application materials for Linn or Benton County, or stop by the Extension Office.
Employees attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Sept. 25 to submit the application for employees attending other OUS institutions during Fall 2013. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee
The Division of International Programs has moved: International Programs (IP) is located in the University Plaza, as of Sept. 4. University Plaza is across the street from the International Living-Learning Center (ILLC) on 1600 SW Western Blvd. International Degree and Education Abroad (IDEA) and International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) are located in Suite 130 of University Plaza, which can be accessed via the south entrance to the building. International Scholar and Faculty Services (ISFS) is located in Suite 190, on the west side of the building. Some members of the IP team and the ISAS team will remain in the ILLC.
Recreational Sports– Membership Expiration: Annual, 9-month, Summer Term and Summer Half-Term memberships (and lockers) purchased expire Friday, Sept.27. Renew your membership/locker today. Annual and 9-month memberships (and lockers) are available for purchase via payroll deduction or renew online. Questions? Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator.
Faculty/staff workshops: Faculty and staff are invited to register for fall term workshops, presented by the Center for Learning & Organizational Development and partners. Workshops include supervisor/manager training, new employee orientation, customer service and conflict management training. Please visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/training/registration to see program details and register. Participation is free to OSU employees.
Traffic and Maintenance
Free parking: Aug. 19 – Oct. 11, student lots open (green signs) no permit required.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:
The Clatsop County Extension Office is accepting applications for one part time (approximately 14 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position. This position is located in Astoria, Oregon. Posting # 0011355. Closes Sept. 23.
Accountant 1: Campus Operations has an opening for one part-time, .75 FTE, Accountant 1. This position will provide accounting support to Printing & Mailing Services, Surplus Property, and Motor Pool. This position focuses on providing database processing to charge printing & mailing services or distribute surplus property revenue to internal and external customers. Other responsibilities include account reconciliation, organizing inventory counts, accounts receivable collections, and other duties as assigned by supervisor. Posting # 0011300 Closes Sept. 23.
The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) invites applications for a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 2 position. Posting #0011305. Closes Sept. 23.
Oregon State University (OSU) – Cascades, in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Computer Science Instructor. The person in this position is assigned to work at Oregon State University-Cascades, located in Bend, Oregon. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Posting #11250. For full consideration apply by Sept. 23. Closes Jan. 31, 2014.
Executive Director – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Executive Director University Housing & Dining Services position. Posting #0011268. Closes Sept 27.
The Graduate School is seeking a Graduate Student Services Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # 0011332. For full consideration apply by Sept. 27. Closes Oct. 4.
Financial Aid/Scholarship Assistant Director – The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Financial Aid/Scholarship Assistant Director position. Posting #0011325. Closes Sept 29.
Analyst Programmer, Competency Level 2 (Internal to OSU Employees Only) – Information Services – Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer, competency level 2 position. Posting #0011360. Closes Sept 30.
Management Analyst 1 – The University Business Affairs Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Management Analyst 1 position. Posting #0011333. Closes Sept. 30.
Compliance Officer-Athletics and Eligibility, Assistant Registrar – The Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Compliance Officer-Athletics and Eligibility, Assistant Registrar position. Posting #0011322. Closes Sept 30.
Douglas County Extension Office is seeking application for one part-time (approximately 16 hours per week) Office Specialist 1 position. This position will be located in Roseburg, Oregon. Posting # 0011318, Closes Oct. 1.
Administrative Program Assistant– The Lab Animal Resource Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting # 0011362. Closes Oct. 2.
Extension Service Administrative Office is accepting applications for one full-time Administrative Program Assistant position. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. Posting # 0011279. Closes Oct. 3.
Office Assistant: Printing and Mailing is recruiting for a part-time, .25 FTE, (not benefits eligible) Office Assistant position. This is an on-call position that will work with Printing and Mailing’s Document Services team on scanning and processing documents. This position will follow established processes, have critical attention to detail, accuracy and meeting project deadlines. Posting #0011345 Closes Oct. 4.
The Child Development Lab is accepting applications for a part-time (.50 FTE) 9 month Instructor/Family Advocate position for OSU’s Head Start Prekindergarten Program. The position requires bilingual Spanish/English language skills. Posting #0011294. Closes Oct. 4.
Extended Campus invites applications for one full-time Analyst Programmer Competency Level 2 position. Posting # 0011351. Closes Oct. 6.
Manager-Finance and Accounting – The Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time, 12-month fixed-term Finance and Accounting Manager position. Posting # 0011307. Closes Oct. 6.
Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) is accepting applications for one part-time, (approximately 32 hours per week). Education Program Assistant 1. This position will be located in Lebanon, Oregon. Posting # 0011364. Closes Oct. 8.
Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator – The Environmental Health Science Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator position. Posting #0011309. Closes Oct. 20.
Douglas County Extension Office is seeking an Office Manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # 0011319. Closes Oct. 21.
Director – The Center for Lifelong STEM Learning invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Director position. Posting #0011233, closes for full consideration on Oct. 21.
The College of Forestry is recruiting for a Professor and Department Head, in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society (FES). The College of Forestry seeks an established and broad thinking scholar, an effective and inspiring leader, and a highly competent administrator for this position. FES is an energized and interdisciplinary department containing leading scholars whose expertise ranges from the biophysical to the social sciences, from policy to ethics. Posting #0011321. Closes Nov. 15.
Regional Network Director – OSU Alumni Association invites applications for a full-time, alumni relations professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks and alumni programs in Oregon (other than Portland) and Boise, ID. Position description and application info at: www.osualum.com/jobs
Corvallis: “September: it was the most beautiful of words, he’d always felt, evoking orange-flowers, swallows, and regret.” ~ Alexander Theroux. Not to be too dramatic, but the last days of summer are behind us. This week will be cloudy with a chance of showers, and highs in the mid to upper 60s, with lows in the 50s.
Central Oregon: Chance of showers all week with highs in the mid 60s and lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s.
Newport: Showers this week with highs in the lower 60s and lows in the mid 40s to 50s.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/