Innovation Earth: Innovation, interrupted (Huffington Post)
Perhaps the most sobering news: Our science and clean technology future is at stake, as institutions like Oregon State University are reporting $600,000 a day in lost research funding. That school’s current research partners include (from an exhaustive list) the Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, NASA, and the NSF, as well as a partnership with the USGS on a major climate change research program. As of last Friday, the school had “already spent $2.4 million on being idled.”
UK garden centre grows Britain’s first black tomatoes (Yahoo News UK)
The tomatoes are believed to have been developed at Oregon State University, in America, forming part of their ‘Indigo Rose’ project. They are ripe when their colour changes from a shiny blue-purple to an almost jet black, with the bottoms of the tomatoes turning red. (see also Sunday Mail)
Where America’s inventors are (The Atlantic)
The above map shows the LQ for patent applications across all U.S. metros for the pre-crisis period. San Jose takes the first spot by a wide margin. Corvallis, Oregon – which includes the campus of Oregon State University – and Rochester, Minnesota – home to both the Mayo Clinic and a large IBM campus – come in the next two slots.
Tales from the Dark Side: Horror films rooted in Gothic past (Huffington Post)
A piece by OSU’s Evan Gottlieb.
GMOS in agriculture to be Science Pub topic (Albany Tribune)
Direct modification of DNA, or genetic engineering, is a tool for plant breeding that has spread at unprecedented speed over the last two decades. At the Oct. 14 Corvallis Science Pub, Steve Strauss, director of Oregon State University’s Outreach in Biotechnology program, will discuss the pros and cons of gene technology for agriculture.
Oregon State University – Cascades said Tuesday it launched the 2013-2014 academic year with an anticipated enrollment of 930 juniors, seniors and graduate students pursuing degrees, marking a 16 percent enrollment increase over last fall.
Audubon Technique benefits rare seabird (eNews Park Forest)
This summer an innovative tern colony restoration project, with technical assistance from faculty and students in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, has apparently established a third nesting colony, a major advance for the conservation of the species. (see also Phys.org)
Destroyed coastal habitats produce significant amounts of greenhouse gas (Construction National)
“There’s so little data out there on how much carbon might be released when these ecosystems are disturbed,” said Oregon State University’s Daniel Donato, co-lead author of the paper. “With this analysis we tried to reduce some of that uncertainty by identifying some ‘bookends’ that represent the lowest and highest probable emissions, given the information available.”
Teeny reactor pumps out biodiesel (About My Planet)
“This is all about producing energy in such a way that it liberates people,” said Goran Jovanovic, a chemical engineering professor at Oregon State University who developed the microreactor.
Parking districts posing stiff challenge for committee (Gazette-Times)
OSU parking permits cost $104 for fall and $267 annually for faculty and staff and $85 for fall and $195 per year for students. City permits in the current districts A, B and C cost $15 per year. The committee plans to discuss permit fees at its next meeting Oct. 22.
Trees are taking over iconic meadow (Bend Bulletin)
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.
Preschool games predict academic success, researchers say (Education Week)
Young children who can play Megan McClelland’s version of the game have greater executive functioning such as self-regulation, a skill necessary to pay attention in class, mind a teacher, or persist in a specific activity, said the associate professor of healthy children and families at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
Oregon State University – Cascades has hired a part-time diversity coordinator to further its efforts to create and promote a welcoming, supportive and inclusive climate within the campus community. Regina Ricketts joined the branch campus in August.
The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a complaint from the creators of a conservative-leaning student newspaper who were dismayed that Oregon State University confiscated their distribution bins and dumped them in a storage yard.
Stinkbug invades Hermiston (Farms.com)
Silvia Rondon, an entomologist at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, said the pest’s appearance in Northeastern Oregon surprises and concerns her.
Woodburn couple helps those with arthritis walk with ease (Portland Tribune)
Although classes geared toward helping those with arthritis have been provided around Woodburn, such as at Woodburn Health Center and the Woodburn Aquatic Center, this is the city’s first Walk With East program, which was created in 2009. When people sign up for the class, they receive a free book and a free water bottle, courtesy of Oregon State University Extension Service, which sponsors the program.
Small-scale meeting at OSU may have big impact on community (Gazette-Times)
Just a group of people in a small conference room in a building on the Oregon State University campus. But it was a group of people who really hadn’t met in one room before.
“Difficult Conversations”: Join us for a no-cost faculty and staff workshop led by the Center for Learning & Organizational Development on Oct. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Memorial Union, Room 211. You will gain tools to handle difficult conversations, and increase the likelihood that they will be productive and have positive outcomes. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/session_view.php?sess_id=2255 to register.
Flu Shot Clinics for Students/Faculty/Staff : Wednesday, Oct. 9, and Thursday, Oct. 17, in the MU Journey Room, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last. Students: $15 (charged to student account). Faculty/Staff: $27 (charged to PEBB Providence Insurance or by cash, check, debit/credit). Bring OSU ID card and Providence or PacificSource insurance cards. FluMist nasal vaccine also available. Details: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu. All students who get vaccinated may enter a drawing for $5 gift certificates to MU Retail Food Service.
NEW! A student-based guide to obtaining research funding: This professional development seminar is being organized by the OSU Postdoctoral Association and will provide an overview of funding graduate research in the sciences through student-centered grants. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates interested in a research career are encouraged to attend. Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to noon, MU 206.
TAC Webinar: Improving PowerPoint Slide Design with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). This webinar is designed to help instructors improve and beautify the visual look of their slide design in order to better support teaching and learning. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10-10:50 a.m.
NEW! Oregon Wolf management: Brown bag discussion with OSU alumni Aimee Lyn Eaton about her new book, “Collared: Politics and Personalities in Oregon’s Wolf Country.” Wednesday Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Willamette Rooms in OSU Valley Library. Sponsored by OSU’s Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, and the OSU Press. Complimentary desserts. http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/event/aimee-lyn-eaton-brown-osu
Concert pianist: Corvallis-OSU Piano International will host an “informance” (talk and performance) with concert pianist Alexander Ghindin on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at noon in room 303 of Benton Hall on the Oregon State University campus. Ghindin will speak on Life and Music Study in Russia. Admission is free. Seating is limited to 60.
“Bob Moore and the Bob’s Red Mill Story – The Importance of Whole Grains”: Join the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and its Moore Family Center from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 for a presentation and cooking demonstration by Bob Moore, founding CEO of Bob’s Red Mill. Recipes and food samples will be given to those who attend. The event, held at LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall, is free and open to the public. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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.
Coalition for Community Dialogue Info Sessions: Have you had experiences have inspired in you a passion for social justice? Coalition for Community Dialogue—a student-led program of SLI— wants to build a network where people can meet to support, learn and grow together. Information sessions are Oct. 9 and 11 beginning at 2 and 2:30 p.m. in MU 206. We can be contacted at Community.Dialogue@oregonstate.edu.
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: Ivan Arismendi, Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU, will speak on “Differential invasion success of introduced salmonids: patterns & hypotheses” Oct, 9, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.
Fall 2013 Water Resources Seminar Series: Human Dimensions of Water: Faye Yoshihara (Forest Fractal, LLC) will speak on “Genius of Place: applying Biomimicry to Urban Storm Water Managemen,” Wednesday, Oct. 9, 4 to 5 p.m. in Owen 102 .
Art exhibit closing: The Oregon State University Art Faculty Exhibit invites the public to a closing reception at 4:30-5:30 p.m., Oct. 9 in Fairbanks Gallery. Steve Anchell, Michael Boonstra, Julia Bradshaw, Sandra Brooke, Kathleen Caprario, Julie Green, Stephen Hayes, Yuji Hiratsuka, Shelley Jordon, Andy Myers and Felix Oliveros are included in this exhibit.
Socratic Club on Buddhism and Jesus: The first Socratic event of the new academic year will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in Milam Auditorium on the OSU campus. The topic is “Buddhism and the Teachings of Jesus: Two Perspectives.” The speakers are author Prabhu Guptara and OSU faculty member James Blumenthal. If you cannot attend the event, a live stream of the event will be available for viewing at http://live.oregonstate.edu/
Open auditions for “The King of Spain’s Daughter:” Lab Theatre, Oct. 9 & 10, 7 p.m.: The King of Spain’s Daughter, a one act comedy by Teresa Deevy will be presented Dec. 5-7 in the newly renovated Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall at Oregon State University. For the first time in the history of Oregon State, this production will be “shadowed” by interpreters using American Sign Language. Deevy herself was profoundly deaf and could lip read in three languages.
NEW! State of the University: President Edward J. Ray will present his State of the University address titled “Choosing to Change” at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Construction & Engineering Hall at the LaSells Stewart Center. All are welcome to hear this annual address regarding Oregon State University’s standing and future direction. The speech will take place at the beginning of the Faculty Senate meeting. All Faculty Senate meetings and forums sponsored by the Faculty Senate will be webcast at http://live.oregonstate.edu/. The webcast will be available a few minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Following the meeting or forum, the webcast will be linked from this site.
NEW! Beaver BarCamp 12: The Open Source Lab will host an informal conference, Beaver BarCamp 12, at the Kelley Engineering Center on Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Participate in sessions throughout the day or propose a session on a project, hobby or research interest. Breakfast and lunch provided. Free registration at www.beaverbarcamp.org.
NEW! Music a la Carte: Zisa-McKenna Duo, Oct. 11, noon in the MU Lounge. Bach to the Future, guitar and flute. For more information: oregonstate.edu/cla/music/music-la-carte-concert-series
NEW! Training Days (Oct. 29 and 30): This no-cost, two-day program features focused learning sessions that range from learning more about functions pertaining to human resources, finance and administration, grants, and other business activities to personal finance, budgeting for retirement, and developing a personal fitness routine. Details, schedule and registration (http://oregonstate.edu/training-days)
Faculty senate meeting: The agenda for the Faculty Senate Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Construction & Engineering Hall at LaSells Stewart Center is now available on the Faculty Senate website: http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2013/1010/
An event with Shakti Butler: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, film screening and community conversation. Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 to 9 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall. Cracking the Codes asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. More information available at www.crackingthecodes.org.
Crowds on Friday: Campus Visitors Center will be conducting our annual Fall Preview this Friday, Oct. 11 all day. It will be located in LaSells Stewart Center and also the CH2MHill Alumni Building. There will be around 1,300 guests from all over the United States. We wanted to make sure campus was aware of the increased population here on Friday.
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) on Friday, Oct. 11. Interested in volunteering? We could use your help! Learn more here.
Lectures and webinars
NEW! OSU Libraries’ Faculty Seminar Series: “Librarianship in the Land of Fields: Report of a Sabbatical in Poland,” by Richard Sapon-White, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at OSU. Come hear about Richard’s Fulbright experience in Warsaw, Poland, where he taught library science courses at the University of Warsaw and lectured throughout Poland and the Czech Republic. Friday, Oct. 11, 10-11:30 a.m., Valley Library 3622.
NEW! TAC Workshop: Getting to Know Hitachi StarBoards with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn the basics of how the Hitachi Starboard electronic whiteboard system works. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the functionality of the board and introduce ideas of how it might be effectively utilized in the classroom. Friday, Oct. 11, 10-10:50 a.m., Waldo 320B.
NEW! The Limited Test Ban Treaty at 50: Perspectives on Impact. Tim Naftali, Jacob Darwin Hamblin, Christopher McKnight Nichols, and Joseph Orosco lead a roundtable discussion on the impact of this treaty since it went into effect 50 years ago this month. Friday, Oct. 11, from 5 to 6 p.m., Special Collections & Archives Research Center, 5th floor Valley Library.
NEW! Celebrating 300 years of probability and statistics: Public lecture and reception on Saturday, Oct. 12. Location: Hoffman Hall at Portland State University. Schedule: 1:30 p.m. poster session; 2:15 p.m. foreword; 2:30 pm public lecture “Apps, Earthquakes, and Survival: some statistical stories from Google and beyond” by Tim Hesterberg of Google Inc.; 3:30 p.m. reception. For more information, please visit http://www.math.oregonstate.edu/~kovchegy/stat2013oregon/
NEW! Negotiating Pay Benefits and Weighing Job Offers: Discover tips on how to negotiate the best job offer! Doug Rice, Talent Acquisition Manager will present on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon in Kidder Hall, Room 202. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.
Sign language in the life of a CODA (child of a deaf adult):At the Oct. 10 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Mai Araki of the Laboratory Animal Resources Center will describe her experience learning sign language as a child. Triad meets in the MU, room 211, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.
Fall graduate student seminar: Science and Other Agendas in Climate Change, Oct. 10, 4 to 4:50 p.m., Richardson 313.
Arts and Engineering Lecture Series: Shona Kitchen, acclaimed multidisciplinary artist and designer, will give a public lecture on technology and the artistic process. She will speak on Oct. 10 in Owen Hall, Room 102, from 6-7 p.m.
“JFK, Pragmatism and Peace:” In our first “Pauling: A Year of Peace” event, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Linus Pauling’s Nobel Peace Prize, historian Timothy Naftali, senior research fellow for the New America Foundation, will explore the Kennedy presidency and the dichotomy of working towards peace in a world poised on the brink of war. Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Memorial Union, La Raza Room.
“Bridging maternal and child health and life course to promote healthy development:” The 2013 Campbell Lecture Series features UCLA School of Public Health’s Child and Family Health Program director Neal Halfon. Oct. 11, noon, room 115, Hallie E. Ford Center,Visit http://health.oregonstate.edu/hallie-ford/campbell-lecture-series to view the lecture live online.
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.
Seminar with the 2013 OSU College of Forestry Alumni Fellow: College of Forestry graduate Martin Goebel is a pioneer of the sustainability movement. He founded Portland-based Sustainable Northwest. He will speak on “The Collaborative Leadership Imperative in 21st Century Natural Resource Management” Oct. 25, 3 to 4 p.m. in Richardson 107. Reception to follow. For more information: http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/2013-college-forestry-alumni-fellow-seminar
News for Employees
NEW! Political activity limits: Attention all public employees. The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours.
NEW! Calling all OSU Employee Artists: The Annual Classified and Professional Faculty Art Exhibit co-sponsored by the Association of Office Professionals (AOP) is accepting submission/registration to the 2013/2014 show! Share your talent and creativity with the campus for display at the LaSells Stewart Center. The last day for submissions is noon, Nov. 15. http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/classified-and-professional-staff-art-exhibit
OUS Code of Ethics: It’s the time of year to remind OSU staff involved in any aspect of purchasing or decision-making pertaining to supplier selection to review and complete the OUS Code of Ethics statement. Directions on utilizing this OUS online tool are on the PaCS website: http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/ethics. Every year significant resources are utilized addressing issues pertaining to potential conflicts of interests and ethics concerns. For questions contact Kelly Kozisek in Procurement and Contract Services at 737-2067 or email@example.com
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 stories include a video featuring new students at our annual CONNECT social, a story introducing our new faculty, a video highlighting KidSpirit and its benefits to youth and Oregon State students, a tribute to former Associate Dean Liz Gray and more. http://bit.ly/16tzZh0
Computer Help Desk: The OSU Computer Help Desk is a free on-campus resource for students, faculty, and staff. We assist with diagnosing and repairing personal laptops, general software support, and resolving issues with Blackboard and ONID accounts. Our knowledgeable staff help customers over the phone or in person at our walkup location on the main floor of The Valley Library. No appointment necessary.
Career Services newsletter: Check out the October newsletter here: http://oregonstate.edu/career/sites/default/files/october_2013_newsletter.pdf
KBVR: Inspiration Dissemination is a radio program on KBVR that invites OSU graduate students to share about their research and experiences. The purposes of the program are to provide opportunities to: 1) inspire others, 2) inform the scientific community, 3) conduct outreach, and 4) practice speaking to a diverse audience. There are also opportunities for undergraduates interested in scientific journalism! To hear past epsiodes, see the upcoming schedule, or find out how to get involved visit: http://oregonstate.edu/inspiration
OSU staff discount to men’s basketball: As a thank you to faculty and staff, the athletic department is offering a discount on men’s basketball single game non-conference and season tickets. Use the promo code OSUSTAFF to get up to 40 percent off non-conference games and 20 percent off season tickets with valid OSU ID (limit two).
Traffic and Maintenance
Jefferson Way: Jefferson Way from 15th St to 26th St will experience delays Monday – Friday during class change times. Traffic will be stopped hourly from 15 til to 5 after the hour. These delays are a safety measure to protect the students and staff (pedestrians) during construction of the Student Experience Center. We are asking all people who drive this area as a short cut through campus to use an alternate route. Also, any people scheduling deliveries be aware of these delay times and try to schedule deliveries at the bottom of the hour.
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.
College of Business is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0011434. Closes Oct. 14.
Extension Family and Community Health is accepting applications for one part-time, (approximately 26 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position. This position will be located in Grants Pass, Oregon. Posting # 0011430. Closes Oct. 14.
The Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) program is accepting applications for one part-time (approximately 26 hours per week), Education Program Assistant 1. This postion will be located in Central Point. Posting # 0011428. Closes Oct. 14.
Accountant 2 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 2 position (internal to OSU employees only). Posting # 0011443. Closes Oct 16.
Coordinator, Community Outreach – The Office of the Dean of Student Life invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Coordinator, Community Outreach position. Posting # 0011384. Closes Oct 17.
Advisor-The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for an Academic Advisor, full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Provide advising support for undergraduate Environmental Sciences majors who are enrolled either on campus or through Oregon State University’s Ecampus. Posting #0011416. For full consideration apply by Oct. 20.
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.
Grants/Contracts Coordinator– The University Administrative Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants/Contracts Coordinator position. Posting # 0011435. Closes Oct. 21.
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 Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011419. Closes Oct. 22.
Tillamook County Extension Office is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. This position will be located in Tillamook, Oregon. Posting #0011412. Closes Oct. 25.
The College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University is seeking an Assistant Professor. This is a full-time, 12-month, professorial faculty position. This position will serve Malheur County. This position is 0.75 FTE tenure-track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed-term funding. To apply, visit Posting #0011413. Posting closes Oct. 30.
Research Coordinator. OSU Zoology Department invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position PISCO-ODFW Marine Science Integration Researcher for a two-year project. This is a new position that will serve as a formal bridge between Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserves Program and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans. Posting #0011408. For full consideration: apply by Oct. 31.
Information Technology Manager – The Office of Enrollment Management invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term Information Technology Manager position. Posting # 0011421. Closes Oct 31.
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: “The heavenly blue of fresh new days, Oh, friend, you must employ them, Before they pass away. Be brave! Enjoy them; oh, enjoy them!” ~ Theodor Storm. Sunny today with a high of 62 and a low tonight of 41. Sunny tomorrow after morning fog.
Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain or snow showers this morning, followed by a sunny afternoon. High today of 50, low of 30. Mostly sunny tomorrow.
Newport: Sunny today with a high of 59. Low tonight of 45. Chance of rain tomorrow.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/