John Chapman, a research associate professor at Oregon State University, urged the state task force to keep closer watch. The state should track how much debris is collected and what’s found living on it, he said. “It’s an incredible opportunity that’s being squandered,” Chapman said. (see also Statesman Journal)
High desert starts to recover (Bend Bulletin)
Becky Johnson, vice president of Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, talked about the university’s effort to graduate more students with science and engineering degrees. The school recently launched a computer science program, which Johnson said could help attract tech-savvy students to the region and keep local talent in Central Oregon.
Beavers up 1,532, Ducks down 43 (Register-Guard)
In the Civil War to see which of Oregon’s two flagship universities can enroll the most students, it’s a blowout again this fall in favor of steely Oregon State University. (see also Gazette-Times, OPB, Ashland Daily Tidings)
Ice crawlers (Oregon Field Guide)
Two Oregon scientists discover two new species of ice crawlers, an extremophile that lives in and under snow fields. Researchers from OSU have found them living in the Cascades near Belknap Crater and near Corvallis up high on Marys Peak.
OSU Divest group makes presentation before faculty senate (Gazette-Times)
OSU Divest, a faculty-led group that wants Oregon State University’s foundation to rid itself of investments in fossil fuel companies, made an 18-minute presentation Thursday before the Faculty Senate.
Garden chemicals hurt amphibians (Statesman Journal)
Tiffany Garcia, a wildlife scientist at Oregon State University, recently co-authored the first-ever attempt at a large-scale summary on the negative effects of specific chemical classes on amphibians. Garcia and her co-authors reviewed more than 150 scientific studies detailing the impacts of pesticides and fertilizers on amphibians.
Nanotech delivery, cellular heating against ovarian cancer (US Pharmacist)
The combination of heat, chemotherapeutic drugs, and an innovative delivery system based on nanotechnology may significantly improve the treatment of ovarian cancer while reducing side effects from toxic drugs, researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) say in a new study.
International Education Week 2013: Creating Visibility of the World at OSU Today, Nov. 11-15. More than 25 events, including documentaries, panel discussions, information sessions, festivals and a photo contest are planned throughout the week. For the calendar and description of events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/international/iew
OSU Press Book Sale: In celebration of University Press Week (http://bit.ly/HvcZoc), OSU Press invites the OSU community to a 25 percent-off sale on a wide selections of its books. Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Valley Library lobby.
Open House Event: Speaker Victor Kuhns, director for Vets Helping Vets HQ on veteran programs, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., OSU Veterans Lounge in the MU. Refreshments and food will be provided.
NEW! Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Come learn about the Fulbright student application and selection process and gain insights into how to create a competitive proposal for the 2015-16 U.S. Fulbright Student awards. Nov. 15, noon to 1 p.m., MU 206. For more information, please contact LeAnn Adam firstname.lastname@example.org and visit: http://us.fulbrightonline.org
Forward Osmosis Technology Discussion: Pacific Northwest National Lab is hosting a seminar at the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute featuring Isaac V. Farr, director of research and development at Hydration Technologies Innovations. Farr will discuss forward osmosis as a method of water and wastewater filtration. Nov. 15, noon to 2 p.m. Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, Building 11, HP Corvallis Campus.
OSU Pumpkin Chunkin Competition: Friday, Nov. 15, 2 to 4 p.m. Teams from Nestucca High School, Ace Academy, and Churchill High School will meet up to challenge OSU School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering students at a traditional pumpkin tossing competition – aided by some sort of highfalutin mechanical device. Field on the corner of NW Monroe and NW 11th St.
History, Philosophy and Religion open house: Join the faculty and staff of the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion as they show off their newly remodeled workspace on the third floor of Milam Hall and learn about new research and teaching initiatives happening across the School. Friday, Nov. 15, 3 to 5 p.m.
Ageless Aircraft in an Otherwise Aging Fleet: Composite Repairs: A presentation by Dagmar Kinne, a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Columbia Helicopters in Aurora, Oregon, who owns an FAA-type certificate for the twin rotor heavy lift helicopter models 107-II (Vertol) and the Model 234 (Chinook). She will speak Nov. 15, 4 to 6 p.m., in Kearney 212.
Speech Communication Colloquium: Erin Gallagher, along with Julia Green, will present “Blogs as Teaching Tools: Increasing Student Motivation and Accountability Through the Use of Online Media” on Friday, Nov. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Shepard Hall 106. This study provides some of the first empirical data about using blogs as a pedagogical tool and includes practical recommendations.
Diwali Dhamaka: Tickets are still on sale in MU 103, and at the door for the Diwali “festival of lights” hosted by the Indian Student Association. Diwali is one of the most popular Indian holidays; it celebrates the victory of good over evil and signifies hope, goodwill, and friendship. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 7 – 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.). Tickets: $5.75 students and $9.75 general admissions. For more information: email@example.com
After the Fall: OSU Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s play, “After the Fall,” will show Nov. 14-16 and 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. on the Withycombe Hall main stage. Tickets are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 youth/student, and $5 OSU students and are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office by calling 541-737-2784 or online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre
Fall Choral Concert: OSU Meistersingers and Bella Voce. Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe St. Tickets: $10 at the door. K-12 and OSU students, free with ID. Information: oregonstate.edu/cla/music
Campus visitors: A Beaver Open House will be held Saturday, Nov. 16 on the OSU campus. Approximately 1,600 guests, including prospective students and their parents and guardians, will be visiting OSU during the day. OSU faculty, staff and students should be advised that parking and dining centers may be more crowded than usual near central campus.
The Power of Your Story: The Coalition for Community Dialogue invites OSU students to apply online for our free fall training taking place on Nov. 16, from 10-4. Priority deadline is Nov 4. There is power in telling your story and in listening to the stories of others. For more information or for accommodations, contact: Community.Dialogue@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-9857.
Between the Cracks presents trumpeter Andy Kozar: Kozar performs new music by: Eve Beglarian, Mathew Burtner, Scott Worthington, Tyler Harrison, Quinn Collins and Kozar. Nov. 16, 7 p.m., The Art Center, 700 S.W. Madison. Tickets: $15 non-members/$10 members and free for OSU students with ID. For more information visit Between the Cracks Facebook page: http://www.andykozar.com/Home.html
For the Beauty of the Earth: The Moral Urgency of Climate Action: Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. Nov. 17, 9:45 a.m., Grace Lutheran Church, Ronnekamp Hall, 435 N.W. 21st St. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-766-6750.
Corvallis-OSU Symphony Concert: Stravinsky: Petrushka, featuring Lauren Servias, piano; Wieniawski: Violin Concerto, featuring Sarah Kwak, violin. Sunday, Nov. 17 , 3 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets: $18-$30 advance, $20-$32 at the door. Up to three K-8 students free with ticketed adult, high school and college students free with ID, subject to availability. Tickets and Information: cosusymphony.org
NEW! My Hands are a City: The OSU Concert Bands, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets: $10 at door. K-12 and OSU students, staff and faculty, free with ID. Information: bands.oregonstate.edu
WiN Expo 2013: Connect. Collaborate. Innovate. Be part of the largest convergence of talent, innovation, and thought leadership in the Willamette Valley! Network with your peers, industry leaders, cutting-edge researchers, and local dignitaries Showcase your organization’s newest innovative development! Meet potential new employees and partners, Nov. 18 from 4-9 p.m., OSU LaSells Stewart Center & Alumni Center.
Omani National Day: Come join the Omani Student Association on Monday, Nov. 18, in celebration of Omani culture. Memorial Union Lounge 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free Omani traditional food and gallery. For more information: 541-745-8006, 541-745-8002
Exploring the Small Farm Dream workshop: This workshop will provide an overview of the key factors to consider before starting a small farm business. This class will be taught by Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service and will be offered on Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. on the LCC main campus in Eugene. The cost is $25 and pre-registration is required. For more information, descriptions of the other 8 classes being offered or to register go online to http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/south-valley/events or call OSU Extension Service at (541) 766-3556.
Miller retirement: Linda Miller is retiring as Scheduling Coordinator after more than 30 years of outstanding service to OSU. Her colleagues in the Office of the Registrar invite you to join us in honoring her dedication and achievements, at the Corvallis Depot Passenger Room and Railroad Office (700 SW Washington) on Friday, Dec. 6, 4 to 6 p.m., for cake and light hors d oeuvres.
Lectures and webinars
NEW! TAC Webinar: Introduction to Mind-Mapping with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn what mind-mapping is and how you might utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This webinar includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features. Monday, Nov. 18, 9-9:50 a.m.. Click here to register: http://bit.ly/1gbEEI8
NEW! “Hydrology shapes taxonomic and functional diversity in desert stream communities”: As part of the OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Monday morning meetings, Tiffany Schriever of OSU’s Department of Zoology will give a talk. Nov. 18, 10 a.m., Nash Hall, Room 32.
NEW! “Marine Resource use by Modern and Holocene Coyotes (Canis Latrans) on the California Coast”: Rachel Reid of UCSC, Earth Sciences Graduate Student (visiting in the OSU Zoology Terry Lab) will speak. Nov. 18, 3:30 p.m., Agriculture & Life Sciences, room 4001.
NEW! PERS Tier 1 & Tier 2 Members:Current changes and updates! How does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS* offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next Tier 1 & Tier 2 opportunity is Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in the MU Board Room. Reserve your seat by calling Kirsten at (541) 714-4296, or by email at email@example.com.
NEW! Science communicators brown bag: “IS IT SAFE?” Talking about Risk with Kaci Buhl, Nov. 19, noon to 1 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center room 402. As a long time veteran of the National Pesticide Information Center, Kaci Buhl has taken thousands of phone calls about risk. She has also trained staff, state agencies, and EPA personnel in these topics.
NEW! TEDTalk Hunger Discussion: In a world filled with food, why are people still suffering from starvation? Watch Josette Sheeran, head of the UN’s World Food Program, discuss global hunger & learn what’s going on in your own backyard. Join us Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Valley Library, Willamette Room. This event is part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Refreshments provided.
NEW! OSU-Cascades Science Pub: Oregon State University – Cascades continues its fifth consecutive year of Science Pub offerings with a presentation by nutrition professor, Melinda Manore. Manore, a professor and researcher at OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences will present “Eating for Health and Performance: Small Steps – Big Rewards” on Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., in Father Luke’s Room at McMenamins in Bend. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m.
NEW! Rulemaking hearing: OSU will hold a rulemaking hearing on Friday, Dec. 6, to set or change fees and charges for services from Jan. 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. A list of these fees and charges may be viewed in the Valley Library on the OSU campus under call number PERM 006. For more information, including a copy of the proposed rule, and to make accommodation requests related to a disability, contact Beth Giddens, Senior Paralegal, Office of the General Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org.The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. in MU 206 and is open to the public.
Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings: Tiffany Schriever, department of zoology, OSU, will speak on “Hydrology shapes taxonomic and functional diversity in desert stream communities,” at 10 a.m., Nov. 18, in Nash Hall Room 32.
Zoology seminar: Rachel Reid – UCSC, Earth Sciences Graduate Student (visiting in the OSU Zoology Terry Lab) will speak on “Marine Resource use by Modern and Holocene Coyotes (Canis Latrans) on the California Coast” and Brian Tanis – OSU Zoology, PhD. Candidate (Terry Lab) will speak on a to be determined topic Nov. 18, 3:30 p.m, ALS 4001.
Department of Food Science and Technology fall seminar: Alan Bakalinsky, Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, will speak on “Increasing Acetic Acid Tolerance in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae for Improved Biofuel Production from Plant Biomass” Nov. 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wiegand 132.
Statistics seminar series: Leigh Ann Starcevich, statistical consultant and OSU alumna, will speak on ecological consulting experiences on Nov. 18, 4 p.m., in Strand Ag Room 203.
Design It New: Elizabeth Sheehan, Center for the Humanities Fellow and Professor of Literature in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, will explore the relationships between early 20th-century avant-garde fashion and fiction in her lecture, “How Modernism Matters: D.H. Lawrence, Fashion, and Enchanting Objects,” on Monday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Developer: OSU AIAA will host Paul Bevilaqua, the former chief engineer of “Skunk Works,” Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs (ADP). Bevilaqua played a leading role in developing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and he invented the dual cycle propulsion system that enables the Marine’s version of the aircraft to take off and land vertically. Nov. 18, 6 to 8 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center Room 125.
Horticulture Seminar Series: Louisa Hooven, Research Associate in the Department of Horticulture at OSU will present a seminar on the “Effect of Fungicides on Development and Behavior of Honey Bees.” She will speak on Nov. 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. in ALS 4000.
News for Employees
NEW! Student Sustainability Project Grants Available: The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is now accepting applications for project grants. The SSI strives to address all three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic. Any individual OSU student or student group can apply for up to $6,000 in funding. More information can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/funding/projects. Applications are due Dec. 15.
NEW! Recreational Sports Half Term Memberships – As the holiday seasons approach, don’t miss out on ways to get and stay active! Recreational Sports is here for you. Purchase a Half Term membership for only $41 (faculty/staff/affiliates/associates) and $34 (student affiliates/dependents). Memberships are valid until Jan. 3, 2014. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information.
Call for Student Art: Submit your art to the Student Success Center (SSC) for display in the building. Selected art will be featured in an Open House winter term. Art must be consistent with the SSC environment and able to hang on the wall. Email your submission to email@example.com by Friday, Nov. 22. For full details, visit http://success.oregonstate.edu/SSC_Programming
Energy Civil War: The Energy Civil War is a competitive event hosted by the Student Sustainability Initiative and RecSports to promote renewable energy and physical activity at OSU and UO. Between Nov. 18-22, students are asked to workout on the ReRev ellipticals located in the main cardio room in Dixon Rec Center. These machines are a source of renewable energy on campus. We will be measuring which school can generate the most watt-hours. Please sign up for a shift to ensure the ellipticals are always powered during non-peak hours: http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/feature/20131105-5th-annual-energy-civil-war .
Non-Perishable Food & Toiletries Drive: Nov. 11-22. Part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and Co-Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, Human Services Resource Center, and OSU Panhellenic Council. Boxes will be placed at MU info desk, Java II, EBGBs, Cascadia Market, Main Squeeze, Dixon Recreation Center, and Kerr Administration. All donations will go to Jackson Street Youth Shelter, Community Outreach, and the OSU Food Pantry.
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Service Projects: Part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and coordinated by the Center for Civic Engagement, volunteers are needed for two service projects one with Habitat for Humanity and another with Linn Benton Food Share. Happening on Monday, Nov. 18, 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Transportation provided. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration required. Register here.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Events Request: Join us in the 32nd annual celebration on the life and legacy of Dr. King in the spirit of our theme: Uniting Our Powerful Voices, by hosting an event. Events will take place Jan. 13-24, 2014. We encourage event proposals from diverse organizations and departments, and welcome all students, academic departments, and professional offices to contribute to this celebration. Submissions are due by Nov. 27, 5 p.m. To submit an event: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/mlk
Enhance your job skills: The Center for Learning & Organizational Development announces its full schedule of soft skills development, management and supervisory skill-building, new employee orientation and well-being workshops available through June 2014. These workshops are free to faculty and staff and designed to develop personal and professional attributes that enhance interactions, job performance and career prospects. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/training/registration to view the schedule and register.
Homestay families sought: Interested in sharing Thanksgiving with an international student? The OSU Homestay Program is seeking local families to share their Thanksgiving festivities with international students. Applications are currently available at https://uhds.oregonstate.edu/myuhds/form/mf/holidayhost. Hosting application deadline is Friday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. Hosts will be informed of student placement Monday, Nov. 25. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
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
Weight Watchers Information: A 13 week series of WW begins Dec 3. WW Open House meetings will be held Nov. 26, at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm at Student Health Services room 322. The new 13-week series begins Dec. 3 in a new location, the Moore Family Center, Milam 105. If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized. Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code. Present the code at the first meeting. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106
Traffic and Maintenance
Sackett Place: Due to continued work at the new Classroom Building site, Sackett Place will be closed starting Nov. 14 and will run through Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.
Langton Hall: Due to the replacement of the building hot water heater all cold and hot water will temporarily shutdown in Langton Hall. This will affect the entire building on Nov. 15, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Washington Ave. lot closure: Due to the installation of telecom conduits for the new resident hall, various parking spaces located in the Washington Ave lot will be closed Nov. 6-27, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fairbanks: Vacuum excavation for a new water line along the sidewalk north of Fairbanks Hall will require an approximate 4-week sidewalk closure. ADA access to Fairbanks Hall will remain open by using the south-accessed (at Jefferson Street) parking lot on the west side of Fairbanks. The two ADA parking spaces and lift for the building will be available for the duration of the sidewalk closure, Oct. 21-Nov. 25.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.
The Office of Intercultural Student Services is currently seeking applicants for the position of Asian & Pacific Cultural Center Coordinator. This position is a 12 month, full-time, administrative position. Posting # 0011526. Closes Nov. 15.
Advisor-Academic– The College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Advisor position. Posting # 0011516. Full consideration date, Nov. 8; Closes Nov. 15.
The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Student Services Coordinator position. Posting #0011367. Apply by Nov. 15.
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.
Accountant 1 – The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center is recruiting to fill one full-time, 12-month, classified Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011536. Closes Nov. 17.
Human Resources Consultant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Human Resources Consultant 1. Posting # 0011520. Closes Nov. 17.
Career Services Coordinator – OSU-Cascades invites applicants for a full time (1 FTE) 12-month Career Services Coordinator position. Posting #0011578. Closes Nov. 18.
Research Program Administrator, College of Forestry, Oregon State University. F/T. Reports to the Director of Research. Identifies and pursues funding opportunities. Manages the pre-award grants, contracts, and agreements efforts of Forestry faculty and research cooperatives. Posting #0011519. Closes Nov. 18.
The Graduate School are accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 1. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 6 months from the appointment begin date. Posting # 0011527. Closes Nov. 19.
Service Center Operations Coordinator – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0011498. Closes Nov 22.
Accountant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center is recruiting to fill one full-time, 12-month, classified Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011564. Closes Nov. 25.
Advisor-Academic – The University Honors College invites applications for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, Advisor position. Posting # 0011555. Full Consideration Date, Nov. 25; closes Dec 2.
Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees position. Posting # 0011535. Closes Nov 30.
News and Research Writer – University Relations and Marketing – News and Research Communication invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term News and Research Writer position. Posting #0011589. Closes Dec. 1.
OSU is seeking two Postdoctoral Scholars to work with a transdisciplinary team focused on enacting and researching institutional and organizational change towards improved postsecondary STEM education at OSU through various curricular and instructional reforms. Position 1 – Organizational Change: This scholar’s focus will be to research the project’s attempt to secure wider organizational change. Position 2 – Student Gains: This scholar’s focus will be on student gains with respect to project activities. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt with a priority submission deadline of Dec. 1. Full announcement attached and can be found at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/postdocs-announcement.
Corvallis: If you’re only happy when it rains, this weekend will be a real treat. Rain showers throughout the weekend, with highs in the upper 40s and lows in the lower 40s.
Central Oregon: Rain and snow likely through early Sunday, when the sun may return. Highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s.
Newport: Rain showers throughout the weekend, with highs in the upper 40s and lows in the lower 40s.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/