OSU Today

Sept. 15-19, 2014

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Mussels lose footing in more acidic ocean (Scientific American)

“Along the West Coast, mussels are well-known ecosystem engineers,” said Bruce Menge, an Oregon State University researcher who studies how climate impacts coastal ecosystems. “They provide habitat for dozens of species, they provide food for many predators and occupy a large amount of space, so are truly a ‘dominant’ species.”

Bike helmet meets black box (Scientific American)

Bike helmets of the future will do more than just protect your noggin in a crash. They’ll also check whether you could have a concussion, call for help and act as a black box for accident investigators.  At least that’s what they’ll do if the prototype smart helmet that Intel and Oregon State University are working on ever hits the road. (see also Daily Mail UK)

Aggressive lionfish in non-native waters. Eat them. (Washington Post)

A third reason comes from a new study from Oregon State University, Nosowitz reports. Working in an artificial reef stocked with the fairy basslet, a favorite food of lionfish in their new territory, researchers found that lionfish kill basslets at a rate four times as high as that of the basslet’s natural predators. Why so high? Because unlike most ocean predators, which move on when prey populations start shrinking, lionfish just keep on eating. And that means they will eat a species into local extinction.

Next generation: Blood cleansing device (Science Magazine)

“Some already available blood-cleansing technologies have negative side effects like depletion of platelets, white blood cells, or other proteins along with the deleterious elements,” said Adam Higgins, an associate professor of bioengineering at Oregon State University. “What I like a lot about this approach is that it appears safe and there is no blood coagulation or altering of the blood composition—that is really important.”

Gnat-borne disease is killing deer near Roseburg (Statesman Journal)

Tests have confirmed that deer in the Roseburg area are dying from epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), which previously had not been seen in the area. Lab results from Oregon State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab tested positive for EHD late the past week. (see also Capital Press)

Vitamin E intake crucial during ‘first 1,000 days’ (SiFy)

Maret Traber, a professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University said that many people believe that vitamin E deficiency never happens, which isn’t true. It happens with an alarming frequency both in the United States and around the world. But some of the results of inadequate intake are less obvious, such as its impact on things like nervous system and brain development, or general resistance to infection. (see also Business Standard)

Oregon BEST takes second look at ‘LilyPads’ (Portland Business Journal)

OregonBEST invested $94,000 to help construct the OSU-Benton County Green Stormwater Infrastructure Research Facility. The Corvallis lab has three large, outdoor tanks where stormwater can be monitored.

Deep sea exploitation: ‘The impacts are global’ (KVAL 13)

“The deep sea is the largest habitat on Earth, it is incredibly important to humans and it is facing a variety of stressors from increased human exploitation to impacts from climate change,” said Andrew Thurber, an Oregon State University marine scientist and lead author on the study. “As we embark upon greater exploitation of this vast environment and start thinking about conserving its resources, it is imperative to know what this habitat already does for us.”

Stress can hasten death in older men (Psych Central)

“We’re looking at long-term patterns of stress — if your stress level is chronically high, it could impact your mortality, or if you have a series of stressful life events, that could affect your mortality,” said Carolyn Aldwin, Ph.D., of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. (see also Senior Journal, Health Central, Huffington Post)

How one student is fighting the college hunger crisis (MSNBC)

Clare Cady, Human Resource Center coordinator and food pantry administrator for Oregon State University (OSU), said she had “heard rumors” of other universities making it possible for students to use food stamps on campus, but had not directly encountered a school where it was the case. Cady herself has tried to make it happen at OSU, but with little success. Food vendors on the OSU campus were sympathetic to the idea, Cady told msnbc. (see also Northern Public Radio)

Paul Valenti, longtime Oregon State player, coach and administrator, dies at 94 (Oregonian)

Paul Valenti, an Oregon State athlete, coach, administrator and goodwill ambassador for more than 70 years, died Saturday of natural causes. He was 94 years of age. (see also Yahoo Sports)

A new century with carnivores (High Country News)

Biologist Cristina Eisenberg became fascinated watching these relationships develop on her land in northern Montana. Her doctoral research at Oregon State University and her 2011 book The Wolf’s Tooth made her a leading spokeswoman for the ecological roles of carnivores.

Where the wild bees roam (Eugene Weekly)

Sujaya Rao, a professor and researcher at OSU, is filling the void in wild-bee research by looking at the effect of native pollinators on agricultural and native landscapes. Of the $18-27 billion value that pollinating bees add to the U.S. agricultural system, wild bee species make up 15 percent. Remaining pollination occurs primarily through commercial beekeepers renting out hives to farmers. (see also Corvallis Advocate)

OSU receives gold designation for sustainability (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University has again received a “Gold” designation from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, or STARS, the second highest rating a university can receive.  Platinum is the highest rating, but no university received that designation this year.

Wayne Harrison went from auto mechanic to novelist (Oregonian)

Now Harrison teaches writing at Oregon State University and his first novel “The Spark and the Drive,” published with an assist from Richard Russo, is being praised for its authenticity about what it’s like to work under a hood. Harrison answered a few questions about his journey from mechanic to novelist and from ’71 SS Chevelle to minivan.

Former Notre Dame player speaks on longstanding rivalry (Purdue Exponent)

Michael Oriard, a professor emeritus of English at Oregon State University, was the starting center for the Fighting Irish between 1966 and 1968 where he earned All-America honors.

OSU names hall for late Salem engineer William Tebeau (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University in Corvallis will be holding a dedication ceremony for its newest residence dormitory, “William Tebeau Hall,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.

University Day takes place Sept. 18 (LIFE@OSU)

This year’s University Day events take place Thursday, Sept. 18. The faculty and staff event kicks off the OSU school year with a celebration of some of the university’s best and brightest employees, including counselors, teachers, professional and classified staff.

Wave energy research progressing (Domestic Fuel)

The project team is comprised of NNMREC with support from Oregon State University and University of Washington will be expanded to add the University of Alaska Fairbanks. (see also Fierce Energy)

High school students genotype Einkorn wheat varieties in DNA Biology summer camp at Oregon State University (Gramene)

Twelve students (9th-12th grade) from local schools attended DNA Biology Summer Camp organized by Jaiswal laboratory at Oregon State University in July 2014.

What’s new at OSU for fall term? (Democrat-Herald)

Weatherford Hall is a combination residence hall and classroom building on the Oregon State University campus. Built in 1928 and renovated during a 10-year process that was completed in 2004, its ornate Italian Renaissance style and brickwork make it one of the most recognizable buildings on campus.

Yellow jackets: Plan your move based on what they’re doing (Oregonian)

It’s easier to deal with these aggressive wasps if you know how they live, said Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with theOregon State University Extension Service. Yellow jackets are heavy-bodied, with black and yellow or white markings and live in gray, papery nests, which are mainly located below ground but some are suspended above, he said.

Yet another reason to like green neighborhoods: They’re associated with healthier births (City Lab)

“From a medical standpoint, those are small changes in birth weight,” says Perry Hystad of Oregon State University, the study’s lead author. “[B]ut across a large population, those are substantial differences that would have a significant impact on the health of infants in a community.” In all, the health records of over 64,000 newborn children were examined. (see also Digital Journal)

UO wants to attract brighter students (Register-Guard)

The venerable Clark Honors College, the oldest four-year, degree-granting honors college in the country, has recently lost ground to Oregon State University.

Researcher to talk about co-existing with carnivores (Independent Record)

Carnivore conservation is really about humans and the choices we make on the landscape to coexist, said Oregon State University professor and researcher Dr. Cristina Eisenberg, who will be in Helena on Thursday to talk about her new book, “The Carnivore Way: Coexisting With and Conserving North America’s Predators.”

More sheep than ewe know (World)

Despite threats to the industry, there were still about 10,000 head of sheep in the county, said Cassie Bouska, agriculture instructor for the Oregon State University extension office in Myrtle Point. She estimated there were about 95 sheep producers in Coos and Curry counties.

Popular walking class needs more leaders, to expand (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University Extension Service has offered more than 50 Walk with Ease courses in Oregon and launched its first class in Corvallis in August, Conte said. More trained leaders are needed if the class is to be offered again.

Cooperative Extension reinvents itself for the 21st century (Pew Charitable Trusts)

For many states, agriculture remains the backbone of extension. Oregon extension, for example, brings together vineyard managers, winemakers and students for classes in person and online. As a result, wine grapes have catapulted to the 17th most important crop among 220 commodities in the state, according to A. Scott Reed, vice provost at Oregon State University and extension director. (see also Governing)

U.S. News & World Report college rankings: How Oregon schools fared (Oregonian)

Oregon State University: The Corvallis campus came in tied at No. 70 with Washington State University among best public schools. It earned a No. 138 on the overall national list. (see also KGW)

OSU to celebrate Johnson Hall launch (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will celebrate the construction launch of its newest engineering building on Monday, and the public is invited.

New technology to treat sepsis, a global killer (University Business)

The National Science Foundation has just awarded $200,000 to engineers at Oregon State University who have developed a new technology that they believe could revolutionize the treatment and prevention of sepsis.

Low-maintenance lawn: Time to sow grass seed (Oregonian)

Lawn looking lackluster? Mid-August to early October is a sweet spot in the calendar year to sow fresh grass seed or replace an existing lawn throughout the state, according to Alec Kowalewski, turfgrass specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Urban vote key to GMO campaign (Portland Tribune)

Bill Lunch, a retired political science professor at Oregon State University and a longtime state political pundit, says Oregon’s large population of liberal urban voters is not an insurmountable obstacle for opponents of GMO labeling. Washington has an even larger urban population but voters rejected a similar GMO labeling initiative last year, Lunch says.

Corvallis man’s documentary on assisted living: “Thin edge of dignity” (KVAL 13)

Blogger, author and now documentary maker Dick Weinman says his latest project was only intended to be a training video. “Now I find my independent spirit curtailed, but I strive to hold on to it, walking along the thin edge of dignity,” the retired broadcaster and Oregon State University professor said in the piece, detailing his life in an assisted living facility.

Study: Salmon carcasses improve stream health (The Dalles Chronicle)

“Carcass additions or analogs certainly appear to be a viable option, but only if the stream conditions are such that there would be a whole ecosystem response to primary production, rather than only a small localized response,” said Dana Warren, research professor at Oregon State University’s school of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Let sunflowers, sweet peas and other annuals go to seed (Oregonian)

Annual plants are inherently programmed to set seed and die in one year. During the summer, you can keep them blooming and postpone seed development by deadheading and fertilizing them, said Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Praying to a loving God guards against anxiety disorders (Spirituality Health)

The findings add to the growing body of research confirming a connection between a person’s perceived relationship with God and mental and physical health. In fact, a recent study by Oregon State University found that religion and spirituality result in two distinct but complementary health benefits. Religion (religious affiliation and service attendance) is linked to better health habits, including less smoking and alcohol consumption, while spirituality (prayer, meditation) helps regulate emotions.

Advantage Accelerator moves forward (Corvallis Advocate)

Oregon State University’s Advantage Accelerator welcomed its first batch of 12 startup companies a little over a year ago. Four completed the mentoring course and graduated in late July. Now that the fledglings have left the nest, we sat down with the service’s two directors to reflect on their first-year growth and success, as well as discuss the future of startups in Corvallis.

New antimicrobial strategy silences NDM-1 resistance gene in pathogens (Science Daily)

“NDM-1 confers bacterial resistance to all classes of beta-lactam (penicillin type) antibiotics including carbapenems, powerful antibiotics used when others fail,” says Bruce Geller of Oregon State University and author on the study. “NDM-1 has spread rapidly to many bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, Acinetobacter baumannii and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Many of these pathogens are resistant to multiple antibiotics, which limits treatment options.”

On the “Philosophy School of Phish” (Phish.net)

You may have heard about the Philosophy School of Phish, which is directed by Professor Stephanie Jenkins, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University. She is also co-director of the Phronesis Lab for Engaged Ethics, which concerns communicating with each other about ethical questions and issues in a pragmatic, active, and civil way, in order to foster greater experience and understanding of the human condition.

But have you ever been to a City Club meeting, on weed? (Corvallis Advocate)

Seth Crawford from Oregon State University loosened up the crowd by asking how many of those in attendance had smoked marijuana. He pointed out the ongoing negative stigma of pot use. As a sociologist, he was able to estimate that it will take a generation or more for society’s attitudes vilifying marijuana to change, even if it is legalized.

Best Value Schools releases list of 30 great public-friendly university lecture series on environmental issues (KPTV)

7. Oregon State University: Corvallis, OR – Starker Lecture Series

Tomato late blight: Stope purple black spots that kill foliage (Oregonian)

According to Ross PenhallegonOregon State University Extension horticulturist in Lane County, the disease is holding off because of the current warm weather. Once it turns wet and cool, start looking for late blight, Penhallegon advises.

New fishing rule protects endangered sea bird (San Luis Obispo Tribune)

The West Coast is the last piece of U.S. waters within the range of the short-tailed albatross to adopt the protective measures, which are already in effect for waters off Alaska and Hawaii, said Rob Suryan, a research associate professor of fisheries at Oregon State University. (see also KGWHerald.net)

Breaking the plastic bag habit (C&EN)

Rozenski points to research by Angelicque E. White, an oceanographer at Oregon State University, that he thinks clarifies the matter. She says the so-called garbage patch is closer to 1% the size of Texas and more of a “dilute soup” than an island of trash. Most of the debris isn’t even visible from the deck of a ship. But White also emphasizes that she means to correct hyperbole, not dismiss the problem. “The amount of plastic out there isn’t trivial,” she says.

Free pesticide disposal set for Eastern Oregon farmers (Capital Press)

Bill Buhrig, an Oregon State University cropping systems extension agent in Malheur County who is helping coordinate the event, said it’s a good chance for growers to clear out unusable pesticides in a sensible way.


Valley Library: The Valley Library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 15 for staff in-service and training.  Normal operations will resume on Sept. 16.

Open/Community Forums:  Please join us to listen and interact with candidates for the Community and Cultural Food Program Student Advisor position within SLI. Public presentation – Discuss the role that food plays in an event, in culture and in developing community – followed by Q & A. David Ryusaki, Monday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to noon in MU 206.

Recreational Sports Hours: Notice (Sept. 15-17): As Recreational Sports welcomes back and trains our over 400 student employees, Dixon Recreation Center will open at noon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Sept.15, 16, and 17). McAlexander Fieldhouse will open at 6 a.m. as an alternative recreation space while Dixon is closed. Thank you for your patience and understanding as our student leaders engage in training prior to the start of the academic year. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator. Regular academic year hours resume at Recreational Sports Sept. 20.

Johnson Hall construction launch: The OSU President’s Circle members and university friends for the Johnson Hall Construction Launch, Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m., SW Park Terrace Place and Monroe Ave. Celebrate the construction launch of the newest engineering building, as well as the donors who made Johnson Hall possible, with a ceremony and light reception. Hear from OSU PresidentEd Ray and College of Engineering Dean and Kearney Professor Scott Ashford, ’83, about the impact the new building will make to further OSU’s research, innovation, and collaboration, especially in Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering.


Nitrate screening: Willamette Valley well owners are invited to several free nitrate screening clinics to be held this summer. Screening will be available on Sept. 17 at the Corvallis Wednesday Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For a free nitrate screening, bring ½ cup of untreated well water in a clean, water-tight container. You may either wait for your results, or leave your contact information for the results to be delivered after the clinic date. For more information call 541-766-3556.

International Student Orientation Information Session: Are you curious about what happens at International Student Orientation and how to be help these students? Come learn about the different international student populations, and learn about their orientation schedule on Sept. 17, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at ILLC Auditorium intl.orientation@oregonstate.edu

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. 

Guns and the Constitution:  The annual OSU Constitution Day event will focus on the issues surrounding gun ownership in the United States.    Ben Mutschler, Rorie Spill Solberg, Bill Uzgalis, and moderator Christopher McKnight Nichols will try to provide some perspective on the evolution of thought and firearm policy in America since the Constitution was drafted. Join the conversation on Sept. 17,  2 p.m. in the Memorial Union: La Raza Room (208).

CANCELLED! Georgetown University Energy Prize: Corvallis is now a quarterfinalist for a $5 million prize rewarding the small U.S. city with the largest reduction in metered residential electricity and natural gas. The Sept. 17 meeting is being rescheduled.


University Day 2014 Join us Thursday, September 18 for our annual kick off to the new academic year and honor the truly amazing people and accomplishments of Oregon State. This event is for all faculty and staff, events and include a talk by Jeff Selingo who has spent his journalism career covering colleges and universities worldwide, prize drawing, complementary lunch and University Day Expo where you can discover new ways to engage in campus activities! For more details and complete information, please visit the University Day website.

DAS Testing Center Open House: Sept. 18, 1:30  – 4 p.m. Learn more about alternative testing services available for faculty and students.  Tour the Testing Center to get acquainted with testing spaces, security measures, and assistive technology.  The Testing Center is only available for students eligible for alternative testing accommodations. Third floor of Heckart Lodge, 30th and Jefferson. For more information, call the Testing Center at 541-737-8970.


NPMR and HyperNiche Workshop: Learn how to analyze data with complex interactions using Non-parametric Multiplicative Regression (NPMR) and the HyperNiche software package. A two-day workshop will be offered at OSU on Sept 12 and Sept 18. Information on the workshop can be found here: http://people.oregonstate.edu/~lintzh/NPMRworkshop.html. E-mail Heather Lintz to register for the workshop: hlintz@coas.oregonstate.edu


Run for Your Life: Grab your coworkers, family and friends and join the Heart of the Valley Runners Sunday, Sept. 21 to run, walk and roll your way to better health with this year’s Run for Your Life event. Celebrating the ability to get out and move while having fun, Run for Your Life raises awareness and funds to support the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program. Visit http://bit.ly/1wkcbti for more information and to register.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU-Cascades Board of Advisors: The Oregon State University – Cascades Board of Advisors will hold a business meeting on Tuesday, Sep. 23 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Graduate & Research Center, Rm. 126. The meeting will provide updates on the strategic goals identified by the campus: expand to a four-year university, enable scholars, connect to the community, enhance the campus experience and increase fiscal stability. The advisory board meeting is open to the public.  For information call 541-322-3100.

NEW! Weight Watchers Information: A 13 week series of WW begins Oct. 7.  WW Open House meetings will be held Sept. 30, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Moore Family Center, Milam Room 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

The Penile Colonies: Emeritus Music Professor Michael T. Coolen will be present his new, one-man show, “The Penile Colonies: Living with XY Disorder,” on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Withycomb Lab Theatre. Coolen describes the show as “troping through the Vagina Monologues.” Admission is free.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Master’s defense:  Greeley Beck, MS candidate in Wood Science & Engineering will defend his thesis entitled, “Test Methods for Assay of Water Repellency in Railroad Ties”.  The defense will be held on Monday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. in Richardson Hall, Room 115.  Free and open to the public.

NEW! GMAT Test Prep Course with OSU’s Professional and Continuing Education: Oct. 3-5, 2014: This 3-day course is designed to give you a full content overview and key strategies to succeed on all four sections of the GMAT exam. The GMAT is the preferred exam for most MBA programs across the United States. Oct.3-5. Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Milam 019. Cost is $599. Learn more at www.pace.oregonstate.edu/testprep or call 541-737-4197.

NEW!  “Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” workshop: Join the OSU Campus Coalition Builders for this day-long workshop. Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., MU 206. Goals for the day include: identifying misinformation we have learned about others; identifying and expressing pride in groups we belong to; learning how other groups experience mistreatment; learning the personal impact of incidents of discrimination; and learning how to interrupt prejudicial remarks.  Details: http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/97032/.  Pre-registration required:  http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/register-campus-coalition-builders-workshops

CORE Basics Added Sessions – Additional training sessions of CORE Basics are now available for registration.  If you missed attending a workshop this summer, please consider registering for one of the September sessions.  Register here or paste this link in your browser window:  http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=40.

News for Employees

NEW! Trader Bing’s Cafe: MU Retail Food Service’s newest location Trader Bing’s Cafe will be opening this week in Austin Hall. We will be serving Portland Roasting, grab and go lunch items, breakfast and lunch! mu.oregonstate.edu/MURFS

NEW! Fall 2014 On-campus Housing Move-In:  This coming Fall 2014 move-in for the residence halls will take place on Tuesday Sept. 23 and Wednesday Sept. 24. Much of campus will experience some impact including limited parking, street closures, and other delays. A taskforce is meeting to evaluate these impacts and help reduce disruption to campus activities at those times. We appreciate your support as we prepare to welcome our new students to OSU.  To see the move-in schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/move-in-guide.  If you have questions please contact Brian.Stroup@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Protecting Your Knees and Spine: All faculty and staff are invited to attend one of several free, 30-minute Leg Strength and Balance training sessions that provides practical techniques on how your foot position and body alignment can help you maximum strength and balance and help you protect your knees, spine and shoulders.  For more info or to register, see the OSU Professional Development Central Registration Site.

NEW! Faculty sought for recovery community BOD: The Collegiate Recovery Community is seeking to add a faculty member to its Board of Directors. The community has existed for one year on OSU’s campus, providing students in recovery with engaging and understanding support.  More information can be found at http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/about-crc. If you would like to serve as a faculty member on the board and help to guide the program to best serve our students, please send an email to john.ruyak@oregonstate.edu.”

NEW! OSU athletics honors fire responders: OSU Athletics is proud to announce the return of the popular BeaversSalute outreach for the home football game Sept. 20 against the San Diego State Aztecs and to the women’s volleyball games Sept. 12 vs. the Michigan Wolverines and Sept. 13 vs. the Michigan State Spartans. For these games we are honoring the brave men and women multi-agency first responders and fire crews that fought last weekend’s brush fire in north Corvallis. The efforts of these individuals saved countless homes and other structures. BeaversSalute is offering four free tickets per family for each event. OSU Athletics is making a total of 500 first-come first-serve tickets to each game. Tickets must be reserved at 1-800-GO-BEAVS or in person at the Gill Coliseum ticket office (room 107) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

NEW! Vanpool from Lebanon to Corvallis:  A new vanpool is set to hit the road and 6 riders or more are needed. The van will serve a regular Monday-Friday work schedule, but the exact hours and route will be determined by the needs of the riders. The van will serve the OSU campus with a possible planned stop at the Samaritan Health Services Avery Square location near downtown Corvallis, or another location. With 6 committed riders, the price would be $125 per month including the lease, maintenance and insurance. The price can decrease if more riders join the vanpool. We have an interested driver who works at OSU, but we still need someone to be the coordinator of the van. To learn more about the vanpool, contact Leslee Moore at leslee.a.moore@ehi.com.

Public’s help sought to transcribe historic Cold War letters: A portion of the records from Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists are now available in an online exhibit through the Special Collections & Archives Research Center at OSU. Help is being sought from the public to transcribe the letters in the collection. Special Collections is crowdsourcing transcription of the letters, and encourages viewers to help create a full-text database of the letters’ contents.

Self-Service Printing: Starting Sept. 29, XPress Stop will be the new home of Self-Service printing for Printing and Mailing Services. The XPress Stop is centrally located in MU 109 and will be open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. during the school year.  If you have any questions please contact Kiara Goldtrap at kiara.goldtrap@oregonstate.edu.

OpenCon conference scholarships for OSU students: OSU Libraries & Press is sponsoring scholarships for two OSU students to attend OpenCon 2014: The Student and Early Career Researcher Conference on Open Access, Open Data and Open Education in Washington, DC from Nov. 15-17, 2014. Conference registration and travel expenses will be paid. To apply, fill out the application form at http://opencon2014.org/oregonstate by Sept. 26. OSU undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

Employees attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Sept. 24 to submit the application for employees attending other OUS institutions during Fall 2014-15. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

Take the Sit Less, Move More 72 Hour Challenge: Add a little physical activity to your day and earn a free resistance band!  Learn more and download a challenge tracking sheet here.  Join the movement! Free to OSU community.

Request for Applications: The Research Office is accepting applications for the Louis and Maud Hill Endowment for Marine Studies Initiative. The purpose of the Louis and Maud Hill Endowment for Marine Studies Initiative is to foster coastal community and economic development through the application of research, technologies, new business concepts, or novel applications of existing products or services. Application and contact information: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/louis-and-maud-hill-endowment-marine-studies-initiative-0. Deadline: Nov. 7.

2014 Be Well Run Walk ‘N Roll: Enjoy the start to fall with your friends, colleagues, and Corvallis community members and participate in the FREE 2014 Be Well Run Walk N Roll (5K &1 Mile Walk). The scenic route will wind participants throughout Oregon State University’s campus, highlighting picturesque buildings and spaces. Pre-register today.

Beaver Community Fair 2014 – Registration Open:  Reserve your booth for the 2014 Beaver Community Fair.  Information and registration for OSU departments, programs and recognized student organizations is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/seac/initiatives/bcf/.  This year’s Fair will take place on Friday, Oct. 3, in the MU quad.  Questions, contact dante.holloway@oregonstate.edu.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

The Oregon State University Foundation (OSUF) has three openings for experienced higher education major gift officers.  These positions will join existing fundraising teams in the College of Engineering, the College of Business and in Athletics.  Please note: the positions for the College of Engineering and for Athletics are located in the Foundation’s Portland office; the position for the College of Business could be located in either Corvallis or Portland. If you are interested in advancing your career in an organization that is making a difference, please complete the Foundation’s job application, and send it with your cover letter and resume to Patricia Kenney, Sr. Director of Human Resources, osuf.hr@oregonstate.edu

Bioacoustic Software Developer, Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies, HMSC, Newport; responsible for software development for detection and localization of marine organisms and for other programming in support of funded projects. Posting #0012954. Closes Sept. 15.

Assessment Coordinator – Academic Programs, Assessment and Accreditation invites applications for a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, academic wage Assessment Coordinator position.  This position will be short term, ending May 15, 2015.  Posting #0013020. For full consideration please apply by Sept. 16.  Posting closes Sept. 29.

The Department of Public Safety at Oregon State University is seeking applicants for one Public Safety Officer.  This is a permanent full time position.  Posting 0012975.  Closes Sept. 16.

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Administrative Support Coordinator position.  Reappointment is at the discretion of the Special Assistant to the Provost. Posting #0012973. Closes Sept. 19.

Academic Advisor – International Degree and Education Abroad (IDEA) invites applications for a part-time (0.5 FTE), 12-month, Academic Advisor position. Posting #0012965. Closes Sept. 19.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Equity Associate position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0012982. Closes Sept. 20.

Administrative Program Specialist – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Specialist position for Dining Services.  Posting #0013000. Closes Sept. 21.

Director, Extension & Experiment Station Communications Department – OSU invites applications for the Director of the Extension & Experiment Station Communications Department. Posting # 0012980. Closes for full consideration Sept. 22.

The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Graduate Enrollment Management Coordinator position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Posting #0013015. Closes Sept. 24.

Office Specialist 2 – Academic Affairs Administration invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0013036. Closes Sept. 26.

Info Technology Consultant Comp Level 2 –  College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Info Technology Consultant, Comp Level 2. Posting #0013028. Closes Sept. 27.

Fiscal Coordinator 1. This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Fiscal Coordinator 1 position for Business Affairs at Oregon State University. Posting #0013066. Closes Sept. 29.

Education Program Assistant 1  – Douglas County Extension invites applications for a 10 month, part-time, (.90 FTE)  Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Roseburg.  Posting # 0013044. Closes Sept. 30.

Office Specialist 2 – Department of Mathematics invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0012631. Closes Sept. 30.

The Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Business Intelligence Analyst position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #0013014. Closes Oct. 1.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Forest Regeneration. This position has two components: a 12-month, 0.75 FTE tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor appointment and a 12-month, 0.25 FTE appointment as Director of the Vegetation Management Research Cooperative. Posting #0012861.  Closes Oct. 31.

Head of Mathematics – The Mathematics Department requests applications for a Head of Mathematics position, posting # 0011757. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 15.

Traffic and maintenance

McAlexander: As part of the Grad School Welcome Back BBQ,  five parking spaces will be closed north of McAlexander Fieldhouse on Sept. 15, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

26th Street: As part of the University Day 2014 event, 26th Street from in front of LaSells Stewart Center to NW Stadium Avenue will be closed on Sept. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Langton Hall: Due to work associated with tile work repairs, the women’s locker room will be temporarily closed Sept. 15-17.  Building occupants will experience some congestion and area may become cluttered and noisy while contractors are working in the building.

Park Terrace West lot: As part of the Johnson Hall Ground Breaking, the entire Park Terrace West Lot will be closed Sept. 15, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Jefferson Way and Waldo Place: As part of the Student Experience Center project, from June 16 – Sept. 22, Waldo Place (from Jefferson Way to Campus Way) and Jefferson Way (from Waldo Place to 26th Street) will be closed to traffic for street improvement work.  Detour signs will be in place to route traffic down Benton to Washington Way. Also the Library loading dock will be temporarily relocated to the east side of the building at the Fire Lane.


Corvallis: It’s the last week of summer before the autumn officially returns. The week will start out hot, but gradually cool off, as showers move in by mid week. Lows in the mid 50s. 

Central Oregon: Temperatures will start out in the 80s, but dip into the 70s and then upper 60s by the end of the week as the chance of showers increases. Lows around 50.

Newport: Slight chance of showers at the beginning of the week, with showers likely by the end of the week. Highs in the 60s, lows in the mid 50s.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/

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