Oregon State expects record freshmen enrollment (Columbian)
Oregon State University expects to have its largest freshman class in school history this fall. University officials said that will boost total enrollment to nearly 24,000 students with about 70 percent of the incoming freshmen from within the state. (See also Democrat-Herald and My Central Oregon)
Take for instance, the research of Lech Muszynski, at Oregon State University. He’s come up with a way to use the same kind of woody debris that renewable energy producers are eyeing for biomass power – and instead meld that material with plastic. (See also Daily Journal of Commerce and Sustainable Business Oregon)
Oregon State installs 120 emergency phones (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University recently installed emergency telephones in 120 classrooms to make access to dispatchers easier during campus emergencies. (See also KMTR)
An Oregon State University course is creating quite a buzz on campus. The “Far Side Entomology” course has been named the best college course in the country by Playboy Magazine. (See video here)
Researchers from Oregon State University are looking deeper than ever before at the canopies of Oregon’s forests.
Oregon agencies offered their suggestions for the chopping block Thursday in response to recent revenue declines, but what will actually get whacked remains unclear.
Oregon student in fight to save biodiesel (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Some superheroes have a cape. Oregon State University undergraduate Mikkel Leslie has a cart. The 22-year-old environmental science student has been tapped to foster the next generation of biodiesel scientists.
In “Far Side Entomology,” which has infested Oregon State University’s course catalog for more than two decades, students study the significant roles that insects play in human existence. (See also KUIK and Democrat-Herald)
Oregon State U wheat varieties dominate state grain industry (Western Farmer Stockman)
Sixty percent of the nearly 1 million acres of wheat harvested in Oregon in 2010 represents varieties developed right in the state.
Oregon universities see jump in federal grant money (Statesman Journal)
Sharp drop reported in farm income (Democrat-Herald)
Net farm income last year fell sharply in Linn County as well as statewide. The Associated Press reported that Oregon farm income dropped 41 percent. A similar statistic for Linn County is not available, but Dan McGrath of the OSU Extension Service said the drop in gross farm sales in Linn County supported the statewide report on net income. (See also Business Week)
Engineering professor passes away (LIFE@OSU)
Sneak peak at Oregon Sustainability Center (Daily Journal of Commerce)
It’s only a test, but don’t relax (Gazette-Times)
Biomass takes center stage (Daily Astorian)
It was a chance for the group – which ranged from state Sen. Betsy Johnson and community leaders to interested citizens – to “stay informed on what’s going on in the forests, on what are the economic news items, hot topics or problems,” said Glenn Ahrens, Oregon State University extension forester.
“The choices we make locally can affect these national parks when they’re downwind of these agricultural and urban areas,” says Staci Simonich, an associate professor in environmental and molecular toxicology at Oregon State University and one of the WACAP participants researchers.
Researchers at Oregon State University have reported the successful loading of biological molecules onto “nanosprings” – a type of nanostructure that has gained significant interest in recent years for its ability to maximize surface area in microreactors.
Ask Dr. Adam Kent your questions about Mt. Hood (Big Think)
Sampling and prescribing medicine (MD News)
Tailgating, rain or shine (Gazette-Times)
Everyone invited to Festival Latino (Democrat-Herald)
The Fifth Aquatic Animal Models for Human Disease conference takes place Sept. 20-22 at the LaSells Stewart Center. The conference provides investigators with a unique opportunity to exchange scientific information, identify research tools and opportunities and encourage enhancement of the utility for aquatic models for studies of human disease. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/aamhd2010/
Central Web Services is hosting Drupal Boot Camps Sept. 20- 22. Drupal Boot Camps is a three-day intensive workshop incorporating all existing core Drupal 6 workshops. In addition, two topics about using the OSU Brand Guidelines on the web, presented by staff from University Advancement’s Web Communications has been added. Register. Priority registration will be given to persons registering to attend the entire three-day camp. If you are requesting to attend for less than three days, please make your request via the help ticket system http://oregonstate.edu/cws/contact.
The Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation will be hosting a four-member delegation from India, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, in 203 Wilkinson Hall. The informal meeting is being held to discuss water management and governance.
New Student Walk takes place from 3:30 to 4 p.m.,, beginning in the Memorial Union Quad. Convocation begins at 4 p.m. in Gill Coliseum followed by the picnic in the MU quad at 5 p.m.
All faculty, staff and students are invited to the Vice Provost for Information Services finalists’ forums. The forums will be streamed at http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-1. Lois Brooks, Executive Director, Sakai Foundation, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 9 to 10:15 a.m., MU 211. Candidate bios and evaluation forms will be available at the forum or may be requested via email to email@example.com.
Transit & Parking Services will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 22 for training.
Meet Your Library! Workshop for Faculty, Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. Learn about the suite of resources and services offered by OSU Libraries, including our new Scan & Deliver service, article databases, course reserves and Fall workshops. Staff from several library departments will be available to provide input and answer your questions. The workshop will be held in the Valley Library’s Autzen classroom on the 2nd (main) floor. Questions? Contact Hannah Gascho Rempel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sept. 22, the Corvallis and OSU community will participate in World Car Free Day – a time to explore the benefits of walking, biking, and using public transit to get us where we need to go. There will be food, prize drawings and activities at various sites throughout the day, culminating in a Car Free Day Festival at the Wednesday Farmers Market. From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. visit the Check-in Site in the MU Quad for refreshments, information and bike safety checks. And from noon to 3 p.m. get in on the special OSUsed Store Bike Sale at OSU Surplus, 644 SW 13th St. The details and much more is at the site: http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/world-car-free-day
The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale on Wednesday, Sept.22 noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th St., Corvallis. In celebration of World Car Free Day, we will have more bicycles in stock than usual, plus many other items for personal or departmental use – computers and computer accessories, furniture (desks, file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), vehicles, sporting goods, household items, and much more. Staff are welcome to shop for their departments on weekdays at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu
The 12th Summer Undergraduate OSU Research Symposium, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will occur on the OSU campus in the Ag and Life Sciences Building, room 4001 beginning on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 8:30 a.m. and concluding on Friday, Sept. 24 at 3:35 p.m. During the symposium, 43 OSU students will describe their summer research as part of OSU’s HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Program. The HHMI program, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, pays undergraduate researchers full time for 11 weeks of work during the summer to work with OSU professors in the biological sciences.
University Day, Sept. 23. Join in the celebration at University Day 2010 on Sept. 23 at the LaSells Stewart Center and the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Visit the expo to learn more about other departments across campus and resources both for you and for students. Meet friends from across campus — and make some new ones — at the free lunch. Get inspired about the coming academic year from our keynote speaker, Jillian Kinzie from the National Survey of Student Engagement, at 10:30. And join us in congratulating the outstanding people receiving this year’s awards. For a full schedule of activities: http://oregonstate.edu/events/universityday/schedule
From 5 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday, the Camp Out in the Quad will be taking place. MUPC, ASOSU & RHA are hosting carnival games, movies, music, free food and prizes galore for incoming freshmen.
Oregon State is participating in Day of Caring: Corvallis-OSU Community Service, from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers assemble in the MU Ballroom. Join OSU and United Way (unitedwayblc.org ) in a countywide day of community service and participate in the Day of Caring! Come early to get preferred t-shirt size and service job. This is a great opportunity to get to know fellow students, serve the community, and make a difference! You will receive a t-shirt for your service and lunch will be provided. For more information email your questions to email@example.com or call the New Student Programs & Family Outreach office at 737-7627.
All faculty, staff and students are invited to the Vice Provost for Information Services finalists’ forums. The forums will be streamed at http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-1. Denise Stephens, Vice Provost for Information Services, University of Kansas, Friday, Sept. 24, 9 to 10:15 a.m., MU Journey Room. Candidate bios and evaluation forms will be available at the forum or may be requested via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oregon State University Marching Band, directed by Dr. Brad Townsend will offer a sneak preview of the new OSU marching band football shows on Friday, Sept. 24, at 5:15 p.m. at Reser Stadium on the OSU campus. This year’s band will number more than 260 and will be the largest OSU band in history. The band will premier its 2010 pregame show and first halftime show, featuring the music of Frank Sinatra. The band’s second CD, “Cheer for the Beavers!” will also be available for purchase. The performance is free and open to the public. This annual preview performance concludes a seven-day band camp and prepares the band for its 2009-2010 season. For more information: http://osumb.oregonstate.edu
NEW! For a full list of this week’s CONNECT events, see: http://oregonstate.edu/newstudents/connect/
NEW! All faculty, staff and students are invited to the Vice Provost for Information Services finalists’ forums. Please note that the forum scheduled for Monday, September 20, has been canceled. Information regarding the other two forums is included below. The forums will be streamed at http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-1. Canceled: Monday, Sept. 20. Forums still taking place are: Lois Brooks, Executive Director, Sakai Foundation, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 9 to 10:15 a.m., MU 211. Denise Stephens, Vice Provost for Information Services, University of Kansas, Friday, Sept. 24, 9 to 10:15 a.m., MU Journey Room. Candidate bios and evaluation forms will be available at the forum or may be requested via email to email@example.com.
NEW! The first lecture in the 2010–11 Horning Lecture Series, “The Historical Sciences,” will be given by noted paleontologist Paul Sereno. Having discovered more than two dozen new species of dinosaurs on five continents, Sereno has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones. He began his career as an artist, which explains his uncanny ability to see buried fossils, resurrect their skeletons, and walk into their world. Sereno’s talk will explore his paleontology as an exciting blend of art, history, and science wrapped in adventure. His lecture takes place Monday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center.
NEW! President Edward J. Ray invites the OSU Community to a reception welcoming Richard W. Spinrad, OSU’s new Vice President for Research on Monday, Sept. 27. The reception will be held in the Memorial Union, room 109 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Please let us know if you plan to attend by e-mailing RSVP@oregonstate.edu by Sept. 23.
NEW! Student Health Services is offering flu shots for OSU students, faculty and staff on Oct. 4, at the Memorial Union, Room 109, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· Students: $15 for injectable vaccine – Charged to your OSU student account. Bring your OSU ID card.
· Graduate Students with PacificSource Insurance: $15 for injectable vaccine – Charge will be billed directly to PacificSource. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.
· Faculty/Staff: $26 for injectable vaccine – If covered by the PEBB Statewide Insurance Plan (Providence), the fee will be billed directly to insurance. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card. If not covered by PEBB, faculty/staff may also pay on site by cash or check.
FluMist nasal vaccine will also be available at this special MU clinic for healthy individuals up to age 49 (cost: $24 students; $29 faculty/staff), while supplies last. Shots will be given on a “first come, first served” basis until the vaccine supply is gone. Please wear clothing that allows easy access to your arm in order to expedite the vaccinations.
NEW! Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., Marcus Borg, Biblical and Jesus scholar, renowned author, lecturer and former professor at Oregon State University, will give the inaugural lecture at First Presbyterian Church, 114 S.W. Monroe St. in the John and Nancy Dennis Community Center and Fellowship Hall, “Christian and American: Then and Now.” The event is free and open to the public. There will be copies of many of his books available for purchase or for signing, including his first novel, “Putting Away Childish Things” (2010).
NEW! OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association Presents: A Library Needs Assessment of Ecampus Faculty and Students, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms, Valley Library, Oregon State University, Corvallis campus. The Oregon State University Libraries Library Faculty Association(LFA) invites all interested colleagues and friends to attend the first of our Seminar Series for 2010/2011. Stefanie Buck, Ecampus Librarian, will present the results of a needs assessment of Ecampus students and instructors conducted this past spring and designed to help us better understand the library needs of this small, but rapidly growing, community of users.
News for Employees
NEW! Central Web Services and Web Communications, in partnership with Disability Access Services, are pleased to announce the release of version 1.1.0 of the OSU homepage. This new version features videos and other multimedia elements associated with feature stories, all enjoyable directly from the homepage. Read all about the new version.
NEW! 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! Fall Term Staff Fee Privilege Deadlines Approaching. Staff Fee Forms are now being processed by your Business Center. To view contact information for your Business Center, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee.html. Deadline information is located at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/deadlines.html.
NEW! The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Fall 2010 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Oct. 18. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at:
http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm. For more information, contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW! The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2010 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Oct. 25. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390 or email@example.com
NEW! There is a new contact point for accessing campus IT/computing expertise and resources for short term needs and special projects. Available resources could range from system administration and hosting, to documentation and training, web design, and programming. The Clearinghouse for Campus IT Insourcing can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/itinsource. The intent of the site is to encourage and support campus collaborations and to keep IT dollars on campus for projects that might otherwise have been outsourced. Insourcing your IT project keeps the dollars here, stabilizes IT staff employment, brings long term continuity across projects, and allows your project to draw on expertise already familiar with the local IT contacts, tools, and environment.
Student lots are open no permit required through Friday, Oct 8. Car in the Jar! Stop by TAPS and guess how cars are in the jar for your chance to win an annual parking permit for the 2010-2011 year! The 2010-2011 parking permits are now available for purchase. For easy access to obtain a staff application and payroll deduction please access our website at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/staff_pkg.html
On Oct.1, the OSU Memorial Union Quad will host the “Where It’s At: Beaver Community Fair” from noon to 4 p.m. All currently recognized student organizations and OSU departments and programs can register now for free. Registration is available through the Corvallis Benton Chamber website at http://tinyurl.com/BvrCmtFair Find out more by visiting us on the web at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/sorgs/bcf or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your family is invited to the Eighth Annual Kids Day for Conservation Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds Arena in Corvallis. Kids Day for Conservation is free and open to the public. Numerous organizations and businesses will conduct a wide variety of natural resource activities suitable for children of all ages. For more information, visit: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/KDC
The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC) 2010 program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/adbcr.html Complete NSF – ADBC guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10603/nsf10603.htm Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Oct.11, and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to email@example.com. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting grant proposals for Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 6; an initiative to encourage bold and innovative research on new global health solutions. Full description and application instructions of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative are available at: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/introduction.aspx. Deadline is Nov. 2. Questions: Martha Coleman, Director of Foundation Relations at OSU Foundation, 541-737-6961 or Martha.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiscal Coordinator 1, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, F/T. To review posting and apply, go to
http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting 0006230. Closing date Sept. 27.
The Associated Students of Oregon State University (The ASOSU) are hiring for a Human Services Resource Coordinator position. The Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) is a student-initiated, student-sustained program that provides programs, education, and referral services to students on Oregon State University campus affected by hunger or poverty. To apply go to jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57248 Closing date is Oct. 4.
Accountant 1, Office of Post Award Administration. OSU is recruiting for 2 Accountant 1’s. Salary range: $2960-$4306/mthly +benefits. For the complete announcement and to apply, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0006212: Closing Date: Sept. 20. OSU is an AA/EOE.
Event Coordinator-MECOP/CECOP, College of Engineering, Oregon State University, this is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. For full position announcement and application instructions, see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006196, full consideration date Sept. 17, closing date Sept. 24. OSU is an AA/EOE.
The International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Associate Provost. It is anticipated that this will be a two year appointment, with the possibility of a longer term appointment. The Associate Provost for International Programs (APIP) plays a key role in developing and implementing programs that further the university’s internationalization efforts and advance international education programs across the campus. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Closing date is Sept. 30. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 0006147.
Oregon State University Extended Campus is seeking to fill the position of Enrollment Analyst (Research Analyst 4). The primary focus of this position is to develop qualitative and quantitative research designs to analyze data and trends in enrollment and student academic performance, and communicate results of analyses. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining information systems that provide accurate and reliable information to fulfill internal information needs, effectively manage growth, and develop student success strategies for Extended Campus programs. For review of full position announcement or to apply, go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57106
Regional Network Director. The OSU Alumni Association is looking for an experienced alumni professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks for the Oregon State Alumni Association. The successful candidate will work with volunteers to develop programs to engage alumni within high-priority lifecycles: recent grads, families and mature alumni. This position reports to the Associate Executive Director of Programs. See position description at www.osualum.com/jobs Position open until filled.
The Oregon State University Foundation, with offices in Corvallis, Oregon and Portland, Oregon, has a position opening for Assistant/Associate Director of Development for Oregon State University’s College of Business. The position location could be in Portland or Corvallis, depending on qualifications of the finalist. Job title and compensation will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the finalist. For more information see http://osufoundation.org/employment.
The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for a Research Analyst to join the Advancement Services team. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Research, Discovery and Relationship Management, this position provides support to major gift fundraising activities of the Foundation and the University by compiling and analyzing comprehensive background information on individuals and organizations for use in advancing prospective donors’ relationships with the institution. For a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment.
The OSU Alumni Association is seeking an administrative assistant to manage office and administrative functions for the associate director for operations and board relations. For position description, please see www.osualum.com/jobs. Position open until filled.
Traffic and Maintenance
Transit Services: Transit & Parking Services will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 22 for training.
Key Shop: Please be informed that the Facilities Services Key Shop hours for over the counter key transactions will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Key Shop is located at 572 S.W. 15th St.
26th Street: Due to construction, 26th Street between Orchard Ave and Monroe Ave will be temporarily closed. Traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place to direct traffic flow. Traffic will be detoured west onto Orchard Ave during this time. The bike lane and on-street parking between Orchard Ave and Monroe Ave will also be closed. This work will begin at 7 a.m. on Sept. 23 and should end by 5 p.m. Sept. 24.
Goss Stadium: Due to repainting pavement markings, the parking lot on the east side of Goss Stadium will be temporarily closed. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 22 and end by 5 p.m. Sept. 22.
Residence Halls: On Sept. 20-21 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., all residence hall and cooperative parking lots will be closed for student unloading
Covell Hall: Due to sidewalk removal and replacement for improved ADA access the Covell Hall north entrance will be temporarily closed to all but emergency egress during interior ramp improvements. All personnel are asked to use alternate entries and exits at the east, south and west sides of the building. This shutdown should conclude by 5 p.m. Sept. 22.
Linus Pauling Science Center: Due to continued roofing construction on the Linus Pauling Science Center, a tar odor may be detected throughout the area due to shifting winds. This work should end by 5 p.m. on Sept. 24.
Washington Way: Due to the construction of two new parking lots between 11th St. and 13th St. at Washington Way, sidewalks, street parking and existing parking lots will be temporarily closed. Expect traffic delays and detours in that vicinity. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Sept. 24.
Corvallis: Looks like we’re in for a chance of rain and lots of clouds this week, and some of us are ready to embrace autumn. “Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.” John Donne.
Central Oregon: Besides some patchy fog early in the week, the weather looks like it will stay fairly clear this week. Temperatures in the high sixties and low seventies will lead us into the first official day of fall on Wednesday. Any autumn fans out there? I can’t think of a bigger one than George Eliot (aka Mary Anne Evans) who once wrote, “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”