Chinese and Oregon scientists join forces against invasive grass (Oregonian)
Sam Chan, an Extension Service agent with the Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University, led a group of researchers and resource managers from Oregon, Washington and Florida to Fujian in 2007 to study the impact of Spartina on coastal ecosystems.
Oregon coast at risk (San Francisco Chronicle)
The deep waters just off these shores are victim to a troubling new symptom of climate change: dead zones caused by disruption of the natural ocean currents that cycle nutrients and oxygen through the water. Author of the study Jack Barth, of Oregon State University, says “it’s important to realize that the surface layers of the Oregon ocean are very much alive!”
Oregon colleges recruit more international students (Oregonian)
On the board of a classroom at Oregon State University this week, new international engineering students made two lists about what it’s like to study in the United States. Under “hard,” they wrote: “homework,” “wake up at the morning” and “a lot of things to do and to read!”
Corvallis Fire Department rolls out new wellness program (Gazette-Times)
Receiving more feedback is the main reason the Fire Department is now working with Karlie Friesen, who created the department’s wellness program. She has been contracted by the department to run the program for four years. The program started running in July. Friesen, 27, is working on a doctorate in exercise physiology at Oregon State University. She earned a bachelor of science in exercise sports and science from OSU in 2004.
Saying ‘thank you’: Community event stirs memories of search for murder victim (Register Guard)
It was always understood that most of the hundreds of volunteers who poured themselves into the effort to find Brooke Wilberger didn’t know the 19-year-old woman. They showed up in droves, said Bonnie Romrell, speaking at an appreciation ceremony Sunday night on the Oregon State University campus, attended by about 200. (See also Gazette-Times)
Oregon ‘dead zone’ less lethal this year (News Tribune)
Oregon State University scientists said Thursday that winds that are a factor in the severity of the phenomenon abated in July, allowing the low-oxygen waters to dissipate before they got too deadly to marine life.
Add fine cheeses to Oregon’s best products (Gazette-Times)
Lisbeth Goddik, an associate professor of food science and technology at Oregon State University and an extension dairy processing specialist, has helped the artisan cheese industry grow in Oregon through her cheese-making classes and work in France studying with artisan cheese makers.
Reaching into the past to move us forward (LIFE@OSU)
Bright colors and bold patterns surround Oregon State University student Teressa Hartley as she stands in the Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Conference Room in the Memorial Union. But what draws her attention is a print by Portland artist Isaka Shamsud-Din, depicting African American residents fleeing their homes in the former housing development of Vanport, in Portland.
Epilogue to the Matthew Shepard tragedy (Oregonian)
Oregon State University: The theater department has assembled a cast of 31 (most companies will use eight to 18 cast members) for its free reading.
Econundrum: Kids vs. Earth? (Mother Jones)
Assuming that an American mother and father are each responsible for one half of the emissions of their offspring and 1/4 of the emissions of their grandchildren, researchers at Oregon State University recently calculated that each child adds a staggering 10,407 tons of carbon dioxide to an average female’s carbon legacy.
Join other students, faculty and staff for group walks around campus and the surrounding neighborhoods during the lunch hour. The group meets at noon at Student Health Services (Plageman Building) near the east entrance and walk for approximately 45 minutes.
The Corvallis Science Pub presentation, “The Cheese Stands Alone: The Science behind Oregon’s Acclaimed Artisan Cheeses,” featuring Lisbeth Goddik takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12, at Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis.
Oregon State University Theatre will be one of 100 theaters in the world to premiere “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later,” an epilogue to the highly acclaimed play, “The Laramie Project,” which is one of the most performed plays in America of the last decade. The premiere will take place on Oct. 12, at OSU’s Withycombe Hall main stage beginning at 7:30 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public.
The Austin Entrepreneurship Program presents, “Building Your Business Plan Series.” On Oct. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Bill Witt of Witt Consulting will speak on “An Introduction to Entrepreneurship,” in Kelley Engineering Center 1003. All students are welcome. For more information contact Mary McKillop at email@example.com or go to www.bus.oregonstate.edu and click on calendar of events.
Please join Media Services to wish Herb Vloedman farewell and good luck on his new endeavors, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 13, Valley Library third floor. As Associate Director of Central Web Services, Herb guided the develop of web resources from early stages to the full enterprise infrastructure provided by CWS today. Herb’s leadership and expertise was critical to this transition at OSU.
Join Mike Riley and Kerry Eggers for a booksigning of their new book, “Oregon State University Football Vault on Oct. 14, noon to 2 p.m. in the OSU Book Store (book level). Also appearing is the Joe Beaver Show with Mike Parker and Jon Warren broadcasting live.
Fall term Beaver Strides registration is happening NOW! Come join us for the Beaver Strides Kick-off Party on Oct. 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Plageman Hall, Student Health Center, Room 322. Beaver Strides registrants will receive their pedometers and tracking booklets. There’s a chance to win prizes, plus healthy snacks will be provided by First Alternative Co-op. Register for Beaver Strides today at the Student Health Services desk at Dixon Rec, and join us for the fun!
OSU author and English instructor Wayne Harrison’s story, “Least Resistance,” was published last summer in The Atlantic. Harrison will speak about his work to Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club on Oct. 15 in the MU, room 109. Nonmembers can contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat. See Harrison’s story at http://bit.ly/tIy8I
OSU Press has published a history of one of Oregon’s CPA camps for conscientious objectors, titled “Refusing War, Affirming Peace: A History of Civilian Public Service Camp #21 at Cascade Locks.” The author, Jeff Kovak, a chemistry professor in Knoxville TN, has a strong avocation for peace issues and ties to Oregon. Kovak will be in Corvallis Oct. 18 for a 3 p.m. talk, presentation, and discussion at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The event is free and open to the community.
NEW! James Oldfield, Professor Emeritus, Animal Sciences, OSU, has been selected by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists for their Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist Award. Bill Sanchez, president of the local chapter of ARPAS, and James Males, Head, Department of Animal Sciences, OSU, will present the award on Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. in 117 Withycombe Hall on campus.
On Oct. 20 the Austin Entrepreneurship Program will launch its monthly Experiences in Entrepreneurship OSU Faculty Luncheon Series. The guest speaker will be John Gardner, Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oregon State University and founder and president of ViewPlus Technologies. He will speak from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Weatherford Hall, Room D107. Gardner will share his experiences as someone who has successfully navigated the dual worlds of university and corporate life. This is a brown bag lunch. We will provide beverages. RSVP by Oct. 19 to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu. Please note the name of the event in your response. Contact Mary McKillop firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
An OWN open house, sponsored by OSU Women’s Network (OWN) and International Student & Faculty Services (ISFS), will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in 448 Snell Hall. This is a chance to network and discuss ways in which OWN can support the unique professional/personal needs and concerns of the international women of OSU. Bring your lunch, coffee, tea, and dessert provided.
“My Name is Rachel Corrie,” a play detailing the experience of a student from Washington’s Evergreen State College who was killed in Gaza working for Palestinian human rights, will show at Oregon State University Oct. 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 25.
Technology Support Services (TSS) is once again offering an orientation session for all new Community Network customers. We will be presenting information about our support structure, the many services we offer and where to find help. We would strongly encourage anyone new to your department as well as anyone else who would like a refresher on TSS support to attend this session. The session will be held Oct. 22 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Valley Library West Willamette Seminar Room
World-renowned nature photographer Flip Nicklin, a contributor to National Geographic magazine for over 30 years, is returning to Newport, Oregon to teach a three-day digital photography workshop. Sponsored by the OSU Marine Mammal Institute, the workshop will teach the elements of a good photo story. The workshop will be held Oct. 23-25 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and still has several openings. For information about the workshop and to register, please visit the website: http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/digital-photography-workshop-flip-nicklin or contact Sheri Woods, (541) 867-0133, or email email@example.com. The fee for this 3-day workshop is $250. Class size will be limited to 24 participants.
Vandana Shiva, a physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer, and science policy advocate, will speak at OSU on Oct. 23, in LaSells Stewart Center. Shiva’s speech, which begins at 7 p.m., is in conjunction with OSU’s symposium, “Earth Democracy: Women, Justice, and Ecology.” It explores the intersection of environmental justice and women’s lives. Her presentation and all symposium sessions are free and open to the public. Symposium sessions happen from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the same day. The full schedule for the conference can be found at: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu For more information, contact Charles Goodrich, program director for the Spring Creek Project, Charles.Goodrich@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6198.
Art Of Imagination” starring Las Vegas illusionist Garry Carson is coming to Corvallis Oct. 29, 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. See exotic animals, comedy magic, and grand illusions. Tickets are $20 until Oct. 22 then $25. All proceeds benefit all Corvallis public schools’ “Student Opportunity for Success Fund”. Tickets available at GraceWinds Music, All About Kids, Frogs & Pollywogs, all Corvallis Public schools and at www.cpsfoundation.org. For VIP tickets or for tickets on Free and Reduced lunch program call 757-5857
For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/
News for Employees
NEW! Science and Engineering Workshop for Middle School Girls at OSU. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls and their parents are invited to attend a free workshop called “Discovering the Scientist Within.” This event will be held at OSU on Nov. 7 from 8:15 am – 1:15 p.m. The morning includes fun, hands on activities, and the opportunity to meet successful woman engineers, doctors, veterinarians, research scientists, and university professors. Field trips to science labs at OSU will introduce girls to a variety of careers in science and engineering. For more information about the event and to register, go to: http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu/discovering-the-scientist-within.html Registration deadline is Oct. 30.
NEW! Consultative Group reports associated with the Aug. 29 meeting on Academic Degree Programs Proposed for Elimination and/or Consolidation and Sept. 25 and Sept. 29 meetings on College of Education, 4-H Youth Development Education and Divisional Structure are now available at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/committees/fcg/reports/2009-2010.html
Please join President Ray, VP Cassady and the Research Office Team for the 2009 OSU Research New Faculty/Staff Orientation, Nov. 13, in LaSells Stewart Center, 7:45 a.m. -1 p.m. This program will introduce new faculty/staff to the Research Enterprise at OSU. In addition to an overview of the many services offered by the Research Office to support faculty success; participants can count on receiving key hints and tips from successful faculty insiders about preparing proposals, technology transfer and research integrity. From how to get started, to expert help at negotiating the maze of rules and regulations; we’ll connect you with who is the best person to help with any research problem. Sign up through the OSU Registration Website http://oregonstate.edu/training/
The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) program for release for Spring term 2010. Applications are due in the Research Office by Nov. 16. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Association of Office Professionals is holding a drawing to give away two tickets to this year’s homecoming game with UCLA on Oct. 31. $2/ticket or 3 for $5. Proceeds to benefit the ASOSU Human Services Resource Center. The HSRC provides programs, education and referral services to students on Oregon State University campus affected by hunger or poverty. Please help us with this very important cause. The drawing will be held at the AOP luncheon on Oct. 20. You need not be present to win. Contact Terri Cook 541-737-9189 or Vickie Nunnemaker 541-737-6268 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Training Days 2009: Are you confused about how OSU “works”? Here’s your opportunity to learn about the business of doing business at Oregon State University. Over 30 Workshops, Development, and Training Sessions are offered including: Conquering Risks, Preparing yourself for Change, TouchNet Deposits, Outlook Training, PERS Sessions, Where’s my Mail?(Campus Mail and Postal Concerns), Professional Acrobat (Software) Tips, “PaCS Feud”, and more! It takes place Nov. 11-12 at LaSells Stewart Center. Admission is free and there will be door prizes and desert tasting. Register on line at: http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/
The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Fall 2009 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Oct. 16. Please note: Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or email@example.com
PEBB Open Enrollment for the Plan Year 2010 is mandatory for selecting a 2010 medical plan OR to continue to Opt-Out of the medical plans. If you do not re-enroll or opt-out of a 2010 medical plan during October, PEBB will move you to the Employee-ONLY tier of the Statewide Plan and your dependents will lose medical coverage effective Jan. 1, 2010. Open Enrollment is also the time of year you can make changes to your benefit elections. For more information regarding Open Enrollment, please visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/2010openenrollment.html
Training and Professional Development has scheduled several courses this term for OSU faculty and staff entitled, “Being Effective in Times of Uncertainty,” “Difficult Conversations,” “Stretch Goals-Taking Performance to the Next Level,” “Handling and Turning Around Employee Complaints,” and “A Brick of a Gift? – Giving and Receiving Feedback.” These workshops are presented as a service to employees and offered at no-cost. For course details and to register online, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training and log in (ONID username and password required).
The Graduate School announces a call for nominations under the Delson Bridge to the Future Fund. This fund is designed to assist students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals that stand in the way of completing their studies. Deadline: Oct. 21. For complete details see: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/delsonbridge.html
The Graduate School is currently accepting applications under the Jesse M. Bell Memorial Graduate Student Loan Program. These non-need-based loans are available on a one-time basis to enrolled graduate students to assist with educational and/or research expenses associated with their advanced degree. Loans up to $5,000 may be requested. Deadline: Oct. 28. See Graduate School web for details: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/jessebell.html
The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the academic year 2009-10 (Winter and/or Spring Terms). Applications are due in the Research Office by Nov. 2. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm For more information contact Debbie Delmore at firstname.lastname@example.org 541-737-8390.
Grants and Contracts Technician: Department of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences. Full time position. This is an Internal search — open to regular OSU employees only. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004821. Closing date is Oct. 23. Contact Itsue Pfund at 541-737-2363 for more information.
Administrative Program Specialist- College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Marine Resource Management Program, part-time (.50 FTE), $2,484-$3,566/monthly @ 1.0 FTE + benefits. To review posting 0004819 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Internal search. Closing date is Oct. 20.
The Arts & Sciences Business Center is recruiting for one full-time Accounting Technician Position, $2138-$2960 + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 000480. Closing date is Oct. 18.
Facilities Services is seeking a Management Analyst 1. This is a half-time position, reporting to the Senior Planner of Facilities Services. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only. Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting # 0004808. Position closes Oct. 16.
Traffic and Maintenance
Reed Lodge parking area: Due to upcoming renovations in Reed Lodge, five parking spaces at the corner of 35th and Jefferson Way will be reassigned for construction parking. These spaces are located to the north of the Reed Lodge along Jefferson Way. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Oct. 12 and should end Dec. 25.
Weniger Hall: Due to construction related to the Weniger Hall second floor renovation project, extreme noise is to be expected during this process. This work is necessary to drill anchors into concrete originating in Room 210. This work will begin immediately and should end by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.
It sure is taking the sun a lot longer to get up these days, which means early morning commuters are arriving in the dark. We found a whole row of bikes with their lights left on this morning by groggy early birds, but don’t worry, we turned them off for you! That’s just the kind of personal service OSU Today provides. Today will be partly sunny with a high of 59, but rain rolls in tonight, as lows dip to 39. Tomorrow rain continues.
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