Pacific Northwest forests offer biomass bounty (Western Farm Press)
Two five-year projects to create aviation fuels of the future out of tree plantations and low-value wood products in the Pacific Northwest were announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and will provide $9.8 million in grants to researchers at Oregon State University. (see also International Business Times UK)
Chicano activism (Gazette-Times)
Every seat in the Memorial Union Journey Room was filled Thursday afternoon, so people sat along the room’s sides and stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the back. The reason: Sonny Montes, a leader in Oregon’s Mexican-American migrant worker movement in the 1960s and 1970s, was taking part in a talk on Chicano activism.
Witham Oaks plan shows 792 bedrooms (Gazette-Times)
New details of a planned student housing development at Witham Oaks have emerged in a meeting between the project developers and a group of local residents hoping to preserve at least part of the property. (see also Gazette-Times)
Klamath County garden a bounty for local groups (Houston Chronicle)
Darrin Culp, who works with the local OSU Extension Service and oversees the planting and maintenance of the Production Garden, believes the community needs donations like this.
The public is invited to help with an art installation going up on the Oregon State University campus during the next three weeks.
Microwaves enlisted in waste heat effort (Earth Techling)
The key to saving vast amounts of energy: It’s right there on your kitchen counter, say researchers at Oregon State University. (see also International Business Times UK)
It’s been almost three years since a boiler explosion destroyed Oregon State University’s Phi Kappa Psi Beta chapter home. Now members are ready to open the doors to a new chapter in their lives.
50 years on, ‘Catch-22′ still resonates (The Nation)
Despite its slow pacing and repetitiveness, “remarkably, college students are still reading it,” said Tracy Daugherty, a professor of English at Oregon State University and author of this year’s “Just One Catch”, a major new biography of Heller.
German films to be screened in Corvallis (Gazette-Times)
A retrospective of films from Jürgen Böttcher, the East German filmmaker best known for his documentary “The Wall,” is scheduled for screening starting Monday.
OSU seeks to curb bike threats with registration program (Gazette-Times)
Jamie Gregory, 18, wheeled her new bike through the Memorial Union Quad on Thursday to get it registered with the Department of Public Safety at Oregon State University. She is hoping that registering it will help her keep it — and increase her odds of getting it back in case it is stolen.
NETL receives DOE funding for research work on EGS technology (Think Geo Energy)
In the second award, researchers from NETL, Oregon State University, and Zonge International will collaborate to develop a novel, low-cost method for monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of enhanced geothermal systems to ensure reservoir longevity and efficiency.
Food for Thought series begins (Gazette-Times)
The Food for Thought community lecture series will begin its seventh season this month at Oregon State University, bringing internationally recognized experts to discuss new options for producing sustainable food and fuel.
Extinction talk: The OSU Zoology Department presents Anthony Barnosky, professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, who will speak on “Has Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Already Arrived?” as part of the department’s fall 2011 Lecture Series: Our Grasp of Nature. He will speak at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3, in ALS 4001.
Art reception: The Vista & Vineyards Art Exhibit is now on display in the Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center. The exhibit will be open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday until Oct. 28. The reception for this show will be Oct. 3 from 5 to 7:15 p.m.
German films: A retrospective of films from Jürgen Böttcher, the East German filmmaker best known for his documentary “The Wall,” will be shown Oct. 3, Nov. 17 and Dec. 2 in Corvallis. All films are free, open to the public and will show at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St. The films will be introduced by Sebastian Heiduschke, an assistant professor of German at Oregon State University.
NEW! Pioneering rock musicians: June Millington and her sister Jean will be at OSU on Thursday, Oct. 6 for a talk and a free concert open to the community. The talk begins at 4 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 109 and the free public concert and CD release will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union ballroom.
NEW! Starbucks: Howard Behar, the founding president of Starbucks International, will give a free public lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Oregon State University, where he will speak about putting people first in a consumer-oriented business. Part of the College of Business’ Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, the event begins at 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.
NEW! Faculty/Staff Christian Fellowship: The group meets weekly to discuss contemporary issues and ideas within the context of a Christian worldview. Its first 2011-12 meeting will be Oct. 5 at noon in MU 208 during an informal brown bag event. Subsequent meetings will be Wednesdays at noon in COVL 129.
NEW! Evening Sale at the OSUsed Store: We’re open for our public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. All furniture is 50% off this week. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings; personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.
NEW! Research Commercialization: Free on-line series of lectures designed to help science and engineering researchers better understand how research commercialization works. Oct. 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Tech Transfer and Licensing Agreements, and Oct. 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants. Register at http://center.ncet2.org/ – or join OCCD in Memorial Union Room 206 to participate.
NEW! Linus Pauling Science Center: Save-the-date for the grand opening of the Linus Pauling Science Center, Oct. 14. Sample offerings from Ava’s Cafe, tour the facility and learn about the research taking place in the building. Tours 1-6 p.m., main program at 3 p.m., auditorium presentations starting at 4 p.m..
Flu Shot Clinics for Students/Faculty/Staff: Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, in MU 109, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last. Students: $15 (charged to student account). Faculty/Staff: $26 (cash, check, or charged to PEBB Insurance). Bring OSU ID card and Providence or PacificSource insurance cards. FluMist nasal vaccine also available. Details: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu.
Craft party: Campus Recycling invites all those interested in recycling and the environment to a fun get together and craft party to kickoff the year, Oct. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m., 644 S.W. 13th St. in the warehouse. Snacks and music provided.
Discussion on anti-gay programs: Author, activist, columnist, and public speaker, Wayne Besen present on “ex-gay” or corrective programs and the dangers they pose. Oct. 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m., MU Journey Room.
PEBB presentation: PEBB presentation on the 2012 Healthcare Plans and the Health Engagement Model (HEM). Oct. 6, LaSells Stewart Center Construction & Engineering Hall. Times: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Seating capacity is 200 and is on a first come basis. Presenter is Wendy Edwards, PEBB’s Director of Operations.
Generation Organic Tour: Stop by for free organic string cheese and organic milk, play “Wheel of Farming,” and discuss sustainable agriculture with the young farmers of Generation Organic, Organic Valley Cooperative’s young farmer campus tour. Oct.6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the brick mall just east of the M.U. Quad. Student groups will also have information and displays.
Sustainable agriculture presentation: Members of Generation Organic, of Organic Valley Cooperative’s young farmer campus tour, will present “Know Your Farmer, Drive Your Future.” Oct. 6 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Agriculture and Life Sciences (ALS) room 4001.
Lectures and seminars
Eco-friendly farming: Permaculture guru Wes Jackson will speak about combining planet-friendly farming practices with whiz-bang new plant breeds and genetic technologies during a lecture at 7 p.m., Oct. 6, in the LaSells Stewart Center. Jackson is the founder and current president of The Land Institute.
News for Employees
NEW! Myers Brigg Type Indicator (MBTI) workshop: OSU Women’s Network (OWN) and Career Services are hosting a two-part series, which will be held on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 from noon – 1 p.m. at the Willamette East/West room, third floor of Valley Library. $14 fee. Register by Oct. 7. For more information, contact Adry Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 737-0519.
NEW! Travel Awards: The Graduate School is pleased to announce new centrally administered travel awards for students presenting their scholarly or creative work at prestigious national and international conferences. Program Directors or Department Heads/Chairs are invited to submit nominations for these awards. Click http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/GraduateSchoolTravelAwards.pdf about the awards and application process.
NEW! 2011 OSU Training Days: Mark your calendars – OSU Training Days – Nov. 9-10 at the LaSells Stewart Center, including tours of the newly constructed International Living & Learning Center (ILLC) and Peet’s Coffee, Cascadia Market, etc.
NEW! Oregon Archives Month Display: The OSU University Archives invites you to view a small exhibit celebrating its 50th Anniversary! The exhibit can be found on the third floor of Valley Library in the University Archives display case and will be up through October. Find out more on the OSU Archives Blog and check out both digital collections in Flickr Happy Birthday OSU Archives & Under Glass and In PowerPoint. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the OSU Archives.
Paperless Payroll System: Business Affairs is in the process of implementing a new paperless time/attendance and payroll system expected to save the university hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in data entry time and minimize further an already low error rate. Visit the project website for the system to learn more about implementation, view demos, ask questions and more: http://oregonstate.edu/fa/time-attendance/.
Weight Watchers: The Weight Watchers Open House will be held Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Student Health Services room 322 and are not limited to OSU employees. The 13-week session begins Oct. 11. Employees must complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website. 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. Bring the code to the first meeting. For more information, call 541-737-3106.
Faculty and staff choir: University Chorale is a conducting lab for graduate students in choral conducting. This is a non-auditioned choir for campus and community singers of all levels. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays each term from 1 to 2 p.m. in Benton Hall 204. This term’s final concert will be held Dec. 2 at Noon in the First Methodist Church. For more information, contact Steven Zielke at email@example.com .
Promote fair searches: Learn about obstacles to effective faculty searches and how to advocate for better search practices. Participate in a two-part workshop and become an OSU Search Advocate to enhance the quality of university searches. For more information, scroll to the bottom of the OSU Professional Development website
Traffic and maintenance
30th Street: Due to maintenance on the west side of the Merrit Truax Indoor Practice Center, a portion of the sidewalk and the curb on the east side of 30th Street will be temporarily closed. Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. Congestion should be anticipated. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Oct. 3 and should end by 4 p.m.
Jefferson Way: Due to sidewalk and landscape improvements, Jefferson Way from 30th street to 35th street and the sidewalk will be temporarily closed. We will attempt to allow one lane access, but portions of the street will need to be periodically closed. Congestion should be anticipated. Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. The shutdown should end by 6 p.m. Oct. 4.
Parking lot between Rogers and Graf: Due to the use of a crane lift, associated with the project at Rogers Hall, parking lot shared by Dearborn Hall, Graf Hall & Covell Hall, will be temporarily closed. This lot is to be empty of all vehicles by the end of the day on Oct. 6. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 7 and should end by 5 p.m.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:
The search for Interim Dean of Engineering is underway. This is an internal search. Posting #0008018. Closes Oct. 3. Email Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu for a complete position description.
Oregon State University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion seeks applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Outreach and Communications Specialist. Closes Oct. 7. Posting #0008004
Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics is hiring a Public Information Representative 1. Major duties include preparation and presentation of public information to promote public awareness, understanding and acceptance of NERHP programs, activities, policies and procedures. Posting #0008058. Closes Oct. 7.
The University Library is inviting applications for an Associate Professor (Assessment Librarian), tenure track position. Posting #0007950. Closes Oct. 9.
The Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment invites applications for a part-time, 9-month, fixed-term Service Learning Faculty Development Coordinator position. Internal to OSU Employees Only. Posting # 0008084. Closes Oct. 9.
Information Services, Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Associate Director of OUS Services. Posting #0008043. Closes Oct. 9.
Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Director of Enterprise Computing Services. Posting #0008046. Closes Oct. 10.
Information Services, Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a Full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer (Competency Level 3) position. Posting #0008055. Closes Oct. 10.
The University Library is inviting applications for an Associate Librarian, tenure track position. Posting #0007879. Closes Oct. 10.Human Resources Consultant 1 – Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0008061. Closes Oct. 12.
OUS International Programs invites applications for a part-time (0.45 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Regional Advisor position housed at the University of Washington, Seattle. Posting #0008069. Closes Oct. 13.
Academic Programs, Assessment and Accreditation invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0008103. Closes Oct. 16.
Network Services, Open Source Programming invites applications for a Full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst (Competency Level 2) position. Posting #0008050. Closes Oct. 19.
Media Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Equipment Systems Specialist (Competency level 2) position. Posting # 0008100. Closes Oct. 30.
Digital Media Coordinator– Media Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Digital Media Coordinator position. Posting #0008034. Closes Oct. 30.
Operations Management – College of Business invites applicants for a part-time, fixed-term instructor of Operations Management winter term. Apply to instructor pool. Posting # 0007284
College of Business invites applicants for part-time, fixed-term instructors of Entrepreneurship and Business Quantitative Methods winter and spring terms. Masters Degree required. Apply to instructor pool posting # 0007284.
The Oregon State University Foundation has a job opportunity for a Telefund Manager/ Student Based Programs Manager to work at the Corvallis Office. To review a full job description and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/
Corvallis: The dog days of summer are most certainly over. Rain is expected today and showers continue throughout the week. Today’s high will be 64 with a low tonight of 48.
Central Oregon: Showers are likely before 11 a.m. today, and cloudy skies dominate the afternoon. The high will be 67 with a low of 42.