Discovery helps explain progression of Lou Gehrig’s (Science 360)
Researchers in Uruguay and Oregon have discovered a previously unknown type of neural cell that appears to be closely linked to the progression of amytrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, that they believe will provide an important new approach to therapies. (See also Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News)
“This is what you could call ‘invisible life’ — without the right tools,” said project head Rick Colwell, a geomicrobiologist at Oregon State University who gave a talk here yesterday at the meeting of the Geological Society of America
Nu Scale, Fluor Corporation team up (Power Engineering)
The investment by Fluor Corporation in NuScale Power, announced today in Washington, D.C., is a major leap forward in NuScale’s effort to bring its scalable, small modular reactor to market by the end of the decade, asserted Paul Lorenzini, NuScale’s chief executive officer. (see also Technology Review)
A day for young hunters (Democrat-Herald)
The guy coordinating the day’s hunt is Kyle Martin, the E.E. Wilson Wildlife area manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Kyle, 29, a 2006 fisheries and wildlife management graduate of Oregon State University, likes his job. “I thoroughly enjoy working for the department,” he says.
Webinar: “Narrating PowerPoint with Adobe Captivate,” with Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Learn how to add narration your PowerPoint presentations and upload them into your Blackboard course(s). Tuesday Oct. 18, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Online Webinar. To learn about webinars and register, visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.
Equity and Inclusion lunchtime forum: Join the staff to discuss ongoing efforts and upcoming initiatives. Cold beverages will be provided. October’s discussion will focus on addressing gender equity in a transitional, integrated approach to equity and inclusion. The forum will be held on Oct. 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in MU 206. For additional information visit http://oregonstate.edu/oei
Webinar: “What’s new in Blackboard 9.1,” with Jon Dorbolo (TAC). This session is a survey of the new features and enhancements in the Fall 2011 upgrade to 9.1 version of Blackboard. Tuesday October 18, 4 to 4:50 p.m. Online Webinar. To learn about webinars, register, and join this webinar visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.
Wild willow: Weaving art, humanities, and science: An evening with artist Patrick Dougherty together with Tom Kaye, Executive Director of the Institute for Applied Ecology, and Margaret Mathewson, OSU Anthropology. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. A public reception will follow. Visit OSU’s People’s Park (just west of Gilkey Hall) to see Dougherty’s latest installation.
Ethnic studies film: A public showing of the film “Precious Knowledge,” takes place Oct. 18, 7 p.m., in the Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center, followed by a discussion with producer Eren McGinnis. The film is a response to an Arizona law that prohibits the teaching of ethnic studies courses.
NEW! Career Fair: All Campus Career Fair, Oct. 26. Engineering Career Fair, Oct. 27. Join us for the all-campus career fair in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Prior to the career fairs, join Career Services for one of our great lunchtime workshops on Oct. 19-25. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/career/career-fairs-events
NEW! Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning TAC Tech Talk ” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Visit us at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars to see what else we’re up to. Friday, Oct. 21, 10 to 10:50 a.m.
NEW! Linus Pauling film: Showing of “Oregon Experience” documentary on Linus Pauling: OSU Special Collections and Archives will present a recent production by Oregon Public Broadcasting on the life of OSU alumnus and Nobel Prize winning chemist/peace activist Linus Pauling, whose collection of personal papers resides here at OSU, Oct. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Willamette East room on the third floor of the Library.
Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website.
Networking: Austin Fellows Program presents a networking event with Michael Curry, Faculty in Residence, and Michelle Curry, Artist and Entrepreneur, 7 to 8 p.m., Oct. 20 in Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford. RSVP to email@example.com, 541-713-8040
The Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger: The 18th annual Magic Barrel is set for 7 p.m., Friday, Oct 21, Corvallis HS Theater. Fine writers, including OSU’s Jon Lewis, Karen Holmberg, and Keith Scribner read samples of their work, Sideways Portal contributes music, local chefs provide delicacies. $7 or give what you can. Proceeds to Linn Benton Food Share. www.magicbarrel.org.
Walk and Run: Runners, race walkers and anyone looking for a brisk fall stroll are invited to participate in a 5-kilometer run/ 1-mile walk on Oct. 21. The event kicks off with a health fair in the MU at 3 p.m. At 3:30, a short program will take place, followed by the run and walk. Registration is free and the first 400 pre-registration participants receive a T-shirt. Pre-registration is encouraged to avoid lines the day of the event. To register, go to http://oregonstate.edu/bewell.
Professional Development Workshop: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association offers Nora Vitz Harrison presenting “Make it Sticky: How to Communicate so People Remember and Act on Your Ideas!” Whether you’re in business or higher education, you’ve got messages that you need to communicate. Nov. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Visit: http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/ for more information.
Lectures and seminars
NEW! Bivalves talk: George Waldbusser with the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Science will speak on ocean acidification impacts on estuarine bivalves: Linking life history, ecology, and biogeochemistry. His talk takes place Oct. 18, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., ALS 4001.
Hubble lecture: APS NW Featured Lecturer Dr. Mario Livio will speak on “The Greatest Scientific Achievements of the Hubble Space Telescope,” on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Weniger 151.
News for Employees
Annual Compliance With OUS Code of Ethics: In compliance with Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) Policy and Procedures and the OUS Procurement and Contracting Code, now is the time for all OSU staff involved in any aspect of purchasing to review the OUS Code of Ethics and demonstrate compliance. Instructions and a link can be found on the Ethics section of the PaCS website: http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/ethics
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.
Training Days: Finance and Administration is sponsoring Training Days, Nov. 9-10. Training Days is a focused set of learning sessions providing fresh information and insight to Staff and Faculty interacting together in our daily work with OSU. For more information : http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays Registration ends Nov. 4.
Oregon Immersive Education Days (OiED): Conference showcasing best practices in teaching, outreach, and research-related projects making innovative use of virtual learning environments—that is virtual worlds, video games, and augmented reality applications. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 20-22nd in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. For more information and registration visit: http://oregon.immersiveeducation.org.
Fitness Challenge: The PAC12 Fitness Challenge is a competition between the 12 PAC Universities with a goal to log the most minutes of physical activity during the week of October 24-30. “Like” us at www.Facebook.com/Pac12BestoftheWestFitnessChallenge to add your minutes of activity, earn badges, win prizes, and help the Beavers lead the PAC!
Costume donations sought: The Women’s Center and INTO OSU are throwing a Halloween party for international students on Oct. 31 and are seeking new or gently used Halloween costumes and accessories for the students’ use. To donate, drop off items at the Women’s Center or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Physical Society Northwest Section Meeting: Oct. 20-21 at the La Sells Stewart Center. For information on registration see conference website: http://www.physics.orst.edu/nwaps2011
Traffic and maintenance
Online parking services: Transit and Parking Services now offers to the OSU Community the option to purchase parking permits, pay citations, as well as submit appeals to a citation, all online. For more information, please visit our website at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/taps/
Sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec: Due to reconstruction, the sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec will be temporarily closed. It is necessary to reconstruct the sidewalk so it will be a compliant ADA path of travel. The shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Dec. 16.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:
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.
The Smile Program invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Administrative Program Specialist position at Oregon State University. Posting #0008131. Closes Oct. 20.
The Institute of Natural Resources invites applications for a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Oregon Explorer Program Manager position in the Oregon Explorer Program. Posting # 0008119. Closes Oct. 21.
OSU Extension is seeking a full time (1.0 FTE) Technology and Media Support Coordinator. Job posting #0008110. Closes Oct. 21.
The Office of Human Resources is recruiting for a Human Resources Technical Lead. Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting # 0008107. Closes Oct. 23.
Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Fiscal Officer position to oversee grants management, coordination, budget administration and compliance for over $6.5 million annual Sea Grant funds for this statewide program. Posting #0008138. Closes: Oct. 23.
The Office of Business Affairs is inviting applications for a Program Representative 1. Posting #0008009. Closes Oct. 24.
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.
Undergraduate Research Coordinator (Internal to OSU Employees Only)– Academic Success & Engagement invites applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), 9-month, fixed term Undergraduate Research Coordinator position. Posting # 0008205. Closes Nov 1.
Director of College Forests: The College of Forestry invites applications for a full-time Director of College Forests, a 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. Posting #0008152. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 6.
The Office of the Dean of Student Life in the Division of Student Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month fixed term Veteran Services Advisor. Posting #0008134. Closes Nov. 6.
The Valley Library is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month, tenure-track Associate University Librarian position. Posting #0007879. Closes Nov. 7.
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.
Corvallis: “Here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes. We’ll have more fog this morning before the sun warms things up, and the high will be in the low 70s. Showers may roll in tonight and tomorrow.
Central Oregon: Glad it is going to be sunny and warm tomorrow since we were all freezing last night. For Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 69 low near 41. South wind between 5 and 10 mph.