Katherine Cole on Voodoo Vintners (Willamette Week)
The organizations at the front lines of American biodynamic agriculture—ground quartz buried in cow horns, stinging nettles mixed into compost—are based in Oregon. Katherine Cole’s new book, Voodoo Vintners: Oregon’s Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers, published by Oregon State University Press, explores their beliefs and the quaffable product thereof.
Derek Godwin to lead regional OSU Extension work (Democrat-Herald)
Derek Godwin, staff chair of OSU Extension programs in Marion and Polk counties, has been named administrator for Linn, Benton and Yamhill counties as well.
Getting healthy, fresh from the faucet (LIFE@OSU)
A group of OSU students is promoting tap water as the healthy, environmentally friendly drink of choice.
Oregon State’s president will speak at the next SEDCOR economic forum (Statesman Journal)
Dr. Ed Ray, Oregon State University’s president, is the featured speaker Wednesday at the Strategic Economic Development Corporation’s next economic business forum.
With global warming, insect attack, diseases and fire, many tree species are projected to decline or die out in regions where they have been present for centuries while others move in and replace them, researchers at Oregon State University said. (see also OPB, Portland Tribune, KTVZ)
The findings, presented in a recent issue of American Entomologist by researchers from Oregon State University, are based on the study of insect specimens preserved in amber.
OSU speakers debate basis for morality (Democrat-Herald)
The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic “Is There is an Absolute Basis for Morality?” on Monday, Nov. 14, on the OSU campus.
Novelist Aimee Bender to read from new novel (Democrat-Herald)
Fiction writer Aimee Bender, celebrated for her unique style and use of magical elements in contemporary settings, will read from her recently released novel, “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” on Friday, Nov. 11, at Oregon State University.
Classes Without Quizzes: Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wouldn’t college classes have been a lot more fun without any of those dreaded quizzes? Now you can come back to class and catch up on the latest advances and OSU news without the worry of a quiz! Price: $35, includes coffee social, classes, lunch and tours. Exclusive offer for the Corvallis community and OSU staff and faculty: Enjoy up to two CWQ free of charge. Campus tour and luncheon are not included. For a full schedule and to register: http://www.osualum.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&pgid=1663&gid=1&cid=2583&ecid=2583
NASA student symposium: The Oregon Space Grant Consortium will host the 2011 NASA Student Symposium on Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/student-symposium
Motorpool lunch: Today is First Friday! So don’t forget lunch is planned for you at the University Motor Pool from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. They’re serving Subway sandwich platters featuring Turkey, BMT, Club and Vegetarian sandwiches on a mix of white and wheat breads. All the food provided by staff and donors. Donations accepted at the door.
Music a la Carte: The OSU Chamber Choir and the CHS Concert Choir will perform Nov. 4, noon in the MU Lounge.
College of Forestry Alumni Fellow Seminar: “From Perspectives to Landscape Scale Conservation: Searching for a Federal Forest Policy,” Dr. William J. Lange, Nov. 4, from 3-4 p.m., in 107 Richardson Hall. The free seminar will address the challenges of federal forest management when it comes to implementing policy initiatives that have a primary focus on preservation and ecological restoration.
Our American partnership: The impact of land-grant universities in our 150th year: Alumni Fellow and University of Idaho President, Duane Nellis, will discuss the signature achievements of America’s land-grant universities. He will also present his views on the essential next steps required for strengthening their role and impact. Friday, Nov. 4, 4 to 5 p.m., Reser Auditorium, Linus Pauling Science Center.
Women’s Soccer: OSU Women’s Soccer hosts Oregon in the Civil War Match this Friday, Nov. 4. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Paul Lorenz Field off Western Blvd. This is our final home game, so come on out and support the team and our Seniors’ last game. Admission is free, but a canned food item for Community Outreach is much appreciated.
Open Houses for the OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center: Archives & Special Collections staff are offering tours of their facilities in the Valley Library to commemorate anniversaries of both departments and their merger this year as one unit. Join us as we remember our history and celebrate our future! 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5.
Homecoming: The BBQ and Beaver Nation Tailgater starts at 10 a.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The OSU vs. Stanford game kicks off at 12:30 p.m. at Reser Stadium.
OSU Wind Ensemble Concert: The OSU Wind Ensemble will present their concert “Musique d’Harmonie”, will special guests, The Oregon Brass Society, on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $10 at the door. OSU faculty, staff and students are free with OSU ID.
NEW! Community play: “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays” will be produced Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theater. Several Oregon State faculty, retired faculty, students, staff, and community members will be taking part. The evening is being produced by the Majestic Theatre with support from Oregon State Women’s Studies and the University Theatre. It is a free event. The program contains mature content, adult language. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
NEW! Food lectures: Perspectives on how growing, cooking and sharing food has changed over time will be shared in lectures to be held Nov. 8, 10 and 11 on the Oregon State University campus. Historian Ken Albala will give a series of three lectures on “Perspectives on Eating from the Past” starting on Tuesday, Nov. 8 – all in Memorial Union Room 109. The free, public lectures begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and at noon on Friday.
NEW! Film festival: The third International Film Festival , showcasing a diverse array of movies from international cultures, will be held Nov. 7-11 in Corvallis. The International Film Festival is organized by OSU faculty teaching film courses in the foreign languages and literature areas to showcase the variety of international cultures. Free and open to the public. Screenings are held at 6 and 8 p.m. at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St. in Corvallis.
Ombuds candidate: The University Ombuds search committee invites you to attend a campus forum with a candidate on Monday, Nov. 7, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. D.A. Graham, Principal Consultant, DNA Consulting LLC, is the candidate.
Talk on Paul: Lane McGaughy, Charter fellow of the Jesus Seminar & Westar Institute, will speak about the experience of translating Paul’s meaning rather than just his words, Nov. 7 MU Journey Room 7 p.m. Sponsored by United Campus Ministry at Westminster House.
OSU Women’s Network: The OSU Women’s Network Fall Social takes place Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hallie E. Ford Center
Room 115. It includes refreshments, social time and a presentation at 12:15 p.m. by Carmen Ford Phillips about her mother, philanthropist Hallie Ford. The event is free.
Child, elder care needs: Care.com gives OSU students, staff, and faculty access to finding caregivers for children and adults. A brown-bag lunch to learn how Care.com can help your family with immediate and back-up care needs takes place Wednesday, Nov. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in Memorial Union room 211. For information: 541-737-4906.
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 today.
Lectures and seminars
NEW! Dirt and DNA: Clinton Epps with Fisheries & Wildlife at OSU will speak on “Dirt and DNA – inferring population connectivity at different temporal scales,” Nov. 8, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in ALS 4001. For more information, http://EcoEvo.oregonstate.edu
NEW! Ethics of biotechnology: Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension Specialist in animal biotechnology and genomics at the University of California, will speak on “Should genetically engineered salmon be allowed?” at 7 p.m., Nov. 9 in the LaSells Stewart Center.
NEW! New Product Commercialization: The Industry Affiliates Board is providing a guest speaker as part of the Professional Development Series. Jake VanderZanden is a Senior Vice President and Co-Founder of Blount International and will be speaking about delivering financial value, team building, and other topics. Dearborn 118, 6 p.m., Nov. 9.
News for Employees
NEW! More free grad student and faculty workshops at Valley Library: The OSU Libraries Fall 2011 Grad Student & Faculty Workshop series continues with a wide variety of upcoming sessions. Attendees will learn to use or hone their skills with citation manager tools, eReaders, Web of Science and explore ways to make smart decisions about the author rights they turn over publishers. Register here. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW! Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Exploration: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 8 an initiative to encourage bold and innovative research on new global health solutions. Deadline: Nov. 17. Full description. For more information, Martha.email@example.com or 541-737-6961.
NEW! TIAA-CREF counseling sessions: Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Retirement Counselor will be on campus for individual consultations Dec. 6-8. Shane can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs with TIAA-CREF. To reserve a time, call 1-866-928-4221 ext 472601.
NEW! NSF – Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN): The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – NCN program. The program provides an opportunity to compete to reconfigure the NCN. The new configuration will be restructured as a stand alone Cyber Platform and three new Nodes (NanoBIO, NanoMFG and Nano-Engineered Electronic Device Simulation). Guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ncn.htm. Submission deadline to the Research Office: Nov. 11. Information: Debbie Delmore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joy Drive: It’s time for the Childcare and Family Resources fourth annual Joy Drive. The Joy Drive provides OSU student families in need with gifts from the support and generosity of the OSU Community. Individuals, departments and units can join to adopt a family. Email FamilyResources@oregonstate.edu and indicate the size of family you or your department are willing to sponsor. Reply no later than nov. 15. You will be provided the family’s wish list no later than Nov. 18.
Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Fall 2011: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Fall 2011 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Complete program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm. Deadline for submission: Nov. 14. Information email@example.com or 541-737-8390.
PEBB Open Enrollment: PEBB Open Enrollment for the Plan Year 2012 is mandatory for selecting a 2012 medical and dental plan or to continue to Opt-Out of the medical or medical/dental plans. If you do not re-enroll or opt-out of a 2012 medical plan by Nov. 15, PEBB will move you to the Employee-only tier of the Statewide Health Plan and the ODS Traditional plan and your dependents will lose medical and dental coverage effective Jan. 1, 2012. You will also be charged the Tobacco and HEM Surcharges, a total monthly charge of $45. http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment.html
Faculty development fund: The Center for Teaching and Learning is now accepting applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with funding of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. The due date is Nov. 15. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants.
Traffic and maintenance
Milam Hall: Due to electrical work all electrical services to Milam Hall will be shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors. This shutdown is necessary to install new breakers to feed electricity to new basement labs. The shutdown will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 12 and should end by 10 p.m.
Campus Way: Due to telecom upgrading, Campus Way (west of 35th Street), will be temporarily closed. Pedestrian and bike access will not be affected. Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Nov. 14 and should end by noon, Nov. 18. Campus Way east of 35th street will also be closed from 7 a.m. Nov. 16 to noon Nov. 18 for telecom upgrading.
Washington Avenue parking lot: Due to the 2011 Annual Homecoming Bonfire the Washington Ave. northeast gravel parking lot will be temporarily closed and is to be free of all vehicles on Nov. 3-4. This shutdown is necessary to facilitate preparations, execution and cleanup of the homecoming festivities.
Women’s Building: Due to hole drilling in the Womens Bldg Field, the sidewalk and walkway on the north side of the building will be temporarily closed. This is necessary for construction crews to drill holes for sample testing. This drilling should end by 5 p.m. Nov. 9.
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:
Office Specialist 2, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, Oregon State University. 1.0 FTE, 12-month. Posting #0008254. Closes Nov. 4.
The Facilities Services Department, is seeking a Grounds Maintenance 2 for their Landscape department. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Posting #0008242. Closes Nov. 4.
OSU Computer Helpdesk Coordinator – Technology Support Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term OSU Computer Helpdesk Coordinator position. Posting # 0008218. Closes Nov 6.
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.
The Arts & Science Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Accounting Technician position. Posting #0007985. Closes Nov. 8.
The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Grants/Contracts Technician position. This is an internal position open to current OSU employees only. Posting #0008274. Closes Nov. 8.
Human Resources Consultant 1 for UABC. Posting #0008273. Closes Nov. 9.
The Extended Campus (ECampus) is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month Administrative Program Specialist. Posting 0008235. Closes on Nov. 11.
University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for a General Maintenance Mechanic. Posting #0008255. Closes Nov. 11.
Business Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Chief Risk Officer Position. Posting #0008246, Closes Nov. 13.
Faculty Research Assistant – Research Information Management Specialist, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University 0.30 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term. Posting #0008204. Closes Nov. 14.
The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0008220. New closing date Nov. 15.
The Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing is inviting applications for full time, 12-month, Administrative Program Specialist. Posting #0008287. Closes Nov. 15
The College of Science Information Network (COSINe) invites applications for a Linux Administrator. This is a 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0008291. Closes Nov. 15.
The Arts & Science Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Finance Coordinator position. Posting #0008265. The “for full consideration date” has been extended in order to expand the original applicant pool. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 20. Closes Dec. 4.
The University Library is inviting applications for a full-time, 1.00 FTE, 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor Data Management Librarian position. Posting #0008089. Closes Nov. 30.
The Department of Microbiology invites applications for a full time (1.00 FTE) 12 month, Instructor in Microbiology. Posting #0008189. Full consideration date, Dec 1.
Associate Director for Communications and Marketing: The Oregon State University Alumni Association is looking for an experienced professional to develop and lead comprehensive marketing and communications programs and services for the association. For full consideration apply by Dec. 2. Position is open until filled. Position description and application information at www.osualum.com/jobs
The Valley Library is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month fixed term Electronic Resources Unit Supervisor. Posting #0008294. Closes Dec. 9.
The Oregon University System, Controller’s Division, is seeking a full-time Banking Operation Supervisor. For a complete job announcement and application requirements, please visit http://www.ous.edu/about/employment/.
Corvallis: “November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows.” Elizabeth Coatsworth. After some morning fog, the sun will warm up the day, with temperatures around 48. Rain rolls in tonight and will stick with us on and off through the weekend, with highs in the 40s and lows in the high 30s.
Central Oregon: It’s studded tire season again, hope everyone will enjoy the sun on Friday since the snow storm is coming in this weekend with 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly sunny, with a high near 40 low near 21. North wind between 5 and 11 mph.