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COVID-19 vaccines: For information about vaccines in the Benton County, visit this website. OSU-Cascades students, faculty and staff can learn where to find vaccines in Central Oregon here. Check your local public health authority websites for more information. You can also visit the Oregon Health Authority: Get Vaccinated Oregon website and the CDC VaccineFinder for vaccinations anywhere in the U.S.

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Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor. Occasionally, articles highlighted in OSU Today may either be subscription-only or behind a paywall if a maximum number of articles has been reached that month. Many subscription-only publications, like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, can be accessed by anyone with an OSU email account through the search function on the OSU Libraries home page, which grants free access to many publications. See https://library.oregonstate.edu/ and click on 1Search.
 

Northwest trees sapped by Oregon and Washington heat waves could be vulnerable to fire (Oregonian)

“When there are extreme wildfires on the west side of the Cascades, that is usually associated with multiple months of drought proceeding those wildfires,” said Aaron Groth, an Oregon State University Extension regional fire specialist for the Oregon Coast. “In this case, we’ve had a real dry spring, we’ve had the heat dome over the Pacific Northwest, and that has really dried fuels out across the region.”

 

Experts try to measure economic loss in Basin due to lack of water (Herald and News)

A number in the magnitude of $400 million is used to estimate “the impact throughout the whole economy, including all those ripple effects, affecting fertilizer suppliers and tractor repair, and everything as far as barber shops and restaurants,” said William Jaeger, an Oregon State University professor of applied economics, who was one of the several researchers who wrote articles within the 400-page report analyzing 2001.

US and Canada on red alert as fire season gets off to devastating start (National News)

“Our land management practices, including fire suppression during calmer weather conditions, has created a massive accumulation of fuel and forest and rangeland conditions that are not resistant or resilient to wildfire,” said John Bailey, a wildfire expert at Oregon State University.
 

There are more pesky, stinging yellow jackets around this summer. Why it may get worse (Sacramento Bee)

In turn, yellow jackets become attracted to irrigated green gardens and lawns full of insects to hunt, according to Gail Langellotto, a professor of horticulture at Oregon State University, located in a state facing a similar drought crisis as California.
 

Some dogs are geniuses - just like humans (National Geographic)

“One dog might be exceptional at learning words, and another might be exceptional at getting food out of trashcans,” notes Monique Udell, a dog-cognition researcher at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who wasn’t involved in the study. “But because of our biases, we may only choose to label the first dog as exceptional.”
 

Birds won't rely on you if you feed them, study finds (Treehugger)

Study author Jim Rivers, an assistant professor of wildlife ecology in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, has been interested in birds since he filled the feeders in his backyard growing up. (see also Popular Science)
 

Recess quality has an impact on student behavior, study finds (Moms)

The study was completed by Oregon State University and it can be read in full here. It found that quality recess time plays a major role in how many benefits children receive from recess. William Massey is one of the study authors and he stated that not all recess is created equal, suggesting that recess is about a lot more than just telling children to go outside.
 

Scientists are tricking birds into finding new homes (Hakai Magazine)

Now, scientists from Oregon State University (OSU) are experimenting with a technique that could revolutionize the conservation of this threatened seabird, which continues to struggle despite increased protections in the United States and Canada.
 

Microplastics are getting into our bodies. We need to understand what that means (LA Times)

Susanne Brander, an Oregon State University professor who also worked on the recent report, acknowledges these shortcomings. “More studies are needed on environmentally relevant plastic types before we can say with full confidence that the plastics you’re exposed to every day could harm you in these ways,” Brander said. “But I think it’s safe to say that it’s a concern, and if we’re seeing responses in mouse models, it’s likely that humans are also being affected.”
 

5 counties at near record breaking drought levels (Natural Resource Report)

Larry O’Neill of Oregon State University’s Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences College described the situation as bleak and noted that Klamath, Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, and Wasco counties are experiencing their driest or second driest springtime on record, according to KLCC. For many, he said, this year is among the top five or seven driest since 1895.
 

BEaver Confident on campus: Cleaning and disinfecting OSU's spaces ([email protected])

ABM, one of the custodial contractors at OSU since 2008, is no stranger to keeping the campus's classrooms, labs and offices clean. When the response to the COVID-19 pandemic occurred on campus, ABM was on campus the entire time, working to keep the environment safer and healthier for the OSU community, by increasing cleaning frequency and thoroughness. ABM, along with Facilities Services, has adopted a deep cleaning process that focused on disinfecting over surface cleaning, designed to help prevent the spread of the COVID pathogen on surfaces.
 

Why Americans may be dependent on processed cereals (Gwinnett Daily Post)

According to Dr. Victoria Drake at Oregon State University’s Micronutrient Information Center, “Micronutrient inadequacies could elicit symptoms of general fatigue, reduced ability to fight infections, or impaired cognitive function (i.e., attention [concentration and focus], memory, and mood). Micronutrient inadequacies may also have important implications for long-term health and increase one’s risk for chronic diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, and age-related eye disease.
 

Roadless forests see more blazes and greater severity, but fire resilience is the result (ScienceBlog)

Roadless national forests in the American West burn more often and at a slightly higher severity than national forests without roads, but the end result for the roadless forests is greater fire resilience, Oregon State University researchers say. (see also KTVZ)
 

Extreme heat killing Christmas trees, Ore. farmer says they've lost half their crop (ABC 11)

Glenn Ahrens with Oregon State University Extension Service said trees that were exposed to the heat likely suffered the most as opposed to trees sheltered by the forest canopy. "Certainly for this last event for trees that were already close to the edge, it will push them over and we'll see trees dying as a result," Ahrens said.
 

OSU student uncovers toad populations (Democrat-Herald)

Research by an Oregon State University graduate student has shed new light on the status of a toad previously thought to be endangered.
 

Farmers measure water one drop at a time (Madras Pioneer)

Farmers here adopt water-saving technology before neighboring counties, says Oregon State University Extension Agronomist Mylen Bohle, right down to the drop. Literally. "They're designing new nozzles that produce a larger drop," says Bohle, "so there's less evaporation from that drop."
 

In major shift, Biden administration plans sweeping protections for Alaska's Tongass National Forest (Seattle Times)

“This is the most important thing that can happen in terms of preserving forests,” Beverly Law, a professor emeritus of global change biology at Oregon State University, said in a phone interview.
 

Drought is forcing tough decisions for West's ranchers (Western Farmer-Stockman)

David Bohnert, Beef Extension Specialist and Ruminant Nutritionist at Oregon State University’s Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns, says that if a person can find pasture, that’s great, but if you’re overstocked you need to get rid of some animals early rather than when you are forced to.  The forage available from reducing animal numbers will allow for a longer grazing period.
 

Oregon experiencing unprecedented dry conditions as fire season begins early (KPTV)

David Blunck, an associate professor in Oregon State University’s College of Engineering said that fires need heat to grow, and moisture helps to take some of that heat. “If there’s a lot of humidity in the air, all that humidity needs to be heated up and essentially absorbs some of that energy and drops the temperature and it’s also true of the moisture that’s inside the fuel,” he said.
 

California hatchery won't release salmon into parasite-ridden Klamath River (Oregonian)

News of the hatchery operations change was music to C. shasta expert Sascha Hallett’s ears. The Oregon State University associate professor said she’s been encouraged in recent years by the hatchery releasing fish in conjunction with a flow event, and that delaying the release until the fall will likely give the smolts a better chance of survival. (see also Jefferson Public Radio)
 

Study looks at juniper effect on sage-grouse (Lake County Examiner)

The study was led by Andrew Olsen, rangeland scientist for The Nature Conservancy, when he was a graduate student at Oregon State University. Olsen said the location for the treatment location in the Warner Mountains was chosen by the Lakeview Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Office as the agency had been conducting juniper removal at properties in the area. The control area, where no juniper thinning had occurred, was nearby in the south end of the Warner Basin and into northern Nevada and California.
 

OSU researchers begin to unravel the mysteries of kombucha fermentation (KTVZ)

Oregon State University scientists are beginning to unravel the key microorganisms that contribute to the fermentation of kombucha, research that is already aiding large-scale kombucha producers in the fast-growing industry. (see also OPB News)
 

Interview: Dr. Xavier Siemens, pulsar arrays are nature's gift (Corvallis Advocate)

Hi, I’m Sally Lehman and I’m with The Advocate. Today, I’m speaking with Dr. Xavier Siemens of Oregon State University. Dr. Siemens is part of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves, also known as NANOGrav – a research group which has a facility at OSU. 


Help wanted: Eastern Oregon feels pinch of labor shortage (Hermiston Herald)

A January 2019 report from Oregon State University found much of Oregon remains a child care desert, meaning there were three children for every available slot at child care centers.
 

Fact-checking the Minnesota goldfish mystery: Scientists explain (Inverse)

After being released into new waters, goldfish quickly become an invasive species that competes with native fish. They thrive in these Midwestern waters — perhaps a little too much, Brian Sidlauskas, associate professor and curator of Fishes at Oregon State University, tells Inverse. “The species is native to Asia, not North America,” Sidlaukus says. Goldfish “can become quite invasive outside its native ecosystem, and competes with our native fishes for space and resources when released into North American waters.”
 

OSU diversity chief leaves for Ball State (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University's chief diversity officer is leaving OSU to return to Ball State University to help guide the university’s strategic initiatives. Charlene Alexander joined OSU in the summer of 2017 after serving as a Ball State professor for 16 years and as Ball State’s associate provost for diversity and interim associate vice president for community engagement for four years. A native of the West Indies island of Trinidad, she will leave OSU on Sept. 17.
 

Oregon colleges, universities to get basic needs coordinators under new law (Register-Guard)

"When your basic needs are unmet, it really takes a lot of energy and it has physiological and psychological impacts that make being a successful student extremely difficult," said Miguel Arellano, the basic needs navigator at Oregon State University. "I see students who after they meet with me, say ‘I don't know if I would be in college without this meeting.’"
 

Digging to piece together history (Coos Bay World)

For the last three weeks, archeology students from Oregon State University have been excavating a site near Devils Kitchen beach in Bandon. The excavation is the fourth time OSU students have worked to learn about the history of the area, and what they have found could be extraordinary.
 

Doleful dahlias may need personal touch to control pests: Ask an Expert (Oregonian)

We’re well into gardening season and you might have some questions. For answers, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 
 

Annual bighorn sheep count in Anza-Borrego cancelled, ending 50-year tradition (KPBS)

But researchers at Oregon State University say a combination of all methods, including first hand observation, is best. Professor Clinton Epps answered questions from KPBS while in the Mojave Desert, where he is tracking bighorn sheep. He monitors their populations by checking for parasites in their droppings.
 

Linn County Fair livestock auction raises a record $1.15 million (Gazette-Times)

“It was phenomenal,” said Andrea Leao, 4-H Outreach Coordinator with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “It’s super exciting. We love the support, but I don’t see it becoming the norm.”

 

Today's photo


El Perico: Victor Villegas, technology and media support coordinator with Extension & Engagement Computing Technology, says, “I am working with a group of folks in Extension and community partners to promote vaccination among Latino/Hispanic communities across Oregon. Last Friday I was in Newport, helping with a vaccination clinic at the Lincoln County Fair. Pictured is me with my puppet “Tico El Perico” and Alex Llumiquinga from Ollala House, one of our community partners.” Show us what you're doing this summer! Email your photos to [email protected]. Whether you're hiking in the Cascades, teaching summer courses or keeping our campus landscape beautiful, we want to see it.

Monday

NEW! Mandira Pokharel M.S. defense: Please join us on July 19 at 11 a.m. via Zoom for a presentation of Mandira Pokharel’s thesis, “Assessment of Working Conditions of Timber Fallers in Mixed Tether-assist Timber Harvesting Operations.” Pokharel is pursuing her M.S. in Sustainable Forest Management with Francisca Belart in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Please contact the FERM Department at [email protected] for the Zoom link, with questions, or for accommodations for disabilities.

Tuesday

DFA Risk Appetite and Risk Assessment Tools: Train the Trainer. Insurance and Risk Management Services will facilitate a workshop for unit leaders and supervisors to provide exposure to the DFA Risk Appetite Statements and Risk Assessment Tools. Attendees will gain hands-on practice and develop the skills necessary to assist other employees in understanding and incorporating the DFA Risk Appetite Statements and Risk Assessment Tools into their work. Zoom session July 20, 1-2:30 p.m. Registration required.

OSUsed Store Public Sale: The OSUsed Store, at 644 SW 13th Street, is open to the public Tuesday, July 20, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; details here. Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more.

Wednesday

Beaver Classic Cheese Sales: Come see us at the Corvallis Farmer’s Market every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Corvallis Riverfront on First Street between Jackson and Monroe. You can also order online for the farmers market and just stop by the booth — no waiting. Start here: https://locallygrown.localfoodmarketplace.com/Index.

Beyond Benefits — Communication Skills for Families: Communication is a fine art that we often take for granted. It takes more than physical and verbal abilities to communicate. It takes energy along with the ability to offer support and demonstrate understanding and compassion when communicating within your family. Whether it’s an expectation, emotion, question or other message, openness and willingness to communicate improves overall quality of family communication. Wednesday, July 21, noon. Register here

Thursday

Core Curriculum for Current OSU Supervisors and Managers: This training program consists of prerequisite work followed by four half-days of classroom training via Zoom: Thursday, July 22; Friday, July 23; Wednesday, July 28 and Thursday, July 29, from 8:15 to noon each day. The first two days we will cover the performance management cycle (alignment, position descriptions, expectations and standards, ongoing communication and feedback, performance appraisals, and integration of new employees). The final two days we will hear from the experts: Guests include those from Equal Opportunity & Access; the Clery Compliance Team; Insurance & Risk Management Services; Environmental Health and Safety; and University Human Resources' Employee & Labor Relations team. Register by July 20.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Lisa M. Komoroske, an assistant professor with the department of Environmental Conservation at University of Massachusetts will be giving a seminar titled “Discovering the secrets of sea turtles with molecular tools to inform conservation” on Thursday, July 22, 3:30 p.m. Zoom link  Password: 972587 or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Events

The 12th Annual Treasure Valley Golf Tournament: Help us Build the Dam! Join the Treasure Valley Beavers on the green Aug. 13 for the 12th Annual Treasure Valley Golf Tournament, featuring golf, lunch and special appearances from OSU Athletics and local legend Scott Masingill, a PNGA Hall of Fame Inductee and proud OSU ’73 grad. A portion of the event proceeds will go to the Our Beaver Nation fund that supports the holistic development of our incredible student-athletes. Check in: 7:30 a.m.; shotgun start: 8:30 a.m.; followed by 12:30 p.m. lunch and awards. Register by July 30 for golf (or lunch only) and help us Build the Dam. Full event info and sponsorship details here: osualum.com/BoiseGolf.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Seminar: The summer 2021 "Confronting Systemic Whiteness in Higher Education Seminar" will take place Aug. 16-20 and last three hours per day (9 a.m. to noon). The 15-hour seminar is open to all OSU faculty and will be delivered via Zoom. Please see the link here for additional information and a link to register for the seminar. The deadline for applying to participate is July 20.

NEW! Water Resources Engineering MS Defense: Austin Wissler will present his dissertation, Assessing the thermal sensitivity and stormflow response of headwater stream temperatures: A seasonal and event-scale exploration in Northern California, USA,” on Wednesday, July 28 at 1 p.m. Kevin Bladon and Catalina Segura of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management advises Wissler. Join Zoom meeting:
https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/97305463020?pwd=aVg3ZW5qM3pKTWI1M0xMYXorM3VwUT09.

Webinar featuring perspectives, experiences and lessons learned from long-term online OSU instructors: Join Ecampus Research Unit Director Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and postdoctoral scholar Rebecca Thomas for a webinar hosted by the Online Learning Consortium. This event highlights their research studying the valuable experiences of Oregon State instructors who have been teaching online for 10 years or more. Register now for the webinar that will be held on July 28 at 10 a.m.

Travel Talks: Reds of the Rivieras. Wine and travel make the perfect pairing at the OSU Alumni Association’s next Travel Talks, Thursday, July 29, at 5:30 p.m. Swirl, sniff, sip and savor as you learn about the sensory science of wine from the Pacific Northwest, France and Italy with OSU Fermentation Science program’s Elizabeth Tomasino. Plus, OSUAA’s Kate Sanders previews Alumni Group Travel’s upcoming tour, French and Italian Rivieras with Corsica tour. To receive the recommended wine list, register for free on Zoom.

Care.com Webinar: Ensuring a Successful Return to Work & School: This year, the return to work and school is going to look — and feel — different than in years past. Both parents and kids are going to be stressed and anxious about how to approach this "new normal." Avni Patel Thompson, the founder and CEO of Milo, is going to share a framework for how to think about this new reality, planning tips, and how to divide household duties so the mental load feels equitable and manageable. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m. Register here.

Free, online self-paced training: Introduction to DEI in the Workplace. The OSU Center for Advancing DEI in Business announces the latest addition to our series of free online, self-paced trainings: Introduction to DEI in the Workplace. This training provides a basic 30-minute overview of the ethical and business cases for DEI as well as a primer on basic DEI terms and concepts. Appropriate for people at all levels of an organization, this is a great way to ensure that people are on the same page when it comes to DEI basics. Feel free to enroll for a refresher course yourself, or share it with your industry contacts. Join us as we make change, together. 

Take Note

NEW! Sea Grant Scholars program: The Oregon Sea Grant Scholars program is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship. The deadline is July 23. The Malouf Scholarship supports current/admitted graduate students who combine societally relevant research with education or public engagement. This opportunity is open to graduate students enrolled in a master's/professional or Ph.D. program in any discipline at any college or university physically located in Oregon.

NEW! PNW Consortium on Plastics #PlasticFreeJuly Contest: Send in a submission of how you're reducing your plastic usage. The two best submissions will receive a gift card to the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-Op. Contest runs through July 31. There is no limit on the number of submissions per person. Follow us on Twitter @pnwmicroplastic for updates. 

NEW! Storing data: As the trend of working from home increased during the pandemic, our remote environment of home offices with shared computing among household members has increased the amount of data created and stored in the cloud or locally. This increased amount of data available to hackers has also increased the risk of cyberattacks. Please check out the article at https://www.cisecurity.org/newsletter/2021-cyber-hot-topics-ransomware/ to learn more about what ransomware is, how to protect those in your household and their data and devices, and actions you can take if ransomware infects your computing devices. This message brought to you by the OSU Office of Information Security.

NEW! Call For Library Returns: As onsite campus life continues to grow, we request that you please return library books left behind in your spaces by students and staff who won’t be returning to campus. They can be dropped off 24/7 to the return slot to the right of Valley Library’s front entrance or sent via campus mail to “Circulation, The Valley Library.” Questions? [email protected].

NEW! Participants wanted for OSU Research Study: Taste Perception of Carbohydrates. The study explores how insulin release is triggered by tasting carbohydrates. Healthy individuals aged 18-35, non-smokers and non-diabetics only. Saliva and blood will be collected. Individuals that complete 2 sessions will receive $40. Please email [email protected] for more details. Principal Investigator: Juyun Lim.

NEW! Call for Ideas: Impact Studio is seeking your adjacent ideas that advance OSU’s strategic goals and improve the University’s financial strength. Does your college or department have an idea brewing that you would like to develop? Have you started developing an idea and need support advancing? Or would you simply like to network and learn? We can help. Register here for a “virtual lunch” info session in July or August. We'll define "adjacent" and share our submission tools, deadlines and examples; Q&A encouraged. Curious? See our initiative examples and past/present innovators.

NEW! Coming Soon – EmpCenter Mobile: Access to EmpCenter Mobile will be launching soon. EmpCenter Mobile is a simplified version of OSU's time and attendance system, designed to allow easy access on a mobile device (phone or tablet) to the most common time entry tasks. Find out more about using EmpCenter Mobile and access the FAQs and overview videos here: https://mytime.oregonstate.edu/empcenter-mobile.

NEW! New issue of The Messenger magazine from OSU Libraries and Press is available: The magazine highlights the new resources and services, accomplishments and ongoing efforts of the Libraries and Press. This issue includes stories about the Postcards to Campus community art project, the Valley Library’s plans to go solar, a new memoir by an African American activist in Portland from OSU Press and much more. The new issue and back issues are available at https://library.oregonstate.edu/the-messenger-recent-issue.

NEW! Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Light in Disasters. Lighting is one of the most essential pieces of an emergency kit. While most people are familiar with flashlights, there are other options to consider. Never leave light sources burning or turned on when you are asleep (except glow sticks) or not present. Remember to store extra fuel or batteries, wicks, mantles, globes and other spare parts specific to your light sources in your emergency kit. Don’t wait until an emergency to learn how to use your light sources. This month’s poster can be downloaded at https://emergency.oregonstate.edu/emergency-preparedness/preparedness-topics/light-disaster.

Floor Monitor Training: Training for Floor Monitors and Building Managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday of every month via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ZhCgowN8AukjPf.

Master Recycler class registration open: Learn all about waste reduction, reuse and recycling to create change in your community. Secure your spot in the Master Recycler class Monday evenings, Sept. 27-Nov. 29 on Zoom, plus in-person tours. Non-credit class is free to Linn and Benton County residents who agree to “pay back” what they learned by educating others. Registration is open until Sept. 7 or until spots fill, whichever comes first. Details here.

Marketing materials review: University Relations and Marketing (URM) is seeking nominations for advisory board members to participate in the Moving Forward Together initiative that seeks to conduct a comprehensive review of marketing and communications materials to ensure accurate and empowering representation of employees and students of color. The board will develop a framework for culturally competent marketing and communications. This framework will be utilized to conduct a comprehensive review of materials produced by URM and provide ongoing recommendations for future work by URM as well as university communicators. For more information on the advisory board and the nomination form, click this link. Advisory board nominations will be accepted through July 23.

Grant funding for open educational resources now open: Funding to adopt, adapt or author an open textbook is now available through OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit. All OSU faculty who want to help students save money while creating high-quality learning resources are invited to apply. Grant recipients will receive assistance in locating, adopting or authoring zero-cost course materials. All funding is a department-to-department transfer. Talk to your department head about how this applies to the grant. Deadline is Aug. 9. Visit the OERU website for more information or contact Stefanie Buck

Clackamas County Extension: The Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service in Clackamas County will fully open its Oregon City office to the public on July 12. The reopening comes after Governor Kate Brown lifted all remaining COVID-19 health and safety restrictions issued under Oregon emergency statutes.
 
Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety with the following link from SAIF on “A summer guide to preparing for heat, wildfires” online at https://www.saif.com/employer-guide/a-summer-guide-to-preparing-for-heat-wildfires.html. Did you know you can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at http://ehs.oregonstate.edu/uhsc? The website includes past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

Fall 2021 On-campus Housing Move-In and Early Arrival: Fall 2021 move-in for the residence halls will take place between Sunday, Sept. 19 and Tuesday, Sept. 21. You can find more information on our website: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/move-in-guide. Departments and programs that require students to arrive prior to Sunday, Sept. 19 for orientations or trainings must complete an Early Arrival Request Form for their group by Aug. 17. If you have questions, contact [email protected].

Participants wanted for a short-term vegetable sprout research study (Corvallis): If you are healthy, age 18-60, non-smoking, not pregnant or breastfeeding, without diabetes, heart disease or stroke, bariatric surgery, kidney, thyroid or intestinal problems, you may qualify. The study lasts 72 hours. Volunteers will receive $150. PI: Emily Ho, Ph.D. Title: Discovery of Biological Signatures for Cruciferous Vegetable Intake. Contact us at [email protected], 541-737-5049 or visit https://tinyurl.com/y7437mo4 for information and online screener. 

Fiscal policy: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on new policy drafts for Constructive Receipt, Non-Student Accounts Receivable and Vehicles & Vessels.  For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

Travel: Fiscal Policy 03-140-401 Travel has been updated to align with the new travel system. The new policy and related FAQs can be accessed on the FPP website. Please contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Severe Weather. Make sure your family and home are ready in case severe weather strikes. Knowing safety tips and having severe weather plans in place are the best way to prepare. This month’s poster can be downloaded at https://emergency.oregonstate.edu/emergency-preparedness/preparedness-topics/severe-weather.

E-bike rebate program: The City of Corvallis Active Transportation Group recently launched the Empower Benton County E-bike Rebate Program. The program is a partnership between the Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office, Pacific Power and the Oregon Clean Fuels Program to distribute rebates of up to $1,200 for low-income individuals to purchase electric bicycles from local businesses. Applicants should be at least 18 years of age, reside in Benton County, be a Pacific Power customer, and earn 80% of area median income (AMI) or below, based on family size and income. Participating local bike shops include Bike N Hike, Corvallis Cyclery, Corvallis Electric Bicycles and Peak Sports Bike Shop. Total rebate amounts vary depending on a number of factors and if selected as a rebate recipient, personal, low-interest loans may be available. A link to the online application, along with additional information, is located here. Contact the Economic Development Office at [email protected] or by phone at 541-248-0795 with any questions.

Now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Summer and Fall 2021: Does your team have a service, process or system you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a weekly remote program where campus partners are invited to present brief, one-off, awareness- or skill- building topics intended for a wide audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Learn more about the requirements and application process here. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Facilities Services Move Impacts: This summer Facilities Services will relocate from their current space on campus, south of Kerr Administration Building, to the new Western Shops building located on SW 35th street. Facilities Services' core operations will continue during the move, but there will be impacts to maintenance work for the Corvallis campus. Learn more about how Facilities Services is mitigating service impacts during the move.

Launch Academy honors: The Deshpande Foundation, which supports sustainable, scalable social and economic impact through innovation and entrepreneurship, recently named Launch Academy, the InnovationX student-business incubator, a recipient of the Rising Star Award for Excellence in Curriculum Innovation. This award recognizes Launch Academy's flexible and accessible model for providing students with entrepreneurship resources, training and community. Nominate students for Launch Academy here and contact [email protected] with questions. Launch Academy is a program of the InnovationX Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Nominations open: Help build our next Launch Academy cohort. Nominate engaged, curious, problem-solving undergraduate and graduate students of all majors who have ideas for services, products, community change or any other business idea. Find out who we’re looking for here. Launch Academy students are eligible to win up to $2,000 in business development funding each term and have access to mentorship, networking and other resources. Ecampus and Cascades Campus students are welcome. Tuition scholarships are available. Nominate students here and contact [email protected] with questions. Launch Academy is a program of the InnovationX Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Call for proposals: Affiliate Faculty Research Incubator Program. Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium has released our 2021 Affiliate Faculty Research Incubator Program call for proposals. AFRIP is designed to recruit faculty to become involved with OSGC and provide resources needed to develop student experiences in STEM disciplines. Projects should support NASA Mission Directorates and align with NASA’s top research priorities and areas of emphasis. Proposals are accepted monthly and due the final day of each month. Information can be found online at https://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/affiliate-faculty-research-incubator-program-afrip.

Grant funding for open educational resources now open: Open Oregon Educational Resources, a statewide organization that promotes the use of OER, seeks grant proposals that implement high-impact, culturally relevant/inclusive, collaborative projects in support of open education and reduced textbook costs in lower-division courses. Grant applications are due July 9. Project timelines may vary, but all projects must be completed by June 1, 2023. Learn more and apply today.

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Way: For work related to Pacific Power system upgrades, Pacific Power will continue to perform electrical trenching and drilling work through the end of August. Electrical trenching and drilling work started at the intersection of 35th Street and SW Washington Way in mid-April. Ongoing work will occur on both sides of SW Washington Way between 35th Street and 30th Street (view map). This work supports Pacific Power’s power infrastructure and prepares for future upgrades to SW Washington Way.

Callahan Hall: The sidewalk located on the south side of Callahan Hall will be temporarily closed for window repair work being done at Callahan Hall (view map). Work is scheduled through Thursday, Aug. 26. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Lizzet Stone, the UHDS operations manager for building finishes, at 541-737-8085.

15th and Washington: For work related to the Arts & Education Complex project, sections of the sidewalks along 15th Street and Washington Way will be closed off for several weeks. Pedestrian detours will be in place. Work is scheduled to start on Monday, July 12 and continue through Friday, July 23. View the map more details. For questions or comments on this work, contact Construction Manager Rick Freeman at 541-231-5368.

Jobs

This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: http://today.oregonstate.edu/email/jobs To apply for the below positions, visit jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Instrument Technician 1-Mechanic: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, 1.0 FTE, Limited Duration, Classified position for OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Posting #P03088CT. Closes July 23.

NEW! Program Representative: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, classified position for the College of Agricultural Sciences. Posting #P03059CT. Closes July 31.

NEW! Experiential Learning Coordinator: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, Professional Faculty position for OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Posting #P04591UF. Full consideration July 25. Closes Aug. 1. 

NEW! The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) is seeking an Accountant 1 in this competitive/external recruitment. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position. Posting #P03074CT. Full consideration Aug. 2. Closes Aug. 16.

NEW! Food Service Worker 2: University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for one Food Service Worker 2 position. This is a full-time, 10-month, classified position. Posting #P03041CT. Full consideration July 26. Closes Aug. 9.

UPDATED! Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Marketing & Communications Specialist. Posting #P04550UF. Closes July 30.

NEW! The College of Engineering is hiring a full-time (1.0 FTE) Academic Integrity Coordinator whose primary responsibility is to administer the university’s academic integrity program in the College of Engineering. The coordinator will utilize university systems to adjudicate allegations of academic misconduct, collaborating with COE faculty, Student Conduct and Community Standards, ASOSU Office of Advocacy, and other campus stakeholders. For a complete job description and link to apply, please go to: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/104112. Posting #P03083CT. Full consideration date Aug. 15. Closes Sept. 19.

Weather

“Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.”~ C. Day Lewis

Corvallis: Sunny this week, highs in the 80s, lows in the 50s.
 
Central Oregon: Sunny but hazy, highs in the upper 80s, lows in the 50s.

Newport: Mostly sunny to sunny, highs around 60, lows in the mid 50s.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/