Timely Teaching Tips: How are your Summer term courses progressing? Starting to think about Fall ‘21? Need a hand navigating a teaching challenge? Contact the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to schedule a 1-on-1 teaching consultation. Also be sure to check out the upcoming faculty training opportunities from Academic Technology, Ecampus, and CTL. 

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.
 

How bad is the Bootleg Fire? It's generating its own weather. (New York Times)

Like a thunderhead, the huge cloud spawned lightning strikes, worrying firefighters because of their potential to start new fires. It may have also brought precipitation. “Some of these events rain on themselves,” said John Bailey, a professor of forestry at Oregon State University. (see also Washington PostLA Times)
 

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.
 

'A recipe for catastrophic fire': How an Oregon blaze became the nation's largest (New York Times)

Beyond the heat and dryness, experts say decades of forest-management policies are partly to blame for the Bootleg Fire and many other large blazes. Under aggressive fire-suppression policies, every fire, no matter how small, is extinguished. But fire ecologists say it is better to allow some smaller fires to simply burn, or to conduct controlled burns, to consume the underbrush that ends up feeding much larger blazes. “All of this has created a recipe for catastrophic fire,” said James Johnston, a researcher with Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. “We’ve been baking this cake for some time.”
 

Planned fires reduced damage of Oregon wildfire, analysis shows (Christian Science Monitor)

Those fires have not been allowed to burn for the past 120 years, said James Johnston, a researcher with Oregon State University’s College of Forestry who studies historical wildfires.
 

Catching fire: AI is helping scarce firefighters better predict blazes (Reuters)

It was a statistical analysis from Oregon State University forestry researcher Chris Dunn, predicting that the spot where firefighters had built the firebreak, on top of a ridge a few miles out of town, had only a 10% chance of stopping the blaze. (see also WGN)
 

Oregon officials: COVID an urgent threat to the unvaccinated as delta variant spreads (OPB News)

“Public health and educational authorities have been planning based on the idea that COVID is going away, and it’s not. It’s coming back in a more infectious form,” said Brett Tyler, director of the Center for Quantitative Life Sciences at Oregon State University. (see also KLCC)
 

Experts see larger wildfires becoming more common (KATU)

"That’s been the trend," said Erica Fleishman, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. "The trend across the western United States has been toward larger fires in recent decades."
 

Low oxygen levels off Northwest coast raise fears of marine 'dead zones' (OPB News)

“When it starts really early, we’re giving [oxygen levels] many more months to get lower and [the dead zone to] get bigger in space,” said Francis Chan, who directs the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resource Studies at Oregon State University. (see also KGW)
 

Size of Oregon wildfire underscores vastness of the US West (Press Republican)

If the fire were in densely populated parts of California, "it would have destroyed thousands of homes by now," said James Johnston, a researcher with Oregon State University's College of Forestry who studies historical wildfires. "But it is burning in one of the more remote areas of the lower 48 states. It's not the Bay Area out there."
 

17-year study finds removal of barred owls slows decline of spotted owls in Northwest (KTVZ)

“This study is a promising example of successful removal and suppression of an invasive and increasingly abundant competitor, with a positive demographic response from a threatened native species,” said David Wiens, the lead author of the paper, who is a wildlife biologist with the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Corvallis and a courtesy faculty member with Oregon State’s Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences. (see also KOINPortland Business Journal)
 

Wildfires ravaging California and 12 other states put firefighters in high demand (Wall Street Journal)

“It has started so early that we’re really worried about whether or not we’re going to have enough, and how tired they’re going to be even halfway through the season,” said John Bailey, a professor of silviculture and fire management at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, referring to firefighters and other personnel.

 

OSU takes steps to reduce water usage amid drought (KEZI)

Oregon is facing drought conditions statewide, and Oregon State University is working to do its part to help with reducing water usage. (see also KLCC)
 

Dogs will ignore you if they know you are lying, unlike young children (New Scientist)

“This study reminds us that dogs are watching us closely, are picking up on our social signals, and are learning from us constantly even outside of formal training contexts,” says Monique Udell at Oregon State University, who wasn’t involved in the study.
 

Bighorn sheep count in California is canceled after a volunteer dies (NPR)

He says the extreme heat makes the count just not worth it. And there are other ways to count sheep, including using helicopters, cameras and GPS collars. But researchers at Oregon State University say a combination of all methods, including firsthand observation, is best.
 

Tax-funded Oregon Forest Resource Institute misled public, may have broken state law, audit finds (Oregonian)

The investigation also showed how the agency worked to discredit university scientists, including Oregon State University professor Beverly Law, who in 2018 published research that showed significant carbon emissions from logging.
 

Air quality concerns continue in Tri-State due to smoke from western wildfires (ABC-7)

If the fire were in densely populated parts of California, "it would have destroyed thousands of homes by now," said James Johnston, a researcher with Oregon State University's College of Forestry who studies historical wildfires. "But it is burning in one of the more remote areas of the lower 48 states. It's not the Bay Area out there."
 

Opinion: Oregon's beavers - our 'ecological engineers' - need our help (Oregonian)

A piece by Robert Beschta,  emeritus professor of forest ecosystems and society at Oregon State University. 
 

Ancient, newly identified 'mammoth weevil' used huge 'trunk' to fight for mates (Phys Org)

Oregon State University research has identified a 100-million-year-old weevil unlike any other known fossilized or living weevil.
 

Infrastructure bill seen as means to force transit accessibility (Bloomberg Government)

Katharine Hunter-Zaworski, director of the National Center for Accessible Transportation at Oregon State University, said many people use battery-powered mobility and have larger, heavier wheelchairs than when the ADA was signed, but standards only reflect the needs of someone sitting with in an older, manual wheelchair.
 

Bootleg Fire is burning up carbon offsets (CNN)

Also working in Green Diamond's favor is that they are not on the hook for lost trees due to wildfire since risks are shared across all offsets. Beverly Law, professor emeritus of Global Change Biology at Oregon State University College of Forestry, said carbon-offset programs often take into account that some forest may burn. She said efforts can be made to pick areas that are less likely to burn, based on history.
 

OSU study: Proximity to oil, gas drilling linked to slightly lower birthweights in newborns (KTVZ)

A new study from Oregon State University found that infants born within 3 kilometers of oil and natural gas drilling facilities in Texas had slightly lower birthweights than those born before drilling began in their vicinity.
 

If your vegetable garden isn't thriving, you may need to feed your plants (Oregonian)

Chip Bubl, associate professor and horticulturist at Oregon State University Extension Service, has been giving vegetable gardening advice for many years and offers up some tips about mid-summer feeding for plants.
 

What should a dean of forestry say about old-growth logging? (The Tyee)

Written in part by Michael Nelson, the Ruth H. Spaniol chair in renewable resources and professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University.
 

Beaver Confident on Campus: Environmental Health and Safety helps as people prepare to return to campus ([email protected])

As many staff, faculty and students get ready to return to campus from remote working, and as teams across the Corvallis campus prepare for fall term, Environmental Health and Safety reminds the campus community that they’re here to help maintain a safer and healthier university environment for everyone. In fact, they’ve been here all along.
 

As wildfires intensify in the West, scientists look at how they spread (Marketplace)

In a small clearing next to a freshly planted field of vegetables tended by Blunck’s kids, the Oregon State University engineer and his team are setting out frames of white, fireproof cloth. They’re spaced on the ground in growing semicircles, like lawn chairs at an outdoor concert. 
 

How birding's pandemic popularity is expanding data collection for science (CBC)

W. Douglas Robinson, a professor of wildlife science at Oregon State University, is also an avid user of birding apps. He is involved in a long-term project to establish a high-quality estimate of how many birds there are in Oregon and how their populations are changing over time. 
 

Scientists still surveying scope of tree damage following heat wave (KEZI)

Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Forestry are trying to map the damage, which they believe happened mostly in the Willamette Valley and coastal range west of the Cascades.
 

These are Oregon's 2021 Master Gardeners of the Year (Oregonian)

Forty-four dedicated Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener volunteers have been recognized for service to their counties and communities.
 

Why are vinegar and baking soda so good for cleaning? (Live Science)

"When you are cleaning using baking soda or vinegar, you are actually doing very complicated manipulations of molecules," said May Nyman, a professor in the department of chemistry at Oregon State University.
 

Today's photo


Laura Bryngelson with UIT - Institutional Analytics and Reporting, says, “This was the beginning of our overnight float trip from Takena Landing to Buena Vista. We camped riverside about 200 yards upriver of Luckiamute Landing, stopping along the way to look for agates. My kiddo found two that were about the side of their face.” 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.

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. Go to COVID-19 information for links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; and updates on the latest federal travel restrictions.

Monday

NEW! OSU Laughter Yoga Club: Laughter reduces stress and improves health. Anyone can laugh intentionally. OSU’s Laughter Yoga Club will guide you through the exercise and experience of intentional laughter with a certified Laughter Yoga leader. Summer 2021 OSU Laughter Yoga Club sessions are Mondays at 4-4:30 p.m on Zoom. Sponsored by OSU CAPS and UIT. Write to Jon for disability accommodations and anything else: [email protected]. Register for OSU Laughter Yoga Club on Zoom at https://beav.es/JEY.

Tuesday

OSUsed Store Public Sale: The OSUsed Store, at 644 SW 13th Street, is open to the public Tuesday, July 27, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department 9 a.m.-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.

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.

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.

Thursday

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: On Thursday, July 29 at 3:30 p.m., the HMSC 2021 Student Invited Speaker Marco Hatch, an associate professor with Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, will be giving a seminar titled “Using clam garden research to span the boundary between Indigenous communities and academic research.” Zoom linkClick here for more information.

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.

Friday

NEW! MyDegrees Exceptions: Join us as Martin Main from the Office of the Registrar walks you through and explores the different exception types in MyDegrees and when to apply a student’s degree audit. Part of the Summer 2021 FYI Friday series; Friday, July 30, 10-11 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.

Events

NEW! Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 9-11:30 a.m. Trustees will consider the organization of schools and a new academic program within the College of Liberal Arts, improvements to the Hatfield Marine Science Center seawater system in Newport, a potential candidate for an anticipated vacancy on the Board, a lease agreement with Samaritan Health Services, and the board’s proposed 2023 and 2024 meeting calendars. As part of its agenda, the board will also hold an executive session pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(e) to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions. The board meeting agenda and materials will be posted as they are available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. If special accommodation is required, please contact 541-737-3449 or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.  

NEW! Charlene Alexander Reception: Interim President Becky Johnson invites members of the Oregon State University community to save the date for a reception in honor of Charlene Alexander, vice president and chief diversity officer. Please plan to join us on Monday, Sept. 13 from 2-3:30 p.m. as we celebrate Charlene and wish her a fond farewell. Additional details, including the location, will be shared closer to the event. Contact Shari Brumbach ([email protected]) with any questions.

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! Coping During Uncertain TimesPeople have a powerful need to understand and predict their environments in order to feel in control. When we are exposed to potential threats to our well-being, we naturally respond to this uncertainty with anxiety and fear. This training will address ways of effectively coping with uncertainty in today’s media-saturated world. The course will examine how to remain positive and functional despite the risks of living in a changing world. Included will be practical tips for coping with uncertainty, re-establishing control and how to speak to children about fear. Wednesday, Aug.18, 3 p.m. Register here.

NEW! Living with Change: Whether going back to school or changing careers, starting a family or retiring, change brings both opportunities and turmoil. In today’s fast paced world, change has become a constant. Even when we are able to see the advantages of change, it can be hard to say goodbye to what’s changing. This workshop will provide you techniques to deal effectively with change. Tuesday, Aug. 31, noon. Register here.

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. 

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.

Take Note

NEW! 2021-22 STARR Award program applications due Friday: Applications for the OSGC 2021-22 STudent Academic Research Review (STARR) Award Program are due Friday, July 30, by 5 p.m. Applicants select a topic to review that involves current NASA-related research. Selected topics must align with one or more of NASA Mission Directorate’s top priorities or speak to challenges facing the execution of current missions. If awarded, STARR recipients will thoroughly review the selected research topic and write an original white paper. Learn more: https://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/undergraduate-award-program-student-academic-research-review-starr.

NEW! 2021 State of Diversity at Oregon State Address: The Office of Institutional Diversity presents the 2021 State of Diversity at Oregon State Address. This year's address is comprised of in-depth conversations with faculty, staff and student leaders within the OSU community discussing their vision, challenges and progress in building a more equitable and welcoming university. Learn more about the State of Diversity at Oregon State in 2021 by visiting https://beav.es/StateOfDiversity.

NEW! Campfires banned: Campfires are banned in all Oregon state parks east of Interstate 5. The ban applies to wood fires, charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, charcoal briquettes, pellet grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Portable cooking stoves or propane lanterns using liquefied fuels are allowed, though propane fire pits are not. The ban arises from increased temperatures across the state this week into next.

NEW! Paul Biwan retirement: After more than 25 years at OSU and three other higher ed institutions, Paul Biwan will be retiring the end of July. For approximately the first 18 years, Biwan and Leigh Larkin worked as a team building the training and organizational development unit from scratch. With a personal mission of positively impacting individual and organization effectiveness and a strong service ethic, Biwan and Larkin developed numerous programs often with the support of great campus partners. Among their accomplishments are Core for Managers and Supervisors which has been taught and rewritten numerous times for 25+ years, the Journey into Leadership program for 18 years, 1-to-1 coaching for more than 20 years, numerous workshops, design and facilitation of retreats/work sessions and extensive OD projects that were mostly quietly done behind the scenes. 

NEW! Summer instructors, your help is needed: Too many students miss the opportunity to discover and develop their entrepreneurial potential while they’re in college. The InnovationX Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is working to change that – with your help. Join our (virtual) summer class visit campaign via this quick Qualtrics form by July 30. Our five-minute presentation of this slide deck introduces students to the entrepreneurship opportunities we offer. Contact [email protected] with questions.

NEW! Dog study: The Oregon State University Department of Clinical Sciences is seeking dogs that weigh more than 15 kg (33 lbs) and have a history of gastrointestinal disease to participate in a research study.  Dogs that have a history of gastrointestinal signs (vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea, or poor appetite) and responded favorably to a hypoallergenic diet are eligible. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of fiber on the gut microbiome.  Participation in this study involves: a time commitment 5 weeks to monitor your pet at home;  coming to the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital 3 times; a gift card to Amazon. For more information about this study, please contact the principal investigator, Dr. Stacie Summers, by email at [email protected]

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. 

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.

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].

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.
 

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! Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Medical Aide-Receptionist Posting #P03087CT. Closes July 26.

NEW! Retail Manager-Dining: University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month Retail Manager positionsStarting salary range is $45,000-$48,000 plus benefits. Posting #P04619UF. For full consideration, apply by Aug. 1. 

NEW! Campus Visit & Transfer Services Manager (Internal Employment Opportunity): 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 #P04627UF. Closes Aug. 1.

NEW! Sous Chef: 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 #P04605UF. Closes Aug. 8.

NEW! Communications Coordinator: The Division of Student Affairs invites applications for a part-time (.45 FTE), 12-month, Professional Faculty position. Posting #P04596UF. Closes Aug. 11.

NEW! Videographer (Information Technology Consultant 3): Ecampus is seeking a videographer to join our course development and training team. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) classified position. Posting #P03096CT. Closes Aug. 16.

NEW! The College of Engineering is seeking an Employer Relations Manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The Employer Relations Manager contributes to the College of Engineering’s strategic goal to be a “partner of choice.” The work of the Employer Relations Manager will involve on-campus, off-campus and virtual engagement. Employer recruiting programs, events and activities for partner employers to access, recruit and hire College of Engineering students. Posting #P04606UF. Closes Aug. 22.

NEW! The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) at Oregon State University is seeking a Fiscal Coordinator 1 in this competitive/external recruitment. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position. Full consideration Aug. 9. Closes Aug. 25. Posting #P03092CT.   

NEW! The OSU Foundation is hiring a full-time Senior Director of Marketing Strategy and Planning who will be one of two senior directors reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications and have significant supervisory responsibilities in leading the department’s marketing, analytics, creative, project management and administrative teams. Link to full job description and application: https://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=5824&p=job%2ForK4ffwe.

NEW! The OSU Foundation is hiring a full-time Senior Director of Stewardship who will lead all central stewardship processes and programs and collaborate with university and organizational leadership in a collective effort to ensure consistent, impactful stewardship communications and activities and a culture of stewardship throughout the OSU Foundation and the university. Link to full job description and application: https://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=5824&p=job%2FobZcgfwm.

NEW! The OSU Foundation is hiring a full-time Director of Events who will be responsible for the planning, central coordination, and execution of a wide range of event experiences for OSU alumni, donors and friends; the organization hosts a number of events, both online and in-person, that advance the university’s brand, inspire philanthropy, express gratitude and drive engagement. Link to full job description and application: https://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=5824&p=job%2FoEz0ffwc.

Weather

“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world." ~ L.M. Montgomery

Corvallis: Partly to mostly sunny, highs in the lower 90s, lows in the 60s.
 
Central Oregon: Slight chance of thunderstorms, highs in the upper 80s to low 90s, lows in the 60s.

Newport: Partly to mostly sunny, highs in the upper 60s to low 70s, lows in the 50s.

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