Brian Paul, smiling.The  Research Office and  the Office for Commercialization & Corporate Development gave their new Faculty Industry Partnering  award to Brian Paul, professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, co-director of the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, and seminal member of Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI).

Paul has been recognized for achieving extraordinarily high impact innovations through research collaborations with industry.

The award recognizes excellence by Oregon State research faculty, and will be  announced during each University Day at the start of the academic year.

Please view the on-line “Prezi” presentation with more details about Dr. Paul’s contributions and career.

 

Note: The Faculty Senate posts information about nominations and criteria for this award and and the Faculty Innovator Award

 

The Research Office and the Office for Commercialization & Corporate Development have  created  two  awards  recognizing excellence by Oregon State research faculty. The recipients  for 2012  were announced at University Day in September.

The Faculty Innovator Award celebrates impact through engagement in commercialization partnerships, recognizing a faculty member whose extraordinarily high impact innovations from research are translated into transformative results that help promote economic development and social progress.

This year it was awarded posthumously to Richard Peterson, who passed away in February.

Dr. Peterson was arominent national expert in heat transfer, thermodynamics and combustion, and a leading researcher in miniature and microscale energy systems. He was a professor of mechanical engineering.

 

“Rich was a prolific inventor whose research will have a profound impact on lives well into the future. He submitted 34 invention disclosures in the past 15 years. Rich really believed in the potential impact his discoveries could have on millions of lives.”

Brian Wall
Director of the Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development

 

A resolution by the Board of Directors of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) noted Dr. Peterson’s leadership as one of the core founders and as co-director of the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, and President, CTO, and co-founder of ONAMI Gap Company Applied Exergy. His  many creative contributions to development of technology, included advances in grid energy storage.

Please view an on-line presentation with more details about Dr. Peterson’s career and about the criteria for the annual award.

 

“Rich was fiercely independent but passionate about his research making a positive impact.  He also cared deeply about teaching and leaves behind a legacy of engineers who will continue making impact. He will be sorely missed.”

Brian Paul
Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering,
Director of the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute

 

 

Cayuse logo with image of horse

The system for submitting funding proposals has been completely transformed. Over the past year, the Research Office has implemented a state-of-the-art electronic proposal system, Cayuse. Cayuse SP replaces the paper Proposal Transmittal Form, and is now used for all proposals.  Cayuse 424 is the Federal form set for both Grants.gov and Research.gov, and can also be used to prepare proposal budgets for proposals going to non-Federal sponsors.

Faculty should no longer be submitting paper-based proposals or the OSU Proposal Transmittal Form. Multiple training sessions have already been offered on the Cayuse products, and staff from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) will continue to offer training sessions at least monthly. For information about training, please e-mail sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu

OSP’s web-drop capability for Grants.gov packages is now disabled.  These proposals (with the exception of the submissions for OSU’s Statewide Public Service funds) should be prepared through Cayuse 424 and routed through Cayuse SP.  If you began proposal preparation in Cayuse 424 ,  contact an OSP staff member for assistance with proposal routing.

Sponsored Programs now has distinct teams to serve Oregon State researchers

  • Aedra Reynolds, Dawn Wagner and Vickie Watkins support the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, the College of Forestry, and the units housed at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
  • Eric Anundson, Cindy Rasberry and Lin Reilly support all other units.
  • Please join us in welcoming Kim Reese as our  new friendly voice on the phone and smiling face at out front desk in Kerr 308B.

You will soon see a refreshed OSP website that should make our services and resources even more accessible.

Pat Hawk
Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

Our research funding success (as reported in the recent media release) is a tribute, of course, to the brilliant, dedicated  work of all in our research enterprise.  I congratulate faculty,  technicians, support staff, administrative units, post-docs, and students. In addition to the big-picture data that gains public attention are the back-door stories.

Increased funding means increased administrative tasks.  In the Research Office, we  have been working diligently to decrease the burden of red tape and paperwork on researchers. The new Cayuse electronic system for submission of proposals was an important move toward fewer human errors and greater efficiency. It also has involved learning curves for many. I thank Pat Hawk and her Office of Sponsored Programs staff for their flexibility, patience, and training efforts, keeping up with their amazing services while  – mid-air  – converting to a new system. We also appreciate all the faculty who have stepped outside their comfort zone to try that new system. We are celebrating that Cayuse indeed is galloping forward to make proposal processing easier for PIs. We greatly appreciate Eric Anundson, Cindy Rasberry, Kim Reese, Lin Reilly, Aedra Reynolds, Dawn Wagner,  and Vickie Watkins (and, until recently, Laurel Neidigh).

Another story related to funding is our growing success in partnering with industry. We anticipate great results through innovative strategies being established by Ron Adams. Brian Wall and his Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development staff have steadily upped the pace of commercialization, licensing, and new business development.  We have created new positions and recruited fantastic colleagues to support increasing opportunities to bring the benefit of research out to the public. Credit goes to Mitch Abrams, Shirley Chow, Kirt Fuller, Jianbo Hu, Mary Phillips, Denis Sather, Ann Schmierer,  Susan Tillitt, and  Berry Treat (and, until recently, Dan Whitaker).

The Office of Research Integrity plays an important role in our  success. While we still seek a new director, Rich Holdren has been leading the efforts of the talented and smart people who help us ensure compliance with regulations, so our research progress is unencumbered. The team includes Kevin Buch, Stephen Durkee, Susan Glowacz, Jillian Grant, Helen Diggs, Lisa Leventhal, Candi Loeb, Mary Samuel, and Nicole Wolf.

Our Incentive Programs make the difference in moving many OSU projects forward. Across campus, work has been enhanced because Rich Holdren and Debbie Delmore make it possible to provide significant internal funding for general purposes, release time, equipment, and undergraduate projects. They also  coordinate our university’s opportunities for limited-submission programs.

As director of Post Doctoral Programs, and liaison between the Graduate School and the Research Office, Barb Bond has been innovative in supporting researchers who are too-often unheralded. For one thing, the new Post-Doc organization will  help strengthen the contributions of that important group.

I am well-aware that I could not keep up the front-line work without the many and varied services of our central staff. Please join me in thanking Tracy Elmshaeuser, Stephen Hotard,  Deb Walker and Jana Zvibleman (and until recently, Erika Fleck) for their accomplishments. We all have also enjoyed help from some of Oregon State’s finest students.

“Space, the New Frontier!”

– Helen Diggs’ quip about the common challenge the Research Office  shares with many across campus

While Research Office  has bid farewell to a few members of our team this year, we have had a net increase in staff to carry the load, and so we’ve been knocking our elbows against the Kerr walls.  The need for more office space to accommodate our new members has resulted – so far – in a temporary fix. That’s why, to find some of us,  you’ll be coming to the 4th floor of Snell;  others have shifted to different locations on the 3rd  floor of Kerr. It is a priority that the services of the Research Office  remain easily accessible to the campus community – stay tuned to hear of the  better, long-term solution (i.e., where we’ll unpack our boxes).

Again I thank all in our research community for your perseverance and for your successes. We can all take pride in how, together, we are working to enhance health, the environment, and the economy  –  that’s still our news.
Thank You

Rick Spinrad, Vice President for Research

Please see oregonstate.edu/research/contacts for photos of staff and more information about the Research Office services.

Your comments to this posting are welcome.

 

Behind the Media Release

Our research funding success as reported in the press release [[url xxx]] is a tribute, of course, to the brilliant, dedicatedwork of all in our research enterprise.I congratulated faculty,technicians, support staff, administrative units, post-docs, and students. In addition to the big-picture data that gains public attention, there are stories “under the hood.”

Increased funding means increased administrative tasks. In the Research Office, wehave been working diligently to decrease the burden of red tape and paperwork on researchers. The new Cayuse electronic system for submission of proposals was an important move toward fewer human errors and greater efficiency. It also has involved learning curves for many. I thank Pat Hawk and her Office of Sponsored Programs staff for their flexibility, patience, and training efforts, keeping up with their amazing services while- mid-air- converting to a new system. We also appreciate all the faculty who have stepped outside their comfort zone to try that new system. We are celebrating that Cayuse indeed is galloping forward to make proposal processing easier for PIs. We greatly appreciate Eric Anundson, Cindy Rasberry, Lin Reilly, Aedra Reynolds, Dawn Wagner,and Vickie Watkins (and, until recently, Laurel Neidigh).

Another story related to funding is our growing success in partnering with industry. We anticipate great results innovative strategies being commandeered by Ron Adams. Brian Wall and his Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development staff have steadily upped the pace of commercialization, licensing, and new business development.We have created new positions and recruited fantastic colleagues to support increasing opportunities to bring the benefit of research out to the public. Credit goes to Mitchell Abrams, Shirley Chow, Kurt Fuller, Jianbo Hu, Mary Foley Phillips, Denis Sather, Ann Schmierer,Susan Tillitt, andBerry Treat (and, until recently, Dan Whitaker).

The Office of Research Integrity plays an important role in oursuccess. While we still seek a new director, Rich Holdren has been leading the efforts of the talented and smart people who help us ensure compliance with regulations, so our research progress is unencumbered. The talented team includes Kevin Buch, Stephen Durkee, Susan Glowacz, Jillian Grant, Lisa Leventhal, Candi Loeb, Mary Samuel, and Nicole Wolf.

Our Incentive Programs make the difference in moving many OSU projects forward. Across campus, work has been enhanced because Rich Holdren and Debbie Delmore make it possible to provide significant internal funding for general purposes, release time, equipment, and undergraduate projects. They alsocoordinate our university’s opportunities for limited-submission programs.

As director of Post Doctoral Programs, and liaison between the Graduate School and the Research Office, Barb Bond has been innovative in supporting researchers who are too-often un-heralded. For one thing, the new Post-Doc organization willhelp strengthen the contributions of that important group.

I am well-aware that I could not keep up the front-line work without the many and varied services of our central staff. Please join me in thanking Tracy Elmshaeuser, Stephen Hotard,Deb Walker and Jana Zvibleman (and until recently, Erika Fleck) for their accomplishments.

“Space, the new frontier!”

– Helen Diggs’ quip about the common challenge the Research Officeshares with many across campus

While Research Officehas bid farewell to a few members of our team this year, we have had a net increase in staff to carry the load, and so we’ve been knocking our elbows against the Kerr walls.The need for more office space to accommodate our new members has resulted – so far – in a temporary fix. That’s why, to find some of us,you’ll be coming to the 4th floor of Snell while others have shifted to different locations on the 3rdfloor of Kerr. It is a priority that the services of the RO remain easily accessible to the campus community – stay tuned to hear of thebetter, long-term solution (i.e., where we’ll unpack our boxes).

Thank You

Again I thank all in the RO research community for your perseverance and for your successes. We can all take pride in how, together, we are working to enhance health, the environment, and the economy– that’s still our news.

Please see http://oregonstate.edu/research/contacts for photos and more information about the Research Office staff and services.

Did you neglect to take a trip to Antarctica this summer?

Do it vicariously, via the ongoing blog  Deep Sea and Polar Biology.

Copyrighted mage from blog by Rory Welsh and Andrew Thurber

Andrew Thurber (Principal Investigator, post-doc in the College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences) and his assistant Rory Welsh (graduate student in the Department of Microbiology)  have begun a long deployment to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, where Thurber is continuing his Antarctic research on energy flows and nutrient cycling in the soft-sediment seafloor communities beneath the ice.

Person in diving gear getting into water through hole in ice.

 

 

 

Thurber and Welsh are both OSU scientific divers. They spent the last month working  with OSU Diving Safety Officer Kevin Buch, completing the workup and proficiency dives to meet  requirements of the National Science Foundation United States Antarctic Program. To prepare for working under the ice, the team practiced advanced drysuit skills and sample-collection techniques at soft sediment dive sites in the Hood Canal and at the OSU Pier of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

At McMurdo, they are diving in water temperatures of 28° F. They use scuba regulators designed to minimize the potential for freeze-ups, and wear drysuits, multiple layers of thermal undergarments, special multi-layer hoods, and sealed dry gloves.

To keep track of their progress, and to learn more about the OSU Scientific Diving Program:

 

http://oregonstate.edu/research/diving/
With my mentor, ADM James D. Watkins 2010

I promised myself years ago that when my mentor, Admiral James D. Watkins, passed away, wherever I was, whatever I was doing, I would make arrangements to go to his funeral.

And now it happened.   So I jumped on a red-eye flight back to Washington, DC and attended the funeral ceremony.  It was a beautiful service,  in one of the largest Catholic churches in the country.  It was attended by Senators, Cabinet Members, military, clergy, and many “just plain” people.

He was a highly decorated Naval officer, and a devoutly religious man.  Maybe it was that mixture that gave him the special perspective that I  as a younger man found so instructive.

 

Here are some of the lessons I learned from my mentor:

“Get out in front of your skis”

Sometimes it’s best to be a little uncomfortable.  Sometimes you just need to move from where you are.

 

“Don’t look over your shoulder”

If you’re not sure whether you’ve got the backing of your team, then you probably need to build a better team.  If you’re going the wrong way, they’ll jump in front of you to force a new direction.

“Do your homework, then put it away”

The value is in learning the lesson, not in showing everyone what you know.  Build on the knowledge, don’t celebrate it.

“You can build an argument, but you have to earn support”

Collecting evidence to make your case is the easy part.  The tough job is selling the case and making it important to others.

 

There are many other lessons that I learned from my mentor, and each one is remarkable in its breadth of relevance.  I can apply those lessons to my work and my life.  Every researcher should be so lucky as to have a mentor like mine.

Rick Spinrad, VP for Research

Please enter the conversation! We appreciate your comments to issues raised in this post and others on the Spin on Research blog.

Image of original, handscripted Morrill Act document.
“AN ACT Donating Public Lands
to the several States and Territories
which may provide Colleges
for the Benefit of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.”

— First Morrill Act, 1862

 

It’s not a usual day when one gets to hear Bill Gates plus two Cabinet Secretaries, yet I was so privileged at the convocation of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) in Washington, DC in late June.  The event was a celebration of the Morrill Act of 1862, the enabling legislation for the concept of Land Grant institutions.

I listened carefully throughout the day for hints at the speakers’ perspectives on – what else? – research.

 

 

BillGates, smiling.Mr. Gates was quite enthusiastic in his advocacy of extending higher education to broader audiences via  – no surprise – technology.  He loves that universities already are putting courses on line for hundreds of thousands of students –  a first wave of future capabilities. He intimated that such use of technology begs the need for more advances in managing educational content, delivery and assessment.  I sat proudly thinking about how OSU is right where we should be on this wave, reaching out to the far corners of the state and the world, and developing better ways to do so.

 

Vilscack speaking and gesturing.Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made an impassioned plea:  when you think of agriculture, think beyond food. Think, for instance, textiles. Think biofuels.  I appreciated his broadened perspective, which got Dean Arp (sitting next to me at the session) and me thinking about emerging OSU leadership in the intersection of ag sciences and material sciences. In both fields, OSU researchers already hold positions of preeminence.

 

 

 

Duncan talking and gesturing.

The presence of  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan helped remind me that our researchers are superlative not only in their fields of study, but also in inspiring and training the next generations of researchers – and how that also is integral to our land-grant commitment.

 

 

Chuck Vest, smiling.

 

 

One of my favorite presentations emphasized the role of Land Grant universities in building and sustaining our national strengths in physical sciences and engineering. Dr. Chuck Vest, President of the National Academy of Engineering, and past President of MIT, really inspired me to think about our strengths in these areas here at OSU.

 

 

 

150 years of learning, discovery and engagement The Morrill Act, 1862 - 2012The APLU convocation was a great confirmation of what so many of us here know: Land Grant Universities are a linchpin in the technological progress and leadership of our nation.  And they have been for a century and a half.  Our challenge is to continue to build on that legacy. I imagine our descendants celebrating the Morrill Act with the same enthusiasm at the tercentennial in the year 2162!

55 cent stamp, USA, Justin Morrill with imag eof him, LandgrantRick Spinrad, Vice President for Research

illlustration of rodent, pigs, fish, rodent

 

 

Steve Durkee, Oregon State University’s administrator of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) of the Office of Research Integrity, says,  “Lives are saved because of research animals. Caring people make sure the animals are taken care of.”

See his recent article in Speaking of Research, a publication by an advocacy group that provides accurate information about the importance of animal testing in medical and veterinary science.

 

Work & Life      Children & Career      Academia &  Family

“I heard about the workshops with a researcher about work-life balance. I didn’t have time to go, of course – I’m too overwhelmed. Did she have a solution?”

Bookcover of Professor MommyDr. Rachel Connelly visited campus in May bearing tips for parents in academia – particularly for women. Co-author of the book Professor Mommy: Finding Work-Family Balance in Academia (Rowman & Littlefield), she presented research and international examples of the problems– and strategies to address them.

She also offered personal stories from raising four children while succeeding as a professor of economics and of gender studies. “Having achieved tenure, I feel the obligation to give back,” she said. “There are things that individual women can do to adapt, but we also need to change the institutions.”

In workshops for students, post-docs, faculty and staff, and a lecture open to the public, Connelly addressed feelings such as guilt (“for not doing more in mothering / for not doing more in teaching and research”) , offered reassurance (“ it gets better”) and got down to practical tips – for work as well as home life.

Here are her ten on-the-job tips for academic researchers (For full explanations, refer to her publications)

1. Figure out when your best research time is and use it for research.

2. Always have a plan for the day and one for the month

3. Don’t prepare for teaching until the last possible moment.

4. Go to conferences every year even if you don’t have something new to present

5. If you really don’t like your position, go find a new one. This can be inside the university or at another institution

6. Apply for grants even if you don’t think you will get them

7. Don’t be afraid to take on a new branch of research.

8. If you know you are going to have to do some committee work, try to insure that it is work you want to do.

9. Don’t answer every email immediately

10. Think of ways that will make you happier with your teaching.

Rachel ConnellyConnelly’s area of research is at the intersection of demographics and labor markets. She has published articles on the effect of broad demographic trends on the labor market decisions and on the economics of child care.

Connelly’s visit was hosted by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, as part of the President’s Lecture Series.

For those who did not have time to attend, here are resources:

President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Oregon State University  http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/pcosw/

 

–  Jana Zvibleman