Pacific Power & Light will be updating portions of the power grid on the OSU Corvallis campus over the coming weeks, necessitating some weekend power shutdowns to a number of buildings on campus. The replacement of these older, lesser load switches is part of a plan to provider greater power system stability on campus.

A number of incidents over the last several years on campus, including an electrical fire in steam tunnels underneath campus, and a power outage which prevented alarms from going off during the recent flooding of the Linus Pauling Science Center, have demonstrated the need to provide upgrades to the electrical system. These updates will require power shutdowns on a number of separate occasions, listed below:

April 21

The following buildings will be without power from approximately 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Covell Hall, Merryfield Hall-West end, Graf Hall, Batcheller Hall, Benton Hall.

These buildings will have the power shut off at 8 a.m. and re-energized at approximately 10 a.m., then de-energized at 5 p.m. and re-energized at approximately 6 p.m.: Milam Hall, Bexell Hall, Kidder Hall, Milne Computer Center, Gleeson Hall, Gilkey Hall, Gilbert Addition, Shepard Hall, Dearborn Hall, Rogers Hall

April 28

The following buildings will be without power from approximately 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Withycombe, Nash, Gilmore, Ballard Extension, Women’s Building.
June 16

The following buildings will be without power from approximately 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Withycombe, McNary, Wilson, Callahan.

These buildings will have the power shut off at 8 a.m. and re-energized at approximately 10 a.m., then de-energized at 5 p.m. and re-energized at approximately 6 p.m.:Withycombe, Nash, Gilmore, Ballard Extension, Women’s Building, Snell, McAlexander Fieldhouse, Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center, Pharmacy, Women’s Center, Education, Kerr Admin.

Your contacts for questions and concerns regarding this shutdown are Stuart Larson ( and Scott Drahn ( .  You can also contact the Campus Operations Work Coordination Center (541) 737-2969.

NEW! Open Access Policy Forum:  The Faculty Senate Library Committee is seeking feedback on a proposed campus-wide open access policy.  A draft can be found on the FSLC website (; open forums for discussion will be held Wed, April 17, 11a.m.-noon, LPSC room 402 and Tuesday, April 23, 2-3 p.m., Valley Library Willamette Room.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend. – Rich Carter will present.

Come hear Dr. Paul King speak about career and internship opportunities at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Albany, OR. The presentation will be held Wednesday, April 17th from 6-7:30 pm in Gilfillan Auditorium. The event is free and open to all majors, and pizza will be provided. NETL hires students in chemistry, engineering, geology, materials science, computer science, mathematics, and other related fields.

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I am pleased to report that the following proposal has been awarded the maximum funding of $5000.00 by the Circle of Excellence at OSU-Cascades.  This fund by private donors supports projects that must “move research, outreach, or teaching forward in a way that would make the donor proud.” Ours was 1 of 5 grants selected.

Identification of novel natural products from Fusarium graminearum

Jeff Gautschi, Ph.D.

Kristina Smith, Ph.D.

Michael Freitag, Ph.D.

NEW! Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP Training:  The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP proposal system on April 23, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Memorial Union (MU) 211.  Any interested faculty and/or staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 35.  Send an e-mail to in order to reserve a space.  This session will be offered at least monthly throughout 2013.

NEW! Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Fall, Winter and/or Spring term(s) 2013-14. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the University. Program description and application: Information: Debbie Delmore at Submission Deadline: May 13.

We are pleased to announce that registration and abstract submission for the 24th meeting of the International Symposium on Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (ISPAC 2013), to be held in beautiful Corvallis, Oregon USA September 8-12, 2013, is now open:

Sessions topics include:

  • Analytical Measurements
  • Toxicology and Metabolism
  • Environmental Fate and Transport
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • PACs in Food and the Environment
  • PAC Emissions and Cook Stove Interventions
  • Risk Assessment and Remediation
  • Environmental Forensic Investigations
  • Human Exposure
  • Health Effects of PACs
  • PACs in Tobacco Research
  • PACs in Consumer Products and their Environmental Effects
  • PACs at Contaminated Sites

Abstract Submission Deadline:  May 3, 2013

Early Bird Registration Deadline:  June 30, 2013

Hotel Group Rate Deadline:  August 8, 2013

We look forward to seeing you in Corvallis this September!


Staci Simonich                                                             Andreas Sjodin

ISPAC 2013 co-chair                                                    ISPAC 2013 co-chair                     

The Division of International Programs is pleased to announce the launch of the Faculty Internationalization Grants, a re-designed and expanded version of the IP Faculty Grants.

This initiative is part of our ongoing efforts to support OSU’s internationalization agenda, which includes recruitment and retention of diverse international students, developing and supporting education abroad opportunities for OSU’s domestic students, promoting global learning through curricular and co-curricular means, and fostering strategic international partnerships to promote faculty research and outreach activities.

Faculty Internationalization Grants are designed to encourage and support OSU faculty who are working to further OSU’s internationalization efforts as well their own professional involvement in activities that enhance our teaching, research and engagement with topics and colleagues beyond the U.S.

Grants of up to $2,500 are available to OSU faculty to help promote international research, partnership, and collaboration. The applicant’s unit is expected to share the cost of this investment to promote internationalization across the University. Awards will be made on an on-going basis and there is no deadline.

Please see the links below to learn more about Faculty Internationalization Grants and to submit an online application.

Description and Award Criteria

Online Application

If you have questions about this program, please contact Charlotte Moats-Gallagher [541.737.6406,].

Start early to get your nomination packets in by the deadline!

Do you know a professional faculty or classified employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty?  If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website below and/or attached Word file for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee for 2013.  Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by Friday, May 31, 2013.


For clarification or questions regarding these materials, please contact Jeri Hemmer, Associate Director for Employee and Labor Relations, at 541-737-0547; or by e-mail: