The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals to facilitate the further development and commercialization of OSU applied innovations. Proposals can be submitted for OSU-owned innovations developed by OSU faculty, staff, and/or graduate students in any discipline that require up to $25,000. Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m., March 1. Read the full RFP here:

Title: Modeling the Melt: What Math Tells Us About Disappearing Polar Sea Ice

Guest Speaker: Ken Golden
Institution: University of Utah

Date/Time: Monday, February 4, 2019 – 16:00 to 16:50

Location: KIDD 364

Event Link:

Abstract: The precipitous loss of Arctic sea ice has outpaced expert predictions. We will explore how mathematical models of key sea ice processes are being developed to improve projections of the future of Earth’s sea ice packs and the polar ecosystems they support. Our models are inspired by theories of multiscale composite materials and statistical physics, and are developed in conjunction with field experiments that we have conducted in both the Arctic and Antarctic. The lecture is intended for a wide, interdisciplinary audience, and will conclude with a short video on a recent Antarctic expedition where we measured fluid and electromagnetic transport properties of sea ice.

Host: Malgorzata Peszynska

Department Colloquium Dinner: The mathematics department arranges for a colloquium dinner (sometimes lunch, depending on the speaker’s schedule) for external speakers. These dinners are an opportunity for faculty and students to interact with invited professional mathematicians in a social setting. The department pays for dinner (alcohol expenses are not covered by the department) for the colloquium speaker and a host. Everyone else in attendence is expected to pay for their own dinner.

Inspiring Girls Expeditions provides tuition-free science, art, and wilderness exploration for teenage girls (aged 16/17). Applications are open now and must be started by Feb 1 visit for more information. As a new OSU CEOAS outreach program, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to contact us if you are interested in getting involved. Contact

Impact Studio was created in December 2017 to bring together teams of faculty, students and staff to develop, incubate and launch initiatives that advance Oregon State’s strategic goals. Rich Duncombe, director, and Jesse Mraz, operations administrator, engage partners across Oregon State to grow the portfolio of initiatives by providing services and a support structure. Impact Studio has launched a new website and NEWSletter to keep their growing network informed and engaged. Join the studio team by subscribing to the NEWSletter and contacting the studio with questions or to schedule a visit at Cascade Hall 128.

If you are an advanced online faculty member or Ecampus adviser, take part in 30-minute virtual seminars over lunch where you can learn about, discuss and consider practical applications for emerging strategies and ideas in online education. Seminars run on Wednesdays from 12:15-12:45 p.m., and the first session on Jan. 23 will cover “Brain Science, Neuromyths, and Online Learning.” Registration required to obtain the web-conference link.

The current federal government shutdown is the longest in history. There seems to be no end in sight. How did we get here? What is going on? How will it end? What does this mean for politics and society? What have been the impacts at OSU, in Oregon, in the nation and beyond? This “flash” panel conversation brings together expert faculty and staff from across OSU to discuss the history, politics, and economics of the shutdown. We’ll focus most sharply on the latest developments and the effects the shutdown is having on students, and on advanced research projects and programs. Jan. 22, 4 p.m., MU 213. Lightly catered; open to all.