I would like to personally invite your department to the Sustainable Textiles Symposium, May 14, 2012 at the LaSells Stewart Center.

Of special interest to chemistry students and faculty, we have two presenters that will discuss issues in sustainability as it applies to the dyeing and finishing processes in textile production.

Becky Hurd, Senior Materials Researcher in Apparel Innovation, Nike, Inc.
Her current work involves driving Nike towards more sustainable textile production methods by implementing technologies that provide the opportunity to reduce water and energy use in the dyeing of textiles.  This work culminated with a recent announcement that Nike is partnering to scale waterless dyeing technology.  This partnership is the direct result of her eight-year sustainability research project to develop supercritical fluid CO2 dyeing technology for the textile industry. Ms. Hurd is speaking at 9:15am.

Also, Steve Richardson, Director of Materials at Patagonia will discuss the companies goal to receive Bluesign designation for all its dyestuffs and finishes. Bluesign is an independent auditor of raw materials in the textile industry. More extensive information can be found at www.patagonia.com/bluesign.
Mr. Richardson is speaking at 11 am.

If you feel the symposium’s presentations would benefit your department please pass along the announcement.

Thank you.

Angela Wartes
Student, Department of Design and Human Environment

Announcing the:

Sustainable Textiles Symposium

May 14, 2012
9am – 5:30 pm
LaSells Stewart Center, OSU

The Symposium will feature presentations from several industry leaders in sustainable textile development, recycling, labeling, new manufacturing processes, design and certification. Please visit http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/sustainable-textiles-symposium for schedule and more information. Free admission and open to all.

Presentation Highlights:

Steve Richardson, Director of Materials, Patagonia, Inc., will discuss the Common Threads Initiative, the Footprint Chronicles and Bluesign designation.

Becky Hurd, Senior Materials Researcher in Apparel Innovation, Nike, Inc., will talk about the innovations in waterless dyeing techniques.

Connie Karr, Oregon Tilth, will introduce the Global Organic Textile Standard and the certification process for textiles around the world from the crop to the sewing table. See website for full speakers list.

For questions please contact Angela Wartes, wartesa@onid.orst.edu or Brigitte Cluver,  Brigitte.Cluver@oregonstate.edu.

See you at the Symposium!

The Symposium is made possible by a 2012 grant from the Student Sustainability Initiative and with assistance from the Department of Human Environment.

Where to take my career! A start-up or an established company?

MAY 17, 2012

12:00pm-1:00pm Pacific Daylight Time (3:00pm-4:00pm Eastern)


REGISTER NOW: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/453415222


Entering the workforce  is a major concern for graduate students nationwide.  Researchers reaching the end of their graduate education are confronted with fundamental questions of how best to continue their careers into technological industry.  Should one attempt to start or join a small company based upon his/her research, or should one join the ranks of a large, multinational corporation with well-established practices and partnerships?

What are the benefits of each approach to furthering a burgeoning career?  What should graduating researchers consider about their own personal goals and interests before pursuing a career in either a large company or a startup?

Please join our panel in exploring these topics and more in the third of our ongoing series of Innovation Webinars presented by the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC).

The distinguished panelists for this webinar are:

Dr. Stephen Meyers, Lead Engineer at Inpria Corporation

Stephen Meyers is an early employee of Inpria, a Corvallis, OR based start-up company focused on developing disruptive manufacturing technologies enabled by solution deposition of inexpensive and environmentally benign aqueous inks. Stephen is the architect of multiple dielectric, semiconductor, and resist materials within Inpria’s portfolio. He holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Oregon State University.

Dr. Alicyn Rhoades, Industrial Marketing Manager for Thermoplastic Urethanes, at Bayer MaterialScience, LLC (BMS)

Alicyn Rhoades’ responsibilities include product strategy development and implementation to optimize BMS product offerings and competitiveness. Prior to this position she was an Innovation Manager in the New Technologies/New Business group at BMS; a Research Commercialization Project Manager at the Pennsylvania Nanomaterials Commercialization Center; and, a Commercialization Leader with the University of Southern Mississippi’s tech transfer organization.  She completed an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006.

Dr. Judith Giordan, Partner in ecosVC and Senior Advisor to the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), moderates the panel.

In a career that has spanned 30 years, Dr. Giordan, the recipient of the 2010 Francis Garvin-John Olin medal of the American Chemical Society, has served in executive and leadership positions in R&D and operations at some of the world’s top brands, including International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc., the Pepsi-Cola Company, and the Henkel Corporation.

For more information on the CSMC Innovation Webinar Series and to view videos of past webinars click here: http://www.venturewell.org/csmc-webinars/


Please remember to register for this webinar. It’s FREE, but you need to register! https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/453415222



Dear OSU Staff and Faculty:

As part of our University-wide initiative to support health and well-being, I am encouraging your participation in a campus-wide confidential survey to better understand and support employee health and wellness. Based on the information you provide through this survey, our Healthy Campus Initiative partners can effectively plan future strategies that support the health and wellness of our campus community. To access the survey please click here. If the survey does not open automatically, please copy and paste the following link to your internet browser’s address bar:


I ask each of you to respond to this questionnaire using the online option. You will then be prompted to your first question; the remaining questions will then show up on your screen.

Please note, this survey is about planning for OSU’s Healthy Campus Initiative and is not affiliated with PEBB or any health benefit program.

The Oregon State University Survey Research Center and Student Voice/Campus Labs (a third party data collection company) are working with OSU’s Healthy Campus Initiative to collect and manage the data for this survey. This arrangement will ensure that all survey data will remain confidential.

Your answers to the survey will be utilized only as summaries in which no individual employee can be identified. Your participation is voluntary, and you may choose to skip any questions you do not wish to answer. Choosing to decline participation in this survey will not affect your employment or benefits at OSU.

Every response helps us better understand employees’ needs and allows us to improve our campus community. If you have questions about the purpose of this study, or if you have questions about submitting your questionnaire, please contact Sandi Cleveland at 541-737-3348 or at sandi.cleveland@oregonstate.edu. You may be interested to know that Dr. Donna Champeau of Public Health is the Principal Investigator of this research.

If you have questions about your rights as a survey participant, please contact the Oregon State University Institutional Review Board (IRB) Human Protection Administrator at 541-737-8008 or by email at IRB@oregonstate.edu and refer to study number 5174 (OSU Faculty/Staff Wellness Survey).

Thank you for your cooperation.

To the OSU Community:

Oregon State University continues to make significant progress in its efforts to create a campus community environment that is universally accessible to all, including people with disabilities.

I am pleased to bring to your attention a new website on accessibility created by the Office of Equity and Inclusion that is an additional resource to learn about and track Oregon State’s accessibility efforts and progress.  Please visit the site for details about our efforts and plans: http://oregonstate.edu/accessibility/.  Check this site often, as it will be updated regularly to include valuable new information and features.

You also may have noticed some important and apparent improvements to parking, pathways of travel, ramps, classrooms, classroom furniture and buildings at our Corvallis campus.  The university has dedicated several million dollars to this work and will continue to make such improvements a high and on-going priority.

Beyond physical improvements, the university has also made progress in other venues.  For example, we have recently adopted university best practices for construction accessibility to achieve a level of accessibility that goes beyond what is legally prescribed. Likewise, we have incorporated accessibility workshops into our construction process to strive for universally accessible designs.  We recently made organizational improvements to the two university committees that focus on accessibility. We have commissioned a comprehensive accessibility assessment of the physical features of the main campus that began last summer. And we have made progress in IT accessibility with our adoption of a university policy on website accessibility.  All of these efforts are explained in more detail on the above-mentioned university accessibility website.

I thank and commend the many individuals, employees and volunteers – both those with and those without disabilities, who have been working very hard to realize our vision of a universally accessible university.  I also thank the members of the Accessible University Initiative Task Force that includes students, staff, faculty and community members with disabilities.  This committee prioritized the many recently completed improvement projects; prompted many of the improvements in standards and practices used by OSU; and assisted in the commissioning of an assessment consultant.

We have much more to do.  But the commitment, effort and progress of the many people who are engaged with the university to achieve these goals are undeniable.

If you would like to join this effort, or if you have any questions, please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion in Kerr 526, by calling 541-737-3556 or by e-mailing accessibility@oregonstate.edu.


Call for 2012 Commencement Volunteers

2012 Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Over 100 volunteers are needed to serve as information specialists and assist guests during this year’s Commencement ceremony. Commencement volunteers play an important service and public relations role. As a volunteer, we seek your assistance in:

  • Providing directions and programs
  • Assisting family and friends of our graduates finding seats
  • Assisting guests with special needs, answering questions
  • Being an OSU ambassador
  • Assist with the “Green-Team”; recycling, & other duties, etc.

Attendance at one mandatory training session will be required prior to the commencement ceremony (to be held on Thursday – 6/14, Friday – 6/15, or Saturday – 6/16).

All volunteers receive confirmation and detailed information about their tasks before the commencement ceremony. If you have a cell phone, please bring it on Sunday so we can reach you if needed. Most volunteers will be needed from 10:30am  – 3:30pm.  Some will be asked to stay later dependent upon tasks assigned.


Please register online here!


Thank you in advance for helping to make OSU Commencement a special event for our graduates and guests.


Additional details about Commencement 2012 can be found at oregonstate.edu/commencement


Hello Everyone,

Attached is my weekly update of funding opportunities that have been released this month.  Please forward along to those who may be interested and have them contact me if they have any questions.  Remind staff to contact me if they are interested in organizing brainstorming sessions over given opportunities.

Also as a reminder, a list of the upcoming Cayuse training sessions are below.  With exception of the Professional Development Days, all sessions will be held in RH 203 which is supplied with computers to make it an interactive training session.  Please share the information with your faculty and have them contact me if they are interested (as space is limited).

I do have several training sessions scheduled and will continue to offer more up through the calendar year –

  • Tuesday, April 10th from 1:30 – 3 PM
  • Wednesday, April 25th from 10:00 – 11:30 AM
  • Either Tuesday, May 1st or Wednesday May 2nd during the 2012 O&E Professional Development Days (specifics TBD)
  • Monday, May 14th from 2:00 – 3:30 PM

The research office has also been offering training sessions which have been posted in OSU Today.


Thank you,



Liz Etherington

Sponsored Research Program Administration

College of Agricultural Sciences

Oregon State University

138 Strand Agriculture Hall

Office: 541-737-3429

Cell: 541-740-0002



Borlaug Budget Template

USDA Request for Expressions of Interest-BULGARIA


Dear Cochran Stakeholder,

Attached is the second list of training opportunities from the Cochran Fellowship Program (a third list will be sent out shortly).  Through this solicitation we wish to identify colleges, universities, and other organizations interested in conducting training programs for foreign agricultural specialists.  It is anticipated that these training programs will be undertaken between June and November of 2012.  The attachment lists countries, training topics, and a brief training overview for each topic.

If you are interested in assisting Cochran with one or more of these training programs please contact Cochran regional staff listed below by COB May 9th and indicate which training(s) you are interested in.  Those expressing interest in specific training opportunities will be provided a detailed scope of work as well as instructions for submitting proposals.

Asia:  Avis Watts-Massenburg

Email:              avis.watts-massenburg@fas.usda.gov


Latin America/Caribbean:       Kelly March

Email:              Kelly.Shaw-March@fas.usda.gov


Africa & Middle East:  Marielsie Avila

Email:              Lindsey.itle@fas.usda.gov


Eastern Europe and Eurasia:  Desiree Thomas

Email:              Desiree.Thomas@fas.usda.gov

I have also attached our current program description and a complete staffing list.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest:  COB May 9, 2012