KUDOS

Alvin Yu (undergraduate student in Stephen Ramsay's lab) won the poster award for the undergraduate category, for his poster entitled "Identifying candidate drugs for atherosclerosis prevention or treatment through a systems biology approach to drug repurposing" at the 2014 OSU Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Fall Conference. Alvin is using computational methods to try and identify drugs that are already FDA-approved, that could be repurposed for atherosclerosis prevention.

IN THE NEWS

Bike Helmet Meets Black Box
Bike helmets of the future will do more than just protect your noggin in a crash. They’ll also check whether you could have a concussion, call for help and act as a black box for accident investigators. At least that’s what they’ll do if the prototype smart helmet that Intel and Oregon State University are working on ever hits the road. Scientific American

Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet
Five Intel interns from Oregon State University have devised an Atom-powered bike helmet that calls home if the rider crashes. The smart helmet protects the bike rider, plays music and receives calls from a smartphone if there is a crash. A silent, unresponsive cyclist? An emergency number gets automatically called to get help. The Register (UK)

Portland Workshop on Multicore Programming Translates Research into Practice
Danny Dig, assistant professor of computer science at Oregon State University and Andrew Black, professor of computer science at Portland State University, are hosting a workshop in Portland, Ore. on October 17-19 for software professionals to learn the foundations of multicore programming in Java and JavaScript. EECS

Energy Department Announces $7.25 Million for Projects to Advance America’s Emerging Marine & Hydrokinetic Industry
The Energy Department announced today that a new consortium led by Oregon State University, and including the University of Washington and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, will receive $4 million in funding to leverage their field-focused R&D capabilities and accelerate the development and deployment of MHK technologies. Utilizing the existing resources at the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, this consortium of universities will accelerate the development of next-generation wave and tidal energy device arrays. U.S. Department of Energy

Wave Energy Program Gets Federal Boost
Oregon State University's Marine Renewable Energy program has been awarded new federal funding. The additional cash will help them get closer to connecting wave power to the grid. Jefferson Public Radio, Fierce Energy, Domestic Fuel, AltEnergyMag

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Corvallis: Not quite the happiest place on Earth, but apparently close
This just in: Movoto, the California real-estate brokerage that specializes in producing irresistible community rankings, has named Corvallis the third-happiest small city in the United States. Corvallis Gazette Times

What’s new at OSU for fall term?
The campus is awash in construction and other improvements, with a new 324-bed dormitory, Tebeau Hall, set for students to move into Sept. 24, new parking and transit strategies in place and a new intersection at Southwest 15th Street and Washington Way. More than $250 million in construction, upgrades and other infrastructure work is either winding up for fall term or set to go online in the next two years. Albany Democrat-Herald

Grant Supports Women in STEM
A big win for women after Oregon State University was awarded a grant to promote more female faculty in the science and engineering fields. OSU received $3.5 million from the National Science Foundation. The money is going towards improving conditions for women in the STEM fields, or science, technology, engineering, and math. It will also help recruit women faculty and staff in these fields on campus and provide support for them. KEZI

OPPORTUNITIES

There is a Form for That: Learn what the Government Thinks it Knows About You
Portland's Techno-Activism 3rd Monday: FOIA Party, Monday September 15, 6pm-7:30pm, Tentatively scheduled at Mozilla
Ever wonder what travel information the Department of Homeland Security maintains on you? There is a form for that. Want to know if you have an FBI file? There is a form for that. Want to know if law enforcement is setting up cell phone tracking towers in your area? There is a form for that. In this interactive session of TA3M we supply attendees with an easy way to send requests to state and federal agencies for personal and public information. RSVP and details

The OSL is kicking off DevOps BootCamp this year with the brand new DevOps DayCamp!
DevOps DayCamp is a dual-track day with one track to help inexperienced attendees get started with DevOps, as well as a second track comprised of a hands-on hackathon with educational sessions throughout the day for the more advanced DevOps crowd. Sessions will be given by industry professionals and will include Ansible, Travis CI and Docker. Join us on October 11th at 9am in the Kelley Engineering Center. For more information check out osl.io/devopsdaycamp.

Design a web site this Fall! The CS 195 Beginning Web Authoring course will teach you the basics of web site development:

  • Design and production with HTML5, CSS3, and PHP
  • Graphic design and image optimization
  • Site management
  • Online promotion

In just 11 weeks, you'll have a functional web site for the topic of your choice. Build a site for your portfolio, club, or friends and family. No textbook cost or lab fees! Sign up right away! 4 Credits.

Are you savvy? Enroll in WGSS 320 Gender & Technology to meet the BACC Science Technology Synthesis requirements through meaningful activities:

  • Research and write about the social and economic impacts of women in the technology industry.
  • See technology products through a Gender Lens.
  • Discuss trends in STEM and STEAM.
  • Learn to add your research and writing to a web site.
  • Plan for your greatest dream!

No textbook cost! 3 credits. Offered online. http://people.oregonstate.edu/~vanlondp/wgss320/
Need Graduate Credit? Then take the WGSS 525 version of Gender & Technology. 3 credits. Offered online.

WiN 2014 Expo: Pre-startup Innovations-Free Booth-Space Limited - Apply Now!
Are you an OSU Entrepreneur looking for an opportunity to showcase your innovation? The Willamette Innovators Network is casting for its upcoming 2014 Expo (November 6th). WiN helps small and mid-sized traded sector companies share, learn, and connect for success. Participation is free for all pre-startup innovations, space is limited. Get exposed to venture capitalist and gaining valuable experience. To apply contact Betty Nickerson, Expo Coordinator at betty.nickerson@oregonstate.edu, 541-368-5205 by October 20.

Google Announces Million-Dollar Engineering Challenge
Google is offering $1 million to anyone who can take a power inverter — a device used to convert energy that comes from solar, electric vehicles, and wind — and shrink it to 1/10th its normal size. Such devices are normally the size of a picnic basket. It’s called the Little Box Challenge, and it’s being offered in partnership with IEEE. According to the blog, “A smaller inverter could help create low-cost microgrids in remote parts of the world. Or allow you to keep the lights on during a blackout via your electric car’s battery. Or enable advances we haven’t even thought of yet.” The challenge requires teams to register by September 30, 2014 in order to submit a technical approach and application by July of next year. Details

Spirit of Innovation Challenge
The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge invites teams of students to combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship by creating commercially viable products in sustainability to benefit humanity. They work in four categories: aerospace and aviation, cyber security, energy, and health. Winning students are not only named Pete Conrad Scholars, but have a chance at being awarded seed grants, scholarships, patent support, and other opportunities to turn their ideas into small businesses. For the first year, the competition is open to university students, college-age active military, and veterans ages 19-25. The 2015 challenge starts off with teams submitting an investor pitch from mid-August to mid-October 2014. Details

New in Fall 2014: Network Methods in Bioinformatics (CS 419/519)
This course will give you experience in: biological network inference; biological network analysis and modeling; applications of computer science in biology/biomedicine. Details

GRADUATE EXAMS

Thursday, September 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, KEC 3114. PhD Final Oral Examination – Tianzhu Qiao. Major Advisor: Huaping Liu; Committee: Raviv Raich, Thinh Nguyen, Patrick Chiang; GCR: Jimmy Yang. "Position Estimation in Indoor Localization System." Details

Thursday, September 18, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, KEC 1007. PhD Oral Preliminary Examination – Bruce Querbach. Major Advisor: Patrick Chiang; Committee: Huaping Liu, Ram Krishnamurthy, Shih-Lien L Lu; GCR: Leonard Coop. "BIST Technology for High Speed Memory and IO on Silicon." Details

JOBS

OSU Career Services
The new Beaver Careers is live and you can login, update your profile, and begin setting appointments, searching jobs and connecting with off-campus employers! Details

Database Architect, Oregon State University. OSU has been selected by the National Science Foundation as the lead institution to design and construct up to three ocean going research vessels for the nation’s academic fleet. The project team is offering an exciting opportunity to a motivated and professional graduate or undergraduate candidate with excellent database technical skills. Using Filemaker 13 (preferred), or other database program as approved by the RCRV Project Manager, this position will create a cloud based data management solution for several project related disciplines including risk, design, and contract management. Details

Computer and Web Support Assistant, OSU Extension and Experiment Station Communications. Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) is seeking a student worker to provide website development support. Tasks include: Posting content to web sites, link checking, and working with multimedia. Assisting with computer maintenance, including installing software and other related projects. Adding content and images to databases, converting web documents to alternate formats. Details

Intelligence Community Student Programs Virtual Info Session
Tuesday, September 23, noon to 6 p.m. (Eastern)
If you'd like to secure an internship or co-op program with the U.S. Intelligence Community for next summer, act fast – applications are due in October and November! Please join the Intelligence Community on Sept. 23rd at the second annual IC Student Programs Virtual Info Session to explore exciting opportunities for students who are majoring in areas ranging from computer science, intelligence studies and cybersecurity to law, business, finance and public relations/marketing. Find out how your critical skills can protect the nation. Details

Business Intelligence Analyst, Budget / Fiscal Planning, Oregon State University. At Oregon State University, the Business Intelligence Center (BIC) team works collaboratively with Information Services, Finance & Administration and Academic Affairs. The Business Analyst position is a key member of the BIC team, reporting to the BIC Director and located with the team in the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning. The BIC team collaborates in development, support and maintenance of the CORE Data Warehouse, Operational Data Store (ODS), Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) and Extract/Transform/Load (ETL). Details

Don’t forget to check out the AfterCollege job site, tailored especially for our EECS students.


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