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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Wolves to the slaughter (American Prospect)

In Yellowstone National Park, biologist William Ripple, a professor at the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, has found that when there were no wolves, elk ran amok. They overgrazed the banks of streams, and they ate away the sprouts of aspen trees, resulting in stunted aspen groves.

Fraternity offers help after the storm (Gazette-Times)

Several members of Oregon State University’s Acacia fraternity won’t be taking a road trip toward a warm beach or a ski resort during spring break, but rather to southern Indiana. They plan to drive U-Haul trucks filled with donated items 2,330 miles to tornado-ravaged Henryville, Ind., and spend a week contributing labor to the town’s cleanup effort. (see also KVAL)

Scientists document first consumption of abundant life form, Archaea (Astrobiology.com)

“This opens up a new avenue of research,” said Andrew Thurber, a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University and lead author on the study. “Archaea weren’t even discovered until 1977, and were thought to be rare and unimportant, but we are beginning to realize that they not only are abundant, but they have roles that have not fully been appreciated.” (see also Terra Daily, Science Daily)

Mummy berries haunt blueberry growers (Capital Press)

Usually between March 25 and April 15, small “mushroom” structures sprout from the infected berries, Oregon State University horticulturist Ross Penhallegon said. They release spores that infect emerging blueberry leaf shoots.

Magma fingers, volcanic plumbing, knickzones and atmospheric river events (Science Codex)

Stephen T. Lancaster of Oregon State University and colleagues used field mapping and remote sensing data, including airborne laser altimetry, to locate and characterize initiation sites of six debris flows that occurred during a so-called “atmospheric river” event (i.e., a warm wet storm) on Mount Rainier, Washington, in November 2006.

Beavers to honor 1962 squad (KVAL)

One of Oregon State’s most successful football teams in the history of the program will be inducted into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame during a special ceremony Fri., Sept. 7, 2012 at Reser Stadium, Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Monday. The Beavers host defending Big Ten Champions Wisconsin the following day.

OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop offers scholarships (Gazette-Times)

The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop scholarship committee is accepting applications from older-than-average women students who are U.S. citizens and residents of Benton County, age 30 or older who will be attending Oregon State University full time in 2012-13, while pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or professional degree.

Today

Electronics Recycling Collection: Bring broken and unwanted electronics for free recycling and help OSU compete nationally in the new RecycleMania electronics category! OSU-owned and personal items welcome. Bring to the recycling warehouse (644 SW 13th St.) on Monday-Wednesday, March 12-14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. See a list of accepted items here.

Recycling Fundraiser: Bring redeemable cans and plastic bottles to the MU Quad on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to fundraise for the OSU Emergency Food Pantry, in this sororities versus fraternities philanthropy challenge! Only plastic and metal (NO glass) containers that have a deposit value, please. For more information, contact Andrea Norris of Campus Recycling at andrea.norris@oregonstate.edu.

Cayuse 424 Training: The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 proposal system on March 13 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in MU 211. Any interested faculty and/or staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 25. Send an e-mail to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space. This session will be offered monthly through 2012.

Inspiration for “House” comes to OSU: A physician whose column was the inspiration for the hit television series “House,” will speak on medical mysteries and the art of diagnosis in a lecture at Oregon State University on Tuesday, March 13, at LaSells Stewart Center. Dr. Lisa Sanders is speaking as part of the OSU Program in Medical Humanities lecture series. The free public event includes a public reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 7 p.m.

Geospatial Intelligence and Planning seminar: Anthony Veltri, Information Services Supervisor for the USDA Forest Service, will speak on “Map. Manage. Minimize Risk.” March 13, from 4 to 5 p.m. in 108 Wilkinson Hall.


Pride Center work space: Procrastinators Unite! Come study for finals or work on that end of term project at the Pride Center. We have plenty of work space and comfy couches! Yogurt parfaits will be provided. March 13-15, 7-10 p.m. the Pride Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! SEUI event: Classified staff, our union General Membership meeting is this coming Thursday, March 15, from noon to 1 p.m. at the MU, in room 213.   Come hear the candidates running for leadership positions and decide on who you would like to represent you. Also hear about the “Civil War” membership drive challenge between OSU and the U of O. Lunch provided.

NEW! TAC Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning.” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Friday, March 16, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. This week, in addition to taking a look at some upcoming TAC and CTL events, we’ll wrap up the term with the final installment of the Multimedia and PowerPoint.series .   Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! TAC Webinar: “Blackboard Grade Center.” with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC).  March 16, 2 to 3 p.m. This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. We’ll work with organizing the grade center; smart views; uploading and downloading grades; reports; grading schemas and grade weighting. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Community Costs of Corporate Power: March 16, 7 p.m.,  Corvallis Library.  Advisory Question on 11/12 ballot, Mad as Hell Doctors, Richard Harisay on Constitution. Refreshments. Cosponsored by OSU Peace Studies.

Lucky Day Sale at the OSUsed Store:
Come to our public sale Wednesday, March 14, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. where we’ll have a drawing for two $50 gift certificates to our store! We will also collect your electronics for recycling during the sale. For more information, visit our website.

Book review: “The Warmth of Other Suns,” by Isabel Wilkerson will be reviewed by OSU’s Marisa Chappell, March 14, Noon, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

HEM (Health Engagement Model) Computer Lab Sessions: PEBB benefit eligible employees that elected to participate in the HEM plan, must complete the health survey by March 15. OHR Employee Benefits is offering computer lab sessions to allow employee to complete the HEM requirements on March 14. To register please visit OSU Professional Development site or contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu

TAC Webinar: “Advanced PowerPoint Design and Pedagogy.” with Weiwei Zhang (TAC). Wednesday March 14, noon to 1 p.m. Effective use of presentation tools webinar designed to help instructors improve slide design/making skills in order to better support teaching and learning. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

TAC Webinar: “Beyond the Basics with Blackboard,” with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC). March 15, noon to 1 p.m. This session covers several useful features in Blackboard that instructors may not know about, or would like more details on. We’ll review Adaptive release; Mark as reviewed; Performance dashboards; Notifications; Course reports; Grade reports; Sharing content with other instructors, Adding and formatting images, and some assorted productivity tips. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

OSU Night at the Symphony: Join OSU president Edward J. Ray for OSU Night at the Symphony. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.The Emerald Isle comes alive with beautiful ballads, sung by great Irish tenor John McDermott and accompanied by Portland’s own Molly Malone Irish Dancers. Premium seating is available at a 50 percent discount to the OSU community. Order tickets in the OSU section by calling Tom Wente at 503-416-6380 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and referencing OSU Night at the Symphony. Tickets start at $26 a piece.

News for Employees

NEW! aOSU App For Android now available: Information Services and Web Communications announce the release of aOSU, the free OSU app for Android™ that lets you access Oregon State University when you’re on the go. Navigate campus, search the directory, watch videos, and more. Read more about the app on the Information Services website, or simply download aOSU on Google Play or from the Android Market.

NEW! Lab preparedness: In case of an earthquake, fire or other emergency, is your unit or lab prepared to keep people safe? What about your equipment, data, and all other elements of your research? Get help to get prepared  with the Spin on Research.

Vote for your favorite essay: Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion in selecting the winner of the 2011 This is My OSU Campus Ethos Diversity essay contest. This contest was initiated by the Office of Community and Diversity, and in the interest of completing the process and honoring those who entered, we would like to ask for your help in the final selection round. To cast your vote, go to oregonstate.edu/oei/essay.

Thrift shop scholarship: The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from older-than-average women students who are U.S. citizens and residents of Benton County, age 30 or older who will be attending OSU full time in 2012-2013, while pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or professional degree ( PhD and EdD candidates are not eligible). The Committee also is accepting applications from high school seniors who will attend OSU in the fall and are graduating from Benton County High Schools or live in Benton County. Applications are available at the Thrift Shop, 144 NW 2nd Street; at the OSU Financial Aid Office; the OSU Women’s Center; and OSU College Advisors’ offices. The applications are also available online at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/osufolk. Deadline is March 19. For information, 541-752-1096.

Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2012: The Research Office Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the RERF Spring 2012 solicitation. The intent of the RERF program is to enable faculty to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve equipment directly used for research. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf. Deadline for submission: March 19. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

Student mediation skills: The Mediators Beyond Borders chapter at Oregon State University (MBB-OSU) is seeking applications from students who wish to participate in a free 32-hour basic mediation training, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 14, 15, 21 and 22 on the OSU campus. Applications can be found on our blog at http://mbbosu.wordpress.com/. Submit your application by email to mediators@oregonstate.edu by March 19 to be considered for this great opportunity. For more information, find us on facebook (www.facebook.com/MBBOSU ) or send an email to mediators@oregonstate.edu to be added to the list-serve.

Extended Deadline for URISC: The Research Office has extended the deadline for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2011-12. Proposal submissions are due Wednesday, March 14. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Jobs

To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

The University Administrative Business Center Finance Unit is inviting applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, classified Accountant 2 position. Posting #0008691. Closes March 13.

Web Communications Specialist/Writer (Public Info Representative 2) – OSU-Cascades invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, classified position. Posting # 0008667. Closes March 16

The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Advisor-Student Success Specialist. Posting # 0008646. For full consideration, apply by March 7. Closes March 16.

Director of International Graduate Admissions – The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #0008630. Closes March 16.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital is seeking a University’s Veterinary Technician 2.  Posting #0007434. Closes March 19.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

Operating Systems-Network Analyst, Competency Level 3 – Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst, Competency Level 3 position. Posting # 0008681. Closes March 19.

Office Specialist 2:  The Department of Agricultural Education and General Agriculture invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0008713.  Closes March 20.

Fiscal Coordinator 1: The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0008714. Closes March 23.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications from current OSU employees for the part-time position of Director of Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program. See posting #0008679. Closing date: Monday, March 26.

Graphic Artist 2 – University Relations and Marketing-Web Communications invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Graphic Artist 2 position. Posting #0008690. Closes Mar 26.

International Degree and Education Abroad Director – International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, International Degree and Education Abroad Director position. Posting # 0008701. Closes Mar 27.

The University Ombuds Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position: Assistant Ombuds. Posting number# 0008680. Closes March 31.

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is seeking a Custodian for the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. This is a part-time, 12-month, classified position. Posting # 0008707. Closes March 31.

Traffic and maintenance

Cascade Hall: Six flowering pear trees located on the north and east side of Cascade Hall will be removed due to poor structural health and building clearance issues.  The trees are scheduled to be removed during the last week of March (Spring Break).This will allow for removal equipment to access the site with a minimum of disturbance to classes. To ensure safety of pedestrians the Multi Use pathway on the north side of the building along the railroad tracks will be closed to access for the duration of the removal. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. March 26, and end by 5 p.m. March 30. The area will be replanted with smaller stature trees.

Memorial Union quad: A Red oak tree (Quercus rubra) on the Memorial Union quad north of the bookstore is in decline due to root decay disease and will need to be removed. The tree is scheduled to be removed during the last week of March (Spring Break).To ensure safety of pedestrians the north sidewalks east of the main entrance and the Memorial Place Brick Mall on the east side of the building will be closed to access for the duration of the removal. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. March 26 and should end by 5 p.m. March 30.

Fire alarm testing: During the week of March 25-31, Honeywell will be on site performing Quarterly Fire Alarm Testing in below listed buildings: Book Storage, Parking Structure, Reser Stadium, Benton Hall, Burt 3, Burt 4, Cascade Hall, Child Care Center, Sports Performance Center, Gladys Valley, Merrit Truax, Milne Computer Center, Valley Football Center, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This will be a live test. We are sorry for any inconvenience or noise that this may cause, however this testing in necessary to ensure all the building fire systems are up to standards and for the safety of the OSU community.

Memorial Place Brick Mall: A large Sequoia on the OSU campus west of Strand Agriculture hall has been in accelerating decline due to Redwood Canker disease and will need to be removed.The tree is scheduled to be removed during the last week of March (Spring Break). This will allow for cranes, log hauling trucks and other heavy equipment to access the site with a minimum of disturbance to classes. To ensure safety of pedestrians the Memorial Place Brick Mall on the west side of the building and the West entrances will be closed to access for the duration of the removal. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. March 26 and should end by 5 p.m., March 30.

Weather

Corvallis: Winter is just being stubborn at this point, because apparently it’s snowing again. We could see a mix of rain and snow showers this morning, with no expected accumulation, turning to all rain by late morning. Today’s high will be 47 with a low tonight of 35. Rain likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Scattered snow before 11 a.m., then a chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 40. West wind between 11 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

 

 

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