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Thursday, March 22, 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.

Inclement weather update: With temperatures rising and no significant snow accumulation forecast today, the university will open for regularly scheduled hours and operations. Travelers are encouraged to allow ample time for today’s commute, as road conditions continue to be wet and slushy.

Move-In Before Marriage No Longer Predicts Divorce (NPR)

The experience of living together before marriage is different for different people, said Richard Settersten Jr., an Oregon State University professor of human development and family science. (See also: Seattle Times, Washington Post, Newsday)

Neil DeGrasse Tyson asks us how much the universe is worth; the Web responds (Washington Post)

Zeller leads the robotics club’s “Mars Rover Team” at Oregon State, and is working on completing his bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering.

In Portland, Food Innovation Center links farms to forks, and rural Oregon to international markets (Oregonian)

The work, from taste test to trade mission, is a collaboration of OSUs College of Agricultural Sciences and the Oregon Department of Agriculture. The institutions recognized 10 years ago they have a joint, expanding role in the state’s $5 billion ag industry, and that access to Portland’s urban foodies and international connections was crucial.

Spring storm leaves a mess (Register-Guard)

Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University, took a slightly different tack, arguing that the storm wasn’t that unusual, especially for a La Niña winter. (See Also: Oregon Live, Lebanon Express, KVAL)

‘No thanks for all the fishing’: World’s smallest dolphin to be extinct ‘imminently’  as nets reduce species to just 55 survivors (Daily Mail)

A new study carried out by University of Auckland, Oregon State University and the New Zealand Department of Conservation – using DNA  samples – found the number of dolphins aged more than a year had plummeted from 111 when the last survey was carried out in 2004.

Rare whale swims up West Coast toward Russian home (CBS News)

She is expected to turn left to head back to feeding grounds off Russia’s Sakhalin Island, said Bruce Mate, director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. See also: (Bloomberg Business Week)

BP oil spill contaminated Gulf food chain, study says (Houston Business Journal)

East Carolina University led the study with researchers from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Oregon State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and U.S. Geological Survey. (See also: International Business Times)

Upcoming Events

NEW! March Science Pub Central Oregon: Tuesday, March 27 at Brand 33 at Aspen Lakes in Sisters, 6-8 p.m. Subject is “Bees on the Brink” by Ramesh Sagili of Horticulture and OSU Extension Service. Science Pubs are free, but Reservations required and limited to 100. To make a reservation, call 541-322-3100 or email info@osucascades.edu

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Today goes weekly for break: OSU Today will be moving to a weekly (Monday) basis during Spring Break. To ensure your event gets into the March 26 edition, send your items by 4 p.m., Friday, March 23 to osutoday@oregonstate.edu. OSU Today will resume daily editions on Monday, April 2.

NEW! Memorial service: A memorial service will be held for Timothy Goman, who was a senior in computer science, on Saturday, March 31 at 3 p.m. at the OSU CH2MHill Alumni Center. All who knew Tim or the Goman family are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Tim Goman can be sent to the OSU Foundation.

NEW! Faculty Honors and Recognitions: The Research Office maintains a list of  prestigious honors and recognitions, as a resource for all. Please see oregonstate.edu/research/faculty-honors. If you have additions, contact Jana.Zvibleman@oregonstate.edu

Open parking: Open parking no permit required in student/visitor lots March 26-April 6.

Diversity essay contest: Last days to vote for your favorite essay: Join us, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, in selecting the winner of the 2011 This is My OSU Campus Ethos Diversity essay contest. Voting closes March 23. To cast your vote, go to http://oregonstate.edu/oei/essay

Employee Award Nominations: The call for 2012 Exemplary Employee Award Nominations has been extended to Friday, April 20. Click on the following link for nomination instructions: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html. For clarification or questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Jeri Hemmer, Associate Director for Employee and Labor Relations, at 541-737-0547; or jeri.hemmer@oregonstate.edu.

Baby Boomer Series: Estate planning: Wills vs. Trusts, by David B. Beckham, attorney. Thursday, March 22, noon to 1 p.m., MU 207.

Retirement: Tammy Barr, Director of Technology Support Services, will be retiring from OSU on April 1, ending a 30 year career of service and achievement at the University. In honor of her retirement, we invite you to sign her “virtual retirement blog,” located at http://tammysretirement.blogspot.com.

Free Departmental Confidential Shredding: In order to boost recycling weights for the RecycleMania competition and help departments clear out unneeded files, all pick-up requests for confidential paper that are submitted online Monday through Friday, March 19-23 will be processed free of charge. Don’t miss this cost-saving opportunity! More info on our calendar or call 541-737-2856.

RecSports Spring Memberships & Locker Sales: Sales will begin on Monday, March 19 at the Recreational Services Desk, (541-737-3736). More information on Membership prices and types can be found on our website. Winter Memberships and Locker Rentals will expire on Friday, April 6.

Recreational Sports Spring Break Hours: Spring Break hours officially occur from Saturday, March 24 through Sunday, April 1 . Dixon Recreation Center will close early at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 23.

NSF – Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) Letters of Intent: The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – SNM program. The program seeks collaborative research and education in the area of scalable nanomanufacturing, including the long-term societal implications of the large-scale implementation of nanomanufacturing innovations. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/scalable-nanomanufacturing-snm-2010. Deadline to the Research Office: April 23. Information: debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Jobs

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

Office Specialist 2: The Department of Student Media invites applicants for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified position of Office Specialist 2. Posting #0008716. Closes March 23.

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. Closes 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 March 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 March 27.

Benefits Consultant – The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0008762. Closes March 30.

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.

Operating Systems-Network Analyst – Information Services – Network Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst, competency level 3 position. Posting #0008 759. Closes Mar 31.

INTO Oregon State University is currently recruiting for an IT Manager. This technical position is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU. The IT Manager is required to pro-actively manage and take ownership of assigned systems issues and development projects involving the student information system and related systems. For additional information and/or immediate consideration, please email salary requirements, cover letter, resume, and 2 references to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu. Closes April 1.

Information Technology Consultant – Information Services – Technology Support Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Information Technology Consultant, competency level 2 position. Posting # 0008775. Closes April 4.

Senior Institutional Research Analyst – The Office of Institutional Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Senior Institutional Research Analyst position. Posting # 0008 744. Closes Apr 8.

Academic Advisers – College of Business – School of Design & Human Environment invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Academic Adviser positions. Posting # 0008752. Closes April 8.

The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time 1.0, 12-month, Associate Dean. The Associate Dean contributes to the academic and administrative responsibilities that are both central and supplemental to the mission of the Graduate School. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. Posting #0008769. Closes April 13.

Traffic and maintenance

Parking spaces closure: Due to the installation of new ADA parking spaces, 10 parking spaces along Jefferson Way, west of 26th Street and the Jefferson Way intersection, will be closed from March 26 through April 16. The southern half of the parking lot at Moreland Hall will also be closed.

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 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. 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.

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 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: Who said spring is here? If you are thinking winter may never end, you are not alone. A chance of rain and snow showers before 11 a.m. A high near 40, with a low of 30. More snow expected for tonight, but tomorrow should warm up a bit.

Central Oregon: Looks like Mother Nature is trying to get one last winter storm in before spring, so be careful driving. A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 40, low around 26.

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