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Friday, Oct. 5, 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.

OSU researchers say humans may be able to pass flu onto pets (OregonLive)

We all know that we should avoid being around other people when we’re sick with the flu to make sure we don’t spread the virus to other humans. But veterinary researchers at Oregon State University and Iowa State University are concerned about the possibility that we may be able to pass the flu virus onto our pets as well. (see also Huffington Post, Newsroom America, KLCC)

Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awardees Announced (National Science Foundation)

Jessy Grizzle of the University of Michigan and Jonathan Hurst of Oregon State University received a Popular Mechanics Innovator Award for their team’s development of the MABEL bipedal robot. One of the fastest-moving and most sophisticated bipedal robots on Earth, the work on MABEL and her predecessors has been supported by NSF since 1999 through a range of grants including awards to Grizzle and to Hurst. A feature story produced in partnership with LiveScience.com describes MABEL. (see Popular Mechanics)

The lemur that was a fish (Wired)

As researchers Sergio Bogan, Brian Sidlauskas (Oregon State University), and colleagues point out in their Neotropical Ichthyology study, the tale of “Arrhinolemur” goes back to 1898. In that year the pioneering Argentine paleontologist Florentino Ameghino named the creature on the basis of a skull given to him by colleague Pedro Scalabrini. The specimen was not fully cleaned of the encasing rock, but, despite being obscured, Ameghino believed that the skull represented an archaic lemur with almost no snout to speak of.

Ex-Army officer speaks on gay rights activism (Gazette-Times)

Choi has since been the subject of national attention for continuous demonstration of opposition to the policy, including arrests for chaining himself to the White House fence. Though prosecution for that protest is continuing in federal court, he delivered the keynote speech of Queer History Month at LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus Wednesday night.

Portland sees record dryness (Spokesman Review)

Based simply on history, Portland’s forecast for Thursday should have included a 30 percent chance of rain, said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University.

Timothy White chosen as Cal State Chancellor (LA Times)

Timothy White, the chancellor of UC Riverside since 2008, has been named the new head of the 23-campus California State University system. White was previously  a dean, provost, executive vice president, and interim president at Oregon State University. (see also Long Beach Post, New York Times, OregonLive)

Novelist and essayist to visit Bend library (Bend Bulletin)

At 2 p.m. Sunday, novelist and essayist Marjorie Sandor (OSU), whose prose has been described as “tangy and luscious as just-plucked fruit,” will read at the Downtown Bend Public Library, 601 N.W. Wall St.

Oregon State blackout games are back on (OregonLive)

Oregon State President Ed Ray issued a letter to the university community today in which the Beavers backtrack from a move to discourage fan blackouts at football games for fear of racial issues. (see also Gazette-Times)

Editorial: States downgrade research (Register-Guard)

Sixty percent of the $33 billion the federal government spent to support nonmedical research in 2010 went to the nation’s 101 top public research universities, including the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. The foundation recently issued a report sounding an alarm about declining state support for its partners in scientific and technical research.

 

Today

TAC Webinar: TAC.FM – Friday Morning TAC Tech Talk, with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Every Friday morning throughout the term we will check out a variety technologies of interest to faculty and staff at OSU. Segments include TAC News, Going Mobile, Tech Tips and Tricks. This week we’ll also have a visit from Steve Roberts who has recently joined TAC’s staff. Oct. 5, 10 to 10:30 a.m. Register here: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/index.php?option=com_events_sessions&task=view&id=683

NEW! First Friday lunch at the Motor Pool: Today we’re serving meatball submarine sandwiches along with a meatless alternative. Drop by between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. If your car fits it counts as a parking spot and at the Motor Pool it’s free. Find out more at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/motorpool

TAC Webinar: NEO – New Educator Organization | Professional Development, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). Are you new to teaching at OSU? This webinar addresses commonly-asked questions and gives an overview of support available to instructors of all stripes (experienced faculty, GTA’s, researchers, etc.). Oct. 5, noon to 12:50 p.m. Register here: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/index.php?option=com_events_sessions&task=view&id=651

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU Moon Tree Dedication: Join the Oregon NASA Space Grant and the OSU College of Forestry for the Moon Tree Dedication at 2 p.m., Oct. 10, at Peavy Hall to celebrate astronaut and Oregon smoke jumper Stuart Roosa and the Apollo 14 Lunar Mission.  For more information about this event and about Moon Trees go to http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/osu-moon-tree-dedication.

NEW!Library workshops: The OSU Libraries Fall 2012 Grad Student & Faculty Workshop series kicks off on Oct. 10-11 with basic and more advanced sessions on using EndNote and Zotero, both great citation manger tools.  Register for these sessions and many more:  http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops. Questions?  Contact hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! ‘Ethnic Notions’ documentary: A documentary on prejudice and stereotypes will be screened on Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m., in the MU Journey Room. Ethnic Notions is Marlon Riggs’ Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. Requests for accommodations related to disability: jodi.nelson@oregonstate.edu:  or calling 541-737-0715.

Science Pub: At the Oct. 8 Corvallis Science Pub, Kathie Dello will delve into Oregon’s perfect storm, the weather event that still stands as one of the state’s most damaging natural disasters. The deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service warns that it could happen again. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St.

German film festival: The “Biber Blick I – German Film Festival,” takes place in Corvallis Oct. 8-12. It celebrates both recent releases and a retrospective of films from the 1970s and 1980s by East German filmmaker Iris Gusner. The festival is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. All films are subtitled and will play at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis.

Latino issues panel: “Reaping the Seeds of our Heritage,” panel presentation on the history of Latinos in Oregon. Monday, Oct. 8 from 6-8 p.m. in the Valley Library main floor rotunda. Natalia Fernández, José-Antonio Orosco, Erlinda Gonzales-Berry and Susana Rivera-Mills will discuss the Bracero program, Cesar Chávez, and current demographics of the Latino population. Music by local guitarist Jim Garcia. This is the inaugural reception for OSU’s Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement. Info: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/content/highlights

Socratic Club debate: “Is Christianity Good for American Politics?” is the subject a Socratic Club debate on Monday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the LaSells Stewart Center. Speakers are Dinesh D’Souza, co-director of the documentary movie, “2016: Obama’s America,” and Michael Shermer, Executive Director of the Skeptics Society. The debate is free and open to the public. For more information go to http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic.

AOP October Brown Bag Lunch: Tuesday, Oct. 9, noon to 1 p.m. at the West Dining Hall East Conference Room. Speaker: Rick Spinrad, OSU Vice President for Research, speaking about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the connections to OSU. Door prize. Please R.S.V.P to Laura.Frye@oregonstate.edu

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Latino population talk: “The Global Implications of Latino Population Growth and the Search for Common Ground,” keynote address by Juan Andrade, Jr., president of the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute, for inaugural week of OSU’s Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom. Info: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/content/highlights

Oregon Sea Grant student symposium: Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) invites the public to its inaugural Scholars Day Symposium to be held Oct. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Joyce Powell Leadership Center Journey Room. Attend for all or part of the afternoon. Join us for a panel discussion, a poster reception, and eight presentations by students currently or recently supported by OSG’s marine and coastal science programs. For agenda and information, visit http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/education/sea-grant-scholars/scholars-symposium. Questions: seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu

Lifelong STEM Learning Seminar: Oct. 9, 4 to 5 p.m., Kidder Hall Room 202. The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning presents the 2012-2013 Lifelong STEM Learning Seminar and Forum series. Dr. Bouwma-Gearhart will kick-off the series by exploring the trend of university-based centers of STEM education, including the motivations and missions of organizations pushing their creation, and the associated perils confronted and promises afforded at major research universities. More info at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/Events including url for streaming and broadcast locations.

Tsunami seminar: Professor Harry Yeh will discuss the 2011 Tohoku Tsunami in Fukushima on Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m. in Kearney Hall, Room 112. Yeh will discuss the ecological impacts by tsunami and the persistent effects in the environment due particularly to the absence of human influence in the area, as well as the performance of coastal protective structures, primarily seawalls. Based on our analysis, a failure-resistant seawall design is proposed.

News for Employees

NEW! Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Fall 2012-13 Solicitation (Spring 2013 Release). The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt . Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline for submission: Nov. 12.

NEW! Gates Foundation – TB Vaccine Accelerator Program: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting letters of intent for the TB Vaccine Accelerator program. The program focuses on key areas where additional investments may be able to fill critical knowledge gaps and generate much-needed tools for enabling and accelerating TB vaccine development. Full description: http://www.grandchallenges.org/GrantOpportunities/Pages/TBVaccineAccelerator.aspx. If you have questions contact: Martha Coleman, OSU Foundation at Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6961. Deadline: Nov. 26.

NEW! Thanks from UHDS: University Housing & Dining Services sends our deep thanks to the 769 volunteers that welcomed 3,934 students and their families to campus on Sept. 18-19. The OSU community set a bright new standard for OSU Move-In by extending the friendly and helpful culture of OSU to the Class of 2016. The positive comments we received about the volunteers and the move-in experience this year are a testament to the value of your participation, energy and the spirit you bring to OSU.  We especially want to thank the fraternities and sororities, Oregon State Police and Campus Safety, OSU staff and faculty who helped make the day function smoothly, and the Corvallis community.  Send suggestions for next year to dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu.

Faculty Senate Elections: According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, faculty who are not tenured and have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Senate purposes. For example, if a faculty member has a split appointment between Agricultural Sciences and Science, they may choose one or the other (FTE will not be split among apportionment units). This choice will determine Senate representation. Faculty not choosing where they wish to be apportioned will be placed in an apportionment unit at the discretion of the Faculty Senate Office. Tenured faculty are typically apportioned in their tenure apportionment unit. Please contact Vickie Nunnemaker no later than Oct. 22 to indicate with which unit you wish to be apportioned. When responding, please provide your name, the units you are split between, the unit with which you prefer to be apportioned, and include ‘Apportionment’ in the subject line.

Gates Foundation: Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, Round 3: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced the third round of its Reinvent the Toilet Challenge designed to prototype a means of dealing effectively and cost-efficiently with human waste for the 2.5 billion people on earth who currently lack access to safe and affordable sanitation. Full description: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/watersanitationhygiene/Pages/loi-round3-reinvent-toilet-challenge.aspx. Information: Martha Coleman, OSU Foundation at Martha.coleman@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov. 8.

Restrictions on political activity: The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.

Conversations with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two Fall term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. Faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Sessions are Oct. 31 from 2:30-4 p.m. and Nov. 20 from 9: to 10:30 a.m. First come, first serve basis. To register: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/

Weight Watchers Information: If you are interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group here on campus the WW Open House meetings will be Oct. 30 at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm at Student Health Services room 322. The meetings are not limited to OSU employees. The next 13-week session begins Nov. 6. The weekly meetings are at 11:30 or 12:30 with weigh in beginning at 11 a.m. or noon. First complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website. This is required by Pebb. If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized. Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code. Present the code at the first meeting of the 13 week session on Nov. 6. For more information please call WW/PEBB at 866-454-2144 or Kathi at 541-737-3106.

NSF – Major Research Instrumentation (MRI): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent. The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Letter of intent guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/major-research-instrumentation-nsf-mri-program. Information: Debbie Delmore debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline to Research Office, Incentive Programs: Nov. 12.

Jobs

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

The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center invites applications for a Human Resources Consultant 2. This is a 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0009713. Closes Oct. 5.

Full-time Accountant 1 position in OSU’s Business Affairs/Office of Post Award Administration Office. Posting #0009716. Closes Oct. 8.

Veterinary Technician 2 Pool – College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9 month limited duration position. Posting #0009494. Closes Oct. 9.

Printing & Mailing Services is seeking applicants for an Administrative Program Assistant-Pre-Press/Graphic Design Customer Representative, full-time 1.0 FTE position. Posting #0009731. Closes Oct.17.

Accountant 2 – The VP for Research Office/Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) invites applications for a full-time, 12 months, Accountant 2 position.  Posting #0009745.  Closes Oct. 19.

University Housing & Dining Services Residential Education Unit is seeking applicants for an Administrative Program Specialist, full-time, 12-month, fixed term position. Posting #0009740. Closes Oct. 19.

The Research Office invites applications for two full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator positions. The IRB Coordinator will assist the IRB Administrator in managing the privileged and confidential institutional review and approval process of proposed research activities involving human subjects to protect their safety, rights, and welfare. Posting # 0009690. Closes Oct. 15.

Chief Startup Officer. The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks an individual with executive experience in at least two startup companies to facilitate the development and growth of new companies based on OSU research. Posting# 0009709. Closes Oct. 22.

The University Honors College invites applications for the position of Associate Dean. The role of the Associate Dean is to help provide innovative, pro-active leadership for the University Honors College. Appointment will be made from within the ranks of current OSU tenured or tenure-track faculty. This is a 12-month, .5 FTE fixed term professional faculty appointment. Posting # 0009640. Closing date is Oct. 31.

The Research Office invites applications for two full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Coordinator positions. The IRB Coordinator will assist the IRB Administrator in managing the privileged and confidential institutional review and approval process of proposed research activities involving human subjects to protect their safety, rights, and welfare. Posting # 0009737. Closes Nov. 16.

The OSU Alumni Association is seeking an experienced alumni professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks. The successful candidate will work with volunteers to develop programs to engage alumni within high-priority lifecycles: recent grads, families and mature alumni. This position will primarily develop and implement programs in California – home to more than 16,000 OSU alumni. www.osualum.com/jobs

INTO OSU has an immediate need 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 a complete job description and additional details, please email Rhonda Maillard at rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

Traffic and Maintenance

30th Street: Due to paving, 30th Street between Jackson and Johnson will be closed. Detour routes will be in place at Orchard and Harrison, directing traffic to use 35th Street. This will take place Friday.

Gilbert Addition: Due to renovations, restrooms 2 and 3 in Gilbert Addition will be temporarily shut down. Building water will need to be shut off temporarily for short periods of time but this will only be done after hours. This closure should end by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Dearborn: Due to renovations, rooms 106A and the adjoining room 107 in Dearborn Hall are going to be renovated to create two new ADA restrooms. Room 0001A will be used by the contractor to install new plumbing for the restrooms. Building water will need to be shut off temporarily for short periods of time but this will only be done after hours. Demolition will occur Oct. 3 and there will be noise throughout the day. The room closures will end by 5 p.m. Nov. 15.

Weather

Corvallis: Well it’s the end of a long week, and we’ve managed to stay awake through most of it. The weekend will be brisk but sunny, with highs in the mid 70s and lows dipping into the high 30s. Again, the fire danger is high, so be especially careful when doing any outdoor activities this weekend.

Central Oregon: This weekend won’t look much different than the rest of the week, as highs hover in the 60s and lows dip into the 20s overnight.

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