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Thursday, June 13, 2013

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.

U.S says unapproved biotech wheat appears to be limited to one field (Reuters)

Bob Zemetra, an Oregon State University wheat breeder and genetics specialist, said the university used different samples than the USDA when testing for the contamination. Both series of tests found positives.

When will the next megathrust hit the west coast of North America? (Science Daily)

It also supports paleoseismic data found in offshore marine sediment cores along the US portion of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, recently released in an important United States Geological Survey (USGS) paleoseismic study by a team of researchers led by Dr. Chris Goldfinger of Oregon State University.

Lung transplant reignites debate in Oregon over ethics of organ donation (Oregonian)

However, every time one person is moved up the wait list, someone else has to wait, said Courtney Campbell, a philosophy professor at Oregon State University. “Depending on where you are, you may lose out entirely,” he said. Roughly 7,000 people die each year – 19 a day –waiting for the organs that could save them, he said.

OSU study explains how even a little ocean acidification can kill baby oysters (OPB)

Researchers at Oregon State University have been studying why more acidic ocean water is wiping out oyster larvae at hatcheries in the Northwest.

Klamath can expect more droughts in future (OPB)

Kathie Dello with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University says models show the Klamath Basin will only get warmer and drier, meaning less snowpack, less precipitation and smaller reservoirs.

Value of vaccinating children, young adults for influenza underestimated, experts say (News Medical)

“In most cases, the available flu vaccine could be used more effectively and save more lives by increasing the number of vaccinated children and young adults,” said Jan Medlock, a co-author of the study and researcher with the Department of Biomedical Sciences in Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. (see also KEZI)

Study helps managers identify regions with multiple threat potentials, including wildfires (Innovations Report)

The study, Mapping Multiple Forest Threats in the Northwestern United States, was coauthored by PNW Research Station scientists Kline and Kerns; Michelle Day, a Faculty Research Assistant, Oregon State University (OSU); and Roger Hammer, an Associate Professor of Public Policy, at OSU.

OSU research center seeks farmers’ input on new positions (Capital Press)

Officials at Oregon State University are asking growers about their research priorities as they prepare to fill two positions at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center.

OSU closing four housing co-ops (KEZI)

Oregon State University will end the cooperative housing programs at four homes on campus at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Students living at Avery Lodge, Azalea House, Dixon Lodge and Oxford House are sad to see their homes go.

Awards and Honors (LIFE@OSU)

Honors go to Rick DeBellis, Phi Gamma Delta.

Today

Brickman retirement: Please join us  in honoring Nancy Brickman for her 31 years of dedicated service to the School of Civil and Construction Engineering.   Reception will be held in Kearney Hall on Thursday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Faculty senate: The June 13 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2013/0613/. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. Action items include consideration of degree candidates, a proposed Open Access Policy, Baccalaureate Core Committee proposed Standing Rules revisions, and two Category I proposals. Scheduled reports include Tiered Parking, Governance Issues, Reserve Credit, Executive Committee Report and a Diversity Council Survey. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public but, for those unable to attend the meeting, it will be webcast from http://live.oregonstate.edu/ beginning at 3 p.m.

WiN Pub Talk: “Crowdfunding: FTW or EPIC FAIL?” – Panelists are three entrepreneurs in crowdfunding campaigns: Lee Moyer (www.leemoyer.com), award-winning iIllustrator, designer and art director, and Clint Bowers, founder and CEO of STRIPE Marketing. The third panelist to be announced.  June 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Corvallis Country Club, $10 at the door or $5 with student ID. http://www.willametteinnovators.com/events

Upcoming Events

Happy Birthday Gilkey Hall:  Stop by the main entry and room 109 of Gilkey Hall on Friday, June 14 between noon and 2:30 to help celebrate the building’s 100th birthday.  There will be a timeline, and an opportunity to learn more about the art that’s behind the name of Gordon Gilkey.  Additional details are available at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/celebrate-gilkey

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Press request for proposals to publish an open access textbook: OSU faculty are invited to submit a proposal to create an Open Access textbook. Sponsored by OSU Press and OSU Extended Campus, this initiative’s goal is to promote the creation and adoption of open educational resources on the OSU campus. More details can be found on the RFP. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15.

NEW! Honoring Faculty Privacy: OSU faculty are being targeted by a technology vendor with an aggressive marketing strategy,  offering a “freemium.”  Jon Dorbolo, Associate Director of Technology Across the Curriculum, has asked the vendor to cease and desist but may need to take further action.  If you have been so targeted or are interested in the situation, an open letter and invitation to converse is available at: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/open-letter-honoring-faculty-privacy

Google Apps for OSU launches in July: Everyone with an ONID account, including all OSU employees and students, will be able to access Google Apps for OSU in July. Read LIFE@OSU and discover how our community will have a new and powerful set of tools for collaborating with OSU students, faculty, researchers, and external partners. The Google Implementation Team also invites you to complete a brief survey on Google Apps; we seek your input and feedback.

Promote in residence halls: Plan your fall student resident promotion! University Housing and Dining Services is pleased to provide a free promotional opportunity for OSU affiliated offices, clubs or student groups again this fall.  UHDS will accept posters and fliers for placement in UHDS residence halls and cooperative houses just prior to student resident arrival.  Contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu, (541) 737-5622 for important details. We will accept materials Aug. 28 to Sept.11.

EmpCenter Training and Open Labs: Training is now available online for employees that will begin using EmpCenter on June 16 (Classified Hourly employees, Unclassified Hourly employees, and Students/Temps). In addition, Open Labs have been scheduled for the next week.  Training can be found at mytime.oregonstate.edu/empcenter-training.

Seeking home stay families: Interested in sharing Independence Day with an international student?  The OSU Homestay Program is seeking local families to share their 4th of July festivities with international students.  Applications are currently available at https://uhds.oregonstate.edu/myuhds/form/mf/holidayhost.   Hosting application deadline is Thursday, June 20 at 5 p.m.  Hosts will be informed of student placement Monday, July 1.  If you have any questions, please contact homestay@oregonstate.edu.

Traffic and Maintenance

Electrical shutdowns: On June 16, the following buildings will be without power from approximately 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Withycombe, McNary, Wilson, Callahan. These buildings will have the power shut off at 8 a.m. and re-energized at approximately 10 a.m., then de-energized at 5 p.m. and re-energized at approximately 6 p.m.: Withycombe, Nash, Gilmore, Ballard Extension, Women’s Building, Snell, McAlexander Fieldhouse, Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center, Pharmacy, Women’s Center, Education, Kerr Admin.

Fire alarm testing: Starting next week, Simplex will be testing the audible portion of the Fire Alarm Systems on Campus.  They will be starting with the following buildings: Valley Library, Valley Football Center, Benton Hall, Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center, Book Storage.

Washington Way: Due to Geotechnical Boring, Washington Way travel lanes will be restricted to one lane between 35th & 30th as well as between 30th & 26thJune 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two way traffic will remain open but delays can be expected.  Flaggers will be in place to guide traffic.

Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez: Construction begins June 11 on the 4Cs building at 691 SW 26th Street. Walkways along the construction site will be closed. Community fencing and signage will be in place. This project will last for approximately nine months.

Free parking: June 14, TAPS will be offering free parking in all student and visitor parking lots to allow parents, family, friends and OSU alums easier access to campus to participate in commencement-related ceremonies and activities and to help students with their move-out process.  Additionally, TAPS staff will be out and about with maps and information to assist your guests in getting around and parking on campus.  For more parking information please see the Commencement website at: http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/sites/default/files/maps/2013-comm_parking.pdf

Jobs

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

The Department of Pre-College Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Coordinator position. Posting #0010678. Closes June 14. Full consideration date is May 31.

ESOL/Bilingual Instructor – The College of Education invites applications for a part-time (0.49 FTE), 9-month, fixed–term Instructor position in the ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement Program.  Posting #0010784.  Closes June 15.

VP for Research is accepting applications for one full-time Program Representative 1. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.  Posting number 0010821. Closes June 17.

Cashier 2 – Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Cashier 2  position. Posting #0010799. Closes June 17.

HR Business Analyst – The Office of Human Resources is seeking a Human Resources Business Analyst.  This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0010751.  Closes June 17.

Oregon State University Extension Service is recruiting for a part-time, 0.75 FTE, fixed-term, Extension FCH Program Coordinator in Lane County.  This position provides leadership for the nutrition education program in Lane County. Posting #0010742. Closes June 17.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for one full-time (1.00 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position. Please contact Beth Dyer if you have any questions at beth.dyer@oregonstate.edu.  Posting #0010810.  Closes June 20.

Administrative Manager  - The Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month, Administrative Manager.  Posting #0010771. Closes June 21.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a 1.0 FTE, or full-time 12-month, Research Associate (Postdoc) position. Posting # 0010785. Closes June 22.

Research Associate – The Linus Pauling Institute invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Research Associate position.  Posting #0010793. Closes June 23.

Assistant Manager – Vendor Payment Operations – Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Assistant Manager for Vendor Payment Operations  position. Posting #0010832, closes June 24.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0010773.  Closes June 24.

Business Affairs invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), limited duration (approx. 2 years), 12-month, Quality Assurance Program Manager position. Posting #0010670. Closes June 25.

Digital Applications Librarian  – The Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position. Posting #0010782. Closes June 28.

Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian - The Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position. Posting #0010796. Closes July 2.

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Oregon Open Campus and Special Initiatives Leader position.    Posting # 0010747. Posting opens May 30 at 6 p.m. and closes July 7.

Gray Family Endowed Chair for Innovative Library Services – The Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Gray Family Endowed Chair for Innovative Library Services position.  Posting #0010781. Closes July 8.

The OSU Foundation has a job opportunity for a Receptionist at the Corvallis Office.  This position will serve as first contact between Foundation employees and their callers and visitors and will provide excellent customer service to donors, visitors, special guests, and Foundation staff.

Be Well Today

Treat yo’ self: As the academic year winds down, remember to be good to yourself, let go of stress and “treat yo’self”.  If you’re working over the summer, now’s the time to get to the “bottom” of things – stop sitting, start walking. Summertime.   Some days you win, some days you lose.  But regardless, play them all!

Weather

Corvallis:  ”Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly…” Pablo Neruda. Showers today with a high of 67 and a low of 47. Decreasing clouds tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Scattered showers today with a high of 61 and a low of 34. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today with a high of 60 and a low of 48. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/

 

 

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