Muscle aches from statins? Drug interactions may play a role (New York Times)
“What this tells us is that if we as practitioners and as patients are proactive about knowing the potential drugs that could cause interactions, we could reduce the risk of these muscle pains and side effects,” said Matthew K. Ito, a professor at the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy and the president of the National Lipid Association, a nonprofit group representing specialists in lipid disorders that funded the study.
Burglary suspects sought in thefts at OSU Monday (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State Police is asking the public’s help in identifying two burglary suspects believed to be involved in thefts on Oregon State University campus on Monday morning. Between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday, two wallets were stolen out of different offices in Burt Hall and Ballard Extension Hall, and an Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer was stolen out of an office in the Pharmacy Building. (see also KMTR, Statesman Journal)
‘Noisy’ icebergs could mask whale calls (Scientific American)
“Recent reports have said that especially near port of calls in industrial countries, noise levels rose about 10 decibels in the last 30 to 40 years,” said study co-author Haru Matsumoto, an acoustic engineer at Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “That’s almost three times noisier.” (see also Discovery News, LiveScience)
Maybe it’s not surprising that Oregon State University has a “Christmas Tree Specialist” on the payroll. After all, with seven million trees a year, the state leads the nation in Christmas tree production. His name is Chal Landgren, and if anyone should know whether the recentnational reports about the dangers of phytophthora root rot are overblown or not, it would be him.
Scientists complete genetic fingerprint of pest (The Packer)
“Scientists from all over the world are interested in knowledge locked inside the fly’s genetic material,” Vaughn Walton, an Oregon State University entomologist, said in the release.
OSU Symphony, choirs prepare for holiday concert (Gazette-Times)
It’s time for the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra and Oregon State University’s choirs to stage their annual tribute to the holiday season – and this year’s event also honors the 100th anniversary of the birth of a formidable British composer.
Editorial: Collaboration’s legacy should be longevity (Gazette-Times)
At the end of Collaboration Corvallis’ third year in 2015, the framework should be in place for continued dialogue between the city and OSU — and the framework should be sturdy enough to endure beyond the terms of Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning and OSU President Ed Ray.
Humpback whales are found in all oceans of the world, but the North Pacific humpbacks are genetically isolated enough to be considered a subspecies of other humpbacks, of which the new populations are further subclassifications, study co-author Scott Baker, a professor of fisheries and wildlife at Oregon State University, said in a statement. (see also International Science Times, Beach Connection)
Oregon State University spent less per player overall, but the Knight report says OSU used more institutional money – at least $30,000 per athlete.
Latina youth resist body image issues, study shows (Eugene Weekly)
Psychologists at Oregon State University-Cascades and Gallaudet University evaluated more than 100 Latinas, ages 13-18, having them react to images found in advertisements, magazines, television shows and movies. The subject matter consisted of unrealistic images of white women in sexualized roles, according to Daniels.
Officials anticipate more ring rot testing in spud seed (Capital Press)
Oregon State University recently announced it will also offer PCR testing for ring rot in Hermiston, Ore., and University of Idaho Extension potato seed pathologist Phil Nolte said UI is investigating adding another PCR lab in the vicinity of Moscow and Pullman, Wash.
Caribbean corals facing extinction (Corvallis Advocate)
A new study from OSU provides exciting news about how humans can reduce coral loss by controlling nutrient runoff into the oceans.
Tales from the Grubby End: The short history of the Metis people (Newberg Graphic)
What caused the Métis to be largely forgotten is a research topic that has been a source of fascination to archeologist David Brauner at Oregon State University in Corvallis for the past 30 years.
Accessibility Basics for Electronic Documents: Learn how to make documents accessible to people with disabilities. The session will focus on broad concepts, but also on specific related software features in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro (PDF). We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees who create and maintain documents on public OSU websites are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Dec. 5.
Clothing Swap: What better way to get ready for the New Year than with an updated wardrobe? Women and men, come to the Women’s Center Clothing Swap Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Friday at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Bring and/or take gently worn clothing and accessories. More info here.
NEW! Poinsettia plant sale: Now through Dec. 13, the OSU horticulture club is offering poinsettias for sale in the East greenhouses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Additionally they’ll be available in the lobby of Kerr Admin Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plants are $15 each or three for $40.
Open Forum: Transportation Solutions invites the public to attend a forum for the Associate Director for Transportation Solutions position. Topic: “Implementing and sustaining successful, integrated transportation solutions for a rapidly growing university while balancing community needs.” Candidate Meredith Williams will speak Dec. 5, 10:15-11 a.m. in the Memorial Union LaRaza Room 208. Q&A to follow each presentation.
TAC Webinar: What’s New in Blackboard, with Lynn Greenough. We are catching up with upgrades to Blackboard! An upgrade over Dec. 20-22 brings us to Service Pack 13. This webinar offers a tour of the new features and improvements in the calendar, assignment grading, tests, discussion boards, and more. Thursday Dec. 5, 10:30-11:20 a.m. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1bxXGGt See highlights on the TAC web page: http://bit.ly/HVZfni Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Forums for Coordinator, Community Outreach: The campus community is invited to attend candidates’ presentations focusing on “The First 30 Days Game Plan.” Open Forums are Dec. 5 from 10:15 to 10:50 a.m. in MU213 and Dec. 6 from 10:15 to 10:50 a.m. in MU211. Position information and candidates’ bio information will be available at the sessions. For accommodations related to disability please contact email@example.com , 541-737-8748.
Fiber presentation: Fiber’s good for you, but why? What kinds? Can it be healthy AND tasty? Nutrition students present the answers in “Fiber Keeps it Moving,” Dec. 5, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., McNary Dining Hall, Timberline Room. Free.
Candidate for Director of the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning: Frankie Laanan, professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University, will give two public talks: Dec. 5: Public talk and open forum from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Kidder 202 and streaming at http://live.oregonstate.edu/; Dec. 6: Open forum/discussion with candidate open to all faculty, staff and students in Furman 100, 11 a.m. to noon. More info at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/director-candidates-Dec-2013
Flu Shot Clinic at the Pride Center: Thursday, Dec. 5, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. while supplies last. Students: $15 (charged to student account). Faculty/Staff: $27 (charged to PEBB Insurance or by cash, check, debit/credit). Bring OSU ID card and Providence or PacificSource insurance cards. FluMist nasal vaccine also available. Details: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu. Nobody wants the flu as a holiday gift. Get your shot before winter break!
Welcome Waggers therapy dogs return to Valley Library: Feeling stressed? Relax with some dogs at the library. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to Valley Library’s Autzen Classroom, on the 2nd floor, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 5, to visit dogs and people from Welcome Waggers, a local therapy dog group. Free. Sponsored by OSU Libraries and Press.
Science in Advocacy seminar: Bob Zybach, president of NW Maps Co, will speak on “Spotted Owls and the Spotty Sciences that Spawned Them: 5 Questions” as part of the Fall graduate student seminar, 4 p.m., Dec. 5, Richardson Hall Room 313.
Happy Birthday Batcheller Hall! Stop by the main lobby of Batcheller Hall on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. to help celebrate the building’s 100th birthday. There will be information on the building, and an opportunity to learn more about James H. Batcheller. Additional details are available at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/celebrate-batcheller
Soil film showing: A free presentation of “Symphony of the Soil” takes place on World Soils Day, Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m., in ALS 4001. Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil.
Comedy: “The King of Spain’s Daughter,” a one-act comedy by Irish playwright Teresa Deevy, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7 in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis. Tickets for the Lab Theatre production are $5 and $3 for students, and $6/$8 for the Majestic. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre.
NEW! Terra Madre Day: Join the OSU Food Group in conjunction with Slow Food Corvallis, and Ten Rivers Food Web for our fourth annual winter holiday market celebrating food and community gathering. The event will host over 40 local vendors, a meal featuring local ingredients for purchase, children’s activities, and live music. Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds. Admission is free.
NEW! Gregory retirement: Stan Gregory, Distinguished Professor, is retiring after 32 years on the faculty of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. A reception in his honor will be held on Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. in room 20 of the Forest Sciences Laboratory (3200 SW Jefferson Way, just west of Richardson Hall).
The 33rd Annual Holiday Marketplace: A festive event featuring over 60 Oregon Artisans selling handmade crafts, fine art & specialty foods takes place Dec. 6-7 in the MU Ballroom. There will also be live performances from local talent throughout the 2-day event. http://mu.oregonstate.edu/craftcenter/holiday-marketplace
Special Music à la Carte: Music for the Season, University Chorale and the Corvallis Community Choir. Friday, Dec. 6, noon, First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe.
Rulemaking hearing: OSU will hold a rulemaking hearing on Friday, Dec. 6, to set or change fees and charges for services from Jan. 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. A list of these fees and charges may be viewed in the Valley Library on the OSU campus under call number PERM 006. For more information, including a copy of the proposed rule, and to make accommodation requests related to a disability, contact Beth Giddens, Senior Paralegal, Office of the General Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org.The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. in MU 206 and is open to the public.
Psychology colloquium: “Physical Activity and Children with Disabilities,” Dec. 6, 4 p.m., Room 111, Reed Lodge. Megan MacDonald of OSU will present the final installment of the Fall 2013 School of Psychological Science Colloquium. For more information on the colloquium series, please see the SPS homepage: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/psych_science
Miller retirement: Linda Miller is retiring as Scheduling Coordinator after more than 30 years of outstanding service to OSU. Her colleagues in the Office of the Registrar invite you to join us in honoring her dedication and achievements, at the Corvallis Depot Passenger Room and Railroad Office (700 SW Washington) on Friday, Dec. 6, 4 to 6 p.m., for cake and light hors d oeuvres.
OSUsed Store Saturday Sale: The OSUsed Store is open for its monthly Saturday public sale Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during these public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.
Corvallis-OSU Symphony Holiday Concert featuring the OSU Choirs: Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and other selected choral and orchestral works with Tina Bull, Steven Zielke, Russ Christensen and Marlan Carlson, conductors. Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets: $18-$30 advance, $20-$32 at the door. Tickets and Information: cosusymphony.org
Lectures and webinars
NEW! Fisheries and wildlife Monday morning meetings: Stan Gregory, OSU, will speak on “What does it all mean, Mr. Natural?” at 10 a.m., Dec. 9, in Nash Hall Room 32. Open to the OSU community.
NEW! All about fruit trees: The OSU Extension Service and the Lane Small Business Development Center are partnering to offer a class in Eugene titled All about Fruit Trees. This class will taught be Ross Penhallegon with Lane County OSU Extension Service and will be offered on Dec. 11, 6 p.m. on the Lane Community College main campus in Eugene. The cost is $25 and pre-registration is required at http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/south-valley/events or call OSU Extension Service at (541) 766-3556.
NEW! Library Faculty Association Seminar Series: Amanda Whitmire, Data Management Specialist at OSULP, will present “Research Data Services at OSU Libraries and Press: What’s the Story?” on Dec. 13, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dec. 13 in the Willamette Rooms (Third Floor) Valley Library. This seminar is intended to be a “Who, what, when, where, why and how?” about research data services for audiences including faculty and staff within OSULP and the wider campus community.
Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Dec. 6.
School of Psychological Science Fall Colloquium Series: Megan McDonald will speak on Physical Activity and Children with Disabilities, Dec. 6, 4 to 5 p.m., Reed Lodge 111.
Faculty forum on OSU Divestment out of fossil fuel companies: This one hour (brown bag) noon-time forum will examine the upcoming proposed resolution to the faculty related to the OSU Foundation divestment out of fossil fuel investments. The final faculty forum will take place at noon Dec. 9 in Gilkey 109. The resolution that will be the subject of discussion and vote by the Faculty Senate on Dec. 12.
Zoology seminar: Rebecca Terry, Mark Novak, & Patrick De Leenheer – OSU Zoology, will speak on “Where does the time go? Asymmetric Mixing and the Depth-Dependent Distribution of Fossil Ages (or…the Scientific Process from Data to Models), Dec. 9, 3:30 p.m, ALS 4001.
Director of Oregon Sea Grant Open Forums : Four candidates interviewing for the position of Director of Oregon Sea will give presentations to the campus community and partners on the topic: “The Role of Sea Grant in the Future and Opportunities for Oregon” followed by questions and discussion. Each presentation will take place at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, in the Library Seminar Room, and will be available to view by Live Stream with chat at, http://live.oregonstate.edu/ , from 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, Dec. 10, Dec. 18 and Dec. 19.
Board of Trustees meeting: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold its first meeting Dec. 10-11 on the OSU campus in Corvallis. The meeting, which is open to the public, will run from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center’s Willamette Room. The center is located at 725 S.W. 26th St. in Corvallis. A public comment opportunity will take place from 3 to 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Diversity workshop: “Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” registration is open. Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MU 206. This interactive day-long workshop uses the award winning National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) community building model. Facilitated and sponsored by the OSU Campus Coalition Builders, Division of Student Affairs. Details and pre-registration (required) at http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/85402/.
News for Employees
NEW! Deadline extended to register for Winter Intergroup Dialogue: Intergroup Dialogues are 9-week sustained learning communities carefully structured to explore social group identity, conflict and community. Participants will engage in the analysis and understanding of issues of diversity and social justice, as well as build practical skills to communicate across difference. Skills acquired through our program have multidisciplinary applications and are employable in diverse environments and among diverse populations. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 10. To register, visit the http://oregonstate.edu/oei/igd
Handmade in Oregon X: In connection with the Holiday Marketplace an art exhibit is currently on display in the in the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery Dec. 3-6. The exhibit is comprised of seven artists: Bruce Coblentz, Ginny Gibson, Victor Guschov, Alan Higinbotham, Jennifer Lommers, Jan Roberts-Dominguez, Cynthia Spencer. Each of the participating artists will also be participating in the Holiday Marketplace.
Family Members attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Dec. 23 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Winter 2013-2014. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee
Sundown Towns: In collaboration with the Oregon Multicultural Archives, the students of the course TCE 408H “Sundown Towns in Oregon” have curated a display reflecting on their research process and showcasing their findings. The exhibit can be found on the fifth floor of Valley Library in the display case across from the main elevators and will be up through the end of January. Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives
2013 Charitable Drive: The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live. The 2013 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs through Jan. 31, 2014. You can consolidate all of your normal charitable donations into an easy monthly payroll deduction, and still give directly to the organizations of your choice. Visit the OSU Charitable Fund Drive site at http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ to give online or send your personalized form to 2013 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.
Call for Nominations: Two community awards recognized yearly at the Peace Breakfast: The Frances Dancy Hooks Award recognizes students, staff or faculty who exemplify Frances Dancy Hooks’ work: building bridges across cultures, showing courage in promoting diversity, and proudly “Walks the Talk;” and the Phyllis S. Lee Award honors a member of the OSU community who exemplifies Dr. Lee’s commitment and dedication to social justice and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nominations are due by Dec. 6, 5 p.m. To find out more information visit: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/community-awards
Traffic and Maintenance
Jefferson Street Closure: Due to utility work for the Memorial Union, Jefferson street from Waldo to 26th will be closed Dec. 16-27 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sackett Place: Due to continued work at the new Classroom Building site, Sackett Place will be closed through Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.
Manager – Marketing & Customer Service: Printing & Mailing invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE) 12-month position. Posting #0011652. Closes Dec. 6.
Marketing and Customer Service Manager: Printing and Mailing invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Marketing and Customer Service Manager position. This position reports to the Associate Director of P&M, and provides leadership for the customer service team at the Cascade Hall and the Xpress Stop, located in the MU. Posting #0011652 Closes Dec. 6.
Accountant 1 – Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 (Payroll) position. Posting #0011641. Closes Dec. 6.
Assistant to the School Director – School of Public Policy invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting # 0011596. Closes Dec. 6.
EXTENDED! Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees position. Posting # 0011535. Closes Dec. 9.
Accountant 1– The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0011622. Closes Dec. 9.
INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for an Admissions Customer Service Representative. This position will support the Office of International Admissions in providing high level customer service, maintaining the standards and integrity of the Office of International Admissions, and sustaining an efficient admissions process.This is a regular, 12-month, 1.0 (FTE) full-time position. To apply, submit one Word or PDF document containing a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references to https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=9643792 Closes. Dec. 11.
OSU is seeking applicants for the Director of Public Safety. Full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0011654. Closes Dec. 12.
Manager, Conference Services: University Conference Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month position. Posting #0011627. Closes Dec. 12.
The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital is hiring for a Veterinary Technician 3 position. Posting #0011659. Full consideration date Dec. 5. Closes Dec. 12. Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.
Education Program Assistant 1 – Yamhill County Extension office invites applications for a part-time .20 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in McMinnville. Posting # 0011667. Closes Dec. 13.
Education Program Assistant 1 – Douglas County Extension office invites applications for a part-time .45 FTE, Limited Duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Roseburg. Posting # 0011669. Closes Dec 13.
Education Program Assistant 1 – Union County Extension office invites applications for a part-time .15 FTE, Intermittent, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in La Grande. Posting # 0011636. Closes Dec 13.
Financial Aid Advisor – Financial Aid/Scholarships invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Financial Aid Advisor position. Posting #0011634. Closes Dec. 15.
E-Learning Game Designer – Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, E-Learning Game Designer position. Posting #0011655. Closes Dec. 18.
OSU is seeking two Postdoctoral Scholars to work with a transdisciplinary team focused on enacting and researching institutional and organizational change towards improved postsecondary STEM education at OSU through various curricular and instructional reforms. Position 1 – Organizational Change: This scholar’s focus will be to research the project’s attempt to secure wider organizational change. Position 2 – Student Gains: This scholar’s focus will be on student gains with respect to project activities. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt with a priority submission deadline of Dec. 1. Full announcement attached and can be found at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/postdocs-announcement.
Research Evaluation & Planning Coordinator –Student Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Research Evaluation & Planning Coordinator position. Posting #0011651. Closes Dec. 22.
Corporate Business Manager –Professional and Noncredit Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Corporate Business Manager position. Posting #0011673. Closes Dec. 25.
Grants/Contracts Coordinator – The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month grants/contracts coordinator position. Posting #0011476. Closes Jan. 3.
Assistant Director – The Office of Institutional Research is recruiting for a full-time, 12 month, fixed term Assistant Director of Institutional Research. Requires at least 4 years of experience as a senior analyst in an institutional research office. Posting # 0011576. Closes Jan. 31, 2014.
Corvallis: “A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.” ― Markus Zusak. We will likely see the first snow of the season starting sometime after 4 p.m. today. Less than half an inch possible by this evening, with another inch possible before 10 a.m. tomorrow. Remember to check the OSU homepage tomorrow morning for weather alerts and closure information. High today of 34, low tonight of 25.
Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today with a high of 15 and a low of 4. Snow possible tonight and likely tomorrow.
Newport: There’s a chance of snow later this afternoon, with snow turning to snow and rain by later tonight. High today of 38, low of 31.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/Email version