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Dec. 16-27, 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.

Tsunami debris scuppers expert ecology opinion (Japan Times)

The dock arrived almost like a gift, not quite on the doorstep of Dr. John Chapman, but on a beach 8 km from his office at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, on the western coast of the United States.

Perspective from the Presidents (City Club of Portland)

Oregon’s higher education system is seriously underfunded. To begin to address this issue, Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Legislature passed new legislation to create independent trustee boards at Oregon State University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon. This allows OSU, PSU and UO the autonomy to hire and fire presidents, set tuition and fees, and oversee operations individually, instead of being part of the Oregon Board of Higher Education. President Wim Wiewel of PSU, President Edward Ray of OSU and President Michael Gottfredson of UO will discuss their perspectives on the new board structure, new collaborations, and rebuilding higher education.

Portland mini-nuke plant maker gets federal grant (KGW)

Technology for the modular reactors was developed at Oregon State University by professor Jose Reyes, who spun off NuScale, said Rick Spinrad, vice president for research at OSU. NuScale has a technology facility in Corvallis. (see also Huffington PostKVAL, Power)

Study finds ethnic identification helps Latina teens (NBC Right Now)

A new study released by the Oregon State University found that ethnic identification helps Latina teens resist the media barrage of body images.

New Bend campus may be largely in the pit (The Daily News)

The designers of a campus for a new Oregon university in Bend face a gaping challenge: Much of the site they’re dealing with consists of a pumice mine, 30 to 80 feet deep. What to do with that? (see also Register-Guard)

OSU-Cascades professor examines images of female athletes (Bend Bulletin)

Elizabeth Daniels, an assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, is concerned with measuring the effects of the current media landscape and finding ways to counteract them. As a former athlete who played “just about everything” growing up, Daniels is especially concerned with the role athletes and athletics can play in the lives of girls.

Sen. Wyden congratulates NuScale, OSU, on Energy Department investment (LIFE@OSU)

 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today congratulated NuScale Power and Oregon State University, after the Department of Energy announced it will invest in the Corvallis company’s research and development of a new generation of safer and smaller nuclear reactors.

Princeton physicist named winner of OSU’s Pauling Legacy Award (Gazette-Times)

Zia Mian, a physicist with Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, will receive the 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award, sponsored by the Oregon State University Libraries and Press

Consumers like bread with less salt, says OSU taste test (Health Canal)

Consumers can’t tell the difference between regular bread and bread with 10 percent less salt, according to taste tests by Oregon State University.

OSU-Cascades plans to minimize traffic (Bend Bulletin)

Rebranding its pumice pit as a canyon allowed Oregon State University-Cascades Campus to sidestep one of its greatest hurdles, but the university still has major decisions to make concerning transportation, decisions connected to nearly every aspect of the campus.

The craft beer market bubble has exploded, and now brewers are worries about a collapse (Business Insider)

Appalachian State University now offers a degree in Fermentation Sciences, which provides instruction in entrepreneurship and business management in addition to brewing skills. The University of California-Davis and Oregon State University also have programs.

ASOSU also considering OSU Divest legislation (Gazette-Times)

An Oregon State University faculty group has been working to try to persuade the OSU Foundation to divest of its interests in fossil fuel firms because of climate change issues.

Economy climbing out of the recession (Hillsboro Tribune)

The study was commissioned by the Oregon Business Council, the Technology Association of Oregon and Oregon State University.

Hewlett-Packard raises its local profile (Gazette-Times)

Weber, a Corvallis native and an Oregon State University grad, spent the early years of his professional career on the East Coast, including a stint designing attack helicopters for Boeing.

7 modern spaces in the Pacific Northwest (Dwell)

Erin Moore of FLOAT Architectural Research and Design, based in Tucson, Arizona, designed a 70-square-foot writer’s retreat in Wren, Oregon, for her mother, Kathleen Dean Moore, a nature writer and professor of philosophy at nearby Oregon State University.

Gardening basics: Protect your garden from ice and snow (Oregonian)

Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, says there are several ways to protect your landscape from frigid conditions.

USDA, DOE research to develop plant feedstocks for bioenergy (Ag Professional)

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) announced $8 million in research grants to develop non-food feedstocks that can be used for bioenergy. The grants are part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to develop domestic renewable energy and advanced biofuels, providing a more secure future for America’s energy needs and enhancing rural economies. USDA-NIFA-funded grants include: Oregon State University, $1,000,000.

11 named to Oregon hemp committee (Capital Press)

Members are Tomas Endicott of Willamette Biomass Processors, Gerry Shapiro of Merry Hempsters and Tim Pate, all described as handlers; growers Charles Ortiz and Rick Rutherford; Ian Tolleson of the Oregon Farm Bureau; Fred Testa and Matthew Lawson of the Oregon State Police; Hillary Barbour of U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s office and Kevin Moore of state Sen. Floyd Prozanski’s office; and Russ Karow, chair of the Crop and Soil Science Department at Oregon State University.

Corvallis woman places third in national rodeo queen competition (Gazette-Times)

A Corvallis High School graduate and Oregon State University student placed third in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, which concluded Monday.

Monday

Enrollment Management Information Technology Manager forums: Open forums to meet the candidates for Enrollment Management Information Technology Manage will take place Dec. 16, 17, and 18 at 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. in MU 208.  The candidates are:  Dec. 16 – Derek Whiteside, Dec. 17 – Max Ahmad, and Dec. 18 – Andy Roberts.  Resumes and candidate evaluation forms will be available.

Winter Break Workshops: Give yourself the gift of time to learn a new skill or research tool this Winter Break, Dec. 16-17, at the Valley Library. Check out Zotero, EndNote and Mendeley. Learn how to use Qualtrics survey software. Dive into data management or digital humanities. But wait…there’s more! Check out the full schedule of workshop offerings at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

Tuesday

OSU Science Communicators group Twitter discussion: Three OSU Tweeters will share their knowledge, expertise, and advice. Dec. 17, noon to 1 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center (LPSC) seminar room 402. For more information: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/sciencecommunicators/2013/12/03/gain-knowledge-twitter/

Wednesday

Oregon Sea Grant Director Open Forums : Candidates for the position of Oregon Sea Grant Director 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 presentations will take place at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, in the Library Seminar Room, and will be available online live stream with chat, http://live.oregonstate.edu/ Dec. 18, Martin Fitzpatrick; Dec. 19, Katherine Bunting-Howarth.

OSUsed Store Clearance Days: We have three clearance days with prices declining throughout the week: many items will be marked 25 percent off Wednesday at 12-3 p.m., 50 percent off Thursday at 12-3 p.m., and 75 percent off on Saturday at 9 a.m.-3 p.m. We’re located at 644 SW 13th St. Learn more on our website.

NEW! Derrickson retirement: Pam Derrickson is retiring from OSU with over 30 years of service.  She started in Housing & Dining Services in September of 1982 and has been with Transit & Parking Service since July of 1990.  A reception will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2 to 4 p.m., in the TAPS office in Adams Hall.

 Friday

Cheese sale: Beaver Classic Cheese Sales Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Withycombe 159

NEW! Corvallis Repertory Singers: Gloria and Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Dec. 20, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe St., Corvallis. Tickets: $15-$20. Tickets and Information: repsing.org

News for Employees

NEW! XPress Stop Holiday & Winter Break Hours: Beginning Dec. 16, the XPress Stop (which offers printing and mailing/shipping services) will be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Union room 109. Normal hours of operation, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., will resume on Jan. 6, 2014. In addition, the XPress Stop will be closed Dec. 24-25, and Jan. 1. Please email Ari Grossman-Naples at ari.grossman-naples@oregonstate.edu if you have any questions.

NEW! Blackboard Upgrade Dec. 20-22: Blackboard will be taken offline Friday-Sunday, December 20-22, to upgrade the system to Service Pack 13 (currently we are at Service Pack 9). The system will be taken down at 12:01am on Friday morning, Dec. 20, and will return to service by Sunday, Dec. 22, 11:59 p.m. You can find out more about the Blackboard upgrade here: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/how-to-use/blackboard/blackboard-servicepack-13-upgrade Questions? Contact lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Key shop move:The OSU Access, Lock & Key department (formally known as Facilities Key Shop) has a new name and soon will have a new home on Dec. 23. Moving activities will begin Dec. 16 with the core of our business operations moving Dec. 23. Emergencies, repairs and key returns will still be processed throughout the move. However, new key requests or re-keys will not begin to be processed until Dec. 30. Our window hours will remain 11 a.m. -3 p.m. If you are in need of emergency or repair assistance during the weeks of Dec. 16 and Dec. 23, please contact the Work Coordination Center (WorkCoordinationCenter@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-2969) to open a work order or Public Safety (541-737-3010) for emergencies after hours.

NEW! Healthy Holidays from Recreational Sports: Continue to build healthy habits throughout the holiday season and get active with Recreational Sports! Our Winter Term memberships are available for purchase for only $83. Fall term memberships/lockers expire Jan. 3, 2014, so renew today and beat the long lines in January! Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for more information.

NEW! Memorial Union food service hours: MURFS locations are here to provide warm good food to get you through the week. For a schedule of Memorial Union Retail Food Service winter hours: MU.oregonstate.edu/murfs

OSU Today reminder: There will be editions of OSU Today on Dec. 16 and Dec. 30, with daily issues resuming Jan. 7, the first day of Winter Term. There will be no OSU Today the week of Dec. 23-27.

Honors College course proposals: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members are invited to submit University Honors College course proposals for the 2014-2015 academic year. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course, and proposals for new courses are welcomed. Courses that include substantial experiential learning opportunities are sought. Proposals should be submitted at http://honors.oregonstate.edu/course-proposals.  For more information: tara.williams@oregonstate.edu  or 541-737-6412.  Deadline is Jan. 27, 2014.

Print, Mail, and More in Memorial Union Room 109 (first floor) – An extension of OSU Printing and Mailing Services, the XPress Stop provides an array of mailing services, including FedEx, UPS, and USPS. Quick print/copy services are also offered, giving customers the option of waiting while their job is produced or dropping it off and picking it up later that day. Additional services include notary, passport photos, faxing, and a Kodak Kiosk. For more information, please contact ari.grossman-naples@oregonstate.edu.

Foundation creates advisory committee for public input on investments: The OSU Foundation Board of Trustees is establishing an Advisory Committee for Public Input on Investments comprised of foundation trustees and staff who will hear presentations from stakeholder groups. To learn more: http://bit.ly/18nUdLV

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

Traffic and Maintenance

Storm cleanup:  During winter break, Facilities crews will perform routine parking lot cleanup/maintenance, including weather-related cleaning.  The City street sweeper cleans OSU streets every Friday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. and will take care of all the gravel on various streets throughout campus.  The next scheduled street sweeping service is Friday, Dec. 20.  Facilities Crews will also be out and about with blowers cleaning gravel off pedestrian path of travel most of next week.  It typically works best to blow gravel/sand into the flower beds and grass throughout campus allowing it to go back into the earth.

Elm removal: Facilities Services will be removing a large Elm Tree near northwest side of the Valley Library due to significant and unexpected storm damage/loss in the tree earlier this fall.  The temporary shutdown of Waldo Place and adjacent walks will begin at approx. 6 a.m., Dec. 17 through 5 p.m., Dec. 18. Also on Dec. 17, Strand Ag Hall will have limited access to the east central entry/exit while tree take-down work is progressing. Traffic control and flaggers will be in place to guide traffic during the work.

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.

Jobs

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

Office Specialist 1-Insurance-Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month OS1 in Insurance/Billing/Patient Accounts.  Posting #0011674   Closing Date:  Dec. 16.

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.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital is seeking applicants to the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool.  Posting #0011033. Closes Dec. 19.  Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

Program Representative 1 – Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Program Representative 1 position. Posting #0011692. Closes Dec. 22.

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.

Assistant Professor (Practice) –  Grant County Extension office invites applications for a full-time 1.0 FTE, Assistant Professor (Practice) position located in John Day. Posting # 0011670. Closes Jan. 1, 2014.

Executive Assistant – The College of Science Dean’s Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Executive Assistant to the Dean position. Posting # 0011689.  Closes Jan. 2.

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 Professor (Practice) –  Coos County Extension office invites applications for a full-time 1.0 FTE, Assistant Professor (Practice) position located in Myrtle Point. Posting # 0011693. Closes Jan. 5, 2014.

Office Coordinator – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Office Coordinator position.  Posting # 0011677. Closes for full consideration apply by Jan 5.

Assistant Director of Operations and Communications – Admissions  Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Assistant Director of Operations and Communications position. Posting #0011691. Closes Jan. 7.

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.

Director of the School of Arts & Communications – College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Director of the School of Arts & Communications.  Posting #0011676.  For full consideration, apply by Feb. 7, 2014.

Weather

Corvallis:How like a winter hath my absence been from thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen! What old December’s bareness every where!” ~ Shakespeare. Patchy fog followed by cloudy skies today, and the chance of freezing fog tonight. Showers throughout the week with highs in the mid 40s and lows in the mid to lower 30s.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny early in the week, with a chance of snow moving in by Tuesday night and remaining through the week. Highs starting out in the 50s and declining to the 30s by week’s end, lows dipping to the 20s by Wednesday.

Newport: Foggy mornings and sunny afternoons begin the week before rain showers move in. Highs lowering to the mid 40s by mid week, lows in the mid 30s.

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

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