OSU Today

Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

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.

How do you protect against a tsunami? (PBS News Hour)

Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, Oregon State University: One thing that our research is looking at is the role of vertical evacuation. So this means going up into a building or onto an earthen mound that is still within the inundation zone, still — you’re still going to be in the flooded zone, but you are much safer just by going up.

Some counties may cease to function if federal timber payment ends (Oregonian)

A new study by Oregon State University says counties will lose about 4,000 jobs, $400 million in business sales and $250 million in “value added” economic activity when the federal act expires. The study by OSU’s Rural Studies Program says 33 Oregon counties will face combined revenue losses of $215 million annually when the payments end. (see also Register Guard)

 Faculty and staff have “FUN” way to exercise for free on campus (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State employees who aren’t regularly exercising and who want a chance to get in shape have the chance to try out some of OSU’s best fitness resources for free next term through something called the FUN Project.

Telltale signs you’ve got the ‘love hormone’ gene (TIME)

“We were floored by how strongly significant the results were by genotype for such a small number of people evaluated,” says Sarina Rodrigues Saturn, assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University and an author of the study.

Cheese trail features local tastes (Capital Press)

The focus of the cheese trail is education of the public and fellow cheesemakers. “Artisan cheesemaking has taken off in the last 10 years,” said Lisbeth Goddik, Oregon State University dairy processing extension specialist.

 Beavers asked to make healthy life pledge during Civil War competition (LIFE@OSU)

Beavers and Ducks will have a way to engage in a little healthy competition that could lead to some very healthy habits.

 Greenwood Resources positions poplars as biofuel (Sustainable Business Oregon)

To tip the profitability scale, Greenwood and Oregon State University researchers are constantly on the lookout for better trees. The USDA grant will help develop hybrids and cultivation methods better suited for biofuel, said Rice.

Grant’s Getaways: Wild in the City (KGW)

“Wild in the City” is a new book co-published by the Audubon Society of Portland and Oregon State University Press.

Rolling along (Newport News-Times)

Bike Newport will become the newest recipient of the prestigious Austin Family Business Award this Thursday, joining previous winners Mo’s Seafood and Thompson Sanitary.

LSU professor honored by OSU Alumni Association (LSU)

The Oregon State University, or OSU, Alumni Association has presented LSU College of Education Associate Professor Maria Kosma with the 2011 OSU Young Alumni Award.


Chamber music: The Music á la Carte Concert Series at Oregon State University is proud to present a performance by the OSU Chamber Music Project on Friday, Nov. 18 at noon in the main lounge of the Memorial Union on the OSU campus. The OSU Chamber Music Project is comprised of faculty instrumentalists who perform in various small ensemble configurations. This concert will feature Dr. Jill Pauls, flute; Jessica Lambert, violin; Ann Grabe, cello; and Dr. Rachelle McCabe, piano.

Short-term International Teaching & Learning Opportunities for OSU Faculty: The Center for Teaching and Learning and International Programs invite all faculty and instructors to attend this session and learn possibilities for participating in global faculty development seminars, options to teach abroad for a term or semester, and opportunities for leading short term study programs for OSU students. CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars will be highlighted, as will Northwest Consortium for Study Abroad teaching sites. Funding resources will be discussed. 1-2 p.m., Nov. 18, Milam 215.

IE3 International Internships: Come learn about IE3 International Internships, how to select a program, complete the application, and even access funding. You will also have the opportunity to meet IE3 alumni about their own personal experiences! 3–4 p.m., Nov. 18, Snell 444.

Study Abroad Photo Contest: Last day to vote is Nov. 18, in Java II – Valley Library

Book reading: Award-winning short-story writer Scott Nadelson will read from his newest collection, “Aftermath,” on Friday, Nov. 18, at The Valley Library’s main rotunda on the Oregon State University campus. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m.; a book signing follows.


Dad and Family Weekend Tailgater: Join the MUPC and the Pride Center in the MU Ballroom on Nov. 19 from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Dad and Family Weekend Tailgater! There will be game booths in the ballroom with prizes.

Fan appreciation day: Oregon State University Athletics will host Fan Appreciation Day, Sat., Nov. 19 when the football team hosts the Washington Huskies at Reser Stadium. The game will also signify Senior Day and is a component of the campus’ Dad’s Weekend. Activities include discounted popcorn, coffee and hot chocolate, 25 percent off football gear, free t-shirts (while supplies last) and a drawing for a trip to Hawaii.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Enrollment report: There will be two opportunities on Nov. 21 to hear Kate Peterson, Asst Provost for Enrollment Management present the Fall 2011 Enrollment Report. 10 a.m. in MU JPLC Room and again at 3 p.m. in MU 213.

NEW! PFLA 2011 Winter Gala: Thursday, Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Women’s Building Lobby – $12. Enjoy a lunch buffet of new and favorite menu items prepared by OSU Catering, holiday harp music by Laura Zaerr, and bidding on silent auction items. Register here by Nov 23.  More info: gwen.wolfram@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4330.

Movie Screening: You Should Meet My Son: Join the SOL and the Pride Center on Nov. 21 from 6-8 pm in the Pride Center for a movie night! A fish-out-of-water comedy about a conservative southern mom who discovers that her only son is gay. Determined that he won’t go through his life alone, she sets out to find him a husband.

Enterprise Computing Director: There will be an open forum presentation by candidates for Enterprise Computing Director next week. The first candidate presentation will be by Amy Brooks on Nov. 21 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202. The second candidate presentation will be by Cleve Bench on Nov. 22 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202.

Dasenko retirement: Bonnie Dasenko of the General Counsel’s office is retiring after 40 years with OSU. A celebration will be held Nov. 21, 3 to 4:30 p.m., in MU 109A. Refreshments will be served. To send a card, forward it to Barbara Melton, General Counsel’s Office, 524 Kerr Admin. Questions? barbara.melton@oregonstate.edu

Lectures and seminars

STEM seminar: The Department of Science and Mathematics Education in Collaboration with the (future) Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning presents a Special NSF-Supported 2020 Vision Seminar with James Gee on “Embodied/Situated Learning for STEM,” Nov. 22, noon to 1 p.m. in Kidder 202 (Video broadcast in Cascades 112)

News for Employees

Drive Less: A new online regional ride-matching tool called Drive Less Connect is being used across Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The free system supports commute or one-time trips and includes a calendar feature to show money and emissions savings. The Sustainability Office and Be Well are offering the first incentive: calendar five days of non-drive-alone trips between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15 and you’ll be entered to win a $15 American Dream gift card. Four winners will be selected.

Trejo named acting head of CCE: David Trejo, professor of construction engineering management and holder of the Hal Pritchett Chair, has been named Acting School Head for the School of Civil and Construction Engineering, effective Nov. 17. Trejo fills in for Scott Ashford, who is serving as interim dean for the College of Engineering.

Community building: Building Community through Diversity: an introduction to the NCBI model, Nov. 21, 1 to 3 p.m., MU Journey Room. The OSU Campus Coalition Builders invite you to a presentation specifically designed to introduce participants to the theory and philosophy behind the National Coalition Building Institute community-building model. Pre-registration preferred.

Diversity workshop: Welcoming Diversity . . . Valuing the Differences Among Us, takes place Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MU 206. This day-long workshop uses the award winning National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) community building model. Participants will be introduced to skills that can empower them to become more effective leaders and allies for others.Pre-registration required (space limited to 30).

Research Funding Opportunity for Undergrads: The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) program for Winter and/or Spring term(s) 2011-12. This program supports undergraduate research activities. Applications are due by Monday, Nov. 21. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8390.

Call to artists: All classified employees, professional faculty and OSU affiliates are encouraged to submit their art, craft or hobby for the second annual OSU Invitational Staff Art Exhibit. Get the submission form here. Share your talent by Nov. 28. The exhibit will run Jan. 6 through Feb. 7, 2012 in the LaSells Stewart Center, with a special reception held on Jan. 10. Dust off your skills over the break and share your creativity with campus.

Women in Higher Ed conference: Oregon Women in Higher Education invites program proposals for its annual conference, to be held Jan. 12 at Portland State University. This year’s theme is Leading Change: Personal Perspectives & Collective Growth. Keynote address will be by Dr. Melody Rose and the closing address will be by Dr. Lois Ruskai Melina.Proposal submission is available here. Deadline: Nov. 28. Conference registration is also open at http://www.owhenet.jigsy.com/annual-conference-reg. Deadline: Jan. 13, 2012. Questions? diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and maintenance

Benton Hall: Due to tree maintenance, Benton Hall’s west parking lot will be temporarily closed.  This will also affect the parking access driveway, and sidewalks on the north and west sides of the building. The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Nov. 22 and should end by 5 p.m. Nov. 22.

Fairbanks Annex: Due to a scheduled ceiling project, Fairbanks Annex will be temporarily closed. This closure is necessary for the safety of the OSU community while contractors remove the ceiling and make necessary repairs. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m., Dec. 6 and end by 5:30 p.m., Jan. 6, 2012.

Rogers Hall: Due to the use of a crane lift, associated with the project at Rogers Hall, the parking lot shared by Dearborn Hall, Graf Hall & Covell Hall will be temporarily closed. This lot is to be empty of all vehicles by the end of the day on Nov. 30. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Dec. 1 and should end by 5 p.m.

Campus Way: Due to telecom upgrading, Campus Way (west of 35th Street), will be temporarily closed to all. Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Nov. 14 and should end by noon, Nov. 18. Campus Way east of 35th street will also be closed from 7 a.m. Nov. 16 to noon Nov. 18 for telecom upgrading.

Sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec: Due to reconstruction, the sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec will be temporarily closed. It is necessary to reconstruct the sidewalk so it will be a compliant ADA path of travel. The shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Dec. 16.


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

The Department of Fisheries & Wildlife is inviting applications for Research Associate (Post Doc) – OHRC Salmon Homing position. Posting #0008236. Closes Nov. 18.

Academic Advisor, College of Business, Oregon State University. This is for three, full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term positions. Posting #0008303. Closes Nov. 27. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 20.

Facilities Services Department is seeking an experienced Refrigeration Mechanic for their Campus Maintenance department. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Posting #0008244. Closes Nov. 21.

The Office of Human Resources is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month, fixed term HR Technical Lead. Posting #0008107. Closes Nov. 22.

The Extended Campus (ECampus) is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month Analyst Programmer competency level 1. Posting #0008300. Closes Nov. 23.

Counseling and Psychological Services – CAPS invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE),12-month, Counselor. Posting #0008306. Closes Nov. 23.

Fiscal Coordinator 1 (Internal Search –OSU Employees only):  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 #0008220.  Closes Nov. 28.

Oregon State University Libraries seeks an experienced, innovative and dynamic History of Science Collections Librarian in its Special Collections & Archives Research Center. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. Posting #0008245. For full consideration apply by Nov. 30.

The Department of Fisheries & Wildlife is inviting applications for Research Associate (Post Doc) – Surrogate Chinook position. Posting #0008243. Closes Dec. 1.

The Arts & Science Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Finance Coordinator position. Posting #0008265. The “for full consideration date” has been extended in order to expand the original applicant pool. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 20. Closes Dec. 4.

The University Library is inviting applications for a full-time, 1.00 FTE, 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor Data Management Librarian position. Posting #0008089. Closes Nov. 30.

The Department of Microbiology invites applications for a full time (1.00 FTE) 12 month, Instructor in Microbiology. Posting #0008189. Full consideration date, Dec 1.

Associate Director for Communications and Marketing: The Oregon State University Alumni Association is looking for an experienced professional to develop and lead comprehensive marketing and communications programs and services for the association. For full consideration apply by Dec. 2. Position is open until filled. Position description and application information at www.osualum.com/jobs

The Valley Library is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month fixed term Electronic Resources Unit Supervisor. Posting #0008294. Closes Dec. 9.

Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost for Information Services – Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position. Posting number 0008337, closes Dec. 11.

Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning – The Office of Academic Success and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning position. Posting # 0008293. Closes Jan. 6

The Oregon University System, Controller’s Division, is seeking a full-time Banking Operation Supervisor. For a complete job announcement and application requirements, please visit http://www.ous.edu/about/employment/.


Corvallis: Keep your eye on the sky tonight as forecasters are now calling for the possibility of snow down to 500 feet or possibly lower. But don’t get your shovels out yet, no accumulation is expected. Rain and/or snow is expected tonight, and plain old rain for the rest of Saturday. Highs will be in the mid 40s with lows dropping into the low 30s. It might even get sunny on Sunday, but rain returns Monday.

Central Oregon:  Looks like snow again. Everyone drive safe this weekend  Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 40 low near 26. West wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.





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