Strangers can spot genetic disposition for empathy (Science Friday: NPR)
OSU’s Sarina Rodrigues Saturn is interviewed on this public radio episode. (see also Independent Online)
Author: Get hot about climate change (Gazette-Times)
Bill McKibben might be a self-described “professional bummer-outer,” but that didn’t stop more than 600 people from flocking to his lecture on global climate change Thursday night at Oregon State University’s CH2M Hill Alumni Center.
“It is a finite resource that is not being recharged,” said Jeffrey Falke, a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University and lead author on the study. (see also Science Daily, Environmental News Network)
What will climate change mean for California? (Sacramento Bee)
Another new study warns that specific tree species in various California habitats have been weakened by the warming trend, making them more vulnerable as climate change continues. Whether that risk can be shaken off if greenhouse gases are brought under control is an open question. Led by Richard Waring, professor of forestry at Oregon State University, the study found that Douglas fir trees are at risk in California’s Central Valley, defined as extending to an elevation of 700 feet.
Oregon State University weed science professor Carol Mallory-Smith finds herself at the center of the debate. Her research shows modified genes in wheat and other grasses do migrate when crossed with close relatives.
Never stop battling (Gazette-Times)
A former OSU football player’s strategy for beating cancer similar to game plan.
Curry County set to go broke (The World)
According to a report released this week by Oregon State University, for 100 years, the payments have compensated 33 out of 36 Oregon counties for forestland owned by the federal government. In 2008, the government paid out $230.2 million. In 2013 it is expected to pay out only $14.8 million — a 94 percent drop. (see also Democrat-Herald)
High costs, limited space (Herald & News)
Last year, the average cost of child care in Oregon was more than $10,300 a year, according to an Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences study released this week.
For the first time in several years, the OSU Extension Office offered a lambing course in Douglas County. About a dozen people gathered at a sheep ranch in Elkton, to learn a few things about lambs.
An editorial by Jose-Antonio Orosco, OSU Peace Studies Director and a member of the philosophy department. (see also Common Dreams)
Equipped with new knowledge from a free course offered online by Oregon State University’s Extended Campus (Ecampus) – and developed by a slew of medical experts – healthcare providers statewide and beyond are now able to better identify cases of food insecurity and hunger in children. It stems from an increased effort to ask screening questions and provide patients with proper resources.
Fatherhood helps men break bad habits (Voice of America)
“These decreases were in addition to the general tendency of boys to engage less in these types of behaviors as they approach and enter adulthood,” says study lead author David Kerr, an assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University.
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.
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.
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? email@example.com
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.
Russian music: The newly formed Benton-Linn Choral Association Chorus and Italian pianist Mariangela Vacatello will be featured in a concert of Russian music by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Advance purchase reserved seats are $15 – $30, available online at http://cosusymphony.org . General admission tickets are available in advance at Grass Roots Books & Music and Gracewinds Music in Corvallis. Reserved seats at the door prior to the concert are $17 – $32 and subject to availability.
NEW! Food For Fun Social: Bring two cans of food or $2 to donate to the Linn-Benton Food Share Nov. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the MU Basement Rec. Center. Free Pizza, Bowling and Rec. Center fun. Faculty attending are asked to bring a student to mentor. Contact MANRRS Co-advisor: Smit Vasquez-Caballero, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW! OSU SACNAS Chapter Revival Meeting: The campus community is invited to hear Dana Sanchez and Wanda Crannell discuss the possibility of starting a SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) chapter at OSU, Jan. 11, 2012, 4:30-6 p.m. in KEARNEY 212. Contact: Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu or Dana.Sanchez@oregonstate.edu
NEW! An Evening of Pageantry: The OSU Wind Symphony, Chamber Winds and Campus Band. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $10, available at the door. OSU students, staff, faculty admitted for free with valid university ID.
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: email@example.com, 541-737-4330.
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
NEW! Business suit donations needed: Lightly used professional business attire is being sought to assist OSU students for the Annual Career Wardrobe Makeover event scheduled for Feb. 9, 2012 in the OSU MU Ballroom. For more information or to request pick up contact Wanda Crannell, 737-2999. Campus drop off locations are 8 Kerr Administration – Career Services and 137 Strand Agriculture Hall.
OSU Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program: is looking to recruit students, faculty and staff who are willing to participate in this innovative and cutting edge program. Participation would include training, a kick-off dinner and meeting with a mentor/mentee. Professional development opportunities, check-in lunches, and various events will be offered each term. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Lauren Plaza.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 737-8390.
Traffic and maintenance
Bookstore parking lot: Due to a geotechnical investigation taking place on all sides of Strand Ag, Waldo Place and parking lots in the vicinity will be intermittently closed. Affected are the sidewalks on all sides of the building and the parking lots west of Gilkey Hall and south of Strand Ag (MU Pay Lot). The closure begins Nov. 21 and should end by 5 p.m. Nov. 23.
Network Outage: Network Engineering will be performing necessary maintenance on the core network Friday, Nov. 25, between 8 a.m. and noon. There will be several network outages, of up to 10 minutes each, during the maintenance period. Connections to on and off campus resources, including IP phones, will be down during these outages. Banner, Blackboard, MyOSU, email, CN File Service, and web browsing could be effected.
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.
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:
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 Printing and Mailing Services invites applications for a Part Time (.30 FTE), 12-month Transporter Position. Duties include but are not limited to; Campus Mail, and Support of Mailing Services. Posting #0008351, Closes Nov. 30.
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.
Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development – OCCD invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE),12-month, Intellectual Property and Contracts Coordinator. Posting #0008372. Closes Dec.15.
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: “Hey ho the wind and the rain” can pretty much sum up this week’s forecast, as steady rains and gusty winds keep rivers and streams high and hats sailing by. Today’s high today will be 48 with a low tonight of 44.
Central Oregon: A slight chance of snow before 10 a.m., then a slight chance of rain. Snow level rising to 4100 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41 low near 31. Breezy, with a southwest wind 11 to 14 mph increasing to between 19 and 22 mph. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.