OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 28, 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.

Ice age analysis suggests global warming may be less severe than predicted (LA Times)

“I think we should be worried, but we should not be desperate,” said Andreas Schmittner, an Oregon State University researcher and lead author of the study, published online today by the journal Science. “It’s not already too late to do something. We still have time to figure out a solution.” (see also New York Times, USA Today, Oregonian)

International influence in research, education and production boosts Oregon agriculture (Oregonian)

Sonny Ramaswamy, the Indian-born dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, may be the most visible example, but he isn’t alone.  When the Oregon Legislature funded a honeybee research position in 2009, OSU hired Ramesh Sagili, a promising scholar from Texas A&M by way of India. Sagili has impressed beekeepers and farmers with his energetic research, which began with establishing a baseline of bee health throughout the state and branched into intriguing nutrition experiments.

OSU hires 80 faculty from top institutions to support enrollment, research growth (OregonLive)

The rapid growth and development of Oregon State University has prompted the need for more classroom instruction and leadership in its labs, and OSU is meeting those needs this year through the hiring of 80 new faculty members from some of the world’s best-known institutions.

Physical activity can help improve quality of sleep (LA Times)

“We were using the physical activity guidelines set forth for cardiovascular health, but it appears that those guidelines might have a spillover effect to other areas of health,” Brad Cardinal, a professor of exercise science at Oregon State University and one of the study’s authors said. (see also WGN, Examiner, Veja)

 OSU gets grant to amp up pre-college programs (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University received a $64,583 grant from the state this week in support the university’s College Access Initiative. (see also LIFE@OSU)

Duck and Beaver fans keep it friendly (KVAL)

As tailgaters proved, just because some wear green and others wear orange doesn’t mean everyone can’t enjoy the day together.

Fans encouraged to take Healthy Life Pledge (Gazette-Times)

PacificSource, a nonprofit, Springfield-based health plan provider, is sponsoring a health promotion competition between Oregon State University and University of Oregon fans. The challenge runs through Saturday, the day of the Civil War football game.

Silverton’s Don Pettit is preparing for his third trip to space (Statesman Journal)

For Silverton astronaut  and OSU alum Don Pettit, the third time will be the charm.Pettit will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on Dec. 21 for his third space flight.

Biotech beets debated (Capital Press)

Carol Mallory-Smith, a weed science professor at Oregon State University, said coexistence between sugar beets and other crops is possible but “gene movement will occur at some point.”

Pet arthritis: No cure, but meds, therapy help (Seattle Times)

While arthritis in dogs and cats is not curable, it is treatable, and pet owners should experiment with medicines, therapies and lifestyle changes until they find an approach that eases the pain and inflammation, said Dr. Wendy Baltzer, a veterinarian, surgeon and director of the Small Animal Rehabilitation Center at Oregon State University .

Silver and gold tips for picking the perfect tree (Sacramento Bee)

Buy as fresh a tree as possible. “Check for smell first,” says Christmas tree expert Mike Bondi, of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. “Crush a few needles in your hand and take a deep whiff of that wonderful forest smell. It should have a good, clean evergreen scent.”

Innovative repair restores estuary trail (Newport News-Times)

The trail is a vital part of interpretive efforts at Oregon State University (OSU)’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in South Beach.

Obama and family take in OSU basketball game, chat with Bill Murray (The Hill)

President Obama and the First Family continued their post-Thanksgiving tradition by attending the Oregon State versus Towson game in Maryland on Saturday afternoon. Michelle Obama’s brother Craig Robinson coaches the Oregon State University Beavers and the Obama family has watched his team play around Thanksgiving for the past three years.


Candidate forum: OSU Extended Campus invites the campus community to attend the Presentation and Open Forum for Kristen Wessel, candidate for Summer Session Director on Nov. 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. in The Valley Library 3622 East (Will. Ind. Sem. Room). This is the last of three presentations by candidates for this position.

Candidate Presentation: A candidate presentation by Kevin Ahern  for the position of Director of Undergraduate Research will take place today at 10:30 a.m. in MU 206.

Public policy talk: Edward P. Weber, Director and Professor of the School of Environmental and Public Affairs, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, will speak on “Going Beyond the Foundation: Understanding Robust Durability in Small-Scale Collaboratives,” on Nov. 28, noon to 1 p.m. in Owen Hall Room 106.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Candidates for instructional technology associate: Technology Across the Curriculum is hiring an Instructional Technologies Specialist to serve as a direct support to faculty and instructors in teaching/learning applications of online technologies. Peggy Hines will speak Nov. 29, 1:15-2:45 p.m., Kidder 202. Lynn Greenough will speak Dec. 1, 1:15-2:45 p.m., Kidder 202

NEW! Winter Coffee: Thursday, Dec.  1,  9:30 to 11 a.m. OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break before finals for holiday treats and gourmet coffee. Join President and Mrs. Edward J. Ray in celebration and conversation. Featuring Beth Rietveld at the Piano. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the OSU Food Pantry.

NEW! Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night: OSU Faculty & Staff are invited to the OSU Beaver Store’s annual Faculty/Staff Night on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  Discounts, music, refreshments and more. Live music by Ideal Nerve Tonic, which is comprised of OSU staff.

NEW! Songs of the season: Advanced choral conducting students from Oregon State University will give their public recital on Friday, Dec. 2 at 12 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Street. The students will lead the University Chorale (UC) in a special concert titled “Songs for the Season,” that will finish out the term for Oregon State’s lunch hour concert series, Music à la Carte.

NEW! Holiday concert: The Corvallis-OSU Symphony presents the annual holiday concert, featuring faculty and guest soloists, the OSU choirs, and a campus brass ensemble. On the program: Bach’s “Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings” and Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.” Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. For tickets and information: http://cosusymphony.org

NEW! German shorts: The final in a retrospective of films from Jürgen Böttcher, the East German filmmaker best known for his documentary “The Wall,” will be Dec. 2, 7:15 p.m. at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St.Dec. 2. Art/Work: Six Shorts (West Coast premiere): Six film milestones by Böttcher include: the banned 1961 film “Three of Many,” “Venus after Giorgione,” “Potter’s Bull,” “Woman at the Clavichord” (1981), “Shunters” (1984) and “Short Visit with Hermann Glöckner” (1985).

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.

Diversity conference: Association of Office Professionals Fall Conference is presenting “Embracing Diversity” on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to noon, MU 208, La Raza Room. Conference is open to all of OSU. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration fee – $10, due Monday, Nov. 28. Contact Cindy.Alexis@oregonstate.edu to reserve your spot.

Office of Equity and Inclusion Discussion Forum: Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., MU 206. Join the staff of the Office of Equity and Inclusion in an informal discussion about their transition and ongoing efforts. They encourage feedback and will address any questions from the OSU community. Coffee and other hot beverages will be provided. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/.

OSURA presents: Estate Planning Presentation: Nov. 30, 3-5 p.m. OSU Foundation Board Room. “Estate Planning, Including Planning for Possible Incapacity — A Gift to You and Your Loved Ones.” This panel presentation will address the primary aspects of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives for health care, elder financial abuse, and estate taxes as well as recent changes in these areas –and the consequences of not having signed documentation of your wishes. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/osura/events-calendar

Children’s party: A children’s holiday party will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, noon to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. The event is free but space is limited so pre-register online before Monday, Nov. 28 at mu.oregonstate.edu/mupc/childrensparty. The party is for children ages 5 to 10.

News for Employees

NEW! Toys for Tots: NROTC-OSU will be a collection site for Toys for Tots this year. Bring unwrapped new toys to the Naval Science Building, located in the white Quonset huts across from the parking garage. Deadline is Dec. 22.  Every year the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new toys to give to children that may not otherwise have so bright a holiday. For more information: Charles Van Acker, Charles.VanAcker@bus.oregonstate.edu, or Cass Williams, state.sec@oregonstate.edu.

NEW!  Rulemaking hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Dec. 5 at 1 p.m., MU 206. The purpose of the hearing will be to receive public comment regarding several proposed rule changes. First, OSU will take comment regarding the Smoke-Free Campus rule amendments. Then, it will take comment on a new rule governing Confidentiality and Inadmissibility of Workplace Interpersonal Dispute Mediation Communications. Finally, comments will be taken on the setting or changing of fees and charges for services during the second half of fiscal year 2011-2012. A list of these fees and charges, as well as those already in place for this fiscal year, may be viewed in the Valley Library on the OSU campus under call number PERM 006. For more information, including copies of all of the proposed rules: Barbara Melton at barbara.melton@oregonstate.edu.

Opportunity for Undergraduates: Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC): START program for Winter/Spring Term(s) 2011-12. This program is open to first year students, sophomores, and students who have recently transferred to OSU from other institutions. (This is separate from the regular URISC program.) Deadline: Dec. 2. View guidelines: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc_start.htm. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Java II remodel: Java II in the first floor of the Valley Library will be undergoing a remodel in the summer of 2012 and we need our customers input. Take a few moments to fill out this short survey to tell us what you think at: http://osuvalleylibrary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_beHYYcHgoEaJyK0 . For more information contact Robyn Jones at 541-737-0492.

Facilitator training: Student-led program Team Liberation is holding a Human Relations Facilitator training. It is free for students and $50 for faculty and staff. Participants will be provided an opportunity to develop facilitation, communication, and leadership skills. The training is Dec. 12-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications are available at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/teamliberation/ training and are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 30. For more information, team.liberation@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-9857.

CARDV Gift Drive: The Association of Office Professionals is collecting for the CARDV (Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence) gift drive. Donate new, unwrapped gifts to Waldo 102 or email to request a pick up. The deadline is Dec. 12, 5 p.m. CARDV appreciates a variety of fun toys. Since some children have witnessed or experienced abuse, please no toy weapons, action figures with weapons, or overly sexualized dolls like Barbies. Email elizabeth.thomas@oregonstate.edu with questions or for a list of suggested items.

NSF – Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP): The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the NSF – SEP program. The program calls for innovative, interdisciplinary basic research in science, engineering, and education by teams of researchers for developing systems approaches to sustainable energy pathways based on a comprehensive understanding of the scientific, technical, environmental, economic, and societal issues. Guidelines here. Submission deadline to the Research Office: Dec. 9. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

MLK awards: Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr celebration awards presented at the annual Peace Breakfast. The Phyllis S. Lee award honors a member of the OSU community who exemplifies Dr. Lee’s commitment and dedication to social justice. 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. Information at http://oregonstate.edu/oei/awards and are due on Friday, Dec. 2. Questions may be directed to diane.davis@oregonstate.edu.

Food drive: The OSU Forensics Team, along with Speech Communication and Ethnic Studies, is sponsoring a Community Food Drive to benefit the Linn Benton Food Share. Until Tuesday, Dec. 6, bins are set up on the main floor of Shepard Hall and in Strand Ag. Hall. Donations of canned foods and packaged dry food/meals are welcome. Cash donations can be dropped off at 104 Shepard Hall.

Poinsettia sale: The OSU Horticulture Club is holding their annual poinsettia sale, from Nov. 28-Dec. 2. The plants are $15 each or $3 for $40, and come in red, Picasso, and Shimmer Surprise. They will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in Kerr Admin, and Wednesday-Friday at the green house next to Cordley Hall. For information: Shepherr@onid.orst.edu

Dixon memberships/rentals: As Fall transitions to Winter, new term memberships and locker rentals are available. Fall memberships and rentals expire on Jan. 13 Winter memberships and rentals are available for purchase starting Nov. 28. To renew your services, contact the RecServices desk located near West Entry at Dixon (541-737-3736). Information regarding pricing and types of memberships we offer can be found on our website.

Women in Higher Education: Oregon Women in Higher Education invites program proposals for its annual conference, to be held on Friday, Jan. 12 at Portland State University. This year’s theme is Leading Change: Personal Perspectives & Collective Growth. Proposal submission is available here. Deadline: Monday, Nov. 28. Conference registration is also open here. Deadline: Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Questions? diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and maintenance

Jefferson Way: Due to sidewalk repairs, the sidewalk along the west side of 26th Street, between Intramural Way and Jefferson Way will be temporarily closed.   The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Nov. 28 and should end by 5 p.m. Dec. 2.

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:

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

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. 5.

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.

Oregon State University Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), Purchasing Analyst 3 Position within the Construction Contracting section of PaCS. Posting 0008347. Closes Dec. 18.

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


Corvallis: After a long weekend, at least we don’t have to come back to torrential rain. Dead Week starts off with fog and a bit of afternoon sunshine with a high today of 47 and a low tonight of 30. Rain rolls back in tomorrow with showers likely through Wednesday.

Central Oregon:  Hurrah, the sun is back, even if it is only for a day. Mostly sunny, with a high near 45 and a low near 26. Light northeast wind.


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