OSU Today

Monday, Dec. 5, 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.

In rural Oregon, middle class life is slipping away (Oregonian)

The slow economy is “touching families that in the past have managed to escape these problems,” says Mark Edwards, an Oregon State University sociology professor. “It’s a wave that isn’t just taking out the blue-collar workers; it’s hitting all the associated white-collar workers, too.”

Yeti crab farms food on its own arms (National Geographic)

This new species of the Yeti crab, called Kiwa puravida, was first discovered in 2006, according to Andrew Thurber, a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University and lead author of the study. (see also Scientific American, R&D Magazine)

Beyond the flu shot – Other flu fighters (ABC News)

“There’s a lot of evidence from research in the lab that there may be a reason to believe vitamin D could help fight off flu infection,” Gombart, an associate professor at Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute, said in an interview.

 Former Gov. Roberts, amid book tour, talks about leadership (Gazette-Times)

Roberts, 74, has spent the past few months traveling Oregon and giving readings of her new memoir. She spent Friday in Corvallis – the city of her birth – speaking to women studies and history classes, meeting Oregon State University President Ed Ray for coffee and presenting a lecture on the history of women’s suffrage in Oregon.

Wheat, mosaic virus a dryland worry, experts warn (Capital Press)

A relatively new disease in the Northwest presents a significant threat to dryland wheat, Oregon State University Extension cereals specialist Mike Flowers said.

Growing a greener Christmas tree (Gazette-Times)

“I’m not going to say they’re going to be biased, but I don’t know that anyone hasn’t passed that inspection,” said Chal Landgren, an OSU Extension Service Christmas tree specialist who helped develop the SERF program.

Film, panel to look at gas drilling (Statesman Journal)

Scheduled panelists after the film are Michael Campana, professor of geosciences at Oregon State University, and Olivia Schmidt, community organizer for Bark, a group active in Mount Hood National Forest issues.

Book offers inspiration to new generation of women (Statesman Journal)

The resulting product is a book, “Remembering the Power of Words: The Life of an Oregon Activist, Legislator and Community Leader,” written in collaboration with Patricia Schechter, an associate professor of history at Portland State University. The book was published by Oregon State University Press earlier this year.


Book buy back: OSU Beaver Store “Ballroom Sale”: Open Monday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 6 & Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9a.m. to 4 p.m. No sale on Thursday & Friday. MU Ballroom.

Buddhist response to climate change: David Loy, a world-renowned Buddhist scholar and ethicist will be speaking Monday Dec. 5 at noon at the MU 206 on Buddhist responses to the climate crisis. The talk is entitled: “Healing Ecology: A Buddhist Perspective on the Climate Emergency.”

Political science chair: Candidate for an endowed chair in political science Christopher Simon will speak Monday, Dec. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in Milam 202 on “Electricity, Public Policy, and Institutions: An Overview of Generation by Energy Source, 1981 – 2010” Simon is director of the Masters in Public Administration Program and professor, Department of Political Science, University of Utah

Linguist presentation: Professor Timothy Reagan, educational linguist, expert on non-Western educational models and founding co-editor of the journal Critical Issues in Language Studies will give a presentation titled “Language is the Center of the Universe” from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5 in Waldo 201/201A. Reagan’s work includes incisive examinations of language ideology and the role of critical inquiry in the classroom.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings; personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, visit our website.

Lectures and seminars

STEM seminar: The Department of Science and Mathematics Education, in collaboration with the (future) Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, is presenting an NSF-Supported 2020 Vision Seminar by Dana L. Zeidler. Zeidler will speak on “STEM Education: A Deficit Framework for the 21st Century? A Socio-cultural Socioscientific Response” on Dec. 6, 4 to 5 p.m., in Kidder 202. There will be a simultaneous video broadcast in Cascades 112 (OSU-Cascades Campus).

A Brief Survey of the History of American Higher Education: “Periods and Personalities, Progress and Protest” presented by Tom Scheuermann. He will speak on Friday, Dec. 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Wilamette Industries Seminar Rooms, The Valley Library, as part of the Library Faculty Association Seminar Series. Open to the public. Contact Laurie.Bridges@oregonstate.edu for more information.

News for Employees

NEW! Feedback about disability access on-campus: The Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities (COSID) at Oregon State University is conducting a short survey for faculty, staff, and students. Please complete the survey by Dec. 16.

NEW! Winter Break workshops: OSU Libraries is bringing back its successful Winter Break Workshop series for Graduate Students and Faculty on Dec. 13-14.  Workshop sessions include EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, Journal Citation Reports and Web of Science.  Sign up today, and we’ll save you a seat.  Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! RecSports Winter Break: Break hours will be in effect from Friday, Dec. 9 until Sunday, Jan. 8. All RecSports facilities will be closed on Dec. 24, 25 &  Jan. 1 for the holidays. For detailed information, please visit our website. Reminder:  Our Guest Limit is suspended during breaks and Family Access is expanded to all operating hours.

NEW! Outdoor Gear Rental: Gear rental services are offered at the Outdoor Rec Center (541-737-3630).  Equipment rental is available for Students, Members, and the OSU Community. Outdoor items and snow permits are also available for purchase.

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

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.

Charitable Fund Drive: The 2011 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs from Oct. 24, 2011 to Jan. 30, 2012. In 2010, 230 OSU employees raised $118,400 – a 6% decrease compared to the previous year. This year, 123 OSU employees have donated a total of $48,755. Meanwhile, UO has had 580 employees who have donated $189,638 so far. Improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ or by sending your personalized form to 2011 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.

Winter art boutique: The Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center will be exhibiting a variety of artwork in their Winter Boutique exhibit. The show will feature smaller, more affordable pieces, perfect for holiday gifts. The exhibit will be open Dec. 1 – Jan. 4, 2012. (closed Dec. 24 – Jan. 3) A reception will be held Dec. 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

NSF – Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) – Building Innovation Capacity (BIC): The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – PFI – BIC subprogram. The program emphasizes the transformation of knowledge to market-accepted innovations created by the research and education enterprise. Guidelines for letters of intent: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/pfi.html . Submission deadline to the Research Office: Dec. 12. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Ride-matching tool: 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 through Dec. 15 and you’ll be entered to win a $15 American Dream gift card.

Giving Circle: The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is currently accepting grant applications to be awarded in May 2012. The applications are due by Jan. 18, 2012. To review the RFP and grant application visit http://osufoundation.org/howtogive/annualgiving/womens/apply_grant.htm . Questions contact Kellie Parker at 541-737-4691 or Kellie.Parker@oregonstate.edu.

Feedback for RecycleMania 2012: Campus Recycling seeks feedback from staff, faculty and students on what activities and opportunities you would like to see offered for RecycleMania 2012. To be held Jan. 22 through March 31, RecycleMania is a national recycling competition between universities. See a list of ideas and join the conversation on our blog or contact andrea.norris@oregonstate.edu

Facilities awards: Lewis Leadership Award Nomination: Nominations are being sought for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. The award process was developed by a grass roots FS committee to recognize an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. The award is presented to the employee at FS’s All-Hands Meetings. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos. Nominations must be received by Monday Dec. 12. Submit nominations here.

Rulemaking hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Dec. 6 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.

Traffic and maintenance

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.

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:

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.

Accountant I, Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs. This is a full-time limited duration position. Posting #0008402 Closing Date: Dec. 15.

The University Administrative Business Center is inviting applications for an Accountant 2. Posting #0008397. Closes Dec. 16.

The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0008398. Closes Dec. 16.

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.

Public Information Representative 1 – University Marketing invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Public Information Representative 1 (Social Media/Marketing Writer) position. Posting # 0008404. Closes Dec 28.

The Valley Library is inviting applications for 12-month fixed term Digital Production Unit Supervisor position. Posting # 0008394. Closes Dec. 31.

Conference Services Manager – OSU Conference Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month term position. Posting #0008386. Closes Jan. 6, 2012.

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: With a high pressure system still over us, and no winter winds to stir things up, we’ll see more foggy mornings and sunny afternoons through the rest of the week. Today’s high will be 44 with a low tonight of 27. There’s an air stagnation warning in effect over the valley until this evening,

Central Oregon: Warm days and freezing nights, just love winter in Central Oregon. Sunny, with a high near 40 low near 18. South wind between 3 and 6 mph.



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