OSU Today

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 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.

The deep-sea find that changed biology (NPR)

Kathy Crane and Jack Corliss weren’t expecting to find anything alive when they started on their journey to explore the ocean floor. From the Alvin’s mother ship, she guided the Alvin to an area in the eastern Pacific known as the Galapagos Rift. Corliss, a geologist from Oregon State University, rode aboard the Alvin itself. (see also Minnesota Public Radio)

Washington County most expensive in state for childcare (Oregon Live)

“This issue of affordability is huge,” said Bobbie Weber, a faculty research associate in the Family Policy Program at Oregon State University and author of the report along with Becky Vorpagel, an independent consultant for the Oregon Child Care Resource and Referral Network.

Kenai woman connects tribal kids with education (Alaska Journal)

Kenaitze Indian Tribe member Amber Huhndorf, 23, who received her public health degree from Oregon State University, works at the tribe’s health clinic. She said she always wanted to work with Alaska Natives. Her grandparents homesteaded in Nikiski during the 1950s. (see also Anchorage Daily News)

 ‘Up the Capitol Steps’ review (Oregonian)

“Up the Capitol Steps” (OSU Press) starts with Roberts’ early life as a single mother of two boys — one autistic — abandoned by a husband who shirked his duty to provide child support.

A Yeti crab that grows its bacterial food on its own body (Popular Science)

The crab was identified by Andrew Thurber, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The first species of yeti crab was discovered in 2005 near Easter Island. This new species, Kiwa puravida, was first identified a year later. Its scientific name comes from a Costa Rican saying meaning “pure life.” (see also Wired)

Research looks at soybeans in Oregon, Idaho (Capital Press)

With research conducted by Oregon State University and University of Idaho confirming soybeans can be grown profitably in Idaho and Oregon under the right conditions, Idaho dairyman Lorne Clapson believes a lot more farmers in the area should be growing the crop for the dairy and beef cattle industries.

Northwest history for the holidays (Oregonian)

“Portland in Three Centuries: The Place and the People” (OSU Press) is the latest book by Carl Abbott, a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University and the author of several books on Portland.

Stronger bones in 2 minutes (MSN)

Studies at the Bone Research Laboratory at Oregon State University in Corvallis found that middle-aged to elderly women who did impact exercises three times a week actually prevented bone loss over a five year period compared to women not on the program. The women who did not include impact in their exercise routines showed bone mass losses of around 4.5 percent during the same time period.

Best way to choose and care for a fresh Christmas tree (Chicago Sun-Times)

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.”

The truth about the health benefits of tea (Huffington Post)

“These chemicals act as antioxidants in a test tube, but they may not do the same in your body,” explains Emily Ho, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of nutrition and exercise science at the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences at Oregon State University. “You have to take the claims with a grain of salt.”

Central Oregon Coast: Whale watching,strange stumps (Beach Connection)

You can learn even more by heading to Newport’s Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center, which offers storytelling, interpretive programs and other events during Whale Watch Week, many of which center around local whale populations


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

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.

NEW! Candidate Seminar / Public Forum:  Tim Beyer, currently the Forester Senior for Sheboygan County, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is a candidate for the position of Director of College Forests, in the College of Forestry.  His candidate seminar / public forum is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 4 p.m. in 272 Peavy Hall.

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).

Upcoming Events

NEW! Faculty senate: The December 8 Faculty Senate agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2011/20111208.html. The meeting is from 3 to 5 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall.

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

NEW! Cancer seminar: The Role of Light in the Development of Prostate and Breast Cancer. Avraham Haim, PhD, University of Haifa, will speak on research that has found a link between exposure to light at night and increased cancer risk. In Magruder Hall room 102, Thursday, Dec. 8, Noon (bring your lunch).

NEW! Candidate Seminar / Public Forum:  Chuck Simpson, currently the Regional Lands Manager-Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Franklin, ME, is a candidate for the position of Director of College Forests in the College of Forestry.  His candidate seminar / public forum is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 4 p.m., in 272 Peavy Hall.

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 Willamette 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! Holiday Decorations: The Office of Equity and Inclusion offers recommendations to guide departments as they plan for the use of holiday decorations in their units: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/holidays. Please contact the office at 541-737-3556 with specific questions.

NEW! Supervisor training: OSU managers and supervisors may now register for the Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors program, scheduled for Feb. 16-17, sponsored by Training & Organizational Effectiveness. The session  includes prerequisite online training so sign up early! To view the full course description and register online, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=274. (The registration confirmation will include instructions to begin the online training.)

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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:

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:Freezing fog is expected this morning, followed by a cloudy afternoon with a high of 36, another grey December day. The low tonight will dip down to 31.

Central Oregon: Sunny, with a high near 43 and a low around 17. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming west.



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