OSU Today

Thursday, Dec. 8, 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.

Oregon State football player Fred Thompson dies(Reuters)

Oregon State football player Fred Thompson died of an apparent heart attack while playing basketball at Dixon Recreation Center on campus on Wednesday night. (see also Fox News, Gazette-TimesNew York Daily News)

Iraqi-OSU partnership would put $100 million toward building, education in Iraq (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Approximately $100 million is being invested in a partnership between Oregon State University and the Iraqi government to bring hundreds of engineers to Corvallis and possibly send Oregon contractors to work on major jobs in the Middle East. (see also Iraq Daily Journal)

 Progress on climate change? (Think Out Loud, OPB)

OSU’s Philip Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, is a guest.

OHSU/OUS project sprouting on South Waterfront as officials seek savings (Oregonian)

The project is all about multitasking. In 2008, OHSU was unable to fund the Schnitzer campus on its own. So OUS joined in, based on the promise of space for PSU and Oregon State University in the life sciences building. PSU plans to move in by fall 2013, and the other programs the following year.

M3 tests wave technology, seeks funding (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Corvallis-based M3 Wave Energy Systems debuted its power-generating technology last week at the Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University.

Child support forgiveness programs can be effective in reducing debt (Science Codex)

As of 2009, there was more than $100 billion in unpaid child support debt owed nationally. According to Brett Burkhardt, an assistant professor of public policy at Oregon State University and one of the study’s authors, much of that debt is owed by low-income noncustodial parents who are unlikely to ever pay back the full amount. (see also Health Canal)

Researcher finds value in wine pomace (Capital Press)

Though pomace is often a liability for Dobbes and other winemakers, a researcher at Oregon State University thinks the substance may yet prove to be an asset. Food science professor Yanyun Zhao has found that pomace is loaded with beneficial dietary fiber and antioxidants that could turn the byproduct into a commercially viable food supplement.

Meet the dancing Yeti crab that grows its food on its claws (Daily Mail)

Andrew Thurber, a marine ecologist with Oregon State University, discovered the white crabs in 2006 waving their claws slowly and rhythmically over the vents near Costa Rica.

Program promotes sustainable Christmas tree farms (Gazette-Times)

“A SERF-certified tree assures you that this real tree is grown using the best and safest methods known,” said Chal Landgren, Christmas Tree Specialist and Professor with the Oregon State University Extension Center. Landgren helped create the certification program.


Book buyback: In MU Ballroom, Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash for textbooks.

OPB’s Think Out Loud: The OPB show broadcasts live from OSU this morning starting at 9 a.m., on the subject of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Listen live at http://www.opb.org/thinkoutloud/

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).

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.

Upcoming Events

Russian play: A suitcase of cash turns a British couple’s world upside down in Funny Money, a Ray Cooney farce to be performed in Russian at OSU Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 10, 4:30 p.m., in the OSU Lab Theater in Withycombe Hall. The show is open to all and a summary in English is provided at the door. Tickets: $10 adults, $6 students and seniors, children under 12 free. (Not recommended for young children.) Tickets are available at the door or may be reserved. Reservations: Lana Erofeeva, lana.erofeeva@gmail.com; Vreneli Farber, vreneli.farber@gmail.com

Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning TAC Tech Talk ” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Topics and guests will vary, and we will announce them on our web site. Visit us at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars to see what we’re up to. Friday, Dec. 9, 10 to 10:50 a.m.. Online Webinar.

Retirement Reception for Cheryl Lyons: Cheryl Lyons has announced her retirement. As her final weeks approach a celebratory send-off is being prepared. We would like to invite you to attend a reception in her honor on Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center Giustina Gallery. Light refreshments will be provided.

Lectures and seminars

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! OSU Today goes weekly for break: OSU Today will be moving to a weekly (Monday) basis during the Winter Break. To ensure your event gets into the Dec. 12-18 edition, send your items by 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9 to osutoday@oregonstate.edu. OSU Today will resume daily editions on Monday, Jan. 9.

Master Recycler Class: A few spots remain in the 2012 Master Recycler class, sponsored by Campus Recycling and offered free to Linn and Benton County residents who agree to “payback” what they learned through community service. The course will be on Wednesday nights in January and February with a couple field trips, and covers all aspects of waste reduction. More class info and registration is on our website.

Shipping for holiday packages: Looking for UPS, FedEx or USPS shipping for your holiday packages? Look no further than Printing and Mailing Services. The knowledgeable shipping team can help you get that package to your destination on time. Review the following links to make sure that you have plenty of time to get your packages to their destination. UPS, US Postal Service, FedEx.

CARDV Gift Drive: Upcoming deadline on Dec. 12, 5 p.m. 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. No toy weapons, action figures with weapons, or overly sexualized dolls like Barbies. Looking for stuffed animals, sports equipment, books, multi-ethnic dolls, MP3 players, G/PG DVDs, and other fun toys! Email elizabeth.thomas@oregonstate.edu with questions or for a list of suggested items.

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.

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

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.

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 should 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 2: College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Public Information Representative 2 (Online Communications Specialist/Writer) position. Posting #0008411. Closes Dec. 21.

Career and Internship Coordinator : The College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Career and Internship Coordinator position. Posting #0008376. Closes Dec. 22.

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

Research Associate (Post Doc).  The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate (Post Doc) position.  Posting # 0008193.  Closes Jan. 15, 2012.


Corvallis: “Winter, the aged chief, Mighty in power, Exiles the tender leaf, Exiles the flower.” – Robert Fuller Murray. A bit more patchy fog in the morning will lead quickly to clearing and sunshine, with a high of 35. Tonight’s low dips to 26 as spots of freezing fog keep things interesting.

Central Oregon: Another sunny, beautiful day in Central Oregon. Sunny, with a high near 46 low around 24. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.



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