OSU Today

Friday, Dec. 9, 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.

 Oxytocin revisited (Psychology Today)

A piece by Sarina Rodrigues Saturn, Ph.D.,  an assistant professor of Psychology at Oregon State University.

Heart problem suspected in Oregon State football player death (Reuters)

A 19-year-old football player at Oregon State University who collapsed while playing basketball died after suffering a cardiac arrhythmia despite having no known heart problems, officials said on Thursday. (see also Statesman Journal, Gazette-Times, OPB)

OSU faculty, students prominent at one of the world’s leading scientific conferences (Oregon Live)

Researchers from around the world gathered here this week for one of the world’s largest and most important scientific get-togethers, the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, and Oregon State University faculty and graduate students were prominent in the conference’s vast program.

Scientist of the week: Paul Loprinzi (Laboratory Equipment)

Every Thursday, Laboratory Equipment features a Scientist of the Week, chosen from the science industry’s latest headlines. This week’s scientist is Paul Loprinzi from Bellarmine Univ. Loprinzi worked with Brad Cardinal of Oregon State Univ. to study how sleep and exercise interact and impact health.

Biofuels not ready for takeoff (Capital Press)

Expansion of ethanol production capacity comes at a steep price, according to a report released last week by Oregon State University.

Oregon church: Like us on Facebook (KVAL)

Courtney Campbell, a religion professor at Oregon State University, said the key will be whether people continue to gather together or if they feel they can fulfill religious needs from a screen. The latter, he said, is depersonalized.

Oregon State University names ombudswoman (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University announced Wednesday that Susan Theiss of the University of Arkansas will serve as the university’s first ombudswoman.

OSU announces energy challenge (LIFE@OSU)

Building off the success of OSU’s Building Energy Challenge in 2010 and 2011, the OSU Sustainability Office and the Student Sustainability Initiative are announcing OSU’s participation in Campus Conservation Nationals 2012, a nationwide electricity use reduction competition among colleges and universities.

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.

Hand-knit superhero costumes part of new Fairbanks exhibit (LIFE@OSU)

Alter Egos, an exhibit of hand-knit superhero costumes, embroidered comic book covers and digital prints by Mark Newport opens Jan. 17 in Fairbanks Gallery.


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

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.

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.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Master plan: OSU is hosting a public meeting to discuss the update of the Campus Master Plan at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the Construction and Engineering Hall at LaSells Stewart Center.  For additional information, please contact David Dodson at 541-737-8503.

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! Food Drive Kick-off Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. We will be meet at the home of OSU’s Emergency Food Pantry – International Forum Room, southwest corner of Snell Hall/MU East. We would like start updating our coordinator list.  Visit the food drive website to view last year’s list. We will be updating this list for the 2012 drive. Notify Kate Sanders (541-737-6522, kate.sanders@oregonstate.edu) if you have any updates or additions.

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.

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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Candidate forum: The Office for Commercialization & Corporate Development (OCCD) invites the campus community to attend a campus forum/presentation with the first of two candidates for the position of Industry Contracts Associate on Monday, Dec. 12, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in MU-213. The OCCD will be assuming responsibility for executing industry funded research agreements in early 2012.

NEW! Candidate forum: The Office for Commercialization & Corporate Development (OCCD) invites the campus community to attend a campus forum/presentation with the second of two candidates for the position of Industry Contracts Associate on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in MU-211. The OCCD will be assuming responsibility for executing industry funded research agreements in early 2012.

News for Employees

NEW! Directories are here: The 2011-12 OSU Directory has arrived and all department pre-orders have been delivered. If your department needs more copies, please call or email Kami Hammerschmith in Student Media at 541-737-6379, kami.hammerschmith@oregonstate.edu, or come to 118 Memorial Union East/Snell Hall. The directories are $2 each and can be billed to an OSU index number. OSU Directories put out in the Memorial Union are free to OSU students only.

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.  Current campus drop off locations are 8 Kerr Administration – Career Services and 137 Strand Agriculture Hall, and beginning Jan.1 the downtown Beaver Fan Shop in Portland 121 SW Morrison St Ste 120.

NEW! Celebrate Undergraduate Excellence: Did you see an awesome undergraduate project this past term?  Registration is open for Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence so they can get some extra mileage out of their work!  Please share this information with any students who have produced work that qualifies.  It’s a great resume builder!

NEW! Classified evaluation: Effective Jan. 1, 2012, all classified non-information technology performance evaluations will be completed through EvalS. EvalS is an electronically-driven performance evaluation system designed to assist supervisors and employees to complete their annual goal-setting and appraisal tasks. Register soon for the “Intro to Classified (Non-IT) EvalS for Employees and Supervisors” training at Website http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=309.

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.

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.

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.

Business Affairs Student Accounts Scholarship Accountant.  This is a F/T Accountant 1 position at OSU’s Student Accounts Office. Posting #:0008447  Closes Dec. 26.

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: Brr! Freezing fog is drawing a curtain around the last day of Fall term and it feels like an early Winter. But slick roads and poor visability should melt away by midday, with a high of 42. Lows tonight dip down to 29. There’s a chance of showers this weekend, but freezing fog returns by Sunday night.

Central Oregon:  Sunny, with a high near 46 and a low near 17. South wind around 5 mph.




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